Archive | February 1st, 2011

Zionist Puppets Ab-A$$ to hold Local Council Election

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Palestinian government calls for local elections amid Egypt unrest

Palestinian Authority hasn’t held elections since 2006, leaving President and parliament members in power after their elected terms ended.

By The Associated Press

The Western-backed Palestinian government in the West Bank said Tuesday it will hold local council elections as soon as possible – a surprise move reflecting fears that massive anti-government protests in Egypt could inspire unrest here, too.

The announcement was one of many responses among the region’s Western-backed governments – many with questionable legitimacy and limited popular support – to reduce the chances their own people will rise up against them.

In neighboring Jordan, hereditary monarch King Abdullah II fired his government following street protests and ordered an ex-prime minister to launch immediate political reforms.

The Palestinian Authority has not held elections since 2006, leaving the president and members of parliament in office after their elected terms ended.

Mahmoud Abbas and Saeb Erekat - AP - Feb. 6, 2010 PA President Mahmoud Abbas and negotiator Saeb Erekat in Cairo on February 6, 2010.
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In Tuesday’s announcement, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad’s Cabinet said it would set dates for local elections during its next session, probably next week.

Fayyad hopes to hold the vote in both the West Bank and Gaza Strip. But Hamas, which rules Gaza and is in a bitter rivalry with the West Bank government, said Fayyad has no right to call for elections.

The Palestinian Authority – a huge recipient of American and European aid – has had a spotty record with democracy in recent years.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas canceled local elections in the West Bank in 2010 when it appeared that his Fatah movement would lose key seats to independents.

Fatah has been burned twice before by heading into elections despite warnings of impending defeat. Hamas scored heavily in 2005 municipal elections and won a strong majority in the Palestinian parliament the next year.

Elections have not been held in the territories since. Abbas’ four-year term expired in 2009, though it has been extended indefinitely. The parliament’s term expired in 2010, though it, too, continues to serve.

Further complicating matters, Hamas took over the Gaza Strip by force in 2007 and set up a rival government. Egyptian-sponsored efforts to reconcile the two governments have repeatedly failed.

Before Tuesday, West Bank officials said they couldn’t hold elections while the two territories remained divided.

Tuesday’s announcement did not mention presidential or parliamentary elections, though Abbas aide Nimr Hamad said the division prevented these from taking place.

Hamas blasted the announcement, saying no vote could be held until the territories are united under a single government.

Elections are supposed to come after reconciliation has been reached, as part of that reconciliation, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum told The Associated Press.

The announcement’s timing suggested it came in response to the days of massive street protests in Egypt calling for the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.

Cabinet Secretary Naim Abu al-Hommos denied any link, telling The Associated Press the Cabinet had been waiting for the right atmosphere to hold elections.

Also on Tuesday, a Gaza activist said Hamas police prevented a handful of people from demonstrating in solidarity with Egyptian protesters.

Asma al-Ghoul said she and a small group of demonstrators had gathered Monday in central Gaza City when police came to stop them. She said police detained and roughed up some demonstrators.

New York-based Human Rights watch called on Hamas to stop arbitrarily interfering with peaceful demonstrations about Egypt or anything else.

Hamas police had no comment.

The Western-backed Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, which considers Egypt an ally, put down a similar protest this week – reflecting fears of unrest among its own population.

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Zionist Mu-Barak Deploys Troops In Sinai

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Zionist Mu-Barak Army deployed two brigades in the Sinai Peninsula in order to fortify the security presence in the area. The move was made after obtaining Zio-Nazi approval.

This is the second time Zionist Mu-Barak deploys more troops in Egypt since signing the shamful Camp David ‘peace’ deal with the Zio-Nazi regime in Tel Aviv. The deal, signed in 1979, restricts the number of Egyptian forces the Sinai, the locations of deployment and the type of deployed military gear.

The Qatar-based al-Jazeera reported that Zionist officials confirmed, Monday, that Zio-Nazi allowed the deployment of 800 Egyptian soldiers in Sinai, especially in Sharm al-Sheikh, far from the border with Palestine 1948.

Zionist media sources reported that Zionist Gestapo officials confirmed that Zionist Mu-Barak had officially asked The Zionist regime to allow the deployment of the more Egyptian forces to control the security situation along the border amidst the ongoing protests against the regime of Zionist Hosni Mubarak. 

Zio-Nazi regime did not comment on the issue while the Egyptian government refrained from issuing any statements in this regard.

This is the second time Zionist Mu-Barak deploys forces sine it signed the peace agreement with Zio-Nazi’ as the deal identifies this area as a disarmed zone.

Following the Zio-Nazi Gestapo withdrawal from Gaza in 2005, the Zio-Nazi regime allowed Zionist to control a restricted number of its forces along the border with Gaza in order to monitor the borders and prevent the smuggling of arms to the Gaza Strip.

