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Dirty Fuel Corporations to American Public:  Frack You!

Dirty Fuel Corporations to American Public: Frack You!

(By Ellen Cantarow) For the past several years, I’ve been writing about what happens when big oil and gas corporations drill where people live. “Fracking” -- high-volume hydraulic fracturing, which extracts oil…
The 18th Brumaire of Gen. al-Sisi in Egypt

The 18th Brumaire of Gen. al-Sisi in Egypt

(By Juan Cole) On Monday, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) announced that Field Marshall Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (also the minister of defense) was free to run for president if…
Israeli Poliicy Divides Palestinian Families

Israeli Policy Divides Palestinian Families

(By AFP) Israel policy splits Palestinian families (via AFP) Israel's restrictions on Palestinian movement between Gaza and the West Bank is separating relatives and making family life impossible for tens of thousands…
The Shame and the Danger of Egypt’s 98% Vote

The Shame and the Danger of Egypt’s 98% Vote

(By Juan Cole) The announcement on Saturday by the Egyptian government that there was a 38% turnout for the referendum on the new constitution was unexceptional. It was more than the 33%…
4 Ways Obama has Misled on NSA Surveillance

4 Ways Obama has Misled on NSA Surveillance

(By Kara Brandeisky) President Obama on Friday announced some reportedly limited reforms to National Security Agency surveillance programs.Since the first disclosures based on documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, Obama…
America Black Ops Wars in 134 Countries

America Black Ops Wars in 134 Countries

(By Nick Turse) They operate in the green glow of night vision in Southwest Asia and stalk through the jungles of South America.  They snatch men from their homes in the Maghreb…
Books go Online for Free in Norway

Books go Online for Free in Norway

(By AFP) Literature goes online for free in Norway (via AFP) Most books published in Norway before 2001 are going online for free thanks to an initiative that may have found the…
How the Arab Spring Left the Palestinians Behind

How the Arab Spring Left the Palestinians Behind

(By Abdalhadi Alijla) Reading about the murder of Hassan Hassan, the Palestinian actor and comedian, in Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria was like a bombshell. Hassan and his wife were arrested by…
Take Control of your Internet Privacy

Take Control of your Internet Privacy

(By Julia Angwin) In the course of writing her book, Dragnet Nation, ProPublica reporter Julia Angwin tried various strategies to protect her privacy. In this blog post, she distills the lessons from…
The Ruling that Endangers the Internet as we Know It

The Ruling that Endangers the Internet as we Know It

(By Juan Cole) A Washington D.C. federal panel has struck down the Federal Communication Commission position on net neutrality, threatening the corporatization of the internet. The reason readers of Informed Comment can…
Turkey’s Fierce Battle on the Religious Right

Turkey’s Fierce Battle on the Religious Right

(By Ayşe Soysal) ... What is happening in Turkey now doesn’t feel like just a simple political disagreement, or even a war-game. It’s an all-out war, whose opening gambits have been politically…
Libya:  The Dictatorship of the Militias

Libya: The Dictatorship of the Militias

(By Imad Mesdoua) "Ansar Al-Sharia cleans the streets of Benghazi and conducts social work to further enhance its standing" Terrorism Security in Libya still remains an ephemeral prospect. The country is awash…
Peak or no Peak, Oil is Unsafe at any Price

Peak or no Peak, Oil is Unsafe at any Price

(By Michael Klare) Among the big energy stories of 2013, “peak oil” -- the once-popular notion that worldwide oil production would soon reach a maximum level and begin an irreversible decline --…
Iraq’s Sunni Civil War

Iraq’s Sunni Civil War

(By Juan Cole) The attempt launched earlier this week by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) to take and hold city quarters in Falluja, Ramadi and Khalidiya in…
Is a Third Palestinian Uprising on its Way?

Is a Third Palestinian Uprising on its Way?

(By Ruthie Blum) On December 25, Ali Jarbawi published his blockbuster Op-Ed "The Coming Intifada" with The New York Times. ”We Palestinians are living through the worst situation in years,” he wrote.…