Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Monday, 19 September 2011

"Syrian dissidents 'killed in raids' in Homs"

"Libya conflict: EU failed on Libya's refugees - Amnesty"

"Iran arrests six 'BBC Persian film-makers'"

"Dozens gunned down as Yemen protests rage",,15399853,00.html

Friday, 12 August 2011

"Pfizer: Nigeria drug trial victims get compensation"

seems as though responsibility is accepted

"Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi to have talks with government"

could be progress

"Syria unrest: US calls for wider sanctions"

and with good reason

Thursday, 11 August 2011

"Bahrain: Shouting in the dark"

documentary on the oppressed revolution in Bahrain

Monday, 1 August 2011

"Lawyer slams Taser option to herd asylum seekers"


"Deadly Syrian crackdown continues"

and today

"'Scores dead' as Syrian tanks storm Hama"


Wednesday, 6 July 2011

"Amnesty accuses Syria of crimes against humanity"

Thursday, 23 June 2011

"Bahrain unrest: Eight Shia activists sentenced to life"

dont forget.

"N.C. Considers Paying Forced Sterilization Victims"

not quite contemporary- although the acknowledgement is. I hope that America confronts this part of its past.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

"Syrian Refugee Gives Vivid Description Of Torture"

no less horrific because it is done to an adult.

"Ben Ali and wife 'guilty of theft'"

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Syria Live Blog

very useful

"Fighting raises Yemen civil war fears"

could have put this in with the BBC story, but I think its worth noting the differences.

"South Korea digging for evidence in Agent Orange probe"

"Yemen forces 'kill 20 protesters' in Taiz"

this is still happening.

"Prisoners in Thailand kept 'shackled and cramped'"

"Youth feel targeted by swear jar law"

this certainly falls into "the crap people care about when they want to ignore real issues" category.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

"Yemen: Three die in Sanaa as Hashid tribe fights police"

"Libya: 'Forced to rape in Misrata'"

as told by 2 soldiers captured by rebel forces. If this is even close to true it is disturbing beyound all reason. All the more so as the motivation for the crime is not discussed and presumably unknown.

Monday, 23 May 2011

"EU slaps sanctions on Syrian president"

still no talk of invasion, however.
apparently the death toll is now 863- but i think that only includes protestors

and something i missed while i was sick

"Yemen unrest: Gulf states suspend transition deal"

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

"Sri Lanka: UN says shelling 'killed civilians'"

the story makes strong accusations to both sides, unlike the headline.

"Gillard raises human rights with Chinese premier"

sounds rather non-specific, but at least it was mentioned...

"WikiLeaks reveals Guantanamo blunders"

news from the USA of course focusing on those who were released after being identified as dangerous

"Tanks storm town in Syria crackdown"

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

"Gunfire in locked-down Syrian city "

"Hungary: Parliament votes for new constitution"

not much analysis of the actual document in the story but it does seem to be pushing a strong religious agenda. Note that philosophy events in Hungary are also currently being boycotted because of government interference in research.

Saturday, 16 April 2011

"Syria: Clashes at mass Damascus protest"

"Algeria leader Bouteflika pledges constitutional reform"

"Man to be deported after 40 years in Australia"

shame I thought this would have stopped with the change in government. I have to say it really does look like, as his advocates say, he is being punished a second time for a crime he already spent 12 years in gaol for. Also it's not fair to England to say 'here, you deal with our criminals'.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

"Egypt blogger Maikel Nabil jailed by military court"

Incredibly disappointing that the Military Council seem to be picking up where Mubarak left off. Perhaps not surprising though, as many point up Mubarak was part of the military. I suppose it was unrealistic to expect any serious changes in terms of human rights whilst the country is still under the control of an unaccountable government. Fingers crossed elections actually take place in September and the Council steps aside.

"UAE arrests democracy activists"

and now the UAE. No reports of torture that I have seen, as of yet anyway.

"Bahrain unrest: Torture fears as activists die in jail"

Bahrain has really dropped off the radar the last few days but activists are still being beaten to death in prisons there. Smaller scale perhaps but just as bad as what was done in Libya leading to the war.

Monday, 11 April 2011

"French face veil ban comes into force "

tricky issue, at least as framed as a conflict of two freedoms. Despite the accusations of trying to win votes from racists the fact that there is serious penalty for coercing someone to wear the veil suggests that it is intended as an anti-oppression law. Oppression that is just ordinary within the 3 Western theism. I suppose that the concern is that this law is aimed at a practice withing just one of these religions.

For those who would oppose the ban because some women want to wear the veil, I would point out that not all women thought women were entitled to vote but that never constituted a reason to continue that form of oppression. 

"The new face of East Germany"

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

"Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%"

on American Plutocracy

"Iman Al-Obeid: "Every Day I Am Beaten"

apparently out of custody now, but only in a very lose sense.

a public voice against censorship of opposition in China

well a petition at least.

Monday, 4 April 2011

"French forces take over Abidjan airport"

"Yemen unrest: Police open fire on protesters in Taiz "

"Syria: Minister to form cabinet as Douma buries dead"

"Nigerian election postponed again"

"China police silent on artist Ai Weiwei's detention"

another activist taken...

Friday, 25 March 2011

"Syrian troops open fire on protesters"

"Pakistan: Karachi activist dies as killings continue"

"China activist Liu Xianbin jailed for 10 years"

"Zimbabwe MDC minister Theresa Makoni 'fears arrest'"

"Egypt women protesters forced to take 'virginity tests'"

"Aborigines outraged after hotel booking snub"

Monday, 21 March 2011

" By Colorado's own estimate, 37 per cent of the prisoners in its isolation units are mentally ill."

and that's just one failure...

