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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 ...

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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.

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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 ...

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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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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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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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Thousands Take to Streets in Jordan

As protests continue to rock Yemen, Tunisia and Egypt, add Jordan to the list of troubled Arab states, as thousands of people took to the streets of Amman on Friday to demand political change and more freedom.

Posted on Jan 28, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ben Curtis

Truthdiggers of the Week: The Egyptian Protesters

This week we acknowledge the thousands who have been marching against tyranny in the 30th year of President Hosni Mubarak’s dictatorial rule. (Honorable mentions after the jump.)

Posted on Jan 28, 2011 READ MORE



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Hundreds Arrested as Egypt Protests Continue

Despite the Egyptian government’s forceful response—including mass arrests, a ban on protests and the use of batons and tear gas—to demonstrations around the country against President Hosni Mubarak’s administration, the clashes continued ...

Posted on Jan 26, 2011 READ MORE



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Egyptian Protesters Rail Against Mubarak’s Regime

The recent Tunisian uprising has apparently had an effect on nearby Egyptians, as thousands took to the Internet and then to the streets of Cairo and around Egypt on Tuesday to demonstrate against President Hosni Mubarak’s long-standing government.

Posted on Jan 25, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Petros Giannakouris

Even Lost Wars Make Corporations Rich

All polite appeals to the formal systems of power will not end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We must physically obstruct the war machine or accept a role as its accomplice.

Posted on Jan 10, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Hassene Dridi

Tunisian Protests Turn Deadly

Protests over unemployment have led to the deaths of eight people in Tunisia. The government said police opened fire in self-defense after rioters took to destroying public buildings in the northwestern towns of Thala and Kasserine.

Posted on Jan 9, 2011 READ MORE



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Riots Rock Algeria Over Prices, Jobs

Protests erupted in the Algerian capital of Algiers and several other cities this week as people took to the streets over a doubling of food prices and a stubborn 25 percent unemployment rate.

Posted on Jan 7, 2011 READ MORE



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Artists Write Protests in Light on L.A. Museum Wall

Last month, Jeffrey Deitch, director of MOCA’s Geffen Contemporary in Los Angeles, made the contentious decision to whitewash a politically themed mural composed on a wall of the museum by Italian artist Blu. On Monday night, a group of ...

Posted on Jan 5, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Susan Walsh

Bitter Memories of War on the Way to Jail

One hundred and thirty-one men and women, many of them military veterans wearing old fatigues, formed a single, silent line. Under a heavy snowfall and to the slow beat of a drum, they walked to the White House fence. They stood there until they were arrested.

Posted on Dec 20, 2010 READ MORE


‘Hope Is Action’: Hedges and Ellsberg Arrested at White House Protest

On Thursday, author, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges and Pentagon Papers whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg were among the 131 anti-war activists arrested during a nonviolent demonstration outside the White House ...

Posted on Dec 17, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Peter Dejong

No Act of Rebellion Is Wasted

We may feel, in the face of the ruthless corporate destruction of our nation, our culture, and our ecosystem, powerless and weak. But we are not. We have a power that terrifies the corporate state.

Posted on Dec 13, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Alauddin Hossain Dulall

Bangladesh Labor Protest Turns Deadly

A labor struggle has turned violent in Bangladesh. In protests that have shut down factories in the southern part of the country, three workers have been killed and scores injured as police clashed with demonstrators demanding higher wages.

Posted on Dec 12, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Real Hope Is About Doing Something

Many of us will, after our rally in Lafayette Park, attempt to chain ourselves to the fence outside the White House. It is a pretty good bet we will all spend a night in jail. Hope, from now on, will look like this.

Posted on Nov 29, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Peter Morrison

Irish Take to the Streets

Tens of thousands of people took to the Irish streets Saturday to sound off against an IMF-backed austerity plan that would usher in deep spending cuts and higher taxes.

Posted on Nov 27, 2010 READ MORE



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Soccer Star Boots the Banks

While European economies stutter and protests in a number of European countries continue to go unanswered, it’s almost hilarious that we may turn to 1990s soccer sensation Eric Cantona for help. A Cantona interview has become a YouTube sensation, launching an online political movement based on non-participation within capitalism.

Posted on Nov 21, 2010 READ MORE



Steven Borowiec

G-20 Plagued by Timidity

The potentially explosive G-20 meeting in Seoul was smothered before anything spectacular could happen.

Posted on Nov 15, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Claude Paris

Strikes Trash Sarkozy’s Popularity

As French President Nicolas Sarkozy tries to push through a reform plan to increase the retirement age, protests and strikes have wreaked havoc on the country and sent Sarkozy’s approval rating into a tailspin.

Posted on Oct 24, 2010 READ MORE


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French Demonstrations Mark the End of an Era

It is not pension claims that are driving the current political uproar. It is popular fury at the people who created the present economic crisis and have been rewarded, with everyone else left to face the consequences.

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AP / Claude Paris

Millions March in France

In demonstrations across France, protesters have marched repeatedly against plans by the Sarkozy government to cut social programs and hike the retirement age as short-term budget woes have given the center-right president the opportunity to push through neoliberal reforms.

Posted on Oct 17, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Thibault Camus

French Protesters Hit the Streets

President Sarkozy, you’re on notice. On Tuesday, French protesters took to the streets en masse to send the message that they do not approve of their president’s move to change the country’s official retirement age.

Posted on Oct 12, 2010 READ MORE


The French Are the Best Protesters in the World

In protest of France’s controversial face veil ban, two students pulled on niqabs and hot pants and went stomping around Paris.

Posted on Oct 5, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Jim Mone

FBI Raids Homes of Anti-War Protesters

The FBI has executed several search warrants (aka breaking down people’s doors) in Minneapolis and Chicago as part of an investigation into a handful of anti-war protest organizers on allegations of, we kid you not, “activities connected to the material support of terrorism.”

Posted on Sep 25, 2010 READ MORE



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Stewart, Colbert Announce Rallies

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have taken parody to the next level. The comedians announced two parallel rallies to happen on the mall in Washington, D.C., just days before the midterm elections.

Posted on Sep 17, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Saurabh Das

Quran-Burning Controversy Still Sparking Unrest in Afghanistan

With an eye on Saturday’s parliamentary elections, the Taliban is evidently making sure that Afghans don’t forget the recent Quran-burning hubbub in the U.S. (thanks a lot, Pastor Jones), as some 800 people gathered in Kabul for ... (continued)

Posted on Sep 15, 2010 READ MORE



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Greek Protester Throws Shoe at Prime Minister

Possibly taking a cue about resistance from the beloved Iraqi journalist who chucked his shoes at George W. Bush back in 2008, a 49-year-old doctor has thrown a piece of his own footwear at Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou in protest of the government’s economic austerity measures.

Posted on Sep 11, 2010 READ MORE


Mosque Mania Hits New York (Update)

Two rival rallies did a lot of shouting at each other in New York on Sunday, but otherwise kept things civil. Hey, this is America, where everyone has the right to express themselves, eat canned cheese and *gasp* worship as they please. Even Scientologists.

Posted on Aug 22, 2010 READ MORE


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