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Egyptian president vows he will stay in office until September, and will not bow down to ‘foreign pressure’

  
 
 

 Zionist Mu-Barak  Leaves Cairo as Military Asserts Control

 

 

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Rage, Confusion as Zionist Mu-Barak Balks at Resignation

 

 

World’s Richest Tyrant: Zionist Mu-Barak’s Unfathomable Wealth

 

White House Threatens to Boot Pakistan’s Envoy

 

 

West Bank Rabbi: Jews Can Kill Gentiles Who Threaten IsraHell

 

America’s Legacy of Mutagenic War

 

Women, Children of Bedouin Village El Araqib Beaten as they Silently Protest 16th Demolition of their Homes

 

 

New Gaza factory, jobs destroyed in Zio-Nazi attack

 

Iran vows Mideast without US, IsraHell

 

 

‘Iran desires global justice, peace’

 

Report: Zionist Mu-Barak, family leave Cairo amid persisting unrest

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

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Bye Mu-Barak

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Mubarak is gone. So is Suleiman.

 

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See here for more images. What is there to say? The scoundrel is gone. Gaza will hopefully be open soonZvi Mazel know what’s up: “As long as we had Mubarak, there was no void in our relations with the region. Now we’re in big trouble…We may see a series of upheavals in the region now. Mubarak’s downfall supports revolutionaries everywhere, from Yemen to Algeria. The question is whether such Middle East will be manageable. What if there are coups in Jordan, Morocco or Saudi Arabia? Only God knows who will take power.” Yoel Marcus comments, “stabilizing the region, beginning with Egypt, is first and foremost in our interest.” Good luck with that.

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Dear Friends,

Depending on one’s attitude, the departure of Hosni Mubarak from office today is momentous or dangerous or a dream that Palestinians would like to share, but can’t.

Not surprisingly, there has been no official statement from Israel till now, so far as I know, on the events in Egypt tonight. However, the doubts expressed in item 4 probably reflect official Israeli opinion and also the opinion of many Israelis.  The concern in Israel is not democracy but security.  This does not mean that Israel will not have security even if all the countries in the area go the way of Egypt.  Should Israel make peace with the Palestinians it might yet find acceptance by other Arab states, notwithstanding changes in their governments.  Wonder if the events in Egypt will spread and demand that Israel mend her ways?

President Obama’s speech said more or less what could be expected: happy for the Egyptian people, hoping that the events will fulfill their dreams, praising the uprising, and, also the army. I personally have an inherent suspicion of armies taking over power.  I’d prefer a world without armies at all, not only because I’d prefer a world without wars, but also because military interests and structures are unhealthy for a democratic society.  But then, the US is giving substantial military aid to Egypt, and wants to be able to continue being able to count on Egypt as a reliable friend.  The army apparently is a necessary component of the latter.

The 5 items below reflect some of the opinions about tonight’s departure of Mubarak and what it bodes.  The final item (by Fisk) was written before the news came out about Mubarak’s departure from office, but his doubts and questions are as relevant now as they were when he penned the piece.

I personally am delighted that there was no further bloodshed (although apparently there was in Raffah) and hope that there will not be.  I hope that the people will be sufficiently intelligent to take the reins from the army as soon as possible, pen their new constitution, elect their officials, and carry on Egypt’s and the people’s business with intelligence and foresight.  I am decidedly willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.  For the present they have achieved the first step to a change in the future: they have rid themselves of Mubarak.

Dorothy

All the best,

Dorothy

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1. The Guardian,

11 February 2011

Egypt’s joy as Mubarak quits

With Hosni Mubarak’s departure, the age of political reason is returning to Egypt and the wider Arab world

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/feb/11/egypt-cairo-hosni-mubarak

Tariq Ali

[Egypt’s turning point: Anti-government protesters in Tahrir square. Photograph: Andre Pain/EPA]

A joyous night in Cairo. What bliss to be alive, to be an Egyptian and an Arab. In Tahrir Square they’re chanting, “Egypt is free” and “We won!”

The removal of Mubarak alone (and getting the bulk of his $40bn loot back for the national treasury), without any other reforms, would itself be experienced in the region and in Egypt as a huge political triumph. It will set new forces into motion. A nation that has witnessed miracles of mass mobilisations and a huge rise in popular political consciousness will not be easy to crush, as Tunisia demonstrates.

Arab history, despite appearances, is not static. Soon after the Israeli victory of 1967 that marked the defeat of secular Arab nationalism, one of the great Arab poets, Nizar Qabbani wrote:

Arab children,

Corn ears of the future,

You will break our chains.

Kill the opium in our heads,

Kill the illusions.

Arab children,

Don’t read about our suffocated generation,

We are a hopeless case,

As worthless as a water-melon rind.

Don’t read about us,

Don’t ape us,

Don’t accept us,

Don’t accept our ideas,

We are a nation of crooks and jugglers.

Arab children,

Spring rain,

Corn ears of the future,

You are the generation that will overcome defeat.

How happy he would have been to seen his prophecy being fulfilled.

The new wave of mass opposition has happened at a time where there are no radical nationalist parties in the Arab world, and this has dictated the tactics: huge assemblies in symbolic spaces posing an immediate challenge to authority – as if to say, we are showing our strength, we don’t want to test it because we neither organised for that nor are we prepared, but if you mow us down remember the world is watching.

Egypt’s vice president Omar Suleiman makes the announcement that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has stepped down Photograph: AP

This dependence on global public opinion is moving, but is also a sign of weakness. Had Obama and the Pentagon ordered the Egyptian army to clear the square – however high the cost – the generals would have obeyed orders, but it would have been an extremely risky operation for them, if not for Obama. It could have split the high command from ordinary soldiers and junior officers, many of whose relatives and families are demonstrating and many of whom know and feel that the masses are on the right side. That would have meant a revolutionary upheaval of a sort that neither Washington nor the Muslim Brotherhood – the party of cold calculation – desired.

The show of popular strength was enough to get rid of the current dictator. He’d only go if the US decided to take him away. After much wobbling, they did. They had no other serious option left. The victory, however, belongs to the Egyptian people whose unending courage and sacrifices made all this possible.

And so it ended badly for Mubarak and his old henchman. Having unleashed security thugs only a fortnight ago, Vice-President Suleiman’s failure to dislodge the demonstrators from the square was one more nail in the coffin. The rising tide of the Egyptian masses with workers coming out on strike , judges demonstrating on the streets, and the threat of even larger crowds next week, made it impossible for Washington to hang on to Mubarak and his cronies. The man Hillary Clinton had referred to as a loyal friend, indeed “family”, was dumped. The US decided to cut its losses and authorised the military intervention.

Omar Suleiman, an old western favourite, was selected as vice-president by Washington, endorsed by the EU, to supervise an “orderly transition”. Suleiman was always viewed by the people as a brutal and corrupt torturer, a man who not only gives orders, but participates in the process. A WikiLeaks document had a former US ambassador praising him for not being “squeamish”. The new vice president had warned the protesting crowds last Tuesday that if they did not demobilise themselves voluntarily, the army was standing by: a coup might be the only option left. It was, but against the dictator they had backed for 30 years. It was the only way to stabilise the country. There could be no return to “normality”.

The age of political reason is returning to the Arab world. The people are fed up of being colonised and bullied. Meanwhile, the political temperature is rising in Jordan, Algeria and Yemen.

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2.  Ynet Friday,

February 11, 2011

Breaking News

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4027284,00.html

Arab Israelis to mark Mubarak downfall in mass rally Saturday

A protest organized by the Balad party for Saturday will turn into a major celebration and is expected to draw large crowds. An Egyptian opposition leader is expected to address the rally directly from Cairo.

“The revolution’s victory is a historic and constitutive moment in the history of the Egyptian Arab people and of the Arab nation in general,” a Balad official said. “It is a moment where the people’s desire and aspiration for liberty, justice and democracy had won.” (Hassan Shaalan)

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3.  Haaretz,

February 11, 2011

Palestinians can only watch as Egyptians are living their dream

Residents of Jenin’s refugee camp closely followed events in the land of the Nile, in a mood of melancholy jealousy.

http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/magazine/palestinians-can-only-watch-as-egyptians-are-living-their-dream-1.342762

By Gideon Levy

In the Jenin refugee camp this week, there was one man who looked like he had been hanged. A rope tied around his body, he rocked back and forth for several long moments – bearing a striking resemblance to the effigy of Egypt’s president strung up in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. But in Jenin, it was the bad servant of the evil queen who was hanged – in a performance of “Alice in Wonderland,” based on the story by Lewis Carroll at The Freedom Theater. The audience cheered when they saw the hanged man, portrayed by the amateur actor Amjad Melhem.

