Activist dies in fight with intelligence officials during journalist father’s funeral. Haleh Sahabi, an activist and contributor to the magazine Chashm Andaz (Panorama), died in hospital after being hit hard in the stomach earlier today when she, fellow family members and friends resisted attempts by security officials to stop the funeral of her father, Ezatollah Sahabi, a leading opposition figure and onetime editor of the monthly Iran-é-Farda. the Islamic republic of Iran officially announced that her death was because of a heart attack!
In Uganda, Christian ministers like Pastor Martin Ssempa have been lobbying for an anti-gay bill to pass their legislature. Originally the bill imposed the death penalty for people who have engaged in homosexual acts, but after international pressure, the death penalty was dropped and life imprisonment was substituted.
It was with a sigh of relief that the tragic episode of ivorian elections came to an end with Gbagbos arrest...good riddance! There was a civil war during the post election period, both sides committed atrocities, will the whole world now ignore the fact that both Gbagbo and Ouattara employed the use of militia and gross violation of human rights was the order of the day..both sides committed crimes! So Ouattara too should be held to account for his military's actions
Ai Weiwei is the most famous artist in China and has always pushed the envelope, both with his internationally-acclaimed art and with his outspoken criticism of the Chinese government. Now, the Chinese government is holding him on flimsy charges of "economic crimes" -- an allegation often used to silence dissenters.
Y'know, I really am jealous of the Greeks – not because of the shape their economy's in, nor because of their government's servility to capital, nor because of the state-imposed "austerity" programs they struggle against. I'm jealous of the Greeks because they haven't forgotten how to fight in the streets. Meanwhile, in the USA, "progressives" are "fighting" the imminent loss of hard-won social safety nets by waving signs, having teach-ins, and voting Democratic. C'mon, America – off your ass and into the streets. It's time to get your Greek on!