TEHRAN — Conservatives aligned with Iran’s supreme leader may enjoy his support, but their inability to rally support behind a single candidate could hurt their chances of replacing Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president.
Blind civil-rights activist Chen Guangcheng, who gained international recognition for taking on China's one-child policy and other causes, set off a diplomatic firestorm last year when he escaped house arrest in China and fled to the U.S.
The U.S. State Department has released its "Country Reports On Human Rights Practices" for 2012, highlighting crackdowns on civil society, struggles for democratic change, and threats to freedom of expression.
A Russian deputy from the northwestern Leningrad Region’s legislative assembly, who is also the leader of the ruling United Russia party’s regional branch, has asked US President Barack Obama to put him on the so-called Magnitsky List, the party reported...
When two Swedish economists set out to examine whether economic freedom made people any more or less racist, they knew how they would gauge economic freedom, but they needed to find a way to measure a country's level of racial tolerance.
MOSCOW – Thousands of protesters crowded a square in central Moscow on Monday to demand political freedoms and an end to corruption, in an attempt to inject new life into Russia’s flagging opposition movement.
Worldcrunch.com / KOMMERSANT MOSCOW – There's a novelty for the spring in two of the capital's parks that has the air of democracy: Muscovites can noq submit applications to hold public events on the official websites of Gorky Park and Sokolniki...
What is the worth of religion? In Lebanon, it is everything and nothing at all. The country has 18 constitutionally recognized sects, and those sects dictate marriage, divorce, inheritance, political position and votes.
Matt Beiriger's insight:
Very interesting look at the impact of religious cleavage on constitutionalism on Lebanon.
The Russian Ministry of Justice said on Tuesday it was filing a legal suit against an election monitoring non-governmental organization, Golos (Voice), under the recently introduced law on “foreign agents.” ...