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China (EAN) – It’s not often that the leaders of democracies like Switzerland and Spain gather with the heads of repressive regimes like North Korea and Uzbekistan, but it seems no one wants to miss China’s coming-out party for its “One…
George Soros. The name sends chills up many peoples’ spines. He’s a billionaire power broker on the international scene implicated in dirty dealings the world over. He’s got a crazy backstory stretching back to Nazi-occupied Hungary. He’s about the closest the world has ever come to a Bond villain.
Because of the activities he has been involved in, he’s become a boogeyman. He’s a scary story politicos tell their children at night. “If you don’t support our cause, George Soros will reign supreme.”
The latest dust-up involving Soros revolves around his alleged payments to Anti-Trump protesters. It’s quite a claim. Evidence of this could actually land Soros in criminal court. How could we prove this allegation? We’d need evidence of money flowing from Soros to Open Societies to a local organization and then to protesters. A tall order, but not impossible.
Befeqadu Hailu, one of the best-known voices in Ethiopia’s stifled media environment, was arrested on November 10, 2016. In the morning hours, authorities took Befeqadu from his home to a jail cell in a nearby police station. He spent the day in there and was then transferred to a police station located in a neighborhood called Kotebe.
A member of the high-profile Zone9 blogger collective and a Global Voices contributor, Befeqadu is an active voice in the blogosphere and on Twitter. When the Ethiopian government declared a state of emergency, he wrote:
On Saturday, activists intended to march from the refugee camp that was dubbed the Jungle and has become a symbol of the ongoing migrant crisis in Europe to the center of the port city.
The rally was assembled by the International Coalition of Sans-Papiers Migrants and Refugees (CISPM) organization a day after authorities put a ban on public events associated with migrants.
Repression of dissenters in Tajikistan is taking a worrisome turn, with family members inside the Central Asian country facing retribution for the actions of activist relatives abroad.
Events surrounding the annual human dimension implementation meeting, convened in Warsaw by the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), have highlighted the issue of payback by proxy. On September 19, during the forum, supporters of political groups persecuted in Tajikistan staged a protest, holding up posters that highlighted reported abuses by the Tajik government.
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