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December 5, 2012

Egypt ! The Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi’s Hitler Powers

 Every day that passes puts another dent in the legend of this 80-year-old group with its dazzling powers of organization and moderate Islamic vision and familiarity with the Egyptian street. Snort. Morsi is a dull cheating husband who misbehaves and attempts to make amends by offering surprise dinner invitations after he beats his wife up, where his wife is the Egyptian people you understand. The MB itself are a glorified soup kitchen with excellent logistical skills that end at distributing food to the poor and organizing large rallies. They are a charity organization with a militia that finds itself in charge of a country and which seems to think that its decisions do not need to be backed up by reason or say, the rule or law, but can rely entirely on the Egyptian people trusting Uncle Morsi.
Cairo


The past two weeks, since Morsi announced his Hitler powers, have been the bleakest since the revolution began.
The day after Morsi’s Constitutional Declaration, the attorney general held an emergency meeting and opponents of the decree gathered outside the high court, where they were attacked by mystery plain-clothed attackers using teargas moments after the police quietly withdrew. When I arrived some 20 minutes later the air was still pungent with the gas and riot police had returned, and were facing off against furious anti-Morsi protesters who surrounded them on both sides. It ended peacefully, for once.
I was filled with an indescribable fear when Islamists announced that they would be protesting in support of Morsi in Tahrir, where anti-Morsi protesters are currently holding a sit-in. It was a decision as terrifying as it was brazen and stupid. The crude binary (Islamist/pro-Morsi vs. “secular”/anti-Morsi) that was produced by last year’s referendum is now at its most pronounced – as is inevitable in a context of long suppressed (political and religious) identities and fear mongering about The Other.
Campaigning between the two camps has been reduced to who can mobilise the most bodies in one place. On Tuesday the seculars organised a huge show of force in their old stomping ground Tahrir Square. Islamists responded by holding an equally impressive rally outside Cairo University.
The two rallies couldn’t have been more different. Now that the opposition movement is going after Morsi it has attracted the Ahmed Shafiq/Omar Suleiman/Amr Moussa crowd, people like some members of my family who aren’t necessarily felool (pro or affiliated with the Mubarak regime) but who have a morbid terror of the Muslim Brotherhood and political Islam generally. I have a pro-revolution aunt who supported Hamdeen Sabahy in the first round of the presidential elections and then switched to Shafiq in the run-offs when Sabahy lost.
Not all of this group are affluent or from chichi neighbourhoods, but the ones that are were prominent on Tuesday, furiously marching from Zamalek in their velour tracksuits and ugg boots and manicured nails, holding forth in Arabic, English and French about the outrage of it all.
Their appearance has added a new dimension to the binary, with the pro-Morsi camp accusing the opposition of being dominated by felool and atheists who engage in lewd acts in Tahrir, while some members of the anti-Morsi crowd respond with equally vile slurs, calling Islamists uneducated peasants, or sheep unable to think for themselves.
As usual El-Baradei is a convenient shorthand for Islamist criticism of their enemies, especially given his recent visibility, actually in Egypt and actually in public. He popped up in Tahrir on Friday, bustled on to a stage looking uncomfortable as usual where he gave a barely audible speech through the evening’s murk. I’m still undecided about whether he played a shrewd game by being absent, and above, all of 2011’s political yuckiness and base shenanigans. Supporters laud him for not compromising on his principles and for his consistency, but it is easy to do that from the nosebleed seats.
ElBaradei’s name was bandied around at the Islamist rally, too, protesters reminding him and Sabahy that Morsi was elected president and not them.
My friend Adam and I got talking to a man, Mahmoud, at the Morsi rally who said that the president’s political opposition are necessarily against any decision he takes, no matter how prudent, because they reject his Islamic project. Mahmoud was dressed in a neat plaid shirt and casual weekend jacket with the telltale just too short trousers, his chin adorned with a wispy candy floss-like beard. He held a sign above his head demanding the implementation of Sharia, and on the subject of Sharia said that it has never been implemented in the modern age but that the Taliban came the closest to doing so. He added that the media misrepresented the Taliban. He later gave me a polite lecture about how I must think more about God and Islam and that hopefully this will make me want to wear the veil and follow the correct path.
