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Renewed call for China ‘Jasmine rallies’

BEIJING – An online campaign has urged people in 13 Chinese cities to rally every Sunday to press for government transparency and free expression, following a call last week for Middle East-style protests. The new call, posted this week on a blog run by overseas-based human rights website Boxun.com, appeared…

House Dem: Wisconsin Gov. Walker like a ‘dictator’

WASHINGTON – Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), the co-chair of the House progressive caucus, said Wednesday that Wisconsin’s Republican Gov. Scott Walker is behaving like a “dictator.” Walker has been “absolutely unreasonable, and is basically taking on the posture of a dictator,” Ellison told reporters on a conference call organized by…

Buffalo Beast tricks Wisc. Gov. Walker into taking call from fake ‘David Koch’

Governor’s official phone line goes down: ‘The number you dialed is not a working number’ Update: Walker’s office says call was real Second update (at bottom): Watchdog calls for probe on possible ethics violation Prepare for prankgate. Wisconsin’s newly elected Republican Governor wasted no time in taking the fight to…

Chinese police swoop in on activists over call to a ‘jasmine revolution’

BEIJING — China has detained top activists and deployed heavy security in large cities after the launch of a web campaign calling for protests echoing popular uprisings in the Arab world, campaigners said on Sunday. Up to 100 leading Chinese rights lawyers and activists have disappeared since Saturday with police…

Live stream: Protesters call for recall of Wisconsin’s GOP senators

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Clinton renews call for Internet freedom

WASHINGTON – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton renewed her call for Internet freedom on Tuesday, saying countries that suppress online activity risk a public backlash like in Egypt and Tunisia. Clinton, in a speech at George Washington University here, also said the publication of secret US diplomatic cables by…

White House ‘deplores’ Egypt violence

WASHINGTON – The White House on Wednesday deplored and condemned violence against peaceful protesters in Cairo and said it was deeply concerned about attacks on the media. “The United States deplores and condemns the violence that is taking place in Egypt, and we are deeply concerned about attacks on the…

US to begin evacuating Americans from Egypt

WASHINGTON – The United States plans to begin evacuating thousands of Americans from Egypt on Monday aboard government-arranged chartered planes, a senior official said. “US citizens in Egypt should consider leaving as soon as they can do so,” Assistant Secretary of State Janice Jacobs told reporters in a conference call.…

Russian state media assails Activision, ‘Call of Duty’ in wake of airport terrorist attack

Since Moscow’s busiest airport was hit by a suicide bomber who killed 35 people and injured 150 others, at least one state-sponsored media outlet has embarked on a narrative that should be familiar to Americans who’ve watched their media since the Tucson shootings: searching for someone, or something, to blame.…

Labor leaders insist GOP immigration agenda is ‘anti-worker’

WASHINGTON – Leaders of top labor groups on Monday denounced the Republican immigration agenda as detrimental to American workers, citing a new report by the pro-immigration America’s Voice that says the legalization of undocumented immigrants would be a boon to the US working class. On a conference call with reporters,…

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