The massacre this week in Cairo of more than 50 men, women and children by the Egyptian army shatters any illusions that the military is operating to promote national unity and progress towards democracy.
Reports and video footage indicate the Egyptian army embarked on a deliberate shoot-to-kill slaughter of a civilian protest gathered outside the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in the early hours of Monday, just when many were saying their dawn prayers.
Leaders of the Otpor! movement which helped destroy the former Yugoslavia are active in Egypt training radical youth of the CANVAS movement. Both groups are funded by NGOs, the U.S. State Department and the CIA and their sole purpose is to overthrow and topple governments. After what can be called a military coup d’etat in Egypt, the U.S. has been quiet because they are also supporters of the Egyptian military. Voice of Russia regular contributor Rick Rozoff spoke about these issues and more in this exclusive interview with the Voice of Russia’s John Robles.
Some parts of the Egyptian army have reportedly been put on high alert status – as the military’s ultimatum for President Morsi to resolve the violent crisis has now passed. Fresh clashes between government supporters and anti-Islamist protesters erupted earlier outside Cairo University after at least 18 people were said to have been killed there overnight. RT’s correspondents Bel Trew and Paula Slier are in the Egyptian capital right now. READ MORE: http://on.rt.com/snqlvb
Ethiopia’s parliament this week voted to push ahead with the country’s controversial Blue Nile hydroelectric dam project. The move is bound to raise the political stakes even higher following threats earlier this week by Egypt that it would go to war over Ethiopia’s plan to build a $4.7-billion dam on the great river.
Egypt claims that construction of the dam in Ethiopia will cause grave detriment to its supply of fresh water and spell ruin to its economy.
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
June 14, 2013
Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)
I am providing this supplemental consolidated report, prepared by my Administration and consistent with the War Powers Resolution (Public Law 93-148), as part of my efforts to keep the Congress informed about deployments of U.S. Armed Forces equipped for combat.
When Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned to Iran after 14 years in exile on Feb. 1, 1979, he set out to destroy the secular opposition forces, including the Communist Party of Iran, which had been instrumental in bringing down the shah. Khomeini’s declaration of an Islamic government, supported by referendum, saw him rewrite the constitution, close opposition newspapers and ban opposition groups including the National Democratic Front and the Muslim People’s Republican Party. Continue reading →
American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s hasty diplomatic shuttle from Southeast Asia to the Middle East this week can be seen as reflecting Washington’s priority to shore up stability in the region. It is a deep apprehension to maintain a shaky status quo that motivates Washington’s concern, not negotiating an end to appalling violence and human suffering in Gaza…
Noam Chomsky, philosopher, political analyst and professor emeritus of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, delivered a lecture at AUC titled “Emerging World Order and the Arab Spring.” The lecture was held on Tuesday, October 23 at Ewart Memorial Hall, AUC Tahrir Square.
Chomsky is widely regarded as the founder of modern linguistics and is the author of more than 100 books on topics ranging from linguistics to political science and journalism. In 2005, he was voted as the leading public intellectual by the British Prospect magazine, and the Chicago Tribune described him as the most quoted author alive today. Continue reading →
Army soldiers violently crushed a week-long sit-in outside the Ministry of Defense, the headquarters of the ruling military junta. Clashes broke out after army soldiers beat protesters at the security barricades. The latest violence in Cairo comes at the end of a bloody week, where a dozen Egyptians were killed and hundreds injured. Nearly 20 foreign and Egyptian journalists were beaten and arrested during the raid on the sit-in. The Military Council blamed thugs and hooligans for causing the violence after it warned demonstrators against marching on military buildings. The latest street battle overshadows the upcoming presidential elections, which military generals claim is the last phase of the so-called transition to civilian rule.
Since the sit-in was destroyed, hundreds of people of been arrested or have disappeared. The Military Council imposed a 7 am to 11 pm curfew in the Abbassya district where the clashes took place. The pro-government neighborhood has been militarized by army tanks and checkpoints.
Have you heard much lately about the 1.5 million Palestinians illegally imprisoned by the Israeli government in the world’s largest open-air Gulag? Their dire living conditions, worsened by a selective Israeli siege limiting the importation of necessities of life – medical items, food, water, building materials, and fuel to list a few – has resulted in an 80 percent unemployment rate and widespread suffering from unlawful punishment, arbitrary arrests and imprisonment in Israeli jails.
The following is a research sample of a chapter on the American Empire in the Middle East in The People’s Book Project. This chapter was made possible through donations from readers like you through The People’s Grants. The new objective of The People’s Grants is to raise $1,600 to finance the development of two chapters on a radical history of race and poverty. If you find the following research informative, please consider donating to support The People’s Book Project.
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This observer spent a good part of Christmas Eve divided between two main Cairo Squares, Tahir and Abassiya, while waiting for a Visa from the Libyan Embassy.
It is evident here that the “blue bra girl” or “Tahrir Woman” whose assault by the Egyptian army has brought intense wrath upon the ruling Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) and similar attacks are much on the minds of protestors in both Squares. But in Abassiya Square, the participants focus more on the provocative demonstrators in Tahrir Square, many of whom they claim are “baltagiy” (hoods or thugs). Tahrir Square demonstrators feel about the same way regarding the pro- SCAF (Supreme Council of Armed Forces) demonstrators over in Tahrir Square.