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Hayward: Five Ways the Coronavirus Pandemic Strengthened Authoritarianism Worldwide

The coronavirus pandemic has been an indisputable boon for authoritarianism. Individual liberty and personal sovereignty are in retreat around the world. Tyrannical China is rising as the dominant world power, having paid no price for unleashing the disease, while the United States and its allies are having deep second thoughts about economic freedom, free speech, and other bulwarks against authoritarian control.

Demonstrators, including many first responders, protest the new vaccine mandate at City Hall in Boston, Massachusetts, on December 20, 2021. - Boston Mayor Michelle Wu announced that starting January 15, 2022, guest and employees, in the Boston will be required to show proof of vaccination against Covid-19 in order to …

Communists Sweep Sham Hong Kong Election

Chinese state media on Sunday trumpeted the “landslide victory” of pro-Beijing “patriotic” candidates in Hong Kong, while governments across the free world expressed grave concerns about a sham election in which pro-democracy candidates were legally persecuted and prevented from running.

HONG KONG, CHINA - DECEMBER 20: Starry Lee Wai King celebrates on stage after winning the Legislative Council General Election on December 20, 2021 in Hong Kong, China. Hong Kong holds its first major election since Beijing dictated only "patriots" can govern the city, a move that wiped out the …

‘Green New Deal’ Excludes LGBTQ Americans

The “Green New Deal” introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) last Thursday dwells on the plight of various oppressed groups, but somehow fails to mention lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Americans.

Alexandria Ocasio-Coretz LGBT (Rick Loomis / Getty)

Spirit of ‘Cooperation’ Between Iran and West Leaves Kurds Uneasy

The Kurds are a major factor in the uneasy politics of Turkey and Iraq, and they have been holding the front lines against ISIS in Syria. There are Kurds in Iran, too, and they are nervous about the end of sanctions against Tehran, fearing the mullahs will use their increased wealth and power to further oppress the Kurdish minority.

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Nine Christians Arrested on Christmas Day in Iran

Iran’s “morality police” arrested nine Christians on Christmas Day, presumably for celebrating the seminal holiday, though authorities did not give reason for the arrest. Heavily armed agents transferred the nine people to an unnamed location.

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