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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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Ralph Nader: Time for Democracy in Egypt | Ralph Nader via CounterPunch

Those politically savvy people who thought strongman, Hosni Mubarak would be out before the end of the first week of the Egyptian uprising better rethink the odds. For thirty years Mubarak has developed what can be called a deeply rooted dictatorial regime with regular White House access and annual largesse of some $1.3 billion in military equipment and payroll. What ...

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James Ridgeway: Swapping a Dictator for a Torturer | CounterPunch

As things now stand, the United States appears ready to have Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak tossed out in exchange for his newly-named Vice President, Omar Suleiman, the Egyptian spy master. That is, maintain the status quo by swapping one dictator for another. Of course, Israel must sign off on this deal aimed at assuring that Egypt can remain as America’s ...

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Alexander Cockburn: The God That’s Failing | CounterPunch

As the Egyptian-American film director Suzy Kassem writes on CounterPunch: “A human being can only take so much when their basic rights as a citizen of the earth are being denied to them – or sold at a high cost. When you have to pay for clean water, a sustainable roof that won’t collapse, a C-class car that costs double ...

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How Much Longer Can Autocrat Mubarak Cling on to Power? | AlterNet

Anti-American sentiment was growing after Mr Obama’s continued if tepid support for the Mubarak regime. “No, Obama, not Mubarak,” posters read. And Mr Mubarak’s face appeared with a Star of David superimposed over his face. Many of the crowd produced stun gun cartridge cases fired last week with “Made in the USA” stamped on the bottom. And I noticed the ...

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Did Congress approve America’s longest war? | Bruce Ackerman and Oona Hathaway via guardian.co.uk.

President Obama’s state of the union was quickly followed by a second one in Afghanistan. President Karzai finally convened the newly-elected parliament with a Kennedyesque “Ask not what Afghanistan can do for you, ask what you can do for Afghanistan.” He had been resisting American pressure to open parliament for months, preferring to rule by presidential decree. His capitulation marks ...

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Hu-Obama meeting boosts partnership beneficial to world peace, stability: Italian experts | Xinhua

ROME, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) — The latest meeting between Chinese President Hu Jintao and his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama has ramped up the two countries’ partnership, which would be conducive to world peace and stability, Italian scholars said. “It was very important unity. The fact that China and the United States have agreed to strengthen their relationship on aspect of ...

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