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Commentary: "High Level Contacts Between State Department and Muslim Brotherhood" [01/14/12] "Deputy Secretary of State William Burns has met with Mohammed Morsi, head of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said on Wednesday. Nuland characterized the meeting as a chance to reinforce U.S. expectations that Egypt’s parties will support human rights, women’s rights and religious tolerance, according to the Associated Press. Burns visited Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood ahead of an IMF delegation that will discuss a $3 billion loan. He encouraged the north African country to cooperate with the IMF. The Muslim Brotherhood is a documented intelligence asset. [...]" Note: Of course, Tarpley was right about this.
MSM: "US Deploys Troops In Israel For Iran War" [01/05/12] "The US military is preparing a massive military campaign against Iran, sending thousands of American troops, warships and weaponry to Israel. Commander of the US Third Air Force based in Germany Lt.-Gen Frank Gorenc said it is not just an "exercise," but a "deployment," The Jerusalem Post said. Washington and Tel Aviv have planned to hold what they call the largest-ever joint military exercise this spring. The US commander visited Israel two weeks ago to confirm details for “the deployment of several thousand American soldiers to Israel.” The US General also visited one of Israel's three Iron Dome anti-missile outposts. The Israeli Air Force has announced plans to deploy a fourth Iron Dome system in coming months. While US troops will be stationed in Israel for an unspecified amount of time, Israeli military personnel will be added to United States European Command (EUCOM) in Germany. This is while the US is reportedly bringing its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) and ship-based Aegis ballistic missile systems to Israel. The White House has resumed its anti-Iran war rhetoric after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) released a report in November, in which Tehran was accused of conducting activities related to developing nuclear weapons. Iran strongly dismissed the allegations. [...] " Related: "U.S.-Iran Tensions: Mideast Showdown Builds As United States Tightens Military Ties To Israel" "Storm clouds darkening over the Middle East suggest a growing peril for the United States and the possibility of a new war that could embroil the U.S., Israel, Iran and others in a bloody, costly fight. Behind this week's exchange of threats between Iran and the United States over access to the Persian Gulf, seasoned analysts see a perfect storm of factors that could trigger armed conflict. Iran's work on nuclear weapons is fast approaching a "red line," the crossing of which both the United States and Israel say is unacceptable and may have to be halted by force. Washington and European capitals are preparing new sanctions that would sever Iran from the international banking system, a move that would cripple its economy and that Tehran has said it would consider a provocation to war. Growing violence in Syria threatens to spill over its borders with Israel, Lebanon and Turkey, a NATO ally. Amid the saber-rattling rhetoric from Washington and Tehran, and Arab world upheaval from Egypt to Iraq to Yemen, the United States is planning an unprecedented escalation of military cooperation with Israel, including massive joint exercises this spring to practice joint command and maneuver of ground forces in combat. [...]" | "Obama Seeks to Distance U.S. from Israeli Attack" "Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are engaged in intense maneuvering over Netanyahu’s aim of entangling the United States in an Israeli war against Iran. [...]"
MSM: "China Opposes 'Unilateral' US Sanctions On Iran" [01/05/12] "China said Wednesday it opposed "unilateral" sanctions against Iran, after US President Barack Obama signed into law new measures targeting the Islamic republic's central bank. Washington's move came after the United States, Britain and Canada said in November they were slapping additional sanctions on Iran, citing evidence that Tehran is pursuing nuclear weapons. Tehran denies the allegations, saying its nuclear programme is exclusively for medical and power generation purposes, and China has repeatedly said sanctions will not resolve the issue. "China opposes placing one's domestic law above international law and imposing unilateral sanctions against other countries," said foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei in response to a question about US sanctions on Iran. [...]" | "U.S. Defense Strategy Plan Focuses on Thwarting China, Iran" "The U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines must combine resources to thwart any efforts by countries such as China and Iran to block America’s access to the South China Sea, the Persian Gulf and other strategic regions, according to a draft of a Pentagon review. [...]" Note: Interesting that this exists at the same time: "Sinopec, Total Pour $4.5 Billion Into U.S. Shale" "China's Sinopec (600028.SS) and France's Total SA (TOTF.PA) made major purchases into the U.S. energy sector on Tuesday, pouring $4.5 billion into deals to buy into booming production from shale rock formations. The ventures showed that the global appetite for U.S. energy assets remained strong, with foreign oil and gas producers eager to invest in several of the mostly undeveloped fields that are believed to hold billions of cubic feet of natural gas and liquids. Sinopec's Sinopec International Petroleum Exploration & Production Corp made its first foray into U.S. shale with a $2.2 billion investment to create a joint venture with Devon Energy Corp (DVN.N). [...]"
Security Theatre: "Egypt’s Secret Police Renames Itself "Homeland Security" [11/22/11] "Notorious human rights abusers draw inspiration from US authorities. Egypt's infamous state security apparatus, notorious for spying on political activists and torturing dissidents, has renamed itself "homeland security," presumably in homage to its American namesake, which has also been used as a tool of political repression. As part of the re-branding of dictatorship in Egypt, the same security force implicated in the imprisonment and torture of anti-Mubarak activists is busy reorganizing itself while maintaining intimidation and spying campaigns targeted against parliamentary candidates by bugging phone calls and harassing prominent critics of the ruling military regime's bloody crackdown on protesters. "After some initial moves to purge the security forces, attempts at systemic reform were halted, say analysts and political observers. Under the auspices of the Ministry of Interior, the 100,000-strong state security service has been renamed homeland security and personnel moved around," the Financial Times reports today. Like the Egyptian secret police, the Department of Homeland Security has reinvented its role to serve as a tool of political repression in recent years. Under the Federal Protective Service (FPS), the DHS tracks the political activities of peaceful advocacy groups. The FPS was seen arresting photographers in Portland last week during an OWS rally. In 2004, the FPS arrested a veteran for the crime of complaining to his local VA office in Des Moines. [...]" Related: "Egypt’s Brutal Military Junta is Supported by the Obama Administration" "Fresh off the back of bombing Libya under the guise of “humanitarian intervention” while calling on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down over mistreatment of protesters, the Obama administration has taken a noticeably different approach to Egypt’s brutal military junta that is now busy torturing and killing demonstrators on the streets of Cairo. [...]"
MSM: "Egypt Elections: Protesters In Cairo's Tahrir Square Clash With Security Forces " [11/20/11] "Security officers from the Egyptian Interior Ministry attempted to clear a few remaining protesters from Tahrir Square on Saturday morning, setting off a cavalcade of clashes that have left several people badly wounded and strike a deeply unsettling note for the country's first democratic elections, just nine days away. The police officers, dressed in black and bearing shields and riot gear, moved in on a small encampment of protesters left over from a massive demonstration on Friday, which had brought liberal revolutionaries together with Salafist Muslims to object to continuing repression by the temporary military council now ruling this country. [...]"
MSM: "Arab League Suspension Of Syria Brings Military Intervention Closer" [11/16/11] "The vote by the Arab League to suspend Syria brings a step closer the possibility of external military intervention into what is already a de facto civil war. A meeting in Cairo Saturday told Syria it will be suspended from the Arab League and face sanctions if it does not end its crackdown on anti-government protesters. A total of 18 countries agreed to the suspension, beginning Wednesday. Only Syria, Lebanon and Yemen voted against, with Iraq abstaining. Tens of thousands protested the decision in Syria in the squares of Damascus, Aleppo, Raqqa, Lattakia, Tartous, Hasaka and Sweida, and there were attacks made on the Saudi Arabian, Qatari and Turkish consular facilities. For the most part, popular support for the Ba’athist regime of Bashir Assad in Damascus and other cities, despite its repressive character, is animated by fear of the alternative—the installation of a sectarian Sunni Islamist regime that will persecute Alawites, Christians and other minorities, and the growing danger of foreign military intervention. The headline justification for the suspension of Syria from the Arab League—a death toll in the conflict rising above 3,500—has no credibility. Not only are many of the despotic regimes that signed on to the resolution currently carrying out the brutal suppression of their own people, including host Egypt, but they are also directly involved in arming and organising the opposition movement. [...]"
Commentary: "The Dönmeh: The Middle East’s Most Whispered Secret" Wayne Madsen [11/11/11] Part 2 "There is a historical “eight hundred pound gorilla” lurking in the background of almost every serious military and diplomatic incident involving Israel, Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Greece, Armenia, the Kurds, the Assyrians, and some other players in the Middle East and southeastern Europe...And it is the secretiveness attached to the subject that has been the reason for so much misunderstanding about the current breakdown in relations between Israel and Turkey, a growing warming of relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia, and increasing enmity between Saudi Arabia and Iran [...] Although known to historians and religious experts, the centuries-old political and economic influence of a group known in Turkish as the “Dönmeh” is only beginning to cross the lips of Turks, Arabs, and Israelis who have been reluctant to discuss the presence in Turkey and elsewhere of a sect of Turks descended from a group of Sephardic Jews who were expelled from Spain during the Spanish Inquisition in the 16th and 17th centuries. These Jewish refugees from Spain were welcomed to settle in the Ottoman Empire and over the years they converted to a mystical sect of Islam that eventually mixed Jewish Kabbala and Islamic Sufi semi-mystical beliefs into a sect that eventually championed secularism in post-Ottoman Turkey. It is interesting that “Dönmeh” not only refers to the Jewish “untrustworthy converts” to Islam in Turkey but it is also a derogatory Turkish word for a transvestite, or someone who is claiming to be someone they are not. The Donmeh sect of Judaism was founded in the 17th century by Rabbi Sabbatai Zevi, a Kabbalist who believed he was the 'Messiah' but was forced to convert to Islam by Sultan Mehmet IV, the Ottoman ruler. Many of the rabbi’s followers, known as Sabbateans, but also “crypto-Jews,” publicly proclaimed their Islamic faith but secretly practiced their hybrid form of Judaism, which was unrecognized by mainstream Jewish rabbinical authorities. Because it was against their beliefs to marry outside their sect, the Dönmeh created a rather secretive sub-societal clan." [...]"
Commentary: "Iraq Rejected U.S. Demands For Troop Immunity, Sinking Deal, Says PM" [10/23/11] " For the first time in decades, Iraqis face a future on their own, with neither Saddam Hussein's iron fist nor the United States' military might to hold them together. This has been both their dream and nightmare: They wanted American troops (the occupiers) to go, but they wanted American troops (the protectors) to stay. Now many fear an increase in violence, growing Iranian influence and political turmoil after President Barack Obama's definitive announcement that all U.S. forces will leave by the end of the year. In conversations with The Associated Press, Iraqis across the political, religious and geographic spectrum on Saturday questioned what more than eight years of war and tens of thousands of Iraqi and U.S. lives lost had wrought on their country. They wondered how their still struggling democracy could face the challenges ahead. "Neither the Iraqis nor the Americans have won here," said Adnan Omar, a Sunni from the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk. [...]" Related: "Soldiers May Be Leaving Iraq, But Contractors Will Remain" [10/22/11] "American troops may be leaving Iraq before the end of the year, but U.S. contractors aren’t going anywhere soon. ABC News reports that the State Department “is expected to have about 5,000 security contractors in Iraq as of January 2012 (they already have about 3,000 in country).” There will also be 4,500 “general life support” contractors to provide food and medical services. [...]" | "No Immunity For Troops, Iraq Tells US" [10/18/11] "Iraq's refusal to grant immunity to US troops remaining in the country beyond a yearend deadline has stalemated talks between the two sides over the extension of US forces' presence in the country. There are currently about 43,500 US soldiers deployed in Iraq. According to a 2008 bilateral security accord, known as the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), all the US troops are required to leave the country by the end of this year. Under pressure from Washington, Iraqi political leaders recently agreed to allow some of the US forces to stay longer for 'training' purposes, but refused to shield them from prosecution. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has also rejected the US proposal that 3,400 of the troops remain in the country, saying “we do not need such a large number.” Over one million Iraqis have been killed in the US-led invasion and occupation of the country since 2003, according to the California-based investigative organization Project Censored. [...]"
Turkey: "Interview with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan" CNN [10/19/11] [11:11] A very important interview with a major player in the Middle East. Related: "Charlie Rose interviews Turkish PM Erdogan" [10:56] Part 2 [10:56]| Part 3 [10:56]| Part 4 [10:56]| Part 5 [10:55] " [...]" Note: One cannot understand the dimensions of what is happening in the Middle East right now, and in the near future without understanding this ... where Turkey is coming from and what their perspective is. It will help you evaluate events and dynamics as they unfold on this level.
MSM: "Israeli Warplanes Blast Central Gaza" [10/02/11] "Israeli army tanks and huge bulldozers had infiltrated 300 meters into central Gaza and bulldozed cultivated land east of Deir Al-Balah amidst random firing at a late hour on Wednesday night, local sources told the PIC reporter. [...]" Related: "Palestinian Information Center (UK)"
MSM: "Israeli Parliament Approves Plans To Transfer 30,000 Palestinian Bedouin" [10/02/11] "While attention is focused on the Palestinian Authority’s UN recognition initiative, Israel is quietly taking hugely significant steps to transfer 30,000 Palestinian Bedouin in the Naqab (Negev) desert from their ancestral lands. [...]" Note: Business as usual.
MSM: "US Blocks $200 Million In Aid To Palestinian Authority" [10/02/11] "The United States Congress has blocked nearly $200 million in aid for the Palestinians in response to President Mahmoud Abbas' request to join the UN, a British newspaper report said Saturday. The Independent called the move the most tangible sign yet of the seriousness of US threats to halt funding in the coming year if Abbas continues with his actions at the UN. The unpublicized block has been in force since August and was imposed in response to the then-planned UN recognition bid and to earlier reconciliation efforts between Fatah and Hamas, the newspaper said. The decision was strongly condemned by the Palestinian Authority, the daily reported. The cutoff threatens projects such as food aid, health care, and support for efforts to build a functioning state, it said. "This is not constructive at all. Such moves are unjustified," said PA spokesman Ghassan Khatib. "These are mainly humanitarian and development projects -- it is another kind of collective punishment which is going to harm the needs of the public without making any positive contribution." Khatib added that the Palestinian Authority had not done anything wrong or illegal and that, "it is ironic to be punished for going to the United Nations," the newspaper reported. [...]" Related: "Saudi Arabia Donates $200 Million To The PA" Saudi Arabia will pay $200 million to the Palestinian Authority, the official Palestinian news agency said on Monday, funds that will ease a financial crisis faced by the authority as it prepares to apply for full UN membership this week.
"Palestinian UN Membership Roulette" [10/02/11] "As Palestinian legal advisor in 1987, Law Professor Francis Boyle drafted its Declaration of Independence, creating a Palestinian state. Palestinians now want and deserve official recognition and full de jure UN membership. Washington and Israel remain obstructionist. Doing so further isolates both countries. Globally, Obama and Netanyahu are laughing stocks, more caricatures than leaders. [...]" Note: Related: "Palestine is Already Legally a Sovereign State & is Seeking Membership of the UN, Not Statehood" [09/29/11] "A combination of mistakes—whether through ignorance or design—and significant omissions of fact have left the American public misinformed about why the Palestinians went to the United Nations last week and what they are trying to achieve. The biggest error repeated across the media in hundreds of headlines and stories is that the Palestinians are seeking statehood at the U.N. In fact, Palestine is already legally a sovereign state and is seeking membership of the United Nations, not statehood. The United Nations does not grant or recognize statehood. Only states can recognize other states bilaterally. The U.N. can only confer membership or non-member, observer state status to already existing states. The U.N. Charter is clear. Article 4 says that only existing states may apply for U.N. membership. [...]"
MSM: "Yemen Descends Into Chaos As Government Opens Fire On Protesters" [09/19/11] "Yemeni government forces opened fire with anti-aircraft guns and automatic weapons on tens of thousands of anti-government protesters in the capital demanding ouster of their longtime ruler, killing at least 26 and wounding dozens, medical officials and witnesses said. After nightfall, Sanaa sank into complete darkness after a sudden power outage, as protesters took control of a vital bridge, halting traffic and setting up tents. Thousands of other protesters attacked government buildings and set fires to buildings they said were used by snipers and pro-government thugs. The attack was the deadliest in months against protesters and comes as tensions have been escalating in the long, drawn-out stalemate between the regime and the opposition. The president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, left for Saudi Arabia for treatment after being severely wounded in a June 3 attack on his palace, raising hopes for his swift removal – but instead, he has dug in, refusing to step down. The protest movement has stepped up demonstrations the past week, angered after Saleh deputized Vice President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi to negotiate a power-transfer deal. Many believe the move is just the latest of many delaying tactics. [...]"
Commentary: "Libya War Is CIA Op 30 Years In The Making" [09/18/11] "Alternative media activist David Icke, who has been warning about the false nature of the "Arab Spring" since it began over six months ago, has pointed out an astounding "flashback" regarding an August 3, 1981 Newsweek article titled, "A Plan to Overthrow Kaddafi." ‘The details of the plan were sketchy, but it seemed to be a classic CIA destabilization campaign. One element was a “disinformation” program designed to embarrass Kaddafi and his government. Another was the creation of a “counter government” to challenge his claim to national leadership. A third — potentially the most risky — was an escalating paramilitary campaign, probably by disaffected Libyan nationals, to blow up bridges, conduct small-scale guerrilla operations and demonstrate that Kaddafi was opposed by an indigenous political force." Quite obviously this plan has been executed verbatim with the necessary addition of a NATO intervention to rescue the above stated "paramilitary" campaign from Libyan security forces - a contigency plan explicitly spelled out in another Wall Street-London subsidized, signed confession, Brookings Institution's "Which Path to Persia?" [...]"
Commentary: "Turkey Declares Rules Of Engagement With Israel: Warships 12 Miles Outside Israeli Territorial Waters Are To Be Engaged" [09/18/11] "In the ongoing dispute between Turkey which is a NATO country and Israel today, Turkey has declared it's official rules of engagement against Israel. According to this report from DebkaFile (Mossad): "As Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan was set to start a visit to Egypt, Turkish naval sources reported: “If Turkish warships encounter an Israeli military ship outside Israel’s 12-mile territorial waters, they will advance up to 100 meters from the ship and disable its weapon system.”The threat bluntly applied to Israel’s naval enforcement of its UN-approved blockade of the Gaza Strip." This is clearly a direct challenge by Turkey to Israel over it's ongoing blockade of Gaza and according to earlier statements by Turkey in direct relation to the attack on the Gaza bound aid ship earlier this year. As Egypt and Israel have attempted to cool the crisis in relations sparked by last Friday's mob attack on the Israeli embassy, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan threatened Israel during his speech during his Monday visit, Sept. 12 - to Tahrir Square in an attempt to gain the popularity of the Arab street. Jerusalem and Washington are concerned that it will have the effect of stirring up anti-Israel riots in Egypt and Jordan, as well as encouraging the Palestinian organization Jihad Islami in Sinai to proceed with its threatened cross-border attack. On Sunday, Sept. 11, the military rulers of Egypt instructed the local media to tone down their coverage of the attack on the Israeli embassy Friday night. They announced that 130 rioters would be put on trial. Israel also made every effort to play the episode down by focusing attention on the "courageous stand" taken by the six security guards "only a door away from death" in order to distract attention from the absence of an Israeli ambassador in Cairo after thirty years of normal relations. According to the AP, Erdogan said Israel's raid on a Turkish flotilla last year was "cause for war," yet Turkey showed "patience" and did not take further action. The issue of the flotilla resurfaced after the United Nations issued a report that ruled the raid was legal, but that Israel used "excessive" force and so they should apologize. Israel has refused to apologize and Turkey still maintains the raid in international waters was illegal. NPR's Michele Kelemen explained the strained relations in a piece earlier this month. [...]"
Interview: "A Comprehensive Interview With Recep Tayyip Erdogan: "Turkey Will Face Up To Israeli Arrogance" [09/17/11] "When Recep Tayyip Erdogan talks everyone listens carefully, especially now that Turkey's Prime Minister has become the most outspoken, most credible and most respected amongst leaders in the Middle East and his government is a key regional player. He has a say in all important political issues to the extent that some Israeli papers have described him as the Gamal Abdul- Nasser of today. In this interview conducted with Erdogan in Ankara before he left for a tour of Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, he talked about the issues and the changes in the Arab world. (1) On the day I arrived in Ankara, Israel's Maariv newspaper published an article headed "Age of weakness" by Nadav Eyal, in which he wrote about the "the political hurricane" facing the Zionist state. He said that the government in Ankara was challenging Israel, announcing to the world the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador and the downgrading of economic relations. Eyal said that Turkey is open about the possibility of a confrontation between the two countries over Israel's gas exploration in the Mediterranean, and does not hesitate to threaten Cyprus, a member of the European Union. When Israel is facing this sort of crisis in its relations with a senior member of NATO and a regional superpower, there have to be strategic changes highlighting Israeli weakness and erosion of status. [...]" Related: Commentary: "Turkey takes over the Arab Spring By Pepe Escobar" "With the whole Arab world glued to his every word, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan used his Arab Spring tour to articulate what the whole world, except Washington and Tel Aviv, knows in its collective heart over the recognition of a Palestinian state. Erdogan's tour is a realpolitik master class and leaves Israel up against a wall it hasn't faced since the 1978 Camp David accords." [...]"
Interview: "Webster Tarpey: 'Al-Qaeda', U.S. & NATO Forces Launch 'Operation Mermaid Dawn'" [08/24/11] [14:52] Part 2 [4:57] "On this Monday edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex welcomed author, historian and lecturer Webster Tarpley to discuss the latest situation in Libya as Al-Qaeda backed rebels, aided by a massive NATO bombardment, prepare to seize Tripoli and topple Gaddafi. [...]"
MSM: "US Threatens To Cut Egypt Aid Over Israel , Frantically Trying To Preserve Social Stability" [08/23/11] "US Congresswoman Kay Granger has threatened that if Egypt withdraws from its peace treaty with Israel, Washington would cut its USD 2-billion annual aid to Cairo. “The United States aid to Egypt is predicated on the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel, and so the relationship between Egypt and Israel is extremely important,” Granger said in an interview with Jerusalem Post on Monday. [...]" Note: For many governmental regimes, the illegal or unethical is a matter of course, and extortion is a matter of policy.
Commentary: "Hopes and Doubts in Washington: Waiting for the Endgame in Libya" [08/23/11] "Since this observer is not privy to any secrets around here and would not share them if he were, it’s fair enough to engage in frank discussions with former colleagues in Congress and new cyber acquaintances who work on the Hill. I got an ear full this week from sources familiar with John Kerry’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee activities about President Obama’s semi-private views on what is happening in Libya and the President's doubts about NATO’s role in bombing this unlucky country. [...]"
Commentary: "Egypt and Israel Reach a Breaking Point" [08/22/11] "Violence and tensions between Egypt and Israel have reached "the worst point since the Camp David peace accords three decades ago," according to the New York Times. On Saturday, Egypt announced it would pull its ambassador from Tel Aviv. In Cairo, thousands of protesters demonstrated -- for a second night -- outside the Israeli Embassy, demanding the expulsion of the ambassador. Over Twitter, reports were that one protester climbed the building and took down the Israeli flag, while the crowd cheered. The violence has been called "the deadliest since Israel went to war against Gaza militants 2 1/2 years ago " by the Associated Press. Casualties are mounting on both sides, and diplomats are scrambling to keep things from escalating further. According to Al-Jazeera: The Arab League called on the "international community to pressure the Israeli occupation authorities to put an immediate end to this assault" against Gaza, after holding emergency talks in Cairo, the Egyptian capital, on Sunday. "[The Arab League] calls on the [United Nations] Security Council to assume its responsibilities and take quick steps to halt this brutal assault," the League said in a statement. [...]"
Commentary: "Reuters And Jerusalem Post Pushing Lies To Justify Killing Of Palestinians" By Madison Ruppert [08/20/11] "In the past days, multiple news agencies have been deliberately pushing a false narrative in order to justify the most recent Israeli murder of Palestinians, including civilians and children. This deliberately falsified narrative surrounds a purported Hamas broadcast that declared an end to the ceasefire that was declared post-Cast Lead in 2009, the operation in which Israel systematically slaughtered Palestinian civilians. Amnesty International characterized Operation Cast Lead as “22 Days of Death and Destruction” and Hamas is more than aware of the fact that Israel would relish the ability to conduct another operation in the same vein. While Hamas militants have not taken responsibility for any of the rocket attacks and have, in fact, been arresting suspected militants, Reuters published that, “A Hamas radio station announced the group’s armed wing had decided 'there is no longer any truce with the enemy,' alluding to a 2009 deal that ended a three week Israeli offensive targeting militants firing rockets at the Jewish state.” When they acknowledge the fact that an official spokesperson for the Qassam brigades, the military arm of Hamas, completely denied Hamas support for this statement they spin it by characterizing the official statement as “an apparent attempt to ease tensions later”. Apparently a broadcast on a purported Hamas station is a completely reliable and authoritative source, even when it is directly contradicted by the official party leadership. This caliber of “journalism” from Reuters is appalling, especially given their status as a supposedly balanced news service. Not surprisingly, the Jerusalem Post didn’t even bother publishing all of the facts and instead opted for publishing only that which justifies their aggression. The Jerusalem Post reports, [...]" Related: "Dubious Evidence Israeli Bus Attackers Based in Gaza" "Following deadly terror attacks on Israel, Israeli Air Force kills 9 in Gaza despite lack of evidence connecting attackers to the Strip. [...]"
