Monday, January 31, 2011

The Latest from Egypt

The state entities of Egypt remain embattled with protesters. There are several developments, the state has shut down the last of the Internet hubs and this limits information exchange. Also the recent appointment of Omar Suleiman, a CIA front man, who is suspected of being involved in the US 'Extreme Rendition' cases (Extreme rendition is the process of sending a US citizen of Detainee to an international government, to torture and extract information- to avoid national backlash of violating human rights). If Suleiman is as bad as some suggest, the US is liable to open new 'black zones' as places to outsource torture. Finally the Washington 'solution' to the Egyptian upheavals.

"Pres. Mubarak has closed down internet, sms, banks, schools, universities, courts, now the trains in all of Egypt. The last working ISP in Egypt has been shut down. Confirmed reports from @ioerror and by phone from @RamyRaoof. Reports now dependant on landlines, dialup via international ISP. People preparing for million person march on Tuesday"-IndyMedia

"In response to the mass protests of recent days, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has appointed his first Vice President in his over 30 years rule, intelligence chief Omar Suleiman. When Suleiman was first announced, Aljazeera commentators were describing him as a "distinguished" and "respected " man. It turns out, however, that he is distinguished for, among other things, his central role in Egyptian torture and in the US rendition to torture program. Further, he is "respected" by US officials for his cooperation with their torture plans, among other initiatives.

Katherine Hawkins, an expert on the US's rendition to torture program, in an email, has sent some critical texts where Suleiman pops up. Thus, Jane Mayer, in The Dark Side, pointed to Suleiman's role in the rendition program:

Each rendition was authorized at the very top levels of both governments....The long-serving chief of the Egyptian central intelligence agency, Omar Suleiman, negotiated directly with top Agency officials. [Former U.S. Ambassador to Egypt] Walker described the Egyptian counterpart, Suleiman, as "very bright, very realistic," adding that he was cognizant that there was a downside to "some of the negative things that the Egyptians engaged in, of torture and so on. But he was not squeamish, by the way" (pp. 113).

Stephen Grey, in Ghost Plane, his investigative work on the rendition program also points to Suleiman as central in the rendition program:
To negotiate these assurances [that the Egyptians wouldn't "torture" the prisoner delivered for torture] the CIA dealt principally in Egypt through Omar Suleiman, the chief of the Egyptian general intelligence service (EGIS) since 1993. It was he who arranged the meetings with the Egyptian interior ministry.... Suleiman, who understood English well, was an urbane and sophisticated man. Others told me that for years Suleiman was America's chief interlocutor with the Egyptian regime -- the main channel to President Hosni Mubarak himself, even on matters far removed from intelligence and security"- STEPHEN SOLDZ

Meanwhile the opposition, still in protest and slowly arming themselves. Meanwhile Washington wants to mitigate any social reform.

"Egyptians want their dictator's regime to end, but Obama wants only a "shift in Egypt's administration." These are clashing demands. Indeed, since the events in Egypt began, Obama has been busily speaking through both sides of his mouth.

His administration continued to give support to the dictator as protesters were being shot in the street. Obama called for calm "from both sides," giving equal credibility to the murderous dictatorship and the masses of people who demanded he leave. It should be obvious that, if the protesters "show restraint," as Obama wants, the dictatorship would stay in place."-Portland IndyMedia

"The Egyptian uprising, which emerged as a disparate and spontaneous grass-roots movement, began to coalesce Sunday, as the largest opposition group, the Muslim Brotherhood, threw its support behind a leading secular opposition figure, Mohamed ElBaradei, to negotiate on behalf of the forces seeking the fall of President Hosni Mubarak...Though lacking deep support on his own, Mohammed ElBaradei, a Nobel laureate, could serve as consensus figure for a movement that has struggled to articulate a program for a potential transition." (January 30, 2011).

""In surreal scenes in Cairo, soldiers stood by tanks covered in anti-Mubarak graffiti: "Down with Mubarak. Down with the despot. Down with the traitor. Pharaoh out of Egypt."...Asked how they could let people scrawl anti-Mubarak slogans on their mostly American-made vehicles, one soldier said: "These are written by the people. It's the views of the people."

This army will find it difficult to suppress the inevitable protests if Elbaradei is installed as a U.S. puppet; inevitable because he will follow the path laid by Mubarak: support of U.S. military presence in the region; support of Israeli policy against the Palestinians; support of U.S. free-market economic policy; and support of further U.S. aggression against neighboring countries like Iran.

In short, any regime that continues to support U.S. policies will be a dictatorship, something the Egyptian people clearly do not want. If the Muslim Brotherhood props up such a government, they will be completely exposed and discredited by their own members, and a tremendous void will be left open, to be filled by the self-organization of the Egyptian people"-Portland IndyMedia.

Put more Bluntly "Though the dangers of an experiment with democracy in a such a strategic country - make Democracy rather unappealing for the United States Government which has financed the Egyptian military for the past 30 years; For them the more favored outlook is rule by the military"-US IndyMedia.



Thanks
http://www.indymedia.org/en/index.shtml

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2011/01/405700.shtml

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2011/01/405702.shtml

http://indymedia.us/en/index.shtml

http://dc.indymedia.org/newswire/display/150849/index.php

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