Tarpley and “Cartalucci”… Meet al-Sisi’s New Economic Adviser, Tony Blair

by Scott Creighton

For quite sometime, Webster Tarpley along with the hearts and minds psyop called “Tony Cartalucci”, have been steadily praising the virtues of one Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the neoliberal Obama administration’s latest client regime in Egypt.

Despite the fact that he rose to power only after meeting with U.S. state department and then did so with the same sort of brutal “protesters” we saw in places like Syria, Libya and most recently in Ukraine and Thailand, Mr. Tarpley and “Cartalucci” both continued to present al-Sisi as some sort of counter-IMF, anti-U.S. hero doing the work of the masses. It has long been obvious that nothing could be further from the truth.

They continued supporting Sisi after he sucked-up to Israel, the U.S. war department and Saudi Arabia. Tarpley and “Cartalucci” continued supporting him (often writing screeds calling out the thousands of alternative journalists who could see al-Sisi for the Mubarak-styled monster he was) even after he slaughtered over 2,500 to gain power and then jailed 20,000 others to keep it prior to his sham “election”

Today news has come out from several sources that Tony Blair is going to be al-Sisi’s new economic adviser, telling him how and where Egypt should invest and helping bring all those lucrative multinational trade deals to impose on the people of Egypt along the way.

Is there a mea-culpa expected in the near future for the Sisi twins? Don’t count on it. Shills don’t do take-backs. They aren’t allowed.

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Egypt’s Petty Bourgeoisie Dance the Danse Macabre

by Scott Creighton

For Egypt’s up and coming class, it’s time to celebrate. Another age of American neoliberalism is upon them and they can hardly contain their happy-happy-joy-joy mood.

Sure, the publicly approved  anti-neoliberal constitution was shredded. Sure, the democratically elected government was toppled. Sure, the IMF has their hooks in the country. Sure hundreds upon hundreds of their fellow citizens have been killed and thousands jailed for simply sharing a political belief. But hey… they were poor working class Egyptians. So? What does their opinion mean? They’re poor.

Watch the dance of the organized petty bourgeoisie opposition. Watch them and know the dance. Learn the dance. Because you will see it here soon enough. And if you aren’t dancing when the fascists throw down the gauntlet, you are the terrorists and must be dealt with appropriately in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Behold Egypt’s dance of the Danse Macabre. (videos after the break)

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Sisi “Wins” Election – Egyptian “Democracy” Restored

by Scott Creighton

I’m not exactly sure how this sham “election” could be any more obvious. Perhaps I should wait until Webster Tarpley or “Tony Cartalucci” weighs in on it before making up my mind. After all, they are the best pro-dictatorship spin doctors in the business.

“The swift decisiveness the Egyptian military has acted with against what is clearly a foreign-driven, armed, dangerous subversion of Egypt’s stability serves as a model for other nations to follow, including Thailand which is facing down the prospect of widespread terrorism carried out by extremists loyal to the US-backed, crumbling regime of Thaksin Shinawatra. It is a model that had Syria or Libya followed, tens of thousands of lives could have been spared, and the lives of millions more left unscathed by years of bloodshed and war. ” “Tony Cartalucci” (not his real name) March 25, 2014

Yes, if we just had a few more brutal military juntas followed up by outrageous political repression in places like Syria and Libya, all that needless violence would have come to an end… sooner.  And the IMF would be happy as clams just like they are in Egypt and Thailand.

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Egyptian junta extends presidential election due to massive abstention

from WSWS

The presidential elections in Egypt are a political travesty. They are a counterrevolutionary initiative of the Egyptian ruling elite and its imperialist backers to give a veneer of democratic legitimacy to the murderous regime that came to power in the July 3, 2013 coup, amid mass working class protests against Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

The main presidential candidate, who is also the de facto leader of Egypt’s US-backed military junta, General Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, has overseen bloody massacres of Mursi supporters in past months and vowed to step up repression if elected. Sisi’s nominal opponent in the election, the right-wing Nasserite politician Hamdeen Sabahi, was a token figure who constantly proclaimed his loyalty to the army.