Interestingly, he also said that the Muslim Brotherhood had promised Salafis that they would implement “their” i.e. the Salafi version of Sharia rather than their own version (which Mahmoud described as incorrect). This promises to be an interesting, if messy, showdown in the future.
What was most confusing about the rally is that demonstrators spent much time going on about and defending Sharia when this was a rally ostensibly in support of Morsi, his decree and the draft constitution i.e. to quote Tina Turner, what’s Sharia got to do, got to do with it. Also, many of their political opponents resent the Islamists’ claiming a monopoly on Sharia and point out that they too are Muslims and have no problem with its implementation (but remember that there are different interpretations of what Sharia means).
While I was at the rally looking at placards saying things such as “Islam is light and the Quran is my constitution”, “what have you seen from God in order to hate his law?” and “the people support the president’s decisions” I again, for the 726th time this week, considered my own decision to vote for Morsi in the presidential election run-offs having wasted many bloody hours thinking about it before the actual vote.
The thought that I may have contributed to voting in this avuncular yet megalomaniac individual backed up by an army of devotees is an uncomfortable feeling to say the least, and the word “Ermächtigungsgesetz” keeps flashing before my eyes.
People like me who voted for Morsi not out of conviction but to keep out Shafiq are predictably the subjects of considerable vitriol at the moment, perhaps justifiably.
Here comes a however.
HOWEVER, for what it’s worth, I think I made the right decision as someone non-partisan who doesn’t have any qualms about aligning myself with people I vaguely disagree with against people I strongly disagree with. I voted exclusively to keep out Shafiq and remain convinced that had he been elected we would have been shafted good and proper and absolutely nothing would have changed.
Now as we have discussed above there is an enormous amount of shafting going on at the moment and lots of change what with there never being a dull moment with Dr Morsi. I am anxious about the future, but there was an inevitability about Muslim Brotherhood rule at some point in Egypt’s history and unfortunately, I am alive to experience it. The only positive thing about the Muslim Brotherhood in power is that they are spectacularly shit at it. Just like the Egyptian army and their foray into direct rule they have used up almost all their store of good credit with non-MBers in an incredibly short amount of time.
Every day that passes puts another dent in the legend of this 80-year-old group with its dazzling powers of organisation and moderate Islamic vision and familiarity with the Egyptian street. Snort. Morsi is a dull cheating husband who misbehaves and attempts to make amends by offering surprise dinner invitations after he beats his wife up, where his wife is the Egyptian people you understand. The MB itself are a glorified soup kitchen with excellent logistical skills that end at distributing food to the poor and organising large rallies. They are a charity organisation with a militia that finds itself in charge of a country and which seems to think that its decisions do not need to be backed up by reason or say, the rule or law, but can rely entirely on the Egyptian people trusting Uncle Morsi.
This was most evident in the Constitutional Assembly debacle. Virtually all members of the political opposition – and most crucially minorities (women and Christian representatives) -walked out of the Assembly. Those that remained produced a mess of a constitution, but its proponents see no problem in its having been drafted by a largely homogenous group of males. The thinking seems to be:  we have faith in God so have faith in us.
The Muslim Brotherhood are doing what the National Democratic Party did for thirty years, albeit without the God element. The NDP also depended on consolidating their own position by deliberately misrepresenting their opponents, making the law fit their decisions rather than the other way around, a fondness for thuggery* and a paternalistic form of governance that reduces the public’s role in politics to box ticking. The only difference is Morsi’s tedious penchant for moralising (e.g. Morsi suggested that Egyptians go to bed early so they can get up and pray the dawn prayer). The moralising would be tolerable except that they are failing to do anything about the million everyday problems blighting ordinary Egyptians’ lives (despite Morsi’s election grandstanding about making considerable improvements in 100 days) while they have the temerity to think that they can thrust a dictatorship on us because God is on their side and they know best.
All this is very Mubaraky. Good luck to the MB if they think it will work.

