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Noam Chomsky and Nancy Murray: Gaza in Crisis

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Noam Chomsky addresses the ongoing crisis in Gaza followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience. Joining Chomsky is Nancy Murray, the director of education at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Massachusetts. She is the author of Rights Matter: the Story of the Bill of Rights. Nancy holds a B.Phil. and Ph.D. in modern history from Oxford University. She has experience as a teacher, scholar and social activist in Great Britain, Kenya, and the Middle East as well as the United States, and has written widely on the themes of civil liberties, civil and human rights.

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Underneath the Egyptian Revolution by Billy Wharton

by Billy Wharton
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
Examiner.com
January 31, 2011

Juliet Tomatoes

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So long as you have food in your mouth, you have solved all questions for the time being. – Franz Kafka

Hidden beneath the spectacular street battles that aim to force Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak out of office is a trigger that exists in dozens of countries throughout the world – food.  Or, more specifically, the lack of it.  While commentators focus on the corruption of the dictatorship, or the viral effects of the Tunisian moment or the something akin to an Arab political awakening, the inability of the Egyptian regime to insure a steady flow of food staples should be viewed as a critical factor driving this seemingly spontaneous movement for freedom.

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9/11 Family Members Demand Answers from the 9/11 Commission: The Censored Testimony of FBI’s Behrooz Sarshar by Sibel Edmonds

by Sibel Edmonds
Featured Writer
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Originally published by Boiling Frogs Post
January 31, 2011

9/11 Commision Report cover.

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The Witnessed & Documented “Kamikaze Pilots” Case

In a public statement issued today (see below), members of the 9/11 Family Steering Committee demanded a prompt response from the former Chairman and Executive Director of the 9/11 Commission regarding Former FBI Language Specialist Behrooz Sarshar’s censored testimony to the Commission. The press release was prompted by recently released documents related to the interviews conducted by the 9/11 Commission published at Cryptome.org, in particular the “Memorandum for the Record” containing the Commission’s interview with Mr. Sarshar. Continue reading

World Revolution Made in the U.S. And Will Have To Be Finished in the U.S. by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
31 January, 2011

Mubarak out - Egypt Uprising solidarity Melbou...

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Overnight, the death toll among Egypt’s masses protesting for the overthrow of US-backed dictator Hosni Mubarak has risen to over 150 and thousands injured. With telecommunication services blacked out by the authorities (and willingly obliged by the telecoms corporations), it is hard to verify the exact casualty figures. But it is undeniable that a massacre is occurring. And it is a massacre made in the US.

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What Corruption and Force Have Wrought in Egypt by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
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Truthdig
January 31, 2011

Egypt's day of Rage #Jan25

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The uprising in Egypt, although united around the nearly universal desire to rid the country of the military dictator Hosni Mubarak, also presages the inevitable shift within the Arab world away from secular regimes toward an embrace of Islamic rule. Don’t be fooled by the glib sloganeering about democracy or the facile reporting by Western reporters—few of whom speak Arabic or have experience in the region. Egyptians are not Americans. They have their own culture, their own sets of grievances and their own history. And it is not ours.

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60 Minutes: Julian Assange Interview

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Julian Assange, the controversial founder of WikiLeaks, speaks to Steve Kroft about the U.S. attempt to indict him on criminal charges and the torrent of criticism aimed at him for publishing classified documents. Continue reading

Egyptian masses against the U.S.-backed Mubarak regime + The Global Revolution Has Arrived

Next #Egypt protest 1 pm Sat Feb 5 @UN Plaza #...

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LeiLani Dowell, Workers World managing editor, speaking at the Workers World Forum Jan. 28, 2011 in New York.

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Egypt: Cue the Dirty Tricks, False Flags To Discredit Pro-Democracy Movement by Finian Cunningham

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by Finian Cunningham
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
30 January, 2011

The looting of Cairo’s world-famous Egyptian Museum over the weekend seems to have engendered the desired news headlines.

