The Velvet Philosophical Revolution

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Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the battle for political freedom goes on.

Iraq’s ‘Chemical Ali’ gets 4th death sentence – AP

Saddam Hussein’s notorious cousin “Chemical Ali” was convicted and sentenced to death by hanging on Sunday for ordering the gassing of Kurds in 1988, killing more than 5,000 in an air raid thought to be the worst single attack of its kind on civilians. It was Ali Hassan al-Majid’s fourth death sentence for crimes against […]

Susan Sarandon

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Excerpt from the Susan Sarandon profile: … Sarandon was a member and financial supporter of Not In Our Name (NION), the Revolutionary Communist Party-led project whose “Statement of Conscience” condemned not only the Bush administration’s “stark new measures of repression,” but also its “unjust, immoral, illegitimate, [and] openly imperial policy towards the world.” According to NION, it is the […]

Same Old Cuba – by Humberto Fontova

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Raul Castro’s rule may be even more repressive than Fidel’s.

Iran’s growing desperation – The Economist

WHAT more can Iran’s ruthless rulers do to squash their opponents? Since nationwide protests broke out last June over the disputed results of presidential elections, the official winner, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has pulled few punches. His security apparatus has beaten and arrested thousands, tried scores of dissidents in kangaroo courts, hounded others into exile, throttled the […]

David Keyes: Ahmadinejad, the Blogger – WSJ.com

On Nov. 18, two Iranian Internet activists, Ali Behzadian Nejad and Omid Lavassani, were sentenced to six years in prison. Their crimes? Mr. Lavassani had the audacity to design a Web site for the leading opposition figure Mir Hossein Mousavi. Mr. Nejad is being jailed for “published comments” written by others on his blog, and […]