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  • US criticizes Vietnam convictions of dissidents

    08/26/2014 9:07:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 26, 2014 11:32 PM EDT
    The United States has expressed alarm over prison terms handed down against three Vietnamese democracy activists for obstructing traffic. Human rights groups have described the charges used to convict Bui Thi Minh Hang, Nguyen Thi Thuy Quynh and Nguyen Van Minh to 3 years, 2 years and 2˝ years respectively on Tuesday as “bogus.” …
  • Ferguson and Eric Holder's Violent Past

    08/21/2014 5:42:37 AM PDT · by rktman · 22 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 8/21/2014 | Jason Kissner
    As a freshman at Columbia University in 1970, future Attorney General Eric Holder participated in a five-day occupation of an abandoned Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) headquarters with a group of black students later described by the university’s Black Students’ Organization as “armed,” The Daily Caller has learned. Department of Justice spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler has not responded to questions from The Daily Caller about whether Holder himself was armed — and if so, with what sort of weapon
  • I Am Now a Dissident (and You Should Be, Too!)

    11/06/2013 3:13:45 AM PST · by markomalley · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/6/2013 | Joe Herring
    dissident n. a person who opposes official policy, esp. that of an authoritarian state.We live in a nation where the constitutionally respectful are becoming increasingly outnumbered by those who neither understand the underpinnings of our founding nor recognize the benefits that flow from those foundational values. In place of legitimate constitutional scholarship in our educational system, we see a systematic and unrelenting effort to overturn the original concepts of our Constitution in favor of some "living" replacement -- an "updated" document made for a diverse and evolving population, or so we are told.Those who hold offices created by the Constitution itself...
  • A Chance for the New Iranian President to Prove He's a Reformer

    08/03/2013 7:54:57 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 13 replies
    WSJ ^ | Linda Frum & Michael Ledeen
    Western diplomats at the Rouhani inauguration Sunday should challenge him to release political prisoners The inauguration of Hassan Rouhani as president of Iran on Sunday has stirred considerable hope among some Western observers for the start of a new era of liberalization in the Islamic Republic. Mr. Rouhani may prove to be the reformer his supporters claim, but the luxury of such optimism isn't available to the hundreds of dissidents who have run afoul of the Islamic Republic and are trapped in its prisons. Since Mr. Rouhani's election in mid-June, the regime's executions of prisoners—a good barometer of a government's...
  • Slow-acting killer that was Saddam's favourite instrument of vengeance

    11/19/2006 11:31:47 PM PST · by MadIvan · 9 replies · 2,347+ views
    The Times ^ | November 20, 2006 | Mark Henderson
    On New Year’s Day in 1988, Abdullah Ali, an Iraqi businessman who had been living in London for eight years, joined three compatriots for dinner at a restaurant called Cleopatra in Notting Hill.The next morning, he was taken ill with flu-like symptoms and was admitted to hospital. There his condition rapidly deteriorated — his hair fell out, he developed excruciating skin and joint pain, and paralysis and respiratory failure began to set in. Fifteen days later he was dead — but not before he had begun to wonder whether something had been added to his vodka. He was right: the...
  • (Eminent Domain) Chinese Protester "Crushed to Death by State-Controlled Road-Flattening Truck"

    09/25/2012 7:49:21 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 24 replies
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 25 September 2012 | Chris Parsons
    Chinese protester opposing government takeover of village land 'is crushed to death by state-controlled road-flattening truck' • Protester He Zhu Hua, appears to be crushed in shocking images • He opposed being moved after government tried to claim land for commercial use • Reports claim government then tried to hide body and sent security to quell anger from residents This is the horrifying moment a Chinese protester was allegedly brutally crushed to death by a government road flattening truck over a land dispute. The demonstrator had apparently resisted a government relocation when he appeared to be crushed by the huge...
  • Wikileaks Is A Weapon In The Bloody Hands Of Iran