Zionist officials, including Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, repeatedly expressed concern that the ongoing protests in Egypt would lead to a real change the would result in installing a new system that is “hostile to Zionism.

During a press conference with the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, in Jerusalem on Monday, Zio-Nazi Netanyahu said that Hie regime fears that the current situation in Egypt would lead to a new “fundamentalist Islamist regime, similar to the regime that rules Iran”.

 

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Why al-Jazeera is a Threat

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Jeremy Scahill is spot-on; the Arabic news channel does what the vast bulk of Western media refused to do since 9/11; remain unembedded with American foreign policy goals:

The real threat Al Jazeera poses to authoritarian regimes is in its unembedded journalism. That is why the Bush Administration viewed Al Jazeera as a threat, it is why Mubarak’s regime is trying to shut it down and that is why the network is so important to the unfolding revolutions in the Middle East. It is the same role the network plays in reporting on the disastrous US war in Afghanistan.

Part of why Al Jazeera has become acceptable is that, unlike throughout much of the Bush era, it now has a full 24-hour English language news channel filled with veteran reporters who came to the network from CNN, the BBC and other Western news outlets. When it was an Arabic language only network, it was a lot easier to demonize and malign because fact-checking US officials’ fabrications and pronouncements required a real effort.

At the end of the day, the real test of whether there is a substantive change in Washington’s stance toward independent, unembedded journalists and journalism will likely not involve Al Jazeera, but some other news outlet or journalist. And that test will be real only when that journalist or media outlets’ rights are in direct conflict with Washington’s agenda.

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Obama Supports Zionist Mu-Barak Thugs

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Rachel Maddow Supports Aid to Mubarak

Justin Raimondo

So you thought it was only the wackos on the neocon right who support Mubarak? Wrong! I’m listening right now to Rachel Maddow, MSNBC’s resident ultra-liberal, attack Rand Paul for being “offshore” because he calls for ending the $1.5 billion in “aid” to the Egyptian military. 

 

”Offshore”?

Well, uh, yes, because you see “politics stops at the water’s edge,” everyone in both parties supports the President’s non-policy regarding the Egyptian events, and only “offshore” (read: off-the-wall) types, like the “isolationist” (Rachel’s word) Rand Paul think otherwise.  Stupidly, she lumps in Paul with John “Invade the World” Bolton — who supports Mubarak (just like the Obama administration, which continues to fund Mubarak’s secret police thugs). She also noted that Paul wants to end aid to Israel — “Of course,” as she put it. 

“Of course”? Really? Rand Paul’s bravery in sticking his neck out on this sensitive issue is to be commended — but not if you’re Rachel Maddow, who has never — ever — critcized Israel on her oh-so-”liberal” show.

Back when she was just another Air America airhead, Maddow invited me to be on her program: I declined, just because I wasn’t in the mood for liberal bromides that day. I thought she was a hack then, and now that she’s famous she’s even more of a partisan hack than before.

What I’d like to know is this, though: why does Maddow think funding the Egyptian torture machine, and the Israeli occupation of Palestine, is good for America? How does it serve our legitimate interests? Is it “stimulus” money? Does she just support any and all government spending as a matter of high principle? Or does she really think it’s a good idea for us to be subsidizing a regime so brutal that even the US State Department characterizes it as “repressive”?

Rachel, Rachel, Rachel — you can’t be serious. The Egyptian people want us to stop supporting Mubarak: it’s that simple. If that’s “offshore,” then so be it.

UPDATE:

“The Ed Show’ follows the Maddow tirade on MSNBC, and there’s good old Ed — a protectionist China-basher with a slightly thuggish look — demanding to know why the US sends $1.5 billion a year to Mubarak. Maybe he should ask Rachel that question. Oh, and he’s pushing a poll — you text in your vote — asking people whether they think the US should cut the aid. I guess Rachel will be voting “yes.”

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As Egypt Goes…

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You may have noticed that I don’t update this site much any more — that’s because I’m doing most of my writing on these matters on TIME.com and at the National, and doing my blogging on Facebook and Twitter (follow: @TonyKaron ) I’m not going to update this often, so follow me on those platforms. But for the record, a few of my recent Egypt pieces:

What the US Loses if Mubarak Goes

The revolt that appears to have fatally undermined President Hosni Mubarak’s prospects for remaining in power is a domestic affair — Egyptians have taken to the streets to demand change because of economic despair and political tyranny, not the regime’s close relationship with Israel and the U.S. But having tolerated and abetted Mubarak’s repressive rule for three decades precisely because of his utility to U.S. strategy on issues ranging from Israel to Iran, Washington could be deprived of a key Arab ally with his fall from power.

