Hundreds of Egyptian Muslims and Coptic Christians have taken to the streets in the capital city of Cairo to call for national unity, condemning the ruling military council for cracking down on protesters, Press TV reports.
Demonstrators marched from al-Azhar Mosque to Abbaseya Cathedral in Cairo after the Friday prayers.
Protesters said the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), which took power after the downfall of Egypt's dictator Hosni Mubarak, was acting in the same way as the toppled regime.
Last week, military forces attacked a protest rally by Coptic Christians in Cairo, killing 25 people, mostly Christians, and wounding at least 300 others, after troops started to fire live ammunition at demonstrators outside the state television building in Maspero district.
Several protesters died when armored military vehicles sped through the crowds of protesters and ran over them, witnesses said.
Copts were protesting against a recent attack on a newly repaired church in the southern province of Aswan.
On Wednesday, the military council tried to clear itself of any blame by rejecting that the security forces shot or ran over the protesting crowd.
It is not in "the dictionary of the armed forces to run over bodies ... even when battling our enemy," said Major General Adel Emara, a member of the ruling council and deputy defense minister.
The Egyptian military claimed that the protesters were armed with deadly weapons. State TV said three soldiers were killed in clashes with demonstrators. _________________ 'Come and see the violence inherent in the system.
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Egyptian army and police has launched a major crackdown on protesters at Tahrir square. Tens of thousands have been protesting since Friday at a lack of reform comes before crucial elections, and could carry the potential to paralyse the country once again.
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US firm's teargas used against Tahrir Square protesters
Egypt's military junta fired CS gas cartridges made by Combined Systems Inc of Pennsylvania, say demonstrators
Jack Shenker in Cairo and Luke Harding - guardian.co.uk, Monday 21 November 2011
The teargas used by interior ministry troops in Cairo's Tahrir Square is supplied by a US company. Demonstrators say cartridges retrieved from the scene are branded with the name and address of Combined Systems Inc (CSI).
The firm is located in Jamestown, Pennsylvania. It specialises in supplying what it calls "crowd control devices" to armies and "homeland security agencies" around the world. It also manufactures lethal military equipment.
Protesters say the CS gas seems more powerful than that used by Egyptian police during the country's last popular uprising in February. "It's stronger, it burns your face, it makes you feel like your whole body is seizing up," one witness said. He added: "It doesn't seem to be combated by Coke or vinegar."
Experts told the Guardian the gas was likely to be standard CS gas, but the effects could be exacerbated by physical exertion.
As well as the effects of the teargas, protesters have suffered grave injuries to their heads and faces from rubber bullets. There are also reports of live ammunition being used. Dozens of people have been taken to makeshift hospitals after inhaling the choking gas fired by the Central Security Forces.
The export of teargas to foreign law enforcement agencies is not prohibited. CSI has also sold teargas to the Israeli police, where it has been deployed against Palestinian demonstrators, as well as, reportedly, to the regime of Tunisia's ousted dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Nevertheless, the revelation that people are being gassed and hurt by US-manufactured projectiles is embarrassing for the Obama administration.
"We have seen the illegitimate and indiscriminate use of teargas," Heba Morayef, a researcher with Human Rights Watch in Cairo, said, of Egypt's most recent street protests, as well as the original revolution in February. "There are a few cartridges from Italy but the vast majority are from the USA."
She said teargas did not constitute direct military aid, since it was sold to the interior ministry rather than the army. But she added: "Ideally governments should be verifying who they are selling teargas to."
Morayef said the gas was having a devastating effect on its victims, with everyone left choking, and hundreds forced to seek medical treatment. Protesters have also retrieved 12mm rubber bullet cartridges made in Italy. "One person I know ended up coughing up blood," she said. Human Rights Watch intended to examine the canisters to discover exactly what kind of gas was being used, she added. _________________ www.rethink911.org www.actorsandartistsfor911truth.org www.mediafor911truth.org www.pilotsfor911truth.org www.mp911truth.org www.ae911truth.org www.rl911truth.org www.stj911.org www.l911t.com www.v911t.org www.thisweek.org.uk www.abolishwar.org.uk www.elementary.org.uk www.radio4all.net/index.php/contributor/2149 http://utangente.free.fr/2003/media2003.pdf
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Here's yrs truly doing his best to sum things up...
Egypt's ruling military council has accepted the resignation of the Cabinet and agreed to form the national salvation government. It also pledged to stage presidential elections and transfer power to a civilian government by July 1, 2012. Speaking to Egyptians on Tuesday evening, the de-facto ruler Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi stated: "I decided to accept Sharaf's government resignation, but they continue until we find an alternative." He confirmed that the next president will be elected by the end of June 2012.
Cairo: At least 30 protesters who have been camped outside the cabinet's headquarters in Cairo for weeks were rushed to hospital on Wednesday suffering from food poisoning, state television reported.
The demonstrators, who began their sit-in on November 25 during wider protests against the ruling military, were taken to hospital in a fleet of 14 ambulances, the official MENA news agency reported.
The independent Tahrir newspaper reported that protesters had eaten hawawshi, a deep-fried minced meat sandwich, before they fell sick.
Hundreds of demonstrators had set up camp outside the cabinet's offices after the military, under pressure from days of deadly protests, sacked the government and named a new prime minister.
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Today April 13, 2012 The Egyptian people gather for a massive protest in Tahrir square in Cairo. Hundreds of thousands took Cairo's Tahrir Square denouncing military rule of the country and united to ban Mubarak-era cabinet members including a spy chief from running in the upcoming presidential elections.
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Frank Wisner had returned to government service from his Wall Street legal practice only a short time before he was named to head the Office of Policy Coordination. In 1947, Under Secretary of State Dean G. Acheson suggested that Wisner be named Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Occupied Countries. It was an intelligence, rather than a diplomatic, assignment, where Wisner had ample opportunity to map out his plans.
