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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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  • Fear Extreme Islamists in Egypt and the Arab World? Blame Washington
  • Democracy is Bad for US Foreign Policy

David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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

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.”

Al Jazeera English Blacked Out Across Most Of U.S., Ryan Grim, Huffington Post

  • "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.
  • Fear Extreme Islamists in Egypt and the Arab World? Blame Washington
  • Democracy is Bad for US Foreign Policy

Made in the U.S.A.: Tear Gas, Tanks, Helicopters, Rifles and Fighter Planes in Egypt Funded and Built Largely by U.S. Defense Department and American Corporations, Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!
Democracy is Bad for US Foreign Policy

"The Arab World Is on Fire" Noam Chomsky, Truthout
A common refrain among pundits is that fear of radical Islam requires (reluctant) opposition to democracy on pragmatic grounds. While not without some merit, the formulation is misleading. The general threat has always been independence. In the Arab world, the U.S. and its allies have regularly supported radical Islamists, sometimes to prevent the threat of secular nationalism.

When Corporations Choose Despots Over Democracy, Amy Goodman, TruthDig
“People holding a sign ‘To: America. From: the Egyptian People. Stop supporting Mubarak. It’s over!” so tweeted my brave colleague, “Democracy Now!” senior producer Sharif Abdel Kouddous, from the streets of Cairo.

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

  • 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.
  • Absent such a statement, our calls for democracy in the region ring hollow.
  • Fear Extreme Islamists in Egypt and the Arab World? Blame Washington

With Democracy or Against It—There’s No In Between, David Sirota, TruthDig

  • 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.
  • Remember, President Obama told a Cairo audience in 2009 that America would unequivocally back Egyptians’ democratic aspirations.
  • When Corporations Choose Despots Over Democracy