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Monday, January 31, 2011

“The People...Want...To Topple The Regime!"


Free Thought Manifesto

"People Should Not Be Afraid Of Their Governments, Governments Should Be Afraid Of Their People"


- V for Vendetta
[The above photo is of the dictator Mubarak, who is Israel's Bitch!]


The Dictator Hosni Mubarak Addresses The Egyptian People


And The Egyptian People's Response to the dictators speech was a Unified and Resounding:
Al Shaab... Yoread... Isqat.. Al Nizam!"


“The People... Want... To Topple The Regime!"
“The People... Want... To Topple The Regime!"

“The People... Want... To Topple The Regime!"

“The People... Want... To Topple The Regime!"

“The People... Want... To Topple The Regime!"

This The most unifying slogan of the protesters, which is simple, very direct and an easy to understand demand.

The Dictator Mubarak Has Yet To Obey The People's Demand.





Posted by CavalierZee at 5:00 PM  
 

Gilad Atzmon: Jewish Power is Falling Apart



The British ADL watchdog CIF Watch seems to be very unhappy with the Guardian circulating the work of the genius cartoonist Carlos Latuff

“How low will they (the Guardian )go? Asks the Zionist watchdog.

The Judeo-centric site defines Latuff as “one of the most prolific anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic cartoonists”. It is also outraged with Latuff depicting “Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as a sinister looking (gun wielding) Orthodox Jew.”


The Jewish site claims that much of Latuff’s work “expresses anti-Semitic themes. Some of his caricatures seem to suggest that Israel is a unique and immutable evil in the world.” I am afraid to disappoint the Zionist watchdog; the Jewish State is uniquely evil, and this fact has been exposed numerous times in the last years by UN fact finding missions.

The Zionist blog claims that Latuff’s work “includes imagery frequently suggesting a moral equivalence between Israel and Nazi Germany – and he has explicitly acknowledged that this is indeed his political view.” Again this is far from being a revelation. We all see equivalence between the ‘Jews only State’ and Nazi Germany.



The Latuff cartoon above depicts Sharon kissing Hitler. Indeed this is an appropriate representation of the Sabra and Shatilla mass murderer



The above Latuff cartoon was published by Indymedia on Holocaust Remembrance Day. Indeed the most appropriate way to criticise the transformation of Palestine into a set of isolated concentration camps.



The image above makes sure there is no doubt that the Jewish state has morphed into the new Nazi Germany by showing the tracks of the Israeli tank shaped like swastikas. Not many people realise that Zionism actually predates Nazism.



The cartoon above conveys the former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert cradling a dead Palestinian baby. It suggests that, not only do Israeli leaders intentionally kill Palestinian children, but also that such child murder is popular among the Israeli public and helps Israeli politicians get elected. Bearing in mind that 94% of the Israeli Jewish population supported IDF murderous tactics along Operation Cast Lead, Latuff seems to be overwhelmingly realistic.



This cartoon, comparing Zionism to the Ku Klux Klan. Indeed a necessary comparison considering the fact that the Jewish state is driven politically and spiritually by racist supremacist ideology.



And, finally, an Israeli so evil as to douse gas on a burning Lebanese child. This cartoon is in fact prophetic. It isn't just Lebanon, it is the entire region.

Let’s hope that the Guardian will soon also liberate itself of its Zionist and war advocates.
 

Paniced Israel offers Egypt services to control popular uprising and PA suppres supporters of Egypt's uprising


Update:

Israel, for the first time since Camp David, urge Egypt to send troops to borders

Human Right Watch slams PA for suppressing supporters of Egypt's uprising

[ 31/01/2011 - 02:20 PM ]

RAMALLAH, (PIC)-- Human Rights Watch (HRW) denounced the Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority (PA) for quelling a peaceful protest held on Sunday in support of the Egyptian people's uprising.day

Dozens of Palestinian young men rallied outside the Egyptian embassy in Ramallah city and chanted slogans in favor of the popular revolution in Egypt, but PA militia men brutally attacked them and blocked journalists and press cameramen from approaching the area, according to HRW.