Everything that he observed convinced him that the United States faced the prospect of a long struggle with the Soviet Union, with the strong possibility of a sudden eruption into open warfare. …The Byelorussians appeared ideal for Wisner’s purposes. They had run a complex system of secret informants, most of whom had remained behind Soviet lines and were now vulnerable to blackmail by threats to expose their wartime collaboration with the Nazis. They had also proven their willingness in Operation Tobacco to collaborate with the Americans by informing on Communist penetration of the DP camps.
The counterintelligence angle would also provide good cover for Wisner’s guerrilla warfare operations, which he wanted to keep hidden from the rest of the American intelligence community. Wisner was going to make General Patton’s dream a reality – continuing the fight against communism by recruiting guerrilla bands of former SS men….
In the early days of OPC, Wisner projected an air of affability and optimism. A man of independent means – he could afford to leave his uncashed salary checks in his office desk for a year – he lived well and entertained lavishly. His critics say that the real source of his income was the million dollars that he and his Albanian fascist friends [see video below] stole from the Embassy and buried on Wisner’s country farm in Maryland. He and his wife, Polly, knew everyone in Washington who counted, and at their parties one might meet James Reston and Arthur Krock of the New York Times; George Kennan and Charles Bohlen, the State Department’s Soviet experts; the journalists Joseph and Stewart Alsop; Randolph Churchill; and British editor (and former intelligence agent) Malcolm Muggeridge.
Although Wisner drank regularly and heavily, no one ever saw him drunk. And despite his active social life he was a hard worker, sparing neither himself nor his staff. Wisner was obsessed by an anti-communism that he had developed in the Balkans and postwar Germany, and it was the driving force behind the OPC. Of course, there was always the underlying motive or regaining American financial investments in Eastern Europe and Russia. Wisner threw off ideas for rolling back the Soviet empire – some good, others wildly impractical – like a human pinwheel.
Wisner established OPC in the temporary buildings near the Lincoln Memorial and the Reflecting Pool and recruited a staff of what Stewart Alsop called “Bold Easterners” and less-admiring observers described as “Ivy League dilettantes.” They included Kermit Roosevelt, Tracy Barnes, Desmond FitzGerald, Richard Bissell, and Cord Meyer, Jr.
The OPC, wrote William Colby, who later became Director of Central Intelligence, operated
“in the atmosphere of an order of Knights Templar, to save Western freedom from Communist darkness – and from war.”
Even though Egypt has begun to ease the emergency situation that has gripped the country since the revolution a year ago, the economy still has a long way to recover. Unemployment is up, and the country’s biggest money earner, tourism is down.
Published: 16 August, 2012, 14:23
Egyptian authorities are to discuss a possible $4.8 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund, when the lender’s chief Christine Lagarde arrives in Cairo next week.
“We will discuss, in the negotiations we are to carry out with the IMF, increasing the loan to $4.8 billion," the Finance Minister Mumtaz al-Saeed said.
The IMF confirmed in a statement that Lagarde would head the delegation, which starts its visit to Egypt on August 22.
Since late last year, the country's interim government has been negotiating with the IMF to secure a $3.2 billion loan to support the economy during a transition period, but no deal has been reached.
The Egyptian economy has been struggling since the political turmoil which resulted in the ousting of President Hosni Mubarak at the beginning of last year. Foreign currency and gold reserves have plummeted from $32 billion to $18.2 billion in a year. Unemployment has been rising, and tourism which accounts for 12 per cent of Egypt’s GDP has been suffering heavy losses due to security issues.
Egypt’s Finance Minister added he also asked the US to provide a $500 million grant for the country. However, it’s still unclear whether he received a response.
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Maidhc is one of my good friends and I’ve always enjoyed his insightful writings. Just a few weeks ago, I asked him to take part in an interview with me and answer some questions regarding the Arab Spring and its implications for the United State and Israel. Maidhc has his own way of thinking and believes that Israel was the only winner of the so-called revolutions that have been sweeping the Middle East since 2011. He believes that the uprisings were not genuine revolutions, but were spearheaded by the United States. I disagree with him, because I believe that Israel has tremendously suffered from the revolutions of the Middle East and in some junctures, frantically expressed its desperation. I can bring up my own argument; however, I respect Maidhc’s viewpoints and invite you to read this interview...' _________________ 'And he (the devil) said to him: To thee will I give all this power, and the glory of them; for to me they are delivered, and to whom I will, I give them'. Luke IV 5-7.
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As I have believed from the beginning (Tunisia happened while I blinked; I wasn't aware of anything till the Egyptian 'Revolution') and still believe, it was a US plot.
Then came the Wesley Clark revelations (not new, video interviews were from 2006 and 2007, but I was certainly unaware of them till recently):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ha1rEhovONU 'Hello, anybody out there?'
And now, a Tunisian commits suicide, because he realises he was used by the US:
'A Tunisian blog, Tunisie Secret, described Alimi as a “little depressed and bitter” because he, like many other Tunisian activists, felt “manipulated by US intelligence services in order to destabilize Tunisia.”
Alimi was well-known for his web activity on social networks. Friends and associates remember him for his commitment to “the pursuit of justice and truth.”
Like many of us in the Truth movement, as soon as I hear 'suicide', I think automatically of 'suicided'. But in this case, it would make sense; he obviously felt there was no way he could openly voice his concerns in the 'New', 'Democratic' Tunisia (like the 'New', 'Democratic' Libya, or the 'New', 'Democratic' Ivory Coast, Haiti, Honduras or Paraguay.).