…the Egyptian rebellion may stand as the ultimate negation of the Bush Administration’s “moderates vs. radicals” approach to the region: Mubarak’s ouster might be a loss for the moderate camp, but it won’t necessarily translate into a gain for the radicals. Instead, it marks a new assertiveness by an Arab public looking to take charge of its own affairs, rather than have them determined by international power struggles. Even that, however, suggests turbulent times ahead for American Middle East policies that have little support on Egypt’s streets.

Egyptians No Longer Tolerate a Dictatorship Backed by the US Because of Israel and Iran

On Saturday, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked a guest on his show how al Qa’eda fitted into events in Egypt. The question itself was reminiscent of Larry King a few years back asking Tibet’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, to explain yoga….

Fear of Islamists Paralyzes Washington (Time to get over it!)

…Democracy movements are attractive to Washington when they target a regime such as Iran’s, but in allied autocracies, they’re a problem. There’s no way for Egypt to be democratic and exclude the Islamists from political participation. The same is true for most other parts of the Arab world — a lesson the U.S. ought to have learned in Iraq, where Islamists have dominated all the democratically elected governments that followed Saddam Hussein’s ouster. But when the Islamists of Hamas won the last Palestinian elections in 2006, held under pressure from Washington, the Bush Administration literally did a 180-degree turn on the question of Palestinian democracy…

Explaining why the U.S. continues to support Mubarak, the State Department’s Crowley on Thursday told al-Jazeera that “Egypt is an anchor of stability in the Middle East … It’s made its own peace with Israel and is pursuing normal relations with Israel. We think that’s important; we think that’s a model that the region should adopt.”

The problem for Washington is that Arab electorates are unlikely to agree. The democratically elected Iraqi government, for example, despite its dependence on U.S. support, has stated its refusal to normalize relations with Israel. A democratic Egypt, whether led by the Muslim Brotherhood or any other opposition party, is unlikely to go to war with Israel given the vast imbalance in military capability, but they’re even less likely to accept normal ties given the present condition of the Palestinians. And the most secular liberal activists in Egypt reject with contempt the argument that regional stability can come at the expense of their right to choose their government.

Egypt: Obama Caught in a Bind

The Administration is caught in a bind, but it’s more strategic than just moral: Supporting tyrants loathed by their own people but willing to do Washington’s bidding in international matters is a decades-old U.S. tradition in the Middle East, as well as in Asia, Africa and Latin America. The problem with Mubarak is not simply that his methods are at odds with professed U.S. values; it’s that his brittle autocracy appears to have entered a period of terminal decline, with the U.S. potentially on the wrong side of history.

And for old time’s sake, a piece wrote in 2003 on Egypt and Bush’s ‘democracy agenda’

…Democracy in the Middle East and nearby Muslim lands would almost certainly restrain cooperation with the U.S. war on terror. Just look at what happened in Turkey on the eve of the Iraq war: Washington had simply assumed that Ankara would jump into line once the U.S. was on the march to war — after all, the country had been effectively ruled since World War II by generals closely aligned with Washington. But Turkey is far more democratic today, and when it was left up to the elected parliament to choose, the U.S. request to invade Iraq from Turkish territory was declined. And it’s a safe bet that if Jordan and Saudi Arabia had put the matter of their own cooperation with the Iraq invasion to a freely elected legislature, the response would have been the same as Turkey’s….

…The biggest test of the seriousness of President Bush’s commitment to promote democracy will come in Egypt, which is due to hold parliamentary elections in 2005. Egypt is especially vulnerable to U.S. pressure as the recipient of around $2 billion annually in U.S. aid, as its reward for making peace with Israel in 1979. “The great and proud nation of Egypt has shown the way toward peace in the Middle East, and now should show the way toward democracy in the Middle East,” Bush intoned. But if Egypt were a democracy, it’s far from certain that it would still a peace treaty with Israel.

Egypt is a good illustration of President Bush’s point that the absence of channels for democratic political participation in Arab states has helped foster terrorism, which has eventually been exported. Osama Bin Laden may be Saudi, but most of the top-tier al-Qaeda leadership at the time of 9/11 were veterans of Egyptian Islamic Jihad, a militant offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood that turned to terrorism in response to the Sadat regime’s peace treaty with Israel, and found hundreds of willing recruits in Egypt’s middle class and in its officer corps. The Brotherhood, of course, is a far more moderate Islamist entity than Jihad, originating in early 20th agitation against British colonial rule.

It enjoys a strong, some say dominant, presence among Cairo’s professional classes, and has eschewed violence. Although its activities are formally banned and it is precluded from contesting parliamentary elections, Egypt analysts suggest it may nonetheless be the dominant opposition force in Egyptian society. The impact of the U.S. invasion of Iraq on Egyptian public opinion has also seen a growing alignment in the views of the Brotherhood and more traditionally liberal democratic opposition groups, around the questions of democracy and sovereignty. Today, the overarching criticism of the Mubarak regime is that it is more responsive to Washington than to its own citizenry, and the internal demand for democratic reform is linked with opposition to, rather than support for U.S. policies….

