Category: Dictatorships

Algeria’s civil society resilient in ‘epic standoff’ with military

     

The street has stared down the army, and the army has blinked. So the epic standoff in Algeria — Africa’s largest country, the oil-rich neighbor of Libya, strategically situated on… Read more »

Call to blacklist China’s human rights abusers as ‘trailblazing’ dissident jailed

     

Representatives from Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa) have submitted to the U.S. State Department a list of the Chinese regime’s worst human rights abusers. The website Minghui.org, which has… Read more »

Strategic Competition: Is China winning the ideological battle?

     

Beijing’s new national security White Paper flags the fact that America and China are now competing superpowers, and that China’s growing military forces are developing to the point where they… Read more »

Responding to threats from Venezuela’s ‘criminal state’

     

Venezuela’s humanitarian, economic, and political crisis has forced millions of citizens to flee, created a lawless environment where crime rates are astronomically high, and has given rise to the presence… Read more »

Does the China Model challenge democracy’s global appeal?

     

With its economic success, China seems to convey to the world that democracy is not a prerequisite for prosperity and social well-being, says analyst Emily S. Chen. At least for… Read more »

How China’s ‘malign influence’ is corroding democracies

     

The primaries for Taiwan’s forthcoming presidential election are highlighting fears over China’s political influence. Pro-Beijing media are being credited with populist Han Kuo-Yu’s victory to lead the opposition, The Financial… Read more »

‘Beyond the Veneer of Reform’: Ricardo Bofill, an icon of the Cuban resistance, R.I.P.

     

Pro-democracy activists are mourning the loss of a leading architect of Cuba’s civil society and human rights movement. “The seed of this civil society was planted on January 28, 1976,… Read more »

‘China is not an enemy’? Barefoot lawyer’s death puts focus on CCP regime

     

Ji Sizun received the news that he had won a prestigious human rights distinction, the Cao Shunli Memorial Award, in honour of the veteran Chinese activist who died in 2014… Read more »

China ‘normalizing and enabling’ global authoritarianism

     

Thirty years have passed, yet China’s Communist Party is only becoming more authoritarian and cruel, notes Xiao Qiang, the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of China Digital Times, a bilingual  website launched… Read more »