The Palesinian IDIOT got an Urgent Message About Egypt

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Comment: 

Since Mubarak send his F16 and Heocopters It was clear that it was a message to the army, more than the people on streets. Having read between the lines of the released army statement, and knowing that the airforce and Repulic Gurds stand with Mubarak, I dare to say the army would stay aside, indirectly protect the popular uprising leavinf Pharaoh to face his slow death.



Protesters wrote on army tanks:
“No to Mubarak. Fuck Mubarak.”



The Idiot -“Hamas Lover” – picked and highlighted “He’s trying to turn Cairo into Gaza.”.
How?
I realy don’t know?
First Cairo is not  Gaza.
In Caza Hamas failed Dahlan’s coup, agaist Hamas elected government and saved the Palestinian cause.

In Cairo the Popular Uprising, so far, kicked the ass of Mubarak’s thugs.
Most likely, the idiot is worried, like Perez  of the “nightmare” of Muslim Brotherhood controlling  Egypt, though most likely its not going to happen.

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Urgent Message About Egypt

From Yasmin
Mubarak switched off Internet, Mobile phone networks, cancelled all national railway services, stopped petrol supplies to petrol stations, stopped food supplies to shops, ordered police agents to loot & start chaos & got police to fire at protesters. He’s trying to turn Cairo into Gaza.

Call the WH (White House) switchboard at 202-456-1414 and tell them we have to stop supporting Mubarak to get him out of there.

In other news, according to BBC the Egyptian army released a statement that they refuse to shoot at protesters. Hearing rumours though that Air Force is 100% behind Mubarak. I do think there is a division in the military.”

# posted by Tony : 10:39 AM

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Protesters, Unfazed by Mubarak’s Pledges, Escalate Moves Monday-Tuesday

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31/01/2011 Egyptian protesters have been unfazed by the Egypt President Hosni Mubarak’s promises and bids to satisfy them calling on Monday for an indefinite strike and a “million man march” on Tuesday in Cairo.
In Cairo’s Tahrir square, hundreds of protesters camped out overnight, defying a curfew that has been extended by the army.

Mubarak pledged institute economic, social and political reforms but people feel that such pledges “are too little, too late”. He appointed the first vice president in his 30-year-rule, the intelligence chief Omar Suleiman, and a new prime minister in a desperate attempt to cling to power. The new Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq has chosen on Monday two new ministers for his cabinet.

The announcement had little discernible effect on the more than 1,000 people encamped at Tahrir square, the protest epicentre, early Monday, marching and shouting their determination to stay there until Mubarak quits.

Early on Monday morning, unconfirmed reports said the police had been ordered back on the streets. The army has positioned tanks around the square and was checking identity papers but letting protesters in. Civilian popular committee members were also checking papers to make sure no plainclothes police get in. the 7-days-old protests have left at least 125 people dead.

Top dissident Mohamed ElBaradei late Sunday told a sea of angry protesters in the square that they were beginning a new era. The former IAEA chief, who was mandated by Egyptian opposition groups including the Muslim Brotherhood to negotiate with Mubarak’s regime, hailed “a new Egypt in which every Egyptian lives in freedom and dignity.” “I ask you to be patient, change is coming.”

European Union chief diplomat Catherine Ashton urged Mubarak to immediately hold talks with the opposition and respond to the aspirations of anti-government protesters.
Several foreign governments said they would evacuate their nationals, while the United States authorized the departure of embassy families, AFP reported.

Washington, a key ally of Egypt, called on Mubarak to do more to defuse the crisis but stopped short of saying he should quit.

International press institutes have come out strongly against Egyptian authorities’ suppression of the media, following the withdrawal of Al Jazeera’s license to broadcast from the North African country.
Egyptian police on Monday arrested six foreign journalists working for Al-Jazeera English news channel at their Cairo hotel after authorities forbade them covering anti-regime protests, the channel said.
Mobile services were partly restored on Saturday, though the CPJ says that 90 per cent of internet connections in the country remain disconnected.

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INTERVIEW IDF ‘OPERATION CAST LEAD’

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Via MCS

– 31. Jan, 2011

INTERVIEW YOU WILL NOT SEE IN ZIONIST CONTROLLED AMERICAN MEDIA


ISRAELI DEFNCE FORCES AFTER ‘OPERATIONS CAST LEAD’

They were told:

“ENTRY WOULD BE DIS-PROPORTIONATE”

The orders were to:

“CLEANSE THE NEIGHBOURHOOD”

“Every house gets a shell, that was our job…”
“We were to shell the top and shell the bottom…”
“The moment the tank hit the second shell, we see processions of the family walk out with children, with babies, with white flag on a stick….”
“We entered the city in a big hullabaloo…”
“The squadron… with a lazer marked clearly the houses that had to be shelled….”
Alex Thompson has their story…

Channel 4 News – Dispatches from Gaza – 26 January 2011


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-SWTw9n2os

ED NOTE:  Enough of  Hamas Rocket fire ?

After Sabra & Shatila, Jenin, Nablus, Rafah, and Gaza massacres.  Sixty years of brutal Israeli Defence Force?
Can someone arm Hamas with modern weapons to defend themselves, perhaps we can then witness a real war?
Also see:

Journalist and author Robert Fisk who was one of the first on the scene of the Sabra& Shatila massacre, returns 15 years later to the Sabra & Shatila Palestinian refugee Camp in Lebanon…

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Gilad Atzmon Discusses American Foreign Policy on Press TV

>http://www.presstv.ir/usdetail/162623.html


The American foreign policy is at cross-roads. For decades, Washington has advertised equality and human rights in international circles. But, at times, the U.S. has contradicted its own alleged values, philosophy and democratic approach.

Some argue that America’s self-interest supersedes the spread of democracy worldwide. However, there are those who say Washington’s approach serves neither the national interest of Americans, nor does it promote equality and democracy.

So, the question arises: who then benefits from current American policies?

Press TV’s U.S. Desk discussed the issue with Gilad Atzmon who is a political activist, musician and author in London.

Atzmon argues that American policy is a ‘total mess’ because the American administration has gambled on authoritarian regimes who have been sympathetic and obedient to Washington.

