John Kerry, husband of ultra-rich wife, is at Davos (forging the “new reality”) and he has taken some time off to speak about the situation in Egypt. As they always say when they wish to protect a dictator while the people are outraged, Kerry claimed this “isn’t about one person”… well, when you have tens of thousands of people in the street chanting “MUBARAK OUT!” I think its pretty safe to say that one person has a lot to do with it. That is, if you give a shit about what the people of Egypt are saying and doing. Easily understood why John Kerry doesn’t think it’s about Mubarak. Kerry went on to claim that there are many “other” factors in Egypt that they have to consider, other than all those people. My guess is they are more worried about someone like Mohamed Mustafa ElBaradei taking control of a country that has a border with Gaza… but that’s just me.
In 2009, Hillary Clinton was asked about human rights violations….
“It is not in any way connected,” Clinton replied. “I really consider President and Mrs. Mubarak to be friends of my family. So I hope to see him often here in Egypt and in the United States.”
… That policy continued until Tuesday, when – disastrously – Clinton called Mubarak’s government “stable” and claimed it was responding to “the legitimate needs and interests of the Egyptian people.” Hours later, riot police attacked the thousands of demonstrators who had gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. Rightly or wrongly, Egyptian opposition activists now say, Clinton and the United States are being blamed in popular opinion for that crackdown. “She is seen as having given Mubarak the green light,” one told me. Washington Post
this is a screenshot from live video as it happened. I watched an armored vehicle drive into a crowd on the bridge as the protesters were trying to take it back. The cop on the top of the vehicle was shooting a rifle into the crowd. The screen-shot is of the vehicle pulling back as protesters load a wounded man into a van to take him to the hospital.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs on Thursday called Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak a close and important U.S. partner, but stressed that the United States “was not taking sides” on the unrest in Egypt.
“This isn’t a choice between the government and the people of Egypt,” Gibbs told a press briefing. “This is not about taking sides.”
“What is important is President Mubarak and those that seek greater freedom of expression, greater freedom to assemble, should be able to work out a process for that happening in a peaceful way,” he said.
Gibbs said the United States believes the Egyptian government is “stable” despite massive street protests against it.
Live Video Feed Coming Out of Cairo – Stun Grenades, Tear Gas, and Water Canons Being Used Against Protesters
I just watched some man carry a woman off a bridge looked like she was shot by police in APC… the guy ran with victim into crowd and the entire crowd seems to have gotten mad and they turned and chased the APC off the damn bridge! Reminded me of that water buffalo vs lions video!
took several screen shots see it after the break…
by Scott Creighton
Just in… an anonymous Israeli Cabinet minister claims that Mubarak will and should use whatever force is needed to stay in power because it’s good for the United States and Israel. Any regime that has to resort to using it’s military power against it’s own people in order to retain power, is by definition, a dictatorship.
“His regime is well-rooted in the military and security apparatus,” the minister said. “They will have to exercise force, power in the street and do it. But they are strong enough according to my assessment to overcome it.”
… Eli Shaked, a former Israeli ambassador to Cairo, said it is in Israel’s interest for Mubarak’s regime to survive since the alternatives, ranging from an Islamic government to the secular opposition, would be far less friendly to the Jewish state.
“I am very much afraid that that they wouldn’t be as committed to peace with Israel, and that would be bad for Egypt, bad for Israel and bad for the U.S. and the West in general,” he said. Haaretz
by Scott Creighton
As the world waits to see what is happening to the tens of thousands of protesters under the imposed darkness of Mubarak’s internet shut-down, Wikileaks (not a group to miss an opportunity for some easy publicity) released a pile of cables that deal with the U.S. state department and their interactions with Egypt.
One of the cables tells of a Feb. 2009 meeting between neoliberal cheerleader Sen. Joe Lieberman and Gamal Mubarak, son of the current Egyptian dictator, Hosni Mubarak. Gamal Mubarak is being groomed to take over control after his elderly father finally grows tired of being the U.S. puppet in a key client-state in the Middle East.
Gamal took full advantage of his family connections. He got a degree from American University in Cairo then went to work for Bank of America in that city and then in London in the investment banking sector. After 5 or 6 years of using his connections to his daddy’s dictatorship in Egypt to make money for Bank of America, he decided he would cash in for himself and he opened Medinvest Associates Ltd in London. After milking that cash cow, Gamal then proceeded to open up an NGO called the “Future Generation Foundation”. Their website is down right now (thanks to his father trying to hold onto power) but I was able to find a promotional video of theirs on Youtube which shows a bunch of Egyptian models trying their best to look like young Wall Street bankers, tugging on ropes together, grunting, and dancing in designer suits.
Gamal Mubarak is also a member of the World Economic Forum, the globalist gathering of business elites meeting right now in Davos.
The cable released by Wikileaks is interesting because it details how Gamal was suggesting to Sen. Lieberman that the United States needs a bit of IMF type economic “shock therapy” programs bring us into line with the rest of the globalized world. Why Senator Lieberman would be asking the advice of the pampered son of an Egyptian dictator is anyone’s guess.
Gamal, a former international banker, opined that the U.S. needed to “shock” its financial system back to health, and said that Egypt — which had so far escaped much of the pain of the global economic crisis — was preparing to face tough economic times ahead.
Senator Lieberman asked for his advice as an experienced international financier. “Your banking system needs a shock,” Gamal offered. “You need a dramatic fix. Unless you get the banking sector revived, nothing else will come around.” cable