The directors of the play are Juliano Mer-Khamis and Zoe Lafferty and the scriptwriter, a temporary resident of the camp, artist Udi Aloni, whom the program described as being from the U.S. The play’s producer came from Britain, clothes and props were handled by people from Portugal, Germany and Sweden; the wonderful acting troupe was comprised of residents of the Jenin camp. Jenin residents also handled publicity.

Dozens of excited children and teenagers assembled one afternoon this week in the modest but well-kept auditorium located on the edge of the camp – a hall that features black walls, cheap carpets and simple wooden benches. A few hours before the start of the production, some of these youngsters swept the theater area clean, while director Mer-Khamis roamed about the camp’s alleys, distributing flyers that called on children to attend the free performance.

The children’s play was laden with highly pertinent political messages. Mer-Khamis turned to the audience, half-smiling, before the production, and announced: “This is a dangerous play with subversive messages, and so anyone who talks will be thrown out of the auditorium.” But nobody uttered a word; no one disturbed the play, apart from a young child or two who cried when Alice was supposed to wed someone in an arranged marriage.

Then a miracle occurred: the magic rabbit rescued Alice from this unhappy marriage, and brought her to Wonderland, whose freedom she was to gain by using her engagement ring. The good servant rebelled against the evil queen, and everyone expected Alice from Jenin to lead the liberation of Wonderland. But Alice refused to play the role designated for her; instead, she called on residents to free themselves from the oppressive regime by using their own powers. And, indeed, the residents of Wonderland did break free of the evil queen. But their country was left without a ruler – the white queen existed only in their imagination, a symbol of freedom.

Did we say Egypt? Was this about the Israeli occupation? The song, Queen’s “I Want to Break Free,” played by the camp’s talented orchestra, said it all. During the next school vacation, readers should consider taking their children to Jenin’s Freedom Theater, which features a revolving stage, pyrotechnics and acrobats, music, colorful costumes, and high professionalism. The theater’s performances are not for children only, though the kids in the audience heartily applauded this production with earsplitting whistling and clapping.

Afterward, they departed the dark theater and entered the daytime darkness of life in a refugee camp – a life of want and crowding, unemployed youths, card games at the local cafe, children playing with junk on the streets and adults sitting at store-fronts, staring hopelessly into space. This is a reality of idleness and lost hope, of despair.

The Freedom Theater was founded many years ago by Juliano’s mother, Arna Mer-Khamis. Children who took part in its first cycle of plays were fighters in the first intifada; many of them are no longer alive. This week, it was hard to stifle ominous thoughts about what might happen to the children at the production of “Alice in Wonderland”: what does the future hold in store for this current generation of youngsters?

This week, Jenin’s wonderland was to be found in Egypt. Residents of the refugee camp closely followed events in the land of the Nile, in a mood of melancholy jealousy. Each night they crowded into homes to watch television and see what was going on in Cairo. But no winds of change are blowing in the West Bank. No solidarity demonstration was staged; not a single poster of support was to be seen on the streets. The pining for freedom is to be found only in the Jenin theater.

Camp residents saw what just a few days of popular protest can do – topple a tyrannical regime that has been in power for decades. Yet here in the camp, a struggle that has lasted decades, a mass, armed and sometimes violent campaign for freedom, has changed nothing. All is despair. At the end of last week, the IDF once again invaded the camp and in the dark of night whisked four young men from their beds. Nobody in the camp knew why this happened, or where the men were taken. That’s just the way the world turns.

Peddlers hawked their wares this week behind the iron gates of the Jalameh crossing point, hoping that Arab citizens of Israel whom the state has graciously allowed to enter Jenin might want to purchase something. However, the stores that line the street leading to Jenin, a street currently undergoing a well-funded renovation, were mostly closed, due to the lack of customers. Meantime, some 500 municipal workers in Jenin staged a strike, protesting a wave of dismissals; their places were taken by scabs, supplied by contractors. One municipality employee, Jamal Zubeidi, a dear friend who has accompanied us on visits to the camp for almost a decade, told us this week from his home: “The entire world is changing, and just one thing never changes – the wages of a Palestinian worker. Gold prices rise and fall, currency rates of the shekel and dollar fluctuate, and just one thing never rises or falls – our workers’ salaries. For 20 years, it has been 50-60 shekels a day. A kilogram of sugar cost a shekel, and now it is five times more expensive, but the wage remains 50-60 shekels a day. A gas tank cost 20 shekels, and now costs 70 – and the worker’s wage remains 50-60 shekels. The Palestinian worker’s salary is like God: it remains the same thing forever.”

Since the start of the demonstrations in Egypt, Zubeidi has been glued night and day to Al Jazeera broadcasts. Egypt’s revolution instilled a spark of hope, yet for him, it has not broken the spell of gloomy despair that grips the camp. “We also had demonstrations,” he says. “These were staged in protest against Al Jazeera’s disclosure of the documents. We have more democracy than anywhere in the world. They use speakers to call us to come out to demonstrate; the Palestinian Authority even sends us buses to transport us to the protests. In Egypt, it’s forbidden to demonstrate; here they send us buses. But they are not the right sort of protests.”

Zubeidi continues: “I watch Al Jazeera all day long, and I know what to believe, and what to disbelieve. All the residents of the camp support the demonstrators in Egypt. They say: If only this were to happen throughout the Arab world. But there is a major difference between a regime and an occupation. A struggle against an occupation lasts a long time. In Egypt, this is an internal struggle. Should we get a state, it will be more democratic than Egypt’s. We have much more experience with uprisings.

“One of the reasons for our failure is the Arab regimes, which haven’t helped us. We are not angry with the Arab people; our anger is aimed at its governments. These regimes never helped us. All they do is pressure Mahmoud Abbas to engage in another round of negotiations with Israel. They give him money, not to fight the occupation, but rather to pave roads. That will not take us anywhere. Now, after Tunisia and Egypt, we have hope regarding the Arab world. We always said: there is no war without Egypt, and there is no peace without Egypt. Perhaps Egypt and the Arab world will strengthen now, and begin to assist us. Iran has become stronger, as has Turkey, as well as China and India; it’s only the Arab world that hasn’t gotten stronger. Should it strengthen, should it become more democratic, it will help us.”

He continues: “The situation here and in the Gaza Strip resembles Egypt. People have no work, and there is no food, and talking is forbidden. But, with us, each time people want to protest against Fatah in the West Bank, and Hamas’ regime in Gaza, they are told: There is an occupation. Fight against the occupation. You will remember that before the second intifada, there was a desire to rise up against the Palestinian Authority; people set fire [to PA] jeeps and police stations; however, following Sharon’s visit to the Temple Mount, the uprising was directed against Israel. Now the occupation seems a bit distant, but should protest erupt against the Palestinian regime, it will, again, be redirected in opposition to Israel.

“There were no demonstrations here in support of the Egyptian people, because our regime has ties to the Egyptian leadership, and it does not allow protests. But a new intifada could erupt here at any time. Voices are stifled in the West Bank, and they are stifled in Gaza; and the majority of the Palestinian people, the silent majority, knows that what is happening in Egypt and Tunisia can happen here. Here, too, there are young people who studied in universities but have no work. There are many hungry people – we have that too. Here too there are people who are not allowed to speak out. Corrupt politicians – we have that too. And who opposes them? In Jenin there are 200,000 residents, and 500 policemen and soldiers. The ratio is the same in Hebron, Nablus, and Ramallah. What would they do with hundreds of thousands of people rising up against them? The only question is when this will erupt.

“The problem is that since 2006, the Palestinian people has been divided. You remember how in 2002 we fought together – all forces, Fatah, Hamas, the Popular Front, united. Those days are over. The people are divided. I am now 55 years old, and I will not take part in another uprising; but my children (you will remember that my son was six when the second intifada started ) will not ask me about their own participation. I think that demonstrators in Tunisia and Egypt learned from our own experience. During the first intifada we had popular committees, and in Egypt, neighborhood residents have organized in a similar fashion.

“We face a lot of pressure. I do not live in Gaza, but the pressure is strong there, as it is here, on the West Bank. I know a lot of people who have changed the way they look at our leaderships, Hamas and Fatah. Everyone on the legislative council has a Jeep, suit and tie; each one has built a palace. In the end, there will be an explosion here. It’s particularly dangerous in the refugee camps. The situation is very bad. But in Egypt and Tunisia, protestors had one goal, to oust the ruling regime, and that can be accomplished quickly. With us, it will take many years, dozens of years, to attain the goal. All of Palestine is the size of one neighborhood in Cairo, but we face not only our own regime; we also face Israel.