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The Definition of a Dictator

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Mubarak ‘Our Democratic Friend’ – Jo Biden, US Vice President

Jo Biden, the vacuous Vice-President of the USA, a position that Harry Truman once described as not being worth a bucket of warm spit, just doesn’t get it. He couldn’t understand the grouse of the Egyptian people. Why they didn’t like going hungry whilst the Mubarak and his regime thieved Egypt’s wealth and tortured those who dissented.

Jo Biden first came to my attention about 20 years ago when he passed off a speech of Neil Kinnock’s as his own!! Someone forced to pinch Kinnock’s strained rhetoric is clearly not someone at ease with himself.

But then Biden and the USA operate in a parallel universe. Words to them don’t mean the same to us.

Didn’t you know that the definition of a dictator is whether or not he is friendly to the United States? A friend of the West, by definition, can’t be a dictator, however he is elected, whereas someone like Chavez who is elected, is still a dictator, because he opposes us, the West.

If people were to use these definitions then it would be much easier to understand the world!
tony greenstein

 “Mubarak has been an ally of ours in a number of things and he’s been very responsible on, relative to geopolitical interest in the region, the Middle East peace efforts; the actions Egypt has taken relative to normalizing relationship with Israel.. I would not refer to him as a dictator” US Vice President Je Biden ( a lackey of AIPAC)

I first visited Egypt 30 years ago in 1981 to do research for my master’s thesis which was later published in my first book “The Bats of Egypt”. I visited Egypt twice since then and I recall vividly police abuse of their own people and yet the Egyptians I encountered mocked and joked about dictatorship. We tried at least from a distance to support our Egyptian brothers and sisters as they struggle for freedom. Arabs everywhere (yes even here in occupied Palestine) are talking about a transformation and about revolution. But all such transformations carry pain. Over 200 Egyptians were killed, thousands injured, and there is much destruction. Yet in a nation of 85 million people this is still a relatively peaceful transformation. While dealing with the present is critical we must also at this juncture start to look post dictatorship in the Arab world and plan the future.

I recall vividly a talk by a self-described “Liberal Zionist” (an oxymoron) at Duke University on 1 March 198l; at 77 year old he had no inhibitions in saying “Zionists do not want democracy in the Arab world.” He explained that if Egypt was a democracy, it would not have signed a peace deal with Israel since the sentiments of the Arab people does not accept such arrangements that could be done with someone like President Sadat or King Hussein. On this point he was absolutely correct but in the long run such short-sighted perspective is self-destructive (1).

As I watched last night Hosni Mubarak make his (hopefully last) speech, I was very much reminded of the last speech of the Shah of Iran, Marcos of the Philippines, Bin Ali of Tunisia. They all claimed after so many years of torturing their own people that they now want to “reform”. The US funded and supported the brutal Mubarak regime for over 30 years even as plenty of evidence from human rights organizations documented its abuse of its own citizens. See example videos of torture by Egyptian police (2). This is also the same police who, on the instruction of the Mubarak dictatorship, beat international activists trying to provide humanitarian relief to besieged Gaza (3). Mubarak then went on to for the first time appoint a vice president (his intelligence chief and ex-army buddy Omar Suleiman) and appoint another army officer as prime minister. It is now recognized that his reign is ending and a new era is beginning.

It is rather amusing that the brutal dictator of “Saudi” Arabia (a country named after a ruling family!) called to support Mubarak and stated that the demonstrators are hooligans and criminals. Anyone who knows anything about Egypt knows that this amazing and inspiring mostly nonviolent revolution is a true expression of the will of the Egyptian people regardless of their political or religious persuasions (leftist, Muslim Brotherhood, Nasserite Arab Nationalist, Christians, Muslims, etc).

In other news in brief for those who don’t keep up with internet news or those who watch mainly the (supine) Western Media: -Large demonstrations by Egyptians and human rights defenders at Egyptian embassies around the world all demanding democracy -Israeli embassy in Cairo essentially emptied (an apartheid state embassy in the largest Arab country is an abomination) -Israeli pundits very worried about how Egypt might look after Mubarak. There are many signs that the Egyptian military (like the Tunisian military) may be critical in this struggle. Already there are instances where the demonstrators were protected from the Egyptian police by the Egyptian military. See footage (4)
-A number of human rights groups and Egyptian community representatives abroad all called for ending the Egyptian police brutality. By contrast EU and US government officials are making feeble statements to hedge their bets and at best call for “peaceful” actions from “all sides”. Slowly they were forced to modify their retorhic to talk about “change” but must finally call on their puppet Mubarak to leave power and insist that he and his sons and family return the billions stolen from the Egyptian people.

