Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Saudi Arabia responsible for Syria bloodshed

By: Yusuf Fernandez
Source: Press TV

Damascus has recently lashed out at the Saudi regime, accusing the kingdom of backing “terrorists” after Riyadh condemned Syria for accepting fighters from Hezbollah in its struggle against foreign-backed terrorists.

Syria has denounced that Saudi Arabia and Qatar, which work closely with the United States and its European allies, are responsible for the conflict and the ongoing bloodshed in its territory.

The remarks by Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi came after Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal met with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Jeddah. Prince Saud al-Faisal spoke of “a foreign invasion” in Syria forgetting that his country has been financing and arming thousands of al-Qaeda-linked terrorists from all over the world and encouraging them to go to fight in Syria.

According to the observers, Saudi Arabia's real objective is to eliminate Bashar al-Assad’s government because it is an Iranian ally and to replace it with a pro-Saudi extremist government. This would also allow Riyadh to increase its pressure on the Shia-led Iraqi government and to embolden pro-Saudi and pro-West forces in Lebanon against Hezbollah.

The recent election of Ahmad Jarba as president of the foreign-backed Syrian National Coalition has reinforced the influence of Saudi Arabia over the perpetually divided opposition body and dealt a severe blow to Qatari leadership. Jarba, a tribal leader from the eastern Syrian province of Hasaka, has strong Saudi connections. He took the post from businessman Mustafa Sabbagh, a Qatar-backed figure. According to McClatchy News, Jarba is “in close touch with senior members of the Saudi intelligence services,” a euphemism to say he’s a Saudi agent. Sabbagh, for his part, said that “the Syrian dossier is now in the hands of Saudi Arabia.”

Jarba has stated publicly his rejection to peace talks with the Assad government, thereby perpetuating the cycle of violence, which benefits the Saudi regime and costs more innocent Syrian lives. Jarba has said that “the participation in the Geneva 2 conference in these circumstances is impossible.” Political observers who have been following events in Syria for some time understand that these “circumstances” are the continued military defeats of the foreign-backed terrorists by the forces of the Assad government.

It is this desperate need for victories by the militants that is driving Riyadh to become even more involved in fomenting the war. Using Jarba as their proxy, the Saudi government has launched a new and even deadlier phase of the war against Syria. In his first two days as head of the coalition, Jarba announced that the militants would soon receive “new shipments of sophisticated weapons from Saudi Arabia.”

For his part, Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al Faisal has rejected any negotiated settlement and he has made it clear that Saudi Arabia only wants a scenario of total regime collapse and a subsequent solution in which pro-Saudi elements would occupy a dominant position in the new power structure in Syria. Consequently, Saudi Arabia is doing its best to sabotage the Geneva-2 conference.

The conference, which was agreed by US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov last year, was intended to take place last May but it has been repeatedly postponed and its holding is now in doubt, largely because the West and Persian Gulf monarchies´ favourite clients, the Free Syrian Army and the Syrian National Coalition, refuse to participate in it because they are currently losing.

Europe ignored Bandar´s request

However, most governments in the world do not support the Saudi position and do not want an extremist al-Qaeda-linked or a Taleban-style regime in Syria, which would be a serious threat for the whole world and especially for Europe. Significantly, a recent European tour of the head of Saudi intelligent service, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, meant a great setback for Saudi Arabia and him personally. He tried to convince European countries to increase military aid to the Syrian opposition, but all these countries were unanimous in rejecting this request. Recently, two French MPs called on French President, François Hollande, to start to use reason in the treatment of the Syrian crisis and to refuse to supply arms to the opposition.

“The masks have fallen and the true face of certain figures in the Syrian opposition have appeared. Even if opposition includes some democratic currents, most remaining currents are extremist,” wrote Jacques Mayar and Alain Marsaud in this statements. “Any provision of weapons to this opposition would cause more chaos, not only in Syria, but throughout the Middle East.”

Bandar, who was the Saudi ambassador to the US for many years, is Washington’s strong man in the kingdom. Its mission, internally, is to protect the process of the transfer of the power from the first generation of princes to the second one. Externally, his task is to implement an agenda aimed at destroying or weakening the axis of the resistance, a goal which is widely shared by the US. He is also closely linked to the CIA and US decision centers and institutions.

According to reports, Bandar visited Washington a few weeks ago and he met senior officials of the CIA and the White House there. He would also have held a secret meeting with President Barack Obama. The latter would have agreed to a Saudi request to entrust the kingdom the exclusive management of the Lebanese and Syrian cases, provided that Bandar assumes the responsibility.

Therefore, the US government is allowing its Saudi ally to keep on sending international terrorists to Syria, including hundreds of Western militants who receive combat training in the Arab country and will be able to later put into practice their skills and knowledge in their own countries when they return there.

Renowned Middle East journalist Robert Fisk has stated ironically that the Obama administration “is claiming that they want a democracy in Syria. But Qatar is an autocracy and Saudi Arabia is among the most pernicious dictatorships in the Arab world. Rulers of both states inherit power from their families and Saudi Arabia is an ally of the Salafist-Wahabi rebels in Syria, just as it was the most fervent supporter of the medieval Taliban during Afghanistan´s dark ages.”