All the while, this support contradicts Washington’s claims of spreading democracy in the world. Atzmon writes: “The American government is very confused at the moment. They don’t know whether to support Hosni Mubarak or the people. The same goes for Tunisia last week. America was also supporting the Shah. And there is a big question why America is getting it wrong all the time.”

In regards to American policy in the Middle East, Atzmon attributes U.S.’ failed approach to a foreign policy that is shaped by Israeli interest and exploited by such Zionist lobbies as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

If Washington persists in this path, Atzmon says, “America is doomed to fail in its foreign policy.”

In conclusion, Atzmon reiterates “There is a lot of love for Americans, but definitely very little respect for American expansionist imperialism that is driven by Zionist ideology.”

FACTS & FIGURES
Israel has received more U.S. military assistance than any other country in the world.

Israel receives about $3 billion in direct foreign assistance each year, which is roughly one-fifth of America’s foreign aid budget.

The House and Senate Appropriations Committees approved Obama’s request for $3 billion in military aid to Israel in the 2011 budget.

In 2007, the U.S. increased its military aid to Israel by over 25% to an average of $3 billion per year for the following ten year period.

FM/KA/DB

KENNETH O’KEEFE UNDER ASSAULT: IN DEFENSE OF A HERO

>“Those who have besieged Mr. O’Keefe like rabid dogs are fully aware of who they are. Their names remain far away from this piece as a common courtesy and as an extension of brotherhood and sisterhood; so they recognize the error in their ways and return to the fold in the fight to free the planet of Zionist gangsterdom.” – Jonathan Azaziah

With full repect to Jonathan they are part of the Zionist gangsterdom.
Let us call spade, spade

In case you missed it: After Galloway, Ken O’Keefe under fire at HTT (Hasbara think thank).
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KENNETH O’KEEFE UNDER ASSAULT: IN DEFENSE OF A HERO

A pensive Kenneth O’Keefe.
I have more than once expressed appreciation and admiration for Ken O’Keefe. To me, this deeply spiritual man is what all of us should strive to be in the face of international injustices to the downtrodden. The concept of being a “citizen of the world” is beautiful.
Everything about Ken O’Keefe is of value to humanity. But enough of that, he will blush if he read this because above all things, he is driven by conscience, not ego, and is a humble hero. Those are the best kind.

One evening while digging around the net I found an article on Ken. What really surprised me were the over 600 hate comments about him. I think it was 653 comments. So many peaple saying such ugly things, of course it was a Zionist site. My only thought was, “Wow, he sure is doing something right!”

Needless to say, Kenneth O’Keefe will never receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his unselfish dedication to true peace between people; that dubious honour is reserved for warmongers and international criminals like Menachim Begin, Henry Kissinger and Barack O’Bama!

At the end of Jonathan Azariah’s article you will find links to the entries I have made about Kenneth O’Keefe. Do yourself a favour and get inspired.

Freedom Flotilla survivor and activist Kenneth O’Keefe

By Jonathan Azaziah
Mask of Zion

January 26, 2011

“The problem facing our people.. is bigger than all other personal or organizational differences. Therefore as leaders, we must stop worrying about the threat we seem to think we pose to each other’s personal prestige (1)…” ~ Malcolm X ~The words of martyred revolutionary giant El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz reflect the nature of the particular instance about to be discussed undoubtedly.

The words of martyred revolutionary giant El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz reflect the nature of the particular instance about to be discussed undoubtedly.

It is an undeniable fact that the Zionist entity remains extraordinarily steadfast in its daily routine of illegality and criminality.

It commits crimes against humanity, like shooting a 66-year old Palestinian man 13 times to death in his bed (2), keeping the people of Gaza under siege and starving them of basic living essentials like cooking gas (3), and ethnically cleansing Palestine of indigenous Palestinians, including issuing demolition notices to families who are already humiliatingly living in tents (4).

The Israeli regime of usurpation violates international law, like sending its warplanes into Lebanese airspace and breaching Lebanese sovereignty on a daily basis (5), stealing the natural gas in Lebanon’s territorial waters between occupied Palestine and Cyprus (6), terrorizing Palestinian fishermen in illegally besieged Gaza, by firing at their boats and disrupting their only way to provide for their families (7), and quintessentially expanding Zionist settlements in occupied Jerusalem, zionizing the holy city a little bit more with each passing day (8).

The Zionist entity’s illegal nuclear facility in Dimona.

Israel carries out environmental terrorism, like leaking uranium from its illegal Dimona nuclear facility in occupied al-Naqab, subjecting Palestinians in the West Bank to cancer, sterility and abnormal births (9), and inflicting Palestinian surfers in Gaza with harsh skin disorders due to the Zionist entity dumping toxic waste into the Strip’s coastal waters (10).

Tel Aviv also spreads division throughout the region, like its financing of military helicopters for secessionist rebels in southern Sudan (11), part of the greater Zionist plot to divide the African nation into ‘sectarian’ states to keep the Sudanese people fractured and weakened (12), or Mossad’s false flag terrorism, like the brazen bombing of al-Qiddisin Church in Alexandria, Egypt (13) and the Zionist-admitted destruction across occupied Iraq, from Nineveh in the north, to the Karada neighborhood of Baghdad in the central region, to Najaf, Karbala and Basra in the south (14).

Instead of dedicating each waking moment of their time to documenting and exposing these crimes in every detail that they can find, some personalities in the ‘activist community have unfortunately, pathetically and disgustingly directed their efforts towards attacking a man who has done just that, as well as put his life on the line in defense of his fellow activists and the Palestinian people themselves. A man who has dedicated the better half of his life to fighting for truth, justice and peace: Kenneth O’Keefe.

This abominable group masquerading as activists has slandered a man who has shown no fear in standing up to the powers that be, whether they are residing in Zionist-occupied territory in Washington or Palestine. These abhorrent persons posing as members of the solidarity movement have attempted to discredit a man who has never acted in any other way other than honorably in regards to his activism.