-A number of religious and civil organizations in Egypt broke their silence to support the ouster of the “last Pharaoh”
-The dictatorship cutting of web and mobile phone services and banning reporting by groups like Al-Jazeera did little to stem the tide of protest because people are living it daily in their homes and on the streets and they are not being incited from outside. -Protests spread to Jordan and Yemen (two other Western supported governments). There are now plans for large protests in Syria and other countries.

-On the Palestinian Authority TV news, they noted that Mahmoud Abbas called Mubarak and stated his support for stability of Egypt. Other news outlets stated that he fully supports the Mubarak regime. Hamas then came in to say
that they support the Egyptian people. Sadly, I think all rational human beings know which horse to bet on in this struggle between people and a western-supported dictator who accomplished nothing for his people and instead enriched his family (his sons are billionaires in a country in which tens of millions of people live on less than $1 a day).

I wrote seven months ago that “The political leadership in the fragmented Arab countries and Palestinian authority have convinced themselves that they have no option but to endlessly try to talk to politicians from Tel Aviv and
Washington (the latter also Israeli occupied territory) hoping for some ‘gestures’..I know most politicians like to feel 100% safe (mostly for their position of power) and are afraid of any change. But I wish they would realize that daring politicians make the history books and those who hang around trying to protect their seats will be forgotten. Cowardice is never a virtue.” And then I concluded that “In the demonstrations yesterday, a child in Gaza was carrying a sign that says ‘we demand freedom’ and a child in Cairo that says ‘children in Egypt and in Gaza want the siege lifted’. That is our future – not elderly politicians meeting to do media damage control with empty words. “(5)

But make no mistake about it: no power transformation happens without a period of unrest, instability, and pain. I believe in these difficult periods, humans are tested. Some are weak and may even try to use the situations to make some quick personal profit. Others are of strong and decent character and this shows in their watching for their neighbors and their community. I have seen countless pictures and heard countless stories of acts that can only be described as heroic (e.g. people protecting the national museum in Cairo or their neighbors’ houses). Intellectuals are
stepping forward to articulate rational scenarios for the future. People helping other people. So I think we will weather the transition. As to what the future holds. Clearly, the era of ignoring the masses is gone. It will not be easy since we have a legacy of decades of poor education (one that does not emphasize civic and individual responsibility etc). Getting rid of dictators is not enough. Building a civic participatory society is not easy (Europe’s enlightenment did not come just from removing a few dictators).

People’s expectation raised for change will dash against the reality that it will take decades to create systems of governance, accountability, economic justice, etc to allow for unleashing the great potential in the Arab world.
And there is great potential (natural resources, water, educated hard-working middle class etc). It is critical that people begin to chart this future honestly and pragmatically. Slogans will not work. We the people must take responsibility for our own lives and for our communities. We need to take time to educate children in a very, very different way than we were educated. The beginnings may be simple. For example, in many Arab countries, people were thinking that as long as the country is not theirs (ruled by dictators), they can only watch over their own personal space and literally dump trash in the public space. In the new era, they have to learn that public space is theirs too. Order and respect for fellow citizens and for the country will have to be taught very early to our children. This is but one example for laying a brick in the road to real freedom and real prosperity. The bricks though are many and they will have to be fashioned and laid by the people. It is very hard work but it is the only way forward.

(1) I challenged him on this in the Q&A and then wrote a follow-up letter that was published in the Duke Chronicle. See http://www.qumsiyeh.org/zionistpositionfailstorecognizeotherside/

(2) Torture at Egyptian police stations, here are three examples (warning disturbing content!)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhQRFz65M6s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCHM6LYiBsY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8KG5N_yq1s

3) Egyptian police beat Free Gaza convoy activist on December 30, 2009
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yT4tk2RiNIo

4) See this associated press story about role of Egyptian military
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/01/29/ap/middleeast/main7296653.shtml
and this interesting footage of military shielding demonstrators
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfqcEsDwgYQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQD-X9G9xfk

5) Mazin Qumsiyeh “Of Cowardice, Dignity and Solidarity”
http://www.qumsiyeh.org/ofcowardicedignityandsolidarity/

Mazin Qumsiyeh

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Tell Murdoch & Ailes: Stop Violent Rhetoric

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Dear Friend,

In the wake of the tragedy in Arizona, FOX News and the right-wing media have cried foul, turned a blind eye to their record of violent rhetoric, and dug in deeper.

In the most outrageous instance, Glenn Beck issued a so-called “anti-violence pledge,” that included death-threat inducing lies about 78-year-old professor and civil rights advocate Frances Fox Piven.1

Since these death threats were posted on Beck’s website — in comments like “we should blow up Piven’s Office” and “I have 5,000 rounds ready” and “…one shot, one kill”2 — Beck hasn’t backed off.3

About the only thing crazier and more irresponsible than Beck’s raving lunacy, is the fact that FOX President Roger Ailes and News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch continue to provide Beck a platform to spew it.