The evidence of George Soros organisations and National Endowment for Democracy' pumping millions of dollars into Egypt, training the 'activists' how to organise via facebook and twitter, the stand-down of the Army (the US always subverts the military of these countries; the 'President' or 'Prime Minister' is a figurehead: eminently disposable. The military is the key (the list of military who are 33* Masons is quite an eye-opener, but you won't find this info for Muslim countries, for obvious reasons - an exception is Kemal Ataturk; I don't know his Masonic 'Rank', but it is widely accepted he was initiated in a Lodge in Salonika), all point to US manipulation.
And their current merciless death squad supporting, organising and arming in Syria (another country on Wesley Clark's list).
Oh, one might say, then why were these American agencies recently chucked out of Egypt by the Egyptian Military? I would guess because they had done their work, and all the suckkers who had fell for their ploy would be clammering for further 'assistance' from the US agencies to continue the 'Democratisation' process. Get the Military to kick them out, problem solved. That would free them up for the next country on the'Democratisation' list. _________________ 'And he (the devil) said to him: To thee will I give all this power, and the glory of them; for to me they are delivered, and to whom I will, I give them'. Luke IV 5-7.
The British policy towards the Arab Spring has been entirely consistent, contends Dan Glazebrook
Over the past year, the British government has bombed rebels into power in Libya -- and is desperately hoping to do the same in Syria -- whilst simultaneously aiding and abetting the crushing of rebel forces in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. Some commentators have called this hypocritical. In fact, there is no contradiction: the British government is engaged in a vicious, region-wide attack on all independent, anti-colonial forces in the region, be they states or opposition movements.
Client regimes -- in many cases monarchies originally imposed by the British Empire -- have been propped up, and states outside the orbit of Western control have been targeted for destruction. The policy, in other words, has been entirely consistent: a drive towards the total capitulation of the Arab world; and more specifically the destruction of any potential organised resistance to an attack on Iran. What is more, it has been planned for a long time.
The Arab Spring did not come out of the blue; it was both predictable and predicted. All demographic, economic and political trends pointed in the direction of a period of instability and civil unrest across the region, and especially in Egypt. The combination of growing and youthful populations, rising unemployment, corruption and unrepresentative government made some kind of mass manifestation of frustration a virtual certainty -- as was recognised by a far-reaching speech by MI6-turned-BP operative Mark Allen in February 2009.
In August 2010, United States President Barack Obama issued Presidential Study Directive Number 11, which noted "evidence of growing citizen discontent with the region's regimes" and warned that "the region is entering a critical period of transition." Four months later, Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in Tunisia, sparking off the unrest that led to the downfall of president Zein Al-Abidine bin Ali.
For the world's Imperialialist powers, wracked by their own economic crises -- Britain, France and the US -- it was clear that this unrest would present both a danger and an opportunity. Whilst it threatened to disrupt the Gulf monarchies imposed by Britain during the colonial period (Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait et al), it could also create the ideal cover for the launching of long-planned proxy wars against old enemies.
Both Libya and Syria have long been considered thorns in the side of Western world domination. It is not only their policies -- from Gaddafi's consistent opposition to US and British military bases in Africa to Al-Assad's support for Palestinian liberation groups -- which riles Western policy makers, but the mere fact that they have independent governments which are able to formulate and implement such policies. In the eyes of the world's unelected and undeclared ruling elites, for a government of the global South to be either strong or independent might be just about tolerable -- but not both. Secret Anglo-American plans for the overthrow of the Syrian government -- using proxy forces directed by Western intelligence, and carried out under the cover of "internal disturbances" -- have been in place since at least 1957. More recently, the US has embarked on a policy of funding sectarian Salafi militias to wage war against the region's Shias in order to undermine Iran, destroy the Syrian state and cut off Hizbullah's supply lines.
This policy was a direct response to the two major setbacks of the previous year -- the massive wave of attacks on Western forces by Sunni militants in Iraq and Israel's defeat in its war with Hizbullah.
In a prophetic piece in 2007, Seymour Hersh shows how the US, Israel and the Saudis hatched a plan to "redirect" Sunni militias away from their fight against the US and towards Syria.
As one US government consultant put it, "it's not that we don't want the Salafis to throw bombs; it's who they throw them at -- Hizbullah, Moqtada Al-Sadr, Iran, and at the Syrians, if they continue to work with Hizbullah and Iran".
The coming of the "Arab Spring" provided the perfect cover for the throwing of these bombs -- and for the British and US government plans to be put into effect. They acted quickly; armed attacks began in both countries within days of the "protest movement" erupting, carried out by insurgents with longstanding links to British intelligence and increasingly trained and directed by the SAS and MI6. Acting under the cover of the Arab spring also proved a winning formula for Western governments to mobilise support for "humanitarian intervention" -- the 21st century white man's burden. Bush and Blair had given Western warmongering in the Middle East a bad name, but by implementing proxy wars -- and aerial blitzkrieg -- under the guise of "support for popular uprisings", it was possible to ensure that liberals and "socialists" by and large fell in line (albeit with some tactical differences on occasion). Frustrated Western radicals, desperate to vicariously experience the "revolution" they know they would never -- and let's face it, would never want to -- actually be involved in, lapped up the imagery of the "people versus the dictator".
These "useful idiots" all helpfully provided a veneer of credibility to the new wars that was clearly lacking in the case of Iraq. The method of "proxy war" -- using militias recruited from the local population to fight for imperial interests -- has long been the favoured policy of British policy planners -- in contrast to the more "gung-ho" boots on the ground methods of the US.
