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The Chronicles of Gringolandia

Alex Cacioppo | Posted 02.18.2015 | Books
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 | World
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 | World
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 | World
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.

China's Security Outsourcing Boom

AP | CHARLES HUTZLER | Posted 07.27.2012 | World

BEIJING — Every workday at 7:20 a.m., colleagues pick up Yao Lifa from his second-floor apartment and drive him to the elementary school where h...

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 | World
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 | World
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 | World

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 | World

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

Europeans and Americans Should Freely Urge Turkey to Respect Free Speech

Marietje Schaake | Posted 06.06.2011 | World
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 | World
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.

Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Liu Xiaobo: A Quick Q & A With French Sinologist Jean-Philippe Béja

Jeffrey Wasserstrom | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeffrey Wasserstrom

A day before the Nobel Peace Prize was handed out, I put some questions about the odds-on favorite for the award to Jean-Philippe Béja.

After Cuba's Prisoner Release, What's Next for U.S. Policy?

Sarah Stephens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sarah Stephens

Critics here and abroad, mainly defenders of anti-Cuba sanctions, see the prisoner breakthrough as little more than a Cuban tactic to preserve its communist system. But that misses much of the larger picture.

The High Price of Independent, Dissident Filmmaking in Iran

Virginia M. Moncrieff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Virginia M. Moncrieff

After weeks of silence, the Iranian government has said it detained internationally acclaimed filmmaker Jafar Panahi for making an anti-government film inside his house. His family completely denies the accusation.

Cuba's Dissidents Are Speaking Up: Is Congress Listening?

Sarah Stephens | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sarah Stephens

Seventy-four of Cuba's most politically prominent dissidents have signed a letter to Members of the U.S. Congress asking them to support legislation to legalize travel to Cuba for all Americans and to increase sales of U.S. food to the island.

Freedom To Write: An Exiled Chinese Dissident, a Conference in Istanbul, and Some Milky Tea

Ming Holden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ming Holden

The man I met in front of the State Department Store didn't look like a refugee, which goes to show how many assumptions I had. Tumenulzii had an open and youthful face.

Martin Luther King Jr.: Remembering With a New Cointelpro

Peter Christian Hall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Christian Hall

This may be just the time to brush up on Cointelpro, the notorious program through which FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover vigorously disrupted the activities of American political dissidents.

The Iran and Obama Dance

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

It's not Obama's fault that Iraq and Afghanistan happened, but it will be his fault if he rushes into a threat-laden, pseudo-engagement with Iran at this historical crossroads in US-Iran relations.

Today is the Anniversary of the 1999 Iran Protest

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

Without the July 1999 protests, there could never have been June 2009. What the students courageously started then has led to a massive movement encompassing all Iranians.