Gigantesque Fortune Du Clan Moubarak

Un système de corruption pour chaque investissement étranger en Egypte aurait permis au clan Moubarak de s'enrichir. Selon le quotidien britannique, le pouvoir égyptien exigerait, pour toute implantation dans le pays, une joint-venture avec un partenaire local à hauteur de 20 %. Les fils du raïs, Gamal et Alaa, auraient profité de ces largesses et seraient milliardaires. La chaîne américaine ABC News affirme que Moubarak aurait spéculé sur la dette souveraine de son pays depuis une trentaine d'années. Acheteur d'immenses terrains militaires, il les aurait revendus à des investisseurs. La famille Moubarak posséderait également des participations dans des entreprises égyptiennes liées à l'Etat ou l'armée.

Un professeur en sciences politiques de l'université de Princeton affirme que l'estimation de la fortune des Moubarak équivaut à celle d'autres leaders des pays du Golfe. Ce mode d'accumulation de richesses est "un modèle appliqué par d'autres dictateurs du Moyen-Orient afin que leurs richesses ne soient pas saisies au cours d'un changement de pouvoir. Ces dirigeants prévoient ce cas".

Quarante pour cent des 80 millions d'Egyptiens vivent avec moins de trois dollars par jour.

Moubarak's fortune is already secure in Fort Knox. Obama and Shillary know this and will be reassuring him even as I type this.

Iraq Invasion - Operation Trinity

There has been much back and forth blaming, passing the buck, completecontradictions of each other, and a wide range of smoke and mirrors as to who actually initiated Orders 1 and 2.  This should raise many red flags for scholars and others interested in knowing the truth.  This issue went beyond scholarly inquiry and into the public light on April 6, 2008 when 60 Minutes interviewed Douglas Feith, while he was promoting his new book, War and Decision.   During the questioning, Feith contradicted everyone else’s claim that he had drafted Orders 1 and 2, and then he declared that Bremer only told him about the orders just before he flew off to Baghdad. Full account here.


Cairo Revolt - Obama And US Caught Offguard

Obama and Hillary are out of their depth with the winds of change which are sweeping the world. Good evidence here (for a change) from CNN.

Arab Winds of Change - Jordan Next?

The new prime minister is unlikely to dampen Jordanians’ desire for faster economic and political progress. The king has talked of political reform for 12 years, retaining absolute power even as the kingdom’s economy has faltered. To pay for a national debt that has doubled in a decade, he has cut services and subsidies and raised taxes. “It took north Africa’s explosion to make him take notice,” says Adnan abu Odeh, who once ran the royal court and is sympathetic to the protesters. Criticism of corruption has grown increasingly personal. The king is widely derided for spending too much time abroad. Tales abound of favoured bureaucrats becoming rich. Full story here.


Chomsky On Cairo Revolt

One 1989 comparison has some validity: Romania, where Washington maintained its support for Nicolae Ceausescu, the most vicious of the east European dictators, until the allegiance became untenable. Then Washington hailed his overthrow while the past was erased. That is a standard pattern: Ferdinand Marcos, Jean-Claude Duvalier, Chun Doo-hwan, Suharto and many other useful gangsters. It may be under way in the case of Hosni Mubarak, along with routine efforts to try to ensure a successor regime will not veer far from the approved path. The current hope appears to be Mubarak loyalist General Omar Suleiman, just named Egypt's vice-president. Suleiman, the longtime head of the intelligence services, is despised by the rebelling public almost as much as the dictator himself. From here. 

Attack On Egypt-Israel Gas Pipeline


Secrétaire Général De La Ligue Arabe Pour Successeur?

