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Gerry Kelly running on an aggressively ‘get themuns out’ ticket in North Belfast

2 days agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

  Here’s the front of a leaflet in support of Gerry Kelly’s bid for the Westminster seat of North Belfast. The lack of party logos suggests it’s intended to reach beyond party loyalists to wavering SDLPers and dissidents by rousing sectarian tensions, tribal loyalties, erm, legitimate political grievances against the sitting MP (who just happens to be more...

“An American Orwell”

In a review of Irving Howe’s recently-published collected essays, A Voice Still Heard, Frank Foer appends that label to the critic and longtime editor of Dissent. Foer goes on to assert that Howe was “our most thrilling dissident, a socialist with conservative cultural sympathies, a scything polemicist capable of the most tender, patient literary explication”: […]

Mayor should resist cop pension rollback

The dispute between the cops and the mayor is partly about an election—not the mayor's, but that of Patrick Lynch, head of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, whom dissidents want to... To view the full story, click the title li...

Tony Blair's letter apologizing to Colonel Gaddafi surfaces

A letter has former British prime minister Tony Blair apologizing for Britain's failure to send dissidents to Libya.

American Officials Meet With Cuban Dissidents

The highest-ranking U.S. diplomatic official to visit Cuba in more almost 40 years met with seven leading dissidents there on Friday, to the seeming annoyance of the communist nation's leadership. The post American Officials Meet With Cuban Dissidents appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Abdullah ibn-Abdulaziz al-Saud, Rest In Hell

Pretty much what Murtaza Hussain says here: It’s not often that the unelected leader of a country which publicly flogs dissidents and beheads people for sorcery wins such glowing praise from American officials. Even more perplexing, perhaps, have been the fawning obituaries in the mainstream press which have faithfully echoed this characterization of Abdullah as […]

Obama sends U.S. Official to meet with Cuban dissidents

Obama sends an assistant secretary of state to meet with Cuban dissidents, but will it amount to anything?

Robert P. George to Saudi Arabia: Whip Me Instead of Raif Badawi

Offering to take 100 lashes each, 7 of 9 USCIRF commissioners 'would rather share in' blogger's punishment than 'watch him being cruelly tortured.' Following Saudi Arabia’s decision to flog a dissident blogger 50 times on a weekly basis...Show More Summary

Aviation's Oil Price Dissident Says Fuel Will Stay Low

By Tim Hepher DUBLIN (Reuters) - For years he was a lone voice in the aviation industry despite being one of its best-known economists, a Cassandra-like figure whose warnings of a slump in oil prices went unheeded. But at an annual jamboree...Show More Summary

The Death Sentence That Could Inflame Sectarian Tensions Across the Middle East

Last October, Saudi Arabia's Special Criminal Court sentenced Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr -- a popular Shi'ite cleric and outspoken political dissident -- to death. This was not an ordinary criminal trial, even considering Saudi Arabia's liberal use of capital punishment. Show More Summary

A voting-rights pioneer, Cuban dissidents among State of Union guests

A mom who is an immigrant living in the U.S. illegally will be the guest of a California congressman at Tuesday night's State of the Union speech.

Protesting by Proxy at the State of the Union

President Obama is bringing Alan Gross to trumpet his historic shift in relations with Cuba, while Republicans have invited dissidents persecuted by the Castro regime.

Marco Rubio is Not Alone in opposing part of Obama’s State of the Union Speech

He invited the daughter of a Cuban political dissident who died in a controversial car crash back in 2012 to sit with him during the State of the Union speech tonight.

US Senators call on Saudi Arabia to cancel public flogging of blogger

A group of high-ranking U.S. senators slammed Saudi Arabia for its plans to publicly flog blogger Raif Badawi and indicated that further repression of peaceful political dissidents in the oil-rich kingdom could jeopardize their close partnership. In a letter to Saudi King Abdullah obtained by Al Jazeera, eight Senators urged “the immediate halt to this […]

Saudis Postpone Dissident Blogger’s Flogging for Medical Reasons

last weekNews : Mediaite

A Saudi blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes had his sentence postponed after a doctor ruled that a second flogging would kill him.

Normalization of U.S.-Cuba Relations Could Be Good for Free Expression

The detention of several Cuban dissidents in Havana just before the year's end -- and two weeks after the historical announcement of the restoration of diplomatic ties between the United States and Cuba -- serves as a somber reminder...Show More Summary

One Muslim Group Unhappy About Charlie Hebdo Cover; Risen Won’t Be Asked to Name Names; Kamala Harris Running for Senate: P.M. Links

2 weeks agoNews : Reason

A Muslim group in Egypt (a country that notably imprisons dissidents and journalists, even Muslim ones) is warning Charlie Hebdo not to publish its latest issue with Mohammad on the cover. I don’t think it’s going to work. Pulitzer Prize-winning...Show More Summary

1,000 lashes for a Saudi dissident

You might say Raif Badawi got off easy. When the Saudi blogger was arrested, authorities charged him with crimes that included apostasy — which in Saudi Arabia carries the death penalty. In the end, he was convicted of setting up a website that allegedly undermined security and...

Cuba releases 53 prisoners as part of historic deal with U.S.

Recently released dissidents Aide Gallardo (L) and Sonia Garro hold the Cuban national flag during a march in Havana January 11, 2015. Cuba has released all 53 prisoners it had promised to free, senior U.S. officials said. Photo by Stringer/Reuters...Show More Summary

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