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AP / Khalil Hamra

Dispatches From Cairo: Flagman and ‘Our Martyrs in Sinai’

Yes, Flagman—surely you’ve heard of the Egyptian superhero who scaled the 21 floors of the Israeli Embassy in the predawn hours Sunday.

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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)

Posted on Aug 21, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Dana Spiegel

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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Flickr / Gigi Ibrahim (CC-BY)

Egypt Demands Israel Investigate Police Deaths

Egypt filed a formal complaint with Israel on Friday demanding an urgent investigation into the circumstances surrounding the deaths of three Egyptian security officials who were killed in Egypt during an Israeli military operation at the border.

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Mubarak Trial

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AP / Ben Curtis

Dispatches From Cairo: Ramadan, Revolution and Rumors

Ramadan Kareem, my friends. This year’s month of fasting and purification, healing, reflection and prayer has fallen in the hottest month, August, and comes amid unprecedented earthly distractions in Egypt, the ongoing tragic massacre in Syria and crazily careening instability around the globe.

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Flickr / RamyRaoof (CC-BY)

Mubarak’s ‘Day of Judgment’

The criminal trial of Hosni Mubarak, televised for all the Arab world to see, began Wednesday with the once-powerful, longtime autocratic ruler of Egypt denying all formal charges against him of corruption and of complicity in the killing of protesters. (more)

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Flickr / Maged Helal (CC-BY)

New Egyptian Cabinet Sworn In

Egyptian military officials swore in a new, temporary Cabinet on Thursday in response to rising pressure from protesters demanding a faster transition away from the Mubarak regime. (more)

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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)

Posted on Jul 20, 2011 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Jul 15, 2011 READ MORE



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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© 2011 Reese Erlich

The Economics of a ‘Rabbit Cage’

As we walk on land ripe with eggplant and cucumbers, we can see the Israeli cities of Ashkelon and Sderot. The farm is so close to those communities that family members use an Israeli telecommunications company to get Internet access. But the family can’t export its crops.

Posted on Jun 26, 2011 READ MORE


Arab Spring

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Wikimedia Commons / R. D. Ward

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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Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey

The Body Baggers of Iraq

On this week’s episode of Truthdig radio in collaboration with KPFK: Unconstitutionally crowded prisons, battlefield medicine, a very special segment on the Marines who collect their dead in Iraq, and just a little bit of Jesus. Plus: Reese Erlich reports from Egypt.

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The Body Baggers of Iraq

On this week’s episode of Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: Unconstitutionally crowded prisons, battlefield medicine, a very special segment on the Marines who collect their dead in Iraq, and just a little bit of Jesus. Plus: Reese Erlich reports from Egypt. Update: Full transcript.

Posted on Jun 15, 2011 READ MORE



© 2011 Reese Erlich

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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Flickr / Marius Arnesen

Egypt Opens Gaza Border Crossing

Ending a four-year blockade, Egypt has permanently reopened a border crossing at Rafah that will give Palestinians in the Gaza Strip the freedom to pass into and out of the territory much more easily. (more)

Posted on May 28, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Jonathan Rashad

Going After the Mini-Mubaraks

Journalist, blogger and activist Hossam el-Hamalawy passionately urges his fellow Egyptians to make their social and political revolution into an economic one.

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AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Obama Responds to a Changing Mideast in Arab Spring Speech

Addressing the upheavals that have occurred and transformations still in progress in the Middle East (except for one notable omission), President Barack Obama put the big shifts that the Arab Spring brought in a broader context during a major speech on Thursday ... (more)  Updated

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AP / Amr Nabil

Dispatches From Cairo: We Are All Palestinian Now

Palestine is the unifying force and focus of the entire Muslim/Arab world. The one thing that always remains on the people’s minds and lips, that pulls this whole wild wave of shift together, is Egypt’s solidarity about Palestine and resentment of Israel.

Posted on May 17, 2011 READ MORE


International Help

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Flickr / Muhammad Ghafari

Obama Readies Another Appeal to Muslim World

In the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death, President Obama will address the Muslim world to herald the democratic movements that have swept the Middle East and North Africa in recent months and warn against religious extremism. (more)

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Expert Marksman

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Dispatches From Egypt: Bin Laden News Lands With a Thud

OK, shock-and-awe reporting from Cairo: Why am I reacting more than anyone around me?

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Violence Threatens Egypt’s Post-Revolution Efforts

Egypt’s transitional government has called an emergency meeting after violence believed to be sectarian broke out in a neighborhood near Cairo and left 10 people dead, hundreds injured and a church destroyed by fire. (more)

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Deal Inches Palestinians Closer to Internationally Recognized Statehood

Aimed at what most Palestinians hope will be peaceful unity between rival groups, an agreement was reached by Fatah and Hamas in Cairo on Wednesday. And that did not please Israel.

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Everyone’s Missing the Point

The jubilation of Americans and Western leaders at the death of Osama bin Laden, though understandable, misses the point. In many ways, the figure gunned down in Pakistan was already irrelevant—more a symbol of past dangers than a real threat for the future.

