Egypt carries out hanging sentence of 1st Morsi backer

from Press TV

Egypt has reportedly carried out the first of over 180 death sentences handed down by its courts over massive protest rallies and clashes that followed the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi.

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The Fake “21 Coptic Christians Beheading” Video – Part 1: Timing

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: (H/T Chads) Even Fox News admits it’s a fake.

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All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Edmund Burke

When 21 laborers in America die because the Obama administration has cut funding to OSHA to the point where they only have one guy to check on 50,000 job sites (yes, it’s an exaggeration, slightly), neoliberal talking heads like Bill O’Reilly get hard-ons and they call it “freedom”. Or when 21 laborers anywhere die because they can’t afford things like medicine even though they are working 50 hours a week (not an exaggeration), neoliberals like Bill start salivating at the thought of all that glorious “growth”

That’s because, as we all know by now, “Freedom” to the members of the neoliberal Washington Consensus (neocons, New Dems, (big “L”) Libertarians) means “freedom from New Deal social and economic justice reforms… and “Growth” simply means “the growth of the billionaire class’ profit margins”

So imagine my shock and awe when I heard Bill O’Reilly calling for a new “Holy War”, a new Crusades if you will, over the poorly produced video of the deaths of 21 Coptic Christian laborers in Libya at the hands of the fictitious “ISIS™”

“The Holy War is here and, unfortunately, it seems the president of the United States will be the last one to acknowledge it…I’m gonna also make a call …for every cleric in the country next Sunday, Saturday, Friday in the mosques, with the imams, to address this with their congregation and to say enough, that we people of good faith have to tell our leader to get in gear. I’d like to see every cleric in this country do that. …Let’s make that happen. And I want every pastor, every priest, every rabbi and every imam to email me personally and tell me you’re gonna do that and I’ll read as many on the air as I can.” Bill O’Reilly

Simultaneously, fake progressive sites like the Huffington Post are producing equally sophomoric propaganda pieces in support of Obama’s endless war of aggression in lock-step with those of the O’Reilly faction. Thus the true nature of the Washington Consensus becomes easier to see.

Let’s break this down just a tiny bit if we could on a few of the most basic elements of this event starting with:

Part 1: Timing

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Egypt boasts of imprisoning 10,000 in 2014

(Also read The New York shooting and the bid to outlaw opposition to police violence.

… Asked in his press conference Monday what his attitude was toward protestors who called officers murderers and racists, de Blasio indicated that those who “say inappropriate things, who say hateful things,” are to be reported to the police as criminals. He insisted that the way to “contribute to making things better” in a democracy is to “show respect and support for our police.”

Do you see the pattern? By “saying” inappropriate things people are being considered criminals in New York? By “inappropriate” I guess they mean “honest and truthful”)

by Bill Van Auken, WSWS

The Egyptian military dictatorship of Field Marshal-President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi boasted last weekend that it had detained nearly 10,000 people over the past 12 months. This grim estimate came as Washington moved to further normalize its relationship with the regime, and as the US Congress effectively waived human rights conditions for the provision of military aid to the Cairo regime.

Maj. Gen. Abdel-Fattah Osman, a senior official in Egypt’s interior ministry, provided the figure of 9,983 individuals detained over the course of the year, classifying them as “saboteurs, rioters and terrorists.” Included in the figure, he said, were 6,400 people classified as “rioters,” 2,600 accused of attacking police stations, 460 declared suspected terrorists, 50 “wanted militants,” 119 administrators of social media pages, charged by the regime with incitement against state institutions, and four people accused of producing “hostile videos.”

Earlier, security officials had estimated that more than 20,000 people had been arrested since the July 2013 military coup that ousted the country’s elected president, Mohammed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB). The Islamist organization, Egypt’s largest political party, has since been outlawed as a terrorist organization.

Opponents of the regime believe that the real number of those arrested has reached over 40,000, many of them held without charges in clandestine torture centers run by the security forces…

… Last November, when 78 children were tried in Alexandria’s juvenile misdemeanor court and sentenced to between two and five years in prison for unauthorized protests, they managed to release a statement revealing that they had been beaten and tortured…

The regime has sought to suppress any future protests by imposing a law outlawing any demonstration that is not authorized by the security forces.

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Egypt journalists defy editors on freedoms

Dissent = Terrorism in Fascist States

from AP

About 200 Egyptian journalists have rejected a recent policy declaration by newspaper editors pledging near-blind support to the state and banning criticism of the police, army and judiciary in their publications.

In a statement posted Sunday on social media networks, the journalists said fighting terrorism was both a duty and an honor but has nothing to do with the “voluntary surrender” of the freedom of expression.

“Standing up to terrorism with a shackled media and sealed lips means offering the nation to extremism as an easy prey and turning public opinion into a blind creature unaware of the direction from which it is being hit or how to deal with it,” said the statement.

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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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