Wikileaks: "…A "hot line" set up between the MOD & Omar Soliman is now in daily use…"

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Via Friday-Lunch-Club

S E C R E T TEL AVIV SUBJECT: DEFENSE MINISTER BARAK’S DISCUSSIONS IN EGYPT FOCUS ON SHALIT, TAHDIYA, ANTI-SMUGGLING, AND IRAN

¶1. (S) Summary. Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s August 23 visit to Egypt was a success, according to MOD Arab Affairs Adviser David Hacham. Barak’s meetings with President Mubarak, Intelligence Minister Soliman, and Defense Minister Tantawi focused on reviving negotiations for the release of Corporal Shalit, the Israeli assessment of the Tahdiya (Calming) with Hamas in Gaza, and Egypt’s anti-smuggling efforts. Hacham said the Israelis were “shocked” by President Mubarak’s aged appearance; their most substantive exchanges were with Soliman….

¶3. (S) Regarding the Tahdiya, Hacham said Barak stressed that while it was not permanent, for the time being it was holding. There have been a number of violations of the ceasefire on the Gaza side, but Palestinian factions other than Hamas were responsible. Hacham said the Israelis assess that Hamas is making a serious effort to convince the other factions not to launch rockets or mortars. Israel remains concerned by Hamas’ ongoing efforts to use the Tahdiya to increase their strength, and at some point, military action will have to be put back on the table. The Israelis reluctantly admit that the Tahdiya has served to further consolidate Hamas’ grip on Gaza, but it has brought a large measure of peace and quiet to Israeli communities near Gaza.

 ¶4. (S) Turning to Egypt’s anti-smuggling efforts, Hacham said Barak had decided to praise Egypt’s performance publicly both in genuine acknowledgement of some improvements in destroying tunnels and in order to show the Egyptians that Israel was capable of praising as well as criticizing them. In private, however, Barak also pushed the Egyptians to do more, particularly in terms of stopping the smuggling well before the arms reach the Gaza border. The Israelis continue to believe that the principle smuggling routes are from the Red Sea coast across Sinai to Gaza, and Hacham complained that the Egyptians were still reluctant to tackle the entire smuggling chain.

¶5. (S) In terms of atmospherics, Hacham said the Israeli delegation was “shocked” by Mubarak’s aged appearance and slurred speech. Hacham was full of praise for Soliman, however, and noted that a “hot line” set up between the MOD and Egyptian General Intelligence Service is now in daily use. Hacham said he sometimes speaks to Soliman’s deputy Mohammed Ibrahim several times a day. Hacham noted that the Israelis believe Soliman is likely to serve as at least an interim President if Mubarak dies or is incapacitated. (Note: We defer to Embassy Cairo for analysis of Egyptian succession scenarios, but there is no question that Israel is most comfortable with the prospect of Omar Soliman.)

¶6. (S) Iran reportedly was also on Barak’s agenda. Hacham did not provide details of the discussions, but said Barak and the Egyptian leaders agreed that Israel and Egypt have a common strategic interest in stopping the expansion of Iranian influence in the region, as well as a common view of the threat posed by Iran’s nuclear program.

¶7. (S) Comment: Barak’s visit and especially his public praise of Egypt’s anti-smuggling efforts is evidence that MOD’s close cooperation with EGIS in negotiating the Tahdiya has resulted in a new atmosphere in Israeli-Egyptian relations. Barak’s visit was preceded by Israeli-Egyptian mil-to-mil talks in Cairo, and will be followed by a visit to Cairo by MFA Director General Aharon Abramovich next week.


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"..The US is heading toward acceptance of the perpetuation of the Egyptian dictatorship in all but name .."

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Via Friday-Lunch-Club

“… While Clinton distanced herself from remarks made Saturday by her hand-picked U.S. Egypt envoy Frank Wisner that Mubarak needed to stay on to oversee Egyptian constitutional reforms, she also seemed to move closer to embracing Wisner’s private opinion that Mubarak should stay on in the transition at least for some time…
Similarly, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs at the press conference Monday referred “to what’s happening in Egypt as ‘a process’ — dropping the need for ‘transition now’ that was said from the same podium last Friday,” journalist Mina Al-Oraibi noted.
The decidedly more go-slow messaging and embrace of a Suleiman-led transition contrasted with Clinton’s remarks to news shows last Sunday that the United States wanted to ensure that Egypt did not end up with just another military regime with someone else at the helm.
Some U.S. Egypt analysts raised alarms Monday at the shift in U.S. emphasis to one that seems to favor more continuity with the Egyptian military-backed old order. 
“This sort of ‘orderly transition’ in post-Mubarak Egypt is more likely to usher in a return to the repressive status quo than an era of widening popular participation,” academic Joshua Stracher wrote at Foreign Affairs Monday. “It plays right into the hands of the regime,” agreed the Council on Foreign Relations’s Steve Cook. “The longer this goes, the better it is for Mubarak, Suleiman, and the rest of the military-dominated leadership.”
“I fear the administration is heading toward acceptance of the perpetuation of the Egyptian dictatorship in all but name,” the Brookings Institution’s Robert Kagan told POLITICO Monday…”
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The Pharoanic-Nero

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Frustrated Arab’s

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   Nero the Roman………………………..Nero the Pharaoh

The Original Nero ,
has burned down Rome
and then accused the Christians.

Our Contemporary Nero
has burned down the Christians (of Alexandria)
and then accused the (fundamentalist) Muslims.

Now he is burning Cairo !!
while accusing Iran….. or Chaos.

The West and the USA in particular
have cherished Mubarak
and supported him 30 years……
only because he kept the Peace treaty with the Devil !!