    05/18/2012 7:58:08 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 17 May 2012 | Editorial
    WikiLeaks: The sleazy criminal organization dedicated to publishing U.S. secrets may loudly deny its leaks led to the hanging of a man in Iran Tuesday. But that's irrelevant because WikiLeaks gave Tehran the pretext it sought. A 24-year old Iranian man was the latest victim of the mullahs' monstrous tyranny this week, executed as a spy for Israel, supposedly for killing an Iranian nuclear scientist on behalf of his Zionist masters. That's a whiff of the twisted kangaroo court verdicts typical of Iran. In reality, Majid Jamali Fashi was a young kick-boxing instructor who visited Baku, Azerbaijan, for a tournament...
  • Conflict and Confusion in Cuba

    03/25/2012 4:09:05 PM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    InsightScoop from Catholic World Report ^ | March 24, 2012 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    Conflict and Confusion in Cuba Conflict and Confusion in Cuba | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman | Catholic World Report Cuban dissidents ask Benedict XVI to take up their cause as papal visit approachesAs Cuba prepares to receive Pope Benedict XVI on March 26, an increasing number of voices both on the island and abroad are complaining that the local church authorities are ignoring dissident groups and showing favoritism to a government that oppresses its own people. They also fear that the pontiff's visit could be exploited for the same purposes.In recent days, Lech Walesa, the former leader of Poland's Solidarity movement...
  • Three Years Later, Obama Reaches Out to Iran Dissidents

    03/22/2012 6:03:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/22/12 | Jeffrey Scott Shapiro
    President Barack Obama wants to pierce what he is calling the “electronic curtain” shrouding the Iranian people in totalitarianism by inviting them to make contact through America’s “virtual Tehran embassy.” The American president pierced the electronic curtain by recently sending an online Internet video message to the Iranian people, letting them know the United States supports their freedom and wants to open a dialogue with them about America’s future relationship with a free Iran. “The Iranian government jams satellite signals to shut down television and radio broadcasts. It censors the Internet to control what the Iranian people can see and...
  • China parliament unveils dissident detention powers

    03/07/2012 10:56:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Mar 8, 2012 1:03am EST | Chris Buckley
    China's parliament unveiled legislation on Thursday solidifying police powers to hold dissidents in secret criminal detention, prompting an outcry from artist Ai Weiwei and rights advocates caught in a surge of clandestine detentions last year. Others said, however, the ruling Communist Party had retreated from the most draconian part of new rules for another kind of secretive detention, called "residential surveillance", which were proposed last year. Police powers to hold suspects facing subversion and other state security charges are set out in revisions to China's Criminal Procedure Law sent to the annual parliament, the National People's Congress, for approval. "Detainees'...
  • Syrian exiles: 'Clinton told dissidents to lay down their arms'

    12/28/2011 10:23:46 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 12/29/11 | Carl In Jerusalem
    Unlike Nancy Pelosi and John Kerry, Hillary Clinton has been smart enough not to allow her picture to be taken with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad - at least as far as I could find. So I had to go with the montage above. But Clinton is apparently no less disposed to keeping the dictator in power than are Pelosi and Kerry (and President Obama for that matter). YNet has published a lengthy interview with two Syrian dissidents who have found temporary asylum in the United States. The two are still considered to be in danger - as are their families...
  • Iranian Students Stage Protests

    12/07/2010 8:25:24 PM PST · by nuconvert · 4 replies
    BEIRUT—Iranian students staged antigovernment protests nationwide Tuesday, turning an annual commemoration of student political activism into an opportunity to voice opposition to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the regime that backs him. Videos posted online showed students marching across campus grounds with green banners—the color of the opposition—holding pictures of jailed students, and chanting "death to the dictator" and "free student prisoners." Security forces responded with a heavy security deployment, and at least eight arrests, according to the student website Daneshjoo. Official media didn't cover the protests or report any arrests.
  • Archbishop Nienstedt Refuses Communion to Dissidents

    10/31/2010 3:18:43 PM PDT · by 0beron · 2 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 10/31/2010 | Tancred
    At today's Noon Mass, a statement was read over the intercom prior to Communion by the Archdiocese's Communication's Director one Dennis McGrath. This Sunday was Vocation Sunday and the Archdiocese has more students studying for the priesthood than it's had for thirty years, but Archbishop was not present. The statement was to the effect that only baptised Catholics who are disposed to receive Communion and in agreement with the entirety Church's teaching may receive Communion, and specifically, that Rainbow Sashers may not receive Holy Communion, but they were invited to remove their sashes. The approach he's taken to thi situation...
  • The News Just Noticed: "What's a Dancer Doing in the Basilica?"

