Sunday, January 30, 2011

Some thoughts on Egypt...

There have been many reports and opinions coming out of the mouths of reporters working for the Western corporate media, regarding what is going on in Egypt right now. There is some facts, that have been released by Wikileaks on Jan. 27th, that paint a picture nobody wants to reveal. The U.S. and U.K. media, in particular, do not want people around the world to know the real story behind this uprising.
As of this evening, Al Jazeera is being shut down in Cairo and I think we know who is ordering that, don't we? Al Jazeera is the only media outlet who are not towing the official line. And that just wouldn't be good, would it? 
The internet was shut down yesterday by the Egyptian Government but I also have my suspicions about who was behind that, too...

WikiLeaks has embarrassed U.S. government policymakers on an almost daily basis for the past year, releasing classified documents that reveal corruption in America's foreign wars and diplomatic affairs. The embarrassment continued this week, as WikiLeaks revealed January 27 that U.S. diplomats had casually referred to "routine and pervasive" torture by Egyptian police in diplomatic cables. The revelations not only helped to stoke anti-government fervor in the current Egyptian unrest, but they were posted on the WikiLeaks website the same day Vice President Joe Biden continued to defend the 30-year-long Mubarak regime as an "ally" of the United States. "I would not refer to him as a dictator," Biden told PBS's Jim Lehrer. Asked by Lehrer whether Mubarak should step down, Biden replied "No." Mubarak, who has ruled Egypt since his predecessor Anwar Sadat was cut down by an assassin's bullet in 1981, has apparently chosen his son Gamal as his successor. Indeed, WikiLeaks cables reveal that U.S. officials met with Gamal Mubarak in a semi-official capacity, apparently grooming him for the post. But many media outlets reported January 26 that Gamal Mubarak and his family have fled the nation's chaos for exile in Britain.
Egypt remains a prime recipient of U.S. military foreign aid, so the weapons used against pro-democracy protesters by police and the military may actually have been purchased by U.S. taxpayers. In addition, the United States has used the torturing Mubarak regime in Egypt as a destination for interrogation of detainees in the war on terror through the Clinton and Bush administration's policy of "extraordinary rendition."

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