Saudi role against Hezbollah

The destabilizing role of the Saudi regime is not limited to Syria but it can be seen in Lebanon as well. Some of the Lebanese media have blamed Saudi Arabia for the recent bombing of Bir al-Abed, in the Suburb of Southern Beirut on July 9. According to Lebanese sources, the attack was the work of a professional intelligence service and not of a terrorist group. These same sources suggest a role for Bandar bin Sultan in the execution of a plan to weaken and pressure Hezbollah for its role in the Syria fighting.

The above-mentioned Lebanese sources point out that the battle of Al Qussair meant a dramatic turning point in the Syrian conflict as well as a total defeat for foreign-backed militants and the weakening of the Saudi role in the region and Saudi Arabia understands this. The project assigned to the Saudi regime to eliminate the axis of resistance has been sabotaged by Hezbollah´s role alongside the Syrian Arab Army.

Therefore, Saudi Arabia, with its intransigent stance and its continued support for terrorist and extremist groups in Syria is putting the worlds stability and the future of Syria at risk. Saudi arms are already in the hands of al-Qaeda-linked groups and they are committing massacres and all kind of crimes in Syria with them. There is also a danger that these weapons will be used by these groups in other parts of the world, including Western countries, to carry out terrorist attacks there.


About: Yusuf Fernandez:

Yusuf Fernandez is a journalist and the secretary of the Muslim Federation of Spain. He started to work for Radio Prague. He has been editor of several Islamic sites in Spanish and English and is currently editor of the Spanish site of Al Manar. He has also published articles in leading Spanish newspapers.


Sunday, July 28, 2013

Egypt’s Military have Sold Out the Egyptian People to the Imperial Powers & Israel

By: Stewart Brennan
It appears that the Egyptian Military has sold out the Egyptian people to the Imperial Powers and are proving that they are a willing part of the larger US / UK plan to remove all regional opposition to Israel.

In a nut shell, the People of Egypt want the siege of Gaza lifted and the Rafah border crossing opened; So how the Egyptian Military or Interim Government of Egypt treat the Palestinians of Gaza is a litmus test to prove who they really work for...and right now they have failed with a capital "F" because the Egyptian Military have been tightening the Israeli siege on Gaza since they took Morsi out of office.

Here's a look at what has happened in the region since the Popular Coup against Morsi took place.

1. The Egyptian Army closes the Rafah Border and cuts all human life lines to Gaza.

Palestinians in Gaza react to Morsi's ouster, closure of Rafah crossing

Source Video: The Real News

2. The Egyptian army has openly declared Hamas an enemy

Source Video: Russia Today

3. The Egyptian Military has destroyed most of the lifeline tunnels from Egypt to Gaza

News Source: Al Jazeera

4. The Egyptian Army has now occupied El Arish

Note: El Arish is the only Port city near Gaza not controlled by Israel where aid can flow into Gaza from other countries.

Egypt army launches counter-extremist operation in Sinai

Video Source: Russia Today

5. The Egyptian Army have declared war on the people of the Sinai

The Egyptian Military are in the process of ramping up unrest in the Sinai region while locking down their border with Gaza. This is a tactic that has been employed by the USA, UK, Israel & the Saudi regimes throughout the entire Middle East, Eurasia, and Africa.

Egypt set for “Fattah 2 offensive” on Sinai Islamist terror. Gaza sealed. US and Israeli forces on alert

Here are three unrelated reports in regards to Egypt’s Military but are significant in the over all story of what is actually taking place in the region. 

6.The EU has placed Hezbollah of Lebanon on the terrorist list.

A group of Hezbollah fighters.(Reuters / Ali Hashisho) © Reuters

Source: Russia Today

7. Prison Escapes in Libya, and Iraq planned by US Backed Terrorists will Bolster the decimated Saudi sponsored attack on Syria and in Egypt's Sinai

US Backed Al-Queda in Iraq free 1000 Jailed terrorists

Libya: 1000 Prisoners escape as protests rage over activist killing

The Prison breaks in Libya, and Iraq seem to coincide with the need to bolster the terrorist ranks that are wrecking havoc throughout Syria, Iraq, and now Egypt. In all probability, some of these terrorists will now show up in the Sinai to give legitimacy to the Egyptian Military’s lock down and siege of the Sinai and Gaza. No doubt the terrorists will be magically armed because the terrorist groups and the people in charge of the said countries of Iraq, and Libya are controlled by the USA through the CIA, hired Mercenary Groups and other US Government agencies.

The US, UK, agenda is to smash all opposition to the State of Israel while enabling the Israeli destruction and ethnic cleansing of Palestine. For Egypt, this means destruction through planned divisions of the Egyptian people and for the region it means the destruction of all links between Iran, Syria, and Lebanon with Palestine.

Morsi Also a US Government Puppet

It has been well proven that Israel, and Saudi Arabia are active in the destruction of Syria while using the weapons supplied by all associated NATO countries including Turkey.