    10/23/2010 3:17:34 AM PDT · by 0beron · 2 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 10/21/2010 | Tancred
    Actually, completely acceptable: The versatile altar space with the supper table can also be used as a dance floor. [kreuz.net] Actually, Msgr Konrad Zdarsa was already named as Bishop of Augsburg on July 8th. In reality he will occupy his office on the 23rd of October - much later as prescribed by Catholic canon law. According to Canon 418, Paragraph 1, the installed Bishop must succeed within two Months.
  • The Barney Basilica Attacks: Liberal Catholics in Minneapolis

    10/07/2010 5:01:49 AM PDT · by 0beron · 4 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 10/07/2010 | Tancred
    When St. Paul was talking about a "light on the hill" this wasn't what he had in mind. Rather, it's the kind of edifice that says something very definitive in an ambiguous way about what the Priests of the Archdiocese have long said about the importance of "sexual orientation". Instead, they tell us that there are other issues that are more pressing, like their heavily subsidized "social justice" ministries.
  • Worse than useless - An American government attempt to help Iranian dissidents backfires (Haystack)

    09/19/2010 5:34:19 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 10 replies
    The Economist ^ | Sept. 16, 2010
    FOR Iran’s beleaguered opposition, the internet is a potent weapon and a big hope. During the Green movement’s protests in 2009, activists used Twitter and Facebook, often from mobile phones, to upload videos of police brutality and spread messages of support and news of new demonstrations. The authorities responded not only by cracking heads, but cracking computers: trying to trace users, block services and close websites. Outsiders found the struggle inspirational. Austin Heap, a 26-year-old hacker born in Ohio, decided to develop anticensorship software to foil the authorities’ efforts. He named the product Haystack, and began earlier this year to...
  • Are Saudi dissidents preparing to overthrow the king?

    09/02/2010 12:36:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies · 1+ views
    jpost ^ | 9/2/10 | Benjamin Joffe-Walt
    It’s an allegation almost too surreal to be real. In a claim reminiscent of the most elaborate Middle East conspiracy theories known to date, a “reliable” source in the beleaguered Yemeni government has told the Yemeni news site Al Watan that a group of Saudi dissidents are secretly being trained by separatist Yemeni rebels in military warfare and covert communications so as to overthrow the Saudi king. Analysts, however, think the source is a government official trying to disseminate false information to turn the Saudi government against the separatists in southern Yemen. Why would the Saudi government support a separatist...
  • Iran Targeting Dissidents Through Global Police

    05/14/2010 1:25:31 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 1 replies · 187+ views
    http://www.cbn.com ^ | 5-14-2010 | Erick Stakelbeck
    LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The Iranian regime is notorious for cracking down on dissent inside Iran. Now Mahmoud Ahmadenijad and the mullahs are targeting dissidents in other countries -- including those in the United States. And they are using an international organization to do it. The Regime Never Forgets Shahram Homayoun fled Iran for the United States 19 years ago. He was a marked man in his native country, because of his support for democracy and human rights. Now the regime has finally caught up with Homayoun: not in Tehran, but in Los Angeles. "They have managed to keep me...
  • Interpol helping Iran to track dissidents here

    05/13/2010 1:56:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies · 305+ views
    american thinker ^ | 5/13/10 | Clarice Feldman
    It seems shocking but it is charged that interpol is helping the Iranian regime track and beset dissidents living here: LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The Iranian regime is notorious for cracking down on dissent inside Iran . Now Mahmoud Ahmadenijad and the mullahs are targeting dissidents in other countries -- including those in the United States . And they are using an international organization to do it. The Regime Never Forgets Shahram Homayoun fled Iran for the United States 19 years ago. He was a marked man in his native country, because of his support for democracy and human rights.
  • Obama Puts the Dis in Dissident

