Category: Dictatorships

Anti-Uyghur campaign is China’s ‘most intense social-engineering drive in decades’

     

China says it will welcome UN officials to visit Muslim-majority region of Xinjiang, following reports that the regime has incarcerated as many as one million Uyghurs in indoctrination camps. Beijing claims UN observers… Read more »

Nicaragua: Pope seeks dialog, regime commits ‘crimes against humanity’ 

     

Pope Francis today expressed the hope that a process of reconciliation could help resolve Nicaragua’s crisis. “The various political and social groups may find in dialogue the royal road to… Read more »

Egypt’s Sisi on defensive over human rights, civil society crackdown

     

Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has denied his country holds any political prisoners, despite rights groups saying tens of thousands are currently detained, The Independent reports: In the five years since Mr… Read more »

Venezuela no longer a model nation

     

Venezuela was once a model nation, prosperous, advanced, democratic. Did Antonio Ledezma ever imagine that it could slide into tyranny and poverty — not just poverty but starvation itself? “No,… Read more »

China’s pre-Christmas crackdown raises alarm

     

A recent surge of police action against churches in China has raised concerns the government is getting even tougher on unsanctioned Christian activity, the BBC reports: Among those arrested are… Read more »

Clash of ideas key in political warfare against neo-authoritarians

     

Both Russia and China are governed by opaque, highly centralized and increasingly personalized governments. Political warfare, for such regimes, is second nature, according to Hal Brands, the Henry A. Kissinger… Read more »

‘Realizing Rights over Repression in Iran’ – the case for Magnitsky sanctions

     

  Iran has sentenced two human rights lawyers to six years in prison and a third to 13 years, AP reports: The Arman daily said Ghasem Sholeh-Saadi and Arash Keikhosravi were… Read more »

Lyudmila M. Alexeyeva, R.I.P.

     

Democracy and human rights advocates are mourning the loss of Lyudmila M. Alexeyeva, a leader of the Russian human rights movement in the Soviet Union and in the era of… Read more »

Austerity squeeze: middle class discontent stirs memories of Arab Spring

     

A wave of economic austerity is squeezing the Arab world’s middle class, pushing a segment of society that is key to growth and stability into making painful cutbacks and fueling… Read more »

China’s big-data authoritarianism a more dangerous adversary than Soviet Communism

     

Recent changes ushered into U.S. foreign policy could end up being highly consequential and may even resemble the Truman moment, when over a short period America dramatically changed its views of the… Read more »