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Report: Authorities Admit Abuse at Iranian Prison

Iran’s Mehr News Agency reported Monday that local authorities have admitted that a 25-year-old detainee who was arrested in the wave of protests following June’s presidential election in Iran died from abuse at the hands of prison officials, according to The New York Times.

Posted on Aug 31, 2009 READ MORE


Obama at health care meeting
AP / Alex Brandon

Obama Jumps Into Health Care Fray

So far, we’ve had the angry protests, the scuffles at suddenly volatile town hall meetings, and no resolution of the health care reform argument from our elected leaders, but President Barack Obama is now embarking on a campaign to try to sway public opinion on the issue using ... a series of town hall meetings across the country. Updated

Posted on Aug 11, 2009 READ MORE


House Leaders Cite ‘Un-American’ Activities

We’re sympathetic to members of the House who find themselves getting yelled at by hecklers with less-than-pure motives, but calling that behavior “un-American” is probably ill-advised when you represent a body of government that famously had a committee by the same name.

Posted on Aug 10, 2009 READ MORE


The Me-First, Screw-Everyone-Else Crowd

Thanks to the Khaki Pants Offensive in the Great American Health Care and Tax War, finally, there’s no pretense. Finally, the Me-First, Screw-Everyone-Else Crowd’s ugliest traits are there for all to behold.

Posted on Aug 7, 2009 READ MORE


Oath
AP / Vahid Salemi

Ahmadinejad Sworn In

Amid street battles, the deaths of 30 protesters and weeks-long accusations of electoral corruption, everyone’s favorite Twitter-bobo doll, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has taken the oath of office for Iran’s presidency once again. Several countries, the U.S. being one of them, have said they will not send a letter of congratulations. So there.

Posted on Aug 5, 2009 READ MORE



Taser

Don’t Tase Me, Bro

Many a protester—and the occasional speeding grannie—has faced off against Taser-wielding law enforcement officers. The Man now has a new rapid-fire stun gun that multiplies all of the ethical problems of gaining “voluntary compliance.” After the jump, a video of Taser employees zapping each other.

Posted on Jul 27, 2009 READ MORE


Khamenei
AP / Office of the Supreme Leader

Iranians Still Split Over Election

Although Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, aka Iran’s supreme leader, has called the recent protests over the contested election evidence of foreign powers meddling in his country’s affairs, his words didn’t seem to sway Iranian opponents, who on Monday proposed a referendum to sort out the issue.

Posted on Jul 20, 2009 READ MORE


Iran protest
AP photo

Protesters Venture Out in Tehran

The crowds that emerged in Tehran on Thursday to once again contest the recent national election numbered only in the low thousands, but the first mass protest in 11 days demonstrated that the postelection unrest has yet to be resolved in Iran.

Posted on Jul 9, 2009 READ MORE


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Flickr / .faramarz

Iran Opposition Locks Arms Against Crackdown

On Tuesday, Iran’s three leading opposition candidates formed a unified front to demand an end to the government’s harsh crackdown on protesters and the release of all those detained. Meanwhile, in a radio interview, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad thanked Iranians for re-electing him and promised to “dedicate [his] entire existence to serving the people.”

Posted on Jul 7, 2009 READ MORE



Xinhua

More Than 150 Dead in China Protests

Chinese state media are reporting more than 150 people dead and more than 800 injured in what the China Daily describes as a riot on the part of Uighur “outlaws.” Those figures and the nature of the protests are fiercely disputed by Uighur groups abroad, which say police fired on peaceful demonstrators.

Posted on Jul 6, 2009 READ MORE


Honduran protest

Video: Honduran Soldiers Shoot Pro-Zelaya Supporters’ Tires

In this video footage released by CNN on Friday, protesters en route to a rally in support of former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya find their travels cut short when a troop of soldiers, apparently representing the same military force that ousted Zelaya last Sunday and replaced him with Roberto Micheletti, move in and shoot out their bus tires.