    01/02/2010 6:35:49 AM PST · by nuconvert · 7 replies · 20,286+ views
    Here's a timely New Year's resolution the president might do well to deliver to his National Security Council: "When it comes to nasty regimes that brutalize their people, we will never again forget that the most powerful weapon in a president's arsenal is a White House photo-op." The December headlines remind us that we have no shortage of these nasty regimes. In China, the government sentences Liu Xiaobo to 11 years in prison for writing a letter calling for legal and political reforms. In Iran, security forces fire on citizens marching in the streets. In Cuba, pro-government goons intimidate a...
  • I fully support President Medvedev's outreach to American dissidents

    09/18/2009 9:28:20 PM PDT · by Saije · 16 replies · 940+ views
    Foreign Policy ^ | 9/17/2009 | Daniel Drezner
    According to the Associated Press, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev wants to get outside of the DC beltway in his next trip to the USA: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev says he would like to meet with "dissidents" when he visits the U.S. next week. Russian news agencies quote him as telling a group of visiting foreign experts that "I believe there are dissidents in the United States." ITAR-Tass quotes him as saying: "Let them tell me what problems the United States has. That won't be bad, considering the Soviet experience." I think that this is a fantastic idea, when one considers...
  • Why is National Guard recruiting for 'internment' cops?

    08/09/2009 6:19:03 PM PDT · by adanaC · 96 replies · 3,415+ views
    2009 WorldNetDaily ^ | August 07, 2009 | Bob Unruh
    An ad campaign featured on a U.S. Army website seeking those who would be interested in being an "Internment/Resettlement" specialist is raising alarms across the country, generating concerns that there is some truth in those theories about domestic detention camps, a roundup of dissidents and a crackdown on "threatening" conservatives. The ads, at the GoArmy.com website as well as others including Monster.com, cite the need for: "Internment/Resettlement (I/R) Specialists in the Army are primarily responsible for day-to-day operations in a military confinement/correctional facility or detention/internment facility. I/R Specialists provide rehabilitative, health, welfare, and security to U.S. military prisoners within a...
  • Iran dissidents: Behind confessions, prison ordeal

    08/07/2009 7:54:37 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies · 431+ views
    A prisoner forced to confess tries to speak with his eyes - to tell those watching that he's admitting to crimes he never committed because he's been broken by days alone in a cell and interrogators' threats to his family and loved ones. And because it's the only way to get free, said Ebrahim Nabavi, a popular Iranian satirist whose televised confession came after he spent more than three months in prison in 2000 for his written jabs at the ruling clerics. Nabavi believes he saw the same thing happen as he watched two of Iran's most prominent pro-reform politicians...
  • Iranian soldier 'killed in custody'

    08/01/2009 10:05:46 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 17 replies · 830+ views
    THE JERUSALEM POST ^ | Aug 2, 2009 3:27 | SABINA AMIDI
    A young Iranian soldier, arrested late last week for allegedly stealing weapons for opposition groups, was killed in custody and his body returned to his family on Saturday, sources in Teheran said. The sources said the bodies of several dissidents, arrested in the course of anti-regime protests in Iran in recent weeks and evidently killed in detention, had also been returned to their families in the past few days. Several of the bodies bore signs of beatings, the sources said.
  • Bill creates detention camps in U.S. for 'emergencies'

    02/01/2009 8:02:02 PM PST · by Man50D · 207 replies · 6,712+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | February 01, 2009 | Jerome R. Corsi
    Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, D-Fla., has introduced to the House of Representatives a new bill, H.R. 645, calling for the secretary of homeland security to establish no fewer than six national emergency centers for corralling civilians on military installations. The proposed bill, which has received little mainstream media attention, appears designed to create the type of detention center that those concerned about use of the military in domestic affairs fear could be used as concentration camps for political dissidents, such as occurred in Nazi Germany. The bill also appears to expand the president's emergency power, much as the executive order...
  • Shocking revelations about Biden in Soviet-era documents