The war against Libya gave the "Arabists" who dominate the British Foreign Office (the FCO) a chance to show the Americans how it is done. They have always preferred to cultivate local allies on the ground to do the fighting and dying -- it's cheaper, less unpopular at home, and so much more subtle than the blunt, blundering approach of the Bushblair posse. Indeed, the FCO opposed the Iraq war for precisely this reason -- there was no moral, nor even strategic, disagreement -- but a tactical one. The perceived failure and cost (in both blood and treasure) of Iraq thus allowed the "Arabists" to gain the upper hand for the next round of colonial war that is now unfolding. Meanwhile, client regimes -- those monarchies established by Britain in the dying days of Ottoman control of the region -- were given all the help they needed to drown their own uprisings in blood. Britain sold Saudi Arabia no less than Â£1.75 billion worth of arms last year -- arms that are now being used against protesters in both Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, where the Saudis invaded last autumn to crush the growing democratic revolt, as well as to arm the militias fighting in Syria. Qatar under the absolute rule of the Al-Thani family -- chosen by Britain to run the country in the mid-19th century -- has also been crucial in fomenting the new imperial wars.
The Al-Jazeera TV channel, which plays such an important role in the colonisers' propaganda war -- is run from Qatar and essentially took over the role of the BBC Arabic service when it closed operations in 1996. Qatar has also been at the forefront of the coordination, training and arming of the paramilitary proxy forces in Libya and Syria. To ascertain the British government's attitude towards an uprising in a state in the Middle East, one simply has to ask: is this a state created by Britain, or one built on an independent support base?
Countries in the latter category get attacked, whilst those in the former are aided in consolidating their power and crushing the opposition. Egypt, however, does not fit so neatly into either category. Egypt under Mubarak was neither a total stooge regime nor fully independent; neither a Libya nor a Qatar. Although the country had freed itself from its' British-imposed king in 1952, since the Israeli peace accord of 1979, it had been widely viewed as a client state of the US and a key ally of Israel.
Mubarak's standing in the Arab world reached a nadir during the Israeli onslaught against Gaza in 2008-9, which even became known as the "Mubarak massacre" for his refusal to open the border to fleeing Palestinians. Nevertheless, imposing regime change on Libya was going to be difficult for the West with Mubarak in charge next door. He had developed a friendly relationship with Gaddafi over the years, and seemed to be moving closer to Iran.
A UN report in 2006 even accused him of training the Islamic Courts Union -- the Somali government which the US were working so hard to destroy -- and he, along with Gaddafi, had opposed the expansion of AFRICOM -- the US military's "Africa Command" -- on the continent. A client who thinks he can conduct his own foreign policy is clearly missing the point.
Removing Mubarak whilst keeping intact rule of his country by a military in hoc to the US may have come to be seen as the preferred option in London and Washington -- especially if this option were to divide the revolutionary movement and take the wind out of its sails. Recent events in Egypt -- such as the Egyptian air force strike on "Islamic militants" in the Sinai, and the closure of the tunnels to Gaza -- a lifeline for Palestinians to which Mubarak had to some extent turned a blind eye -- suggest that the new government in Egypt is more than happy to do the bidding of the neo-colonisers.
Morsi in Tehran: strategic realignment or a safe pair of hands?
For now, Egypt’s financial stability depends on keeping the US and Saudi Arabia happy.
Published 31 August 2012 17:13
By Dan Glazebrook Published 31 August 2012 17:13
Egypt’s new President Mohammed Morsi was in China this week before putting in an appearance at the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Iran – all before he has even stepped foot in the US. Several commentators have speculated that this could herald a strategic realignment away from Washington and towards Tehran. The Washington Post hailed the trip as “a major foreign policy shift for the Arab world’s most populous nation, after decades of subservience to Washington”. This seems very unlikely, if not disingenuous, for a number of reasons.
Firstly, the importance of foreign visits and their chronology can easily be overstated. Every reactionary from Doha to Downing St goes to China to do business and – unlike the West – China does not demand political allegiance in return. This trip in itself signifies nothing about Egypt’s foreign policy.
Likewise with Tehran: the Turkish foreign minister and the Emir of Qatar are also attending the summit, yet no one is suggesting that an end to their “decades of subservience to Washington” is on the cards anytime soon. Neither should it be forgotten that, although Morsi has yet to visit the US, he hosted a visit from Hillary Clinton within a fortnight of coming to power, and his first foreign visit as President was to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia – the West’s number one Arab friend.
Secondly, it is difficult to believe that Morsi’s election would have been received quite so enthusiastically in the Western media had he been seriously contemplating an end to the US alliance. Pundits from the Guardian to the Telegraph were falling over themselves to downplay Morsi’s "Islamism", hype up his “conciliatory” tone and moderation, and reassure the world that he was, in fact, a respectable statesman like any other.
Morsi received just under 25 per cent votes on a 43 per cent turnout in the first round of voting, and managed to just scrape a majority on a 50 per cent turnout in the second round. The “people have spoken” rhetoric in the Western media over this (hardly landslide) victory contrasted sharply with its scorn for the 63 per cent majority won by Iran’s Ahmadinejad (on an 85 per cent turnout) in 2009 – a victory which easily overshadow’s Morsi’s, even after possible anomalies are accounted for.
Third, Morsi’s government looks set to be deepening, not reducing, his country’s economic dependence on the West: a $4.5bn IMF loan is currently under negotiation. The IMF do not do free lunches - they demand their pound of flesh in the form of privatisation of industry, the abolition of tariffs, subsidies and other measures to make life easier for foreign capital (and harder for the poor).
Not that Morsi’s organisation, the Muslim Brotherhood, have any particular objection to such policies – their economic strategy document al-Nahda (“the renaissance”) is a model of the type of extreme neo-liberalism the IMF so adores. They have already pledged to abolish the £10bn annual food and fuel subsidy that is currently a lifeline for the country’s poor, and are committed to the emasculation of the trade unions which were such a potent force in last year’s uprisings.
The parliamentary opposition that might be expected to fight such measures will be neutered if the Brotherhood implements their commitment to end the long-standing rule that 50 per cent of seats in the Egyptian parliament be reserved for workers and farmers. Interestingly, the IMF loan currently being negotiated was rejected by Egypt’s military leaders last summer as being politically unwise – in other words, likely to provoke massive popular outrage. In economic terms, the elites of Egypt and the West are definitely singing from the same songsheet.
