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January 2011

Now what happened in Iran in 1979?

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Everyone’s talking about the Iranian revolution, how an American-backed dictator was brought down, and what that brought in train. A friend with Iranian roots gave us the back of the envelope on the American part in the Iranian revolution, didn’t want to be named. 1953 Mossadegh tries to nationalize oil and bring about democracy, US […]

Twitter revolution? Check out Parvez Sharma on CNBC

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Parvez Sharma on CNBC talking about how the tweets and updates coming out of Egypt while critical and powerful are coming from a small percentage of 80 million Egyptians–the majority of whom don’t have internet access right now–and most of them never did. Parvez was driven to the CNBC studios (the first time he has […]

Yikes

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A friend of mine read the Sunday papers in Israel. The summary:  Yedioth Ahronoth, page 6: We’re on Our Own,  by Itamar Eichner The revolution in Egypt hones Israel’s strategic distress in the Middle East: it is alone, without an ally. It began two years ago, in the wake of the collapse of the strategic […]

This revolution ‘undoubtedly means the end of Israel as a Jewish state’

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At Postright, Jack Ross has a twilight of the gods post: the events of Cairo signal that the neocons are over, Israel is doomed as a Jewish state, and the Israel lobby is imploding.  the unabashed chutzpah award has to go to Leon Wieseltier: The bizarre irony of Obama’s global multiculturalism is that it has […]

Homage to Cairo: ‘Ordinary people are standing shoulder to shoulder.’

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Photo of Ghazl textile factory workers in Mahalla in 2008. (Photo: Hossam el-Hamalawy) The word ‘surreal’ has crossed many mouths since 25 January. Egypt—a country where the minimum wage is $7 a month—harshly criminalizes the incitement and organization of protest, and yet it is the cradle of the largest, boldest and most evocative demonstrations that […]

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood vs. Al-Qaeda

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All of a sudden, middle-aged American men in suits who couldn’t find their way, unaided, from Cairo’s Ramses Station down Talaat Harb to Midan Tahrir, are posing as experts, appearing on U.S. television to insinuate that the Muslim Brotherhood is violent and extremist. Fortunately, the Brothers have an English-language website.  Scroll down it to the […]

The latest from the Egyptian revolution

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“A historic moment in the history of my people. I urge you to say uprising or revolt and not chaos… [this is the liberation] of the Arab imagination… The future is winning…” — Mona Eltahawy’s stunning appearance on CNN and other Headlines and stories from The Egyptian revolution: Here is a livestream twitter feed to […]

No ‘Berlin Moment’ in Egypt

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It’s been thrilling to watch Egyptian mass demonstrations roll back the ossified Mubarak regime, especially as events in Tunisia suggest a knock-on effect that has rattled the Arab world. But this drama can’t be read as the Arab world’s “Berlin moment,” as some have enthused. Yes, serious reforms are in the offing, especially regarding more […]

‘Our heroes in Egypt are not waiting for our children to dream…’

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In President Obama’s remarks “on a new beginning” at Cairo University on June 4, 2009, he said: That does not lessen my commitment, however, to governments that reflect the will of the people. Each nation gives life to this principle in its own way, grounded in the traditions of its own people. America does not […]

‘Within 24 hours of the assemblyman’s phone call, I was fired’ –Brooklyn College adjunct professor

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The controversy over the firing of a Brooklyn College adjunct professor allegedly for his solidarity with the Palestinian cause continues.  The college’s assertion that the teaching appointment of Kristofer Petersen-Overton, a doctoral student entering his fourth semester of studies at the CUNY Graduate Center, was canceled a week before classes start because of his “lack […]

Liberalism and religious parties

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This morning we quoted a neoconservative writing: Remember the Iranian revolution when all sorts of people poured out into the streets to demand freedom? Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is now president. Remember the Beirut spring when people poured out into the streets to demand freedom? Hizballah is now running Lebanon. Remember the Palestinians having free elections? Hamas […]

‘Salon’ says denial is a US belief in the 2SS

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It’s impossible to imagine this even six months ago. At Salon, Sandy Tolan uses the Palestine Papers as the pretext for Uncle Sam to go into a therapist and confess that he’s been on Israel’s side the whole time (thanks to the Lobby, which Sam says is both Christian and Jewish, well, OK maybe, I […]

The Egyptian revolution threatens an American-imposed order of Arabophobia and false choices

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I’m thrilled by what I see in the Cairo streets, but when I turn on American television I see only grim faces. Robert Gibbs looked frightened during his long-delayed press briefing yesterday afternoon, he stumbled and didn’t know what to say. Obama’s comments last night were equivocal and opaque: I’m with Mubarak, for now. This […]

Close U.S. ally and new Egyptian VP Soliman ‘keeps the domestic beasts at bay’

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Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has appointed Omar Soliman, the country’s head of intelligence, as vice president in Mubarak’s first big move following continuous days of protest that are threatening to end his regime.  But Soliman’s appointment will not placate the Egyptian demonstrators–Democracy Now! producer Sharif Abdel Kouddos, who is on the ground in Egypt, reports […]

Egyptians believe Mubarak instigated looting to show only he can protect them from chaos

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Editor: We are deeply grateful to Pulse for posting Parvez Sharma’s piece while our site was down all morning. American television networks and an endless parade of mostly white men pundits (brought out and dusted off with their cobwebs) should take lessons from Al-Jazeera in live reportage, in not having pundits talk over the chants […]

Some brought their children out in the streets, others threw food down to the protesters

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Ali Gharib posted the following notes from Cairo/June 28 at Lobelog. The following is a set of edited notes from a conversation between myself and IPS’s correspondent in Egypt, Emad Mekay, who was filing dispatches for LobeLog until the Internet went down. He was on the streets of downtown Cairo today until just after the […]

As night falls in Egypt families begin looking for missing loved ones

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I have been blogging, texting, skyping, twittering, gmail-chatting, fb-chatting for 72 hours now. I have not slept. I do not intend to– as long as my many friends– are out there in the streets of Cairo not daring to sleep either. Now I am getting messages from folks who have missing relatives in Cairo’s chaos. […]

Israel and its American friends want to stop the Egyptian ‘earthquake’

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The Israeli government and its many friends in the U.S. media are rushing to support the brutal Mubarak dictatorship as it copes with the most serious challenge to its rule. As I noted yesterday, Israel is worried about a reliable ally being toppled next door. The Israeli government recently told journalists that there is “an […]