The security militias in the city summoned one of the protest's orgnizers three times within 24 hours and demanded him not to organize such protests in support of events in Tunisia or Egypt.

HRW called on the PA to end its arbitrary measures against peaceful protests in the West Bank.

Israel offers Egypt services to control popular uprising

[ 31/01/2011 - 02:18 PM ]

CAIRO, (PIC)-- Informed Israeli sources said that Israel offered Egyptian intelligence director Omar Suleiman its readiness to help Egypt and carry out operations to quell the people's revolution and demanded him to prevent the alleged arms smuggling into the Gaza Strip.

Quds Press quoted the sources as affirming that Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday during a phone call with Suleiman, who was sworn in as vice president a couple of days ago, expressed his fears over the situation in Egypt and offered him intelligence and security services to end the protests.

Netanyahu also discussed with Suleiman ways to secure the borders with Israel and urged him not to hesitate to ask for Israel's help if the Egyptian regime felt any danger threatening its existence.

Meanwhile, Egyptian protesters have called for a mega demonstration on Tuesday in a bid to force out president Hosni Mubarak from power.

The Sixth of April Movement in Egypt said it plans to have more than a million people on Cairo's streets, as anti-regime sentiment reaches a fever pitch.

Several hundred demonstrators remained camping out in Attahrir Square in central Cairo overnight, defying a curfew that has been extended by the army. Some of the campers declared they would go on hunger strike.

Thousands were back to the square by mid-day on Monday, chanting anti-regime slogans, while heavy military presence was seen in many parts of the capital.

One of Al-Jazeera's correspondents said the military's attempts to block access to the square on Monday by closing roads were not working as more people were arriving in a steady stream.

Protesters said they would stay in this square as long as Mubarak stayed in power. Egyptian citizens from different provinces also said they would travel to Cairo to participate in the massive protest tomorrow and to camp out in Attaharir square along with other citizens there.

Haaretz: Israel is losing its middle eastern allies

[ 31/01/2011 - 10:51 AM ]

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)-- Haaretz newspaper warned that Israel is facing aggravating strategy distress in light of the continuing loss of its middle eastern allies and urged the Israeli government to swiftly move to find a way out of the current crisis and new regional friends.

Haaretz stated on Sunday that Israel's increasing isolation in the region and the noted weakness of the US administration would make the former to look for solutions and new allies.

A senior Israeli security official said that Israel now has fears against the domino effect and winds of change in the region, noting that the events in Egypt took Israel by surprise and its intelligence agencies did not know the situation could explode and evolve like this.

Israeli military and political leaders embarked nowadays to hold meetings and consultations to assess the situation in Egypt and the consequent impacts on the strategic balance in the region.

The Israeli military radio reported that the Israeli war ministry holds successive meetings to assess the developments in Egypt and discuss the implications of the possible removal of Hosni Mubarak on Israel.

In this regard, different Israeli media outlets hailed the appointment of intelligence director Omar Suleiman as the Egyptian vice-president by Mubarak and described him as Israel's close friend.

Some radio stations and newspapers gave a summary about Suleiman's political life and his prominent positions in favor of Israel.


"Israeli" Head of Foreign Affairs and War Committee Shaul Mofaz confirmed that his entity should conduct a new strategic evaluation in light of what is happening in Egypt, in addition to following up the situations in the other countries of the region.

Mofaz added in a journalistic interview that "Israel" should not interfere with the Egyptian affairs, and should confirm its hope to maintaining the peace agreement and the Egyptian authority's stability.

Member of Zionist Knesset stated that the Egyptian army is now responsible for keeping hold on the stability in its country.

Shaul Mofaz considered Tunisia's revolution and Egypt's uprising, as a strategic warning to the Zionist entity, believing the year 2011 will be w turning points in several other areas in the region.

