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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Jan 02, 2013 U.N.'s Syria death toll jumps dramatically to 60,000 plus
QUOTE: It's "truly shocking" and shameful, said U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, who blamed the international community for inaction. "Collectively we have fiddled at the edges while Syria burns," she said. "While many details remain unclear, there can be no justification for the massive scale of the killing highlighted by this analysis."
CNN (Cable News Network) Dec 01, 2012 Islamist to rally in support of Egypt's president
QUOTE: Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy was expected to be given the country's new constitution Saturday, a day after its approval by an Islamist-dominated assembly....Morsy sparked days of protests last week after he issued an order banning courts from overturning any decisions he has made since taking office.
CNN (Cable News Network) Nov 23, 2012 Clashes Break Out After Morsi Seizes New Power in Egypt
QUOTE: Protests erupted across Egypt on Friday, as opponents of President Mohamed Morsi clashed with his supporters over a presidential edict that gave him unchecked authority and polarized an already divided nation while raising a specter, the president’s critics charged, of a return to autocracy.
New York Times Nov 07, 2012 Bahrain strips Shiite activists of citizenship amid unrest
QUOTE: Bahrain has revoked the citizenship of 31 Shiite activists, the latest clampdown on the opposition amid continued unrest in the Persian Gulf kingdom.
CNN (Cable News Network) Aug 17, 2012 Anti-Putin Stunt Earns Punk Band Two Years in Jail
QUOTE: Three young women who staged an anti-Putin stunt in Moscow’s main Orthodox cathedral, and whose jailing became a cause célèbre championed by artists around the world, were convicted of hooliganism on Friday and sentenced to two years in a penal colony. In the most high-profile rights case here in years, the imprisonment and trial of the women, members of a punk band called Pussy Riot, drew worldwide condemnation of constraints on political speech in Russia.
New York Times Jun 23, 2012 Gene Sharp: A dictator's worst nightmare
QUOTE: political scientist Gene Sharp....Now 84, the American academic has dedicated most of his life to the study of the bold, some might say reckless, idea that nonviolence -- rather than violence -- is the most effective way of overthrowing corrupt, repressive regimes.
CNN (Cable News Network) Mar 13, 2012 Iraq’s Tribal Chiefs Step Into the Breach With Swift Justice
QUOTE: in the interplay among tribal chiefs, elected officials and security forces, a new Iraq is taking shape. It may be buttressed by new ideas of democracy, but it is still very much dominated by the centuries-old customs and swagger of tribal leaders, quick to welcome outsiders with offers of sweet chai and platters of kebab and chicken but capable of swift acts of justice that can supersede those of any court.
New York Times Mar 08, 2012 Online, a Distant Conflict Soars to Topic No. 1
QUOTE: in a testament to the explosive power of social media, he managed to do so in a matter of days, baffling diplomats, academics and Ugandans who have worked assiduously on the issue for decades without anything close to the blitz of attention that Mr. Russell and his tight-knit group of activists have generated....many viewers had never heard of Mr. Kony or his murderous band of fighters until seeing the video by Mr. Russell’s group, Invisible Children, pop up in their Facebook feeds.
New York Times Feb 23, 2012 World shouldn't stay silent in face of Syrian regime's brutality
QUOTE: The very fact that an indigenous internal struggle for democracy could emerge in one of the worst police states in the Arab world and be sustained for so long is both mind-boggling and inspiring. The heroic struggle in Syria today represents the best of the human spirit. It is fundamentally about the most basic political value we take for granted in the West, the right of a people to self-determination.
CNN (Cable News Network) Feb 06, 2012 Charges Against U.S.-Aided Groups Come With History of Distrust in Egypt
QUOTE: Egyptian state media announced charges against four such nonprofit organizations that are based in Washington and that receive some United States government support. The charges include operating without licenses, “conducting research to send to the United States” and supporting Egyptian candidates and parties “to serve foreign interests.”
New York Times Dec 27, 2011 Security forces fire on protesters in Homs, witnesses say
QUOTE: The Arab League fact-finding team is visiting Syria this week to assess whether the government is upholding a commitment to end a brutal crackdown on anti-government protesters, now in its 10th month. The observers are monitoring an Arab League initiative that calls for President Bashar al-Assad's security forces to withdraw from cities, release detainees and end all forms of violence.
