Almost one-third of countries around the world are authoritarian regimes with the trappings of democracy. Their bad behavior poses a threat to real democracies, as the United States recently learned.
Strikes and rallies have gripped Colombia for months. That's bad news for its new government but a sign of progress in a country that had little tolerance for dissent during its 52-year civil war.
For decades, Bangladesh had a very vibrant – and highly political – rock scene. But the genre is struggling to survive the country's crackdown on dissent and increasing Islamic conservatism.
The arrest and sentencing of Somalilander Naima Qorane for publishing pro-unity poetry is just the tip of the iceberg in a state that's eager to maintain its sovereignity as a nation.
Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan has called for a school boycott to change the nation's gun laws and make schools safer. A scholar who studies protest explains how the boycott could work.
Citizen activists can influence the policy positions of their elected representatives. Their activism might well counter the advantages of the wealthy in America.
It's not a new phenomenon that scientists who challenge the orthodoxy or policy positions suffer career ramifications.
South Africa needs to build a mental infrastructure that will allow people to individually and collectively engage in a bold, courageous and trutfhul dialogue.
There were more protests in Britain last year than at any time since the 1970s.
We are in danger of losing sight of what freedom is.