    10/09/2008 12:34:33 PM PDT · by syriacus · 12 replies · 1,371+ views
    American Thinker ^ | October 09, 2008 | Rick Moran
    At a time when Democrats were insisting that Human Rights be a primary issue in the Salt II negotiations, Biden throws the dissidents and refuseniks under the bus, not to mention downplaying our security relationship with Europe - almost inviting the Soviets to invade.
  • China makes Nobel prize warning[Upset-China jailed dissident might win]

    10/08/2008 6:19:07 PM PDT · by BGHater · 4 replies · 235+ views
    BBC ^ | 08 Oct 2008 | BBC
    China has said it hopes the Nobel Peace Prize will reward what it called "the right person", amid reports that jailed dissidents top the list of favourites. The Prize is to be announced on Friday in the Norwegian capital, Oslo. The Chinese foreign ministry said some past choices had gone against the prize's original purpose of promoting world peace and human progress. The award went to the Dalai Lama 19 years ago, and dissidents Hu Jia and Gao Zhisheng are on this year's list. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations' Universal Declaration of...
  • Cuban Dissidents Ask Bush to Aid [Their Hurricane-Stricken Country]

    09/08/2008 9:07:24 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 23 replies · 245+ views
    (English-language translation) HAVANA (AP) - Cuban dissidents sent U.S. President George Bush a letter asking him to temporarily suspend some of the sanctions against the island so aid may be sent following hurricane Gustav. "We ask you that, at least for two months, you lift the restrictions of the embargo that concern the relations between the exiled Cubans and those who live in the island," read a letter signed by Martha Beatriz Roque and Vladimiro Roca on behalf of a small group called Agenda for the Transition. The dissidents asked for permission to send money and packages and for Cuban-Americans...
  • Mass trial of Syrian dissidents

    07/30/2008 1:30:26 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 60+ views
    Radio Netherlands ^ | July 30 2008
    The trial of 12 dissidents has started in the Syrian capital Damascus. The suspects signed a petition which called for democratic reforms. Human rights activists say this is the first time that the authorities hold a mass trial of so many dissidents. The twelve are accused of spreading false information, undermining national morals and instigating racial and sectarian unrest.
  • Arrests, Jailings Of Political And Rights Activists Continue

    04/14/2008 6:04:29 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies · 104+ views
    Arrests, Jailings Of Political And Rights Activists Continue April 14, 2008 Radio Free Europe/RadioLiberty Farangis Najibullah The Iranian authorities this month have added several more names to the list of political activists, human rights campaigners, and journalists who have been imprisoned for voicing dissent. The leader of the unregistered Democratic Party of Iran, Abbas Khorsandi, is among the latest targets of the Iranian security services. Khorsandi was sentenced last week to eight years in prison after being found guilty of threatening Iranian state security by setting up "an illegal political group." A 50-year-old economics professor in the northern town of...
  • Castro defends crackdown 5 years ago, exhorts US to treat inmates as well as Cuba

    03/24/2008 9:27:03 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies · 354+ views
    AP ^ | 03/24/08
    HAVANA (AP) - Ailing former leader Fidel Castro made a rare mention of his government's crackdown on political opponents five years ago, defending the action and exhorting the United States to treat its prisoners with the same humanity he said Cuba uses with its inmates. "What an enormous difference between the methods of the United States and of Cuba!" Castro wrote in an essay published Monday in state media, apparently referring to how the U.S. government treats terror suspects. "None of the mercenaries were tortured or deprived of attorney or trial," Castro said of the 75 dissidents rounded up beginning...
  • Iranian dissidents urge immediate nuclear checks

    02/21/2008 5:04:04 AM PST · by Schnucki · 8 replies · 135+ views
    al-Reuters ^ | February 20, 2008 | David Brunnstrom
    BRUSSELS - An Iranian opposition group called on Wednesday for the U.N. nuclear watchdog to immediately inspect facilities in Iran which it said were at the core of an accelerated nuclear weapons programme. The National Council of Resistance of Iran dismissed a December U.S. National Intelligence Estimate that Tehran stopped trying to make a nuclear warhead in 2003, shortly after the group first revealed the country's nuclear enrichment activity. It charged that Iran had established a new command and control centre for the programme coded-named Lavizan-2 at Mojdeh on the southeastern outskirts of Tehran last April, near the site of...
  • A PETITION TO SUPPORT CUBAN DISSIDENTS

