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Dominating New Egyptian Parliament, Muslim Brotherhood Controls that Body’s House Speaker

Hamas (Pales­tin­ian Mus­lim Broth­er­hood) Sol­diers Saluting

COMMENT: Hav­ing gained 45 % of the seats in the new Egypt­ian par­lia­ment, the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood has now maneu­vered the sec­re­tary gen­eral of its Free­dom and Jus­tice Party into the posi­tion of house speaker.

Por­trayed as “mod­er­ate,” the Broth­er­hood is, of course, noth­ing of the sort.  Allied with the Axis in World War II, the orga­ni­za­tion is a doc­tri­naire fas­cist orga­ni­za­tion that has been pre­served through the decades because its pro-corporatist, anti-communist stance has made it use­ful to West­ern intel­li­gence ser­vices dur­ing the Cold War and its aftermath.

(To keep up with devel­op­ments vis a vis the Broth­er­hood, check the Global Mus­lim Broth­er­hood Daily Report, which feeds along the bot­tom of this website.)

Dis­turb­ing in, and of, itself, the ascen­sion of the Broth­er­hood in Egypt and else­where in the Mid­dle East in the wake of the “Arab Spring,” this devel­op­ment is all the more alarm­ing because it appears to be an out­growth of an oper­a­tion begun by the Bush/GOP fac­tion of the CIA and State Depart­ment and car­ried for­ward by the Obama administration.

“BREAKING NEWS: Egypt­ian Polit­i­cal Par­ties Select Mus­lim Broth­er­hood Leader as Egypt’s First Speaker of the Par­lia­ment” [AP]; Global Mus­lim Broth­er­hood Daily Report; 1/16/2012.

EXCERPT: Top par­ties in Egypt’s incom­ing par­lia­ment have agreed to select an Islamist politi­cian as house speaker for the first time in decades, party lead­ers said Mon­day. The Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, the big win­ner in the first elec­tion since the oust­ing of Pres­i­dent Hosni Mubarak last Feb­ru­ary, said it joined sev­eral other par­ties in back­ing Saad el-Katatni, the secretary-general of the Brotherhood’s own party.

The main func­tion of the new par­lia­ment is to pick a 100-person com­mis­sion to draw up a new con­sti­tu­tion for Egypt, while prepa­ra­tions take place for pres­i­den­tial elec­tions sched­uled for June. The selec­tion of el-Katatni showed the power of the Islamists to influ­ence that process. . . .

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17 comments for “Dominating New Egyptian Parliament, Muslim Brotherhood Controls that Body’s House Speaker”

  1. ...mean­while in Libya, rumors of Marines on Malta ready to re-invade to estab­lish some min­i­mum order are being hotly denied.

    And a report is out about the epic bat­tle between British spe­cial forces and Libyan farm­ers last year:

    In a report broad­cast last night, Mark Urban, Newsnight’s Diplo­matic Edi­tor, revealed that British spe­cial forces inter­ven­tion began as early as Feb­ru­ary 2011. Libyan rebels had set up in Beng­hazi, and as the con­flict became more heated, the British Gov­ern­ment decided to send a res­cue mis­sion to South­ern Libya.

    On Feb­ru­ary 27, a ‘cou­ple of dozen’ SBS marines car­ried out three flights to res­cue one hun­dred and fifty for­eign oil work­ers (twenty British) from Zil­lah, Libya. The spe­cial forces team then flew the for­eign oil work­ers to Val­letta, Malta.

    By late Feb­ru­ary the British Gov­ern­ment had decided to back the National Tran­si­tion Coun­cil (NTC) and over­throw Muam­mar Gaddafi.

    The next stage of British spe­cial forces involve­ment in Libya would involve the highly secre­tive ‘E-Squadron’. A unit jointly made up of the SAS, SBS with close links with Mi6. By early march six spe­cial forces oper­a­tives and two Mi6 agents trav­elled to Beng­hazi to meet rebel leaders.

    The mis­sion failed. The so-called ‘Diplo­matic team’ was con­tained by Libyan farm­ers. After this pub­lic embar­rass­ment, spe­cial forces were not involved in Libya for months.

    Posted by Dwight | January 20, 2012, 1:51 am
  2. Inter­est­ing arti­cle, but I have to say that a more accu­rate view of why things went ter­ri­bly wrong, is not that the Repub­li­can fac­tion of the CIA sup­pos­edly ‘started’ it; the fact is, Dave, I was watch­ing this event from the very moment it began to develop and the GOP was very, very, opposed to our involve­ment in Libya and the Arab Spring. It’s quite obvi­ous that they wouldn’t have started a movement(they may be evil, but they’re smart) which very well could have threat­ened their allies in the Mideast, includ­ing the MB(and given that one of these sources came from Wik­ileaks, I have even more doubts. I strongly sus­pect this came from the Assange/Jermas fac­tion, prob­a­bly to try to throw peo­ple off from the real story. They have def­i­nitely pulled shenani­gans like this before)

    That said, how­ever, there are some pretty strong indi­ca­tions that I’ve seen that the move­ment was instead manip­u­lated and hijacked by these same forces, espe­cially the Mus­lim Brotherhood(this makes a lot more sense when you really think about it. Mubarak was pretty close to the U.S. right-wing as well as that of the Israelis.)

