Category: Asia

Robert L. Bernstein, publisher of dissidents, champion of dissent, R.I.P.

     

Robert L. Bernstein, who dominated the publishing industry for more than two decades as the chief executive of Random House, and who helped pry open closed societies around the world… Read more »

Tiananmen legacy? China’s new authoritarian equilibrium

     

In the realm of global power distribution, as in any area where human agency remains paramount, trends need not become outcomes, notes Andrew A. Michta, dean of the College of… Read more »

Modi’s ‘majoritarian state’ threatens India’s multi-party democracy

     

This week’s election in the world’s two most populous democratic land masses — India and Europe — confirmed the global advance of ethno-nationalism, according to FT analyst Edward Luce, author of… Read more »

Five ‘democratic’ principles to reconcile AI, dissent and rule of law

     

A coalition of countries dedicated to promoting democracy and economic development, has announced a set of five principles for the development and deployment of artificial intelligence, writes Will Knight, MIT… Read more »

China perfecting tools to erase identity and dissent

     

China is using “concentration camps,” electronic surveillance and persecution in an Orwellian war on religion, Nicholas Kristof writes for The New York Times. This is the vision of high-tech surveillance… Read more »

China’s Repression Model: Tiananmen crackdown anniversary

     

  A Taiwanese artist has created a giant inflatable depiction of the iconic “tank man” scene to mark 30 years since China’s bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protests. The photo of… Read more »

China’s ‘Algorithms of Oppression’: weaponizing artificial intelligence

     

Since April 2017, the Chinese government has interned, imprisoned, or forcibly disappeared at least 435 intellectuals as part of its intensified assault on Uyghurs and erasure of their culture. This… Read more »

A new kind of Cold War? Facing up to China’s sharp power strategy

     

A previously unreported meeting is an example of how the Chinese government directly — and often secretly — engages in political activity in Australia, making the nation a laboratory for… Read more »

‘Global Crisis of Democracy’: a new tide of authoritarianism is gathering

     

Democracy faces a global crisis, according to a leading analyst. Over the past decade, one in six democracies has failed. Today only a bare majority of the world’s larger states… Read more »