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
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 »
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 »
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 »