“I would have hoped that it would be the hungry people who protested in Egypt, but that’s not what happened. When we were young, we believed in the Popular Front, in revolution, but since then each one of us has turned into a teacher, doctor, merchant – nobody remembers having belonged to the Front. Only the hungry and poor remain in the same place; and so I hoped that they would lead the revolution in Egypt. That didn’t happen, and perhaps that won’t happen in our own case,” Zubeidi concludes.

We went out for coffee at an establishment located on the second floor of the city’s main bus depot. A large television screen was broadcasting Al Jazeera; it showed shots being fired on the streets of Alexandria. But nobody in the cafe had energy left to stare at the screen. A group of young people, off-duty security men, played cards; all the other men were looking down at what was going on in the street, averting their eyes from Egypt.

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4.  Ynet,

February 11, 2011

[ Mazel. Pessimistic Photo: Israeli Embassy, Sweden ]

Ex-Egypt envoy: Israel in trouble

Zvi Mazel, former ambassador to Cairo, says Israel facing ‘hostile situation’ following Mubarak’s downfall. ‘The army will rule Egypt for years. It’s a whole new world, with no one left to lead the pragmatic states’

http://www.ynetnews.com/Ext/Comp/ArticleLayout/CdaArticlePrintPreview/1,2506,L-4027283,00.html

Ronen Medzini

Israel’s former ambassador to Egypt was particularly pessimistic Friday after hearing of President Hosni Mubarak’s dramatic resignation.

“It’s over, Egypt is no longer a superpower,” former Israeli Ambassador to Cairo Zvi Mazel told Ynet. “Egypt has completely lost its status in the area, while Turkey and Iran are on the way up. It’s a different world.”

“As long as we had Mubarak, there was no void in our relations with the region. Now we’re in big trouble,” he said.

Israel, Mazel said, had many reasons for concern. “From a strategic point of view, Israel is now facing a hostile situation. It’s over, there is no one left to lead the pragmatic, moderate state.”

Mazel said it could take time before a new government was established in Egypt.

“The familiar governmental framework of the past 30 years has dissolved, and it will take a year or two or three before a new regime rises to power.

“The next stage is disbanding parliament, as the people won’t accept a parliament based on fraud, and holding new elections. Naturally, the opposition will also want to run in these elections and will ask for a longer period of time to gain recognition. The Muslim Brotherhood will take action as well, of course.”

Celebrations at Tahrir Square (Photo: Reuters)

Mazel also spoke about the meaning of military rule, which he believes Egypt is expected to experience in the coming years. “It’s a whole new world, an unknown world. The army is responsible for the jurisdiction systems, and the military constitutional regime is completely different than civilian rule.

“General Tantawi has been appointed chairman of the Higher Military Council, making him the ‘de facto’ temporary president. He is a well known person who never even thought about running for president. In any event, there is no longer a familiar legitimate governmental framework in Egypt.”

According to the former envoy, the fate of Israel’s relations with Egypt in the coming years is hard to predict. “(Tantawi) is okay, but the strategic situation comprises forces we are unfamiliar with. The army will likely maintain the peace agreement, but there will be developments we cannot foresee at this time.”

He did say, however, that the Muslim Brotherhood movement has no foothold in the new reality. “At this stage the army is anti-Muslim Brotherhood. They did some screening to let in as few (Muslim Brotherhood sympathizers) as possible, and they won’t let them rise.”

Mazel believes Egypt is only part of a domino effect.

“We may see a series of upheavals in the region now. Mubarak’s downfall supports revolutionaries everywhere, from Yemen to Algeria. The question is whether such Middle East will be manageable. What if there are coups in Jordan, Morocco or Saudi Arabia? Only God knows who will otake power.”

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5.  The Independent,

11 February 2011

Robert Fisk: As Mubarak clings on… What now for Egypt?

The fury of a people whose hopes were raised and then dashed

http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/fisk/robert-fisk-as-mubarak-clings-on-what-now-for-egypt-2211287.html

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Demonstrators wave their shoes in an insulting gesture during Mubarak’s speech ]

To the horror of Egyptians and the world, President Hosni Mubarak – haggard and apparently disoriented – appeared on state television last night to refuse every demand of his opponents by staying in power for at least another five months. The Egyptian army, which had already initiated a virtual coup d’état, was nonplussed by the President’s speech which had been widely advertised – by both his friends and his enemies – as a farewell address after 30 years of dictatorship. The vast crowds in Tahrir Square were almost insane with anger and resentment.

Mubarak tried – unbelievably – to placate his infuriated people with a promise to investigate the killings of his opponents in what he called “the unfortunate, tragic events”, apparently unaware of the mass fury directed at his dictatorship for his three decades of corruption, brutality and repression.

The old man had originally appeared ready to give up, faced at last with the rage of millions of Egyptians and the power of history, sealed off from his ministers like a bacillus, only grudgingly permitted by his own army from saying goodbye to the people who hated him.

Yet the very moment that Hosni Mubarak embarked on what was supposed to be his final speech, he made it clear that he intended to cling to power. To the end, the President’s Information Minister insisted he would not leave. There were those who, to the very last moment, feared that Mubarak’s departure would be cosmetic – even though his presidency had evaporated in the face of his army’s decision to take power earlier in the evening.

History may later decide that the army’s lack of faith in Mubarak effectively lost his presidency after three decades of dictatorship, secret police torture and government corruption. Confronted by even greater demonstrations on the streets of Egypt today, even the army could not guarantee the safety of the nation. Yet for Mubarak’s opponents, today will not be a day of joy and rejoicing and victory but a potential bloodbath.

But was this a victory for Mubarak or a military coup d’état? Can Egypt ever be free? For the army generals to insist upon his departure was as dramatic as it was dangerous. Are they, a state within a state, now truly the guardians of the nation, defenders of the people – or will they continue to support a man who must be judged now as close to insanity? The chains which bound the military to the corruption of Mubarak’s regime were real. Are they to stand by democracy – or cement a new Mubarak regime?

Even as Mubarak was still speaking, the millions in Tahrir Square roared their anger and fury and disbelief. Of course, the millions of courageous Egyptians who fought the whole apparatus of state security run by Mubarak should have been the victors. But as yesterday afternoon’s events proved all too clearly, it was the senior generals – who enjoy the luxury of hotel chains, shopping malls, real estate and banking concessions from the same corrupt regime – who permitted Mubarak to survive. At an ominous meeting of the Supreme Council of the Egyptian Armed Forces, Defence Minister Mohamed Tantawi – one of Mubarak’s closest friends – agreed to meet the demands of the millions of democracy protesters, without stating that the regime would itself be dissolved. Mubarak himself, commander-in-chief of the army, was not permitted to attend.

But this is a Middle Eastern epic, one of those incremental moments when the Arab people – forgotten, chastised, infantilised, repressed, often beaten, tortured too many times, occasionally hanged – will still strive to give the great wheel of history a shove, and shake off the burden of their lives. Last night, however, dictatorship had still won. Democracy had lost.

All day, the power of the people had grown as the prestige of the President and his hollow party collapsed. The vast crowds in Tahrir Square began yesterday to move out over all of central Cairo, even moving behind the steel gates of the People’s Assembly, setting up their tents in front of the pseudo-Greek parliament building in a demand for new and fair elections. Today, they were planning to enter the parliament itself, taking over the symbol of Mubarak’s fake “democracy”. Fierce arguments among the army hierarchy – and apparently between Vice-President Omar Suleiman and Mubarak himself – continued while strikes and industrial stoppages spread across Egypt. Well over seven million protesters were estimated to be on the streets of Egypt yesterday – the largest political demonstration in the country’s modern history, greater even than the six million who attended the funeral of Gamal Abdul Nasser, the first Egyptian dictator whose rule continued through Anwar Sadat’s vain presidency and the three dead decades of Mubarak.

It was too early, last night, for the crowds in Tahrir Square to understand the legal complexities of Mubarak’s speech. But it was patronising, self-serving and immensely dangerous. The Egyptian constitution insists that presidential power must pass to the speaker of parliament, a colourless Mubarak crony called Fatih Srour, and elections – fair ones, if this can be imagined – held within 60 days. But many believe that Suleiman may choose to rule by some new emergency law and then push Mubarak out of power, staking out a timetable for new and fraudulent elections and yet another terrible epoch of dictatorship. The truth, however, is that

the millions of Egyptians who have tried to unseat their Great Dictator regard their constitution – and the judiciary and the entire edifice of government institutions – with the same contempt as they do Mubarak. They want a new constitution, new laws to limit the powers and tenure of presidents, new and early elections which will reflect the “will of the people” rather than the will of the president or the transition president, or of generals and brigadiers and state security thugs.

