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Goodman on Gadhafi

As Thursday’s edition of “Democracy Now!” with anchor Amy Goodman went to air, the reports—unconfirmed reports, as Goodman is careful to point out in this clip—that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi had been killed in his hometown of Surt were streaming in from Libyan and American sources.

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Gadhafi Is Reported Killed in Libya

After months of local turmoil and international military intervention, a major development has occurred that constitutes the end of an era in Libya, as official media in the North African nation reported Thursday that longtime leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi is dead. Updated (more)

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Oct. 15 Is the Big Day

If you’ve been sitting on the sidelines, your friends at Occupy Wall Street and the Indignados in Madrid would like for you to jump into a global day of action scheduled for this Saturday, Oct. 15.

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Yemen’s President Vows to Give Up Power

After 33 years in power, Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh said he will step down in the coming days. Earlier, after returning from Saudi Arabia where he received medical treatment for injuries sustained in a June assassination attempt, Saleh called for early elections, a move that set off violent protests.

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Dispatches From Cairo: A Poignant Celebration

This year’s Oct. 6 holiday in Egypt’s victory was more poignant and significant as current events rappel the historical environment of the Arab Spring, another turning point in world and Middle East sociopolitical demographics.

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Three Women Awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize

The 2011 Nobel Peace Prize went to three women in a move the Nobel committee hopes will highlight the importance that women play in achieving world peace.

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The DIY Internet Is on Its Way

The 2011 uprisings in the Arab world showed the Internet’s potential as a tool for both liberation and oppression. Protesters logged on to organize rallies that toppled dictators, while some leaders commandeered the Web to silence opposition. (more)

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Obama’s Palestine Solution: More Talk

One year ago, President Obama stood before the U.N. General Assembly and called for international recognition of a Palestinian state. On Wednesday, to the exasperation of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and millions struggling for democracy in the Arab world, he declared his opposition to that idea. (more)

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Author and Academic Comments on Wall Street Protests

Protesters continued to occupy Manhattan’s financial district Monday. “Democracy Now!” has footage of the demonstration and interviews with activists, including a conversation with distinguished anthropologist, author and protest-goer David Graeber. (more)

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16 Killed in Latest Mass Protest in Yemen

At least 16 people were killed when troops opened fire with anti-aircraft guns on anti-government protesters peacefully massed around a state television building and government offices in the Yemeni capital on Sunday, according to witnesses. (more)

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Dispatches From Cairo: Manipulating the Mob

Egypt’s massive youth movement—clueless, courageous and as easily provoked as a crowd of edgy football fans—has been played.

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Egypt Threatens Protesters With Live Ammunition

After a crowd of Egyptians rushed the Israeli Embassy in Cairo last week, officials invoked the law to say they would use bullets to protect important buildings in the future. (more)

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Concern in New Egypt as Police Raid Al-Jazeera

Egyptian police raided the Cairo offices of the news network Al-Jazeera on Sunday in what is being interpreted by some of Egypt’s revolutionaries as a crackdown on free expression and a continuation of some of the autocratic practices of the regime of ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak. (more)

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Israeli Spring

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Arab Spring Monster

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AP / Hussein Malla

Prosecuting War Crimes? Be Sure to Read the Fine Print

It all depends, I think, on whether criminals are our friends (Stalin at the time) or our enemies (Hitler and his fellow Nazis), whether they have their future uses (the Japanese emperor) or whether we’ll get their wealth more easily if they are out of the way (Saddam and Gadhafi).

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Libya, After the Victory

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The World’s Most Powerful Gay Man

The media ignore the fact that new Apple CEO Tim Cook is gay; the ratings of both the Republican and Democratic parties decline; and the consequences of the defeat of Gadhafi’s regime are still up in the air. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Vultures in the Libyan Desert

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Robert Baer on Libya and Blowback

Veteran CIA officer Robert Baer speaks to radio host Ian Masters about the shifting political sands in the Middle East as the “Arab Spring” claims another dictator.

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AP / Alexandre Meneghini

Victory in Tripoli: They Did It

If the U.S. had gone seriously into the war, and behaved characteristically, Libya’s revolution would not have succeeded this week.

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High Food Prices Drive Unrest, Study Says

An old argument says that full or empty bellies lead to contentment or revolt. Recent research supports that claim, showing that spikes in global food prices have coincided with the surge of social unrest and political instability seen recently in North Africa and the Middle East. (more)

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AP / Khalil Hamra

Israel Apologizes for Killing 3 Egyptian Soldiers

Israel apologized to Egypt on Saturday for killing three soldiers on Egyptian soil as it chased gunmen responsible for the deaths of eight Israelis. (more)

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Glenn Greenwald on the Growing Surveillance State

Days after two British men were sentenced to four years in prison for using Facebook to incite disorder that never materialized, Glenn Greenwald writes fluently and concisely about the efforts of governments to maintain power and order by controlling the flow of information and communication online.

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Where’s the Syria Plan?

It’s hard to argue with President Obama’s call for Bashar al-Assad, the bloodthirsty Syrian dictator, to step down. But it’s also hard to discern any logic or consistency in the administration’s handling of the ongoing tumult in the Arab world.