Video: Mass uprising in Cairo's Imbaba neighborhood


Philip Rizk, The Electronic Intifada, 30 January 2011

Philip Rizk (@tabulagaza on Twitter) took this remarkable video of huge popular protests in Cairo on 28 January. The crowds can be heard chanting "inzel! inzel!" -- meaning "come down! come down!" -- a call to neighbors to join the march, and "The people demand the fall of the regime." Rizk adds:

"Following Friday prayers on 28 January we joined protesters marching through the streets of Imbaba in Cairo, Egypt. The crowd of 100 that we joined kept increasing and continuously joined with other marches in the same quarter northwest of downtown Cairo. By about 1pm the protesters numbered around 15,000 marching towards Galaa Square and attempting to get across the Nile to Tahrir Square, downtown Cairo. In Galaa square we met two other large marches from Giza and Mohandiseen that had already tried to cross to Tahrir and had come under heavy tear gas fire. Shortly thereafter the converged protesters stormed past the security forces and streamed into Tahrir Square. Afterwards, the security forces that had used brutal force to stop the protests disappeared and the central square of downtown filled with demonstrators sharing one united call: 'down with Hosni Mubarak.' In the early evening protesters burnt down the regime's National Democratic Party headquarters. The streets were filled with tear gas, burning police vehicles and chants of celebration."

Video: Mass uprising in Cairo's Imbaba neighborhood
Philip Rizk, The Electronic Intifada, 30 January 2011



Philip Rizk (@tabulagaza on Twitter) took this remarkable video of huge popular protests in Cairo on 28 January. The crowds can be heard chanting "inzel! inzel!" -- meaning "come down! come down!" -- a call to neighbors to join the march, and "The people demand the fall of the regime." Rizk adds:

"Following Friday prayers on 28 January we joined protesters marching through the streets of Imbaba in Cairo, Egypt. The crowd of 100 that we joined kept increasing and continuously joined with other marches in the same quarter northwest of downtown Cairo. By about 1pm the protesters numbered around 15,000 marching towards Galaa Square and attempting to get across the Nile to Tahrir Square, downtown Cairo. In Galaa square we met two other large marches from Giza and Mohandiseen that had already tried to cross to Tahrir and had come under heavy tear gas fire. Shortly thereafter the converged protesters stormed past the security forces and streamed into Tahrir Square. Afterwards, the security forces that had used brutal force to stop the protests disappeared and the central square of downtown filled with demonstrators sharing one united call: 'down with Hosni Mubarak.' In the early evening protesters burnt down the regime's National Democratic Party headquarters. The streets were filled with tear gas, burning police vehicles and chants of celebration."

The Electronic Intifada's Matthew Cassel also witnessed and wrote about the protests in Imbaba: "From the front lines of the Egyptian uprising."

Philip Rizk is an Egyptian-German filmmaker and freelance journalist based in Cairo, Egypt. Philip lived in Gaza City from 2005 to 2007 where he worked for a nongovernmental organization and as a freelance writer. In 2009 his documentary This Palestinian Life premiered at the London International Documentary Festival. Philip blogs and can be reached at rizkphilip AT gmail DOT com.

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US ammunition tells its own story in Egypt


By Yvonne Ridley

31 January 2011

Yvonne Ridley reminds us that it is US support, and US politicians putting Israel’s interests above those of their own country, that has allowed dictators such as Hosni Mubarak of Egypt to desecrate the Arab world with their existence for so long.

”Your ill-informed advisers won’t tell you this, Hillary [Clinton], but I hate to see an empowered female make such a prat of herself, so here’s a piece of advice. The time has come when you really must step back and take a vow of silence. Every time you open your mouth you are looking and sounding even more stupid than the female presenter on Egyptian state TV who assures us all is at peace with the world and the streets of Egypt are empty and calm.” (Yvonne Ridley)

As people across Egypt continued resisting and rising against the brutal dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak it is quite clear they will not stop until he goes.

Quite clear to everyone, that is, apart from the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who is so out of touch with what is happening on the ground you have to wonder who on earth is advising her.

