- Happenings inside the Egypt elite are anything but democratic
- Only an Israeli or American openly boasts about crimes
- We see the Iranian call for freedom
- Sensible American writer who doesn’t loathe political Islam
- ABCTV News 24 on Egypt and Wikileaks
- Because Iran deserves to be truly free
- Who says Abu Ghraib is bad for business?
- Today’s lesson in US foreign policy (back dictators and say it’s democracy)
- A welcome marriage between liberalism and Islam?
- No peace treaty ever told Egypt to banish Arabs
Happenings inside the Egypt elite are anything but democratic
Posted: 14 Feb 2011 03:13 PM PST
Only an Israeli or American openly boasts about crimes
Posted: 14 Feb 2011 03:02 PM PST
Jewish American blogger Richard Silverstein has the news:
We see the Iranian call for freedom
Posted: 14 Feb 2011 02:23 PM PST
|Sensible American writer who doesn’t loathe political Islam
Posted: 14 Feb 2011 06:04 AM PST
Roger Cohen in a very powerful column today in the New York Times:
ABCTV News 24 on Egypt and Wikileaks
Posted: 14 Feb 2011 05:37 AM PST
I was a guest on last night’s ABCTV News 24′s The Drum alongside Sue Cato and the Daily Telegraph’s Joe Hilderbrand (video here).
One of the main areas of discussion was the Egyptian revolution and just how good it felt. I argued that it was vital for us in the West to understand that Egypt’s “stability” was simply about repressing its own people, assisting Israel in its occupation of the Palestinians and maintaining the illegal siege on Gaza. So much for “moderation”. Furthermore, Washington isn’t seen as a neutral broker, of course; they’re complicit in decades of violence.
Islamism must not be so feared. Not every Islamist is an al-Qaeda member. Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood should be engaged. One of the great failings of Western policy post 9/11 has been its unwillingness to see political Islam as anything other than a threat. The result is the lessening of American influence in the Middle East by so slavishly following Israel’s racism towards the Arabs. This is something I welcome but these facts need to be stated over and over again.
I also stressed that Australia had no right to speak about the rule of rule when it’s now clear that Australian citizen Mamdouh Habib was tortured in Egypt, by Mubarak’s thugs including Omar Suleiman, in the years after 9/11. Is there anything Canberra won’t do to please Washington?
Finally, the reporter behind last night’s Wikileaks/Bradley Manning story on ABC TV’s 4 Corners talked about the complex web of intrigue around the case, highlighting the fact that Manning should be seen as a true hero, if he was indeed the one who leaked all this information (that’s my view, not the one expressed by the journalist on air).
Because Iran deserves to be truly free
Posted: 14 Feb 2011 05:02 AM PST
I stand in solidarity with the brave Iranians protesting today against a brutal police state.
Who says Abu Ghraib is bad for business?
Posted: 13 Feb 2011 09:07 PM PST
Private contractor CACI provided some of the torturers at Abu Ghraib in Iraq.
So it therefore makes sense, following the rules of crony capitalism, that a rebounding economy is suiting CACI just fine:
Today’s lesson in US foreign policy (back dictators and say it’s democracy)
Posted: 13 Feb 2011 07:52 PM PST
Washington Stakeout interviews John McCain and Newt Gingrich on US reaction to the fall of Mubarak.
If there’s any need to understand why the US is increasingly loathed across the world, note the words of these supposedly wild old men.
A welcome marriage between liberalism and Islam?
Posted: 13 Feb 2011 07:39 PM PST
Anthony Shadid writes for the New York Times from Cairo:
No peace treaty ever told Egypt to banish Arabs
Posted: 13 Feb 2011 05:30 PM PST
Ali Abunimah is spot on: