by Peter Baklinski TOKYO, Japan, December 11, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Catholic missionary priest serving in Japan has slammed the Vatican for asking the faithful how to promote an “increase” in the number of Catholic births in a survey question. Fr. William Grimm MM, a Maryknoll priest currently serving…
At the memorial service for Nelson Mandela yesterday, President Barack Obama shook hands with Cuban President Raúl Castro and exchanged a few words, and this has caused somewhat of a stir in the media. Sometimes a presidential handshake is just a handshake, but sometimes it is more than that. Show More Summary
There is something about exiled dissidents that usually adds a spark of theatricality to their protests: see, Wang Juntao sitting in a cage in Times Square. Yesterday, however, two dissidents chose to honor Liu Xiaobo and his family's struggles by, well, running around naked in Sweden. [ more › ]
The man elected to end war and turn the page on George W. Bush instead expanded American militarism and persecution of dissidents.
President Obama's warm greeting to Cuban dictator Raúl Castro at Tuesday's memorial for Nelson Mandela rightfully sparked the ire of those with a passion for human rights. In greeting Castro, Obama discredits the work of dissidents Castro routinely arrests and assaults. Show More Summary
About 20 women detained by government agents in Havana on anniversary of adoption of UN rights declaration.
Back in June, the China-watching blogosphere turned inside out over reports that China-for-Christ superstar Bob Fu gave dissident Chen Guangcheng an iPhone laced with location-tracking spyware. The story was originally released by NYU technicians who found the alleged software, but oops it turns out the whole thing was bullshit. [ more › ]
( GENEVA) — A group of U.N. independent experts urged Iraq on Monday to reveal what happened to seven members of an Iranian dissident group who were allegedly abducted in September. Six women and one man went missing after a Sept. 1 attack at that killed 52 people at the Camp Ashraf refugee camp in Iraq that once housed 3,000 Iranian exiles. Show More Summary
This year my wife had the honor of working with Bob Fu, a leading Chinese Christian dissident, on his story: God's Double Agent: The True Story of a Chinese Christian's Fight for Freedom. I know I'm biased, but the book is a gripping account of what life is like when it's truly costly to be a Christian. Show More Summary
By Peter Van Buren What if Edward Snowden was made to disappear? No, I’m not suggesting some future CIA rendition effort or a who-killed-Snowden conspiracy theory of a disappearance, but a more…
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Tired of the crass commercialism of Black Friday and the whole Christmas season? Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has got an answer for you! The blog Cognitive Dissidence has this fundraising email from Walker: This...Show More Summary
Activist Ahmad Maher turned himself in to Egyptian police on Saturday. He and the April 6 organization played a major role in the 2011 revolution against Hosni Mubarak and went on to…
Exiled Tiananmen Square dissident Wu'er Kaixi flew to Hong Kong to seek extradition to mainland China, but was sent back to Taiwan.
Wu'er Kaixi is homesick. Wu'er, an exiled Chinese dissident and the "second most wanted" man among the student activists of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protest, has tried to turn himself in to the Chinese government four times. Each time he has received the same, utterly baffling response from the communist regime: We don't want you. Show More Summary
An entrepreneur in Dallas got in touch with me last month saying he had a product called Political Prisoners of China Playing Cards, asking if I'd like to review them. Chinese political prisoners. Playing cards. Dallas. I live in Beijing. It made no sense. How could I say no? Read more...
San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is presenting a fascinating art exhibition titled Dissident Futures, showcasing artists exploring the unknown of tomorrow.
Liu Xiaobo, Chinese dissident/former literature professor/the reason getting a visa to Norway is a bitch, has moved to request a retrial on the eve of his fifth year in prison. Liu has apparently "never accepted the guilty verdict" after his 2009 sentencing, and has already lost one appeal in 2010. [ more › ]
Hundreds of pages of detailed information on U.S. government programs to help Cuban dissident leaders may have fallen into the hands of the Cuban regime due to a failure to encrypt documents sent to Havana, a mistake one official called...Show More Summary
Jailed Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo plans to request a retrial over his conviction on state subversion charges, in a move partly intended to test recent talk from Beijing about reforming the country’s legal system.
PEN established the International Day of the Imprisoned Writer on November 15, 1981 to advocate for the often faceless underground editors, translators, political essayists, and dissidents whose work on the page might never make it out of their communities, let alone their countries, without PEN's help. Thirty-two years later, our work has changed. Show More Summary