Authoritarianism increased last year in Russia to levels unseen since the Soviet era with a raft of harsh laws curbing political freedoms and harassment of opposition activists and critics, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday. The crackdown coincided with the return of Vladimir Putin to the Kremlin and the appointment of his predecessor
Iran has launched a video-sharing site in its latest effort to provide alternative government-sanctioned Internet services. Dubbed “Mehr,” the Farsi word for affection, the site aims to attract Persian-speaking users and promote Iranian culture
Egypt’s judges drew up new battle lines in the country’s constitutional crisis on Sunday, announcing they would refuse to work with President Mohammed Morsi until further notice. The Supreme Constitutional Court put off a key ruling over whether to order the dissolution of the constitutional assembly
Egyptian protesters and police are clashing today in Cairo just hours ahead of a massive rally by opponents of the Islamist president, who are demanding that he rescind decrees granting him near-absolute powers. Tuesday’s clashes are near the U.S. Embassy and the Egyptian capital’s Tahrir Square
Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi will meet senior judges on Monday to try to ease a crisis over his seizure of new powers which has set off violent protests reminiscent of last year’s revolution which brought him to power.
Egypt’s stock market plunged on Sunday in its first day open since Islamist President Mohammed Morsi’s seizure of new powers set off street violence and a political crisis, unravelling efforts to restore stability after last year’s revolution.
Expectations were a serious problem for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from the very beginning of his rise to power in 2000 following the death of his father, Hafiz al-Assad.
At least 60 charred bodies were found Thursday in a suburb of the Syrian capital of Damascus in what activists described as another massacre committed by government forces. The bodies, all with their hands tied behind their backs
Sweden’s minister for defense Karin Enström, slammed by human rights organizations for refusing to call Saudi Arabia a “dictatorship”, has been forced to change her mind on the issue. “We don’t make up lists of countries, but it is clear that it isn’t a democracy,
President Omar Hassan al-Bashir said on Saturday Sudan’s next constitution would be “100 percent Islamic” to set an example for neighbouring countries, some of which have seen religious parties gain power after popular uprisings.