But in a surprise outburst of insanity in mid June 2013, Egyptian President Morsi declared war on Syria seemingly out of the blue, which begs the question “Why?” Why did Morsi support the overthrow of Bashar Al-Assad in Syria? The only conclusion one can draw is that Morsi was taking orders from the USA, which also means he was siding with Israel & Saudi Arabia who were also actively involved in the destruction of Syria.

Morsi Silenced

Since Morsi was removed in a Military Coup soon after no one has heard from him and there is a reason why you do not hear anything from Egypt’s former president. If Morsi was allowed to speak he would tell the World exactly what he said to the American government to have them stop the Israeli attack on Gaza in Nov 2012.

What deal did Morsi broker with the US Government behind closed doors to have them halt the Israeli attack on Gaza? Could it have had anything to do with the Suez Canal? Because the Suez Canal is the single most Important and strategic area in the World to the Imperial Powers and to the Saudi's. Unfortunately, we will probably never know, but it certainly would explain the reason why the Saudi’s no longer liked Morsi or why the USA stopped the Israeli attack on the people of Gaza.

Indeed, what deal did Morsi strike with the Imperial powers to boldly side against Syria and to side with Israel, Saudi Arabia, the UK, and the USA? In all appearances, Morsi sold his soul and paid the price in a double deception...and now the Egyptian Military which is also under the US influence has Morsi in custody after taking him out in a Coup.

Everyone deserves a fair trial...but of course the USA, does not uphold justice as we see in the case of Bradley Manning after he exposed the US Military for War Crimes. I believe Morsi will receive a fate much worse since they will want him silenced on what transpired during Israel’s war on Gaza. Egypt's Military has imprisoned Morsi so it is doubtful that there will be justice served considering that they take their orders from the US Government. The trial alone has the potential to tear Egypt apart through sectarian lines. 

Morsi’s ouster was a tactical move on the part of the Western Imperial Powers. They removed Morsi from power, and at the same time, crushed the Egyptian peoples revolution through the sectarian division that rose with Morsi's ouster.

The Imperial powers have played their cards but they have been exposed by their actions and are very vulnerable should a sudden shift in position by the Egyptian people occur. If anything, the people, weather they are for or against Morsi are united in their hatred of the US and Israeli governments. If the people of Egypt take the road of reconciliation and move forward together to make real change, the Imperial Powers will lose and the people of Egypt will win.

Who Benefits from a Divided Egypt and Sectarian War throughout the Middle East?

In every single case, Israel and the Imperial Powers benefit, which tells you who and where the Egyptian governments and military commanders get their orders from.

The Egyptian people must unite if they do not want the Zionist Imperial forces to divide the peoples revolution. The Egyptian Military by its subservience to Washington is sending Egypt down the road of division, sectarian violence and chaos so that Israel can continue to destroy its neighbours in Syria, Lebanon and Palestine. The Egyptian people must rise up together and demand the end to the violence in Egypt and also very importantly, they must push to end of the siege on goes Gaza goes Egypt and the rest of the World.

Final Thoughts:

The State of Israel and Saudi Arabia were created by the Imperial Powers to destroy any attempts by the Arabic people from uniting and becoming a power as they once were under the Ottoman Empire. The major reason is because a large portion of the Worlds oil and gas supply is under Arabic lands, and because Oil powers the Imperial Empires, they will do everything in their power to control it and thus will stop the people of the Arabic speaking nations from uniting.

Israel is the western wedge in the Middle East and Saudi Arabia is their hammer. That is why Israel was created in 1948 and why there is a push by the Imperial powers to create sectarian war throughout the Middle East, Eurasia and Africa via Saudi Arabia. Egypt is now the latest victim in this sinister plot.

Egypt is Palestine's Protector

Egypt must free itself from bondage by the Imperial powers and must continue to be the hope and protectors of the people of Palestine.

Palestine must be free and reunited for the people of ALL sects so that the native people of the region can live together in harmony once again…and that means a united rule that includes a peaceful coexistence between all sects and beliefs, be they Muslim, Christian or Jew. The enemies of peace are the ones pushing for sectarian division and sectarian dominated rule. They are also easy to spot.

In the quest for independence, the Egyptian people must seek out unity amongst all sects with moral foundations, help each other rebuild communities and rebuild a new Egypt.

The hope of the World rests on the actions taken by the Egyptian people in the coming weeks. Don’t let the Imperial powers divide or stop you in your quest for freedom and unity of all Egyptian people.

In vision, empathy and respect, I pray for you.

Stewart Brennan
World United News
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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

A Real Solution for Egypt’s Crisis

UPDATED: 2015 May 02

By: Stewart Brennan
World United News 

After 2 years of political gridlock and outside meddling, the 2011 revolution that united the Egyptian people against a dictator (Hosni Mubarak) has reached a crossroads.

The June 30th 2013 uprising against Egypt’s President elect Morsi, organized or not, brought out millions of Egyptians into the streets to protest what they saw as a betrayal of the peoples trust economically, politically, and morally.

The Military, right or wrong, removed Morsi from power in a popular coup but has seemingly over stepped their bounds by imposing censorship on the Muslim Brotherhood and by not allowing a political solution to manifest through dialog.

