Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood Will Not Capitulate (I) By Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR

3 July 2013 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Egypt is on the brink, and, paradoxically, it is probably going to continue to remain that way in the near term. 

The narrative we hear is far too simplistic. It goes something like this: an elected government turned out to be not only inept but arrogant and crudely insensitive toward the imperative need of inclusive democracy; a stagnant economy; rising prices; fuel shortages; power cuts – discontent is boiling over. 

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Why millions of Egyptians wanted Morsi out By Abayomi Azikiwe

3 July 2013 — Pambazuka News Issue 637 

The only real hope for Egypt is the formation of a government of national unity where the progressive forces are at the centre of the emerging political dispensation

STOP PRESS: Following mass protests, Egypt’s army has ousted President Mohammed Morsi from power, placed him under house arrest, suspended the constitution and pledged to hold early elections. The top judge of Egypt’s Constitutional Court, Adly Mahmud Mansour, has been sworn in as interim leader.

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Top National Security Experts: Spying Program Doesn’t Make Us Safer, and Spying Leaks Don’t Harm America

13 June, 2013– WashingtonsBlog

NSA Leaks Help – Rather than Hurt – the United States

America’s top national security experts say that the NSA’s mass surveillance program doesn’t make us safer … and that whistleblowers revealing the nature and extent of the program don’t harm America.

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What If They Held A Constitutional Convention and Everybody Came? By Dan Hind

1 April 2013 Return of the Public

On March 25th the House of Commons’ Political and Constitutional Reform Committee published Do We Need A Constitutional Convention for the UK? Though the report acknowledged widespread opposition to the idea – from the government, from the Scottish National Party and from the Conservative party in Wales, as well as from some members of the committee itself – it concluded that a convention was necessary, in order to address the growing strains on the UK‘s constitution caused by ‘a huge amount of incremental constitutional change over the past two decades’ (p.17).

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Feminist monkey wrenches in Egypt’s revolution By Eric Walberg

18 March 2013 — Eric Walberg 

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Egypt‘s National Council for Women

The process of shaping post-revolutionary Egypt to conform to the postmodern imperial world is proceeding apace. Egypt’s long history of invasion and occupation by first France (under Napoleon) and then Britain, and less formally from 1970 on under first Sadat and Mubarak, means there is a strong secular tradition, and the current attempt by Islamists to reverse this accommodation of western norms—’good’ and ‘bad’—is meeting fierce resistance, with women and their ‘rights’ at the forefront.

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Copyright for People, Not for Publishers By Jim Naureckas

17 January 2013FAIR Blog

In a release today from the Institute for Public Accuracy (1/17/13) on the legacy of Aaron Swartz, I came across a link to a great essay by Richard Stallman that appears to have been written about a decade ago. Called “Misinterpreting Copyright: A Series of Errors,” it’s one of the best explanations I’ve seen for what’s wrong with the way we think about copyright.

Participant in National Talk Like a Pirate Day. (Photo: Practical Owl)

How did this become the image of people who want to make copies? (Photo: practicalowl)

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VSC SPECIAL UPDATE, JANUARY 11, 2012: Venezuelan Supreme Court Rules Chavez Can Be Sworn in Later, Packed Solidarity Event & Messages of Support for Hugo Chavez

11 January 2013 — VSC

  1. VSC FACT SHEET: VENEZUELAN SUPREME COURT RULES CHAVEZ CAN BE SWORN IN LATER AND THAT NEW TERM OF OFFICE STARTS TODAY
  2. Packed Emergency Meeting Stands in Solidarity with Venezuela
  3. Statements of support from Britain for Hugo Chavez on the day his new term of office begins

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Exposing Five Key Media Myths about Chavez’s Health and Swearing-in By EWAN ROBERTSON AND TAMARA PEARSON

8 January 2013 — Venezuelanalysis

Over the last few weeks the private English media has stepped up its campaign against the Venezuelan revolution, spreading a number of lies and misconceptions around President Hugo Chavez’s health, the politics and legalities involved in his swearing-in for his new term, and the Venezuelan government’s handling of the situation.

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