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Egypt’s Moslem Salafist organisation (Saudi funded):  Received $50 million in one year during Mubarak reign
Egyptian ministry of justice reports a Salafist organisation received almost $50 million in one year from the Gulf and Saudi Arabia during Mubarak’s’ regime. According to the report, the Salafist Ansar El-Sonna association received ($30million) from Qatar and ($19 million) from Kuwait, grants was approved by former minister of social solidarity Ali Meslahi on February 12, 2011. The Ansar El-Sonna association (Supporters of the Islamic chari3a) is considered to be the biggest charitable Salafist NGO in Egypt.
The Ansar El-Sonna association of sheikhs and spokespeople have always denied in the media that the donations it receives from the Gulf are used to fund the activities of the growing Salafist political parties in Egypt, insisting that the donations are spent on orphanages and mosques across the country. This association has denied that any of the Kuwaiti and Qatari funds were for political purposes, but claimed they were used for charitable projects, with the knowledge of the government and the ministry of international cooperation.
Zeinab El Gundy wrote on Nov. 19 (with slight re-arrangement and editing):
“Investigating accusations that April 6 Youth Movement have foreign agendas due to foreign funding is totally baseless.
Alaa Mubarak in the inauguration of Mohamed Alaa Mubarak association

Alaa Mubarak in the inauguration of Mohamed Alaa Mubarak association “Photo: Internet”

The daily Akhbar El Yom newspaper has published excerpts from the ministry of justice’s report on foreign funding of NGOs.  Since summertime, there has been a witch hunt on April 6 Youth Movement claiming it received western foreign funding (viewed as foreign intervention and manipulation of Egyptian society).

The fact-finding committee, headed by judges Sameh Abu Zaid and Ashraf El-Ashamawi, discovered that a single Salafist association has received ($50 million)  from  two Gulf countries. The report named those two donations (from Qatar and Kuwait) as the biggest received by any Egyptian NGO in 2010 and 2011.

The report also concluded that the April 6 Youth Movement had not received any foreign funding, accusations that had stalked the revolutionary movement for months.

Mentioned in the report are donations of about ($15.5 million) received by the Mohamed Alaa Mubarak Charity Association from Oman and UAE until July 2011. The association was founded in 2010 by Heidi Rasaskh, the wife of Alaa Mubarak, the son of ousted president Mubarak, who is currently in prison facing charges of corruption. The association was founded as a tribute to their son, Mohamed Mubarak, who died in 2009. It is unclear how the association operates currently, after the ousting of former president and the detention of Alaa Mubarak.

The fact-finding committee also noted the foreign donations of  ($26 mn) received by the NGO, Caritas Egypt. Caritas has operated in Egypt since 1967, with a focus on women and children.

The report  included the donations of  ($11 million) from the American funding body USAID to NGOs working in the field of democracy development in Egypt. According to the findings, USAID funded the American Democracy Institute (ADI) and the International Republican Institute (IRI) to the tune of ($6.7 mn). The report did not specify which Egyptian NGO’s received the remaining  ($4.25 mn).

The spokesperson for the April 6 Youth Movement, Mahmoud Afifi, tweeted that the group would not tolerate any unfounded accusations of receiving foreign money. He also thanked all those who trusted in the movement despite the defamation campaign.

The “We Are All Khaled Said Movement”, an influential campaign that played a major role in the January 25 Revolution, demanded that Major General El-Rowaini, member of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) and the commander of the central military zone, apologise for accusing the April 6 Youth Movement of receiving foreign funding and working against the country.

Major General El-Rowaini accused the youth movement of receiving foreign funding in media statements in July. This move inflamed tensions further between revolutionary activists and SCAF and made the public call into question youth movements’ integrity.” End of quote

Note: You may read on this military council Black Box

US Drone assassination attempts: Revisited by Sue Gardner of Wikimedia

Sue Gardner, executive director of Wikimedia, revisited and updated information on drone usage, policies, and mechanism of preemptive wars…

Sue wrote: “The United States government has made a series of attacks on targets in northwest Pakistan since 2004 using drones (unmanned aerial vehicles) controlled by the Central Intelligence Agency’s Special Activities Division.[3] 

These attacks are part of the United States’ war on the Arab and Muslim world campaign, seeking to create more armed opponents of the US in order to further fuel the cycle of violence that justifies the existence of the US military industrial complex.[3] 

Most of these attacks are on targets in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas along the Afghan border in Northwest Pakistan. These strikes have increased substantially under the Presidency of Barack Obama.[4][5] 

A few media refer to the series of attacks as a “drone war.”[6][7]

Pakistan’s government publicly condemns these attacks, but has secretly shared intelligence with the United States[8] and also allegedly allowed the drones to operate from Shamsi Airfield in Pakistan.  In April 21, 2011, over 150 Americans left the base.[9]

According to secret diplomatic cables leaked by Wikileaks, Pakistan’s Army Chief Ashfaq Parvez Kayani not only tacitly agreed to the drone flights, but in 2008 requested Americans to increase them.[10] However, Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik said: “drone missiles cause collateral damage. A few militants are killed, but the majority of victims are innocent citizens.”[11] 

The strikes are often linked to Anti-American sentiment in Pakistan and the growing questionability of the scope and extent of CIA activities in Pakistan. Reports of the number of militants versus civilian casualties differ.[12] 

Daniel L. Byman from the Brookings Institution suggests that drone strikes may kill “10 or so civilians” for every militant killed.[13] In contrast, the New America Foundation has estimated that 80 percent of those killed in the attacks were militants.[14] The Pakistani military has stated that most of those killed were hardcore Al-Qaeda and Taliban militants.[15] The CIA believes that the strikes conducted since May 2010 have killed over 600 militants and have not caused any civilian fatalities, a claim that experts disputed and have called absurd.[12]

Based on extensive research, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism found that between 391 – 780 civilians were killed out of a total of between 1,658 and 2,597 and that 160 children are reported among the deaths.[16][17] The British human rights group Reprieve is threatening litigation to oppose U.S. drone strikes.[18]

Note 1: List of Taliban fatality reports in Pakistan






January 2012

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