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”

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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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Junta Backed Down from Threats of Violence: “seditious and unpatriotic” to Ask About Morsi

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: Supporters of the illegal coup have started attacking protesters in the two locations they have been staging their peaceful demonstrations. Press TV has a report with some video footage.

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After making several announcements on Sunday, warning of a final police crackdown on the pro-Morsi protesters, it seems the illegal junta in Egypt decided there were just too many protesters in the streets on Monday so they let the protests continue without disruption.

“Amid apparent division over whether and how to break up two protest camps full of supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi, Egypt‘s leaders have not yet carried out what rights advocates fear will be a violent crackdown.” CS Monitor

“Supporters of toppled President Mohammed Morsi increased the pressure on Egypt’s interim leadership by defiantly flooding into two protest camps Monday, prompting police to postpone moving against the 6-week-old sit-ins because they feared a “massacre.” AP

As I wrote yesterday, al Sisi’s threats on Sunday prompted a massive turnout at the two protest sites, bringing Egyptians from all political factions out in the thousands to stand beside the protesters who have been camped out in those locations since the illegal coup took place on July 3, 2013.

Though this is a major victory for the pro-democracy protesters, it may be short-lived with al Sisi issuing new threats.

Also, ominous statements from a source close to the Egyptian military seem to suggest that merely wondering aloud about the condition and location of Morsi is treason.

Yesterday’s victory by the protesters may be very short lived.

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Is Morsi Already Dead? The Judiciary Extends his “Detention”

by Scott Creighton

Immediately upon the capture of Moammar Gadhafi, the most recent successful regime change operation from the Obama White House, Hillary Clinton gave the order to her destabilization terrorists to kill the man in order to ensure he never returns to power and to make an example of him to stubborn regimes across the world. This was done brutally and publicly.

Today, the Mubarak backing judiciary which suspended parliament back in Nov. when they were trying to finish the constitution, has decided to extend the detention of the elected president of Egypt for another 15 days.

As I said before, it’s more likely than not that Obama’s new puppet regime in Egypt has already murdered Morsi in order to make damn sure he is never reinstated.

The fact that ObamaGod wants Robert Ford to become our next ambassador to the country certainly doesn’t bode well for Egyptians or Morsi himself.

Ford’s specialty is helping dictatorial regimes set up death squads (Iraq) or running terrorist mercs in countries we need to have destabilized (Syria). He’s a disciple of one John Negroponte, the father of the Salvadorian Option and one of the most brutal and ruthless neo-liberal crusaders this country has ever produced.

So the question is: is Morsi already dead and the junta preparing for serious turmoil once the Egyptian people find out he was martyred?

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In Spite of Threats of Violence from the Junta, The Resistance in Egypt Grows

by Scott Creighton

 

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“We reiterate our insistence on our demands, which is the return of full the legitimate president with his full powers, the constitution that the people approved, the Shura council; and an end to the coup d’etat,”

“We remind our sons and brothers from the great Egyptian army and the men of the ministry of interior not to attack their peaceful brothers or besiege them or shed their blood.”

National Alliance to Support Legitimacy

zSince yesterday, the press has been ominously warning about a pending military crackdown on protesters in Egypt who simply want their elected government and popularly approved constitution back. They want their country back in spite of all that’s happened since Western powers staged a military coup on behalf of multinational corporations and international banking i.e. the IMF.

The warnings went out yesterday and the people of Egypt started showing up by the thousands. Apparently killing protesters in Egypt isn’t such a good idea after all. You would have thought the neo-liberal forces would have figured that out two and a half years ago when they lost their last puppet dictator.

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Sisi is Bibi’s Bitch? Sisi Closes Gaza Border, Allows IDF to Kill Egyptians

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE:  After confirming the Israeli strikes, the resulting bad PR has forced a military spokesman to back off that statement, saying instead there were “explosions” in the area without identifying the cause.

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Let’s see… closing borders with Gaza and now allowing Israel to kill Egyptians on Egyptian soil… al Sisi is a real “Nasser” ain’t he?

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“Pallywood Training Video” – Obvious Effort from al Sisi Supporters to Invalidate Future Victims of Junta Violence

by Scott Creighton

Anyone who falls for this obvious propaganda is an idiot or a liar and I will tell you right now, there are several idiots and liars out there in the so-called “alternative” media.

You have to be a real special kind of stupid to fall for this. I mean, short bus, protective headgear, Pamela Geller loving  stupid.

The short video (below) supposedly shows Muslim Brotherhood members faking a protest in a street somewhere with signs written in English so we all know they are Morsi supporters of course. Then, they all “strike a pose” at the same time, freezing in place, so the video guy can move around filming them all “acting” like victims of al Sisi and the special police thugs he brought back from the old Mubarak days.

The fact that this ridiculous propaganda has come out after al Sisi has already murdered over 300 protesters and wounded another 1,000 and it is clearly an attempt to absolve him and his junta of these crimes by invalidating the legitimacy of the victims is apparently lost of some of my colleagues out there.

The fact that the video comes out right before al Sisi is about to use the military AGAIN to crack down on the protesters this weekend is also too much for them to grasp apparently.

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