Egypt’s Former President Mubarak Died, He Shared Erdogan’s Hatred of Syria

February 25, 2020 Arabi Souri

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Former Egyptian President Husni Mubarak died today, he completed 91 years most of it betraying his country, Palestine, and most importantly betraying Syria. He was ousted by his people in early February 2011 in what was a genuine demand by the people that was used by the US in its Colored Revolutions project.

We only remember the former dictator for his bad deeds, we can’t find something in his career that can be remembered in a positive way, maybe positive for those who he was serving, but by the end of his days they didn’t reward him properly, on the contrary, they used him as one of the disposable cards in their hegemonic plans around the world, he’s just another pawn used by the US and betrayed by them when his services are no longer needed.

The purpose of this post is merely to highlight a previous post we’ve done here based on a testimony by a credible journalist who witnessed one of the very ugly betrayals of Mubarak during his life against Syria.

Husni Mahali, Turkish career journalist witnessed a meeting between Mubarak and former Turkish President Süleyman Demirel. The meeting was supposed to be held to mediate between Syria and Turkey at that time, and it was because of the Kurds.

Turkey reached in the year 1998 the height of its war, literal war, against its own people of Kurdish origins, those who only found refuge in Syria from a country known for their genocides and massacres. The Turks wanted the head of the Kurdish leader Ocalan who was hosted in Syria and amassed NATO’s 2nd largest army at Syria’s northern borders.

That time, Syria had a very bad enemy on its eastern borders, he was Saddam Hussein, had already a British satellite state Jordan in the south, Israel up halfway in Lebanon to its west and the last thing we needed was a Turkish invasion from the north. That time Russia was not even on the map and the Russians were struggling for their food, literally.

Here came Mubarak to mediate and his mediating was a betrayal for Syria to stand down at its northern borders while he instigated the Turks to invade Syria. The Turkish leadership that time were smart and were patriotic, they didn’t want a bloodbath in northern Syria, only they wanted to stop the PKK attacks. Once late Syrian President Hafez Assad allowed Ocalan to leave Syria the Turks stood down and didn’t listen to the instigations of their ally Mubarak that time.

Imagine if someone like the madman Erdogan was in charge of Turkey during those days!

Much details in the former post, to avoid repeating I invite you to check it in the following link and watch the video of Mr. Mahali detailing Mubarak’s ugly betrayal:

One of Mubarak’s Betrayal Attempts Against Syria (Revealed 2012)

We’re supposed to remember the dead with their good deeds only; if there’s anything good Mubarak did in his entire career was that he didn’t form armies of terrorists and send them all across the Arab world to help Israel, like what his anti-Islamic Muslim Brotherhood successor did, or like what the Turkish anti-Islamic Muslim Brotherhood madman is doing against Syria, Libya, Tunisia, and elsewhere. Other than that he was a faithful servant for the Political Zionism project that controls the USA.

مصر لن تفتح ذراعَيْها للفوضى والأخوان

سبتمبر 30, 2019

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– شكلت زيارتي للقاهرة عشية السنة الخمسين لرحيل الراحل العظيم جمال عبد الناصر، حدثاً وجدانياً وسياسياً، والأهمّ فرصة لسماع وتتبع نمط تعامل شرائح ونخب مصرية عديدة مع ما يجري في مصر، وما يعتقد المصريون بألسنة قادة الرأي بينهم حول ما يتوقّعونه من مكانة حاسمة لمصر في توازنات ومعادلات إقليميّة، يرونه سبباً في لحظات الاهتزاز الكبيرة التي تعيشها المنطقة أن يكون الطلب خلاله على أدوار من مصر، مشفوعاً بالرسائل المشفرة، التي يمكن أن يأتي بعضها أمنياً، كما يقرأون في تصاعد بعض العمليات التي تستهدف الأمن المصري وما قابله من ترتيب جهوزية استثنائية للجيش والأجهزة، وهو ما قالته العمليات الأخيرة في سيناء، ويمكن أن يأتي بصيغة توظيف مدروس لمناخات التعب الاقتصادي والاجتماعي لشرائح شعبية أو مناخات القلق والتذمر والتطلعات لشرائح شبابية، وقد علمهم الربيع العربي، وما حدث مع ثورتهم الأولى، ألا يروا في كل ما يلمع ذهباً، وأن يقتصدوا في استخدام مصطلحات من نوع ثورة وانتفاضة واحتجاجات عفوية، حتى لو كانت لهم مآخذ كثيرة على أداء الحكومة ومؤسساتها، أو على بعض ما يظنونه بروداً في التعامل مع المتغيرات وتبديلَ بعض الخيارات أو تطوير بعضها، يعتقدون أن بلدهم معني فيه، وأن زمن انتظارها قد طال.

