Politics

Egypt in the Rear Mirror (II): Who Are the Not-So-Invisible Powers Behind the Troglodytes?

If you cannot win them, join them” seems to be the old British political principle that Washington has been applying to its plans to re-design the Arab region, always under the recurrent public pretext of the “war on terrorism.” By…

Egypt in the Rear Mirror (I): The Irresistible Temptation to Analyse What One Ignores

By Baher Kamal.- “If we, the Spanish people, spoke only of what we know, an immense silence would be generated”. This statement was made by Manuel Azaña, Spanish politician and writer who served as prime minister of his country (1931-1933…

Exclusive: NSA, FBI, DIA Sued over Refusal to Disclose U.S. Role in Imprisonment of Nelson Mandela

Amy Goodam interviews Ryan Shapiro In a Democracy Now! exclusive, one of the nation’s most prolific transparency activists, Ryan Shapiro, reveals he is suing the NSA, FBI and Defense Intelligence Agency in an attempt to force them to open their…

Taiwan: Sunflower Student Movement

Sunflower Student Movement March 22, 2014 Kerim What is happening1 in Taiwan? The best introductory text to the events immediately preceding the protest is this piece by J. Michael Cole in The Diplomat: Thousands of Taiwanese were surrounding and occupying the Legislative Yuan (LY) in…

Taiwan students occupy parliament over China trade dealings

Students and other mostly young protesters made the media as they held banners inside Taiwan’s legislature in Taipei, March 18, 2014. They burst into the Legislative Yuan late Tuesday and fought off police efforts to get them out. Media aired…

Endless War? As Syria Conflict Enters 4th Year, Deadly Stalemate Favors Assad Regime

Amy Goodman for Democracy Now! The conflict between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and rebels seeking his ouster has just entered its fourth year. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says more than 146,000 people have been killed since the…

Obituary: Tony Benn, the gadfly of the UK’s establishment

Tony Benn has died this month aged 88. He was a central campaigner in British leftwing politics. He hated New Labour for abandoning all socialist principles. He was the second son in a family with strong religious ethos. His father…

NO Referendum in Crimea

A referendum is one of the tools of a democratic process and cannot be used under military occupation. Russia has used military forces to annex Crimea, which is currently part of Ukraine. The international community needs to take a very clear stance.…

Maduro Calls Opposition Students to Peace Conference

Caracas, Mar 13 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro called opposition university students to attend the establishment of a Student Youth Chapter of the National Peace Conference, in full development in various sectors and regions of the country. Repeatedly, the…

Ukraine: Warlike confrontations inadmissible today

Again the same polarizations, tensions, provocations and pre-war situations. The conflict in Syria has not been resolved and the echoes from Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq, are still sounding. But the insatiable war machine needs even more feeding – this time in…

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