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A Second Korean War, this Time with Nukes?

By Rajan Menon | ( Tomdispatch.com) | - - Most people intuitively get it. An American preventive strike to wipe out North Korea’s nuclear bombs and ballistic missiles, or a commando raid…
Tunisia is back on a knife edge – here’s why

Tunisia is back on a knife edge – here’s why

By Pamela Abbott and Andrea Teti | (The Conversation) | - - While celebrating the seventh anniversary of the ousting of president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisians have been demonstrating against their…
The Rise and Fall of America’s Middle Class

The Rise and Fall of America’s Middle Class

By Jim Hightower | (Otherwords.org) | - - The middle class was built by movements — and can be rebuilt by movements. Ever since 1776, the “common yeoman” — America’s middle class…
The Tunisian revolution seven years on

The Tunisian revolution seven years on

By Lakhdar Ghettas | (OpenDemocracy.net) | - - Seven years after the Tunisian revolution one can dissect four main conflict issues in Tunisia today. A rally marking the third anniversary of the…
The Five Pillars of Iran: Poetry of Protest

The Five Pillars of Iran: Poetry of Protest

By Nassrine Azimi | (Informed Comment) | - - Hiroshima—Throughout the massive public demonstrations in 2009, Iranians protesting against the notorious government of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad were often airing their anger and frustration…
Protests in Iran – A Different View

Protests in Iran – A Different View

Dr. Mohammed Nuruzzaman | (Informed Comment) | - - The week-long protests in Iran, starting on December 29, have gradually died down. The Iranian government as well as the international community was…
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The Map: Costs of 76 ongoing American Wars

By Tom Engelhardt | (Tomdispatch.com) | - - He left Air Force Two behind and, unannounced, “shrouded in secrecy,” flew on an unmarked C-17 transport plane into Bagram Air Base, the largest…
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Has Iranian regime repression Succeeded?

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | - - News agencies are reporting that on Thursday, Iran's wave of protests died down. If so (and for all we know they could start…
Iran’s Revolt of Rising Expectations

Iran’s Revolt of Rising Expectations

By Pedram Maghsoud-Nia | (Informed Comment) | - - During the past week, dozens of Iran’s cities were the scene of political uprisings. The chain of protest started in the city of…
Are Iran’s protests Economic or Political?

Are Iran’s protests Economic or Political?

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | - - Neoconservative poobah Elliott Abrams slammed the New York Times for headlining an article about the Iran protests as being about the economy. (Abrams…