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AP / Muhammed Muheisen

At Least 35 Dead in Yemen Protests

At least 35 people were shot dead and hundreds more wounded on Friday when Yemeni soldiers opened fire on protesters marching through the country’s capital of Sanaa.

Posted on Mar 18, 2011 READ MORE


You Bet Your Sweet Gas!

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Truthdig Radio: Osama bin Laden and Nuclear Meltdown

In this premiere episode of our weekly radio show, former bin Laden hunter Michael Scheuer tells us why we’re losing, renowned physicist Frank N. von Hippel tells us to fear the bomb and Juan Cole says Arab protesters are looking for a New Deal. (A full transcript is available here.)

Posted on Mar 16, 2011 READ MORE


Truthdig Radio: Osama bin Laden and Nuclear Meltdown

In this premiere episode of our weekly radio show, former bin Laden hunter Michael Scheuer tells us why we’re losing, renowned physicist Frank N. von Hippel tells us to fear the bomb and Juan Cole says Arab protesters are looking for a New Deal. Update: Full transcript.

Posted on Mar 16, 2011 READ MORE


American Ignorance Keeps American Power in Check

The United States, without really realizing, is now back to where it was, an isolated nation. But unlike in the past, this isolation is not deliberate.

Posted on Mar 15, 2011 READ MORE


The Revenge of God

It was in the spring of 1966 that Time magazine shocked a lot of readers with a black cover with the white question: "Is God Dead?"

Posted on Mar 15, 2011 READ MORE



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Fed Makes More Hopeful Noises

The latest economic assessment-slash-prognostication from the Federal Reserve isn’t all bad—in fact, CNN Money goes so far as to characterize it as relatively “bullish,” despite mitigating factors such as soaring oil prices and the crisis in Japan.

Posted on Mar 15, 2011 READ MORE


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Adam Zyglis, Cagle Cartoons, The Buffalo News

Obama Has 11 Options in Libya, None Ideal

Although Barack Obama may be a touch too thoughtful to be a president in the decisive mold of a Harry Truman, he does have a lot to think about. I count at least 11 options in Libya, all of them risky.

Posted on Mar 8, 2011 READ MORE



Wagner Machado Carlos Lemes

Foreign Leaders Work on Terms of Libyan No-Fly Zone

The U.K., France, various Arab states and NATO representatives are all working on plans to prevent besieged Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi from launching airstrikes against his people. Gadhafi’s forces continue to clash with rebels, who now control much of the country.

Posted on Mar 8, 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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Warning From a ‘Burning Land’

Greg Myre and Jennifer Griffin, husband and wife and both seasoned journalists, have written a realistic—although perhaps not totally impartial—assessment of the Israeli-Palestinian issue based on their observations during eight years in Israel.

Posted on Mar 3, 2011 READ MORE


Arab Revolutions Need Not Be Americanized

A new Middle East, indeed! But not the one that American policymakers expected when the George W. Bush administration launched the “Great War on Terror,” which the last few days have made irrelevant.

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What to Do About the Mad Colonel

President Obama pledged that “the entire world is watching” the horror in Libya, but watching isn’t nearly enough. There is much more that world leaders—beginning with Obama—urgently must say and do.

Posted on Feb 24, 2011 READ MORE



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Libya Wants Defectors’ Jets Back

The Maltese foreign minister says that Libya has demanded the return of two Mirage jets that landed in Malta after their pilots refused to bomb protesters and chose instead to defect.

Posted on Feb 24, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Navy MC2 Jesse B. Awalt

Gadhafi Blames Revolt on al-Qaida, Drugs

Besieged Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi on Thursday issued another rant, blaming the uprising against his rule on the meddling of al-Qaida and the consumption of hallucinogenic drugs. (more)

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Liberate Libya

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Bracketology

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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.

Posted on Feb 22, 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.

Posted on Feb 20, 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



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.

Posted on Feb 18, 2011 READ MORE



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Libyans Have Their ‘Day of Rage’

Sandwiched by Tunisia on one side and Egypt on the other, and with the Arab world’s longest sitting dictator, it was perhaps only a matter of time before the people of Libya got in on the protest craze sweeping the Middle East. (more)

Posted on Feb 17, 2011 READ MORE



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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



Al-Jazeera / Sara Hassan (CC-BY-ND)

Bahrain Joins the Middle East Protest Movement

It’s not as big as Egypt, Iran or Tunisia, but thousands of Bahrain’s citizens have taken to the streets to demand their freedom, nonetheless. Protests in the tiny island nation have already led to at least three deaths as demonstrators call for reform from their king.

Posted on Feb 16, 2011 READ MORE


Uprising

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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



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



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.

