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Obama Should Put Human Rights on the G20 Agenda In China

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 08.30.2016 | Home
Daphne Eviatar

The G20 summit is an opportunity to make clear - to China and to all the G20 nations - that continued economic and other forms of cooperation with the U.S. government depends on their willingness to do the same.

Raul Castro in His Year 11

Miriam Leiva | Posted 08.04.2016 | Latino Voices
Miriam Leiva

Raul Castro might leave a great mess in 2018, although he dismantled most of Fidel's webs, quoting Fidel's words in old speeches.

Meet El Sexto, The Performance Artist Fighting For Cuba's Freedom

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Ma | Posted 03.23.2016 | Home

"If they kill me, I won't be the first or the last." That's what prominent Cuban dissident and performance artist Danilo Maldonado Machado told The Hu...

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

Mariya Parodi | Posted 02.03.2017 | New York
Mariya Parodi

Edward Snowden and Ludmila Ulitskaya exist in the same world. Ulitskaya, one of Russia's most famous novelists, scientists, and playwrights, and Edwar...

South America Hacker Team Targets Dissidents, Journalists

AP | Judah Robinson | Posted 01.12.2017 | Media

LIMA, Peru (AP) — A shadowy cyber-espionage group that sent malware to the prosecutor whose mysterious death transfixed Argentina early this year ha...

Eyes of the Dragon -- Under Surveillance in China

ADST | Posted 10.01.2016 | Home

The extent of the surveillance operations of the Soviet KGB is legendary, but the Soviet Union was not the only country to maintain an intelligence service.

Follies of Denial: Accommodation with Iran

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 09.03.2016 | Home
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Much analysis on the Iran nuclear agreement has sidelined human rights, particularly women's rights, largely ignored Iranian aggression, and forgotten the history of comparable pacts.

Cuban Dissidents: Allies of US Policy or a Hindrance?

Rafael Hernandez | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics
Rafael Hernandez

Beginning with Brigade 2506 until today, Cubans on the island have regarded Cuban political exiles as a function of North American policy dealing with the revolution. In that regard, December 17, 2014 showed that it wasn't the tail wagging the dog, but ultimately the dog doing the deciding.

Solidarity Underground

John Feffer | Posted 06.07.2015 | Home
John Feffer

Ewa Kulik was one of the key Solidarity leaders who kept the organization functioning underground. Today she is the director of the Batory Foundation in Warsaw, where she focuses on, among other things, civic education. She told me that Poland failed to focus on civic education after 1989.

The Chronicles of Gringolandia

Alex Cacioppo | Posted 02.18.2015 | Home
Alex Cacioppo

Americans like to think that they live in a perpetual present, as author Ilan Stavans, a Jewish-Mexican immigrant to the U.S. in the 1980s, writes in A Most Imperfect Union, lavishly illustrated by his compadre Lalo Alcaraz. But that is another illusory convention that, like many others, gets knocked down in the manner of a summary execution.

Life Underground in the GDR

John Feffer | Posted 10.12.2013 | Home
John Feffer

In the early days of dissent in East Germany, the state and the Stasi were dedicated to eradicating all signs of opposition. As Thomas Klein, a leading oppositionist from those days, explained to me, they didn't even know the size of their dissident circles until after 1989 when the Stasi files became available.

Big Mac Won't Satisfy Vietnamese Hunger for Human Rights

Andrew Lam | Posted 09.23.2013 | Home
Andrew Lam

Vietnam today has more money than ever, and is seeking an international status equal to its newfound wealth. So why, in this era of seeming openness and economic progress, has Hanoi stepped up its oppression?

The Hammer Takes Shape With Pussy Riot

Fariha Roisin | Posted 08.21.2013 | Media
Fariha Roisin

"Art is not a mirror to reflect the world, but a hammer with which to shape it," says the opening quote to the film Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer. The line, from poet Vladimir Mayakovsky, suggests that art is an act of dissidence, and therein dissidence creates a better tomorrow, a better future.

From Red to Blue: An Interview With Diddier Santos Moleiro

Vanessa Garcia | Posted 08.18.2013 | Home
Vanessa Garcia

This past week, the documentary film, Ni Rojo, Ni Verde, Azul! (Not Red, or Green; Blue!) debuted online. The film documents the creation of an electronic music festival called Rotilla -- until the government took it over.

If You've Done Nothing Wrong, You've Nothing to Hide: So Why Is Our Government Prosecuting Whistleblowers?

William Astore | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics
William Astore

You can hardly point out that the Emperor has no clothes if you're not even allowed to look in his direction. And that's precisely the point of the government's war on whistleblowers. The message couldn't be more clear or more authoritarian: Avert your eyes, citizens!

Chasing Anarchists: May Day and the Federal Government's Use of Grand Juries as Political Counterintelligence

Kris Hermes | Posted 06.30.2013 | Politics
Kris Hermes

The pattern of using grand juries as secret forums to ask activists what organizations they belong to, who they associate with and to scrutinize their political beliefs on the basis of "Americanism" closely parallels the hearings held by the House Subcommittee on Unamerican Activities.

Vietnam Is Poised for a Revolution, One Text Message at a Time

Andrew Lam | Posted 03.18.2013 | Technology
Andrew Lam

Vietnam, a police state where freedom of expression can come with a multi-year prison term, is awash in cell phones. Whether for talking, texting or t...

WATCH: Who Are The Real TSA Dissidents?

Christopher Elliott | Posted 09.29.2012 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

It takes courage to whip out your camera and record TSA agents engaging in what you believe to be an unconstitutional activity.

Women In The Muslim World Need Genuine Reform

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 07.24.2012 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Is misogyny prevalent and gaining traction in the Muslim world and why did most women vote for Islamists in Middle East elections?

Czechs Rally After Havel

Ben Barber | Posted 06.23.2012 | Home
Ben Barber

Tens of thousands of Czechs rallied in the streets of Prague April 21 to protest budget cuts, higher taxes and corruption -- the largest protest since the 1989 Velvet Revolution swept out communism.

Judging Cuba's Cardinal Ortega and Pope Benedict's Trip to the Island

Anya Landau French | Posted 05.29.2012 | Home
Anya Landau French

When it comes to drawing the Church into politics, just how mighty is its influence with Cuba's leaders? And where is the line between seeking refuge in a church and seeking political leverage at the expense of one?

Saki Knafo

Maikel Nabil Sanad, On Hunger Strike in Egypt, Is Dying, Says Family | Saki Knafo | Posted 11.15.2011 | Home

Back in March, when the ouster of Hosni Mubarak was still fresh, the Egyptian government arrested a 25-year-old blogger named Maikel Nabil Sanad and s...

Shadow Internet: Secret U.S. Effort Reportedly Aims To Help Dissidents

Posted 08.12.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration is leading a global effort to establish "shadow" Internet and cellphone systems to help dissidents und...

Europeans and Americans Should Freely Urge Turkey to Respect Free Speech

Marietje Schaake | Posted 06.06.2011 | Home
Marietje Schaake

The debate on fundamental freedoms in Turkey intensified after the recent arrests of journalists following a court order that criminalizes the possession of a yet unpublished book.

Media Muzzled for Egyptian Elections, but Blogosphere Thrives

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Magda Abu-Fadil

The government may have shut down religious channels, limited live political broadcasts and used licensing requirements to silence texting services, but this hasn't halted the political discourse.