Friday, February 4, 2011

Happy New Year, Son of Teoh Beng Hock!

30 years of misrule by secret police and hoodlums on the payroll...

Hosni Mubarak in Washington last September [Getty Images]

Taking on Pharaoh's hired hooligans

By Mozn Hassan | Aljazeera | 03 Feb 2011 15:39 GMT

The Egyptian people's uprising has reached a crucial phase in which the Army's true stance is soon to be revealed

If the military is ever to be a legitimate national force, it must side with the protesters against Mubarak's thugs and the police. These thugs today have been ridiculously and mistakenly labelled by right-wing media as "pro-Mubarak demonstrators." It is crucial at this moment in the Egyptian Uprising to understand that this is the Egyptian Army's moment of truth. As the thousands of unarmed demonstrators are tortured, trampled, firebombed and molested by Mubarak's thugs, will the military move to protect, or to crush the non-violent democratic movements that have occupied Tahrir Square in Cairo for the last ten days. Following up on Paul Amar's useful analysis, we need to know which faction of which branch of the army is in ascendant, and where exactly we can identify and energise possible allies of the people within these forces.

Mubarak goon squad, believed to be working for the Mukhabarat (intelliegence services) adding gratuitous violence to the popular uprising [Getty]

The newly appointed Vice President is Omar Suleiman, who everyone assumes is being groomed to be the next president. We Egyptians know him as the person who managed the negotiations between different Palestinian groups and assuages Israel's security concerns. Suleiman is welcomed by the US as a trusted man who caters to international interests. Suleiman is from the Intelligence Services (mukhabarat) which is loosely associated with the Army. Intelligence is charged with international security and countering the external Islamist militant threat. Suleiman is not hated by the people, but his base of support is as much in Washington and Tel Aviv as it is in Cairo.

But Suleiman does not have an exceptionally strong base of support at home. On the other hand, Field Marshall Muhammad Hussein Tantawi, the General Chief of the Army (al-Geysh) does indeed have a domestic base of legitimacy and respect. So this plays out now as a very critical struggle between Mukhabarat and Geysh, that is, between Soleiman and Tantawi. Since the police and security forces have done most of the repressing and torturing, the Geysh have kept their hands clean. So Tantawi is the person whom we Egyptian people respect. But we do not know him that well and we wonder if we can trust him and the Geysh.


Citizens have an image that the soldiers of the army are people who care and have a national mission to protect the people and the land. However, the Intelligence services are thought of as politicians whose role is to protect the US and Israel - and to protect their own political power as dependent to the international scene. Egyptians generally do not have a clear opinion on Suleiman or the Mukhabarat but they suspect that Suleiman is drawing out the endless Israeli peace/security mandate. Whereas under Nasser, the military was serving the nation; under Mubarak, the Intelligence Services serve the individual leader’s personal ambitions.

People in Egypt feel safe with the army and love them without dealing closely with them. Once they have to deal with them directly as repressors or direct rulers, the limitless hate they have now for the police may be transferred directly to the army. Citizens should create a clear position toward the army and the army should play a decisive role in favour of peoples’ demands in order to maintain the nation's respect.

During the next days Tantawi's armed forces will have their chance to reaffirm the national fabric and legitimacy of the country, or to plunge into the mire of brutality and corruption – the place where Suleiman’s Intelligence Services now wallow along with Mubarak's thugs and the monstrous police forces.

Mubarak mob captured by pro-democracy protesters are handed over to the army [Reuters]

Tantawi today must step up to protect the people, evict the Mubarak family from the country immediately, and subordinate the international mission of the mukhabarat to the national mission of the people. He could then facilitate the peaceful transition everyone wants to a new parliamentary election and a presidential one.

Mozn Hassan, Director for the El-Nazra for Feminist Studies in Cairo, is a prominent leader of the Democracy Movement in Egypt and an expert in human rights, international law, gender policy, and constitutional reform.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

End of another greedy ego-driven regime!

Hosni Mubarak prefers to be dragged kicking and screaming out of his palace. Guess who propped him up all these decades? That's right, your friendly neighborhood international bankster and the friendly folks who brought you Walmart and Starbucks...

Violent clashes between police and demonstrators as over ten thousand gather on the streets of Cairo. The Egyptian population has endured a tyrant's rule for far too long, millions struggle each day to find where their next meal is coming from. January 25th, 2011 marks the day when the people rise and take back what's rightfully theirs. This isn't the end, but hopefully the beginning of a long awaited regime change!

Song: "Into the Fire" - Thirteen Senses

Thanks to the following news sources for their footage:

Daily News Egypt The Guardian CNN New York Times Al Masry Al Youm

Created by Tamer Shaaban. Another Egyptian who's had enough.

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Cairo, 1 February 2011. More than 2 million gather against Mubarak. Pic: Scott Nelson (New York Times)


Tuesday, February 1, 2011


All right, all right... enough rhetoric, enough low-grade Umno/BN politics, enough self-serving bullshit around race, religion and royalty.

Enough police brutality and torture, enough arrests of peaceful anti-ISA protesters, enough mysterious deaths while being interrogated, enough dirty deals that benefit only a tiny handful of Umno/BN cronies.

Enough stinkingly stupid utterances from the out-of-control mouth of the moronic home minister, enough ugly spin from the entire Umno/BN cabinet.

I've definitely had enough, I don't know about you, folks...

I want to see Najib and Rosmah out of Putrajaya and behind bars - or in permanent exile. They are absolutely unfit to hold high office and utterly beyond redemption.

We cannot afford to wait a few years. I'm not sure we can even afford to wait a few months. It's time for radical change across the board, throughout the planet.

No more criminal misrule and mismanagement!


Monday, January 31, 2011

Enough of Big Brother's Heavy Hand!

These superb photographs were found on Totally Cool Pix...

Rebellion has flared up across the Middle East, starting with the massive uprising in Tunisia that forced President Ben Ali and his family to flee in disgrace.

None of this street violence would have been necessary if only the ruling elites had heeded the warning signs and reined in their ego excesses, their insatiable appetites and misguided worldviews. Like a father who collapses of heart failure because he no longer has power over his own grown-up children, all corrupt and oppressive feudal-style governments on this earth will inevitably collapse.

People of Malaysia, unless we effectively vote BN out at GE13, these scenes of street violence are almost certain to happen here. We have suffered four decades of hypocritical authoritarian misrule - first under Razak Hussein, then Mahathir Mohamad, followed by the spineless Abdullah Badawi and now, the most despicable of all... Rosmah Mansor's chubby hubby, the infamous Mr Pink Lips.

Rosmah and Najib have so much in common with the Ceaucescus of Romania, the Marcoses of the Philippines, the Taib Mahmud clan of Sarawak, and the Ben Ali family of Tunisia....

Change is always scary, folks - but no change at all is a million times worse!