She appears to have no idea of the burning resentment and hatred held towards America among the ordinary men and women of Egypt. More than 100 have paid the blood price, so far, for standing up to the US-backed tyrant Mubarak and two thousand others are injured.

It has been lost on no one that the empty shell casings from live ammunition and gas cannisters, which litter Tahrir Square and other streets across Egypt, were provided by the United States of America.

The “Made in the USA” empty shell casings tell their own story not just of the innocents they have killed, but of their origins and of America’s deadly legacy of unwelcome foreign interference in the region.

The Egyptian people have been fed propaganda for 30 years, their evening news on state TV is sanitized and censored and many have been afraid to speak out freely under the US-backed dictatorship of Mubarak.

But do not for one minute think the Egyptian people are stupid – sadly the US has once again completely misread and underestimated an entire population.

These demonstrations are as much a protest against US meddling in their affairs as they are against the Mubarak regime.
Despite all of this Clinton showed not one ounce of compassion or humility when she made her latest blundering speech.

With the sensitivity of a bull in a china shop, she called for an orderly transition but only after heaping praise on the Mubarak government which has “made and kept peace with Israel, avoiding violence, turmoil and death in the region”.

She told ABC News:"Democracy, human rights and economic reform are in the best interests of the Egyptian people." These are the same people her own government ignored as they continued to fund and back Mubarak with billions of US taxpayers’ dollars over the decades.

The BBC's North America editor Mark Mardell says Clinton's comments are a sign that the Obama administration is edging towards accepting, if not openly endorsing, an end to Mubarak's rule. The truth is, Mark, the Egyptian people do not want any more US interference – they do not want any more American weapons being used against them. America has no interest in the people of Egypt. Its only concern is for the man-made-pariah state next door – Israel.

Clinton has been so out of step since this whole turmoil began to erupt. Both she and Obama remained completely silent for four whole weeks as scores of Tunisians died in that uprising and it was only when their man, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali took flight that they condemned his brutality.

When Egypt threatened to kick off, Clinton said assuredly that the country was “stable”. That was a week ago and as she is beginning to learn, a week is a long time in politics. She says she wants democracy – but what sort of democracy Hillary?

The sort that sees another tyrant take power?
Or are you really going to let the people decide?

And by the way, the people are beginning to rise and resist right across the Maghreb, throughout the Middle East and Asia. US foreign policy has turned America into the most hated country in the world and if Washington really told Americans the truth, I know the millions upon millions of decent US citizens would be horrified by what is being done in their name.

But the truth is the American people are kept well away from the truth and are among the least informed people in the world today.

Few Americans have any idea that this and the previous Bush administrations do not want democracy in the region. In fact, they have collectively punished the people of Gaza for exercising their democratic right by voting for a Hamas-dominated government.

This has not been lost on the Egyptian people Hillary who, by the way, have a great love for Palestine, a place in their heart, for Gaza, and an even deeper hatred and mistrust for the brutal Zionist state, which really does threaten peace and stability in the region.


As I write this F16 fighter jets and attack helicopters, made in America, are flying overhead in Cairo to try to intimidate the Egyptian people. Too late – there isn’t an army in the world that can beat this peoples’ army. Their fear has gone.

Your ill-informed advisers won’t tell you this, Hillary, but I hate to see an empowered female make such a prat of herself, so here’s a piece of advice. The time has come when you really must step back and take a vow of silence. Every time you open your mouth you are looking and sounding even more stupid than the female presenter on Egyptian state TV who assures us all is at peace with the world and the streets of Egypt are empty and calm.

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Peres prefers absence of democracy to religious authority in Egypt


[ 31/01/2011 - 03:05 PM ]

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)-- Israeli president Shimon Peres said that he preferred the absence of democracy in Egypt, in reference to the rule of president Hosni Mubarak, to the presence of a religious authority.

In the first such commentary on the conditions in Egypt, Peres said on Monday that a fanatic religious authority in Cairo would not be better than absence of democracy.

