Oct 152013
 
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Pinochet: America's thug in Santiago. "Sometimes democracy must be bathed in blood."

Pinochet: America’s thug in Santiago. “Sometimes democracy must be bathed in blood.” Are the Egyptian generals following his template?

Written by Eric Walberg Эрик Вальберг/ Уолберг إيريك ولبر    Tuesday, 15 October 2013 19:10 PDF E-mail
The Pinochet-style coup in Egypt in July 2013, 40 years after the Chilean coup, gives pause to reconsider Islamic political strategy.  It took Chile 25 year before Pinochet was arrested (ironically, in Britain on a Spanish warrant), and he died eight years later without being convicted at the age of 91. Chilean socialists retook power 27 years after the coup, but their party was no threat to capitalism, a pale ghost of Allende’s revolution. Is this the fate of the Arab Spring? Continue reading »
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Oct 142013
 
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Battleground Cairo

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by ANDRE VLTCHEK

Cairo

Instead of passion and hope, all there is left on the streets of Cairo is depressing defeatism, frustration and hate. Continue reading »

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Oct 122013
 
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The Poor People of Egypt
by JOHN CHUCKMAN

At Egypt's helm: Gen. Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. Part of the problem not the solution.

At Egypt’s helm: Gen. Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. An opportunistic dictator.

How is it that the people of Egypt, after a successful revolution against the repressive 30-year government of President Mubarak, a revolution involving the hopes and fears of millions and a substantial loss of life, have ended up almost precisely where they started? Continue reading »

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Sep 222013
 
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Kirdasa: The Egyptian Hama
by MOHAMED MALIK and MOHAMAD OMAR
Giza.
This article first appeared on Counterpunch, to which we are indebted

Various reports have been floated in the media about the events at Kirdasa yesterday, such as 15 police officers were killed, which led to a full army assault with tanks and helicopters, many dead and hundreds injured. The town was surrounded as Hama, Syria, had been, during the fateful massacre of 1982 when Hafez al-Assad, Bashar’s father, decided to bludgeon the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria to death. The similarity is not superficial, for Kirdasa is indeed one of the towns that strongly supports the Muslim Brotherhood and had been the subject of a similar attack by Gamal Abdel-Nasser’s military in 1954. Continue reading »

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Sep 172013
 
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A Photo Essay

Egypt: In the Eye of the Storm

by ANDRE VLTCHEK

Andre VltchekThey say thousands of people died during and after the 3 July 2013 coup d’ état in Egypt. Semi-official and conservative counts speak of 1,600 victims.

Once again people are disappearing; they are dying. During the protests, snipers have been positioned on the roofs of tall buildings in Cairo and Alexandria. Fear is everywhere.

In the entire region, a big crackdown is underway. Western allies are arresting and murdering the opposition: in Egypt, Turkey, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia… Continue reading »

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