Workers Hold Key to Reigniting Egypt’s Revolution

By: Saturday February 25, 2012 12:00 pm

To commemorate the first anniversary of the overthrow of the dictatorship, activists in Egypt called for a general strike earlier this month. But compared to the massive uprising of 2011, the response on the ground was muted. The military regime that has succeeded Hosni Mubarak was predictably dismissive of the anti-government “plotters,” and even activists acknowledged what seems to be a sort of protest fatigue.

But a year ago, when the Arab Spring was still fresh, labor activists were on the frontlines across Egypt, leading a massive wave of strikes and demonstrations.

 

In Year of Uprisings, Reporters Brave Crackdowns from Wall St. to Tahrir Square

By: Saturday February 4, 2012 5:00 pm

You wouldn’t think handling a notebook or a camera could be a hazardous line of work. But according to the latest global Press Freedom Index, abuse and oppression of reporters has made journalism an increasingly risky job in many countries. The past year has even left a notable taint on the U.S. press, despite the country’s mythos as a beacon of free expression.

The NDAA, 2011 & a Happy New Year

By: Saturday December 31, 2011 7:00 pm

President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). That means hours before 2011 came to an end, as ACLU executive director Anthony Romero stated, President Obama became “a president who will forever be known as the president who signed indefinite detention without charge or trial into law.”

One Year Since WikiLeaks’ Cablegate Began, US Diplomacy Remains Unchanged

By: Monday November 28, 2011 2:45 pm

The world is better off because the contents of the cables are known, but the United States policy is not. Its recoil and refusal to confront and apologize for the majority of what became known has put it on a path of further disgrace and shame. It remains committed to prosecuting accused whistleblower Pfc. Bradley Manning, even though he may have played a role in exposing Tunisians, Egyptians and others to details on corruption in their countries.

Health Workers Deliver First Aid to Protest Movements

By: Friday November 25, 2011 8:00 am

Warning: Defending your rights may be hazardous to your health. Potential side effects can include rubber bullets, tear gas, and batons wielded with impunity.

Labor Draws New Battle Lines on Iraq and Iran Oil Fields

By: Friday November 4, 2011 5:15 pm

The Middle East’s two key exports these days seem terribly at odds with each other: oil, the lifeblood of the global economic order, and political unrest, in the form of protest movements rolling across the region. Occasionally, though, oil and dissent can mix, and workers may be channeling a bit of the Arab Spring into the petrol empires of Iraq and Iran.

Won’t SOMEONE Please Think of the Dictators?

By: Friday September 30, 2011 6:01 pm

Obama must be stopped while we still have some tyrants left!

US Lacks Credibility to Help Syrian Protesters

By: Monday August 8, 2011 4:10 pm

What continues to unfold in Syria is a massive crime against humanity. The UN Security Council has unanimously condemned the violations against human rights and use force against civilians by President Bashar al Assad’s regime. But sending a US envoy to open lines of communication with the Syrian people and the Syrian government could further aggravate the situation in Syria.

WikiLeaks Cables Show US Strategy for Regime Change in Syria as Protesters are Massacred

By: Saturday August 6, 2011 10:00 am

n the aftermath of a massacre in Hama, Syria state media broadcasted images of “burnt, buildings, makeshift barricades and deserted streets strewn with rubble,” according to the New York Times and claimed the revolt in Syria has ended. Meanwhile, The Guardian reports tens of thousands have taken to the streets all over the country and are continuing a five-months old uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

American Winter: The Right’s War on Birth Control and Education

By: Sunday May 29, 2011 9:30 am

It’s a shocking historical juxtaposition. The pro-democracy movement known as the Arab Spring is in significant part a consequence of rising literacy and declining birth rates in the Mideast. Meanwhile, in the U.S., the Right is mounting a direct assault on education and a renewed war on contraception. This ought to tell us something.

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