The Iranian uprising has ascended and, regardless of crackdown, it will not decline. Rather, it will guide future developments along the lines of toppling the clerical regime and establishing democracy in Iran.
The Black Spring 75, civic fighter Orlando Zapata, political prisoners and those who are disobedient are free. The Cuban regime is today the real prisoner, locked up in the very repression it generates.
Two of my colleagues face up to 10 years in jail for exposing institutional corruption in the Japanese government's whaling programme. Meanwhile, the UN contends that Japan repeatedly violated the activists' human rights.