By lifting its 13-week martial law decree on Wednesday, Bahrain’s government meant to signal the end of a violent crackdown against its Shi’ite opposition and show a nervous international business community that normality had been restored in the embattled island nation.
The five flagpoles that stand in front of the Star Ferry terminal at the tip of the Kowloon peninsula in Hong Kong have long been a popular meeting place. It was at this familiar spot 20 years ago that democracy advocates sold commemorative items to raise money for the victims of the June 4 crackdown at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square
The recent abduction of seven Estonian tourists on a cycling holiday has revived memories of darker times and stirred fears that the unrest sweeping the Arab world may be spilling into Lebanon. Neighboring Syria is experiencing its most serious bout of internal unrest in decades, spurring a violent crackdown by the authorities who blame the anti-regime protests on “foreign conspirators.” The abduction of the Estonian tourists has left many Lebanese gloomily predicting that Lebanon cannot avoid being sucked into the vortex of its influential neighbor’s domestic crisis.
The Baathist regime that has ruled Syria for 48 years is on the ropes.
Clinton to Press China on Rare Earth U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she will press China this week to clarify its policy on the exports of rare-earth minerals amid fears Beijing could use them as a political weapon. Mrs. Clinton, en route to Asia for a key regional summit, stressed following a meeting […]
Sweeping injunction targets ‘commuter drug dealers’ in downtown L.A. In an aggressive new tack in the city’s crackdown on drug-dealing on skid row, L.A. prosecutors on Wednesday announced a criminal injunction targeting “commuter dealers” who come into downtown from other parts of town to sell their goods. The L.A. City Attorney’s Office said this is […]
An Iranian-American man has been sentenced to 15 years in an Iranian prison for his role in protests after the disputed presidential election in June, a U.S. State Department spokesman said Tuesday
Suspected Maoists blew up a railway track, a bridge and fired at a bus Monday in eastern India ahead of a planned crackdown by paramilitaries and police.
“Mao is very great and famous, and he saved the whole of China,” exclaims an 18-year-old woman from Wuhan in Hubei province. “Both young people and old people love Mao very much!” The woman is accompanying her 75-year-old grandfather to Mao Zedong’s birth town of Shaoshan in Hunan province, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the capital Changsha — and the juxtaposition is as intriguing as it is telling: A woman born after the Tiananmen Square crackdown and a grandfather born during the Long March, joined in a pilgrimage to celebrate the founder of the 60-year-old Chinese republic
Leaving nothing to chance, China is undertaking a massive security clampdown for a celebration next month to mark the founding of the Communist state. The festivities at Tiananmen Square on October 1 will commemorate the 60th anniversary of National Day.