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Egyptian Upheaval: Day 6

A military show of strength defined the sixth day of anti-government protests across Egypt. Jet fighters repeatedly flew over Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the main center for demonstrators, while a column of tanks, a la Tiananmen Square, was blocked by protesters.

Posted on Jan 30, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Manu Fernandez

Unemployment: It Ain’t Over Till It’s ... 2015

Those waiting for recovery from unemployment woes might have to wait a bit longer. The U.N.’s International Labor Organization has warned that it may take until 2015 for the global economy to bounce back to pre-crisis employment levels. Meantime, look for more social unrest of the kind now unfolding across Europe.

Posted on Oct 1, 2010 READ MORE


Thai King Calls for Stability

Anyone who has ever backpacked through the land of smiles knows that the Thai people love their king (or at least put his picture everywhere). The world’s longest-reigning monarch doesn’t normally involve himself in the country’s messy political upheavals, but King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 82, is finally speaking out after seven weeks of sometimes lethal protests.

Posted on Apr 26, 2010 READ MORE



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Ciudad Juarez Protests as President Calderon Visits

Scuffles between police and protesters erupted in Ciudad Juarez, the border town in Mexico that has been the scene of hundreds of drug-related murders, as Mexican President Felipe Calderon proposed new crime initiatives to a skeptical public.

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EPA / Win McNamee

G-20 Muscles G-7 Aside

It looks like the G-20 is set to permanently replace the G-7 as the world’s dominant economic forum, an indirect admission that there was something unfair about the world’s seven wealthiest countries deciding economic policy for the entire globe.

Posted on Sep 25, 2009 READ MORE


Support Iran Protesters Without Meddling

In reality, the U.S. has very little ability to impact what has become a massive, spontaneous movement for change in Iran. And it shouldn’t.

Posted on Jul 20, 2009 READ MORE


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Iran Covers Up Deaths and Threatens West

In Iran, it is estimated that hundreds more people than Iranian officials have admitted have died in the heavy military crackdowns on election protesters. Meanwhile, President Ahmadinejad has promised to do more cracking down, this time on the West, stating “this nation will strike you in the face so hard you will lose your way home.”

Posted on Jul 16, 2009 READ MORE


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Meet the Uighurs

On Tuesday’s “Democracy Now!” broadcast, Amy Goodman interviews Nury Turkel, an Uighur-American attorney and co-founder of the Uighur Human Rights Project. Get to know the Uighurs and their struggle in China.

Posted on Jul 7, 2009 READ MORE


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A Bloody Crackdown in China

It is now estimated that at least 156 people have been killed, more than 800 injured and some 700 arrested as the Chinese government cracks down on protesters who are demanding justification for the death of two Uighur workers in restive Xinjiang province. Here is some video footage of the protests taking place.

Posted on Jul 6, 2009 READ MORE


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Reformists Allegedly Tortured in Iran

Several reformists currently jailed in Iran are alleged to have been tortured as the government tried to obtain videotaped “confessions” of a foreign plot against the government. Such “confessions” would paint politicians like presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi as agents of the West.

Posted on Jun 26, 2009 READ MORE


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And the Ayatollah Says ...

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, said Friday there was no fraud in last week’s presidential election and demanded an end to massive street protests. He warned that political leaders supporting such protests—words aimed directly at losing candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi—would be responsible for any violence.

Posted on Jun 19, 2009 READ MORE


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Iran: Tens of Thousands Mourn Protest Victims

Tens of thousands of Iranians gathered around Mir Hossein Mousavi on Thursday to mourn those killed during the election protests. At least eight people have died. On Friday, the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei will lead prayers at the University of Tehran, the scene of a bloody crackdown a few days ago, and is expected to address how the government plans to resolve the crisis.

Posted on Jun 18, 2009 READ MORE


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A Victory for Peru’s Amazon Natives

After at least 54 people were killed in a bloody roadblock protest earlier this month, native groups in Peru have won a commitment from the government to revoke laws that opened the Amazon to foreign oil and gas companies to exploit indigenous land for resources.

