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An Urgent Appeal for Egypt

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  • Tell President Obama: Now is the time for you to call for the immediate resignation of President Mubarak, and to support all efforts to keep the protesters safe.
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  • Kucinich: A Call for an Unequivocal Statement of Solidarity With the Egyptian People
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  • With Democracy or Against It—There’s No In Between
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Jim Wallis, Sojourners

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In the past few days, we have all watched the nonviolent protest in Egypt with prayer and anticipation. We have seen the hope of a young generation trying to bring democratic change to their country. But now, the streets have turned violent, with armed thugs attacking peaceful protesters. 

The faith community in the United States needs to support our brothers and sisters standing up for their rights and their freedoms in Egypt.

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Tell President Obama: Now is the time for you to call for the immediate resignation of President Mubarak, and to support all efforts to keep the protesters safe.

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Kucinich: A Call for an Unequivocal Statement of Solidarity With the Egyptian People, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Huffington Post

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  • It is time for the United States government to stand with the people of Egypt as well by ending its long-standing support of the corrupt and repressive Mubarak regime.
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  • Absent such a statement, our calls for democracy in the region ring hollow.
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  • Fear Extreme Islamists in Egypt and the Arab World? Blame Washington
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With Democracy or Against It—There’s No In Between, David Sirota, TruthDig

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  • That’s what the Egyptian protests against U.S.-backed dictator Hosni Mubarak really represent for us: a poignant demand that we actually embody our democratic creed—a demand whose response shows an American government desperate to avoid walking its talk.
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  • Remember, President Obama told a Cairo audience in 2009 that America would unequivocally back Egyptians’ democratic aspirations.
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  • When Corporations Choose Despots Over Democracy
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Citizens must be better educated about U.S. economic options, Alex Alben, Seattle Times | WA

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  • U.S. political culture and our education system have roles to play in the dire straits of our economy.
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  • Some ideas for building a better, more informed national consensus.
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  • Austerity - a sure path to a bad economy
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The FBI Has Been Violating Your Liberties in Ways That May Shock You, Julianne Escobedo Shepherd, AlterNet

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  • As Congress seeks to renew the Patriot Act, new information exposes egregious FBI violations.
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  • How Would a Patriot Act?
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  • Fascist America, in 10 easy steps
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The Battle For The Judiciary, Progress Report, Think Progress

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  • For all his disregard of the law, Chief Justice John Roberts pales in comparison to the many radicals on the lower courts.
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  • Clarence Thomas Should Be Indicted
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Hundreds of liberal activists pledge to oppose Obama in 2012

"...there's something 'incredibly dishonest' about criticizing President 
George W. Bush's war and military policies without applying those same 
standards to Obama." --Coleen Rowley
Add your name: We Will Oppose Obama As Long As He Supports War

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Sahil Kapur, Raw Story

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Hundreds of liberal organizers and anti-war activists have signed a petition pledging to oppose President Barack Obama's renomination in 2012 unless he reverses course in Afghanistan and pushes for significant cuts to military spending.
"We vow not to support President Barack Obama for renomination for another term in office, and to actively seek to impede his war policies unless and until he reverses them," the pledge reads.

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From former high-ticket lawmakers to ex-intelligence officials to veterans advocates, the petition (available here) has garnered the support of a multitude noted figures, including Pentagon whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, retired FBI agent Coleen Rowley, and 2006 US Senate candidate Jean Hay Bright.

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We Will Oppose Obama As Long As He Supports War, War Is A Crime .org
We the undersigned share with nearly two-thirds of our fellow Americans the conviction that our wars in Afghanistan and Iraq should be ended and that overall military spending should be dramatically reduced.  This has been our position for years and will continue to be, and we take it seriously.  We vow not to support President Barack Obama for renomination for another term in office, and to actively seek to impede his war policies unless and until he reverses them.

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Does Obama Have Reagan In His Heart?

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  • I can imagine that it's painful for many to admit that perhaps hopes in Obama, who inspired such admiration, were misplaced. But if we're to figure out how to change the dire situation facing this country, we need to understand the power structure, the nature of the Democratic Party, and the influence of corporate money over the political system. Real change starts with an honest diagnosis.
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  • President Obama is neither weak nor stupid... nor a progressive
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Dan DiMaggio, Truthout/BuzzFlash

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

Barack Obama was supposed to be a transformative politician. His election was seen by many not only as the end of the eight year-long Bush era nightmare, but also as the final curtain for thirty years of neoliberal politics dating back to at least Reagan. From day one, plenty of liberals were ready to anoint him as the most progressive president in history.

Now, two years into his presidency, such grand hopes have faded. Obama's recent courtship of big business has gone so far that the New York Times felt compelled to write editorial on Friday (Jan 28) with a bit of dating advice: "Mr. Obama must take care not to let his agenda be taken over entirely by corporate interests. They do not belong to the only constituency he serves... Mr. Obama should keep in mind that the interests of corporations and their bosses are not necessarily always aligned with those of the country."

