Tuesday, November 1, 2011

'Bread! Freedom! Social justice!' Are Cries Heard 'Round the World

source: The Atlantic's translation of Egyptian protester's manual -- click to read it online.

Democracy Now! reported: "...for inciting violence...Alaa Abdel Fattah, considered one of Egypt's most influential bloggers, has been ordered to spend at least 15 days behind bars." Last winter DN! interviewed Fattah and he stated:

"We are continuing the pressure because we want what happens next to be power to the people and to be through a democratic Egypt that represents all of its people. 
We should also remember that the initial slogans were not just 'Topple the regime' but were also [in Arabic],
'Bread! Freedom! Social justice!'"
Fattah made those remarks two weeks into the Egyptian uprising, last February. Note how the many uprisings now underway in the U.S. and elsewhere express those very same values.

Palestinian people struggling under a half century plus of occupation by Israel can use the very same slogan. The open air prison of Gaza starves while being bombed, its inmates playing word games on Twitter to keep up morale while awake overnight monitoring drones moaning overhead, and bracing for explosions below.

On October 31st the rest of the world belonging to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization voted to recognize Palestine as a member, with Zionist leaders of Israel, the U.S. and Germany in opposition, and the U.K. shamefully abstaining. Phyllis Bennis of IPS wrote that the UNESCO vote will:
...trigger an immediate cut-off of U.S. dues to the UN’s cultural, education and science organization, as well as ending U.S. dues payments to (and perhaps thus voting rights in) several other important UN agencies — possibly including the International Atomic Energy Agency, which monitors nuclear production around the world.
This loss of influence mirrors the degraded role of the U.S. as a champion of democratic process and human rights in the 21st century (or of nuclear non-proliferation, for that matter). Our own white, formerly middle class kids are waking up to police violence against unarmed, nonviolent protesters in cities all over the country, while our own non-white communities say, "So what else is new?"
Source: http://weroccupyunited.com/post/12126913361/spraying-a-child-with-mace-your-kidding-me-right
 The spin machine that has kept white folks entertained in the dark is winding down in the face of brutal realities. 
Source: Guardian | Occupy Oakland protesters carry Scott Olsen away after he was hit in the head on Tuesday night. Photograph: Kimihiro Hoshino/AFP/Getty Images (reprinted in the Guardian)
A nation that has kept a nonviolent whistleblower who exposed war crimes incarcerated without a trial for over 500 days has little to teach the rest of the world about due process or habeus corpus, unless it be teaching by examples of what not to do. Bradley Manning will have his pre-trial hearing soon, and someone close to the case recently stated of Manning's mental ability to stand trial, “He is as sane and lucid as anyone can be."

If only the same could be said of our wounded, raging empire.
Protesters were roughly treated by police arresting them at a sit-down last April demanding an end to 300+ days of Manning's solitary confinement at Quantico Marine Base in Virginia.

1 comment:

chrisrushlau said...

US Ambassador: Support for Israel drives all US policies
Alison Weir
Published on AntiWar.com & an earlier version on CounterPunch
September 14, 2011
While many Americans may believe that US policies are designed to address American needs, America’s new Ambassador to Israel explains that this is far from the case.
In a recent speech before the Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI), Ambassador Daniel Shapiro clarified what drives US policies:
”The test of every policy the Administration develops in the Middle East is whether it is consistent with the goal of ensuring Israel’s future as a secure, Jewish, democratic state. That is a commitment that runs as a common thread through our entire government.“
Shapiro went on to say: ”This test explains our extraordinary security cooperation, our stand against the delegitimization of Israel, our efforts on Iran, our response to the Arab Spring, and our efforts on Israeli-Palestinian peace.“

I post this excerpt from Weir's article in the realization that totalitarianism runs on fantasy, and that the more that totalitarianism comes under pressure, the more its believers fantasize. Wall Street, or arms industries, or the Koch brothers may have some fantasies, but none competes with those of Zionists. They are practically waiting for flying saucers to come carry them to the promised land on a distant planet. Good politics is good psychotherapy--zero tolerance for wish-fulfillment. You must not agree to a drunk's demand that you cower before her. Sucking up is not an option. You always regret it.