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Ai Weiwei Escapes to Alcatraz

2 days agoNews : The Daily Beast

The confined Chinese dissident’s new exhibition raises important questions about human rights at a site that’s home to America’s own notorious past.

Alcatraz & Blenheim

There's no escaping Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei. His garbage is currently infesting Alcatraz - the former US Federal Penitentiary, now a tourist trap - and Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, England's grandest stately home. I can't think of two more disparate venues. Show More Summary

I Will Always Buy Banned Books for My Kids

Until this week, I thought I was an average mom. I cook dinners, make lunches and oversee homework. I live in the suburbs. I drive a sensible car. Today, however, I discovered that I am a hard-core dissident bent on undermining the fabric of our society. Show More Summary

Throwback Thursday: How a DNA Test Broke an Immigration Officer's Heart

Years ago, when I was a very green young attorney, I had a client who had been kidnapped and tortured under a brutal totalitarian dictatorship. The client, whom I will call Alonzo, was a prominent political dissident who managed to bribe his way out of captivity. Show More Summary

Ai Weiwei's @Large installation comes together at Alcatraz prison

4 days agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

Artist and dissident Ai Weiwei has created @Large, a piece for the infamous Alcatraz prison about human rights and expression. The project involved a global team who brought his vision from his studio in China to California. [ more ...

Daily Headlines: September 18, 2014

Argentina: Three medical staff and two former commanders of a secret military hospital have gone on trial over their alleged roles in the illegal adoption of babies from political dissidents during the Dirty War era. U.S.: New Census...Show More Summary

Bad Timing: China Activist’s Trial Opens With U.S. Envoy in Town

Oftentimes, foreign diplomats in China will try to bring attention to dissident trials by showing up at the courts. Sometimes, if they’re the U.S. ambassador, they can shine a spotlight just by being in the neighborhood.

China's Social Media Underground

Fake terrorism threats, online dissidents, and smear campaigns by bogus accounts -- it's all part of Twitter's Chinatown.

Axing of Los Alamos Dissident Under Fire

2 weeks agoNews : The Daily Beast

The overseer of U.S. nuclear weapons production has requested an inspector general’s review of the dismissal of analyst James Doyle, who supported Obama’s nuclear-free vision.

TVD Premiere: Gareth Dickson, “Jonah”

Gareth Dickson treads a similar sedative sound as acoustic wunderkind Nick Drake; deep and dreamy vocals paired against dissident finger picked melodies in strange tunings. Dickson achieves this otherworldly sound with a quiet confidence...Show More Summary

WikiLeaks posts the software governments use to spy on dissidents

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Engadget

WikiLeaks' all-or-nothing approach to revealing shady government activity just took a new (if decidedly risky) turn. Julian Assange and crew have posted FinFisher and FinSpy PC, the intrusion software that Australia, Italy, Pakistan and other...

Wikileaks Releases Spyware The German Government Used To Hack Journalists And Dissidents

2 weeks agoTechnology : TechCrunch

As part of its ongoing Spyfiles series of posts, Wikileaks has released the back and front-end systems used by the German Government to spy on journalists, dissidents, and others. The files appear to be weaponized Windows malware although the software, called FinFisher, also works on OS X. Show More Summary

Two concurrent exhibitions devoted to the work of Ai Weiwei open in New York City

2 weeks agoArts : Artdaily

Francis M. Naumann Fine Art announces the opening of two concurrent exhibitions devoted to the work of Ai Weiwei, the infamous Chinese dissident whose work not only challenges prevailing aesthetic tendencies, but also defies the entrenched political system in which he lives. Show More Summary

Carton 90: “Dastardly and Unfair,” Says Sattar Beheshti’s Mother of Murderer’s Sentence

Almost two years after the death of dissident blogger Sattar Beheshti under torture while in police detention, Cyber police interrogator Akbar Taghizadeh was sentenced to three years in prison, two years in exile, and 74 lashes for his murder. Giti Pourfazel, the Beheshti family lawyer, told Iranian Students News Agency that the verdict against Sattar’s [...]

DEMONIZING ISIS AND PUTIN

By DANNY SCHECHTER The ISIS gang makes great enemies. They dress in black, wear Halloween masks, wave flags, act viciously, and cut off the heads of journalists. Never mind that the Saudis beheaded 10 dissidents on the night that Jack Foley became their first victim. We didn’t know the Saudi victims and didn’t want to […]

US, UK look other Way as Bahrain Imprisons Dissidents (Maryam al-Khwaja is Latest)

By Nicholas McGeehan via Human Rights Watch Follow @Ncgeehan Many Bahraini activists have borne the brunt of their government’s unjust laws, unfair convictions and unlawful tactics, but few have resisted with such…

Fandor, Telluride Premiere TED Video Director’s Sci-Fi Short After Ai Wei Wei Relents

The 9-minute short was shot in secret in Beijing and had its Kickstarter campaign temporarily shut down by star Ai Wei Wei, China's most prominent artist and dissident, after producer/writer/director/editor Jason Wishnow oversteppedShow More Summary

Hundreds Injured in Protests to Unseat Prime Minister in Pakistan

Protests in Islamabad, Pakistan continued this weekend as dissidents demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Police clashed with protestors violently, dousing them with tear gas and injuring hundreds. Read more...

WATCH: Activist Ai Weiwei Looks at Fellow Chinese Dissident's Life with AIDS

“I’m not all that important. Death is an honor. I mean, living is an honor. How should I put it? A great life and an honorable death.”~Liu Ximei in the documentary, Stay Home read more

Now In Cartoon Form . . .

last monthNews : Jonathan Turley

Dr. G. Tod Slone, Founding Editor of the The American Dissident (aka P. Maudit), has sent us this cartoon. (I never realized that I looked so much like Ted Cruz in cartoon form). It is a response to the blog on the “Yield For Sneaker’s Bacon” sign controversy. The cartoon shows, in addition to my […]

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