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UPDATE: Massacre in Latakia, Syria.
“Freedom does not come in ‘Home Delivery.’”

Whether the event took place in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Libya, Bahrain, Syria and Jordan, we keep hearing the same exact accusations by the tyrants who think they “own” the countries they rule.

  • On December 30, 2010 Zein El Abedine Ben Ali’s threatened to “punish the rioters”in his speech. He said he “understood” people’s anger but that violence will not be tolerated (source)
  • On January 31, 2010, Hosni Mubarak of Egypt “acknowledged” the grievances of the demonstrators, but blamed the “Muslim Brotherhood” opposition movement for the disorder and looting of recent days, saying that Islamists had “striven to cause chaos”.
  • King Abdullah of Jordan blamed Israel for Arab anger!
  • On February 18, the “King” of Bahrain blamed Iran for the uprising against his family’s 200+ years in power!
  • On February 26, 2011 Qaddafi claimed that the protesters were young people who had been manipulated by Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda’s leader, and were acting under the influence of hallucinogenic drugs!  A day earlier, Qaddafi’s son blamed Canada for the Libyan unrest! Later,  Qaddafi blamed the United States, hallucinogenic drugs, Egypt, young adults, “greasy rats,” gangsters, and (my personal favorite) “someone with a beard.
  • On March 2nd, 2011 Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen dismissed the rally by his people as “a copycat action” mimicking protests in other Arab countries. He charged that the “riots” had been fanned by Israel and the United States.
  • And On March 30, 2011 Assad blamed conspirators for the uprising! His “aides” stressed how important his address to his people would be, that it would contain “great news,” but turned out to be no more more than the speeches delivered by Mubarak, Qaddafi and Saleh! Same wording, same blame and same wish: to hold on to power!
And so on!
The rulers, naturally, never fault themselves or even question their governments of tyranny and oppression! If it’s not outside and/or foreign forces they can place the blame on, then it’s definitely the people’s fault!  Meanwhile, the guilty people are getting poorer while the rulers are becoming billionaires!
Compare this to the times of the Islamic Empire (632-1918) when the Arab world was united and border-less. Israel and Zionism did not exist and people lived in absolute peace and in unparalleled prosperity. At that time, Europe was deep in the abyss of its Dark Age period (5th – 15th Century)!

The political system then was really parallel to what we currently have in the U.S.: one elected President and “governors” running the vast parts of the empire. History attests to this prosperity and advancement in sciences, literature, architect, medicine, etc. Even the numbers we use (1, 2, 3) are Arabic numbers! The empire introduced the “zero” and everyone paid the “tax” (Zakah) and at one time, no poor family could be found to whom this “tax” could be paid in the form of assistance.

Now it’s exactly the opposite: Rulers are attached to their thrones! They steal the wealth and appoint their families to help them suffocate and steal more of their countries resources. They bribe and steal to achieve more power. Getting to power, as the modern world had witnessed was often based on a militant uprising against another (previous) ruler, promising prosperity and economic changes and such empty and false promises. Assad himself had promised, when he took office after the death of his father, that he would make Syria the envy of the Arab world and that every Arab would wish that s/he had the Syrian citizenship!

And such are the oppressive regimes of the Middle East. Blind, Ruthless, Tyrants… and we support them because of OIL or “our” interests while we call for democracy! The hypocrisy.

These regimes must GO!

A Libyan Diplomat (Hussain Sadeq Almesrati) just announced on Aljazeera that he resigned his post in China in protest of the massacres by Gaddafi and his thugs.

Also reported that there is an internal conflict between Gaddafi’s two sons regarding what’s happening right now against the Libyan population. Another claim is that Gaddafi is preparing an escape (or has already escaped) to Venezuela.

To Venezuela:

ARREST this criminal! Rise for Justice and Democracy and Support the Libyan people: Arrest Gaddafi and demand your government to arrest him in the event he does show up in Venezuela.

Do not allow your government to host this tyrant and terrorist.

And Europe and the US still support dictators!

And Saif spoke live.. wish he kept his mouth shut!

