In Cuban internet cafes, the spies are everywhere. Or, at least, that's the fear among online dissidents. Many worry that the innocent-looking woman sipping a latte at the table over is, in fact, a government informant. Their fear isn't unwarranted. Show More Summary
In a wide-ranging session at SXSW today, Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt and Director of Google Ideas Jared Cohen discussed everything from Syrian dissidents to robots taking our jobs. Following reports that Britain’s GCHQ had...Show More Summary
South Africa says diplomats are linked to an attempt on the life of dissident exiled Rwandan general in Johannesburg.
The dissident feminist has made no secret of her love for The Real Housewives, but now Camille Paglia has written an entire essay explaining the appeal of the franchise, how it's revived and redefined the soap genre, and why it appeals to appreciators of "grand opera." Read more...
As a small "d" democrat, I'm no fan of Vladimir Putin who partially rigs elections, suppresses free speech and a free press, jails dissidents, and caters to billionaire oligarchs. As a progressive, my heart is with the protesters inShow More Summary
Earlier today, photos began circulating on a dissident/activist website claiming that a self-immolation took place in Tiananmen square as this year's National People's Congress entered session. The photos are undated and cannot be confirmed, but South China Morning Post has also run a story about a 'disturbance' on the square. [ more › ]
How would coservative dissidents go about creating a third party?
Today Glenn Greenwald responds to that article on Pierre Omidyar's financial support for Ukrainian dissidents with a frankly amazing statement: On the Meaning of Journalistic Independence - the Intercept. Despite its being publicly disclosed, I was not previously aware that the Omidyar Network donated to this Ukrainian group. That's because,...
(McCaw Hall) This is the first time Seattle Opera has produced Gian Carlo Menotti's 1950 thriller about a political dissident on the run from secret police in an unidentified totalitarian country in Europe. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Music. Show More Summary
Moscow is invading Ukraine, a sovereign nation, with troops and helicopters, and the Obama administration is doing nothing except talk. The outcome will send a message to freedom fighters and dissidents in such countries as Venezuela—and even Cuba—that the U.S. will not be with them when they put their lives on the line. Isn’t it […]
Three Russian dissidents arrested during protests in Moscow argued that images posted on social networks undermined police claims that they had resisted arrest or waved banners.
The Soviet Union imprisoned Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn in the gulag after World War II, suppressed his writings during the Brezhnev years, and finally expelled him from his homeland in 1974. Forty years later, at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games, Russia celebrated its most famous dissident writer. Show More Summary
NEW YORK (Reuters) - BuzzFeed has come a long way from cat lists. This month one of its journalists was on the ground in Kiev reporting on the crisis in Ukraine, and last December it published an in-depth article on a Chinese dissident living in Harlem...
The Czech playwright and dissident Vaclav Havel popularized the notion of "living in truth." He was dismayed at the degree to which lies had permeated Czechoslovak society under Communism. It wasn't only government and party officials who lied about history, the economy, the state of human rights, the opposition Charter 77 movement, and so on. Show More Summary
Add this to your list of things the Internet is good for. Just yesterday, a video went viral that showed members of the Russian dissident punk band Pussy Riot being beaten, whipped and pepper sprayed by Cossack militia as they tried to shoot a video of a performance in Sochi, where the winter Olympic games are underway. Show More Summary
Security footage shows the unauthorized destruction by a Miami artist of one of Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei’s works turns out to have been, like Hannah Arendt’s evil, noteworthy mostly for its banality.
Liu Xia, the wife of jailed dissident and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo, has been admitted to a Beijing hospital after police refused to let her find overseas medical help, a family friend told SCMP on Thursday. [ more › ]
Members of the Russian dissident, anti-Putin group Pussy Riot were beaten by Cossacks — Russian militia — while trying to start an impromptu performance on the Sochi Olympics grounds on Wednesday. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina — who were arrested last year after the group held a protest against President Putin in a church and... Show More Summary
The art world was appalled by a Miami artist's deliberate destruction of a $1 million Ai Weiwei vase on exhibit at the Pérez Art Museum earlier this week. Artist Maximo Caminero, 51, was charged with criminal mischief for destroying the Chinese dissident's
On Sunday, a disgruntled artist in Miami entered the newly opened Perez Art Museum and broke a vase included in a 2007-2010 work called “Colored Vases” by Chinese dissident artist Ai Wei Wei. Maximo Caminero, who was arrested, cited as inspiration another work by Ai currently on view at the Hirshhorn Museum as part of […]