These detestable excuses for truth-seekers have assaulted a man who stands with the oppressed in the homeland of the oppressed, while they sit behind the fortress of their computer screen in disdainful envy of another’s heroism, which they are too cowardly to duplicate. Shameful doesn’t begin to provide the proper description of such deplorable behavior.An ex-Marine and veteran of the genocidal Gulf War which bred the criminal sanctions afflicting Iraq to this very day, Mr. O’Keefe began his fight for freedom in 1994 when he was arrested for protesting against the Zionist-occupied American government’s nuclear testing. His activism would extend to animals in a massive way when he moved to the occupied kingdom of Hawaii years later, and started a mission out of his dive shop to rescue turtles and clean up toxic pollution terribly affecting the oceans.

While living in Hawaii, Mr. O’Keefe also became acutely aware of the United States government’s ‘blood quantum’ conspiracy against the Hawaiian people; a little-known and scarcely talked about genocide that eclipses the highest peaks of racism and ethnic cleansing. He stood in solidarity with his Hawaiian brothers and sisters to his detriment, resulting in perpetual harassment from traffic police and the exceedingly corrupt traffic courts. He cemented his solidarity with the indigenous Hawaiian people when he swore allegiance to the kingdom of Hawaii, which America considered an enemy nation (15).

From occupied Iraq to occupied Palestine,
Kenneth O’Keefe stands with oppressed peoples

.In 1999, Mr. O’Keefe announced his intention to renounce his United States citizenship, and did so in March 2001, infuriating his government tormentors to an even greater degree, but remaining steadfast in his activist efforts (16).

Ken, who was subjected to contaminated immunizations and pills during the Gulf War and who has relentlessly campaigned against the usage of depleted uranium (17), returned to Iraq and founded the Human Shield program in late 2002, where civilians from Western countries would place themselves in front of non-military targets to show solidarity with the Iraqi people in the face of an illegal occupation.
Mr. O’Keefe was ultimately deported, as well as many other volunteers, and the humanitarian project had to be disbanded (18). To drive the point deeper into the US-Zionist trachea, that he wasn’t going to stop fighting for humanity, Ken O’Keefe burned his American passport on January 8, 2004 (19).

These noble actions alone cast doubt on the intentions of anyone attempting to fire shots of falsehood at Mr. O’Keefe. But the intentions of these aforesaid attention gluttons are exposed in an even more extensive manner, after examining Mr. O’Keefe’s actions on May 31st, 2010 and the subsequent events in the blood-drenched aftermath.

The Freedom Flotilla was mercilessly assaulted by IOF.
On that fateful morning at the end of May, nearly 43 years to the day of Israel’s napalming and massacring of the USS Liberty which left 34 American sailors dead and 171 others wounded, Israeli commandoes stormed the humanitarian aid project known as the Freedom Flotilla, and murdered 9 activists including a 19-year old Turkish-American named Furkan Dogan aboard the Mavi Marmara, one of the ships part of the flotilla. It was an act of war, an act of mass murder, an act of terrorism and an act of piracy.
The Zionist entity’s typical, shameless and maniacal act of brutality was broadcasted by the Zionist media with spin provided by agents from Zionist lobby organizations and pathetically defended by the Obama regime, which is no more than an extension of the Knesset. The reason for the attack? To defuse the historic Iran-Turkey-Brazil diplomatic agreement for nuclear fuel and to show the international community that it remains under the control of the illegitimate Israeli state, powerless in the face of Zionist terror (20).
Former IOF terrorist and son of one of the bombers of the King David Hotel, Zionist warmonger Rahm Emanuel, made a trip to the Zionist state just days before the murderous assault to issue ‘American’ approval to Tel Aviv for the attack (21).
Kenneth O’Keefe was aboard the Mavi Marmara. He saw 9 of his brothers murdered in cold blood by Zion’s brigade of killers and dozens of others critically injured within an hour of the IOF assault. Mr. O’Keefe displayed an unprecedented form of valor, confronting the armed commandoes and disarming two of them. Once the murderers were disarmed by Mr. O’Keefe and another activist, they were taken below deck by other Flotilla activists and treated for injuries.
Zionist war criminal Benjamin Netanyahu orchestrated
the massacre of 9 unarmed Flotilla activists.
Kenneth, along with numerous other activists aboard the Mavi Marmara and other ships of the Flotilla, was punched and kicked while he was restrained. He witnessed as his fellow activists and friends were abused by IOF. Elderly people were physically abused, women were sexually abused during IOF’s body searches, O’Keefe and his brothers and sisters were denied food, water and access to a toilet as well as access to a lawyer. The activists had their cash, credit cards, laptops, cameras and other personal possessions stolen by Israel. Mr. O’Keefe was one of the last activists to be deported from Port Ashdod where the Flotilla was held illegally by the Zionist entity (22).

Beaten and choked to the point of blacking out in an Israeli prison cell, this by no means deterred Mr. O’Keefe. He called out any and all who would defend the Zionist regime’s actions on May 31st, including the leaders of Tel Aviv themselves (23). Israel responded by labeling Mr. O’Keefe a ‘terrorist,’ ridiculously stating that he was attempting to reach Gaza to train and establish Hamas commando units (24).

Kenneth O’Keefe was invited onto the Zionist-owned BBC program Hard Talk several weeks after the attack, as a means for Israel and its allies to desecrate his image to an even greater extent and finish him once and for all. The attempt failed horribly, as O’Keefe stood his ground in defiance, relentlessly defending the Palestinians, the Freedom Flotilla and speaking unadulterated truth to the BBC propagandist portraying herself as a talk show host (25).
Mr. O’Keefe’s name spread across news headlines again not too long thereafter when he made an appearance on the Press TV program, The Agenda, where he not only fearlessly defended 9/11 truth, but went on the record to state it was an inside job carried out by elements within the American government and Israel’s mass murder organization, the Mossad (26), proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that O’Keefe’s only concern is the truth, and his only dedication is to the truth.
Kenneth O’Keefe’s most recent mission took him back to illegally besieged Gaza aboard the Road To Hope aid convoy. The convoy arrived at Egypt’s El-Arish port, carrying 30 vehicles and 101 humanitarian workers, including 8 survivors from the Freedom Flotilla massacre.
Though the Road to Hope accomplished its goal of breaking the Zionist siege and delivering its aid to the suffering people of Gaza, its journey wasn’t without tumult and turmoil. The Road to Hope was stranded on the Egyptian-Libyan border for 9 days over a technicality and moreover, the captain of the ship brought Ken O’Keefe and the other courageous activists to the Piraeus port in Greece against their will, where the ship was boarded by Greek commandos and the activists were ‘treated like terrorists (27).’
Greek commandos invading the Road to Hope
convoy to illegally besieged Gaza.

