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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.

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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



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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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



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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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


Uprisings: From the Middle East to the Midwest

As many as 80,000 people marched to the Wisconsin state Capitol in Madison on Saturday as part of an ongoing protest against newly elected Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s attempt to not just badger the state’s public employee unions, but to break them.

Posted on Feb 22, 2011 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’: Revenge of the Curds

Let’s get a couple of things straight about this situation going down in Wisconsin: First, yes, the clash between thousands of union-friendly employees and Gov. Scott Walker is a big deal, but no, this conflict is not at all like the one that just occurred in Egypt. Or Tunisia.

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Backlash Mounts Against Gadhafi

Support for Col. Moammar Gadhafi in the midst of a Libyan uprising, however much he had, was dwindling Tuesday as former members of his own government joined outside critics in condemning violence against protesters as Gadhafi held fast to his position.

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Egypt Freezes Mubarak Family Assets

Now that Hosni Mubarak has exited his post as Egypt’s president, his reportedly extensive wealth is no longer protected by his position, and authorities in his homeland have moved to freeze his assets, as well as those of his family members, in the midst of a fraud investigation.

Posted on Feb 21, 2011 READ MORE



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Libya Brings in the Big Guns Against Protesters

Longtime Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s grip on power has been significantly shaken by protesters in recent days, but Col. Gadhafi made it clear Monday that he wasn’t ready to go the way of his former counterparts in neighboring Tunisia and Egypt by ...

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Ahmadinejad Promises Democratic Reforms in Egypt

“Your call for democratic freedoms has been heard loud and clear,” Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the protesters. “And soon, they will be instituted in Egypt, where you can visit them.”

Posted on Feb 20, 2011 READ MORE



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A New Wave of Protests

Protests continued Sunday across the restive Middle East. New clashes in Tunisia pitted demonstrators against the interim government, while thousands took to the streets in Morocco. In Libya, meanwhile, government security forces pressed a violent crackdown on protesters, reportedly killing dozens of people.

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AP / Vincent Yu

China Pre-Empts ‘Jasmine’ Protest

Jittery Chinese officials, mindful of the political upheaval in Egypt and elsewhere, moved quickly on Sunday, detaining more than 100 activists after a call went out on an overseas website for a “jasmine revolution” in the world’s most populous country. 

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AP / Evan Vucci

Libyan Protest Tops 200

The death toll in protests against the four-decade-plus rule of Moammar Gadhafi in Libya is now more than 200 people, with 900 injured amid warnings from government media that anyone opposing the regime risked “suicide.”

Posted on Feb 19, 2011 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Ray McGovern

This week we throw our support behind former CIA analyst, Army veteran and peace activist Ray McGovern, whose arrest while protesting as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton paid tribute to the wave of demonstrations in the Middle East made a troubling statement about the state of our own freedoms.

Posted on Feb 18, 2011 READ MORE


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‘Left, Right & Center’: Wisconsin Showdown, Mideast Crackdown, Budget Throwdown

In Wisconsin, in the midst of a deep state budget crisis, thousands of public sector employees have been protesting a bill that would slash their collective bargaining rights. Is this a preview of budget fights to come in other states?

Posted on Feb 18, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Khalil Hamra

Dispatches From Cairo: Victory Celebration

It looked like the most gigantic football victory crowd, with children on their parents’ shoulders, Egyptian colors—black, red, white stripes—painted on faces, Egyptian flags being waved.

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AP / Lefteris Pitarakis

Will the Egyptian Revolution Also Devour Its Young?

Egypt in February 2011 is not Iran in January 1979, yet I am reminded of the fate of Sadegh Ghotbzadeh, once Iran’s foreign minister, ultimately destroyed by the man and movement he devoted his life to bring to power.

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Clinton’s Cautious Words for Bahrain

After the White House let Bahrain know on Wednesday that its friends in the American government would be watching the protests over there “very closely,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made good on that advance notice by expressing ...

Posted on Feb 17, 2011 READ MORE


‘Colbert Report’: Bunga-Bunga, Egyptian Style

Always in deft command of the many nuances of international relations, Stephen Colbert suggests, in this clip from Tuesday’s “Colbert Report,” that Italy’s beleaguered Berlusconi ought to take his bunga-bunga show on the road ... to Egypt.

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AP / Tara Todras-Whitehill

Dispatches From Cairo: The Prophet’s Birthday

Most Egyptians were prejudiced against themselves. This revolution gave them pride and purpose and reminded them how great the Egyptian people are.

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How the U.S. Should Respond to the New Arab World

Revolutions are known for devouring their children, but the people making the current revolution in the Middle East may prove indigestible.

Posted on Feb 15, 2011 READ MORE


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AP / Hasan Sarbakhshian

Ahmadinejad Sniffs at Iranian Protesters

Ever at the ready with a grandiose metaphor, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dismissed the latest efforts of protesters in his country clamoring for regime change, claiming Tuesday that they were “going nowhere” and out to “tarnish the Iranian nation’s brilliance.”

Posted on Feb 15, 2011 READ MORE



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CBS Reporter Assaulted During Egyptian Celebration

On Tuesday, CBS News released a statement that reporter Lara Logan was attacked and sexually assaulted in Tahrir Square after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down. Logan was filming a segment for “60 Minutes” when she and her crew ...

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AP / Amr Nabil

Fear Not the Muslim Brotherhood Boogeyman

The hysteria in American media about Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is not only ignorant and demagogic, it is hypocritical.

Posted on Feb 15, 2011 READ MORE


Freedom’s Just Another Word

Why don’t conservatives love freedom? Judging by last week’s Conservative Political Action Conference, that’s a fair question.

Posted on Feb 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Palestinian PM Disbanding, Rebuilding Cabinet

In a move that has a little to do with the Egyptian revolution, or at least lip service is being paid to same, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad announced Monday that he will be swapping out his Cabinet for a new one in the next couple of weeks.

Posted on Feb 14, 2011 READ MORE


From Concord to Cairo: Freedom

We do not know what will happen next in Egypt and the larger Middle East, but then our liberators did not know what would happen in 1775.

Posted on Feb 14, 2011 READ MORE



Iran Has an Uprising of Its Own

Inspired by demonstrations elsewhere in the Middle East, hundreds of thousands of Iranian protesters stormed the streets of Tehran on Monday, some chanting “Death to the dictator.” It’s the first major show of people power since opposition leaders accused President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of stealing the 2009 election.

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Dispatches From Tahrir Square

The following, written by an American living in Cairo, describes what it felt like to be in Tahrir Square the day the people of Egypt fired their dictator.

Posted on Feb 13, 2011 READ MORE


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