Last night, a military officer guarding the tens of thousands celebrating in Cairo threw down his rifle and joined the demonstrators, yet another sign of the ordinary Egyptian soldier’s growing sympathy for the democracy demonstrators. We had witnessed many similar sentiments from the army over the past two weeks. But the critical moment came on the evening of 30 January when, it is now clear, Mubarak ordered the Egyptian Third Army to crush the demonstrators in Tahrir Square with their tanks after flying F-16 fighter bombers at low level over the protesters.

Many of the senior tank commanders could be seen tearing off their headsets – over which they had received the fatal orders – to use their mobile phones. They were, it now transpires, calling their own military families for advice. Fathers who had spent their lives serving the Egyptian army told their sons to disobey, that they must never kill their own people.

Thus when General Hassan al-Rawani told the massive crowds yesterday evening that “everything you want will be realised – all your demands will be met”, the people cried back: “The army and the people stand together – the army and the people are united. The army and the people belong to one hand.”

Last night, the Cairo court prevented three ministers – so far unnamed, although they almost certainly inc-lude the Minister of Interior – from leaving Egypt.

But neither the army nor Vice-President Suleiman are likely to be able to face the far greater demonstrations planned for today, a fact that was conveyed to 83-year-old Mubarak by Tantawi himself, standing next to Suleiman. Tantawi and another general – believed to be the commander of the Cairo military area – called Washington, according to a senior Egyptian officer, to pass on the news to Robert Gates at the Pentagon. It must have been a sobering moment. For days, the White House had been grimly observing the mass demonstrations in Cairo, fearful that they would turn into a mythical Islamist monster, frightened that Mubarak might leave, even more terrified he might not.

The events of the past 12 hours have not, alas, been a victory for the West. American and European leaders who rejoiced at the fall of communist dictatorships have sat glumly regarding the extraordinary and wildly hopeful events in Cairo – a victory of morality over corruption and cruelty – with the same enthusiasm as many East European dictators watched the fall of their Warsaw Pact nations. Calls for stability and an “orderly” transition of power were, in fact, appeals for Mubarak to stay in power – as he is still trying to do – rather than a ringing endorsement of the demands of the overwhelming pro-democracy movement that should have struck him down.

Timeline…

11.00 As demonstrators mass in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the Foreign Minister warns of a military coup if protests continue

15.15 The Egyptian Prime Minister, Ahmed Shafiq, tells the BBC Arabic Service that Mubarak may step down

15.20 The secretary general of the ruling NDP party, Hossan Badrawy, says he expects Mubarak to make an announcement that will satisfy protesters’ demands

15.30 An Egyptian army commander tells protesters in Tahrir Square that: “Everything you want will be realised”

15.45 Egypt’s military council releases a statement saying it is in continuous session and the army will take necessary measures to “safeguard the homeland”, in the clearest sign that Mubarak will be on his way out soon

16.04 The Information Minister, Anas el-Fekky, says Mubarak is in fact not stepping down and remains Egypt’s President

16.15 Al Arabiya television station carries an unconfirmed report that Mubarak has travelled to the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh with his army chief of staff

17.11 A senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood, the biggest opposition group, says he fears the army is staging a coup

20.50 Defying expectations Mubarak speaks on state TV, giving no indication that he will step down soon

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US Media & Egypt Coverage: Dodging the Real Issues & Fundging the Real Culprits

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$60 Billion US Aid to Egypt=$60 Billion Current Net-worth of Mubarak Family

With all eyes and attention on Egypt, the unsavory ‘US Foreign Policy’ has become the topic of choice among the intelligentsia, journalists, and the overly populated US analyst colony. There are scores of analyses out there; thousands of articles, millions of blog threads and unending ‘update’ headlines on TV screens. Yet, at least in ‘popular’ outlets, reality appears to be the missing link. Don’t worry, I am not about to hit you with a long-winded article on Egypt. If you are masochistic enough to actually want my take (pages and pages of history/analyses) you can revisit a few of our pieces on the topic of nefarious US foreign policy practices herehere and here; timeless and equally applicable to what we are witnessing with Egypt, Jordan and Tunisia today. Instead, I want to share with you a few select points and coverage that got my attention:

Let’s start with the tongue and cheek protest sign in the above picture: “USA Why You Support Dectatour” Of course, these demonstrators, in fact almost the entire population in that part of the world, know the answer to this rhetorical question. I think they are trying to get Americans to ask this question and seek ‘real’ answers, no matter how unsavory, nauseating, awful…You see, this is what the US media is selling the majority as to why we support and maintain (pay for, defend…you name it) corrupt ruthless dictators:

Alliance with new governments to protect U.S. interests: security for Israel, sustainability of world energy supply and the fight against al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups.

That’s right: the above, instead of: dictators who will purchase our arms from our mega corporations, serve Israel’s interests, give us cheap oil, and become our official or semi-official base (aka: colony), and that at any price (that is, the price to the population and human rights there). Think Saudi Arabia, think Turkmenistan, Think Uzbekistan…Think about all the dictator allies we support, maintain and sustain. While we are at the topic of ‘sustaining,’ let me illustrate what I mean:

The same article source above, Bloomberg, lightly mentions the following:

Egypt is the fourth-largest recipient of U.S. aid, after AfghanistanPakistan and Israel, according to the State Department’s 2011 budget, receiving more than $1.5 billion a year.

Another semi alternative publication (alternative in name only) goes only half a step further and actually adds it up, the US taxpayers’ dollars that is:

American support for the Egyptian government — to the tune of $60 billion in aid over the last 30 years — garnered virtually no regular attention before the protests began.

But here is one article, written by a true alternative journalist (an independent one), where American taxpayer dollars spent on this Dictatorship ally for the last 30 years come together, and actually add up nicely:

According to a mix of United States, Syrian and Algerian sources his personal fortune amounts to no less than US$40 billion – stolen from the public treasury in the form of “commissions”, on weapons sales, for instance. The Pharaoh controls loads of real estate, especially in the US; accounts in US, German, British and Swiss banks; and has “links” with corporations such as MacDonald’s, Vodafone, Hyundai and Hermes. Suzanne, the British-Irish Pharaoh’s wife, is worth at least $5 billion. And son Gamal – the one that may have fled to London, now stripped of his role as dynastic heir – also boasts a personal fortune of $17 billion.

Mubarak’s fortune, including his wife’s and son’s, is estimated to be …$40 Billion + $5 Billion + $17 Billion= $62 Billion. We Americans have been paying this man for 30 years, for a total of $60 Billion. Was it for infrastructure, job creation…you know, all those vital ingredients? Or was it to create another king, a dictator, or as Escobar puts it, a Pharaoh with a $Billions fortune?

Here is more by another true alternative reporter:

Now, if through some incredible circumstance Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak decides to flee the country, à la Ben Ali, there’s a good chance his first-class flight would come courtesy of the American taxpayer.

Pentagon contracts show that the US government has spent at least $111,160,328 to purchase and maintain Mubarak’s fleet of nine Gulfstream business jets. (For those keeping score, Gulfstream is a subsidiary of General Dynamics.)

And this:

Hounshell also noticed a report that Egyptian First Lady Suzanne Mubarak once “commandeered a bus that had been bought with money from the United States Agency for International Development and that had been meant to carry children to school.”

But wait a minute; let’s not forget another involved party these tax dollars happen to benefit. You know who I’m talking about, right? This is where our government takes our dollars, gives it to dictator allies, and then asks them to turn around, give that money (minus the personal share for personal wealth) to our military industrial complex corporations. Then, we have those CEO’s with $$$$$$$ salaries, and $$$$$$$ to the lobbyists and $$$$$$ to our elected representatives, who then in turn, sanction giving more money, aid, tax payers’ dollars, to these dictators; and the cycle repeats, repeats, repeats…well, it’s been repeating nonstop for more than half a century.

As for this great ally for ‘regional security’ my favorite site has the following on a recent Robert Gates-Egypt Defence Minister meeting involving the so-called partnership for ‘regional security’:

When the two military leaders met in May 2009 to discuss “a wide range of security issues,” Egyptian Defence Minister Hussein Tantawi presented US Defense Secretary Robert Gates with a set of gifts. They included a shotgun (with five bullets), a decorative rug and a gilded photo album.

With a confidence that, in retrospect, seems dubious, Gates said “he looks forward to expanding the two countries’ military-to-military relationships in ways that promote regional stability.”

Five months after that meeting, the Pentagon announced it would sell a new batch of two dozen F-16 fighter aircraft to Egypt—a $3.2 billion deal that is among the most recent of a long string of arms deliveries from America to its North African ally. These F-16s, according to the Pentagon announcement (pdf) would support “Egypt’s legitimate need for its own self-defense.”

