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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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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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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.

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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)

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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 ...

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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


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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 ...

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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.

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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



AP / Rodrigo Abd

The World Is Safer Without a Republican House

A Republican victory has the potential to keep the U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan, derail the beleaguered peace process and worsen U.S. security.

Posted on Nov 1, 2010 READ MORE



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Labor Party Threatens to Walk Out of Israeli Government

Motivating by either a renewed hope for peace in the Middle East or a desire for political power, Israel’s Labor Party has threatened to walk out of the country’s coalition government unless serious negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis get under way in the coming weeks.

Posted on Oct 31, 2010 READ MORE



Three Myths Every President Should Avoid

Today on the list: PBS is as white as TV gets, the three myths that keep flummoxing America, and the Middle Easterners who conquered Europe with their magic potion—milk.

Posted on Oct 21, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Hussein Malla

Ahmadinejad Holds Rally at Lebanon-Israel Border

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made quite a provocative gesture by staging a pro-Hezbollah rally at a Lebanese border town near Israel on Thursday—a scene that was not lost on the Israeli military.

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AP / Hussein Malla

Ahmadinejad and the Limits of American and Israeli Power

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Middle East’s populist answer to the American tea party, has stirred controversy with his trip to Lebanon, which will begin Wednesday.

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The Bulldozer

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Ahmadinejaunt to the Israeli Border

Lebanese officials are expected to approve Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s trip to the country’s border with Israel. Once there, Ahmadinejad may, as reported, throw some stones over the fence. Or he may skip the whole thing, if security concerns prevail.

Posted on Oct 6, 2010 READ MORE


The Belts

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Mental State of Their Own

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AP / Eyal Warshavsky

Wisdom of the Terrorist’s Son

Whether Gen. David Petraeus or the bearded villains wearing suicide belts, killers perpetuate new cycles of revenge and murder like bad karma. One son of a terrorist is breaking the cycle.

Posted on Sep 19, 2010 READ MORE


Chris Hedges on Tensions Between the West and the Muslim World

With Islamophobia sweeping the states in all its stupidity and ignorance, it’s refreshing to hear this assembly of thinkers, including Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges, bring some intellect to bear on the subject.

Posted on Sep 19, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Jason Reed, Pool

Mideast Peace Within a Year?

The mood in Washington on Thursday, the first day of revived peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders, was decidedly optimistic, with both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ...

Posted on Sep 2, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Senior Airman Perry Aston

The Ambiguity of War’s End

Now that the Iraq war is over—for U.S. combat troops, at least—only one thing is clear about the outcome: We didn’t win.

Posted on Aug 31, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: U.S. Troops Leave Iraq; ‘Mosque’-troversy

This week’s edition of “Left, Right & Center” offers some new twists, including producer Sarah Spitz moderating for returning regulars Robert Scheer and Tony Blankley. This week’s menu of topics ripped from the headlines includes ... (continued)

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AP / Emilio Morenatti

Formalizing Israel’s Land Grab

Desperate Israeli politicians, watching opposition to their apartheid state mount, have proposed a perverted form of what they term “the one-state solution.”

Posted on Aug 16, 2010 READ MORE


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Afghans Plan for Security Takeover By 2014

It’s been a long while since Afghans have had anything resembling autonomy when it comes to protecting their own interests, not to mention their own people. Well, it’s going to be a while longer, too, but on Tuesday ... (continued)

Posted on Jul 20, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Nasser Shiyoukhi

Turkey Ratchets Up Tensions With Israel Over Gaza Flotilla Incident

Israel’s raid on a flotilla headed for Gaza happened over a month ago, but Turkish officials haven’t forgotten the divisive incident; in fact, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu threw down the diplomatic gauntlet on Monday ... (continued)

Posted on Jul 5, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Paul White

Good Luck With the Whole Gaza List Thing, Tony Blair

Hey, it’s Tony Blair! Remember him? The former British PM now bears the somewhat unlikely title of special peace envoy to the Middle East, and he’s getting down to business on a project having to do with lists, supplies and Israeli-Palestinian relations.

Posted on Jul 1, 2010 READ MORE


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