Lawlessness has been working out pretty well for Putin -- when courts don't work, and when the investigators are specialized in inventing cases rather than solving crimes, the Kremlin becomes the ultimate arbiter in the system.
Long a staunch US ally and once a reliable partner in the region, under the nose of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton Thailand has morphed into a threat to regional peace and serial human rights abuser.
The U.S. policy toward Thailand is an exercise in pragmatic preservation and avoidance of open disagreement. A true ally should make reasonable requests to bolster long-term relations with the Thai people.
Central Europe has long been a place where empires from the East and West have come to settle their differences. It will be very important for Obama to use this trip to help unify Eastern and Western Europe against Moscow's efforts to sow divisions.
Poised to win as much as 20% of Parliament's seats, Jobbik -- the increasingly popular far right party known for its militaristic rhetoric and hate speech -- is sending a shock through minority communities in Hungary.
In recent years, dozens of lawyers have been forced into prison, out of the country, or worse. Yet despite these outrages, and the fraud schemes they're associated with, not a thing is being done to stop this.
Brazil is impressive to international observers for its economic growth, low inflation, and firmly established democratic institutions. But the question remains: what kind role in the world does Brazil want to play?
The grotesque level of corruption in both Russia and Venezuela should stimulate the discussion as to whether their predatory natures constitute not only an international crime, but also a breach of fundamental human rights.