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‘Friends of Syria’ Vow to Step Up Aid to Opposition

Western and Arab nations vowed Thursday to step up assistance for Syria’s moderate opposition, while the U.S. said “raw data” suggested chlorine had been used as a chemical weapon in the conflict.

Posted on May 15, 2014 READ MORE



AP / Mikhail Metzel

Public Figures Challenge Putin’s Power

Two high profile figures associated with the Kremlin joined tens of thousands of Muscovites in the streets Saturday to once again protest Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s attempt to prolong his tenure as the nation’s leading figure in the upcoming presidential election.

Posted on Dec 24, 2011 READ MORE



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Pro-Gov’t Protesters Descend Upon U.S., French Embassies in Syria

Syrian protesters siding with Prime Minister Bashar Assad’s regime made their displeasure with the U.S. and France apparent, after those countries showed support for the opposition, by attacking their embassies in Damascus on Monday.

Posted on Jul 11, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ahmed Ali

Egypt Votes in Favor of Constitutional Amendments

In results released Sunday evening, 77 percent of Egyptian voters have endorsed amendments to their country’s constitution that will pave the way for parliamentary elections, which the military junta said will be held in June.

Posted on Mar 20, 2011 READ MORE


Vejjajiva
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Thai PM Survives No-Confidence Vote

Although his political future looked dim only weeks ago, Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has survived a no-confidence vote brought against his administration by opposition party members.

Posted on Mar 19, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Hossam Khalil

Battle Rages for City West of Tripoli

Libyan security forces launched an attack on the rebel-held city of Zawiya west of Tripoli on Thursday. A rebel commander and about 30 others were reported killed in the fighting, which continued into Friday. 

Posted on Mar 4, 2011 READ MORE



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Defiant Gadhafi Hangs Tough in Tripoli

With his grip on the country steadily slipping, Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi clings to what may be his last bastion of support, in the capital of Tripoli.

Posted on Feb 27, 2011 READ MORE



Venezuelan State Television

Smackdown in Venezuela

In a brawl broadcast live on television and radio, Venezuelan legislators exchanged blows as members of President Hugo Chavez’s United Socialist Party tried to remove an opposition member from the parliament’s speaker’s podium.

Posted on Feb 11, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Soliman Oteifi

Egypt Veep Agrees to Some Concessions

As protests in Egypt continued to rage, just-installed Vice President Omar Suleiman has come to an agreement with some opposition groups to liberalize the media, release political prisoners and undergo a transition of power “within a constitutional framework.”

Posted on Feb 6, 2011 READ MORE


El Baradei
AP / Amr Nabil

Egypt Declares Curfew, Corrals ElBaradei

Amid a new wave of protests across Egypt comes news that the country is now under curfew, military vehicles prowl the streets, and opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei has been placed under house arrest.

Posted on Jan 28, 2011 READ MORE


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AP / Tarek Fawzy

ElBaradei Joins Sit-In, Egyptian Politics

Former U.N. nuclear watchdog head, Nobel laureate and likely candidate for his country’s presidency, Mohamed ElBaradei has continued to position himself as a leading political figure in Egypt by taking part in a large-scale protest Friday over the death of a man at the hands of plainclothes policemen.

Posted on Jun 25, 2010 READ MORE


Seh Daeng killed
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Dissident Thai General Shot During Interview

There are the red shirts, and there are also the black shirts—a group of Thai dissidents, led by rebel Gen. Khattiya Sawatdiphol until he was shot in the head Thursday, apparently by a sniper, as he was being interviewed by New York Times reporter Thomas Fuller in Bangkok. His injury was described as “severe.”

Posted on May 13, 2010 READ MORE



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New Opposition Party Takes Shape in Burma

A split within the Burmese opposition has led to some members leaving the defunct National League for Democracy to create a new party, the National Democratic Force, after authorities abolished the NLD for failing to register according to the military regime’s strict election laws.

Posted on May 7, 2010 READ MORE



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Nine Protesters Dead in Tehran

At least nine protesters, including the nephew of Iran’s opposition leader Mir Houssein Mousavi, were killed as demonstrators in Tehran continued the civil unrest that began a week ago in honor of the death of dissident Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri.

Posted on Dec 27, 2009 READ MORE


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Iran’s Soccer Censorship

As protests in Iran continue, the extent to which the government will go to silence dissent has sunk to even further depths of ridiculousness. Protesters at a Tehran soccer match chanted and waved green banners, to which government censors responded by delaying the telecast of the game and editing out the crowd noise and close-ups.

Posted on Sep 20, 2009 READ MORE


Khamenei and Ahmadinejad
bbc.co.uk

Iranian Politicians Skip Ahmadinejad Ceremony

Members of the Iranian public aren’t the only ones registering their displeasure about President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s impending second term. On Monday, as Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei formally gave his endorsement to Ahmadinejad, some key members of Iran’s political elite were conspicuously absent from the ceremony.

