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Meet Asmaa Mahfouz: the woman who organized Egypt’s historic demonstrations - National Foreign Policy | Examiner.com

Meet Asmaa Mahfouz: the woman who organized Egypt’s historic demonstrations - National Foreign Policy | Examiner.com: "Asmaa Mahfouz is a small frame woman, who does not cut an intimidating figure. But looks are deceiving. Born in Egypt in 1984, she is a graduate of the business management school of the American University in Cairo. She's 26 years old. She was mentioned yesterday, not by name, in an MSNBC report by Richard Engel. Curiosity drove me to find her.

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Kucinich: Suspected WikiLeaks leaker could be facing 'cruel and unusual' treatment - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

Kucinich: Suspected WikiLeaks leaker could be facing 'cruel and unusual' treatment - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room: "The Army private accused of leaking classified U.S. documents to WikiLeaks has suffered 'cruel and unusual' treatment while detained by the government, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) said.

Kucinich wrote Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Wednesday to ask that Army Pfc. Bradley Manning be allowed access to a mental health specialist while in detention by the military.

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The FBI Has Been Violating Your Liberties in Ways That May Shock You | News & Politics | AlterNet

The FBI Has Been Violating Your Liberties in Ways That May Shock You | News & Politics | AlterNet: "Over the last decade, the FBI has been found to violate the Constitution countless times under the guise of the Patriot Act, including a 2007 scandal that led FBI head Robert Mueller to publicly apologize for the preponderance of security abuses, misconduct and violation of civil liberties on his watch. We’ve known since its enactment in 2001 that the Patriot Act, with its gross expansion of law enforcement power and murky reporting requirements, was just a rulebook waiting to be spoiled.

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Jimmy Carter Sued for $5 Million for Criticism of Israel -- News from Antiwar.com

Jimmy Carter Sued for $5 Million for Criticism of Israel -- News from Antiwar.com: "In a move that calls back to the attempt by Texas cattlemen to sue Oprah Winfrey for “defamation of beef.” an Israeli lawyer has filed a class-action lawsuit against former President Jimmy Carter, seeking $5 million in damages because his book “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid” allegedly defamed Israel.

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8+ Years in Gitmo Without Charges: Detainee Dies of ‘Exercise’ -- News from Antiwar.com

8+ Years in Gitmo Without Charges: Detainee Dies of ‘Exercise’ -- News from Antiwar.com: "As with many other detainees at the facility, the US claimed to have considerable evidence against Gul, but never attempted to charge him with any crime and, nine years after his capture and eight and a half years into his stay at Guantanamo Bay, he died a prisoner, but an uncharged one.

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US viewers seek Al Jazeera coverage - Opinion - Al Jazeera English

US viewers seek Al Jazeera coverage - Opinion - Al Jazeera English: "We were also banned in Ben Ali's Tunisia. We overcame this through the use of social media tools like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Images of Tunisia's uprising went from local villages to our global audience of over one hundred million viewers. I am proud to say we were not only first, we were everywhere, deploying well ahead of the tipping point, arriving to cover the demonstrators when they gathered on the ministry of interior - a symbol of torture and repression in most Arab countries.

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Algeria Promises Reforms in Hope of Curbing Protests -- News from Antiwar.com

Algeria Promises Reforms in Hope of Curbing Protests -- News from Antiwar.com: "Faced with rising concern that it might fall victim to the same massive uprisings as its neighbor Tunisia, the government of Algeria announced today that they would implement a number of reforms designed to placate the growing opposition.

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Global food prices hit record high - News - Al Jazeera English

Global food prices hit record high - News - Al Jazeera English: "World food prices have hit their highest level on record in January, the United Nations has said.

It said on Thursday that its Food and Agriculture Organisation Food Price Index rose for the seventh month in a row to reach 231, topping the peak of 224.1 last seen in June 2008.

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Egyptians turn out for 'final push' - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Egyptians turn out for 'final push' - Middle East - Al Jazeera English: "Chants urging Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president, to leave office are reverberating across Cairo's Tahrir Square.

Hundreds of thousands of people have gathered at the square, the focal point of protests in Egypt, for what they have termed the 'Day of Departure' for the man who has been the country's leader for the last 30 years.

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