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Gay rights activist arrested

In Russia, activists struggle against rising homophobia and a government crack down on LGBT rights.

President of Taiwan Ma Ying-jeou

The right-wing think tank received big money from Taiwan’s government at the same time that it was churning out policy papers and articles urging US military aid to Taipei.

Nelson Mandela

Although most black South Africans revere Mandela and his party for defeating apartheid, many are realizing that fighting inequality and achieving full citizenship will mean taking on the ANC.

Chinese and American flags

How Washington’s and Beijing’s visions for the future may turn into a nightmare.

Supporters of Hassan Rouhani

In a clear challenge to hardliners, President-elect Hassan Rouhani vowed, ‘I have come to destroy extremism.’

Guatemala's ex-dictator Efrain Rios Montt

The reputations of Reagan-era officials who enabled the Guatemalan genocide have not been tarnished.

Nelson Mandela

South Africans of all races have reason to celebrate the life of the country’s first post-apartheid president.

Congolese soldier

The US military's involvement in the unraveling of a continent.

Taksim Square, Istanbul, Turkey

Western media are characterizing the demonstrations as a clash between Islamism and secularism—but it’s government abuse of power that Turks are protesting.

Hezbollah supporters in Syria

The Lebanese militia is now deeply embroiled in the Syrian civil war, which has become part of a regional struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran. 

Blogs

Violence against civilians is endemic in Indian Kashmir, where activists are fighting back against a culture of official impunity.

May 15, 2014

Are politicians trying to advocate for human rights in Iran hurting their own cause?

May 14, 2014

Boko Haram is a monstrous group, but fighting it is not America’s job.

May 14, 2014

Nation contributing editor Stephen Cohen appears on Democracy Now to discuss the frightening implications of US support for the ruling government in Kiev.

May 12, 2014

Hardliners in Israel, in Iran and in Congress are in the minority, it seems.

May 12, 2014

Many families in Nigeria are already skeptical about women’s education. The government’s failure to protect schoolgirls makes it worse.

May 9, 2014

If so, perhaps a diplomatic resolution of the Ukraine crisis is in sight.

May 8, 2014

“I cannot begin to comprehend the terror you are feeling,” says Melissa Harris-Perry in her open letter.

May 5, 2014

The web of hydrocarbon ties between Germany and Russia will heat the planet, but cool the conflict.

May 5, 2014

A former State Department official says that the way to stop Putin in Ukraine is to bomb Syria. Get it? Me neither.

May 2, 2014