– التوق لدور قيادي لمصر في الأزمات الدائرة في المنطقة يبقى نخبوياً بالتأكيد، رغم مشاعر شعبيّة عارمة تفجّرت في ذكرى رحيل جمال عبد الناصر استعادت في بريق العيون ولهفات العناق وبحة الحناجر، تلك الأيام التي كانت القاهرة مركز صناعة السياسة الأول في المنطقة، وأحد المراكز العالمية المعدودة التي يحسبُ حسابها الكبار في قراراتهم. والتوق يبقى أقوى لدى الناصريين الذي يشكلون بيئة ثقافية حيّة وجمهوراً مشبعاً بالقيم والأخلاق، وكل منهم لا يخفي حجم تعلقه بالمقاومة، ووفائه لفلسطين، وعشقه لسورية، ويحكي بلا حساب أحلامه عن التطلع ليوم تكون فيه مصر كما يحب أن يراها درة تاج في هذا المثلث، لكنهم يستدركون بالقول، طبعاً لا ضغط على مصر بوسائل خبيثة ومؤذية أو رهانات مقامرة او انتهازية مشبوهة، طلبا لتحقق مثل هذا الحلم، بل هو أمل بتطوّر موقف الدولة ومؤسساتها، نحو سقوف تعبر فيها بوضوح أكبر عن اصطفافات تستثمر على تطورات المنطقة، وتغيرات موازينها ليكون لمصر بعض مما يحلمون به، ولو بالتدريج وبتواضع التمني، خصوصاً أن ما خبروه من خوف وقلق على مصر ووحدتها وأمنها واستقرارها، ومكانتها وتحالفاتها، ونبض مواقفها، خلال فترة تولي الأخوان المسلمين مقاليد الأمور في بلدهم، جعلهم يضبطون إيقاع مواقفهم، وحتى مشاعرهم، أو غضبهم أحياناً، على التمسك بمعادلة ذهبية أظهرتها عاصفة الخماسين التي سُمّيت ربيعاً وأصابت بلدان المنطقة، وهي أن الأوطان والجيوش توأمان، وبعدهما تأتي السياسة، بعيداً عن التطيُّر اليساري الذي شغل بال كثير من النخب والأحزاب خلال عقود مضت تحت شعار لا للعسكرة.

– الطلب على دور لمصر يأتي من الذين يخسرون معاركهم في الإقليم، وخصوصاً الذين يربكهم عدم انخراطها في أدوار عرضت عليها ورفضتها المؤسسة العسكرية والأمنية والدبلوماسية بقوة، سواء في مراحل الحرب السورية التي سبقت ثورة 30 يونيو، وتسلم الجيش مقاليد الحكم وإطاحته بقوة الشارع ودعمه لحكم الأخوان، أو في مواقع مشابهة، تملصت منها مصر وجيشها بذكاء، ولكن وبصورة أشد خصوصاً، تبدو العيون مفتوحة على التراجع التركي الإقليمي، وحاجة أنقرة التي خسرت رهاناتها في سورية وتخسرها في ليبيا، لمنع مصر من التقدم نحو المنصة السياسية للترتيبات والتسويات، كجهة تلقى القبول والترحيب من أغلب اللاعبين المحليين والإقليميين، ويخشون من أن يكون العبث والفوضى، أهدافاً بحد ذاتها دون سقوف القدرة على إحداث تغييرات كبيرة، تبدو مستحيلة، في ظل معادلات واقعية باتت تحكم مزاج الشارع وعلاقته بالمؤسسة العسكرية كخط أحمر غير قابل للتفاوض من طرفيه. فيصير العبث والفوضى هدفين لبريد رسائل يحاول الضغط والإرباك، ولو استخدم وقوداً له نيات طيبة، او أوجاعاً مشروعة، أو مآخذ ونقاط ضعف تتداولها الناس في صالوناتها وترغب بتلافيها وتفاديها، أو تطلّعات وطلبات ترغب بإسماعها والأخذ بها.

