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AP / Ahmed Gomaa

Dispatches From Cairo: Game of Death

Oh, Egypt. Oh, Arab Spring. Another tailspin into the worst of expectations and reactions leaves us in a gray confusion of deception and distrust. Now, there is gore on stadium seats.

Posted on Feb 5, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Amr Nabil

Dispatches From Cairo: Revolution One Year Later

The celebration brought hundreds of thousands from all walks of life to Tahrir Square. We left with a feeling of disappointment.

Posted on Jan 31, 2012 READ MORE



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Twitter Prepares to Clip Its Wings

One year after the beginning of the Egyptian uprising that it helped make possible, Twitter began its descent down what media commentator Jeff Jarvis called the “slippery slope of censorship,” announcing that it would begin to locally censor tweets that governments find objectionable.

Posted on Jan 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Reform Leader ElBaradei Quits Egypt’s Presidential Race

Mohamed ElBaradei, the Egyptian reform leader, dropped out of the presidential race on Saturday, rebuking the military for failing to engender social conditions in which Egyptian democracy could be possible.

Posted on Jan 14, 2012 READ MORE



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Assad Waves an ‘Iron Hand’ at Opposition

Arab League, shmarab league. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is evidently still unwilling to make room for the possibility that he is in anything resembling a precarious position, as he made a defiant speech on Tuesday in Damascus, blaming foreign media for making him look bad and dissing the Arab League.

Posted on Jan 10, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Bassem Tellawi

More Killed in Syria as Country Buries Dead

At least 27 people were killed in violence across Syria on Saturday as thousands mourned at a government-organized funeral for those killed in Friday’s bomb attack in the capital city of Damascus. Anti-Assad forces suspect the president’s sympathizers ordered the bombing to lend credence to the claim that the government is battling terrorists rather than suppressing dissent.

Posted on Jan 7, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Shaam News Network via APTN

Arab League Pushes for Progress in Syria

The presence of delegates from the Arab League hasn’t eradicated the deadly clashes between governmental forces and civilians in Syria, although some of the more obvious signs of strife had diminished by Monday. According to the head of the visiting coalition, the violence persists from behind the scenes as snipers continue to claim lives. 

Posted on Jan 2, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Scanpix Sweden, Christine Olsson, File

Syrian Opposition Groups Draft Post-Assad Plan

Two of Syria’s major opposition groups, the Syrian National Council and the National Coordination Committee, overcame fracturing to sign an agreement Friday to set up an egalitarian democracy that will draft a new constitution and operate without foreign military aid, in the event ongoing protests succeed in ousting President Bashar al-Assad.

Posted on Dec 31, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Mohammed Asad

Egypt Claims Raids on NGOs Will Stop

After the U.S. hinted at the possibility of changing plans for providing military aid to Egypt, the newly revolutionized North African nation pledged Friday to put an end to the recent raids on nongovernmental organizations that made headlines the day before.

Posted on Dec 30, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ahmed Ali

Dispatches From Cairo: Egypt’s War on NGOs

National law gives the executive authorities overly broad discretion to forbid groups to do anything that authorities might see as “threatening national unity” or “violating public order or morals,” vague terminology that lays the law open to abuse and has served as a basis for the denial of registration to some NGOs.

Posted on Dec 30, 2011 READ MORE


Syrian Activist Speaks Out From Hiding as Arab League Mission Fails to Slow Deadly Crackdown

Amy Goodman and the “Democracy Now!” crew investigate the failure so far of Arab League observers to witness or stop the killing in Syria.

Posted on Dec 29, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Airman 1st Class Jeffrey Schultze

America’s Christmas Present to Her Favorite Despots

Hold that thought about democracy in the Middle East while we sell $60 billion of military hardware to the princes of Saudi Arabia. The U.S. closed the first $30 billion half of a major arms deal Thursday to send 84 F-15 fighter jets to a country that only this month beheaded a woman convicted of witchcraft. (more)

Posted on Dec 29, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ahmed Ali

Mubarak Is Rolled Back Into Court

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak shielded his face from onlookers as he was wheeled into a courtroom Wednesday to resume trial on alleged abuses of power and the killing of hundreds of protesters in the uprising that ousted him earlier this year. The trial was delayed for almost two months while the court located a suitable judge.

Posted on Dec 28, 2011 READ MORE


Freed Egyptian Activist Speaks Out

“Democracy Now!” hears from Alaa Abd El Fattah, a prominent Egyptian activist and blogger just released after 56 days in one of the country’s worst prisons on charges of inciting violence against the military. Fattah, who denies the charges, is optimistic about the revolution “completely renegotiating the order of power in Egypt and across the Arab world.”

Posted on Dec 28, 2011 READ MORE


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AP / Muzaffar Salman

Arab League Lands in Syria

Delegates from the Arab League arrived in Syria on Monday in yet another attempt to resolve the crisis that’s only intensified since the Syrian government made the evidently hollow gesture last week of agreeing to stop military-enabled assaults on its own people and allow observation from outside its borders.