Peres, who was receiving credentials of newly appointed ambassadors to Israel, said that he respected Mubarak and appreciated the fact that he preserved the peace treaty with Israel.

For his part, Shaul Mofaz, the head of the parliamentary foreign and security affairs committee, told the Israeli radio that Israel should not interfere in Egyptian internal affairs.

Mofaz, a leading figure in the opposition Kadima party, said that Israel should nonetheless stick to the peace treaty with Egypt.

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


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

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

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

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

Showcasing weakness

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

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

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

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

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

Jerusalem Report 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Israelis light fires, Palestinians fight them

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

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

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

The ‘Peace of the Slave’

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

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

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


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

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Transformation in the Arab World‏


"Mubarak has been an ally of ours in a number of things and he's been very responsible on, relative to geopolitical interest in the region, the Middle East peace efforts; the actions Egypt has taken relative to normalizing relationship with Israel.. I would not refer to him as a dictator" US Vice President Je Biden ( a lackey of AIPAC)

I first visited Egypt 30 years ago in 1981 to do research for my master's thesis which was later published in my first book "The Bats of Egypt". I visited Egypt twice since then and I recall vividly police abuse of their own people and yet the Egyptians I encountered mocked and joked about dictatorship. We tried at least from a distance to support our Egyptian brothers and sisters as they struggle for freedom. Arabs everywhere (yes even here in occupied Palestine) are talking about a transformation and about revolution. But all such transformations carry pain. Over 200 Egyptians were killed, thousands injured, and there is much destruction.

Yet in a nation of 85 million people this is still a relatively peaceful transformation. While dealing with the present is critical we must also at this juncture start to look post dictatorship in the Arab world and plan the future.

I recall vividly a talk by a self-described "Liberal Zionist" (an oxymoron) at Duke University on 1 March 198l; at 77 year old he had no inhibitions in saying "Zionists do not want democracy in the Arab world." He explained that if Egypt was a democracy, it would not have signed a peace deal with Israel since the sentiments of the Arab people does not accept such arrangements that could be done with someone like President Sadat or King Hussein. On this point he was absolutely correct but in the long run such short-sighted perspective is self-destructive (1).

As I watched last night Hosni Mubarak make his (hopefully last) speech, I was very much reminded of the last speech of the Shah of Iran, Marcos of the Philippines, Bin Ali of Tunisia. They all claimed after so many years of torturing their own people that they now want to "reform". The US funded and supported the brutal Mubarak regime for over 30 years even as plenty of evidence from human rights organizations documented its abuse of its own citizens. See example videos of torture by Egyptian police (2). This is also the same police who, on the instruction of the Mubarak dictatorship, beat international activists trying to provide humanitarian relief to besieged Gaza (3). Mubarak then went on to for the first time appoint a vice president (his intelligence chief and ex-army buddy Omar Suleiman) and appoint another army officer as prime minister. It is now recognized that his reign is ending and a new era is beginning.