Posted on May 3, 2011 READ MORE



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Muslim Brotherhood Forms New Egyptian Party

The Muslim Brotherhood, seen by many as Egypt’s most organized political movement following Mubarak’s ouster, announced Saturday it plans to contest up to half of the country’s parliamentary seats in elections this September. (more)

Posted on Apr 30, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Amr Nabil

Dispatches From Cairo: Keeping Up With Egypt

For God’s sake, American press! Hurry up! Get up to speed on the Egyptian revolution evolution! It is changing every day.

Posted on Apr 18, 2011 READ MORE



‘Gaylingual’ Code Invented in Myanmar

Gay men in Myanmar make up a language, women disappear in new-order Egypt and the Civil War divides Americans in 2011. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 17, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Khalil Hamra

Deadly Crackdown in Tahrir Square

Life isn’t all peachy in Egypt, even with Hosni Mubarak gone. The Egyptian army went after protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, killing one and injuring dozens, as the military tried to clear demonstrations calling for prosecution of Mubarak and family members.

Posted on Apr 9, 2011 READ MORE



Al-Jazeera English

27 Killed in Latest Syrian Protest

At least 27 demonstrators are dead at the hands of Syrian security forces as new protests against the government of President Bashar al-Assad erupted Friday in the southern city of Daraa.

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U.S. Can’t Resist Meddling in the Middle East

The struggle is under way to re-establish American control over the successors to those despots whom popular uprisings have ousted from Tunisia and Egypt, threatening the careers of still other abusive absolute monarchs and presidents-for-life (and their offspring).

Posted on Apr 5, 2011 READ MORE



AP

Bradley Manning Treatment Reveals Continued Government Complicity in Torture

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who is facing court-martial for allegedly leaking military reports and diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks, is being held in solitary confinement in Quantico brig in Virginia. Each night, he is forced to strip naked and sleep in a gown made of coarse material.

Posted on Mar 25, 2011 READ MORE



npr.org

Making a Case for NPR

Granted, the person making the points about NPR’s virtues in this Wall Street Journal Op-Ed piece is Steve Inskeep, who is himself a host of NPR’s “Morning Edition.” But he brings in some data about who’s actually tuning in that might surprise longtime listeners as well as detractors.

Posted on Mar 24, 2011 READ MORE


The Top 8 Badass Protesters Caught on Film

There’s the “Dairy Rioter” and “Flaming Scarf Guy,” and wait till you see the video of the man who earned Cracked.com’s nod as the list-topper for its rundown of “The 8 Most Ridiculously Badass Protesters Ever Photographed.” Check out the footage and get inspired.

Posted on Mar 23, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ahmed Ali

Egypt Votes in Favor of Constitutional Amendments

In results released Sunday evening, 77 percent of Egyptian voters have endorsed amendments to their country’s constitution that will pave the way for parliamentary elections, which the military junta said will be held in June.

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The Policy Bracket

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Protect the Oil Zone

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AP / Ben Curtis

People Power vs. Washington

The claim that George W. Bush’s war of aggression against Iraq somehow opened up the Middle East to reform is an affront to the brave crowds that have risked their lives to change the American-backed order in that part of the world.

Posted on Mar 15, 2011 READ MORE



bbc.co.uk

Pro-Gadhafi Forces Make Headway in Oil Ports

The struggle for control of Libya continued Thursday, with Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s forces reportedly gaining ground in the oil ports of Ras Lanuf and Sidra, sending rebels into retreat from those strongholds and claiming civilian lives in the ongoing conflict.

Posted on Mar 10, 2011 READ MORE


Western Intervention in Libya Should Not Fly

Although it may seem heartless to say this, the Arab uprising is not our affair, and we should stay away from it.

Posted on Mar 8, 2011 READ MORE


Wael Ghonim on ‘Revolution 2.0’

The Google executive who helped organize the Egyptian uprising compares the movement to Wikipedia, with many individuals contributing in their own ways.

Posted on Mar 6, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Khalil Hamra

Building Egypt’s Cabinet

Post-revolution Egypt’s government is beginning to take form, with Prime Minister-designate Essam Sharaf selecting two men not affiliated with Hosni Mubarak to head the interior and foreign ministries.

Posted on Mar 6, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Amr Nabil

Mubarak’s Enforcer Goes on Trial

Just days after President Hosni Mubarak resigned his seat of power in Egypt, former Interior Minister Habib el-Adly was arrested on charges of corruption. His trial began Saturday in Cairo.

Posted on Mar 5, 2011 READ MORE



DoD / Cherie A. Thurlby

Protests Banned in Saudi Arabia

U.S. ally and oil-rich Middle East monarchy Saudi Arabia has responded to domestic dissent by slapping a ban on public demonstrations.

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The Battle of the Budgets: New Fronts in the Afghan and Iraq Wars

Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Idaho ... these are the latest fronts in the battle of budgets, with the larger fight over a potential shutdown of the U.S. government looming.

Posted on Mar 1, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / WxMom / CindyH Photography (CC-BY-SA)

No Other Way Out

We will not stop the war in Afghanistan and Iraq, we will not end this slaughter of innocents, unless we are willing to rise up as have state workers in Wisconsin and citizens on the streets of Arab capitals.

Posted on Feb 28, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Salah Habibi

Angry Crowds Keep Tunisia on Edge

Protests continued into the weekend in Tunisia as huge crowds turned out in Tunis to demand the resignation of the country’s interim prime minister, an ally of ousted President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.

Posted on Feb 26, 2011 READ MORE


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