    The good news, how­ever, is that a few of the pro­test­ers have woken up and real­ized that they’ve been played for fools and are start­ing to rise up against the crim­i­nal M.B. as well. Let’s hope that con­tin­ues to grow.

    Posted by Steven L. | January 20, 2012, 6:23 am
  3. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/19/us-egypt-radioactive-idUSTRE80I1SW20120119

    Radioac­tive mate­r­ial said stolen from Egypt­ian plant
    CAIRO | Thu Jan 19, 2012 1:10pm EST

    (Reuters) — Radioac­tive mate­r­ial has been stolen from a nuclear power sta­tion on Egypt’s Mediter­ranean coast that was the scene of vio­lent protests last week, the state-run al-Ahram news­pa­per reported on Thursday.

    A safe con­tain­ing radioac­tive mate­r­ial at the Dabaa nuclear power plant, which is still under con­struc­tion, was seized while another also con­tain­ing radioac­tive mate­r­ial was bro­ken open and part of its con­tents taken, the news­pa­per said.

    In Vienna, an offi­cial of the U.N. nuclear agency described the items miss­ing as “low-level radioac­tive sources” which had been taken from a lab­o­ra­tory at the con­struc­tion site. He could not give any details on the nature of the stolen items.

    “We are in touch with the Egypt­ian author­i­ties,” the offi­cial from the Inter­na­tional Atomic Energy Agency said.

    Al-Ahram said the gov­ern­ment has alerted secu­rity author­i­ties and asked that spe­cial­ized teams help in the search for the stolen material.

    More than a dozen peo­ple were wounded last week when mil­i­tary police tried to dis­perse hun­dreds of Egypt­ian pro­test­ers demand­ing the relo­ca­tion of the Dabaa plant.

    Plant staff have refused to go to the site because of the dete­ri­o­ra­tion in the secu­rity sit­u­a­tion there, al-Ahram said.

    Posted by R. Wilson | January 21, 2012, 8:56 pm
  4. With the MB about to take con­trol after the his­toric protest started by an alliance of lib­eral youth groups, it’s worth look­ing back at the Egypt­ian MB’s state of affairs one year before the Jan­u­ary 25th protests that sparked the whole thing. Thing’s weren’t exactly look­ing up for the MB:

    Is the Broth­er­hood Push­ing the Self-Destruct But­ton?
    Amr Hamzawy The National, Jan­u­ary 18, 2010

    ...

    Elec­tions for the movement’s lead­er­ship – the 16-member Guid­ance Office and the posi­tion of Gen­eral Guide – have demon­strated the extent of the Brotherhood’s trou­bles. The results illus­trate the pro­found impact of Egypt’s closed polit­i­cal envi­ron­ment, deep­en­ing inter­nal divi­sion and fur­ther entrench­ing the movement’s con­ser­v­a­tive leadership.

    Since its strong show­ing in the 2005 par­lia­men­tary elec­tions, in which it won 20 per cent rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the People’s Assem­bly – the lower cham­ber of par­lia­ment – the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood has been sub­jected to sus­tained repres­sion by the Mubarak regime. In an attempt to limit the Brotherhood’s polit­i­cal influ­ence, the gov­ern­ment has sys­tem­at­i­cally detained its mem­bers, con­demned the movement’s lead­ers and those who fund it to long peri­ods of impris­on­ment imposed by mil­i­tary tri­bunals, and manip­u­lated elec­toral pro­ce­dures and elec­tion results.

    The gov­ern­ment has also intro­duced sev­eral con­sti­tu­tional and legal changes, which it admits are aimed at shrink­ing the space avail­able for the Brotherhood’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in pol­i­tics. Most sig­nif­i­cantly, reli­gious par­ties and polit­i­cal activ­i­ties were banned by a 2007 con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment, and con­sti­tu­tional arti­cles were changed to pave the way for a party-based elec­toral sys­tem. The con­se­quences of these changes have been severe for the Broth­er­hood; as a move­ment banned by law, it must either field elec­tion can­di­dates as indi­vid­u­als, or join forces with an exist­ing legal party.

    The first major out­come of all this has been a grad­ual clos­ing off of the for­mal polit­i­cal sphere for the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood. In spite of its sig­nif­i­cant rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the People’s Assem­bly and the solid appear­ance of its par­lia­men­tary bloc, the Broth­er­hood has become an iso­lated move­ment with lit­tle influ­ence on Egypt­ian pol­i­tics. In fact, almost no one in the Brotherhood’s lead­er­ship expects it to secure more than five per cent rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the new People’s Assem­bly that will be elected in the autumn.

