The G20 summit is an opportunity to make clear - to China and to all the G20 nations - that continued economic and other forms of cooperation with the U.S. government depends on their willingness to do the same.
"I don’t want my daughter to grow up without dreams the way many people from my generation did," he told HuffPost.
The Conversation You Missed: Russia's Dissident Writers Spoke in New York City On Media, Literature, and Censorship
Edward Snowden and Ludmila Ulitskaya exist in the same world. Ulitskaya, one of Russia's most famous novelists, scientists
The breadth and brazenness of the hackers' activity bear the hallmarks of state sponsorship.
Beginning with Brigade 2506 until today, Cubans on the island have regarded Cuban political exiles as a function of North American policy dealing with the revolution. In that regard, December 17, 2014 showed that it wasn't the tail wagging the dog, but ultimately the dog doing the deciding.
Ewa Kulik was one of the key Solidarity leaders who kept the organization functioning underground. Today she is the director of the Batory Foundation in Warsaw, where she focuses on, among other things, civic education. She told me that Poland failed to focus on civic education after 1989.
Americans like to think that they live in a perpetual present, as author Ilan Stavans, a Jewish-Mexican immigrant to the U.S. in the 1980s, writes in A Most Imperfect Union, lavishly illustrated by his compadre Lalo Alcaraz. But that is another illusory convention that, like many others, gets knocked down in the manner of a summary execution.
In the early days of dissent in East Germany, the state and the Stasi were dedicated to eradicating all signs of opposition. As Thomas Klein, a leading oppositionist from those days, explained to me, they didn't even know the size of their dissident circles until after 1989 when the Stasi files became available.
Vietnam today has more money than ever, and is seeking an international status equal to its newfound wealth. So why, in this era of seeming openness and economic progress, has Hanoi stepped up its oppression?
"Art is not a mirror to reflect the world, but a hammer with which to shape it," says the opening quote to the film Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer. The line, from poet Vladimir Mayakovsky, suggests that art is an act of dissidence, and therein dissidence creates a better tomorrow, a better future.
This past week, the documentary film, Ni Rojo, Ni Verde, Azul! (Not Red, or Green; Blue!) debuted online. The film documents the creation of an electronic music festival called Rotilla -- until the government took it over.
If You've Done Nothing Wrong, You've Nothing to Hide: So Why Is Our Government Prosecuting Whistleblowers?
You can hardly point out that the Emperor has no clothes if you're not even allowed to look in his direction. And that's precisely the point of the government's war on whistleblowers. The message couldn't be more clear or more authoritarian: Avert your eyes, citizens!
Chasing Anarchists: May Day and the Federal Government's Use of Grand Juries as Political Counterintelligence
The pattern of using grand juries as secret forums to ask activists what organizations they belong to, who they associate with and to scrutinize their political beliefs on the basis of "Americanism" closely parallels the hearings held by the House Subcommittee on Unamerican Activities.
Vietnam, a police state where freedom of expression can come with a multi-year prison term, is awash in cell phones. Whether