Today Nero has burned his fingers,………..with his own fires .

Raja Chemayel

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هو انت ما بتموتش يا عم MUBARAK: Die, die!

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Update: Rough translation added

MUBARAK: Die, die!

A young Egyptian
narrating a poem (poetry written in the (colloquial language)
in which he is expressing his own feelings and the
feelings of the Egyptian nation towards
the Dictator, Hosni Mubarak.

Rough Translation

A dream, a dram dreamed by 60, 70, 80 million (Egyptians)
Suddenly, suddenly the Qur’an is heard being recited on the TV,
Followed by marches and an enormous variety of patriotic songs.
Titles in black ink filled today’s newspapers front pages;
Titles reading sad words,
But deeper underneath the blackness, there is glee.
The nation’s become a pride wearing her bridal dress;
Her laughter concealed in her scream for your death.
Yes your death!
Provisions subsidy cards bear nothing but injustice, sadness and worries.
I hope one day I’ll attend on your funeral and I would not care if I die the next day.
I want to see anybody other than you sitting on the chair; be he black, white, educated or not …it won’t make a difference, be he even a son of a bitch.
Ah, since I grew out of my childhood, your image’s always in front of my eyes.
The smile on your face’s a sheet of ice,
Watching my dream, my homeland dream, the dream of my father, of my son and of his son….
Crumbles, buried in fire by your own hands.
Millions wished you ill in their death beds.
Million have suffered your injustice,
Are in hospitals, in funerals, in political prisons, in universities, in streets; students they be; journalists, housekeepers, engineers, workers, unemployed, teachers, lawyers, and even thieves.
They all wish you ill.
They hope they‘ll wake up one day to find you in your grave.
One last word, couldn’t you have helped themrealize their dream for once,
At least this time, this time


Just
get out of here, out of
my face
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Egyptian revolution – Video story

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FILMS FROM MODERN EGYPT

These flying stones may be a primitive weapon, but they are very effective in the right environment. Here the sky is very dangerous with Mubarak’s thugs moving in with their aggressive violence, used to discredit and frighten the protesters.

Over the past week, the mainstream media has not done a good job of communicating how intense the violence and bloodshed in Egypt has become. Trucks and cars have been plowing into groups of protesters at high speed, dozens of protesters have been shot and killed, and the violence only seems to get more crazy with each passing day. 

Seriously, if you cannot handle scenes of graphic violence and people dying, then you probably should not watch the videos posted below. These are 10 of the most shocking videos of the protests in Egypt, and they are incredibly graphic. This is a real revolution that is happening in Egypt and it is very bloody.

What you are about to see is what happens when society collapses. When violence and bloodshed erupt, suddenly life starts becoming very cheap. In a couple of the videos posted below, vehicles just plow right over protesters at full speed and the drivers just keep on going. It is absolutely unbelievable.

If it is not vehicles it is horses and camels ridden by pro Mubarak supporters (mostly plainsclothes police) riding tinto crowds hell bent on beating and hurting. They carry knives and as I posted the other day, machetes. Mubarak will go out on an extremely bad note for adopting these violent policies. 

What is going to happen when American society eventually breaks down? These protesters are merely the beginning as the Rothschilds and their banking cabal fleece the people harder and harder until, like the Egyptians, they have nothing to lose by standing up and being counted. These actions are not confined to the Muslim world.

That is something to think about.

For now, there are some very important lessons about humanity that we can learn from what has been happening in Egypt. The videos posted below are so shocking and so graphic that many of you may find them very difficult to watch….

No matter what we in the West think, this is definitely war.

#1 In this first video, a fire truck runs right over a protester and doesn’t even stop.



#2 In this next video, a vehicle steamrolls over an entire group of protesters and just keeps on going.


#3 In the following video, a vehicle plows through dozens of protesters at very high speed and the chaos that erupts afterwards is absolutely incredible.


#4 This next video contains raw footage of a protester being shot dead right in the middle of the street.


#5 The following video from RT shows the incredible chaos that erupted when a group of pro-Mubarak thugs riding horses and camels attacked a large gathering of anti-government protesters.


#6 If you do not want to see the footage of Anderson Cooper getting punched and beat up by protesters, then you are not going to want to watch this next video.


#7 If you do not like dead bodies, then you are not going to want to watch this next video which is filmed in several morgues.


#8 The following short video from RT contains a compilation of very disturbing raw footage from the protests of the last couple of days.


#9 In this next video you can almost feel the rage of the protesters as they hurl rocks at lines of police.


#10 Lastly, have you seen the video of the mysterious “ghost horseman” that was captured in mainstream news footage of the Egyptian protests? What in the world is this thing? Go to the 1:18 mark of the video posted below and watch it for yourself; for the life of me I cannot figure out what it is but it certainly is eerie.


 
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Gilad Atzmon: Global Intifada

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at 10:27AM Gilad Atzmon
Haaretz reported today that  “Israel urges the world to curb criticism of Egypt’s Mubarak.”

Apparently Jerusalem seeks to convince its allies that it is in the ‘West’s interest’ to maintain the stability of the Egyptian regime. In other words, Israel urges the ‘Goyim’ to ‘keep being subservient to Jerusalem’. Jerusalem was  foolish enough to admit that Mubarak was there to serve Israeli and ‘Western’ interests.

Over the weekend Israel called on the United States and a number of European countries to restrain their condemnation of President Hosni Mubarak to “preserve stability in the region.”

Let’s all be clear about it : as far as Israelis are concerned, ‘stability in the region’ means a few million Jews living in ‘safety’ on Palestinian land, at the expense of one billion Muslims. But I guess that this Zionist militant expansionist fantasy is crumbling in front of our eyes now.