Egypt’s future rests on a knifes edge as there has been no calls for reconciliation or extended hands of peace to work together for the sake of Egypt, and by all appearances it has been designed that way. Continuing down the current path will see Egypt descend into chaos and endless bloodshed much to the delight of those that pull the economic and political strings from the outside...unless a real solution is offered for the benefit of all Egyptians.

The Real Problem & A Real Solution

Economic Improvement is the point that all Egyptians can agree on and this solution resides within the Egyptian peoples hands. Prosperity for all Egyptians will unite all factions that are divided regardless of what irrational argument against morality and common sense is presented.

By Nationalizing the Banks and creating a debt free budget where Egypts own National Bank issues money to the government debt free, instead of borrowing money from outside institutions that charge compound interest, the road to the future will straighten right away. Once Egypt creates their own wealth with their own currency, there will be no new National debt because the money created will be spent into existence and not loaned into existence by Private Banks or International Banks such as the IMF or World Bank.

The problem is that Private Institutions are linked to Imperial nations who have designs on controlling Egypt. If Egypt Nationalizes the Private Banks and defaults on the IMF then Egypt will have kicked out the parasites from their economy. Egypt will NOT need Foreign Aid since money created by the National Bank of Egypt comes debt free.

The Nations budget will belong to Egyptians who will be able to set their own priorities with fair taxation without outside interference. Work projects and farming programs can be created from real government budgets to fulfill the needs of the nation.

Egypt will also need to “Nationalize their Resources” so that the profits made will go directly into the governing system that benefits the people, while directly building their future. Right now all the profits of Egyptian resources go into private pockets instead of building Egyptian society. There is no reason for Egypt to be in Poverty.

However, to bring about any kind of change to Egypt, the“People” and their leaders must sit down to iron out a new “Political and Social Constitution” to lead them down the path to unity. That new path begins with getting rid of the current electoral set-up so that outside interests and / or inside interests with deep pockets cannot hijack the political process. Cap the campaign donations to a minimum, disallow corporate funding of the political process, and do not allow outside interference of any sort in the political process.

Egypt needs to adopt a different runoff system and just have a straight election. Many people were isolated in the last election because their candidate was not included in the final runoff. Only 2 candidates contested in the end…this scenario will not work & must be changed to include the top 3 or 4 candidates. Those in control of Egypt right now must also allow all political parties interested in peaceful solutions for all Egyptians to take part in the elections. All violence must stop and their political leaders must not only speak out against violence but must also take action in this direction.

The Egyptian Military must also stop dealing with outside nations. You are Egyptians not proxies for foreign interests. All Military Aid must be rejected so that corruption and suspician of corruption will end. Create your own armaments if necessary and seek military ties that are beneficial to the Egyptian people and not the benefit of foreign Imperial nations.

There are many parasitic players outside Egypt’s borders that will stop at nothing to further their control of Egypt for their own gains, and you know who they are. (The USA, UK, France, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, etc…) Division within Egypt is what these players want at all costs because it drives a wedge between the peoples revolution and creates the ground for civil war while maintaining their economic, political, and corporate controls.

The Suez Canal is of strategic importance and as such the current Saudi and US sponsored upheaval is to maintain their control over it…the Egypian people must unite or the forces of Imperialism, Zionism, and Saudi terrorism will engulf Egypt…

If you want to find out who is against Egypt internally, put these idea’s of change on the table and see who rejects it…then you will know where the Insurrection is and who is behind it.

The only thing that can stop the Imperial powers and despotic kingdoms from destroying Egypt is a united people within Egypt. Cool heads must prevail here…let us see who steps up to offer an extended hand for the sake of Egypt…The status quo of Imperial domination over Egypt must be removed for Egyptians to live their lives in freedom.

I believe that the people of Egypt can save their country from falling into endless war and terrorism if they take a serious look and apply this solution…Peace be to all Egyptians.

Stewart Brennan

World United News


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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Egypt must now throw off Zionist yoke: Analyst

Egyptians protest against ousted President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo’s landmark Liberation square. (File photo)

Source: Press TV

A political analyst says Egypt must rid itself of the domination of the Zionist regime of Israel, which has been plaguing the Middle East, or it will face secession and be lost, Press TV reports.

In an article published on Press TV website on Thursday, co-founder of the Global Justice Movement, Rodney Shakespeare, said Egyptians are well aware that their overthrow of the Western-backed dictator Hosni Mubarak did not result in a genuine revolution as it failed to end Western and Zionist control, which continued under Mohamed Morsi in a different form.

“Egypt must express the will of millions in the Middle East or it will continue to be controlled and crushed. It must throw off the Zionist yoke or it will be forever unable to resist the expansion of the Zionist entity into the lands of others,” Shakespeare wrote in his article.

He further warned Egypt against the sectarian plots by Israel, the US, and their regional allies in Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Shakespeare also cautioned that Egyptians’ failure in moving forward in a democratic course will put them under permanent control of "Western finance capitalism."

The expert called on the Egyptian nation to build a democratic future for their country and limit the role of the military so that their 2011 revolution that toppled Mubarak would not go to waste.

