A judge in Egypt on Monday sentenced 683 members of the Muslim Brotherhood to death, including the group's leader, in a trial that Human Rights Watch has deemed unfair. Simultaneously, the April 6 movement that ignited the country's revolution has been banned for the crimes of embarrassing Egypt and protesting without permission.
Apparently Egypt's military rulers are prepared to go much further than previous dictatorships in quashing the opposition once and for all.
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.
As the military in Burma prepares to replace itself with a civilian government, as per new regulations in the country's 2008 constitution, the generals of the ruling junta are shedding their military ranks and -- voilà! -- transforming themselves into respectable civilian politicians.
A human rights organization reported 157 dead after Guinean troops fired on protesters Tuesday. Widespread rape has also been reported by witnesses. The country's opposition leader was quoted by the BBC as saying, "I don't know whether I'm on earth or in hell."
Burma's military junta has kept Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest for the majority of the last 20 years and it looks as if she isn't going anywhere. The sentence of the opposition leader was extended for the crime of being home -- under house arrest -- when an uninvited American came calling.
After putting pressure on Burma's ruling military junta, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has traveled to Burma, where he is taking stock of the devastation left by Cyclone Nargis on May 2. Ban also met with Prime Minister Thein Sein, who told him that the storm-ravaged country is out of the relief phase and into reconstruction.
The U.N. has announced it will resume aid to Burma after conflicts over how food and equipment were to be distributed grounded relief flights. Cyclone Nargis has killed at least 22,000 Burmese, and the ruling junta has been categorically criticized for its ineptitude in dealing with the disaster.
As more details of the devastation left by Cyclone Nargis in Burma emerge, it's becoming clear that the storm is one of the worst disasters in years The Burmese government is being criticized for responding inadequately and too slowly to the crisis, and President Bush, himself no stranger to this kind of criticism, is calling on Burma's "military junta [to] allow our disaster assessment teams into the country" in order to help.
Remember when the world turned its attention to Burma and promised to no longer ignore the suffering of the people there? Truthdig contributor Sarah Stillman sat down with Burmese democracy organizer Maung Maung to check in on the Saffron Revolution and the brave men and women who continue to resist oppression, whether anyone is watching or not.