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The Irony of Democracy

I have to admit, I’m not really sure what to think about what is going on in Egypt right now. Some of you may remember that I visited Egypt less than two years ago, just after the revolution but before the elections. But if I learned one thing from talking to people there, it is […]

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Money Is Speech. Little Money Is Little Speech.

Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Buckley v. Valeo (1976) that spending money to influence elections is a form of constitutionally protected free speech, the speech of wealthy citizens and Corporations have increasingly dominated public debate. Even worse, money is nearly the only form of speech behind closed doors in the halls of […]

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Tea Party Terminators

[by Cliff Schecter] Towards the beginning of the original Terminator film, Kyle Reese, who has come back to the past to save Sarah Connor – whose spawn will save mankind – lets her know what she’s facing in her new cybernetic stalker. “Listen, and understand. That terminator is out there. It can’t be bargained with. […]

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What Happened to our Democracy?

Juan Cole has a thoughtful piece on his blog entitled “10 Ways Arab Democracies Can Avoid American Mistakes“. In it, he encourages the new democracies emerging in the Middle East to avoid making the same mistakes that are causing so much trouble in the US. What I find ironic is that his article is really […]

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The more things change, the more they stay the same

© Ted Rall We’ve done a spectacularly bad job of “helping” countries like Iraq and Afghanistan transition to democracy. I for one am glad that we are staying fairly hands off with countries like Egypt and Libya. But it is ironic that the same conservatives who used to denounce “nation building” are now attacking Obama […]

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Feeding the Hand that Bites You

© Matt Wuerker This cartoon makes the point that we don’t learn from history, but I think it might even be worse than that. At least in some cases, we have encouraged these people to become dictators. Democracy can be such a messy thing.

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Libya Darling

[reprinted from Political Relief. Thanks Chris!] Libya Darling and Keep the Oil Flowing For a country that did something truly revolutionary 235 years ago and is rightfully proud of it, our reactions to the recent protests in the Arab world would leave all but the most cynical person scratching their heads. Libya is the latest […]

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Dictatorial Master?

© Clay Bennett Actually, it seems like they own us outside of work as well.

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Are we ready for Democracy?

© Ed Stein Egypt now has a smaller gap between the rich and the poor than we do. Only in America could the powers-that-be co-opt a popular uprising like this. Tea Partiers, by and large, are richer, whiter and older than the general population, and hardly represent the downtrodden and the disposessed. If anything, they […]

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Bitter Irany

© John Sherffius Just a few days after the Iran government praised the protesters in Egypt, they got their own protests, which they promptly tried to suppress.

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Stability

© Joel Pett Is unbridled democracy really that scary to the US government?

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Unfortunately, Mubarak said “no”

© Tom Toles UPDATE: Apparently Mubarak changed his mind today.

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Is anyone else worried about headlines that read “Protestors have won, Mubarak is stepping down”?

I thought the goal was to establish democracy in Egypt, and try to get rid of their crushing corruption? How does having Mubarak step down, to be replaced by his handpicked vice president, guarantee this will happen? Something tells me that Mubarak is trying to pull a fast one in order to get the protests […]

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Conservative Logic

© Tom Tomorrow Maybe he needs a robot with two heads, so it can believe two contradictory thoughts at the same time. The one thing we know for sure is that no matter what happens, it will be Obama’s fault.

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JFK on Egypt

© Keith Tucker Thom Hartmann has more to say about this. UPDATE: An interesting insider’s view of what is really happening in Egypt.

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