Revolutionary Middle East Change

Revolutionary Middle East Change - by Stephen LendmanDemocratic Middle East birth pangs may have legs enough to spread regionally, including in Occupied Palestine.Officially launched in Cairo in 1959, the General Union of Palestinian Students (GUPS) offers hope, driven by a commitment for Palestinian liberation. With more than 100 chapters and over 100,000 members, it's organized... Continue Reading →

Middle East Intifadas

Middle East Intifadas - by Stephen LendmanInitially in Tunisia, popular revolt spread regionally across North Africa and the Middle East, erupting in Algeria, Jordan, Egypt and Yemen. On January 27, Al Jazeera reported revolutionary fervor in Egypt, saying:"On Thursday, protesters hurled petrol bombs at a fire station in Suez, setting it ablaze. They tried but... Continue Reading →

Political Prisoner Ahmad Sa’adat Update

Political Prisoner Ahmad Sa'adat Update - by Stephen LendmanA previous article discussed his background, activism and status in detail, accessed through the following link:http://sjlendman.blogspot.com/2010/07/ahmad-saadat-palestinian-prisoner-of.htmlExtensive information on him can be found on:http://www.freeahmadsaadat.org/As General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), he was sentenced in 2002 to 30 years in prison "for a... Continue Reading →

America’s Dire State of the Union

America's Dire State of the Union - by Stephen LendmanLike last year, Obama's address was empty rhetoric, signaling business as usual with a twist - more than ever embracing reactionary extremism, promising harder than ever hard times on Main Street.Last year, an earlier article discussed his first State of the Union address, accessed through the... Continue Reading →

Mass Street Protests in Egypt

Mass Street Protests in Egypt - by Stephen LendmanAn August 2009 Council on Foreign Relations Steven Cook report headlined, "Political Instability in Egypt," saying:Facing possible instability, (m)ost analysts believe that the current Egyptian regime will muddle through its myriad challenges and endure indefinitely (with) enough coercive power to ensure" it. It's also "entering a period... Continue Reading →

Lebanon’s Hezbollah-Led Government

Lebanon's Hezbollah-Led Government - by Stephen LendmanIt's official, or nearly so, Haaretz, on January 25 headlining, "Hezbollah's PM pick wins majority backing as Hariri supporters hold 'day of wrath,' " saying:Hezbollah-backed Najib Mikati, a Sunni billionaire, became new prime minister after getting 68 votes, a majority in Lebanon's 128-member parliament. Caretaker PM Saad Hariri got... Continue Reading →

Olbermann’s Sacking Shifts US Media Further Right

Olbermann's Sacking Shifts US Media Further Right - by Stephen LendmanMake no mistake. He didn't quit. He was pushed, the final straw perhaps being the January 18 FCC-approved Comcast-NBC Merger. Its chairman/CEO Brian Roberts co-chaired the 2000 Republican Convention host committee, and COO Stephen Burke/now NBC Universal CEO tilts heavily to Republicans. According to Public... Continue Reading →

The “Palestine Papers” Revealed

The "Palestine Papers" Revealed - by Stephen LendmanOn January 23, Al Jazeera released breaking news on its extensive "Palestine Papers" coverage, introducing them, saying:It "obtained more than 1,600 internal documents from a decade of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations," writer Gregg Carlstrom explaining that:"Over the last several months, Al Jazeera has been given unhindered access to the largest-ever... Continue Reading →

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