Posted on Jun 17, 2009 READ MORE


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Meddle, No; Twitter, Yes

Twitter, the popular microblogging network, has played a significant role in connecting people interested in the popular protests happening in Iran. The service has been so important that the State Department asked Twitter to stay online—and delay its scheduled maintenance—so as to keep Iranian dissent open to the rest of the world.

Posted on Jun 17, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Lawrence Jackson

Obama Won’t ‘Meddle’ in Iran

President Obama says he is concerned about violence directed at protesters, but does not want “to be seen as meddling in Iranian elections.” He also warns that the “difference between Ahmadinejad and Mousavi in terms of their actual policies may not be as great as has been advertised.”

Posted on Jun 16, 2009 READ MORE


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G-20 vs. 6 Billion

No matter how trite it has become for the media to focus on the “clashes” and “violence” that have “erupted” at the G-20 demonstrations in London, stories on the economic summit seem to overlook the legitimate concerns that protesters have against the world’s 20 largest economies orchestrating macroeconomic policy for the rest of the world.

Posted on Apr 1, 2009 READ MORE


A Tale of Two Nobel Nations

While the Nobel prizes recognize lifetime achievements in medicine, chemistry, physics, literature, economics and peace, and Sweden is a paragon among progressive, social democracies, there is another side to Sweden and the Nobels that warrants a closer look.

Posted on Dec 9, 2008 READ MORE


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The New York Times / Shana Sureck

Connecticut Same-Sex Couples Begin to Wed

In the face of California’s unsettling passage of Proposition 8 barring gay marriage, gay couples in Connecticut are beginning to exercise their equal rights after a final court hearing cleared the way for same-sex unions, ending a long legal battle in the Constitution State.

Posted on Nov 12, 2008 READ MORE



AP photo / Jim Mone

McCain’s Mob

Are we witnessing the re-emergence of the far right as a power in American politics? Has John McCain, inadvertently perhaps, become the midwife of a new movement built around fear, xenophobia, racism and anger?

Posted on Oct 13, 2008 READ MORE


The Party Police

The Democratic and Republican national conventions have passed, but controversy surrounds how they were funded and how they were run.

Posted on Sep 10, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Ng Han Guan

China to Allow ‘Protest Lite’

Taking cues from past Olympic protests and the U.S.‘s notoriously ironic “free speech zones,” the Chinese government has declared its openness to dissidents criticizing the state—so long as dissent is contained in one of three areas, does not threaten vague notions of national unity, and is submitted five days beforehand to the local security bureau.

Posted on Jul 23, 2008 READ MORE


Ticker Tape Ain’t Spaghetti

Food riots are erupting around the world. Behind the hunger, behind the riots, are so-called free-trade agreements, and the brutal emergency-loan agreements imposed on poor countries by financial institutions like the International Monetary Fund.

Posted on Apr 30, 2008 READ MORE


The Orangeburg Massacre

Sen. Barack Obama is clearly a bad bowler. But it was not too long ago that African-Americans were not allowed in some bowling alleys. In Orangeburg, S.C., three young African-American men were killed for protesting against that town’s segregated bowling alley.

Posted on Apr 16, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Gregorio Borgia

Coming to America

The pope is set to land Tuesday for a whirlwind visit to America, his first since assuming the mantle of the Roman Catholic Church. A spokesman has indicated that Benedict XVI will address the church’s sex abuse scandal, a topic around which protests are expected.

Posted on Apr 14, 2008 READ MORE


Dalai Lama
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Dalai Lama Shows Support for Olympics

Speaking from Japan, the Dalai Lama told reporters that he has supported the Beijing Olympics “right from the beginning,” but that protesters have a right to voice themselves. His government in exile, however, released a statement in opposition to the demonstrations that have followed the Olympic torch.

Posted on Apr 10, 2008 READ MORE


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Tibet Official Denies Shootings

The governor of Tibet has denied reports that Chinese security forces fired on the civilians and monks who have been demonstrating in the capital city of Lhasa and neighboring provinces. Opposition leaders say 80 or more protesters have been killed and witnesses have reported Chinese soldiers shooting at monks.

