2011-01-29

Egypten

Nu är det bara en kvar i Egypten som inte fattat. Men det är förmodligen bara en tidsfråga innan även Hosni fattar.

"Protesters arrest 40 police men and hand them over to the Army #Jan25 #Jan28 #Egypt #Cairo #Police
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"From 2004 to 2008 alone, about 1.7 million workers have engaged in 1,900 strikes and other forms of protest, demanding everything from wage increases to job security in state-owned industries that were privatized.”
theawl.com … the-role-of-labor-movements-in-egypt
nytimes.com

1,3 strejker per dag.
Vem hade kunnat tro det om man är en flitig tidningsläsare, men så har det blivit i den nyliberala tiden arbetaraktioner i utlandet är icke nyheter, även stora långvariga konflikter nämns sparsamt. De inhemska löntagarna skulle ju kunna få idéer trots att man har fackföreningar som håller dem i schack. Men släpper muslimska brödraskapet en fjärt får vi genast reda på det.

Också har vi freedom & democracy experterna i imperiet:
VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: Look, Mubarak has been an ally of ours in a number of things that he’s been very responsible on relative to geopolitical interests in the region, Middle East peace efforts, the actions Egypt has taken relative to normalizing relationship with Israel. And I think that it would be—I would not refer to him as a dictator.
democracynow.org

Så har vi förstås bipartisansexperten själv:
Justin Webb: You're making this speech in Cairo. Amnesty International says there are thousands of political prisoners in Egypt. How do you address that issue?

President Obama: Right. Well, look - obviously, in the Middle East, across a wide range of types of governments, there are some human rights issues. I don't think there's any dispute about that. The message I hope to deliver is that democracy, rule of law, freedom of speech, freedom of religion - those are not simply principles of the west to be hoisted on these countries.

But, rather what I believe to be universal principles that they can embrace and affirm as part of their national identity, the danger, I think, is when the United States, or any country, thinks that we can simply impose these values on another country with a different history and a different culture.

And I think the thing that we can do, most importantly, is serve as a good role model. And that's why, for example, closing Guantanamo, from my perspective, as difficult as it is, is important.

Because part of what we want to affirm to the world is that these are values that are important, even when it's hard. Maybe especially when it's hard. And not just when it's easy.

Justin Webb: Do you regard President Mubarak as an authoritarian ruler?

President Obama: No, I tend not to use labels for folks. I haven't met him. I've spoken to him on the phone.

He has been a stalwart ally in many respects, to the United States. He has sustained peace with Israel, which is a very difficult thing to do in that region.

But he has never resorted to, you know, unnecessary demagoging of the issue, and has tried to maintain that relationship. So I think he has been a force for stability. And good in the region. Obviously, there have been criticisms of the manner in which politics operates in Egypt.

And, as I said before, the United States' job is not to lecture, but to encourage, to lift up what we consider to be the values that ultimately will work - not just for our country, but for the aspirations of a lot of people.
bbc.co.uk… 090602_obama_transcript


"Is it a revolt?"
"No sire, it's a revolution."

10 minuter kvar till utegångsförbudet. Brohuvuna lär bli Egyptens statstelevision och inrikesministeriet, det senare lär vara under attack, avgörande lär bli hut militären reagerar på dessa ställen. Inrikesministeriet som är det centrala stället för repressionen det lär även förekomma tortyr där.

1 comments:

Björn Nilsson sa...

Inte ens vänstermedia i Sverige har väl skrivit så mycket om strejkerna i Egypten trots att de varit väldigt omfattande? Tror jag sett något eller några enstaka reportage, men inte mer. Kanske beror av att vänstergrupper med tidningar och webbsidor i Sverige inte har tyckt sig känna igen några likasinnade grupper därnere? Kanske jag såg något i "Arbetaren" och något på någon trotskistisk hemsida, men det var nog allt. Dessutom var väl ingen så jäkla dum så att han/hon trodde att det skulle bli folkrevolution i Egypten av alla ställen!

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