    01/25/2008 10:11:03 AM PST · by Argentine-Firecracker · 3 replies · 89+ views
    Instapundit ^ | 01/25/2008
    A PETITION TO SUPPORT CUBAN DISSIDENTS, from Lech Walesa.
  • Suspicious Death in Iran Prison

    01/23/2008 6:30:00 PM PST · by nuconvert · 3 replies · 160+ views
    Suspicious Death in Iran Prison January 22, 2008 The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) FIDH The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the Iranian League for the Defence of Human Rights (LDDHI) urge the Iranian authorities to investigate the death in prison of Mr. Ebrahim Lotfollahi. FIDH and LDDHI furthermore express their deep concern over the increasingly frequent arrests of student activists and women’s rights defenders over the past months. Mr. Ebrahim Lotfollahi, a Kurdish law student, died in the prison of Sanandaj, in Iran’s Kurdish northwestern region, on January 15th, 2008. Mr Lotfollahi was arrested, for unknown...
  • Poison have been found in Vietnamese Prison [Tran Khai Thanh Thuy]

    10/25/2007 11:19:16 AM PDT · by cutiedieuvan · 13 replies · 314+ views
    vietland News ^ | Oct-25-2007 | Do Van Phuc - Thu Hien
    Do Van Phuc - Thu Hien (Ha Noi - Vietnam) An Exile group, Vietland’s underground sources in Ha Noi reported that the Communist Vietnamese Authorities have been poisoning Novelist and journalist Tran Khai Thanh Thuy (pen names Nguyen Thai Hoang and Nguyen Thi Hien) by adding little amount of poison to her meals in order to gradually kill the human rights activist instead of bringing her to the court. For several months Thuy has been coughing up blood.
  • Solidarity With Iran

    10/15/2007 9:13:39 PM PDT · by humint · 111+ views
    WSJ ^ | October 15, 2007; Page A23 | AKBAR ATRI
    As I write this, close friends of mine are sitting in cells of Evin prison in Iran. They are suffering from torture, solitary confinement and denial of medical care. Despite their suffering, they write and smuggle out of prison essays about the brutality of Iran's government and about how the democracy movement can stay resilient despite mounting repression. [Illustration] Here in America, where I have been living since 2005 as an exiled activist, a controversy has emerged over the Bush administration's pledge to provide $75 million in democracy and human-rights assistance to Iranians. Critics of the funding, among them some...
  • US warns Belarus of more sanctions after arrests

    09/14/2007 4:48:59 PM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 3 replies · 190+ views
    earthtimes ^ | Tue, 11 Sep 2007
    Washington - The United States warned Belarus on Tuesday that more sanctions are possible if the government continues arresting and intimidating political dissidents. "As long as the Belarusian authorities are not ready to abide by democratic norms, the United States will continue to maintain and strengthen sanctions on those responsible," US State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said. The United States has already banned US firms from doing business with top Belarussian officials, including President Alexander Lukashenko, over crackdowns on political opponents for rigging elections in March 2006. He has been banned from travelling to the United States. The latest warning...
  • Iran's Hangmen Work Overtime to Silence Opposition

    08/24/2007 9:46:27 AM PDT · by camerakid400 · 22 replies · 917+ views
    Telegraph ^ | By Con Coughlin
    Stonings, hangings, floggings, purges. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad might claim that United Nations sanctions can't hurt his country, but that is not how it feels for Iran's long-suffering population which now finds itself on the receiving end of one of the most brutal purges witnessed since the 1979 Islamic revolution. The most visible manifestation of the new oppression sweeping Iran has been the wave of public executions and floggings carried out in Teheran and provincial capitals over recent weeks in a blatant attempt by the regime to intimidate political opponents. The official government line is that the punishments are part of...
  • Russian dissidents called mentally ill - Soviet-era practice revived

