Category: Dictatorships

COVID-19: A ‘breakthrough moment’ for China’s sharp power in global battle of narratives?

     

    Tomorrow’s front page of The Financial Times (above) confirms that the UK is the latest democracy to adopt unprecedented measures in an effort to combat the coronavirus pandemic…. Read more »

Why autocratic power grabs ‘may bode well’ for democracy

     

Even in an age of widespread disillusionment with democracy, a universally appealing alternative has yet to emerge, note analysts Adam E. Casey and Seva Gunitsky. The turn to personalism, for all the… Read more »

Cuba creating a Venezuelan dictatorship in its own image

     

Much has been written about the Cuban regime’s infiltration of Venezuela, its meddling and direct participation in government institutions and organisms, notes international human rights lawyer Tamara Suju (above), the… Read more »

Pandemic polarization: Don’t blame ‘China’ – blame Chinese Communist Party – for coronavirus

     

The United States has accused China, Russia and Iran of carrying out disinformation campaigns related to the coronavirus pandemic, in what is an apparent effort to sow fear and confusion,… Read more »

How the coronavirus ‘exposes lie at the heart of Communist China’

     

As the world tries to contain the spread of the coronavirus epidemic, it needs to heed the message coming from Chinese democrats, which is that we all have a stake… Read more »

For democratic transitions – reform or revolution?

     

From Mexico to Iran, democracy is often a casualty of revolutionary politics undertaken in the name of liberty or opposition to tyranny, says a leading observer. The best-known modern revolutions… Read more »

How the rest learned to fight the West

     

China’s ruling Communist Party, government, and armed forces have been instructed (for example, in the leaked “Communiqué on the Current State of the Ideological Sphere”) to attack the promotion of… Read more »

Stand with North Korean victims

     

The South Korean government should re-engage on promoting accountability for human rights abuses in North Korea, according to a coalition of rights-oriented groups, including partners of the National Endowment for… Read more »

How democratic Taiwan outperformed authoritarian China on coronavirus outbreak

     

Taiwan’s example proves that the free flow of information is the best treatment for the coronavirus outbreak, analyst Victor (Lin) Pu writes for The Diplomat:  …..Even though Taiwan has not… Read more »

Russia and China: Axis of revisionists?

     

China and Russia are revisionist powers in as much as they share a commitment to creating a “post-West” global order which takes their interests into account and is conducive to… Read more »