    The sec­ond major out­come has been a grow­ing recog­ni­tion by many in the Brotherhood’s lead­er­ship that the move­ment is under siege and will remain so indef­i­nitely. The dom­i­nant view has come to be that the Brotherhood’s pri­or­ity should there­fore be to sus­tain the movement’s organ­i­sa­tional sol­i­dar­ity in the face of regime repres­sion, rather than invest effort in futile polit­i­cal par­tic­i­pa­tion. In other words, the closed envi­ron­ment in which the Broth­er­hood has been oper­at­ing since 2005 offers no incen­tive for polit­i­cal par­tic­i­pa­tion, prompt­ing the move­ment to turn inward.

    Under these con­di­tions, it comes as no sur­prise that the Brotherhood’s inter­nal dynam­ics have been shaped by diverg­ing posi­tions on the strate­gic value of polit­i­cal par­tic­i­pa­tion. The inclu­sion­ist wing of the Brotherhood’s lead­er­ship, which advo­cates par­tic­i­pa­tion, has inevitably lost sup­port and organ­i­sa­tional power over the past few years, while the iso­la­tion­ists have grown more influ­en­tial and now rep­re­sent a secure majority.

    The results of the inter­nal elec­tions last month reflected this chang­ing bal­ance of power. An influ­en­tial mod­er­ate, and arguably the Brotherhood’s most out­spo­ken defender of polit­i­cal par­tic­i­pa­tion, Abdul Munim Abul Fut­tuh, lost his posi­tion in the Guid­ance Office to oppo­nents whose pri­or­ity is the movement’s social and pros­e­lytis­ing efforts.

    In addi­tion, Muham­mad Habib, the for­mer Vice Gen­eral Guide with a rep­u­ta­tion for build­ing con­sen­sus between inclu­sion­ists and iso­la­tion­ists, failed to keep his seat in the Guid­ance Office. Among the four newly elected mem­bers to the Office, only Issam al Iryan can be iden­ti­fied as an advo­cate for par­tic­i­pa­tion. And very few of the Office’s re-elected mem­bers, includ­ing the head of the Brotherhood’s par­lia­men­tary bloc, Muham­mad Saad al Katani, can be con­sid­ered pro-participation.

    ...

    The Egypt­ian peo­ple have been stunned by the Brotherhood’s pub­lic dis­play of inter­nal rifts, a divi­sion played out mostly in the media. The Broth­er­hood is no longer the secre­tive move­ment it once was, reveal­ing lit­tle of its inter­nal affairs to out­siders. Recently, fig­ures such as Muham­mad Habib have accused other lead­ers of manip­u­lat­ing the elec­toral process for the Guid­ance Office. Indeed, sev­eral voices in the inclu­sion­ist group have openly dis­cussed the pos­si­bil­ity of the Brotherhood’s break-up.

    ...

    Here’s another inter­est­ing MB fun-fact related to that the MB’s top leader, Mohammed Madhi Akef, who was step­ping down at that time. It turns out that he also played an impor­tant role in cre­at­ing the “Mus­lim Amer­i­can Soci­ety” (MAS) in 1993, an MB-umbrella group for the US. It sounds like the MAS was started in response to inter­nal group divi­sions over how much the group should oper­ate openly or in secret in the US. There are a num­ber of par­al­lels between the inter­nal debate back in the early 90’s then and the debate in the years lead­ing up to the Arab Spring:

    A rare look at secre­tive Broth­er­hood in Amer­ica
    Mus­lims divided on Broth­er­hood

    A group aim­ing to cre­ate Islamic states world­wide has estab­lished roots here, in large part under the guid­ance of Egypt-born Ahmed Elkadi

    By Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah, Sam Roe and Lau­rie Cohen Tri­bune staff reporters

    Sep­tem­ber 19, 2004

    Over the last 40 years, small groups of devout Mus­lim men have gath­ered in homes in U.S. cities to pray, mem­o­rize the Koran and dis­cuss events of the day.

    But they also addressed their ulti­mate goal, one so con­tro­ver­sial that it is a key rea­son they have oper­ated in secrecy: to cre­ate Mus­lim states over­seas and, they hope, some­day in Amer­ica as well.

    These men are part of an under­ground U.S. chap­ter of the inter­na­tional Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, the world’s most influ­en­tial Islamic fun­da­men­tal­ist group and an orga­ni­za­tion with a vio­lent past in the Mid­dle East. But fear­ing per­se­cu­tion, they rarely iden­tify them­selves as Broth­er­hood mem­bers and have oper­ated largely behind the scenes, unbe­known even to many Muslims.

    Still, the U.S. Broth­er­hood has had a sig­nif­i­cant and ongo­ing impact on Islam in Amer­ica, help­ing estab­lish mosques, Islamic schools, sum­mer youth camps and promi­nent Mus­lim orga­ni­za­tions. It is a major fac­tor, Islamic schol­ars say, in why many Mus­lim insti­tu­tions in the nation have become more con­ser­v­a­tive in recent decades.

