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Egypt Revolution

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End of Revolution

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Egypt

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Egypt’s New Pharaoh

Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, with power in their grasp, are crushing those who stand in the way of single-party rule, and the government’s weapon of choice is the poor.

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The X Leader

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Assad Fires Scud Missiles at Rebels, U.S. Reports

The 2-year-old conflict between the Syrian government and its opposition that has killed 40,000 civilians and threatens to destabilize the Middle East was escalated in recent days when forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad fired Soviet-era Scud missiles at rebel fighters, American officials said Wednesday.

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The Revolution Continues in Challenge to Morsi

Thousands of Egyptians have taken to the streets to protest a referendum planned for Saturday on a new constitution promoted by Islamist President Mohamed Morsi that would give Muslim clerics a role in shaping laws.

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Arab Spring

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Egypt President Morsi

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Arab Spring

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AP/Kahlil Hamra

Egyptians Protest President Morsi at Mass Rally

Tens of thousands of Egyptians poured back into Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Tuesday for a demonstration against President Mohamed Morsi, who last week granted himself sweeping new powers—before a constitution could be written—claiming they were needed to protect the revolution.

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Mohamad Morsi

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Morsi of Egypt

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Egyptian Judges Condemn Morsi Decree

Egypt’s highest court has accused President Mohamed Morsi of staging an “unprecedented attack” on the judiciary by granting himself extensive new powers, including a ban on revoking presidential decisions and a prohibition against dissolving the legislative assembly.

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Arab Awakening and a Failed European Aeronautics Merger

From the beginning of the Arab Awakening (“Arab Springtime,” as it was, but alas two springtimes have already passed), my opinion has been to stay out of these events, as far as possible, and certainly not to attempt to control them.

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AP/Kathy Willens

Giuliani: Obama Moved ‘Too Fast in Overthrowing Mubarak’

It was America’s 44th president, not 2 million protesters occupying Tahrir Square, who tossed the Egyptian dictator out of office at the height of the Arab Spring, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said backstage at the presidential debate in Denver last week.

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Arab Spring

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AP/Seth Wenig

Obama Tries to Soothe Tension Between U.S., Middle East in U.N. Speech

In a speech delivered Tuesday to the United Nations General Assembly, President Obama condemned the anti-American protests in the Middle East and North Africa that led to the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens, while also attempting to “reset U.S. relations” with the region.

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October Surprise?

After a series of dream-come-true gaffes and blunders from Mitt Romney in recent weeks, Obama and his savvy campaign staff should really be home free, having run political circles around their Republican opponent as he was running circles around himself. There’s only one problem: the world.

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Twitter Is Not Your Historical Record

A new study inspired by social media’s role in the Arab Spring has revealed that links contained in 11 percent of posts published on websites such as Twitter and Facebook were defunct within a year, leading readers to dead Web pages. And that number rose to 27 percent within two years.

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Arab Outrage Should Come as No Surprise

Mrs. Clinton, the secretary of state, appears to believe that the Arabs and Egyptians should be grateful to America, and most Americans would probably agree.

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So Much for Arab Spring…

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Texting Instead of Driving?

It seems young people are more interested in buying iPhones than automobiles these days; Central American families with links to death squads helped Mitt Romney fund Bain Capital; and Jill Stein, the presidential nominee for the Green Party, went to jail for protesting home foreclosures. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Syrian Prime Minister Defects From ‘Terrorist, Murderous Regime’

As far as defections go, it’s hard to do better than the prime minister. Riad Hijab announced via spokesman that he has joined the opposition and that he and his family are hiding in a safe location.

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Arise, Facebook Nation

If social networks helped mobilize Egyptians to confront Hosni Mubarak’s tanks and men, shouldn’t they also be able to take on a PAC, even one as powerful as that belonging to the National Rifle Association?

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Scene From a ‘Liberated’ Syria

Fighters in the Free Syrian Army are optimistic they will shake their nation loose from Bashar al-Assad’s rule. But what will their cities, towns and villages look like when their struggle is over? Some are looking to the West for help rebuilding their country.

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Pants on Fire

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3 Top Aides to Assad Killed in Blast

A suicide bomber killed three high-ranking members of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government on Wednesday, including the defense minister and Assad’s brother-in-law, who was deputy chief of staff of the military.

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The Revolution We Didn’t See Coming

Noam Chomsky and Tariq Ali (at right), two of the most active figures on the intellectual left, talk about protest, democracy and how the Arab Spring took the West by surprise.