Shakespeare questioned the army’s motives in overthrowing Morsi and warned against the “illusion that the Egyptian Army has suddenly become a genuine force for democracy and anti-Zionism,” stressing that the Egyptian armed forces receive a large sum of money from the United States and remain in control of about one quarter of the country’s economy.

He further called on Egypt to establish new economic and political alliances with the Non-aligned Movement nations instead of the US and its allies, fully open the Rafah border crossing into the Israeli-blockaded Gaza Strip, and clearly reject support for the foreign-backed militants and Takfiri extremists in Syria.

The economics professor also insisted that Egypt must make a landmark decision and establish a genuinely independent national bank in an open rejection of the International Monetary Fund, which he said was to blame for putting Egypt into permanent debt and pushing the country deeper into poverty.

Shakespeare finally called on Egyptian politicians to avoid narrow party politics that is concerned with the economic interests of only one section of the society.

"It [Egypt] must proclaim that everybody’s economic interest, although it may take time, will be promoted,” he said


Morsi ousted, constitution suspended, army in control (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Video Source: Russia Today YouTube

News Source: Russia Today

President Mohamed Morsi was stripped of his power and detained by the Egyptian army as the constitution has been suspended. Those gathered on Cairo’s Tahrir Square welcomed the news with cheers, although post-coup Egypt remains highly unstable.

Morsi has reportedly been detained, separated from other officials and taken to a Ministry of Defense facility, according to the Muslim Brotherhood. Arrest warrants have been issued for some 300 members of the Islamist movement. The head of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, Saad El-Katatni, as well as Muslim Brotherhood’s deputy chief, Khairet el Shater, were arrested.

"The address of the president yesterday did not meet the demands of the masses of the people," General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi said in a statement, adding the military held talks with various groups throughout Wednesday to work out a roadmap "putting an end to the state of division."

Millions across Egypt erupted into celebrations after the announcement by the military was made, with crowds chanting pro-army slogans and setting off fireworks.

“The mood remains one of jubilance. All of this however against a backdrop of a deeply divided and dangerous Egypt,” RT’s Paula Slier reported from Tahrir Square early on Thursday morning.

Morsi had earlier stated that he does not recognize the "military coup" and called on Egyptians to stand against it.

Supporters of the ousted President clashed with the anti-government activists overnight with the death toll amounting to 32 people.

“We are being told that the army is making its way to a pro-Morsi demonstration outside Cairo University. It is trying to isolate pro-Morsi demonstrators,” Slier reported from Cairo, saying the situation their remains fluid.

Meanwhile, an Egyptian security official in the border area with Israel, speaking on condition of anonymity, has confirmed that about 50 tanks were deployed in the area overnight.

Protesters, who are against Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, react in Tahrir Square in Cairo July 3, 2013 (Reuters / Suhaib Salem)

The military have taken Al-Jazeera’s Egyptian broadcast off air. Its offices in Cairo were reportedly raided and at least five members of staff arrested. All media outlets associated with the Muslim Brotherhood have gone black.

In his first decision following Morsi's ouster, Egyptian Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim moved to close all “religious channels,” which include the Salafi oriented Al-Nas and Al-Hafez channels, reports the Egypt Independent. However, it came to light early Thursday morning that all detained heads of religious TV channels had been released from custody.

It was further announced that Egypt's chief justice of the constitutional court, Judge Adly Mansour, is set to become the interim president.

"The military's roadmap consists of dissolving the constitution and holding early presidential elections," Sisi stated. He called for a panel would review the constitution and a national reconciliation committee which would include youth movements. He said the roadmap had been approved by a range of political groups.

The time frame of the presidential and parliamentary elections will be determined by an interim administration, the spokesman told Reuters.

An image grab taken from Egyptian state TV shows Egyptian Defence Minister Abdelfatah al-Sissi delivering a statement on July 3, 2013 announcing the ousting of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi (AFP Photo / Egyptian TV)

Egyptian opposition leader Mohamed El-Baradei said the Arab Spring revolution has been relaunched as a result of the army-sponsored roadmap.

He added that the roadmap met demands for early presidential elections as called for by the liberal coalition. Egypt’s second largest Islamist group, the Nour Party, has also agreed to the army’s roadmap.

Egypt's Pope Tawadros, head of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt, says the roadmap ensures security for all Egyptians and offers a political vision, local media reported.

World leaders urge non-violence and return to democracy

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday called for Egypt’s military to “move quickly and responsibly to return full authority back to a democratically elected civilian government.” Obama also outlined in his statement the expectation that the military would “ensure that the rights of all Egyptian men and women are protected, including the right to peaceful assembly, due process, and free and fair trials.”

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the chairman of the budget committee for the State Department and foreign assistance, slammed the ouster of Morsi in a statement, warning Egypt that US aid to the country may subsequently be cut off. The US currently provides Egypt with some $1.5 billion in annual financial assistance, most of which is in the form of military aid.

Egypt’s military leaders say they have no intent or desire to govern, and I hope they make good on their promise. In the meantime, our law is clear: US aid is cut off when a democratically elected government is deposed by military coup or decree.”