October 9, 2012

GaGa Meets with WikiLeaks Julian Assange


The reason Im posting about Lady Gaga sharing a meal is not because Im interested in making adamfoxie* a social page. Instead it is because of the importance of Gaga meeting with such a controversial figure as Julian Assange. He is hated by the pentagon and state dept. just like Bradley Manning is. Except Manning is in jail and Assange is running as fast as he can not to end up there. So for the readers that are following this story which is bigger than the Pentagon Papers during watergate and which it helped with the resignation of crook elected as President, That would be Dick Nixon.

Gaga is love by so many and having her meeting with this figure makes the mind wonder of what she is thinking. I guess we will find out in the weeks or months to come, being that if she get behind a cause, she tends to do it out in the open.
*Lady Gaga has spent five hours visiting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in London with the pair sharing a meal during the meeting of modern minds.

With police guarding the door to London's Ecuadorian embassy, waiting to arrest the 41-year-old Australian, Monday's visit from the US performer briefly diverted attention from headlines about each party.

A British magistrate has this week ruled that nine supporters of Assange who made a financial commitment to guarantee his bail must cough up a total of STG93,500 ($A148,000) after he skipped a legal undertaking and sought refuge in the Latin American consulate.

The Queensland-born secret-leaker entered the embassy in June and was granted asylum by Ecuador in August as part of his bid to avoid extradition to Sweden where he is wanted for questioning on sexual assault allegations.

Gaga, who popped in for dinner after a perfume launch across the road from the embassy at high-end retailer Harrods, has attracted her own unsavoury publicity in recent days after vomiting on stage during a live show in Spain.

The 26-year-old, known for her outlandish outfits and controversial song lyrics, entered the embassy about 7pm (local time) on Monday and did not emerge until after midnight.

She later posted a photo of herself with Assange on social networking sites.

While it may seem like an odd pairing, Gaga and Assange do have a connection.

According to US news website The Atlantic, Bradley Manning used Gaga's music to help him download hundreds of thousands of classified documents from US Army servers, before passing them to WikiLeaks.

One of Manning's chat logs read:

"I would come in with music on a CD-RW labelled with something like Lady Gaga erase the music then write a compressed split file. No one suspected a thing ... [I] listened and lip-synched to Lady Gaga's Telephone while exfiltrating possibly the largest data spillage in American history."

There has been no word on what was on the dinner or discussion menu for Assange and Gaga.

October 8, 2012

Dissident Cuban blogger Sanchez released


Dissident Cuban blogger Sanchez released

Dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez was released from detention in Cuba on Friday after being held on the eve of an activist’s high-profile manslaughter trial. Sanchez, her husband, their driver and several others were taken into custody on Thursday.

 
Cuban authorities released prominent dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez late on Friday after detaining her on the eve of a Spanish activist's high-profile manslaughter trial in the eastern city of Bayamo.
Sanchez, her husband Reinaldo Escobar, and their driver were taken into custody along with a half dozen other local dissidents on Thursday, said Elizardo Sanchez of the independent Cuban Commission on Human Rights.
Yoani Sanchez told Reuters in a telephone interview from her Havana home they were stopped by state security agents after they arrived in Bayamo, 415 miles (668 km) southeast of Havana in their car late Thursday afternoon.
They were taken to a Ministry of Interior facility, separated and treated a little roughly in the beginning, including by female agents who wanted to remove her clothes, Sanchez said. She refused to allow them to do so.
Sanchez said the agents became more cordial, but questioned her for hours and threatened that she would face criminal charges, which never came.
About 11 a.m. on Friday, they told her she and her husband would be driven back to their Havana home, where they arrived around 9 p.m.
"Now I'm home, with a little stress, but back in my house," a relieved Sanchez said.
On her Twitter site, Sanchez said she had "many anecdotes to tell" about the experience.
Government officials, who often use brief detentions against dissidents, had no comment on the arrests. But government-linked blogger Yohandry Fontana said Sanchez was detained because she had gone to Bayamo intent on creating a "provocation and media show" at the trial of Spaniard Angel Carromero.
Carromero, who was at the wheel in the July 22 car wreck that killed dissidents Oswaldo Paya and Harold Cepero, went on trial Friday on manslaughter charges.
U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner condemned the arrests in a Washington press briefing.
"We are very deeply disturbed by the Cuban government's repeated use of arbitrary detention to silence critics, disrupt peaceful assembly and certainly to impede independent journalism," he said.
"It's very clear that human rights conditions in Cuba remain poor. The Cuban government continues to limit fundamental freedoms, including freedom of speech, including for members of the press," Toner told reporters.
The newspaper El Pais in Madrid said on its website that Sanchez, who it described as its freelance correspondent, had traveled to Bayamo to cover Carromero's trial.
Sanchez, best known for her blog "Generation Y," has won numerous awards overseas but is never allowed out of Cuba to collect them.
She was reported last week to have filed a complaint against Cuba with the Inter-American Human Rights Commission for repeatedly refusing to grant her a travel visa.
The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists called for her immediate release, saying in a statement on Friday that "Cuba continues to be the most repressive country for the press in the hemisphere and is one of the world's most censored countries."
'I am sorry'
The Cuban government views the dissidents as mercenaries for the United States and others, and has used the Carromero case to spotlight European involvement with its opposition.
Carromero, leader of the youth wing of Spain's ruling People's Party, said in testimony on Friday he was driving normally and not speeding, as prosecutors have charged, when he ran over a patch of road under repair and lost control of his rental car.
The car slid into a tree, killing Paya, 60, and Cepero, 31.
"Truly, I was not driving too fast," he told a panel of judges, offering his "profound feeling of sorrow for the unfortunate accident."
"I have lost many things in these two months...I am sorry," said Carromero, who wore casual clothes and had his head shaved.
Near the end of Friday's proceedings, prosecutor Isabel Barzaga asked the court to sentence the 26-year-old Spaniard, jailed since the accident, to seven years in prison.
"We are in the presence of a person truly reckless," she said referring to his driving.
Paya was awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought by the European Parliament in 2002 for his Varela Project to bring democratic reform to Cuba's one-party system.
His family has accused the government of having a hand in his death.
Along with Carromero on the ill-fated trip with Paya was Jens Aron Modig, a young activist from Sweden's conservative Christian Democratic Party who said he had given Paya a donation of 4,000 euros ($4,900).
Modig, who was in the front seat and like Carromero received only minor injuries, said the four were on their way to meet Paya's supporters.
He apologized for his part in "illicit activities" and returned to Sweden, where he has kept a low profile.

