When History Catches Up With Authoritarianism

  • Mon, 03/07/2011 - 11:00

The swell of people power across the Middle East and North Africa in recent weeks has laid bare the human yearning for freedom from the injustices of authoritarian dictatorships.

Wake Up and Smell the Jasmine

  • Thu, 03/03/2011 - 11:00

Instead of stomping out every faint sign of unrest, Beijing should get ahead of the curve and embrace real political change.

Repeated Calls For 'Jasmine Strolls' In China

  • Thu, 03/03/2011 - 11:00

Repeated calls for “Jasmine Strolls” in Chinese cities, including Beijing, emanating from overseas Chinese web sites have added to the nervousness of the Chinese authorities.

Tiananmen 2.0? Freedom is coming to China one way or another

  • Thu, 03/03/2011 - 11:00

China's fierce crackdown of sporadic protests in recent weeks shows that Communist leaders there are watching the Arab uprisings with great anxiety. China would be wise to stay ahead of events by rolling out political reforms.

New War Ahead: China-Pakistan vs. U.S.A.

  • Thu, 03/03/2011 - 11:00

China has been deploying thousands of soldiers in the strategic Gilgit-Baltistan, a mountainous area in northern Pakistan, and a region historically contested by Pakistan, India and its inhabitants.

Right Without a Remedy

  • Tue, 03/01/2011 - 11:00

In a landmark case three years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, who are not American citizens have “the constitutional privilege of habeas corpus.” It gives them the right to have a federal judge decide promptly whether their detention is illegal and, if so, order their release because the United States controls the place they are held.

Washing Away a Call to Protest in Beijing

  • Mon, 02/28/2011 - 11:00

Any hint of “jasmine revolution” in Beijing was swept away Sunday, first by legions of police, then by trucks spraying water onto a shopping street in the center of the Chinese capital.

In China's "Jasmine" Crackdown, Image Matters

  • Mon, 02/28/2011 - 11:00

After the paranoid and sometimes violent response to yesterday's thwarted "jasmine rallies," a question hangs in the air: why would a government that seems so strong react with such fear?

After Protests, Beijing Cracks Down

  • Fri, 02/25/2011 - 11:00

Last Sunday's planned protests were something of a bust but that hasn't stopped activists from posting another series of anonymous letters on the US-based Chinese language website Boxun urging Chinese citizens to take to the streets this weekend.

Tiananmen 2.0: Why China Is Not Immune to the Tunisia Effect

  • Thu, 02/24/2011 - 11:00

Last spring, I was waiting for a bus in Cairo. Dawn was just breaking, and Tahrir Square, where the bus station was located, was empty except for the omnipresent face of Hosni Mubarak, on posters that covered giant billboards and buildings all over the city.