When I arrived at the airport in Orissa, I was struck by a billboard there: "Mining happiness for the people of Orissa - Vedanta." What cruel irony. The poster should have read instead, "Undermining happiness for the people of Orissa."
The Guardian recently took out the red pen and brazenly changed the wording in a piece regarding the MEK to say: "a guerrilla Sunni-Marxist movement" -- a label used by the regime to disparage the organization in the public eye.
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.