    08/07/2007 2:51:07 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 19 replies · 536+ views
    chicagotribune.com ^ | August 7, 2007 | Alex Rodriguez
    MURMANSK, Russia - Heavy sedatives keep Larisa Arap languishing in a woozy haze at a mental asylum, the victim not of a troubled mind, her family says, but of a Soviet-era practice that continues to muzzle and punish dissent in today's Russia. Earlier this summer, Arap, an activist with former chess champion Garry Kasparov's opposition movement, co-wrote an article that alleged abusive practices at local psychiatric clinics. When Arap appeared at a Murmansk clinic to pick up a routine medical certificate July 5, a doctor called police and had her taken to a local asylum. The doctors handling Arap's case...
  • Activists' Parents Accuse Tehran of Torturing Their Sons

    07/27/2007 7:14:07 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 7 replies · 475+ views
    Guardian Unlimited ^ | July 26, 2007
    Activists' Parents Accuse Tehran of Torturing Their Sons July 26, 2007 Guardian Unlimited Robert Tait in Tehran Fears that Iran is systematically mistreating political prisoners and dissidents have been further fuelled after the parents of three detained student activists claimed their sons had been tortured. In a letter to the country's judiciary chief, Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, the parents alleged that the students have suffered a catalogue of physical and psychological abuses since being incarcerated in Tehran's Evin prison in May. The students - Majid Tavakoli, Ahmad Ghasaban and Ehsan Mansouri - were among eight from Amir Kabir University arrested...
  • Caption this Photo [GOP Masters of the Universe]

    06/29/2007 1:00:42 AM PDT · by indcons · 121 replies · 4,453+ views
    Web | 29 June 2007 | Web
  • Iran Dissidents: British Capture Ordered [Opposition Group Says Ayatollah Khamenei Ordered Capture]

    03/31/2007 8:33:43 PM PDT · by jdm · 55 replies · 3,995+ views
    AP via ABC News ^ | March 31, 2007 | DAVID STRINGER
    LONDON Mar 31, 2007 (AP) — An Iranian opposition group claimed Saturday that Iran's capture of 15 British sailors and marines was planned in advance and carried out in retaliation for the U.N. sanctions imposed against the country, as an Iranian diplomat said the case had entered a legal phase. Gholam-Reza Ansari, the Iranian ambassador to Russia, made his comments to Russian television Vesti-24 on Friday and was quoted by IRNA on its Web site as saying, "the case of the detention of British sailors has taken on a judicial form." IRNA originally quoted the ambassador Saturday morning as saying...
  • Wives of jailed dissidents urge Sheehan to visit Cuba's prisons

    01/08/2007 12:18:38 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 1,187+ views
    ap on Daily Comet ^ | 1/8/07 | Vanessa Arrington - ap
    Wives and mothers of Cuban political prisoners urged U.S. peace activist Cindy Sheehan on Monday to visit the island's state-run jails during her weeklong trip to Cuba to call for the closure of the U.S.-operated Guantanamo prison. The Ladies in White, a group of women demanding the release of their loved ones, described what they called "inhumane" conditions at Cuba's prisons in a letter for Sheehan that was sent to international reporters. The group said it was trying to get a copy to Sheehan as well. "At the same time you and your noble followers fight for the closure of...
  • Russians 'set up hit squad to kill London dissidents' - LIVE THREAD

    12/01/2006 11:25:16 AM PST · by MadIvan · 83 replies · 2,523+ views
    The Evening Standard ^ | December 1, 2006 | Staff
    A secret assassination squad was set up to poison former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, it was claimed today.The allegations are contained in two letters smuggled out of a Russian jail and passed to a close friend of Mr Litvinenko. The letters were apparently written in jail by Mikhail Trepashkin, a former Russian intelligence officer. In one, Mr Litvinenko is warned that both he and his family are at risk. Mr Litvinenko's friend Alex Goldfarb said scans of the letters came into his possession yesterday and he passed them to Scotland Yard. In 2004 Mr Trepashkin, who worked for the KGB's...
  • An Ordinary Dutch Life

