Tag Archives: Middle East

Tom Hayden :
The madness in Iraq and the comeback of the neocons

The original blame for this disaster is on the Bush administration, but also on all those who succumbed to a Superpower Syndrome, which claimed we could redesign the Middle East. By Tom Hayden | The Rag Blog | June 17, … Continue reading

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Marilyn Katz :
Sipping lattes on the edge of a Volcano

What do Palestinians, human rights workers, progressive Israelis, and Israeli settlers have to say about daily life in an occupied land? By Marilyn Katz | The Rag Blog | April 29, 2014 Part two of two. The international news coverage … Continue reading

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Marilyn Katz :
Two decades after Oslo, a look at life in Israel and Palestine

While in the Middle East last October, I saw firsthand why ending occupation is so necessary — and why it will be so difficult. By Marilyn Katz | The Rag Blog | April 22, 2014 Part one of two. With … Continue reading

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Bob Feldman :
A People’s History of Egypt, Part 17, 1954-1962

The Nasser regime steps up prosecution of leftists, expels Jews, implements economic reforms. By Bob Feldman | The Rag Blog | February 17, 2014 [With all the dramatic activity in Egypt, Bob Feldman’s Rag Blog “people’s history” series, “The Movement … Continue reading

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Bob Feldman :
A People’s History of Egypt, Part 16, 1953-1954

Nasser forces resignation of General Naguib; no mass Jewish emigration during this period. By Bob Feldman | The Rag Blog | February 10, 2014 [With all the dramatic activity in Egypt, Bob Feldman’s Rag Blog “people’s history” series, “The Movement … Continue reading

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Bob Feldman :
A People’s History of Egypt, Part 15, 1952-1953

After Nasser’s Free Officers coup, the Revolutionary Command Council consolidates power. By Bob Feldman | The Rag Blog | February 3, 2014 [With all the dramatic activity in Egypt, Bob Feldman’s Rag Blog “people’s history” series, “The Movement to Democratize … Continue reading

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Steve Russell :
Fallujah on fire again

Had the Iraqis been willing to sign the Status of Forces Agreement, our troops would as we speak be lined up to bleed over Fallujah for a third time. By Steve Russell | The Rag Blog | January 29, 2014 … Continue reading

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Marilyn Katz : A Different Path for Syria, and Hopefully for Chicago

And for Chicago? A different path for Syria Will U.S. diplomacy in Syria carve a new path towards peace at home and abroad? By Marilyn Katz / The Rag Blog / September 19, 2013 CHICAGO — The example of our … Continue reading

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HISTORY / Bob Feldman : A People’s History of Egypt, Part 8, 1922-1923

Sultan Ahmad Fuad became King Faud I in 1922. Image from Wikipedia Commons. A people’s history: The movement to democratize Egypt Part 8: 1922-1923 period — Socialist and labor activism flourish despite foreign-dominated monarchy. By Bob Feldman | The Rag … Continue reading

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Tom Hayden : Egypt is the Liberals’ Slaughterhouse

Egyptian military chief Gen Abdel Fattah al-Sisi speaks to the people after the coup. Photo from AP. Image from The Telegraph. Post-coup Egypt:The liberals’ slaughterhouse The Egyptian coup, for now, marks a dead end for political Islam, and a vindication … Continue reading

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HISTORY / Bob Feldman : A People’s History of Egypt, Part 7, 1917-1921

Scene from the Egyptian Revolution of 1919. Image from Egyptian History website. A people’s history: The movement to democratize Egypt Part 7: 1917-1921 period — British oppression leads to nationalist revolution and beginnings of a labor movement. By Bob Feldman … Continue reading

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HISTORY / Bob Feldman : A People’s History of Egypt, Part 6, 1890-1917

Cairo street scene, early 1900’s. Image from mfish. A people’s history: The movement to democratize Egypt Part 6: 1890-1917 period — Early union-building and calls for economic reform. By Bob Feldman | The Rag Blog | August 13, 2013 [With … Continue reading

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