October 5, 2012

{International}Cuba Puts On Trial? Over Death of Dissident Who Was Supposed to Have Died in a Crash


Angel Carromero (C) is brought to trial in Bayamo, Cuba, 5 Oct 2012Mr Carromero (C) expressed "profound sorrow" for the accident
  The Cuban g©rnment  and everyone else in Cuba close to the government said" that the crash of Oswaldo was just a plain accident. Everyone that knew him and knew the government knew about excuses over people who disappear and killings before.

 After everyone cried fowl the government decided to bring forward the person responsible, or so they say. Amazingly enough in  how the government in a magical way found the person responsible for planting the tree or actually killing Oswaldo and making the accident scene as a cover up. One day you, a good driver with an ok car under cuban standards just crash into a tree and you died. A few months latter the government is got someone responsible.  This is just adamfoxies*s A Little introduction of what is happening in Cuba. I believe that if you live anywhere on the Southeast coast of the uS you should have an interest about Cuba. You should  remember, because of Cuba your sons that now write stories would not be here, because Cuba and many of us would not be here either.
The following is what I got coming out of Cuba:

Spanish national Angel Carromero has gone on trial in Cuba accused of manslaughter over the death of high-profile dissident Oswaldo Paya.
Mr Carromero has been in custody since 22 July when a car he was driving hit a tree and crashed, killing Mr Paya and another Cuban activist, Harold Cepero.
The trial is in Bayamo, 800km (500 miles) east of the capital Havana, close to the site of the accident.
A dissident blogger is said to have been arrested on her way to the trial.
The blogger, Yoani Sanchez, is known for highlighting issues affecting young Cubans on the communist-run island.
The pro-government blog Yohandry.com said she was arrested with her husband because they planned a "provocation" and "media show" that could endanger the credibility of the trial.
'Arbitrary'
The trial in Bayamo is expected to last one day.
Mr Carromero, 27, the head of the youth wing of Spain's ruling Popular Party, told the court he felt "profound sorrow for the unfortunate accident that took place".
But he denied that he had been speeding at the time, as alleged by prosecutors.
"The last time that I looked at my speedometer, I was not going faster than 80 or
90km/h (50-55mph)," he said.
"I have lost a lot during this time, and I'm going to lose even more, but nothing in comparison with the pain felt by the families involved."
Mr Carromero and a Swedish activist were injured in the crash. Prosecutors are seeking a seven-year term for vehicular manslaughter.
Oswaldo Paya's family has disputed the circumstances around the 60-year-old's death and has alleged the vehicle was deliberately forced off the road.
Mr Paya was best known as the founder of the Varela project, a campaign begun in 1998 to gather signatures in support of a referendum on laws guaranteeing civil rights.
The UK-based human rights group Amnesty International criticised what the "arbitrary arrests" of Ms Sanchez and her husband, and called for an end to restrictions on free expression in Cuba.
The US State Department also condemned the arrests.
"We are very deeply disturbed by the Cuban government's repeated use of arbitrary detention to silence critics, disrupt peaceful assembly and certainly to impede independent journalism," said spokesman Mark Toner.

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