An Egyptian family on motorcycle celebrates in Cairo on July 3, 2013 after a broadcast confirming that the army will temporarily be taking over from the country's first democratically elected president Mohammed Morsi (AFP Photo / Khaled Desouki)

Senator Leahy has authored the most recent stipulations on US military aid to Egypt, which were enacted last year. Though, as Leahy’s own website notes, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and her incumbent John Kerry had previously “used their authority to waive the Leahy conditions.”

By contrast, President Obama’s statements on the Egyptian military’s actions also mentioned aid, but were more general in nature. The president said his administration was "concerned," and that there would be a review of aid given to the country.

The US ordered a mandatory evacuation of its embassy on Wednesday, and announced a travel advisory for all citizens.

The European Union has urged Egypt to return to civilian rule and the restrain from the use of force.

I urge all sides to rapidly return to the democratic process, including the holding of free and fair presidential and parliamentary elections and the approval of a constitution,” EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said in a statement. “I strongly condemn all violent acts, offer my condolences to the families of the victims, and urge the security forces to do everything in their power to protect the lives and well-being of Egyptian citizens,” she added

Fireworks light up the sky as Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians celebrate after Egytptian Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's speech announcing The Egyptian army toppling Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in Egypt's landmark Tahrir square on July 3, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt AFP Photo / Khaled Desouki)

UN chief Ban Ki-Moon urged non-violence in Egypt and called on the people to stay calm and show restraint, also urging dialogue between the country's political factions.

Gulf nations welcomed the ouster of Morsi. Saudi Arabian King Abdullah sent a message of congratulations to the head of the Egyptian Constitutional Court, Adli Mansour, who had been appointed as interim head of state.

"In my own name and on behalf of the people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, I congratulate you on assuming the leadership of Egypt at this critical point of its history," the message cited by SPA state news agency reads.

The United Arab Emirates have expressed their satisfaction with the developments in Egypt, according to the WAM state news agency which cited the country’s Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahayan as saying that “the great Egyptian army was able to prove again that they are the fence of Egypt and that they are the protector and strong shield that guarantee Egypt will remain a state of institutions and law."

Monday, July 1, 2013

Millions take to the streets in Egypt to demand Morsi resignation

UPDATED: July 02 - 2013 - 6:00 AM EST

Protesters opposing Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi set off fireworks during a protest at Tahrir Square in Cairo June 30, 2013. (Reuters)

News Source: Russia Today

Huge crowds have gathered across Egypt to demand the resignation of President Mohammed Morsi on the first anniversary of his inauguration. But Morsi loyalists are staging counter-demonstrations, saying they will defend the leader with all means available.

Seven people have been killed and hundreds were injured on Sunday as millions took to the streets. Five dead were shot in Nile Valley towns south of Cairo and two were killed in violence outside the Muslim Brotherhood's headquarters in the capital.

"It is the biggest protest in Egypt's history," a military source told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The opposition released a statement early on Monday demanding President Mohammed Morsi step down by Tuesday at 5pm. The movement also called on “police, army and judiciary” to support the people’s will. If Morsi fails to resign by Tuesday, civil disobedience will continue throughout the country.

From early on Sunday, throngs streamed towards Tahrir Square in Cairo – the birthplace of the protests that displaced former president Hosni Mubarak in 2011 – under the rallying cry of “Leave, Morsi! Leave!”. The organizers, an activist movement called Tamarod, or Rebellion, asked demonstrators – who include pro-democratic secularists, religious minorities, and those suffering in Egypt’s stuttering economy – to leave their party allegiances at home, and bring only national flags to the rally.

“Morsi you have split the people!” chanted the crowd, with some holding placards saying “Freedom to Egypt!”. On the edges of the square banners declared “No Muslim Brotherhood members allowed beyond this point”.

Protesters wave Egyptian flags as demonstrators opposing Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi shout slogans against him and Brotherhood members during a protest at Tahrir Square in Cairo June 30, 2013. (Reuters/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

Although, the organized demonstration was scheduled for the evening, even by mid-afternoon, several hundred thousand people squeezed into the increasingly tight space. Tamarod says it is expecting up to 7 million people to eventually join the long-planned protest, with large demonstrations scheduled in every significant population center.

Tamarod says that since April it has gathered more than 22 million signatures demanding Morsi’s resignation, far more than the 13 million votes the long-time Muslim Brotherhood member received in his narrow run-off victory a year ago. Organizers say the president must quit immediately and dissolve the Islamist-dominated Shura Council, the upper chamber of parliament that has been in charge of lawmaking for the past year.

Additionally, protesters are appealing for a re-start on the suspended drafting of a new constitution. Failure to agree on a new founding charter in the wake of Mubarak’s toppling has contributed to the gridlock that has paralyzed the country’s political institutions. A new parliamentary election is also on the list of demands, after the Supreme Court dismissed the pro-Morsi lower house of the legislative assembly last year immediately following the vote, for alleged procedural violations in the run-up to the balloting

An opponent of Egypt's Islamist President Mohamed Morsi shouts slogans while waving his national flag during a protest calling for his ouster outside the presidential palace in Cairo on June 30, 2013 (AFP Photo / Khaled Desouki)

On Sunday night, anti-Morsi activists torched the office of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the Muslim Brotherhood’s political arm, in the city of Beni Suef, and one man was killed in a later street battle between pro and anti-Morsi activists in the same city.

