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Art Threat: Sheen and gloss, personal and political: A Review of We are the Giant

We Are the Giant, a powerful portrait of five human rights activists in Syria, Libya, and Bahrain, personalizes the multiple, simultaneous, and in many ways ongoing struggles often monolithically referred to as the Arab Spring.

Through first-person interviews as well as archival, news, and cell phone footage, director Greg Barker goes beyond Western media’s surface . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Sheen and gloss, personal and political: A Review of We are the Giant

Montreal Simon: John Baird and the Con’s New Foreign Policy

OK. Let me be clear, as we say in Harperland. I ALWAYS thought it was a bad idea to make John Baird Foreign Minister.I couldn't help but feel that he lacked the necessary diplomatic skills. I never believed him when he declared that the Cons were human rights champions.Not after the way the . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: John Baird and the Con’s New Foreign Policy

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) fro… . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: Massacre in Egypt: Is Revolution Worth The Price?

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 . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: Massacre in Egypt: Is Revolution Worth The Price?

RedBedHead: Arab Revolutions Put Iran Attack On Back Foot

There can be little doubt that the Arab revolutions have already transformed the Middle East and look set to continue and deepen that transformation. Dictators in Tunisia, Yemen and, most spectacularly thus far, Egypt have gotten the boot. In Tunisia and Egypt the working class played a sizeable role in their ouster and this has . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: Arab Revolutions Put Iran Attack On Back Foot

The Scott Ross: Syria Isn’t About Syria

Bahrain and Syria both have repressive governments and both had uprisings in 2011, the United States and Saudi Arabia stopped one but are continuing the other, showing democracy and humanitarian concerns don’t shape foreign policy, national self-interest does.

In February 2011 protesters took to the streets in Bahrain calling for greater political freedom. In response . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Syria Isn’t About Syria

Bill Longstaff: Al Jazeera’s Bahrain doc wins another award

For a definitive record of the 2011 protests against the kleptocratic Al Khalifa family, rulers of Bahrain, one cannot do better than the Al Jazeera documentary “Bahrain: Shouting in the Dark.” The courage and spirit of the uprising is well laid out as is the grim and sickening detail of its repression.

The film has . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Al Jazeera’s Bahrain doc wins another award