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After witnessing the violent crackdown of pro-Morsi supporters at the hands of Egyptian security forces on August 16, two Canadians—filmmaker John Greyson and doctor Tarek Loubani—were arrested. The two have been held without charge ever since.
Nation contributors Naomi Klein and Sharif Abdel Kouddous join Democracy Now! to discuss the Canadian government’s inadequate response and the hundreds of other witnesses to the massacre that remain imprisoned.
The Nation’s very own Dave Zirin talked about LGBT rights in Russia, the Redskins name change debate and the relationship between sports and politics on last Thursday’s Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. Follow the show (@Totallybiased) or Bell (@wkamaubell) on Twitter.
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Nation writer Stephen F. Cohen went on CNN Saturday to discuss how Russian President Vladimir V. Putin "has given President Obama the chance to be an international statesman." He said Obama should so-operate with the Russians on disarming Syrian chemical weapons, and that Russian and US national interests in the Middle East are aligned. He said Russian leaders were worried about terrorism spreading among their own population off the back of unrest in Syria. "[Russia] fears, and reasonably, that the spreading chaos in the Middle East—the jihadism, the terrorism—will spread back into Russia," He said. "This is very much in Russia's national interest"
On this week’s Moyers & Company, Dave Zirin, sports editor for The Nation—the magazine’s first sports editor in the publication’s 148-year history—joins Bill Moyers to talk about the collision of sports and politics.
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Calling for the US political class to “rise to this occasion,” Prof. Stephen F. Cohen went on HuffPost Live last night to talk about the chances for international co-operation with Russia on the Syrian War. The conversation comes on the back of his and Katrina vanden Heuvel’s article in The Nation this week that promoted negotiations over airstrikes. He hailed Russian President Vladimir V. Putin's call for diplomacy in yesterday's New York Times and explained how he had been demonized in the US media. “In life, in politics, in love, in history, there are no last chances, but there are really good opportunities that get lost; this is a magnificent opportunity to solve problems,” he explained. “We will suddenly have countries who are normally at each others' throats co-operating; might they go on to co-operate elsewhere?”
“It is firm and continuing policy that Allende be overthrown by a coup…. It is imperative that these actions be implemented clandestinely and securely so that the [the U.S. government] and American hand be well hidden.” This directive was written in 1970 by the deputy CIA director in a secret memo—just one of many declassified documents that reveal the role of the CIA and Nixon White House in the 1973 Chilean coup.
Nation contributor Peter Kornbluh joins Democracy Now! on the fortieth anniversary of the coup to discuss the efforts of the Nixon administration to undermine the democratically elected Allende government and the continued failure to hold Kissinger accountable for his role in the atrocities committed by the Pinochet regime.
Next Wednesday marks fifty years since the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. On that day, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, a cornerstone of the civil rights movement. But has King’s speech been misunderstood for all these years?
Nation columnist Gary Younge appeared on Democracy Now! to contrast King’s actual vision—an indictment of inequality and racism—with the way its been muted and misremembered in schoolbooks today. “I think today, the way the speech and the march are understood is wrapped in the flag, and seen as one more example of American genius, when in fact it was a mass, multiracial, dissident act,” Younge said.
Read an excerpt from Gary Younge’s new book The Speech: The Story Behind Martin Luther King’s Dream.
An Israeli documentary called The Law in These Parts explores the legal framework behind the military occupations of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Featuring testimonials from the system’s creators, the film raises serious questions about the ethics of military occupation. Nation managing editor Roane Carey joined a panel of experts on PBS THIRTEEN to unpack and debate the film, as well as the politics behind the Middle East conflict. Carey said the testimonials in The Law in These Parts reveal “a very thin veneer of legality covering what is in effect a very brutal system of control.” Other panelists included Fordham law professor Thane Rosenbaum, human rights attorney Noura Erakat, and J Street U director Daniel May.
“New horrors are brought every day,” reports Nation contributor Sharif Abdel Kouddous from Egypt, following a weekend of bloodshed that shows no signs of abating. In the latest incident, at least twenty-five policemen were killed by armed militants in Sinai on Monday. Around 900 people, mostly supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, have been killed since clashes reignited last week.
Abdel Kouddous joined Democracy Now! this morning to talk about Cairo’s descent into mass violence, as the death toll rises. “It’s not a Cairo that many people recognize. With both sides vowing to escalate, worse days surely lie ahead,” Abdel Kouddous said.
Dozens were killed today in Egypt as thousands of supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi demonstrated in the streets for a “day of rage.” The clashes follow yesterday’s brutal military crackdown on Morsi supporters that left at least 638 people dead. Reporting from Cairo on Democracy Now, Nation contributor Sharif Abdel Kouddous discussed the roots and implications of the ramped-up violence, observing that, “This slow-moving train wreck that we’ve been on for some time now is looking as if it’s speeding up into a head-on collision.”