How police-custody death of Mahsa Amini became Iran’s ‘George Floyd moment’

It’s being called Iran’s “George Floyd moment.” On Sept. 13, Mahsa Amini, an aspiring 22-year-old lawyer, was arrested by Iran’s morality police for allegedly wearing her hijab in a way that made some of her hair visible. Three days later, she was dead. Eyewitnesses said she was beaten to death in police custody. Police claimed … Read more

COP27: Ukraine finds new allies in a Russian tourist hotspot

Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt CNN — Ukraine’s pavilion at the COP27 UN climate conference in Egypt is built of austere, dark gray walls. It feels like a bomb shelter, a bit out of place among all the brightly colored structures erected by other countries that are showcasing climate solutions and celebrating natural beauty. The contrast is … Read more

COP27: Activists hoped Egypt would bring a focus on Africa. They were disappointed

Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt CNN — The crowd was loving what Bhekumuzi Bhebhe had to say, cheering loudly as he yelled “don’t gas Africa!” into the megaphone. Standing under the baking Egyptian sun at the COP27 UN climate summit in Sharm el-Sheikh on Tuesday, Bhebhe, a South Africa-based climate campaigner, was protesting against what he says … Read more

Alaa Abd El-Fattah: How a second nationality became an Egyptian activist’s last hope for freedom

Abu Dhabi and Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt CNN — For some political detainees in Egypt, a second nationality can be a matter of life or death, especially when pressure from Western governments becomes the last hope for possible freedom. In Egypt, the plight of a prominent British-Egyptian activist currently on hunger strike in prison is the … Read more

Egypt faces criticism over crackdown on activists ahead of COP27 climate summit

CNN — Egypt is facing a barrage of criticism over what rights groups say is a crackdown on protests and activists, as it prepares to host the COP27 climate summit starting Sunday. Rights groups have accused the Egyptian government of arbitrarily detaining activists after Egyptian dissidents abroad called for protests to be held against President … Read more

Left-wing activists act like kids—vandalizing art, throwing food

Dumping milk onto floors. Hurling food onto walls. Refusing to eat. Gluing body parts. Threatening to pee and poop in your pants. Are those the behaviors of a toddler? Yes. But they’re also the dominant tactics of today’s climate activists. Consider the case of Gianluca Grimalda. On Oct. 19, Grimalda, along with 15 other members … Read more

Singapore’s pre-execution photos seek to soften a policy activists say doesn’t work

Hong Kong CNN — Nazira Lajim Hertslet can’t help but gush over pictures of her brother Nazeri. “Doesn’t he look so tall and so handsome,” she said of a series of photos of the 64-year-old grandfather dressed in casual wear. He smiles in one photo, standing tall against a white floral curtain and even comes … Read more

Gujarat, India: Bilkis Bano’s rapists are now free, and she’s in hiding

New Delhi CNN — Standing in a row outside the gates of Godhra remand center in Gujarat, western India, the 11 middle-aged men could have been mistaken for visiting dignitaries receiving sweets and blessings from local admirers. In reality, they were part of a 2002 Hindu mob who had just been released after serving 14 … Read more

How Iran’s protests transformed into a national uprising

CNN — Nearly a month after the start of nationwide protests, parts of Iran now bear the hallmarks of battle zones, with flares lighting up skies, gunfire ringing out and bloody scenes recorded in video footage. “I am recording this video about the situation in Sanandaj,” said one demonstrator, his face covered with a black … Read more