Due to meddling from war criminal Hosni Mubarak’s Zionist dictatorship, only 35 members of the original 101-man crew were allowed to enter occupied Gaza, including Kenneth O’Keefe, who has remained there to conduct daily video reporting which focuses on the Palestinian children of the besieged coastal enclave (28).

Mr. O’Keefe’s activism, heroism and clear genuineness regarding the Palestinian struggle and other struggles of oppressed against oppressor have been covered by Press TV, Russia Today, Al-Jazeera English and countless pages of social networking websites and blogs of activists, journalists and average folk alike. His heroic actions are undeniable. The evidence supporting these actions is irrefutable. So how has Mr. O’Keefe been labeled by the previously discussed persons of abhorrence?As a Zionist. Yes, a man who has fought against Zionism from America to occupied Iraq to occupied Palestine and who has exposed the prominent Israeli role in the 9/11 false flag attack is a Zionist.

The MV Mavi Marmara stained with the blood of 9 unarmed activists.

As a fraud who uses his activism as a front to make money. Yes, a man who doesn’t have any money whatsoever and who spends time getting shot at by the Israeli terrorists of IOF in Beit Hanoun (29) uses his activism as a fraud to make money.

And as a liar, who faked his injures at the hands of the Zionist entity’s thugs on the Mavi Marmara, who didn’t renounce his US citizenship and who lied about being kidnaped aboard the Road To Hope, despite all accurate media reports of the Road To Hope being abducted and the activists being kidnaped. Yes, a man who can’t seem to do anything except tell the truth, which is verified by physical evidence and documentation, and who is respected across the ‘truth movement’ and activist community is a liar.

What egregious, disgusting and slanderous accusations against a decent, honest individual from personalities who exemplify the twisted and darkened opposite end of the spectrum.
A hero is classically defined in two parts. A) a man distinguished by exceptional courage and nobility and strength. B) champion: someone who fights for a cause.

An enemy is also classically defined in two parts. A) an armed adversary. B) any hostile group of people.

Kenneth O’Keefe is the personification of the former, and his detractors, armed with falsehood as their chief form of ammunition, flamboyantly personify the latter. While Mr. O’Keefe marches forward with ‘ambitious projects’ to break the criminal and savage Zionist siege against the people of Gaza (30), his atttackers continue to smear him with baseless insults of ‘agent provocateur’ and ‘plant (31).’ Insulting someone and lying about someone says more about the type of person that you are than the person that you are insulting and slandering. It is the lowest form of intellectual expression and a tactic that resembles the intelligence wings of Zionism like the ADL, the ZOA and the AJC.
Kenneth O’Keefe after being beaten by Israeli goons.
His enemies despicably suggested that he faked these injuries.

In this struggle for truth, justice and peace for all oppressed people, the slandering of activists like Kenneth O’Keefe must not be confronted with cowardice and silence, but firm defense and steadfast Resistance. Mr. O’Keefe campaigns for the people of Palestine with passion and dignity, and his efforts must be upheld by those who support the struggle for one Palestinian state, free of Zionism, and Mr. O’Keefe’s efforts to make this dream a reality, with the same passion and dignity.
Those who have besieged Mr. O’Keefe like rabid dogs are fully aware of who they are. Their names remain far away from this piece as a common courtesy and as an extension of brotherhood and sisterhood; so they recognize the error in their ways and return to the fold in the fight to free the planet of Zionist gangsterdom. This extension of mercy is a fleeting one however, and if the barrage of falsehoods continues to be slung Mr. O’Keefe’s way, the slingers will be dealt with accordingly. Additionally, this declaration of Resistance and defense pertains to all other righteous activists under siege from fakers, actors and agents.
Mr. O’Keefe has gone on record, as a matter of humbleness, to state that he isn’t a hero and he would appreciate it if people would stop referring to him as such. Unfortunately Mr. O’Keefe, I regretfully have to inform you that everything that you do, and everything that you are, fits the description of ‘hero’ down to the most minute detail. And I, Jonathan Azaziah, for one, salute you, and thank you.~ The End ~

Kenneth O’Keefe’s renunciation of his US citizenship.

For more on Ken O’Keefe here are some of my own writings on him. This man deserves to be honoured, but then, those who tell the truth are too dangerous for those in power. By their very existence alone, they are a threat.

Sources:

(1) Malcolm X Speaks: Selected Speeches And Statements by Malcolm X and George Breitman

(2) No Discharge For Soldier Who Initiated Hebron Slaying by Ma’an News Agency

(3) Gas Shortage In Gaza by Middle East Monitor

(4) IOA Serves Demolition Notifications To Owners Of Five Tents by The Palestinian Information Center

(5) Israeli Jets Violate Lebanese Airspace by Press TV

(6) Another Episode In The Conflict: Israel Set To Steal Lebanese Gas! by Al-Manar

(7) Israeli Navy Fire Damages Dozens Of Palestinian Fishing Boats by The Palestinian Information Center

(8) Israel Plans 1,400 New Units In Al-Quds by Press TV

(9) ‘Israeli Reactor Linked To WB Deaths’ by Press TV

(10) Palestinians Find Freedom In The Surf Of Gaza by Adel Zaanoun, Ma’an News Agency

(11) Israel Fiances Military Helicopter Deal For South Sudan by Middle East Monitor

(12) Israelis Can Tell The Whole Story Of Sudan’s Division ~ They Wrote The Script And Trained The Actors by Fahmi Howeidi, Al-Khaleej Times

(13) The Alexandria Church Bombing: Mossad, Who Else? by Jonathan Azaziah, Mask of Zion

(14) Occupied Iraq: New Year, Same Zionism by Jonathan Azaziah, Mask of Zion

(15) Auto-Biography (Short Version) by Ken O’Keefe, P10K

(16) Back To Iraq As A Human Shield by Ken O’Keefe, The Guardian

(17) Gulf War Human Guinea Pig by Ken O’Keefe, P10K

(18) Body Blow As Human Shields Ordered Out by Paul McGeough, The Age

(19) Burning Passport Baghdad by Ken O’Keefe, P10K

(20) Israeli War Crimes: From The USS Liberty To The Humanitarian Flotilla by James Petras, Veteran Today

