All Articles on Authoritarianism

Ms. Hathloul was produced in court on Wednesday. She has been imprisoned for two years, during which she was allegedly tortured and subjected to sexual abuse. (Photo: Loujain al-Hathloul) Views
Hyper-Patriarchal Saudi Arabia Equates Mild Feminism With Terrorism, as Sen. Murphy Calls on Biden To Review Ties With Kingdom
There is nothing in Islam that forbids women to drive, and all the 900 million Muslim women have all along driven except in Saudi Arabia.
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 Trump must be denounced and defrocked through the fair, transparent means that are given us to deal with such crimes, means that lie at the very heart of our collective existence. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images) Views
When They Had to Kill the King. Learnings for the Post-Trump Age.
The U.S. will never be at peace so long as Trump is free to create mischief and mayhem. He needs to prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
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American democracy will continue to be endangered by House and Senate Republicans who lack the moral courage to do what’s right. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Views
Profiles in Cowardice
Most elected Republicans in Washington are failing the test by refusing to stand up to Trump. Their cowardice is one of the worst betrayals of public trust in the history of our republic.
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Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives Lee Chatfield speaks during a campaign rally on November 2, 2020 in Traverse City, Michigan. Chatfield, along with Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, are meeting with President Donald Trump on Friday, November 20, 2020, in the midst of the GOP's efforts to undermine the results of the presidential election, which President-elect Joe Biden won decisively. (Photo: Rey Del Rio/Getty Images) News
'Certify the Results!': GOP Michigan Lawmakers Blasted for 'Legitimizing a Fascist Coup Attempt' by Meeting With Trump
Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) called the meeting between the president and two Republican state representatives "an attempt to subvert our democracy and undermine the will of Michigan voters."
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The tautology of the Trump-supporters-support-Trump story is nearly always lost on corporate reporters, who somehow never managed to find anything newsworthy in Obama supporters supporting Obama policies. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) Views
Drawing All the Wrong Lessons From Media’s Election 2020 Failures
By repeatedly conferring legitimacy on a fundamentally antidemocratic president and his actions, media paved the way for the dangerous place we find ourselves in today, and hobbled their ability to protect our democracy.
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Demonstrators hold signs saying "Merino is not my president" during a protest against newly appointed interim president Manuel Merino on November 12, 2020 in Lima, Peru. Merino, who was head of National Congress, replaced President Martín Vizcarra after he was ousted by lawmakers over allegations of corruption. (Photo: Renzo Salazar/Getty Images) News
Massive Protests in Peru Against 'Legislative Coup' That Ousted President Martín Vizcarra
"All of Peru is fired up, we're all very angry," said one protester.
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Medical staff members treat a patient suffering from Covid-19 in the intensive care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center on October 31, 2020 in Houston. (Photo: Go Nakamura/Getty Images) News
'Going to Get a Lot of People Killed': Covid-19 Soars to New Heights as Trump Sabotages Transition
"We're in an unbelievably dangerous moment with coronavirus where the full weight of government at all levels needs to be focused on saving lives, and instead Donald Trump is trying a ham-fisted theft of the election."
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A tattered sticker seen on November 10, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania reads "Trump/Pence OUT NOW." (Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images) News
More 'Dictatorship Than a Democracy': Trump Purge at Pentagon Increases Fears of Coup-in-Motion
"The purge happening at the Department of Defense, in the middle of a messy transition, should worry us all."
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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) walks on stage after a win during his election night party on November 3, 2020 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images) News
Lindsey Graham Admits That Making Voting More Accessible Renders GOP Victories Impossible
The senator's comment, said one journalist, "is not something that is said by a person who actually wants to represent people in a democracy."
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It draws attention to the fact that corporate media have been overwhelmingly silent on the hundreds of organized groups preparing to respond in the streets using nonviolent resistance. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) Views
Media Fail to Prepare Public for Potential Trump Coup
Will the media continue to align themselves with a demagogue by failing to identify his refusal to leave as a "coup," or will they finally embrace the perspective demanded by their First Amendment mandate.
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