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Truthdigger of the Week: Salwa Bugaighis

The life and death of the Libyan lawyer and human rights activist are sober reminders of the brutal opposition that confronts humanity’s advocates.

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 READ MORE



The Arab Millennials Will Be Back

The thwarted rebellions of the past three years were led by 20-somethings who have decades left to come into their own. Don’t count them out yet. They have only begun the work of transforming the region.

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Al-Jazeera Journalists Sentenced to Prison in Egypt (Video)

The principle of free speech was savaged as Egypt’s judiciary sentenced three Al-Jazeera journalists with up to a decade in prison on charges of aiding terrorists and endangering national security.

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Second Libyan Upheaval, This Time Against Political Islam, Extremist Militias

In Benghazi on Monday morning, fighting resumed between the “Libyan National Army” forces of Col. Khalifa Hafter and fundamentalist extremists.

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Death Penalties

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Egyptian Youth Protest Against Anti-Protest Law a Month Before Elections

Hundreds of leftist and secular youth demonstrated Saturday against Egypt’s draconian law forbidding demonstrations, demanding the release of revolutionary activists jailed under it.

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Al-Sisi’s Run for President: Bonapartism and Gulf Oil Money

Egypt’s Brig. Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s announcement was more Jimmy Carter than Ronald Reagan.

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 READ MORE



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As Ukraine’s President Flees in Overthrow, Lessons for Kiev From the Arab Upheavals

The dramatic overthrow of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on Saturday, as he fled the presidential palace and it was occupied by extreme nationalists, recalls events in the Middle East in 2011.

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Tunisia and the Arab Spring

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Raw Footage: Mohammed Morsi Shouts From His Cage in Court

He was the first democratically elected ruler in thousands of years of Egyptian civilization. Now he’s just a guy in a white jumpsuit, reduced to shouting from his court cage.

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 READ MORE



Bill Gates Doesn’t Want Minimum Wage Raised

Bill Gates and other members of the 1 percent worry about having to pay more taxes to increase wages; the United States turned its back on the Arab Spring; meanwhile, an Oklahoma legislator wants to forbid all marriages so gays won’t wed either. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 READ MORE



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The 18th Brumaire of Gen. al-Sisi in Egypt

On Monday, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) announced that Field Marshall Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (also the minister of defense) was free to run for president if his conscience led him to do so.

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 READ MORE



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Egypt Jails Secular Leaders of 2011 Revolt

Three leaders of Egypt’s 2011 uprising were put in prison for what could be three years in a government effort to stamp out secular and Islamist opposition to the current administration, activists say.

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The U.N. Needs $6.5 Billion to Keep Syria From Starving

Syria’s civil war has prompted the United Nations to ask for a record amount in aid donations.

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Egypt’s Revolution: Director Jehane Noujaim Talks About Capturing the Tahrir Square Uprising

The Egyptian filmmaker says what happened in Tahrir forever changed the consciousness of the country.

Posted on Dec 4, 2013 READ MORE



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Morsi to Stand Trial on Charges He Incited Murder

Egypt’s state prosecutor recommended the ousted president be put on trial on suspicion of inciting the murder of protesters during a demonstration against him in Cairo in December.

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AP/Amr Nabil

Arab Spring Best Left Alone

Critics are expected to propose solutions. I have a radical one, which I offer in full confidence that it will be universally regarded as frivolous and certainly not adopted. It changes the scene of action to Israel-Palestine.

Posted on Aug 21, 2013 READ MORE



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For Egypt, ‘A New Dark Age of Military Repression’

“With the overthrow of Morsi by the army on 3 July and the massacre of Muslim Brotherhood followers on 14 August, the Egyptian army is gambling that it can win an outright victory and crush the Brotherhood, eliminating it permanently from Egyptian political life,” Patrick Cockburn writes in The Independent.

Posted on Aug 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Hosni Mubarak to Be Freed Within Days, Lawyer Says

Judicial authorities ruled Monday that the Egyptian president who was thrown out of office by the Arab Spring protests in early 2011 has spent too much time in custody after one of the initial charges against him was dropped.

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Broken Spring

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Egypt Considers Legally Disbanding Muslim Brotherhood

Egypt’s military government announced Saturday that it had begun deliberations on whether to reinstate a historic ban on the long-outlawed organization that “swept to power in the country’s first democratic elections a year ago,” The Associated Press reports.