Apparently the Israelis detect some confusion within Western capitals : “The Americans and the Europeans are being pulled along by public opinion and aren’t considering their genuine interests,” one senior Israeli official said. The Israeli official was kind enough to suggest to Europeans and Americans what their ‘genuine interests’ are. Seemingly, the Israeli always know better.

The Israeli official was also clever enough to envisage a tidal wave of mistrust between the West and its Middle Eastern puppet regimes. “Even if they (the Westerners)  are critical of Mubarak, they have to make their friends  (the puppets) feel that they’re not alone. Jordan and Saudi Arabia see the reactions in the West, how everyone is abandoning Mubarak, and this will have very serious implications,”

The senior official is obviously correct — We are indeed, entering a new era : Corrupted regimes in the Middle East are about to crumble, one after the other, as people all across the region rise up. Those in the West who were stupid enough to dismiss the Palestinian Intifada are now waking up to the reality of  a regional Intifada. And the collapse of American puppet regimes in the region could dramatically affect global economies and energy prices,  bringing Europe and America to their knees.

For years I have been arguing that Palestinians are at the forefront of the battle for humanity; alone,  they faced Zionist evil.  However, the time has changed, and  it isn’t just Gaza or the West Bank anymore — Today it is Cairo and Amman, and tomorrow, as energy prices sore beyond affordability, it could well be any Western capital.
We are all Palestinians, because we share the same enemy. 


We are all tired of Zionist driven expansionist wars. We don’t want ‘Israeli officials’ to preach to us about Western interests. We don’t want to see our elected politicians dancing to the Jewish Lobby’s irritating tune. It is time to emancipate humanity from the Zionist grip.

Egypt – America’s favourite torture destination

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By Christopher King

2 February 2011

Christopher King argues that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s decision to use extreme violence by paid thugs and plain-clothes policemen against pro-democracy protesters must have been given the green light by Barack Obama, or at least the US president’s vague pronouncements could have led Mubarak to believe that Washington endorsed his violent clampdown on the protesters.

Today the demonstrations in Cairo turned ugly. President Hosni Mubarak supporters have been recruited through state television and, it is alleged, are being paid to fight the peaceful demonstrators occupying Tahrir Square. Mubarak’s supporters are shown on live television not as demonstrators but making aggressive attacks. They are there only to attack the pro-democracy demonstrators who, so far, are protecting themselves but taking no offensive initiatives. Mubarak’s supporters, including police in plain clothes and uniforms, have been pelting the opposition with stones and riding into them on horses and camels.

At 1450 London time, security services began using tear gas to clear the square and this appeared to have angered the crowd. At the same time Mubarak supporters began lobbing rocks, roofing materials, petrol bombs, chairs or anything at all from a high-rise building onto the crowd of anti-government demonstrators. There can be no doubt about their aggressive intentions and by whom it was. Many peaceful demonstrators were being injured on camera.

Point of no return

There is no doubt that the violence is organized by the police and the security services. Some of their attackers have been captured by the pro-democracy demonstrators and they have been found to be carrying police identification cards. The police and the security services, as well as an elite who have enriched themselves as friends of Mubarak, have a great deal to lose if he should fall.

It is clearly the objective of Mubarak’s supporters, heavily reinforced by police and security men in plain clothes, to create trouble in order to provide a pretext for heavy-handed repression and to draw the army into the conflict. These scenes are being broadcast worldwide and are unmistakable. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon has condemned the government action against peaceful protesters. It is unlikely that the attitude of the anti-government demonstrators will remain peaceful in the face of these attacks.

Mubarak has stated that he will not stand down. It can only be concluded that this violence is his response to the pro-democracy demonstrator’s demands. In this course he has probably passed a point of no return. Opposition spokesmen are now speaking of putting him and his supporters on trial. This is the problem with dictators and criminals once in government. It is the case with British politicians who should be put on trial for war crimes. Such people will use all the apparatus of the state in order to avoid facing a court. They have nothing to lose once unforgivable crimes have been committed.

There are two factors of major significance in this confrontation:

  • The Egyptian army has undertaken not to use force against their fellow countrymen
  • US President Obama has sent his envoy, Frank Wisner, to see Mubara.

It is likely that the army will have to intervene in order to restore order and this is doubtless Mubarak’s objective as he will calculate that the army will, in the final analysis, choose to side with him and the existing regime in the interests of order and stability. Until now, the army has looked on, despite scenes of great violence. This probably cannot go on but it would take great courage for senior army officers to decide to depose Mubarak and seek to organize a caretaker government.

Mohamed el-Baradei, former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), has asked the army to intervene in what he calls “criminal” aggression and has offered to head an interim government and organize democratic elections.

El-Baradei is a man of great integrity who did an excellent job as head of the IAEA, showing technical and professional qualities of the highest order in his inspections of alleged nuclear programmes in Iraq and Iran. Despite enormous pressure from the United States, including its attempts to get him dismissed from the IAEA, El-Baradei insisted on producing factual reports based on evidence rather than what the Americans wanted him to say. He is well known and well thought of internationally but less so in Egypt where he appears to be seen as Westernized or even Americanized, which is very far from the case.

Obama’s green light to Mubarak

It is also likely that Mubarak’s decision to stand firm and attempt to maintain his grip on power is the result of the message brought by the US envoy, Frank Wisner. President Obama and US politicians speak vaguely of maintaining stability, avoiding violence etc, which is by no means inappropriate for a foreign government. There are even reports that Obama has said that Mubarak should prepare to step down.