It is rather amusing that the brutal dictator of "Saudi" Arabia (a country named after a ruling family!) called to support Mubarak and stated that the demonstrators are hooligans and criminals. Anyone who knows anything about Egypt knows that this amazing and inspiring mostly nonviolent revolution is a true expression of the will of the Egyptian people regardless of their political or religious persuasions (leftist, Muslim Brotherhood, Nasserite Arab Nationalist, Christians, Muslims, etc). In other news in brief for those who don't keep up with internet news or those who watch mainly the (supine) Western Media: -Large demonstrations by Egyptians and human rights defenders at Egyptian embassies around the world all demanding democracy -Israeli embassy in Cairo essentially emptied (an apartheid state embassy in the largest Arab country is an abomination) -Israeli pundits very worried about how Egypt might look after Mubarak.
  • -There are many signs that the Egyptian military (like the Tunisian military) may be critical in this struggle. Already there are instances where the demonstrators were protected from the Egyptian police by the Egyptian military. See footage (4)
  • -A number of human rights groups and Egyptian community representatives abroad all called for ending the Egyptian police brutality. By contrast EU and US government officials are making feeble statements to hedge their bets and at best call for "peaceful" actions from "all sides". Slowly they were forced to modify their retorhic to talk about "change" but must finally call on their puppet Mubarak to leave power and insist that he and his sons and family return the billions stolen from the Egyptian people.
  • -A number of religious and civil organizations in Egypt broke their silence to support the ouster of the "last Pharaoh"
  • -The dictatorship cutting of web and mobile phone services and banning reporting by groups like Al-Jazeera did little to stem the tide of protest because people are living it daily in their homes and on the streets and they are not being incited from outside.
  • -Protests spread to Jordan and Yemen (two other Western supported governments). There are now plans for large protests in Syria and other countries.
  • -On the Palestinian Authority TV news, they noted that Mahmoud Abbas called Mubarak and stated his support for stability of Egypt. Other news outlets stated that he fully supports the Mubarak regime. Hamas then came in to say that they support the Egyptian people. Sadly, I think all rational human beings know which horse to bet on in this struggle between people and a western-supported dictator who accomplished nothing for his people and instead enriched his family (his sons are billionaires in a country in which tens of millions of people live on less than $1 a day).
I wrote seven months ago that "The political leadership in the fragmented Arab countries and Palestinian authority have convinced themselves that they have no option but to endlessly try to talk to politicians from Tel Aviv and Washington (the latter also Israeli occupied territory) hoping for some 'gestures'..I know most politicians like to feel 100% safe (mostly for their position of power) and are afraid of any change. But I wish they would realize that daring politicians make the history books and those who hang around trying to protect their seats will be forgotten. Cowardice is never a virtue." And then I concluded that "In the demonstrations yesterday, a child in Gaza was carrying a sign that says 'we demand freedom' and a child in Cairo that says 'children in Egypt and in Gaza want the siege lifted'.
That is our future - not elderly politicians meeting to do media damage control with empty words. "(5)
But make no mistake about it: no power transformation happens without a period of unrest, instability, and pain. I believe in these difficult periods, humans are tested. Some are weak and may even try to use the situations to make some quick personal profit. Others are of strong and decent character and this shows in their watching for their neighbors and their community. I have seen countless pictures and heard countless stories of acts that can only be described as heroic (e.g. people protecting the national museum in Cairo or their neighbors' houses). Intellectuals are stepping forward to articulate rational scenarios for the future. People helping other people. So I think we will weather the transition. As to what the future holds. Clearly, the era of ignoring the masses is gone. It will not be easy since we have a legacy of decades of poor education (one that does not emphasize civic and individual responsibility etc). Getting rid of dictators is not enough. Building a civic participatory society is not easy (Europe's enlightenment did not come just from removing a few dictators).
People's expectation raised for change will dash against the reality that it will take decades to create systems of governance, accountability, economic justice, etc to allow for unleashing the great potential in the Arab world. And there is great potential (natural resources, water, educated hard-working middle class etc). It is critical that people begin to chart this future honestly and pragmatically. Slogans will not work. We the people must take responsibility for our own lives and for our communities.
We need to take time to educate children in a very, very different way than we were educated. The beginnings may be simple. For example, in many Arab countries, people were thinking that as long as the country is not theirs (ruled by dictators), they can only watch over their own personal space and literally dump trash in the public space. In the new era, they have to learn that public space is theirs too. Order and respect for fellow citizens and for the country will have to be taught very early to our children. This is but one example for laying a brick in the road to real freedom and real prosperity. The bricks though are many and they will have to be fashioned and laid by the people. It is very hard work but it is the only way forward.
(1) I challenged him on this in the Q&A and then wrote a follow-up letter that was published in the Duke Chronicle. See http://www.qumsiyeh.org/zionistpositionfailstorecognizeotherside/
(2) Torture at Egyptian police stations, here are three examples (warningdisturbing content!)
3) Egyptian police beat Free Gaza convoy activist on December 30, 2009
4) See this associated press story about role of Egyptian military
and this interesting footage of military shielding demonstrators
Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD

Israel levels Negev village for 11th time


[ 31/01/2011 - 02:23 PM ]

THE NEGEV, (PIC)-- Hundreds of Palestinians were left homeless after Israel leveled the Negev village of Araqib for the eleventh consecutive time on Monday morning.

