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Opening the Door to Muslim Dissidents

"When presidents say Islam is a religion of peace,” former George W. Bush advisor Elliot Abrams said at a forum on Monday, “the average American thinks this is crap.” Presidents Bush and Obama both publicly declared Islam to be a religion of peace, which has struck a sour chord for many. Show More Summary

Activist row bigger than Keystone for TransCanada

A sparring match with a dissident investor may be more important than the fate of the $35 bln Canadian group’s tar sands pipeline. Bay Street has welcomed activists, and the regulatory environment is favorable. But for now, TransCanada appears to have shareholders on its side.

CPN-Maoist Clippings 19/11/2014

Chand threatens to snub party’s extended CC meet KATHMANDU, Nov 19: Dissident faction leader of the CPN-Maoist Netra Bikram Chand threatened that his faction will snub the upcoming extended central committee meeting of the party slated for November-22, on Wednesday. Organizing a press conference held in Anamnagar today to make public the decisions [...]

Connecting dissidents and journalists

One of the greatest obstacles to understanding authoritarian societies is that the dissidents within them have few outlets through which to describe their lives, argue their opinions, and refute official propaganda. The people behind...Show More Summary

ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons to perform at Capitol unveiling of Vaclav Havel bust

Vaclav Havel was a dissident who helped topple then-Czechoslovakia’s Communist regime. He was the first president of the Czech Republic. Annd he’s a huge fan of rock music. That explains the incongruous-sounding musical act — fuzzy-bearded ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons  — set to perform at the Capitol on Wednesday when House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) […]

The Youth Are Our Future – The Challenges Of Raising Free-Thinking Minds

Submitted by The Dissident Dad via Mike Krieger's Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, When recent headlines range from a women going to jail for not mowing her lawn, to the tracking technology embedded in each of our cell phones, you can get easily depressed and discouraged simply by being aware of the world you live in. Show More Summary

How Iran Jails Journalists and Human Rights Lawyers

Haleh Esfandiari: Among the endangered species in Iran these days are journalists--and lawyers brave enough to defend journalists and political dissidents have not fared well either.

Statue of Memory

Bulgaria commemorates a murdered dissident -- and takes a symbolic step toward reckoning with its communist past.

Government may weigh rights against national security without courts’ interference

R (on the application of Lord Carlile of Berriew QC and others) (Appellants) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent) [2014] UKSC 60 – read judgment The exclusion of a dissident Iranian from the UK, on grounds that her presence would have a damaging impact on our interests in relation to Iran, has been upheld by […]

Syrian rebels reject UN's Aleppo truce plan

FSA commander says proposal only serves Assad regime, amid reports of fresh violence and arrest of prominent dissident.

The dissidents look back

FOR most of the 1980s, avant-garde artist Laszlo Rajk deployed his creative talents towards irritating Hungary’s communist regime. From 1981-83, he ran a samizdat (underground literature) bookshop out of his apartment. “There was an open house on Tuesday evenings, announced on Radio Free Europe, which meant everybody knew,” he says. Show More Summary

Look: Hu Jia defiantly holds up a yellow umbrella as BBC is denied access to his home

Following reports about scores of activists being detained in China for showing support for the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, BBC's Martin Patience attempted to contact prominent dissident Hu Jia at his home in Beijing, but was unsurprisingly denied access by security. Show More Summary

The unlikely power couple that remade L.A. politics

In 1988, anyone who suggested that L.A.'s preeminent power couple of the next quarter-century would be Miguel Contreras and Maria Elena Durazo — he, a regional official of the hotel workers union; she, a dissident activist in that union's L.A. local — would have been advised, gently...

What is Tor? Did Police Outfox It?

European police Friday made a bold declaration: They had figured out how to pierce an Internet privacy tool used by dissidents, journalists and online drug dealers.

Cuban Dissident/Kitten Lover Reveals Hardline Strategy on Alan Gross

"If you ever meet (Carlos Luis Pardo), you will probably see him lovingly carrying a newborn kitten in his hands, or taking care of one of his persecuted friends." -Cubalog.EU "Let him rot." -Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo It took Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo just three words to dismiss the New York Times editorial on Alan Gross. Show More Summary

Who Is Guy Fawkes: From Catholic Dissident to Face of Hackers, Resistance, Anarchy

His face has become a symbol for resistance against oppression, a marker for those who demand accountability, and in the minds of some, anarchy.

Iran's Frantic Efforts at Eliminating Camp Liberty Dissidents

During the past three years, Camp Liberty has been transformed into a prison by PM Noor al-Maliki -- extremely dependent on the Iranian regime -- with complete knowledge of the U.S. and UN

Barcelona's La Virreina gallery showcases Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei's works

2 weeks agoArts : Artdaily

A Spanish gallery on Tuesday inaugurates a retrospective of works from the past three decades of dissident artist Ai Weiwei, who has been banned from leaving China since 2011. The "On the Table" show at Barcelona's La Virreina gallery...Show More Summary

Election 2014 – "Why I Opt Out of Voting"

Submitted by The Dissident Dad via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, Note from Mike Krieger, Before I get to the Dissident Dad’s latest post, I want to provide my own perspective with regard to this very important debate. While I agree that voting...Show More Summary

Iran: Human Rights Are Just A Western Lifestyle Choice

2 weeks agoNews : Jonathan Turley

Iran has denounced the latest report detailing its denial of the most fundamental human rights under its blood-soaked Sharia legal system. The report details the widespread executions of homosexuals and religious dissidents in the country in the name of Islam as well as the denial of basic free speech and association rights. The country executes […]

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