Tag: Political Prisoners

A Koch Executive’s Harassment in China Adds to Fears Among Visitors

A Koch Industries executive was told he could not leave China. An ex-diplomat who helped organize a technology forum in Beijing was hassled by authorities who wanted to question him. An industry group developed contingency plans, in case its offices were raided and computer servers were seized. Business executives, Washington officials and other frequent visitors […]

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North Korea Accuses Expelled Australian Student of Spying

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea said on Saturday that Alek Sigley, the Australian student whom it deported this past week, had been a spy who admitted to “systematically” collecting information about the isolated country, with a state news agency reporting that he had been “caught red-handed.” Mr. Sigley, 29, a graduate student in Korean […]

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Saudi Arabia Granted Women the Right to Drive. A Year on, It’s Still Complicated.

Saudi Arabia granted women the right to drive one year ago, a historic move that cracked open a window to new freedoms for women who have long lived under repressive laws. The measure was enacted by the country’s de facto leader, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who also eased other restrictions on women, leading some […]

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Mohamed Morsi’s Slow-Motion Death Sentence

Mohamed Morsi was not supposed to be Egypt’s first civilian president. During a term in office that lasted just one year, Egyptians would jokingly refer to him as the “spare tire,” because he was a last-minute replacement for the preferred candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt’s first presidential election after the Jan. 25, 2011, […]

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Saudi Youth Sentenced to Prison Instead of Death, Rights Group Says

BEIRUT, Lebanon — A Saudi teenager who faced possible execution for acts he was accused of committing as a child has been handed a 12-year prison sentence instead, a human rights group that has been monitoring his case said on Sunday. Last year the Saudi public prosecutor’s office sought a death sentence for Murtaja Qureiris, […]

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Iran Releases U.S. Resident Charged With Spying

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Iran on Tuesday released a Lebanese citizen charged with spying for the United States, officials confirmed. The man, Nizar Zakka, an information technology expert with American permanent residency, was imprisoned in Iran for more than four years. But on Monday, Iran’s semiofficial Fars news agency reported that he would be released. Lebanon’s […]

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Tiananmen Anniversary Draws Silence in Beijing but Emotion in Hong Kong

BEIJING — Thirty years after Chinese soldiers killed hundreds, possibly thousands, of demonstrators in Beijing and other cities, memories of the violence remain fraught, with China detaining activists, tightening censorship and denouncing calls for a full accounting of the bloodshed. Anniversaries of the crackdown around Tiananmen Square that began on the evening of June 3, […]

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The Death of Hong Kong as We Know It?

GÖTTINGEN, Germany — When the tanks rolled into Tiananmen Square in Beijing on June 4, 1989, many Hong Kongers watched in horror on their TVs. A few days before, one million of them had marched in solidarity with the rebellious Chinese gathered in the square to ask for more liberalism and democracy from the Chinese […]

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He Stayed at Tiananmen to the End. Now He Wonders What It Meant.

BEIJING — As daybreak neared on June 4, 1989, Zhou Duo walked toward the ranks of soldiers bristling with guns. Behind him, thousands of protesters huddled on Tiananmen Square, terrified that the encroaching troops would slaughter them on China’s most hallowed political ground. The soldiers had already shot wildly at incensed crowds when they stormed […]

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What I Learned Leading the Tiananmen Protests

I learned that I was China’s most wanted criminal while having my hair cut aboard a crowded, decrepit steamboat on the Yangtze River. The P.A. system suddenly blared that the Beijing Public Security Bureau had ordered the arrest of 21 students who were charged with instigating “counterrevolutionary riots” in Tiananmen Square. My name topped the […]

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