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What's With Libya? Who Are the Gaddafis?

Benjamin R. Barber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Benjamin R. Barber

Despite Gaddafi's reputation as delusional, he still controls his own propaganda machine and media. An assassin's bullet could find its mark, things could disintegrate from within, but the Gaddafi clan is far from done.

In Israel, the revolution has already begun

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

People often ask why, at a time when revolutionary fervor has seized nation after nation here in the Middle East, no revolt has yet begun in my countr...

Big Brother v. Little Brother

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Chris Weigant

In a police state, citizens live in fear of the police monitoring them. But what do you call it when the police themselves know that at any time or place while they are performing their duties, the citizens could be monitoring them?

Gadhafi Says He Won't Resign Unless Rebels Figure Out Correct Spelling of His Name

Roy Rivenburg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Roy Rivenburg

"Oh man, we're doomed," one rebel said. "Is it Moammar or Muamar? Kadafi or Qaddafi? Even Watson the IBM computer doesn't know."

Why Libya Will Not Be Democratic

Benjamin R. Barber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Benjamin R. Barber

What are the possible scenarios if Gadhafi survives the tumult? What happens if he does not survive? The one thing I am certain about is that, either way, the outcome is likely to be tragic rather than democratic.

Libyan Demonstrators in America Demand a Stop to the Killing (VIDEO)

Joe Mirabella | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joe Mirabella

Libyan demonstrators filled downtown Seattle with calls for support on Presidents Day. "Stop the killing now" and "Down Down with Kadafi," they chanted while waiving Libyan flags.

Hugo Chavez Sets up Dictators Resort, Welcomes Mubarak

Jack Hidary | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Jack Hidary

The resort has all the amenities of a 5-star property including Canyon Ranch spa and wellness center. The resort also offers psychological services to help the former rulers cope with their diminished circumstances.

Our Forgotten "Presidents"

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

In between the Declaration of Independence and George Washington's inauguration, there were 16 (or perhaps 13, or maybe just eight) men who were called "president".

American Revolution Stalled by

Pablo Andreu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Pablo Andreu

An American middle-class revolution stalled this weekend when millions of Americans got caught up watching their favorite TV shows on

Bahrain's Mood Is 'Triumphant' and 'Warlike' According To Listening Habits

Eliot Van Buskirk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Eliot Van Buskirk

As anti-government protests rage in Bahrain, the mood of its citizens is "triumphant" and "warlike," if the music they are listening to is any indication.

Tahrir Square-- Where Social Media Found a Footing: Traditional Urban Plazas as Crucible of Change

Paul Gunther | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Paul Gunther

Social media as a formal means of communication works in isolation and can only congeal with forward momentum when there's a place to go.

The Prophet of Fox Predicts

Mark Olmsted | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Mark Olmsted


'You Say You Want a Revolution'

Alan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Alan Singer

Not all revolutionaries and revolutions are remembered with the fondness of Byron and Guevara.

Time for a Syrian Revolution

Hussain Abdul-Hussain | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hussain Abdul-Hussain

For Syrians to finally depose their dictator, like Egyptians did, they have to go to the streets, despite the regime's promised violence. Today is the time. The Syrians should not miss their chance.

Demonstrators Overthrow Al Jazeera

MP Nunan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
MP Nunan

(Doha, Qatar) - In the latest twist to the wave of protests spreading across the Middle East, demonstrators have overthrown the Al Jazeera television ...

The Domino Theory Strikes Again: Who's Next?

Eric Lurio | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Lurio

The next regime to go is Algeria. You may ask, "How do you know this? Didn't the police there just beat the crap out of the demonstrators a day or two...

Why Tahrir Square is not Possible in India

Madhavi Bhasin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Madhavi Bhasin

Mainstream media in India has suggested the possibility of emulating an Egypt-type uprising in India. But India's democracy remains its strongest bulwark against a national revolution.

Revolutionary Thoughts

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Weigant

Don't expect an outcome equal to the (mostly) peaceful overthrows in Tunisia and Egypt in every single country now affected by this "people power" movement. There are major differences from country to country.

Be Ready to Hear Iranian Voices

James Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Miller

Many in the movement are tired, but it is undeniable that Egypt has given Iranians the boost they need. Now, there is a tangible buzz, an excitement in the air that Iran hasn't been felt in over a year.

Our Revolution

Jamie Court | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jamie Court

If there is a nonpartisan street revolt brewing in America today it is against the staggering health insurance premium increases that insurance companies are foisting on Americans.

The Domino Effect: Is Iran Next?

Haggai Carmon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Haggai Carmon

The brutal force used by the government in Iran may succeed this time, but the brewing discontent of the Iranian lower and middle classes will always erupt again.

The Open Source Revolution

Raymond Schillinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Raymond Schillinger

I take issue with the events in Egypt being labeled a "Twitter revolution" or a "Facebook revolution." No, Egypt's revolution is an open source revolution.

The Best Time to Visit Tunisia

Michael Kaye | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Michael Kaye

The best time to travel is when most people believe that destination is particularly dangerous. In Tunisia, for example, the optimal time to visit began a few days after the revolution ended.

Thank God

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Fish Don't Rebel (So We Should)

David Helvarg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Helvarg

We're hard wired by evolution to respond to the most immediate threats (secret police and Tsunamis), not the broad long-term challenges such as climate disruption, population, consumption and loss of biodiversity.