Posted on Aug 3, 2009 READ MORE


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A New Day in Zimbabwe

With a dearth of smiles in Zimbabwe on Wednesday, Morgan Tsvangirai was sworn in as prime minister by his political nemesis, President Robert Mugabe. The long fight to this moment, which included Tsvangirai’s exile and the death of many of his political supporters, has culminated in a power-sharing agreement between the two men and their parties.

Posted on Feb 11, 2009 READ MORE



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Chavez Celebrates Sweeping Victory

Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez has survived an electoral challenge with flying colors. His party swept 17 of 22 state elections, although the opposition was victorious in several key skirmishes, including the capital state, the mayoralty of Caracas and even Venezuela’s biggest slum, traditionally a Chavez stronghold.

Posted on Nov 24, 2008 READ MORE


Mugabs and Tsvangs
Agence France-Presse / Alexander Joe

Mugabe Plays Politics ... With Everything

From detaining his opponent while in the middle of a runoff election campaign to suspending international aid operations due to groups’ alleged bias against the government, Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has stopped at nothing to keep himself in power.

Posted on Jun 4, 2008 READ MORE


Jovial in Qatar
AP photo / Hasan Jamali

Lebanon’s Leaders Reach Deal

The Lebanese government and the Hezbollah opposition group came to a power-sharing agreement Wednesday, potentially marking the end to the country’s two-year-old political crisis, which only weeks ago erupted in clashes that left 65 people dead. The move, which some analysts say may benefit Hezbollah more than the Western-backed government, has been hailed by the parties directly involved and others, including the U.S. as well.

Posted on May 21, 2008 READ MORE


Morales y Garcia Linera
AP photo / Joao Padua

Opposition Calls for Referendum on Bolivia’s Morales

Evo Morales, the first indigenous president of Bolivia, will face a confidence vote in the next 90 days as opposition groups continue their push to remove him from power. The vote comes on the tail of last week’s unofficial and meaningless referendum for autonomy in which the wealthy state of Santa Cruz voted for greater independence from the federal government.

Posted on May 9, 2008 READ MORE


Fahmida Mizra
AP photo / B.K. Bangash

Pakistan Assembly Elects First Female Speaker

The Pakistani National Assembly on Wednesday elected Fehmida Mirza to be the country’s first female speaker. The selection of Mirza, a leading member of the late Benazir Bhutto’s Pakistan Peoples Party, marks the first significant transfer of power since opposition parties won a majority of seats in February’s general elections.

Posted on Mar 19, 2008 READ MORE


Iranian Parliamentary Elections
AP photo / Hasan Sarbakhshian

Iran’s Parliamentary Election Turnout Lags

Political observers in Iran are estimating that turnout for Friday’s parliamentary elections may break the country’s 2004 record low of 51 percent. The government’s ruling religious conservative faction is accused of barring many opposition reformist candidates and depressing electoral participation.

Posted on Mar 14, 2008 READ MORE


Kenya fire
AP photo / Karel Prinsloo

Kenya Violence May Be Easing

A tentative peace may have come to Kenya after the political opposition canceled its rallies and after there were reports that the head of the African Union would attempt to broker a truce. Rioting and other violence since elections last week have killed hundreds.

Posted on Jan 7, 2008 READ MORE


Pakistani journalists
AP photo / Anjun Naveed

Musharraf Frees Thousands of Pakistani Prisoners

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf is showing signs that he’s feeling the heat from the West, loosening his regime’s steel-trap grip by lifting some of the most severe measures he enforced since imposing a state of emergency rule in his country.  As of Tuesday morning, in fact, 3,416 people who were jailed during the initial crackdown had been released, according to a government spokesman.

Posted on Nov 20, 2007 READ MORE


Burmese protesters
bernama.com

Burma General to Meet Opposition Leader

Burma’s top military general has agreed to meet with imprisoned opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, provided she drops her “attitude” and meets other conditions. Meanwhile, the government says it has arrested 2,093 protesters and bystanders (Burmese law prohibits gatherings of five or more), while the BBC puts the figure closer to 10,000.

Posted on Oct 4, 2007 READ MORE


Mideast Conflict a Setback for Iran Reform Movement

As the Islamic world rallies to the support of the Iranian-backed Lebanese Hezbollah militia, Iran is feeling more and more emboldened to press its confrontational foreign policy and efforts to silence political opposition at home.

Posted on Aug 1, 2006 READ MORE


Acceptance of Gay Marriage Up, Poll Finds

Fifty-one percent still oppose it, but that’s down from 63% two years ago.

Posted on Mar 23, 2006 READ MORE


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