"Bahrain king speaks of 'foiled foreign plot'"

"Google says China disrupting e-mail service"

and some follow up

"Top Yemeni general, Ali Mohsen, announces defection"

"Lake Tyers protesters plan march for autonomy"

Friday, 18 March 2011

"Guatemalans sue US over syphilis tests"

I know the actual act isn't all that contemporary, but the lack of compensation is.

"Ivory Coast shelling in Abidjan 'a war crime' - UN"

"Protesters shot dead in Yemen capital: medics"

"Ivory Coast crisis: 'Deadly shelling' in Abidjan"

"UN warns Bahrain over crackdown"

next few hours will be scarey

"The Philippines' population debate"

video hasn't been added yet (though it's on the live stream now!)

but really; "birth control is like abortion". I don't know if I even understand that.

Monday, 14 March 2011

"Tear gas used on Christmas Island detainees"

note Abbott's response seems to be "more oppression will fix it"

"Yemen police fire on protesters"

"Bahrain 'asks for Gulf help'"

"Cuba jails US aid worker Alan Gross"

"Bahrain unrest: Manama erupts in violence"

AJE link has video

"Musharraf 'not told of UK's disapproval of torture'"

"Chinese premier calls for political reform"

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

"Violence deters Zimbabwe activists"

"Egyptian military jails activist"

"'New Hitler' Gaddafi rounding up opponents"

"Iran: Security forces break up Tehran protests"

"Pakistan minorities minister shot dead in Islamabad"

"Gaddafi loyalists advance to east"

Sunday, 27 February 2011

"Union Battles: A 'National Campaign' Against Labor?"

sounds familiar

"East Timor's independence"

"Will banksters get away with it?"

"Ukraine's betrayed revolution"

"Saleh defiant in face of protests"

"China police block tiny protests and harass journalists"

"Tunisian PM Mohammed Ghannouchi resigns over protests"

"Cuba dissident Ladies in White march confronted"

"Oman clashes: Two killed during protests in Gulf state"

are you a member of the Oman government? or involved in the protests?

please tell your stories

Friday, 25 February 2011

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

"Ivorian troops kill protesters"

"Fresh violence rages in Libya"


the live stream report on AJE was reporting that 2 col.'s defected to Malta after being ordered to fire on their own people. And repeated the reports of Libyan diplomats quitting. Could be positive I suppose.

Watch the video of Gaddafi on TV saying he's in Tripoli.

anyone see a solution besides invasion?

Sunday, 20 February 2011

"China police break up 'protests' after online appeal"

and the ABC's story:

and NPR's version:

Green Witness!/greenwitness

follow them on twitter.

Can you confirm what Green Witness are reporting?

please tell your stories.

"Libya unrest: Scores killed in Benghazi 'massacre'"

and AJE's story:

and NPR's version:

"Protests break out at neo-Nazi march in Dresden",,14854947,00.html

"Cries for help from Benghazi"

"Algeria police prevent fresh opposition rally"

"Yemen protests: Five killed at anti-government rallies"

are you involved in the protests in Yemen?

are you a member of the Yemeni government or police?

please share your stories?

"Egyptians celebrate but military starts talking tough"

are you on strike in Egypt?

are you a member of the military government?

please share your stories?

"Wisconsin budget cuts: Madison rally attracts thousands"

and AJE's version:

are you a member of a union in the US/Wisconsin?

are you a member of either government or a public sector employer?

please tell us your stories.

"Deaths as Ivory Coast forces open fire on protesters"

can you confirm the BBC's story?

are you a member of the Ivorian government/military?

please share your stories.

"Libya protests: Reports of intense Benghazi violence"

AJE's story:

and the ABC's version:

are you in Benghazi?

are you a member of the Libyan government/security?

please tell us your stories.

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Djiboutians rally to oust president

can you confirm Al Jazeera's story?

are you a member of/associated with the Djibouti government?

Bahraini protesters fired upon


Panama clashes: Guaymi angry over copper mining law

are you Guaymi?

are you a member of the Panama government or a company planning to mine copper?

please share your stories

BBC's collection of stories from inside Bahrain, Yemen, Iran and Egypt

"Libya protests: 84 killed in growing unrest, says HRW"

can you confirm Human Rights Watch/the BBC's stories?

are you a member of the Libyan government?

please tell us your stories

"Refugees on the run and off the radar"

alright it's plainly a push poll, but still the results are disturbing (and not just because people can't recognise a push poll when they see one!).

Friday, 18 February 2011

"Women Cover War: Dodging Bullets, Sexual Assault"

I hesitated to link this at first, some of you may know how personally I take this and that's not what I want this blog to be about. Also I thought that the initial claims that it was an attempt by Mubarak supporters to draw anger against the protesters was, well, overly speculative (although if its true it worked; just have a look at some of the reactionary blogs for that!). Not that I know (it just looked like taking advantage to me).

Thursday, 17 February 2011

"Apple admits China factory workers poisoned"

new follow up on this story from a while back.

could this change anything? The analysts quoted in the story don't seem overly enthusiastic.

do you work constructing electronics? or for Apple?

please tell us your stories

"China reporters 'roughed up' trying to visit activist"

can you confirim the BBC's story? Have you had similar experiences?

Are you a member of/associated with the Chinese government?

Please share your stories.

"Clashes spread in Bahraini capital"

Can you confirim Al-Jazeera's reports?

are you a member of/associated with the Al-Khalifa family or the Bahrain government?

Please send your stories.

Wednesday, 16 February 2011