The voter turnout was so low, due to popular hostility to the al-Sisi junta and disgust with the sham character of the elections, that the Presidential Elections Commission (PEC) decided to extend voting by one more day. Today is therefore day three in a counterrevolutionary electoral farce aimed at consolidating the army’s grip over Egypt and preparing a confrontation with the working class.

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Egypt sentences 683 supporters of ex-President Morsi to death

from RT

An Egyptian court has sentenced to death 683 supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi, including one of his Muslim Brotherhood movement leaders, Mohamed Badie.

The same court reversed 492 of the 529 death sentences it passed in March, replacing the capital punishment for most convicts to life in prison, Egyptian media reported.

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Egypt police clash with anti-government protesters

from Press TV

Egyptian police have once again clashed with anti-government protesters in various cities across Egypt, following the announcement of Field Marshal Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s presidential nomination.

Tens of anti-coup protesters were injured and arrested by security forces in the Sidi Bishr area of Egypt’s northern city of Alexandria on Friday.

Police stationed themselves outside of mosques after Friday prayers when demonstrators began chanting slogans against Egyptian officials and the military-backed interim government.

 

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Egypt’s military expands its control of the country’s economy

UPDATE: Egypt delays trial of over 1,200 Morsi supporters

from the Washington Post

In the shadows of a harsh political crackdown, the military that overthrew Egypt’s first democratically elected president last summer is positioning itself to become the country’s uncontested economic power.

Egyptians have focused in recent months on the likely ascent of military commander Abdel Fatah al-Sissi to the presidency in the nation’s first post-coup election this spring. But already, the generals have used their July power grab to slip their allies into key economic posts and expand their authority over government development deals, including a lucrative Suez Canal project.

The industries owned by the military have always been a powerful force in the country’s economy, though their profits and scope have never been disclosed to the public. In the years before the 2011 revolution, the military and its businesses sometimes competed for economic policymaking power with the family of longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak and a handful of oligarchs.

Now, experts say, the Egyptian economy is increasingly shaped by the opaque desires of the ruling generals. And the military’s business activities appear to be expanding — from the manufacture of basic items such as bottled water and furniture into larger infrastructure, energy and technology projects, analysts say.

“We’re dealing with a brand-new economy that’s now run by ‘Military Inc.,’ ” said Joshua Stacher, an Egypt expert at Kent State University who has studied the military economy.

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USA declares war on democracy

by Kevin Ryan, Press TV

Since the days of President Woodrow Wilson – that is, for roughly 100 years – the USA has been on a self-styled crusade to “make the world safe for democracy.”

Colossal wars, hot and cold, were fought against German kaisers and fuhrers, Russian communists, and Third World nationalists. The American people were told they were “defending democracy.”

Americans slaughtered 3.5 million Vietnamese, and nearly another million Cambodians, to “defend democracy” in Southeast Asia.

They murdered millions of Iraqis through wars and sanctions to “defend democracy” in the Middle East.

According to André Vltchek and Noam Chomsky’s book On Western Terrorism, the US government has murdered between 55 and 60 million people since World War II in wars and interventions all over the world. If we believe the imperial propagandists, this American Holocaust has been one big defense of democracy.

But now, on the eve of the 100th anniversary of World War I, the US has embarked on a new crusade – to make the world UNSAFE for democracy.

In Ukraine, Venezuela, and Thailand, the US is spending billions of dollars to unconstitutionally eject democratically-elected governments. In Palestine, the US has been trying to overthrow the democratically-elected Hamas government ever since it came to power. In Egypt, the US – under Zionist pressure – recently overthrew the only genuinely democratic government in 5,000 years of recorded history. In Syria, the US insists that the people must not be given the opportunity to re-elect Assad, no matter how many international observers and safeguards ensure honest elections. And in Turkey, the US is undermining the democratically-elected Prime Minister Erdogan in favor of CIA puppet Fethullah Gulen.

