China’s Party Congress Brings Crackdown on Critics, Nightclubs and Airbnb

By JAVIER C. HERNÁNDEZ October 20, 2017 BEIJING — The police and military swarm the streets at all hours, checking documents and questioning passers-by. Political critics have been jailed, placed under surveillance or sent to the countryside. Popular gathering spots like nightclubs have been shuttered and home-sharing services like Airbnb banned. As China’s political elites… Continue reading

U.K. Lawmaker Seeks Inquiry Into Suspicions of Russian Role in ‘Brexit’ Campaign

By STEPHEN CASTLE October 19, 2017 LONDON — An opposition lawmaker called on the British government on Thursday to investigate suspicions of Russian interference in Britain’s referendum on quitting the European Union, adding that there were “questions” about Arron Banks, one of the chief financial backers of the leave campaign. Speaking in Parliament, the… Continue reading

The Interpreter: Myanmar, Once a Hope for Democracy, Is Now a Study in How It Fails

October 19, 2017 The Interpreter By MAX FISHER YANGON, Myanmar — Nearly a decade into Myanmar’s transition out of military rule, the country’s once-celebrated transition toward democracy is hardening into something very different from what activists and world leaders had hoped for. Citizens select their leaders, but without the robust institutions or… Continue reading