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Egyptian Protesters Storm Secret Police Headquarters

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 6, 2011

This is big, folks:

Twitter has been the site of an amazing narrative today as Egyptian activists, following the lead of their brothers and sisters in Alexandria yesterday, broke into the AmrDawla security police center and uncovered the secret files and torture devices. As Wikileaks has been mentioning on twitter, these same torture chambers have been used for prisoners transferred in the US rendition programs as well as on Egyptian dissidents.

I was wondering if the mainstream US media would dare report on this — and while no one else has to my knowledge (certainly no one on TV), McClatchy’s stepped up to the plate — though the evidence of US collusion with the Egyptian secret police has been airbrushed out of the McClatchy story.

This is going to be yet another earthshaking story that will never be covered properly in the US because it would embarrass the perps.

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Is Wisconsin The US Egypt?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 18, 2011

Is Wisconsin the US Egypt? Rose Aguilar thinks it just might be:

The people power in Wisconsin has become too big for the local and national media to ignore. Just a few weeks ago, Milwaukee Labor Press editor Dominique Paul North told me that workers’ rights rallies receive very little media coverage compared to Tea Party rallies. Last month, over 700 people gathered outside the Wisconsin State Capitol to the hold the state’s first ever anti-inauguration rally, but it got very little coverage in the local media. Numbers clearly matter.

On February 15, an estimated 15,000 citizens, including union and non-union workers, surrounded the state capitol to express opposition to Republican Governor Scott Walker’s plan to strip the state’s 175,000 public employees of almost all of their collective bargaining rights and require them to make larger contributions to their pensions and health insurance plans.

“In Wisconsin we’re smart enough to know the truth. We know what this is all about. It’s about breaking the back of the middle class,” AFSCME International president Gerald McEntee told the crowd. [Watch WBAY-TV’s coverage.]

Mike Imbrogno, a shop steward in AFSCME Local 171, told the Socialist Worker‘s Aongus O’Murchadha how union members surged inside the capital building, chanting their demands.

“I’ve never seen anything like it. It wasn’t just teachers and union members from the University of Wisconsin (UW), where I work. There were Steelworkers, Teamsters, Pipefitters, building trades unions and more–unions I’ve never seen at a rally in 10 years,” he said. “The most amazing thing is when the firefighters came in a delegation. Along with police, Walker has exempted firefighters from the legislation, but they came with signs that said, ‘Firefighters for workers’ rights.’ People were crying.”

Nearly 800 Madison East High School students walked out of class to join the demonstration. “Last time I checked Madison was the new Cairo,” said senior Riley Moore, whose mother is a Madison teacher and father works for UW-Madison.

Mona Eltahawy also seems to think so:

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Saturday News Roundup

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 5, 2011

Mubarak makes a few more cosmetic changes, but protesters know that so long as he’s in charge, they’re dead anyway, so they’re not leaving Tahrir.

Right Wing Mocks Reporters In Egypt: Not ‘A Great Deal Of Sympathy For Those Who’ve Been Attacked’

Ten things conservatives don’t want you to know about Ronald Reagan. #11: He wasn’t and isn’t anywhere near as popular as his GOP/Media Complex supporters claim. Bill Clinton easily bests him.

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Hillary Clinton, Then And Now

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 3, 2011

Here’s what Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has to say about the Egyptian government’s attacks on the press:

“There is a clear responsibility by the Egyptian Government, including the army, to protect those threatened and to hold accountable those responsible for these attacks. The Egyptian Government must demonstrate its willingness to ensure journalists’ ability to report on these events to the people of Egypt and to the world.”

From WikiLeaks (via Abe Sauer and The Guardian) we find this from January of last year:

2. I am deeply concerned by instances of inaccurate and unfavorable international media coverage of America’s role and intentions in Haiti. This misinformation threatens to undermine the international partnership needed to help the people of Haiti, and to damage our international engagement across the range of issues. It is imperative to get the narrative right over the long term. Where you see ill-informed or distorted perspectives in your host country media, I direct you as Chief of Mission to personally contact media organizations at the highest possible level – owners, publishers, or others, as appropriate – to push back and insist on informed and responsible coverage of our actions and intentions, and to underscore the U.S. partnership with the Government of Haiti, the United Nations, and the world community. It is important that you and other members of your Embassy team engage opinion-makers in setting the record straight on America’s commitment to assist the Haitian people and government in recovering from this disaster.

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After A Few Hours’ Pause, Cairo Massacre Resumes in Middle of Night

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 2, 2011

Twittered testimony from those being fired upon in Tahrir Square, as well as their friends:

Nadim Kobeissi
kaepora Nadim Kobeissi  

by ioerror
“Either the world makes Mubarak leave, or Tahrir square will become Massacre square or whatever you want to call it. We will not leave”
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James S. Henry
submergingmkt James S. Henry
#Egypt Live gunfire into unarmed civilian crowds, while Egyptian Army stands by #livestation http://twitpic.com/3vyq5u
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Ramy Raoof
RamyRaoof Ramy Raoof  

by ioerror
we hear shooting fire/machine gun then we find injuries in the demonstrators. Hard to deterimne source/location of shooting. #Jan25 #Egypt
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Nadim Kobeissi
kaepora Nadim Kobeissi  

by ioerror
“We owe it to the Egyptians that died here today to stay – we know that if we leave they will hunt us one by one.” #Egypt #Egyptians
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Maya Hojeij
MayaHojeij Maya Hojeij  

by ioerror
Alarabiya eyewitness: one sniper caught by protesters had police ID card, they refused to kill him, but they hit him.#Egypt #jan25
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Nadim Kobeissi
kaepora Nadim Kobeissi  

by ioerror
“Hassan was shot right in the head, I don’t understand what more the world needs to act.” #Egypt #Egyptians

Call the White House switchboard: 202-456-1414. Tell them to cut off Mubarak’s aid, now.

