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Freedom of Speech in Egypt

Posted on Apr 6, 2013 READ MORE

Jon Stewart Stands Up for ‘Egypt’s Jon Stewart’ After Arrest

Bassem Youssef, the famous Egyptian TV host and influential political satirist, was arrested over the weekend on charges that he insulted Mohamed Morsi and Islam. (As the real Jon Stewart noted, “if insulting the president and Islam were a jailable offense here ... Fox News go bye bye!”)

Posted on Apr 2, 2013 READ MORE

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What Would a Rand Paul Libertarian Foreign Policy Look Like?

Paul’s strand of libertarianism, insofar as it deeply distrusts big government, typically opposes policies that increase the size and power of government, chief among them ones pertaining to war.

Posted on Mar 18, 2013 READ MORE


Cairo Burning: The Great Soccer Riots of 2013 and the Revolution

A new round of violence was sparked by an appeals court ruling on soccer violence from a year ago, but was wrought up with post-revolutionary passions and divisions in Egypt

Posted on Mar 10, 2013 READ MORE

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Austerity and the Threat to Democracy Around the World

The “sequester” is actually, of course, the American form of austerity, or cutbacks in government spending during a recession. Austerity, or stingy government in Europe has kept employment extremely depressed compared to what it would have been with government stimulus, as Paul Krugman argues.

Posted on Mar 4, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Maya Alleruzzo, File

Egypt on the Brink

The announcement by the nation’s leftists and secularists that they will not contest this spring’s elections for the lower house of parliament is a needless disaster that could plunge Egypt into years of unrest.

Posted on Mar 3, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Khalil Hamra

Dispatches From Cairo: Bragging About Gang Rape

He couldn’t have been more than 19. His clothes were cheap and his sparse yet unshaven facial hair was indistinguishable from the dirt on his cheeks. He was with another kid on the other side of a kiosk and couldn’t see that I was listening.

Posted on Feb 11, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Jacquelyn Martin

America’s Global Torture Network

When it comes to torture in the post 9/11 era, the record of the United States is so appalling that one must question our claimed abhorrence of the barbarism of other nations. 

Posted on Feb 7, 2013 READ MORE

Ahmadinejad Narrowly Misses Shoe Attack in Cairo

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to Egypt took a turn for the diplomatically dicey in Cairo on Tuesday when an angry man who apparently hailed from Syria chose to express his displeasure with Ahmadinejad’s support of the Syrian regime by lobbing a shoe at the Iranian leader.

Posted on Feb 5, 2013 READ MORE

Egyptian Lemmings

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Egypt Revolution

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Fixing U.S. Image

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Morsi’s Choice

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Egypt’s Constitution

Posted on Dec 28, 2012 READ MORE

End of Revolution

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Mayhem in the Middle East

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole shares his informed comment on Syrian chemical weapons, Israeli apartheid and Egyptian unrest. Also, Robert Scheer on Bradley Manning.

Posted on Dec 20, 2012 READ MORE

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Mayhem in the Middle East

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole shares his informed comment on Syrian chemical weapons, Israeli apartheid and Egyptian unrest. Also, Robert Scheer on Bradley Manning.

Posted on Dec 20, 2012 READ MORE


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Global Governance at Heart of Failed Foreign Policies

The United States and the European Union remain impotent or irresolute observers of the most important issues of political “governance” of concern these days.

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Dec 16, 2012 READ MORE

The X Leader

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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.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 READ MORE

Arab Spring

Posted on Dec 8, 2012 READ MORE

Egypt President Morsi

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Peace on Earth

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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.

Posted on Nov 27, 2012 READ MORE

Mohamad Morsi

Posted on Nov 26, 2012 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Nov 24, 2012 READ MORE

AP/Tsafrir Abayov

To the Brink Again for Israel and Gaza

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Syrian President Bashar Al Assad have an important thing in common: When a part of the populations under their control rise up against them, they do not negotiate or compromise; they bomb the rebel civilians.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 READ MORE

AP/Hatem Moussa

Dispatches From Cairo: All Children Go to Heaven

“Is this the work of a God-fearing people?” screamed our neighborhood imam over the loudspeakers during Friday’s passionate sermon. The innate hostility in regard to Israel tilts toward hatred.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 READ MORE

AP/Bernat Armangue

In Gaza, Status Quo Won’t Do

The drama unfolding in Gaza seems numbingly familiar. This time, however, there’s a big and potentially tragic difference: Not even the actors—Palestinians and Israelis—can possibly know how it will turn out.