Today the Egyptian Air Force buzzed a crowd of demonstrators in Cairo with fighter jets much like those supplied, over a period of decades, by the US. It was a tactical decision that bore little relation to “legitimate” national “self-defense,” although it can be construed as a desperate attempt to defend Hosni Mubarak’s three-decade hold on the presidency.

Rest assured the American mainstream media won’t delve into these ‘real’ issues, because that would get into the real disease, our hypocrisy-ridden sick imperialistic foreign policy, where American taxpayers and the people of these nations are among the victims-losers, and a handful of corporations have been reaping the benefits. The media’s neocons have been twisting and intentionally misinterpreting the recent developments in Egypt. Please don’t think of only the Neocons of the Right, because the neocons of the left have been equally if not more involved in this deception game, and here is a recent example provided by Antiwar.Com, with excellent questions directed at the Israel lobby’s outspoken Maddow:

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.

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”?

I am going to leave you with the following quotes from Escobar’s article:

Since the start of the protests, the Repulsive Ideology Trophy has got to go to former British prime minister and Iraq invader Tony Blair in his interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan. For Blair, democracy for the Middle East may be a good thing; but “we” have to manage it; and that means compromising with Mubarakism. Blair simply can’t understand that if Mubarakism survives with a facelift, blowback will be cosmic. And it will come from all sectors of Egyptian society, the young, the apolitical, secular and Islamists alike, and from the whole Arab world.

Slovenian Slavoj Zizek, the Elvis of philosophy, is right on the monstrous hypocrisy of Western liberals (or so-called liberals); “They publicly supported democracy, and now, when the people revolt against the tyrants on behalf of secular freedom and justice, not on behalf of religion, they are all deeply concerned.”

Real democracy can only be a dynamic grassroots process, from the bottom to the top. It’s not a fixed formula, it’s constantly reshaping itself. That’s bound to scare Western global elites – from “liberals” to the fear/warmonger set – because real democracy implies a huge loss of privilege for the “stable”, developing world comprador classes that are slaves to these haughty Western elites. No wonder they’re all as scared – and scary – as dead men walking.

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BLOCKBUSTER EXCLUSIVE: NUCLERAR TERROR-”THE KHALEZOV EFFECT”

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NUCLEAR TERRORISM IS HERE, AMERICANS HAVE DIED AND OUR GOVERNMENT HAS LIED

Dimitri Khalezov talks about nuclear terrorism, 9/11 and who is responsible for terror attacks that have killed thousands of Americans.

By Gordon Duff STAFF WRITER/Senior Editor

What if someone could prove that the terrorist bombs, Oklahoma City, Beirut Marine Barracks, the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia, the Bali attacks and more, many more weren’t car and truck bombs at all, not the kind we were told, what then?  Buildings thrown into the air like toys, mushroom clouds rise a dozen miles, explosions larger than anything known previously, many times larger than the biggest bomb, even larger than exploding munition ships from World War 2.  These have happened over and over, been misreported in our news, nuclear attacks, new precision weapons that emulate conventional explosives.

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Khalezov says that when we hear truck or car bombs, sometimes something else is going on, something sinister.  One case in particular stands out, the murder of over 200 US Marines in Lebanon in 1983.  Americans are told that a truck bomb blew up a four story building, heavily reinforced, killing everyone in and near it.  The explosion could be seen in Israel and felt in Cyprus.  We are told this was the largest non-nuclear explosion in history:

The suicide bomber detonated his explosives, which were equivalent to 12,000 pounds (about 5,400 kg) of TNT. The force of the explosion collapsed the four-story cinder-block building into rubble, crushing many inside.It is said  to have been the largest non-nuclear blast ever (deliberately) detonated on the face of the earth. “The force of the explosion,” “initially lifted the entire four-story structure, shearing the bases of the concrete support columns, each measuring fifteen feet in circumference and reinforced by numerous one and three quarter inch steel rods. The airborne building then fell in upon itself. A massive shock wave and ball of flaming gas was hurled in all directions.”

About 20 seconds later, an identical attack occurred against the barracks of the French 3rd Company of the 6th French Parachute Infantry Regiment. Another suicide bomber drove his truck down a ramp into the building’s underground parking garage and detonated his bomb, leveling the headquarters.

 

The claim is that the explosives in the truck were equal to 6 tons of TNT and made the largest explosion known to man, even larger than the blast made when, in 1944, the munitions ship, USS Mt. Hood exploded.  However, the Hood was loaded with 4000 tons or as we call it now, 4 “kilotons” of explosives.  Beirut was bigger, much bigger, not 6 tons, not even 4000 tons but 10,000 tons.  The Marine and French barracks in Lebanon were destroyed by two variable yield nuclear weapons, each set to 10 kilotons, roughly half the size of the nuclear weapon that destroyed Hiroshima.

DIMITRI KHALEZOV

Until 1992, Dimitri Khalezov was a Soviet military specialist.  His job?  He tracked the use of nuclear weapons around the world, not just from known nuclear states and not just the bombs we all fear will rain Armageddon on us and our

 

USS MT. HOOD, 1944, 4000 TONS OF MUNITIONS

children by other nuclear weapons as well.  Dimitri Khalezov says that nuclear weapons and been used many times, “micro-nukes” and he can prove it.  Khalezov says that small nuclear weapons, known as “dial a nukes” with selected output of as low as 10 tons of TNT and up to 100,000 tons are commonly used for car and truck bombs.

We talked about this today.  I was skeptical.  Then he sent me something that hit me between the eyes.  I was asking him if he knew about the January 24, 2010 “suicide bombing” in Moscow that killed 35 and injured over 100.  He sent me an article from CNN, something I had never seen and something that, if read carefully will take your breath away.

PROOF OF A TERROR NUKE ATTACK IN MOSCOW

The BBC said it “sounds like a car bomb.“  They also quoted it as being described as an “almighty explosion.“  This was how the explosions two weeks ago were described in Moscow, but this wasn’t the first time.

We have seen these bombs before, damage on a massive scale, and were told it was fertilizer in the trunk of a car set off by a mobile phone.  Then I read the statement carried in the CNN article, one I have been told has been suppressed.  This was another similar bomb, a truck bomb used to attack a Moscow apartment complex.  The year was 1999.

This time, the truth got out, for a while at least, picked up by CNN but quickly suppressed.  This is what the authorities in Russia said:

“The force of the blast was equivalent to about 100-300 tons of TNT, it said.”

The link to the CNN video has been disabled, but we have the description as given to CNN by Russian officials:

“At least 17 people were killed and more than 115 injured when explosives hidden in a truck or an underground pipe blew off the front of a nine-story apartment block in Volgodonsk, about 800 kilometers (500 miles) south of Moscow, Russian security officials said.”

A truck can carry 2 or 3 tons of the explosives described, no more, certainly not 100 tons or 300 tons.  However a rail car holds 60 tons of fertilizer, a common way of transporting this material.  The problem is, there are no railroad tracks in the area and no one saw a train explode.

 

This explosion could have been nothing but a nuke.  Figure a ton of TNT is roughly the size of a Russian car.  Did someone miss 100 cars?  300 cars?  A small train, no tracks mind you, just a train driving down the road?

GROUND ZERO, KHOBAR TOWERS

KHOBAR TOWERS

In 1996, a United States Air Force housing complex was destroyed by a “truck bomb” in an attack almost identical to Oklahoma City.  20 were killed, 19 Americans and 372 were injured.  The explosion was, as with Beirut, the “largest conventional explosion known to man.”

Not all large truck bombs have used ANFO. On June 25, 1996, Saudi terrorists sponsored by Iran attacked the Khobar Towers barracks, a high-rise building complex in a densely populated urban environment in Saudi Arabia. T tanker truck loaded with at least 5,000 pounds of plastic explosives was driven into the parking lot in front of the Khobar Towers residential complex in Dhahran. Nineteen American service members were killed in the blast, and hundreds of other service members and Saudis were injured. There is no doubt that the extent of the casualties at Khobar Towers resulted, in part, from the extraordinary size of the terrorist bomb. Reports initially estimated that the bomb contained the equivalent of 3,000 to 8,000 pounds of TNT, but a study by the Defense Special Weapons Agency concluded that the power of the bomb was actually closer to 20,000 pounds of TNT.(100 tons)

KHOBAR TOWERS BLAST SCENE

  We can talk all day about imaginary explosives that can equal a hundred tons of TNT.  We can talk ten trucks or twenty but we had one hole and a blast radius of such power and acceleration that, again, no conventional explosive could come close.  The story is almost a perfect match for Oklahoma City.

