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Viral Video of the day: Visiting Republicans Laud Egypt’s Force

Two months after the military ousted Egypt’s first elected president and began a bloody crackdown on his supporters, a delegation of House Republicans visited Cairo over the weekend to tell the new government to keep up the good work.

“We are here as members of Congress to say, ‘We are with you, and we encourage you,’ ” Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota said in a remarkable news conference broadcast over a pro-government satellite network and eagerly reported on Sunday by Egyptian state news media.

Amplifying on the new government’s portrayal of its crackdown as a battle against terrorism, Mrs. Bachmann wrongly implied a link between the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and the Muslim Brotherhood.

I don’t know know whether to laugh or cry guys. So apparently, the Muslim Brotherhood is now responsible for 9/11. Oh and Obama supports the group too. Besides, it doesn’t matter that the generals and the government officials that Michele and her cronies met with were the very same people that carried out the indiscriminate killings and arrests of thousands of pro-democracy protesters and activists, because those murderers were just sooo nice, and sooo welcoming. Not like those big, bad “Islamists” with their big, bad beards that terrorise everyone.

Stay classy Michele. Stay classy America.

So Obama has come out urging Morsi through a telephone conversation to respond to issues raised by opposition protesters who are calling for Morsi to leave. The sheer hypocrisy of the Obama administration is outstanding. When hundreds of thousands of Occupy Wall Street protesters took to the street in the US to protest the Obama administration’s policies and failings, this was their response:




The White House also released a statement Tuesday saying that Obama told Morsi on Monday that “the United States is committed to the democratic process in Egypt and does not support any single party or group.” Hold up Obama. Let’s just take a look at the top 10 recipients of U.S. Economic and Military assistance:


Now let’s take a look at this breakdown of how and where exactly this money is spent:


So 65% of the aid sent to Egypt goes directly to the military - so much for not supporting any group, eh Obama? We’re not even going to take into account the fact that the remaining 35% of aid went straight to the pockets of Mubarak and his cronies, billions of dollars sent by the US to help prop up their puppet dictatorship in Egypt and billions of dollars which was deposited by Mubarak and his cronies in foreign banks and billions of dollars that the governments of these foreign banks refuse to return to the Egyptian people.

The statement went on to say that Obama “encouraged [Morsi] to take steps to show that he is responsive to [protesters’] concerns, and underscored that the current crisis can only be resolved through a political process.”

Yes, you’re absolutely right Obama, a political process called a REFERENDUM. Morsi was democratically and rightfully elected by the Egyptian people and so if he should be removed, then it must be done through a democratic and rightful way. Many voted for Morsi not because they were bribed with ‘sugar and oil’, not because they are “mindless sheep” but because they truly believed that he is the best option for Egypt. 

The US will be the first to claim that it supports democracy, that it stands with the will of the people but what the US won’t tell you is that it supports only those have who the US’s interests in mind, it stands only with the will of those who will uphold the US’s interests in the region. Don’t allow yourself to be fooled by their claims. The Obama administration and every administration before it don’t give two hoots about democracy, the only democracy they’ll support is the democracy that supports them.

Obama and the case of a Yemeni journalist

The news that the Obama administration has been monitoring journalists from The Associated Press (AP) and Fox News has been greeted with consternation by the US media and civil liberties groups. 

But the plight of another journalist who received the personal attention of President Obama has received little coverage.

Abdulelah Haider Shaye was initially imprisoned in 2010 after his reporting showed that the US had conducted a missile strike in the village of Al Majala that killed fourteen women and twenty-one children. The Yemeni government had claimed the responsibility for the attack.

Shaye’s jailing led to an outcry in Yemen and it was reported that the country’s president was considering his release. But following a personal phone call from President Obama, no pardon was issued.

The US has yet to provide any evidence that Shaye was connected to al-Qaeda.

