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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

Posted on May 19, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Big Middle East Speech Will Avoid a Big Issue

While the White House is promising that President Barack Obama’s big Middle East speech on Thursday will make news, Obama will avoid the biggest story this week: the inflamed Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which claimed a few more lives Sunday.

Posted on May 17, 2011 READ MORE



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)

Posted on May 11, 2011 READ MORE



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Israel, U.S. Maneuver After Palestinians Get Together

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has condemned the recent reunification of Palestinian leadership, met Thursday with French President Nicolas Sarkozy to forestall attempts by Palestinians to win national recognition in the U.N. (more)

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‘Colbert Report’: What It All Means for Pakistan and the U.S.

So, as it’s been widely noted, Osama bin Laden was hiding in plain sight, close to the Pakistani capital of Islamabad—and to make it more relatable for Americans, Stephen Colbert notes in this “Colbert Report” clip, that it’s as though he was camped out in Baltimore ... (more)

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Syrian Security Forces Besiege City With Tanks, Snipers

The city of Deraa, where Syria’s anti-government protest movement began nearly two months ago, has become a giant death trap, with tanks leveling entire neighborhoods and snipers taking out anyone who comes in their sights ... (more)

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Armenian Remembrance and the Politics of Genocide

Today is Armenian Remembrance Day, celebrating the lives of the 1.5 million Armenians killed in 1915. Yet, nearly a century later, the issue is still highly charged, with President Obama taking note of the “horrific events” but refraining from using the word genocide.

Posted on Apr 24, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Muzaffar Salman

Syria Moves to End Emergency Rule

After weeks of anti-government protests that show no sign of cooling, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has decided to try to quell the dissent with honey rather than vinegar, overturning a national state of emergency that has lasted nearly 50 years.

Posted on Apr 16, 2011 READ MORE



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No Bibi for Bieber

This is one of those moments when an actual news story sounds like the stuff of weird dreams (or nightmares, depending): Believe it or not, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was reportedly planning to meet with Canadian popster Justin Bieber ...

Posted on Apr 13, 2011 READ MORE



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Saudis Play Into Radical islam’s Hands

When the secret history of the current “Arab Spring” is written, we may learn that one of the many unintended consequences of U.S. attempts to keep up with—and influence—the historic events was to provide a flood of new recruits to radical Islam.

Posted on Apr 8, 2011 READ MORE


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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White House / Pete Souza

Obama: ‘Days Are Numbered’ for Gadhafi’s Government

President Obama continued with his Convince America About Libya Tour on Tuesday, granting interviews to CBS, ABC and NBC to discuss U.S. intervention in the North African nation while pointing out that “each country in this region is different.”

Posted on Mar 30, 2011 READ MORE


What About Syria?

One historical purpose of presidential speeches has been to buy time to give presidents’ policies a chance to work out.

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AP / Jacques Brinon

The Collapse of Globalization

The last people who should be in charge of our food supply or our social and political life, not to mention the welfare of sick children, are corporate capitalists and Wall Street speculators.

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 READ MORE


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Posted on Mar 27, 2011 READ MORE


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Activist App: ‘Panic Button’ for Cellphones

A new “panic button” cellphone application is being promoted by the U.S. State Department for pro-democracy activists, especially those in the Arab world and China, that wipes out the phone’s contacts and alerts fellow activists.

Posted on Mar 26, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Jerome Delay

Be Consistent—Invade Saudi Arabia

Once again an American president summons the passions of a human rights crusade against a reprehensible ruler whose crimes, while considerable, are not significantly different than that of dictators the U.S routinely protects.

Posted on Mar 23, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Navy MC2 Jesse B. Awalt

Those Useful Tyrants

Anyone looking for principle and logic in the attack on Moammar Gadhafi’s tyrannical regime will be disappointed.

Posted on Mar 21, 2011 READ MORE


Marquis de Saudi

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AP / Hossam Ali

Cops Disperse Syrian Funeral for Protesters

A crowd of 20,000 people at a funeral for six slain protesters in the southern Syrian town of Dara’a was dispersed by police with tear gas and truncheons Saturday.

Posted on Mar 20, 2011 READ MORE



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Warren Christopher Dies at 85

Warren Christopher, secretary of state in the Clinton administration, died Friday at the age of 85. Christopher was a skilled negotiator and figured prominently in helping resolve a number of crises during the Clinton and Carter years.

Posted on Mar 19, 2011 READ MORE



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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Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey

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?"

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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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Posted on Mar 12, 2011 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Mar 5, 2011 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Mar 1, 2011 READ MORE


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)

Posted on Feb 24, 2011 READ MORE


Liberate Libya

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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



Gary Denham (CC-BY-SA)

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


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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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