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RedBedHead: Egypt: Tension, Conflict & Chaos Rein On Eve Of Vote

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RedBedHead: Egypt: Tension, Conflict & Chaos Rein On Eve Of Vote

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RedBedHead: Egypt: Crisis Deepens As Mobilizations Continue

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RedBedHead: Egypt: Morsy Struggles To Get Out Of Crisis

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RedBedHead: Egypt: Between Victory & Danger

The situation is moving fast in Egypt and it’s hard to get a sense for what is happening on the ground. News media is reporting that President Morsy, 24 hours after saying he would change nothing, has agreed to postpone the constitutional referendum scheduled for December 15.

No details have yet emerged, and it . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: Egypt: Between Victory & Danger

RedBedHead: Egypt: "A Real Uprising Against The Muslim Brotherhood"

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RedBedHead: Egypt In The Balance

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RedBedHead: Gaza & The Not So Slow Decline Of Israel

Not alone any more: Egyptian protestors in Tahrir last year

In some ways what just went down in Gaza was business as usual. Israel provoked a mini-war with Gaza killing a leading Hamas politician (who was, in fact, the chief negotiator for a long term ceasefire with Israel) after engaging in its “normal” policies of . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: Gaza & The Not So Slow Decline Of Israel

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

RedBedHead: The Syrian Endgame: Bye Bye Bashar?

Who won’t celebrate the (probably nasty) end of Bashar al-Assad’s rule in Syria? This is a regime that has suppressed pretty much all forms of internal dissent and democratic participation and ruled with an iron fist for the better part of the last 40 years. There are no independent trade unions, no independent media. There . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: The Syrian Endgame: Bye Bye Bashar?

Montreal Simon: Quebec and the Betrayal of the Young

I like the words on this mural at the East side gallery in Berlin. "If they don't let us dream, then we don't let them sleep."

Because the day we stop dreaming about a better world, is the day that we start dying eh?

And those who would betray the future don't deserve to sleep . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Quebec and the Betrayal of the Young

RedBedHead: [VIDEO] Egyptian Journalist & Blogger Hossam El-Hamalawy On Workers & Egypt’s Revolution

This is an excellent talk on the role of workers in the ongoing Egyptian revolution and the state of the revolutionary struggle in Egypt today. Fascinating, inspiring – and sobering – stuff.

RedBedHead: February 11: The Day Egypt’s Revolution Kicks Out The Jams

The last year the revolution in Egypt has been a source of inspiration to people around the world. It has spawned movement across the region and, indeed across the world. In the minds of the ruling class it has inspired fear from China where mention of the Egyptian revolution was (and probably still is) banned . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: February 11: The Day Egypt’s Revolution Kicks Out The Jams

RedBedHead: Thank Occupy For Mayor Ford’s Big Defeat

Of course I know that it was a revolt by city councillors against the hare-brained, disastrous transit “policy” of Toronto Mayor Rob “I love gridlock” Ford. And it was the sweetest of sweet defeats against the Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum who like to think that they run the show like little Mubaraks. Here was . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: Thank Occupy For Mayor Ford’s Big Defeat

RedBedHead: Every Revolution Has Its Road

I was reading about the terrible, terrible tragedy in Egypt last night and today – 74 dead at a soccer match – and the ensuing mass protests and national explosion of anger. And I was struck by how the battle is unfolding in Egypt, the way that the military dictatorship maneuvers and shifts as it . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: Every Revolution Has Its Road

RedBedHead: Year One Of The Egyptian Revolution

There will be gobs and gobs of text filling the pages, websites and on air coverage today about the 1 year anniversary of the start of the Egyptian revolution. A lot of it, particularly in North America, will be stupid, low level stuff – fears of the Islamists taking power, etc etc. Very little of . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: Year One Of The Egyptian Revolution