– لا قلق على مصر من الذهاب إلى الفوضى، ولا خوف على مصر من عودة الأخوان، ولا خطر ثالث سوى هذين يراه المصريون هذه الأيام ويضعونه في الحسبان، وبعضهم المتحمّس للدفاع عن أداء مؤسسة الحكم، ولو بقوة عمق ما تعلّموه من عبرة ما جرى عندما خطف الأخوان ثورتهم الأولى، لا يمتنع عن تقديم دفاعاته عن السياسات الرسمية وحساباتها وحجم الضغوط الاقتصادية المحيطة بمصر وحاجاتها الكثيرة، رغم ضيق الموارد، وبالتوازي حجم القيود التي تربك حركتها لتطوير مواقفها ورفع سقف حضورها، ودرجة الحساسيّة العدائيّة المتوجّسة التي تحضر فيها التعاملات الغربية والإسرائيلية مع كل خطوة تخطوها مصر نحو دورها الطبيعي في المنطقة، خصوصاً من البوابة السورية، التي سيلحظ بقوة كل زائر لمصر يلتقي نخبها ويجس نبض شارعها، أنه شأن مصري، لا يزال يتردد معه كلام جمال عبد الناصر سورية قلب العروبة النابض ، أو التذكير بأن الجيش السوري هو الجيش الأول كما جرت تسميته في مرحلة الوحدة السورية المصرية ولا يزال، أو أن مصر هي الإقليم الجنوبي وسورية هي الإقليم الشمالي، وبالمقابل الكلام الذي قاله حكم الأخوان ذات يوم سبق ترحيلهم من السلطة، عن القرار بالذهاب للقتال ضد الجيش السوري، فكانت الخطيئة المحرّمة التي دقت معها ساعة الرحيل.

– بعد كل هذا الكلام المشحون بالقلق والرغبة، بالطموح والخشية، بالعقلانية والحماس، يلتقي كل نقاش مصري على معادلات تختصر، بالثقة بأن ما يجري في المنطقة سيمنح مصر، التي تقف بثبات عند خط رفض الاشتراك في الخطط والمشاريع المسمومة للمنطقة، وكلما هزمت هذه المشاريع وتلقت المزيد من الضربات، فرصاً لتتقدّم مصر أكثر، ولو تأخّرت حيناً أو ترددت أحياناً، ويلتقي كل نقاش عند حد أدنى عنوانه الحفاظ على استقرار وتماسك مصر، وعلى التمسك بعدم التهاون مع كل ما من شأنه فتح الأبواب أو الشبابيك أمام عبث وفوضى يستعيدان مشهد الأخوان، أو تفوح منهما رائحة أجنبية، أو تفضح خلفياتهما الأسئلة المالية عن مصادر التمويل، وكلام كثير عن تصادم واهم خاضه مشروع الأخوان بعنوان الدين بوجه الجيش، وتصادم واهم آخر يسعى إليه البعض بين المال والجيش، لأن المصريين لن يسلّموا رقابهم لأصحاب الشركات، ولا الصفقات، ولا المقاولات، فيما كثير من مآخذهم وعتبهم على حكومتهم ينبع من حجم نفوذ هؤلاء، لكن الخلاصة تبقى ثابتة، مصر لن ترجع إلى الوراء ولو كان التقدّم إلى الأمام بطيئاً، ومثلما كان عنوان التراجع الممنوع هو التورط في الحرب ضد سورية، فعنوان التقدّم المأمول هو الانخراط في صناعة الحضور مع سورية ونحو سورية وفي سورية.

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Unilateral Surrender? Hollow Mahmoud Abbas Suspension of Agreements with Israel

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Global Research, July 26, 2019
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In 2005, Mahmoud Abbas was anointed by Israel to serve its interests.

Installed by a rigged election with no legitimacy, his term expired in 2009 but it didn’t matter. 

Israeli hardliners kept him in power where he remains as long as staying submissive to their will, meaningless rhetoric not an issue.

For over 14 years, he served as Jewish state enforcer in the Occupied Territories, betraying the Palestinian people. More convenient stooge than statesman, he’s Israel’s puppet.

He long ago abandoned Palestine’s liberating struggle, collaborating with the enemy for benefits afforded him and his family.