CNN (Cable News Network) Dec 21, 2011 Foes of Hungary’s Government Fear ‘Demolition of Democracy’
QUOTE: Democracy here is dying not with a single giant blow but with many small cuts, critics say, through the legal processes of Parliament that add up to a slow-motion coup. And in its drift toward authoritarian government, aided by popular disaffection with political gridlock and a public focused mainly on economic hardship, Hungary stands as a potentially troubling bellwether for other, struggling Eastern European countries with weak traditions of democratic government.
New York Times Dec 17, 2011 Political turmoil flares in Iraq as U.S. pulls out
QUOTE: Iraqiya accuses al-Maliki of trying to consolidate his own power rather than share it....[al-Mutlaq] said al-Maliki has flouted the power-sharing deal's provisions by refusing to name permanent ministers to lead the defense and interior ministries, which concentrates control over the military and police in the prime minister's hands.
CNN (Cable News Network) Dec 13, 2011 Inside Wukan: the Chinese village that fought back: Something extraordinary has happened in the Chinese village of Wukan.
QUOTE: For the first time on record, the Chinese Communist party has lost all control, with the population of 20,000 in this southern fishing village now in open revolt....The plan appears to be to lay siege to Wukan and choke a rebellion which began three months ago when an angry mob, incensed at having the village’s land sold off, rampaged through the streets and overturned cars.
Daily Telegraph Nov 21, 2011 Chaos, deja vu in Tahrir Square
QUOTE: Chaos reigned Monday in Cairo's Tahrir Square as demonstrators battled security forces, marking three days of bloody violence in Egypt's capital....But demonstrators are upset about a proposed constitutional principle that would shield the military's budget from scrutiny by civilian powers. They worry that the military would be shaped as a state within a state.
CNN (Cable News Network) Nov 19, 2011 Document Trove Exposes Surveillance Methods (Censorship Inc.)
QUOTE: a retail market for surveillance tools has sprung up from "nearly zero" in 2001 to about $5 billion a year, said Jerry Lucas, president of TeleStrategies Inc., the show's operator. Critics say the market represents a new sort of arms trade supplying Western governments and repressive nations alike. "The Arab Spring countries all had more sophisticated surveillance capabilities than I would have guessed..."
Wall Street Journal, The (WSJ) Oct 10, 2011 Yemen: Thousands of women demonstrate, dozens injured
QUOTE: Days after a prominent Yemeni human rights activist became the first Arab woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, dozens of women were injured after gangs attacked during a march in her honor...
CNN (Cable News Network) Jun 13, 2011 Bahrain doctors go on trial, alleging torture to extract confessions
QUOTE: Prosecutors alleged Monday that automatic weapons and ammunition were discovered in the hospital, that the defendants "hijacked" the hospital building and controlled it...Activists and human rights groups allege that the medical workers are being prosecuted for treating protesters.
CNN (Cable News Network) May 23, 2011 Russian Justice (Op-Ed)
QUOTE: ...Russia wants the world to believe that it abides by the rule of law. “It has a Constitution, courts, judges and established procedures,” said Pavel Ivlev, one of Khodorkovsky’s lawyers. But, Ivlev adds, “You also have the reality that everything is controlled by Putin and his friends.”
New York Times May 21, 2011 Was It Something I Wrote?
QUOTE: In Russia today, journalists are murdered like Anna Politkovskaya, beaten like Oleg Kashin and intimidated like me... The real problem is that journalists are ignored.
New York Times May 19, 2011 British Police Warn Rwandan Dissidents of Threat
QUOTE: Human rights groups have increasingly criticized the Rwandan government as being repressive and intolerant of any dissent... Critics of the Rwandan government have been killed or have simply vanished.
New York Times May 04, 2011 North Korean Prison Camps Massive and Growing
QUOTE: Former inmates at the political labor camp... said they were frequently tortured and had been forced to watch the executions of fellow prisoners... the North’s network of political prisons is estimated to hold 200,000 inmates.