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 READ MORE

Test for Egypt

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 READ MORE

AP/Ariel Schalit

Fears of Israeli Ground Offensive Grow

Tensions in Israel and Gaza are mounting as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears ready to order a ground invasion after Egyptian efforts to broker a cease-fire failed and Hamas fired a rocket at Jerusalem.

Posted on Nov 17, 2012 READ MORE

AP Photo/Pool-Michael Reynolds

Presidential Debate Wrap-Up: Obama Sinks Romney’s Battleship

With the race as tight as ever, and in light of last week’s spirited and heated debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, all eyes were on Boca Raton, Fla., on Monday night as the presidential candidates squared off for the third and final time before the election. 

Posted on Oct 22, 2012 READ MORE

AP/ David Karp

Dispatches From Cairo: Morsi’s First 100 Days

The new president has kept only five of his 64 promises. From his campaign slogan of “Freedom, bread and justice,” only bread has been delivered so far. Egyptians gather in Tahrir Square to express their frustration.

Posted on Oct 16, 2012 READ MORE

Egypt’s President Reasserts his Country’s Sovereignty in World Affairs

Mr. Morsi said what had not been said before, that if the United States wishes Egypt to continue to respect the Camp David agreement made 34 years ago, it must honor its own simultaneous commitment to Palestinian self-rule.

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 READ MORE

AP/Sergey Ponomarev

Naomi Wolf on Kate Middleton Topless, Pussy Riot, and the Sexualized Female Body

According to the author of “Vagina: A New Biography,” we are undergoing an “unprecedented struggle” among women, their bodies and sexuality. Citing recent examples including the Russian punk band Pussy Riot, the frenzy over “virginity tests” in Egypt and recent efforts in the U.S. to legislate the female body, Wolf argues that female sexuality is being targeted around the world.

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Sep 18, 2012 READ MORE

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Libya: The Questions We Should Be Asking

Apart from Mitt Romney’s ridiculous slur against President Obama after the slaying of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, Americans should focus on the state of affairs suggested by the following questions: When was the last time a Chinese diplomat was killed or even roughed up by an angry mob? When did you last hear about a Chinese embassy being burned down or pillaged?

Posted on Sep 14, 2012 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: U.S. Film Stokes Mideast Violence

U.S. embassies in the Islamic world came under siege as an anti-Muslim movie trailer went viral, the Fed went all-in for mortgage-backed bonds and teachers struck out in Chicago. “The Left, Right & Center” panelists tackle these and other issues on this week’s show.

Posted on Sep 14, 2012 READ MORE

Man Behind Controversial Anti-Muslim Film That Sparked Deadly Protests Identified

Who is Sam Bacile? It appears major questions surrounding the identity of the man alleged to be behind “The Innocence of Muslims,” the controversial anti-Muhammad film that led to the deadly attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Libya and spurred violent protests in Egypt and Yemen, have been answered.

Posted on Sep 13, 2012 READ MORE


Embassy Attacks Expose Depravity on the Right

The support that some conservatives in politics and the press showed for Mitt Romney’s unsubstantiated criticisms of President Obama amid this week’s embassy attacks confirms that those camps will exploit any opportunity—no matter how dangerous to Americans and others—for personal gain, writes journalist Michael Tracey.

Posted on Sep 13, 2012 READ MORE

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U.S. Positions Two Warships Off Libya

Two U.S. destroyers equipped with Tomahawk missiles are moving into Mediterranean waters north of Libya after attacks on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi and another in the Egyptian capital of Cairo.

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 READ MORE

AP/Mohammed Abu Zaid

Egyptian Protesters Remove U.S. Flag During Attack on American Embassy

It is believed that the demonstrators in Cairo were upset about a film production that they say insults the Prophet Muhammad.

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 READ MORE

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Egypt Launches Sinai Airstrike

The Egyptian military fired missiles into Sinai for the first time since the 1973 war with Israel, killing 20 Islamic militants accused of attacking security checkpoints 30 miles from the Gaza-Israel border.

Posted on Aug 8, 2012 READ MORE

AP/Enric Marti

Dispatches From Cairo: Brother, Can You Spare a Breeze?

Rolling blackouts turn up the heat and turn off the lights; on the political front, Morsi feels heat of a different sort.

Posted on Aug 7, 2012 READ MORE

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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?

Posted on Aug 4, 2012 READ MORE

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