    Lead­ing the U.S. Broth­er­hood dur­ing much of this period was Ahmed Elkadi, an Egyptian-born sur­geon and a for­mer per­sonal physi­cian to Saudi Arabia’s King Faisal. He headed the group from 1984 to 1994 but abruptly lost his lead­er­ship posi­tion. Now he is dis­cussing his life and the U.S. Broth­er­hood for the first time.

    His story, com­bined with details from doc­u­ments and inter­views, offers an unprece­dented look at the Broth­er­hood in Amer­ica: how the group recruited mem­bers, how it cloaked itself in secrecy and how it alien­ated many mod­er­ate Muslims.

    Indeed, because of its hard-line beliefs, the U.S. Broth­er­hood has been an increas­ingly divi­sive force within Islam in Amer­ica, fuel­ing the often bit­ter strug­gle between mod­er­ate and con­ser­v­a­tive Muslims.

    Many Mus­lims believe that the Broth­er­hood is a noble inter­na­tional move­ment that sup­ports the true teach­ings of Islam and unwa­ver­ingly defends Mus­lims who have come under attack around the world, from Chechens to Pales­tini­ans to Iraqis. But oth­ers view it as an extreme orga­ni­za­tion that breeds intol­er­ance and militancy.

    ...

    When Egypt impris­oned and exe­cuted some Mus­lim Broth­ers in the 1950s, many mem­bers fled the coun­try and helped spread the phi­los­o­phy through­out the Arab world. The group’s ide­o­log­i­cal voice became philoso­pher Sayyid Qutb, who abhorred West­ern val­ues and believed the Koran jus­ti­fied vio­lence to over­throw un-Islamic governments.

    ...

    And while Broth­er­hood activ­i­ties vary from coun­try to coun­try, and chap­ters are offi­cially inde­pen­dent, inter­na­tional lead­ers in Egypt say that all chap­ters are united in their beliefs and that the Egypt­ian office gives them advice.

    In recent months Akef, the inter­na­tional Broth­er­hood leader, repeat­edly has praised Pales­tin­ian and Iraqi sui­cide bombers, called for the destruc­tion of Israel and asserted that the United States has no proof that Al Qaeda was to blame for the Sept. 11 attacks.

    Iman Elkadi’s father, Mah­moud Abu Saud, was par­tic­u­larly involved in the Brotherhood’s begin­nings in Egypt and remains well-known in the Arab world. An accom­plished econ­o­mist, he is widely regarded as a pio­neer in Islamic bank­ing, which requires that inter­est not be charged for loans.

    He also was jailed repeat­edly for his Broth­er­hood activities.

    ...

    A change of face

    In recent years, the U.S. Broth­er­hood oper­ated under the name Mus­lim Amer­i­can Soci­ety, accord­ing to doc­u­ments and inter­views. One of the nation’s major Islamic groups, it was incor­po­rated in Illi­nois in 1993 after a con­tentious debate among Broth­er­hood mem­bers.

    Some wanted the Broth­er­hood to remain under­ground, while oth­ers thought a more pub­lic face would make the group more influ­en­tial. Mem­bers from across the coun­try drove to regional meet­ing sites to dis­cuss the issue.

    For­mer mem­ber Mustafa Saied recalls how he gath­ered with 40 oth­ers at a Days Inn on the Alabama-Tennessee bor­der. Many mem­bers, he says, pre­ferred secrecy, par­tic­u­larly in case U.S. author­i­ties cracked down on Hamas sup­port­ers, includ­ing many Broth­er­hood members.

    “They were look­ing at dooms­day sce­nar­ios,” he says.

    When the lead­ers voted, it was decided that Broth­er­hood mem­bers would call them­selves the Mus­lim Amer­i­can Soci­ety, or MAS, accord­ing to doc­u­ments and interviews.

    They agreed not to refer to them­selves as the Broth­er­hood but to be more pub­licly active. They even­tu­ally cre­ated a Web site and for the first time invited the pub­lic to some con­fer­ences, which also were used to raise money. The incor­po­ra­tion papers would list Elkadi–just months away from his ouster–as a director.

    Elkadi and Mohammed Mahdi Akef, a Broth­er­hood leader in Egypt and now the inter­na­tional head, had pushed for more open­ness. In fact, Akef says he helped found MAS by lob­by­ing for the change dur­ing trips to the U.S.

    “We have a reli­gion, mes­sage, morals and prin­ci­pals that we want to carry to the peo­ple as God ordered us,” he says. “So why should we work in secrecy?”

    But U.S. mem­bers would remain guarded about their iden­tity and beliefs.

    An undated inter­nal memo instructed MAS lead­ers on how to deal with inquiries about the new orga­ni­za­tion. If asked, “Are you the Mus­lim Broth­ers?” lead­ers should respond that they are an inde­pen­dent group called the Mus­lim Amer­i­can Soci­ety. “It is a self-explanatory name that does not need fur­ther explanation.”

    ...