Saif el Islam, Gaddafi’s son just spoke live on Libyan television.. said there is a plot to break Libya into small Islamic states…. Jeez, isn’t that the same thing Mubarak said? Saif is as delusional as the other ignorant tyrants of the Arab world. He threatened that [the government] will fight [the people] till the last man and bullet!

Just Shut the *&^ Up!

When will these MF’s ever understand the people or the… situation?

Next to be toppled.. soon

“He is basically your main go-to guy in Egypt,” former Deputy CIA Director John McLaughlin said. Suleiman has been “helpful in many arenas,” including the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. McLaughlin said.

 

 

A 2006 cable from the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, disclosed by the WikiLeaks website in January, called intelligence collaboration with Suleiman “probably the most successful element” of the U.S. relationship with Egypt. But that relationship is “a little like being in bed with the Mafia,” author Ron Suskind told CNN’s “Parker Spitzer.”

“If someone knocks on your door at night and you disappear, Omar Suleiman is probably behind it,” said Suskind, whose 2006 book “The One Percent Doctrine” detailed the Bush administration’s post-9/11 counterterrorism policies. “He is a feared man, and certainly not a man with any legitimacy when it comes to rule of law or any of the principles we prized in America.”

In 2002, al Qaeda captive Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi “was tortured rather dramatically” by Suleiman’s agents, Suskind said, yielding a “confession” that Iraq had trained the terrorist group in the use of chemical and biological weapons. His assertion was a key point in the Bush administration’s arguments for the 2003 invasion of Iraq, but he recanted it once back in U.S. hands.

That sort of history leaves an opening for critics to question U.S. support for democratic change in Egypt, Suskind said.

“The fact is, we are allied with the people they’re trying to overthrow, and right now the United States hasn’t done much to separate those bonds,” he said.

Suleiman had long been mentioned as a possible successor to Mubarak, along with the aging ruler’s son, Gamal. A 2007 U.S. cable called his loyalty to Mubarak “rock solid,” and some analysts viewed his vice presidential appointment as a way for Mubarak to make a graceful exit.

Suleiman is even credited with saving Mubarak’s life. On a state visit to Ethiopia in 1995, Mubarak was to have traveled in a normal vehicle but Suleiman insisted that the president’s armored Mercedes be flown in from Cairo.

Accounts of an assassination attempt on Mubarak vary but it’s believed that Suleiman was sitting next to Mubarak when a hail of bullets pinged off the car. The bond forged that day cemented their relationship.

But Suleiman’s attempts at dialogue with opposition parties were derided by protesters, and the Obama administration criticized the talks for including too few opposition groups. Vice President Joe Biden told Suleiman on Tuesday that Egypt needed “immediate, irreversible progress” toward meeting protesters’ demands, and leading opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei said Suleiman and Mubarak “are twins.”

“This is an act of deception at a grand scale,” ElBaradei said.

Nathan Brown, a professor of Middle Eastern politics at George Washington University, said Mubarak’s Thursday speech did him little good. Not only was it too little, too late, he said, but his announcement that he was ceding power to Suleiman was buried in an “incredibly patronizing” speech.

“Had he done this a couple of weeks ago, it actually may have done something,” Brown said. But now, he said, “All the constitutional, legal tools are in their hands, and it doesn’t’ do them any good. So I don’t think they’re sure what to do.”

Source: CNN

 

 

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Protesters in Tahrir Square are right to be sceptical despite the apparent shake-up in Egypt’s ruling party

The old man is going. The resignation last night of the leadership of the ruling Egyptian National Democratic Party – including Hosni Mubarak‘s son Gamal – will not appease those who want to claw the President down. But they will get their blood. The whole vast edifice of power which the NDP represented in Egypt is now a mere shell, a propaganda poster with nothing behind it.

The sight of Mubarak’s delusory new Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq telling Egyptians yesterday that things were “returning to normal” was enough to prove to the protesters in Tahrir Square – 12 days into their mass demand for the exile of the man who has ruled the country for 30 years – that the regime was made of cardboard. When the head of the army’s central command personally pleaded with the tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators in the square to go home, they simply howled him down.