Betrayal pays well. Middle East expert As’ad AbuKhalil earlier estimated his super-wealth, saying he amassed around $1 million monthly, largely from stolen Palestinian money and other embezzled funds, adding:

His wealth is stashed abroad in Jordanian and other accounts — “not under any national or international scrutiny.”

Unnamed PA sources earlier said he has extensive property holdings. His sons Tarek and Yasser also profited hugely from PA projects.

A former Abbas aide called him the “sultan of Ramallah,” describing him as thin-skinned and vengeful, tolerating no opposition.

He’s in power unchallenged because Israel and the US wants him heading the PA, largely serving their interests by enforcing harshness on the Palestinian people.

Since Hamas was elected Palestine’s legitimate ruling authority in January 2006, Abbas collaborated with Israel against its leadership, part of the Jewish state’s divide and conquer strategy.

In 1993, he was part of the Palestinian team in Oslo, negotiating the Versailles accord, his signature on the capitulation.

The late Edward Said minced no words calling it unilateral surrender, Palestinians getting nothing in return but hollow Israeli promises, abandoned before the ink was dry.

Throughout Abbas’ tenure as puppet president, Israel expanded settlements on stolen Palestinian land unobstructed by him or his cronies, handsomely bribed to capitulate to their interests.

Collaborating with the enemy is treason, how Abbas operated since Oslo and throughout his time as PA head.

He hasn’t gone along with what he knows about Trump’s no-peace/peace plan “deal of the century” for good reason.

A third intifada might erupt if he capitulated to what no responsible leadership should touch, possibly making him a marked man by Palestinians for elimination, maybe killed for betrayal.

Time and again in response to unacceptable Israeli actions against long-suffering Palestinians, Abbas threatened to suspend cooperation with the Jewish state, never following through with commitment, his rhetoric amounting to hollow deception.

His latest threat came in response to Israel’s unlawful demolition of 70 Wadi al-Hummus homes in Sur Baher township, a Palestinian neighborhood on the southeastern outskirts of East Jerusalem.

Israel claimed they were too close to its separation wall, what the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled illegal in 2004 — a land theft scheme unrelated to security issues.

Israel wants the entire city Judaized for exclusive Jewish development and use, Palestinians ethnically cleansed from land they legally own.

Most Sur Baher Palestinian structures destroyed were in West Bank Areas A and B, under Palestinian jurisdiction, according to Oslo.

It didn’t matter and never does. Nothing stands in the way of Israeli pursuit of its agenda at the expense of fundamental Palestinian rights and the rule of law.

Abbas’ latest “suspension” threat takes effect on July 26, saying

“(w)e will not succumb to the dictates and the imposing of a fait accompli on the ground with brute force, specifically in Jerusalem. All that the (Israeli) occupation state is doing is illegal,” adding:

“Our hands have been and are still extended to a just, comprehensive and lasting peace. But this does not mean that we accept the status quo or surrender to the measures of the occupation.”

“We will not surrender and we will not coexist with the occupation, nor will we accept the ‘deal of the century.’ ”

“Palestine and Jerusalem are not for sale or bargain. They are not a real estate deal in a real estate company…no matter how much time it takes, the repugnant occupation is going to be defeated and our future state will be independent.”

In 2017, the PA suspended diplomatic relations with the US over Trump’s one-sided support for Israel, including his no-peace “deal of the century” peace plan — a symbolic gesture, achieving nothing positive for the Palestinian people.

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Abbas and his cronies capitulated to occupation harshness for over 25 years ago, permitting hundreds of thousands of settlers to control Palestinian land illegally — Israel ignoring Fourth Geneva’s Article 49, the PA leadership doing nothing to contest its unlawful actions.

The Fourth Geneva provision prohibits

“(i)ndividuals or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory to the territory of the Occupying Power or to that of any other country, occupied or not…regardless of their motive.”

“The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.”

It’s what Israel has done since 1967 — unobstructed by the world community and UN authorities — nor by PA leadership since Oslo (1993) and follow-up agreements.

Ignoring his longstanding collaboration with Israel against Hamas, undermining Palestinian unity against repressive occupation, land theft, and other Jewish state high crimes against long-suffering Palestinians, including three Israeli wars of aggression against Gaza since December 2008, Abbas falsely said:

“My hand is extended (to Hamas) for reconciliation, and it is time to get more serious.”

