In China, to question the government is to invite trouble. But in a digital media world, the ability to do that is easier than ever. That means those who are so inclined need to find a way to do it without getting in trouble and more often than not that means turning to humor.
At the height of the Arab Spring in Egypt, protesters burned the little-known Institut D’Egypt. Inside were hundreds, thousands, of rare books and manuscripts. Many were burned or inundated with water as firefighters tried to extinguish the fire. Now preservationists are trying to save what's left.
Kamal Labwani spent the better parts of the past decade in a Syrian jail. We was freed last year, fled to Jordan and continue to agitate for the overthrow of the Syrian regime, led by Bashar al-Assad.
As the revolution in Syria continues into a new month, violence is seeming to escalate. A car bombing in Damascus that killed more than two dozen seems to indicate new tactics are being tried.
Gustavo Petro was a Colombian guerrilla for years. He was arrested and sent to jail. But now, after he and his group laid down their arms and he joined the political process, he's ascended to the mayorship of Colombia's capital and largest city — often a stepping stone to the country's presidency.
Hungary has wholly overhauled its constitution recently and passed new laws that Prime Minister Viktor Orban said will make the company operate better. Protesters say the constitution is meant to create a dictatorship and now the EU is probing the changes to see if they violate the Lisbon Treaty.
The Arab League has said it will send more monitors to Syria in an effort to ensure the government is living up to its commitments to end violence against protesters. Meanwhile, protesters say the monitors who are already there are being misled and are ineffective.
During U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's historic visit to Myanmar last month, she said that even one political prisoner was one too many. Now, there are signs that more of the thousands of people believed to be jailed for politica reasons will be released.
Egyptian courts on Tuesday ruled that the military may no longer perform virginity tests on women they detain and hold in military prisons.
As the Syrian government continues its siege of its own communities, more Syrian soldiers are choosing to desert the Army and head for the only place they feel safe: in Lebanon. From there, some are joining the Free Syrian Army, a shadowy group that tries to protect Syrian protesters.