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WikiLeaks Dumping Emails of Assad’s Cronies

The online whistle-blowing group WikiLeaks on Thursday began publishing what it claims are more than 2 million emails involving Syrian President Bashar Assad’s inner circle.

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AP/Fredrik Persson

Dispatches From Cairo: New President, New Hope

As the days pass, Egyptians seem more and more relaxed, and there is an emerging hope that displays itself in voices less strident, faces less stressed, more smiling, despite the stifling heat. Perhaps the storms of the Arab Spring have finished and now will come the flowering.

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AP/Fredrik Persson

Dispatches From Cairo: Ms. Clinton, Kindly Butt Out

Egyptians, beset by a heat wave and overheated politics, resent American meddling in their contested presidential election.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: My Big Fat Greek Tragedy

Bankers are bracing for international financial chaos as Greek voters head to the polls to decide on an austerity plan that could kiss the euro bye-bye. But that’s not the only major world event happening, with Egypt’s military tossing the recent Democratic elections aside as it dissolves the country’s parliament.

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AP/Kahlil Hamra

Dispatches From Cairo: The Dream Dissolves

A court ruling has inflicted a powerful blow on Egypt’s revolution, stunning hopes for true democracy and reaffirming the control of the old elite.

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ElBaradei Chastises Muslim Brotherhood and Egyptian Youth

The Muslim Brotherhood’s zeal for political power bears responsibility for the likelihood that a Mubarak-era holdover will win the Egyptian presidency, and the revolutionary youth defanged themselves by refusing to establish political representation, prominent dissident Mohamed ElBaradei told The Guardian.

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A Judicial-Military Coup in Egypt

Due to a decision by the high court to dissolve Egypt’s legislature, the country’s presidential election this weekend comes at a time when “there’s no parliament, no constitution or even a clear process for drafting one,” says “Democracy Now!” correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous.

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Mubarak Reportedly in Coma

There are disputed reports that deposed Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak has slipped into a coma since he was sentenced to life in prison June 2 in the killings of pro-democracy demonstrators during last year’s Arab Spring uprising.

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Mubarak’s Health in Decline

Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is in failing health, slipping in and out of consciousness a week after he was sentenced to life in prison and confined to a prison hospital.

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Egyptian Women Protesters Assaulted in Tahrir Square

In what looks to be an attempt to keep females out of Cairo’s political life, hundreds of men assaulted about 50 Egyptian women and their male supporters as they marched against sexual harassment in Tahrir Square on Friday.

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Mubarak Is Sentenced to Life in Prison

An Egyptian judge sentenced former President Hosni Mubarak to a life term in prison Saturday for complicity in the killing of unarmed protesters during the uprising that ousted him from power last year. But corruption charges against Mubarak and his sons were dismissed, touching off anger and disbelief in the Arab street.

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For Egypt, It’s a Military Man or an Islamist

Hundreds of Egyptians set fire to the campaign headquarters of Ahmed Shafik after it was announced Tuesday that the Mubarak-era senior military commander had won enough votes to enter a runoff contest with the Islamic candidate Mohamed Morsi.

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It’s Wait and See as Egypt Counts the Votes

The official results of the Egyptian election won’t be known until Tuesday, but the outlook points to a strong showing by Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi, the possibility of which has scared some Egyptians into voicing support for a candidate from Mubarak’s administration.

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Top of the Pyramid

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AP/Fredrik Persson

Egyptians Flock to the Polls

Voters in Egypt turned out in droves on Wednesday to cast their ballots in the first free presidential election since President Hosni Mubarak was ousted from power during the Arab Spring uprising 15 months ago.

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Change in Egypt

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Assad Violence

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How Empires Fall: An Interview With Jonathan Schell

Since Occupy and the Arab Spring, the animating message of Schell’s “Unconquerable World”—that, in the age of nuclear weaponry, nonviolent action is the mightiest of forces—has undergone a renaissance of sorts.

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Putin Rival Warns of Arab Spring for Russia

If Vladimir Putin, the expected winner of Russia’s upcoming presidential election, isn’t careful, he may face the kind of upsurge in revolt that occurred a year ago in Tunisia, Egypt and other nations when the regional sea change we now know as the Arab Spring took hold. So says Putin’s former ally and now rival, Sergei Mironov.

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The Autocracy Awards

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The World Turns Its Back—Again

The harrowing stories that have come down to us from the Warsaw Ghetto are eerily similar to the horrific accounts emanating from Homs and other Syrian towns over the past few months.

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