We know more about the relationship between the White House and Mubarak, however. The White House has supported Mubarak for many years with money and arms in the interests, it is said, of stability in the region. By stability, the White House means avoiding supporting the Palestinians against Israel and maintaining a closed border with Gaza, which enables Israel to control Gaza completely. Naturally, there are other advantages such as keeping Egypt on its side in relation to its invasions of Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, in the United Nations, etc.

Obama’s forked tongue

More significantly, however, Egypt was the destination of first choice in the CIA’s programme of international kidnapping and torture that ended in illegal imprisonment and torture in the Guantanamo torture facility, outside law, Bagram air base in Afghanistan and Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Egypt was a major first-stage torture centre and Mubarak’s new vice-president, Omar Suleiman, was the intelligence chief who was in charge of the torture programme.

Obama speaks with a forked tongue. One cannot believe his public statements. One must believe what one sees; one must believe events and facts. America has an enormous past investment of many billions of dollars in Egypt and would see its entire Middle East policy disintegrate if a real democracy were to be established there. It cannot afford to see that happen. Mubarak’s actions following the White House envoy’s visit indicate clearly that he believes America to be behind him. He will try to hang on as long as possible and if not stay in power himself, to arrange for a pro-American government to take power.

Mubarak says that he would rather die on Egyptian soil than leave. I do not think that he will choose that. He has, to be sure, ambitions for his son to take power, but as an old man he has to think beyond himself and at a certain point he will leave with as much money as he can take, along with his family. That is what dictators do. In the meantime, he has great scope for mischief and it is not clear how these events will turn out.

Catherine Ashton, the European Union foreign affairs chief, makes bland statements exhorting Mubarak to listen to the people, etc. in truly boring, bureaucratic statements. Ashton is in fact a bureaucrat and her appearances only convince one that bureaucrats are completely unable to respond to change. The EU’s foreign policy follows America in the Middle East. It has learned nothing from the wars that have ravaged Europe in the recent past.

Hopefully, the European Union will give much needed economic aid to a truly democratic Egyptian government in the near future and revise its Middle Eastern policy. We shall see.

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Effects of Egypt’s turmoil felt in Gaza Strip

>Rami Almeghari, The Electronic Intifada, 2 February 2011

Hassan Washah and his family. (Rami Almeghari)

The ripples of the popular uprising in Egypt that began on 25 January — demanding the downfall of President Hosni Mubarak and his regime — have made their way to the occupied Gaza Strip. Egypt has ordered the closure of the Rafah border crossing with Gaza and Hamas ordered a halt to the tunnel trade with Egypt, leading to shortages in fuel supplies. Efforts by Palestinians in Gaza to demonstrate their support for the Egyptian uprising were broken up by police.

Meanwhile, as thousands of prisoners escaped or were freed from Egypt’s jails, some of the prisoners of Palestinian origin have made their way back to Gaza and have begun to tell their stories.

The Gaza Strip, home to about 1.5 million Palestinians, borders and was once ruled by Egypt until Israel occupied the territory in 1967 — the same time that it occupied Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, the West Bank and Syria’s Golan Heights. The Sinai was returned to Egypt under the terms of its 1979 peace treaty with Israel.

Over the past few years, since the elected Hamas party took control of the interior of the Gaza Strip, Egypt has helped Israel maintain a tight siege on the territory. Nevertheless, the Rafah border crossing with Egypt remains the main route for Palestinians to travel in and out of Gaza, though movement is severely restricted. Because of the closures, Palestinians have become increasingly reliant on tunnels running under the border to bring in essential supplies from Egypt.
Prisoners find their way back to Gaza
Hassan Washah was the first Palestinian known to have fled from an Egyptian prison and returned to Gaza. Washah described how he escaped Abu Zaabal prison in Cairo’s al-Qalyoubiya district where he had been serving a ten-year sentence. “Families of Egyptian prisoners began to flow into the prison and take away their imprisoned relatives,” Washah told The Electronic Intifada at his family’s home in Gaza’s al-Bureij refugee camp.

“At that point, an inmate, who seemed to be from the Bedouin community in Sinai, helped me by letting me escape with him. We took cab after cab until I arrived at the border line between Gaza and Egypt, where some members of my family were waiting for me near the mouth of a tunnel on the Gaza side of the border,” Washah said.

With his three-year-old son Yusif in his arms, Washah said that conditions in Abu Zaabal prison were miserable and he felt very isolated.

“I thank God that the will of the Egyptian people has led to my escape. What did I do to be imprisoned by an Arab regime?” Washah said.

Washah explained that he was captured by Egyptian authorities in Sinai in 2007 and he had explosives with him which were intended for use against the Israeli occupation.

Asked whether he belongs to the Army of Islam, a Salafist group in the Gaza Strip that has often clashed with Hamas, Washah said “It is true that I was assisted by the Army of Islam, but at the end of the day I consider myself a Palestinian fighter.” (Washah was also interviewed by Mohammed Omer in Egypt’s Sinai for this story published by The Electronic Intifada yesterday.)

Palestinian media reports suggest that about eight prisoners originally from Gaza have also fled Egyptian prisons and returned home via tunnels.

Meanwhile, the Hamas authorities in Gaza have closed the roads leading to hundreds of tunnels in the Palestinian border city of Rafah, leading to a severe shortage of gasoline.

“I stayed up until 3am on Monday morning to fill my car’s tank with forty liters of gasoline,” said Karam Mattar, 30, a cab driver from Nuseirat refugee camp. “I need to drive this cab to feed my four children and my parents,” Mattar told The Electronic Intifada. “If this situation continues, I will stop being able to earn a living.”

Due to Israel’s tight restrictions on fuel supplies into Gaza, many people rely on gasoline brought through the tunnels, not only for transport but also to run generators that are needed because of long daily power outages that affect most of Gaza’s population. The supply through the tunnels helped keep prices lower, but now gasoline is becoming scarce.