(21) The Reality Of Zionism by Jonathan Azaziah, Mask Of Zion

(22) Kenneth O’Keefe Speaks by Kourosh Ziabari, Opinion Maker

(23) Ken O’Keefe: ‘We The Defenders Of The Mavi Marmara, Are The Modern Example Of Gandhi’s Essence’ by Pulse Media

(24) IDF: Five Gaza Flotilla Activists Linked To Hamas, Al-Qaida by Anshel Pfeffer, Haaretz

(25) Kenneth O’Keefe On BBC’s Hard Talk by Aletho News

(26) VIDEO: Ken O’Keefe On Press TV’s ‘The Agenda’ ~ Aug. 2010 by World News

(27) ‘Road To Hope’ Aid Convoy Enters Gaza by Press TV

(28) PRESS RELEASE ~ Road To Hope Convoy Reaches Gaza by The Weblog Of Ken O’Keefe

(29) Getting Shot At In Beit Hanoun by Ken O’Keefe, Pacific Free Press/VIDEO: Israelis Shoot At Demonstrators In Gaza ~ Ken O’Keefe, Beit Hanoun, Gaza 29-11-10 by 1worldcitizen, Youtube

(30) Road To Hope Aid Convoy: ‘Ambitious’ Projects Are Under Way by The Palestinian Information Center

(31) Can O’Keefe Lick The Palestinian Campaign Into Shape? by Stuart Littlewood, Veterans Today

Posted by Noor al Haqiqa at 11:07 PM

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‘Peace of the Slave’: a dead end street on a journey to independence

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Photo: 2001, Israel destroyed road to Birzeit from Ramallah!
Photo: 2001, Israel destroyed road to Birzeit from Ramallah!

Tariq Shadid, 10 Dec 2010
Albert Einstein, a man recognized as one of the greatest geniuses in the history of mankind, once said: “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” It seems blatantly clear that those who are in power in the Palestinian ‘National’ Authority have either never read this wisdom, or are stubbornly refusing to understand its meaning, let alone put it into practice.

The Americans have announced in the clearest of wordings that they have abandoned efforts to pressure Israel into enforcing a new moratorium on the expansion of settlements, even though what they were trying to achieve was already deemed insufficient by both the Palestinian Authority and the Arab League.

The Americans were not demanding that Israel stop its expansions in East Jerusalem, though this was a precondition put on the table by the Palestinian Authority for the resumption of negotiations. The fact that Washington was not even trying to achieve this from the Israelis, without losing the confidence of Mahmoud Abbas, indicates that the PA would probably have dropped its demands on freezing settlement expansion in East Jerusalem, if Obama’s Administration would have managed to convince the Israelis to – temporarily – freeze it only in the West Bank.

Showcasing weakness

By assuming this position, Abbas and his colleagues were already sending out a signal of such flagrant diplomatic weakness that the failure of achieving the new West Bank ‘settlement freeze’ was practically a done deal from the start. In fact, it would have come as a complete surprise should the Israelis have decided to impose the new temporary ‘freeze’, since it would have indicated that the Israelis would have suddenly lost their diplomatic chess-playing skills.

Still, this display of lousy diplomatic maneuvering by Mahmoud Abbas was clearly not enough. Apparently, his PA is insisting on proving beyond the shadow of a doubt that it has no clue whatsoever when it comes to strategy, exploiting diplomatic support, or exerting political pressure. To top off the already embarrassing display of failed politics, Abed Rabbo told Voice of Palestine radio what the new PA strategy would be: “This impasse has led the US Administration to choose another method, which is returning to indirect talks … to move the peace process past this impasse and address the final-status issues.” The new plan: to resume proximity talks, and go to Washington simultaneously with the Israelis. Go figure.

In other words, the PA’s diplomatic strategy in the past year can be summed up as follows: to first accept proximity talks despite the continuation of illegal Israeli settlement expansion, to then enter direct talks under a ‘settlement freeze’ – which never entailed a complete stop in building but in fact meant that Israel made some temporary cosmetic changes in order to be able to continue building unabated – and then to finally return to proximity talks when Israel refuses to prolong a fake freeze.

How is Israel supposed to understand this posturing except as a sign of incredible weakness on the Palestinian side, and how are we supposed to expect Israel not to exploit this attitude, when it has become a well-known fact all around the world that Israel has no real intentions of forging any kind of peace agreement with the Palestinians?

Is there is any clearer way to demonstrate your political impotence and thereby totally undermine your negotiating position, than to set an ultimatum and allow it to pass without action? This is exactly what Abbas did, and even twice at least; first he gave the Americans ‘one more month’ when they failed to pressure Israel at the expiration of the ‘settlement freeze’ at the end of September. Then, when the month expired, he still was not brave enough to walk away.

Jerusalem Report 2010

One might have had some understanding for the weak attitude of the Palestinian Authority, if there was a complete lack of support for the Palestinian position on the level of international diplomacy. In reality, it is the other way around. Rarely in the recent history of the Oslo-drama, have there been so many clear signs of support for the creation of an independent Palestinian state in the territories occupied in 1967, as there have been in recent times.

The European Union publicized the ‘Jerusalem Report 2010′ on December 1st, which contains a series of EU policy recommendations. The European Union has seldom been so explicit in its opposition against the Israeli occupation and its settlement policies. The document even stipulates: “If current trends are not stopped as a matter of urgency, the prospect of East Jerusalem as the future capital of a Palestinian state becomes increasingly unlikely and unworkable. This in turn seriously endangers the chances of a sustainable peace on the basis of two states, with Jerusalem as their future capital.”

Is this not enough for Mahmoud Abbas, to give him courage in dealing with the Israelis and Americans? We would all wish that he would be this demanding; it would somewhat counter his image of almost limitless weakness that he has been building up throughout the years. But this report fortunately goes a lot further than this. It draws attention to the “serious humanitarian consequences” of Israel’s settlement planning in East Jerusalem, combined with increased demolitions and evictions of Palestinians and curbs on Palestinian building in the sector. We are hard pressed to find any strong public statements even from Abbas himself about these issues.

