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