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Egypt’s New Vice President is Washington’s Proxy Torturer

After almost three weeks of intense street protests in Egypt demanding the removal of President Hosni Mubarak from power, more than 300 people were reported to have died in clashes between demonstrators, police and government supporters. Despite concessions such as Mubarak’s pledge to not run in the presidential election scheduled for September and constitutional reform, the number of protesters in ...

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Afghanistan War: What Is It Good For? | The Nation

The War in Afghanistan is the longest in US history and the most expensive, at $1 million per soldier and over $100 billion annually. There have been over 2,300 US and coalition casualties, and tens of thousands of Afghan civilian deaths. Nearly 600 US troops are wounded every month. So it comes as little surprise that opposition to the war ...

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America’s Strategic Repression of the ‘Arab Awakening’ | Global Research

While dictators have their uses in geopolitical strategy, they can often become too independent of the imperial power and seek to determine the course of their country separate from U.S. interests, and are subsequently much more challenging to remove from power i.e., Saddam Hussein. With a “democratized” system, changing ruling parties and leaders becomes much easier, by simply calling elections ...

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Egypt crisis: Hosni Mubarak loses control of state media | Telegraph.co.uk

Hoping to sap the momentum from street protests demanding his overthrow, the president has instructed his deputy to launch potentially protracted negotiations with secular and Islamist opposition parties. The talks continued for a second day on Monday without yielding a significant breakthrough. But Mr Mubarak was dealt a significant setback as the state-controlled Al-Ahram, Egypt’s second oldest newspaper and one ...

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2009 cable tells of Mubarak resisting U.S. calls for reform | The Washington Post

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak “seeks to avoid conflict and spare his people from the violence he predicts would emerge from unleashed personal and civil liberties. In Mubarak’s mind, it is far better to let a few individuals suffer than risk chaos for society as a whole.” That insight into Mubarak’s thinking may describe his mind-set today, as he watches the ...

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Marc H. Ellis: Tahrir Square, Jerusalem | CounterPunch

I doubt many Egyptians in Tahrir Square think that they are striking a blow for Jewish freedom. They are. Just maybe the Egyptian revolution will be the blow that breaks the our camel’s back. Or rather our new found empire’s back, which isn’t good for anyone, including us Jews. You see for decades now we Jews have been stuck in ...

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Egypt-Inspired Protests Across Middle East Meet Violent Clampdown | Human Rights Watch via Common Dreams

Governments in the Arab world have violently dispersed demonstrations apparently inspired by or in solidarity with Egypt’s democracy protesters and have detained some of the organizers, Human Rights Watch said today. The security forces’ clampdown is part and parcel of regular prohibitions on public gatherings in Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, the United Arab Emirates, the West Bank, and Yemen. These ...

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Middle East peace process at risk, William Hague says | BBC News

The Middle East peace process could become a “casualty” of the calls for change sweeping across the Arab world, the foreign secretary has warned. William Hague, who is touring the region, said it could “lose further momentum” if international focus shifts to countries like Tunisia and Egypt. He urged Israel to avoid “belligerent language” and called for “bold leadership” from ...

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Afghan peace council demands release of Taliban leader from Guantanamo | AHN

In what could upset the United States and further sour relations, Afghanistan’s president-appointed High Peace Council has called for the immediate release of Taliban leader Khairullah Khairkhwa from the controversial Guantanamo Bay prison camp. The Council’s Political Prisoners Committee’s Chairman Mullah Arsala Rahmani, who was himself a former Taliban minister, in a statement to The Daily Telegraph, said that the ...

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