Are Ailes and Murdoch ready to accept responsibility for the tragedy their network invites every day? They must stop the rhetoric before it’s too late. Let’s make sure they know we’ll hold them responsible if they don’t.

Tell Ailes and Murdoch: Stop the violent rhetoric on FOX News before it is too late. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

Ailes is the boss at FOX. Murdoch is Ailes’ boss. They set the agenda, permit endless anti-government paranoia and Nazi comparisons, keep Sarah Palin on payroll so she can promote her trademark division and rhetoric, let Glenn Beck go wild.

The risk posed by continuing to allow all of this on FOX is not theoretical. The threats to Piven’s life are real and scary. Much more so given that over the last year, Beck’s rantings have fueled three separate assassination attempts — — all thwarted — on Nancy Pelosi, Senator Patty Murray, and officials at the Tides foundation and ACLU.4

Jared Lee Loughner got much, much further. And his actions are a deafening sounding of the alarm bells that insane people exist in this world, and a grave warning against the reckless irresponsibility of intentionally feeding their anger and paranoia with blatantly false statements.

But rather than toning it down at FOX, Beck and others have doubled down. Ailes and Murdoch have at least allowed it, and continue to do so. Despite overwhelming evidence that this rhetoric has consequences; despite the fact that over 100 advertisers have pulled their ads from Beck’s show5, which actually loses money for FOX.

Do Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch feel no moral responsibility for the content on their network, or its consequences? Do they not see where this can lead? Do they not care?

Murdoch and Ailes have more power than anyone else to stop this runaway train, before it crashes. As such, if the violent rhetoric on FOX News leads to tragic consequences, their inaction will be culpability.

Tell Ailes and Murdoch: Stop violent rhetoric on FOX News before it is too late. Click here to automatically add your name.

Thank you for fighting dangerous rhetoric on FOX.

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1. “Glenn Beck’s Dangerous Obsession With Frances Fox Piven,” FAIR, 1-20-11
2. ibid.
3. “
Beck Continues To Demonize Piven After Reports Of Beck-Inspired Death Threats Against Her,” Media Matters, 1-25-2011
4. “
Beck’s Incendiary Rhetoric Has Motivated Threats, Assassination Attempts,” Media Matters, 1-13-11
5. “
So Who’s Still Advertising On Beck? January 25 Edition,” Media Matters, 1-25-2011

 

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Go Zionist Mu-Barak! Tel Aviv awaits!

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Keep following the Angry Arab News Service for updates of events in Egypt. As’ad AbuKhalil, for it is he, has an eager following of informants throughout the Middle East tipping him off with all sorts of useful info. See this demonstration in Egypt:

Here is a translation from a comment below the youtube video:

 Obviously, this is the best I can translate it. It doesn’t rhyme like it does in Arabic, lol. “Leave, leave, Mubarak. Tel Aviv is waiting for you. Gamal, tell your father, the Egyptian people hate you. We’ve had enough. They’ve raised the price of sugar and oil. They’ve wrecked our homes. Raise your voice, people of Egypt. We can’t even find beans.”

Of course Tel Aviv wants Zionist Mubarak to remain in Egypt as surely as it wants dictatorial rule maintained in Saudi and Jordan.

Heed Mubarak says Israhell

Geddit! Oh never mind.  The point here is that the “only democracy in the Middle East”, erm Israhell, is calling on its American and European allies to support the Cairo killer for the sake of “stability” in the Middle East.  See Ha’aretz

Israhell called on the United States and a number of European countries over the weekend to curb their criticism of Zionist Hosni Mubarak to preserve stability in the region. 

Jerusalem seeks to convince its allies that it is in the West’s interest to maintain the stability of the Egyptian regime. The diplomatic measures came after statements in Western capitals implying that the United States and European Union supported Zionist Mu-Barak’s ouster.

So the west wants him gone but its plucky little ally to the east of Egypt wants him to remain.  It gets better.  Netanyahu knows how embarrassing his senior colleagues can be so they have been ordered not to discuss Egypt publicly at all. I mean what can anyone in the Israhell government say that would help Mu-Barak?

Israhell officials are keeping a low profile on the events in Egypt, with Zio-Nazi Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu even ordering cabinet members to avoid commenting publicly on the issue.

But then true to Israhell form what they won’t do openly they openly do, er, covertly:

Senior Israhell officials, however, said that on Saturday night the Foreign Ministry issued a directive to around a dozen key embassies in the United States, Canada, China, Russia and several European countries. The ambassadors were told to stress to their host countries the importance of Egypt’s stability. In a special cable, they were told to get this word out as soon as possible.

I should have thought that the overthrow of Mu-Barak would have implications for Gaza but that doesn’t appear to be Israhell key concern:

“The Americans and the Europeans are being pulled along by public opinion and aren’t considering their genuine interests,” one senior Israhell official said. “Even if they are critical of Mu-Barak they have to make their friends feel that they’re not alone. Jordan and Saudi Arabia see the reactions in the West, how everyone is abandoning Mu-Barak, and this will have very serious implications.”

