December 27, 2018

On October 1, 2018, Jarosław Gowin, the Polish Minister of Science and Education, signed a new law known as the Constitution for Science (Konstytucja dla Nauki), which declares that ethnology and anthropology are no longer independent disciplines. The new law places th...

Reports claim that police officers and military have unleashed a full-scale operation in more than 20 public universities in Brazil as a result of the campaign and election of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro. The measures, related for the most part to political adve...

May 7, 2018

Supporters of Xiyue Wang, the Princeton University graduate student who has been imprisoned in Iran for almost two years, will hold a rally at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 11, in front of the Frist Campus Center. The event is open to the public.

Xiyue Wang’s wife, Hua Qu, will...

On March 19, 2018, a group of students from the Society for Islamic Research (BISAK) at Istanbul’s Boğaziçi University opened a stand at the campus to distribute sweets (lokum/Turkish delight) to commemorate Turkish soldiers killed in Turkey’s capture of the northern S...

We, the undersigned, are compelled to express our outrage at the arrest, conviction, and sentencing of Iranian professor Ahmadreza Djalali, who has been detained since April 2016 by the Islamic Republic of Iran. He was accused of espionage and, following a closed trial...

November 19, 2017

Veli Saçılık, a friend of the Turkish professor Nuriye Gülmen who started a hunger strike in order to protest her dismissal under state of emergency decree-laws issued after a failed coup in Turkey last year, stated that Gülmen is now just 37 kg (81 lbs). Saçılık said...

October 23, 2017

A judge in Tehran has ordered the death penalty for Iranian disaster-medicine researcher Ahmadreza Djalali, according to his wife Vida Mehrannia and diplomatic sources in Italy.

The 45-year-old professor, who taught at the European Master in Disaster Medicine (EMDM) in...

October 23, 2017

The US Environmental Protection Agency has blocked three scheduled discussions of climate change by agency scientists at a conference on Monday in Rhode Island, according to reporting by the New York Times.

The last-minute cancellation was reported Sunday, the day befor...

October 2, 2017

It has been over six months since Santiago Guevara, a 65 years old economist and professor who has taught at the University of Carabobo’s Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences for the past 42 years, was arrested in Valencia, Venezuela.

According to the local Newspape...

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Liu Xiaobo – the Quiet, Determined Teller of China’s Inconvenient Truths


China’s most famous dissident, Liu Xiaobo, has died in custody at age 61. The cause was liver cancer. His death, confirmed on July 13 by Chinese justice authorities  in the northeastern city of Shenyang, comes more than two weeks after prison authorities announced he was being moved to a hospital for treatment, news that was followed by pleas from around the world to allow him to travel abroad for care.

Dissident, Liu Xiaobo, won Nobel the Peace Prize in 2010 for ‘long and non-violent struggle’ for human rights. Illustration: Henry Wong

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