The EU report continues to assume a position that we can only dream of hearing said out loud in a major political venue by the current leader of the PA. It states that such policies are also harming East Jerusalem’s “crucial role” in Palestinian political, economic, social and cultural life, and causing it to be increasingly isolated from the rest of the occupied West Bank. It also says that Israel’s attempts to exclusively emphasize the ‘Jewish identity’ of the city are threatening to “radicalize the conflict, with potential regional and global repercussions.” And the report even warns of the EU’s increasing concern about Israel’s “use of archaeology as a political-ideological tool” in a bid to cement the Jewish state’s hold over the entire city.

As AFP reported on December 1, the report concludes with a series of recommendations which call on senior EU officials “to regularly host Palestinian officials” at their offices in East Jerusalem, and to avoid having Israeli officials or security accompanying them on visits to the city’s Eastern sector. It also recommends advising EU tour operators to avoid settler businesses in East Jerusalem, such as hotels and archaeological sites run by settler groups. Finally, it proposes ensuring an EU presence when there is a risk that people may be evicted or have their homes demolished in East Jerusalem.

Support for a unilateral declaration of independence
Still, Abbas seems to be insisting that the Americans and Israelis are the only parties he will take seriously. He fails to utilize whatever is available in terms of diplomatic support, and continues to put himself and the Palestinian people completely at the mercy of the Israeli occupiers and their die-hard allies in Washington.
Has there been any loud message of approval from the Palestinian Authority for the support that was recently extended from the South American continent for the declaration of Palestinian statehood, first by Brazil, and then followed by Argentina and Uruguay?

According to PressTV, even France on December 7th expressed its support for a free and independent Palestinian state, based on borders before the 1967 war, quoting Bernard Valero, spokesman for the French Foreign Ministry. Have those who lead the PA tried to capitalize on these new outside initiatives to help break free from an intolerable impasse? Could their lack of response be an explanation for the fact that the buck seems to have stopped with Uruguay?

The strongest words Abbas has spoken so far have been his threats to dissolve the Palestinian Authority, which is something many Palestinians have been waiting for for years. However, even in these bold statements, he chose words that can only illustrate his total subservience to the Israelis: “I’ll ask Israel to take over.” While dissolving the Palestinian Authority is supposed to be an act of rebellion, which is what could have given true weight and strength to his words, Abbas apparently would go about it in a way that would mean nothing more or less than a total surrender. One can hardly expect the unelected leader of an occupied people waging a struggle for their independence, to make a more embarrassing and damaging statement.

Israelis light fires, Palestinians fight them

It is therefore not so surprising that his threats to make moves towards the unilateral declaration of the Palestinian state, which is the exact opposite of saying “I’ll ask Israel to take over”, are barely being taken seriously by anyone. The ‘cry wolf’ phenomenon has already taken its toll; you only have a few chances to say something without adding action to your words, before they start sounding like the whimpering of the desperate.

On that same day, December 4th, his office issued a statement proudly announcing that Abbas had received a telephone call from Benjamin Netanyahu, thanking him for sending Palestinian firefighters to help control the raging inferno on mount Carmel. Of course there was no reason at all for him to send firefighters in the first place, considering the support the Israeli army has been giving on numerous occasions to settlers setting fire to Palestinian orchards, farmlands and olive plantations.

But to go as far as to boast about a telephone call which may well have been initiated by Abbas himself rather than by Netanyahu, practically amounts to putting one’s weakness on blatant display in a fashion that is totally out of tune with the resilient attitude of the Palestinian people he supposedly represents.

The ‘Peace of the Slave’

The real drama is not even described by these deplorable decisions, declarations, and political maneuvers. The real drama of Mahmoud Abbas and his administration is their stubborn dedication to subservience to Israel, the magnitude of which is not even illustrated by the repeated embarrassments they have brought upon the Palestinian people.

Acting in exactly the opposite way of Einstein’s famous advice quoted above, Abbas simply will not change the mentality that has been sowing the seeds of disaster for the Palestinians ever since the Palestinian Authority embarked on the road of the so-called ‘Peace of the Brave’, which obviously deserves the much more realistic name ‘Peace of the Slave’. This failed diplomatic strategy has done nothing but aggravate the situation of the Palestinians living under an oppressive and racist occupation, year after year.

The people of Palestine are being held hostage by an authority, that has no authority except over the income of a considerable percentage of Palestinian families, and they are being dragged towards an abyss of desperation, by an imposed captain who simply does not have the will nor the courage to change course. According to Einstein’s advice this will not lead to any solution nor to any improvement of the situation, and considering the magnificent contributions of that genius to mankind, we have every reason to believe it.

Tariq ShadidTariq Shadid is a Palestinian general surgeon, currently working as the head of department in a hospital in the Middle East. He was born and raised in the Netherlands, and wrote numerous articles of political analysis for the Palestine Chronicle in the first years of the Al Aqsa Intifada, which are now bundled in the book “Understanding Palestine“, available on Amazon. For several years, he was an active board member of the Dutch organization “Stop de Bezetting” (Stop the Occupation) headed by prominent pro-Palestine activist Gretta Duisenberg. For almost five years, he was the official media spokesperson for the board of the Palestinian Community in the Netherlands (PGN), and became a well-known defender of the Palestinian cause in Dutch national media such as television, radio and newspapers. He is also a prolific singer/songwriter and producer of songs for the Palestinian cause, which can be found on his website at http://www.docjazz.com. More articles by Dr. Tariq Shadid on RamallahOnline here.

River to Sea Uprooted Palestinian

Revolutionary Middle East Change

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by Stephen Lendman

Democratic Middle East birth pangs may have legs enough to spread regionally, including in Occupied Palestine.

Officially launched in Cairo in 1959, the General Union of Palestinian Students (GUPS) offers hope, driven by a commitment for Palestinian liberation. With more than 100 chapters and over 100,000 members, it’s organized rallies, political debates, cultural programs, and other initiatives to spread truths about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

Perhaps inspired by events across the region, on January 27, its press release headlined, “Palestinian students claim right to participate in shaping our destiny,” saying:

“….(I)n order to reassert our inalienable rights, (we) claim our right to democratically participate in the shaping of our destiny. We begin a national initiative to campaign for direct elections to the Palestinian National Council (the PLO’s legislative body) on the clear understanding that only a reformed national representative institution, that includes all Palestinians, those struggling in the homeland and those struggling in exile, can create a representative Palestinian platform, and restore the PLO as the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people.”

