Left Over: The US Declares Permanent War in Arab Winter

How ISIS and Syria drove a stake through the Arab Spring The rise of ISIS is a setback for reform in a region that is crying out for it By Nahlah Ayed, CBC News Posted: Oct 03, 2014 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Oct 03, 2014 5:00 AM ET The fact is that like it or ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Democracy Blooming at the Margins: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ukraine and Taiwan

From OpenDemocracy.net, yesterday. Jasmin Mujanović 14 April 2014 The terrifying spectre in these countries is not of ravenous foreign capital, though there is plenty of experience with this too, but of the persistent suffering of being an oft bloodied geopolitical borderland. Blockade and occupation of Taiwan’s legislature enters day seven. Demotix/Craig Ferguson. All rights reserved. ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Things That Have Gone Wrong With The Arab Spring

Dennis Gruending covers a talk by Nahlah Ayed, London-based foreign correspondent for CBC Television.  These things that have gone wrong are many, and not terribly surprising if you were paying a attention.  A couple of them, as teasers: Absence of political choicesNo matter what upheavals occur, the same old regimes that come back as new ones. ...

drive-by planet: Arab Spring: uprisings, protests… not much to do with revolution

A recent Tariq Ali article in Guernica – What is a Revolution – challenges misconceptions about the popular uprisings in the Middle East that some pundits characterise as the Arab Spring or more dramatically as “revolutions.” A key point in Ali’s article is that popular uprisings, however large, do not by implication constitute revolutions. Tariq ...

drive-by planet: The more things change…

Left Over: Obama: Let’s Play Politics Anywhere Except at Home…

Obama puts Egypt on notice after clashes kill 525 U.S. president urges Egypt to end state of emergency day after clashes with police-Morsi supporters The Associated Press Posted: Aug 15, 2013 3:28 AM ET Last Updated: Aug 15, 2013 11:17 AM ET If Obama and the rest of the West would just stay out of ...

RedBedHead: Blogging, Democracy and Revolution

I came across this well-written piece on the role of social media in social change, written by Jesse McLaren. I’ve often thought that the role of new media, social media etc etc has been under-theorized by Marxists. You tend to see stuff that goes in one of two directions: either an uncritical boosterism about social ...

RedBedHead: Blogging, Democracy and Revolution

I came across this well-written piece on the role of social media in social change, written by Jesse McLaren. I’ve often thought that the role of new media, social media etc etc has been under-theorized by Marxists. You tend to see stuff that goes in one of two directions: either an uncritical boosterism about social ...

RedBedHead: Blogging, Democracy and Revolution

I came across this well-written piece on the role of social media in social change, written by Jesse McLaren. I’ve often thought that the role of new media, social media etc etc has been under-theorized by Marxists. You tend to see stuff that goes in one of two directions: either an uncritical boosterism about social ...

RedBedHead: Massacre in Egypt: Is Revolution Worth The Price?

As I sat down to write this post the news of a tragic massacre of at least 32 Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated protestors, and the injury of 300 more was plastered all over the internet. That much is clear, the rest is yet to be disentangled (if ever) from two completely opposing stories by the Egyptian military ...

RedBedHead: Massacre in Egypt: Is Revolution Worth The Price?

As I sat down to write this post the news of a tragic massacre of at least 32 Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated protestors, and the injury of 300 more was plastered all over the internet. That much is clear, the rest is yet to be disentangled (if ever) from two completely opposing stories by the Egyptian military ...

RedBedHead: Massacre in Egypt: Is Revolution Worth The Price?

As I sat down to write this post the news of a tragic massacre of at least 32 Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated protestors, and the injury of 300 more was plastered all over the internet. That much is clear, the rest is yet to be disentangled (if ever) from two completely opposing stories by the Egyptian military ...

CuriosityCat: Egypt – Morsi to the General: "Can I leave the country?"