So this is bigger than Gaza. As “the only democracy in the Middle East” denies democracy and the means of sustenance to the people in Gaza it shows that it also wants democracy denied to all people everywhere. Israhell mustn’t say what they think, European and American public opinion should be ignored and the dictatorships of Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia must be maintained. And why? Because “the only democracy in the Middle East” says so, that’s why.

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Feb.1: National Call-In Day to Fitzpatrick, Holder and Obama

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National Call-In Day to Fitzpatrick, Holder and Obama
Tuesday, February 1st, 2011 – all day!

Over 50 cities, hundreds of groups, and thousands of people protested against FBI and U.S. Grand Jury repression on Tuesday January 25. The protests are a response to ongoing and expanding repression originating from U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald’s office in Chicago. On September 24th, the FBI raided anti-war and solidarity activists’ homes and subpoenaed fourteen in Chicago, Minneapolis, and Michigan. All fourteen decided to not appear before the Grand Jury in October. The Grand Jury is a secret and closed inquisition, where the U.S. Attorney controls the entire proceedings, hand picks the jurors, there is no judge, and the activists are not allowed a lawyer.

The following month, three Minneapolis women had their subpoenas reactivated and they are still waiting in limbo. Then nine more Palestine solidarity activists, most Arab-Americans, were subpoenaed to appear at the Grand Jury on January 25, 2011, launching renewed protests.

Now we are asking you to call those in charge of the repression aimed against anti-war leaders and the growing Palestine solidarity movement.
We want your help in promoting the national call in day to demand:

  • Call Off the Grand Jury Witch-hunt Against International Solidarity Activists!

  • Support Free Speech!

  • Support the Right to Organize!

  • Stop FBI Repression!

  • International Solidarity Is Not a Crime!

Three calls:

  1. 1. Call U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald at 312-353-5300. Then dial 0 (zero) for operator and ask to leave a message with the Duty Clerk.

  2. 2. Call U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder 202-353-1555

  3. 3. Call President Obama at 202-456-1111

Suggested text: “My name is __________, I am from _______(city), in ______(state). I am calling U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald (Eric Holder, President Obama) to demand he call off the Grand Jury and stop FBI repression against the anti-war and Palestine solidarity movements. I oppose U.S. government political repression and support the right to free speech and the right to assembly of the 23 activists subpoenaed. We will not be criminalized. Tell him to stop this McCarthy-type witch hunt against international solidarity activists!

**Please sign and circulate our new petition at http://www.stopfbi.net/petition
Visit www.StopFBI.net or write StopFBI@gmail.com or call 612-379-3585.

“If we do not act, we shall surely be dragged down the long, dark, and shameful corridors of time reserved for those who possess power without compassion, might without morality, and strength without sight.” Martin Luther King, Jr., “A Time to Break Silence,” April 4, 1967

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A.Loewenstein Online Newsletter

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The coming insurrection in Egypt

Posted: 31 Jan 2011

Thank you, Glenn Beck, for showing us all:

 

At least the Guardian didn’t ask US how to proceed over Wikileaks

Posted: 31 Jan 2011 03:38 PM PST

Unlike the New York Times:

A few days before the cables’ release, two senior figures from the US embassy in Grosvenor Square called in to the Guardian‘s London offices for a chat. This discussion led to a surreal transatlantic telephone call on Friday 26 November – two days before launch.

Alan Rusbridger agreed to ring Washington. He made the conference call from the circular table in his office. On the line was PJ Crowley, the US assistant secretary of state for public affairs.

The conversation began: “OK, here’s PJ Crowley. I just want you to know in this phone call we’ve got Secretary of State Clinton’s private secretary, we have representatives of the DoD [department of defence], the intelligence communities, and the national security council.” All Rusbridger could offer in reply was: “We have our managing editor here.”

Crowley set out the view from the lofty heights of US power: “Obviously, from our perspective these are stolen documents. They reveal sensitive military secrets and addresses that expose people to security risks.”

Crowley made his pitch. He said the US government was “willing to help” the Guardian if it was prepared to “share the documents” it had – in other words, tip off the state department which cables it intended to publish. Rusbridger was noncommittal.

Clinton’s private secretary chipped in. She said: “I’ve got a very direct question for you, Mr Rusbridger. You journalists like asking direct questions and I know you expect direct answers. So I’m going to ask you a direct question. Are you going to give us the numbers of the cables or not?”

“No, we’re not.”

“Thank you very much.”

Rusbridger did decide to tell the Americans the paper’s broad publication schedule. Day one was to feature Iran, he said, day two North Korea and day three Pakistan. Then the conversation was over.