Le patron de l'organisation panarabe, dont le siège jouxte la place Tahrir, épicentre de la contestation au Caire, a récemment affirmé qu'il était temps pour une"transition pacifique" en Egypte, souhaitant que le pays passe "d'une ère à une autre". "Il y a un boulevard pour Amr Moussa. Il est compatible avec l'establishment actuel. Il a fait partie du système, avant d'en être écarté", indique un diplomate européen.
Après dix ans à la tête de la diplomatie égyptienne, M. Moussa, 74 ans, avait été écarté des affaires étrangères pour être nommé chef de l'organisation panarabe, ce qui avait été vu à l'époque comme une tentative de l'évincer, en raison de sa popularité, des allées ministérielles et peut-être de la course au pouvoir.
Vif d'esprit, toujours très dynamique et doté d'un solide sens de l'humour, ce diplomate chevronné qui apprécie les médias doit notamment sa popularité en Egypte à ses prises de position critiques à l'égard d'Israël et des Etats-Unis. Mais ce sont précisément ces positions qui pourraient ne pas lui valoir le soutien des Occidentaux.
A Loupes Dans La Ville nous voulons la democracie pour le peuple Egyptiene. Mais le choix doit etre un choix Egyptiene.

One Million Iraqi Widows To March

I bet they can't wait for Donald Rumsfeld's Whitewash Memoir to come out. Full Story here.

Heckuva Job, Rummy

Rumsfeld did a good job according to his own self-assessment. He accepts almost no blame for the mistakes in Iraq in his 800-page autobiography Known and Unknown, copies of which have been and published in excerpt by the New York Times and the Washington Post.Instead, he fingers the US diplomat in charge of postwar Iraq, Paul Bremer, and criticises the former Secretary of State, Colin Powell, and the former National Security Adviser, Condoleezza Rice.When thieves fall out as they say.
John McCain  has criticised Rumsfeld and his self-justifying book by perpetrating the fantasy of a 'victory' in Iraq. He told ABC television: "I respect Secretary Rumsfeld. He and I had a very, very strong difference of opinion about the strategy he was employing in Iraq, which I predicted was doomed to failure. Thank God he was relieved of his duties and we put the surge in. Otherwise we would have had a disastrous defeat in Iraq." He denies he made a mistake in not sending a bigger US force to Iraq in 2003. Senior US commanders were reported at the time to have argued that the force was too small, a view apparently vindicated by the subsequent failure of American forces to stop postwar violence and looting. Rumsfeld concedes that with hindsight, more US troops might have helped stop the looting. "In retrospect there may have been times when more troops could have helped," he writes. But he insists that no formal request for more troops was made by the generals. This might be true for two reasons:
- the generals didn't have a brain cell between them
- the generals were interested primarily in keeping their jobs.
He says Bremer's decisions "inadvertently stoked nationalist resentments and fanned the embers of what would become the Iraqi insurgency".
He is also critical of Powell and Rice over a series of internal squabbles and of George Bush for failing to settle them. He insists that it was Bush who first raised the possibility of intervention in Iraq, two weeks after the 9/11 attacks. Bush in his memoir 'Desicion Points'(his spelling) said it was six weeks later, not wishing to appear to have been over anxious for any old excuse to attack Iraq which was singularly uninvolved in 9/11.

Cairo Revolt - Rare Street Scene Pics From Feb 4

Limited Circulation Pics Cairo4.2.11


Cairo Revolt - Video Clip 3rd February

Iraqi Oil - Moves Planned

BAGHDAD, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Iraqi and Japanese companies are in talks to expand oil export capacity from southern Iraqi ports, though there was no word on pending northern deliveries. Iraq's South Oil Co. and the Japan International Cooperation Agency are in talks on a contract to expand exports from around 2.2 M. barrels/day to about 5.8 million bpd, the Platts news service reports.
The project includes building a 45-mile oil pipeline to terminals in the Persian Gulf. The closing day for the bid is Friday and contracts should be announced by June, Platts added.
The deadline is in doubt because Japanese investors are at odds over the pipeline route.
Oil ministry officials told Platts on condition of anonymity that there were no new exports from oil fields in the Kurdish provinces of Iraq.
The Iraqi Oil Ministry in a January deal with the Kurdistan Regional Government paved the way for the resumption of oil exports starting in February.
The agreement called for about half of the petroleum products produced in the Kurdish provinces to be used for domestic demand with the rest exported through Turkish ports on the Mediterranean Sea.
Oil flowed for just four months after it started in June 2009 due to legal disputes between the Kurdish government and Baghdad.
Platts added that it wasn't clear why exports didn't resume nor when they would begin.


