Haiti Issues New Passport to Ex-Leader Aristide

8 February, 2011 — Common Dreams

PORT-AU-PRINCE – The Haitian government said it has issued a new passport to former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, enabling him to end his exile in South Africa and return to Haiti, a government official said.

Jean-Bertrand Aristide has been living in South Africa since 2004, and in recent months has repeatedly requested to be allowed to return home to the Caribbean nation, but said he had no travel documents as his passport had expired. The Haitian government now says it has issued a new passport to former president Aristide, enabling him to end his exile in South Africa and return to Haiti

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My Return to Haiti By Jean-Bertrand Aristide

8 February, 2011 — Black Agenda Report

Ever since being driven into exile by the United States in 2004, the democratically elected former president of Haiti has sought to return to his devastated country, now occupied and dominated by foreigners. ‘An exogenous plan of reconstruction – one that is profit-driven, exclusionary, conceived of and implemented by non-Haitians,’ says Jean-Bertrand Aristide, ‘cannot reconstruct Haiti.’

My Return to Haiti by Jean-Bertrand Aristide

‘I will return to Haiti to the field I know best and love: education.’

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Illusions About Egyptian Military Can Damage Movement

8 February, 2011 — The Real News Network

Gilbert Achcar: Ordinary soldiers may be with the democratic movement, but high command is at the core of the regime


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Gilbert Achcar is professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. His many books include The Clash of the Barbarisms: The Making of the New World Disorder, The 33-Day War: Israel’s War in Hezbollah in Lebanon and Its Aftermath, (with Michael Warschawski) and Perilous Power: The Middle East and US Foreign Policy, co-authored with Noam Chomsky


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Protesters Return to Tahrir Square

9 February, 2011 — The Real News Network

As Cairo’s Tahrir Square bulges with a record number of protesters, Channel 4 News understands that pro-Mubarak supporters are turning against their leader. Pro-Government supporters in Egypt ‘turn on Mubarak’ – Reuters


Protesters Return to Tahrir Square
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As Cairo’s Tahrir Square bulges with a record number of protesters, Channel 4 News understands that pro-Mubarak supporters are turning against their leader.

Pro-Government supporters in Egypt ‘turn on Mubarak’ – Reuters

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Obamanomics, Reagan's Demons, the Reagan We Remember: BA Report for Feb 9, 2011

9 February, 2011 — Black Agenda Report – News, Analysis and Commentary from the Black Left

Chamber of Commerce Obamanomics

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford
After two years in office, Obama clearly has nothing to offer the Democratic Party “base,” but arrives at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce bearing impressive gifts. “The president’s groveling performance at the Chamber shows him, once again, to be a corporate facilitator who doesn’t even bother to polish up his old con game.” This is a man who is “eager to move the bar even further rightward, with some help from his Republican partners.”
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Yes to Fairer Votes: Will you be #15,000?

9 February, 2011 — Yes to Fairer Votes

Just over 10,000 people have co-signed our letter to the BBC complaining about their ludicrous decision to stop describing electoral reform as “electoral reform.”

Will you be the one to help us hit 15,000?

Add your name to our letter now:


This is one of those crucial moments in a campaign – one that could have ramifications right on through up to polling day.

Protecting their interests first as always, the old guard are bullying the BBC into using misleading and inappropriate language to describe the choice ahead of voters on 5 May.

If they get away with it, this won’t be an honest debate. Nor will it be a fair fight.

Co-sign our letter to the BBC now, and get five friends to do the same:


Thank you,

Jonathan Bartley

ColdType February 2011 Issue

9 February, 2011 — Coldtype

Download in pdf format at http://www.coldtype.net


The Revolution Is Being Televised, Fazila Farouk & Jess Hurd; It’s Egypt’s Revolution, Not Ours, Chris Hedges; A Lesson In Revolution And Hypocrisy, Andy Worthington; Hurwitt’s Eye, Mark Hurwitt; Walk Like An Egyptian, David Michael Green; Kissinger On Egypt? Give Us A Break!, Barry Lando; Pox Americana, Tom Engelhardt.

Criminal Kosovo: America’s Gift To Europe, Diana Johnstone; Darwin Was Right, Fred Reed; Britain’s Real Domestic Terrorists, George Monbiot; The War On Wikileaks, John Pilger; The Us Media: Selling Views, Calling It News, John Kozy; The Palestine Papers, Jonathan Cook; Obama’s Plan To Take Over The Internet, John Whitehead; Media As A Branch Of Government, Justin Raimondo; Nothing But Sh*t Strewn Everywhere, Jeff Archer; I’m Okay. You’re Criminally Insane, Michael I. Niman; Bendib’s World, Khalil Bendib; Shot In The Head, Alison Weir; A Cautionary Tale, William Blum; Why Washington Hates Hugo Chavez, Mike Whitney; Future Weapons For Future Wars, Nick Turse; Life At The Top, Sam Pizzigati; The Imperial War Presidency, David Swanson; Bradley Manning’s Torture: What’s New?, Sherwood Ross


1. The Invisible Government, by John Pilger
2. The Shining City On A Hill, by David Cromwell & David Edwards
3. Axioms Of Evil, by John Hatch
4. Globalization & Democracy, by Michael Parenti
5. Resort To Fear, by Noam Chomsky

Enjoy! (and if you don’t, let us know why)

Tony Sutton (Editor)

Media Lens: Captive Nation – Egypt And The West

9 February, 2011 — Media Lens

In 1886, Tolstoy wrote:

‘Slavery has long been abolished. It was abolished in Rome, and in America, and in Russia, but what was abolished was the word and not the thing in itself.’ (Tolstoy, What Then Must We Do?, Green Classics, 1991, p.104

In 2011, ‘the thing in itself’ is alive and well in Egypt. What an extraordinary spectacle it is – a dictatorship behaving as though an entire people were its personal property. Henchmen aside, the people have spoken, almost as one, and their demands are very clear. The blunt government response, in effect: We react as we want. If we don’t want to, we don’t have to. Why? Because we have a monopoly of violence.

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US Backing of Egypt VP: Hypocrisy in Regime Change | Global Research TV

9 February, 2011 — GRTV

As protests in Egypt enter a third week, thousands of demonstrators are keeping up the pressure on President Hosni Mubarak to step down. Cairo’s main square has seen a mass sit-in, but crowds are being pushed back by the army to get traffic moving. Banks and some businesses are now re-opening, but schools remain closed and the night curfew is still in force.

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Egypt Newslinks 8-9 February, 2011

9 February, 2011 — creative-i.info

News and analysis from the independent media on events in Egypt

9 February, 2011

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