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San Francisco Bay Area’s BART Pulls a Mubarak

What does the police killing of a homeless man in San Francisco have to do with the Arab Spring uprisings from Tunisia to Syria? The attempt to suppress the protests that followed.

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London Olympics

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British Anarchy

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Hackers Take Aim at San Francisco Transit

The hacker group Anonymous threatened to target the San Francisco Bay Area’s transit website after officials cut the system’s underground cellphone service to prevent a protest last week. (more)

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Fire in the Tail

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London Riots: The View From Brixton

A student activist living in the middle of London’s riots shares her view from the ground on this week’s Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK. Also on the show: William Cohan and Robert Scheer on Wall Street’s plunge; Robin Wright on Syria, and David Inocencio on juvie journalism.

Posted on Aug 10, 2011 READ MORE


Mubarak Trial

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Bread and the ‘Tropic of Chaos’

Christian Parenti, who writes regularly for The Nation magazine, has published a book detailing some of the present and future social impacts of climate change. In an essay on Tom Dispatch.com, he connects the rising cost of bread to the revolutionary uprisings in the Middle East and Northern Africa. (more)

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AP / Amr Nabil

A New Egypt on the Brink of Being Born

“No [political] parties, no Muslim Brotherhood! The Egyptian people are in the square! La ahzab, la Ikhwan! Al-Sha’b al-Misri fi al-Maydan!” “The blood of the martyrs won’t be wasted,” the crowds chanted.

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Israel Is Likely to Attack Iran, CIA Veteran Robert Baer Warns

Robert Baer, the veteran CIA operations officer whose book was the basis for the film “Syriana,” says an Israeli attack on Iran is likely and warns that the U.S. could be drawn into yet another conflict.

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10 Warnings for Arab Democracies

Truthdig columnist Juan Cole has some sobering words of caution for those in the Arab world with a “once-in-a-century” shot at making their nations into thriving, functional democracies.  (more)

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AP / Amr Nabil

Welcome Back to the Egyptian Revolution

This morning before dawn, the tents and blockades were up: The people had been gathering since the previous night, preparing for a long stay.

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Arab Spring

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Bashar al-Assad

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Assad Arranges Rallies in Praise of Regime

Tens of thousands of Syrians took to the streets in support of President Bashar al-Assad in demonstrations across the country Tuesday, many at the behest of the government and their employers. (more)

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Tunisian Court Finds Former President Guilty of Financial Crimes

He wasn’t present to hear the verdict in person, but Monday a local court found Tunisia’s deposed president, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, guilty of embezzlement and making personal use of public funds, according to The New York Times.

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Kurds Want to Give Turkey a Taste of Spring

Turkey is no Libya or Syria in terms of repression, but the country has a few million disgruntled Kurds who would like more autonomy. One Kurdish political leader is threatening civil disobedience ... (more)

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U.S. Presses Covert Airstrikes in Yemen

Following Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s emergency departure for medical treatment last week, the U.S. government has taken advantage of the resulting power vacuum to resume covert fighter jet and drone attacks that have killed civilians and suspected terrorists alike. (more)

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Workers and Women Fight for Their Share of Egypt’s Revolution

As Dr. Mohammad Shafik stands in the chaotic emergency room of the Cairo hospital where he works, his biggest worry as patients are wheeled in is not about issues of medical care.

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U.N. Report Deems Internet Access a Basic Human Right

Months after the start of the uprisings that are roiling the Middle Eastern and Arabic world, the United Nations has recognized the essential role the Internet plays in human aspirations, deeming unhampered Internet availability a basic human right. (more)

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Vodafone Scorned After Claiming Egypt’s Revolution

Remember when a global telecommunications company helped inspire this year’s Egyptian revolution? Neither do scores of anti-Mubarak activists who are furious over Vodafone’s attempt to capitalize on the country’s revolutionary spirit with a promotional video claiming just that, even after the company went along with the regime’s orders to block telephone and Internet service during the protests. (more)

Posted on Jun 3, 2011 READ MORE



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U.K. Cheers On Arab Spring While Training Its Opponents

Just days after the British government pledged $181 million in grants and loans to foster economically viable democratic transitions in Egypt and Tunisia, a Freedom of Information Act report confirmed that British military personnel are training the same Saudi security forces that were used to crush recent popular uprisings in Bahrain. (more)

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White House / Pete Souza

Obama and Cameron Take a Page from Reagan and Thatcher

Some may question their choice of reference material, but President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron teamed up to pen a column for The Times of London, comparing this year’s Arab Spring to the Cold War—and themselves to that era’s ... (more)

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Syria Turns Facebook on Protesters

Syrian authorities are busy proving Julian Assange right as they use what he called “the most appalling spying machine that has ever been invented” to keep tabs on their country’s digital dissidents. (more)

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Syrian Revolt: 900 Dead and Counting

The number of people killed in the current Syrian uprising soared above 900 on Saturday when security officers fired on a crowd marching in memory of others lost to state violence during the two-month struggle. (more)

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