Young-Jae Lim

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Equifax’s Maddening Unaccountability

Last week, Americans woke up to news of yet another mass breach of their personal data. The consumer credit reporting agency Equifax revealed that as many as 143 million Americans’ Social Security numbers, dates of birth, names and addresses may have been stolen from its files — just the kind of …

Identity Theft

This Isn’t the Venezuela I Married

When my husband, the Venezuelan opposition leader and prisoner of conscience Leopoldo López, proposed to me in 2006, he told me that marrying him meant marrying Venezuela. I was wary of politics, but I was so moved by Leopoldo’s idealism and love for our country that I said yes.<p>At that time, …


How to Avoid Civil War in Venezuela

On July 16, more than seven million Venezuelans voted in a plebiscite that emphatically rejected President Nicolás Maduro’s plans to convene a Constituent Assembly to rewrite the Constitution. It was a remarkable showing for a D.I.Y. electoral event and included robust, if nervous, turnout in the …


Is Democracy Endangered?

Looking across the globe, it might appear at times that violence, chaos and fear are getting the upper hand over order, democracy and reason.<p>The world has always been a messy place, of course, and it may be that the internet and social media give the worst of times more prominence than the best.<p>But …

United States

I Am in Prison Because I Want Freedom for My Country

CARACAS, Venezuela — I write this from my cell in the dungeons of the Venezuelan secret police. I’m 32 and I’ve been a democratic activist for 12 years. I have two children, 8 and 5, who are my sun and moon. I have a wife whom I love and who now has to carry the burden of being married to a …