Finally, Morsi seems to be playing the role of figurehead for the latest incarnation of the West’s regime change strategy for Syria. Long before his outburst against Assad in Tehran this week, Morsi had nailed his colours to NATO’s mast, claiming that the Syrian government must “disappear from the scene” because “there is no room for talk about reform”. Now he is proposing a new Contact Group for Syria involving Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iran. It can be assumed this plan has the backing of Washington and London – if indeed it was not initially drawn up by them – by the very fact they did not immediately dismiss the idea as they had in the past. Morsi’s spokesman Yasser Ali explained: "Part of the mission is in China, part of the mission is in Russia and part of the mission is in Iran”(presumably attempting to win Russian and Chinese acquiescence to a NATO-imposed "no-fly zone", as suggested this week by US general Martin Dempsey), before delivering an ultimatum to Tehran not to intervene.
What is more likely to be happening is that Morsi is consciously allowing the idea of a “turn from Washington” to take root in order to gain credibility, allowing his Syria plan to be presented as an “independent regional initiative” in an attempt to undermine Russian and Chinese claims of Western imperialism.
We have been here before. Turkish President Erdogan gained huge prestige across the Arab world three years ago for the supposed "anti-Zionism" he demonstrated walking out of Shimon Peres’ speech at the World Economic Forum, and his grandstanding over the Israeli attack on the Gaza flotilla the following year. But he then went on to use this prestige to garner support for the current proxy war against Syria, the only remaining Arab state to follow its verbal backing for the Palestinian struggle with actual military support. In doing so, he effectively placed himself at the vanguard of the Israeli-Western policy agenda for the region.
Law enforcement confirms convicted fraudster behind anti-Muslim movie
Law enforcement has confirmed that the anti-Muslim movie blamed for attacks on US embassies around the world was made by Los Angeles filmmaker Nakoula Basseley Nakoula.
The Associated Press reported early Thursday that Nakoula, 55, is responsible for the "Innocence of Muslims,” the film that was said to ridicule the prophet Muhammad and, in turn, prompt violent assaults on US land overseas, including missions in Egypt and Libya and the US Embassy in Yemen.
Nakoula gave an interview to the AP on Wednesday and insisted that he managed logistics for the firm that produced the film, but denied any role as a director, a position that had been linked to a man using the name Sam Bacile. The AP claims to have traced the cell phone number provided to them as Bacile’s back to the same Los Angeles area home where they had earlier met with Nakoula.
Hours later on Thursday, a law enforcement official speaking on condition of anonymity confirmed to the AP that Nakoula was in fact behind the production of the film to a degree must larger than he claimed.
During their investigation, the AP identified Nakoula as an ex-con who had been convicted of bank fraud. He described himself as a Coptic Christian and had connections with Morris Sadek, a conservative practicing member of the religion who had promoted "Innocence of Muslims,” anti-Islam slant and all, in the days before the film is believed to have sparked outrage overseas.
On their part, LA Weekly claims to have successfully tied Nakoula that the filming permit issued for the production for Innocence of Muslims was made out to Media for Christ, a company that described itself as “established to become the light that shows Jesus Christ to all human beings.”
Since the attacks on US diplomatic land this week, the cast involved in the film have condemned the movie, issuing a joint-statement saying they feel that they were taken advantage of by the producer.
"We are 100 percent not behind this film and were grossly misled about its intent and purpose," the statement read. A July 2011 call for work placed in Backstage magazine described the movie as a "historical Arabian Desert adventure film."
Taksim Square Protests: 13 Photos Showing Severity Of the Protests
Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article contained graphic, but unconfirmed images which PolicyMic could not verify as true. We have replaced these photos in this version.
Protesters flooded Istanbul's Taksim Square Friday after heavy-handed police tactics and increasing dissatisfaction with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who some say is becoming increasingly authoritarian.
The mainstream media has yet to highlight the protests. Meanwhile, police brutality continues as over 900 people have been arrested and several have been killed.
Here are thirteen pictures from Twitter that show why we should take offense with mainstream media for not covering what could become an historic event.
Update: The protests in Turkey have spread beyond Taksim Square. Read more here.
Taksim Square Protests: Peaceful Protesters Face Massive Police Brutality, Repression
Turkey is buckling as its youth calls for the resignation of the prime minister and his corrupt regime.
Yesterday’s anti-government protests in Istanbul have quickly spread to almost all major cities in Turkey, totaling over 90 demonstrations thus far. Most of the protesters are youth who are worried that the prime minister’s government is becoming both more authoritarian and more Islamic, threatening Turkey’s secular state.
Their fears aren’t unfounded. Erdogan has been in power since 2002, more than long enough for him to overextend his influence, and just recently, his government passed a new bill that restricted the hours of alcohol consumption at night, almost certainly tied with Islamic notions of propriety.
Friday’s protests began on the relatively-smaller issue of Gezi Park. As one of the last remaining green spaces in Istanbul, many want the park to remain, well, a park. However, Erdogan and his administration have plans to redevelop the area into a giant shopping mall, and they have ignored the public outcry against the park’s demolition. Turkish youth began peacefully protesting the redevelopment plans this morning with singing and book readings in the public space, but as more people congregated, the protest (while still peaceful) began to take on more of an anti-Erdogan theme. And that’s when the police arrived, turning a peaceful protest into what is already being termed Bloody Friday.
Police retaliation against the peaceful protestors was violent, brutal, unnecessary, and inhumane. They were clearly aiming not to diffuse the large crowds, but to hurt as many protestors as possible. Police attacked the large crowds with tear gas grenades, water cannons, and rubber bullets, aiming directly for individuals. Many have been reported to have lost sight, been grievously injured, had brain damage, and even died as a result of these supposed “crowd control” techniques.
