Fort Detrick Army Lab in Maryland

China Fires Back at Biden with Conspiracy Theories About Maryland Lab

Since Washington launched the Wuhan lab leak investigation, Beijing has been pushing bizarre narratives.

Lina Khan, nominee for commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission, speaks at a Senate confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on April 21.

Lina Khan Has Her Own Antitrust Paradox

As the Federal Trade Commission chair, the best thing she can do to regulate tech is nothing.

A Russian healthcare worker administers a dose of Sputnik V vaccine at a vaccination center in the GUM department store in Moscow on July 2.

The Shocking Enormity of Russia’s Botched Pandemic Response

A massive third wave is spreading unchecked, anti-vaxxers are rampant, and the Kremlin’s vaccine diplomacy has failed.

German infantrymen folllow a tank toward Moscow in the snow in, 1941 during Operation Barbarossa, Hitler's invasion of the Soviet Union. The image was published in. Signal, a magazine published by the German Third Reich. Art Media/Print Collector/Getty Images

Panzers, Beans, and Bullets

This wargame explains how Russia really stopped Hitler.

Prime Minister of Slovenia Janez Jansa

In Slovenia, a Trumpian Populist Assumes a Key European Post

Janez Jansa is increasingly seen as one of the continent’s most illiberal leaders.

Files relating to Indian freedom fighter Subhas Chandra Bose are displayed at the Police Museum in Kolkata, India, on Sept. 18, 2015.

Is India Spilling Its State Secrets?

The government is declassifying some archives, but it will retain control of public understanding.

A worker stands next to a cage of mice inside a laboratory of the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan, China, on Feb. 23, 2017.

The Lab Leak Theory Doesn’t Hold Up

The rush to find a conspiracy around the COVID-19 pandemic’s origins is driven by narrative, not evidence.

Me Too protest in China

The Sneaky Conservatism of China’s Feminist Dramas

As Beijing limits women’s choices, ta shidai television shows soothe without offering real change.

A woman looks at Twitter on her smartphone in Lagos, Nigeria, on Oct. 29, 2018.

Nigeria’s Twitter Ban Has a Lesson for Big Tech

The social media company faces tough questions in talks with the government to restore access to 40 million users.

An illustration representing Twitter's ban in Nigeria by Victor Ehikhamenor

Nigeria’s Twitter Ban Is Another Sign Dictatorship Is Back

A hasty and extralegal restriction has been imposed by an increasingly tyrannical president.

Security officers record Bobi Wine.

Twitter’s Presence in Africa Won’t End Internet Censorship

Big Tech companies see an opportunity for growth on the continent, but they risk becoming accessories to authoritarian regimes.

A woman holds a banner during a protest against the detention of the Belarusian journalist Roman Protasevich in front of the European Commission representative office on May 24, 2021 in Warsaw, Poland.

Can Biden Do Anything About Belarus?

Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko’s brazen air piracy and increasing closeness to the Kremlin demand a response, but Washington’s next move isn’t obvious.

Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko speaks in parliament in Minsk on May 26.

Authoritarianism Doesn’t Stop at the Water’s Edge

The Belarus hijacking is part of a broader trend. From Russia to Rwanda, governments are going after dissidents far beyond their borders.

Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Zhao Lijian takes a press question.

Beijing Is Trolling Biden Over Gaza

China’s wolf warrior diplomacy has discovered the Middle East, catching Washington unprepared.

Microphones are set up before the arrival of then-White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders outside the West Wing in Washington on May 2, 2019.

Bad News Bearers

New reports detail just how imperiled the global news media is—and the dangers to democracy along with it.

Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Financial Services Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 23, 2019.

Is Facebook a Failed State?

In deciding what to do about Donald Trump, the platform’s own “Supreme Court” punted.

Facebook extends Trump ban

Extending the Trump Ban Won’t Heal Facebook’s Deeper Sickness

Apple cutting the social media giant off from iPhone user data could force a healthy change.

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