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | January 21, 2012, 10:01 pm
  5. “Atlanta Jew­ish Times Edi­tor Apol­o­gizes For Obama Assassination-By-Mossad” by JTA 1/20/12

    ‘The owner of the Atlanta Jew­ish Times apol­o­gized for an opin­ion col­umn in which he counted Pres­i­dent Obama’s assas­si­na­tion as among Israel’s options in head­ing off a nuclear Iran....
    ...reac­tion from read­ers had been over­whelm­ingly negative.’

    Posted by NewsHawk | January 21, 2012, 10:07 pm
  6. Attor­ney Gen­eral Yehuda Wein­stein instructed Israel Police on Tues­day to open a crim­i­nal inves­ti­ga­tion against a top Mus­lim cleric for incite­ment to vio­lence and racism.

    Weinstein’s request came a few weeks after Jerusalem’s Mufti Mohammed Hus­sein quoted a reli­gious text that includes pas­sages about killing Jews dur­ing a speech at the 47th anniver­sary cel­e­bra­tion of the Fatah move­ment in East Jerusalem.

    Wein­stein stated that the inves­ti­ga­tion will also look into other state­ments the mufti has made about Jews in the past.

    Excerpts from the cleric’s speech were posted on YouTube last week by Pales­tine Media Watch, an Israeli watch­dog group that tracks incite­ment. The com­ments drew angry reac­tions from Israelis Sunday.

    “The hour of res­ur­rec­tion will not come until you fight the Jews,” Hus­sein told the gath­er­ing, cit­ing a hadith, or say­ing attrib­uted to the Prophet Muham­mad. “The Jews will hide behind stones and trees. But the trees and the stones will call: Oh Mus­lim, oh ser­vant of God, there is a Jew hid­ing behind me, so come and kill him.”

    Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Netanyahu con­demned the Mufti’s speech, call­ing it a “heinous offense that all nations of the world must condemn.”

    Hus­sein, who is based in Jerusalem, said his com­ments were taken out of con­text. “I was speak­ing about the final signs of the day of res­ur­rec­tion,” Hus­sein said. “I did not incite, and I did not call for killing. We are not, at present, at the end of days.”

    This story is by:
    Tomer Zarchin

    Posted by Shark | January 24, 2012, 11:05 am
  7. Con­sid­er­ing that the US NGOs prob­a­bly helped pro­pel the MB into power by work­ing with the youth move­ments to help start the “Arab Spring”, there’s a bit a of irony in this turn of events:

    Egypt’s Broth­er­hood backs mil­i­tary in US dis­pute
    2:46 p.m. Wednes­day, Feb­ru­ary 15, 2012

    The Asso­ci­ated Press

    CAIRO — Egypt’s Mus­lim Broth­er­hood on Wednes­day threw its weight behind the country’s military-backed gov­ern­ment in an esca­lat­ing dis­pute with the U.S. over the fund­ing of pro-democracy groups.

    Cairo claims that the groups are foment­ing protests against the country’s mil­i­tary rulers, and has referred 16 Amer­i­cans and 27 oth­ers to crim­i­nal court. Six Amer­i­cans are barred from leav­ing the country.

    The dis­pute has shaken rela­tions between the two coun­tries, with U.S. offi­cials and leg­is­la­tors threat­en­ing to cut aid to Egypt — $1.3 bil­lion in mil­i­tary aid and $250 mil­lion in eco­nomic assis­tance — if the issue is not resolved.

    On Wednes­day, the Broth­er­hood — whose polit­i­cal arm con­trols the largest bloc of seats in Egypt’s par­lia­ment — praised offi­cials car­ry­ing out the crack­down and said it sup­ported their “nation­al­ist position.”

    The Broth­er­hood said it “rejects all forms of pres­sure the U.S. is exert­ing,” the state­ment pub­lished on the group’s web­site said.

    The state­ment said the group “declares that it, and the Egypt­ian peo­ple, will not tol­er­ate any offi­cials if they decide to suc­cumb to the pres­sure or cover up the accu­sa­tions or inter­fere in the busi­ness of the judiciary.”

    Egypt’s rul­ing mil­i­tary coun­cil has repeat­edly alluded to plots by for­eign pow­ers through­out the last year. Crit­ics see the alle­ga­tions as an attempt by the army to deflect atten­tion from what they regard as a botched tran­si­tion to democ­racy. The strongly-worded state­ment by the Broth­ers appears to be an attempt to out­bid the mil­i­tary position.

    The state­ment comes a day after the state media pub­lished the four-month old tes­ti­mony of the Cab­i­net min­is­ter in charge of inter­na­tional coop­er­a­tion in which she lashed out at the mainly U.S. groups.

    Min­is­ter Faiza Aboul Naga, a left­over from deposed Pres­i­dent Hosni Mubarak’s regime, accused them of using the for­eign funds to foment pro-democracy protests against the country’s mil­i­tary rulers, who took over after Mubarak was ousted in a pop­u­lar upris­ing a year ago.

    The for­eign fund­ing affair has also been inter­preted by many among Egypt’s pro-democracy groups as part of a larger plan to neu­tral­ize rights groups and other civil soci­ety orga­ni­za­tion, who have long chal­lenged Mubarak and con­tinue to chal­lenge what they say are grave rights vio­la­tions by the mil­i­tary rulers.

