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Falling Arab dictatorships and Israeli government panic

The walls are crumbling. The walls behind which dictators indulge in decadent opulence while "their" people are mired in wretched circumstance. The walls behind which "leaders" secretly sell -- for personal gain -- the rights of the people they claim to represent.

Across North Africa and the Middle East, across the Arab world, for decades dictatorship and deepening corruption, firmly supported by imperial powers, seemed beyond challenge. Today, once "stable" regimes are now facing a popular reckoning.

From the vantage point of Palestine, there are three new dynamics.

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Argentina detention centre serves as lesson for Guantanamo

"Gitmo is going to remain open for the foreseeable future," said an unnamed White House official to The Washington Post this week. For guidance on the notorious U.S. Navy base in Cuba, President Barack Obama should look to an old naval facility in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Egypt's new dictatorship model for the digital age

Photo: flickr/Ted Eytan

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Egypt was ruled by the Mubarak dictatorship for 30 years before the people managed to overthrow him in 2011.

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Gerry Caplan

Lumps of coal to the world this year

| December 24, 2012

Justin Podur on Haiti's new dictatorship

Haiti's New Dictatorship: The Coup, the Earthquake and the UN Occupation

by Justin Podur
(Between The Lines,
2012;
$29.95)

In this interview with Matt Adams, Justin Podur, author of Haiti’s New Dictatorship, discusses his new book. The book, which takes a look at the country's history of the past seven years, from the 2004 coup against Aristide to the devastating 2010 earthquake, reveals a shocking story of abuse and neglect by international forces.

Podur unearths the reality of a supposedly benign international occupation, arguing that the denial of sovereignty is the fundamental cause of Haiti’s problems.

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Maher Arar

Public safety minister bows to pressure on torture policy

| February 8, 2012
Maher Arar

Bashar al-Assad in state of desperation

| January 27, 2012
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Social change at the end of an era

Add Kim Jong-Il to the year's already substantial fallen dictator list. Take your news from Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of Canada, or from Mayan temple walls. Look at the Arab Spring and the Occupy movement or the demise of Durban and Kyoto. These all point to a similar outlook for the year ahead: we are at the end of an era.

But, hey, whether we like it or not, it's at the end of things that what comes next is birthed. But first the hard labour.

Choosing Bank of Canada language, this is "the end of the 'debt super-cycle.'"

spanish on her tongue (en dos lenguas) -- a one -- womyn show by janet romero-leiva

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 7:30pm - Sunday, June 5, 2011 - 4:00pm

Location

Kapisanan Centre
167 Augusta Avenue lower level (not wheelchair accessible)
Toronto, ON
Canada
43° 39' 10.9224" N, 79° 24' 5.0292" W

Spanish on her tongue (en dos lenguas) is a one-womyn show about the immigrant displacement, loss of language and denied aboriginality of a queer girl. this coming of age story begins in 1983 chile during the military dictatorship and centers around the migration of a little girl and her family to the working class neighbourhood of chalkfarm – in north york. we follow her through her excitement of learning a new language, while also re-living the shame of losing the language she was taught to love in. as she struggles with her role of translator to her family, lacking words in spanish to authentically interpret situations too mature for her age, her english vocabulary expands, placing her in between two worlds she cannot fully embrace.

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Violent repression in Bahrain backed by U.S.

Three days after Hosni Mubarak resigned as the long-standing dictator in Egypt, people in the small Gulf state of Bahrain took to the streets, marching to their version of Tahrir, Pearl Square, in the capital city of Manama. Bahrain has been ruled by the same family, the House of Khalifa, since the 1780s -- more than 220 years. Bahrainis were not demanding an end to the monarchy, but for more representation in their government.

One month into the uprising, Saudi Arabia sent military and police forces over the 16-mile causeway that connects the Saudi mainland to Bahrain, an island. Since then, the protesters, the press and human rights organizations have suffered increasingly violent repression.

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