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"When Qaddafi took my father," Hisham Matar writes in the long-awaited nonfiction account of his father's disappearance, "he placed me in a space not much bigger than the cell Father was in. I paced back and forth, anger in one direction, hatred in the other, until I could feel my insides grow small and hard."

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A week after the Egyptian military removed President Mohamed Morsi from power, police are back on the streets, there's no longer a shortage of fuel and the power is consistently on, all of which have raised questions among his supporters over whether Morsi's opponents conspired against him while he was in office.

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Al-Jazeera Arabic has long since lost a lot of its previous journalisic standards, once its head, Waddah Khanfar, was fired in favor of a member of the royal family. Al-Jazeera English usually still does a good job, having a different editorial line and generally good reporters. But its publication of a brain dead op-ed purporting to show U.S. support for anti-Morsi political forces is very bad, unbalanced journalism.

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What's happening in Egypt is not a second revolution or a "correction" to the first. It is a coup d'etat that puts the military as firmly in command as it was during the autocratic reign of Hosni Mubarak.

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Friday night on Bill Maher's "Real Time," Guardian columnist and former civil rights litigator Glenn Greenwald attacked the view that Islam is a "uniquely" threatening force in the world and that Muslims should be deprived of the benefits of the classical liberal values that many groups in the West have struggled to make into policy since the 18th-century Enlightenment.

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The drama unfolding in Gaza seems numbingly familiar. This time, however, there's a big and potentially tragic difference: Not even the actors -- Palestinians and Israelis -- can possibly know how it will turn out.

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