Arab Women of the Revolution By VJ Um Amel

10 February, 2011 — MRZine

Inspired by the actions of young Egyptian women whose voices are weapons!

Inspired by the actions of young Egyptian women whose voices are weapons! Laila Shereen Sakr is a media artist known as VJ Um Amel. Her work critically examines cyber ecologies in a post-9/11 world.

Laila Shereen Sakr is a media artist known as VJ Um Amel. Her work critically examines cyber ecologies in a post-9/11 world.

The New York Times backs the Egyptian army By William Bowles

10 February, 2011

Update: 21:05

So he’s NOT going, instead, he’s handing over power to Sulieman. Rubbing salt in the wound, he talked about Egyptians as his “children” and completely absolved himself of the thirty years of crimes committed on his watch! Going even further, he talked about prosecuting all those who had committed crimes! The crowd in Tahrir went absolutely apeshit when it sank in, waving their shoes in the air.

Behind the scenes, I surmise that there’s been a ‘silent’ military coup.

“The command of Egypt’s military stepped forward Thursday in an attempt to stop a three-week-old uprising, declaring on state television it would take measures “to maintain the homeland and the achievements and the aspirations of the great people of Egypt” and meet the demands of the protesters. The development appeared to herald the end of President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule.” — The New York Times, 10 February, 2011

So states the opening para of the ‘paper of record’s’ take. Titled appropriately ‘Egypt’s Army Signals Transfer of Power’ after a lot of waffle about ‘confusion’ and competing claims about who, or what will be the successor to Mubarak’s three decades of rule, the NYT gets down to the nitty gritty:

“So far, the military has stayed largely on the sidelines, but Thursday’s statement suggested it worried that the country was sliding into chaos. The military called the communiqué “the first statement of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces,” strongly suggestive that it had arranged to take power in Egypt. (my emph.WB)


“A senior official in Mr. Mubarak’s embattled government was quoted as saying the army would “intervene to control the country” if it continued to devolve into chaos.” (ibid)

And it’s the labour movement’s entry into the affray that has sparked the urgency, this is what the NYT means by “devolv[ing] into chaos” for once the organized working class get involved everything is possible!

“The apparently hardening official line — and the stubborn resistance of the protesters — coincided with a surge of strikes and worker protests affecting post offices, textile factories and even Al Ahram, the government’s flagship newspaper.” (ibid)

The strikes are spreading as is public opposition. New cities are being occupied. The resistance is reinvigorated. No wonder the leading mouthpieces of the Empire are pumping the ‘rumour’ that Mubarak will announce his resignation on television tonight. The ‘wait and see’ policy has obviously not paid off. If anything it has been counter-productive for not only has it revealed the master-servant relationship that exists between the US and its Egyptian stand-ins, it has given much needed time for the insurrection to gain traction and get properly organized.

Given the demographics of Egyptian society with over 50% under the age of twenty-five, organized youth are central to the struggle for control of the state (see also April 6 Youth Movement) but there are no indications that US has any idea what this means. It’s 40 million people, that’s what is is!

And the Egyptian military is caught between a rock and hard place. If it assumes power under the newly constituted Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, it will have to tread extremely carefully (under US tutelage). Any attempt to clear the public occupations or force workers back to work will be resisted, and it will be done in the full view of thousands of mobile phones.

The key issues are: the abolition of the Emergency Laws; the dissolution of the government; the creation of an ‘caretaker’ government; alterations to the Constitution followed by elections. Judging by the US and Egyptian governments responses to these demands, there is an enormous gulf between them and the Egyptian people. It’s obvious that these are the absolutely minimum demands.

Do the US policy-makers have any inkling of the depth of feeling that exists amongst the vast majority of Egyptian people? It seems not and why should it? It’s had a de facto military dictatorship sitting on the people for thirty years (though the US intelligence agencies are well aware that all was not well in the Land of the Pharos).

Clearly, the decades-long collaboration between the Egyptian armed forces and the USG is central to any understanding of the role the Egyptian army could play in any post-Mubarak situation. Foremost will be keeping Egypt on its side especially Egypt’s traitorous role in supporting Israel.