In his novel The Autumn of the Patriarch, Gabriel Garcia Marquez outlines the behaviour of a dictator under threat and his psychology of total denial. In his glory days, the autocrat believes he is a national hero. Faced with rebellion, he blames “foreign hands” and “hidden agendas” for this inexplicable revolt against his benevolent but absolute rule. Those fomenting the insurrection are “used and manipulated by foreign powers who hate our country”. Then – and here I use a precis of Marquez by the great Egyptian author Alaa Al-Aswany – “the dictator tries to test the limits of the engine, by doing everything except what he should do. He becomes dangerous. After that, he agrees to do anything they want him to do. Then he goes away”.

Hosni Mubarak of Egypt appears to be on the cusp of stage four – the final departure.

Hosni Mubarak

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For 30 years he was the “national hero” – participant in the 1973 war, former head of the Egyptian air force, natural successor to Gamal Abdel Nasser as well as Anwar Sadat – and then, faced with his people’s increasing fury at his dictatorial rule, his police state and his torturers and the corruption of his regime, he blamed the dark shadow of the country’s fictional enemies (al-Qa’ida, the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Jazeera, CNN, America). We may just have passed the dangerous phase.

Twenty-two lawyers were arrested by Mubarak’s state security police on Thursday – for assisting yet more civil rights lawyers who were investigating the arrest and imprisonment of more than 600 Egyptian protesters. The vicious anti-riot cops who were mercifully driven off the streets of Cairo nine days ago and the drug-addled gangs paid by them are part of the wounded and dangerous dictator’s remaining weapons. These thugs – who work directly under ministry of interior orders – are the same men now shooting at night into Tahrir Square, killing three men and wounding another 40 early on Friday morning. Mubarak’s weepy interview with Christiane Amanpour last week – in which he claimed he didn’t want to be president but had to carry on for another seven months to save Egypt from “chaos” – was the first hint that stage four was on the way.

Al-Aswany has taken to romanticising the revolution (if that is what it truly is). He has fallen into the habit of holding literary mornings before joining the insurrectionists, and last week he suggested that a revolution makes a man more honourable – just as falling in love makes a person more dignified. I suggested to him that a lot of people who fall in love spend an inordinate amount of time eliminating their rivals and that I couldn’t think of a revolution that hadn’t done the same. But his reply, that Egypt had been a liberal society since the days of Muhammad Ali Pasha and was the first Arab country (in the 19th century) to enjoy party politics, did carry conviction.

If Mubarak goes today or later this week, Egyptians will debate why it took so long to rid themselves of this tin-pot dictator. The problem was that under the autocrats – Nasser, Sadat, Mubarak and whomever Washington blesses next – the Egyptian people skipped two generations of maturity. For the first essential task of a dictator is to “infantilise” his people, to transform them into political six-year-olds, obedient to a patriarchal headmaster. They will be given fake newspapers, fake elections, fake ministers and lots of false promises. If they obey, they might even become one of the fake ministers; if they disobey, they will be beaten up in the local police station, or imprisoned in the Tora jail complex or, if persistently violent, hanged.

Only when the power of youth and technology forced this docile Egyptian population to grow up and stage its inevitable revolt did it become evident to all of these previously “infantilised” people that the government was itself composed of children, the eldest of them 83 years old. Yet, by a ghastly process of political osmosis, the dictator had for 30 years also “infantilised” his supposedly mature allies in the West. They bought the line that Mubarak alone remained the iron wall holding back the Islamic tide seeping across Egypt and the rest of the Arab world. The Muslim Brotherhood – with genuine historical roots in Egypt and every right to enter parliament in a fair election – remains the bogeyman on the lips of every news presenter, although they have not the slightest idea what it is or was.

But now the infantilisation has gone further. Lord Blair of Isfahan popped up on CNN the other night, blustering badly when asked if he would compare Mubarak with Saddam Hussein. Absolutely not, he said. Saddam had impoverished a country that once had a higher standard of living than Belgium – while Mubarak had increased Egypt’s GDP by 50 per cent in 10 years.