But the police didn’t stop there. They actively tried to push crowds into harm’s way. They locked people in metro stations and released tear gas, forcing many onto social media on their smartphones to ask for help. They gassed an emergency room of a hospital that was already overwhelmed with people seeking emergency care from the aftermath of police brutality. They used gas grenades to funnel large crowds into narrow alleys, causing stampedes and making it easier to arrest massive amounts of people (almost 1,000 at last count), who are currently being detained at Turkey’s Anti-Terrorism Bureau.
The prime mnister’s only response to these outrageous police acts is that he will not bow down to “wild extremists” — as if these protestors aren’t the average citizens, but some radical terrorist group. Erdogan briefly considered the idea that the police actions, particularly gassing, were “excessive,” but he immediately erased any hopes of calling them off by following that with an assurance that the police force would continue fighting protestors “with the authority it was given.” And, as any reasonable leader would do when faced with such out-of-hand protests, Erdogan reiterated that he fully plans to continue building a shopping mall on Gezi Park.
The Turkish people are not deterred. Over 40,000 are marching towards Gezi Park, and the protests continued today with chants of “Shoulder to shoulder against fascism!” While the media has been forbidden from reporting on the protests or the police response, social media and citizens’ cameras have been documenting the entire debacle.
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Pisspoor BBC news today saying 'thousands' on the streets of Cairo - misunderestimating again
Egyptians stream into streets to demand Mursi quit http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/06/30/uk-egypt-protests-idUKBRE95Q0 O020130630
By Shaimaa Fayed and Yasmine Saleh - CAIRO | Sun Jun 30, 2013 4:47pm BST
(Reuters) - Egyptians poured onto the streets on Sunday, swelling crowds that opposition leaders hope will number into the millions by evening and persuade Islamist President Mohamed Mursi to resign.
Waving national flags, a crowd of some 200,000 had gathered by late afternoon on Cairo's Tahrir Square, seat of the 2011 uprising against Mursi's predecessor Hosni Mubarak.
"The people want the fall of the regime!" they chanted - this time not against an ageing dictator but against their first ever elected leader, who took office only a year ago to the day.
As the working day ended and the heat of the sun eased, more joined them on the otherwise deserted streets of the capital. Many are angry at Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood, saying it has hijacked the revolution through a series of electoral victories to monopolise power and push through Islamic law.
Others are simply frustrated by the economic crisis, deepened by political deadlock, over which Mursi has presided.
In other cities, thousands of protesters also gathered. Over 100,000 were out in the centre of second city Alexandria.
Security sources said three Brotherhood offices were set on fire by demonstrators in towns in the Nile Delta - the latest in over a week of street violence in which hundreds have been hurt and several killed, including an American student.
Over 20,000 Mursi supporters also congregated in the capital, by a mosque not far from the suburban presidential palace. Mursi himself is working elsewhere. But liberal protest organisers plan a sit-in outside the palace from Sunday evening....
Helicopter gunships flew over Cairo. The U.S.-equipped army, though showing little sign of wanting power, warns it may step in if deadlocked politicians let violence slip out of control.
One of the only sections of The Power of Nightmares left on YouTube after BBC legal attacks (not that they intend to repeat it)
The Muslim Brotherhood in the White House
The Muslim Brotherhood has long been a tool of MI6 and the CIA. (Website)
MI6 and the CIA used the Muslim Brotherhood to try to topple Egypt's President Nasser. (The use of the Muslim Brotherhood by MI6 and the CIA in Egypt.)
The Muslim Brotherhood is an Illuminist organization. It is really controlled by Illuminist intelligence agencies: CIA, MI6 …etc. It is Masonic ie. the people at the top echelons are Satanists! The purpose of giving power to the Muslim Brotherhood is to set up the Middle East for the Satanic World War 3!
The Masonic Origins of the Muslim Brotherhood (emphasis mine)
The Masonic origins of the Islamists movements, and their true goal to undermine Islam and fight for Western Zionist Powers such as Britain and the United States of America. The Muslim Brotherhood has acted as a clever technique to recruit agent-provocateurs for the Illuminati. The lowest ranks may sincerely believe they are defending Islam, and confronting “Western imperialism”. However, these various terrorist groups, through representing different factions, are part of a single network serving the same Illuminati cause.
When we explore the political and financial connections of the terrorists, we find that these are not merely wayward fanatics, operating in isolation, but that their channels penetrate to the upper reaches of power, in the British and American governments, and outward into the nether regions of the occult and criminal underworlds.
William Engdahl on Egypt’s uprising:
They are being organized in a Ukrainian-style high-tech electronic fashion with large internet-linked networks of youth tied to Mohammed ElBaradei and the banned and murky secret Muslim Brotherhood, whose links to British and American intelligence and freemasonry are widely reported.
Muslim Brotherhood created by British Intelligence
Dr. John Coleman, a former British Intelligence agent…states in his report on Iran’s Islamic Revolution that the Muslim Brotherhood was created by “the great names of British Middle East intelligence”…and that their mission was to “keep the Middle East backward so that its natural resource, oil, could continue to be looted…”
The Muslim Brotherhood is a London creation, forged as the standard-bearer of an ancient, anti-religious (pagan) heresy that has plagued Islam since the establishment of the Islamic community (umma) by the Prophet Mohammed in the seventh century. Representing organized Islamic fundamentalism, the organization called the Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwan al-Muslimum in Arabic) was officially founded in Egypt, in 1929, by the British agent Hasan al-Banna, a Sufi mystic. Today, the Muslim Brotherhood is the umbrella under which a host of fundamentalist Sufi, Sunni, and radical Shiite brotherhoods and societies flourish.
The Muslim Brotherhood is a tool by the British-based Globalists whose main objective is to overthrow the established world order and create a new one-world system of global governance. Without the British, “radical Islam would have remained the illegitimate, repressive minority movement that it has always been, and the Middle East would have remained stable and prosperous.”