Taking the long view, the US is working patiently to destroy democracy in Iran, Russia, and Latin America.

Why does the US government hate democracy?

Because the international bankers who own the US government and run the US empire cannot always buy enough votes to impose their will on every country. So democracy is fine – as long as voters elect the New World Order candidate. But if they vote for a candidate who doesn’t suit the oligarchs, get ready for a coup!

The banksters will overthrow any government that stands up to them – even in the USA. The “termination with extreme prejudice” of the presidency of John F. Kennedy sent a message to all future US presidents.

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Ukraine’s Brown Revolution: Brought to you by your friends at the IMF

by Scott Creighton

Just a couple of quotes from recent articles to put all of this Ukrainian “democracy” into perspective for you.

  • Among the reasons Mr. Yanukovych turned away from signing political and trade accords with Europe in November was his unwillingness to carry out austerity measures and other reforms that the International Monetary Fund had demanded in exchange for a large assistance packageNew York Times
  • A $15 billion bailout package secured by Mr. Yanukovych from Russia in December has been suspended, and Ukraine is now hurtling toward default. New York Times
  • Arseniy P. Yatsenyuk, the leader in Parliament of the Fatherland Party and a leading contender to serve as acting prime minister, pleaded with colleagues to swiftly reach an agreement on the designation of an interim government, which is needed to formally request emergency economic assistance from the International Monetary Fund. New York Times
  • The International Monetary Fund has made clear that it will demand austerity measures and other long-stalled economic changes in exchange for any assistance package. New York Times

As I have written in the past, the color revolution currently unfolding in Thailand was also brought to you by your friends at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as was the illegal Washington backed coup in Egypt.

 

Today’s Ridiculous Pro-Regime Change Propaganda – What’s Old is New Again

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: See the slick “I am a Ukrainian” video at the end of this article. It’s slightly better propaganda but just another KONY 2012 campaign. Again, nothing new.

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As the real economy continues to shrink with jobs becoming even more scarce, it would appear there is one sector of the economy that is literally “booming” and that would be the “Ridiculous Pro-Regime Change Propaganda” industry.

With varying degrees of intensity, the regime change machine is up and running in six “unfriendly” nations which are all targets of our “freedom and democracy” agenda: Russia, North Korea, Syria, Thailand, the Ukraine and Venezuela. In some cases it’s simply a matter of setting the ground work for future calls for another “humanitarian intervention”. In others, bombs are exploding and bullets are flying with the body-count climbing fast and furious.

When sycophants get wind of a sea change, of a shift in the global tide of economic opportunism, they are rarely talented enough to generate the kinds of fresh ideas needed to set them apart from the gaggle of preening wannabees who surround them.

Everyone at this point understands that they can get ahead by jumping on the globalization bandwagon with some eye-catching propaganda that might make headlines for a minute or two and help our Peace Prize “winning” president justify another humanitarian bombing. The trouble is, these C+ guys by their own nature, aren’t the best and the brightest. They succeeded (if you wish to call it that) by sucking up to whomever they could, positioning themselves as the perennial Yesmen to whatever power structure they encountered.

Today, the lack of real creativity in this overstuffed field is evidenced by some rather stupid propaganda and stunt retreads being peddled out there as attempts to force regime change on several nations with the audacity to refuse to take part in our neoliberal for-profit central banking pyramid scheme known as “globalization”

Here’s a brief rundown:

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Sec. Kerry Praises Brutal Junta Dictatorship in Egypt

by Scott Creighton

The pretense is over.

The U.S. backed illegal military coup in Egypt which overthrew the democratically elected government is now codified by the Obama administration as a legitimate government worthy of Sec. John Kerry’s praise.

Thousands have died at the hands of the rekindled Mubarak era death squads and many more disappeared into the old Mubarak style secret police detention systems brought back by al-Sisi when he took power after being given the go-ahead by Kerry and other high ranking Obama administration officials.