Abu Majed al-Hewaihi, manager of the Abu Asi gas station for the past twenty years, told The Electronic Intifada that for the past few days tankers had stopped bringing Egyptian gasoline to his station. “Usually we sell about about three to four thousand liters of gasoline daily but we have run out of gasoline because the tunnels have stopped functioning,” he said.

Al-Hewaihi said that the station had small supplies of Israeli gasoline, but it was much more expensive than the Egyptian equivalent, selling for about two dollars per liter as against about fifty cents for Egyptian fuel. As al-Hewaihi spoke, a worker waved cars away with his hand, signaling that the fuel pumps were dry.

Hamas break up solidarity demonstrations

In Gaza City demonstrators who attempted to show their support for the Egyptian people’s revolt quickly found themselves confronted by Hamas’ police personnel.

Members of the Gaza Youth Breaks Out reported on the group’s Twitter account (@GazaYBO) that a demonstration had been planned for 2pm on Monday in Gaza City’s Jundi al-Majhoul (Unknown Soldier) square. But later the same day the group tweeted that at least seven people, including five women, were arrested and later released as the police broke up the demonstration. Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency, citing activist sources, reported that “six women and eight men were arrested” (“Police in Gaza Break up Egypt solidarity rally,” 1 February 2011).

Hamas authorities have maintained a studious silence about events in Egypt. This may be because Hamas wants to maintain their relationship with the Mubarak regime which has been closely involved in international Palestinian affairs, including efforts at reconciliation with the US-backed, Fatah-run Palestinian Authority in Ramallah. Egypt has also previously had a role in prisoner exchange and truce negotiations between Hamas and Israel.

In spite of the economic impact of the unrest in Egypt, many in Gaza express strong support for the Egyptian uprising. “We feel sad for the unprecedented unrest in Egypt but I am confident that our Egyptian brothers and sisters will make it and, God willing, they see their rights restored,” said Muhammad al-Rifai, a Palestinian leftist activist from the central Gaza Strip. Al-Rifai spent almost 17 years in an Israeli prison until he was released in 1985.

Other Palestinians in Gaza, like Ihab Shehada, believe that the Mubarak regime should be given a chance. “I am wonder why these people continue protesting while their president assured them he would carry out reforms and even sacked the cabinet. Our brothers and sisters in Egypt should give the man a chance,” Shehada, a salaried government employee, told The Electronic Intifada during a street encounter.

Gaza-based political analyst Talal Aukal told The Electronic Intifada that given the unprecedented scale and nature of the events in Egypt, there were bound to be local and regional repercussions. If Mubarak is removed, Aukal said, “There will be more chance for the Egyptian Islamic Brotherhood, which has been repressed by Mubarak’s regime for the past thirty years, to have a say in Egyptian foreign policy.”

Asked whether the fall of the Mubarak regime will affect the 1979 peace treaty between Egypt and Israel, Aukal said, “Everything is possible, especially if Islamists or pan-Arab opposition parties will have more representation in public life.”

On Tuesday night, Mubarak addressed the nation while millions demonstrated in the Egypt’s cities, calling for him to go. An unrepentant Mubarak vowed to stay on until September but promised not to seek another term in office. On Wednesday the situation escalated as what appeared to be gangs of violent, regime-backed provocateurs began to attack protestors still gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir square.

The uncertainty continues for the people of Egypt as it does for Palestinians in Gaza.

Rami Almeghari is a journalist and university lecturer based in the Gaza Strip.

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Israeli Planes Carrying Crowd Dispersal Weapons Arrived in Egypt

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Rights- 02. Feb, 2011

 NGO claims that Israeli planes carrying crowd dispersal weapons have arrived in Egypt

Monday, 31 January 2011 14:20
Three Israeli planes landed at Cairo’s Mina International Airport on Saturday carrying hazardous equipment for use in dispersing and suppressing large crowds.
The International Network for Rights and Development has claimed that Israeli logistical support has been sent to Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak to help his regime confront demonstrations demanding that he steps down as head of state.
According to reports by the non-governmental organisation, three Israeli planes landed at Cairo’s Mina International Airport on Saturday carrying hazardous equipment for use in dispersing and suppressing large crowds.
In the statement circulated by the International Network, it was disclosed that Egyptian security forces received the complete cargoes on three Israeli planes which were, it is claimed, carrying an abundant supply of internationally proscribed gas to disperse unwanted crowds. If the reports are accurate, this suggests that the Egyptian regime is preparing for the worse in defence of its position, despite the country sinking into chaos.

On Sunday 30 January, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Israeli government ministers in a public statement saying: “Our efforts aim at the continued maintenance of stability and security in the region… and I remind you that peace between the Israeli establishment and Egypt has endured for over three decades… we currently strive to guarantee the continuity of these relations.” Netanyahu added, “We are following the events unfolding in Egypt and the region with vigilance… and it is incumbent at this time that we show responsibility, self-restraint and maximum consideration for the situation… in the hope that the peaceful relations between the Israeli establishment and Egypt continue…”

The Israeli prime minister urged Israeli government ministers to refrain from making any additional statements to the media.

http://www.middleeastmonitor.org.uk/news/middle-east/2001-rights-ngo-claims-that-israeli-planes-carrying-crowd-dispersal-weapons-have-arrived-in-egypt

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Mofaz: Israel’s greatest fear is the Islamic takeover in Egypt

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“…Never before seen in Cairo…”

[ 02/02/2011 – 09:41 AM ]

NAZARETH, (PIC)– Knesset member for Kadima party Shaul Mofaz described several possible scenarios for the events in Egypt in light of the popular uprising demanding Hosni Mubarak to step down.