Posted on Jul 3, 2009 READ MORE


Police
typepad.com

No Firings in LAPD’s May Day Brutality

A Los Angeles police review panel comprised mostly of cops has refused to fire any of the officers involved in the 2007 May Day brutality in MacArthur Park. The city shelled out $13 million in settlements because of the melee, but the worst punishment handed down was a 20-day suspension for one cop.

Posted on Jul 1, 2009 READ MORE


Obama ‘Strongly Condemns’ Iran Crackdown

The president opened his Tuesday press conference by saying, “The United States and the international community have been appalled and outraged by the threats, the beatings, and imprisonments of the last few days. I strongly condemn these unjust actions… .”

Posted on Jun 23, 2009 READ MORE


Baracks Obama
White House / Lawrence Jackson

Obama Comes Closer to Meddling

The president reiterated Tuesday that he has no intention of “interfering with Iran’s affairs,” but he also dialed up his criticism of the regime’s crackdown from “it is of concern to me” to “I strongly condemn these unjust actions.”

Posted on Jun 23, 2009 READ MORE



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Iran Election Watchdog Stands by Results

Iran’s Guardian Council has found “no major fraud or breach in the election” and will not annul the vote, a spokesman announced Tuesday. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, meanwhile, jumped into the fray, calling on the Iranian government to “respect fundamental civil and political rights.”

Posted on Jun 23, 2009 READ MORE



AP photo / STR

Symbols Are Not Enough to Win This Battle

You don’t overthrow Islamic revolutions with car headlights. And definitely not with candles. Peaceful protest might have served Gandhi well, but the supreme leader’s Iran is not going to worry about a few thousand demonstrators on the streets, even if they do cry “Allahu Akbar” from their rooftops every night.

Posted on Jun 23, 2009 READ MORE



AP photo / Ali Zare

Iran Had a Democracy Before We Took It Away

Iranians do not need or want us to teach them about liberty and representative government. We gave to the Iranian people the corrupt regime of the shah and his savage secret police and the primitive clerics that rose out of the swamp of the dictator’s Iran.

Posted on Jun 22, 2009 READ MORE



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Iran Arrests Hundreds, Admits Vote Errors

Iranian election officials announced over the weekend that in 50 districts, there were more votes cast than voters. It’s a glimmer of hope for protesters, who stayed home Sunday as the government flooded the streets of Tehran with security personnel. State media reported the arrest of 457 people following Saturday’s violence.

Posted on Jun 22, 2009 READ MORE


Obama’s Iran Dilemma

The president’s initial caution served the interests of freedom by making clear that the revolt against Iran’s flawed election is homegrown. As the struggle continues, we cannot pretend that we are indifferent to its outcome.

Posted on Jun 21, 2009 READ MORE



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10 Reported Killed in Streets of Tehran

Protesters defied the supreme leader’s threat of a crackdown and marched Saturday in the streets of Tehran, where they were reportedly met with tear gas and gunfire. Foreign media were unable to verify state television reports that 10 people were killed in Saturday’s confrontation between police and “terrorists.”

Posted on Jun 21, 2009 READ MORE


More Than the Sum of 140 Characters

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Twitter and Iran

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AP photo / Ben Curtis

Iran to Recount Disputed Votes

Iran’s Guardian Council has announced a recount of disputed votes from last week’s election as massive protests continued in the streets of Tehran. It’s not clear how extensive the recount will be or whether it could threaten to upset the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who flew to Russia on Tuesday for a meeting there.

Posted on Jun 16, 2009 READ MORE


Iran Election [Revised]

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Choi

Lt. Dan Choi Leads Gay Rights Rally Outside Obama Fundraiser

The anti-Proposition 8 protests were one form of gay rights activism taking place recently around Los Angeles, but a related issue was the subject of a rally led by former Lt. Dan Choi, a West Point graduate and Arab linguist who was discharged from the Army National Guard earlier this month for coming out publicly: Choi wanted to remind the visiting president about his pledge to end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

Posted on May 28, 2009 READ MORE


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Tom Hayden on Mark Rudd

Forty years after he helped destroy SDS, Mark Rudd condemns his role in Weatherman as “the greatest single mistake of my life … a historical crime.” How did it happen and what did it mean? Why did peaceful protest give way to violent resistance? What lessons are to be learned from the failure to spurn the seductions of charismatic cults?

