The Future of Democracy in the Islamic World: Anwar Ibrahim, Nathan Brown, Shibley Telhami

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On February 11th, I had the privilege of chairing this address sponsored by the New America Foundation/Middle East Task Force by former Malaysia Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim and panel discussion with the University of Maryland & Brookings/Saban Center’s Shibley Telhami and George Washington University’s Nathan Brown. Anwar Ibrahim now heads the Opposition in the Malaysian Parliament — and is one of the leading figures that Muslim opposition leaders throughout the Middle East have been calling for counsel. I think…

Can I Still be Mr. Congeniality?

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When the New York Times‘ Helene Cooper published her piece about “a man” possibly succeeding Julianna Smoot and before her Desiree Rogers as the next White House Social Secretary, my life changed. Listing me along with Sam Kass, Carlos Elizondo (whom I nominated), Senator Christopher Dodd, Chris Wayne and George Stevens Jr. triggered a lot of snickering across DC and through much of the northeastern corridor. One thing was clear though: The mere prospect of possibly being the next keeper…

Did General Caldwell Point his Psy-Ops Team at POTUS?

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Rolling Stone‘s Michael Hastings is a consistent home run hitter. First, he profiled the culture of disdain that General Stanley McChrystal and his command staff had for their civilian leadership partners — ending McChrystal’s storied military career. Now, Hastings has something right out of bad fiction. Lt. General William Caldwell, who is reportedly one of President Obama’s favorites, actually hatched and deployed a plan to use psy-ops against US Senators and Congressmen. Unbelievable, and illegal. Two of those US Senators…

Israel & Palestine on Same Page at UN Condemning Libya Violence

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This is a guest note by Mark Leon Goldberg, Managing Editor of UN Dispatch, where this piece originally ran. Leave it to Muammar Qaddafi to bring together the Israelis and Palestinians at the United Nations. I have just obtained the copy of a draft resolution from the Human Rights Council that strongly condemns the violence in Libya. The resolution is as strongly worded as they come. But what is more significant than the substance of the resolution is the broad…

Maybe Huckabee is No. 23

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Wow. This could be big. The conversation the right on the Afghanistan War is really beginning to happen. Huckabee could be No. 23. More from HuffPost‘s Sam Stein. To read more on US policy towards Afghanistan, a good resource is the Afghanistan Study Group report. — Steve Clemons

Glenn Beck’s Bigotry Goes After Muslims and Jews

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I wish Beck could be just laughed off. He’s absurd, ignorant, poisonous — but also dangerous. He does have an audience, some of which is obnoxiously pugnacious and alarmingly coercive. Today, Salon‘s Alex Pareene has a very good profile on Beck’s lunacy as he continues his Roger Ailes-sanctioned rant against George Soros and “reformed Judaism. Beck says that “reformed Judaism” is basically akin to radical Islam. Now, the Fox Network is aiming its bigotry at Jews as well as Muslims….

Bing West: The 22nd Big Time Republican Against Afghanistan War

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The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Bing West www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog Video Archive Former Reagan Administration Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs and frequent Fox News military affairs commentator Bing West is now, by my count, the 22nd big time Republican opposed to the course of US policy in Afghanistan. Huffington Post‘s Nick Wing and Ben Craw compiled a list of the first 20 Republicans to tilt against…

Libya When Prisoners Had to Sing Tributes to the Dictator

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I took this video clip in March 2010 when I visited Tripoli, Libya and was interested in counter-terrorism activities of the Libyan government. When I was there, we were taken to a prison where hundreds of prisoners — most of whom were either Libya Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) members or other young jihadists who wanted to fight “infidels” in Afghanistan and Iraq. These men were dancing and singing tributes to their leader, to Moammer Gaddafi. The scene very much disturbed…