Press Freedom

Abbas Salehi - Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance (MCIG) - Censorship and Sanctions: Should the US Sanction Iran’s Minister of Culture?
Censorship and Sanctions: Should the US Sanction Iran’s Minister of Culture?

Since the 1980s, the MCIG has played a leading role in suppressing political and cultural speech that contradicts Tehran’s revolutionary creed. But while the Obama administration sanctioned the ministry in 2012 for engaging in censorship, its current leadership has escaped Washington’s attention. By sanctioning the ministry’s current head, Abbas Salehi, Washington can send the mullahs a message that their ideologically driven repression will carry a price.

Can Youth Democracy Movements Survive in Hong Kong?
Can Youth Democracy Movements Survive in Hong Kong?

The biggest demonstration of civil disobedience in China since Tiananmen Square was led by high school youths. The recent protests in Hong Kong have proven that there is a credible movement against the Chinese Communist Party.

Frontlines or Sidelines for America’s Values?
Frontlines or Sidelines for America’s Values?

After reading Secretary Tillerson’s recent address, which tried to explain how “this administration’s policies of ‘America first’ fit into our foreign policy,” I am struck not so much by Tillerson’s attempt to decouple American interests and ideals, but by the chasm separating this speech from one given more than 75 years ago.

Winter is Coming Book Review Garry Kasparov
Better Bundle Up

Kasparov argues in Winter is Coming that Putin and his kleptocratic government poses serious risks for the world’s democracies as the oligarchs maintain their wealth and power by any means necessary.

Faith and a Free Press, Under Assault
Faith and a Free Press, Under Assault

The earliest champions of a free press were not Enlightenment philosophes. They were dissenting Christians, most of them Protestants, battling the political and religious authoritarians of the day.