Archive | January, 2011

  • Tunisia: Continue the Revolution to Achieve Its Objectives

      No to the Continuation of Tyranny, No to Foreign Intervention While the Tunisian masses have been continuing their sit-in in the Qasbah Government Square, and tens of thousands of Tunisians have been marching in Sfax, Tunis, Sidi Bouzid, Jendouba, Nabeul, and other parts of the country, to bring down the “national unity government,” a […]

  • “They Want to Abort This Revolution, But We Will Win”: Interview with Nawal El Saadawi

      Amy Goodman: Your feelings today in the midst of this popular rebellion against the Mubarak regime, calling on Mubarak to leave?  Do you agree? Nawal El Saadawi: We are in the streets every day, people, children, old people, including myself.  I am now 80 years of age, suffering of this regime for half a […]

  • Can the Obama Administration Learn Lessons from the Egyptian Uprising?

      Karl Marx, in his famous treatise on Louis Bonaparte’s coup d’état of 2 December 1851, pointing out its similarities to the coup undertaken by Napoleon Bonaparte a little over 50 years before, remarked that history has the tendency to repeat itself, ‘the first [time] as tragedy, then as farce’. As with so many other […]

  • Egypt to Mubarak: Your Time Is Up

    Carlos Latuff is a Brazilian cartoonist.   Cf. Nancy A. Youssef, “Why Has Egypt’s Army Not Confronted the Protests?” (McClatchy Newspapers, 30 January 2011). | Print

  • The Showdown in Cairo!

    Tomorrow the Egyptian people will go to the streets en masse to give the final blow to the regime.  The people are talking of a rally of millions, and people have been pouring into Midan Atahrir, Tahrir Square, today and heading towards Cairo from the provinces.  The regime closed all the roads and stopped the […]

  • Egypt: MSM on Baradei, Muslim Brotherhood, and the 6th of April

    IT IS NOT TRUE WHAT MSM IS BROADCASTING ABOUT PROTESTERS CALLING ON BARADEI TO LEAD TRANSITIONAL GOVT! WE DO NOT WANT THE ARMY!  THE ARMY HAS BEEN RULING SINCE 1952.  THEY R NOT NEUTRAL PLAYERS. It is not true what some MSM outlets r broadcasting about the Muslim Brotherhood and the 6th of April leading […]

  • Egypt: Mubarak Tries to Intimidate Protesters with F16s

    US tax dollars at work. . . . Cf. “Security Assistance: State and DOD Need to Assess How the Foreign Military Financing Program for Egypt Achieves U.S. Foreign Policy and Security Goals,” GAO-06-437 (11 April 2006).  See, also, “Egypt’s Minister of Defense Joins Protesters in Tahrir Square” (Al-Masry Al-Youm, 30 January 2011). | Print

  • Bahrain, 14 February 2011?

    FYI: Cf. ثورة 14 فبراير في البحرين ; and BahrainFeb14, ; “Clerics have been ordered to preach against chaos” (As’ad AbuKhalil, “Bahrain Is Scared,” Angry Arab News Service, 28 January 2011). | Print

  • Photographing the Tunisian Revolution

      Nasser Nouri is an Egyptian photographer.  The videos above were released by Ahram Online on 20, 23, and 24 January 2011.   var idcomments_acct = ‘c90a61ed51fd7b64001f1361a7a71191’; var idcomments_post_id; var idcomments_post_url; | Print  

  • Egypt: Mubarak Bans Al Jazeera

      Carlos Latuff is a Brazilian cartoonist.   Cf. “Egypt Shuts Down Al Jazeera Bureau” (Al Jazeera, 30 January 2011). | Print  

  • Mubarak Addresses the Egyptian People

    Mubarak: Leave, stay, leave, stay, leave, stay. . . . God damn you, Zine Ben Ali. May you burn in hell. It’s impossible to fix things now. Damn it. I think I’ll go make a speech — maybe things will quiet down a little.

  • Spain: The State of Dis-Unions

    Well-known Do-nothings’ GalleryUGT: Whatever you vote for, we’ll be with you!CCOO: Yeah, what he said!UGT: Of course, that’s already taken into account! Juan Kalvellido is a Spanish cartoonist.  Translation by Yoshie Furuhashi (@yoshiefuruhashi | yoshie.furuhashi [at] gmail.com).  Cf. LibreRed, “Contra el ‘pensionazo’” (22 January 2011); Nigel Davies, “Spain Passes Pension Reform with Union Backing” (Reuters, […]

  • Egypt: On the Appointment of Suleiman As Vice President

    Only a few days after the start of the revolution, the regime is beginning to take desperate measures. Appointing Omar Suleiman as vice president means telling everybody that Hosni Mubarak is over and out and that Gamal Mubarak will never be president. At the same time it means telling the people that Suleiman, the man […]

  • What Hillary Rodham Clinton Really Meant to Say on Egypt

      Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton: We are deeply scared about our empire in the region and slightly embarrassed that we fund the Egyptian security forces to repress their own people, and we call on the 30-year dictatorship in Egypt to do everything in its power to protect our interests. . . .  As […]

  • Social Pact in Spain

    Eneko Las Heras, born in Caracas in 1963, is a cartoonist based in Spain.  The cartoon above was first published on his blog . . . Y sin embargo se mueve on 28 January 2011.  Cf. Nigel Davies, “Spain Passes Pension Reform with Union Backing” (Reuters, 28 January 2011). | Print

  • In Solidarity with the People of Egypt

      “We need more protests abroad in front of Egyptian embassies.” — Hossam el-Hamalawy Ann Arbor Atlanta Austin Boston Chicago Cincinnati Columbus, Ohio Dearborn Kansas City Los Angeles Manhattan Portland, Oregon Queens San Francisco Seattle Washington, DC Auckland, New Zealand Berlin, Germany Beirut, Lebanon Caracas, Venezuela Copenhagen, Denmark Dublin, Ireland Edmonton, Canada Istanbul, Turkey London, […]

  • Public Sector Squeeze

      A national campaign is now fully launched to make local public sector employees pick up a major share of the costs of economic crisis.  Years of rising spending and falling revenue have carved a path of destruction through federal, state, and local budgets.  Deficits and debts have mounted, eroding taxpayer support for government spending […]

  • My Words Are Free

    كلمتي حرة Habib Bourguiba Avenue, Tunis, 24 January 2011 I am free among the fearless I belong to the secrets that never die I am the voice of those who resist I find meaning in the midst of chaos I fight for the right of the oppressed, Sold out by the dogs Who steal wheat […]

  • The Shifting Balance of Power in the Middle East: The Cases of Egypt and Lebanon

    America’s international standing is under mounting strain on multiple fronts.  Nowhere is this more glaring than in the Middle East, where the balance of influence (and hence power) is shifting away from the United States and toward Iran, Turkey, and their allies.  This trend may, in fact, accelerate as a consequence of ongoing unrest in […]

  • Egypt: Can the Army Neutralize the People?

    Hope is a powerful feeling, it is contagious, and it tends to increase geometrically.  And hope is exactly what Tunisia gave our Arab people everywhere.  Tunisia the land of the revolution where today three martyrs fell in the Kasbah, is still the inspiration of a whole Nation.  Our great dormant nation, from Rabat to Baghdad. […]