Commentary: "US Imposes News Blackout On Lawmakers' Junkets To Israel' " Press TV [08/20/11] "It's extraordinary right now; there is a situation in the United States in which 81 American Congressional representatives are going on trips to Israel being sponsored by an organization that is part of the Israel lobby. This is almost 20 percent of the American Congress going on trips that are meant specifically to influence their vote," Weir told Press TV's U.S. Desk on Wednesday. "It should be important news. All Americans should know about this and yet the mainstream media is not reporting it at all. The Associated Press which is the number one source of international news … chose not to report about it. The New York Times is not reporting on it. ABC, CBS, NBC, none of them has had any news broadcast," Weir added. "It's a very troubling situation because Americans need to know how their elected representatives are being influenced," Weir concluded. [...]"
MSM: "MENA: Israel Entered Egypt, Committed Violations" [08/20/11] "A monitoring force stationed in the Sinai in keeping with the 1979 peace treaty between Egypt and Israel said Israel violated it when its troops entered Egyptian territory and fired on security personnel, state news agency MENA reported on Saturday. "The [Multinational Force and Observer] recorded two violations committed by Israel," the agency said, citing an MFO report. "The international forces said in their report on the deaths of Egyptian security personnel that the violations were entering Egyptian territory and firing in the Egyptian side of the border," the agency reported. Eight Israelis were killed in separate attacks on Thursday near the border when gunmen opened fire on buses and cars. Egypt, which because the first Arab country to sign a peace deal with Israel in 1979, has summoned Israel's envoy and demanded an apology and an investigation. State television reported that Egypt would also recall its ambassador in Tel Aviv. [...]" Related: "Egyptian Ambassador To Remain In Tel Aviv – Foreign Ministry" "Egypt on Saturday said it would not recall its ambassador to Israel and would limit itself to inviting the Israeli ambassador to Egypt for consultations at the Foreign Ministry in Cairo. [...]"
Interview: "Unthinkable Times: Syrian Military Intervention on the Table " [08/20/11] [5:58] "Russia has refused to back the call made by the U.S. and the EU urging Syria's leader to step down. Moscow believes President Assad should be given time to implement promised reforms, and that the country should be left alone to sort out its political future. James Corbett joins RT to talk about possible military intervention. [...]" Related "Russia Is Still Selling Weapons To Syria" "Russia will continue to sell weapons to the Syrian government, Reuters reports, despite opposition from the United States. "There were deliveries of arms to Syria last year, and there will be deliveries this year. They will continue," Anatoly Isaykin, general director of Russia's top arms exporter Rosoboronexport, told a news conference at Russia's premiere airshow yesterday. It's unclear if Obama's announcement on Syria today will change Russia's position. Russia is the world's second largest arms exporters (after the United States) and Syria is one of the country's best clients. Last week Hillary Clinton urged Russian officials to halt deliveries, arguing that the weapons are being used by Bashar al-Assad to quell anti-government protests, reports AFP. The Kremlin says that sales to Syria are not in violation of international law and are not the cause of regional instability. Naturally, this is about numbers. For Russia, now is not the time to be cutting off arms clientele. When the United Nations placed an arms embargo on Libya, it lost a customer worth $4 billion. It has been trying to make up the loss by selling to South America, Southeast Asia and Africa -- most specifically, to countries that the United States can't or won't sell to. [...]"
US Politics: "Clinton To Assad: "Get Out Of The Way" [08/19/11] "As 'Senator' and now 'Secretary of State', 'Hillary Clinton' has represented monied interests fairly well. Already now in the spring/summer of 2011, Clinton has used her influence and powers of persuasion to get Washington involved in a new Middle East war in Libya and apparently is determined to "change" Syria now, too, with force if necessary. [...]" Note: Clinton is a reincarnated retread with a freakish astrological profile that would cow a dog, and despicable pre-dispositions. She exists in her own little 'movie' and, like the 'king who wore no clothes', she is oblivious to the childish buffoonery that covers her life like a pall as she, and everyone like her, is mocked worldwide on an ongoing basis by those with a modicum of critical thought. Her immaturity is stunning, but not unexpected.
MSM: "Canada Joins Israeli Call For Resignation Of Syrian Leader Assad" [08/18/11] "Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has joined other "world leaders" in calling on Syria’s president to resign amid a violent crackdown. The prime minister said in a statement Thursday that Bashar Assad’s campaign of terror against the Syrian people must stop and that he should step down immediately. Harper says the regime has lost all legitimacy and the Syrian people have the right to determine their own future. Thousands have been killed or detained over the last five months as Syrians protest against the government. U.S. President Barack Obama, as well as European leaders are also calling for Assad to quit. [...]" Related: "Hillary Clinton Calls On Countries To Boycott Syria" "US wants nations with close economic links to Bashar al-Assad's regime to follow it in sanctioning Syria's oil and gas industry. [...]" Note: Buffoon Hillary weighs in. No word about the fact the the US, UK, Australia, Israel and other countries are doing worse to their own people with their own REGIMES, which have lost all legitimacy and credibility, worldwide, on a continuing basis.
Commentary: "Ray McGovern: The Pentagon & Israel’s Islamic Terrorism Propaganda Game is Crumbling" [08/18/11] [15:28] "Alex Jones welcomes back to the show retired CIA officer turned political activist, Ray McGovern. Ray presented morning intelligence briefings at the White House during his 27 year career as an employee of the federal government. McGovern will talk about GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry’s demand that AG Holder and the Justice Department prosecute private citizens who are participating in the Gaza-bound aid flotilla. He will also talk about the helicopter crash in Afghanistan that claimed the lives of 30 American and 8 Afghan troops and also the manufactured crisis over the debt ceiling. [...]" Note: Gee, will they play the (bond together against external enemy) ET alien card? Simplistic fools.
MSM: "US, Egypt Cancel Military Exercise" [08/18/11] "The United States and Egypt have canceled a major military exercise this year to allow Egypt's generals to focus on governing the country, officials said Wednesday. The exercise, dubbed "Bright Star," normally takes place every two years but will not be held later this year as previously scheduled, according to two US defense officials, who spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity... [...]"
World Politics: "Zionist Lobby Paid Off U.S. Journalists To Sell Israeli Foreign Policy" [08/17/11] "Newly declassified documents highlighting how the Israeli lobby routinely paid off journalists in the U.S. corporate media to write pro-Zionist propaganda in support of Israeli aggression against Palestine and Iran during the 60?s have taken on new significance after the Atlantic Monthly, which is named in the documents as being complicit in the bribing scandal, recently published a cover story hyping the necessity and inevitability of an Israeli attack on Iran. “Declassified files from a Senate investigation into Israeli-funded covert public relations and lobbying activity in the United States were released by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) on July 23rd, 2010. The subpoenaed documents reveal Israel’s clandestine programs for “cultivation of editors,” the “stimulation and placement of suitable articles in the major consumer magazines” as well as U.S. reporting about sensitive subjects such as the Dimona nuclear weapons facility,” reports the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy. The documents make specific reference to The Atlantic Monthly publication, and how “arrangements” were made with The Atlantic to publish articles sympathetic to Israel and hostile to Palestine and Iran. [...]"
Commentary: "Heritage Foundation Calls For U.S. To Sell U.N. Votes In Move To Stop Palestinians From Obtaining Statehood" [08/16/11] "A recent think tank document suggests that the United States “sell” it’s foreign aid for secure votes in United Nations initiatives. At a time when the economy in the U.S. is teetering and both major political parties are pointing fingers, this very revealing study helps the average American understand where their tax dollars are really going and makes one stop to wonder why is foreign aid continuing in the first place when aid at home is so clearly needed. “Selling” foreign aid for UN votes is certainly not going to strengthen the economy nor will it win the US any favorable support from other UN Nations. The Heritage Foundation study found that since 2000, about 87 percent of recipients of U.S. development aid have voted against the U.S. most of the time on non- consensus votes in the General Assembly. That is a very high number of non American supporters receiving foreign aid from American’s. It doesn’t take an analyst to see that cutting foreign aid is imperative and would be most likely a favorable cut in the current deficit with the American tax payers and would preserve and help maintain policies that benefit those who live in America instead of furthering the development of other nations that are not supportive to American policies or initiatives. [...] If the countries that regularly vote against US interests want to receive foreign aid they are expected to vote no in the UN bid for Palestine to be recognized and admitted into the UN statehood. As verified in the following taken from page 3 of the document. [...] " Note: Despicable and immature.
MSM: "Pakistan Shuts US Out Of Drone Base" [08/15/11] "Pakistan has called a stop to US drone flights from a base that has launched strikes against Taliban and al-Qaeda militants on its border with Afghanistan. In the latest sign of US-Pakistan tensions, Chaudhary Ahmed Mukhtar, defence minister, said on Wednesday that Islamabad had ended US operations at the Shamsi airbase in Baluchistan. [...]"
MSM: "Israel Prepares For Clashes With Syria" [08/12/11] "Israeli military forces are getting ready for a possible military engagement with Syria if the UN votes for an independent Palestinian state in September, a report says. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) says such vote might lead to tensions with Syria, provoking the Palestinians living in Syria to storm into the occupied Golan Heights, Haaretz reported. It warned if the Syrian army supported such an attempt, Israel would take the necessary action which would lead to a military confrontation. Meanwhile, the Israeli military has started to train its officers to deal with expected mass civilian disturbances. Tel Aviv also plans to deploy senior officers, battalion and brigade commanders at possible confrontation zones in the West Bank, as well as along the Gaza, Syrian and Lebanese borders. Palestinians will attempt to obtain recognition of a sovereign state when the UN General Assembly meets in September. The United States and the Tel Aviv regime remain opposed to the move. Membership at the United Nations requires a recommendation from the UN Security Council and the approval of two-thirds of the General Assembly, equal to 128 countries. [...]"
MSM: "NATO Envoy: Military Planning Against Iran and Syria is Underway" [08/09/11] "The grand chessboard is in play. Last month we reported that the Pentagon has issued a warning order to ‘Prepare for War’. According to Dmitry Rogozin, Russia’s envoy to NATO, it’s not just Israel and the Pentagon that are getting ready to expand the middle east theater: Rogozin said in an interview with Russia’s Izvestia daily newspaper published on Friday that the NATO was pursuing a long-reaching goal of preparing an attack on Iran, adding that the alliance intends to change governments whose views do not coincide with those of the West. “The noose around Iran is tightening. Military planning against Iran is underway. And we are certainly concerned about an escalation of a large-scale war in this huge region,” Rogozin added. The Russian envoy further pointed out that Syria and later Yemen could be NATO’s last steps on the way to launch an attack on Iran. This comes as there are speculations that Israel is preparing for an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities to divert attention from Palestinian efforts to join the United Nations. Last month, former CIA agent Robert Baer said he is almost certain that such an attack has been scheduled for September ahead of a UN vote on recognizing a Palestinian state. [...]" What we may be witnessing now is the prelude to a third war that will encompass most of the world. If Iran is attacked it is difficult to predict how the Chinese and the Russians will respond, but considering their position on Libya, they won’t be happy about it. Couple that with trillions in their reserves that will be hyperinflated away and the battle for critical resources like oil, water and food, and we have a recipe for disaster.[...]"
MSM: "Mossad’s Murder Machine Kills Another Iranian Scientist" [08/07/11] "The two assassins arrived from nowhere as their victim was driving home with his wife. Trapped inside his car, he was hopelessly vulnerable as their motorcycles pulled alongside. He would just have had time to notice their blacked-out visors before they opened fire, emptying round after round into his chest. Nuclear scientist Darioush Rezaei died immediately. His wife was critically wounded and still in hospital days after the attack in north eastern Iran. The hitmen? They vanished into the traffic fumes of the night. Rezaei was assassinated because he was an expert on neutron transport, one of the key processes in making nuclear weapons. He joins a long list of Iranian nuclear scientists and engineers who are being systematically targeted by killers apparently dispatched by the Israeli intelligence agency. While it is unlikely Mossad would send its own assassins into such a high-risk environment, they will have recruited locals and given them intensive training. [...]"
MSM: "Israeli Officials Hint At Violent Response To Palestinian Statehood Demonstrations" [08/05/11] "The Palestinian Authority is planning peaceful mass demonstrations starting on the evening of September 20, which officials hope will be the day before the United Nations General Assembly votes on a resolution to accept Palestine as a member state. Recent non-violent protests such as the naqba, naksa, flytilla, and flotilla demonstrations have been met with Israeli military and police violence, in some cases lethal. [...]" Related: See Commentary: "Palestinian Bid For UN Statehood Recognition" [08/02/11] Below.
Commentary: "Fears Of War On Israel's Northern Border" [08/03/11] "Special Coordinator for Lebanon Michael Williams warned Tuesday that a war could erupt between Lebanon and Israel as a result of this week’s minor exchange of gunfire on the tense border. In the meantime, Prime Minister Najib Mikati said Lebanon was determined to defend its rights and protect its sovereignty by all legitimate means against Israeli threats. Despite the tension created by a brief exchange of gunfire between the Lebanese Army and Israeli soldiers who crossed the U.N.-drawn Blue Line into the Lebanese village of Wazzani, the situation was generally quiet in south Lebanon Tuesday, U.N. officials said. [...]"
Commentary: "Libyan Transitional Council Rebels in Total Disarray" [08/03/11] "... The Obeide tribe, which is the tribe of General Younes, has taken arms against the Transitional Council. Mustafa Abdel Jalil, the chairman of the Transitional Council, faced gunfire in his hotel where he held a press conference announcing the death of General Al-Younes. Jalil claimed that the body was lost and made many contradictory statements. He stated that Al-Younes had been arrested for questioning and then was attacked and shot. In reality he was murdered by Transitional Council members tied directly to Washington. His son Ashraf Al-Younes has demanded that the legitimate government in Tripoli bring stability to Benghazi. [...]"
MSM: "U.S.-Pakistan Relations Continue To Unravel" [08/03/11] "Relations between the United States and Pakistan have continued to fray since a US Special Forces team killed Osama bin Laden in a comfortable villa near a major Pakistani military academy. But the tit-for-tat retaliation that has followed the raid reflects deeper sources of mistrust and mutual suspicion. The latest round has focused on the alleged activities of the Pakistani military’s powerful intelligence agency, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), in the United States. ISI is accused of watching over the Pakistani diaspora and of sponsoring unregistered lobbyists working to shape congressional opinion. [...]"
Commentary: "Palestinian Bid For UN Statehood Recognition" By Lawrence Davidson [08/02/11] Note: Lawrence Davidson argues that, while UN recognition of Palestinian statehood could be potentially of psychological value to the Palestinian cause, “boycott, divestment and sanctions within the context of increasing worldwide awareness of Israel’s essential racist nature shows real promise of results in the long term”. Related: "In Massive Shift, Netanyahu May Support Agreement Along 1967 Borders" Note: Netanyahu lies like a rug. He says he will support going back to the 1967 borders (a move which he already said is indefensible and is not what Israel wants) IF the Palestinians give up their request to the UN for Statehood. It is another deception on his part. | "Israel Mulls Revoking Oslo Accords In Response To Palestinian UN Bid" [07/25/11]
Commentary: "Arab Summer Of Discontent Spreads To Israel As Protests Erupt
" [08/02/11] "PM scrambles to quell nationwide protests as he faces a setback in the resignation of Finance Ministry Director General Haim Shani; Moshe Terry, former chairman of Israel Securities Authority, likely to take over treasury. Most municipal authorities have declared a one-day strike scheduled for Monday, in sympathy with popular protests spreading throughout Israel. Municipalities will not be giving services to government offices or holding public office hours today, streets will not be cleaned and garbage will not be collected. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu redoubled efforts to douse growing protests spreading throughout the country Sunday, even as he faced a setback in the resignation of Finance Ministry Director General Haim Shani. [...]"
Commentary: "NATO Bombs Television Studios As Attack Coalition Crumbles" Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D. [08/01/11]
Commentary: "U.S. Recognizes "Al-Qaeda War Criminals" As Libya’s Official Government" "Operating out of the Libyan cities of Benghazi, Darna, and Tobruk, Libyan rebels themselves have admitted that many of their members are drawn from Al Qaeda. The London Telegraph has reported that Libyan rebel leader Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi had admitted many of his fighters had just returned from fighting US forces in Iraq. The Telegraph also reported that Hasidi himself had “earlier fought against “the foreign invasion” in Afghanistan, before being captured in 2002 in Peshwar, in Pakistan. He was later handed over to the US, and then held in Libya before being released in 2008.” A United States Army West Point report confirms indeed that fighters drawn from the Libyan cities of Benghazi, Darna, and Tobruk were second only to Saudi Arabia in contributing forces to fight US troops in Iraq. [...]"
MSM: "Israel Aircraft Raid Gaza For Fourth Day In Row" [07/17/11] "Israeli aircraft struck Gaza overnight for the fourth time in as many days, wounding a militant who was about to fire a rocket, Palestinian security sources said on Saturday. The Palestinian was admitted to hospital but his injuries were not life-threatening, the sources said. An Israeli military spokeswoman confirmed that an air strike had targeted a Palestinian. The raid was followed by the firing of two rockets from Gaza into Israel, neither of which caused casualties or damage, she added. There has been a sharp increase in rocket fire by Gaza militants in recent days, ending two months of relative calm in which just two rockets were fired into Israel in two months. [...]"
Commentary: "US Fabricates and Finances Arab Opposition Groups" [06/24/11] [5:44] "The UN Security Council is examining France and Britain's draft resolution, which condemns the ongoing violence in Syria. Russia and China said they would oppose any toughly-worded documents or hasty action. Following two hours of closed-door consultations within the UN Security Council, France and the UK did not garner enough support for a resolution they introduced on Syria. Discussions at the UN will continue over the next few days, as the UK and France continue campaigning for support. The draft resolution -- which calls on Damascus to stop using violence against protestors, demands those responsible for civilian casualties be held accountable, and allows for humanitarian aid to be sent to Syria -- will be presented to the UN Security Council. [...]"
US Politics: "Zbigniew Brzezinski: U.S. Position Deteriorating in the Middle East" [06/24/11] "As the political turmoil sweeps across the Middle East, former U.S. National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski laments the declining American influence in the region. [...]" Note: Crocodile tears ... the US is supposed to drop influence in the middle east and pick it up in Asia ... that's his plan that Obama is following.
Commentary: "A Firestorm On The Eastern Horizon" Brandon Smith [06/21/11] "The Middle East is and always has been an incredible waste of time, energy, capital, and of course, human lives. Every civilization that has attempted to tame and corral the region has met with resounding frustration and defeat. Every empire that moves to extend its borders around its existing cultures has withered under the strain of constant war and revolution. Long before petroleum became a sought after commodity and long after its free flow was established, the Middle East has been used as a fulcrum point for turning nations and worlds inside out. One might begin to wonder where the West’s mindless obsession with the place actually comes from... From crusades for the holy land, to crusades for oil, to crusades for “WMD’s” and the “downtrodden masses”; we have been regaled for centuries by governments and elitists with elaborate rationalizations for indefinite war within the cradle of civilization. Our government in particular has seen fit to topple dictatorships, install new dictatorships, embroil our troops in the quagmire of nation building, instigate social instability and civil unrest, fund terrorist organizations, elevate madmen, and then brandish them like weapons to frighten the American public into relinquishing their civil liberties. Every decade, and every new layer of conflict, brings the U.S. closer to the breaking point, and closer to bankruptcy.
It seems insane. By every logical political, social, financial, historical, and tactical standard, our increasing presence in the Middle East is a ludicrous venture in cartoonland led by a bumbling cadre of buffoon politicians and mustache twirling corporate contractors. There is no purpose to it. No meaning. Unless, that is, you look at it from the standpoint of globalization… [...]"
MSM: "Egypt Permanently Opens Gaza Border Crossing" [05/28/11] "Egypt lifted a four-year-old blockade on the Gaza Strip's main link to the outside world Saturday, bringing relief to the crowded territory's 1.5 million Palestinians but deepening a rift with Israel since the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak earlier this year. The Egyptian move will allow thousands of Gazans to move freely in and out of the area — heightening Israeli fears that militants and weapons could easily reach its doorstep. [...]"
World Politics: "Palestinians: Netanyahu Peace Outline Unacceptable" [05/24/11] "Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's parameters for a peace deal, outlined in a speech to the U.S. Congress on Tuesday, fell far short of what is needed to resume negotiations, Palestinian officials said. Nabil Shaath, an aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said Netanyahu's insistence on keeping key parts of the territories the Palestinians want for their state is a "declaration of war against the Palestinians." [...]"
MSM: "NATO Air Strikes Continue In Libya" [05/20/11] "NATO has launched new air strikes targeting the port of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, as the UN warns about the humanitarian situation in Libya. [...]"
"Multinational Companies Mining Occupied Palestinian Land" [05/19/11] "HeidelbergCement and Cemex, two building materials industries from Germany and Mexico, respectively, are involved in the operation of quarries in the occupied West Bank. The Electronic Intifada has obtained documentation showing loaded trucks leaving the illegal quarries and traveling into Israel. International law prohibits Israel’s exploitation of natural resources in the occupied West Bank, Gaza Strip and Syrian Golan Heights for its own benefit. [...]"
"Israel-Palestinian Violence Erupts On Three Borders" [05/15/11] "Israeli troops shot Palestinian protesters who surged towards its frontiers with Syria, Lebanon and Gaza on Sunday, killing up to 13 people on the day Palestinians mourn the creation of Israel. Israeli forces opened fire in three separate locations to prevent crowds of demonstrators from crossing frontier lines, in the deadliest such confrontation in years. Israel blamed the incidents on provocation inspired by Iran, intended to exploit Palestinian nationalist feeling fuelled by the popular revolts of the "Arab Spring", and to draw attention from major internal unrest in Syria, Iran's ally. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he hoped the confrontations would not escalate. "We hope the calm and quiet will quickly return. But let nobody be misled: we are determined to defend our borders and sovereignty," Netanyahu said. [...]"
Commentary: "Arab Journalists Quit In Protest Against Anti-Syrian Propaganda" [05/14/11] "The major pro-western Arab satellite channels are painting the situation in Syria like an implacable repression by the government against the legitimate revolt of its people. This version is all the more credible in the absence of any public debate. The fault lies with the Syrian Government which continues to ban nearly all access to foreign media, afraid that the collected information may fall into the hands of the foreign intelligence agencies which are orchestrating the turmoil. At the same time, a significant number of journalists have refused to take part in the current anti-Syrian propaganda campaign. In this context, mention should be made of the resignation of two leading Arab television figures: [...]"
Commentary: "Fascism in the Gulf: Bahrain and the Israeli connection" [05/12/11] "Lawrence Davidson views the roots of the pro-democracy protests in Bahrain, and argues that the double standards embodied in the US response to the Bahraini regime's violent suppression of the peaceful protests can be directly linked not only to the desire to control the Gulf's oil supplies, but also to the fact that the Bahraini ruler is a self-proclaimed ally of Israel. [...]"
World Politics: "Getting Syria: Sanctions Fail When There's No Cash Trail" [05/12/11] [3:57] "International pressure is mounting on Syria, with the government's intensified crackdowns against any opposition, coming under further scrutiny. Following in America's footsteps, Europe has slapped fresh sanctions on the country's top officials, including an arms embargo and travel ban. But as RT's Laura Emmett reports, there are concerns it has very little to do with the promotion of peace. [...]"
MSM: "Israeli Forces, Tanks Cross Into Gaza" [05/11/11] "Israeli soldiers apparently entered the Palestinian territory from Karni crossing on Wednesday and advanced hundreds of meters toward the east of Gaza City. According to Press TV's correspondent in Gaza, Israeli soldiers dug a series of holes in the area and filled them with explosives. Israeli soldiers then blew up the explosives, causing loud explosions in the area, our correspondent added. Israeli officials claim that the troops were searching and destroying "possible tunnels" in the area that could be used by Palestinian resistance fighters to enter Israeli posts and capture Israeli soldiers. But analysts believe the Israeli attack aimed at provoking Palestinian fighters into firing on Israeli troops, which could have escalated the situation. [...]"
MSM: "Hundreds Injured In Religious Clashes In Cairo After Mob Burns Church" [05/09/11] "...The deepening religious violence in military-ruled Egypt is exacerbating the lawlessness and disorder of the country's bumpy transition to democracy after three decades of autocratic rule under former President Hosni Mubarak was brought to an end in February. [...]"
MSM: "Crackdown Expands In Syria" [05/09/11] "Gunfire and shelling rattled a city in central Syria on Sunday and killed a 12-year-old boy, as President Bashar Assad's autocratic regime expanded its military crackdown on a seven-week uprising by sending tanks and reinforcements to key areas, activists said. Activists said authorities also arrested a 10-year-old boy, apparently to punish his parents, and filed charges against a leading opposition figure who is suffering from cancer. The exact circumstances of the boy's death in the city of Homs were unclear. Like several other trouble spots, the government has answered protests there by sending in tanks and soldiers to seal it off and cutting phone service to leave it even more isolated. The continued crackdown suggests that Assad's regime is determined to end the uprising by force and intimidation, despite rapidly escalating international outrage and a death toll that has topped 580 civilians since the unrest began in mid-March, according to rights groups. [...]"
MSM: "Video: Tunisia After Five Months Of Unrest" [05/09/11] "In January, a vegetable salesman in Tunisia set himself on fire after “one insult too many” at the hands of the Tunisian government. After five months of revolution, the unrest was supposed to be over. NBC’s Mike Taibbi explains why it isn’t yet. (Nightly News) [...]"
