Bradley Manning Newslinks for 10 February, 2011

10 February, 2011 —

Complaints rise over ‘inhuman’ treatment of soldier suspected of aiding WikiLeaks
Globe and Mail
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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The Egyptian Working Class Enters the Arena with Full Force By Hossam el-Hamalawy

9 February, 2011 — MRZine

My sources have just confirmed this now.  The Cairo Public Transportation workers, who started a strike today in six garages — Nasr Station, Fateh Station, Ter’a Station, Amiriya Station, Mezzalat Station, Sawwah Station — have issued a statement with a list of demands, calling for overthrowing Mubarak.  No public buses will roam Cairo tomorrow, except those buses that will bring the drivers to the central station in Nasr City’s el-Gabal el-Ahmar, where the strikers have announced they will declare an independent union.

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US-Egypt: Cookie-cutter cuisine By Eric Walberg

10 February, 2011 — Eric Walberg

The US has baked itself into a corner. It should learn to enjoy the fruits of its labour, says Eric Walberg

Quiet tourist backwater Tunisia under its only rulers since independence — Habib Bourghiba (1956-1987) and then Zein Al-Abidine bin Ali (1987-2011) — was a much appreciated ally of the United States. However, as bin Ali fled to Saudi Arabia last month, US leaders suddenly were hailing those who defied his US-trained police with their US-made tear gas and guns, including the 100 they killed.

Two weeks later, after almost identical developments in Egypt, the US found itself poised to repeat itself, praising the now millions of protesters, including at least 300 who so far have died, though stopping short of pushing Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak (1981-2011) to follow his colleague’s steps into exile, fearing the collapse of its Middle East order.

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