Posted on Mar 17, 2008 READ MORE


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Monks Venture Out in Burma

Despite a military crackdown that led to the death and capture of countless civilians, Buddhist monks are once again protesting in Burma, though in much smaller numbers than before. Still, human rights and democracy advocates consider it a promising development.

Posted on Oct 31, 2007 READ MORE


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Bush to Tighten Sanctions on Burma

President Bush has weighed in on the massive protests in Burma (Myanmar), saying he will boost sanctions against the country’s abusive military government. Meanwhile, thousands of Buddhist monks have defied government warnings and continue to demonstrate.

Posted on Sep 25, 2007 READ MORE


Starbucks in the Forbidden City
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Forbidden Starbucks

The Starbucks empire is often lampooned for its many, many stores, but the coffee giant has lost one of its most prominent locations. Responding to the demands of more than half a million citizens, the Chinese government closed down the Starbucks in the Forbidden City, the ancient imperial palace complex in the heart of Beijing.

Posted on Sep 24, 2007 READ MORE


Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa

Five South African men, including former Police Minister Adriaan Vlok, have received suspended prison sentences for attempting to assassinate a prominent anti-apartheid leader 18 years ago. The intended target, Frank Chikane, who now works for the president, did not want the men to go to prison. Vlok previously sought forgiveness by washing Chikane’s feet.

Posted on Aug 17, 2007 READ MORE


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Washington Is Conflicted Over Unexpected Alliance

Saudi Arabia and Iran have joined forces to mediate tensions in Lebanon in an odd turn of events that is sure to addle the Bush administration. While the U.S. strongly opposes Iran’s regional influence, Saudi Arabia is but the latest American ally to cozy up to Tehran in the interest of stability.

Posted on Jan 30, 2007 READ MORE


Deadly Cartoon Protests Roil the Globe

The cartoon-fueled hysteria continues unabated:

  • In Libya: 10 die in the bloodiest protests yet.
  • In Russia: Authorities shut down a newspaper that printed a tame cartoon of Muhammad, along with other religious figures.
  • In Manhattan: 1,000 protesters rally in front of the Danish consulate.
  • In Italy: An official quits after wearing a T-shirt with the controversial Muhammad cartoons.

  • Update:

  • 16 Killed in Nigerian cartoon protests, along with five this week in Pakistan
  • Hey, Muslim centrists/moderates, if you want to do something to quell this insane violence, now would be a pretty good time to do so.

    Posted on Feb 18, 2006 READ MORE



    From Wikipedia.org

    Sam Harris on the Reality of Islam

    “The truth about Islam is as politically incorrect as it is terrifying: Islam is all fringe and no center,” writes America’s most prominent secularist in a challenging and provocative new essay.
    UPDATE: Harris responds to a deluge of comments and some criticism.

    Posted on Feb 7, 2006 READ MORE


    Official Iranian Paper to Run Holocaust Cartoons

    The Tehran city council-owned newspaper says it is testing the West’s arguments about freedom of expression. | story
    Meanwhile, Four Afghans are killed in cartoon-related protests near the U.S. base in Bagram—the first time violence has been directed against America in the controversy. | story

    Posted on Feb 7, 2006 READ MORE


    Pakistanis: “Death to U.S.”

    Thousands take to the streets of Karachi to protest a deadly air attack that killed at least 17. | story
    The airstrike’s target, Al Qaeda’s top deputy,  Ayman al-Zawahiri, reportedly had been invited to dinner at the raid site but decided not to go.

    Posted on Jan 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Pakistani tribal villagers view damage caused by airstrikes in the northwestern village of Damadola, near the  Afghan border in Pakistan, where 17 people were killed Jan. 14.
    Mohammad Zubair / AP

    Pakistan Condemns ‘Zawahiri’ Strike

    A purported CIA airstrike aimed at the top Al Qaeda deputy turns out to be another screw-up; 17 reported dead. | story

    Posted on Jan 14, 2006 READ MORE


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