The real Muslim Brothers are…the secretive bankers and financiers who stand behind the curtain, the members of the old Arab, Turkish, or Persian families whose genealogy places them in the oligarchic elite, with smooth business and intelligence associations to the European black nobility and, especially, to the British oligarchy.
By fabricating a bogus war between Islamic fundamentalism and the West, the globalists are able to attack their real enemy, humanity. Pulling the strings, they will ensure that both Western and Muslim states are degraded and finally completely subjugated to their odious rule.
Clinging to power? Muslim Brotherhood announces presidential candidate!
Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has announced its presidential candidate. The move has caused a tide of public discontent, with many seeing it as a threat to democracy – and some even accusing the Islamist group of conspiracy plans.
Khairat el-Shater, the Brotherhood’s chief strategist, and a business tycoon, has been announced as the party’s presidential candidate in the upcoming elections, in May. Shater was imprisoned multiple times under Mubarak’s rule, but the ruling Military Council pardoned him and cleared him of all charges so that he could participate in the elections.
The group has repeatedly said it would not field a presidential candidate because it is not seeking to dominate the new Egypt. The Brotherhood already holds nearly half the seats in the nation’s newly elected parliament; with the presidency in their pocket they will face no obstacles to imposing their will onto the country.
Therefore, the announcement has alarmed many, who see the Brotherhood’s decision as a step towards a totalitarian regime. Nobel Peace laureate and former presidential candidate Mohamed ElBaradei denounced the move. “Egyptians sacrificed their lives 4 freedom & dignity not 4 military or religious hegemony nor 4 tyranny of majority,”he said via Twitter.
Prominent Muslim Brotherhood member Kamal Helbawy publicly resigned as the news came. The politician declared he was disappointed that the group was seeking power the same way Mubarak’s National Democratic Party had. Helbawy went as far as to accuse the Brotherhood of conspiring with the country’s military so that both sides would be able to remain in power.
“It is very likely that both the MB and SCAF agreed on fielding the group’s second-in-command Khairat al-Shater before the decision was made public,” he was quoted by Al Arabiya as saying.
The very fact that el-Shater was cleared by the Military Council to participate in the elections speaks for the conspiracy theory, Helbawy asserts. Bel Trew, writer and journalist, thinks it is “extremely likely” that the Brotherhood is collaborating with the ruling Military Council.
“They appeared to have been doing deals with the SCAF behind the closed doors, which could basically mean that there is no revolutionary change,” she said. _________________ www.rethink911.org www.actorsandartistsfor911truth.org www.mediafor911truth.org www.pilotsfor911truth.org www.mp911truth.org www.ae911truth.org www.rl911truth.org www.stj911.org www.l911t.com www.v911t.org www.thisweek.org.uk www.abolishwar.org.uk www.elementary.org.uk www.radio4all.net/index.php/contributor/2149 http://utangente.free.fr/2003/media2003.pdf
"The maintenance of secrets acts like a psychic poison which alienates the possessor from the community" Carl Jung
Egyptian opposition leader Mohammad ElBaradei has called on all Egyptians to take part in the planned nationwide protests on Sunday to overthrow Islamist President Mohammad Mursi.
ElBaradei, a Nobel peace laureate and former chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said in a video message released on Saturday that President Musi has “failed” in leading the nation toward a proper democratic path following the Jan. 25, 2011 revolution.
“This revolution has erupted so that each one of us lives as human and be treated like human,” ElBaradei said.
“Unfortunately, nothing of this has been achieved. We felt that we are in a deadlock and that the country will collapse not because the president is from the Muslim Brotherhood and not because there is only one party that rules, but because the regime has failed, completely failed,” the founder of Dostour Party added.
“We gave him [Mursi] the permit to drive; he doesn't know how to drive. The country is decaying and is falling, this is not Egypt and this is not the revolution,” he said.
While many opposition forces that called for the anti-Mursi rallies on Sunday demand the ouster of President Mursi, ElBaradei said the objective is to go back to the ballot box by forcing Mursi to call for early presidential elections.
“All of Egypt has to come out tomorrow to say that we want to go back to the ballot box and return to build the foundation of the house we will live in,” ElBaradei said.
President Musi has described opposition parties as losers who failed to beat him in elections and are taking their battles to the streets. He is counting on massive Islamist forces backing him to counter the opposition in the streets and banking on his rivals to fizzle out as occurred in previous challenges to his rule.
The powerful Egyptian military on high alert will be watching the Sunday events unfold. It has deployed reinforcements near major cities and towns amid reports the generals might step in to take power should there be much bloodshed.
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by craig on July 4, 2013 8:49 am in Uncategorized
What we are seeing in Egypt is counter-revolution pure and simple, military hardliners who are going to be friendly with Israel and the US, and are committing gross human rights abuse.
Western backed counter-revolution is going to be sweeping back across the Middle East; do not be distracted by the words of the West, watch the deeds. It will of course be in the name of secularism. There is an important correlation between what is happening in Turkey and Egypt. I made myself unpopular when I pointed out what the media did not tell you, that behind the tiny minority of doe-eyed greens in the vanguard of the Istanbul movement, stood the massed phalanxes of kemalist nationalism, a very ugly beast. “Secularism” was the cry there too.
Adly Mansour: Egypt's interim President
Adly Mansour only took up his job as chief justice of the country’s Supreme Constitutional Court on 1 June, and now finds himself Egypt’s interim President.
Born in 1945, Mansour was appointed to the court in 1992, making him one of its longest-serving judges. The Muslim Brotherhood and the court repeatedly clashed during Mohamed Morsi’s clumsy attempts to force through constitutional change, with the Islamist party seeing it as an enemy and launching sometimes violent protests against its members.
