The lines are drawn. Morsi and the Brotherhood have been exposed as the heirs of the old dictatorship in new garb. The struggle for an open society is being waged by the betrayed on the streets of Egyptian cities. It will be a fight to the death. Brotherhood posters put up throughout Egypt in support of the pending constitution urge people to vote yes to “Supporting Legitimacy and Shariah [Islamic law].” Those who oppose legitimacy and Islamic law, it goes without saying, are heretics.
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Is it a pre-condition to recognize Israel in order to govern? This is not possible, no matter what the circumstances are. We don’t recognize Israel at all. It is a criminal occupier.
When fundamentally unjust situations are left unaddressed by states, the people must step in. As the collective punishment of 1.5 millions civilians persists, it’s time to ask yourself: which side are you on?
France 24 TV ad is promoting Twitter’s power to dislodge dictators in a dramatized manner. The two-minute ad shows an animated Mubarak, Ben Ali and Gadaffi-like under attack by righteously blue angry birds representing freedom.
Jonathan Cook argues that post-Mubarak Egypt’s reassessment of its policies towards Israel and the Palestinians is plunging the Zionist state into a mood of deep depression and anxiety.
What are we going to do?
Who’s going to do it?
How are we going to do it?
Who’s going to clean up the mess afterwards?
Far too long we Arabs have been silent while our tyrants, our faith, our trillions, our oil, our land, our people, and our Palestine have long been subjected to the political, economic, and military brutal occupation, genocide, theft, racism, Islamophobia, and domination by the Israeli-American axis; but we Arabs will be silent no more.
Too many Americans hold dangerous misconceptions about the defining conflict in the Middle East. And most progressives talk as if there’s not a thing anyone can do about it.
Neve Gordon describes how Israel’s media has been presenting Egyptian democracy as a threat, with one commentator lamenting the end of colonialism.
The resolution had over120 cosponsors (just about the entire non-Western world) and the support of every other member of the Security Council. The only thing wrong with it was that it singled out the Israelis as the culprits and was thus anathema to the politicians in Washington. For the Obama administration, it was a supremely embarrassing moment.
The revolution in Egypt provides evidence of a public well-informed by 30 years of mostly silent submission to the dictates of a self-serving regime. Finally, when the silence yielded to a voice that said “Enough”, the latest technology and social networking brought that voice to millions ready to protest and bring down the regime.
Many different global players had an investment in the outcome of the drama that finally concluded in Egypt with Mubarak’s departure. So after this transformational moment, who are the winners and who are the losers?
The Egyptian people deserve the Nobel Peace Prize. To be more accurate, the Nobel Peace Prize is not good enough for the Egyptian people, but still it would be a great gesture and would make lots of Arab regimes even more uneasy than they are now. Fortunately for them, most likely rich white men will not want to bestow it upon that incredible people, but you can sign the petition.
Christopher King argues that there is a high probability that weapons supplied by the USA to Egypt, among others, contain trojans – hidden and malicious circuits in microchips or programs in software – that can be activated by the US or Israel at will to ensure that they will not work if used against Israel or other US protegé.
By Stephen Lendman * | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz What’s unfolding looks different than what protesters demand. World headlines partly reflect it, mostly outside America, especially on US television reporting an illusion of change, when, in fact, coup d’etat rule is in charge, headed by authoritarian generals used to giving, not taking orders. On February [...]
Within one month of each other Ben Ali in Tunis and Mubarak in Egypt fell, not by a military coup or assassination, but by millions of people from all walks of life, men and women, rich and poor, educated and illiterate, Muslims and Christians, the elderly and children, professionals and civil servants, even soldiers and police who abandoned their posts to join the greatest revolutions in Arab history.
Hopefully beneath celebratory euphoria, Egyptians know ousting Mubarak was simple, especially since Washington long wanted him out. Covertly with Egypt’s military, it facilitated long-planned regime purging for with new faces under old policies. In other words, have everything change but stay the same, a common imperial bait and switch con.
We wish to remain committed to our peace treaty with you, but we will be unable to do so without a commitment from you to end your occupation of all Arab land taken in 1967.