If popular uprisings offer democratic hope in Tunisia, Algeria, Jordan, Yemen and Egypt, why not Palestine freed from occupation!

Currently, Egypt is the epicenter of regional change, and since the 1978 Camp David Accords, the linchpin of US Middle East imperial policy. However, under Mubarak’s brutal dictatorship, perhaps its day of reckoning has arrived, Robert Fisk saying:

What’s wrong is visible and clear. “The filth and the slums, the open sewers and the corruption of every government official, the bulging prisons, the laughable elections, the whole vast, sclerotic edifice of power has at last brought Egyptians on to the streets….This is not an Islamic uprising – though it could become one – (it) is just one mass of Egyptians stifled by decades of failure and humiliation.”

Even New York Times writer Michael Slackman noticed, headlining his January 28 article, “Egyptians’ Fury Has Smoldered Beneath the Surface for Decades,” saying:

“The litany of complaints against Mr. Mubarak is well known….The police are brutal. Elections are rigged. Corruption is rampant. Life gets harder for the masses as the rich grow richer and the poor grow poorer. Even as Egypt’s economy (grew, so did) people living in poverty….”

Around half its 80 million people are impoverished, living on $2 a day or less. Unemployment is high, especially for youths. In contrast, “walled compounds spring up outside cities with green lawns and swimming pools.” It’s a nation “where those with money have built a parallel world of private schools and exclusive clubs, leaving the rundown cities to the poor.”

Wesleyan University Professor Anne Mariel Peters says “The whole system is seen as (Mubarak’s) fault. People do believe (he’s) the absolute dictator.”

They remember the hypocrisy of his 1981 inaugural address, saying:

“We will embark on our great path: not stopping or hesitating, building and not destroying, protecting and not threatening, preserving and not squandering.”

Instead, he solidified absolute power. According to American University Professor Diane Singerman:

“Once you hollow out civil society and repress the unions and you concentrate so much power around your hands, you are vulnerable and it becomes the flip side of stability. I think he is hated for good reason: the constant humiliation, the over-the-top sort of need to control everything, the excessive force.”

For three decades, absolute power, cronyism, corruption, and repression defined his rule, including its Emergency Law power to arrest anyone without charge and detain them indefinitely. According to the International Federation for Human Rights:

It grants “broad power to impose restrictions on the freedoms of assembly, movement or residence; the power to arrest and detain suspects or those deemed dangerous, and the power to search individuals and places without the need to follow the provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code.”

It’s how despotism works, violating “rights guaranteed by the Egyptian Constitution, which provides for personal freedom in article 41, the inviolability of private homes in article 44, (and) freedom of movement and residence in article 54.”

It also let Mubarak censor or shut down critical publications as well as try suspects in military tribunals convened to convict, not exonerate. As a result, many thousands of political opponents, activists and Islamists languish in prisons, many tortured, others killed.

Some compare his regime to the last days of Iran’s Shah, including mass poverty and unemployment, repression, cronyism and corruption, near universal contempt for Egypt’s ruling class, a capitalist dictatorship, a leadership with no legitimacy, anger for allying with Washington and Israel, and a profound sense of humiliation.

In 2005, the Egyptian Movement for Change (EMC – a coalition of leftists, Nasserists and Islamists) held a series of Cairo demonstrations, criticizing Mubarak publicly, including calling for him to step down. Since then, demands have grown for ending Emergency Law powers, letting judges supervise elections, raising wages, allowing independent unions, redistributing land to poor farmers, and other democratic reforms.

However, no broader movement for change emerged, and Mubarak neutralized dissent by allowing public criticism and privately owned opposition newspapers. According to one EMC member, however: “We were given a license to scream and vent, but what good did it do?”

Until now, most Egyptians remained quiet, largely because Mubarak’s intimidation includes the omnipresent state security in neighborhoods, on campuses and wherever opposition might emerge. In addition, the hated Interior Ministry has an army of informers, targeting leftists, human rights activists and Islamists. It’s one of Mubarak’s most powerful tools, along with the army supported by generous Washington aid.

After 30 despotic years, his day of reckoning has arrived, human rights activist Ghada Shabandar, saying:

“Egyptians are sick and tired of being corrupted and when you live on 300 pounds a month (about $51), you have one of two options: you either become a beggar or a thief. The people sent a message: ‘We are not beggars and we do not want to become thieves.’ “

Youth Movement co-counder Asmaa Mahfouz added: “We want to fight corruption. These are all things that we have agreed on” besides demanding Mubarak go.

Mass Protests Continue
On January 29, Al Jazeera headlined, “Thousands in Cairo defy curfew,” saying:

Anti-Mubarak protests include (t)ens of thousands of people” on Cairo streets, demanding he go. Defying the 4PM – 8AM curfew, soldiers haven’t intervened. Some, in fact, said that “the only way for peace to come to the streets of Cairo is for Mubarak to step down.”

Similar crowds again massed in Alexandria, Suez and other cities. At least three more killings were reported. “The Egyptian cabinet meanwhile has formally resigned, (and) Ahmed Ezz, a businessman and senior (ruling party) figure….also resigned (as) Planning and Budget Committee” chairman.

Protestors, however, want regime, not cabinet change. Reuters reported that police used live fire at protesters. A military officer said troops would “not fire a single bullet on Egyptians,” adding that the only solution is “for Mubarak to leave.”

Scores of deaths have been reported, including 22 in Cairo, 23 in Alexandria and 27 in Suez. Moreover, on Friday alone, over 1,000 were injured, and many hundreds have been arrested.

Under house arrest, Mohamed ElBaradei told Al Jazeera that protests would continue until Mubarak goes followed by systemic political changes. He also called his midnight speech “disappointing” and expressed similar sentiment about Washington’s response, while saying change must be internal.