 

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Oppression Breeds Revolution

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By Dr. Frederick Toben

TEHRAN, Iran—Media reports show there is a pervasive restlessness among the middle classes in the Middle East and elsewhere, a fact that began markedly to capture world media headlines when Egypt’s populace moved against their president, Hosni Mubarak. Barack Obama is praying for a peaceful outcome, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has condemned outright any violent uprisings, but what the Al Jazeera news service is transmitting live to the world, in particular battle scenes around Cairo’s Tahrir Square, is disquieting because here we have the development of a possible tragic Egyptian civil war.

Iranian media reports, of course, contain a deeper understanding of what impulses and values are driving this social upheaval because Iran’s own foreignignited “regime change” effort last year, fueled with U.S. dollars, failed to take off. That in itself is a powerful indicator of Iranian political sophistication, or a complete U.S. miscalculation as expressed in its allegation that the election, which handed President Dr.MahmoudAhmadinejad his second term, was rigged. Mubarak agreed not to run for office again in August, but this does not hide the deep contempt that Egypt’s political elites feel for their own people.

The fact that the president’s immediate family has taken flight to Great Britain fuels the Iranian political narrative— which clearly states that Zionist operations have now become fully transparent. In this respect it does not help that newly appointed Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq apologized for the violence in central Cairo. And this did not impress a large segment of the 18 million people who live in this ancient city. Similar problems in Yemen portray the Arabic uprising as a broader cry of “freedom, democracy and Islamic laws,” and that the Muslim Brotherhood is ready to fill any vacuum left by outgoing political regimes, certainly in Egypt and Yemen, but also in most Arabic-speaking Muslim countries.

The immediate Iranian concern rests with the brotherhood’s direct support of Hamas in Palestine’s Gaza Strip and Hezbollah’s pivotal political role in Lebanon, and it is here that these two Iran-supported groups deliver what the people need: a functioning infrastructure and some semblance of civilization. Last year a new supermarket was opened in Gaza, something that, like the attempts to break the Gaza blockade, completely shifts the focus away from the occupiedWest Bank, whose Palestinians continue to suffer horrendous human deprivations.

Dr. Hesham Tillawi pointed out the excessive world focus on the Gaza tragedy because it overshadows the ever-growingWest Bank tragedy. Here, Israeli settlements have produced a Swiss cheeselike physical and political structure, where shortages of basic necessities cause untold suffering. When societies break down, a political power vacuum is created. Individuals with nothing to lose no longer fear social and legal sanctions.

Thus we saw Egyptian prison administrations failing and thousands of prisoners escaping into the night.A number of police stations were also attacked, looted and torched, indicating that people are arming themselves because in any societal breakdown the supply of food needs to be guaranteed. If this cannot be done, then it’s time to hide and fend for oneself. 

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Egyptian Intifada: In Tahrir square, Muslims, Christians speak with one voice

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CAIRO, Feb 9 (IPS) — In recent years, Egypt has witnessed mounting tension between its Muslim majority and its sizeable Coptic Christian minority. But in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the site of ongoing mass protests against the ruling regime, members of both faiths chant in unison: “Muslim, Christian, doesn’t matter; We’re all in this boat together!”

Since January 25, Egyptians countrywide have hit the streets in the hundreds of thousands — even millions — to demand the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak and his 30-year-old regime. The first week of demonstrations were accompanied by almost daily clashes between police and protesters, in which hundreds were killed and thousands injured.

The demonstrations were initially organized by online activist groups of no particular religious affiliation, such as the 6 April protest movement and the Youth Movement for Freedom and Justice. Nevertheless, some commentators have attempted to paint the uprising as a would-be “Iran-style” Islamic revolution.

In statements that would later be parroted by much of the western media, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on January 31: “Our real fear is of a situation that could develop [in Egypt]… and which has already developed in several countries including Iran itself — repressive regimes of radical Islam.”

But according to protesters arrayed in Tahrir Square, which on Tuesday was home to over one million protesters, Muslim-Christian unity remains a central feature of the almost daily rallies.

“There’s an overwhelming sense of solidarity here between Muslims and Christians,” 32-year-old Muslim protester Ahmed al-Assy told IPS. “Practically all of the protesters’ rallying cries, and all the sermons led by Muslim sheikhs, stress the importance of national unity.”

Violent clashes between police and protesters that took place nationwide in the first week of the uprising were accompanied by particularly moving displays of interfaith camaraderie. In several cases, Christian demonstrators shielded their Muslim compatriots — who had paused to pray in the midst of the conflict — from attacks by aggressive police.

“During the fiercest clashes on January 28, I found a guy about my age guarding my back, who I later found out was a Christian,” Yahia Roumi, a 24-year-old Muslim protester from Cairo, told IPS. “Now we’re best friends; we never go to the demonstrations without one another.”

The prevailing sense of national unity follows two years of steadily mounting tension between the two communities, exacerbated by occasional flare-ups of violence.

Last November witnessed clashes between Coptic demonstrators and security forces after authorities halted renovation work on a church in Cairo’s Omraniya district. Along with under-representation in the top echelons of government, Egypt’s Copts have long complained of stringent government restrictions on church building.

And on January 1, more than 20 Christians were killed when a Coptic church in Alexandria was bombed by unknown perpetrators. While Egyptian officialdom blamed the crime on an alleged “Al-Qaeda” offshoot, the incident served to further aggravate tensions between the nation’s Muslims and Christians.

The largest concentration of Christians in the Middle East, Egypt’s Coptic community is thought to account for some ten percent of the country’s roughly 82 million people. The rest of the population is almost entirely Muslim.

Christian participation in the ongoing wave of protests comes despite statements by Coptic leader Pope Shenouda III in which he threw his support behind the ruling regime.

“I called the president and told him that ‘all of us [Coptic Christians] are with you’,” Shenouda said on state television on January 30. Five days later, the pope reiterated his support for the embattled president, calling on demonstrators “to end their protests and listen to reason.”

According to one Coptic priest, quoted anonymously by independent daily Al-Shorouk, Shenouda “lost a good deal of legitimacy among his flock by essentially barring Copts from joining the uprising.” But despite the church’s official stance on the matter, the priest added, “we nevertheless encouraged young Copts to participate.”

“I don’t know why Pope Shenouda wants to keep Copts from joining the uprising,” said Boutros, a Copt who has been demonstrating in Tahrir Square since January 30. “Is it merely to pander to Mubarak? Or is it to isolate us from our Muslim compatriots, about whom many Copts have the wrong impression?”

“In Tahrir, I’ve met many young Muslim activists — even some from the Muslim Brotherhood [opposition group],” Boutros, who preferred not to give his last name, told IPS. “They explained how Islam commands Muslims to protect Christians and Christian places of worship.”

“I learned from them that the Muslims don’t have any beliefs that threaten our rights or should frighten us as Copts,” he added.

Unlike Shenouda, some prominent Christian figures have actively supported the two-week-old uprising.

“Demonstrations and sit-ins constitute a legitimate means of expression, according to the law and constitution,” read a February 1 statement signed by several Egyptian Catholic and Anglican clergymen and a handful of Coptic intellectuals. In reference to Shenouda’s stance on the issue, the statement added: “We reject the church leadership’s servile position calling on Copts not to join the uprising.”

The ongoing wave of popular protests, the statement concluded, “has revived the Egyptian spirit despite recent attempts to snuff it out through the promotion of sectarian strife between the Egyptian people.”

Rami Kamel, a member of Egypt’s Coptic Youth Movement, was quoted as saying in independent daily Al-Masry Al-Youm on February 4: “From the beginning, we’ve been participating in the demonstrations to call for the ouster of the ruling regime, which we blame for the country’s economic and social decline.”

The spirit of national unity, meanwhile, has hardly been confined to Tahrir Square.

Following the withdrawal of police from the streets of Cairo on January 28, Abdulla Rageb, a 42-year-old Muslim government employee from Old Cairo, has led an ad-hoc “popular committee” mandated with guarding churches in his neighbourhood.

“I’m protecting these churches as if they were mosques, because, according to Islam, we should respect Christian places of worship,” Rageb told IPS. “As an Egyptian Muslim, I have no reason to hate Christians. We’ve always been neighbours here, and our relations are excellent.”

Amgad Bishay, a 26-year-old Coptic middle school teacher from north Cairo, told a similar story.

“On the ‘day of terror’ [January 29, following the withdrawal of police] my mother was terrified,” he told IPS. “So she asked our Muslim neighbour, an old friend of the family, to stay with her and my young sisters until me and my father could come home from work.”