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Political analyst Dawoud Yousef downplayed Abbas’ threatened suspension of ties to Israel, saying:

“(T)he PA is completely powerless to make these kind of dictates. They exist because the occupation allows it,” adding:

“From the Oslo Accords onwards, the PA has been designed and structured to be dependent on cooperation with Israel.”

It’s a powerless, Israeli created body to serve its interests. Earlier PA threats to cut cooperation with Israel were “never complete and only meant the ending of high level communications, not day to day interactions between security forces,” Yousef explained, adding:

“(T)hese threats demonstrate to an acute degree the complete emptiness of the PA’s diplomatic strategy within the current Post-Oslo paradigm.”

“The asymmetry of power wasn’t offset by the PA’s establishment. It was officially entrenched. (Its threats are) as if the prisoner says that he no longer recognizes his cell.”

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Imran Khan Has Successfully Exposed Liberalism as Pakistan’s Greatest Enemy

America’s Establishment – the military-industrial complex

During his final address as President of the United States of America, General Dwight D. Eisenhower warned of the development of a military-industrial complex in the following way:

“This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government.

We recognise the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society. In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted.

Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defence with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together”.

Since Eisenhower’s speech, the US military-industrial complex has become so influential that its policy making role in government is thought to exceed that of elected officials up to and including the head of state. As the country with the world’s most powerful military and strongest economy, this means that not only does the US military-industrial complex threaten democracy in the US but it threatens the peace and freedom of those in other nations whose governments may occasionally quarrel with Washington.

Against this background, it is both absurd and hypocritical for anti-patriotic forces within Pakistan to heap scorn on the young government of Imran Khan and his PTI party under the guise that they are “too close” to Pakistan’s military establishment. In the United States, it has proved to be impossible to even get close to power by promising a revision in the nation’s foreign policy while in Pakistan, PTI proved that a party with a clearly reformist approach to foreign policy making can not only win but in many cases obliterate the vote of the old legacy parties as well as fringe extremist parties.

It is in fact true that Pakistan has a long history of open conflict between civilian governments and what is widely called The Establishment – the military. In July of this year however, a peaceful democratic election signifying only the second ever peaceful transition of power in Pakistan’s history has signalled the early stages of a shift from a policy of confrontation between the Establishment and government to one of cooperation. Before going further, it must be noted that while conflict between the military and elected government is a phenomenon that the international media tends to universally associate with Pakistan, such conflicts transpire in multiple nations with different histories and societal issues.

Turkey

Modern Turkey has a long history of civilian governments in open conflict with the military. In spite of reforms early during Erdogan’s time as Prime Minister to harmonise the relationship between the Turkish Army and elected government, the apogee of conflict between the military and government in Turkey occurred as recently as 2016 when elements of the Fethullah Terror Organisation infiltrated the Army and led an illegal coup against President Erdogan. The result has been an intensified effort by Erdogan and the civilian government to bring to justice those in the Army associated with all forms of anti-government activity. After his recent re-election under new constitutional regulations, Erdogan has made good on his pledge to make the army directly answerable to the president rather than operate as a body that was previously allowed to make public political pronouncements without conclusion with civilian factions.

Egypt

After the US backed de-stabilisation of Egypt in 2011, a Muslim Brotherhood government came to power in Cairo that was directly at odds with the military. In 2013, the military led an ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood’s leader Mohammad Morsi and put General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in power who remains President to this day. While some called Sisi’s rise to power a coup, others point out the reckless incompetence, unpopularity and social extremism of Morsi and his followers. Egypt is clearly a country where mainstream forces all make reasonable arguments both for and against the Army’s strong influence on the country’s national political development.

Pakistan’s light at the end of many tunnels 

Therefore, while Turkey took decades to peacefully harmonise military-civilian government relations and while Egypt has yet to fully do so, Pakistan stands on the verge of peacefully achieving such harmonisation. Furthermore, this was largely accomplished through the ballot box and domestic diplomacy. This is not to imply that the incoming PTI led coalition government of Pakistan is “subservient” to the Army as some of PTI’s domestic detractors have said for obvious enough self-serving reasons. Neither is it to say that Fatima Bhutto (whose relations with a powerful Pakistani political family are minimised by the Guardian’s editors) is correct in stating that “Imran Khan is only a player in the circus run by Pakistan’s military” as she recently did in Britain’s ultra-liberal Guardian newspaper.