But any new government if it is to reflect the will of the Egyptian people will demand that this relationship is terminated and this scares the living daylights out of the Empire. Unlike the 1967 War that took place in the context of the Cold War and a Soviet-backed Egypt, there will be no Israeli invasion of Egypt, after all they’ll be killing each other with US-supplied weapons. And in any case, what kind of pretext could the Zionists dream up that would justify an invasion?

In other words liberating Egypt from imperial control would create an entirely new ballgame in the Middle East. Aside from South Africa (at the other other end of the continent), Egypt is the most developed of all the African states with a modern army and a relatively well-developed infrastructure and strategically situated on the gateway between Europe and Asia. Indeed, it owns it!

The US, unable to openly enforce its will on the Egyptian people is in a real bind. On the one hand it’s been going off at the mouth for decades about ‘spreading democracy’ but when faced with putting its money where its mouth is, it has baulked (old habits die hard), hence all the calls for an ‘orderly, ‘measured’ and ‘sensible’ transition to what they hope will be democracy US-style.

But all bets are off. If the masses can hold the centre as well as producing a programme that satisfies the majority, then short of an army coup d’etat (not impossible but an extremely dangerous move that would, in my opinion, spell disaster for the US), things could turn out well.

Egyptian Youth Activist Speaks with Democracy Now's Sharif Abdel Kouddous

10 February, 2011 — Democracy Now!

Democracy Now! senior producer Sharif Abdel Kouddous speaks with Alaa Abd El Fattah, an Egyptian activist and blogger, about youth organizing efforts as they stand on the 15th day of the uprising.

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Election 2011 By Dan Hind

10 February, 2011 — The Return of the Public


Ceci, ce n'est pas un 'mandate'

In May of this year the Coalition will hold a referendum to decide on a new voting system. The British have never been much concerned about voting reform, for good and bad reasons. There are good reasons not to care much about what is currently on offer. The alternative vote has already been dismissed by the current Deputy Prime Minister as ‘a miserable little compromise‘. But the turnout in May is likely to be even lower than normal because most people have other things on their mind. They are more concerned about the Coalition government’s plans for the National Health Service, and about the effort to ‘rebalance’ the economy to the satisfaction of bondholders and private investors. The government’s policies, hastily improvised though they are, have highly significant constitutional implications. Yet Cameron and Clegg have no kind of mandate for them.

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Egypt Newslinks 9-10 February, 2011

10 February, 2011: 16:02:38 —

A selection of news, analysis and opinion on Egypt from the independent media.

10 February, 2011

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Egypt Newslinks 9-10 February, 2011

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A selection of news, analysis and opinion on Egypt from the independent media.

10 February, 2011

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Who Leads Egyptian Opposition?

10 February, 2011 — The Real News Network

Gilbert Achcar: Youth organizations emerging as new leadership in Egyptian democratic movement

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Gilbert Achcar is a professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. His many books include The Clash of the Barbarisms: The Making of the New World Disorder, The 33-Day War: Israel’s War in Hezbollah in Lebanon and Its Aftermath, (with Michael Warschawski) and Perilous Power: The Middle East and US Foreign Policy, co-authored with Noam Chomsky.


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Obama Launches Total Takeover of Media System By Kurt Nimmo

8 February, 2011 — Global

Even the Washington Post describes it like something out of Orwell’s 1984. The FCC has approved a presidential alert system. Obama may soon appear on your television or call your cell phone to warn you about the next specious al-Qaeda underwear bombing event.

Commissioners voted last week to require television and radio stations, cable systems and satellite TV providers to participate in a test that would have them receive and transmit a live code that includes an alert message issued by the president. No date has been set for the test, according to the Post.

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The Failure of Academia: British University endorses the “War on Terrorism” by Ramzy Baroud

14 January, 2011 — Global Research

Deepak Tripathi’s most recent book, Breeding Ground: Afghanistan and the Origins of Islamist Terrorism (Potomac Books) raises several issues, both within and outside of its content. It is based on research for his doctoral dissertation, the qualification for which he never received.

