Mountain West Rashomon A revealing exposé suggests Matthew Shepard, the gay-rights martyr, may have actually been murdered over crystal meth, not his sexuality.

A Freedom Prize for Snowden Would be a Travesty The European Parliament established the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 1988 to “honor individuals or organizations for their efforts on behalf of human rights and fundamental freedoms.” Named after the Soviet human-rights activist Andrei Sakharov, the prize tends to go to individuals and organizations that are no less courageous than those garlanded with...

Russia's Victory in Georgia On Monday, voters in the former Soviet republic of Georgia went to the polls in what international observers have called the country’s most competitive and credible election in history. The results took most international observers by surprise, as the opposition Georgian Dream coalition, led by billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili, won an upset victory over the ruling...

What American "Political Prisoners?" An American hiker channels Noam Chomsky after two years in Iranian jail. Imagine you are Shane Bauer, one of two American hikers released from Iranian captivity last week. On July 31, 2009, you’re traversing a mountain trail in Iraqi Kurdistan, near the Iranian border. You’re with one of your best friends and your girlfriend. Suddenly...

Wikileaks' Collateral Damage Morgan Tsvangirai, the prime minister of Zimbabwe and the leader of its democratic opposition, has endured countless indignities at the hands of President Robert Mugabe. In 1997, thugs tried to throw him from the window of his 10th floor office. In 2002 and 2008, he had elections stolen from him and his party, the Movement...

Europe the Intolerant Prague “The dark night of fascism is always descending in the United States and yet lands only in Europe.” So said Tom Wolfe in 1965, and so it is today. Various commentators have argued recently that opposition by many Americans to a proposed Islamic center two blocks from the ruins of the World Trade Center...

Russia Rises While Kyrgyzstan Burns Over the past week in Kyrgyzstan, riots between ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbeks in the country’s south have left nearly 200 people dead. Some 100,000 Uzbeks have poured into neighboring Uzbekistan. Dysentery has reportedly broken out in refugee camps along the border, which the Uzbek government closed despite a request from the United Nations to keep...

The Religious Right Didn't Kill George Tiller The left tries to smear ‘Christianists’ as akin to Islamic extremists. On Sunday, abortion doctor George Tiller was murdered at his church in Wichita, Kan. He was one of a handful of doctors in the U.S. who performed late-term abortions and for decades had been a target of virulent criticism from antiabortion activists. His clinic...