State repression
Residence of Swazi pro-democracy leader bombed by alleged state-sponsored hit-squad

Mlungisi Makhanya, president of one of the largest pro-democracy political parties, PUDEMO, whose house was attacked “remains unshaken, defiant”

Argentine VP Kirchner condemns repression: “They were never democratic”

The Argentine Vice President highlights the uneven treatment of demonstrators by police and heavy state repression against her supporters

Sri Lanka student activist arrest Student activists in Sri Lanka detained under draconian anti-terrorism law

The three activists were arrested from a student rally in Colombo on August 18 under a 72-hour detention order, while the police awaited approval for a 90-day detention order that was approved by President Ranil Wickremesinghe on August 22

Sergio Maldonado reveals threats received from the Argentine state following the disappearance of his brother, celebrated activist

August 1 marked five years since the disappearance of Argentine activist Santiago Maldonado. His brother, Sergio, reaffirms the demand for justice.

FBI conducts coordinated raids against Black Liberation organization

The FBI’s history is marked by violent attempts to “neutralize” Black organizations. Some worry that recent raids on the Uhuru Movement is another such attempt

Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah Safety of jailed Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah feared amid communication blackout

Fattah’s family has had no contact with him for over 10 days, even as he continues a nearly 120-day long hunger strike against his unjust and inhumane incarceration. An icon of the 2011 revolution, the activist is serving a five year sentence for “broadcasting false news undermining national security” 

Myanmar workers and political prisoners Workers and political prisoners not safe in Myanmar, say union representatives

Garment workers are facing an intensely repressive period with increased restrictions on their mobilization. Meanwhile, even lawyers representing political prisoners are being detained by the junta in Myanmar

Philippines websites blockedPhilippines websites blocked Philippines blocks over two dozen websites over “terrorist” tag, movements raise alarm

The websites blocked at the request of the outgoing National Security Adviser include progressive media websites Bulatlat, Monthly Review and Counter Punch, as well as the website of legally active left-wing political coalition Bayan Muna

Roger Waters pens letter in support of the Colombian people

Ahead of the second round of presidential elections in Colombia, Roger Waters wrote a letter in support of the struggle of the Colombian people

Pakistan political crisis Political tensions intensify in Pakistan amid massive protests

The police have resorted to heavy use of tear gas shelling, resulting in violent clashes. The political crisis in the country has only worsened with the ousting of Imran Khan as the Prime Minister in a no-confidence-motion last month

Sudanese communists alert to increase in state repression following arrests

Sudanese forces raided the house of the political secretary of the Sudanese Communist Party, Muhammad Mukhtar al-Khatib

Noam Chomsky, Ruth Wilson Gilmore and others express solidarity with Abahlali baseMjondolo

Following the assassination of Nokuthula Mabaso on May 5, leaders from across the world expressed solidarity with Abahlali baseMjondolo as it faces intensified state repression and violence