‘Looters smash ancient treasures’, ‘Looters decapitate mummies’, ‘Looters rip off heads of artifacts’ etc., read a rash of headlines, following the apparent breaking into the country’s national museum, which is said to house the world’s biggest of Pharaonic antiquities.

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Helena Norberg-Hodge: Localization: Development without destruction and The Economics of Happiness, interviewed by Cindy Sheehan

by Cindy Sheehan
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Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox Blog
Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox
January 30, 2011

(SOAPBOX #85) – Cindy welcomes Helena Norberg-Hodge, an analyst of the impact of the global economy on cultures and agriculture worldwide and a pioneer of the localization movement.  The destructive impact of globalization on our children is no less destructive than its historical impact on the Ladakh, an isolated Himalayan culture described in countercurrents.org here. Over the past three decades, Ms. Norberg-Hodge has studied this process in numerous cultures around the world and discovered that we are all victims of these same psychological pressures. Continue reading

The “R” Word by Cindy Sheehan

by Cindy Sheehan
Featured Writer
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Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox Blog
Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox
January 30, 2011

More powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound–Revolution is simply joining forces to overthrow the status quo with uprisings against the world’s ruling class courageously springing up all over the globe.

I have a few “friends” that have been rather indignant and have broken off contact with me because I frequently use the word, “revolution.” I wonder if these same people quit eating at IHOP when the restaurant chain, known for it’s pancakes started it’s new club: “The Pancake Revolution.”

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Noam Chomsky: Both parties have moved to the right

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Noam Chomsky’s Lecture at the University of Tennessee. January 25, 2011 in Alumni Memorial Building’s Cox Auditorium. Brought to you by the University of Tennessee Issues Committee (6 part youtube video).

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Weimar Amerika – It Can’t Happen Here? by Philip A. Farruggio

by Philip A. Farruggio
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
January 29, 2011

(Note: replaced text Jan. 31, 2011)

There are many similarities between Germany of the late 1920s- early30s and today’s United States. Mix together horrific economic conditions within an intensely militaristic society, and then factor in centrist political parties that rule for the benefit of the elite and corporate interests. What you get is a poison brew. Granted, Weimar Germany in the mid to late 1920s had two fairly popular ‘third parties ‘competing with the top ones. On the right, the Nazi party drew lots of support from those who were fed up with the elites and at the same time frightened by the Communists. One has to understand that the German Communist Party did very well in the Reichstag elections, which caused much consternation within the ruling class. Continue reading

Roots of the Egyptian Revolutionary Moment + Egyptian and Tunisian People vs US Dominance

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TheRealNews | January 29, 2011

Ezzeldin: Egyptian uprising is the product of years of worker’s strikes and student protests – now inspired by the Tunisian people

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Egypt: Washington Has Finger on the Trigger for More Bloodshed by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
29 January, 2011

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Egypt’s capital Cairo and other major cities across the country are increasingly looking like battlefields as president Hosni Mubarak tries to tighten his grip on power in the face of nationwide protests calling for his abdication.

Reports of more than 50 civilians killed and more than 1,000 injured over night in police and army violence did not deter ten of thousands of people defying the now nightly curfew and secret arrests. Nor did that deter huge crowds from amassing on central streets of Cairo and Alexandria the following the day, which revealed the charred remains of government buildings, armoured cars and other debris, evidencing fierce clashes between armed forces and demonstrators.

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The Protest Movement in Egypt: “Dictators” do not Dictate, They Obey Orders by Michel Chossudovsky

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by Michel Chossudovsky
Global Research (many pics at original source)
January 29, 2011

The Mubarak regime could collapse in the a face of a nationwide protest movement… What prospects for Egypt and the Arab World?

“Dictators” do not dictate, they obey orders. This is true in Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria.

Dictators are invariably political puppets. Dictators do not decide.

President Hosni Mubarak was a faithful servant of Western economic interests and so was Ben Ali.

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