    11/18/2006 7:13:35 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies · 1,025+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 18, 2006 | Daniel Schwammenthal
    THE HAGUE -- When Geert Wilders rose from his desk, his head almost touched the narrow ceiling. The tiny corner office underneath the parliament's roof wasn't selected for space but security. Possible assassins can only come from one direction, making life easier for the two bodyguards outside. Mr. Wilders has been living under 24-hour police protection ever since the assassination of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh two years ago. The Dutch-Moroccan who stabbed and shot van Gogh in Amsterdam left death threats behind against him and the Netherlands' other, more famous critic of Islam: Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Like the Somali-born...
  • Iranian Alert - October 4, 2006 - Western military buildup underway in the Middle East

    10/09/2006 12:45:53 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 13 replies · 1,700+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 10.4.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Western military buildup underway in the Middle East. Global Research published a major report on the military build-up of conventional, ground, air, naval, and nuclear forces in and around the Middle East and Central Asia. The probability of another war in the Middle East is high. Caroline Glick, The Jerusalem Post reported that the clouds of the coming war are converging upon Israel. But our political and military leaders refuse to look up at the darkening sky.   US confident Russia and China will join in sanctions on Iran. The Washington Times reported that the United...
  • Iranian Alert - October 3, 2006 - Ahmadinejad's trouble at home and trouble making abroad

    10/09/2006 12:36:48 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 3 replies · 1,097+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 10.3.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Ahmadinejad to shake up his cabinet. Iran Press News reported that a source close to Ahmadinejad's cabinet said that in the coming days vast changes will be taking place within the administration. The first to leave will be the oil minister; Vaziri Hamaneh is expected to be dismissed from the cabinet.   Ahmadinejad fails to deliver his economic miracle. Inter Press Service reported that Iranian citizens are wondering if Ahmadinejad will ever make good on an election promise to crack down on the corrupt and distribute Iran's vast oil revenues more equitably.BBC News reported that Iran's...
  • Iranian Alert - October 2, 2006 - Ahmadinejad plans huge increase in uranium enrichment

    10/09/2006 12:25:36 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 2 replies · 908+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 10.2.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Ahmadinejad plans huge increase in uranium enrichment. ABC News reported that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said they want to install up to 100,000 centrifuges to process uranium gas for enrichment in order to produce nuclear fuel. Bush pleased with the Iran Freedom and Support Act The White House, Office of the Press Secretary reported that President Bush said "I applaud Congress for demonstrating its bipartisan commitment to confronting the Iranian regime's repressive and destabilizing activities by passing the Iran Freedom Support Act." Here are a few other news items you may have missed. The International Herald Tribune reported...
  • Iranian Alert - October 1, 2006 - Bush signs Iran Freedom and Support Act!

    10/09/2006 12:19:10 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 2 replies · 858+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 10.1.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Bush signs Iran Freedom and Support Act! The Washington Post reported that President Bush on Saturday signed legislation that would impose mandatory sanctions on entities that provide goods or services for Iran's weapons programs.The Associated Press reported that the US Senate finally passed the Iran Freedom and Support Act.The Library of Congress published the full text of the Iran Freedom and Support Act.   But does Condi support a change of regime in Iran? The Wall Street Journal reexamined their recent interview with Condi Rice in which he concludes: Her primary method for dealing with the...
  • Iranian Alert - September 29, 2006 - Photo evidence of Iran's coordinating Iraq's insurgency.

    10/09/2006 12:00:53 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 8 replies · 1,321+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.29.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Photo evidence of the Islamic Republic's coordinating Iraq's insurgency. Roads to Iraq and Iraqi blog reported that after a fierce battle in “Khan Bani Sa’ad” Diyala governorate north of Baghdad with “Mahdi Army”, Iraqi resistance succeeded to capture one of the “Mahdi Army”. They found a complete modern communications system manufacturing in the Ministry of Defense of Iran believed to be used as a direct contact with the Iranians. Photos.CNN News reported that a Shiite Muslim militia involved in the warfare between Sunni and Shiites in Iraq has received "millions of dollars" and an assortment of...