Category: Dictatorships

Russia protests show Kremlin ‘failing to keep its system afloat’

     

  Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny today walked out of a Moscow jail after serving a 30-day sentence for violating Russia’s restrictive protest laws. He spoke defiantly to journalists waiting… Read more »

Pro-democracy protests are ‘rattling’ China’s leadership – and the world

     

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement is rattling China’s leadership – and the world, Newsweek reports. “We may be seeing a tragedy unfolding again right before our eyes,” said Stephen Roach, the… Read more »

Facebook, Google, Twitter and the ‘Digital Disinformation Mess’

     

With platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, modern-day purveyors of disinformation need only a computer or smartphone and an internet connection to reach a potentially huge audience — openly, anonymously… Read more »

‘Autocracy Now’ – personalized authoritarianism

     

  The leading figures on the world stage today practice a brutal, smash-mouth politics, a personalized authoritarianism, notes Foreign Affairs editor Gideon Rose. Old-school strongmen, they do whatever is needed to… Read more »

Money, muscle, media: China’s soft power failure makes CCP leaders ‘look like bullies’

     

  China has deployed a three-pronged strategy to suffocate pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong — propaganda, economic leverage and intimidation, or media, money, and muscle. For instance, videos – including… Read more »

China vs. Democracy

     

The U.S.-China trade dispute is now about much more than economics—it’s testing whether a democratically elected government can prevail in the face of the authoritarian government of the world’s most… Read more »

Another Tiananmen? Alarming echoes of 1989 in Hong Kong protests

     

An estimated 1.7 million people took part in a peaceful pro-democracy protest (NYT/CFR) in the city center yesterday, the second-largest demonstration since the protest movement began more than two months… Read more »

Hong Kong: Why China’s propagandists peddle ‘black-hands’ myth

     

Since he took power seven years ago, President Xi Jinping has faced a growing din of foreign condemnation over his government’s human rights record, a trade war that has sapped… Read more »

‘Winning Without Fighting’? A strategy to counter autocrats’ political warfare

     

In the Russian view of information warfare, there is no front line and rear areas, and no non-combatants, Chatham House reports. According to Russia’s Chief of General Staff General Valeriy… Read more »

Hong Kong: ‘the China model is cracking’

     

China’s President Xi Jinping and his comrades have  been weathering a political storm, with the growing pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong adding to pressure on a regime already locked in… Read more »