“There are no deep-seated problems between Egypt’s Christians and Muslims; we were raised together,” Bishay added. “Even if we might have occasional arguments, these are never religiously motivated.”

Many of those now supporting the uprising — of both faiths — say they the blame the regime for most if not all recent sectarian tension.

“The regime is responsible for the sectarian problems suffered by Copts,” Kamel was quoted as saying. “Proof of this is that no church was attacked during the unprecedented absence of security [following the police withdrawal].”

“This corrupt government was behind 90 percent of the problems between Egypt’s Christian and Muslim communities, which had coexisted in harmony for hundreds of years,” agreed Rageb.

Boutros said: “This uprising won’t only bring freedom to Egypt; it will also do much to dispel sectarian tension — of which the ruling regime was the only beneficiary.”

By Adam Morrow and Khaled Moussa al-Omrani

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Spy Trade: How Israel’s Lobby Undermines America’s Economy

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Israel and its American lobby have committed audacious but generally unknown crimes against the United States.

 

‘The government has long kept files about Israeli espionage, weapons smuggling, and covert operations on American soil classified…until now. Spy Trade begins on the trail of a vast smuggler network funneling stolen and illegally purchased surplus WWII arms to Jewish fighters in Palestine.

When the FBI threatened to crack down, a clandestine summit meeting yielded minor convictions for small-time operators, but not the financial masterminds behind the scheme. Spy Trade probes Israel lobby smuggling operations diverting uranium from the US to Israel’s Dimona nuclear weapons facility.

The Justice Department battled mightily to regulate two key enablers—the Jewish Agency and American Zionist Council—as Israeli foreign agents in the 1960s. But when the effort collapsed, it unleashed election law violations and escalating intimidation of American politicians by the Israel lobby. Spy Trade reveals the long-term impact of a newly declassified “third scandal” that began in the 1980s.

In the midst of both the Iran-Contra affair and the Jonathan Pollard espionage incident, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and the Israeli embassy conducted a spectacular clandestine operation against American industries and workers; it has so far cost the US economy $71 billion and a hundred thousand jobs each year by shutting down or diverting US exports. More than a dissection of the tactics used by Israel and its lobby to evade justice, Spy Trade provides strategies for ending criminal immunity and restoring American governance.

In the video series below, Grant F. Smith, author of Spy Trade:  How Israel’s Lobby Undermines America’s Economytalks about the issues

 

 
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Weakness in U.S Military Studied by Russian President Medvedev

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Murder in Tampa studied by Russia?

 

What could be so interesting about a murder in Tampa that Russian President Medvedev would have the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences study it? There have been more horrible cases around the world involving a parent killing children. Julie Schenecker said she killed them because they were talking back. There have not been many reports locally on this story and even less nationally. The cable news shows have been doing their usual reporting on politics and Egypt as if there has been nothing “news worthy” to do any real reporting on.

It can’t be just about the drugs used by the military to address the mental health of the troops. While Medvedev may be interested in drugs used and the mental health state of our troops, this wasn’t about a soldier killing but just about a wife killing her teenagers. Is he interested because he is looking at weaknesses in our military? According to this report they have been paying attention to the reports on prescription drugs the troops are given. But why this case?

Julie Schenecker is unlike other parents because her husband is Colonel Parker Schenecker with Central Command.

Family Massacre In US Linked To American Military Murder Drugs

Posted by EU Times on Feb 9th, 2011

A chilling report prepared for President Medvedev by the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences (RAMS) says that a massacre in the United States committed during the past fortnight has as its “most likely cause” what are described as “murder drugs” being given by the millions to American Soldiers by their Military Leaders for the fighting of their Nations wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

According to this report, Julie Schenecker, the wife of US Army Colonel Parker Schenecker, shockingly murdered her two children, Carlyx, age 16, and Beau, age 13, in a sudden bloody rampage that has left family and neighbors stunned as to why a devoted wife and mother would point blank shoot her most beloved possessions to death.

US media reports about Julie Schenecker describe a devoted wife to her career US Army Officer husband (who at the time of his family’s massacre was stationed in the Middle East) and loving mother to her children, all being described as the “perfect” all-American family.

Educated at the University of Iowa, Julie Schenecker had also accompanied her husband to the many US Military bases he served at around the world, including in Germany where she worked as a Russian linguist for the US Army in Munich.

In 2008, Julie Schenecker and her family moved to Tampa, Florida where her husband, by then a US Army Colonel assigned to the US Central Command which oversees the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and began living a life described by her childhood friend Sylvia Carroll as being the “epitome of what wholesome is”.

The weekend before the January 27th massacre of the Schenecker children, however, their “wholesome” mother purchased a .38 caliper pistol complaining in a note found by police that the three-day gap between buying and taking the gun home would “delay the massacre.”

On the day of the massacre Julie Schenecker shot and killed her son Beau on the way to soccer practice, then drove to their upscale home and shot her daughter Carlyx in the head while she studied at her computer. When apprehended by police a bloodied Julie Schenecker told police she killed her beloved children for being “mouthy.”

Up until here the interest was about Julie Schenecker but now it switches to being about the drugs and suicides in the US military.

The same, however, cannot be said about her husband, US Army Colonel Parker Schenecker, who, like all American Military personnel heading towards their war zones in the Middle East and Asia, was “more than likely” given one, or a combination of the powerful psychotropic drugs Zoloft, Prozac, Paxil or Cymbalta, all of which carry mandatory “suicide warnings” and have been linked to nearly every single massacre in the United States for the past two-decades.

So prevalent have these psychotropic “murder drugs” become among the US Military that in November, 2010, the Citizens Commission on Human Rights International issued an alarming report that, in part, says:
“In 2009 there were 239 suicides within the Army, including the Reserves, 160 active duty suicides, 146 active duty deaths from drug overdoses and high-risk behavior, and 1,713 suicide attempts, says the Army’s suicide report released in July.

More troops are dying from their own hands than in combat, says the Army report, titled “Health Promotion, Risk Reduction, and Suicide Prevention.” Thirty-six percent of the suicides were among troops who were never deployed.

Also astonishing is the psychoactive prescription drug rate among active duty-aged troops, aged 18 to 34, which is up 85 percent since 2003, according to the military health plan, Tricare. Including family prescriptions, since 2001, 73,103 prescriptions for Zoloft have been dispensed, 38,199 for Prozac, 17,830 for Paxil, and 12,047 for Cymbalta. All of the drugs carry a suicide-warning label.

In addition to the spike in SSRI antidepressant prescriptions, prescriptions for the anticonvulsants Topamax and Neurontin rose 56 percent in the same group since 2005, says Navy Times. The FDA warned last year that taking these drugs doubles suicidal thinking.

In fact, 4,994 troops at Fort Bragg, N.C., are on antidepressants right now, says the Fayetteville Observer. Six hundred and sixty-four are on an antipsychotic and “many soldiers take more than one type of medication.”
Troops may also be taking Chantix, an antismoking drug so linked to violence and self-harm that Secretary of Veterans Affairs James Peake was forced to defend its use before the House Committee on Veterans Affairs in 2008 even in drug trials.

So now we have a disinterested US media, even with 24-7 cable news coverage, soldiers given drugs by the military added to the fact that Russia is so interested in all of this they had the academy study it. This is more than a national disgrace on how we treat the troops and our veterans. This being studied by Russia is a National Security issue but few seem to care.

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(EXCLUSIVE UPDATED) HOT RUMOR: MU-BARAK LEAVES CAIRO…

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by Adam Morrow 

 

CONTINUALLY UPDATED

“Mubarak took all his family and left … he was in sharm el sheykh this morning but the private jet left… for another unknown destination..”

EGYPT: An obstinate Mubarak fans flames of uprising (below)

By Gordon Duff Senior Editor

Latest reports from Egypt in light of the deteriorating security situation after the shocking revelations from President Mubarak:

  • Coup against Mubarak and Suleiman eminent

  • US Embassy in Cairo to be targeted

  • El Baradei calls out to army for support “save Egypt

  • Crowds are moving on the Presidential Palace.  Gunfire has erupted.  Among the crowds are members of organized paramilitary units.  Something is going on, something more than a public response.

  • President Obama has expressed shock to his close advisors, in the belief that Mubaraks attempts to retain power will result in large scale violence.

  • Embassies, particularly those of Egypt’s neighbors, are evacuating.

  • The power struggle between Vice President Suleiman and Defense Minister Tantawi, with Suleiman backed by Israel, is likely to turn bloody.

more below…..

25 top senior Egyptian military command including generals confirmed that they side with the people and they ask now Mubarak and Suleiman to leave the country to avoid a bloodshed the sooner the better.

Top American diplomats said this morning they will never allow ‘an Egypt that threatened Israel’ !

