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Pure Transformation or Persistent Deterioration? What Next Wisconsin? America? The World?

By Kristine Mattis

And as it was in the beginning, so shall it be in the end
That bullshit is bullshit, it just goes by different names …

Paul Weller (The Jam)

 Logo from ThinkProgress.

We all know the old Albert Einstein adage that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. What does that say about Wisconsin? June 5th 2012 saw an exact rematch of the 2010 gubernatorial election between Republican Scott Walker and Democrat Tom Barrett – and the exact same result, the only difference being that Walker won by an even wider margin than before.

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Resurrecting Insurrection

By William Hathaway

Endless war … endless despair. The USA finally elects a leader who pledges to bring peace, and he morphs before our incredulous eyes into a war president. We’re still killing thousands of people, manipulating other nations, developing new nuclear bombs, forcing our financial will around the world, and jailing dissenters at home. Fortress America continues to expand globally as prison, sweatshop, and fire base. After all our years as activists trying to change this country, how could it have sunk to this? Read more

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A Neoconservative ‘Shock and Awe’: The Rise of the Arabs

By Ramzy Baroud

A pervading sense of awe seems to be engulfing Arab societies everywhere. What is underway in the Arab world is greater than simply revolution in a political or economic sense– it is, in fact, shifting the very self-definition of what it means to be Arab, both individually and collectively. Read more

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All-American Decline in a New World

By Tom Englehardt. Republished from FPIF.

This is a global moment unlike any in memory, perhaps in history. Yes, comparisons can be made to the wave of people power that swept Eastern Europe as the Soviet Union collapsed in 1989-91. For those with longer memories, perhaps 1968 might come to mind, that abortive moment when, in the United States, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Brazil, and elsewhere, including Eastern Europe, masses of people mysteriously inspired by each other took to the streets of global cities to proclaim that change was on the way. Read more

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U.S. Human Rights Policy is Self-serving and Duplicitous: George Katsiaficas

Interview by Kourosh Ziabari

George Katsiaficas is a renowned university professor, sociologist, author and activist. He is a visiting American Professor of Humanities and Sociology at Chonnam National University, Gwangju, South Korea where he teaches and does research on the 1980s and 1990s East Asian uprisings. Read more

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‘From the Gulf to the Ocean’: The Middle East is Changing

By Ramzy Baroud

 Now that the Egyptian people have finally wrestled their freedom from the hands of a very stubborn regime, accolades to the revolution are pouring in from all directions. Even those who initially sided with Hosni Mubarak’s regime, or favored a neutral position, have now changed their tune.

“Arabs celebrate from the Gulf to the Ocean,” proclaimed a headline on Al Jazeera TV. The phrase “from the Gulf to the Ocean” is not a haphazard geographical reference, but very much a geopolitical one. Ever since former Egyptian president Anwar Sadat defied the will of the Arab collective and chose a self-serving (and according to popular Arab opinion, disgraceful) exit for his country from what was until then the ‘Arab-Israeli conflict’, the above phrase functioned only as an empty slogan. Saddat’s signing of the Camp David treaty in 1979 had effectively marginalized the most committed Arab country from a conflict that was previously defined by Egypt’s involvement. It thus left Israel’s weaker Arab foes as easy targets for uneven wars, and in a perpetual state of defeat and humiliation. Read more

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Divide, Supress, and Rule

By Gui Rochat  With Patrice Greanville

As usual, the reality of events in the Middle East is not what the mainstream media may be presenting.

What has not been sufficiently recognized about the Egyptian and other uprisings is that the US government will exercise any effort openly or stealthily (its preferred mode) against any revolt by any population anywhere. And as with every establishment, it fears the power of the people aroused, and will promote and support any kind of ‘acceptable’ military “solution” to subvert an uprising, no matter how valid the grievances. PHOTO: Anwar Sadat, Mubarak’s (dictator) predecessor. The US establishment has been cuddling tyrants in Egypt for a long time. Read more

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