Mofaz said that Mubarak may insist on curbing his people, especially since the protests have no organized leadership.

He added that in case Mubarak managed to end the protests, he would call for general elections in September, pointing that Israel prefers this scenario.

The second scenario, according to him, is that the Egyptian army could take control over the country and the last scenario is Israel’s greatest fear represented in the removal of Mubarak and the Muslim brotherhood’s takeover in Egypt.

For his part, head of the US foreign relations council Richard Haas said that the days of Mubarak are numbered and he has to give up power.

Haas added that there are several scenarios if Mubarak lost power including that his deputy Omar Suleiman might take his place or another interim president would be declared as a prelude to changing the constitution.

Many European newspapers also unanimously said that the regime of Mubarak started to fall apart.

In this regard, president Mubarak in a televised speech at night Tuesday tried to absorb the anger of the Egyptian people and declared he would not run for another presidential term.

Mubarak’s words were unlikely to carry much weight with the protesters at Cairo’s Attahrir square, who kept calling on him to leave power.

Shortly after his speech, clashes broke out between pro-Mubarak, who are believed to be members of the security in civilian clothes, and anti-regime protesters in Alexandria, according to Al-Jazeera satellite channel.

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We are not going anywhere until our demands are met.

>According to French sources, Mubarak wanted to cut it short and leave, but he stayed because the USA and some of his men insisted that he should stay until the stage is prepared for Omar Suleiman Al-akhbar. It’s still not clear whetherOmar Suleiman, and the army are in the same trench.

Gen. Ismail Osman said that the army would not resort to the use of force against the Egyptian people, and called on citizens to not to take what would impair the general security of the country.

“Post-Mubarak transition” as seen in Washington …

“…. “Omar Suleiman and Tantawi think that the critical thing for the future of Egypt is that there be no confrontation between the military and the people,” said Cohen, president of the Institute for Middle East Peace and Development and a former consultant to the National Intelligence Council. “Their thinking is, if there is a split between the popular will and the military, the whole state of Egypt no longer has its basis of legitimacy.” 

 

That judgment is significant, Cohen said: “By saying that there cannot be a confrontation between the military and the demonstrators, they are basically telling Mubarak the game is over for him.” The assessment came as the Egyptian army issued a formal statement Monday saying that it would not use force against the Egyptian people …..  Tantawi and Suleiman “have different ideas about how the transition can take place,” Cohen said….”

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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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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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Gilad Atzmon: Liberating the American People

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Burning rage ... protester stands on blazing Cairo streetIn his latest Newsweek article Stephen Kinzer wonders who America is betting on to counter the popular rising forces in the Middle East : “The same friends it has been betting on for decades” he answers. “Mubarak’s pharaonic regime in Egypt, Mahmoud Abbas and his Palestinian Authority, the Saudi monarchy, and increasingly radical politicians in Israel. It is no wonder that Iran’s power is rising as the American-imposed order begins to crumble,” he concludes.
Kinzer explains America’s stance succinctly and accurately : “The U.S. keeps Mubarak in power – it gave his regime $1.5 billion in aid last year -mainly because he supports America’s pro-Israel policies, especially by helping Israel maintain its stranglehold on Gaza.
It supports Abbas for the same reason; Abbas is seen as willing to compromise with Israel and is, therefore, a desirable negotiating partner….. American support for Mubarak and Abbas continues, although neither man is in power with any figment of legality; Mubarak brazenly stage-manages elections, and Abbas has ruled by decree since his term of office expired in 2009.”

In the light of Kinzer’s statement, the following questions surely need answering — Why does America support those regimes, whose leaders’ dictates, ideologies and methods of ruling are totally and openly incongruous with America’s alleged value system? And If America is genuinely concerned with the so-called ‘rise of Islam’, why then, did it eradicate Saddam Hussein’s distinctly secular regime? And if America is, as it claims, enthusiastic about encouraging ‘non radicalised’ secular Arabs, why is it constantly seeking conflict with Bashir Asad, leader of another secular stronghold? And If America does indeed champion democracy, why does it support the Saudi regime, Mubarak and Abbas? Why does it not seek friendship with the democratically elected Hamas?

In short American policy seems to be a total mess — unless one is willing to openly admit that there is a clear coherent thread running through American foreign policy : it simply serves Israel’s interests.

For decades American foreign policy has been dictated by Zionist forces within their administration. For decades, America has been exhausting its resources to chase the enemies of the Jewish state. It even sends its young boys and girls to fight and die in Zionist wars. The second Iraq War was obviously such a war. It is becoming clear that America’s decision makers have sacrificed the interests of the American people.

We learned yesterday that the Jewish Lobby in America shamelessly slammed Republican Senator and Tea Party representative Rand Paul for suggesting that the “United States should halt all foreign aid including its financial aid to Israel”. Even the alleged ‘peace seeking’ J Street was quick to attack the patriotic senator. And clearly they didn’t mince their words : “Senator Paul’s proposal would undermine the decades-long bipartisan consensus on U.S. support for Israel. Any erosion of support should concern Israel’s friends on both sides of the political aisle, and we call in particular on leaders and donors in Senator Paul’s party to repudiate his comments and ensure that American leadership around the world is not threatened by this irresponsible proposal,” the statement issued by J Street read.

 

National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) President and CEO David Harris repeated the same line of thought saying that “Paul’s suggestion is negligent, shortsighted, and just plain wrong….Senator Paul’s statement is yet another illustration of how the Republican Party continues to grow increasingly out of touch with the values of the vast majority of the American Jewish community.”

