Watchtower and security cameras seen through barbed wire on top of wall (© Thomas Peter/Reuters)

Why do Chinese ‘boarding schools’ need barbed wire and cattle prods?

Though the Chinese government calls them schools, budget documents, human rights reports and survivors' accounts tell a more brutal story.
Illustration of man contemplating large, wrapped gift (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Lavish gifts for public officials? That means jail time in the...

In books and TV shows, you might see U.S. government officials accepting lavish meals and gifts. In reality, there are strict rules against this corruption.
Police officer in uniform (© AP Images)

3 police chiefs on race and policing

Three police chiefs in the U.S. address perceptions of law enforcement and how their departments are improving their communities.

Can you separate fact from fiction?

Whether online, on television or in newspapers, people are bombarded with messages. Media literacy starts with asking the right questions.
Two images of Anas Aremeyaw Anas with mask and microphone (State Dept.)

Behind the mask, an unconventional African journalist [video]

Journalists play an important role in civil society by shining a light on wrongdoing and exposing corruption. See how far this journalist goes.
Two seated men talking (© Rodrigo Garrido/Reuters)

Pompeo: Many countries are following Chile’s example [infographic]

Once under a military dictatorship, Chile made a peaceful transition to democracy and embraced free markets and capitalism. Today, Chile is thriving.
Illustration of a hand holding a computer mouse crashing through a roadblock (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Censor the internet? Bad idea.

Censoring the internet censors free speech. Political dissent, strong language and even offensive speech are part of a strong democracy.
Headshots of three men (State Dept.)video

U.S. imposes sanctions on corrupt Maduro loyalists [video]

Members of the corrupt Maduro cabal have been accused of everything from drug smuggling to financial manipulations, all while the Venezuelan people suffer.
Police officer holding child while man looks on (© AP Images)

The best cops show up when there is no trouble

Trust between the police and a community is essential. That's why these officers are participating in activities throughout the area they work in.