Posted on May 8, 2009 READ MORE


Don’t Underestimate the Tea-Baggers

The cool, cerebral White House might logically conclude that Wednesday’s decidedly uncool, uncerebral “tea bag” protests were intellectually and politically incoherent, and therefore not worth a second thought. That would be a dangerous mistake.

Posted on Apr 17, 2009 READ MORE


Olbermann

Olbermann’s Tea-Hee Party

Yes, Keith Olbermann and other pundits (paging Anderson Cooper) had a field day with the right wing’s adoption of “tea bagging” as the driving metaphor behind their Tax Day protests. But no, the double entendres didn’t start “on the blogs,” as Bill O’Reilly’s “nice lady” guest Amanda Carpenter suggested on his show.

Posted on Apr 16, 2009 READ MORE


Afghan Women Protest Against—and for—‘Rape’ Law

A group of determined Afghan women took to the streets of Kabul on Wednesday, suffering chants of “Dogs!” from a much larger crowd in order to challenge a law that essentially legalizes marital rape. The AP reports on a scene that underscores the complexities of that country—there were more women among the angry counterprotesters than in the women’s rights group.

Posted on Apr 15, 2009 READ MORE



news.bbc.co.uk

Land of Coups

The demonstrations that have vexed Bangkok for the last few days took an ugly turn Monday as the Thai army fired at a crowd of protesters and ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra called for revolution. Current PM Abhisit Vejjajiva, the object of the protesters’ ire, has promised to restore order, though he himself rose to power on the back of public unrest.

Posted on Apr 12, 2009 READ MORE


Georgian protesters
AP photo / Shakh Aivazov

Protesters Push for Georgian President to Step Down

During last summer’s war, Mikhail Saakashvili was beseeching the international community to help his country fend off “Russian aggression,” but now the biggest problem of the Georgian president is rising from within his nation’s own borders.

Posted on Apr 10, 2009 READ MORE


Protesters Confront Summers

Two protesters storm the stage during a talk by Lawrence Summers, who tries to laugh off the incident. If only there were something funny about President Obama’s top economic adviser making $8 million last year from some of the financial firms that have benefited from his economic policies.

Posted on Apr 9, 2009 READ MORE


Obama at NATO

Obama Pitches Afghanistan Plan at NATO Huddle

President Obama’s NATO allies may have responded favorably to his call to ramp up the war effort in Afghanistan, but anti-war demonstrators near the French-German border made their opinions known with protests following the photo ops in Strasbourg, France, on Saturday.

Posted on Apr 4, 2009 READ MORE


Seattle’s Lessons for London

A former police chief of Seattle—who directed the harsh action there against 1999’s WTO protesters—has changed his views on protests, as well as on drugs. The G-20 leaders meeting in London should heed his words.

Posted on Mar 31, 2009 READ MORE


Caterpillar standoff
AP photo / Laurent Cipriani

French Employees Hold Bosses Hostage

Four higher-ups at the Caterpillar construction equipment office in Grenoble, France, were taken hostage on Tuesday by hundreds of employees demanding negotiations after the company announced it would cut 700 jobs. Even more startling is that this latest episode was but one of three similar boss-blockading incidents in France this month.

Posted on Mar 31, 2009 READ MORE


Sharif
AP photo / B.K. Bangash

Sharif Under House Arrest as Crisis Builds in Pakistan

Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was placed under house arrest in Lahore on Sunday as opposition groups prepared to march on Islamabad to call for the reinstatement of judges deposed by former President Pervez Musharraf. Pakistan’s current president, Asif Ali Zardari, had said shortly after taking power last fall that he would reverse his predecessor’s ruling but has yet to make good on his pledge. Update 2: Crisis averted (sort of) ... for now.

