An Iranian newspaper's not-so-veiled reference to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's infamous "halo" comment after an appearance before the United Nations General Assembly last year seems to have been the last straw for the government, which shut down the reformist publication Tuesday.
By Jefferson Morley | September 14, 2006; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (50)
On the second anniversary of the Beslan school siege, the Russian media says unanswered questions about the tragedy illuminate the gap between the Russian people and their government. But with the Russian media "in shackles," in the words of Washington...
By Jefferson Morley | September 7, 2006; 09:27 AM ET | Comments (10)
The Bush administration's campaign for democracy in the Arab world is facing its toughest test yet in Egypt, according to international online commentators. Three hundred Egyptian judges staged a silent protest last week against the government over interference in the judiciary. The country's best known blogger, Alaa Abd El-Fatah, was arrested earlier this month together with other activists engaged in a peaceful demonstration (the blog he co-authors with his wife, Manal Hassan, continues with message posts smuggled out of prison). Meanwhile, Ayman Nour, a liberal who finished second in last year's presidential election, was sentenced to a five-year jail term on disputed charges of forgery.
By Jefferson Morley | June 1, 2006; 10:40 AM ET | Comments (5)
The United States, declared President Bush in his 2005 inaugural address, seeks to "support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world." Later this month the...
By Jefferson Morley | March 17, 2006; 09:23 AM ET | Comments (22)