What Blair should have said was that Saddam killed tens of thousands of his own people while Mubarak has killed/hanged/tortured only a few thousand. But Blair’s shirt is now almost as blood-spattered as Saddam’s; so dictators, it seems, must now be judged only on their economic record. Obama went one further. Mubarak, he told us early yesterday, was “a proud man, but a great patriot”.

This was extraordinary. To make such a claim, it was necessary to believe that the massive evidence of savagery by Egypt’s state security police over 30 years, the torture and the vicious treatment of demonstrators over the past 13 days, was unknown to the dictator. Mubarak, in his elderly innocence, may have been aware of corruption and perhaps the odd “excess” – a word we are beginning to hear again in Cairo – but not of the systematic abuse of human rights, the falsity of every election.

This is the old Russian fairy tale. The tsar is a great father figure, a revered and perfect leader. It’s just that he does not know what his underlings are doing. He doesn’t realise how badly the serfs are treated. If only someone would tell him the truth, he would end injustice. The tsar’s servants, of course, connived at this.

But Mubarak was not ignorant of the injustice of his regime. He survived by repression and threats and false elections. He always had. Like Sadat. Like Nasser who – according to the testimony of one of his victims who was a friend of mine – permitted his torturers to dangle prisoners over vats of boiling faeces and gently dunk them in it. Over 30 years, successive US ambassadors have informed Mubarak of the cruelties perpetrated in his name. Occasionally, Mubarak would express surprise and once promised to end police brutality, but nothing ever changed. The tsar fully approved of what his secret policemen were doing.

Thus, when David Cameron announced that “if” the authorities were behind the violence in Egypt, it would be “absolutely unacceptable” – a threat that naturally had them shaking in their shoes – the word “if” was a lie. Cameron, unless he doesn’t bother to read the Foreign Office briefings on Mubarak, is well aware that the old man was a third-rate dictator who employed violence to stay in power.

The demonstrators in Cairo and Alexandria and Port Said, of course, are nonetheless entering a period of great fear. Their “Day of Departure” on Friday – predicated on the idea that if they really believed Mubarak would leave last week, he would somehow follow the will of the people – turned yesterday into the “Day of Disillusion”. They are now constructing a committee of economists, intellectuals, “honest” politicians to negotiate with Vice-President Omar Suleiman – without apparently realising that Suleiman is the next safe-pair-of-hands general to be approved by the Americans, that Suleiman is a ruthless man who will not hesitate to use the same state security police as Mubarak relied upon to eliminate the state’s enemies in Tahrir Square.

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Betrayal always follows a successful revolution. And this may yet come to pass. The dark cynicism of the regime remains. Many pro-democracy demonstrators have noticed a strange phenomenon. In the months before the protests broke out on 25 January, a series of attacks on Coptic Christians and their churches spread across Egypt. The Pope called for the protection of Egypt’s 10 per cent Christians. The West was appalled. Mubarak blamed it all on the familiar “foreign hand”. But then after 25 January, not a hair of a Coptic head has been harmed. Why? Because the perpetrators had other violent missions to perform?

When Mubarak goes, terrible truths will be revealed. The world, as they say, waits. But none wait more attentively, more bravely, more fearfully than the young men and women in Tahrir Square. If they are truly on the edge of victory, they are safe. If they are not, there will come the midnight knock on many a door.

The key players

Hosni Mubarak

A former Egyptian air force commander who was thrust into power after Anwar Sadat’s assassination in 1982, Mubarak has proved to be a ruthless and resilient President. By combining political repression at home with close relations with the US, and relatively cordial relations with Israel, he has been able to retain Egypt’s place as a pivotal voice in the Arab world. His handling of the Egyptian economy has been less successful, however.

Ahmed Shafik

Like President Mubarak, Prime Minister Shafik’s background is in the Egyptian air force, which he at one point commanded; he has also served as aviation minister. Both his military background and his reputation for efficiency as a government minister made him an obvious choice during the reshuffle forced by the protests.

Omar Suleiman

As the head of the Mukhabarat, Egypt’s secret service, Suleiman was one of the most powerful and feared men in Egypt. He also cultivated a close relationship with the US: Mukhabarat cells became one of the destinations for terror suspects who had been “renditioned” by the CIA. As Egypt’s new Vice-President, however, he hardly represents a new face for the Mubarak regime. Reports of an assassination attempt against him last week have been denied by the Egyptian authorities.

