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Egypt’s Jon Stewart Is Not Done Laughing

Egypt’s Jon Stewart Is Not Done Laughing

This is how the book begins, as so many sagas in the Middle East do: Panic on the way to the airport. Praying your name doesn’t show up on a no-fly list. Dr. Bassem Youssef writes: “Destination:

What Did Al Jazeera Do?

Last month, Saudi leaders took the dramatic step of leading a coalition of Gulf states to cut ties with Qatar, accusing the tiny emirate of supporting regional terrorist groups. Qatar has long had

How Can the Qatar Crisis Be Resolved?

Steve Coll writes about the current crisis in Qatar, where leadership is likely to refuse to accommodate the demands of the U.S. blockading coalition.

Mashrou’ Leila and the Night Club’s Political Power

Elias Muhanna writes about a performance by the Lebanese indie-rock band Mashrou’ Leila in Brooklyn.

Youth Quake in Middle East Threatens Elite Power Structures

Arab youth have had it with their aged, traditional leaders.
Professor Claims Soros ‘Missionaries’ Bragged About Toppling Governments in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East

Professor Claims Soros ‘Missionaries’ Bragged About Toppling Governments in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East

Author and sociologist Frank Furedi claims globalist activists working for billionaire financier George Soros bragged about toppling governments at a private lunch.
We Are Over Trash Dictators

We Are Over Trash Dictators

It's episode 32 & the girls are back to discuss Bashar Al-Assad's attack on the Syrian city of Ghouta, the Iran-Contra affair & how it compares to the Trump-Russia scandal, then they shoutout
Xi Jinping says China’s authoritarian system can be a model for the world

Xi Jinping says China’s authoritarian system can be a model for the world

Chinese president Xi Jinping has repeatedly told the world that China is ready to lead on issues like free trade and climate change. Now, he’s…
Facebook Has a Genocide Problem

Facebook Has a Genocide Problem

The optimism surrounding tech’s potential for spreading freedom and democracy was hard-wired into the Arab Spring. In its early weeks and months, talk of technology and revolution were inseparable. On
Teachers on four continents stage mass strikes

Teachers on four continents stage mass strikes

In the USA, there are tens of thousands of teachers in open rebellion, in Oklahoma, West Virginia, Arizona, Kentucky, and things are heating up in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Iowa and Colorado. (more…)
James Clapper Flashback: Muslim Brotherhood Is 'Largely Secular' and 'Has Eschewed Violence'

James Clapper Flashback: Muslim Brotherhood Is 'Largely Secular' and 'Has Eschewed Violence'

In 2011, James Clapper described the Muslim Brotherhood — an Islamist umbrella organization and the progenitor of Islamic terrorist organizations such as Hamas — as a “largely secular” network of

Libya an Obstacle on Tunisia’s Path to Stability

In an interview, Tunisian foreign minister says Western-led action in Libya in 2011 was reckless.
From Tahrir to Trump: how the internet became the dictators' home turf

From Tahrir to Trump: how the internet became the dictators' home turf

Zeynep Tufekci (previously) leads Tech Review's politics issue with the best overview of the forces that have combined to make the internet so hospitable to totalitarians and racist pigs. (more…)

Using information security to explain why disinformation makes autocracies stronger and democracies weaker

The same disinformation campaigns that epitomize the divisions in US society -- beliefs in voter fraud, vaccine conspiracies, and racist conspiracies about migrants, George Soros and Black Lives
The Assassination of Raed Fares, and the Day the Syrian Revolution Died

The Assassination of Raed Fares, and the Day the Syrian Revolution Died

Eliza Griswold writes about the assassination of Raed Fares, one of the most prominent leaders of the democratic revolution against the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.

Sisi Isn’t Mubarak. He’s Much Worse.

Egypt faced terrible repression during the Nasser, Sadat, and Mubarak eras, but nothing like today’s sustained cruelty.
Is Revolutionary Fervor Afire—Again—in Tunisia?

Is Revolutionary Fervor Afire—Again—in Tunisia?

Robin Wright on the Tunisian television reporter Abderrazak Zorgui, whose death by self-immolation sparked days of protests and clashes with police.
These are the key African elections to watch in 2019

These are the key African elections to watch in 2019

Tens of millions of Africans will go to the polls this year in the hope of using the ballot to deepen the quality of democratic…

FIFA Cares About Cash, Not Players

By allowing a refugee soccer player to remain stranded in Thailand, soccer’s governing body is scoring another own goal.
Hayward: Rape Survivor Lara Logan Gets Cold Shoulder from Media

Hayward: Rape Survivor Lara Logan Gets Cold Shoulder from Media

Lara Logan poked the mainstream media beehive last week in a no-holds-barred interview where she bluntly accused many reporters of becoming “political activists” and even “propagandists” for the Left.