"'House Of Saud Is A House Of Cards'" [05/05/11] [20:00] "Suppression of even the smallest demands of people in Saudi Arabia by the ruling regime reflects how susceptible the al-Saud family is to an easy collapse, says Secretary General of the London-based Islamic Renewal Party. In Saudi Arabia, protest rallies and any public display of dissent are forbidden and considered illegal. Senior Wahhabi clerics in the kingdom have also censured opposition demonstrations as "un-Islamic." [...]"
MSM: "Hamas To Honor Israeli Truce In New Government" [05/04/11] [0:00] "Hamas officials said Tuesday that the Islamic militant group would honor an unofficial truce with Israel after forming a new government with Palestinian rivals from the West Bank. Gaza's Hamas rulers and Fatah, which dominates the West Bank, are to sign a reconciliation agreement on Wednesday to end their four-year rift. A joint caretaker government is planned ahead of elections next year. [...]"
Webster Tarpley: "Washington In A Frenzy Over Pakistan Leaving US Empire: Alleged Death of Pseudo-Bin Laden Sets Pakistan Up for US Attack" Russia Today [05/04/11] "CIA Announces that Next False Flag Terror Op will be Blamed on Pakistan’s ISI; China Backs Islamabad in Looming Confrontation; Collapse of the US Empire Brings Heightened Danger of General War [...]"
"Hamas and Fatah to sign cooperative agreement on May 15th" [05/03/11] "Up until now, the two movements, which became bitter rivals following the victory of Hamas in the Palestinian parliamentary elections in 2006, had been unable to strike a deal through direct and indirect negotiations. The conflict on the ground between Hamas and Fatah resulted in a deep rift between the residents of the Gaza strip and the West Bank. The leaders of Hamas accused Fatah of oppressing their supporters and trying to drive Hamas off the political stage... [...]" Related: "English Translation of Agreement" "Text of the Agreement between Fatah and Hamas. Translated by Al Mubadara, the Palestinian National Initiative, this document is currently in the process of being signed by all of Palestine’s factions and parties. [...]"
Commentary: "Syria Intervention Inevitable - And The Greater World War" [05/01/11] "Regime change in Syria was a foregone conclusion as early as 1991. General Wesley Clark in a 2007 speech in California relayed a 1991 conversation between himself and then Under Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz. Wolfowitz indicated that America had 5-10 years to clean up old Soviet "client regimes," namely Syria, Iran, and Iraq, before the next super power rose up to challenge western hegemony. The "next super power" includes ironically Russia, recovering from the treasonous attempted sellout by oligarchs like Mikhail Khodorkovsky, and of course a rising China...As this plot unfolds, we see in hindsight that each destabilization was triggered and nurtured with a specific order in mind... [...]"
"Egyptian Youth Call For Million-Man Marches To Support Palestinians" [05/01/11] "A call for “million-man” marches in support of the Palestinians has been made by Egypt’s Coalition of the Youth of the Revolution. The first march, to be held in Alexandria on 13 May, will also demand the opening of the Egypt-Gaza border for food, medical and humanitarian aid; marchers will head for the Israeli Consulate in the city. [...]"
"Egypt warns Israel: Don't interfere with opening of Gaza border crossing" [05/01/11] "Rafah's opening would be a violation of an agreement reached in 2005 between the U.S., Israel, Egypt, and the EU; Israel official tells the Wall Street Journal developments in Egypt could affect Israel's national security. Chief of Staff of the Egyptian Armed Forces General Sami Anan warned Israel against interfering with Egypt's plan to open the Rafah border crossing with Gaza on a permanent basis, saying it was not a matter of Israel's concern, Army Radio reported on Saturday. Egypt announced this week that it intended to permanently open the border crossing with Gaza within the next few days. [...]" Related: "Anan: Israel Has No Right To Interfere In Decision To Open The Rafah Crossing" | "Egypt to Open Gaza Border as Israel Cites Concern Over Hamas" [04/30/11] "Egypt plans to open its border crossing with the Gaza Strip, possibly within the next two weeks, the Foreign Ministry said, as Israel expressed concern over its neighbor’s ties with Hamas, which rules the territory. “We’ll open the crossing point for individuals in a continuous way,” Menha Bakhoum, a spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry, said in an interview today. “The details are still being worked out.” Egypt has cooperated with Israel to impose a blockade on Gaza that Israel says is necessary to prevent Hamas and other Islamist groups from importing weapons that could be used against the Jewish state. The policy, implemented by former President Hosni Mubarak, has been unpopular in Egypt and was one of the targets of the protest movement that forced Mubarak out of office in February. [...]"
"Libya Sequel In Syria" [04/30/11] [5:48] " Syrian security forces have claimed as many of 500 lives as of late as civilians are killed as they rally for democracy. As a tipping point approaches, will an intervention by the US be inevitable? War correspondent Keith Harmon Snow says the Syrian debacle could easily because Libya part 2, as the option for US intervention in an oil-rich Middle East country to “bring democracy” ends up on the table. [...]"
Commentary: "Israel's Latest Psychosis: Peaceophobia" [04/30/11] "The mere thought of Hamas and Fatah finally burying the hatchet has caused sleepless nights for the zioright in Israel. The possibility of a unified Palestine, leading to an end to the Occupation has been their biggest nightmare since the creation of the state of Israel. Fear of Peace … or is it the fear of losing the 3.5 BILLION Dollar$ a year which the American taxpayer unwillingly GIVES to Israel is great cause for alarm. What if there no longer is an ‘enemy’? What if a United Palestine achieves the Statehood they have been waiting for since 1948? For sure, unity will lead to statehood, statehood will lead to the end of the occupation, BOTH will lead to Peace. Can Israel live with these results? The zio press seems to think otherwise; An Editorial in Today’s Jerusalem Post raises many invalid points regarding these matters… [...]"
"Key US Lawmakers Warn Palestinians Of Aid Cuts Because Factions Have Made Peace" [04/30/11] "The United States will "reexamine" its aid to the Palestinians in the event of a power-sharing deal that includes the Islamist Hamas movement, a key US lawmaker warned Thursday. "If a power-sharing agreement with a terrorist organization becomes a reality in the Palestinian territories, the US will be forced to reexamine our aid to the Palestinian Authority," said Republican Representative Kay Granger. Granger, who chairs the House of Representatives subcommittee that controls US foreign aid, issued the statement through her office while on a trip to the Middle East for talks with Israeli and Egyptian officials. Her comments came as the Palestinian leadership welcomed a surprise deal to end decades of Fatah-Hamas hostility, in an accord which Israel denounced as crossing "a red line." The deal, announced in Cairo on Wednesday, saw the secular Fatah party which dominates the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority and Gaza's Islamist rulers agree to form a transitional government ahead of polls within a year. [...]"
"In Shift, Egypt Warms To Iran And Hamas" [04/30/11] " Egypt is charting a new course in its foreign policy that has already begun shaking up the established order in the Middle East, planning to open the blockaded border with Gaza and normalizing relations with two of Israel and the West’s Islamist foes, Hamas and Iran. Egyptian officials, emboldened by the revolution and with an eye on coming elections, say that they are moving toward policies that more accurately reflect public opinion. In the process they are seeking to reclaim the influence over the region that waned as their country became a predictable ally of Washington and the Israelis in the years since the 1979 peace treaty with Israel. [...]" Related: "Fatah, Hamas End Feud, Agree To Interim Government" "Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah group inked a deal on Wednesday with bitter rival Hamas to end their long-running feud and form an interim government ahead of elections within a year. Israel said the accord, which was brokered in secrecy by Egypt, would not secure peace in the Middle East and urged Abbas to carry on shunning the Islamist movement, which has governed the Gaza Strip since 2007 after ousting Fatah in a civil war. Forging Palestinian unity is regarded as crucial to reviving any prospect for an independent Palestinian state, but Western powers have always refused to deal with Hamas because of its refusal to recognize Israel and renounce violence. "We have agreed to form a government composed of independent figures that would start preparing for presidential and parliamentary elections," said Azzam al-Ahmad, the head of Fatah's negotiating team in Cairo. "Elections would be held in about eight months from now," he said, adding the Arab League would oversee the implementation of the agreement. [...]"
"George Soros and Egypt's New Constitution" [04/11/11] "The United States and its allies are still feigning surprise at the unfolding revolutionary conflagration consuming the Middle East. However, those aware of the West's decades old network of NGOs and how their sole purpose is reordering the world to align to Western imperial interests can clearly see their meddling hands involved in the current "uprisings" sweeping North Africa, Arabia, and now Iran. While Movements.org coordinates their army of youthful cannon fodder in the streets of foreign nations from Bahrain to Libya, their corporate sponsors and their partners in the US State Department put on a convincing act of carefully portrayed confusion in the mainstream media. MSNBC recently republished a New York Times piece titled "U.S. scrambles to size up ElBaradei," suggesting somehow Egypt's Mohamed ElBaradei may pose an obstacle to American and Israeli interests in the region. The utter contempt for their readers' intelligence is revealed when considering ElBaradei is a trustee of a prominent US think-tank, the International Crisis Group (ICG) along side George Soros, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Richard Armitage, and Kenneth Aldelman. Zbigniew Brzezinski of course is the father of MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski, who daily feigns ignorance over the true nature of the protests and that her father is openly involved in orchestrating them. MSNBC itself is a corporate sponsor of Movements.org. [...]"
Interviews: "War For Libyan Oil Planned Long Ago, No One Cares About People" [04/03/11] [5:26] "Susan Lindauer, a journalist and author specializing on American interventions, has never believed the allied forces intervened in Libya out of humanitarian reasons. It is a war for oil which was prepared long ago, Lindauer argues - anyone who cared about the Libyan people would stop immediately. [...]"
Interviews: "Scahill: US Wages Covert War In Yemen" [04/03/11] [13:01] "Violence in the Arab world continues to escalate, as thousands of protesters hit the streets of Yemen demanding President Ali Abdullah Saleh resigns. Why is the US in Libya and not Yemen? Jeremy Scahill, an investigative journalist & author of "Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army" said there is a consistent US policy of supporting dictators as long as they are doing the bidding of the United States.The US actively fights against al-Qaeda in Yemen, bombing various sites often killing many civilians with the permission of the Yemeni government. [...]"
"U.N. Vote on Palestinian State Could Force Israel's Hand" [04/03/11] "With revolutionary fervor sweeping the Middle East, Israel is under mounting pressure to make a far-reaching offer to the Palestinians or face a United Nations vote welcoming the State of Palestine as a member whose territory includes all of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. The Palestinian Authority has been steadily building support for such a resolution in September, a move that could place Israel into a diplomatic vise. Israel would be occupying land belonging to a fellow United Nations member, land it has controlled and settled for more than four decades and some of which it expects to keep in any two-state solution. “We are facing a diplomatic-political tsunami that the majority of the public is unaware of and that will peak in September,” said Ehud Barak, Israel’s defense minister, at a conference in Tel Aviv last month. “It is a very dangerous situation, one that requires action.” He added, “Paralysis, rhetoric, inaction will deepen the isolation of Israel.” With aides to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thrashing out proposals to the Palestinians, President Shimon Peres is due at the White House on Tuesday to meet with President Obama and explore ways out of the bind. The United States is still uncertain how to move the process forward, according to diplomats here. [...]" Related: "Israel Holds Secret Talks With Russia In Bid To Thwart Recognition Of Palestinian State" [04/03/11] "Isaac Molho, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s senior adviser and top negotiator on the Palestinian channel, made a secret trip to Moscow on Wednesday and met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. The purpose of the visit was to dissuade Russia from supporting the European Union’s intention to present in two weeks’ time a plan for the establishment of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders. [...]"
"US Baghdad Embassy Will Double In Size: Envoy" [04/02/11] "The US Embassy in Baghdad, already the largest in the world, is expected to double its staff after American forces pull out of the country later this year, Washington's envoy said on Friday. "We'll be doubling our size if all of our plans go through and if we receive the money from Congress in 2011 and then again in 2012," James Jeffrey, the US ambassador in Iraq, told reporters. He said the staff would increase "from 8,000 plus personnel that we have now to roughly double that by 2012," adding that US forces would make up only a very small part of that number. "This will be an extraordinarily large embassy with many different functions. Some we took over from USFI (United States Forces in Iraq) and some of them continuation of the work we are doing now." [...]" Note: The U.S. embassy in Iraq is already the largest and most expensive in the world, reportedly costing over $1.5 billion -- Now it seems safe to double that plus some inflation.
"US Orders Media Silence Over Bahrain" [04/02/11] "President of Bahrain’s Center for Human Rights Nabeel Rajab says the US media have been ordered not to cover news on the government’s brutal crackdown on Bahraini people. Reports from the Center’s colleagues in the United States say “In the US some news agencies and TV stations were asked not to report on Bahrain and not to embarrass [President Barack Obama’s administration,” Rajab told Press TV. He went on to say that the US and the Western governments have chosen to keep silent over ongoing atrocities in Bahrain due to their support for the country’s authoritarian regime. [...]" Note: Of course, if you publicize the order of silence, then the whole thing falls apart and people begin to look at it, despite the silence of mainstream media, ,who just appear as stupid and useless as they've always been. You never know what you'll find when you look - such as: Related: "Dozens Missing In Bahrain Crackdown" "Dozens of people have gone missing in Bahrain, as the monarchy intensifies its violent crackdown on protesters in an attempt to take control of the Persian Gulf state. Bahraini opposition groups, including al-Wefaq party, have denounced the Saudi military intervention as an invasion of their country. Bahraini demonstrators maintain that they will continue with their protests until their demands for freedom, constitutional monarchy as well as a proportional voice in the government are met. [...]" | "Bahrain Will Prosecute Teachers" "The Bahraini education ministry has formed a committee tasked with taking action against school officials taking part in anti-government protests and strikes. [...]" |"50 Opposition Activists Arrested In Bahrain Ahead Of “Day Of Rage" | "Crisis In Bahrain Fueled By Resignation Of 11 Opposition Mps" | "Some 100 missing in Bahrain after crackdown" | "Libya, Yemen, Bahrain And Israel = Selective Enforcement Of Justice" | "Ban Ki-Moon Warns Bahrain Against Violence And International Law Abuse" |"Bahrain Bleeds From American Bullets" | "Saudi Troops Storm Hospital In Bahrain Amid Unrest" | "Bahrain Declares 3-Month State Of Emergency Amid Unrest" | "Thousands Of Protesters March On Bahrain’s Royal Palace"
Apocalypse Now : "Final Events Unfolding In The Middle East That Will Soon Lead To War" [03/29/11] "New evidence has emerged that the Iranian government sees the current unrest in the Middle East as a signal that the Mahdi–or Islamic messiah–is about to appear. CBN News has obtained a never-before-seen video produced by the Iranian regime that says all the signs are moving into place — and that Iran will soon help usher in the end times. While the revolutionary movements gripping the Middle East have created uncertainty throughout the region, the video shows that the Iranian regime believes the chaos is divine proof that their ultimate victory is at hand. The propaganda footage has reportedly been approved at the highest levels of the Iranian government. It’s called The Coming is Near and it describes current events in the Middle East as a prelude to the arrival of the mythical twelfth Imam or Mahdi — the messiah figure who Islamic scriptures say will lead the armies of Islam to victory over all non-Muslims in the last days. “This video has been produced by a group called the Conductors of the Coming, in connection with the Basiji — the Iranian paramilitary force, and in collaboration with the Iranian president’s office,” said Reza Kahlil, a former member of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards who shared the video with CBN News. Kahlili, author of the book, A Time to Betray, worked as a double agent for the CIA inside the Iranian regime. “Just a few weeks ago, Ahmadenijad’s office screened this movie with much excitement for the clerics,” Kahlili told CBN News. “The target audience is Muslims in the Middle East and around the world.” [...]" Related: Flashback: "Iran preparing Middle East for Israel’s destruction and coming of the Mahdi" Israeli News [03/03/11] "Hillary Clinton told Congress on Wednesday that Iran is trying to influence the outcomes of uprisings and revolutions throughout the Arab world. “They are doing everything they can to influence the outcomes in these places ... So either directly or through proxies, they are constantly trying to influence events. They have a very active diplomatic foreign policy outreach," she said.” [...]" Note: So do the US and Israel. There are also 70 million christian zionists in the United States - that's one fifth of the population that are incredibly stupid and dangerous, who are "Dead Enders" begging for an Armageddon, applying a logical fallacy that if they 'create' chaos, it will bring (fill in the blank). Dumb as a stone ... and there are those in Israel and other countries who think the same way. Of course .... it will all be eclipsed by other things none of them have control over. Here's more on them: "Critics Of “Holy Israel” Targeted By Christian Zionists" Finally, another facet of this that has been around for decades in the US political system: "Gingrich Fears ‘Atheist Country … Dominated By Radical Islamists’" [03/28/11] and a response: "Stoking The Fires Of Islamophobia – Peter King’s Inquisition" Note: Cashews, pecans and filberts, all of them. Well, maybe a few macadamia's. Immortality belief systems, there in an attempt to offset body mortality anxiety, are in reality, delusional states that often make this level of reality tolerable for many. See the documentary video "Flight from Death: The Quest for Immortality". Watch it online. See the Notable and Thought-Provoking Videos panel further down on this website. 85 minutes.
"Syria arrests US national 'for spying for Israel'" Israeli News Israeli News [03/29/11] "State-run television ran footage of a young man it said was an Egyptian engineer carrying a United States passport, who had been working in Syria after a secret visit to Israel. The man said on camera that he had "received foreign money for transmitting images and videos about Syria". [...]" Related:"Lieberman Suggests No-Fly Zone an Option in Syria if Violence Escalates" [03/28/11] Note: One can easily see this is all being done for Israel. Lieberman does nothing except pose terroristic threats as wish fulfillment for infantile penchants ... a reincarnated retread. A useless and dangerous individual. I'd love to see that silly smirk wiped off his face.
"Protests Spread Across Syrian Cities" [03/26/11] "The turmoil in the Middle East has spread to Syria which has seen unprecedented challenges to the ten year rule of President Assad. Over the last week anti-government demonstrations have been gaining momentum amid reports that dozens of peaceful protesters have been killed by the country's security forces. There have been clashes today in a number of places including the capital and in the southern city of Deraa. Tonight the foreign office said it was deeply concerned by the latest developments. [...]"
"Fresh Protests Break Out In Morocco" [03/21/11] "Amid escalating unrest in Middle East and North of Africa, Moroccans have also taken to the streets to protest corruption in Morocco and demand better civil rights. [...]"
"One Protester Killed, 100 Injures In Syria" [03/21/11] "Syrian forces have reportedly attacked anti-government protesters in a southwestern city, killing one person and wounding more than 100 others. [...]" Related: "Syrian Protesters Burn Buildings" "Demonstrators in southern Syria set fire to several buildings including a courthouse during a third day of protests, witnesses say. [...]"
"War on Libya and the Saudi Arabian Invasion of Bahrain: The Crisis Escalates" [03/21/11] [12:45] "George Galloway suggests that a deal was done between the US and Arab rulers, whereby the Arab League would back the no-fly rule over Libya and in return the US would acquiesce to the Saudi invasion of Bahrain. [...]"
"Jordanians Call For Political Reforms" [03/18/11] "Hundreds of Jordanians have taken to the streets of the capital, Amman, demanding political reforms and the dissolution of the kingdom's parliament. Protesters also urged Jordan's King Abdullah to speed up the process of promised political reforms, warning that procrastination would only bring about more dissent in the country. "The people want to reform the regime and constitution. The people want to dissolve parliament. Change and reform is a popular demand," protesters chanted outside al-Husseini mosque in Amman's city center after the Friday Prayers. "We want true reforms that meet people's demands and aspirations. The people are the source of all powers," read one banner. Protesters, mainly supporters of the Islamic Action Front, have been calling for sweeping political reforms, including a new electoral law that would lead to a parliamentary government and elected prime minister. [...]"
"Saudi Forces Brutalize Bahrainis" [03/18/11] "Bahraini and Saudi security and armed forces have beaten, shot and detained demonstrators for holding peaceful rallies and demanding change. Press TV interviewed Professor Dr. Rania Masri from the University of Balamand who voiced dismay for the US stance adopted towards the barbaric slaughter of innocents in Bahrain. [...]" Related: "Saudi Troops Beak Up Protests With Force" "Saudi security forces in the eastern city of Omran have broke up a protest rally, held to condemn the Kingdom's military intervention in Bahrain. [...]" "'Bahrainis Propose Council For Dialogue'" "Bahraini protesters continue to stand against the Saudi invasion of their country and refuse to back down from their demands for reform and an end to the Al Khalifa family's rule. [...]" Note: It's time for all their little 'kingdoms' to go away ...
"Egypt: Hated Security Service Dismantled" [03/16/11] "Egypt’s State Security Agency – responsible for the unspeakable torture of thousands and the deaths and disappearances of thousands more – has been dissolved. Arguably the most hated and feared symbol of the corrupt three-decade rule of strongman Hosni Mubarak, the agency, in the words of one of the leaders of the pro-democracy uprising that ended Mubarak’s rule, “invaded the life of every Egyptian.” The announcement of the agency’s end was made by the country’s new Interior Minister, Maj. Gen. Mansour el-Essawy, and was greeted with cautious glee by pro-democracy forces. Their delight was tempered by questions about what would succeed the security service and whether any of the service’s officials or operatives would be prosecuted. The Associated Press reported that El-Essawy said the government plans a new agency that will be in charge of maintaining national security and combating terrorism. He said the new agency would operate according to the constitution and laws of the country and would respect human rights. The end of State Security was one of the leading demands of the pro-democracy movement. After Mubarak stepped down on February 11, Egyptians forced their way into the agency’s Cairo headquarters and other provincial offices and took documents that they say were being shredded or burned to conceal evidence of human rights violations. [...]"
Cultural Studies: "Saudi Troops In Bahrain: Sunni Rulers, Shia Subjects" [03/16/11] "Why are the Saudi and UAE troops in Bahrain? Were they invited or did they invade? They were almost certainly invited. Bahrain is gripped in its worst unrest since the 1990s. For the past several weeks the Shi’ite majority has held demonstrations to rail against what it terms discrimination by the ruling Sunni minority. So the official mission of the foreign troops is ostensibly to protect Bahraini government buildings, key military and oil installations, and the financial district of the capital, Manama. The financial district is reportedly occupied by several hundred Bahraini pro-democracy protesters, who have blocked off the streets in and out of the area. But Bahrain has its own 30,000-strong military and would be capable of taking on these chores without foreign help. So arguably more important mission of the Saudi and UAE troops is symbolic: to help the country’s rulers, who are Sunni Muslims, maintain their grip on power by frightening protesters, largely members of the Shia majority, into participating in negotiations as proposed by the regime. [...]" Related: "Sunni and Shia Belief Systems" | "Map" Note: All these dynamics reflect ancient Sirian ET influence in the area ... see the Map for the area involved.
"Rare Syrian protest in Damascus" [03/16/11] "Hundreds of protesters have staged rare protests in the Syrian capital Damascus and in Aleppo, the country's second largest city, reports say. Six protesters were reportedly detained by the security forces, a witness told the BBC Arabic Service. The AP news agency said government supporters later broke up the rally by punching and attacking the protesters. A Facebook group, The Syrian revolution against [President] Bashar al-Assad 2011, is said to have called the march. A similar appeal on Facebook last month failed to bring protesters to the streets, but critics blamed a heavy security presence for the failure of that campaign. [...]" Video clip included
World Politics: "US Welcomes Arab League Backing Of No-Fly Zone" [03/13/11] "The United States welcomed Arab League support for a no-fly zone over Libya on Saturday, saying it signaled "unified" international pressure on Moamer Kadhafi's regime to halt the violence. It stressed it would maintain its posture of support for the Libyan opposition, and that Washington was preparing for "all contingencies" in the North African nation where rebels have been battling regime forces for weeks. "We welcome this important step by the Arab League, which strengthens the international pressure on Kadhafi and support for the Libyan people," White House spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement. [...]" Note: Right.
"Signs of Mass Strike Emerging in Arabia" [03/12/11] "The participation of new groups in support of the protestors is an indication that a mass-strike phenomenon in Arabia has begun to emerge. In Oman, for instance, where Oman's Sultan Qaboos has reshuffled his Cabinet three times in four days without avail, workers of two major state-owned companies -- Oman Telecommunications Co. and Petroleum Development Oman -- have joined protestors calling for pay hikes and greater benefits. In the capital city of Muscat, protestors, strengthened by the workers of the state-owned companies, rallied in front of the Ministry of Information, demanding more media freedom. In Bahrain, where the protest rallies have entered the third week, thousands of protesters on March 9 gathered outside the General Directorate of Nationality, Passports and Residence at Exhibition Avenue, bringing traffic to a standstill. They were protesting against the government's policy of not granting citizenship to non-Bahrainis. The mass demonstration started from Ras Ruman and moved to Exhibition Avenue. Traffic policemen were present at key junctions diverting cars as they were assisted by volunteers. The road was filled with protesters, and shop owners and residents who came out to see the march. [...] Even in Saudi Arabia, where earlier no one could think of taking on the crude and oppressive House of Saud, the plan to march in Riyadh on March 11, branded by the protestors as the Day of Rage, is on. A Facebook group that claims it has nearly 33,000 followers, said the protest is mostly aimed at demanding political reforms, the release of political prisoners, more employment opportunities, and greater freedoms.[...]"
Commentary: "Operation Libya" and the Battle for Oil - Part II " Prof Michel Chossudovsky [03/09/11] "The geopolitical and economic implications of a US-NATO led military intervention directed against Libya are far-reaching. Libya is among the World's largest oil economies with approximately 3.5% of global oil reserves, more than twice those of the US. "Operation Libya" is part of the broader military agenda in the Middle East and Central Asia which consists in gaining control and corporate ownership over more than sixty percent of the world's reserves of oil and natural gas, including oil and gas pipeline routes. [...]" Related: "Part I: Insurrection and Military Intervention: The US NATO Attempted Coup d'Etat in Libya?"