I appointed you … Fascinating report from a journalist who claims he heard the conversation between Generalal-Sisi and Morsi: “And if I don’t want to go?” Morsi inquired.   “It’s a done deal,” al-Sisi answered. “Try to retire with dignity. Demand of those you say are your supporters to go home and prevent bloodshed, instead ...

Song of the Watermelon: Thoughts on the Coup in Egypt

Tahrir Square in 2011 In the early hours of 12 April 2002, with massive anti-government protests filling the streets, members of the Venezuelan military abducted President Hugo Chávez and, promising new elections, installed an interim leader of their own choosing in his place. Large swaths of respectable international opinion praised the action — which was ...

CuriosityCat: Egypt: The Revolution succeeds

The hope that  the Arab Spring gave to tens of millions of people throughout the Middle East is being revived in Egypt. The Morsi defiance of the Egyptian army has proved fruitless, with the Army moving to enforce its own program. In essence, the Revolution that forced out Mubarak has now been reset, and is ...

CuriosityCat: Egypt: Morsi declares war

With my blood The Army stepped in, sending five helicopters with the Egyptian flag dangling below them, to fly over the packed Tahrir square in Cairo, and helicopters – sans  flags – to fly over a pro-Morsi gathering. Earlier, the Army had leaked its own plan for the next few months: A retired army general ...

Art Threat: Fearless photography explores the Egyption women of the revolution

The woman in a red dress being blasted by pepper spray in Gezi Park, Istanbul, is not an anomaly. Women are on the front lines of Turkey’s protest movement and were also well represented in the series of upheavals that was dubbed the Arab Spring. But to gain a full appreciation women’s contributions, it’s probably ...

CuriosityCat: Turkish Spring: Another take on events of May 31

Claire Belinski Claire Berlinski, writing in the City Journal in the wee hours of the morning of May 31, captured her thoughts about the beginnings of the Turkish unrest: But as news of the injuries and deaths spread by word of mouth, and particularly as photos and videos of the clashes and the wounded began ...

CuriosityCat: Arab Spring comes to Turkey

Istanbul June 2013 Much to the surprise of the government: Another way of looking at the AKP is as a party of building contractors, who have never seen anything they did not want to build and have grown accustomed to bulldozing anything in their path. In Istanbul alone, there are plans for a new airport, ...

The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: Occupy Love (2013): Official Trailer (Video)

We recommend:Occupy Wall Street 1 Year Later: A Roundtable DiscussionOccupied Ottawa to celebrate one year anniversaryOn Wednesday in Ottawa, Occupy This!Liberal leadership race: Garneau calls on Trudeau to take a stand FBI knew of plot to kill OWS activists, remained silent The post Occupy Love (2013): Official Trailer (Video) appeared first on The Canadian Progressive ...

The Canadian Progressive: Human Rights Watch World Report 2013 (VIDEO)

Video available on YouTube The Canadian Progressive recommends: Human Rights Watch: Challenges for Rights After Arab Spring Canada’s Human Rights Reputation is Fast Becoming a Myth Cornel West Is Upset Obama Was Sworn In On Martin Luther King’s Bible U.S. pressuring Bradley Manning to implicate Julian Assange (VIDEO) The Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur On Obama’s ...

The Canadian Progressive: Human Rights Watch: Challenges for Rights After Arab Spring

The willingness of new governments to respect rights will determine whether those uprisings give birth to genuine democracy or simply spawn authoritarianism in new forms.

Death By Trolley: Society is handcuffed in the Prisoner’s Dilemma: How fear, distrust and a lack of organization continually does us in

From Wikipedia: “The prisoner’s dilemma is a canonical example of a game analyzed in game theory that shows why two individuals might not cooperate, even if it appears that it is in their best interests to do so. It was originally framed by Merrill Flood and Melvin Dresher working at RAND in 1950. Albert W. ...

RedBedHead: Egypt: Crisis Deepens As Mobilizations Continue

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RedBedHead: Egypt: Morsy Struggles To Get Out Of Crisis

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