New York Times Apr 29, 2011 Syrian Forces Shoot at Protesters in Dara’a Siege
QUOTE: Hundreds tried to march to [Dara, Syria--Ed.], either to break the siege or to bring food and medicine. As they approached, reportedly carrying olive branches and white sheets to signal their peacefulness, security forces opened fire.
New York Times Apr 27, 2011 Great Leap Backward
QUOTE: First, the government is arresting not only dissidents and Christians but also their family members and even their lawyers. Second, after a long period in which police would torture working-class prisoners but usually not intellectuals, the authorities are again brutalizing white-collar dissidents.
New York Times Apr 27, 2011 China’s brutal repression
QUOTE: China is governed by a violently repressive regime. And the United States, through its economic policies, is helping it stay that way.
Washington Post Apr 26, 2011 The Milk of Resistance
QUOTE: THOUGH Libyan government forces have killed and wounded hundreds of civilians in their siege of the western city of Misurata, one of the most telling examples of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s wrath has been the bombing and destruction of a dairy plant there.
New York Times Apr 25, 2011 Syria Escalates Crackdown as Tanks Go to Restive City
QUOTE: “The government has decided to choose the path of violence and repression…” Tanks had not previously been used against protesters, and the force of the assault suggested that the military planned some sort of occupation of the town.
New York Times Apr 22, 2011 Medical Workers Reported Missing in Bahrain
QUOTE: “[Bahraini] Doctors are disappearing as part of a systematic attack on medical staff,” and that “many physicians are missing following interrogations by unknown security forces at Salmaniya Medical Complex...”
New York Times Apr 22, 2011 Security Forces Kill Dozens in Uprisings Around Syria
QUOTE: Security forces in Syria met thousands of demonstrators… killing at least 81 people in the bloodiest day of the five-week-old Syrian uprising… The breadth of the protests painted a picture of turmoil in one of the Arab world’s most authoritarian countries.
New York Times Apr 22, 2011 Lies and Videotape (Op-Ed)
QUOTE: For most authoritarian states, state news media, especially television, have helped leaders stay in power by creating a parallel reality for their populations and depriving dissenters of a wider audience.
New York Times Apr 19, 2011 Freedom on the Net 2011
QUOTE: A large number of governments are also engaging in deliberate efforts to block access to information related to politics, social issues, and human rights.
CNN (Cable News Network) Apr 15, 2011 As Bahrain stifles protest movement, U.S.’s muted objections draw criticism
QUOTE: "The kingdom has largely silenced the opposition, jailing hundreds of activists in a crackdown that has left the Obama administration vulnerable to charges that it is upholding democratic values in the Middle East selectively…”
Washington Post Mar 18, 2011 Bahrain Tears Down Monument as Protesters Seethe
QUOTE: Bahrain tore down the protest movement’s defining monument on Friday, the pearl at the center of Pearl Square. (This) was part of a chain of events that in a matter of days turned the country from a symbol of hopeful pro-democratic protest into one of repression.
New York Times Feb 08, 2011 Egyptian man's death became symbol of callous state
QUOTE: ... the death of Khaled Said would have become a footnote in the annals of Egyptian police brutality. Instead, outrage over the beating death of the 28-year-old man in this coastal city last summer, and attempts by local authorities to cover it up, helped spark the mass protests demanding the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
Washington Post Jan 29, 2011 Arab media revolution spreading change
QUOTE: Egyptians have overcome their fear of the police state....There is a direct line between this revolt and the Arab media revolution launched 15 years ago. One might even argue it is the inevitable result.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jan 18, 2011 Former Haitian Dictator to Face Charges
QUOTE: The charges filed on Tuesday seemed to be a modest list for a man who is widely blamed for one of the darkest chapters in the country’s history — and whose government has been accused of kidnapping, torturing and murdering thousands of political opponents. But the case against Mr. Duvalier represents a bold step by a country with a long history of impunity, and one where leaders have rarely faced prosecution.
New York Times Jan 14, 2011 Joy as Tunisian President Flees Offers Lesson to Arab Leaders
QUOTE: The protests’ success gripped a region whose residents have increasingly complained of governments that seem incapable of meeting their demands and are bereft of any ideology except perpetuating power. The combustible mix that inspired them — economic woes and revulsion at corruption and repression — seemed to echo in so many other countries in the Middle East...