In reality, Pakistan is maturing into a state where both the military and civilian leaders are increasing cooperating for the benefit of the nation, just as is the case within all three major superpowers where open schisms between the military and government are largely unheard of. While all such moves in any nation are bound to have growing pains, the fact of the matter is that Pakistan’s leaders are embarking on a new era of national unity – something that is necessary in order to ensure peace and prosperity for future generations. Therefore, less open antagonism between the government and military in Pakistan should be welcomed rather than be subject to conspiracy theories and wild speculation disguised as analysis.

Pakistan has a real enemy within and it is not The Establishment 

With PTI is moving to modernise and harmonise the government’s relationship with the Establishment on a legal and win-win basis, Imran Khan’s transformation from opposition leader to statesman has laid bear the face of the true enemy within. In Pakistan, Imran Khan’s critics have sunk to new lows in their ever more frequent gossip column style criticism of the new Prime Minister. Before Imran has even settled into his new desk, his critics are already proclaiming the PTI led government a failure in a manner that only serves the foreign enemies of the Pakistani people and which in turns threatens the unity and survival of the state.

But while Imran Khan’s opponents continue to hurl stones within a glass house, they fail to realise that in shrieking about their own country’s supposed inferiority under the prying eyes of India, Afghanistan and The United States, they do not realise that when compared with other nations, Pakistan’s problems are not unique. To say otherwise is to fall into the trap of the colonial mentality which in the last election doomed the PML-N and PPP to electoral failure.

Liberal Pakistanis complain about the country’s blasphemy laws and the fact that PTI has no plans to change such laws. Meanwhile, such forces ignore the fact that in the countries of Europe and North America – countries which face a substantially low terrorist threat vis-a-vis Pakistan, legislators are hastily drafting new laws to censor criticism of just about any social trend ranging from feminism to sectarian politics. While Pakistani laws defend the country’s historical religious traditions, western governments are passing laws to protect the pagan gods of the west – the totemic ramparts of ultra-liberalism. Thus, Pakistan’s blasphemy laws should not be viewed in a vacuum and should certainly never be seen as more dangerous than the decrepit state of Indian society in which Muslims are being openly lynched with the support of members of the ruling political party simply for going about their daily business in peace. Until western hypocrisy and Indian mob rule are addressed, there is little point in growing hysterical over Pakistan’s blasphemy laws.

Liberal Pakistanis then complain about press freedom before realising that Pakistan actually has some of the freest political speech in the world.

In an age where US corporate media, European corporate and state media and the Indian government all look to clamp down on free speech, Pakistan remains a place whose levels of political free speech are staggeringly high. Whether on Urdu, English or provincial language media, Pakistanis can say almost anything they want about almost anyone they want and for the most part it is all done in relative peace.

When the PTI government announced a further step to free Pakistan’s already highly open media it was clear that existing trends will only improve under the leadership of Imran Khan While private media outlets have long had editorial freedoms, according to a recent statement from Pakistan’s Information Minister Chaudhary Fawad Hussain, now even state owned media will be given full editorial freedom.

As per vision of @ImranKhanPTI Ended political censorship on PTV, clear instructions issued for a complete editorial independence on PTV and Radio Pakistan, drastic changes ll be visible in Information Dept in coming 3 months Inshallah — Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) August 21, 2018

This means that if fully realised, Pakistan’s private and state owned media will be more free to criticise the government than both private and state owned media outlets in many European countries where opposition views are increasingly shunned or derided as “fake”.

The real fight for Pakistan’s future 

Imran Khan has drawn the liberal werewolves out of their hiding places and has thus exposed the real enemies of social and economic progress in Pakistan to be liberal forces who see it fit to criticise every element of Pakistani society without cessation. Such people take perverse delight in blaming the Establishment for doing that which it does not do while summarily ignoring how the US military-industrial complex is vastly more powerful than Pakistan’s Establishment ever was. Likewise, Pakistan’s liberal fifth column somehow believe that Pakistan’s blasphemy laws are unusual while similar things either already exist or are being legally erected in the countries who join Pakistan’s home grown liberals in heaping scorn on a nation being antagonised both on its eastern and western borders.