But NJDC’s spokesman David Harris must have failed to grasp that the patriotic senator Paul is actually concerned with the interest of America, rather than the tribally orientated ‘values of the vast majority of the American Jews’, because Senator Rand Paul obviously points at a clear conflict between American interests and the foreign interests promoted by the Jewish lobby.

In his Newsweek article, Kinzer astutely points out that America needs “new approaches and new partners. Listening more closely to Turkey, the closest U.S. ally in the Muslim Middle East, would be a good start. A wise second step would be a reversal of policy toward Iran, from confrontation to a genuine search for compromise.”

But, It is clear beyond doubt here that America will not be able to integrate Kinzer’s very reasonable suggestions into its foreign policy unless it first liberates itself from the grip of the Jewish Lobby. And It has been proven that it is not easy for our greed-driven politicians to emancipate themselves voluntarily from the Lobby. As we read above, the ‘liberal’ J Street group have called upon donors to cut off the very life supply of Senator Rand Paul. And The Jewish Lobby in America would do the same to every American politician who dared to break the links.

However, in the wake of the current financial turmoil, I am convinced that more and more Americans are beginning to identify the root cause at the bottom of their flawed foreign policy. By the time this happens, America may well be liberated.

And here is my musical take on the subject. Liberating the American People (2006)



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USA: Same shit, different piles.

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Here I see intermittence; different characters, but still…

Here I see insistence and persistence; same character, but still…

Same shit, different piles

Same shit, different phases.

Who controls who, but all is controlled by the wandering Jew.
They all stink 
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"Three Decades of a Joke That Just Won’t Die"

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“…   When Mubarak came to power after Sadat’s assassination, he was received with a mixture of relief and skepticism — relief because he appeared to be a steadier hand than Sadat, who grew increasingly paranoid in the year before his death, and skepticism because Mubarak was the opposite of anything like the charismatic leadership that Sadat and Nasser embodied. Mubarak was also, at least early on, something of a joker himself. Not long into his reign, he quipped that he had never expected to be appointed vice president. “When I got the call from Sadat,” he told an interviewer, “I thought he was going to make me the head of EgyptAir.”


For decades many derided Mubarak as “La Vache Qui Rit” — after the French processed cheese that appeared in Egypt in the 1970s along with the opening up of Egypt’s markets — because of his rural background and his bonhomie. The image that dominated Mubarak jokes during that period was that of an Egyptian archetype, the greedy and buffoonish peasant. One joke I remember well from the 1980s played off Mubarak’s decision not to appoint a vice president after he ascended to the presidency: “When Nasser became president, he wanted a vice president stupider than himself to avoid a challenger, so he chose Sadat. When Sadat became president, he chose Mubarak for the same reason. But Mubarak has no vice president because there is no one in Egypt stupider than he is.”

THE JOKES TURNED BITTER in the 1990s as Mubarak consolidated his power, started winning elections with more than 90 percent of the vote, and purged rivals in the military. One oft-retold story had Mubarak dispatching his political advisors to Washington to help with Bill Clinton’s 1996 reelection campaign after the U.S. president admires Mubarak’s popularity. When the results come in, it is Mubarak who is elected president of the United States.

But Mubarak jokes really settled into their current groove in the early 2000s, when Mubarak entered his mid-70s and a nationwide deathwatch began. One joke imagines a deathbed scene, the ailing Mubarak lamenting, “What will the Egyptian people do without me?” His advisor tries to comfort him: “Mr. President, don’t worry about the Egyptians. They are a resilient people who could survive by eating stones!” Mubarak pauses to consider this and then tells the advisor to grant his son Alaa a monopoly on the trade in stones….

 
The Internet has opened new avenues for humor. One-line zingers that used to be circulated by text message are now exchanged on Twitter, while on Facebook fake identities and satirical fan pages have been established for the country’s leading politicians. Widely circulated video mash-ups depict Mubarak and his entourage as the characters of a mafia movie or unlikely action heroes, including one spoofing a Star Wars poster with Mubarak standing in for the evil Emperor Palpatine.
But the bulk of today’s jokes simply stress the tenacity with which Mubarak has held onto life and power. Hisham Kassem, a prominent publisher and liberal opposition figure, told me this recent joke:
Hosni Mubarak, Barack Obama, and Vladimir Putin are at a meeting together when suddenly God appears before them.

“I have come to tell you that the end of the world will be in two days,” God says. “Tell your people.”

So each leader goes back to his capital and prepares a television address.

In Washington, Obama says, “My fellow Americans, I have good news and bad news. The good news is that I can confirm that God exists. The bad news is that he told me the world would end in two days.”
In Moscow, Putin says, “People of Russia, I regret that I have to inform you of two pieces of bad news. First, God exists, which means everything our country has believed in for most of the last century was false. Second, the world is ending in two days.”

In Cairo, Mubarak says, “O Egyptians, I come to you today with two pieces of excellent news! First, God and I have just held an important summit. Second, he told me I would be your president until the end of time.”

Kassem quips that the Mubarak regime’s main legacy may be an unparalleled abundance of derision about its leader. “Under Nasser, it was the elite whose property he had nationalized that told jokes about the president,” he told me. “Under Sadat, it was the poor people left behind by economic liberalization who told the jokes. But under Mubarak, everyone is telling jokes.”

