Camels & horses storm into Tahrir Square as protesters clash in Cairo + Kucinich: The US cannot pick the leaders of other countries

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RussiaToday | February 02, 2011

A group of pro-government supporters riding horses and camels has charged anti-Mubarak protesters. it comes as hundreds of pro-government supporters and protesters demanding the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak clashed in Cairo’s main square on Wednesday. Mubarak supporters break through a human chain of anti-government protesters trying to defend those gathered in Tahrir Square. They tore down banners denouncing the president and fistfights broke out as they advanced across the massive square in the heart of the capital.

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Egypt’s Revolution: US Imperialism Brought to Heel by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
2 February, 2011

With up to eight million Egyptian people defying nearly a week of military curfew in that country to insist implacably on the overthrow of the US-backed Mubarak regime, there can be little doubt that this is a people’s revolution.

In this way alone, the people have succeeded already in defying bravely – over 300 have been killed by the regime in the past week – a brutal dictatorship that has ruled their country with an iron fist.

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Revolution in Egypt – and the Hypocrisy of the US and the West

by Andy Worthington
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.andyworthington.co.uk
2 February, 2011

For the United States and other Western countries, the popular uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt (which threaten to spread to other countries, including Yemen and Algeria) are something of a nightmare. Just as the authorities in these countries are struggling — and failing — to cope with popular uprisings, so too the United States and other Western countries are rudderless when faced with an undefined enemy — and make no mistake about it, the people of foreign countries are the enemy when their revolts against dictatorship threaten Western interests.

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Egypt: Kucinich Cites Transformational Moment, Volunteers New Approach to Relationship with Middle East

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by Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich
Washington, Jan 31, 2011

Past Positions Make Kucinich a Potential Liaison

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), a long time advocate for peace whose conciliatory positions and outreach to the Middle East has sometimes put him at odds with Republican and Democratic administrations alike, today sent letters to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calling for a new approach to the United States’ relationship with the Arab and Muslim world. In his letters Kucinich identified the situation in Egypt as a catalyst for a transformation in the relationship and volunteered to support genuine efforts to promote diplomatic initiatives leading to peaceful dialogue.

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Underneath the Egyptian Revolution by Billy Wharton

by Billy Wharton
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
Examiner.com
January 31, 2011

Summer 2009: Juliet Tomatoes

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So long as you have food in your mouth, you have solved all questions for the time being. – Franz Kafka

Hidden beneath the spectacular street battles that aim to force Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak out of office is a trigger that exists in dozens of countries throughout the world – food.  Or, more specifically, the lack of it.  While commentators focus on the corruption of the dictatorship, or the viral effects of the Tunisian moment or the something akin to an Arab political awakening, the inability of the Egyptian regime to insure a steady flow of food staples should be viewed as a critical factor driving this seemingly spontaneous movement for freedom.

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World Revolution Made in the U.S. And Will Have To Be Finished in the U.S. by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Featured Writer
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31 January, 2011

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Overnight, the death toll among Egypt’s masses protesting for the overthrow of US-backed dictator Hosni Mubarak has risen to over 150 and thousands injured. With telecommunication services blacked out by the authorities (and willingly obliged by the telecoms corporations), it is hard to verify the exact casualty figures. But it is undeniable that a massacre is occurring. And it is a massacre made in the US.

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What Corruption and Force Have Wrought in Egypt by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
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Egyptian masses against the U.S.-backed Mubarak regime + The Global Revolution Has Arrived

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LeiLani Dowell, Workers World managing editor, speaking at the Workers World Forum Jan. 28, 2011 in New York.

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Egypt: Cue the Dirty Tricks, False Flags To Discredit Pro-Democracy Movement by Finian Cunningham

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by Finian Cunningham
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
30 January, 2011

The looting of Cairo’s world-famous Egyptian Museum over the weekend seems to have engendered the desired news headlines.

‘Looters smash ancient treasures’, ‘Looters decapitate mummies’, ‘Looters rip off heads of artifacts’ etc., read a rash of headlines, following the apparent breaking into the country’s national museum, which is said to house the world’s biggest of Pharaonic antiquities.

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Roots of the Egyptian Revolutionary Moment + Egyptian and Tunisian People vs US Dominance

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TheRealNews | January 29, 2011

Ezzeldin: Egyptian uprising is the product of years of worker’s strikes and student protests – now inspired by the Tunisian people

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Egypt: Washington Has Finger on the Trigger for More Bloodshed by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
29 January, 2011

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Egypt’s capital Cairo and other major cities across the country are increasingly looking like battlefields as president Hosni Mubarak tries to tighten his grip on power in the face of nationwide protests calling for his abdication.

Reports of more than 50 civilians killed and more than 1,000 injured over night in police and army violence did not deter ten of thousands of people defying the now nightly curfew and secret arrests. Nor did that deter huge crowds from amassing on central streets of Cairo and Alexandria the following the day, which revealed the charred remains of government buildings, armoured cars and other debris, evidencing fierce clashes between armed forces and demonstrators.

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The Protest Movement in Egypt: “Dictators” do not Dictate, They Obey Orders by Michel Chossudovsky

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by Michel Chossudovsky
Global Research (many pics at original source)
January 29, 2011

The Mubarak regime could collapse in the a face of a nationwide protest movement… What prospects for Egypt and the Arab World?

“Dictators” do not dictate, they obey orders. This is true in Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria.

Dictators are invariably political puppets. Dictators do not decide.

President Hosni Mubarak was a faithful servant of Western economic interests and so was Ben Ali.

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Egypt: US-Backed Repression is Insight for American Public by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Featured Writer
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29 January, 2011

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As thousands more Egyptian citizens take to the streets in anti-government protests, the country is in danger of witnessing a bloodbath – at the behest of Washington.

Defying a ban on public demonstrations by the government of President Hosni Mubarak, tens of thousands of Egyptians have for the fourth consecutive day rallied on the streets of the capital Cairo and other major cities calling for his abdication. Continue reading

Egypt police fire tear gas as rioting erupts in Cairo

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RussiaToday | January 25, 2011

Thousands of anti-government protesters, some hurling rocks and climbing on top of an armoured police truck, clashed with riot police on Tuesday in the centre of Cairo in a Tunisia-inspired demonstration to demand the end of Hosni Mubarak’s nearly 30 years in power. Police responded with blasts from a water cannon and set upon crowds with batons and acrid clouds of tear gas to clear demonstrators who chanted “Down with Mubarak”, and as they demanded an end to the country’s grinding poverty.

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Outsourcing Torture By Chris Hedges

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By Chris Hedges
Truthdig
Oct. 15, 2007

The Bush administration has called for the respect of human rights in Burma, a pretty safe piece of posturing, but it remains silent as Egypt’s dictator, Gen. Hosni Mubarak, unleashes the largest crackdown on public opposition in over a decade. Our moral indignation over the shooting of monks masks the incestuous and growing alliance we have built in the so-called war on terror with some of the world’s most venal dictatorships.

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