New York Times Jan 13, 2011 Behind Tunisia Unrest, Rage Over Wealth of Ruling Family
QUOTE: summer getaway of President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali and his large extended family, many of whom have built vast beachfront mansions here with the wealth they have amassed during his years in power. But their new and conspicuous riches, partly exposed in a detailed cable by the American ambassador and made public by WikiLeaks, have fueled an extraordinary extended uprising by Tunisians who blame corruption among the elite for the joblessness afflicting their country.
New York Times Jan 09, 2011 Belarus Signals It Could Seize Opponent’s Son
QUOTE: ver since riot police officers crushed a large protest against apparent fraud in presidential elections here last month, the security services — still called the K.G.B. in this authoritarian former Soviet republic — have been rounding up people across the country for even the most tangential affiliation with the opposition. Now, it seems, they have gone a step further. The government warned recently that it might seize custody of the 3-year-old son of an opposition presidential candidate...
New York Times Jun 11, 2010 To Save Africa, Reject Its Nations
QUOTE: Buttressed by the legality and impunity that international sovereignty conferred upon their actions, too many of Africa’s politicians and officials twisted the normal activities of a state beyond recognition, transforming mundane tasks like policing, lawmaking and taxation into weapons of extortion.
New York Times Jun 09, 2010 Views of North Korea Show How a Policy Spread Misery
QUOTE: North Koreans are used to struggle and heartbreak. But the Nov. 30 currency devaluation, apparently an attempt to prop up a foundering state-run economy, was for some the worst disaster since a famine that killed hundreds of thousands in the mid-1990s.
New York Times Nov 19, 2009 Democracy under threat: Congo's constitution
QUOTE: In the past three years the 38-year-old president [of Congo, Joseph Kabila] has shown increasingly little interest in living up to the democratic promise that impressed the West when he won at the polls in 2006.
Economist Nov 12, 2009 Ill Will Grows in a Former Colonial Region (Memo From Africa)
QUOTE: It is not a good time to be French in Francophone Africa, except if you are a high official from Paris privately visiting a strongman’s palace. As democracy slips in country after country in the region, France often quietly sides, once again, with the once-and-future autocrats.
New York Times Oct 28, 2009 As US seeks closer ties with Turkmenistan, government cracks down on students
QUOTE: those efforts [of better relations between the US and Kyrgyzstan] are being complicated by a government campaign against students seeking to study at the American University of Central Asia (AUCA)... Some students have been barred from travelling abroad to the school and others have been subject to surveillance and harassment when they come home.
Oct 24, 2009 Why Russians Ignore Ballot Fraud
QUOTE: The apparent brazenness of the fraud and the absence of a spirited reaction says a lot about the deep apathy in Russia, where people grew disillusioned with politics under Communism and have seen little reason to alter their view.
New York Times Oct 08, 2009 Cuba bloggers test government limits
QUOTE: [Cuban] Bloggers - many of whom were born after the 1959 revolution - are trying to move debate away from the established official doctrine to exploring social and economic issues
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Oct 08, 2009 Chinese history textbooks: The fragility of truth
QUOTE: SCHOOL textbooks in China have a habit of bending the truth, to suit Communist Party dogma or to reinforce moral messages. Rarely does anyone challenge them. Exams require rote learning, and children are not encouraged to question received wisdom.
Economist Oct 05, 2009 Politics and Prison in Venezuela: Student Protester's Saga Shines New Light on Chávez's Approach to Dissent
QUOTE: human rights and legal policy groups say that even more worrisome is the growing number of government foes [in Venezuela] in jail for what they allege are politically motivated reasons.
Washington Post Oct 01, 2009 Muzzling the messengers: Italy and the free press (Part 1 of 3)
QUOTE: Not since Mussolini’s time has an Italian government’s interference with the media been more blatant or alarming.
Economist Sep 13, 2009 Is South Korea backsliding on its democracy movement?: Teachers, citizens barred from political organizing.
QUOTE: South Korea has made great strides in strengthening democracy since ousting a military dictatorship some 20 years ago. But some... have warned of backsliding.
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