Anti-Morsi protesters also tried to storm the heavily-fortified headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood on Sunday evening, using shotguns, rocks and firebombs, but were repelled.

At least five other offices of the FJP and the Brotherhood have been set on fire in the past week, with seven dead and more than 600 injured, according to local newspapers

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Opposition activists have successfully blocked off several highways and railroads between major urban centers. At some sites state media reported that police officers joined in chanting anti-Morsi slogans with the protesters. Senior interior security force officers have openly clashed with Morsi, and the police has said that it “lacks manpower” to protect Muslim Brotherhood properties around the country, despite repeated attacks.

Protesters opposing Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi waves Egyptian flags during a protest in front of the presidential palace in Cairo June 30, 2013. (Reuters/Suhaib Salem)

Despite rising tension, Morsi has decisively rejected the protesters’ calls.

"If we changed someone in office who was elected according to constitutional legitimacy – well, there will be people opposing the new president too, and a week or a month later they will ask him to step down,” the president told the Guardian newspaper on the eve of the demonstrations.

He has also dismissed the crowd as “remnants of the old regime”, and the protesters as “paid-up thugs.”

“Any revolution has its enemies and there are some people who are trying to obstruct the path of the Egyptian people towards democracy,” Morsi summed up.

This is unlikely to pacify those in Tahrir Square crying out for a “second revolution”.

Opposition figures say Morsi has mishandled the mandate handed to him a year ago by attempting to monopolize power, sidelining all those who do not share his religious and political vision. They cite the insertion of divisive Islamic articles into the proposed text of the new constitution, en-masse appointment of Muslim Brotherhood officials to key posts, and a decree that removed the Supreme Court’s authority to challenge the president’s decisions as some of the major missteps

Thousands of opponents of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi pray during a protest calling for his ouster at Cairo's landmark Tahrir Square on June 30, 2013 (AFP Photo / Khaled Desouki)

They also say that the president has failed to revive the economy. Despite GDP growth of 2.2 percent last year, the country has been plagued by electricity and fuel shortages that have seen huge queues form outside petrol stations. Income in tourist areas has also plummeted after two years of instability and anti-Western pronouncements by Morsi-supporting radical clerics.

“We gave Morsi the permit to drive; he doesn't know how to drive. The country is decaying and is failing, this is not Egypt and this is not the revolution,” Mohammed ElBaradei, Nobel Peace Prize winner, and opposition politician said ahead of the rallies.

With strident language on both sides, the stand-off is unlikely to resolve neatly.

Since Friday, Morsi supporters have camped outside a mosque in Nasr City, on the other side of Cairo. Brandishing green Islamic flags, some were wearing home-made armor, and most told journalists they would be ready to physically fight for the “legitimate” president

Supporters of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi shout slogans during a protest around the Raba El-Adwyia mosque square in Nasr City, a suburb of Cairo, June 30, 2013 (Reuters)

“If there is treason, we are here,” warned Ahmed Abdel Azeez, a Brotherhood member, in an interview with New York Times.

The army, which stepped in to temporarily assume power following the clashes that followed Mubarak’s unseating, said it will not tolerate an “attack on the will of the people” or allow Egypt to enter “a dark tunnel of conflict”. The ambiguous remarks, uttered by defense minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, have been taken to mean by local media that the army will not interfere in the course of the protests, unless direct confrontation between the conflicting factions takes place.

On Sunday, army helicopters flew over the Cairo skyline and heavier than usual army cordons were deployed around key sites, including government buildings and the Suez Canal. Mechanized infantry units have been placed around Tahrir Square itself, and all hospitals in major cities are on standby.

The country’s land borders have also been sealed.

US, Qatar and Belgium are amongst states that have officially revealed that they are withdrawing their diplomats for the duration of the showdown. On Sunday Cairo airport was crowded with foreign nationals and wealthy Egyptians attempting to leave the country on predominantly fully-booked flights

Protesters opposing Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi shout slogans against him and Brotherhood members during a protest at Tahrir Square in Cairo June 30, 2013. (Reuters/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)
Update: July 01 – 2013 – 2:45 PM EST

People’s demands must be met: Egypt military chief
Opponents of Egypt President Mohamed Morsi shout slogans during a protest calling for his ouster in the northern city of Alexandria on June 30, 2013

News Source: Press TV

The Egyptian army has given politicians 48 hours to meet the demands of the people and resolve the ongoing political crisis in the African country.

The Commander-in-Chief of the Egyptian Armed Forces General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said in a Monday statement that if political forces fail to agree to the popular demands, the military will offer its own road map to end the crisis.

“If the demands of the people are not realized within the defined period, it will be incumbent upon (the armed forces) ... to announce a road map for the future,” said the statement by al-Sisi.

He further said the Egyptian people have expressed their will with “unprecedented” clarity in their nationwide protests, adding, “Wasting more time will lead only to more division ... which we have warned and continue to warn against.”

The military also said it will supervise the execution of its roadmap “with the participation of all factions and national parties, including young people.” However, al-Sisi rejected the army’s direct involvement in politics or government.

