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U.N. Staffers Killed in Afghan Protest

The threatened, and now fulfilled, Quran-burning gesture by Florida pastor Terry Jones (pictured) sparked fatal consequences in Afghanistan on Friday, when protesters in the northern city of Mazir-e-Sharif stormed a United Nations compound and killed at least 20 employees.

Posted on Apr 1, 2011 READ MORE



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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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 / Muzaffar Salman

Syrian Protests Turn Deadly

At least 20 people were killed when Syrian police opened fire on anti-government protesters near the southern city of Daraa as demonstrations against the regime of Bashar al-Assad continued across the country.

Posted on Mar 25, 2011 READ MORE


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



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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Thai PM Survives No-Confidence Vote

Although his political future looked dim only weeks ago, Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has survived a no-confidence vote brought against his administration by opposition party members.

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



AP / Morry Gash

Wis. Police Clear Protesters From Capitol

The scene at the Capitol in Madison on Thursday reflected the larger state of affairs in Wisconsin, with Democratic senators pounding on locked chamber doors as protesters were escorted out of the building by police. Meanwhile, the Republican ...

Posted on Mar 10, 2011 READ MORE


Raw Video: Protesters Push Back in Wisconsin

On Wednesday night, protesters turned up en masse in the Wisconsin Capitol in Madison to register their collective discontent over the passage of Gov. Scott Walker’s anti-union bill. The Associated Press compiled this montage of footage from the scene that evening.

Posted on Mar 10, 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



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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



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Defiant Gadhafi Hangs Tough in Tripoli

With his grip on the country steadily slipping, Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi clings to what may be his last bastion of support, in the capital of Tripoli.

Posted on Feb 27, 2011 READ MORE



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Tunisia’s Interim PM Resigns Amid Protests

Following huge protests Friday and Saturday that left at least three people dead, the Tunisian interim prime minister, Mohammed Ghannouchi, has announced he will resign his position.

Posted on Feb 27, 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



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Wisconsin’s Anti-Union Bill Stalled

The Wisconsin Assembly approved the infamous anti-union budget bill on Friday, but Republicans still lack a quorum to bring it to a vote in the state Senate.

Posted on Feb 25, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Mustafa Quraishi

Rising Food Prices Spark Protests in India

We’re not even two full months into the new year, and protest has already become a prominent theme for 2011 in multiple nations. Add India to that growing list, as climbing food costs, combined with diminished employment opportunities, drove thousands ...

Posted on Feb 24, 2011 READ MORE



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Gov. Walker Threatens Wis. Workers With Pink Slips

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker took to TV on Tuesday night in a quasi-“fireside chat” that included the not-so-cozy warning that if the highly contested bill he’s pushing doesn’t make it through the legislative process with certain clauses intact, layoffs could loom for some state workers.

Posted on Feb 22, 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 ...

Posted on Feb 21, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Andy Manis

What Gov. Walker Won’t Tell You

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, less than two weeks into his term, pushed through $117 million in tax breaks for business allies of the GOP. There is your crisis.

Posted on Feb 21, 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



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. 

Posted on Feb 20, 2011 READ MORE



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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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


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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



AP / Bret Hartman

When Protest Becomes a Crime

Is rudeness a crime, punishable by prison? Yes, says a district attorney as he pursues the prosecution of 11 Muslim students who disrupted a speech by the Israeli ambassador.

Posted on Feb 15, 2011 READ MORE



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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


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.

Posted on Feb 11, 2011 READ MORE



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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



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Belgium’s Sex Strike

A Belgian senator and gynecologist has suggested that citizens of the country protest the current impasse in forming a new government by—we kid you not—abstaining from sexual activity until a new administration is installed.

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



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



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



AP / Soliman Oteifi

Egypt Veep Agrees to Some Concessions

As protests in Egypt continued to rage, just-installed Vice President Omar Suleiman has come to an agreement with some opposition groups to liberalize the media, release political prisoners and undergo a transition of power “within a constitutional framework.”

Posted on Feb 6, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ben Curtis

‘Day of Departure’ in Egypt

On a Friday being called the “day of departure” for Hosni Mubarak by anti-government protesters in Egypt, the U.S. government joined in by pressuring the embattled leader to step aside immediately in favor of a transitional government.

Posted on Feb 4, 2011 READ MORE



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How Not to Blend Current Events, Advertising

Well, this was just a colossally bad idea. Kenneth Cole, manufacturer of strangely expensive yet consistently mediocre shoes, decided to do a clever (read: not clever at all) ripped-from-the-headlines blend of promotion and news commentary via Twitter ...

Posted on Feb 3, 2011 READ MORE



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



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Violence in Cairo Draws Fire From Abroad

Reports of machine gun fire and Molotov cocktails lobbed at anti-government demonstrators in Cairo by pro-Mubarak forces sparked a flurry of disapproving commentary from the West on Wednesday and stoked concerns about Egypt’s volatility in the Middle East. Among those speaking out was British Prime Minister David Cameron, above.

Posted on Feb 2, 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



Closing Al-Jazeera in Cairo

Al-Jazeera’s Cairo bureau is shut down during Egypt protests, Jesse Ventura sues the TSA, and the productive use of video games in the U.S. military. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 30, 2011 READ MORE


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Al-Jazeera English

Egypt Protest Coverage

Protests in Egypt launched into a fifth day as demonstrators continued to fill the streets. For live updates, check out the Washington Post’s blog on the Egyptian uprising, as well as Al-Jazeera English’s live stream covering the events.

Posted on Jan 29, 2011 READ MORE


Watch the Egyptian Revolt in Real Time

Friday brought news of more demonstrations around Egypt on the fourth day of protests against President Hosni Mubarak’s regime. More deaths were reported, but protesters also made some gains in their struggle against state power ...

Posted on Jan 28, 2011 READ MORE


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AP / Amr Nabil

Egypt Declares Curfew, Corrals ElBaradei

Amid a new wave of protests across Egypt comes news that the country is now under curfew, military vehicles prowl the streets, and opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei has been placed under house arrest.

Posted on Jan 28, 2011 READ MORE


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