William Blum, U.S. Policy Critic Cited by bin Laden, Dies at 85

William Blum, who raged against United States foreign policy in relative obscurity for decades until one of his published anti-imperialist broadsides received a surge in sales thanks to a surprise public tribute from Osama bin Laden, died on Sunday in Arlington, Va. He was 85. His son, Alexander, said the cause was kidney failure. Mr….

Diane Rwigara: Rwanda government critic acquitted

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Diane Rwigara is a prominent critic of Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame A Rwandan court in the capital, Kigali, has acquitted government critic Diane Rwigara and her mother of charges of inciting insurrection and forgery. Ms Rwigara has been imprisoned for over a year, after being barred from running in presidential…

Patricia Fox: Philippines expels Australian nun and Duterte critic

Image copyright EPA Image caption Patricia Fox has lived in the Philippines for almost three decades An Australian nun who has spent almost three decades in the Philippines is returning home after losing her battle against deportation. Sister Patricia Fox, 72, has angered President Rodrigo Duterte by repeatedly denouncing his administration’s violent campaign against the…

Khashoggi killing: Turkey vows to reveal ‘truth’ on Saudi critic killing

Image copyright Reuters Turkey has vowed to reveal all details about the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, after Saudi Arabia admitted for the first time he had been killed in its consulate in Istanbul. “Turkey will never allow a cover-up,” a ruling party spokesperson said. Saudi Arabia suggested on Friday Mr Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi…

Turkey Believes Prominent Saudi Critic Was Killed in Saudi Consulate in Istanbul

The conclusion was also reported by Asli Aydintasbas, a senior fellow with the European Council on Foreign Relations in Turkey, who was briefed on the findings by a senior Turkish official. “I am afraid government officials now believe he is dead,” Ms. Aydintasbas said. Officials do not have hard evidence, she added, but have nevertheless…

Putin’s critic Alexei Navalny arrested moments after release from jail

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Alexei Navalny (right) is expected to appear in a Moscow court later on Monday Russia’s opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been detained again – moments after he had finished serving a 30-day sentence, his colleagues say. He is accused of violating a protest law and faces 20 days in…

Duterte Withdraws Order to Arrest Philippine Senator, a Fierce Critic

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte backed down from his order to arrest a senator who is a leading critic of his war on drugs, his spokesman said Friday, withdrawing the command just as the lawmaker was poised to be arrested in his Senate office. Mr. Duterte, who was traveling in Jordan, made the decision after…

Aleksei Navalny, Kremlin Critic, Is Jailed Ahead of Russian Pension Protests

MOSCOW — Russia’s highest-profile opposition leader, Aleksei A. Navalny, was sentenced to 30 days in jail on Monday for a protest that happened seven months ago — a move that he maintained was intended to prevent him from organizing nationwide protests against plans to raise the retirement age in Russia. The ruling, handed down by…

Catholic sex abuse: Pope critic Archbishop Vigano ‘in hiding’

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Archbishop Vigano (L) is said to be in hiding after he accused the Pope of ignoring claims of clerical sex abuse A former Vatican diplomat who accused the Pope of covering up reports of clerical sex abuse has fled Italy in fear of his life, it is claimed. In…