#LaSalida? Venezuela at a Crossroads

By George Ciccariello-Maher   The protests this week have far more to do with returning economic and political elites to power than with their downfall.   An anti-government demonstrator in the Altamira neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, February 21, 2014 (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) Ukraine. Bosnia. Venezuela. Tear gas. Masks. Water cannons. Ours is an age of…

Egypt’s unsustainable ‘republic of fear’

By Khalil al-Anani Will the counter-revolutionary forces manage to give a new lease of life to the ‘republic of fear’?   In Egypt, a woman gave birth to her child while her hand was chained to bed in a public hospital. Another man died two days after being electrocuted in a police station. In Egypt, the political prisoner will be branded…

Henry A. Giroux | Totalitarian Paranoia in the Post-Orwellian Surveillance State

By Henry A Giroux   Surveillance, in any land where it is ubiquitous and inescapable, generates distrust and divisions among its citizens, curbs their readiness to speak freely to each other, and diminishes their willingness to even dare to think freely.                                      -Ariel Dorfman   The revelations of whistle-blowers such as…

Why Russia Won’t Interfere

By DMITRI TRENIN   MOSCOW — Viktor F. Yanukovych of Ukraine and the Ukrainian opposition leaders signed an agreement on Friday that ended the deadly protests in Kiev by promising a new constitution and early elections. But the Russian president’s envoy to Kiev refused to co-sign it. While Moscow welcomed an end to the violence, it basically viewed the agreement…