    Inves­tiga­tive judges have said a sec­ond phase of the probe is look­ing into Egypt­ian groups receiv­ing for­eign funds.

    The Broth­er­hood, itself an unreg­is­tered group, had pre­vi­ously backed the military’s inves­ti­ga­tion of pro-democracy and human rights groups.

    “Civil groups are as much a thorn in the side of any reli­gious group,” as they are of an author­i­tar­ian regime, said Negad Borai, a human rights lawyer.

    ....

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | February 15, 2012, 12:37 pm
  8. @Pterrafractyl: Well, as I’ve said before, it looks like the Arab Spring was actu­ally ini­tially mid-wived, as it were, by the ENEMIES of the Under­ground Reich & their allies, and that arti­cle you posted is actu­ally one more piece of the puzzle.

    How­ever, though, this does not, of course, dis­credit the research done by Dave, your­self, and oth­ers includ­ing myself, that does indi­cate that the Arab Spring move­ment was indeed co-opted and hijacked by some of the very same forces that the creators(and their allies) were fight­ing against.

    Frankly, though, I think the elite, the Under­ground Reich included, are get­ting very des­per­ate and will soon run out of move­ments to cor­rupt and hijack, as indi­cated by their mis­er­able fail­ure at attempt­ing to hijack OWS not long ago.

    We are still win­ning, guys. It may be an uphill bat­tle still but it’s thanks to Dave and oth­ers that we CAN win this fight. =)
    @Mike: Sad stuff.....I won­der if Stan­ton may have pos­si­bly been involved with some right­ist occult groups.......thanks for the info.

    Posted by Steven L. | February 16, 2012, 12:00 pm
  9. I found a video of Nasser, with French sub­ti­tles. In this extract, he tells to the crowd the high­lights of a meet­ing with the leader of the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood for that era. Basi­cally, he says, “why should I impose the islamic veil on every women if, your­self, can’t impose it on your own daugh­ter (who doesn’t wear it)? The crowd laughed and cheered.

    But what I find really inter­est­ing with this extract is the non-verbal and psy­cho­log­i­cal aspects of it. Look at the man. He seems relaxed, happy, with a sense of humour, at ease, etc. It is in total con­tra­dic­tion with the lead­ers of Arab coun­tries of today. Look at the dif­fer­en­tial in behav­ior, atti­tude, etc. What we would give to have lead­ers like that in the Mid­dle East, today!

    I am afraid that we won’t see lead­ers like that for a while in that part of the world. I wanted to share it with you to illus­trate the shift and trans­for­ma­tion that have occured since a cou­ple of decades, and that we could label as a descent into fas­cism or a return to bar­barism. It is another case of an image worth a thou­sand words.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=W99M1Po_VlE

    Posted by Claude | February 16, 2012, 3:26 pm
  10. @Dave: I think you will appre­ci­ate the inter­est­ing devel­op­ments pre­sented in this arti­cle. The Egypt­ian rev­o­lu­tion: A Masonic-American-Zionist conspiracy?

    http://english.alarabiya.net/views/2012/02/14/194659.html

    Posted by Claude | February 23, 2012, 8:52 pm
  11. @Claude: The con­tent of that link is pretty sober­ing. Note too the vague nature of the lan­guage used by one of the MB spokes­men regard­ing the nature of oppo­si­tion par­ties in Egypt:

    ...

    The MB spokesman empha­sized that the peo­ple fol­low all the facts and know about con­spir­a­cies being hatched against the rev­o­lu­tion, adding that “The peo­ple are only too aware of the wide­spread cor­rup­tion brought about and insti­tu­tion­al­ized by the for­mer regime. I believe our good Egypt­ian pub­lic will always take the side of dig­nity, free­dom and inde­pen­dence – of the loyal men and women work­ing for the inter­ests of this home­land”. In his TV pro­gram, Howeidi said he had sub­stan­tial infor­ma­tion indi­cat­ing the exis­tence in Egypt of a dubi­ous group prepar­ing to form a new party that will cast itself as the true rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the national forces that can res­cue the coun­try. More­over, the Egypt­ian writer asserted that this party is cur­rently dis­trib­ut­ing its mem­ber­ship forms, adding that it is sup­ported by cer­tain Arab and West­ern coun­tries, and that its meet­ings are already under­way, and also prepa­ra­tion of a plot in which that party’s col­lab­o­ra­tors will come out to demand the oust­ing of the Broth­er­hood. Howeidi said that the MB has broad expe­ri­ence and con­sid­er­able exper­tise that allow them to uncover the heinous plot and foil the sabo­teurs’ scheme, adding that the Broth­ers’ role is not con­fined to par­tak­ing in the elec­tions, “The Broth­ers are bear­ers of a uni­ver­sal mes­sage that must spread on as wide a scale as pos­si­ble. They have a lot to con­tribute towards the advance­ment and revi­tal­iza­tion of Egypt, and the restora­tion of its dig­nity and rights that had been vio­lated for centuries”.

