Codepink Medea Benjamin Attacked

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*+-Codepink Medea Benjamin Attacked while in Egypt. Benjamin was detained by border police in the Cairo airport, held overnight in a cell, and then brutally tackled (her arm badly injured), handcuffed, and deported to Turkey.

Egypt’s Dark Tunnel

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*+-Adil Shamoo: Events since the ouster of Mohamed Morsi have been ominous for democracy and for Egypt.

Time to Bring “Nation Building” Home

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*+-Tom Hall: Ain’t it grand that we have a looming new war with Syria to take our minds off of the coup in Egypt and the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March for Jobs and Freedom!

Egypt Uprising Not Over

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*+-Bill Fletcher Jr.: The massacre must be condemned. The Egyptian military is further discrediting itself. A political solution must be found and it is likely that at least some wing of the Islamists will need to be included in that political solution.

Egypt and the Arab Spring

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*+-John Peeler: There cannot be democracy in Egypt, or elsewhere in the Middle East, unless the Islamists are brought in, and eventually brought around to accepting that electoral victories do not confer absolute power.

Egypt’s Coming Islamic State

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*+-Nezar AlSayyad: When Morsi issued a decree granting himself unlimited emergency powers, allowing him to hold executive and legislative authority, while shielding himself from any possible judicial challenges, the opposition rightfully compared him to Mubarak and started to call him a dictator and a Pharaoh.

We Are All the 99%

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*+-Denis Campbell: As the Occupy Wall Street movement enters its fourth week, on Saturday the New York and Washington base camp plazas were so overfilled they resembled Tahrir Square, Cairo.

Arab Spring: The Kings and the Presidents

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*+-John Peeler: Just as with the fall of the Soviet Bloc in Eastern Europe, success in Tunisia encouraged protesters elsewhere; success in the most important Arab state, Egypt, meant that success was conceivable anywhere.

Super Rich Sabotage Arab Revolutions

*+-Shamus Cooke: If pro-democracy or anti-austerity movements emerge victorious, they’ll have an immediate problem to solve — how to pay for their vision of a better world.

The Egyptian Middle Class Is Disgruntled. Again.

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*+-Guy Laron: Though protesters in Cairo are clamoring for democracy, the underlying cause of the demonstrations may be the economic plight of the Egyptian middle class, according to historian Guy Laron. In this essay, Laron traces the roots of that economic plight back to the 1952 coup that brought the current military regime to power.

Will Revolution Succeed in Egypt?

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*+-Steve Hochstadt: Little depends on what we in the U.S. do. Our best bet is to offer support to democratic institutions, no matter who the likely winner of a free vote might be.