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Op-eds

Remembering an outbreak of freedom in Europe and a crackdown in China 35 years ago “It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.” Charles Dickens famous words could be applied to the massive developments that rocked… Read More

The repression of Muslim Uyghurs in China is a continuation of decades of harsh communist treatment of the faith, write VOC’s Dr. Eric Patterson alongside Rushan Abbas.

VOC’s President and CEO, Dr. Eric Patterson, writes for Providence Magazine on the UN’s International Day of Conscience, urging the UN to use the day as an opportunity to stand against communism and all other forms of totalitarianism.

VOC’s Eric Patterson and Ken Pope argue that the United States is locked in a new Cold War-style ideological struggle with our adversaries — authoritarianism and communism versus the Western liberal order — and that we need to catch up,… Read More

In the 20th century, Venezuela quickly became one of the wealthiest countries in Latin America after discovering vast oil reserves. That all changed when Hugo Chávez seized power. Elected democratically following a failed military coup, Chávez moved to entrap Venezuela in his socialist system of corruption, greed, and clientelism — or, as he called it, the “Bolivarian Revolution.”

VOC’s CEO Ken Pope co-writes with Brandy Shufutinsky of the Jewish Institute for Liberal Values and Jennifer Richmond of the Institute for Liberal Values on the Chinese Communist Party’s connection to “progressive” groups in the United States to push CCP propaganda and anti-Semitism. They add more context to the People’s Forum activities and its role in institutionalizing Communist and Marxist propaganda in an op-ed with the American Spectator.

Communist Cuba underwent its fourth Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on November 15, 2023, at the UN Human Rights Council, a process Havana repeatedly subverted since 2009 by using front groups to drown out critical human rights reports by established human rights organizations.

The Chinese province of Xinjiang is synonymous with human rights abuses, mass incarceration, and forced labor. Western sanctions have come into force as a result. But the South China Morning Post reported on October 24 that Xinjiang’s foreign exports surged by a record 49% in… Read More

We remember Franklin Brito and the price of truth in Venezuela. Read more to learn about his historic fight for freedom.

VOC’s CEO, Ken Pope, writes in a joint op-ed with Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R) for The Washington Times on the importance of names and preserving the legacy of Oswaldo Payá by re-naming a certain street after the slain Cuban activist.