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Murdering the Wretched of the Earth

The murderous assault by Egyptian security forces against supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi is not only an ideological battle, but a war waged against hundreds of millions of Muslim poor who find in radical Islam their only source of hope, meaning and dignity.

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AP/Thanassis Stavrakis

Turkey Sees Third Straight Day of Political Clashes

Two days of violent encounters between Turkish police and demonstrators turned to three Sunday. Thousands of protesters kept control of Istanbul’s main square as the country’s prime minister vowed to move forward with the controversial development plan that provoked the clashes.

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Google’s Spymasters Are Now Worried About Your Secrets

There is a growing acceptance and indeed a demand for additional surveillance cameras, cellphone eavesdropping, location checks and biometric identifiers.

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Questions From a ‘Dirty War’

They are impolite questions, but they must be asked: What did Jorge Mario Bergoglio know, and when did he know it, about Argentina’s brutal “Dirty War” against suspected leftists in which thousands were tortured and killed? More important, what did the newly chosen Pope Francis do?

Posted on Mar 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Fiji Military Says It Will Lift Martial Law

Two years after imposing martial law, Fiji’s illegal, internationally sanctioned military dictatorship has promised to end an indefinite state of emergency and craft a new constitution on the way to democratic elections. It’s a needed reminder that there are many places outside the Middle East and lower Manhattan where people yearn for a government accountable to its citizens.

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Pentagon Spends Millions Protecting Uzbekistan Dictator

Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov is notorious for heading one of the world’s most oppressive regimes, and millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars are being given to a for-profit military contractor turned propaganda machine to make sure he remains a faithful and able ally in the global war on terror.

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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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Burmese Polls Close

The polls may have closed in Burma after the military junta-ruled country hosted its first elections in 20 years, but those waiting for significant change may have to wait a bit longer: The country’s main opposition party has boycotted the “democratic” contest.

Posted on Nov 7, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Dirty War’ Dictator Goes on Trial

A former military dictator of Argentina is on trial again. Gen.  Jorge Videla, who helped lead the country’s “Dirty War” of state terror in the late 1970s and early 1980s, is one of more than 20 defendants being tried for the 1976 murders of 31 jailed dissidents.

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AP / David Longstreath

Burma’s Quick-Change Artists

As the military in Burma prepares to replace itself with a civilian government, as per new regulations in the country’s 2008 constitution, the generals of the ruling junta are shedding their military ranks and—voilà!—transforming themselves into respectable civilian politicians.

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Digging Into Franco’s Bloody Reign

An acclaimed Spanish judge has ordered the unearthing of some of the unmarked graves of the tens of thousands who were killed during the first two decades of Gen. Francisco Franco’s fascist rule of Spain, formally declaring the repression by Franco and associates as a “crime against humanity.”

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Douche With Knife: Luciano Menendez
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Argentine ‘Dirty War’ Murderer Gets Life

Former Argentine army officer and current scumbag Luciano Benjamin Menendez finally got what should have happened to him 30 years ago: a life sentence in jail for the kidnap, torture and murder of anti-dictatorship activists in 1977.

Posted on Jul 25, 2008 READ MORE


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Probe Reopened in ‘73 Murder of Chilean Singer

The case of Victor Jara, the famous folk musician murdered by dictator Augusto Pinochet’s army in 1973, will be reopened due to new evidence provided by the musician’s family. Human rights groups see Jara’s case as important in keeping attention on Chilean human rights abusers who for the past 35 years have avoided jail time.

Posted on Jun 4, 2008 READ MORE


It Can Happen Here

Thirty-nine individuals held in U.S. custody at one time or another are unaccounted for—missing or disappeared in the style of a Third World dictatorship. What have we become?

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King George Loses His Crown

In his quest to expand presidential authority, George W. Bush has claimed extraordinary powers, whether to imprison American citizens without charge or ignore the laws of nature. The Supreme Court’s ruling on the EPA is a breath of fresh air, not just for the environment but for our democracy.

Posted on Apr 5, 2007 READ MORE


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Chavez Calls Bush ‘the Devil’

In case you missed it, here’s Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s address to the U.N. General Assembly in which he referred to Bush as the devil: “Yesterday, the devil came here. Right here. Right here. And it smells of sulfur still today, this table that I am now standing in front of.”

Posted on Sep 23, 2006 READ MORE


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O’Connor Warns Against ‘Beginnings’ of Dictatorship

“It takes a lot of degeneration before a country falls into dictatorship, but we should avoid these ends by avoiding these beginnings,” former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor told a Georgetown audience, according to an NPR report. (Hat tip: Huff Po)

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Israel Security Chief in Secretly Made Tape: We May ‘Miss Saddam’

Remember when the neocons boasted that invading Iraq would be good for Israel? The chief of Israel’s domestic security agency, Yuval Diskin, begs to differ. Diskin said in a secretly taped speech that a “strong dictatorship would be preferable to the present ‘chaos’ in Iraq.” So much for making the Middle East more stable.

Posted on Feb 9, 2006 READ MORE


Bush Prays Beside Cheney

President Jonah, Meet Oliver Cromwell!

Building on his “President Jonah” theme, Gore Vidal offers another angle on Bush’s presidency, illuminated by the recent spate of wildfires in Southern California.

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