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Dictatorship

The World's Leaders Are Failing To Curb Corruption. Here's Why

Frank Vogl | Posted 09.23.2014 | Crime
Frank Vogl

Rogue current and former dictators and global bribe-paying giant corporations are enjoying levels of impunity, which only encourage international corruption and money laundering. The G20 needs to use this event to forcefully declare "NO IMPUNITY."

Dear Anti-Marcoses, Pro-Marcoses, and the Spirit of Philippine Martial Law

Bino A. Realuyo | Posted 09.20.2014 | World
Bino A. Realuyo

The success of the political landscape of the Philippines is contigent upon how we can move the populace out of poverty and bring them to the educated middle class with power and decision making.

Putin: The Psyche of the Modern Dictator

Max Dorfman | Posted 09.05.2014 | Politics
Max Dorfman

There are numerous factors that have contributed to Putin's rise; but perhaps most pertinent is the psychological trauma Russians experienced, as their nation fell from world power status. There is no easy way to reconcile oneself to that reality

The Tyranny of the Nanny State, Where the Government Knows What's Best for You

John W. Whitehead | Posted 10.11.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Having allowed the government to expand and exceed our reach, we find ourselves on the losing end of a tug-of-war over control of our country and our lives.

The Belarus Free Theatre: Committing Dangerous Acts

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 09.28.2014 | Arts
Marcia G. Yerman

Tthe hardships of living under the claustrophobic and brutal Belarusian regime of death squads, disappeared persons and jailings has gone under the radar. Hopefully, this documentary will boost concern and ignite interest and support for those who are suffering.

Are Brazil's Police Reformable?

Robert Muggah | Posted 06.15.2014 | World
Robert Muggah

There are signs that Brazil's already hyper-militarized culture of public security provision is becoming even more securitized. Nowhere are the risks more evident than in Rio de Janeiro where 4,000 federal forces were deployed this month to occupy the city´s most violent favelas, including Maré.

Coming Home to Santiago, Where I've Been All Along

Mason Bryan | Posted 08.05.2014 | Travel
Mason Bryan

I hadn't been in Santiago for a while. Now that I'm back, however, the truth is I'm not filled with the same apathy I was when I left three months ago to gallivant around Patagonia .

What is North Korea So Afraid Of?

Mike Kim | Posted 05.14.2014 | Impact
Mike Kim

In one year, three missionaries were detained in North Korea from America, South Korea and Australia.

An Impossible Choice

Advita Fund | Posted 05.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Advita Fund

Last week Russian forces entered Crimea under the pretense of protecting Russian nationals, despite no evidence of violence whatsoever. This week th...

I Am a Ukrainian

Paul Steven Stone | Posted 04.25.2014 | Politics
Paul Steven Stone

How can you not stand up and cheer at what we've just witnessed in Eastern Europe? To see an entire populace rise up against injustice, autocracy and the armed lackeys of a corrupt police state reminds me of what real courage looks like.

Guatemala: Digging Up the Past

Barbara Borst | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Barbara Borst

Human rights defenders began to gather names and details of massacres before there was any chance of prosecuting Guatemala's leaders and security forces for atrocities.

Joyless Justice: The Unhappy Legacy of Pakistan's Newly 'Independent' Judiciary

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari | Posted 02.10.2014 | World
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

I am hopeful with the retirement of the infamous Chief Justice, Pakistan will not only have an independent judiciary but an unbiased one as well. Unlike Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, the remaining Justices are the true heroes of the Lawyers' Movement.

Pope Francis, Liberal Populist

Brent Budowsky | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Politically the moral leadership of the pope is bad news for those Republicans, conservatives, Tea Party advocates and libertarians who politically worship at the altar of the unbridled and unregulated excesses of capitalism that Francis deplores.

Using Our Resources Wisely

Harun Yahya | Posted 10.08.2013 | Religion
Harun Yahya

It is of paramount importance to eliminate the threat created by the sectarian clashes in the MENA region. That being said, the methods to be employed to end this very serious problem should be thought very carefully.

The Ghost of Gamal Abdul Nasser

Sami Moubayed | Posted 09.29.2013 | Politics
Sami Moubayed

Egypt's Abdul Fattah al-Sisi is starting to look like Libya's Muammar al-Gaddafi, Uganda's Idi Amin, and Italy's Benito Mussolini. The neatly pressed military uniform, the colorful assortment of ribbons and medals, along with the dark sunglasses, all make him look distant, mystical, and ruthless.

A Victory for Press Freedom Happens In Spite of Obama

Jason Ditz | Posted 09.24.2013 | Media
Jason Ditz

One of the top journalists in Yemen, Abdulelah Haider Shaye has been in prison for two and a half years on charges of providing aid to a terrorist organization. His crime is a straightforward one: reporting the unvarnished truth.

The Greek Diaspora: A People Neglected

Justine Frangouli-Argyris | Posted 09.07.2013 | World
Justine Frangouli-Argyris

This may just be the Greek state's last chance to help the Greek Diaspora reach its full potential and become a force that can eventually be instrumental in bringing Greece, once again, back from the brink.

Are Coups Always Bad?

Sami Moubayed | Posted 09.07.2013 | World
Sami Moubayed

We now have to ask ourselves: Are coups always bad? Because of our bad experience with coups, we tend to permanently associate their engineers with suppression, lack of freedoms, arbitrary arrests, flamboyant generals, and decades-long rule.

Justified Paranoia

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 09.01.2013 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

In Paranoia, Victor Martinovich has crafted a novel so real that the government of Belarus banned it two days after it was published in that country. ...

How Do You Govern Your Family Road Trip?

Kari Haugeto | Posted 08.09.2013 | Travel
Kari Haugeto

Five hours into the drive from Atlanta to Washington, our kids tried to stage a coup. It happened at the worst possible moment in our trip, during a pit stop at a rest area on Interstate 85 in a remote part of North Carolina.

Pamela Yates on Her New Documentary Used in Guatemalan Dictator Genocide Trial

Vanessa Erazo | Posted 07.23.2013 | Latino Voices
Vanessa Erazo

"To see the 86 year old Ríos Montt looking at his 30-year-younger self projected in the courtroom was stunning. Now he looks old and weak, but in the film footage he looks strong, vital, arrogant. It was a good reminder of the absolute power he wielded as a ruthless General in 1982."

Life Lessons Learned From My Toddler

Toni Nagy | Posted 07.16.2013 | Parents
Toni Nagy

Toddlerhood is a challenging stage. My daughter has the newfound ability to express her wants, needs and excessively irrational, endless, countless, infinite demands with words, yet lacks the decency to keep it to herself.

Deliberative Democracy Outreasons Enlightened Dictatorship

David Moshman | Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics
David Moshman

A recently published study compared tiny democracies to tiny dictatorships. The democracies, on average, were more rational.

The "Politics" of Business

Zachary K. Pearce | Posted 04.27.2013 | Business
Zachary K. Pearce

Thinking about both democratic and authoritarian regimes, including the dire circumstances surrounding them throughout history, and even in the contemporary world, how do these ideas connect to business? The answer may be more obvious than you think.

Despots, Dictators And The Art They Loved

ARTINFO | Posted 03.25.2013 | Arts
ARTINFO

It is a well-known fact that taste has nothing to do with morality. On auction floors and at art fairs, autocrats and Ponzi schemers rub elbows with r...