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Morsi: Between Human Rights and Extremism

Morsi: Between Human Rights and Extremism

Egyptian President-elect Muhammad Morsi addressed an enormous crowd in Tahrir Square on Friday, paying homage to the revolution that allowed him to come to power through the ballot box. The headline item…

Patriotism and PTSD (Levinson)

Patriotism and PTSD (Levinson)

Nan Levinson writes at Tomdispatch.com: Mad, Bad, Sad  What’s Really Happened to America’s Soldiers By Nan Levinson “PTSD is going to color everything you write,” came the warning from a stepmother of…

Graphs of Death:  US Drone Strikes Visualized (Pegg)

Graphs of Death: US Drone Strikes Visualized (Pegg)

David Pegg writes at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism These graphs accurately reflect the Bureau’s data on CIA drone strikes in Pakistan to the most recent strike. They are designed to illustrate…

Global Warming and Colorado’s Great Fire

Global Warming and Colorado’s Great Fire

Weather is specific events, climate is the long-term pattern. Catastrophes like the forest fire in Colorado that has expelled 32,000 people from their homes are the results of weather. But long-term climate…

Could Syria-Turkey Conflict Pull NATO In?

Could Syria-Turkey Conflict Pull NATO In?

The shooting down by Syrian anti-aircraft batteries of a Turkish F-4 Phantom jet flying over international waters a few days ago has the potential to internationalize the Syrian revolution and pull in…

Follow @jricole on Twitter, Facebook, Email

Follow @jricole on Twitter, Facebook, Email

Follow @jricole on Twitter. Some of my readers like the idea of one or two short essays a day, here at the blog. Others would like more frequent updates. I’ve been doing…

Mursi and the Brotherhood in a Pluralist Egypt

Mursi and the Brotherhood in a Pluralist Egypt

Muslim Brotherhood leader Muhammad Mursi has been officially declared the president of Egypt. But under the terms of the military constitutional guidelines issued last Sunday night, he comes into office in the…

Green Sunday: Good News on Clean Energy

1. Morocco has ambitious plans to be the Saudi Arabia of renewable energy. Its new agreement with the European Union removes tariff barriers, and it is importing huge amounts of German equipment…

Uncertainty Grips an Egypt on the Brink

Uncertainty Grips an Egypt on the Brink

The on-again, off-again saga of the reports on deposed dictator Hosni Mubarak’s coma exemplified the uncertainty through which Egyptians are living on Tuesday. In the American game of baseball, a player can…

Omar Khayyam (145) “my bewilderment”

  I was disturbed that he brought me into being, and nothing has grown  through my life like my bewilderment at it. We’re forced to depart, and don’t even know what the…

Tahrir Square Now

Tahrir Square Now

Egypt after soft military coup: I don’t think they’re haaapy. By the way, American news channels: this is news.

Syria Spirals down into Sectarian War (Cole at Truthdig)

My column is out at Truthdig, “Sectarian Violence Undermines Syrian Regime” Excerpt: “The Syrian government’s resort to Alawite death squads in recent weeks, however, has threatened the big-city alliance that has allowed…

Egypt: Fundamentalist President + Junta = ?

Since December, Egypt has had as its president a military council, and as its legislature the Muslim Brotherhood. It is possible this morning that Egypt now has as its president the Muslim…

Egypt: An Election within a Coup within a Coup

Arab satellite television is showing lines of Egyptian voters at polling stations on Saturday, as some proportion of the 50 million eligible voters makes a decision between a former air force general…

The Revenge of the Leftovers in Egypt

The Egyptian constitutional court on Thursday threw the Egyptian Revolution for a loop. There are howls of outrage about a soft coup, or a counter-revolution. The specter of Algeria haunts the Nile…

You Always Knew it, but Now . . .

There are so many open secrets in our corporatocracy. But precisely because they are the open secrets of powerful multi-billion-dollar concerns with phalanxes of attorneys, which after all themselves own most “news”…

83 Dead in Syrian Military Repression

83 Dead in Syrian Military Repression

Some 83 Syrians, most of them non-combatants, were killed on Saturday by the Syrian military. In Deraa, the small town in the south of the country where the revolution began, the Syrian…

The Panetta/ Pakistan War of Words

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has caused a stir by warning US ally Pakistan that Washington’s ‘patience is wearing thin’ with the support for the Haqqani Network by the country’s Inter-Services Intelligence.…

The Great Wall of . . .  Arizona (Miller)

The Great Wall of . . . Arizona (Miller)

Todd Miller writes at Tomdispatch.com Bringing the Battlefield to the Border The Wild World of Border Security and Boundary Building in Arizona By Todd Miller William “Drew” Dodds, the salesperson for StrongWatch,…

Syria and the Rise of the Death Squad

The fresh Baath massacre of non-combatants, in Qubair on Wednesday, is being assiduously covered up by the government of dictator Bashar al-Assad, who is preventing UN observers from visiting the scene of…

100 Dead in Fresh Syrian Massacre

Activists accused the Syrian Baath Party of committing yet another massacre on Wednesday, this time at Qubair in Hama Province. Around 100 are said to have been killed. In what has become…

CIA ‘revives attacks on rescuers’ in Pakistan (Woods)

Chris Woods writes at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism: CIA drones are reportedly reviving the use of highly-controversial tactics that target rescuers and funeral-goers. On Monday US drones attacked rescuers in Waziristan…

Top Ten Reasons Romney Shouldn’t Arm Syrian Rebels

GOP presidential hopeful Willard “Mitt” Romney has called on President Barack Obama to arm the Syrian opposition, accusing the president of lacking leadership for declining to do so. Romney can’t decide whether…

Hot Drone on Drone Action (Turse)

Hot Drone on Drone Action (Turse)

Nick Turse writes at Tomdispatch.com: Introduction by Tom Engelhardt [Note for TomDispatch Readers: Today, you are witnessing the birth of a TomDispatch experiment.  Nick Turse and I are launching Dispatch Books, our…