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Alberta Politics: News Satire: U.S. will not tolerate foreigners acting like Americans, officials say

ILLUSTRATIONS: A map showing some of the countries in which the United States has interfered in the political process (grabbed from Geology.com). Below: U.S. CIA Director John O. Brennan, Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candid… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: News Satire: U.S. will not tolerate foreigners acting like Americans, officials say

The Disaffected Lib: Could Syria Become the 21st Century Sarajevo?

There were plenty of proxy wars during the Cold War only back then the principals had enough sense to avoid direct clashes. That was then, this is Syria where today we find the rival superpowers circling each other inside the same phone booth.

You could search the world over and never find one place . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Could Syria Become the 21st Century Sarajevo?

The Disaffected Lib: Meanwhile, Today In ISIS News….

These guys are really getting around.  They’re in Syria and Iraq.  They’re in Libya and environs.  They’re becoming established in Afghanistan.  Now they’re engaging Egypt and Israel.  Yes, that’s right, Israel.  This ISIS outfit is on the move.

The Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, reports that the Israeli Defence Force is preparing for an ISIS attack out . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Meanwhile, Today In ISIS News….

The Canadian Progressive: Retrial of Al Jazeera Journalists Must Pave Way to Their Unconditional Freedom

Egypt’s retrial of Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy and two other jailed Al Jazeera journalists acknowledges major flaws in their original convictions, says Amnesty International.

The post Retrial of Al Jazeera Journalists Must Pave Way to Their Unconditional Freedom appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Disaffected Lib: Washington’s Quagmire Mentality

When it comes to Iraq, or the rest of the Middle East for that matter, America is operating on a number of assumptions rooted in fantasy.  These false assumptions ensure that America will keep getting itself trapped in quagmire.

Andrew Bacevich, former US Army commander turned academic, knows a good deal about Iraq. . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Washington’s Quagmire Mentality

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 . . . → Read More: Left Over: The US Declares Permanent War in Arab Winter

Bill Longstaff: The Islamic State—should we be helping to clean up the Americans’ mess?

In early 2003, there were no Islamic extremists in Iraq, or at least none that dared raise their heads above ground. Then the Americans and their “coalition of the willing” invaded.

Today, Islamic extremists so vile even al-Qaeda disowns them have taken control of a huge swath of the country including major cities and now . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: The Islamic State—should we be helping to clean up the Americans’ mess?

The Disaffected Lib: Egypt’s Government – The One We Like – Mass Murderers?

A Human Rights Watch investigation into the deaths of more than 800-protesters by Egyptian security forces at last August’s Rabaa massacre finds the slaughter was both planned and politically motivated.

“The 195-page investigation based on interviews with 122 survivors and witnesses has found Egypt’s police and army ‘systematically and deliberately killed unarmed protesters on political . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Egypt’s Government – The One We Like – Mass Murderers?

Cowichan Conversations: Once And For All

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Like so many of you I am reading and observing the Palestinian onslaught from afar.

The positions seem to be so absolute, so tightly held that it is a challenge to grasp the sense of it sometimes.

This Uri Avnery piece was sent to me recently and makes as much . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Once And For All

Montreal Simon: Mohamed Fahmy and the Shameful Silence of Stephen Harper

It's a trial that has caused outrage all over the world. The sentencing of three Al Jazeera journalists, including a Canadian citizen Mohamed Fahmy, to long prison terms in Egypt.For the crime of committing journalism.But even though world leaders have been lining up to condemn that travesty of justice.Even though journalists all over the . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Mohamed Fahmy and the Shameful Silence of Stephen Harper

Bill Longstaff: Egypt’s Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and déjà vu

That Egyptian general Abdel Fattah el-Sisi intends to return the country to military rule becomes increasingly clear. Leader of the July 2013 coup against then President Mohamed Morsi, Sisi is running in the May 26-27 presidential election which he is expected to win in a landslide. He is highly popular and is systematically eliminating the . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Egypt’s Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and déjà vu

LeDaro: The Egyptian situation

I don’t know where it is headed to. More death and destruction. From Arab Spring to Arab tragedy and it is getting worse.

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy . . . → Read More: LeDaro: The Egyptian situation

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

drive-by planet: The more things change…

The Disaffected Lib: Reaping the Whirlwind in Egypt

If democracy is to have any chance of surviving in Egypt it’s up to the E.U. and the U.S. to move against the generals.   The Egyptian army’s counter-coup is now a fait accompli.   Expectations that toppling the democratically-elected Morsi government would pave the way for a secular, non-elected, democratic (???) civilian government have been . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Reaping the Whirlwind in Egypt

Bill Longstaff: The U.S. war against democracy in the Middle East

The CIA’s recent public admission that it masterminded the 1953 military coup against Iran’s democratically elected government reminded me once again of the fickle U.S. support for democracy in the Middle East. American involvement was well-known—books have been written about it—but the publishing of previously classified documents by the U.S. National Security Archive amounts to . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: The U.S. war against democracy in the Middle East

The Disaffected Lib: Here, Mo, You Can Have Hosni’s Cell

Any remaining shred of doubt that the Egyptian military is playing  major league hardball on this coup d’etat is gone.  It’s not just the killings of Egyptian Islamists.  It’s not the release of their own capo, Hosni Mubarak.   Now they’re after Mohamed ElBaradei, the liberal who served for exactly one month as vice-president briefly . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Here, Mo, You Can Have Hosni’s Cell

LeDaro: More videos from Egypt -Mayham

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT

U.S self-interest and why it will not interfere to stop Egyptian military from massacring the civilians.WASHINGTON — The U.S. military is heavily dependent on Egypt to move personnel and equipment to Afghanistan and around volatile parts of the Middle East, complicating U.S. efforts to place pressure on the Egyptian military in . . . → Read More: LeDaro: More videos from Egypt -Mayham

LeDaro: Chaos and Turmoil continues in Egypt

This video was posted on YouTube 15 minutes ago. It is very sad. Another 50 people killed according to an NBC report.

The Disaffected Lib: Chris Hedges on "Murdering the Wretched of the Earth"

There’s a reason the Muslim poor flock to radical Islam, several reasons in fact.  They’ve been discussed at length before but Chris Hedges, in light of the massacres ongoing in Egypt, recaps:

Radical Islam is the last refuge of the Muslim poor. The mandated five prayers a day give the only real structure to . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Chris Hedges on "Murdering the Wretched of the Earth"

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 . . . → Read More: Left Over: Obama: Let’s Play Politics Anywhere Except at Home…

LeDaro: Egypt and ongoing turmoil

Mostafa Darwish / EPA, Egyptian security forces move  in to clear one of the two sit-in sites of supporters of ousted president Morsi, Wednesday.

It is sad to read about the turmoil in Egypt. People gave their lives to get rid of a military dictator. There was an election and Morsi did win. Then . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Egypt and ongoing turmoil

LeDaro: Egypt in turmoil again

I don’t understand what is going on in Egypt. First Egyptians did not want a military government. There were violent demonstrations until people succeeded to topple Hosni  Mubarak. He was charged with criminal actions of killing Egyptians and sentenced to jail.However he was ill and instead ended up in a military hospital.

Election were held . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Egypt in turmoil again

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: 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?