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Kremlin strikes back: Russian dissident artist ordered to psychiatric clinic

Pyotr Pavlensky does not spare his body or his audience when it comes to his macabre artistic "actions." The gaunt, 31-year-old artist nailed his scrotum to the pavement of Moscow's iconic Red Square to protest ubiquitous police brutality in Russia. He had his naked body wrapped in barbed wire...

The Conversation You Missed: Russia's Dissident Writers Spoke in New York City On Media, Literature, and Censorship

Edward Snowden and Ludmila Ulitskaya exist in the same world. Ulitskaya, one of Russia's most famous novelists, scientists, and playwrights, and Edward Snowden, IT professional, former NSA contractor, and international whistleblower, have both practiced their right to free speech and have been met with unfavorable government response. Show More Summary

 Chinese Dissidents Are Being Abducted Outside of China 

Journalist and activist Li Xin appears to be the latest critic of the Chinese government to have been abducted abroad and brought back to China, according to a new report. Li, a former journalist at the Southern Metropolis Daily, fled China last fall saying that the authorities had pressured him to spy on activists and non-governmental organizations. Show More Summary

Pro-Israel group wants to send army colonel to your campus to explain battle for west’s ‘way of life’

Breaking the Silence is a dissident Israeli veterans' group that has done international tours. A US pro-Israel group called "Our Soldiers Speak" is asking campuses if they want to hear from an Israeli army colonel who will explain that Israel is an "outpost" and Hezbollah is an effort to destroy the west's "way of life."

Chinese journalist tells wife he's 'voluntarily' back in China, 22 days after mysterious disappearance from Thailand

4 days agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

Beijing's crackdown on dissidents continues, with recently missing Chinese journalist Li Xin briefly emerging from the void to claim that he returned willingly to China for "an investigation." [ more › ]

Greek island gives migrant life jackets for Ai Weiwei artwork: Mayor

5 days agoArts : Artdaily

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei will create an artwork in Germany from 14,000 life jackets discarded by migrants arriving on Greece's Lesbos island, local authorities said on Tuesday. "Island mayor Spiros Galinos has provided 14,000...Show More Summary

Inside the Secretive and Fearful World of the Chinese Exile Community in Thailand

As China extends its dragnet overseas, dissidents and other exiles who have run foul of Beijing's increasingly authoritarian regime begin to fear for their safety

Books of The Times: Review: Laura Secor’s ‘Children of Paradise: The Struggle for the Soul of Iran’

Ms. Secor’s book offers profiles of journalists, dissidents and activists who have stood up for their beliefs in the years since the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

Art Movements

last weekArts : Hyperallergic

This week in art news: Jeremy Deller and Fraser Muggeridge raised a smiley face flag over London, the Knoedler forgery trial began with testimony from art world heavy-hitters, and the dissident Russian performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky was sent to a psychiatric hospital.

Wife says Russian protest artist sent to psychiatric hospital

Pyotr Pavlensky is well-known dissident who once nailed his scrotum to Red Square and was locked up for setting fire to gov't building

China's Ai Weiwei shuts show at the Faurschou Foundation to protest Danish migrant law

last weekArts : Artdaily

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei on Wednesday closed down his exhibition in the Danish capital after lawmakers passed a controversial bill allowing authorities to seize valuables from asylum seekers. "Ai Weiwei has decided to close his exhibition 'Ruptures' at Faurschou Foundation Copenhagen, Denmark. Show More Summary

Chinese snatch-squads roam the globe, kidnapping dissidents and critics

last weekHumor / odd : Boing Boing

It's not just dissident Hong Kong booksellers who're being snatched -- China's snatch-squads have kidnapped expatriate dissidents (including those with foreign passports) from Sweden, Burma and Thailand. (more…)

China's Ai Weiwei pulls Danish exhibitions in protest at migrant law

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei said he would withdraw from two exhibitions in Denmark to protest against an asylum law passed by parliament that included rules on confiscating valuables from migrants to help pay for their stay.

US Abets Saudi War Crimes in Yemen

U.S. officials are quick to decry “human rights violations” in “enemy” states, but different rules apply to “allies” such as Saudi Arabia, which is committing war crimes in Yemen and executing dissidents at home while the Obama administration aids and abets the atrocities, writes Marjorie Cohn for TeleSUR. By Marjorie Cohn Saudi Arabia has engaged…

U.K: Next Russian Hit Could Be in U.S.

2 weeks agoNews : The Daily Beast

Vladmir Putin's reported assassination program is growing ever more blatant, but the KGB has been running devilish plots to kill dissidents in Britain for decades.

A Climate of Fear Intensifies in Egypt Before the Arab Spring Anniversary

Human rights groups say the government has been rounding up dissidents in an effort to mute criticism before the fifth anniversary of Tahrir

How ex-KGB spy was killed with tea after accusing Putin of pedophilia

The radioactive poison that killed Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko was delivered in the most civilized of circumstances — at tea time, as he sipped green tea with lemon and honey with two former spy colleagues at a posh London hotel. … Continued

A Chinese Dissident and Journalist Has Gone Missing in Thailand

He is the latest critic of the Beijing regime to have vanished mysteriously in recent months

Edmonton archbishop calls out Catholic trustees for ‘betraying’ parents on ‘transgender’ guidelines

Edmonton Archbishop Smith does not mince words with dissident Catholic trustees who he says are betraying parents' trust.

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