As the number and size of nonviolent protests worldwide have grown, so has the frequency of governments acting in authoritarian ways.
Russians posing as Americans, wild conspiracy theories about political figures, outright fabrications — these were all part of Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 US presidential elections. But it turns out this kind of disinformation has been around for decades, since the early days of the Soviet Union. It’s just gotten a lot more powerful, thanks to tech and social media. To understand what is happening now, we have to understand how we got here: The end of communism in Russia, the rise of democracy, and, ultimately, its demise at the hands of the man behind all this modern-day manipulation — Russian President Vladimir Putin. In this featured episode from The World's partners at the podcast "Raw Data," we get a front-row seat to the story with the US former ambassador to Russia — and a guy who knows about disinformation on a very personal level — Michael McFaul. This is the first of a three-part series from "Raw Data."
Lucas Mendes, a Senior Research Officer at ILGA World, discusses with Marco Werman the wins and losses of the last decade for the worldwide LGBTQ community.
On Friday, an Iranian-backed militia group attacked a US base, known as K1, in Iraq, killing an American contractor. Shortly after, the US struck the bases of an Iranian-backed Iraqi militia in retaliation. Carol Hills spoke with a former veteran who served at K1 to discuss the role that contractors play in US war zones.
When journalists flee their home countries, they lose their two most important tools: their native reporting language and their professional networks. Amal magazine, staffed by exiled journalists in Germany, is trying to change that.
Tito Magoti’s arrest and detention signals a growing crackdown on free expression in Tanzania.
Gas. Bread. A subway ticket: The soaring cost of everyday necessities sparked protests that spiraled into major movements in countries like France, Zimbabwe, Lebanon, Sudan and Chile. Throughout the world, citizens took to the streets in 2019 to rise up against inequality, corruption and bad governance.
Nikita Kulachenkov works with Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on the Anti-Corruption Foundation's investigations unit. Kulachenkov spoke to The World's host Marco Werman from Berlin.