Jack Straw At Chilcott - Cabinet Was 'Briefed' On Iraq

So the cabinet was 'briefed' rather than consulted on a war decision which was to kill hundreds of thousands and displace millions. A clear admission that the democratic process called cabinet government was circumvented by Blair, Straw and Campbell. I knew that anyway but when spivs like Straw can drop it in as a throwaway line, it really has come to something in Britain. Our political institutions have been crumbling before our eyes in a slow drip...drip.....drip.

Secret Torture Centre Revealed In Iraq

Hat tip to European Turkmen Friendships  and  Human Rights Watch  for this.

Beginning on November 23, 2010, and continuing over the next three to four days, Iraqi authorities transferred more than 280 detainees to a secret site within Camp Justice, a sprawling military base in northwest Baghdad, interviews and classified government documents obtained by Human Rights Watch reveal. The Army's 56th Brigade, also known as the Baghdad Brigade, and the Counter-Terrorism Service, both under the authority of the prime minister's office, control this secret site. The hurried transfers took place just days before an international inspection team was to examine conditions at the detainees' previous location at Camp Honor in the Green Zone. Human Rights Watch has also obtained a list of more than 300 detainees held at Camp Honor just before the transfer to Camp Justice. Almost all were accused of terrorism.

Maat – Goddess of Change, Nemesis of Mubarak

Maat Goddess of Justice

The ancient Goddess Maat represented for the Egyptian nation the concept of a structured world that brought order and equilibrium, ethical values and justice, culture and creativity. She was the personification of cosmic harmony and equilibrium. Maat was the opposite to everything that was disordered, chaotic, destructive, and unjust. All Pharoahs and kings had to bring order to their kingdom and world about them and therefore it was important “Ma’at” was in place.
Maat personified all that brought order and was regarded as the daughter or companion of the sun-god. She was shown in human form with an ostrich feather on her head and sometimes she was shown with the wings of a divine being. Not until the New Kingdom did she really begin to have a cult on her own. Then she became part of the set of gods that were worshiped at Karnak and Memphis. I hope she is looking after the ordinary people of Egypt just now.


Wikileaks Reveal UK Government Lies Over Gaddafi

The document records: “He [Gaddafi] went on to thank his 'friend Brown’, the British Prime Minister, his government, Queen Elizabeth, and Prince Andrew, who 'against all odds encouraged this brave decision’. [Gaddafi] noted that the UK efforts would positively affect 'exchange’ between the two countries.

When al-Megrahi was finally released, it also emerged that Gordon Brown instructed the British ambassador to hand deliver a note to Gaddafi. The letter was ostensibly to ask the Libyan leader not to lionise the released terrorist but the delivery of the letter also presented British officials with the opportunity for a rare private meeting with Gaddafi. Article here.

Megrahi - UK Ministers 'Cold, Callous And Brutal'

Any perceived political slight on the part of the Libyans often leads to western companies losing lucrative contracts with Gaddafi’s erratic behaviour a major problem in maintaining good relations.
Last year, the British Ambassador is recorded as telling his American counterparts in Tripoli that he had to negotiate with the Libyans “on their terms” and should “not be frightened by the name Gaddafi”.
The Wikileaks documents on Megrahi disclose in detail how British ministers and officials were desperate not to allow Libyan anger over the ongoing imprisonment of Megrahi to derail the growing commercial relationship between the two countries.