In recent history, societies have become wealthier, healthier and more democratic but also more secular, more open and more tolerant.
A report from researchers at the University of Cambridge found a global rise in democratic "malaise." The subsequent rise in populism is "less a cause" and "more a symptom," they say.
The slow, discreet spread of participatory democracy to almost every country in the world should give us hope.
Reza Pahlavi said U.S. lawmakers must set aside their differences and establish a bipartisan, pro-democracy agenda on Iran.
Likely related to a Republican-controlled national government or even President Donald Trumps' impeachment, Democrats are particularly unhappy with the state of affairs.
What started in 2010, with Citizens United, has brought us to where we are today, with Donald Trump in the White House. It doesn't have to be this way.
"We must leave no room for collusion and interaction between Hong Kong's radical opposition and the U.S. government," an editorial in The Global Times argued.
"How we respond to this abuse will determine whether the web lives up to its potential as a global force for good or leads us into a digital dystopia," Sir Tim Berners-Lee has warned.
The truth is, there's no good reason why these informed, free-thinking teens—a fair number of whom pay taxes—can't participate in federal elections.
The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 bill would allow the U.S. to sanction Chinese and Hong Kong officials believed to be undermining the territory's autonomy.
At least 750 children have been arrested by Hong Kong police since mass anti-government protests broke out in June.
President Xi Jinping is running a ruthless police state dictatorship, and any fantasies claiming otherwise betray the people fighting for freedom in Hong Kong and elsewhere.
With massive protests set to continue this weekend, the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act will send an important signal that the United States will protect the rights of the people of Hong Kong.
President Donald Trump's alleged abuse of power has cast a shadow over relations between Washington and Kyiv, and democracy more generally.
The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 moved through the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee Wednesday.
More than 75 mosaics of comprised of posters, flyers and Post-it notes have sprung up across public spaces in Hong Kong, reiterating protesters' calls for democracy and denouncing China's efforts to bring the former British colony to heel.
An editorial in the state-run China Daily said Beijing would not allow the U.S. to interfere in what it called its "internal affairs."
Government by centuries-old conventions and uncodified rules makes it possible for the powerful to manipulate the system for their own ends
Tens of thousands of protesters descended on the U.S. consulate in Hong Kong on Sunday, calling on the Trump administration to lend more support.
"Hong Kongers are fighting for freedom, fighting for democracy, fighting for human rights," a pro-democracy activist said. "These are values that the United States stands for."
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis penned a reflective condemnation of his old boss, President Donald Trump, and urged Americans to reject the "tribalism" and divisive rhetoric stirred up by the current administration.
The photo was taken on Sunday evening, during a clash between police and protesters in the Tsuen Wan area of Hong Kong.
A clumsy crackdown that evokes Tiananmen Square, President Xi Jinping would have to know, would be a disaster for Beijing.
California Senator Kamala Harris accused Russia of deliberately using racism to disrupt the 2016 U.S. presidential elections and provoke Americans into fighting against each another.
What began as a movement against a new extradition law has spiraled into a larger conflict between Hong Kong residents and the Communist Party regime in Beijing.
"The way forward is genuine democratic elections, not violence in the streets," Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said.
Reclaiming democracy requires ending big money in politics, stopping corporate welfare, busting up monopolies and stopping voter suppression. It is the bedrock for everything else America must do.
Putin claimed that traditional Western liberalism has "come into conflict with the interests of the overwhelming majority of the population."