Israel does not recognize the village, which residents have rebuilt time and time again making it a symbol of resistance.

Despite cold and rainy weather, a large force of police and special units forced women and children out of their makeshift homes at gunpoint after the men had gone off to work and bulldozed the structures including contents and a sit-in tent pitched by the supreme follow-up committee for Arab citizens.

Villagers found their only resort in the local cemetery.

Arab Knesset member Talab al-Sani made an urgent appeal to the Negev's Arabs to save the village through popular involvement and heavy presence in Araqib.

Sani, who is also chairman of the Arab Democratic Party, called the village a symbol of steadfastness.

"We must all be with Araqib. Its success is success for all. It will be a fateful turning point for the Negev's remaining unrecognized villages."

Hats off to the real Egyptians. Americans may one day take this page in history and learn from it.


kenny's sideshow

The World is Watching - Egypt and Beyond

For the last couple of days the Al Jazeera live stream and Livestation have been overloaded with traffic and at least from my end virtually impossible to watch. I found this morning that the Dailymotion Al Jazerera feed is working fine so that may be an option if you're having problems.

I don't know the words to use but the Egyptian protests are exciting to put it mildly. The question remains will this be a revolution where the will of the masses prevail or end up as just a continuation of  the U.S. and Israel's desire to divide the middle east and northern Africa into more easily manageable parts.

My feelings on this are best summed up from an anonymous comment at aangirfan:

"We should be skeptical. There might be two revolutions here. One merely a consolidation of power, and the second genuine. People around the world want to throw off their corrupt governments. I know I do. Our government no longer pretends to operate Constitutionally or uphold the law for all. Yet politics around the world keep providing these fake change moments - like our last election. It let's off just enough steam to appease, or confuse, the people so that no real change comes about."
One important thing to remember is that no matter how the U.S. administration, the CIA and other intelligence services are working to influence the ultimate outcome in Egypt, they are not omnipotent. They have money and power and allies but they are only human. The outcome of their agenda is in doubt. The people can have the power if they can just learn how to use it and see through the lies they are being fed. It requires taking chances.

Hillary Clinton seems to now be the mouthpiece of U.S. policy but has been speaking out of both sides of her mouth.  Democracy is an Orwellian term when it comes from her globalist zio puppet tongue. As much as she tries to hide it, she is worried that the house of glass is going to break.

Hats off to the real Egyptians. Americans may one day take this page in history and learn from it.
Also see: Twelfth Bough ... Les Visible ... Facts Not Fairies ... Greg Bacon ... American Everyman ... WRH ... and others on the blog roll for viewpoints on what is happening. It is interesting times indeed.
Posted by kenny's sideshow at 2:00 PM

OMAR SULEIMAN: He is USA, Israel and Mubarak's THUG.


TheNakedTruthInAConfusedWorld

 

The Torture Career of Egypt's New Vice President: Omar Suleiman and the Rendition to Torture Program



By Stephen Soldz

opednews.com, January 29, 2011 
In response to the mass protests of recent days, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has appointed his first Vice President in his over 30 years rule, intelligence chief Omar Suleiman. When Suleiman was first announced, Aljazeera commentators were describing him as a "distinguished" and "respected " man. It turns out, however, that he is distinguished for, among other things, his central role in Egyptian torture and in the US rendition to torture program. Further, he is "respected" by US officials for his cooperation with their torture plans, among other initiatives.
 

Katherine Hawkins, an expert on the US's rendition to torture program, in an email, has sent some critical texts where Suleiman pops up. 

Read more...
And also let me introduce you to  Omar Suleiman family here...