Jeremy Scahill, national security correspondent for The Nation magazine, who has done an investigation into Shaye’s case, explains that, “his association with al-Qaeda consists of having interviewed members of al-Qaeda. And I think that if people took a close look at the work of this journalist over many years … this was a guy who was asking very tough questions …. I’d say his real crime was doing real journalism …”

Abdulelah Haider Shaye wrote a letter from prison last week making clear who he blames for his detention.

“It’s inaccurate to say the Americans imprisoned me because some of them defended and supported me and opposed my detention. Actually, the only person responsible for kidnapping and detaining me is Obama. So, I don’t want the media to say America or Americans have incarcerated me because it’s obvious [who is responsible].”

And during his trial, Shaye condemned the strikes on civilians whose aftermath he had witnessed first hand:

“When they hid murderers of children and women in Abyan, when I revealed the locations and camps of nomads and civilians in Abyan, Shabwa and Arhab when they were going to be hit by cruise missiles, it was on that day that they decided to arrest me. You notice in the court how … all of my journalistic contributions and quotations to international reporters and news channels have been turned into accusations. Yemen, this is the place where, when a young journalist becomes successful, he is viewed with suspicion.”
So, why did Obama personally intervene to ensure the Yemeni journalist’s incarceration?

"The US has expressed concern over Turkey’s handling of the #OccupyGezi protests…”

Meanwhile protesters in Turkey are chocking on tear gas made and supplied by the USA.

America, you so funny.

this x 1000000.

© Carlos Latuff, 2005.

Back in the days when leaders weren’t comedians”

This is so relevant right now…





Police State Brutality Made Apparent Tonight @OCCUPYOAKLAND

 These make me flinch. I can’t believe these were taken in my country, let alone my state. What a sad, sad day for America.

The police have maintained that they did not use such methods, and yet, here’s photographic evidence.

Can’t wait to see how Fox news spins this.

HA! The official report on the news this morning is that those loud bangs were “firecrackers thrown by protestors” and not crowd control devices used by police (like sound cannons or flash grenades). No comment about rubber bullets. They also justified their crackdown by saying the protestors were throwing rocks at them during a facedown at the town hall. I call bull.

One solution: REVOLUTION!

(via letyourselfbeworthy)

'I AM NOT MOVING' - Occupy Wall Street: a short film.

"Hypocrisy has its own elegant symmetry indeed! The end is nigh people, the end is nigh!"

no comment.

As the war in Afghanistan passes its ten-year mark, sexual assault runs rampant within the ranks, with an estimated one in three female service members raped during their US military service, according to at least one peer-reviewed study.” 

'Migrant Mother' taken by Dorothea Lange in Nipomo, California, March 1936.

"I saw and approached the hungry and desperate mother, as if drawn by a magnet. I do not remember how I explained my presence or my camera to her, but I do remember she asked me no questions. I made five exposures, working closer and closer from the same direction. I did not ask her name or her history. She told me her age, that she was thirty-two. She said that they had been living on frozen vegetables from the surrounding fields, and birds that the children killed. She had just sold the tires from her car to buy food. There she sat in that lean-to tent with her children huddled around her, and seemed to know that my pictures might help her, and so she helped me. There was a sort of equality about it.”

"Washington DC, USA: People sign a huge banner during the Occupy DC anti-corporations protest at Freedom Plaza. A four-day protest in Washington to reclaim American politics for the people went into overtime, its participants vowing to stay put despite the expiry of their permit"

By: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images


(and you might not as it’s being censored in the mainstream media)

OccupyWallStreet demonstrations have grown to ~20 000 today.

The NYPD have begun a violent crackdown on demonstrators, with batons, pepper spray, and mass arrests.

Videos from the night of Oct 5th here, here, and here.

Videos from Oct 5th during the day here.

We are the 99%

(via desert-dreamer)

"An Iraqi boy emerges with a white rabbit from the large crater of a blasted home following a U.S. "Shock and Awe" bombing raid on a Baghdad neighbourhood. I fear the rabbit’s reprieve was probably short-lived, though, as the aesthetic, gentle quality of rabbits was about to succumb - like everything else - to the brutalizing influence of war, and the cooking pot."

By: Sean Smith, The Guardian