The military warning comes after the opposition set July 2 as a deadline for President Mohamed Morsi to step down.

“We give Mohamed Morsi until 5:00 p.m. (1500 GMT) on Tuesday, July 2, to leave power, allowing state institutions to prepare for early presidential elections,” said a Monday statement by Egypt’s opposition movement of Tamarod.

The massive protests on Sunday came on the first anniversary of Morsi’s inauguration as president following the 2011 revolution that toppled the Western-backed regime of Hosni Mubarak.

The demonstrators are angry at Morsi's handling of the economy and failure to fulfill his electoral promises .


Egyptian opposition politician welcomes army statement

News Source: Press TV

Leading Egyptian opposition figure Amr Moussa has welcomed a statement by the country’s army which gave politicians 48 hours to resolve the ongoing political crisis in Egypt.

“Wasting more time will make things worse. The invitation to meet the demands of the people within the next few hours is a historical opportunity which should not be lost,” Moussa said in a Monday statement.

Earlier in the day, the Commander-in-Chief of the Egyptian Armed Forces General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said in a statement that “if the demands of the people are not realized within the defined period, it will be incumbent upon (the armed forces) ... to announce a road map for the future.”

The military’s statement further said the Egyptian people have expressed their will with “unprecedented” clarity in their nationwide protests, adding, “Wasting more time will lead only to more division ... which we have warned and continue to warn against.”

In reaction to the military’s statement, Mahmud Ghozlan who is a senior leader of Muslim Brotherhood said that it is “studying” the statement, adding that their political bureau will meet to “decide on its position.”

On Sunday, anti-government protesters flooded the streets across Egypt, calling for the resignation of President Mohamed Morsi.

On Monday, the Egyptian Health Ministry said 16 people had lost their lives the day before, including eight people who were killed in clashes between supporters and opponents of Morsi outside the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in the capital, Cairo.

On Monday morning, the protesters attacked the headquarters in the eastern Moqattam District and looted it. The six-story building was also set on fire.

Meanwhile, reports say that Egyptian security forces have arrested 15 bodyguards of top Muslim Brotherhood leader Khairat El-Shater on Monday .

Update: July 02 – 2013 – 6:00 AM EST

Morsi's office rejects army ultimatum

Opponents of Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi protest outside the presidential palace in Cairo on June 30, 2013

News Source: Press TV

The office of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi says it rejects the army’s ultimatum, which gave the government 48 hours to resolve the current national crisis.

In a statement issued on Monday, the office said that some phrases in the ultimatum could create confusion, AFP reported.

It said it denounces "any declaration that would deepen division" and "threaten the social peace" in the country.

The statement added that the presidency would continue on its own path towards national reconciliation.

President Morsi was consulting "with all national forces to secure the path of democratic change and the protection of the popular will," according to the statement.

"The civil democratic Egyptian state is one of the most important achievements of the January 25 revolution," it pointed out, nothing that "Egypt will absolutely not permit any step backward whatever the circumstances," it said.

Earlier in the day, Egypt's army said it would intervene if Morsi and his opponents fail to resolve the crisis in the country in 48 hours.

On Sunday, millions of Egyptians demonstrated in cities nationwide to demand Morsi's resignation and early presidential elections.

The country’s Health Ministry said 16 people were killed in Sunday’s demonstrations.

The massive protests on Sunday came on the first anniversary of Morsi’s inauguration as president following the 2011 revolution that toppled the Western-backed regime of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

The protests continued on Monday. The opposition movement behind the protests -- Tamarod (Arabic for Rebellion) -- has given Morsi until 5:00 p.m. (1500 GMT) on Tuesday to step down and call fresh presidential elections, or else face a campaign of civil disobedience.

Several political groups say the government is dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood. The opposition also accuses Morsi of deviating from the 2011 revolution

Egypt FM tenders resignation

Foreign Minister Kamel Amr (File photo)

News Source: Press TV

Egyptian Foreign Minister Kamel Amr has tendered his resignation, as massive protests continue against the country’s President Mohamed Morsi.

The ministers of tourism, environment, communication and legal affairs also submitted their letters of resignation to Prime Minister Hisham Qandil on Monday, a day after widespread pro and anti-government demonstrations all across the country, in which at least 16 people were killed and hundreds more were wounded.

On July 1, the Egyptian army gave President Morsi a 48-hour ultimatum to resolve the political crisis in the African country, which followed the opposition movement’s resignation deadline for Morsi.

However, the Egyptian president dismissed the army’s statement as an attempt to “deepen divisions and threaten the social peace.”

Morsi also announced in a statement issued on Tuesday that he would continue with his own plans for national reconciliation.

The massive protests came on the first anniversary of Morsi’s inauguration as president following the 2011 revolution that toppled the Western-backed regime of Hosni Mubarak.

In a televised address on June 26, Morsi said the polarization of the country’s political life is “threatening to paralyze” Egypt.

He also acknowledged that he had made some mistakes during his first year in office but called for national reconciliation, saying that he was open to cooperating with the opposition on constitutional reform.

On June 27, Egypt’s main opposition coalition, the National Salvation Front (NSF), rejected the offer, demanding the ouster of the incumbent president .


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