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Argentina: An Argentine court last week sentenced ex-dictator Reynaldo Bignone to twenty years in prison for his role in the infamous Operation Condor secret program to monitor and murder dissidents across South America. Mexico: Kidnapped...Show More Summary

Leadership row in Turkey's nationalist opposition helps Erdogan

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's nationalist opposition on Monday blocked a move by party dissidents to hold a special congress next month to try to oust its veteran leader, dragging out a dispute that is key to President Tayyip Erdogan's ambitions for greater powers.

Governments Turn to Commercial Spyware to Intimidate Dissidents

21 hours agoNews : NYTimes: News

Surveillance and hacking tools are becoming increasingly popular among a wide range of nations, many of which use the methods to monitor, silence and punish their critics.

Operation Condor: Reynaldo Bignone found guilty

Former general and 14 others jailed for their role in Operation Condor, a unit set up to kill South American dissidents.

Argentina's Last Dictator Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison For Cross-Border Conspiracy

2 days agoNews : The Two-Way

The case focused on a plan known as Operation Condor. This marks the first time a court has ruled that it was a criminal conspiracy to track down and disappear political dissidents across borders.

Argentina Jails Ex-Dictator For Conspiracy To Kill Leftist Dissidents

2 days agoNews : Huffington Post

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Fifteen ex-military officials were found guilty by an Argentine court on Friday of conspiring to kidnap and assassinate leftist dissidents as part of the Operation Condor program. The ruling was hailed by rights...Show More Summary

A look at the Operation Condor conspiracy in South America

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina’s last dictator and 14 other former military officials were sentenced Friday to prison for human rights crimes committed during the Operation Condor conspiracy to hunt down dissidents across the region. Here is a look at the main features of Operation Condor: WHAT WAS OPERATION CONDOR? It was a secret […]

Argentine court finds 15 guilty in Operation Condor conspiracy

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Fifteen ex-military officials were found guilty by an Argentine court on Friday of conspiring to kidnap and assassinate leftist dissidents as part of the Operation Condor program.

Vietnam restricted access to Facebook during Obama visit: activists

3 days agoNews : The Raw Story

The Vietnamese government restricted access to Facebook Inc inside Vietnam for several days this week as part of a broader crackdown on human rights and political dissidents during a visit by President Barack Obama, two activist organizations said on Thursday. Officials of Access Now, a digital...

50 Days of a Broken Promise in Bahrain

Last month, four days after Bahrain's Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa stood next to Secretary John Kerry at a press conference and announced that dissident Zainab Al Khawaja and her baby son Abdulhadi would be released...Show More Summary

Obama can't endorse during the Democratic primary, so he's just pointing out how hard the job is instead

He met with heads of state, lawmakers and a battery of dissidents, in between lifting a half-century-old trade embargo and negotiating access to key ports. By the time President Obama filed past more than 2 million people lining the streets of Ho Chi Minh City and flew to Japan aboard Air Force...

DRC braced for protests planned by opposition

Dissident group vows to go ahead with nationwide rallies in defiance of controversial ban placed by Kabila government.

The Dissident Who Stood Up to Kingpins

5 days agoNews : The Daily Beast

Khadija Ismayilova refused to stop reporting on corruption and human-rights abuses in Azerbaijan, and got jailed of her work. Now, shes finally free.

Vietnamese dissident a reluctant tourist during Obama visit

HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnamese dissident Nguyen Quang A spent much of Tuesday as a tourist with plainclothes cops - eating fish noodle soup, visiting a temple and a fortune teller – returning home just as President Barack Obama took off from Hanoi aboard Air Force One.

Senior Taliban figure says death of leader could unify group

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The death of the leader of the Afghan Taliban in a U.S. drone strike last week could make the insurgent movement stronger by bringing back dissident commanders and unifying the movement’s ranks, a senior Afghan Taliban figure said on Tuesday. Mullah Mohammad Ghous, a foreign minister during the Taliban’s 1996-2001 rule […]

Chomsky: Today's GOP Is a Candidate for Most Dangerous Organization in Human History

"Both political parties have shifted to the right during the neoliberal period." In Part 2 of our wide-ranging conversation with the world-renowned dissident Noam Chomsky, we talk about the conflict in Syria, the rise of ISIS, Saudi Arabia, the political crisis in Brazil, the passing of the pioneering lawyer Michael Ratner, the U.S. Show More Summary

Silence of the Swedes: Well-Known Writer Condemns Kingdom's Censorship

The Kingdom of Sweden is universally regarded as a free nation and a champion of human rights and freedom of speech, yet some of its citizens say they are being silenced as dissidents. "Sweden has a long history of correcting and repressing the writers and intellectuals," claims renowned writer Jan Myrdal.

Noam Chomsky Predicted the Rise of Trump Six Years Ago

For decades, Chomsky has warned of the right turn of the Democratic Party. In an interview with Chris Hedges in 2010, Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned linguist and dissident intellectual, remarked that he has "never seen anything like...Show More Summary

For Hong Kong dissidents challenging China, ‘it feels like 1984’

HONG KONG — An unsettling question now troubles Hong Kongers who routinely denigrate China’s Communist Party. Could I possibly get abducted? Their paranoia is well founded. From Kenya to Thailand, Myanmar to Hong Kong, people who’ve angered Beijing have been snatched up without a trace. These abductees, none of them residents of mainland China, nevertheless [...]Show More Summary

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