Tripathi, a former BBC producer, is immensely proud of his latest volume, even while it is associated with a tumultuous experience at the University of Sussex, a renowned British university.

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Britain’s Prime Minister Whips Up Anti-Muslim Sentiment By Julie Hyland

9 February, 2011 — Global ResearchWorld Socialist Web Site

cameron.jpgBritish Prime Minister David Cameron used his speech to last weekend’s Munich Security Conference in Germany to proclaim a ‘sea-change’ in the fight against ‘home-grown’ terrorism in Britain.

The Tory leader’s remarks were profoundly anti-democratic. They gave notice that he intends to march in lockstep with the right-wing, anti-Muslim campaign being led by governments across Europe, as they seek to divide the working class in the face of social devastation and imperialist war.

Britain’s experiences, Cameron told the conference, proved that ‘Europe needs to wake up to what is happening in our own countries’—in particular, that the ‘biggest threat’ was ‘terrorist attacks, some of which are, sadly, carried out by our own citizens.’ Cameron said that the threat came ‘overwhelmingly from young men who follow a completely perverse, warped interpretation of Islam’.

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Omar Suleiman—Longtime Collaborator With Israel and US By Patrick Martin

9 February, 2011 — Global ResearchWorld Socialist Web Site

sulieman-2.jpgEgyptian vice president Omar Suleiman, the former head of security services and chief torturer, was the official identified by Israel more than two years ago as its favored candidate to succeed President Hosni Mubarak, according to cables released by WikiLeaks this week.

The Israeli backing for Suleiman was made public by the Daily Telegraph, a right-wing British newspaper, which obtained US diplomatic cables that were later posted on the web site of the Internet whistleblower organization.

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VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 9 February, 2011: Fundamentalist Settler Rabbi Says Killing “Non-Jews” Is Justifiable

9 February, 2011 — VTJP


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Amnesty Lobbies for Justice for Gazans
IMEMC – Wednesday February 09, 2011 – 17:07, Amnesty International has announced that it will lobby the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) regarding justice for the victims of Operation Cast Lead, according to reports from the Alternative Information Centre.

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Bradley Manning Newslinks for 10 February, 2011

10 February, 2011 —

Complaints rise over ‘inhuman’ treatment of soldier suspected of aiding WikiLeaks
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Private Bradley Manning, the young US soldier suspected – but not charged – with passing a trove of embarrassing and classifieds documents to WikiLeaks, …

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Tunisia: Interview with Fahem Boukadous, member of the Workers Communist Party of Tunisia

7 February, 2011 — Links International Journal of Socialist RenewalTlaxcala


Fahem Boukadous, member of the Workers Communist Party of Tunisia, interviewed by Alma Allende, translated from the original Spanish by John Catalinotto

February 7, 2011 — Tlaxcala — Fahem Boukadous is a journalist who was in prison when the people of Tunisia forced the dictator Ben Ali to flee the country. A member of the Workers Communist Party of Tunisia (PCOT), he does all he can every day so that the great opportunity opened by the revolution will not be lost.

Because of that, Fahem Boukadous is content. He is a happy man. Released on January 19, five days after the flight of the dictator, he hit the streets in a Tunisia turned upside down by the revolution. He was in prison for six months, and it was not the first time he suffered the rigors of the dictatorship. In 1999, after going through the torture chambers of the ministry of interior, was sentenced to three years in prison, of which he served 19 months before receiving a presidential pardon.

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The Egyptian revolt is coming home By John Pilger

9 February, 2011 — John Pilger

The uprising in Egypt is our theatre of the possible. It is what people across the world have struggled for and their thought controllers have feared. Western commentators invariably misuse the words ‘we’ and ‘us’ to speak on behalf of those with power who see the rest of humanity as useful or expendable. The ‘we’ and ‘us’ are universal now. Tunisia came first, but the spectacle always promised to be Egyptian.

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