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Why Are There So Few Latino Libertarians?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 07.29.2012 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

Of course, there are Latino libertarians out there. But in general, talking Hispanics into espousing the Ron Paul agenda is only slightly easier than getting the pope to show up at the Stonewall Inn for a drink.

An Open Letter to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore

Thor Halvorssen | Posted 04.24.2012 | Home
Thor Halvorssen

We request that your government reconsider its travel ban on Dr. Chee and, in the spirit of human rights, allow him to leave Singapore for four days to participate in the Oslo Freedom Forum.

Amidst the Carnage, Syria Finds a Loyal Ally in Hugo Chávez

Thor Halvorssen | Posted 06.10.2012 | Home
Thor Halvorssen

At a time when most nations are trying to figure out how to stop Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad from killing his own people in a year-long struggle to stay in power, the Venezuelan government is helping to prop him up.

Blowback, TINA-Style

John Feffer | Posted 05.06.2012 | Home
John Feffer

The very ideology that the United States assumed would defeat all comers has in fact been turned against the United States. Liberal democracy contains within it the very seeds of the American empire's destruction. Call it blowback, TINA-style.

Stopping Genocide: The Responsibility to Protect

Thor Halvorssen | Posted 03.21.2012 | Home
Thor Halvorssen

For "Responsibility to Protect" to work, civil society must play the leading role in pressuring governments. They won't act unless we force them to do so -- consistently and with integrity.

Dirty Networks and How They Fall Apart

Philip N. Howard | Posted 02.26.2012 | Home
Philip N. Howard

One of the least understood aspects of network interaction concerns negative social capital and links between dictators -- what I would call "dirty networks."

North Korea: Behind the Veil (VIDEO)

Thor Halvorssen | Posted 02.20.2012 | Home
Thor Halvorssen

Hear from two of the world's most prominent North Korean dissidents and one of the world's most prominent North Korea experts.

Remembering Vaclav Havel

Andrew Nagorski | Posted 02.20.2012 | Home
Andrew Nagorski

Looking back at my encounters with Havel, I'm struck by three dominant character traits: his moral courage, his ability to recognize and live with the contradictions of human behavior, and his sense of the absurd.

Kim Jong Il's Strange Food And Drink Cravings

Food Republic | Posted 02.18.2012 | Home
Food Republic

The elder Kim kept such draconian control of information that very little is known about the country. What we do know comes from the handful of dissidents who have escaped.

The Fate of Dictators -- Justice and Revenge

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 02.02.2012 | Home
Azeem Ibrahim

Now that Syria has been declared by the United Nations to be in a state of civil war, President Assad must be reflecting on the fate of leaders in the Middle East who have been overthrown recently.

A Dictators' Dead Pool for 2012: Predicting Crisis or Forecasting Opportunity?

Philip N. Howard | Posted 01.31.2012 | Home
Philip N. Howard

It may seem crass to make a dictators' dead pool. But given the murderous history of some of strongmen who might be on the list, it is not unreasonable to think through the means and implications of their departure.

Fast Food Chain's New Ads Feature Dead Dictators Dancing

Posted 12.01.2011 | Home

Johannesberg-based fast food chain Nando's is known for two things: its spicy peri-peri chicken and its racy commercials. AdAge has praised the compan...

Waiting for the Dawn: Minsk Rises by Eric Almeida

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Nina Sankovitch

How can a westerner begin to understand what life is like in such a country as Belarus? By reading Eric Almeida's gripping political thriller, Minsk Rises.

Arab Spring Success Requires Islamists to Share

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 12.27.2011 | Home
Daoud Kuttab

The Arab Spring will produce a mix of individuals subscribing to old and new ideologies. But as long as they are committed to power sharing and the voluntary nonviolent transfer of power, the revolution and the sacrifices would have been worth it.

Watching and Calculating, African Governments Learn From the Arab Spring

Ben Cole | Posted 09.04.2011 | Technology
Ben Cole

As the Arab Spring continues to roar, many African governments have begun taking strong stances on Internet freedoms, even before most of their populations have had the chance to experience the free and open Internet.

The Dirty Tricks Dictators Play

John Jackson | Posted 08.11.2011 | Home
John Jackson

It is clearer than ever, that movements that are disciplined, non-violent, unified, and politically cunning, pose powerful threats to the autocrats they challenge.

The Insein Strikers Need Solidarity

Matthew Smith | Posted 07.25.2011 | Home
Matthew Smith

On Saturday, 17 male inmates in Burma's Insein Prison joined at least five women who had been on a hunger strike since May 17. This bold and risky move comes on the heels of a "general amnesty" for 14,600 prisoners freed last week.

The Professors of Protest and the University of Revolution

John Jackson | Posted 05.30.2011 | Impact
John Jackson

Srdja Popovic, a former Otpor leader and Founder of CANVAS will be speaking at Columbia University next week on the strategy and organization of non-violent revolution.

Dictatorship vs. Democracy

Aparna Pande | Posted 05.29.2011 | Home
Aparna Pande

While discussing the current Middle East situation in a recent interview, former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf asserted that "good dictatorship...

Understanding the Mindset of a Dictator

Bekeh Utietiang | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Bekeh Utietiang

Dictators do not see the uprisings against them as a sign that their regimes are unpopular.

Toppling Dictators with a Lethal Dose of Technology and Nonviolent Action

Stephanie Rudat | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Stephanie Rudat

Ahmed Salah, an Egyptian journalist and activist who had survived torture while incarcerated in jail for pushing against the regime, brought his mission to the United States.

Making Peace with Gaddafi

Dovid Efune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dovid Efune

What would possess a Jew, whose family had suffered at Gaddafi's hands, to pursue an active agenda in service of Gaddafi's rehabilitation and the furthering of his twisted agenda?

George Washington vs. Barack Obama: A Question of Character

Carol Smaldino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Carol Smaldino

I still have a strange sense of hope for change, but it is not coming from Barack Obama. Rather it is coming from public rumblings that I'm beginning ...

Mubarak's Exit and America's Choice

Jalal Alamgir | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jalal Alamgir

In cases in which an Islamist party was elected fairly to power, democracy was indeed dismantled, but not by the Islamists. It was dismantled by the paranoid reaction of America and its allies.

Slideshow: Protests Sweep Middle East

The Huffington Post | Mark Hanrahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Following uprisings that deposed leaders in both Egypt and Tunisia, a wave of protest movements have engulfed the Middle East in recent days. Protest...