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"It is critical that the working class and its allies among the students and the rural poor place no confidence in either the Obama administration or any section of the national bourgeoisie, including its supposedly democratic factions. The demands of the mass movement for jobs, democratic rights and equality can be met only through the revolutionary struggle for a workers’ government and socialism."
"It should be understood that the making of a truly democratic Egypt can only occur when the influence of the US is largely absent. In no way and at no time can the “imperial monster” be trusted."
He was an officer in the Saudi Royal Navy assigned to the strategic Saudi base of Jubail in the Persian Gulf. She was a single mom from Mindanao, in the Philippines, who saw, like so many others, employment in Saudi Arabia as a route out of poverty. When he picked her up at the Dammam International Airport in June, little did she know she was entering, not a brighter chapter of her life but a chamber of horrors from which she would be liberated only after six long months.
A tabloid-targeted Uganda gay activist is brutally murdered in what friends fear was a hate killing; President Obama's State of the Union tells of "Don't Ask" repeal; a Ugandan lesbian wins an 11th hour temporary reprieve from deportation from Britain, Cameroonian activists fight growing threats, France's Constitutional Court fails to find marriage equality, several U.S. states address couples rights; and a musical tribute to "Gay Warriors" everywhere. Please don't forget to notify us if you're airing the program so we can give an on-air shout-out to your station!
ISTANBUL (IDN) - Seemingly, the Arab region has now entered an advanced phase of the so-called "creative chaos" doctrine, which was shaped by the neo-conservative administration chaired by the former White House occupant, and spelt out by its Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Wenn es auch noch leichte Unschärfen im Detail gibt, so hat das politische Lagebild in Kairo inzwischen trotz der Informationsblockade des ägyptischen Regimes deutlich erkennbare Konturen angenommen. In zahlreichen Städten Ägyptens hat es in den letzten Tagen schwere Zusammenstöße zwischen Polizei und Protestierenden gegeben, bei denen insgesamt weit mehr als 100 Menschen, möglicherweise einige Hundert, ums Leben gekommen sind. Vorgestern war uniformierte Polizei praktisch in ganz Ägypten völlig verschwunden. Plünderer und Brandstifter, von denen einige als Angehörige der Polizei in Zivil entlarvt worden sein sollen, haben Ägypten unsicher gemacht. Einwohner haben in ihren Nachbarschaften mit Knüppeln bewaffnete Straßenposten aufgestellt, um Plünderer abzuschrecken. An Durchgangsstraßen und in unbewohnten Industriegegenden hat das Militär Stellung bezogen. Seit gestern Abend soll die Polizei an einigen Stellen wieder aufgetaucht sein, um die Checkpoints von den Selbsthilfegruppen zu übernehmen.
The Egyptian shock waves have already hit Israel and the Israeli possible reactions are potentially the most dangerous. “An Egyptian government that is less cooperative with Israel .. could make Israel more prone to unpredictable unilateral actions, creating greater instability throughout the region,” warned Jonathan Alterman, director of the Middle East Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Israeli mainstream media is already crying wolf.
Controlling the creativity of a society so as to channel that creativity to primarily serve the interests of the owners of society by keeping the focus of knowledge narrow, Or, Identifying a new path to being creative.
Why didn’t Abe Foxman condemn Palin’s “blood libel” slur? Sarah Palin’s calculated use of the phrase “blood libel” is yet another example of her canny mastery over American media. Dating back to the time of the Crusaders — and used to justify centuries of anti-Jewish terror — “blood libel” stands as one of the most vile symbols of anti-Semitism ever to plague the Jewish people. Unsurprisingly, the current media cycle has been packed with vocal condemnation of Palin by major Jewish groups — from the left-leaning J Street to the centrist/progressive Jewish Funds for Justice (JFJ). Yet one major voice — the most major major voice — was not only late in censuring Palin, but did so with conspicuous reluctance: the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
TOKYO (IDN) - China is deeply concerned about stability in North Korea and therefore availing of every opportunity to affirm its diplomatic support for Pyongyang, much to the chagrin of Japan, South Korea and the U.S., says a new report.