Yet an increasing number of Egyptians no longer think their country’s situation is all that funny, and they are turning the national talent for wit into a more aggressive weapon of political dissidence. The anti-Mubarak Kifaya movement has used humor most poignantly to protest the indignity of an entire country becoming a hand-me-down for the Mubarak family, as the leader presses on with plans to anoint his son Gamal as his heir. Other protesters complaining about the rising cost of living and stagnating salaries use cartoons to depict fat-cat politicians and tycoons pillaging the country. And since the beginning of 2010, Nobel laureate Mohamed ElBaradei, former director of the International Atomic Energy Agency and a potential presidential challenger, has become a symbol of the kind of dignified leadership the Egyptian opposition has sought for decades. Notably, he recently scolded Mubarak for an inappropriate joke about a ferry crash that killed more than 1,000 Egyptians in 2006.

But even if Egypt’s democrats fail to prevent the inheritance of the presidency, they will certainly keep making fun of Mubarak’s son Gamal. One epic satire comes in the form of a popular blog called Ezba Abu Gamal (“The Village of Gamal’s Father”). The blog is a collection of entries, usually from the perspective of Abu Gamal, mayor of a small village. He is constantly being nagged by his wife to promote his son, about whom he has misgivings; he doesn’t understand all this talk about reform and laptops and so on. It is a biting portrait for those initiated into the details of Egyptian politics. Mubarak’s “cunning peasant” persona re-emerges and Gamal is depicted as a wet-behind-the-ears incompetent manipulated by his friends, while countless ministers and security chiefs make appearances as craven village officials. Were it publishable in Egypt, it would make a hilarious book. …”

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Assange Says He Holds Documents that Will Spark Arab World Coups

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31/12/2010 Wikileaks founder Julian Assange revealed that he holds names of senior officials in the Arab world who visit US embassies in their respective countries voluntarily to establish links with the CIA, saying releasing such names could lead to dangerous coups in the Arab world.

In the second part of his interview with Arab television Network, al-Jazeera, Assange said: “these officials are spies for the US in their countries,” adding that leaked documents in his possession show that Arab officials reveal sensitive information on their colleagues and respective countries.

The WikiLeaks founder said the website would consider exposing the names of the Arab officials only if it would be certain it would not lead to their death.
Assange warned that the revelations may lead to dangerous coups in the Arab world.

He added that WikiLeaks plans to reveal some 7,000 documents related to Egypt and its president, Hosni Mubarak.

Other leaked documents, he said, reveal information on the oil industry in the Arab world over the past few decades.

source: Ynet
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Army ‘could block’ Egypt succession

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A banner with Gamal and Hosni Mubarak in parliamentary
polls read “The leadership and the future”[Reuters]
Leaked US documents suggest Hosni Mubarak could fail to convince the military that his son should be next president.

It will not be easy for Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president, to persuade the military elite to accept his son Gamal as his successor, according to leaked US embassy memos.

But Gamal is among the most likely contenders to the top job along with Omar Suleiman, the spy chief, and “dark horse” Amr Moussa, the Arab League secretary-general, according to the cables released by WikiLeaks on Tuesday.

“It is hard to argue that Gamal is not being groomed for the presidency,” then US ambassador Francis Ricciardone wrote in a May 2007 secret cable, noting his “increasingly robust role” in the ruling National Democratic Party.

A presidential election will be held next year, and the ailing Mubarak has still not announced whether he will run again.

Citing strict legal requirements for candidacy and weak opposition leadership, Ricciardone wrote that there were few other Egyptian personalities other than Gamal “with the national stature and political capital to seriously contend for the presidency.”

Due to the paranoia of the Egyptian dictatorship, the cable said, no other name can safely or respectfully be raised as a contender.

“Many in the Egyptian elite see his succession as positive, as his likely continuation of the current status quo would serve their business and political interests.”

‘Stumbling block’

But the memo suggests the military elite may have different preferences.

“A key stumbling block for a Gamal candidacy could be the military,” Ricciardone wrote, noting that the four Egyptian presidents since the 1952 coup that overthrew the monarchy came from military ranks, including Hosni Mubarak.

The cables conclude that, if before his death or if he steps aside, the president might be able to install Gamal, a 47-year-old banker-turned-politician.

If the elder Mubarak dies in office, however, the succession scenario becomes “messier,” with no guarantee of military support for Gamal but also few other clear alternatives, according to the cable.

“The military has historically been the ultimate guarantor of the president’s rule,” the document said.

“Gamal did not serve as a military officer, and we believe he did not complete his compulsory service.

“His power base is his father, and so while he could conceivably be installed prior to Mubarak’s death, the task would become far more difficult … once the pharaoh has departed the scene,” it added.

Mubarak never appointed a vice-president, further complicating the question of who will succeed him.

The cable says Suleiman, who has headed Egypt’s intelligence service since the early 1990s, was often cited as likely to be named vice-president and was “deeply personally hurt” when Mubarak reneged, according to an alleged personal friend of the spy chief.

“Many of our contacts believe that Suleiman, because of his military background, would at the least have to figure in in any succession scenario for Gamal, possibly as a transitional figure,” the memo said.

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‘Istambouli: “This bullet is not meant for you but for the other dog'”
“…Nour was eventually convicted and sentenced to five years in prison, and largely forgotten. The parliamentary elections held later that year — far from being free and fair, as Rice had demanded — were marred by violence and widespread fraud. Now, as Egyptians gird themselves for yet another stolen election later this month, the incredible tale of Nour’s Ghad party serves as a potent reminder of the creative lengths President Hosni Mubarak’s regime will go to sideline its political opponents. You see, there are now not one, but two Ghad parties. One, the remnants of Nour’s Ghad party, is not a legal entity. It is “boycotting” the elections, which it couldn’t contest anyway. And there’s a second Ghad party — a legal one with close ties to the regime — that will be running 31 candidates in districts nationwide. As a consequence, there is ample confusion among Egyptian voters and Washington analysts alike. …”
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