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Medea Benjamin Detained, Jailed, Seriously Injured, then Deported from Egypt

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democracynow on Mar 4, 2014

democracynow.org – U.S. peace activist Medea Benjamin was detained Monday at Cairo’s airport by Egyptian police without explanation. She says she was questioned, held overnight in an airport prison cell and then violently handcuffed by Egyptian officials, who dislocated her shoulder and broke her arm. Continue reading

Barack Obama’s Message to the Congress — Report Consistent with War Powers Resolution

President Obama: Stop the Wars!

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The White House

Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
December 13, 2013

Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)

I am providing this supplemental consolidated report, prepared by my Administration and consistent with the War Powers Resolution (Public Law 93-148), as part of my efforts to keep the Congress informed about deployments of U.S. Armed Forces equipped for combat.

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Noam Chomsky: Egypt – Revolution or Military Coup?

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with Noam Chomsky

MIT ESA on Oct 8, 2013

This event took place on October 4th, 2013 in Kresge Auditorium, MIT, Cambridge.

Egypt has undergone many cycles of change since the revolution in January 2011, and making sense of these radical transformations in the heart of the Middle East has been challenging. We had the privilege of discussing the past, present and future of Egypt’s political landscape with Prof. Chomsky.

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Saudi Arabia Sponsoring Terrorists Who Kill Muslims by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
August 17, 2013

As the Muslim holy month of Ramadan came to an end this year, Saudi King Abdullah marked the occasion of Eid al-Fitr with a “generous” donation.

The Saudi monarch revealed that the oil-rich kingdom was donating $100 million to the United Nations’ Center for Counter-Terrorism, based in New York.

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36 Pro-Morsi Detainees Killed During Escape Attempt

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RussiaToday on Aug 19, 2013

Egypt’s government confirms its security forces have killed 36 Muslim Brotherhood supporters that attempted to escape during a prison transfer. Officials claimed the prisoners took an officer hostage, but suffocated when police used tear gas. The Muslim Brotherhood may end up listed as a terrorist organization under Egypt’s new constitution, according to reports. The draft is expected to be announced on Wednesday and may also include a ban on all religious political parties. And as RT’s Paula Slier now reports the violence in the country has left some families scarred for life.

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Egypt Under Empire, Part 4: Dancing Between Dictatorship and Democracy by Andrew Gavin Marshall

by Andrew Gavin Marshall
Writer, Dandelion Salad
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Originally published on The Hampton Institute
August 7, 2013

America’s Mambo with Mubarak

America’s ruling elites – and those of the Western world more generally – are comfortable dealing with ruthless tyrants and dictators all over the world, partly because they’ve just had more practice with it than dealing with ‘democratic’ governments in so-called ‘Third World’ nations. This is especially true when it comes to the Arab world, where the West has only ever dealt with dictatorships, and often by arming them and supporting them to repress their own populations, and in return, they support US and Western geopolitical, strategic and economic interests in the region. America’s relationship with Egypt – and most notably with Hosni Mubarak, who ruled Egypt from 1981 to 2011 – has been especially revealing of this imperial-proxy relationship between so-called ‘democracies’ and dictatorships.

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Egypt Under Empire, Part 3: From Nasser to Mubarak by Andrew Gavin Marshall

by Andrew Gavin Marshall
Writer, Dandelion Salad
http://andrewgavinmarshall.com
Originally published on The Hampton Institute
July 30, 2013

Part 1: Working Class Resistance and European Imperial Ambitions

Part 2: The “Threat” Of Arab Nationalism

Between 1952 and 2011, Egypt was ruled by three military dictators: Nasser, Sadat, and Mubarak. Nasser placated labour unrest and imposed many social programs that benefited the population. Sadat subsequently began to break down the ‘social contract’ with Egyptian society, and when Mubarak came to power in 1981, the following three decades witnessed the imposition of a neoliberal order, complete with crony-capitalists, corrupted bureaucracies and a repressive police force. Continue reading