Obama Expresses “Partnership” with Egypt’s Government and People

Obama, in fact, expressed hollow people support while allying strongly with Mubarak’s dictatorship, saying:

“(T)hose protesting in the streets have a responsibility to express themselves peacefully. Violence and destruction will not lead to the reforms that they seek. (The) United States has a close partnership with Egypt and we’ve cooperated on many issues, including working together to advance a more peaceful region.”

Washington, in fact, supplies nearly $2 billion in aid annually, mostly to repress dissent and assure Mubarak remains a reliable imperial ally. Obama also ignored decades of tyranny that fed up Egyptians demand end. Moreover, he expressed support for human rights on the same day WikiLeaks released cables disclosing US complicity in his use of torture and assassinations of political opponents.

At his January 28 briefing, White House press secretary was asked if Obama’s support for Mubarak is unchanged. His response:

“Well, we are – again, we’re monitoring a very fluid situation….this is not about picking a person or picking the people of a country.”

Then asked what’s next if legitimate grievances aren’t resolved, he said: “(T)his is a situation that will be solved by the people of Egypt.”

In other words, Washington unconditionally supports Mubarak. Egyptians must solve their own problems, America is complicit in causing.

Commenting on January 28, London Guardian columnist Simon Tisdall said “Washington needs a friendly regime in Cairo more than it needs a democratic government,” adding that backing authoritarian rule is “pragmatic” for the same reasons Saddam Hussein was supported in the 1980s and numerous other despots today.

He also called “the balancing act performed by (Obama) and (Secretary of State Clinton) excruciating to watch,” against “a backdrop of street battles, beatings, tear gas, flying bricks, mass detentions and attempts to shut information networks….”

An aroused Mohamed ElBaradei said:

“If you would like to know why the United States does not have credibility in the Middle East, that is precisely the answer.”

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Providing live updates, the Guardian quoted London School of Economics Professor Fawaz Geges calling events:

“the Arab world’s Berlin moment. The authoritarian wall has fallen – and that’s regardless of whether Mubarak survives or not. The barrier of fear has been removed. It is really the beginning of the end of the status quo in the region….Mubarak is deeply wounded. He is bleeding terribly. We are witnessing the beginning of a new era.”

Other regime changes are likely, while Mubarak clings momentarily to power. His likely successor may be spy chief Omar Suleiman, named vice president, a newly created post never tolerated during three decades of his rule. Foreign Policy magazine ranked him the region’s most powerful intelligence official, ahead of Mossad’s Meir Dagan.

Ahmed Shafiq, former civil aviation minister and air force commander, was named prime minister. Egyptians reject them, demanding clean sweep changes, removing all despotic vestiges.

On Saturday, Army vehicles protected wealthy compounds in Cairo suburbs, five-star hotels, and government ministries.

According to City University, London Professor Rosemary Hollis:

“I think it will take a couple of days to organize (Mubarak’s) departure if it happens. It’s going to be a messy process and there will probably be (more) bloodshed. I don’t think (you’ll see) a war with the army on one side and the people on the other. (It) has to decide” which side to back. “It’s one of those moments where….individual lieutenants and soldiers” choose which course to take. Splits in the ranks may occur. An interim government is likely. “The question is what replaces it.”

Maan News said:

“Palestinian officials in Ramallah offered no comment on the Friday events in Egypt. (In Gaza), Palestinians have been watching the unrest in Egypt attentively, and while civilians say they are pleased with the prospect for change, demonstrations in the north and southern Strip on Friday (focused on condemning) the PA and PLO for” leaked Palestine Papers revelations.

“Gaza’s Hamas-run government, like their compatriots in the West Bank, remained mum on the situation.” Gazans agree that regime change is positive.

On Friday, Israel’s daily newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth said a “revolution in Israel’s security doctrine” could follow, according to a defense ministry official.

On January 29, Haaretz writer Anshel Pfeffer headlined, “In Egypt, protesters and soldiers declare: The army and the people are one,” saying:

“(M)ilitary officers stationed in the area embraced the protesters, chanting” the above slogan “hand in hand.” Hoisted on protesters’ shoulders, they removed their helmets, chanting, singing, and saying we’ve already crossed the point of no return. “Game over,” read signs. Haaretz columnist Amos Harel called it an “intelligence chief’s nightmare.” Netanyahu instructed all ministers and officials to stay silent, a senior one saying:

“Israel is in no way interested in involving itself in Egypt’s affairs, and therefore we have received clear instructions to keep a low profile in the Egyptian matter.” Clearly, they’re concerned. According to Harel:

“(C)hanges could even lead to changes in the IDF and cast a dark cloud over the economy….If the Egyptian regime falls….the riots could easily spill over to Jordan and threaten the Hashemite regime. On Israel’s two long peaceful borders, there will then prevail a completely different reality.”

On January 30, in his first public comment, Netanyahu said:

“We are following with vigilance the events in Egypt and in our region….at this time we must show responsibility and restraint and maximum consideration….Our efforts have been intended to continue to preserve stability and security in our region. I remind you that peace between Israel and Egypt has lasted for over three decades,” adding that efforts will be made to “ensure that these relations will continue to exist.”

On January 29, an Amnesty International (AI) action alert said:

“Thirty years of repression is spilling onto the streets of Egypt in the forms of tear-gas, blood and bitter demonstrations. For four days, Egyptian protesters have suffered at the hand of (Mubarak’s) security forces.”

AI’s fellow Egyptian activists want “their voices heard at various Egyptian embassies and consulates. We intend to do all we can to make that happen….That is why we’re asking (support) to place an urgent call to” Egypt’s Washington embassy at 202-895-5400, then press 1 to speak to a real person on repressive conditions.

“(D)on’t take ‘no’ for an answer.” Demand respect for human rights. “Help us make (the) embassy’s phone ring off the hook” for democracy and justice!

Saturday evening, protesters again defied curfew orders. Soldiers aren’t intervening in Cairo, Alexandria, Suez or elsewhere. Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood leader, Hamman Saeed, warned the Egyptian unrest will spread, toppling other Arab regimes allied with America.

Conditions remain fluid. Millions demand change and intend getting it. Mubarak’s era has passed. Egyptian writer Mona Eltahawy spoke for many saying, “We’ve waited for this revolution for years. Other despots should quail. Change is sweeping through the Middle East….” It remains to be seen what follows. Follow-up articles will explain more.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. Also visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

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