Egyptian military says it has ousted Morsi; crowds celebrate in Cairo

Silver's picture, By: Richard Engel, Charlene Gubash and Erin McClam, 07/02/2013

CAIRO — The Egyptian military said Wednesday that it had ousted President Mohammed Morsi and suspended the country’s constitution. Armored cars, tanks and troops deployed in the capital in what advisers to the president described as a coup. In a scene reminiscent of the earliest days of the Arab Spring, tens of thousands of Egyptians who had demanded the president’s ouster staged a jubilant celebration in Tahrir Square — dancing, cheering and setting off fireworks.


Earlier in the day, the president and the military each swore to fight to the death for control of the country, and a military deadline for Morsi to step aside came and went with no statement from the president.


33 Million People Unite For Change

Silver's picture, By: Jack Shenker, 07/02/2013

Protesters in Tahrir Square

New arrivals at Cairo airport are greeted with advertising billboards bearing the rhetoric of a concluded revolution: grainy images of people power overwritten with congratulatory quotes from foreign leaders, sealed with the logos of mobile phone networks and commercial banks. Yet to the dismay of politicians and corporate executives, it seems that Egypt's grassroots revolt refuses to remain in its neatly packaged box. Millions are once again on the streets of the Arab world's most populous country. Walking among them on Sunday – for hours and hours, down road after road, all of them filled with human energy – it was easy to forget that there had ever been talk of protest fatigue.


Amid the cacophony, commentators have struggled to draw the battle lines in a political landscape that stubbornly resists simple explication. To understand what's happening in Egypt, it's important to distinguish between at least two separate struggles that are playing out, the outcomes of which will shape Egypt's ongoing revolution for some time to come.


Popular Resistance Is Building Up, from Hunger Strikes to Democracy Protests Across the Planet

Silver's picture, By: Kevin Zeese, Margaret Flowers, 06/28/2013

The paradox of power is that the real power is with us, if we have the courage to use it. This week, there were many lessons in courage from people who overcame fears and created winning situations by turning power on its head and building the movement. On Wednesday morning, attorney Lynne Stewart’s compassionate release from prison was denied. Stewart is suffering from breast cancer. Her husband, Ralph Poynter, stood vigil in DC to push for a decision, and then the decision came, with a result they did not want to hear. Stewart should not be in prison at all for her act of assisting her client with a press statement, but she continues to serve a 10 year sentence.


By her grace and strength Stewart turned a seemingly devastating decision into a victory. The abusive reality of the US government was laid bare as she responded with an open letter to her supporters entitled “Disappointed, Not Devastated.”


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Turkish Protests Enhance Kurdish Peace Process in Common Demand for Democracy [BLOG]

Silver's picture, By: Emanuela Pergolizzi, 06/27/2013

Turkish Kurdish people hold pictures of their relatives who were killed in clashes between Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) guerrillas and Turkish security forces (Reuters)

It took little more than two weeks, a dozen bulldozers and 130,000 tear gas canisters to smash Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's hard-earned international reputation. The Gezi Park demonstrations, which mushroomed into nationwide protests against Erdogan's authoritarian style, have also cast a long shadow over the relationship between Turkey and the EU, with membership talks postponed until October this year.


However, the Turkish-Kurdish peace process seems to has survived intact despite the demonstrations - and the Turkish police's harsh reaction to them. "Despite the obstacles I am determined to advance this process and I believe that we will be successful," said jailed Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan.


Latest Brazil protests bring 250,000 on to streets

Silver's picture, By: Associated Press (Sao Paulo), 06/22/2013

A man lies on the ground after police fired tear gas during a protest in Belo Horizonte

More than 250,000 anti-government protesters have again taken to the streets in several Brazilian cities and engaged police in isolated intense conflicts. Demonstrators vowed to stay in the streets until concrete steps are taken to reform the political system. Across Brazil protesters gathered to denounce legislation known as PEC 37 that would limit the power of federal prosecutors to investigate crimes. Many fear the laws would hinder attempts to jail corrupt politicians.


Federal prosecutors were behind the investigation into the biggest corruption case in Brazil's history, the so-called "mensalão" cash-for-votes scheme that came to light in 2005 and involved top aides of former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva buying off members of congress to vote for their legislation.


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A new age of protests

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CNN, By: Frida Ghitis, 06/19/2013

Protesters in Rio battled police late on June 19, even after Brazil's two biggest cities rolled back the transit fare hikes that triggered <a  data-cke-saved-href='' href=''>two weeks of nationwide protests</a>. The fare rollback in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro marked a major victory for the protests, which are the biggest Brazil has seen in two decades.

(CNN) -- Presidents, prime ministers and assorted rulers, consider that you have been warned: A massive protest can start at any time, seemingly over any issue, and can grow to a size and intensity no one expected. Your country's image, your own prestige, could risk unraveling as you face the wrath of the people.


The newest iconic images from Turkey and from Brazil -- two countries that have promoted themselves as models to emulate -- include shocking scenes of police brutality, of government clampdown against peaceful protesters. We have entered a new age of protests. While politics remain intensely local, individuals are more interconnected.

RNC, Tampa Florida protests, Occupy the Midwest, Women's Equality

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Published on Aug 30, 2012 by

The 99ers appeared out of nowhere to protest Tampa's Republican National Convention and spoil Mitt Romney's party. OWS Week has had a busy seven days also covering Occupy the Midwest Conference in Detroit with the theme "another world is possible" and Women's equality day in the big apple. OWS Week also took a trip across the land to shed light on LAPD Oppression and Harassment of Homeless and Occupiers.


Protesters march through Tampa on the eve of RNC

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Published on Aug 27, 2012 by RTAmerica

A tropical storm forced the Republican National Convention to be postponed, but thousands of protesters didn't let a little rain stop them from rallying in Tampa, Florida Monday morning to voice their grievances against the GOP.
Demonstrators from across the country gathered in downtown Tampa early Monday , where they then marched around the city's streets chanting messages for the Republican Party.
GOP leaders will convene later this week at the convention, where they are expected to formally nominate Mitt Romney to challenge incumbent Barack Obama during November's presidential election.


Is Saudi Arabia on the edge of revolution?

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Published on Aug 5, 2012 by PressTVGlobalNews

As revolutions have taken place in the region, the rumblings have been felt in many places and it appears that the next epicenter could be Saudi Arabia. As more demonstrations have taken place in the kingdom, another protester has been killed in the Eastern Province. Also reports say that a Saudi policeman has also been killed. As the violence continues and claims of abuse and illegal incarceration rise, many question what lies ahead in this repressive kingdom as its people continue to seek equality. Are we on the edge of a revolution in Saudi Arabia?
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