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  1. Understanding the Arab Spring

    Kamil Mahdi, Phyllis Bennis, Ben Hayes, Salwa Ismail, Shaheer George, Mehdi Lalou, Yao Graham
    21 June 2011
    Multi-media

    Middle East scholars join TNI fellows in a unique and fascinating discussion of the context of the democracy uprisings in the Middle East and the way it may shape the region for future generations.

  2. Turkey, the Region, and the West after the Elections

    Richard Falk, Hilal Elver
    29 June 2011
    Article

    American newspapers lead the new angle of biased critisim on Turkey. Such a shame because Ankara has proven to be an independant regional influence in the Middle East, with its own brand of soft power diplomacy.

  3. Victory in Afghanistan

    Ross Eventon
    16 August 2011
    Article

    Debate over the 10-year-plus war in Afghanistan tends to focus on how and when it "can be won," obscuring the fundamental question of whether it was morally acceptable in the first place. Now as the US gets closer to consolidating its imperial presence in the region for decades to come, the high cost to the Afghani people continues to be ignored.

  4. Secrecy, Truth, & the Struggle for Peace & Justice: Reflections on the WikiLeaks Revelations

    Tom Reifer
    08 December 2010
    Article

    The WikiLeaks saga demonstrates that secrecy plus power results in corruption and crime, and that an informed citizenry is essential to prevent our's from becoming a society where civil liberties are a pipe dream and torture is the norm.

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    CIA Acknowledges Ties to Pinochet’s Repression

    Peter Kornbluh
    19 September 2000
    Article

    After 27 years of withholding details about covert activities following the 1973 military coup in Chile, the CIA released a report acknowledging its close relations with General Augusto Pinochet’s violent regime.

  6. Is the Arab Spring a Black Swan?

    Richard Falk
    12 May 2011
    Article

    A recent comparison by top foreign policy thinkers in the US reveals the not so pro-democratic thinking that also goes on in Washington, referring to the emancipatory movements of the Arab Spring as a improbable "worst-case scenarios."

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    Against Dictators: Use Law, not War

    John Cavanagh
    13 December 2002
    Article

    The argument over what action to take against Saddam Hussein is driven by the rhetoric of war. But can peaceful, legal action against Iraq's ruthless dictator be effective? The long campaign to bring Augusto Pinochet of Chile to justice offers an encouraging precedent.

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    Report from Santiago: Deja vu

    Saul Landau
    18 May 2000
    Article

    History repeats itself, wrote Marx, first as tragedy and then again as farce.

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    Hope Comes to Chile

    Saul Landau
    18 May 2000
    Article

    Under Lagos, the majority of Chileans may again restore their memory of struggle.

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    Video: Bennis on the Libya no-fly zone debate

    Phyllis Bennis
    17 March 2011
    Multi-media

    The international debate on imposing a no-fly zone in Libya has more to do with the politics of the New Middle East than with the protection of civilians.

  11. Libya And Beyond: What’s Next For Democracy?

    Phyllis Bennis
    28 February 2011
    Article

    The Gaddafi regime in Libya seems to believe that if a government crackdown is murderous enough, demonstrations will stop.

  12. Egypt's still-unfinished Revolution: Celebration & Danger

    Phyllis Bennis
    04 July 2013
    Article

    Whether or not the day’s events in Egypt constitute a military coup d’etat, the removal from office of President Mohamed Morsi by the Egyptian military portends great excitement but even greater dangers.

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    Why Obama will read the riot act to Arroyo

    06 August 2009
    Article

    Reading Arroyo the riot act would not be a gesture of benevolence on the part of Washington. It is one that would serve the US’s current interests as Obama discerns them.

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    Democracy-promotion: doctrine vs dialogue

    Mariano Aguirre
    16 July 2009
    Article
    George W Bush made democracy-support a central theme of his presidency. Barack Obama, by contrast, has downplayed it. Yet the latter's approach may achieve more effective results.