The constitution which was purposefully written by the Morsi government to prohibit IMF austerity reforms and safeguard worker’s rights in Egypt, is gone. Torn up. Being rewritten by technocrats with neoliberalism and free market reforms at the forefront of their concerns.

Morsi was about to sign up with the BRICS nations, creating what he called the E-BRICS alignment. All of that is over with now.

al-Sisi has cracked down on the tunnels leading into Gaza which the Palestinians have come to depend on for providing the bare necessities of life in the largest open air prison in the world.

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Kerry Confuses al-Assad with al-Sisi and Other Updates

by Scott Creighton

Welcome to Labor Day weekend in the land of the Big Lie Big Distraction.

The last big holiday over here, July 4th, was used as cover for an illegal coup in Egypt which was green-lighted by none other than Sec. Kerry and Susan Rice. Hell, they even gave their “Color Revolution Players”™ some fireworks to shoot off so the folks back here would feel right at home watching those videos.

“look ma. It must be legit. They got fireworks just like we do!God bless America… in Egypt!”

It’s also the kick-off weekend of college football. You think that doesn’t matter? With this economy and all of the horrible WWIII prognostication floating around, you’re going to find a good number of people jumping into the All American distraction with both feet. Go Seminoles!

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Online Campaign for Mubarak for President 2014 Begins

by Scott Creighton

As I wrote the other day, the new technocrat-written Egyptian constitution does two things aside from cancelling out the anti-neoliberal protections that I have written extensively about: it makes the Freedom and Justice Party of the Muslim Brotherhood illegal which is the largest political party in Egypt, and it lifts the ban on the corrupt party of former dictator Hosni Mubarak.

Imagine what would happen if the Obama administration outlawed the Republican Party going into the presidential election of 2016 here in the states with Hillary Clinton smirking in the background of the press conference as he announced it.

Imagine if he then used the military and the FBI to start arresting leading Republican candidates and politicians (that’s to say nothing of him suspending the constitution)

That is exactly what has happened in Egypt. They arrest 75 more Muslim Brotherhood leaders just the other day bringing the total up to 5,000 or so (official numbers. God knows how many they have really disappeared)

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As the image indicates, there are already those positioning the former dictator of Egypt for a run at the presidency as soon as the SCAF junta led by al Sisi finishes doing their dirty work preparing the country for “elections”

They are making sure the Egyptian people don’t vote the wrong way this time.

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Israeli lawmaker Ben-Eliezer: Egyptian street longing for Mubarak

from JTA

The people of Egypt have been longing for Hosni Mubarak, Israeli lawmaker Benjamin Ben-Eliezer said as the ex-Egyptian president was released from prison.

Mubarak was freed on Thursday to a waiting helicopter, which took him to a military hospital. He will remain under house arrest after spending more than two years in prison.

His retrial on charges of complicity in the killing of nearly 900 protesters in the popular 2011 uprising that forced him from office is scheduled to start next week. Mubarak, who served 30 years as Egyptian president, also had been convicted in a Cairo court on corruption-related charges.

I think the discharge was to be expected,” Ben-Eliezer, of the Labor party, told Ynet on Thursday. “We’ve been hearing a longing for Mubarak from the people of Egypt for a long time. These are the sounds of the Egyptian street.

Mubarak is not an innocent man, but he contributed greatly to stability in the Middle East and in the West in general. He loves his people.”

Mubarak resigned in February 2011 following three weeks of intense street demonstrations and citizen uprising.

Hosni Mubarak to be Set Free Same Day New Constitution Announced?

by Scott Creighton

hmmm.. al Sisi’s unusually brutality has been escalating the horrors for a week straight… across the world everyone is calling for a “political solution”… and Mubarak to be released from prison on the same day the new technocrat written constitution lifts the ban on his political party… hmmmmm

Most of the news sources out there talking about this latest development in the post-coup dictatorship of al Sisi are stating the news as fact; that Hosni Mubarak, our puppet dictator in Egypt for 30 years, is to be set free this week, possibly as early as Weds.

I’m not so sure about this story. Seems like a different game is afoot.

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