"Israeli Military Not Able to Crush West Bank Uprising" [03/09/11] "Top commanders in the Israeli military are warning that the military is completely incapable of crushing an Egypt-style popular uprising in the West Bank, assuming one actually begins. “There is nothing for it,” one of the commanders noted, and while the Israeli military apparently developed a major program last year to plan a response for mass public protests amongst the Palestinians, it seems the conclusion is that they simply can’t win. [...]"
"Propaganda Sways US Opinion of Libya: Media Accused of Wagging the Dog While Covering Anti-Gaddafi Unrest" [03/09/11] [5:35] "The United States media has been portraying the conflict in Libya in different ways that has confused many ad left people wondering what is really going on there. War Correspondent Keith Harmon Snow says there is a psychological operation performed by the Pentagon to persuade the American people through propaganda one way or the other. [...]"
Commentary: "U.S. Has no “Moral Authority” to Take Khadafi to Criminal Court" [03/09/11] "The United States “doesn’t have a shred of moral authority” to take Libyan leader Khadafi before the International Criminal Court, says Michael Rattner, executive director of the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights. “While Israel was killing 1,400 people in Gaza, the United States didn’t even try to stop it, much less take Israel” to the ICC. The U.S. is not even a signatory to the ICC. Military intervention through NATO would be illegal, says Rattner, and it is doubtful that the full UN Security Council would authorize an intervention. Unfortunately, the U.S. is no respecter of legalities. [...]"
"Libya No-Fly Zone A UN Decision, 'Not US': Clinton" [03/09/11] Note: But it IS a US decision. The US controls the UN Security Council.
Pro-Publica: "U.S. Considers Arming Libyan Rebels Months After Approving Major Arms Deal Sought by Qaddafi" Marian Wang [03/08/11] "As we’ve noted, the United States last month imposed unilateral sanctions on Libya, including a suspension of “all existing licenses and other approvals for the export of defense articles and services to Libya.” The State Department had described the U.S. defense trade with Libya as “very limited.” Still, The Associated Press reported yesterday that in the months before Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi began a brutal crackdown on anti-government protesters, the State Department had approved a $77 million deal to provide armored troop carriers that were highly sought after by the Qaddafi regime: [...]"
"Secret FBI, CIA Documents and Sex Video Tapes Found At Egypt’s Terror Police Headquarters" [03/08/11] "Inside the dark quarters of Mubarak's terror police, an enraged population liberated prisoners still in their isolation cells, which were no larger than phone booths. In the process, they found torture devices, mountains of shredded documents, dozens of computers stripped from their hard drives and a stash of video tapes showing famous people—from actors to politicians, both Egyptians and from other countries—having sex. The videos were recorded by the secret police in hotel rooms. Nobody knows who stars in them yet, but I'm sure we will know about it very soon. [...]" Note: More effects from both Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus going into Aries on 11 March 2011.
"See No Evil: Wall Street Banks and Qaddafi Cash" Rolling Stone [03/08/11] "The Obama administration's move to freeze $30 billion in Libyan assets has sent Wall Street banks scurrying to lock down Qaddafi's cash. Raising the question: How did America's biggest firms become bankers to one of the world's most corrupt men? Anti-money-laundering statutes are supposed to bar "the movement of illicit cash or cash equivalent proceeds into, out of, or through the United States [or] ... United States financial institutions.” And when it comes to Libya, there's no such thing as licit cash: According to a WikiLeaked State Department cable: "Libya is a kleptocracy in which the regime has a direct stake in anything worth buying, selling or owning." And yet, according to a cable from 2010, top U.S. banks were in bed with Qaddafi's Libyan Investment Authority: "Several American banks," our embassy in Tripoli reported, "are each managing USD 300-500 million of LIA's funds." Firms reportedly playing banker to Libya's "sovereign wealth fund" include Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase, and several private equity firms. [...]"
"Egyptians Expose Secret Files of State Security Service" [03/08/11] "Page 2" "Torture, kidnapping, election-fixing—Egyptians can now go online to view thousands of documents detailing the horrifying activities of the State Security service. But while the agency is on the run, it could still orchestrate terrorist attacks or sectarian violence, writes Ursula Lindsey. “This was a place where just driving or walking by it gave me the creeps,” says Hossam Hamalawy, an activist who was twice detained by State Security (although not at that facility). On Saturday night, Hamalawy and many others entered the facility—in a way they never expected. “I couldn’t believe it,” he says. “I was entering it not as a detainee, not as someone who’s blindfolded.” Instead, he was part of a triumphant, storming crowd, come to hold accountable those they had long feared. One of the demands of the protesters in Tahrir Square has been the abolition of Egypt’s State Security Investigations Service, which has had free license to spy, kidnap, and torture. Tasked mainly with maintaining the regime in power, it employed at least 100,000 officers and unknown legions of informants. [...]"
"U.S. Stays Mum as Iraqi Security Forces Kill, Detain and Abuse Protesters" [03/08/11] "As the Mideast protests and government crackdowns continue, one country to watch closely is Iraq, with whom the U.S. has a long-term partnership  and where clashes between protesters and government forces recently turned violent. Even as Iraqi security forces detained and abused hundreds of intellectuals and journalists , the U.S. government—in keeping with a pattern of silence on Iraq's abuses—has withheld criticism of its strategic ally. [...]"
Commentary: "Israel Flies To The Rescue Of Tyrant Khadafi, Reaping Millions" [03/08/11] "Meanwhile, the United States has demanded the UN Security Council (UNSC) to remove the provisions of charging mercenaries with war crimes in the killing of Libyan civilians. Netanyahu’s cabinet asked Israeli company Global CST to bail out Colonel Khadafi’s friendly regime. [...]" Related: Video clip [0:48] included. Note: Israel is no friend to the current civilization ... which is drawing to a close as an experience. "Israel Sends 50,000 Mercenaries to Defend Gaddahfi Regime Against 'Rebels' - and Bills the Libyan Government $200 for each Mercenary" [03/07/11] [0:48] Note: Israel wishes to maintain the 'status quo' on which it has based its national security scheme. Related: "Britain Seizes Shipment Of Libyan Dinars" Note: Was this the money that was supposed to go to the Israelis?
" Arrest Of British Spy Team In Libya Reveals Covert Involvement" [03/07/11] "All eight members of the British military and intelligence team arrested in Libya on Friday have now been released and are en route to Malta. But what exactly is behind this news story, and what does it reveal about covert Western involvement in Libya? [...]"
"Israel Sends 50,000 Mercenaries to Defend Gaddahfi Regime Against 'Rebels' - and Bills the Libyan Government $200 for each Mercenary" [03/07/11] [0:48] Note: Israel wishes to maintain the 'status quo' on which it has based its national security scheme. Related: "Britain Seizes Shipment Of Libyan Dinars" Note: Was this the money that was supposed to go to the Israelis?
"Engineered Chaos In North Africa and the Middle East Gives Black Operators Easy Access to Priceless Artifacts And Antiquities" [03/07/11] "There is very little question that what is happening in the Middle East is part of a large de-stabilization effort engineered by the globalists to steer various revolutions and opposition movements into a situation that is favorable to them. The fact that we see almost every country in North Africa and the Middle East descend into turmoil and revolution is not something that happens accidently. Due to rising food prices and a lack of jobs these nations were already ripe for revolution and the globalists have simply decided to kick start them so that it is easier for them to generate the desired outcome. Although control is certainly one reason for these staged revolutions, there are other reasons for the globalists to create chaos in this part of the world. In an area where a huge portion of the world’s oil is drilled from, the uncertainty for the future of the area is already causing a huge spike in its price. This allows the globalists to put more economic pressure on the Middle Class in Western countries especially in the United States where the economy relies heavily upon imported oil. But another reason for the engineered chaos that is mostly over looked by many in the various research communities is the opportunity the chaos provides for black operators to loot museums, archeological sites and any other area that has priceless antiquities dating back to the ancient world. [...]"
Report: "Civil War In Libya, Intervention By The West Already A Reality" [03/07/11] "According to the Wikipedia site 'a civil war is a war between organized groups within the same nation state' which seems to be a pretty accurate description of events in Libya as they unfold. The problem is identifying who is contesting for state power as there seems to be no single group in charge of the opposition. One group wants no outside interference whatsoever (the opposition National Libyan Council?), another (the Libyan Revolutionary Council?), led apparently by the former justice minister (according to an interview on Channel 4 News 04/3/11), wants air strikes and a no-fly zone, in other words invasion. And this goes to the very heart of events as it's impossible to know who the opposition is or what it is that they want aside from Ghadafi's removal. Reports carried in the MSM reveal what looks like rag-tag groups of quite heavily armed men, a far cry from the unarmed masses that rose up in Tunisia, Egypt and elsewhere. Thus at this critical point in time, we have to firstly wait and see if Ghadafi prevails (not an impossibility if the opposition can't get its act together without outside assistance). If he does, it opens up an entirely new can of worms. Having compared Ghadafi to Hitler with the West demanding he be investigated for alleged war crimes, the Empire has backed itself into a corner. Under these circumstances, a 'no-fly zone' would be a distinct possibility, disastrous though it would be. It's a tricky situation for the Empire's strategists. What to do? The best approach would be covert assistance, arms, logistics and intel along with sanctions and international isolation (already in place), thus echoing Hillary Clinton's words about not 'being seen as interfering'. Coup or insurrection? The more we learn about how the 'insurrection' in Libya unfolded the more it appears that behind the demonstrations a coup was being launched. Nothing else explains the overnight appearance of weapons including attacks on arms depots and military installations accompanied by well-timed rumours of atrocities being committed by Ghadafi's air force and 'African mercenaries'. [...]"
"China Insists Libyan Sovereignty Must Be Respected " [03/07/11] "China on Thursday stressed the need to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Libya and also promoted a peaceful solution to the crisis in that country. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu also said that an important principle for China was that the UN Security Council should the views of Arab and African nations. She said Beijing hopes that all Libyan sectors can work together to restore order as soon as possible. Regarding protests in Bahrain, she said the Chinese government welcomes the efforts of authorities with a view to reducing tension through dialogue. All Middle Eastern nations are friends of China, she said, noting that her country had developed friendly relations and cooperation with these countries based on equality and mutual respect and benefit. [...]" Related: "Russia And Saudi Arabia Warned Against Outside Political Or Military Intervention In Libya" [03/05/11]
"Libya Removes Itself From The Net" [03/06/11] "As fighting inside the country intensifies, Libya's links to the net appear to have been completely severed. Net monitoring and security firms are reporting that no net traffic is entering or leaving Libyan net space. Renesys said the outage was more than just a "blip" as many sites have been unreachable for more than 12 hours. [...]"
"Israeli Air Force Bombs Gaza Targets" [03/06/11] "Amid continued Qassam fire directed at Israel, the IDF on Saturday attacked targets across the Gaza Strip.
Eye witnesses said some of the posts were completely destroyed.
"Selling Anti Protest Weaponry and Social Media Spy Software to Saudis and Other Middle East Countries" [03/06/11] [3:26]
"Saudi Arabia And The Arab Revolutions" [03/06/11] "Some 132 Saudi intellectuals, scholars and professors at the kingdom's universities have written a letter to the Saudi king, urging change in the ruling system of the House of Saud's regime. In the letter, which has been published on credible websites, Saudi elites have accused the regime of crackdown on people, restricting freedom, censorship and plundering the people's wealth. They have asked the monarch to establish a type of constitutional monarchy through implementing political reforms. [...]"
"Saudis Mobilize Thousands Of Troops To Quell Growing Revolt" [03/06/11] "Saudi Arabia was yesterday drafting up to 10,000 security personnel into its north-eastern Shia Muslim provinces, clogging the highways into Dammam and other cities with busloads of troops in fear of next week's "day of rage" by what is now called the "Hunayn Revolution". Saudi Arabia's worst nightmare – the arrival of the new Arab awakening of rebellion and insurrection in the kingdom – is now casting its long shadow over the House of Saud. Provoked by the Shia majority uprising in the neighbouring Sunni-dominated island of Bahrain, where protesters are calling for the overthrow of the ruling al-Khalifa family, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia is widely reported to have told the Bahraini authorities that if they do not crush their Shia revolt, his own forces will. The opposition is expecting at least 20,000 Saudis to gather in Riyadh and in the Shia Muslim provinces of the north-east of the country in six days, to demand an end to corruption and, if necessary, the overthrow of the House of Saud. Saudi security forces have deployed troops and armed police across the Qatif area – where most of Saudi Arabia's Shia Muslims live – and yesterday would-be protesters circulated photographs of armoured vehicles and buses of the state-security police on a highway near the port city of Dammam. [...]"
"Libya Removes Itself From The Net" [03/06/11] "As fighting inside the country intensifies, Libya's links to the net appear to have been completely severed.
Net monitoring and security firms are reporting that no net traffic is entering or leaving Libyan net space. Renesys said the outage was more than just a "blip" as many sites have been unreachable for more than 12 hours. [...]"
"Inside Story - What now for Egypt?" - AlJazeera English [03/04/11] [25:57] "The resignation of Egypt's prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq, has seen the country take another step towards ridding itself of the old Hosni Mubarak regime. Shafiq was appointed by Mubarak, the former Egyptian president, just days into the momentous protests that led to his own fall from power. But Egypt's pro-democracy campaigners demanded that the prime minister follow the president. Shafiq has been replaced by Essam Sharaf, a former transport minister who took part in the protests. Despite this latest development, hundreds of demonstrators are continuing to gather in Tahrir Square, demanding further change. Key among their demands are the removal of the country's 30-year-old emergency law that allows people to be arrested and held without charge, the dissolution of the State Security Investigation Bureau and the immediate release of all political prisoners. So, just what is next for Egypt's revolution? [...]"
Flashback: "Virtually 'Unknown' In The West: Libya's Water Resources" [03/04/11] "The 1st of September marks the anniversary of the opening of the major stage of Libya's Great Man-Made River Project. This incredibly huge and successful water scheme is virtually unknown in the West, yet it rivals and even surpasses all our greatest development projects. The leader of the so-called advanced countries, the United States of America cannot bring itself to acknowledge Libya's Great Man-Made River. The West refuses to recognize that a small country, with a population no more than four million, can construct anything so large without borrowing a single cent from the international banks. ...In the 1960s during oil exploration deep in the southern Libyan desert, vast reservoirs of high quality water were discovered in the form of aquifers. ... ...In Libya there are four major underground basins, these being the Kufra basin, the Sirt basin, the Morzuk basin and the Hamada basin, the first three of which contain combined reserves of 35,000 cubic kilometres of water. These vast reserves offer almost unlimited amounts of water for the Libyan people. [...]" Note: Libya is the only African country which did the obvious.
"Libya Has Billions In Sovereign Wealth Fund" [03/04/11] "It will be difficult to impose sanctions on about $70 billion in liquid assets Libya has in its sovereign wealth fund in Britain and elsewhere, officials said. It will be difficult to impose sanctions on about $70 billion in liquid assets Libya has in its sovereign wealth fund in Britain and elsewhere, officials said. The Libyan Investment Authority includes investments in several countries, including Britain, where it has investments in a publishing house, and Italy, where it has an ownership stake in a soccer club, The New York Times reported. Saif Gadhafi, one of Libyan ruler Moammar Gadhafi's sons, established the fund in 2006. The move was ostensibly to show the world Libya was ready to open itself to the west. [...]"
"Gaddafi loses Libya: West Wants Ties With Gaddafi Hidden" [02/28/11] [8:28] Full Screen Mode "Opposition forces in Libya say they're planning a final assault on the capital Tripoli. It's essentially the last part of the country that remains under the control of long-time leader Colonel Gaddafi and protesters say his days in power are now numbered. A recent UN resolution has referred him to the international criminal court for war crimes - but some say there are details of his recent friendship with Western countries that neither Washington nor London would like to be revealed. RT's correspondent in the Middle East Peter Oliver has more from Cairo. [...]"
"International Monetary Fund, February 15, 2011: "The Outlook For Libya’s Economy Remains Favorable" [02/28/11] Note: I'm sure it did. Related: "Libyan Arms Deals Come Back to Haunt Europe February 24"
Commentary: "US And Europe Step Up Preparations For Intervention In Libya" [02/26/11] "The Obama administration yesterday announced a series of unilateral sanctions against Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in Libya, including suspension of US military cooperation and cancellation of military component sales. Washington also closed the US embassy in Tripoli and asked international financial institutions to monitor any money transfers made by senior Libyan officials. [...] Behind the various diplomatic manoeuvres, the major imperialist powers are accelerating their contingency plans for military intervention in Libya. The Obama administration continues to stress that “all options are on the table.” Speaking from Bahrain on Thursday, Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff, said, “We are looking at all our capabilities and a range of contingencies, as we always do.” He added that he would provide President Obama with “options as comprehensive and robust and as far-ranging as we can think of.” The European powers have also mobilised their forces. Italian Defence Minister Ignazio La Russia yesterday told the SkyTG24 news channel that his government was planning a “military operation” to rescue Italian nationals stranded in southeast Libya. Britain is preparing likewise. Elite SAS forces are now in Malta, 360 kilometres off the coast of Tripoli, while two naval frigates have been deployed to the Mediterranean. British media reports have referred to a “range of other assets” in the region, including Chinook helicopters and Hercules and C17 aircraft. An emergency NATO meeting was held in Brussels yesterday afternoon. A subsequent statement said NATO would “continue to consult in order to be prepared for any eventuality.” Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen previously stressed that the organisation had “assets that can be used in a situation like this.” The DEBKAfile web site, associated with Israeli military intelligence, claims that “hundreds of US, British and French military advisers, including intelligence officers, were dropped from warships and missile boats at the coastal towns of Benghazi and Tobruk Thursday Feb. 24.” No evidence is publicly available to corroborate this report, however."
Commentary: "Behind The Arab Revolt Is A Word We Dare Not Speak" John Pilger [02/26/11] "The revolt in the Arab world is not merely against a resident dictator but a worldwide economic tyranny designed by the US Treasury and imposed by the US Agency for International Development, the IMF and World Bank, which have ensured that rich countries like Egypt are reduced to vast sweatshops, with half the population earning less than $2 a day. The people’s triumph in Cairo was the first blow against what Benito Mussolini called corporatism, a word that appears in his definition of fascism. [...] Shortly after the invasion of Iraq in 2003, I interviewed Ray McGovern, one of an elite group of CIA officers who prepared the President’s daily intelligence brief. McGovern was at the apex of the "national security" monolith that is American power and had retired with presidential plaudits. On the eve of the invasion, he and 45 other senior officers of the CIA and other intelligence agencies wrote to President George W. Bush that the "drumbeat for war" was based not on intelligence, but lies. "It was 95 per cent charade," McGovern told me. "How did they get away with it?" "The press allowed the crazies to get away with it." "Who are the crazies?" "The people running the [Bush] administration have a set of beliefs a lot like those expressed in Mein Kampf … these are the same people who were referred to in the circles in which I moved, at the top, as ‘the crazies.’ [...]"
Pro-Publica: "The Latest on Crackdowns in the Mideast and U.S. Responses" [02/26/11] "As protests—and crackdowns—have been rippling through the Middle East, the U.S. response has varied by country. We’ve been tracking what’s happening and how the United States has responded in our overview of Middle East crackdowns . Here’s an updated version with the latest on developments in the region and how U.S. strategy is playing out: [...]"
"Saudi King Orders $37 Billion In Handouts To Prevent Popular Uprising" [02/25/11] "Saudi King Abdullah returned home on Wednesday after a three-month medical absence and unveiled benefits for Saudis worth some $37 billion in an apparent bid to insulate the world’s top oil exporter from an Arab protest wave. The king, who had been convalescing in Morocco after back surgery in New York in November, stood as he descended from the plane in a special lift. He then took to a wheelchair. Hundreds of men in white robes performed a traditional Bedouin sword dance on carpets laid out at Riyadh airport for the return of the monarch, thought to be 87. Abdullah left his ailing octogenarian half-brother, Crown Prince Sultan, in charge during his absence. Before Abdullah arrived, state media announced an action plan to help lower- and middle-income people among the 18 million Saudi nationals. It includes pay rises to offset inflation, unemployment benefits and affordable family housing. [...]"
"Protesters Back In Cairo's Tahrir Square Despite Army Appeals" [02/24/11] "An anti-government rally in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Tuesday drew a few thousand people, far less than what organizers had hoped for, amid appeals from the country's military leaders to refrain from staging further protests. The April 6 Youth Movement spoke of 'a symbolic march to reiterate people's specific demands.' Human rights lawyer Emad Mubarak told the German Press Agency dpa that he and other activists in Tahrir Square had decided to disregard the army's appeal. 'The protest's goal is to stress one main demand, which is to remove Ahmed Shafiq's government and form a transitional government,' he said, in reference to the current premier, who was appointed by Hosny Mubarak shortly before his resignation as president. [...]" Related: See "Middle East" news page link for related stories in that region.
"Gaddafi Orders Explosion Of Libya's Oil Pipelines" Jerusalem Post [02/23/11] "Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has ordered his security forces to sabotage oil facilities, Time magazine reported Wednesday, quoting a source close to Gaddafi. According to the report, the forces were ordered to start blowing up oil pipelines in order to cut off flows to ports in the Mediterranean. "The sabotage, according to the insider, is meant to serve as a message to Libya's rebellious tribes: It's either me or chaos," said the report. Time also reported that the insider said Gaddafi only has the support of about 5,000 soldiers in the army and that the Libyan leader has told people close to him that he realizes he cannot take control over Libya with the troops he has. [...]" Note: The source of this information is a Robert Baer, a former CIA case officer. Batteries not included. Your mileage may vary. Related: MSM: "Gaddafi's Next Move: Sabotage Oil and Sow Chaos?" Time Magazine "...There’s been virtually no reliable information coming out of Tripoli, but a source close to the Gaddafi regime I did manage to get hold of told me the already terrible situation in Libya will get much worse. Among other things, Gaddafi has ordered security services to start sabotaging oil facilities. They will start by blowing up several oil pipelines, cutting off flow to Mediterranean ports. The sabotage, according to the insider, is meant to serve as a message to Libya’s rebellious tribes: It’s either me or chaos. [...]"
Alex Jones Interviews: "Lindsey Williams: NWO to Target Iran & Saudi Arabia Next, Oil to Hit $200 a Barrel" [02/22/11] [15:25] "Alex welcomes to the show ordained Baptist minister Lindsey Williams. Lindsey will reveal on the Alex Jones Show today new groundbreaking information about the plans of the global elite. Because of the executive status accorded to him as Chaplain of the Alyeska Pipeline Company, Williams has been privy to the plans of the elite for years. Last year Williams predicted the price of oil would go up significantly and the market has since skyrocketed, most recently in response to the outbreak of engineered revolution and violence in the Middle East, developments also revealed to Williams by the global elite. Alex also covers the latest breaking news and takes your calls during the show. [...]" Part 2 [15:26]| Part 3 [13:49]| Part 4 [14:43]| Part 5 [13:47]
"Anti Government Protests Continue In Bahrain" [02/22/11] [2:13] "Anti-government demonstrators in Bahrain woke up in their camps in the capital, Manama. Hundreds of people spent the night in the Pearl roundabout after the government ordered the military to withdraw from the area. Al Jazeera's James Bays reports on what is next for the protesters. [...]"
"Oil Hits 2.5-year High on Arab Revolts" [02/22/11] "As the Libyan revolt convulses into the bloodiest protest in the Arab world, oil reached its highest level in two-and-a-half years. Brent crude reached $108 per barrel for the first time since 2008. Libya is one of the biggest oil producers in the world with one of the largest proven oil reserves on the African continent. They export approximately 400 million barrels of oil per year, or about 1.1 million per day. The civil unrest in Libya follows the overthrow of Mubarak in Egypt which has left the future of the Suez Canal somewhat uncertain. Although all indications are that the transitional Egyptian authorities will respect diplomatic and economic treaties, commodities markets are still concerned. Diplomatic staff and oil services companies from the United States and the European Union announced their evacuations from Libya further straining the flow of oil. Oil prices will likely continue to increase as long as the civil unrest persists in the Arab world. [...]" Note: If there is unrest, the price of oil should be frozen until its over. Related: See below:
Alex Jones Interviews: "Lindsey Williams: Globalists Hijack Middle East, Cause Food Riots and Spike Gas Prices" [02/22/11] [15:20] Part 2 [8:50] Related: "Bilderberg Hand': Deadly Chaos In Libya, Bahrain As Wave Of Rage Spreads" [2:35] "Government buildings are reported to be on fire in the Libyan capital Tripoli as demonstrators demand an end to the 41-year rule of Colonel Gaddafi. The son of the Libyan leader blamed opposition groups and outsiders for instigating the protests. The army is reported to be using live ammunition against demonstrators, with international organisations putting the current death toll at over 200. In a televised national address Seif Al-Islam Gaddafi said this number was exaggerated, also dismissing reports that his father fled the country. Meanwhile the unrest continues to spread further through the region with protests in Yemen, Bahrain and Morocco. Regional expert Adrian Salbuchi says that global dominance groups are behind the wave of revolts.[...]"