Posted on Aug 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Morsi Protest Camps Face Closure by Security Forces

Egyptian authorities said Sunday night that protesters encamped in two locations in support of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi had 24 hours to clear out.

Posted on Aug 11, 2013 READ MORE



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‘How the Mass Killing of Egyptian Islamists Is Being Justified in America’

Supporters of Egypt’s recent military coup from America’s left and right are performing “intellectual contortions” to justify “the mass killings of Islamists in the name of democracy,” Ken Silverstein writes at Harper’s Magazine. And “[t]he common denominator is that the killers were seen as pro-Western.”

Posted on Aug 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Tens of Thousands of Tunisians Protest

Tens of thousands of Tunisians poured into the streets of Tunis on Wednesday to demand the resignation of the Islamist-led government after the assassination of a prominent opposition politician.

Posted on Aug 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Al-Jazeera’s Conspiracy Theory About Obama and Egypt Is Brainless Mush

Al-Jazeera Arabic has long since lost a lot of its previous journalisic standards, once its head, Waddah Khanfar, was fired in favor of a member of the royal family. Al-Jazeera English usually still does a good job, having a different editorial line and generally good reporters. But its publication of a brain dead op-ed purporting to show U.S. support for anti-Morsi political forces is very bad, unbalanced journalism.

Posted on Jul 11, 2013 READ MORE


Egypt

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‘When Is a Military Coup Not a Military Coup?’

“For the first time in the history of the world, a coup is not a coup,” Robert Fisk writes in The Independent. “The army take over, depose and imprison the democratically elected president, suspend the constitution, arrest the usual suspects, close down television stations and mass their armour in the streets of the capital.” But the American president does not name it as so.

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AP/Amr Nabil

Egypt Has a New President, White House Is ‘Deeply Concerned’ Over Coup

Adli Mansour, the chief justice of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court, was sworn in on television Thursday as Egypt’s new president while his deposed predecessor, Mohamed Morsi, and dozens of Morsi’s top lieutenants were taken into custody.

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How Egypt’s Michele Bachmann Became President and Plunged the Country Into Chaos

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has reinforced the widespread fear of the Muslim Brotherhood at every turn.

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Erdogan Drunk

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Turkey Under Watch

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Erdogan

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Turkey Riots

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Protests in Turkey

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan Without Label

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Turkey’s Erdogan

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Dialogue in Turkey

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Turkish Spring

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Greenwald vs. Maher on the ‘Unique’ Nastiness of Muslims

Friday night on Bill Maher’s “Real Time,” Guardian columnist and former civil rights litigator Glenn Greenwald attacked the view that Islam is a “uniquely” threatening force in the world and that Muslims should be deprived of the benefits of the classical liberal values that many groups in the West have struggled to make into policy since the 18th-century Enlightenment.

Posted on May 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Stéphane Hessel

Stéphane Hessel, the French-German author of “Indignez-vous” who died in February at age 95, is a towering figure of 20th-century resistance and an example to those who hope to create the future.

Posted on Apr 14, 2013 READ MORE


Egypt Violence

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Freedom of Speech in Egypt

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Heritage

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Foreign Governments Turn Syrian Conflict to Their Own Advantage

Governments in the Middle East and across the world are exploiting the long chaos of Syria’s populist uprising to gain influence in the region. And Syrians—70,000 of whom have been killed in the conflict—are paying the price with their bodies and lives.

Posted on Mar 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Climate ‘Threat to Arab Spring’

Working to build the resilience of countries in the Middle East and North Africa to food and energy price shocks would do far more than armed force to safeguard the gains of the Arab Spring, a think tank argues.

Posted on Mar 2, 2013 READ MORE



German Spies’ Sex for Secrets Replaced by Free Love

The location of a former training camp where Stasi operatives were taught to retrieve secrets through sex now houses a free-love commune; filibuster reform was blocked and now, for the first time in history, a secretary of defense nomination has been filibustered; meanwhile, Al-Jazeera has been accused of developing a political agenda since the Arab Spring. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 18, 2013 READ MORE



GOP’s Foreign Policy Unfit for a World Power

Chuck Hagel’s confirmation hearings to become secretary of defense have raised questions about the Republican Party’s ability to conduct U.S. foreign policy worthy of a major international player; Hillary Clinton may be responsible for the decline in the use of “Hillary” as a baby name; meanwhile, although President Obama is quite adept at Internet use, his tendency toward waging a “cyber war” is a deficient approach to online security. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Egyptian Lemmings

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Egypt Revolution

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End of Revolution

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