Despite his control over Egypt’s political institutions Morsi was never able to control the judiciary, many of whom were Mubarak-era appointees. In December last year security guards had to step in after the car of Maher al-Beheiry, Mansour’s predecessor, was attacked by Brotherhood supporters fearful the court would dissolve the Islamist-dominated Constituent Assembly tasked with drafting the amended constitution.
Mohamed ElBaradei: Egypt's interim Prime Minister
Mohamed ElBaradei, the former head of the UN’s nuclear watchdog and Nobel Peace laureate, was a virtual unknown in his own country until a few years ago. Returning to his country in 2010 after years working abroad, he decided to challenge the then President, Hosni Mubarak.
He played a key role in protests that removed Mr Mubarak from power, and he has since emerged as a key opposition figure.
He was to stand as a liberal, secular candidate in July’s presidential elections, but withdrew his bid in January citing concerns about the undemocratic way the military was governing Egypt.
In April 2012, Mr ElBaradei launched a new political party which he said would be above ideology. He is now expected to take the role of Prime Minister in a technocratic government that will rule until a parliamentary election can be held.
'Clashes spread throughout Egypt yesterday as security forces cracked down on protests by supporters of Muslim Brotherhood (MB) President Mohamed Mursi, who was ousted in a coup Wednesday. The coup—launched with US support to end mass protests against Mursi and pre-empt the development of a political movement in the working class—now threatens to plunge Egypt into civil war.
Initial reports indicated that dozens were killed and at least 400 injured in protests in Cairo, Alexandria, and the Sinai Peninsula yesterday.
The Egyptian generals are coordinating their crackdown closely with Washington. The chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, spoke with Egyptian chief of staff, Lieutenant General Sedki Sobhi, Thursday, also contacting Israeli army officials. These ties show that, while the initial target of repression is the MB, the ultimate target of the military regime is working class opposition to the free-market and pro-imperialist policies that Washington demands...'
'The coup is proceeding with Washington’s full support. The Obama administration has even cynically sought to avoid admitting that what is taking place in Egypt is a coup, as this would legally bar Washington from paying its yearly $1.3 billion subsidy to the Egyptian army...'
'The Egyptian military junta that Washington is supporting is a deeply reactionary regime, dedicated above all to crushing opposition in the working class.
Perhaps the clearest indication of the reactionary policies US imperialism intends for the Egyptian army to carry out came in a column from the Wall Street Journal, calling for the new junta to model itself on Chilean dictator and mass murderer General Augusto Pinochet.
The Journal called for Washington to “help Egypt gain access to markets, international loans, and investment capital. The US now has a second chance to use its leverage to shape a better outcome. Egyptians would be lucky if their new ruling generals turn out to be in the mold of Chile’s Augusto Pinochet, who took power amid chaos but hired free-market reformers and midwifed a transition to democracy.”
Pinochet came to power in a US-backed coup on September 11, 1973 that overthrew the Popular Unity government of Salvador Allende. His regime murdered, tortured, or exiled hundreds of thousands of Chileans...'
'Cairo's Military Is The Best Friend The U.S. Has Got'
The Egyptian armed forces have been buttressed since 1979 by U.S. military aid, receiving about $1.3 billion annually since 1987. The money has gone to buy fighter jets, tanks, armored personnel carriers, helicopters and more. The aid, which will keep flowing as long as they maintain a peace treaty with Israel, has helped make the military a formidable force.
Egypt has the largest standing military in the Arab world, estimated at 450,000 troops. Most are conscripts and low-ranking officers who have little opportunity for advancement.
The armed forces stepped into the role of state rulers after they nudged Mubarak from power in 2011. They directly ruled over Egypt until Morsi was elected president, a period marked by authoritarianism and human rights abuses.
For six decades before the deposition of President Hosni Mubarak in 2011, military men ruled Egypt. For most of his nearly three decades in power, Mubarak, a former air force commander, largely let the military operate as it liked...'
'The power in Egypt remains in the hands of those who want society to be unequal and based on capitalism. The rank and file soldiers, to my knowledge, have not refused orders from the top military generals, but have in fact obeyed those orders. The top military generals are not only the commanders of the military but, somewhat unique to Egypt, are also among the nation's top capitalists, owning key industries not related to military matters, and exploiting the labor of rank and file soldiers among others...' (Like Indonesia, another US military 'puppet' regime!!) _________________ 'And he (the devil) said to him: To thee will I give all this power, and the glory of them; for to me they are delivered, and to whom I will, I give them'. Luke IV 5-7.
Kinda tells you whose pulling their strings! (US/Israel). _________________ 'And he (the devil) said to him: To thee will I give all this power, and the glory of them; for to me they are delivered, and to whom I will, I give them'. Luke IV 5-7.
'The West’s tolerance (or sponsorship) of the coup in Egypt is a symptom of deap-rooted Islamophobia. Imagine if the roles had been reversed, and the secularists had swept the parliamentary elections and won the presidential race, only to be overthrown in a military coup designed to hand power to the Muslim Brotherhood. If that had happened, every hypocritical islamophobe in the West (meaning virtually the entire Western population) would be screaming bloody murder and howling about the destruction of democracy in Egypt...' _________________ 'And he (the devil) said to him: To thee will I give all this power, and the glory of them; for to me they are delivered, and to whom I will, I give them'. Luke IV 5-7.
Nationalist backlash movement thoroughly infiltrated.
Just as Mossad, MI6 & CIA wanted.
The Egyptian version of Turkey's Ergenekon plot appears to be going to plan. _________________ --
'Suppression of truth, human spirit and the holy chord of justice never works long-term. Something the suppressors never get.' David Southwell
Martin Van Creveld: Let me quote General Moshe Dayan: "Israel must be like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother."
Martin Van Creveld: I'll quote Henry Kissinger: "In campaigns like this the antiterror forces lose, because they don't win, and the rebels win by not losing."
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