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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