"Some Libyan AF Jet's Defect to Malta: Pilots Ask for Asylum: Refuse to Bomb Protesters" [02/22/11] [4:21] Other pilots chose otherwise: "Warplanes Attacking Civilians Of Tripoli" [1:58]
"Mass Strike Ferment Continues and Spreads in Southwest Asia and Africa" [02/21/11] "LIBYA is exploding, as Qaddafi's sharpshooters and tanks fired on demonstrators, killing as many as 200. Reports from Asian intelligence sources indicate that African and Pakistani mercenaries are firing on the Libyan demonstrators, while the demonstrators have been joined by armed fighters from other Arab countries. [...]"
"Gaddafi Flees Tripoli As Protesters Set The Libyan Parliament Building Alight" [02/21/11] "Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has fled Libya and may be heading for Venezuela, William Hague said today. The Foreign Secretary said he had seen 'information' that suggests Gaddafi is on his way to the South American country - as Libya was up in flames amid increasingly bloody battles between protesters and security forces. Libyan fighter jets and helicopters reportedly fired on protesters in the capital Tripoli, with indiscriminate bombing runs leaving 'many, many dead'. One protester told Al Jazeera:'What we are witnessing today is unimaginable. Warplanes and helicopters are indiscriminately bombing one area after another. There are many, many dead. 'Our people are dying. It is the policy of scorched earth,'he said. 'Anyone who moves, even if they are in their car they will hit you.' He said the bombing runs initially targeted a funeral procession, as Tripoli was rocked by gunfire after anti-government demonstrators breached the state television building and set government property alight. Security forces appeared to be preparing a major assault in the capital tonight, as state TV said troops had 'stormed the hideouts of the saboteurs'. Snipers took up positions on rooftops and jets swooped low over rooftops, apparently trying to stop more opposition activists joining those who are already overwhelming the city. [...]" Related: See below. "Oil Companies Plan Evacuations From Libya"
Commentary: "Libya: A Real Revolution" Lew Rockwell [02/21/11] "If what I am reading at Al Jazeera and the February 17th weblog of Libyan rebels is true, it appears the people of Libya have done something amazing and truly heroic — they have broken the back of the regime of Colonel Muammar Qaddafī and forced him to flee (though no one is for certain whether the Brother Leader has fled or not). It is true that protests and fighting have spread to the capital Tripoli, Libyans are chanting “There is no God but God and Qaddafī is the enemy of God,” and soldiers and army units are mutinying. Libyan diplomats are resigning (one publicly during an interview) and the country’s top Islamic scholar has proclaimed publicly it is a religious duty to resist the regime. It is one thing for Tunisians to topple a government with not much of an army, and another for Egyptians to take on a state where the loyalty of the army was uncertain (and largely pro-people). But the Libyans have taken on a state that was willing and able to shoot back (much like the shia of Bahrain), even to the point of using anti-aircraft guns and artillery against demonstrators, and it appears the people are succeeding. If they haven’t rid themselves of the odious Qaddafī tonight (this morning in Libya), it is very likely they will soon. The implications of this are staggering. No regime in the region is now safe. No regime in the world is now safe. We live in a moment when “the people, united, cannot be defeated.” At least not when fighting for their dignity and their right to rule themselves. (It’s just pathetic when people chant that when fighting for “health care” or higher wages.) No state in the world is safe. People have shown that it is possible to face down the guns and prove the pointlessness of state power — of the kind of violence the state can bring to bear — when they are unafraid of that violence. This is not the ushering in of libertarian paradise by any means. But it is the end of the kind of state that thought it could forever bully human beings into submission. Such states are brittle, and appear to break quickly. Not easily, but relatively quickly. Finally, I am reminded of a quote from the TV series Firefly: “We have done the impossible, and that makes us mighty.” [...]" Related: "Live Ammunition Fired At Libyan People As Gaddafi Orders "Shoot To Kill" [7:14] "Latest figures show the death toll from clashes in Libya's massive popular uprising against long-time ruler Muammar Gaddafi is nearing 300. Reports have put the number of people killed in the country's second largest city, Benghazi at more than 200 over the past days. Hospital officials, however, estimate that the countrywide death toll may be close to 300, with at least 20 protesters killed overnight. According to witnesses, snipers fired on protestors while security forces opened up with heavy weapons. Doctors in Benghazi say most of those injured sustained gunshot wounds. The Libyan government is opening fire from helicopters to crack down on pro-democracy protesters as nationwide protests continue to shake the foundation of the Gaddafi regime. Protesters have been demanding the ouster of the Libyan leader, who has been in power for over 40 years. [...]" "Libya Protests: UK's Hague Condemns "Horrifying" Violence" [6:42] "Death Toll Rises In Libyan Unrest - Aljazeera English" [1:50]
"Mass Strike Ferment Spreads In Persian Gulf, North Africa" [02/21/11] "The mass strike wave, sweeping the Persian Gulf and North Africa, was punctuated by an intensification of violence by government-hired mercenaries in Libya on Saturday, and by significant concessions to protesters in Bahrain. [...]"
World Politics: "'Obama can go to hell,' says Arab MK on UNSC vote" Jerusalem Post [02/20/11] "US President Barack Obama betrayed the Palestinians and the Arab world by instructing the American delegation to the United Nations to veto a Security Council resolution condemning Jewish settlements in the West Bank as illegal, United Arab List MK Ibrahim Sarsour wrote in an open letter to Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas Saturday. In the letter, Sarsour accused Obama of surrendering to Israel, blind bias toward the Jewish state and directing undue pressure and threats against the Palestinian leadership. “Obama cannot be trusted. We knew his promises were lies. The time has come to spit in the face of the Americans.” Sarsour condemned former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali as American agents in the Middle East. [...]"
"Israel Calls Egypt Allowing Iranian Naval Vessels Through Suez Canal "Provocation" [02/19/11] [2:40] Note: Several comments below the video question why Israel thinks it controls the Suez canal, and the world.
"Pirates Hijack Four Americans; U.S. Assesses Responses" [02/19/11] "The United States says it is assessing possible responses after Somali pirates hijacked a yacht with four Americans on board. The Associated Press reported the boat was hijacked in the Arabian sea off the coast of Somalia on February 18. A spokesman, Matt Goshko, at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, which oversees Somalia, said U.S. agencies were working to "assess options and possible responses." Pirates have increased attacks off the coast of East Africa in recent years despite an international flotilla of warships dedicated to stop the pirate assaults. [...]" Note: It should be obvious why the 'pirates' and the problem with Somalia still exist. It seems really convenient that all this happens in the Arabian Sea at the same time US naval forces have swarmed into the area. This article is also from "Radio Free Europe", a long-time US propaganda outfit, which 'inserts' US opinion and rhetoric into the public awareness in those areas.
"The Middle East and Then the World" [02/19/11] "Beginning in North Africa, now unfolding in the Middle East and Iran, and soon to spread to Eastern Europe and Asia, the globalist fueled color revolutions are attempting to profoundly transform entire regions of the planet in one sweeping move. It is an ambitious gambit, perhaps even one born of desperation, with the globalists' depravity and betrayal on full display to the world with no opportunity to turn back now. To understand the globalists' reasoning behind such a bold move, it helps to understand their ultimate end game and the obstacles standing between them and their achieving it. [...] The end game of course is a world spanning system of global governance. This is a system controlled by Anglo-American financiers and their network of global institutions ensuring the world's consolidated nations conform to a singular system they can then perpetually fleece. As megalomaniacal oligarchs, their singular obsession is the consolidation and preservation of their power. This will be achieved through a system of population control, industrial control, and monetary control, which together form the foundation of their Malthusian policies. These policies are on full display in the UN's "Agenda 21," and by policy wonks like the current White House Science Adviser John Holdren in his book titled "Ecoscience." Malthusian as their policies may be, they surely do not believe the world is in danger due to over-population or the environmental hazards posed by industrial progress. Instead, like all tyrants in history, they are establishing a convincing narrative to defend the immense concentration of undue power within their elitist hands and the implementation of measures to ensure such power stays in their hands indefinitely. The immediate dangers posed to their plans are numerous, including an alternative media increasingly exposing the true nature of their agenda, and thus awakening a vast number of people who simply refuse to go along with it. There is also national sovereignty, where nations are openly challenging this Anglo-American centric world order and refusing to implement the conditions of their own enslavement.
These sweeping color revolutions, and coordinated military operations, both overt and covert, are dealing with the latter of these two challenges, while censorship, cognitive infiltration, and a tightening police state spanning the Western world under the very false premise of a "War on Terror" confronts the former.[...]"
"Arab League Says Summit Will Take Place" [02/19/11] "The turmoil sweeping the Middle East will not postpone the scheduled Arab League summit, the organization said Friday. Ambassador Hisham Youssef, chief of the league's general secretariat in Cairo, told the Kuwaiti news agency KUNA no country has called for putting off the meeting set for Baghdad in early March. "We have not received any request from any member state in this regard," he said. There had been reports that league had decided to postpone the annual summit, which rotates among Arab capitals. [...]"
"Protesters Retake Square in Bahrain While Libya and Yemen Try to Suppress Protests" [02/19/11] "Protesters in Bahrain fought past riot policemen who sprayed them with tear gas and shot at them with rubber bullets Saturday, retaking a central square and leading the country's crown prince to say he had ordered the army out of the area. The announcement set off a wave of jubilation among the thousands of protesters in Pearl Square, the heart of the country's uprising, and added new pressures for shaken governments in Libya and Yemen as they made new moves to stifle uprisings. The withdrawal of security forces in Bahrain was a victory for the country's main Shiite opposition bloc, which had rejected a call to negotiate from Bahrain's Sunni monarch until the authorities pulled the military off the streets. Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, who is also deputy commander of the military, announced in a statement that he had ordered the withdrawal of all military from the streets of Bahrain "with immediate effect," adding that the Bahrain police force would continue to oversee law and order. [...]"
"Bahrain Royal Family Orders Army To Turn On The People" [02/19/11] " [...]" Related: "How Britain Taught Arab Police Forces All They Know" "There was growing anger last night over the enmeshed relationship between authoritarian Gulf governments and the British military and police after weeks of democracy protests across the Arab world that met with violent state repression. As demonstrators in Bahrain and Libya attended funerals and faced armed soldiers yesterday, campaign groups called on the Government to re-evaluate whether Britain should be so heavily involved in the training of Arab police and the military. In the past two years, British police have helped train their counterparts in Bahrain, Libya, Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Saudi Arabia through schemes run by the National Policing Improvement Agency, which organises overseas training. [...]"
"The Battle of Bahrain" [02/19/11] "Of the new revolutionary eruptions, post-Egypt, perhaps the most problematic for Washington is the upsurge in Bahrain, where a Sunni king has long ruled over his predominantly Shi’ite subjects. King Hamad is a corrupt tyrant whose disregard for basic human rights was underscored by the actions of his security forces in storming a protest encampment in the capital city’s main square, murdering 5 protesters in a surprise assault in the dead of night, and wounding over 200. There are indications that at least some of the assailants were Saudis. Bahrain, a small island kingdom in the Persian Gulf, is connected to Saudi Arabia by a causeway. In recent years, the government has bowed to American pressure to at least put on a façade of "democratic" reform, but the changes Hillary Clinton praised in her visit to Bahrain a few months ago were merely cosmetic: the elected parliament is still an advisory body, corruption is pandemic, and citizens have no say in how they are governed or by whom. Indeed, it seems that the much-touted "reform" supposedly undertaken in the country at Washington’s request is merely a façade for political manipulation and high-end thievery. In Bahrain, torture of political dissidents is routine. The protesters aren’t seeking the overthrow of the al-Khalifa monarchy, as far as I can tell: their demands are limited to the firing of King Hamad’s uncle, Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa, whose term of office as prime minister has dragged on now for 40 years. Sheikh Khalifa, a major landowner, has come to symbolize the ill-gotten gains of the royal family, which virtually owns the entire country outright. As in Tunisia, where the weight of dictator Ben Ali’s family laid heavily on the country’s sinking fortunes – and as in Egypt, too, where the Mubarak clan had some $70 billion socked away in Swiss bank accounts – resentment over this massive thievery has boiled over into revolution. [...]" Related: "'US Backs Crackdown In Bahrain'" "The Bahraini regime cannot violently suppress its own people without the US support, a political expert says amid the escalation of pro-democracy protests in the Persian Gulf Arab state. “Bahrain is a country where the United States has an enormous military presence, so without a doubt the Bahraini regime cannot kill and slaughter its own people without knowing that they'll be supported and backed by Americans,” said Dr. Mohammad Marandi, a professor at Tehran University, in an interview with Press TV on Thursday. “The United States does not want change in any part of the Middle East; they've basically tied their foreign policy to Israel and all of these corrupt and despotic regimes…they've remained in power for decades due to the support of the United States,” he added. The Iranian scholar made the remarks in the wake of the violent crackdown against pro-democracy demonstrators in Bahrain early on Thursday when security forces raided the protesters in Pearl Square in central Manama [...]" "Bahrain Mourners Call For Toppling Of Monarchy"
"Fresh Protests Hit Iraqi Cities" [02/19/11] "Violent protests have taken place at various locations in Iraq, with anti-government protesters rallying against corruption, poor basic services and high unemployment. In Basra, the country's second largest city, about 1,000 people rallied on Friday, demanding better service delivery from the government, jobs and improved pensions. They called for the provincial governor to resign, and blocked a bridge for an hour. Protesters shouted slogans saying that while Friday's protests would be peaceful, ones held in the future may not be. [...]"
"Libya, Jordan And Yemen Hit By Renewed Unrest" [02/19/11] "Renewed civil unrest inspired by the recent uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt is being reported in three other Middle Eastern countries - Libya, Yemen and Jordan. [...]" Related: Libya: "Gadhafi Rallies Supporters Amid Widening Protests" [02/19/11] "The wave of pro-democracy protest that has swept across the Middle East has brought unprecedented pressure on leaders like Gadhafi, who have held virtually unchecked power for decades. The man who has controlled Libya since 1969 rode in a motorcade through the nation's capital of Tripoli on Thursday and, according to eyewitnesses, also sent out forces that included French-speaking fighters. Witnesses in Beyida and Zentan, 75 miles south of Tripoli, said "special militia" units called Khamis Brigades were deployed in their cities. [...]"
"Scholar Tells Arab Regimes To Listen To People" [02/19/11] "world's foremost Sunni Muslim scholar last night called on autocratic Arab leaders to listen to their people and acknowledge the region has changed. Yusuf al-Qaradawi made the call at a rally in the Egyptian capital as Gulf Sunni monarchies endorsed Bahrain's crackdown on Shia pro-democracy protesters. "The world has changed, the world has progressed, and the Arab world has changed within," said the Egyptian-born cleric, who is usually based in the Gulf state of Qatar. "Don't obstruct the people. Don't try to lead them on with empty talk. Conduct a real dialogue with them." While Sheik Qaradawi delivered the warning in a sermon to hundreds of thousands in Cairo's Tahrir Square celebrating the ousting of president Hosni Mubarak, he has a wider audience of tens of millions with a popular show on al-Jazeera television. [...]"
Other Perspectives: "1979 Sadat-Israel ‘War Treaty’ Against Palestinians And Muslims Not Binding On Egyptians" [02/18/11] "Israel never respected the so-called 1979 ‘Peace Treaty’ with former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat as it is still occupying Palestinian lands and stealing more. A murdering thief who steals people’s homes should neither be allowed to keep any nor be allowed to use stolen property as a bargaining chip. In a civilised world, stolen property must be returned to their owners under pain of sanction. For over 30 years the so-called 1979 ‘Peace Treaty’ was used as a weapon to make war against Palestinians in occupied Palestine and Muslims in Egypt. Sadat’s effective War Treaty with Israel has been the cornerstone of instability, repression and Jewish terror in occupied Palestine and interference in the internal affairs of Arab countries. [...]"
"Overview of Middle East Crackdowns and the (Varying) U.S. Responses to Each" [02/17/11] "As protests—and crackdowns—have been rippling through the Middle East, the U.S. response has varied by country. For instance, while the Obama administration has been vocal about events in Iran, it has been relatively quiet about violence by pro-government forces in Yemen. Here’s a brief look at what’s happening in some key countries—and the U.S.’s response in each. [...]"
Alex Jones: "Webster Griffin Tarpey: The Globalist Conquest of Egypt & The Middle East is Almost Complete - Part 1" [02/17/11] [14:59] Part 2 [10:04]
"Libya Protests: Second City Benghazi Hit By Violence" [02/17/11] "Hundreds of anti-government protesters have clashed with police and government supporters in Libya's second city, in the latest display of unrest in the Arab world. Dozens of people are said to have been hurt in the clashes in Benghazi. The overnight unrest followed the arrest of an outspoken government critic, who was reportedly freed later. State TV showed demonstrations in several cities said to be in support of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. The unrest comes a day before planned anti-government demonstrations on Thursday, dubbed a "Day of Anger", which are being organised via internet social networks. Pro-democracy protests have recently swept through several Arab nations, with the presidents of Tunisia and Egypt forced to resign amid growing unrest. But Wednesday's demonstrations were the first display of defiance in Libya, where dissent is rarely tolerated. [...]"
US Politics: "McCain Calls Middle East Pro-Democracy Movement A ‘Virus’ [02/16/11] Video clip included. "This virus is spreading throughout the Middle East. The president of Yemen, as you know, just made the announcement that he wasn’t running again. This, I would argue, is probably the most dangerous period of history in — of our entire involvement in the Middle East, at least in modern times. Israel is in danger of being surrounded by countries that are against the very existence of Israel, are governed by radical organizations. [...]" Related: "The Young Turks Comment on "Middle East Democracy 'Virus' - McCain" [3:30] | Other Perspectives: "Beleaguered Egyptian Opposition Leader Says 'Freedom Is Infectious'" Note: What is 'infectious' ... the spread of meaningful and progressive ideas to the Arabs ... is looked at as a 'virus' to be eliminated by the likes of McCain, whose pathological comments are typical of those sequentials who have limited mentality and no emotional capability .... sociopathic behavior.
"Protests continue in Bahrain and Yemen" [02/16/11] "Anti-government protests are ongoing in Bahrain and Yemen, despite violence from riot police and regime supporters. [...]"
"Ahmadinejad Sniffs At Iranian Protesters" [02/16/11] "Ever at the ready with a grandiose metaphor, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dismissed the latest efforts of protesters in his country clamoring for regime change, claiming Tuesday that they were “going nowhere” and out to “tarnish the Iranian nation’s brilliance.” [...]"
"Iran Has an Uprising of Its Own" [02/15/11] "Clashes between Iranian police and hundreds of thousands of protesters wracked central Tehran on Monday as security forces beat and fired tear gas at opposition supporters hoping to evoke Egypt’s recent popular uprising. The opposition called for a demonstration Monday in solidarity with Egypt’s popular revolt that a few days earlier forced the president there to resign after nearly 30 years in office. The rally is the first major show of strength for Iran’s cowed opposition in more than a year. Police used tear gas against the protesters in central Tehran’s Enghelab, or Revolution, square and in Imam Hossein square, as well as in other nearby main streets. Demonstrators responded by setting garbage bins on fire to protect themselves from the stinging white clouds. The opposition has taken to the streets of Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz, Tabriz and Kermanshah in Iran in defiance of a government ban. Marching silently at first, thousands of people have answered the call of their leaders Mirhossien Moussavi and Mehdi Karroubi to show their support for the popular uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt.[...]" Video clip [0:47]
"An Islamic Political Analysis Of Egyptian Revolution" [02/14/11] [18:01] Note: Interesting discussion. Full Screen Mode
"CIA Million-Dollar Modeling Couldn't Predict Egypt Revolution'" [02/14/11] [5:07] "Egypt's military leaders have dissolved parliament and suspended the constitution, taking power from deposed president Hosni Mubarak. The higher military council said it would stay in power for six months, or until elections are held. A committee is now being formed to amend the constitution and set laws for the interim period. Some Egyptian and Arab media are reporting that the 82-year-old former head-of-state is in poor health and may even be in a coma. There has been no official response from Cairo to the rumours regarding Mubarak's condition. Meanwhile, after Washington called events in Egypt a victory for democracy, author and journalist Afshin Rattansi says it's not an American triumph. [...]" Full Screen Mode Note: Any good astrologer could have predicted all of this.
"Suleiman A Key Member Of Egypt's Military Council" [02/13/11] "Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, whose key member is Vice President Omar Suleiman, was handed power by Hosni Mubarak before he quit as president after more than 30 years in power Friday. Suleiman, a former intelligence chief, is one of the serving and retired military officers who are on the powerful council. [...]"
Flashback: "Hamas: Mubarak Helping Israel Starve Gaza Palestinians" [02/13/11] "The Egyptian government has faced rising domestic and regional criticism since a report first published by the Israeli newspaper Haaretz said Egypt was building an underground steel barrier along the Gaza border to curtail smuggling through tunnels under the border. The Egyptian military announced this morning that they will continue to starve the Gazans for their masters in Israel. Some revolution. Looks like they revolved 360 degrees and came up empty. [...]" Note: The irony is that this 1/25/11 article was in the Israeli press.
"Algeria Shuts Down Internet And Facebook As Protest Mounts" [02/12/11] "Internet providers were shut down and Facebook accounts deleted across Algeria on Saturday as thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators were arrested in violent street demonstrations. [...]"
"Pro-Democracy Fever Comes to Algeria" [02/12/11] "Are we seeing the next “Battle of Algiers”? Coming only a day after the fall of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, thousands of people defied a government ban to hold a pro-democracy rally in Algeria. Shouting “Bouteflika out!” in reference to the country’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, protesters joined an upwelling in the region demanding more freedoms and improved living conditions. Algeria has been under a state of emergency since 1992. [...]" Note: "Someone could make a killing on suppositories in this part of the world ... and of course, on Preparation H ... as everything in life becomes a strain" Takit Upthias, beleaguered Arabic reporter.
"Algeria: Protesters Defy Government Ban As 30,000 Riot Police Protect Capital Square" [02/12/11] "Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Algeria's capital and other main cities demanding the government's ouster, mirroring protests in fellow North African countries Egypt and Tunisia. A day after pro-democracy protesters drove Egypt's longtime leader Hosni Mubarak from power, Algerians were in the streets demanding their own President Abdelaziz Bouteflika leave office. Protesters chanting, "No to the police state!" and "Bouteflika out!" News reports say crowds were in the thousands but far out numbered by riot police. Protests also took place in other cities, including the Mediterranean hub of Oran, also against government orders. In the capital city, demonstrators skirmished with the riot police. Journalists on the scene reported several arrests. One protester told France-Info radio he was afraid, but he was on the street anyway so he and his children could live in liberty. The power may not fall right away, he said, but it will fall eventually. Saturday's protests were organized by a new umbrella group, the National Coalition for Change and Democracy. But they have not been backed by Algeria's main trade unions or banned Islamist groups. Many of the same ingredients fueling the Tunisian and Egyptian protests are also present in Algeria - high unemployment, a growing gap between rich and poor and a large and restless youth population. [...]" Related: "Now Revolution Takes Hold In Algeria" | "Protests rock Algeria and Yemen" [1:42]| "Algeria Protesters Clash With Riot Police" [0:28] |
"Egypt Fed Up With Foreign Bullying - People Won't Accept New Stooge" [02/12/11] [9:46]
"Mubarak slammed U.S. in phone call with Israeli lawmaker" [02/12/11] "Hosni Mubarak had harsh words for the United States and what he described as its misguided quest for democracy in the Middle East in a telephone call with an Israeli lawmaker a day before he quit as Egypt's president. The legislator, former cabinet minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, said on Israel TV Friday he came away from the 20-minute conversation Thursday with the feeling the 82-year-old leader realized "it was the end of the Mubarak era." [...]"
"Mubarak's Ouster Reverberates Across Middle East" [02/12/11] Video clip "NBC's Martin Fletcher reports from Tel Aviv on what Mubarak's resignation means for the entire Arab region. (Nightly News) [...]"
"Military Takes Power as Mubarak Resigns" [02/11/11] "Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has stepped down, causing the country's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to take power on Friday, according to the Egypt State Information Service, which was restored after the state lifted a controversial Internet blackout. The much-anticipated news comes two and a half weeks after mass protests took hold of Egypt on Jan. 25, calling for an end to Mubarak's 30-year autocratic reign. [...]" Note: But tyrant Omar Saleiman is still in power. Out of the blue, we saw what looked as the strongest regime in the Middle East collapse in 18 days of peaceful demonstrations in a country where there were over a million people (out of a slightly over 80 million) who formed part of a secret police. A true '1984' type of society.
Commentary: "Israel Staggered By Egypt Protests, Social Tensions At Home" Jean Shaoul [02/11/11] "The right-wing Israeli government of Minister Benyamin Netanyahu has been staggered by the massive demonstrations and strike wave engulfing Egypt, its critical Arab ally in the region, and the simultaneous emergence of social opposition in Israel itself. In recent weeks, there have been several demonstrations in Israel’s predominantly Arab towns in support of the Egypt protests, including a small one in Tel Aviv of Palestinian and Jewish Israelis. In addition, Israel’s newspapers have noted in passing expressions of public sympathy for the mass protests in Egypt calling for an end to the Mubarak regime. Not so the Israeli government. In speech after speech, Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu has warned that should the Mubarak dictatorship fall, chaos will prevail. Though the Muslim Brotherhood do not have majority support and have made very clear their intention not to lead protests against Mubarak, Netanyahu constantly raises the spectre of the Islamic revolution in Iran: the Islamists, meaning the Muslim Brotherhood, will take control in Egypt, abrogate the 1978-9 peace deal at Camp David, and march on Israel. By implication, Netanyahu is suggesting that the fall of the Mubarak dictatorship is an event Israel might oppose by force. The Israeli ruling class’s fear over the events in Egypt is two-fold. In the first place, Egypt—with its large economy, population of nearly 80 million, and control of the Suez Canal—is Israel’s key ally in the region. It has played the crucial role in strangling resistance to the dispossession of the Palestinians. [...]"