2 Millions Egyptians prayed behind the Sheykh Muhammad Jibreen in the Tahrir Square. Hundreds of thousands Egyptians are blocked at the moment to reach the presidential palace and the US embassy, clashes in Cairo between thugs and protetsers.

Here we are Gordon… This info is not confirmed yet but … Muslim countries will arrange themselves to pay 2 billions a year the Egyptian army if American and Israelis are ousted from the country… and now Saudi puppet is saying he will pay alone the army… Israel is in bad shape we are clearly living historical changes … do not publish this last info until I have more details about who offered what

Reports received from senior intelligence officials in the Middle East indicate that President Mubarak of Egypt will leave the country within 48 hours though he just denied this in an announcement.  We can wait and see. Indications are that he has been packing and saying his “goodbyes.”

Diplomats from embassies throughout the region have been notified as has the United States, Israel and Russia.

It is said, that Mubarak will claim to be suffering from an illness requiring medical care.  We are told that “care” will be given in Germany.

ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT YESTERDAY, Mubarak Blamed (Raw Intel)

Vice President Suleiman, chosen by Israel and the United States to take control of the interim government was attacked last night.  Two of his body guards were killed.  Sources inside the Egyptian Army claim those loyal to President Mubarak are responsible.  Read the latest:

“There was story aired by fox news 10 days ago claiming that Suleiman was targeted and some of body guard killed, 10 days ago is just not right Suleiman was just not at the place, it happen last evening and Suleiman and Shafiq are now clearly targeted. There is now an anonymous ‘High Council of The Egyptian Army’ that sent messages through Arabs diplomats and intelligence agencies claiming that they were behind the attempt to kill Suleiman.

This ‘High Council of the Egyptian Army’ is a bogus, and the information coming from Fox news was a fake 10 days ago was in fact coming from Israelis intelligence in Cairo. Was it a warning ? May be, but Suleiman was now targeted and at least 2 bodyguards definitely killed.

There is someone generating confusion and chaos and obviously, these are Israelis.   The Israelis wanted to put the blame on the general Tantawi, Defense Minister, because he is very critical of them, so there is a fight between Suleiman and Tantawi at the moment ongoing”

“American are busy in fact short cutting some real military opposed to Suleiman projects, but these are at moment divided on the strategy to adopt against Suleiman. It is not clear who is pulling the strings but Defense Minister, General Tantawi would like to sit at the place of Suleiman.  He clearly mentioned the risk of the division of the country and the Sinai according to well placed sources.

There are clearly two agendas at work.

It appears now that there is a major split between Mubarak and his American and Israelis masters backing Suleiman, who want to get rid of him asap. Mubarak is not responding anymore to the orders, so tomorrow just expect much more violence to take Mubarak out.  Mubarak just went on Egyptian TV saying he will not move,  he wants stay until September, a coup now is more likely to happen ”

 

EGYPT: An obstinate Mubarak fans flames of uprising

CAIRO, Feb 11 (IPS) – In a televised address late last night, embattled Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak delegated executive authority to his newly-appointed vice-president, but stopped short of stepping down. The announcement enraged anti-Mubarak demonstrators in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, who say they will maintain their uprising – now in its eighteenth day – until Mubarak’s unconditional resignation.

“The president’s speech fell far short of meeting our demands, chief of which is Mubarak’s ouster,” Ahmed Maher, general coordinator of the 6 April protest movement – which has played a leading role in the uprising – told IPS from Tahrir. “We will step up our demonstrations until he either steps down or we die.”

On Thursday afternoon, the Egyptian Army had released a statement stating that Egypt’s armed forces were “committed to protecting the people, their interests and their security.” The armed forces, it added, “supported the people’s legitimate demands.” (Unlike most western countries, the army in Egypt represents all branches of the armed services.)

At the same time, state television aired images of a meeting of the Armed Forces Supreme Council, chaired by Defence Minister Mohamed Hussein Tantawi. Both Mubarak and Suleiman were notably absent from the meeting, fuelling speculation that Mubarak – who in his capacity as president is also armed forces commander-in-chief – had already resigned.

“After we heard the army’s statement, along with news reports suggesting that Mubarak had stepped down, we asked the army to draw up an executive council consisting of civilian representatives – elected by us – and military figures,” said Maher. “The council was to be mandated with directing national affairs for a transitional period until constitutional amendments could be made ensuring free parliamentary and presidential elections.”

But the demonstrators – whose numbers at Tahrir Square now stand at an estimated two million, according to Qatar-based news channel Al Jazeera – were to be sorely disappointed.

At 11:00 PM Cairo time, state television aired a 17-minute speech by the president, in which he delegated executive power to Vice-President Omar Suleiman, “in accordance with the constitution.” But he added that he would remain nominal president until September, when his successor could be elected in “free and fair” elections.

Mubarak went on to promise that six articles of the constitution, which govern the presidential and parliamentary electoral process, would be amended in line with longstanding demands of the opposition. He also promised to eliminate one constitutional article – Article 179 – granting authorities wide powers of arrest.

He further vowed to abolish Egypt’s longstanding (and highly-unpopular) Emergency Law, “once life in the country returned to normal.”

Saying that “the blood of your martyred and injured would not be in vain,” he also promised to punish the officials responsible for the bloodshed seen over the course of the 18-day-old uprising. Since the beginning of the unrest on January 25, more than 300 protesters are thought to have been killed and thousands more injured.

In answer to calls by western capitals for his resignation, Mubarak reiterated his rejection of “foreign interference” in Egypt’s domestic affairs.

The president’s address was met with derision by protesters, who watched the speech on large television screens erected in Tahrir Square. Halfway through the address, demonstrators began waving their shoes in the air in a traditional show of contempt. “Arhil! Arhil!” (“Get lost! Get lost!”), they recommenced chanting.

“We had been sure that victory was at hand,” 34-year-old protester Ahmed Elassy, who heard the speech at the square, told IPS. “But as Mubarak spoke, the mood at the square went from a carnival atmosphere to one of rage.”

Some 15 minutes later, Suleiman, too, delivered a brief statement on state television.

“We have opened the door to dialogue and drawn up a road map for the implementation of most of the people’s demands,” he said, stressing his commitment to “the realisation of a peaceful transition of authority.” Suleiman concluded by urging demonstrators to “return to their homes and their livelihoods.”

Tahrir Square protesters met these statements, too, with scorn. “Suleiman, Suleiman, you too can get lost!” they chanted in the hundreds of thousands.

“This regime appears entirely out of touch with reality,” Abdelhalim Kandil, prominent Egyptian opposition figure and general coordinator of the pro-democracy Kefaya movement, told IPS following Suleiman’s statement. “Mubarak will set the entire country alight by his stubborn refusal to definitively step down. This will only fan the flames of the uprising.”

“Besides, demonstrators no longer only want his resignation, they want Mubarak – along with all corrupt members of the regime – to face trial for oppressing the people for 30 years,” Kandil added.

But despite these setbacks, protest leaders remain undeterred, saying they will maintain their uprising until Mubarak’s departure.

“We will continue to demonstrate in ever greater numbers in cities countrywide, deploying new means of peaceful protest, until the final departure of both Mubarak and Suleiman,” said Maher.

Shortly after the vice-president’s statement, thousands of demonstrators began marching from Tahrir Square to the presidential palace in Cairo’s Misr Gedida district. While Mubarak is believed to have already departed Cairo, the palace — located some 20 kilometres from the square — is nevertheless considered an important symbol of governance.

As of midday on Friday, some 5000 protesters were reportedly camped out around the walls of the presidential residence, with more said to be on their way. “After Friday prayers, another quarter of a million set out from the square to join protesters at the palace,” said Elassy.

While the army continues to hold positions around the palace, it is said to be interacting peacefully with the protesters.

Demonstrators have also reportedly converged in the tens of thousands on Cairo’s state television building, the presidential residence in Alexandria, Manshiya Square in Alexandria’s Sidi Gabr district, and several other prominent public spaces throughout the country.

Shortly before noon today, the army issued a second statement, in which it vowed to guarantee the political and constitutional reforms promised by the president and his new deputy. It also vowed to ensure protesters’ safety.

To the disappointment of protesters, however, the army has thus far failed to answer their requests for Mubarak’s forceful removal.

“Up until this point, the army’s position remains extremely ambiguous,” Mamdouh Salaama, 36-year-old protester in Tahrir Square, told IPS. “It’s pretending to be with the people, but its becoming increasingly apparent that its heart is with the regime.”

Notably, it was reported on Friday morning that 16 mid-ranking army officers had handed their weapons over to colleagues before joining the ranks of protesters in Tahrir Square.

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