Posted on Dec 26, 2011 READ MORE



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Compassion Is Our New Currency: Notes on 2011’s Preoccupied Hearts and Minds

Usually at year’s end, we’re supposed to look back at events just passed—and forward, in prediction mode, to the year to come. But just look around you! This moment is so extraordinary that it has hardly registered.

Posted on Dec 24, 2011 READ MORE



Maggie Osama (CC-BY)

Questioning ‘An Unreal Government’

A brutal and resilient junta. The myth of prevailing revolutionary secularism. An exhausted liberal class that risks capitulation and oblivion. In this uncommonly thoughtful reflection published at The New Inquiry, journalist Matt Pearce shines light on the flies in the ointment of the Egyptian uprising one year after its inception.

Posted on Dec 24, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Shaam News Network, via APTN

Dozens of Deaths Reported in Syrian Clashes

The bloody battles between the Syrian government and its own people took a turn for the worse early this week, with reports of mass civilian and military casualties emerging Tuesday despite the ongoing ban on foreign media within Syria’s borders, according to the BBC.

Posted on Dec 20, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Nasser Nasser

Dispatches From Cairo: The Worst So Far

Much of the beauty of the spirit of Tahrir Square has now been destroyed, ripped apart by soldiers swarming like enraged red ants to attack protesters impotently throwing stones and Molotov cocktails.

Posted on Dec 20, 2011 READ MORE



Jessierocks (CC-BY)

Time’s Person of the Year: The Protester

For “once again becoming a maker of history” two sleepy decades after political soothsayer Francis Fukuyama declared Western liberalism the end point in the evolution of human society, Time magazine named “The Protester” 2011’s Person of the Year.

Posted on Dec 14, 2011 READ MORE



michael baird (CC-BY)

Making Repression Our Business: The Pentagon’s Secret Training Missions in the Middle East

As the Arab Spring blossomed and President Obama hesitated about whether to speak out in favor of protesters seeking democratic change in the Greater Middle East, the Pentagon forged ever deeper ties with some of the region’s most repressive regimes.

Posted on Dec 14, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Marek Kocjan (CC-BY-SA)

Come to Egypt, but Leave Your Vices Behind

Given this year’s political turmoil in Egypt, it’s not surprising that, as interim leader Kamal el-Ganzouri tearfully lamented at a news conference Sunday, tourism in the North African nation has taken a big hit.

Posted on Dec 12, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / PanARMENIAN_Photo

Syria Warns Protesters of Looming ‘Massacre’

Mere days after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad hit the American airwaves to claim his innocence in his country’s recent deadly crackdowns on protesters calling for regime change, his opposition in the volatile city of Homs was told of an upcoming massacre if it didn’t stop demonstrating in three days.

Posted on Dec 9, 2011 READ MORE



Obama Still of Two Minds on Gay Rights

While the Obama administration has spoken up for gay rights, it has yet to support gay marriage; Kevin Spacey has been heckling noisy audience members in his role as Richard III; meanwhile, L.A. and Occupy L.A. have come to a similar consensus about corporate personhood: It needs to go! These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 9, 2011 READ MORE


Islamic Spring

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Posted on Dec 4, 2011 READ MORE


The Fog in Our Future

The most dramatic contemporary event from which one can attempt to extrapolate future world change is the political and social uprising of the Arab peoples of the Mediterranean basin.

Posted on Nov 30, 2011 READ MORE



bbc.co.uk

Egyptian Election Goes Forward Despite Setbacks

How do you take a revolution to the polls? Some Egyptians apparently found the electoral potential of Monday’s vote, their country’s first since President Hosni Mubarak’s regime was brought down, to be wanting and boycotted the whole production, but many others were willing to deal with the lines and ... (more)

Posted on Nov 28, 2011 READ MORE


Egyptian Military Officers Defecting to Protesters

Ten months after Mubarak’s fall, Egyptians are risking imprisonment and death in Tahrir Square once again to demand an end to military rule and the election of a civilian government. Some members of the military, disgusted by the murder of their fellow citizens, are standing with them. (more)

Posted on Nov 26, 2011 READ MORE


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AP / Khalil Hamra

Egyptian Military Leaders: Sorry, but We’re Not Going Anywhere

Though they expressed their condolences for lives lost during the latest round of protests in Cairo, members of Egypt’s ruling military council refused to change their plans for either Monday’s parliamentary elections or the eventual presidential vote slated for next year.

Posted on Nov 24, 2011 READ MORE



bbc.co.uk

Yemen’s President Signs Off

After enduring a couple of unsuccessful attempts to get him to sign his power away, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh finally put pen to paper Wednesday, effectively ending his 33-year tenure after months of unrest and bloodshed in his home country. In exchange, he’ll reportedly be granted ... (more)

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Tara Todras-Whitehill

Dispatches From Cairo: Return of the Revolution

In the surreal dawn of Tahrir Square the sun is purple-gray through the mist of tear gas, a building a block away is burning, the black carcass of an overturned truck smolders as a few people hover.