Posted on Mar 14, 2009 READ MORE


Pakistani Protests
nytimes.com

Police Pounce on Pakistani Protests

Anti-government demonstrations in Pakistan were thwarted by police Thursday, as opposition leaders were arrested and protesters were stopped after the government claimed that such public gatherings could be sites for terrorist attacks.

Posted on Mar 13, 2009 READ MORE


Put Single-Payer on the Table

Obama promises health-care reform, but he has taken single-payer health care off the table. While single-payer reduces the administrative costs and removes the profit that insurance companies add to health-care delivery, such solutions get almost no space in the debate.

Posted on Mar 10, 2009 READ MORE


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Norman Birnbaum on Susan Sontag

The publication of Sontag’s early diaries provides a revelatory look at the self-inventions of the late writer.

Posted on Mar 6, 2009 READ MORE



telegraph.co.uk

N.Y. Post Apologizes for Monkey Business

In the face of angry protests outside its offices, the New York Post has apologized, with qualifications, for publishing a cartoon about the stimulus package showing a dead chimpanzee that many readers saw as representing President Obama. But in its half-hearted mea culpa, the Post made little direct reference to the racist stereotype that sparked the controversy in the first place.

Posted on Feb 20, 2009 READ MORE


Buildings Destroyed in Gaza
Maan Images / Wissam Nassar

Next Stop: Tensiontown, Israel

As the death toll of Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip moves past 1,000, tensions between Arab Israelis and Jewish Israelis are growing. Some of the country’s Arab population is increasingly vocal in denouncing the bombings, while some Israeli politicians are trying to ban the re-election of Arabs to parliament on the grounds of alleged national disloyalty.

Posted on Jan 14, 2009 READ MORE


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amazon.com

Jay Feldman on ‘Concentration Camps on the Home Front’

A revelatory account of a hidden chapter of the treatment of Japanese-Americans during World War II deepens our understanding of American prejudice and the abuse of power.

Posted on Jan 9, 2009 READ MORE


Should the Torturers Go on Trial?

The impending end of the Bush administration and the inauguration of Barack Obama pose the enormous and explosive question of what to do about those responsible for what are regarded by a significant part of the world as war crimes.

Posted on Jan 8, 2009 READ MORE


Gaza Protest In West Bank
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Gaza’s ‘Critical Emergency’

The United Nations marked Israel’s seventh day of aerial attacks by warning of a “critical emergency” in the Gaza Strip, as Palestinians endure food and medical supply shortages and distribution problems even as estimates of dead and wounded Palestinians continue to rise.

Posted on Jan 2, 2009 READ MORE


Voices of Resistance Sing On

Strong voices for peace have left us this year, people who used their art for social change, often at a high personal price.

Posted on Dec 31, 2008 READ MORE


One Man’s Bid to Aid the Environment

A Utah student’s disruption of a federal auction has temporarily blocked a Bush-enabled land grab by the oil and gas industries.

Posted on Dec 23, 2008 READ MORE


Bush Guarded
nytimes.com

Judge: Iraqi Shoeman Beaten

Although allegations of physical abuse against reporter Muntazer al-Zaidi, better known as the guy who chucked his shoes at the head of the guy who invaded his country, were widely reported in recent days, it took until today for an Iraqi judge to officially rule that al-Zaidi was beaten while in custody. The system works!

Posted on Dec 19, 2008 READ MORE


Shoe protest

Shoe Ambush Sparks Pride and Protest Among Arabs

Muntadhar al-Zaidi’s now-legendary flying shoes made headlines in the Arab world after the Iraqi journalist registered his disapproval of George W. Bush’s foreign policy choices during the U.S. president’s news conference in Baghdad on Sunday.

Posted on Dec 15, 2008 READ MORE



AP photo / Brian Kersey

Obama Throws Support to Chicago Sit-In

President-elect Barack Obama has added his voice to the chorus of encouragement for a group of Chicago workers who are sitting-in at their former factory. Obama said the workers, who have protested their way into the national spotlight, were “absolutely right” and “what’s happening to them is reflective of what’s happening across this economy.”

Posted on Dec 8, 2008 READ MORE


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