Video: Exclusive: Egyptian Activist Alaa Abd El-Fattah on Prison & Regime’s “War on a Whole Generation”

31 March 2014 — Democracy Now!

In a Democracy Now! global broadcast exclusive, we spend the hour with one of Egypt’s most prominent dissidents, Alaa Abd El-Fattah, speaking in his first extended interview after nearly four months behind bars. An open Internet and political activist, Fattah has been at the forefront of the struggle for change in Egypt for many years and has the distinction of having been actively persecuted by Egypt’s past four successive rulers. Facing a potential return to prison in the coming months, Fattah sits down with Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous to discuss his case, Egypt’s future and its ongoing crackdown on activists. “They are on a sentencing frenzy,” Fattah says of Egypt’s military rulers. “This is not just about me. It’s almost as if it’s a war on a whole generation.” Special thanks to Omar Robert Hamilton and Sherine Tadros (inc. transcript).

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Video: Exclusive: Egyptian Activist Alaa Abd El-Fattah on Prison & Regime’s "War on a Whole Generation"

31 March 2014 — Democracy Now!

In a Democracy Now! global broadcast exclusive, we spend the hour with one of Egypt’s most prominent dissidents, Alaa Abd El-Fattah, speaking in his first extended interview after nearly four months behind bars. An open Internet and political activist, Fattah has been at the forefront of the struggle for change in Egypt for many years and has the distinction of having been actively persecuted by Egypt’s past four successive rulers. Facing a potential return to prison in the coming months, Fattah sits down with Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous to discuss his case, Egypt’s future and its ongoing crackdown on activists. “They are on a sentencing frenzy,” Fattah says of Egypt’s military rulers. “This is not just about me. It’s almost as if it’s a war on a whole generation.” Special thanks to Omar Robert Hamilton and Sherine Tadros (inc. transcript).

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ColdType Issue 84 Now on line: Ukraine / The UK Miners' Strike and more…

31 March 2014 — Coldtype

Inside This 84-page issue

COVER STORY –THE BATTLE FOR UKRAINE: Analysis and photographs that you didn’t read in your morning paper, by J.P. Sottile, Diana Johnstone, Andy Piascik, Sasha Maksymenko, Randall Amster, Norman Solomon and Fred Reed. In an excerpt from a new book about the British Miners’ Strike, Grenville Williams tells how police falsified statements after the notorious Battle of Orgreave. Tim Knight recalls being captured by rebel forces in the Congo while in the company of a friend now accused of political assassination; Greg Palast reveals the real villain of the Exxon Valdez disaster 25 years ago; and Dave Zirin tells how Israeli soldiers crippled two Palestinian soccer stars. We’ve got a new story by Joe Bageant, insight from John Pilger, John W. Whitehead, Chris Hedges, Chellis Glendinning, and much more.

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The Crimean Crisis and US Hypocrisy. “War of Words” to Justify Outright Aggression By Kourosh Ziabari

31 March 2014 — Global Research

The war of words between Russia and the United States is soaring these days over the sovereignty of the Crimean peninsula, and the White House officials are constantly directing accusations and excruciating verbal attacks against Kremlin in what seems to be the most serious dispute between Moscow and the West in the recent years.

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Secrets About Suspected Israeli Theft of U.S. Weapons-Grade Nuclear Material Declassified

29 March 2014 — PR Newswire

On March 18, 2014 ISCAP, the highest declassification authority in the U.S., released 84 pages (PDF) of formerly secret information about investigations into the illegal diversion of weapons-grade nuclear material from a Pennsylvania plant into the clandestine Israeli nuclear weapons program.  Files now available to the public from IRmep’s ISCAP process include:

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New evidence of US intelligence links to Boston Marathon bomber By Nick Barrickman

31 March 2014 — WSWS

Last Friday, lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the suspect charged with detonating pressure cooker bombs near the finish line of last year’s Boston Marathon, alleged in a court statement that FBI agents had attempted to force Dzhokhar’s older brother Tamerlan to inform on the Chechen and Muslim community in the Boston area, contributing to the latter’s decision to carry out the attacks on April 15 last year.

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Target: Ukraine – How foreign intervention is tearing the country apart By grtv

3 March 2014 — grtv

William Engdahl and Michel Chossudovsky

As geopolitical analysts from across the board explain, the Ukrainian coup has been deliberately provoked by outside agents to promote a combination of US, EU, NATO and IMF interests. Perhaps more worrying than the interference itself are its potential implications. As Russia’s every move is now being scrutinized for a possible military response to the ongoing crisis, the specter of a larger military operation now hangs over Eastern Europe.

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