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Massacre in Cairo: Mubarak Sends Disguised Cops, Paid Thugs To Kill Peaceful Protesters

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 2, 2011

When even CNN and Nick Kristof know the score, you know it’s bad:


Ammar Abdulhamid


by monaeltahawy

Who are the pro-Mubarak demonstrators? – CNN.com – CNN admits: Policemen in plain clothes & paid thugs


Nicholas Kristof

thugs targeted journalists, to keep us from covering his crackdown. Hmph. Makes us all the more determined.

Call 1-202-224-2131 to reach the Capitol switchboard. (Or try http://www.senate.gov or http://www.house.gov to get direct numbers for your representatives.) Tell them to tell Obama to cut off Mubarak’s money, now.

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US Media On Terrorism: It’s OK, So Long As White People Do It

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 31, 2011

Roger Stockham (booking photo, Wayne County, MI Sheriff's office)

Even as seemingly the whole of the conservative media and punditry has spent the last week trying to get Americans to hate and fear Muslims in Egypt as potential evil terrorists, yet another attempted right-wing terror attack in the US get comparatively ignored; it wasn’t until yesterday that the media deigned to notice the attempted bombing of the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn, Michigan a week ago today (hat tip to MEC):

Roger Stockham, 63, was arraigned Wednesday on one count on a threat of terrorism or false report and one count of explosive-possession of bombs with unlawful intent for possession of Class C fireworks, Dearborn Police said.

“He’s very dangerous,” Dearborn Police Chief Ron Haddad told the Free Press. “We took his threat to be very serious.”

Haddad said the man was previously known to law enforcement officials in other parts of the country.

“He’s had a long history of being angry with the United States government,” Haddad said.

But hey, he’s a white guy, so it’s OK with the conservatives, I guess.

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A Message For Obama From Cairo

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 30, 2011

From the Arabist: http://twitpic.com/3uxmbp

This Egyptian asks America to support the Egyptian people, not the tyrant Hosni Mubarak.

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Aluf Benn Spews Neocon Trash About Egypt

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 30, 2011

Sigh. Aluf Benn’s doing the bidding of hardcore righties in Israel and neocons in the US.

He’s spewing “Obama Lost Egypt” crapola for Ha’aretz, who should know better. And of course the right-wing jerks in the US are eating it up.

For those who want a little reality with their neocon propaganda, watch Al Jazeera’s live feed of the Egyptian protests, and check this out:

The ‘Islamist Menace’ is overblown. Some American commentators have argued that Al Jazeera is somehow fanning Islamism and anti-Americanism with its coverage. But as Marc Lynch has pointed out, Egyptian citizens, like Tunisians before them, are so—justifiably—angry at their governments that it’s hard to imagine what new provocations the station could come up with. Similarly, concern about the relative strength of the Muslim Brotherhood, which espouses a fundamentalist strain of Islam and has championed and employed violence in the past, should be balanced against three other facts: (1) The Brotherhood has renounced violence and it has been active in Egyptian politics, transformed by an internal debate about whether and how to participate, for some time now; (2) Thus far, observers on the ground report that it is young, secular Egyptians who are leading this revolt; (3) The Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, the largest opposition organization in Egypt, is a first-rank enemy of Al Qaeda, and has been for decades. (A chapter in the recent “Self-Inflicted Wounds” from West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center lays out the feud, and how it has played out in Egypt, South Asia and elsewhere, in detail. Briefly, the Brotherhood’s goals have been more political and focused on individual governments—and thus less focused on what Bin Laden refers to as the “far enemy”—the United States homeland.) Meanwhile, it is reasonable to be concerned about the future role of radical extremists where other forces are weak, but this kind of scaremongering is actually quite ignorant; it’s also disheartening and potentially damaging to the true democrats—some of whom organize around Islam, and some of whom don’t—that are doing the struggling and dying right now. Americans, like others around the world, are instinctively cheering for them. They are right to do so.

Exactly.

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Al Jazeera Gives Its Egyptian Photos To Creative Commons

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 28, 2011

The TV network neocons love to hate is once again doing journalism — and humanity — a signal service:

Qatar-based news service Al Jazeera has a long relationship with Creative Commons licensing. Now, for its coverage of the Egyptian uprising, it has released photographs via Flickr and video on a CC license.

Available photographs and video are available for free use so long as the user gives attribution and does not alter the products. For the record, all the photographs and video in this post are from Al Jazeera.

You know what to do, kiddies. Spread the word!

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