    ...

    Trans­la­tion: Assume any non-fundamentalist Egypt­ian polit­i­cal par­ties that emerge in oppo­si­tion to the MB are part of a West­ern Zion­ist plot.

    The MB’s embrace of democ­racy is already becom­ing a sleeper hold and they’re just get­ting started. :-/

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | February 27, 2012, 11:59 pm
  12. @Pterrafractyl: Let’s hope things turn around. The Egypt­ian peo­ple deserve it. =(

    Posted by Steven L. | February 28, 2012, 7:55 pm
  13. @Steven L.: Yeah, it’s like watch­ing a fam­ily mem­ber that was unjustly thrown into a prison decades ago finally get released. You’re thrilled that they’re free, but their first deci­sion is to go join the Sci­en­tol­o­gists (whom they met in prison). There isn’t a lot you can do other than point them in the direc­tion of “Oper­a­tion Clam­bake” and just wait it out until they real­ize they’re get­ting scammed by con men. It’s not a par­tic­u­larly sur­pris­ing turn of events given all the unjust abuse in their past, but it’s still painful to watch because you know they’re about to get seri­ously fleeced and the Sci­en­tol­o­gists don’t let any­one leave with­out a fight. :-(

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | February 29, 2012, 6:25 pm
  14. @Pterrafractyl: So true, and I fear the same could end up being true in Syria as well. At least there may be some hope for Iran, though, at least they know what it’s like to live in a fas­cist Islamist-run hell­hole, and may be far less likely to fall for any tricks should the mul­lahs be overthrown(we can only hope!).

    Posted by Steven L. | February 29, 2012, 8:12 pm
  15. Seemed sort of inevitable the way things are going...:

    In U-turn, Egypt’s Broth­er­hood names pres­i­den­tial candidate

    By Marwa Awad and Sher­ine El Madany

    CAIRO | Sat Mar 31, 2012 7:26pm EDT

    (Reuters) — Egypt’s Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, in a pol­icy U-turn, said on Sat­ur­day it would back its deputy leader for pres­i­dent, an endorse­ment that guar­an­tees Khairat al-Shater a place among the fron­trun­ners after the group ini­tially said it would not field a candidate.

    The Broth­er­hood said it changed tack after review­ing other can­di­dates in the race and after par­lia­ment, where its Free­dom and Jus­tice Party con­trols the biggest bloc, was unable to meet “the demands of the rev­o­lu­tion”, a ref­er­ence to its mount­ing crit­i­cism of the rul­ing army’s han­dling of the transition.

    Given the Brotherhood’s strong show­ing in the par­lia­men­tary elec­tion and its broad grass-roots net­work, the group’s back­ing for a can­di­date could prove a deci­sive fac­tor. How­ever, ana­lysts say name recog­ni­tion may also play a role in the race that could help oth­ers such as for­mer Arab League chief Amr Moussa.

    Ana­lysts said the move sug­gested the Broth­er­hood, on the brink of power for the first time in its 84-year his­tory, was wor­ried it could have that power snatched away after decades of repres­sion at the hands Hosni Mubarak, who was ousted last year.

    ...

    Shater, 61, one of the group’s three deputy lead­ers and a busi­ness­man who runs a com­puter firm, will be com­pet­ing against sev­eral other Islamists who have declared their plans to run.

    He has played a key role in the Brotherhood’s eco­nomic pol­icy and met the Inter­na­tional Mon­e­tary Fund team which is nego­ti­at­ing a $3.2 bil­lion loan facil­ity with the gov­ern­ment. The IMF has said it wants broad polit­i­cal back­ing for the deal.

    SPLITTING THE VOTE?

    Shater’s nom­i­na­tion could fur­ther split the Islamist vote, as at least three other Islamists are cam­paign­ing, includ­ing one who was expelled from the Broth­er­hood when he defied their ear­lier deci­sion not to field a candidate.

    But the Broth­er­hood, the old­est and most well-established Islamist group, could use its polit­i­cal clout to encour­age Islamist politi­cians and vot­ers to unite around Shater.

    Like many mem­bers of the Broth­er­hood that was banned under Mubarak, Shater spent years in and out of jail. He was most recently freed shortly after Mubarak was toppled.

    The Broth­er­hood had met twice before Saturday’s gath­er­ing to debate a change in pol­icy but did not reach a deci­sion, high­light­ing divi­sions about whether to change course on field­ing a can­di­date and about who to back.

    A Broth­er­hood mem­ber told Reuters that 56 of 108 mem­bers of the Brotherhood’s shura, or advi­sory, coun­cil voted to pick Shater as the group’s can­di­date and 52 voted against it.

    “Those who went against the can­di­dacy of Shater at first changed their minds and sup­ported him after­wards,” said Mohamed Badie, the Brotherhood’s leader.

