Middle East

Washington Post launches Arabic opinion page in honor of Khashoggi

Jamal Khashoggi, May 2018. Photo: Omar Shagaleh/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

100 days after the death of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, the newspaper announced it has launched an Arabic-language opinion section in his honor.

Why it matters: Editorial page editor Fred Hiatt said in a statement that the Arabic-language page "will make it easier for more readers to access free and independent commentary about the cultural and political topics that most impact them. The importance of this has become more evident since the murder of our own colleague Jamal Khashoggi, who saw very clearly the need for a forum such as this.” This will be the Post's "first designated destination for translated pieces."

Where democracy is rising and falling

We dubbed 2018 the "year of the strongman." Nominations now open for 2019's catchy geopolitical nickname. Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

Two years of democratic erosion around the world came to an end in 2018, according to the annual index from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). However, gains in countries like Costa Rica were canceled out by declines in places like Nicaragua, and globally we ended 2018 right about where we started it.

The big picture: Just 4.5% of the world's population lives in countries EIU considers "full democracies." Another 43.2% live in "flawed democracies." The remaining 52.3% live in "hybrid" (think Turkey) or "authoritarian" regimes.

More stories loading.