"Wikileaks: Suleiman Told Israel He Would 'Cleanse' Sinai Of Arms Runners To Gaza" [02/11/11] "The news is more evidence of the close ties between Israel, the United States and Mr Suleiman, who is tipped to replace Hosni Mubarak as Egypt’s president. The close relationship has emerged from American diplomatic cables leaked to the WikiLeaks website and passed to The Daily Telegraph. Mr Suleiman is Israel’s preferred candidate to replace 82-year-old Mr Mubarak. A secret hotline between Mr Suleiman and the Israelis was said to be "in daily use", according to US diplomatic cables... [...]"
"Webster G. Tarpley on The Alex Jones Show" [02/11/11] "Mubarak Defies CIA Coup; Won't Quit; No Dictates From US; Egypt Independent and Sovereign, Not US Satellite; Panetta Stupidity in Blurting Out Imperialist Plan Lets Hosni Ride Nationalist Backlash in Countercoup; Protesters Exposed as Foreign Puppets [...]" Note: Download MP3
"Hamas and PLO suppress solidarity action for Egypt" [02/11/11] "For years the Islamist Hamas and the Palestine Liberation Organization have been bitterly hostile to one another. Nevertheless, both organizations have responded in almost identical fashion to the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia. Demonstrations of solidarity with the Egyptian people have been ruthlessly suppressed in both the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip and the PLO-governed West Bank. Some days ago Hamas physically broke up a solidarity demonstration for Egypt. According to Human Rights Watch and Spiegel Online, six women and ten men were singled out for arrest and beaten. Even though Hamas has links to the Muslim Brotherhood, which is half-heartedly supporting the Egyptian demonstrations, the organization obviously fears that the mass movement could spread to Gaza and threaten its own rule. The social conditions in Gaza are catastrophic. More than half of the 1.5 million population are under 18 years old and “to be young in the Gaza Strip means, in most cases, having no work and no means to make the money necessary for a wedding,” according to Spiegel correspondent Ulrike Putz. “The young people have no way to use their leisure time in a meaningful way, and certainly no way to change their personal circumstances. If you want to travel, you need a permit. These are only given to people under 16 or over 35 years of age.” [...]"
"Egyptian General: 9/11 Was An Inside Job" [02/11/11] [6:54] "On a televison interview Egyptian General Muhammad Khilf says enemy agents in the White House and Israel carried out 9/11. US generals are still blaming a cave dweller on kidney dialysis in Afghanistan for 9/11. [...]"
"Egyptian City Of Alexandria Prepares For Fresh Protests" [02/11/11] "Alexandria's picturesque harbor and long beaches have long made it the center of Egyptian domestic tourism. Now it is making its case as the center of the biggest antigovernment protests ... [...]"
"Egypt Protests: Mubarak Remains - Russia Today Interviews Wayne Madsen" [02/11/11] [7:48] "Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak said in a national address Thursday evening that he will not step down until a new president is selected in elections. Investigative journalist Wayne Madsen says President Mubarak sent out signals earlier he would meet the demands of the protestors but this is not meeting their demands. [...]" Related: "Mubarak Says He's Staying, But Transferring Some Power To Suleiman, Infuriating Crowds" "... What moments before had been an atmosphere of joyful celebration, with protesters dancing and singing in anticipation of Mubarak's resignation, quickly turned to anger. Many in the furious crowd waved their shoes in a traditional Arabic expression of anger, chanting, "He must leave! He must leave!" A large group of people quickly began marching toward the presidential palace, where Mubarak had spoken from. Vice President Suleiman appeared on state TV shortly after Mubarak and urged protesters to “go back home” and ignore foreign elements that aimed to “weaken Egypt” and “cause chaos.” [...]" Video clip [4:59]
"Mubarak Leaving, Suleiman Assassination Attempt" [02/11/11] "Reports received from senior intelligence officials in the Middle East indicate that President Mubarak of Egypt will leave the country within 48 hours. Diplomats from embassies throughout the region have been notified as has the United States, Israel and Russia. Mubarak claims to be suffering from an illness requiring medical care. We are told that “care” will be given in Germany. [...]"
Anomaly: "Saudi Ministry Profusely Denies Report Of King Abdullah’s Death" [02/11/11] "Saudi Arabian officials were on a PR offensive Thursday following a report that claimed King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud, 86, had suffered a heart attack after speaking to US President Barack Obama about the protests in Egypt. The initial report, which alleged that the incident went unreported due to political sensitivities in the region, came from the Islam Times. The site did not appear to be one that traffics in conspiracy theories, although at least one of the links on their front page pointed to an article that examined the beliefs of a Sept. 11 theorist by the name of "Michael Everyman." Another claimed that Egypt's embattled president had escaped from the presidential palace to an unnamed air force base. Other stories appeared to show a greater emphasis on original reporting by the publication, with extensive coverage in Middle Eastern countries. [...]" Related: Unconfirmed Report Going Around That Saudi King Abdullah Has Died" "Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz passed away yesterday, according to an Islam Times reporter... King Abdullah talked with Obama about the situation in Egypt over the phone yesterday. Obama and the King got into a heated debate about their opinions of what Hosni Mubarak should do. After the phone call sources stated that King Abdullah was furious and then suffered a sudden heart attack. Doctors ran to his rescue but were unable to save him. He was pronounced dead, but his death was not reported due to the sensative conditions that exist in the region. The Saudi Arabian government will reject this claim; but the ball is in their court to prove that he is alive. [...]"
"Egypt And US Swap Barbs As Tension Mounts" [02/10/11] "A top Egyptian minister accused the United States Wednesday of imposing its "will" on its Arab ally, even as the White House warned Cairo had fallen short of a "minimum threshold" for reform. Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit lashed out in a television interview on a day when Washington also stiffened its line towards Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman, who has opened a dialogue with opposition groups. [...]" Note: See the Social Dynamics: " Middle East" news link at the top of this panel for related stories.
"'Corrupt' Mubarak Fortune In Focus As Western Cash Donors Exposed" [02/10/11] [4:19] "Egypt is witnessing the biggest anti-government rallies across the country since the protests began over two weeks ago. It comes despite attempts by the authorities to introduce constitutional reform to help manage a peaceful transfer of power. [...]"
"Egypt Revolt Spreads To Workforce" [02/10/11] Video clip "Frustrated workers staged dozens of strikes on Wednesday, unleashing years of pent-up anger toward both President Mubarak and their bosses, who have prospered under a corrupt system. NBC's Richard Engel reports. (Nightly News) [...]"
Propaganda: "US Congress 'Warns Against' Muslim Brotherhood Role In Egypt" Jerusalem Post [02/10/11] "Barak holds meetings in Washington with top US officials amidst Cairo crisis; legislators slam Obama administration for suggesting Islamist group should have some role in government. [...]" Note: But the Muslim Brotherhood have already made a statement that they are not interested in power. "Muslim Brotherhood Says No Claims To Power" " The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt announced Wednesday they wouldn't field a candidate for presidential elections later this year."
"Israel's Barak In US For Top-Level Talks" [02/09/11] "Israel's Defence Minister Ehud Barak is to hold a series of top-level talks in Washington later on Wednesday which Israeli media say will centre on the unfolding crisis in Egypt. Barak left Israel on Tuesday for a two-day visit to Washington and New York, and is expected to meet US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Defence Secretary Robert Gates and National Security chief Tom Donilon, his office said. He is to brief Congress on Wednesday and later meet with senior White House adviser Dennis Ross alongside a number of other top defence and intelligence officials, his office said, without saying what would be on the agenda. Media reports said he will also meet UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in New York. The English-language Jerusalem Post and the Ynet news website both said Barak's visit will focus on the Egyptian unrest and its impact on Israel and the strategic balance in the region. With the Mubarak regime under threat of collapse, Israel fears a power vacuum could be exploited by Islamist elements determined to rescind the 1979 peace treaty between the two countries. [...]" Note: Creepy terrorist putz, conspiring with and intimidating others. The astrological dynamic in play will not be denied, by man or putz.
MSM: "Cables: FBI trained Egypt’s state security ‘torturers’" [02/10/11] " 'Thousands' of protesters may have been tortured: report Egypt's secret police, long accused of torturing suspects and intimidating political opponents of President Hosni Mubarak, received training at the FBI's facility in Quantico, Virginia, even as US diplomats compiled allegations of brutality against them, according to US State Department cables released by WikiLeaks. [...]"
Israeli News: "Suleiman: Egypt ‘Not Ready for Democracy’ " [02/09/11] U.S. Vice President Joe Biden calls Egyptian counterpart to reiterate U.S. stance that any future Egyptian government be determined by the country's people. Note: "Suleiman is openly insisting that Egypt simply isn’t “ready for democracy.” Which is really one of those things a savvy dictator is supposed to keep to himself, and the US, master of downplaying shameful behavior in its allies, termed the comment “unhelpful.” Though it seemed many may have designs on Suleiman as the new dictator-in-chief of Egypt’s pro-US regime, it seems this would be difficult to pull off without Suleiman insisting that he is “pro-democracy” in some nominal way and at least giving lip-service to some future reforms. It also seems to support the opposition’s claims that Suleiman is not negotiating in a sincere manner on democratic reforms, and indeed is just ignoring some of the biggest demands of the protesters, hoping they’ll eventually give up. With protests entering their third week, there is no indication that this is happening. [...]" Related: "Suleiman Is Old Friends With The CIA" [6:56] " | "Omar Suleiman: Egypt’s Torturer-In-Chief Threatens To Unleash “Dark Bats Of The Night… To Terrorize The People” "Under the Bush administration, in the context of “the global war on terror”, US renditions became “extraordinary”, meaning the objective of kidnapping and extra-legal transfer was no longer to bring a suspect to trial – but rather for interrogation to seek actionable intelligence. The extraordinary rendition program landed some people in CIA black sites – and others were turned over for torture-by-proxy to other regimes. Egypt figured large as a torture destination of choice, as did [newly-appointed Vice President, Omar] Suleiman as Egypt’s torturer-in-chief. At least one person extraordinarily rendered by the CIA to Egypt — Egyptian-born Australian citizen Mamdouh Habib — was reportedly tortured by Suleiman himself. [...]"
"Israel's Barak In US For Top-Level Talks" [02/09/11] "Israel's Defence Minister Ehud Barak is to hold a series of top-level talks in Washington later on Wednesday which Israeli media say will centre on the unfolding crisis in Egypt. Barak left Israel on Tuesday for a two-day visit to Washington and New York, and is expected to meet US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Defence Secretary Robert Gates and National Security chief Tom Donilon, his office said. He is to brief Congress on Wednesday and later meet with senior White House adviser Dennis Ross alongside a number of other top defence and intelligence officials, his office said, without saying what would be on the agenda. Media reports said he will also meet UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in New York. The English-language Jerusalem Post and the Ynet news website both said Barak's visit will focus on the Egyptian unrest and its impact on Israel and the strategic balance in the region. With the Mubarak regime under threat of collapse, Israel fears a power vacuum could be exploited by Islamist elements determined to rescind the 1979 peace treaty between the two countries. [...]" Note: Creepy terrorist putz, conspiring with and intimidating others. The astrological dynamic in play will not be denied, by man or putz.
"Mass Protests And Strikes Escalate As Egyptians Reject “Orderly Transition” [02/09/11] "Cairo’s Tahrir square was filled with its largest demonstration yet Tuesday as masses of Egyptians rejected the “orderly transition” through which the Obama administration and its principal ally, Omar Suleiman, are attempting to salvage the regime. [...]"
Analysis: "The Story of the Egyptian Revolution" [02/09/11] "A friend of mine in academia forwarded this e-mail to me from an Egyptian student whose good sense he vouches for. The student tells a story very different from what most of you are seeing on television or reading in your papers. [...]"
"Protesters Attack Police Stations In Several Egyptian Provinces" [02/09/11] "In Barambel Village in Helwan, south of Cairo, residents set the local police station on fire after a police officer shot and killed a local resident for violating the curfew. The resident had gone out during curfew hours on Monday night and was shot to death after failing to respond to the police officer's warnings. He was killed instantly. Following the incident, village residents torched the police station in which the officer was taking cover, leading to the death of the officer and total destruction of the station and its civil registry. Other police personnel managed to escape before they were caught by residents. [...]"
"Iraq: A Regime Of Torture And Secret Prisons" [02/09/11] "The government of "liberated" Iraq operates secret prisons and routinely tortures prisoners to extract confessions that are used to convict them, Amnesty charged today. Accounts of torture collected over the years include "rape and the threat of rape, beatings with cables and hosepipes, electric shocks, suspension by the limbs, piercing the body with drills, asphyxiation with plastic bags, removal of toenails with pliers, and breaking of limbs." [...]"
"Saudi Reformers Start Facebook Group" [02/09/11] "Like their Arab neighbours using the web to rally against their regimes, Saudis seeking political, social and economic reforms have created a group on Facebook that by Tuesday had nearly 2,000 members. "The people want to reform the regime" group calls for a constitutional monarchy, transparency, legislative elections, an independent and fair judicial system [...]" Note: Yeah, that will work in Saudi Arabia ... NOT ...
"U.S. 'Demands' Immediate End To Egypt's Emergency Law" [02/09/11] "The United States on Tuesday set out four steps Cairo must take to end Egypt's crisis, telling its ally to stop harassing protesters [...]"
"Suleiman: Protests Cannot Continue Much Longer" [02/09/11] "Vice President Omar Suleiman warned Tuesday that "we can't put up with" continued protests in Tahrir for a long time, saying the crisis must be ended as soon as possible in a sharply worded sign of increasing regime impatience with 16 days of mass demonstrations.Suleiman said there will be "no ending of the regime" and no immediate departure for President Hosni Mubarak, according to the state news agency MENA, reporting on a meeting between the vice president and the heads of state and independent newspapers. He told them the regime wants dialogue to resolve protesters' demands for democratic reform, adding in a veiled warning, "We don't want to deal with Egyptian society with police tools." [...]"
"Israeli Historian Says Massacre Of Egyptian Protestors Is Desirable" [02/09/11] "A “Holocaust” historian and former Israeli kibbutznik, "Professor David Cesarani, floated the idea of there being a Tiananmen Square-style massacre in Egypt as a way of quelling potential post-Mubarak anarchy. "And there has been no outrage. No Twitterstorm, no blog-based apoplexy, no heated radio phone-ins. Perhaps talking about the massacre of Egyptians is normal these days. "Professor Cesarani was asked by Michael Portillo about the 'moral dilemma' of how to deal with what comes after Mubarak. What if it’s worse than Mubarak? Should it be crushed? "Professor Cesarani said that if one takes the 'wholly pragmatic view,’ then 'the outcome of a Tiananmen Square-style crackdown is desirable and is predictable.' Because, he said, 'if you allow this popular democratic movement to run on unchecked, you cannot predict what’s going to happen. But you can predict probably that after a short, sharp, massive clampdown at huge human cost, there will be a sullen stability.' [...]"
"WikiLeaks: Israel's secret hotline to the man tipped to replace Mubarak" [02/09/11] "The new vice-president of Egypt, Omar Suleiman, is a long-standing favourite of Israel's who spoke daily to the Tel Aviv government via a secret "hotline" to Cairo, leaked documents disclose. Leaked cables from American embassies in Cairo and Tel Aviv disclose the close co-operation between Mr Suleiman and the US and Israeli governments as well as diplomats' intense interest in likely successors to the ageing President Mubarak, 83. The documents highlight the delicate position which the Egyptian government seeks to maintain in Middle East politics, as a leading Arab nation with a strong relationship with the US and Israel. By 2008, Mr Suleiman, who was head of the foreign intelligence service, had become Israel's main point of contact in the Egyptian government. David Hacham, a senior adviser from the Israeli Ministry of Defence, told the American embassy in Tel Aviv that a delegation led by Israel's defence minister, Ehud Barak had been impressed by Mr Suleiman, whose name is spelled "Soliman" in some cables. But Mr Hacham was "shocked" by President Mubarak's "aged appearance and slurred speech". The cable, from August 2008, said: "Hacham was full of praise for Soliman, however, and noted that a 'hot line' set up between the MOD and Egyptian General Intelligence Service is now in daily use. [...]" Related: "Cables say Israel favours Suleiman" "Omar Suleiman, Egypt's recently appointed vice-president, has long long seen by Israel as the favoured successor to Hosni Mubarak, the current president, according to a leaked diplomatic cable obtained by WikiLeaks, the whistleblower website, and published by the UK daily, The Telegraph. The August 2008 cable said David Hacham, a senior adviser at the Israeli ministry of defence (MoD), told US officials the Israelis expected Suleiman, spelt Soliman in some cables, to take over. [...]" "Suleiman: The CIA's man in Cairo" [02/09/11] "On January 29, Omar Suleiman, Egypt’s top spy chief, was anointed vice president by tottering dictator, Hosni Mubarak. By appointing Suleiman, part of a shake-up of the cabinet in an attempt to appease the masses of protesters and retain his own grip on the presidency, Mubarak has once again shown his knack for devilish shrewdness. Suleiman has long been favoured by the US government for his ardent anti-Islamism, his willingness to talk and act tough on Iran - and he has long been the CIA’s main man in Cairo. Mubarak knew that Suleiman would command an instant lobby of supporters at Langley and among 'Iran nexters' in Washington - not to mention among other authoritarian mukhabarat-dependent regimes in the region. Suleiman is a favourite of Israel too; he held the Israel dossier and directed Egypt’s efforts to crush Hamas by demolishing the tunnels that have functioned as a smuggling conduit for both weapons and foodstuffs into Gaza. According to a WikiLeak(ed) US diplomatic cable, titled 'Presidential Succession in Egypt', dated May 14, 2007: "Egyptian intelligence chief and Mubarak consigliere, in past years Soliman was often cited as likely to be named to the long-vacant vice-presidential post. In the past two years, Soliman has stepped out of the shadows, and allowed himself to be photographed, and his meetings with foreign leaders reported. Many of our contacts believe that Soliman, because of his military background, would at least have to figure in any succession scenario." From 1993 until Saturday, Suleiman was chief of Egypt’s General Intelligence Service. He remained largely in the shadows until 2001, when he started taking over powerful dossiers in the foreign ministry; he has since become a public figure, as the WikiLeak document attests. In 2009, he was touted by the London Telegraph and Foreign Policy as the most powerful spook in the region, topping even the head of Mossad. [...]"
"Biden, Suleiman consult on Egypt" [02/09/11] "As a 15th day of demonstrations rocked Cairo Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden talked with Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman, affirming U.S. support. Hundreds of thousands gathered in Tahrir Square Tuesday to press demands President Hosni Mubarak step aside. Biden told Suleiman the United States supports an orderly transition in Egypt and urged a "prompt, meaningful, peaceful and legitimate" change. [...]"
"Egyptian Protesters Face Mounting Violence And Repression" [02/09/11] "Thousands of demonstrators remained camped in Cairo’s central Tahrir Square Monday night, defying threats of violence and a wave of arrests by the secret police of the Mubarak dictatorship. Some demonstrators lay down under the tracks of army tanks that surround the square, in an effort to block any forward movement. A large group of demonstrators blockaded the Mogamma complex of government offices that adjoins the square, preventing an effort by the authorities to reopen it. The Egyptian military intensified the pressure on the anti-Mubarak demonstrators, attempting to push the protesters into a smaller area in the square, while temporarily blocking delivery of food supplies. [...]" Related:
Analysis: "The Torture Career of Egypt's New Vice President: Omar Suleiman and the Rendition to Torture Program" [02/08/11] "In response to the mass protests of recent days, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has appointed his first Vice President in his over 30 years rule, intelligence chief Omar Suleiman. When Suleiman was first announced, Aljazeera commentators were describing him as a "distinguished" and "respected " man. It turns out, however, that he is distinguished for, among other things, his central role in Egyptian torture and in the US rendition to torture program. Further, he is "respected" by US officials for his cooperation with their torture plans, among other initiatives. [...]"
"Reports of Sinai Clashes Mount" [02/08/11] "Attacks in recent days suggest that provocateurs are trying to take advantage of the political turmoil in Cairo to spread unrest in Sinai, the desert peninsula that lies between Israel and the main territory of Egypt and near both Saudi Arabia and Jordan. On Monday, local news reports described a two-hour battle in the Egyptian half of divided city of Rafah, at the border with Gaza. The reports said that Egyptian security forces, with the help of local tribesmen, repelled attackers wielding rocket-propelled grenades. Two people were reported injured. [...]"
"The Shaping Of A New World Order" [02/07/11] "If the revolutions of 2011 succeed, they will force the creation of a very different regional and world system than the one that has dominated the global political economy for decades, especially since the fall of communism. This system could bring the peace and relative equality that has so long been missing globally - but it will do so in good measure by further eroding the position of the United States and other "developed" or "mature" economies. If Obama, Sarkozy, Merkel and their colleagues don't figure out a way to live with this scenario, while supporting the political and human rights of the peoples of the Middle East and North Africa, they will wind up with an adversary far more cunning and powerful than al-Qa'eda could ever hope to be: more than 300 million newly empowered Arabs who are mad as hell and are not going to take it any more. [...]"
"For the US in Egypt, Blowback Is a Bitch" [02/06/11] "One of those whose rendition Suleiman helped oversee was Al Qaeda 'suspect' Ibn Sheik al-Libi, who told the CIA, according to a bipartisan report from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, that he was locked in a tiny cage for more than three days, then beaten because, at the behest of the United States, the Egyptians wanted him to say that Saddam Hussein was going to give Al Qaeda chemical and biological weapons. "They were killing me," he told journalists Michael Isikoff and David Corn. "I had to tell them something," and so his coerced confession wound up in Colin Powell's now notorious address before the United Nations in February 2003, justifying war against Iraq. Ironically, blowback from the propaganda offense claiming the existence of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction now enhances the credibility among Egyptian protesters of a man that same campaign tried to discredit -- Mohamed ElBaradei. Insisting that his agency's investigations proved that WMD's did not exist -- followed by his moderate stance on the Iranian nuclear program -- led to angry attacks by the Bush administration, especially from Ambassador to the UN John Bolton, and even the tapping of ElBaradei's telephone. [...]"
MSM: "Egypt VP Agrees to Some Concessions" [02/06/11] "As protests in Egypt continued to rage on, just-installed Vice President Omar Suleiman has come to an agreement with some opposition groups to liberalize the media, release political prisoners and undergo a transition of power “within a constitutional framework.” However, there was no mention of a key demand of the opposition—that President Hosni Mubarak immediately step down. [...]" Related: "The ‘Italian Job’ and Other Highlights From U.S.’s Rendition Program With Egypt" Suleiman is a CIA snake. "Cheney Says Egypt’s Mubarak ‘A Good Man’" Of course he does.
"America Loses Another Ally As Yemen's President Quits" [02/06/11] "The President of Yemen, one of America's foremost allies in the "war on terror", has become the latest leader in the Middle East to announce he will be stepping down as he seeks to calm anger and stave off the street protests which have gripped Egypt and Tunisia. [...]"
Propaganda: "US Anxious To Retain Egypt In Fight Against Terror" [02/06/11] "Unrest in Cairo threatens to undermine America's decades-long partnership with Egypt's intelligence services, which have fully supported US counter-terrorist efforts. [...]" Note: Of course. It's why the current VP in Egypt, a CIA partner and enabler of rendition flights and torture will remain part of the Egyptian government with ElBaradei as a patsy.
"Israeli Spy Arrest in Egypt Points to High Stakes for Washington and Tel Aviv" [02/05/11] "An amateur video showing the arrest in Egypt of an alleged spy belonging to the Israeli General Staff Reconnaissance Unit, the Sayeret Matkal, indicates how worried Tel Aviv is by the turmoil engulfing the Mubarak regime and suggests that attempts are underway by outside forces to destabilise the popular revolution. Meanwhile, sabotage of a major Egyptian-Israeli gas pipeline early this morning (Saturday) by unknown bombers in the Northern Sinai town of El Arish could be the beginning of a campaign to destabilise Egypt and legitimate further foreign intervention in that country – intervention that would advantage US/Israeli attempts to salvage the regime that has so loyally served their interests, but which is now slipping from its control. [...]"
"Mubarak Family Fortune Could Reach $70 Billion" [02/05/11] "President Hosni Mubarak’s family fortune could be as much as $70bn (£43.5bn) according to analysis by Middle East experts, with much of his wealth in British and Swiss banks or tied up in real estate in London, New York, Los Angeles and along expensive tracts of the Red Sea coast. After 30 years as president and many more as a senior military official, Mubarak has had access to investment deals that have generated hundreds of millions of pounds in profits. Most of those gains have been taken offshore and deposited in secret bank accounts or invested in upmarket homes and hotels. According to a report last year in the Arabic newspaper Al Khabar, Mubarak has properties in Manhattan and exclusive Beverly Hills addresses on Rodeo Drive. His sons, Gamal and Alaa, are also billionaires. A protest outside Gamal’s ostentatious home at 28 Wilton Place in Belgravia, central London, highlighted the family’s appetite for western trophy assets. Amaney Jamal, a political science professor at Princeton University, said the estimate of $40bn-70bn was comparable with the vast wealth of leaders in other Gulf countries. “The business ventures from his military and government service accumulated to his personal wealth,” she told ABC news. “There was a lot of corruption in this regime and stifling of public resources for personal gain. [...]" Note: "Family Fortune = funds that could have helped the people of Egypt .. just like Yasser Arafat, who also had a considerable fortune at the expense of his people.