ADDIS ABABA (IDN) - The news headlines are invariably dominated by the protests in Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen. Egypt in particular is at the core of international suspense. If Mubarak is successfully ousted, the protests will most certainly spread to other countries. But for many pundits, the surprising restraints of the security services also dominate their thoughts.
GENEVA (IDN) - The stalemate plaguing the United Nations Conference on Disarmament for the last two years is so perturbing that the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has felt constrained to express his disappointment, carefully avoiding any reference to the diplomatic cut-and-thrust between Pakistan and India.
BERLIN/ADDIS ABABA (IDN) - Western nations and multilateral agencies disburse aid mechanically rather than intelligently; no one cares what happens to the money; and the level of cynicism in aid bureaucracies is simply atrocious, says a distinguished Ethiopian journalist Eskinder Nega who along with his wife Serkalem Fasil, also a journalist, has suffered behind bars.
BERLIN (IDN) - The tidal waves of an overwhelming desire for bread and work are pounding at the Arab shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Tunisia has surrendered to the anger of the hungry and impoverished youth. Egypt is reeling under the unrelenting pressure of the deprived and the oppressed. The fate of Libya and Algeria is hanging in balance.
HAMBURG (IDN) - Each generation takes care of its descendants: This basic tenet is ignored when it comes to the energy systems deployed by most of the industrialised nations. The 'western' lifestyle today is based almost exclusively on fossil fuels. This will have to change if we want to pass on a more-or-less intact world to the generations to come. Not sometime in the distant future but now!
WASHINGTON D.C. (IDN) - The U.S. has three primary objectives in South and Central Asia, Assistant Secretary of State Robert O. Blake said, during an analysis of regional policy he recently presented at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston, Texas. These are to:
NAIROBI (IDN) - Twenty years after the Somalia President Mohamed Siad Barre was ousted on January 26, 1991, the country in the Horn of Africa remains embroiled in an endless cycle of civil war, religious conflict and clan violence, and has come to be known as a failed state.
BLANTYRE (IDN) - Is Malawi on the verge of becoming Africa's newest dictatorship? President Bingu wa Mutharika's double-standard behaviour toward Joyce Banda, the country's vice-president, has certainly moved the troubled country in this direction.
BERLIN (IDN) - Zubin Mehta, a renowned Indian conductor of western classical music -- who commutes between the major music centres in Europe, the United States and Israel -- remains emotionally attached to the country of his birth, particularly the diversity of its nature.
It was logical therefore that his eyes lit up when he was asked to conduct Europe's first charity concert in Berlin to promote nature conservation in the threatened north-eastern Himalayan region.
TORONTO (IDN) - As the Middle East Quartet prepares to meet on February 5 in the southern German city of Munich to end the agonising deadlock in Israeli-Palestine peace talks, a high-ranking United Nations official has expressed "extreme concern" about the precarious situation in the tension-ridden and war-torn region.
TOKYO/ACCRA (IDN) - Akwaaba, which means "welcome," was the first word I came across upon my arrival in Ghana. Many people identify Africa with words that have negative connotations, such as poverty, conflict or disease. However, there is much more to this vast continent than such associations. This is what I learnt during my one-year study visit to Ghana. I found so much hope and potential there.
ABU DHABI (IDN) - Fighting poverty by promoting sustainable development and mitigating climate change is one of the priorities of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for 2011. With this is view, he is calling for a global revolution that would benefit some 1.6 billion people in developing countries still lacking access to electricity.
YAOUNDE (IDN) - The African continent has never been poor in materials and human resources, but people continue to be trapped in the "poverty of the spirit". The impoverishment of vast parts of the national populations in African countries is a reality the diplomats and elites are confronted with and have to handle in their everyday conduct.
WASHINGTON D.C. (IDN) - For 33 minutes on the evening of January 12 at the University of Arizona's McKale Memorial Centre in Tucson, Barack Obama presented a composite of himself that will be hard to recreate. He was president, commander-in-chief, father-in-chief, mourner, consoler, healer, statesman, friend and -- the biggest surprise -- news reporter, all rolled into one.
NEW DELHI (IDN) - As Nepal moves towards taking the peace process forward and forming a new government within three months, the landlocked Himalayan country -- tucked between China on the north and India in the south, east, and west -- is confronted with serious challenges.
BERLIN (IDN) - What does Russia have in common with countries such as strife-torn post-war Iraq, unpredictable North Korea, crisis-ridden Pakistan and the failed state called Somalia?
A new report says that along with those four and six others caught in either internecine warfare or considered as pariahs by the international community, the descendant of one-time superpower, is an "extreme risk" country.
LONDON (IDN) - The world is confronted with a rather difficult but for sure not a hopeless situation, says the World Economic Forum's 'Global Risks 2011' casting a close look at the global financial crisis and its devastating impact significantly on some of the developed economies.
Can anyone make sense of this Hegelian mind-fck: replacing their own installed tyrant who is empire-friendly, with a street revolution that is empire-inimical? It is like red-teaming blue-teaming an exercise where only the observers know what the real game is, but either team thinks their battle is real.
Der Zentralrat macht sich Sorgen um Mubarak ....... Veröffentlicht am 30. Januar 2011 in Deutschland, Israel, Judentum, Nahost, Palästina und Repression. 5 Kommentare Tags: Ägypten, Dieter Graumann, Fatah, Friedensprozess, Gaza, Hamas, Jordanien, Libanon, Zentralrat der Juden in Deutschland. ... Auf Handelsblatt.com warnt Charlotte Knoblochs Nachfolger Dieter Graumann davor, dass Ägypten ins Chaos verfällt und darum Israels “Sicherheit” gefährdet sei. Das würde mir natürlich auch gleich als erstes einfallen, wenn tausende von Menschen gegen ein repressives, Jahrzehnte altes Regime aufbegehren. Die Situation in Ägypten zeige zudem, dass Israel als einzige Demokratie Stabilität für die Region bedeuten würde: ..........
Le Siècle c’est ce club très privé regroupant les membres de la classe dirigeante, une association pour des privilégiés. Il compterait environ six cents membres aujourd’hui, des membres cooptés, il faut être introduit et recevoir le vote des membres triés pour venir s’asseoir à la table du grand capital.Ses membres (journalistes, dirigeants de grandes entreprises et politiques) se réunissent chaque dernier mercredi du mois au célèbre et luxueux hôtel de Crillon, place de la Concorde à Paris.
The Egyptian tanks, the delirious protesters sitting atop them, the flags, the 40,000 protesters weeping and crying and cheering in Freedom Square and praying around them, the Muslim Brotherhood official sitting amid the tank passengers. Should this be compared to the liberation of Bucharest? Climbing on to an American-made battle tank myself, I could only remember those wonderful films of the liberation of Paris. A few hundred metres away, Hosni Mubarak's black-uniformed security police were still firing at demonstrators near the interior ministry. It was a wild, historical victory celebration, Mubarak's own tanks freeing his capital from his own dictatorship.
Reality is almost like an onion. Comes in layers. The outer layer, when peeled, shows the next inner layer. And so on down to the core. It is difficult to get to the core of reality, without first unpeeling it, layer by layer.
Why would a stellar dissent-chief coasting on his reputation with a loyal following of sycophants (like all other dissent-chiefs) be so stupid as to believe any of that Wikileaks business when it was all so transparent, and he was supposedly a very learned person with command of this and that, and all that? But Chomsky and Ellsberg believed it too – and I already knew them to be controlled dissent by the imperial mantras they each uttered while purporting to loudly dissent with empire. Especially the touchstone of all mantras: 9/11 was carried out by Osama Bin Laden and the Al Qaida, same "doctrinal motivation" which both the White House and the Pentagon have been uttering since day 1 to launch "imperial mobilization". So, since a man is known by the mantras he echoes, was Israel Shamir too one of them?