Al-Sisi steps up repression to cover policy failure

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By James M. Dorsey Egyptian general-turned-president Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi would likely be the first to admit that an iron fist is no guarantee for retaining power. Not because of the fate of the country’s longest ruling autocrat, Hosni Mubarak, who… Continue Reading  

A Plea for Common Sense on Missile Defense

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by Joe Cirincione When I went on the Rachel Maddow Show on Friday, I expected to talk about the Iran nuclear accord, about the speech that President Trump had given that day. But Rachel Maddow wanted to talk about missile defense. She’s… Continue Reading  

To Wash Post: Bannon “Conservative,” Le Pen “Far Right”

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by Jim Lobe There are no major ideological differences between Steve Bannon and Marine Le Pen. Yet it seems that The Washington Post considers them to be very different. According to the Post, Bannon and his backers are “conservatives.” Le Pen… Continue Reading  

I Am an Enemy of the People

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by John Feffer Even before the election of Donald Trump — and his extraordinary declaration that the media are the “enemies of the people” — U.S. journalism was in trouble. According to Gallup polling, American trust in mass media plummeted… Continue Reading  

Is CAP Shilling for the UAE?

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by Jim Lobe and Eli Clifton As regular readers of this blog know, Jim asserted that the Middle East section of a remarkably hawkish report published last spring by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) could have been… Continue Reading