Torture 
in Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan and in 
Egypt


Posted by Aadel M Al-Mahdy at 3:06 AM  

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Clinton Calls for “Orderly Transition”, “Real Democracy” in Egypt


30/01/2011 US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for an "orderly transition" in Egypt, as she said that President Hosni Mubarak has not done nearly enough yet to answer his people's concerns.

However, Clinton stopped short of demanding President Hosni Mubarak step down as protests in the Arab country continued for the sixth day.

Asked if Mubarak had taken sufficient steps to defusing Egypt's worst crisis in decades by appointing military intelligence chief Omar Suleiman as his first-ever vice president and also naming a new premier, Clinton told ABC on Sunday: "Of course not."

"That is the beginning, the bare beginning of what needs to happen, which is a process that leads to the kind of concrete steps to achieve democratic and economic reform that we've been urging."

Clinton said the United States was hoping for "real democracy" in Egypt and in later interviews with CBS and CNN urged Mubarak to pursue a "national dialogue" that could lead there.

"We're trying to promote an orderly transition and change that will respond to the legitimate grievances of the Egyptian people, which the protests are all about," she told CBS.

"We are urging the Mubarak government, which is still in power, we are urging the military, which is a very respected institution in Egypt, to do what is necessary to facilitate that kind of orderly transition."

President Barack Obama's, over the past week, pushed for reform while refused to cut off its crucial military aid or call directly on Mubarak, a longtime ally, to go.

"There is no discussion as of this time about cutting off any aid" to Egypt, Clinton reiterated on ABC.

US military aid to Egypt amounts to $1.3 billion a year, and the total American aid bill to the country averages close to $2 billion annually.

Egypt is seen by the US as a strategic ally for the Zionist entity in the region. And with the ouster of Mubarak’s regime US fears that the Muslim Brotherhood could take power in Egypt and start supplying arms to the Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas in the besieged Gaza strip.

"We do not want to send any message about backing forward or backing back ..."

 A protester holds up a poster of President Hosni Mubarak in downtown Cairo, Egypt. | Reuters
"... Clinton avoided a question from CNN’s Candy Crowley on “American Morning” on whether the U.S. is beginning to back away from Mubarak. “[W]e do not want to send any message about backing forward or backing back,” she said. “What we’re trying to do is to help clear the air so that those who remain in power, starting with President Mubarak, with his new vice president, with the new prime minister, will begin a process of reaching out, of creating a dialogue that will bring in peaceful activists and representatives of civil society to, you know, plan a way forward that will meet the legitimate grievances of the Egyptian people. “ The Obama administration, while not calling for Mubarak to step down, appears set to continue pushing for additional concrete steps toward democracy, human rights and economic reform. Clinton made clear that the administration regards Saturday’s steps as a start — but inadequate. Instead, the American push is for a new round of elections – though officials continue to debate the ideal timetable – in which few believe Mubarak could run, much less win...."
Posted by G, Z, or B at 10:46 AM

It is about Israel, stupid - Zionists are weeping


It is about Israel, stupid

"For 30 years, his government has been a pillar of American foreign policy in a volatile region, not least because of Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel."
Posted by As'ad at 11:02 AM


It is not a conspiracy: it is out in the open

The Zionist scenario of a coup:  "“What we have to focus on now is getting the military into a position where they can hold the ring for a moderate and legitimate political leadership to emerge,” said Mr. Indyk, a Middle East peace negotiator in the Clinton administration."
Posted by As'ad at 11:12 AM
 
One more note to the Zionists who are weeping--and all Zionists are weeping as Mubarak is tottering: there are names being discussed for forming a transitional council.  I have received many of those lists and read many of those names.  I can assure you that every one of those names is a bitter foe of Israel.  Let me put it this way: the name of Hamdi Qandil is on every one of those lists and may emerge as the spokesperson of the new movement.  Qandil is as Angry an Arab as I am.  (He is married to Najla' Fathi, famed Egyptian actress on whom I had a strong crush as an adolescent).  Oh, one more thing: ha ha ha and ha.

Posted by As'ad at 10:56 AM