By Anthony Faiola, 8 December 2021

These are dark times for democracy. Seventy-three countries witnessed an erosion of freedom in 2020, the highest in 15 years. In 2021, tyranny triumphed as besieged activists from Myanmar to Sudan faced jail time, exile, torture and death. Chinese jets, meanwhile, are buzzing Taiwan while Russian troops knock on Ukraine’s door. The bad guys, some argue, are winning.

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