Authoritarianism

Egyptian Referendum to Extend Sisi’s Term Passes with 88% Support

The referendum to approve constitutional amendments that extended Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s term, granted permission for him to run for another six years in 2024, and increased the powers of his office has passed with over 88% of votes cast in favor, according to the Egyptian election commission.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

Hayward: Viral Authoritarianism Spreads from China to Australia with New Censorship Law

Australia’s parliament on Wednesday passed a strict new social media law that could fine tech companies, or even jail their executives, if they allow violent material to be posted on their sites or fail to remove it quickly enough after complaints are filed. An op-ed at Sky News on Thursday conceded that China might have had the right idea all along about censoring and controlling the Internet.

The Associated Press

China’s Anti-Corruption Agency to Crack Down on ‘Political Deviation’

Chinese President Xi Jinping has long been accused of using his seven-year “anti-corruption” crusade as an excuse to purge officials who are rivals to his power or critics of his ideology. This critique will find new energy thanks to Tuesday’s announcement that China’s chief corruption-fighting agency will also begin targeting “political deviation” as well as graft.

The Associated Press

Hayward: The True State of Freedom of the Press in 2018

The topic of press freedom is much on the media’s mind as 2018 draws to a close. Much of the U.S. media believes it is suffering through uniquely dark times because President Donald Trump has been fiercely, often hyperbolically, critical of its work.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a signing ceremony ahead of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on May 13, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / AFP PHOTO AND POOL / JASON LEE (Photo credit should read JASON LEE/AFP/Getty Images)

Hayward — Obama in South Africa: 9/11, Rise of Putin Were ‘Backlash’ Against Globalization

Former President Barack Obama told an audience at a Nelson Mandela Foundation event in South Africa Tuesday marking the 100th anniversary of Mandela’s birth that income inequality and other disruptions caused by a “backlash” against globalization and liberalization were factors in the 9/11 attacks, the resurgence of populism, Chinese aggression, and the rise of President Vladimir Putin in Russia.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama, left, delivers his speech at the 16th Annual Nelson Mandela Lecture at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday, July 17, 2018. In his highest-profile speech since leaving office, Obama urged people around the world to respect human rights and other values under threat …

China’s ‘Sharp Power’ Cuts into Western Societies from Australia to America

China’s efforts to exert political and cultural influence in Australia produced a major scandal with the fall of Senator Sam Dastyari, who took money from a billionaire linked to the Chinese government and ended up parroting Beijing’s propaganda line on the South China Sea. The United States Senate recent convened a bipartisan commission to study Chinese influence efforts, which include meddling in Western higher education as well as politics. Now The Economist warns that China’s “sharp power” is cutting into Europe as well.

U.S. President Donald Trump waves next to Chinese President Xi Jinping after attending a joint press conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. China's main official news agency is warning U.S.-Chinese relations will face "more pressure and challenges" following President Donald Trump's decision to label Beijing a …

Hayward: How China’s Viral Authoritarianism Infects the West and Threatens the Enlightenment

China’s challenge to the United States over the coming decades will not only be a contest of economic and military might. It will be a clash of ideologies, as President Xi Jinping made quite clear in his marathon address to the 19th Communist Party Congress. China is betting that its brand of authoritarianism will go viral and infect not only Eastern nations it hopes to bring under its hegemonic sway, but the Western world as well.

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