"Mubarak Supporters Storm Cairo Hotels, Searching for Journalists" [02/05/11] "Mubarak Supporters Storm Cairo Hotels, Searching for Journalists --Egyptians Detain Reporters as Clashes Turn Violent 03 Feb 2011 Egyptian security forces detained journalists as fighting broke out again today in Cairo's Tahrir Square, where the army set up a barrier after more than 800 people were injured in yesterday’s clashes. Supporters of President Hosni Mubarak stormed hotels in the capital searching for journalists, Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya television channels reported today. Many members of the foreign press have been staying in hotels near Tahrir Square, a focal point for nine consecutive days of protests aimed at forcing Mubarak to resign. [...]"
"Mohamed Elbaradei Says He Will Run For Presidency" [02/05/11] "Mohamed ElBaradei, the leading Egyptian opposition figurehead, said for the first time on Wednesday that he was preparing a bid for the presidency. [...]"
"US Plan: Replace Mubarak With Torture-Linked ‘CIA Point Man’" [02/05/11] "A US plan to see Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak leave office immediately is reportedly in the works and would see a transitional government formed by Mubarak's vice-president, a former head of Egypt's spy agency and an alleged "CIA point man" who facilitated the "extraordinary rendition" of terrorism suspects. US officials are discussing a plan with Egyptian officials that would see Mubarak quit immediately and hand over power to a transitional government run by Vice President Omar Suleiman, the New York Times reported Thursday." [...]"
"Two Detained Reporters Saw Egyptian Secret Polices Methods Firsthand" [02/05/11] "We had been detained by Egyptian authorities, handed over to the country's dreaded Mukhabarat, the secret police, and interrogated. They left us all night in a cold room, on hard orange plastic stools, under fluorescent lights. But our discomfort paled in comparison to the dull whacks and the screams of pain by Egyptian people that broke the stillness of the night. In one instance, between the cries of suffering, an officer said in Arabic, "You are talking to journalists? You are talking badly about your country?" A voice, also in Arabic, answered: "You are committing a sin. [...]"
"We Have Proof Mubarak Orchestrated Clashes, Protesters Say" [02/05/11] "When the overnight battle for Tahrir Square was won, among the prized spoils of war were a dozen identity cards belonging to state security forces and members of President Hosni Mubarak’s ruling party. The anti-Mubarak protesters holding the square need no more proof. As far as they’re concerned, the bloody assault that left eight people dead and hundreds wounded Thursday was orchestrated by Egyptian authorities. “We caught a lot of policemen,” said Hanni Midhet, 27, who survived the battle that raged for 15 hours near the Egyptian Museum. “Turning Egyptian against Egyptian is the president’s last card.”" [...]
"Egypt Intense Crackdown Sparks Rights Furor - Press TV" [02/04/11] Video clip [3:06] "Mubarak's regime is stepping up its crackdown on media in the country. Mubarak's vigilantes have stormed hotels in Cairo hunting for foreign journalists. Protesters have vowed to stand firm despite the deadly clashes that left several people dead and at least 1,500 others wounded in Cairo on Wednesday and the early hours of Thursday. According to the United Nations, at least 300 people have so far been killed and thousands more injured during nationwide protests in troubled Egypt. [...]"
"Government Document Captured from Egyptian Thugs" [02/04/11] "Below is a scanned copy of an official document, Circular No. 60 / b / M, issued by the Office of the Egyptian Interior Minister Habib al-Adli. The document bears the emblem of the Egyptian Interior Ministry; a handwritten note is written on the top-left of page 1, it reads “send by fax to the centers – highly secret”. The document could have been captured from a ransacked government office, or from a hooligan captured on the streets. It has in the meantime been widely spread in Arabic media. The document landed today morning in my inbox. It was sent to me by an Egyptian source, it reveals that the Egyptian Interior Ministry has implemented a plan to create chaos and looting, violence and terror in response to the angry demonstrations since last Friday, and the days after, which seek the end of the Mubarak regime, (and now also seek the execution of Mubarak after he refused to leave his position in peace and his regime perpetrated bloody crimes and massacres against the opposition demos). The document shows part of a plan which targets the nation, attempts to instill fear in the demonstrators and force them to end their demos. The document was issued by the Office of the Egyptian Interior Minister and states that the plan detailed is based on the deployment of criminal elements in the middle of demonstrators, to foment chaos in conjunction with the deliberate withdrawal of the police and security forces from the streets of all cities. The document reveals that among the activities of the plan is the intensive spreading of rumors through the Egyptian media (official TV, radio, news), like the use of screaming and wailing of female elements of the security forces, showing them asking for help because of looting and the decline of security. The document also shows as part of the plan the cutting off of Internet connections and communications, the insinuation in the official media that the Police and the security forces are incapable of protecting the people during the protests, the insinuation that the people should protect themselves through the formation of popular committees to maintain security in the absence of bodies in charge of security. [...]"
"Hackers Attack Egypt Gov't Sites" [02/03/11] "Hacker activists started attacking Egyptian government websites on Wednesday, apparently taking them offline soon after the country restored Internet service. An Internet forum run by a loose international group that calls itself "Anonymous" directed participants to attack the websites of the Egyptian Ministry of Information and the ruling National Democratic Party. Neither was accessible from New York on Wednesday afternoon. [...]" Related: "Egypt Internet Comes Back Online" [02/02/11] "nternet access in Egypt appears to have returned to normal, according to firms measuring traffic levels in the country. Facebook and Twitter are now available and the four major Egyptian internet service providers are back in business. They all had services cut last week, following mass protests against President Hosni Mubarak. Net measurement firm Renesys said there were no traffic blocks in place any more. "We confirm that Facebook and Twitter are up and available inside Egypt," it said in its blog. The government crackdown on net services left millions of Egyptians without access. But Egyptians quickly found ways around the blocks and on 1 February Google introduced a "speak-to-tweet" service which allowed people to connect to Twitter via the telephone. Other traffic monitoring firms, including Arbor Networks, confirmed that net access was returning to normal. [...]"
Info Wars: "Neocons Exploit 'Fear of Muslim Brotherhood' to Push War" [02/03/11] "Former semi-ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, has told Sean Hannity the Egyptian rebellion against the authoritarian dictator Hosni Mubarak should be used as a pretext to bomb Iran. Video clip [13:09] “The Mubarak dictatorship is crumbling, the Muslim Brotherhood is warning that regimes will fall all over the Middle East and the radical left in America and internationally is cheering them on,” writes David Horowitz, the former Marxist turned neocon connected to CIA operative Richard Mellon Scaife. Meanwhile, in Israel, apocalyptic doom is predicted for the moment after Mubarak falls. The Global Research in International Affairs Center claims that the Muslim Brotherhood has taken over most of the opposition once led by largely secular parties. “Even the most important past such organization, the Kifaya movement, has already been taken over by the Muslim Brotherhood,” Barry Rubin writes in a scary report claiming the ascendancy of the Brotherhood. [...] The neocon propaganda outlet in Israel, The Jerusalem Post, cranks the fear-mongering up a level with dire warnings of war against the Jewish state. “A leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt told the Arabic-language Iranian news network Al-Alam on Monday that he would like to see the Egyptian people prepare for war against Israel, according to the Hebrew-language business newspaper Calcalist,” writes Yaakov Lappin. [...]"
Democracy Now: "U.S., U.K.,Israeli Companies Help Egyptian Regime Shut Down Telecommunications and Identify Dissidents" [02/03/11] Video clip and Transcript is provided on the page. "Doing the regime’s bidding, British-based Vodafone shut down Egypt’s phone and internet service. The American company called Narus — owned by Boeing — sold Egypt the surveillance technology that helped identify dissident voices. We are joined by Tim Karr of Free Press and CUNY Professor C.W. Anderson. Karr outlines how communications was shut down in Egypt and discusses the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act, a proposed Senate bill that could lay the foundation for blocking communications in the United States in the case of a "national threat." Anderson traces the activist roots of Twitter to U.S. protests at the 2004 Republican and Democratic conventions. [...]" Related: "What Role Have Multinationals Played in Egypt’s Communication Shutdown?"
"Egyptian People Will Not Let US Pick Leaders For Them" [02/02/11] [5:02] "Egypt's president Hosni Mubarak has announced he won't seek re-election in September's vote - after more than a week of violent protests across the country urging him to step down. But the U.S. President has called for him to begin transition immediately - a shift in rhetoric towards the leader it backed for nearly 30 years of his rule. British journalist Yvonne Ridley told RT that Egyptian people will no longer let the U.S. pick the leaders for them. [...]"
"Israeli Planes Hit Gaza Tunnel, No Casualties" [02/02/11] "The Israeli air force bombed a suspected smuggling tunnel on the Gaza-Egypt border on Wednesday in response to rocket attacks, the military said. No casualties were reported. “The site was targeted in response to the recent rocket fire from the Gaza Strip,” a military statement said, referring to Grad rockets and mortar rounds fired from Gaza on Monday night, one of which exploded near a wedding in southern Israel, although nobody was injured. [...]"
Analysis: "The Hidden Roots Of Egypt's Despair" [02/02/11] "This is an upstairs/downstairs story that takes us from the peak of a Western mountaintop for the wealthy to spreading mass despair in the valleys of the Third World poor. It is about how the solutions for the world financial crisis that the CEOs and Big pols are massaging in a posh conference centre in snowy Davos, Switzerland have turned into a global economic catastrophe in the streets of Cairo, the current ground zero of a certain-to-spread wave of international unrest. Yes, the tens of thousands in the streets demanding the ouster of the cruel Mubarak regime are pressing for their right to make a political choice, but they are being driven by an economic disaster that have sent unemployment skyrocketing and food prices climbing. People are out in the streets not just to meet but by their need to eat. As Nouriel Roubini -- who was among the first to predict the financial crisis while others were pooh-poohing him as "Dr Doom" -- says, don't just look at the crowds in Cairo, but what is motivating them now after years of silence and repression. He says that the dramatic rise in energy and food prices has become a major global threat and a leading factor that has gone largely unreported in the coverage of events in Egypt. "What has happened in Tunisia is happening right now in Egypt, but also riots in Morocco, Algeria and Pakistan are related not only to high unemployment rates and to income and wealth inequality, but also to this very sharp rise in food and commodity prices," Roubini said. [...]"
"Israel Raises Security Concerns" Al Jazeera [02/02/11] [2:22] "Events in Egypt are cause for concern in Israel. [...]"
"Pro-Mubarak Forces Attack Protestors" [02/02/11] "Today the protests in Egypt turned much more violent as pro-Mubarak supporters engage in fights with protesters in Alexandria and Cairo. Today multiple clashes occurred in Tahrir Square in the center of Cairo. Hundreds were reportedly injured as pro-Mubarak groups rode into the protesters with camels while carrying whips and sticks. The protesters fought back with stones and sticks of their own. Some of the men on camels were removed from the camels and beaten up by anti-Mubarak protesters. In the middle of the fight CNN's Anderson Cooper was also beaten by pro-Mubarak protesters. [...]" Note: he use of agent provocateurs to rile up the crowds of protestors has most likely been implemented at this time as a pretext to bring in the military.
"Tunisian Uprising Continues" [02/02/11] "The Tunisian uprising is continuing, even if the street protests have subsided following the government reshuffle that removed some of the old faces from the Ben Ali regime. And it is taking on a more working class character. Wildcat strikes are breaking out at government-controlled industries, ministries and hotels. In the latest strike, which brought Tunis airport to a halt, airport workers are demanding better pay. The strike erupted suddenly, with no official preparation on the part of the unions. Company chairman Montassar Wali resigned this week for unspecified reasons. Tunisie Telecom workers have also gone on strike. They are opposing plans to list the company on the Paris Bourse. Workers want the pay gap between ordinary workers and management reduced. Staff from at least one large hotel are on strike. They are demanding the resignation of the manager. Employees at the Ministry of Higher Education have staged protest strikes. The new cabinet met on Tuesday to discuss the security situation and decided to keep the curfew in place. A government spokesman said, “The situation is not yet stabilised.” [...]"
"Israeli Troops Swarm Lebanon Border" Press TV [02/02/11] "The developments came following the January 12 collapse of outgoing Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri's cabinet and amid efforts by new Lebanese Premier-designate Najib Mikati aimed at forming a new government. Tel Aviv has launched several wars on Lebanon, killing around 1,200 Lebanese -- mostly civilians -- in the most recent round of offensives in 2006. The Lebanese resistance movement of Hezbollah, which parried Israel's 33-day war against southern Lebanon in 2006, has vowed to respond to any new Israeli incursion. [...]"
"Egyptian Uprising Grows Despite Regime’s Reform Gestures" [02/02/11] "Masses of people continued to demonstrate in Cairo and other Egyptian cities Monday and protest organizers called for a “march of a million” to descend on Cairo’s Tahrir Square and the Presidential Palace Tuesday. Tens of thousands of people continued to demonstrate in Cairo and other Egyptian cities Monday. Protest organizers called for a “march of a million” to descend on Cairo’s Tahrir Square and the Presidential Palace Tuesday to demand the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak and an end to his dictatorial regime. The growing confidence of the masses was reflected in a comment made by a demonstrator in Tahrir Square and cited by the Guardian. The newspaper quoted the man as saying, “People have lost their fear.” There were reports of thousands of people from all over the country pouring into Cairo for Tuesday’s protest, despite efforts by the military-controlled government to impede access to the capital by shutting down rail lines. Internet service and some cell phone service remained shut off for the fourth straight day. [...]"
"Israel Slams US For Throwing Mubarak 'To The Dogs'" [02/02/11] "Amid efforts by the Israeli government to consciously refrain from siding with embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, the US administration has been flayed here for "turning its back" on one of its most trusted allies in the Middle East and "throwing him to the dogs". [...]"
"Two Million Protesters Converge in Cairo - Press TV" [02/02/11] [1:09]
"Israel 'Fears' Post-Mubarak Era" [02/02/11] "Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel's prime minister, has said that he was following events in Egypt with "vigilance and worry". At a news conference alongside Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, on Monday in Jerusalem, Netanyahu said Egypt could wind up with a radical Islamic regime as in Iran. If Egypt resumes its conflict with Israel, Israelis fear, it will put a powerful Western-armed military on the side of Israel's enemies while also weakening pro-Western states like Jordan and Saudi Arabia. [...]"
"Jordan's King Abdullah Dissolves Government" [02/01/11] "Jordan's King Abdullah II fired his government Tuesday in the wake of street protests and asked an ex-prime minister to form a new Cabinet, ordering him to launch immediate political reforms. The dismissal follows several large protests across Jordan-- inspired by similar demonstrations in Tunisia and Egypt -- calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Samir Rifai, who is blamed for a rise in fuel and food prices and slowed political reforms. A Royal Palace statement said Abdullah accepted Rifai's resignation tendered earlier Tuesday. [...]" Note: Is this 'resign now and skip the riots' reasoning?
"Rights NGO Claims That Israeli Planes Carrying Crowd Dispersal Weapons Have Arrived In Egypt" [02/01/11] "The International Network for Rights and Development has claimed that Israeli logistical support has been sent to Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak to help his regime confront demonstrations demanding that he steps down as head of state. According to reports by the non-governmental organisation, three Israeli planes landed at Cairo's Mina International Airport on Saturday carrying hazardous equipment for use in dispersing and suppressing large crowds. In the statement circulated by the International Network, it was disclosed that Egyptian security forces received the complete cargoes on three Israeli planes which were, it is claimed, carrying an abundant supply of internationally proscribed gas to disperse unwanted crowds. If the reports are accurate, this suggests that the Egyptian regime is preparing for the worse in defence of its position, despite the country sinking into chaos. [...]" Note: The Israeli control freaks are at it, again, trying to hold sway over other people by force, trying desperately to maintain the status quo ...
"Mike Huckabee speaks “very Zionistically” in Israeli Knesset, condemns Egyptian uprising" [02/01/11] "Mike Huckabee was in Jerusalem today on an important junket related to his likely presidential campaign. He used his speech before the Knesset to denounce the Egyptian uprising as a threat to all humankind, warning that “the situation could threaten the world and all those who seek peace and security. The real threat to Israelis is not the bomb but the people behind it, not weapons but the madmen behind them.” [...]" Note: What a useless putz and an idiot. Related: "Huckabee Arriving in Israel Sunday, Tops Two Primary Polls"
"Egypt Riots: US Playing Both Sides?" [02/01/11] [10:13] "As Egyptians continue to protest throughout the country demanding political reform and the democratization of their society, what is the United States’ roll in this uprising? Is the US standing behind its staunch ally President Mubarak or are Americans secretly behind the protests? RT’s Dina Gusovsky is joined by a panel of Andrew Gavin Marshall from the Centre for Research on Globalization and Adrienne Pine, a professor at American University. [...]" Related: MSM: "In Egypt, Nobody Really Knows What The Rules Are" Video clip [0:34] "On the eve of a “march of millions” protesting President Mubarak in Egypt, NBC’s Brian Williams and Lester Holt discuss the situation on the ground in Cairo. (Nightly News) [...]" Note: Several videos on the same subject play after this one.
Investigation: "The ‘Italian Job’ and Other Highlights From U.S.’s Rendition Program With Egypt" [02/01/11] "Among the many aspects of the U.S.-Egypt relationship, few have been as controversial as the CIA’s extraordinary rendition program, where the agency frequently handed over suspected terrorists to foreign governments with histories of torture and illegal detention. According to Human Rights Watch, Egypt welcomed more CIA detainees than any other country from the 1990s through 2005. And while renditions happen only with the assurance that a foreign partner will not torture the prisoner, as one CIA officer once told Congress, the assurances “weren’t worth a bucket of warm spit.” (Want to know more about rendition? Here’s a good backgrounder.) In the case of Egypt, the assurances were given by Omar Suleiman, former head of the country’s intelligence service, and the man President Hosni Mubarak picked as his vice president a few days ago. Perhaps the most notorious case is that of Ibn al-Shaikh al-Libi, a Libyan national captured by Pakistani authorities in the months after the September 11, 2001 attacks. According to a 2006 Senate Intelligence Committee report, [PDF] al-Libi was turned over to American authorities and eventually sent to Egypt, where his fabricated testimony, given under torture, became a key piece of “evidence” falsely linking al-Qaeda to Saddam Hussein. According to the Senate report, al-Libi said he began to feed his captors false intelligence once American interrogators threatened to send him to a foreign government. He started talking, he said, but was sent to Egypt anyway. He later told the CIA that his Egyptian captors placed him in a box less than 2 feet square for 17 hours. [...]"
"Army Pressures Mubarak To Step Down " [02/01/11] Video clip [3:30]"A powerful intervention by leaders of the Egyptian Army have put more pressure on President Mubarak to step down. In a statement they declared the people's demands to be 'legitimate' and pledged not to use violence against the protesters. There has been a seventh day of protests on the streets with repeated demands for the president to step aside after three decades in power. [...]"
MSM: "Nerve-Wracked Americans Evacuate Egypt" [02/01/11] Video clip "A mad dash to the Cairo airport became more of a crawl on Monday as a government-imposed curfew in Egypt complicated efforts by hundreds of American tourists and diplomats to flee the country. NBC's Lester Holt reports. (Nightly News) [...]"
Commentary: "What Is Happening In Egypt Is Not Our Business" UK Daily Telegraph [02/01/11] "The United States, Britain and our allies have an atrocious record in the Middle East. We have consistently given our support to a series of despotic, murdering, torturing regimes including Egypt, Tunisia and, for a long time, Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. These eruptions in the Middle East present a moral challenge to Western governments. There is no question that we will feel very tempted to try and control events and maintain regimes which, however morally loathsome, are seen as sympathetic to the West. [...]"
"This Is Israel's Worst Nightmare Chaos In Cairo" [02/01/11] [5:42] Related: MSM: " Israel's PM warns of "Islamic takeover" in Egypt" Video clip "After days of conspicuous silence from Israel, Egypt's critical ally in Mideast peace, Prime Minister Netanyahu on Monday publicly voiced the growing concern of many that Egypt could turn into another Iran. NBC's Michele Kosinski reports. (Nightly News) [...]" Note: What a stupid statement, since Egypt is an Islamic country. So what? Netanyahu is just going to have to deal with whatever 'change' happens. "Israeli Nightmare: Muslims To Halt Gas Supply" "New secular regime in Egypt not expected to harm exports to Israel, but Islamic coup may create economic mayhem [...]"
"Infowars": "Mubarak may ask Israel for help" [02/01/11] [4:00] "A Former CIA Analyst says it is very much possible that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will ask Israel to help him out of the mess he is in. In an interview with Press TV's U.S. Desk on Sunday, Ray McGovern said "I would not exclude the possibility that Mubarak enlist Israeli help to assist him to hang on to power." On Friday, an unnamed Israeli minister voiced his confidence that Mubarak would remain in power. “We believe that Egypt is going to overcome the current wave of demonstrations,” he told Time Magazine. “I’m not sure the time is right for the Arab region to go through the democratic process.” [...]" Note: The Israelis believe that they are the masters of the universe.
"Press TV: Egypt Uprising Live Report Cairo 31 January 2011" [02/01/11] [13:32]
"Israel Sends SOS To World Leaders To "Save" Mubarak" [01/31/11] "Hebrew newspaper sources have revealed the existence of an "urgent" message sent by the Israeli government at the end of last week to a number of world leaders. Aimed particularly at the US and the EU, Israel is appealing to the leaders to "save" Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's regime. [...]" Note: The Israeli's, who have figured a 'stable' Egypt helping Israel confine the Gaza Strip into all their plans and programs, and defense strategies, are very afraid. They just don't 'get' that this is something different that cannot be "put back into the bottle". In addition, people know that Mohamed ElBaradei is a stooge for the UN, Soros and other sequential billionaire control freaks. Related: "Israel Shaken as Turbulence Rocks an Ally" "The street revolt in Egypt has thrown the Israeli government and military into turmoil, with top officials closeted in round-the-clock strategy sessions aimed at rethinking their most significant regional relationship. Israel’s military planning relies on peace with Egypt; nearly half the natural gas it uses is imported from Egypt; and the principle of trading conquered land for diplomatic ties began with its 1979 peace treaty with Egypt. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has met with President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt more than with any other foreign leader, except President Obama. If Mr. Mubarak were driven from power, the effect on Israel could be profound. [...]"
"Israeli Embassy Staff Evacuate Egypt" [01/31/11] "Helicopters evacuated the embassy staff to an Egyptian airbase on Friday, where they were flown back to Tel Aviv. The evacuation came after a group of Egyptian demonstrators passed by the embassy building, according to the daily al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper. Reports also said the Israeli ambassador, himself, has fled Egypt after the discovery by Egyptian security of a Mossad spy network in the capital Cairo. On Thursday, an Israeli minister, whose name was withheld, said Egyptian government forces will have to exercise force to rein in public protests as the country teeters on the brink of a Tunisia-style revolution. [...]"
"Egypt Bullets Made In US, Elbaradei Success Doubtful" [02/01/11] [5:41] "Russia Today discusses Egypt crisis with Afshin Rattansi, author and journalist.
Alex Jones: "Soros and Brzezinski Prepare to Hijack Egypt Revolution with Puppet, Mohamed ElBaradei" [01/31/11] [15:07] "The revolt in Egypt is an organically driven people-power movement to oust a dictator, restore universal freedoms, and wrestle the country free from the clutches of the US military-industrial complex, but the man now being positioned to form a new government is a pied piper working for the very same globalists and NGO's that autocrat leader Hosni Mubarak has dutifully served for nearly 30 years. Make no mistake about it, under the current regime Egypt is a vassal state for the new world order. Under Mubarak, the country receives some $2 billion in aid every year from the United States, second only to Israel. In addition, Egypt pays out $1.1 million annually to the Podesta Group, an organization closely tied with the Obama administration, to act as "foreign agents" for Mubarak's regime. Mubarak's loyalty to the US empire was reciprocated this week when Vice-President Joe Biden ludicrously asserted that Mubarak's unbroken 30 year reign did not represent a dictatorship. [...]" Note: Part 2 [15:03]| Part 3 [13:57]
Commentary: "When Egypt Goes, Israel Goes Into Gaza?" [01/31/11] [3:52] "The Capitalist Judaic (pyramid) system is at an end - will it go down peacefully? When Khomeini took over in Iran, Saddam Hussein was encouraged to invade Iran. And similarly, when Israel is faced with losing a client state (Egypt) that helps imprison the Gazan people - Israel will take matters into its own hands. [...]"
Commentary: "The Evolving Populist Political Rebellion in the Arab World" [01/31/11] "All these countries are different unto themselves, but the people in all of them share similar circumstances of living under dictatorial rule with repression and oppression that brings personal humiliation, lack of respect and dignity toward the individual at the hands of their government, extreme poverty, unemployment, rising prices for necessities along with widespread official corruption. In all the Arab countries in rebellion their governments and their leaders are client states of the U.S. In the name of maintaining stability and our “war on terrorism” we have supported these country’s autocrats with military hardware and training of their security forces. Significantly, none of these indigenous rebellions have anything to do with " fundamentalist, Islamic Jihadist terrorism". [...]"
"Al Jazeera Reports Mubarak’s planning exile to Tel Aviv" [01/30/11] "Al Jazeera reports Mubarak’s planning exile to Tel Aviv. According to sources in the Egyptian Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel is making preparations to welcome Hosni Mubarak into exile after Saudi Arabia rejected overtures. [...]" Note: My first impression at seeing this, is "WTF?", but of course we know why. Now Mubarak is seen by the whole Arab world as a turncoat, a traitor ... this can't end well for the Middle East.