Uri Avnery argues that US President Barack Obama should have trusted his instinct and placed the US on the right side of history by supporting the people’s revolution in Egypt, rather than give in to the “small people” – politicians, generals, “security experts”, diplomats, pundits, lobbyists, business leaders and. the hugely powerful Israel lobby.
For the moment, however, huge Tahrir Square crowds erupted in celebratory euphoria, perhaps forgetting their liberating struggle just began. It didn’t end with Mubarak’s resignation. That was a baby step, removing an aging dinosaur Washington and Egypt’s military wanted out. Now he’s gone. Focus must follow through on what’s next, requiring sustained popular protests. Otherwise, everything gained will be lost.
Christopher King salutes the people of Egypt on this historic day which has seen them depose the despot Hosni Mubarak, and yearns for the peoples of Europe and the USA to learn something from the Egyptians.
PA banned demonstrations in solidarity with the rebelling peoples. Palestinian television has virtually ignored the events in Egypt. PA launches pro-Mubarak demonstration in Ramallah,” denouncing Mohamed ElBaradei as a CIA agent.
We are not so different, Egypt under Mubarak and America under what ever gang of financial criminals and foreign thugs is controlling the government today. U. S. ideologues find their arrogant patent brand of Imperialism caught blindsided. Conversely, react incoherently to Egyptian peoples peaceful non-violent revolution for immediate change from an authoritarian dictatorial government farce.
Washington and Israel especially remain deeply hostile to Arab nationalism and attempts to unify Arabs politically. Their goal, in fact, is divide, conquer and control, redrawing the Middle East to suit imperial, not Arab interests. They thrive on Arab fragmentation, collective inaction, and military and economic weakness.
What will you tell the Egyptian mothers of the slain? That their sons and daughters were killed for the higher cause of Israel’s security and the stability of Arab tyrants? Did you not win the Noble Prize for Peace?
Yet you support the real terrorists in Israel and the Arab Muslim world.
Hundreds of thousands of protesters in Egypt’s capital and across the country remain resilient. They continue “mass demonstrations, with a new wave of optimism reaching the pro-democracy camp.
Egypt’s brutal police enforced hardline control, targeting activists, dissidents, Islamists, opposition forces, and anyone perceived threatening as well as ordinary citizens suspected of crimes or looking suspicious. In June 2010, a young man, Khaled Said, was beaten to death for not showing his identity card after entering an Alexandria Internet cafe. Torture and disappearances are also commonplace as are sham elections.
FREEDOM!!! Yes, the Arabs have finally awakened and found their voice to utter their God given right to live in Freedom and their democratic right to choose their leaders. Every human being is born free but may not live free depending on the political powers that shape, dominate, and oppress his or her life.
Egyptians would be well advised to learn from the Palestinians that the window of opportunity for real change comes all too infrequently. They should therefore be very clear on what they desire from this historic episode. I’d guess that the US state department already has more than a few scenarios in place and dealing with these is what the Egyptian people will really be up against in the coming weeks.
In a breathtaking move to seize the initiative in Cairo, Egyptian President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak appeared on the podium in Tahrir Square today and addressed not only the Egyptian people but also the entire world.
Through his stubbornness Hosni Mubarak has managed to transform himself from a 30 year old “loyal ally” into an 82 year old liability. Almost all dictators cling to power as long as they can.
Paul J. Balles comments on the USA’s ambivalent line on the people’s revolution in Egypt. He argues that although the administration has a growing fear that a government hostile to Washington could gain control Egypt, “the unspoken fear is that American arms manufacturers will lose a reliable customer”.
If there were to be an Arab League meeting this week attended by all the Arab Heads to State, an honest participant might suggest to the assembled potentates to look to their right and then look to their left and realize that in perhaps 24 months close one third may not be attending subsequent Arab League summits.
They long for democracy; so they should and their high spirits on the prospect of achieving it are justified. We see in Tahrir Square an inspirational spirit of cooperation in a people’s desire for freedom. One is shamed to reflect that Britain is a primary colluder with the dictator who had kept them poor and repressed and is still attempting to maintain his grip.
Across the region, people want it ended, pitting revolutionary populism against imperial harshness offering pretense, not change. As a result, expect new faces continuing old policies, yielding nothing unless sustained mass outrage persists. That’s today’s reality, resolution still in doubt, but odds always favor the strong.
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