What good is it to be on guard against terrorism from Afghanistan and India if Pakistan’s own liberal fifth column continues to scapegoat the nation itself for every problem under the sun. Pakistan does have problems and most of these problems are not unique to Pakistan. What is however unique is the agility with which supposed patriots of Pakistan do more for the country’s foreign enemies than the foreign enemies themselves could ever hope to achieve.

By increasing the amplification of these anti-national voices in so far as his presence seems to agitate them into fits of Pakistan hating hysteria, Imran Khan has already proved why he is in the best position to fight this enemy within and secure a better internal and external future for Pakistan.

By Adam Garrie
Source: Eurasia Future

هنية: لم نكن في حالة عداء مع (النظام السوري) وهو وقف معنا وقدم لنا الكثير

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هنية: لم نكن في حالة عداء مع (النظام السوري) وهو وقف معنا وقدم لنا الكثير

أوضح رئيس المكتب السياسي لحركة حماس، إسماعيل هنية، أن ما نسب له من كلام حول “دعم الثورة السورية، غير دقيق”، وأن حماس “لم تكن يوماً في حالة عداء مع النظام السوري”.

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وقال هنية في تصريح له لوكالة “سبوتنيك” إن “النظام السوري وقف إلى جانب حماس في محطات مهمة، وقدم لها الكثير، كما الشعب السوري العظيم”، مشيراً إلى أن “الحركة لم تقطع العلاقة مع سوريا، لكن الكثير من الظروف الموضوعية أدت إلى شكل العلاقة الحالي”.

وشدد هنية على أن “سوريا دولة شقيقة، وقف شعبها ونظامها دوماً بجانب الحق الفلسطيني”، متابعاً أن “كل ما أرادته حماس أن تنأى بأنفسها عن الإشكالات التي تجري في الداخل السوري”.

وأكد أن “ما جرى في سوريا تجاوز الفتنة إلى تصفية حسابات دولية وإقليمية”، متمنياً أن “ينتهي هذا الاقتتال، وأن يعود الأمن والاستقرار والسلم الأهلي إلى سوريا وأن تعود إلى دورها الإقليمي القومي”.

وعن علاقة حركة حماس بمصر، قال هنية إن “العلاقة مع مصر استراتيجية بغض النظر عن طبيعة النظام الحاكم فيها”، منوهاً أن حماس “في الوقت الذي تتجه فيه لعلاقات قوية مع مصر، تحافظ على علاقات قوية مع قطر وإيران”.

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وأضاف أن “إيران دولة محورية مهمة في المنطقة، وعلاقة حماس معها تكتسب بعداً استراتيجياً”، لافتاً إلى أن “طهران قدمت الكثير لصالح الشعب الفلسطيني ومقاومته الباسلة”.

وأكد هنية أن “حركة حماس تتقاطع مع طهران في ما يتعلق بالشأن الفلسطيني في الرؤية والوجهة”، مصرحاً أن “العلاقة مع إيران اليوم في مرحلة مميزة ومتقدمة”.

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President El-Sisi: Egypt’s Antihero and the Broader Regional Implications

By Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

Image result for You can’t make war in the Middle East without Egypt and you can’t make peace without Syria.

“You can’t make war in the Middle East without Egypt and you can’t make peace without Syria.”  – Henry Kissinger

June 30, 2017 “Information Clearing House” – In Egyptian mythology, gods were considered heroes. In more modern times, it is men who are the heroes.

Without a doubt, General Gamal Abdul Nasser has secured his legacy as a hero – a revolutionary who fought for Egypt and strived for Arab unity against Israel and Western imperialism.

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Arab-Israeli war; a pre-planned war of aggression and expansion by Israel against Egypt, Jordan, and Syria, aided by the US and Britain. 

Israel’s cronies assisted in the planning and execution of the war which led to the seizure and occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank, Syria Golan (Golan Heights) and the Sinai Peninsula. Prior to the start of the war, as early as May, Lyndon Johnson who assumed the presidency after the tragic assassination of JF Kennedy, authorized air shipment of arms to Israel [1]. Furthermore, the United States facilitated Israeli air attacks and advances by sending reconnaissance aircraft to track movement of Egyptian ground forces and American spy satellites provided imagery to Israel [2].

According to reports American and British carrier-based aircraft flew sorties against the Egyptians and U.S. aircraft attacked Egypt. Judging by their cover-up, the American leadership had as little compassion for American blood as it did for Arab blood. The Israeli attack against USS Liberty that killed and injured American servicemen was buried in a sea of lies.

