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Hezbollah’s Moussawi: ‘On July 11, 2006 I was meeting with a ‘deposed Arab ruler’ & five of his lieutenants …’

July 28th, 2012 Comments off
Moussawi then told al Mayadeen’s Ghassan bin Jeddo that the meeting (s) was per repeated requests of the ‘deposed Arab ruler’ and that the ousted guy was adamant to have many of his non civilian lieutenants present (all of whom are alive and in power)…’
Bin Jeddo discarded the posdibilty that the ‘deposed’ was Bin Ali or Qaddafi (both for obvious reasons) that of course left Mubarak, Tantawi & co.
Moussawi neither denied nor confirmed.
Reminder: Mubarak’s regime was one that championed all things anti-Hezbollah. To hear that they requested regular meetings with one of the region’s most effective organizations (HzB) to ‘coordinate’ is not surprising.



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The Suleiman Funeral and the Problem of Who Will Attend

July 19th, 2012 Comments off

Today’s death of ‘Omar Suleiman, the Egyptian intelligence chief and, briefly., Vice President, has created something of a protocol quandary. He was, after all, Vice President of the country, in fact the only Vice President it has had since Husni Mubarak ascended to the Presidency. He also heald the rank of Major General in the Armed Forces, so he is of course being accorded a military funeral (tomorrow) and, unsurprisingly, Field Marshal Tantawi will attend.

But what about President Morsi? ‘Omar Suleiman’s record as an intelligence chief is mostly sealed, but of one thing he never made any secret: he was the inveterate foe of the Muslim Brotherhood, jailing them at home and working against their ally Hamas abroad. Will the Muslim Brothjerhood President attend the funeral of the man known for jailing Brotherhood members. (Morsi himself has spent short prisons in jail, though not the years of many of his colleagues.)

Early indications are, no: someone from the Presidential office will represent Morsi at the funeral. This could change, but it is the sort of awkward problem likely to crop up during Egypt’s transition. When Mubarak dies, the fact that he was convicted of a crime and imprisoned might mean a low-key funeral. But Suleiman is an ex-Vice President, with no convictions, though there was speculation he might have left Egypt to live in the Gulfs when he left the country after Morsi’s election.

And of course the conspiracy theorists are out in force, as is to be expected for a man with a spooky background like Suleiman’s. Either the US did him in (after all, this week’s conspiracy, as Hillary Clinton learned, is that the US is promoting the Muslim Brotherhood), or he actually died in the bombing in Damascus! 


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Egypt’s ex-spy chief Omar Suleiman dies

July 19th, 2012 Comments off

FILE - In this Saturday, April 7, 2012 file photo, former Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman is escorted by police after he submitted his candidacy papers at the Higher Presidential Elections Commission, in Cairo, Egypt. Egypt’s state news agency says former spy chief and vice president Omar Suleiman died in US. Egypt’s Middle East News Agency said on Thursday, July 19, 2012 in a brief statement that Suleiman died in a US hospital early this morning. It didn’t give further details. (AP Photo, File)Egypt's former spy chief Omar Suleiman, deposed president Hosni Mubarak's top lieutenant and keeper of secrets, died Thursday, the country's official news agency reported. He was 76.

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Former Egyptian spy chief dies

July 19th, 2012 Comments off

Omar Suleiman, Egypt’s former intelligence chief and a close ally to ousted President Hosni Mubarak, dies in hospital in the United States.
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Mubarak Back in Tura; Lawyers Trying to Get Him Out

July 18th, 2012 Comments off

A month or so after that strange week when Egypt’s Schrödinger’s ex-President Husni Mubarak was reported by the State News Agency MENA to be clinically dead, but then he got much, much better, he was transported back to Tura Prison yesterday because, well, he’s not dead anymore and he’s supposed to be serving a life sentence, not receiving excellent treatment in an elite military hospital.

Tura Prison

His lawyers are trying to get him sent back to the hospital because there is a law saying heroes of the 1973 war must be respected and because Mubarak is a hero of the 1973 war. (In point of fact his role in the 1973 war, as Air Force Commander, has gotten more and more heroic since he became President n 1981, a sort of retroactive heroism. If he’d been President much longer they’d have had him manning a SAM sit and shooting down Israeli aircraft single-handed.)


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Egypt’s Post-Mubarak Evolution Challenges America’s Hegemonic Ambitions in the Middle East

July 18th, 2012 Comments off

Beinin on Egypt’s workers

July 17th, 2012 Comments off

Joel Beinin has a new paper out at Carnegie on the labor movement in Egypt, his field of expertise for something like three decades at least now. He writes:

[W]orkers were quick to mobilize in the early stages of the groundswell that eventually unseated Hosni Mubarak, and they deserve more credit for his ouster than they typically receive. Soon after the uprising began, workers violated ETUF’s legal monopoly on trade union organization and formed the Egyptian Federation of Independent Trade Unions (EFITU)—the first new institution to emerge from the revolt. Labor mobilization continued at an unprecedented level during 2011 and early 2012, and workers established hundreds of new, independent enterprise-level unions. They also secured a substantially higher minimum wage.

Yet, though the labor movement has made headway, problems persist. New unions face funding difficulties and the independent labor movement is internally divided. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF)—the ultimate power in Egypt since Mubarak’s demise—and ETUF have both repeatedly asserted their power to oppose independent unions and have scored some successes. The movement has a very limited presence in the emerging institutions of the post-Mubarak state and is thus left without much leverage to fend off attacks from its political opponents.

Going forward, the independent labor movement should consider looking beyond street protests over immediate grievances, where it has achieved its greatest successes, and begin training enterprise-level leaderships and forging political coalitions with sympathetic sections of the intelligentsia. Independent trade unions remain the strongest nationally organized force confronting the autocratic tendencies of the old order. If they can solidify and expand their gains, they could be an important force leading Egypt toward a more democratic future.

Timely reading considering a recent upsurge in labor actions across Egypt — in CairoMahalla al-KubraBeni SuefMarsa Matruh and elsewhere — and those are just from today. (via the two leading sources of Egypt labor info on Twitter, @3arabawy and @egystrikes.



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This picture is circulating by Egyptians

July 15th, 2012 Comments off

It shows two contrasting pictures: the one below is “days of Mubarak” and its shows Muslim Brotherhood leaders calling for the expulsion of the US and Israeli ambassadors from Egypt.  The one above is from “the days of the Supreme Guide [of the Muslim Brotherhood]”.

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Moderate Islam

July 15th, 2012 Comments off
Did you know that the Egyptian caliph, Muhamad Mursi Mubarak, said that Saudi Arabia is the leader of “moderate Islam”?  This is like saying that Bin Laden was a Marxist.

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Clinton urges post-Mubarak Egypt to commit to ‘strong, durable democracy … – Washington Post

July 15th, 2012 Comments off

Sydney Morning Herald
Clinton urges post-Mubarak Egypt to commit to 'strong, durable democracy
Washington Post
CAIRO — US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Sunday urged Egypt to commit to “a strong, durable democracy” that protects the rights of all citizens, hoping to appeal both to supporters of the popularly elected Islamist president and
US urges Egypt to commit to 'durable democracy'The Associated Press
Clinton focuses on democracy in talks with MursiSydney Morning Herald
Hillary holds talks with Egypt's military leaderThe Hindu
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