Posted on Feb 14, 2011 READ MORE


With Democracy or Against It—There’s No In Between

Just as you cannot be sorta pregnant, you cannot kinda support democracy, and only when it does what you want. That’s not “supporting democracy”; that’s imperialism.

Posted on Feb 4, 2011 READ MORE


Barney the Dictator

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AP / Lefteris Pitarakis

Egypt’s Effects Go Beyond Its Borders

What’s happening in the streets of Cairo and elsewhere around Egypt is likely to lead to substantial changes in that country that could well be contagious across the region.

Posted on Feb 2, 2011 READ MORE


A Flat for Mohammed

I love Cairo. I love Egyptians. They are, to me, like Italians. They love life, no matter what it brings.

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Yemeni President’s Departure Announcement Met With Skepticism

On Wednesday, yet another longtime leader of a Middle Eastern nation in turmoil addressed his nation, and Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh followed the Egyptian example by claiming that he too would perhaps step down sort of soon.

Posted on Feb 2, 2011 READ MORE


American-Israeli Policy Tested by Arab Uprisings

The events in the Arab world during the past three weeks have ended the era of American-Israeli domination/intimidation of the region.

Posted on Feb 1, 2011 READ MORE



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Mubarak Plans His (Eventual) Exit

Claiming he “did not intend to seek re-election” this September, Egypt’s embattled President Hosni Mubarak made the vague announcement on state television Tuesday night that he planned to stay put “for the next few months” before leaving office.

Posted on Feb 1, 2011 READ MORE


Raw Video: Cairo, Tuesday Night

On Tuesday night in Cairo, it was clear that the protests calling for the end of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s three-decade rule had not lost momentum over the course of a week. This raw video clip from the Associated Press shows ...

Posted on Feb 1, 2011 READ MORE


Dictator Dominoes

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Push Has Now Come to Shove

The Obama administration has done a creditable job of gently edging Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak toward some sort of gilded exile. Now it’s time to push. Hard.

Posted on Feb 1, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ben Curtis

What Corruption and Force Have Wrought in Egypt

Our failures in the Middle East have consequences. We are soaked with the stench of these regimes.

Posted on Jan 31, 2011 READ MORE


‘It Takes a Village to Unite the Most Divided People on Earth’

In the documentary “Budrus,” Palestinians of all stripes and Israelis work together to save a village from Israel’s security barrier.

Posted on Jan 25, 2011 READ MORE


The Lives of Dictators

Dictators do not usually die in bed. Successful retirement is always a problem for them, and few solve it.

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AP / Thibault Camus

Tunisian Revolution Shakes, Inspires Middle East

Every state and movement in the Middle East is reading into the events in Tunisia its own anxieties and aspirations.

Posted on Jan 18, 2011 READ MORE


Israel’s Lieberman Says Peace Will Have to Wait

Avigdor Lieberman says it will be “at least a decade” before peace can be negotiated with the Palestinians. Israel’s extremist foreign minister calls for “less international involvement and over-doing and over-speaking” in this interview.

Posted on Jan 5, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Gerald Herbert

Wrong Again, Sen. Graham

Sen. Lindsey Graham has been wrong about almost everything in the Middle East for a decade and a half, so his harebrained proposal to build permanent bases in Afghanistan is hardly surprising.

Posted on Jan 4, 2011 READ MORE


Foreign Policy Review Suggests a Losing Effort

The great campaign to create a new Middle East and Central Asia, slay Islam’s violent extremists and build a radiant new world of democracy and capitalism is moving backward.

Posted on Dec 21, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Sebastian Scheiner

Obama’s 2010 Successes and Failures in the Middle East

As the decade draws to a close, it is clear that the bright hopes inspired by Obama’s 2009 Cairo speech have markedly faded, and the disappointments have outweighed achievements in the most important arena for contemporary American foreign policy.

Posted on Dec 21, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Vahid Salemi

Leaks Suggest Iran Is Now Winning in the Middle East

Iran is winning and Israel is losing. That is the startling conclusion we reach if we consider how things have changed in the Middle East in the two years since most of the WikiLeaks State Department cables about Iran’s regional difficulties were written.

Posted on Dec 7, 2010 READ MORE



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Brazil Recognizes Palestine

In a public letter addressed to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday, outgoing and popular Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva formally recognized Palestine as an independent state within its 1967 borders.

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AP / Gali Tibbon

Israel on a PR Campaign

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is on a kick to improve his country’s standing in Europe. His strategy? Develop a cadre of “allies” abroad who will serve as walking PR agents for Israeli policy.

Posted on Nov 28, 2010 READ MORE


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