Toomaj Salehi: Family fears for life of rapper ‘violently arrested’ after urging Iranians to protest

Toomaj Salehi: Family fears for life of rapper ‘violently arrested’ after urging Iranians to protest

CNN — “One person’s crime was that her hair flowed in the wind. Someone’s crime was that he or she was brave and outspoken.” These lyrics could cost the Iranian rap artist Toomaj Salehi his life. In any other country, he could have easily rapped about the daily problems his countrymen face without consequence. But … Read more

Egypt faces criticism for crackdown on activists ahead of COP27 climate summit

Egypt faces criticism for crackdown on activists ahead of COP27 climate summit

CNN — Egypt is facing a barrage of criticism over what rights group say is a crackdown on protests and activists as the country prepares to host the COP27 climate summit starting on Sunday. Rights groups have accused the Egyptian government of arbitrarily detaining activists after Egyptian dissidents abroad called for protests against President Abdel … Read more

Imran Khan accuses Pakistani leaders of shooting as political tensions rise

Imran Khan accuses Pakistani leaders of shooting as political tensions rise

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – A day after being shot, former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan claimed that the country’s leader and a senior military official were behind the attack on him without providing any evidence for the claim, which the government and army have denied. Mr. Khan was shot in the leg on Thursday as he … Read more

Biden’s Missing Democracy Pages – WSJ

Biden’s Missing Democracy Pages – WSJ

President Biden gave a televised speech Wednesday night, telling Americans that “democracy is on the ballot for all of us.” He warned at Union Station of political violence, saying all candidates need to respect election results for democracy to prevail and thrive. He also linked the recent attack on Paul Pelosi to the January 6 … Read more

Pilots are also frustrated with airlines

Pilots are also frustrated with airlines

Contract negotiations between the major U.S. carriers and their pilot unions have become acrimonious in recent weeks, with pilots saying the summer disruptions have left them as frustrated as passengers. The airline’s employees have been responsible for picketing at airports for several months. The Board of Directors of the Allied Pilots Association, which represents pilots … Read more

Iran’s hard-liners are beginning to crack

Iran’s hard-liners are beginning to crack

This time is different. The Iranian people have been demonstrating in the streets for more than a month since the morality police beat a young woman to death for allegedly not wearing a headscarf. Now even Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s allies are distancing themselves from the government. It is too early to say that the … Read more

Iran’s Supreme Leader Strikes Conciliatory Tone With Protesters

Iran’s Supreme Leader Strikes Conciliatory Tone With Protesters

Iran’s supreme leader took a conciliatory stance toward protesters on Wednesday, saying the government had no quarrel with young people in the streets as he toughened his claim that the United States and other foreign powers orchestrated the months-long unrest. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei offered no evidence for his claim of foreign involvement, but he accused … Read more

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro promises to respect the constitution after losing the election

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro promises to respect the constitution after losing the election

SÃO PAULO—Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro vowed to respect the constitution on Tuesday after he lost the presidential election to Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, ending a tense 45-hour silence in which he had refused to recognize the results despite calls from his allies to do so that. Sir. Bolsonaro did not comment on his loss … Read more

Iran to hold public trials of 1,000 people accused of involvement in Mahsa Amini protests

Iran to hold public trials of 1,000 people accused of involvement in Mahsa Amini protests

CNN — Iran has charged around 1,000 people in Tehran province for their alleged involvement in nationwide protests sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini in police custody, state news agency IRNA reported on Monday. The trial of the accused will be heard publicly in the coming days, IRNA said, citing Ali Al-Qasi Mehr, chief … Read more

Iranian protesters defy military calls to stay at home

Iranian protesters defy military calls to stay at home

Iranian student protesters defied calls to end demonstrations by one of the country’s top military commanders, facing down security forces at universities and in the streets of several cities on Monday. Major General Hossein Salami, the head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, on Saturday issued his warning to young protesters, saying they had been … Read more