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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.

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‘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.

Posted on Feb 22, 2011 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Feb 22, 2011 READ MORE



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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



AP / Libyan State Television

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



Al-Jazeera English

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


Left, Right & Center

‘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.

Posted on Feb 16, 2011 READ MORE



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 ...

Posted on Feb 15, 2011 READ MORE



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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AP / Hussein Malla

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


Republicans Cut Shirts From Budget

The lawmakers, who call themselves the Shirtless Republicans and are led by Rep. Christopher Lee, R-N.Y., appeared in the Capitol rotunda this morning naked from the waist up.

Posted on Feb 13, 2011 READ MORE



Behind the Fox News Facade

Sheep are the smartest animals in the farmyard, Fox News is ... a propaganda machine, and Julian Assange may have four love children.These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 13, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Hani Mohammed

The Protests Continue in Yemen

In the third straight day of confrontation, several hundred protesters clashed with police in Yemen’s capital city of Sanaa as demonstrations against the government of President Ali Abdullah Saleh echoed events in Egypt and elsewhere across the Arab world.

Posted on Feb 13, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Hameed Rasheed

48 Dead in Iraq Suicide Attack

While Egypt may be basking in the glow of what it hopes is the dawn of a new democracy, the U.S.-led attempt in Iraq is still in its terrible twos. One of the worst suicide bombings in recent weeks has devastated the city of Samarra, killing 48 people and wounding 80.

Posted on Feb 13, 2011 READ MORE



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Egyptian Military Dissolves Parliament

As Egyptians struggle with where their country will now go after Hosni Mubarak’s capitulation, the country’s military leaders dissolved parliament, suspended the constitution and sent soldiers in to try to clear remaining protesters from Tahrir Square.

Posted on Feb 13, 2011 READ MORE



news.bbc.co.uk

Pro-Democracy Fever Comes to Algeria

Are we seeing the next “Battle of Algiers”? Coming only a day after the fall of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, thousands of people defied a government ban to hold a pro-democracy rally in Algeria.

Posted on Feb 12, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Samantha Appleton

After the Celebration, a Word of Caution From the White House

Earlier in the day, President Barack Obama—even in the estimation of mainstream media outlets—had reveled in the historic moment that unfolded when the Egyptian “uprising” became a full-fledged revolution. Later Friday, the White House made ...

Posted on Feb 11, 2011 READ MORE


Obama: ‘The People of Egypt Have Spoken’

“There are very few moments in our lives when we have the privilege to witness history taking place,” President Barack Obama said in beginning his speech Friday about the Egyptian revolution. “This is one of those times.” Indeed.

Posted on Feb 11, 2011 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Mubarak Steps Down; Budget Wars

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has resigned in the wake of massive anti-government protests that lasted more than two weeks. What’s next for Egypt after this historic revolution?

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Cairo Reacts to Mubarak’s Exit

This is the reward for the long and treacherous standoff between Egyptian protesters and now-former-President Mubarak’s forces. CNN’s cameras caught the celebration in the streets in the moments following Friday’s big announcement.

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AP / Egypt TV

Mubarak Resigns

After 18 long days of protests and unrest, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has finally capitulated to the demands of massive anti-government crowds, stepping down late Friday. Making the announcement was Vice President Omar Suleiman, pictured.

Posted on Feb 11, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Tara Todras-Whitehill

Truthdigger of the Week: Wael Ghonim

This week we celebrate Wael Ghonim, the 30-year-old Google marketing executive who helped organize the Egyptian uprising.

Posted on Feb 11, 2011 READ MORE


Egypt’s Long Road Ahead

Hosni Mubarak’s iron rule crumbles but will not go gently. He still believes himself president of Egypt, although Egypt does not.

Posted on Feb 11, 2011 READ MORE


Egyptian Crowds Await Mubarak News

Late on Thursday, thousands of Egyptian protesters converged in the epicenter of their revolt, Cairo’s Tahrir Square, to wait for expected news about President Hosni Mubarak, who may not be their president for long, according to the Associated Press.

Posted on Feb 10, 2011 READ MORE



By Carlos Latuff (http://twitpic.com/3tiwqf) [see page for license], via Wikimedia Commons

Mubarak Will Not Step Down (Video)

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak once again defied calls to step down. During a 10-minute speech Thursday, Mubarak repeated that he will stay on until September elections, contradicting widespread reports that he would capitulate. Anderson Cooper just called Mubarak’s “lies” a “slap in the face.”

Posted on Feb 10, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Team Obama Divided on Egypt Approach

Maybe you’ve noticed that the Obama administration’s strategy with regard to the ongoing Egyptian uprising has lacked a certain consistency. That’s partly because of divisions within the president’s closest circles about how to deal with the crisis and its various factions ... (more)

Posted on Feb 9, 2011 READ MORE



White House / National Archives

Give Us a Break, Henry

With a well-known thing for murderous dictators, Henry Kissinger’s advice on Egypt should be met with skepticism.

Posted on Feb 9, 2011 READ MORE


Self-Obsessed Washington’s Confused Response to Egypt

The administration has been addressing the Egyptians as if they were American puppets that perversely have taken on life.

Posted on Feb 9, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Tara Todras-Whitehill

Hey Obama, Read WikiLeaks

After a good start, the Obama administration’s response to the democratic revolution in Egypt has begun to exude the odor of betrayal, falling back on the sordid option of backing a new and improved dictatorship. But this time the Egyptian street will not meekly go along. 

Posted on Feb 9, 2011 READ MORE


Egypt’s Youth Will Not Be Silenced

Tahrir, which means “liberation” in Arabic, is the heart and soul of the pro-democracy movement in Egypt, but it is not the only place where spirited, defiant people gather.

Posted on Feb 8, 2011 READ MORE



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Mr. Fish Goes to Egypt

Well, the artist himself might not have been there in person, but one of Mr. Fish’s latest and greatest creations turned up on the streets of Egypt, as Al-Jazeera’s live blog about the ongoing protests in Cairo and around the country demonstrated Monday. Go, Fish!

Posted on Feb 8, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Lefteris Pitarakis

Mubarak’s Adversaries Stand Firm in Egypt

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s latest bid to dial down the intensity of the protests against his regime aren’t deterring the opposition, as resistance groups mobilized to keep up their efforts Tuesday.

Posted on Feb 7, 2011 READ MORE



Missing Google Executive, Tech Hero of Egypt Uprising, Released

Wael Ghonim is Google’s chief of marketing in the Middle East and North Africa. He is also one of the driving forces behind the Egypt uprising. Ghonim was called a hero by opposition groups for using Facebook, Twitter and his technical expertise and connections to help organize the movement ... (more)

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