Prison Planet: "Mohamed ElBaradei: Globalist Pied Piper Of The Egyptian Revolt" [01/30/11] "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss: Soros and Brzezinski prepare to hijack the revolution. The revolt in Egypt is an organically driven people-power movement to oust a dictator, restore universal freedoms, and wrestle the country free from the clutches of the US military- industrial complex, but the man now being positioned to form a new government is a pied piper working for the very same globalists and NGO’s that autocrat leader Hosni Mubarak has dutifully served for nearly 30 years. Make no mistake about it, under the current regime Egypt is a vassal state for the new world order. Under Mubarak, the country receives some $2 billion in aid every year from the United States, second only to Israel. In addition, Egypt pays out $1.1 million annually to the Podesta Group, an organization closely tied with the Obama administration, to act as “foreign agents” for Mubarak’s regime. The US military-industrial complex has known for at least three years that Egypt was teetering on the verge of regime change, and they certainly were not going to let anyone outside parties take control after Mubarak’s fall. That’s why the American Embassy trained rebel leaders to infiltrate opposition groups from the very beginning, as the Telegraph reveals today. [...]"
Trends: "Authoritarian Governments Start Stockpiling Food To Fight Public Anger" [01/30/11] "Authoritarian governments across the world are aggressively stockpiling food as a buffer against soaring food costs which they fear may stoke popular discontent. Commodities traders have warned they are seeing the first signs of panic buying from states concerned about the political implications of rising prices for staple crops. However, the tactic risks simply further pushing up prices, analysts have warned, pushing a spiral of food inflation. Governments in Asia, the Middle East and North Africa have recently made large food purchases on the open market in the wake of unrest in Tunisia which deposed president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali. Resentment at food shortages and high prices, as well as repression and corruption, drove the popular uprising which swept away his government. Youths reportedly chanted "bring us sugar!" in the demonstrations which toppled his regime. Algeria purchased 800,000 tonnes of milling wheat on Wednesday and Saudi Arabia has said it will purchase enough wheat for a 12 month reserve. Egypt, which has seen several days of unrest in part provoked by high food prices, is expected to follow. Bangladesh has tripled its rice import target and Indonesia this week bought 820,000 tonnes of Thai rice. Jim Gerlach, of commodity brokerage A/C Trading, said: "Sovereign nations are beginning to stockpile food to prevent unrest." "You artificially stimulate much higher demand when nations start to increase stockpiles." "This is only the start of the panic buying," said Ker Chung Yang, commodities analyst at Singapore-based Phillip Futures. "I expect we'll have more countries coming in and buying grain." Prices have not hit the peaks seen in 2008 when inflation caused a food price crisis, but economists have warned they still have the power to topple regimes. Hamza Alkholi, chairman and chief executive of the Saudi Alkholi Group, a holding company investing in industrials and real estate, said protest would not stop in North Africa. "It will spread in many countries because of high unemployment and increasing food prices," he warned.
"19 Private Planes Arrive In Dubai From Egypt" [01/30/11] "People on the streets are reporting that 19 private planes have left from Cairo International to Dubai even though traffic at airport had been halted. There is a lot of speculation of who is in the planes from members of the Mubarak's government to Mubarak himself. Dubai is reporting confirmation of the arrival of these private planes from Cairo. They are reporting businessmen are using these private planes to flee the country. Some confirmation:reports that (now) former NDP part thug & Gamal Mubarak confidant Ahmed Ezz has fled Egypt in a private jet. [...]"
"Waves of Unrest Spread to Yemen, Shaking a Region" [01/29/11] "In Yemen, organizers vowed to continue protests on Friday and for weeks to come until the 32-year-old American-backed government of Ali Abdullah Saleh either fell or consented to reforms. At least visually, the scenes broadcast across the region from Yemen were reminiscent of the events in Egypt and the month of protests that brought down the government in Tunisia. But as they climaxed by midday, they appeared to be carefully organized and mostly peaceful, save for some arrests. Pink — be it in the form of headbands, sashes or banners — was the dominant color; organizers described it as the symbol of the day’s protests. [...]"
"Fear of Government Completely Shattered for Egyptians As Protests Continue" [01/29/11] "For the past twenty fours, many in the world have had the privilege of viewing the uprising through a live stream on Al Jazeera's website. The stream has made it possible for anyone interested in the Egyptian uprising to get a sense of what the people are feeling and what they are demanding and why they are so angry with their government. [...]" Related: "Egypt Protests Continue Despite Changes In Government"
"Inequality In America Is Worse Than In Egypt, Tunisia Or Yemen" [01/29/11] "Americans vastly underestimate the degree of wealth inequality in America, and we believe that the distribution should be far more equitable than it actually is, according to a new study. [...]"
Jordan : "Jordanians Rally Against Corruption And Poverty" [01/29/11] "Jordanian activists rallied outside government offices Saturday as they tried to step up their campaign to force Prime Minister Samir Rifai to step down. Inspired by unrest in Tunisia and elsewhere in the region, about 200 Jordanians gathered outside the prime minister's office shouting "Our government is a bunch of thieves" and holding banners reading "No to poverty or hunger." "We've come from distant, rural areas to Amman to ask Rifai to leave," said Mohammed Sunaid, a prominent labor activist. "We call for the overthrow of this government that has destroyed the poor. This government should be for all Jordanians not just the rich." Jordan is struggling with its worst economic downturn in decades. The government has announced measures to cut prices of essentials, create jobs and raise salaries of civil servants. Protesters say the moves do not go far enough and have staged rallies calling for the reversal of free-market reforms which many blame for a widening gap between rich and poor. [...]"
"Wikileaks Exposes US Complicity In Murder, Torture, By Egyptian Government" [01/29/11] "A new release of WikiLeaks documents, diplomatic cables from the US embassy in Cairo from 2009 and 2010, make clear that the Obama administration was well aware that the Mubarak regime held onto power by terrorizing the population. [...]"
"US, Interim Government Conspire Against Tunisian Masses" [01/29/11] "The interim Tunisian government has announced a ministerial reshuffle in an effort to maintain its hold on power in the face of continuing protests. [...]"
"Webster Tarpley: CIA Fuels ‘Mob Rule’ in Arab World to Change Power" [01/29/11] [3:09] "The U.S. government had been planning to topple the Egyptian President for the past three years – that’s according to diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks. The files show Washington had been secretly backing leading figures behind the uprising. Unrest in Egypt comes weeks after a month of chaos in Tunisia, which saw 80 deaths and the president being toppled before fleeing into exile. Investigative journalist, Webster Tarpley, told RT, Washington wants to put new leaders in power in the Arab world to follow the U.S. agenda.[...]"
Commentary: "Analysis: What is the CIA doing in Egypt?" [01/29/11] "Every time there is a popular uprising anywhere in the Muslim world, the minds of American intelligence planners go immediately to 1979, when the Iranian Revolution tore down almost overnight one of Washington closest allies in the Middle East. By ignoring the immense unpopularity of the Shah’s brutal regime, and by limiting its Iranian contacts among the pro-Shah elites in the country, the CIA was caught completely in the dark as the Islamic revolution unfolded. Could the same be happening now in Egypt? [...]"
"Under ‘emergency’ for decades, Egypt’s special powers mirrored in post-9/11 US" [01/29/11] "Indefinite detention. Ubiquitous torture. Secret courts. Special authority for police interventions. The complete absence of privacy, even in one's own home. Astute followers of American politics might think those items a dog whistle, evoking the worst civil liberties abuses permitted by the USA PATRIOT Act and other "emergency" provisions passed in the wake of Sept. 11, 2001. They are, in fact, just a few of the powers claimed in an Egyptian "emergency" law passed in 1958, that goes even further than the controversial American security provisions. The law has been used to keep the country under an officially declared "state of emergency" since the assassination of President Anwar el-Sadat in 1981. Prior to that, it had been invoked frequently since 1967, in the aftermath of the Arab-Israeli war. Egyptians have been campaigning against it ever since. [...]"
"US Interference In Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Algeria, etc" [01/29/11] [5:47] "Protests inspired by the revolt in Tunisia have dominoed along Egypt, Yemen and Algeria. Some have drawn comparisons to the colour revolutions seen in post-Soviet countries. To discuss this RT talks to William Engdahl – author of the book ‘Full Spectrum Dominance: Totalitarian Democracy in the new world order.’ [...]"
"Questions Raised About U.S. Firm’s Role in Egypt Internet Crackdown" [01/29/11] "A U.S. company appears to have sold Egypt technology to monitor Internet and mobile phone traffic that is possibly being used by the ruling regime to crack down on communications as protests erupt throughout the country. Boeing-owned, California-based company Narus sold Telecom Egypt, the state-run Internet service provider, “real-time traffic intelligence” equipment, more commonly known as Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) technology. DPI is content-filtering technology that allows network managers to inspect, track and target content from Internet users and mobile phones as it passes through routers on the Web. [...]"
"Cairo Chaos: Night Curfew Ends Day Of Street Battles In Egypt" [01/29/11] [2:11] "A night curfew has been declared in Egypt. Tens of thousands of protesters are continuing to clash with police and military on the streets across a number of cities. It comes as internet access all across Egypt is completely shut down and mobile phone services are reportedly off in some regions. At least seven people have been killed during the turmoil. [...]"
"Analysis: Upheaval in Egypt" [01/29/11] [6:22] "Experts speak to Al Jazeera about the situation in Egypt on Friday's "day of wrath" that saw protesters face rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannons from the police. [...]"
"Al Jazeera's Egypt Coverage Embarrasses U.S. Cable News Channels" [01/29/11] "There is a curfew in effect in Egypt, but thousands of protesters remain in the streets in Cairo, Suez, Alexandria and across the rest of the country. President Hosni Mubarak is expected to speak soon. Police might've fired tear gas at praying demonstrators. And Fox reported on how ICE arrested some immigrant sex offenders in Virginia. [...]"
Commentary: " US Rhetoric And Policy In The Middle East" [01/29/11] "Eileen Fleming compares Obama's lofty words during his 2011 State of the Union address with the reality of Washington's foreign policy in the Middle East, where the USA underwrites with tax dollars and state-of-the arts weapons, Israeli war crimes and crimes against humanity. [...]"
Overview: "North Africa and the Global Political Awakening, Part 1" [01/29/11] " ... The reflex action of the imperial powers is to further arm and support the oppressive regimes, as well as the potential to organize a destabilization through covert operations or open warfare (as is being done in Yemen). The alternative is to undertake a strategy of "democratization" in which Western NGOs, aid agencies and civil society organizations establish strong contacts and relationships with the domestic civil society in these regions and nations. The objective of this strategy is to organize, fund and help direct the domestic civil society to produce a democratic system made in the image of the West, and thus maintain continuity in the international hierarchy. Essentially, the project of "democratization" implies creating the outward visible constructs of a democratic state (multi-party elections, active civil society, "independent" media, etc) and yet maintain continuity in subservience to the World Bank, IMF, multinational corporations and Western powers. It appears that both of these strategies are being simultaneously imposed in the Arab world: enforcing and supporting state oppression and building ties with civil society organizations. The problem for the West, however, is that they have not had the ability to yet establish strong and dependent ties with civil society groups in much of the region, as ironically, the oppressive regimes they propped up were and are unsurprisingly resistant to such measures. In this sense, we must not cast aside these protests and uprisings as being instigated by the West, but rather that they emerged organically, and the West is subsequently attempting to co-opt and control the emerging movements. [...]" See: below for how this is playing out in society at the moment. Related: Flashback: "CFR Meeting – Zbigniew Brzezinski Fears The Global Awakening" [6:05] "Zbigniew Brzezinski giving the CFR branch in Montreal a presentation discussing world government and his fears of the mass global awakening that has taken place. [...]"
"US Secretly Backed Egyptian Protest Leaders" [01/29/11] "For the last three years, the US government secretly provided aid to the leaders behind this week's social uprising in Egypt aimed to topple the government of President Hosni Mubarak, according to a leaked diplomatic cable. One of the young Egyptian leaders who attended a summit for activists in New York with the help of the US [...]"
"US Pursues Two-Track Policy to Suppress Protests in Egypt and Tunisia" [01/29/11] "The United States is working intensively to suppress mass protests in both Tunisia and Egypt and prop up the local ruling elites that are entirely subordinate to American imperialism. It is using different tactics in the two countries, dictated in large part by their relative strategic importance to US ruling class interests in the Middle East. [...]"
"WikiLeaks Calls Biden a ‘Dangerous Fool,’ Releases Egypt Leaks" [01/29/11] "According to the official WikiLeaks Twitter account, “[Vice President Joe] Biden says [Julian] Assange is a ‘terrorist’ and Mubarak is ‘no dictator’—and should not step down. Biden is a dangerous fool.” Then followed an overnight flood of tweets calling attention to fresh leaks about Egypt’s brutal regime. One of those messages said, “Help us spread the last two days of cables into Egypt through neighboring media and sat TV.” The Egyptian government has shut down almost all channels of communication, including Internet and SMS service, in response to civil unrest. One new cable details a meeting between Sen. Joseph Lieberman and Gamal Mubarak, son of the Egyptian president. Another cable discusses the fate of Yemeni children reportedly brought to Egypt for organ harvesting. A 2009 cable from Ambassador Margaret Scobey says, “Torture and police brutality in Egypt are endemic and widespread.” [...]" See "Wikileaks" link on the Special Articles, Longer Term Dynamics and Overviews panel for related stories.
"Syria Shuts Down Internet Service" [01/28/11] "With Egypt pretty a done deal, many are wondering who is next. Al Arabiya provides the answer: Syria has just shut down its internet service. And as one glance at the map below suggests, should this indeed be the case, and if Jordan promptly follows suit, Israel will be surrounded by revolutions. [...]"
"What’s Inspiring The Arab Revolt" [01/28/11] "... Not a revolt of 'religious extremists'. Many Arab and non-Arab observers cannot help but remember the example of Iran in the 1970s, when an authoritarian regime was replaced by a much more brutal, dangerous, and intolerant religious dictatorship. But there is one obvious difference between Tunisia and Egypt at this stage and the 1979 Iranian uprising that led to an Islamic Revolution. In these two Arab countries, Islamic groups (neither moderate nor extremist) are not leading the revolts. Certainly, Islamic elements are present among the demonstrators, but it is not Islamic political ideology or leaders inspiring the protesters. The protesters are mainly young people who have personal and national aspirations, which they believe they can never achieve under authoritarian and corrupt rule. Contrary to the impression Islamic fundamentalism has created in the last decade, most young Arabs do not want to live an isolated, restricted, and medieval existence circumscribed by religion. They want to be educated, enjoy social mobility, have a reasonable hope of a good future and a measure of self-esteem, and to be treated with dignity. Most young Arabs want modernization and a strong economy that would provide jobs, nice cars, and some version of a Western-style, less restrictive social life. The Arab-Muslim world has been facing social and political tensions ever since modernization got under way in the region. However, after more than a century, this partial modernization never enabled Arab nations to really catch up with the West. It did lead to elevated aspirations and increased pressure on youths to succeed in education, launch careers, and gain wealth. But it did not provide sufficient opportunity for these aspirations to be realized. [...]"
Egypt: " Internet Down, Police Counterterror Unit Deployed; In Suez, Weapons Looted and Turned on Police" [01/29/11] "Internet service in Egypt was disrupted and the government deployed an elite special operations force in Cairo on Friday, hours before an anticipated new wave of anti-government protests. The developments were a sign that President Hosni Mubarak’s regime was toughening its crackdown following the biggest protests in years against his nearly 30-year rule. [...]"
"Yemen Protests Draw Thousands In Tunisia Inspired Demonstrations" [01/28/11] "Tens of thousands of people called for the Yemeni president's ouster in protests across the country on Thursday inspired by the popular revolt in Tunisia. [...]" Note: Video clip [1:21]
Egypt: "Despite Internet Blockade; Photos, Videos Of Egypt Protests Flood Social Media" [01/28/11] "As is the case with all the socio-political developments across the globe, social media emerged as a potent tool for the anti-government protestors in Egypt. Despite the blockade imposed on internet and mobile communication services by the authorities, photos and videos as well as responses to the Egypt unrest flood social media. Threatened by the possibility of what could follow if access to internet and other modes of communication continued, the authorities quickly turned to blockades. While the microblogging site Twitter, which along with social networking site Facebook was used by protestors to organize the rallies, was the first to face the block on Tuesday, other services followed. As of Friday, all forms of internet access and even SMS services stand disrupted as protests continued. This move by the authorities has almost left the country cut off from the rest of the world. [...]" Related: "Egypt Takes Internet Down Hours Before Planned Protests" "Reports are emerging that Internet has gone down in Cairo and throughout Egypt, only hours before the largest planned protests yet. Reuters confirms "major network disruptions" for Egypt Internet users at this time, with reports in Cairo that there is no Internet altogether. A top state official declined to comment. [...]" Clashes between protesters and authorities in the world's most populous Arab nation have reached even higher levels with reports that the servers of Egypt's main Internet provider were down. This Internet restriction seems to be in response to the massive growth of social networking and the direct impact it has had on mobilization against "a regime that is not listening, is not acting," according to opposition leader, and Nobel Peace laureate, Mohamed ElBaradei. Friday is set to intensify as a groundswell of support for social change has been charted by social media websites such as Twitter and Facebook, which showed exponentially increased traffic before revealing a sharp decrease that indicated the cutoff. "Egypt Protests Pose US Dilemma" "Political uproar in Egypt has Washington stuck between a reflex to back freedom-seeking protests and a vital diplomatic ally -- a dilemma with deep implications for Washington's troubled Middle East policy. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been a fulcrum of US regional strategy for decades, a guarantor of his nation's peace with US ally Israel [...]" "Egypt Rocked by Anti-Government Protests" [01/26/11] "Egyptian police fired tear gas and beat anti-government protesters to clear thousands of people from a central Cairo square Wednesday, after the largest demonstrations in years against President Hosni Mubarak's decades-old rule. Three people were reported to have died in the nationwide unrest inspired by Tunisia's uprising. Two protesters were killed during a demonstration in the port city of Suez while a police officer died from injuries sustained during the protests in Cairo. [...]" "Video: Police Battle Protesters In Egypt" "As the biggest challenge to Egypt's President Mubarak escalates, tens of thousands of protesters continued to clash with the police. ITV's Richard Pallot reports. (Nightly News) [...]"
"Egypt Proactively Preparing For Tunisian-Style Rioting: Airport Intercepts 59 Outbound Gold Shipments Worth Tens Of Millions" [01/23/11] "After a week ago we learned that the central bank of Tunisia had parted with 23% of its gold stash courtesy of now deposed president who fled the country with a 1.5 ton shipment of gold, it appears that Egypt is preparing for a comparable spike in revolutionary activity. Only unlike the now former Tunisian president whose gold sequestering actions were retroactive and thus, quite lucky to succeed, Egypt has taken proactive measures. According to Egypt News, the country's airport has intercepted 59 shipments of gold directed for the Netherlands "worth tens of millions." The gold, as well as an indeterminate amount of foreign currencies, was hidden in pillow cases: uh, cotton may not show up on X-Rays, but gold sure does. We eagerly await to learn how big the decline in the country's official holdings 75.6 tonnes of gold will be after this most recent episode confirming that gold is precisely money. And all this happening despite gold's complete and thorough inedibility. [...]"
"Tunisian Wikileaks Putsch: CIA Touts Mediterranean Tsunami of Coups" – Webster Tarpley [01/19/11] "The Arab world needs to learn a few fundamental lessons about the mechanics of CIA color revolutions, lest they replicate the tragic experience of Georgia, Ukraine, and so many others. [...]" Related: Alex Jones Interviews: "Webster Tarpley on Prison Planet TV" [14:11 Note: Part 2 [14:56]| Part 3 [4:16]
"After Tunisia, ‘electrified’ Arab world sets sights on brewing revolt in Egypt" [01/19/11] "n a sign that an "electrified" Arab world has been inspired by the events in Tunisia to rise up against their governments, opposition leaders in Egypt have called for an open revolt in the country on January 25. The US branch of the National Association for Change, an umbrella group of activists led by former IAEA chief Mohamed El-Baradei, issued a statement on Tuesday "urging all Egyptians to take to the streets on January 25th to protest the deteriorating conditions caused by the dictatorial Mubarak regime. The call for a revolt comes as several Egyptians set themselves on fire in protest this week, apparently inspired by the Tunisian uprising last week that started the same way. " [...]"
"Riots Break Out as Tunisia Ministers Quit" [01/18/11] "Tunisia's day-old government was shaken by the resignation of four ministers today, undermining its hopes of quelling simmering unrest by sharing power with members of the opposition to the old regime. [...]" Note: See stories below on Tunisia for background.
Commentary: "Arab Despots Should Heed Events In Tunisia" [01/17/11] "The fall from power of Tunisian president Zine al-Abidine ben Ali is one of those widely unpredicted turns of events that hindsight quickly labels inevitable. Corrupt authoritarian regimes are generally brittle and Mr Ben Ali's was no exception. But few anticipated how quickly a spate of angry demonstrations could become a regime-changing rebellion. Other governments across the region, with populations hardly less repressed than Tunisia's, will look on in fear. Mr Ben Ali was considered by western diplomats to be a relatively reliable fixture. Under his 23-year rule, the country had the status of a minor player in North Africa – avoiding involvement in wider Middle East disputes and carving out an economic niche as a Mediterranean holiday destination. [...]"
"Food, Fuel Riots Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Yemen, Jordan" [01/17/11] "Food price protests sweeping across North Africa and the Middle East reached Jordan on Friday, when hundreds of protesters chanted slogans against Prime Minister Samir al-Rifai in the southern city of Karak. [...]"
"Tourists scramble to escape chaos of Tunisia" [01/16/11] Video "As 'authorities' struggle to restore order after a popular uprising that drove the nation’s leader from power, it’s still unclear what the future holds for the North African nation. NBC’s John Ray reports. (Nightly News) [...]"
"Tunisia revolt puts heat on north Sudan" [01/16/11] "Widespread economic and political discontent has northern Sudanese wondering if Khartoum is heading towards a popular uprising like in Tunisia.On Sunday, opposition parties congratulated Tunisians and called for an "end to the totalitarian regime" in Khartoum, demanding the resignation of Sudan's Finance Minister Ali Mahmud who they blame for rising prices."The current crisis can only end with the end of the totalitarian regime and the end of a single-party regime," Faruq Abu Eissa, spokesman for a coalition of opposition groups, told a press conference in Khartoum.Political uncertainty, skyrocketting food prices and weak state finances have decimated the Sudanese pound. Already saddled with heavy debt, the country has also exhausted its foreign currency reserves [...]"
"Tunisian Uprising, Homeland Stupidity - Corbett Report Sunday Update" [01/16/11] [10:32] Sunday Update is a public service of The Corbett Report podcast. "Tunisia Gets Its Third President in One Week 01/15/11] "Fouad Mebazaa was sworn in as Tunisia’s acting leader today after the country’s longtime authoritarian president, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, and his family took refuge in Saudi Arabia, the result of angry street protests against the government. It marks the second time power in Tunisia has changed hands over the past twenty-four hours: The prime minister had announced just a day before that he was taking power from Ali, but he abruptly gave it up this morning. Complying with the rules of succession, the prime minister turned over authority to Mebazza, speaker of the Tunisian Parliament, who is expected to hold elections to form a new government within 60 days. [...]" Related: | Authoritarian Ex-President Ben Ali Flees To Saudi Arabia" "Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali has fled with his family to Saudi Arabia, after being forced from office after 23 years in power. The 74-year-old leader conceded power after protests over economic issues escalated into rallies against him. Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi has taken over as interim president, and a state of emergency has been declared. Mr Ghannouchi has said he will meet political leaders on Saturday in an attempt to form a government. Dozens of people have died in recent weeks as unrest has swept the country and security forces have cracked down on demonstrations over unemployment, food price rises and corruption. [...]"
"Tunisians Drive Leader from Power in Mass Uprising" [01/15/11] | "Tunisia’s protest wave: where it comes from and what it means" [01/4/11] "January traditionally has been Tunisia’s month for political drama — a general strike in January 1978; a Libyan-supported insurrection in January 1980; bread riots in January 1984. This year, however, January will be hard-pressed to top the previous December. The last two weeks of 2010 witnessed the most dramatic wave of social unrest in Tunisia since the 1980s. What began with one young man’s desperate protest against unemployment in Sidi Bouzid, in Tunisia’s center-west, spread quickly to other regions and other issues. Within days of Mohamed Bouazizi’s attempted suicide in front of the local government office, students, teachers, lawyers, journalists, human rights activists, trade unionists, and opposition politicians took to the streets in several cities, including Tunis, to condemn the government’s economic policies, its repression of all critics, and a mafia-style corruption that enriches members of the president’s family. In a country known for authoritarian stability, it is easy to see this unrest as a harbinger of dramatic change. In fact, the protests have been building for at least two years. The frustration is rooted in a deep history of unbalanced economic growth. Several organizations have helped to convert this frustration into collective protest. To date, the December protests have produced a cabinet reshuffle, a governor’s sacking, and a renewed commitment to job creation in disadvantaged regions. Whether they lead to more dramatic change remains to be seen. If Ben Ali’s rule is not in immediate danger, the protests at least suggest that his governing strategy is in serious trouble. Ben Ali’s rule has relied on a skillful combination of co-optation and repression. [...]"
Tunisia Uprising of 2011 and Subsequent Societal Events in the Middle East
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