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Authoritarian Government

'American Fascism': Accurate or Misleading?

William Astore | Posted 11.15.2013 | Politics
William Astore

Certainly, since the attacks of 9/11 the U.S. has become more authoritarian, more militarized, and less free. But to describe this as "fascism" is misleading.

Hungry Dogs in the Cellar Nip at Civil Liberties

Donald Friedman | Posted 04.02.2013 | Books
Donald Friedman

Looking for a bedtime sedative one night last week, I found The Switch, a streamable 2010 by-the-numbers comedy. In it, a mentoring character played b...

Cuba, Russia, and China Shut Down UN Human Rights Discussion About Venezuela

Thor Halvorssen | Posted 08.31.2012 | World
Thor Halvorssen

Already, Venezuela has indicated it wishes to leave the highest human rights court in the Western Hemisphere -- the Inter-American Court for Human Rights. Why? Because it loses, time and time and time again.

So Far From Cairo

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Five decades of authoritarianism here in Cuba has exceeded its expiration date. Perhaps to avoid our making the comparison, our state media showed caution in dealing with the news from Egypt.

Belarus President Sworn In Among Protests And Opposition

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MINSK, Belarus (AP) -- The authoritarian president of Belarus has taken the oath of office for a fourth term with a warning that no dissent will be to...

The Perils of Dictatorship Nostalgia in Haiti

Joel Dreyfuss | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joel Dreyfuss

Some Haitians, now plagued by home invasions, carjackings and kidnappings for ransom, wax nostalgic for the days when, as they say half jokingly, only the government committed crimes.

America's Shadow Government: Part Two

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

This database reportedly contains the names of Americans who, "often for the slightest and most trivial reason, are considered unfriendly, and who, in a time of panic, might be incarcerated."

America's Shadow Government: Part One

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

We are, for all intents and purposes, one terrorist attack away from having a full-fledged authoritarian state emerge from the shadows.