Morsi has left Egypt on the brink
- Mohamed El Baradei محمد البرادعي
It is Friday evening in Tahrir Square. The smell of tear gas hangs in the air. We have completed three protest marches in a week, and many are settling down to spend the night. I find myself asking, “After 23 months of struggling to bring democracy ...
East Timor: A Lesson In Why The Poorest Threaten The Powerful
- John Pilger
Milan Kundera’s truism, “the struggle of people against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting”, described East Timor. The day before I set out to film clandestinely there in 1993, I went to Stanfords map shop in London’ ...
The importance of being leader of the opposition to Obiang Nguema: A trivial comedy for serious politicians set in Equatorial Guinea
- Agustín Velloso
Plácido Micó, considered the leader of the opposition to Teodoro Obiang Nguema, Equatorial Guinea’s president since 1979, was on a political tour to the United States during the last week of January 2012.
The censored speech at the ceremony establishing the Brazilian Truth Commission
- Vera Paiva
Below is Vera Paiva's speech prepared for the ceremony that celebrated the creation of the Truth Commission on Nov.18. Vera is the daughter of former congressman Rubens Paiva, who forcibly disappeared during the military dictatorship (1964-1985). The ...
The New Authoritarianism: From Decaying Democracies to Technocratic Dictatorships and Beyond
- James Petras
Introduction We live in a time of dynamic, regressive, regime changes. A period in which major political transformations and the dramatic roll back of a half century of socio-economic legislation are accelerated by a prolonged and deepening economic ...
Gaddafi’s Libya as Demon
- Diana Johnstone
The current ideology to justify aggressive war is based on a dogmatic dichotomy between Democracy and Dictators. The pro-war party in the West has been shifting the center of international law and order from the United Nations to a more exclusive ...
Egypt's IMF-backed revolution? No thanks
- Wael Khalil وائل خليل
News that the Egyptian interim government has struck a deal with the IMF through which the fund will hand Egypt a $3bn loan has met with differing reactions. It was greeted with relief by some, as proof of the country's positive economic prospects in ...
UN votes for Libya air strikes
- Richard Seymour
10 in favour, zero against, five abstentions. So the vote went exactly as predicted. "The resolution 1973/2011 is adopted.," says the chairman.
This could get very ugly. The resolution authorises a whole series of military measures short ...
Anti-terrorism and uprisings in North Africa
- Yasmine Ryan
The string of uprisings in North Africa have laid bare Western governments' relationships with regimes in the region, which pro-democracy activists argue have long been fixated on anti-terrorism, immigration and oil.
Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan leader, ...
From the Arab World to Latin America
- Santiago Alba Rico - Alma Allende
We have the impression that a great worldwide liberation process may be aborted by the unappeasable ferocity of Gaddafi, U.S. interventionism, and a lack of foresight in Latin America.
We might describe the situation like this: in a part of the ...