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Top Struggles in the Arab Spring Today

In Tunisia and Egypt, the military refused for the most part to fire on peaceful noncombatants, and so the dictator had to go. But in Libya, Syria, Yemen, and Bahrain, the regimes showed themselves willing to use brutal methods.

Tomgram: American Policy on the Brink

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently took a four-day tour of the Middle East, at each stop telling various allies and enemies, in classic...

U.S. Condemns Tyranny While Torturing Bradley Manning

Activists David House and Jane Hamsher tried to visit Pfc. Bradley Manning, who stands accused of leaking classified US government documents, at Quantico on...

Tunisian Revolution Shakes and Inspires Middle East

Every state and movement in the Middle East is reading into the events in Tunisia its own anxieties and aspirations. By Juan Cole in Truthdig...

Pashtuns lose Parliament, Violence up 70% in Afghanistan

The NYT reports that, in petty retaliationfor the fraud disqualifications, Karzai’s attorney general, Mohammad Ishaq Aloko, is threatening two officials on the country’s two...

Iran-backed al-Maliki Tapped to form Government in Iraq

- I don’t think there is any way to interpret what has happened except as a victory for Iran. - By Juan Cole at Informed...

On How Holy War with Iran Might Destroy the United States

- I can’t think of anything that would be worse for the US economy, or for Obama’s prospects for a second term, than going...

The Israel Lobbies and Breitbartism: Dirty Tricks, Taboos and the threat...

- If Israel told the truth, the whole cabinet would run screaming into the Mediterranean - By Juan Cole at Informed Comment Phil Weiss notes that another of...

President Obama to Terror State: ‘We’re with You’

In the face of Israel's defiance of the world community, international law, refusal to negotiate, and deplorable human rights record including recently killing an unarmed American...

Iran’s Green Movement: One Year Later

Iran’s Green Movement is one year old this Sunday, the anniversary of its first massive demonstrations in the streets of Tehran. Greeted with great hope in much of the world, a year later it’s weaker, the country is more repressive, and its hardliners are in a far stronger position -- and some of their success can be credited to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and sanctions hawks in the Obama administration.

Turkey honors slain activists, including U.S. teen

By Selcan Hacaoglu and David Rising ISTANBUL – Mourners in Istanbul hoisted coffins Thursday to cheers of "God is great!" as they honored activists slain...

The urgency of this moment

An American college student gets her eye shot out by the Israeli Army in the West Bank. Israel kills nine, including one American in the...

U.S. Citizen Is Among Those Murdered at Sea in Israeli Massacre

By SABRINA TAVERNISE and MICHAEL SLACKMAN in the NYT ISTANBUL — One of the nine people killed in an Israeli commando raid on a flotilla...

Israel Deliberately Murdered Civilians Aboard Freedom Flotilla

The assault on the Freedom Flotilla was not a mistake or a "completely mishandled" situation (NYT). Nor was it "folly" or "bad mistakes." (Ameircan...

Video: Israelis Cheer the Massacre at Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv

Update: Israel deports human rights activists, Batch of Freedom Flotilla passengers reach Jordan as Israel drops plan to prosecute activists. This comes via Steve Clemons...

Updated-Israel Sails Into Insanity

Update: Coverage of Israeli state terrorism: - Gaza Inquiry Pushed - Gaza Flotilla Attack: Guns and Blood - Gaza aid flotilla: Israeli sabotage suspected - Irish aid boat,...

Financial Times Says Massacre Damages Israel’s Legitimacy; White House: U.N. Position...

Update: Israel deports human rights activists, Batch of Freedom Flotilla passengers reach Jordan as Israel drops plan to prosecute activists. --- A political meme—a set of...

The American People are Under Occupation

Are you ready to takeover and throw everyone out of power who sells out to foreign inteests and tell anyone else we put in that if they sell us out again, they will be dragged from the halls of power and hung by their feet in public shamed forever as a traitor to the people of the United States of America?

World Condemns Israel’s Massacre; U.S. Reaction Muted; Activists Send New Ship...

News is activists are sending a new ship to challenge the Gaza blockade by Israel as the U.N. Security Council calls for a probe amid global...

Taliban Hits 5-Star Hotel, Hostels in Downtown Kabul

- Bad-Suicide-Bombings: 18 Dead, 32 Wounded; Indians Targeted - "I saw foreigners crying and shouting ... It was a very bad situation inside," said Najibullah,...