    The group pre­vi­ously said it did not want one of its mem­bers in the top office, so it did not appear to be hog­ging power and alien­at­ing those who did not back the group in post-Mubarak Egypt. “We do not have the desire to monop­o­lize power,” the FJP’s Morsy said after Shater’s can­di­dacy was announced.

    ...

    Only 56 out of 108? And Rom­ney thinks he has it hard.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | April 1, 2012, 1:27 am
  16. @Pterrafractyl: And the crim­i­nal­ity continues(in Egypt, that is.). Thanks for the infor­ma­tion, my friend. Hope­fully, more peo­ple will wake up and real­ize they’ve been tricked, and boot these fas­cists out of office.

    Posted by Steven L. | April 1, 2012, 1:44 pm
  17. @Steven L.: The MB’s choice of an IMF point­man is par­tic­u­larly omi­nous for the Egpt­ian pub­lic given the indi­ca­tions in the arti­cle that the IMF wants broad polit­i­cal sup­port for a new $3.2 bil­lion aide pack­age. And based on this arti­cle, it looks like Egypt is about to get Greeced:

    IMF, FJP say Egypt govt yet to pro­vide loan details

    Reuters, Mon­day March 19 2012

    * Egypt seek­ing $3.2 bln, 18-month financ­ing pack­age
    * IMF wants reform plan with broad polit­i­cal sup­port
    * Says any agree­ment still at least weeks away
    * Aus­ter­ity mea­sures cer­tain to prove unpop­u­lar (Recasts, adding quotes, details and back­ground)
    By Patrick Werr and Marwa Awad
    CAIRO, March 19 (Reuters) — Egypt’s gov­ern­ment has been reluc­tant to share details of a reform plan it has drawn up with the Inter­na­tional Mon­e­tary Fund, mak­ing it hard for par­lia­ment to sup­port any accord, the Mus­lim Brotherhood’s party and the IMF said on Mon­day.
    The IMF says that before it agrees to a $3.2 bil­lion loan Egypt needs to pre­vent a fis­cal cri­sis, the gov­ern­ment must first sell the plan to the country’s polit­i­cal forces, espe­cially the Brotherhood’s Free­dom and Jus­tice Party (FJP), which won nearly half the seats in the new par­lia­ment.
    The reform plan con­tains a series of aus­ter­ity mea­sures and new taxes, accord­ing to a draft obtained by Reuters, steps that are cer­tain to be unpop­u­lar in a coun­try ham­mered by a year of eco­nomic hard­ship after its pop­u­lar upris­ing.
    “We do not find there is enough detail avail­able for us to deter­mine what the real finan­cial cir­cum­stances are of the bud­get and the gov­ern­ment,” Ahmed Alnag­gar, a mem­ber of the FJP’s eco­nomic com­mit­tee, told Reuters after a meet­ing with the IMF on Mon­day.
    “There­fore the FJP can nei­ther agree to nor reject the loan unless the gov­ern­ment gives us the nec­es­sary details to study and then decide.“
    Egypt for­mally requested the 18-month IMF financ­ing pack­age ear­lier this year and the gov­ern­ment has said it hoped to seal an agree­ment this month. But the IMF says a sign­ing is sev­eral weeks away at least.
    “Our tech­ni­cal team, if all goes well, will be here for the next cou­ple of weeks,” IMF regional direc­tor Ahmed Masood told Reuters after talks with FJP mem­bers. “This process will take a few weeks rather than some­thing we will resolve in days.“
    The FJP has said it sup­ports Egypt’s request for an IMF loan but first wants the gov­ern­ment to pro­duce a coher­ent plan to bat­tle cor­rup­tion and get costs under con­trol.
    Egypt has spent more than $20 bil­lion in for­eign reserves since last year’s upris­ing to prop up its cur­rency. Reserves now stand at a wor­ry­ingly low $15.7 bil­lion, includ­ing $4 bil­lion in gold bul­lion the gov­ern­ment would be reluc­tant to draw down.
    ...

    Accord­ing to the few details released by the gov­ern­ment, the reform plan con­tains an increase in the prices that heavy indus­tries must pay for their energy, and the expan­sion of Egypt’s cur­rent sales tax into a fully fledged value-added tax.
    The draft reform plan, drawn up in Decem­ber but not released pub­licly, con­tains 25 urgent mea­sures to reduce Egypt’s bud­get deficit, which the gov­ern­ment has put at 144 bil­lion Egypt­ian pounds ($23.9 bil­lion) in the fis­cal year that ends this June.
    “The gov­ern­ment has promised a detailed pro­gram, but what we received instead was gen­eral data with­out any details on how the loan will be spent and the means by which the loan will be repaid,” Alnag­gar said.
    “The IMF stressed the neces­sity of get­ting sup­port from the main polit­i­cal par­ties and the FJP so that the loan (bill) is passed in par­lia­ment.” ($1 = 6.0342 Egypt­ian pounds) (Writ­ing by Patrick Werr and Marwa Awad; edit­ing by Ron Askew)

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | April 1, 2012, 4:47 pm

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