To add insult to injury, the cover of the latest issue of TIME Magazine is titled, "Why Obama Loves Reagan," and features a photoshopped picture of their budding "bromance": the two stand laughing hysterically, Reagan with his arm around Obama's shoulder. This cover follows Obama's editorial in USA Today earlier this week (Jan 30 - Feb 5) praising Reagan as "a believer," someone who knew that "we are all patriots who put the welfare of our fellow citizens above all else." Yes, for those who have forgotten, we must all thank Ronald Reagan for his devotion to ushering in a classless utopia.

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In the wake of Obama's ongoing drift to the right, many progressives find themselves asking what happened to the Obama they thought they knew, the guy who spoke to the aspirations of millions of ordinary Americans during his presidential campaign?
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President Obama is neither weak nor stupid... nor a progressive, Laurence Lewis, Daily Kos

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  • Politicians are but political tools, and they are not the only political tools. They are only as useful as the agendas they are willing to pursue. We don't owe them our loyalty, they owe us theirs. There are other political tools, and there are means of organizing that transcend the elective political game. It's about the issues. Given the gravity of the stakes, we have to focus on the issues, without excuses, and in some cases without compromise. That means we have to accept some politicians when there are no immediate alternatives, and we have to try to push them to do better and to be better even when it is counter to their own political ideologies, but it also means we can't pretend they are something they are not; and it also means we have to create a climate where there will be better and legitimate alternatives.
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  • Note to “the Left”: Obama Hates You
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What Makes NFL Football So Great: Socialism

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  • New Rule: Americans must realize what makes NFL Football so great: Socialism
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  • The Humbug Express
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Bill Maher, Reader Supported News

Bill Maher, 10/15/09. (photo: HBO)

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New Rule: With the Super Bowl only a week away, Americans must realize what makes NFL football so great: socialism. That's right, for all the F-15 flyovers and flag waving, football is our most successful sport because the NFL takes money from the rich teams and gives it to the poor teams ... just like President Obama wants to do with his secret army of ACORN volunteers. Green Bay, Wisconsin has a population of 100,000. Yet this sleepy little town on the banks of the Fuck-if-I-know River has just as much of a chance of making it to the Super Bowl as the New York Jets - who next year need to just shut the hell up and play.

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Now, me personally, I haven't watched a Super Bowl since 2004, when Janet Jackson's nipple popped out during half time, and that split-second glimpse of an unrestrained black titty burned my eyes and offended me as a Christian. But I get it - who doesn't love the spectacle of juiced-up millionaires giving each other brain damage on a giant flat-screen TV with a picture so realistic it feels like Ben Roethlisberger is in your living room, grabbing your sister?

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The Humbug Express, Paul Krugman, New York Times | NY
Hey, has anyone noticed that “A Christmas Carol” is a dangerous leftist tract?

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Al Jazeera English Blacked Out Across Most Of U.S.

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  • "Why in the most vibrant democracy in the world, where engagement and knowledge of the world is probably the most important, why it's not available is one of these things that would take a PhD scholar to understand," said Tony Burman, head of North American strategies for Al Jazeera English.
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  • Fear Extreme Islamists in Egypt and the Arab World? Blame Washington
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  • Democracy is Bad for US Foreign Policy
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Ryan Grim, Huffington Post

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Canadian television viewers looking for the most thorough and in-depth coverage of the uprising in Egypt have the option of tuning into Al Jazeera English, whose on-the-ground coverage of the turmoil is unmatched by any other outlet. American viewers, meanwhile, have little choice but to wait until one of the U.S. cable-company-approved networks broadcasts footage from AJE, which the company makes publicly available.

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What they can't do is watch the network directly.

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Other than in a handful of pockets across the U.S. - including Ohio, Vermont and Washington, D.C. - cable carriers do not give viewers the choice of watching Al Jazeera. That corporate censorship comes as American diplomats harshly criticize the Egyptian government for blocking Internet communication inside the country and as Egypt attempts to block Al Jazeera from broadcasting.

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A HuffPost reader emails to say that Al Jazeera programming is also being carried by the satellite channel LinkTV, which can be found on channel 9410 on Dish Network and 375 on DirecTV.

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Another HuffPost reader emails to say that Al Jazeera broadcasts over some of the Pacifica stations, including WBAI (New York, 5-6 AM, 99.5 FM), KPFA (Berkeley, 6-7 AM, 94.1 FM) and KPFT (Houston, 5-6 AM, 90.1 FM).

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Readers can demand Al Jazeera English here. Here are the contact pages for Comcast, Time Warner,  and DirecTV.

Fear Extreme Islamists in Egypt and the Arab World? Blame Washington, Jeff Cohen, Truthout

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For decades beginning during the Cold War, US policy in the Islamic world has been aimed at suppressing secular reformist and leftist movements. Beginning with the CIA-engineered coup against a secular democratic reform government in Iran in 1953 (it was about oil), Washington has propped up dictators, coaching these regimes in the black arts of torture and mayhem against secular liberals and the left.

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Democracy is Bad for US Foreign Policy, Stephen Gowans, Centre for Research on Globalization
Democracy and human rights are fine, but not when strategic and commercial interests are at stake.
Washington’s cold-eyed commitment to realpolitik and profits “sometimes involves supporting autocratic and unpopular governments — which has turned many of those young people against the United States.”

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