Nov 30, 2012 by stimulator
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May 5, 2012 by TheRealNews
Jihan Hafiz reporting from Egypt.
Army soldiers violently crushed a week-long sit-in outside the Ministry of Defense, the headquarters of the ruling military junta. Clashes broke out after army soldiers beat protesters at the security barricades. The latest violence in Cairo comes at the end of a bloody week, where a dozen Egyptians were killed and hundreds injured. Nearly 20 foreign and Egyptian journalists were beaten and arrested during the raid on the sit-in. The Military Council blamed thugs and hooligans for causing the violence after it warned demonstrators against marching on military buildings. The latest street battle overshadows the upcoming presidential elections, which military generals claim is the last phase of the so-called transition to civilian rule.
Since the sit-in was destroyed, hundreds of people of been arrested or have disappeared. The Military Council imposed a 7 am to 11 pm curfew in the Abbassya district where the clashes took place. The pro-government neighborhood has been militarized by army tanks and checkpoints.
Updated: March 13, 2012
democracynow on Mar 12, 2012
democracynow.org – We go to Kabul to speak with an Afghan peace activist about the shooting spree by an U.S. Army sergeant in Afghanistan, which killed 16 Afghan civilians, nine of them children. Calls for a more rapid withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan have escalated after the U.S. soldier reportedly walked more than a mile from his base, breaking in to three separate houses to attack families as they slept. Continue reading
This observer spent a good part of Christmas Eve divided between two main Cairo Squares, Tahir and Abassiya, while waiting for a Visa from the Libyan Embassy.
It is evident here that the “blue bra girl” or “Tahrir Woman” whose assault by the Egyptian army has brought intense wrath upon the ruling Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) and similar attacks are much on the minds of protestors in both Squares. But in Abassiya Square, the participants focus more on the provocative demonstrators in Tahrir Square, many of whom they claim are “baltagiy” (hoods or thugs). Tahrir Square demonstrators feel about the same way regarding the pro- SCAF (Supreme Council of Armed Forces) demonstrators over in Tahrir Square.
unecommunications on Dec 14, 2011
Noam Chomsky, Institute Professor of Linguistics, MIT, reflects on the irony that while the peoples of the Middle East are demanding the right to good education, health, and employment, Americans, battered by an economic systems that eludes most people’s grasp, seem to be resigned to a future without such rights.
Updated: Nov. 10, 2011; added video of Chomsky’s speech.
by Noam Chomsky
November 03, 2011
2011 City of Sydney Peace Prize Lecture
For centuries, Europe had been the most violent place on earth, with murderous and destructive internal conflicts and the forging of a culture of war that enabled Europe to conquer most of the world, shocking the victims, who were hardly pacifists, but were “appalled by the all-destructive fury of European warfare,” in the words of British military historian Geoffrey Parker. Continue reading
I am a student lucky enough to not have to work. I study economics at Baruch College. I began my education in economics by reading Marx and every day surrounded by the people who hope to operate the financial machinery of the world, or to not be very far from it. I am lucky to have the time to read, develop my thoughts, and attend various intellectual events. I want to share some of my thoughts about the occupation, some of which will be critical, but in a good way.
Joe Lauria is back from his three month long trip to the Middle East, which included, among others, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, and Israel, and shares with us his impressions and analyses on the uprisings in some of these countries, especially in Egypt, where he spent the most time. He discusses the upcoming vote on Palestinian UN membership next month, and the possible implications of planned demonstrations by Palestinians and sympathetic Israelis inspired by the recent nonviolent protests in the region. Continue reading
When Britain lost control of Egypt in 1956, Prime Minister Anthony Eden said he wanted the nationalist president Gamal Abdel Nasser “destroyed … murdered … I don’t give a damn if there’s anarchy and chaos in Egypt”. Those insolent Arabs, Winston Churchill had urged in 1951, should be driven “into the gutter from which they should never have emerged”.
Pepe Escobar returns to our show to discuss the ever-changing, constantly-shifting, and holes-filled script in the US raid that allegedly killed Osama bin Laden. He reports on the news accounts on the Arab uprising in Egypt and the rarely reported realities of the Libya War, the conflicted responses of the United States to the uprising in Egypt and Libya versus those in other places such as Bahrain and Tunisia, and the hypocritical stand on Saudi Arabia. Continue reading