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(CNN) -- Iranian authorities have blocked reformist websites and detained several opposition supporters and activists, opposition website Saham News reported Thursday.

The arrests come days after Iran's two leading opposition figures called for a rally next Monday...

Reza Sayah
February 10, 2011

Honourable Speaker of the National Assembly,

Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces;

Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly and Deputy Chairperson of the NCOP;

Deputy President of the Republic,

Honourable Kgalema Motlanthe;


February 10, 2011

(Kampala) - Ugandan police and Resident District Commissioners are intimidating civil society activists seeking to expose and condemn allegations of government corruption, Human Rights Watch said today.

Outside Kampala, some officials are also intimidating...

February 10, 2011

The ripple effects of the Wikileaks documents are still being felt, but until recently Israeli officials continued to boast that the documents were ‘good for Israel’.

As opposed to the way the Palestinian Authority (PA) was portrayed in leaked cables, leading to scandalous revelations,...

By Shir Hever, JNews Blog
February 10, 2011

KABUL, Afghanistan — International and local human rights groups working in Afghanistan have shifted their focus toward condemning abuses committed by the Taliban insurgents, rather than those attributed to the American military and its allies.

Outraged by growing civilian casualties,...

February 9, 2011

BANGKOK, 9 February 2011 (IRIN) - NGOs working along the Thai-Cambodian border are monitoring clashes between the two countries near a disputed temple and are extremely concerned about the reported displacement of up to 30,000 people.

"We have evacuated our staff...

February 9, 2011

GULU, 9 February 2011 (IRIN) - Hundreds of thousands of former internally displaced persons (IDPs) in northern Uganda have registered to vote in presidential and parliamentary elections on 18 February, but many doubt the outcome will improve their livelihoods.


February 9, 2011

He can be described as a strange blend of revolutionary, shrewd general, political thug and pan-African visionary. Charles Onyango Obbo gives us an analysis of Mr Museveni.

Uganda goes to the polls on February 18. The joke in the street is that you know that an...

February 8, 2011

MUNICH - Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday called for further reductions in the American presence in his country, saying that the teams led by the United States and its allies that bolster local governments are undermining his government.

Karzai made his...

By Michael Birnbaum
February 7, 2011

GAZA, 7 February 2011 (IRIN) - More than a week of political unrest in Egypt has heightened the threat of a humanitarian crisis in neighbouring Gaza. Egyptian soldiers fled their posts on the northern border on 30 January, forcing the Rafah crossing - a critical valve for...

February 7, 2011

KAMPALA, Uganda — With the announcement of final voting results, President Omar Hassan al-Bashir of Sudan said Monday that his government would accept the choice of the long-embattled region of southern Sudan to separate from the north, setting the stage for the creation...
February 7, 2011

Along with the laundry list of domestic grievances expressed by Egyptian protesters calling for an end to the regime of Hosni Mubarak, the popular perception of Egypt's foreign policy has also been a focal point of the demonstrations. Signs and chants have called on...

February 5, 2011

London, Tuesday, 4th February 2003: Greenpeace took peaceful direct
action in Australia, France and the UK today to as part of an ongoing
campaign against an impending war in Iraq. At 7.45 am this morning,
fourteen Greenpeace volunteers entered...

February 4, 2011

Mt. Shasta, a small northern California town of 3,500 residents nestled in the foothills of magnificent Mount Shasta, is taking on corporate power through an unusual process—democracy.

The citizens of Mt. Shasta have developed an extraordinary ordinance, set to be...

February 4, 2011

KABUL, 2 February 2011 (IRIN) - US-led international forces say they do not have stockpiles of cluster munitions in Afghanistan and have not used them in the war against Taliban insurgents since March 2002.

“ISAF [the International Security Assistance Force] conducts operations in...

February 2, 2011

JOHANNESBURG, 2 February 2011 (IRIN) - With nearly one in three South Africans expected to receive state assistance in the form of welfare benefits during the 2011/12 financial year, commentators are wondering how the country can afford to keep providing an ever expanding...

February 2, 2011

If the Supreme Court had never granted “personhood” rights to corporations, would they still be trammeling the rights of citizens and riding roughshod over communities and nature?  Would we have democracy?

By deciding 5-4 in the Citizens United case, the US Supreme Court...

Shannon Biggs
February 2, 2011

HANOI, 1 February 2011 (IRIN) - Last year an ostensibly friendly woman asked Nguyen Thi Ha* if the 23-year-old felt like leaving Vietnam to work in China.

Nguyen Thi Ha was intrigued by promises she could earn 6-7 times more selling clothes there than the US$50 per...

February 1, 2011

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon are expressing concern over Chevron's plans to restart a pipeline that burst twice last year, spilling hundreds of barrels of oil.

Both mayors say Chevron should have talked...

January 30, 2011

Chevron Corp. (CVX 94.95, +1.58, +1.69%) will be getting out of the coal industry and is seeking a buyer for its open-pit mine in western Wyoming, the Associated Press reported Friday, citing a spokeswoman for the second-biggest U.S. oil company by market value.


January 29, 2011