Fifty years on, the war rages on and Israel has a different set of cronies. In sharp contrast to Nasser, el-Sisi, Egypt’s antihero has thrown his lot in with Israel and Saudi Arabia against his Arab brethren. El-Sisi’s betrayal has been so outlandish and stark that even the neocon leaning New York Times published a scathing article titled: “Egypt’s Lost Islands, Sisi’s Shame” by Adhaf Soueif. This is a remarkable piece rarely seen in the pages of the NYT given its reputation (see LOOT for example).

Soueif rightly calls el-Sisi’s to task for handing over the Tiran and Sanafir Islands at the mouth of Gulf of Aqaba to Saudi Arabia. More telling is the fact that the transfer had been discussed with, and had received the blessings of Israel, according to Israel’s Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon. The implications of an Israeli-Saudi-Egyptian alliance are enormous; though hardly the first act of treason by el-Sisi.

In his article Soueif also touches on the dam being built by Ethiopia (the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam) which was opposed to by former President Mohamed Morsi who was ousted in a coup by el-Sisi. It is crucial that this project be further explored as it relates not only to Egypt, but also the past and future politics and geopolitics of the region.

Before moving on however, it is important to recall that Morsi was democratically elected to office in the aftermath of the Egyptian ‘revolution’. His support of the Palestinians and his opposition to the dam did not sit well with Israel. Morsi had even called “Jews descendants of pigs and apes”.

Both HAMAS and the U.S.-backed PalestinianPresident Mahmoud Abbas welcomed Morsi’s election. Abbas called Morsi “the choice of the great people of Egypt” while one of his senior aides, Saeb Erekat, said the democratic vote for Morsi “meant the Palestinian cause was the Number One priority for all Egyptians“. Though perhaps the greater concern for Israel was Morsi’s opposition to the construction of the dam. A construction favored by Israel and Saudi Arabia.

In 2012, it was reported that Saudi Arabia had claimed a stake in the Nile. Israel’s ambitions went much further back. First initiated by Theodore Herzl in 1903, the diversion plan was dropped due to British and Egyptian opposition to it only to be picked up again in the 1970s. At that time, Israeli’s idea was to convince Egypt to divert Nile water to Israel. In 1978, President Anwar Sadat “declared in Haifa to the Israeli public that he would transfer Nile water to the Negev. Shortly afterward, in a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, Sadat promised that Nile water would go to Jerusalem. During Mubarak’s presidency, published reports indicated that Israeli experts were helping Ethiopia to plan 40 dams along the Blue Nile.”[3]

On May 30, 2013, The Times of Israel reported that the construction on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (on the Blue Nile) had sparked a major diplomatic crisis with Egypt. The article also reported (citing Al-Arabiya) that Major General Mohammed Ali Bilal, the deputy chief of staff of the Egyptian Armed Forces, had said Egypt was not in a position to confront the project (countries).

“The only solution lies in the US intervening to convince Ethiopia to alleviate the impact of the dam on Egypt.”

No such solutions from the U.S.

On June 3rd,  Morsi met with his cabinet to discuss the dam and its implications. Cabinet members were surprised to learn that the meeting was aired live. During the meeting, a cabinet member said:

“Imagine what 80 million of us would do to Israel and America if our water was turned off”.

Morsi contended that

“We have very serious measures to protect every drop of Nile water.”

With el-Sisi’s “democratic coup” which was handsomely rewarded, the dam project is on schedule to be completed by year’s end. As Israel has expands and accelerates its wars of aggression, the wider implications of el-Sisi’s will reverberate throughout the region as serve-serving Arab leaders fight their own to execute Israel’s agenda.

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich is an independent researcher with a focus on U.S. foreign policy and the influence of lobby groups. 

Notes

[1] Camille Mansour. “Beyond Alliance: Israel and U.S. Foreign Policy”  Columbia 1994, p.89

[2]  Stephen J. Green. “Taking Sides: America’s Secret Relations With A Militant Israel”.  William Morrow and Co., NY 1984

[3] “Will Nile water go to Israel? North Sinai pipelines and the politics of scarcity”, Middle East Policy  (Sep 1997): 113-124.

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Information Clearing House.

 

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