 

Just in case the world didn’t know what the Zionist state thinks

Posted: 31 Jan 2011

Autocrats rule:

Israel threw its support behind Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Monday, appealing to the U.S. and other governments to support the embattled leader and giving the Egyptian military the go-ahead to deploy forces in the Sinai Peninsula once again.

The popular uprising against Mubarak took Israel completely by surprise, and for several days the government had refused any comment. But on Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was watching the unfolding events with “vigilance.”

“We are anxiously monitoring what is happening in Egypt and (elsewhere) in our region. Our efforts are designed to continue and maintain stability and security in our region,” Netanyahu said.

 

We should thank Cairo for repressing people?

Posted: 31 Jan 2011

Democracy for Arabs? Not in the Murdoch world. Here’s a senior Australian editor, Alan Howe – the man has form – writing today on Egypt in Melbourne’s Herald Sun. It’s all about Israel, screw freedom or rights. The Zionist state has corrupted our souls:

Sayyid Qutb. Remember that name. You’ll hear it often in coming months and years. Indeed, he may end up being the most influential person of the 21st century.

He’s been dead 46 years. But Karl Marx was the person who most influenced the 20th century he did not live to see.

Marx’s writings inspired the communism and socialism that spread throughout large parts of the world after the Russian Revolution. The internal contradictions of communism eventually caused its collapse, as surely as China has turned away from it and the command economy.

Qutb’s influence is more menacing than Marx. The radicals of the Muslim Brotherhood that are these days inspired by his manifesto, In The Shade of The Koran, will be central to the riots and violent chaos in Cairo.

It has always been the ultimate aim of the likes of Qutb and the Koran-quoting assassins he inspires to die advancing the cause of Islam. It goes without saying that an Egypt led by Islamic theocrats would attack Israel, unleashing god knows what.

The world understands Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak corruptly keeps government and that some of his people are illegally repressed. But that draconian rule has kept Egypt stable and its Islamic core under control. After losing wars with Israel, it decided to join the modern world in accepting that country’s right to exist, even if Egyptian Muslims still see it as an enemy.

 

A young girl in Egypt tells Mubarak to shove it

Posted: 31 Jan 2011

We see and hear female protesters in Egypt far too infrequently:

 

 

Wikileaks told us that Mubarak was going to appoint a VP

Posted: 31 Jan 2011

2005:

The London-based Financial Times reported on June 15 that President Mubarak intends to name a Vice President – a step he has refused to take throughout his 24 year tenure as President – after the September Presidential elections. We reached out to the reporter who filed the story, who confirmed to us that Soliman Awad, a key aide to Mubarak and his official spokesman, had made the remark, on-the-record, over dinner with her and several British colleagues.

Most contacts we have spoken with were unaware of and surprised by the news, with a number expressing skepticism, noting that the timing of such a revelation and the means of conveying it, were unorthodox, at the least. Of those who gave the story credence, all agreed that Intelligence Chief General Omar Soliman was the most likely to be named to the post. We do not doubt that Mubarak’s aide made this statement to the British journalists. However, given the sensitive and even historic nature of such news, we doubt it was intended as an official and on-the-record statement, and though revelatory, it could still be subject to change. End summary.

 

Journalists, don’t be afraid to rely on Arabs to tell you Egyptian truth

Posted: 31 Jan 2011

Here’s an idea for a Western newspaper trying to report in Egypt. Rather than sending your own correspondent who doesn’t get anywhere near the action – or know any of the important writers, bloggers, Tweeters etc – you actually rely on other, perhaps indigenous sources, who are seeing the real action on the streets.

Not the Australian’s finest hour:

What do you do when the man who’s just checked you into your hotel is out the front looking up the street with an iron bar in his hand?

A gang was heading our way as the largest Arab city in the world descended into anarchy.

Iron bars have become the only tool of law and order in the chaos that is Cairo at night.

By day the Egyptian capital is the centre of a revolt that is shaking the Arab world.

But the mood of hope for political reform darkened into violent lawlessness yesterday as police abandoned the streets and soldiers largely watched the chaos from a distance.

That split left the Indiana Hotel part Fawlty Towers and part Once Were Warriors.

Safe hotels near Tahrir Square had become unreachable. “Too dangerous,” a driver said. “I take you to another hotel that is safe.”

I checked into the Indiana, although we could hear gunfire in the distance.

From a balcony an hour later I saw the receptionist, along with about 15 other men, holding metal bars, saws and metal poles with hooks at the end. Weapons in one hand, mobile phones in the other.

Staff in the hotel frantically hid valuables and moved furniture across the door to shore us up. They brought out the fire hose.

They explained that gangs of looters were roaming the wealthier neighbourhoods, storming hotels and other buildings.

Soon after dark, shouts erupted at the front of the hotel. Several people ran inside.

Then a gunshot.

More shouting. No room service here tonight.

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