Mohamed Elbaradei

Winner of the Nobel Peace prize, the former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency has the highest international profile of Mubarak’s potential successors. However, he still lacks a strong domestic support base in Egypt, and among the Tahrir Square protesters. It remains to be seen whether he has time to build that kind of support before Mubarak leaves.

Quotes…

“We need to get a national consensus around the pre-conditions for the next step forward. The President must stay in office to steer those changes.”

Frank Wisner, US special envoy for Egypt

“There are forces at work in any society, and particularly one that is facing these kinds of challenges, that will try to derail or overtake the process to pursue their own specific agenda…. [That is] why I think it is important to support the transition process announced by the Egyptian government, actually headed by now Vice-President Omar Suleiman.”

Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State

“We need a transition of power within a constitutional framework. At this stage, we have two possible directions: either constitutional reforms or a coup d’état by the army. I don’t see another way out.”

Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour, secretary general of the liberal Wafd Party

“I don’t believe that we solve the world’s problems by flicking a switch and holding an election…. Egypt is a classic case in point.”

David Cameron, speaking at security conference in Munich

“I think a very quick election at the start of a process of democratisation would be wrong…. If there is an election first, new structures of political dialogue and decision-making don’t have a chance to develop.”

Angela Merkel, German Chancellor

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Meet Asmaa Mahfouz.. the one who helped spark the revolution in Egypt! May God protect her and her family.

 

 

Submitted by DOWN IN THE DARK

 

WARNING: Quite Disturbing!

 

The diplomatic car that ran over 20 people in cairo (28th-Jan-2011)

 

Whoever was behind this crime needs to face the most severe punishment, especially if they actually caused any deaths!

 

 

Any and all dictatorships in the Middle East must be eliminated.

Generally speaking, Middle Easterners fear their governments because they were raised to keep their mouths shut: dare criticize governments, and you are wiped off the pages of history. Period.

Syria is no different. As in any country in the Middle East, the affluent praise the regime and boast the freedom with which the dictator bless the masses… so they think! The rest are worried about being terrorized, jailed and even executed. Officials will then claim such dissidents never existed!

 

In Damascus, Syria, protests failed to get underway on Friday despite heavy promotion on social networking sites.

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Image via Wikipedia campaigns on Facebook and Twitter had called for a "day of rage" on Friday and Saturday, following similar actions in Yemen, Egypt and Tunisia.

But despite 12,000 “likes” on its campaign site, the streets of the Old City remained quiet on Friday.

The city did see a higher number of security agents but it was not clear whether protesters had been put off by authorities.
The city did see a higher number of security agents but it was not clear whether protesters had been put off by authorities.

“Syrian dissidents, including Kurds, did not respond to this call because they are convinced protests would be inefficient under the current conditions,” Abdel Karim Rihawi, president of the Syrian League for the Defence of Human Rights, was quoted by the AFP news agency as saying.

Earlier, Human Rights Watch called on the country’s authorities to “respect” the right of its people to protest, following reports that protest organisers had been intimidated by security forces.

 

“Syria’s government should immediately cease its intimidation and harassment of demonstrators expressing solidarity with pro-democracy campaigners in Egypt,” the human rights group said in a statement.

Bashar al-Assad, Syria’s president, has resisted calls for political freedoms and jailed many critics of his regime.

On Wednesday, a group of 20 people in civilian clothing beat and dispersed 15 demonstrators who had gathered in old Damascus to hold a candlelight vigil for Egyptian demonstrators.

 

“Security services also detained two young male demonstrators for a few hours … and have exerted pressure on organisers to cease any public gatherings,” Human Rights Watch said.

But the voices calling for freedom, and the souls yearning for democracy, shall not be silenced. Each dictator in the Middle East will be disgraced, not just by history, but by the people they enslaved, tortured and crushed!  Sooner or later, these people will be paraded in their own capitals and taken to the Guillotine to face justice and “enjoy” the worst day of their lives!