Category: Dictatorships

‘Father of North Korean human rights movement’ will be recognized by history

     

North Koreans remain trapped in a “vicious cycle of deprivation, corruption, repression” and endemic bribery, according to a report from the UN human rights office. The analysis titled “The Price… Read more »

Kremlin playbook exposed: ‘stealing news to shape views’

     

Nationalists and populists are attempting to exploit frustrations with the European Union to question fundamental democratic values in Central and Eastern Europe, while such external forces as Russia or China… Read more »

Violent repression of Sudan’s civilian movement sends ‘ominous message’ for region’s democratic ambitions

     

At least 13 protesters were killed and several others injured on Monday when the Sudanese military opened fire to break up a sit-in, according to a local doctors’ union, CNN reports:… Read more »

‘Rule By Fear’: China’s democracy movement faces new challenges

     

The 30th anniversary of the crackdown on the Tiananmen Square protests has brought the realization that a prosperous middle-class China will not necessarily turn against the ruling Communist party, as many outside… Read more »

New Tiananmen documents expose power games behind massacre

     

In hindsight, the crushing of the 1989 democracy movement was a clear indication that China’s leadership understood and rejected the cost of moving onto “the right side of history” and… Read more »

Link trade & human rights to democratize China, says Tiananmen veteran

     

In May 1989, Wang Dan was 20 years old. With a megaphone held up to his thin face, which was in part masked by his large glasses, he rallied the… 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 »

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 ‘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 »