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / World Economic Forum (CC-BY-SA)

Turkish PM: Step Down, Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s list of international supporters is dwindling, and he can strike another off the list now that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has joined the chorus calling for Assad’s resignation. In a strongly worded statement, Erdogan invoked some striking figures from ... (more)

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Tara Todras-Whitehill

Egypt’s Military Council Gives an Inch

Responding to days of protest and turmoil, once again centered in the mother lode of the Arab Spring, Cairo’s Tahrir Square, Egypt’s ruling military council made an attempt to placate pressure groups by pledging to transfer power to the Egyptian people by June. (more)

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Khalil Hamra

Egypt’s Civilian Government Offers to Step Down

Egyptians staged another mass protest Monday as the interim civilian government faced another major transition. The day before, the whole cabinet submitted its resignation, but the ruling military council had yet to accept it by nightfall. Meanwhile, more than 30 people were ... (more)

Posted on Nov 21, 2011 READ MORE



jburwen (CC-BY)

Tahrir Square All Over Again

Egyptian security forces killed at least three demonstrators in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Sunday as troops moved against huge crowds protesting the military’s attempts to grant itself permanent governmental powers a week before the first post-Mubarak parliamentary elections.

Posted on Nov 20, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Khalil Hamra

Egyptians Take On Military Council in New Protest

Last February, ushering in the storied Arab Spring, Egyptians poured into the streets to clamor for change—regime change, which led to the ousting of longtime leader Hosni Mubarak. On Friday, protesters again flooded Cairo’s Tahrir Square, this time to call on the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces ... (more)

Posted on Nov 18, 2011 READ MORE


‘Democracy Now!’: Crackdown on Syria

Monday’s broadcast of “Democracy Now!” included this segment on the status of the crisis in Syria, two days after the Arab League suspended Syria’s membership and eight months into the battle between opposition members and President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 READ MORE



bbc.co.uk

Jordan’s King to Syria’s President: Time to Go

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has drawn criticism from leaders of neighboring nations, most notably those in the Arab League, for his iron-fisted crackdown on dissenters in his country. On Monday, King Abdullah of Jordan ramped up the pressure on Assad to step down by ... (more)

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Protest Planet: How a Neoliberal Shell Game Created an Age of Activism

If you are wondering why outraged young people around the globe are chanting such similar slogans and using such similar tactics, it is because they have seen more clearly than their elders through the neoliberal shell game.

Posted on Nov 12, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Sham News Network, via APTN

Syrians Look to Arab League as 26 Killed in Crackdown

So much for promises: Although Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s administration made a very public peace deal just nine days ago, 26 people were reported killed Friday as protesters came out in force in hopes that the Arab League ... (more)

Posted on Nov 11, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Khalil Hamra

So Much for Progress in Syria

Just a day after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad appeared to concede to an Arab League-brokered plan to decrease violence between government forces and protesters, it was clear that the opposition was right in maintaining a skeptical stance. (more)

Posted on Nov 3, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Kostas Tsironis

Syria Strikes Compromise With Help From Arab League

Remember the conflict in Syria? You know, the one involving President Bashar al-Assad and the protesters in his country clamoring for regime change? It’s still happening. Some 3,000 Syrians have lost their lives in the struggle, and ... (more)

Posted on Nov 2, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Mitt Romney’s Big Bad Ideas for the Middle East

As someone who has been running for president for many years, Romney should by now know something about foreign policy and he should know where he stands.

Posted on Oct 31, 2011 READ MORE



AP

Dispatches From Cairo: Torture in Post-Mubarak Egypt

Essam Atta died Thursday at Qasr El-Eini hospital in Cairo after prison guards allegedly tortured him by sodomization.

Posted on Oct 30, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. State Department

The Arab Spring Gets Messy, and Even Messier for the U.S.

The United States simply does not know how to disentangle itself from this menacing situation.

Posted on Oct 25, 2011 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: End of an Era in Iraq and Libya

This was a big week in international news, with the death of Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi and President Obama’s announcement that U.S. troops will be leaving Iraq before 2012. And let’s not forget the latest unrest in Greece, stemming from the passage of a highly contested austerity bill by that country’s parliament. (more)

Posted on Oct 21, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Fabio Rodrigues Pozzebom / ABr (CC-BY)

Indian Summer for Arab Spring?

Thursday’s death of Col. Moammar Gadhafi represents different things to different people—long-awaited liberation, further evidence of American meddling on the world stage, or a powerful sign that the upheaval collectively known as the Arab Spring isn’t over yet. (more)

Posted on Oct 21, 2011 READ MORE


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