Yemen’s former dictator, Ali Abdullah Saleh recently returned to the country’s capital Sana’a in order to open a museum about himself. Undeterred by the revolt that toppled him last year, in which demonstrators chanted “Saleh, leave, all the people hate you,” the ex-leader has decided to affirm his place in the country’s history through displays of his personal possessions.
The narrative has, for months, been rather fixed: Bashar Al Assad’s army of brutal killers have committed massacres all over Syria in order to keep their dictator-master in power.
His photograph of a mother cradling her son during the protests against the Yemeni government won the 2012 award. We catch up with him at home in Barcelona to talk about his award, his photography and playing Playstation in a war zone.
“Human rights and democracy are inextricably connected. Only in a democracy can individuals fully realize their human rights; only when human rights are respected can democracy flourish.”
We are sitting around watching the Syrian crisis, while evil is allowed to flourish. Dr. Sima Barmania tells us why this is unacceptable, and has a conversation with one of Assad’s old teachers, Dr. Mousa Al Kurdi.
The average person doesn’t want to face a criminal conviction for standing up to their political rights: the Occupy movement needs to re-engage with the 99%.
So often the archetypal leader that one is accustomed to hearing of are the suited and booted CEOs, heads of states and politicians with the accompanying networks, resources and sphere of influence.
Since February 15 2003, when tens of millions of people lined the streets all over the world in protest against the Iraq war, to the recent Arab spring uprising and Occupy movements, director Amir Amirani has been documenting the events of the seemingly unstoppable force of public protest in modern times.
Today we published a story about the Oxford English Dictionary’s ‘word of the year’ which aims to sum up the tumultuous events of 2011 in one pithy word or phrase.
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