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A few jokes attached for former deposed Egypt President Mubarak

Being told that he must write a letter of farewell to the Egyptian People, after being pressured to abdicate, Mubarak responded: “Why, where the Egyptian people is intending to transfer?”
An obstetrician, renowned for delivering twins,  was summoned to meet Mubarak: The president and his chair constituted a single entity.

حكومة مصر استدعت الدكتور الربيعان لفصل مبارك عن كرسي الرئاسة باعتبار الدكتور الربيعة أشهر طبيب عربي متخصص في فصل التوائم.

فتحي سرور طلب من الرئيس حسني مبارك كتابة رسالة وداع للشعب المصري لكن مبارك رد عليه قائلاً ليه ..”هوا الشعب المصري رايح فين”.

اتصل مبارك بإحدى الإذاعات، برنامج “ما يطلبه المستمعون” وأهدى إلى شعبه أغنية “أخاصمك آه…. أسيبك لا”.

اتصل أمس، مبارك بزين العابدين بن علي وقال له : ” ألو وحياة أبوك إذا بتنام بدري خبيلي المفتاح تحت الباب”!

المصريون.. هلكوا القذافي.. قصفوه بالسخرية فدكوا مواقعه وحصونه، ولعل من بين أقوى التصريحات التي خرجت بحق القذافي، تلك التي نقلتها وسائل إعلام عن الفنانة إسعاد يونس، والتي قالت فيها:

“لا لقتل القذافي أو إعدامه.. عايزينه في قفص قزاز صاحي ومعاه سباطة موز وميكروفون.. أمال حانتسلى بإيه في رمضان؟”.

غير أن من بين التعليقات التي انتشرت على الفيسبوك ما ذكره أحدهما: “عزيزي معمر القذافي بالنسبة لمقولتك: أنا لست رئيسا ورجلا عاديا حتى يتم قتلي بالسم.. الرجل العنكبوت مثلا؟”

How to wreck a country in 369 days?  Blame it on Muhammad Morsy?

Note: The USA decided to bring the Muslim Brotherhood to power in Egypt when the Spring uprising was successful to bring Mubarak down. Since this movement was the only organized party, Obama and Hillary refused to delay the election so that their preferred choice gets elected.

MICHAEL WAHID HANNA published in Foreign Policy this JULY 8, 2013

Let’s make this abundantly clear: No one should be pleased with the division and bloodshed playing out in the streets of Cairo right now, particularly as military repression escalates.

But let’s also make this abundantly clear: One man bears the ultimate responsibility for the crisis of leadership — Mohamed Morsy

With Morsy now arbitrarily detained by the military following his July 3 ouster and Egyptian security forces indulging in violent, reckless repression, the former Egyptian president and his Muslim Brotherhood movement have legitimate grievances regarding their unjustifiable treatment.

But let’s not forget how we got to this grim point.

On the night of June 30, in the face of unprecedented, nationwide mass mobilization and protest, Morsy was politically wounded, his legitimacy undermined, his ability to govern Egypt irreparably damaged.

In response to the bottom-up, grassroots campaign that brought millions out into the streets, critical sectors of the state bureaucracy openly abandoned the president, leaving him with an illusory and nominal grip on power.

He faced a country dangerously polarized, its social fabric fraying. At that moment, Egypt had fleetingly few options for avoiding the grim possibility of civil strife — and all of them resided with Morsy.

Despite inheriting intractable political, economic, and social problems, when Morsy ascended to power on June 30, 2012, he had choices — and he chose factional gain, zero-sum politics, and populist demagoguery.

In a system without functioning checks and balances, those choices generated increasing levels of polarization, destroying trust and crippling the state. These decisions were a reflection of his hostility to criticism and his and the Muslim Brotherhood’s denigration of the opposition’s role in Egyptian society.

In the period prior to this year’s June 30 mass protests on the first anniversary of Morsy’s swearing-in, when concessions and compromise might have found an orderly way out for Egypt, Morsy instead grudgingly offered airy promises and hollow gestures.

The fateful, misguided decisions made throughout his tenure and in the run-up and aftermath of the June 30 protests have now put Egypt on the cusp of civil strife and violent conflict.

An intransigent, isolated President chose to ignore reality and set the country on the course for an undeniably unfortunate military intervention into civilian politics. (Egypt has been governed by the military since 1955)

While Morsy and the Muslim Brotherhood will undoubtedly now assume their more familiar role as victims, significantly aided by the brutality and stupidity of a repressive Egyptian security sector, the primary responsibility for Morsy’s ouster and Egypt’s perilous state resides with the deposed president and his Brothers. None of this was inevitable.

This is not to suggest that the Brotherhood should now be ostracized, persecuted, or forced underground. The Muslim Brotherhood is an organic and deeply rooted religious, social, and political movement with a robust and resilient base. It must be a part of Egypt’s future. But its part in Egypt’s recent past has been an unmitigated disaster.

Morsy’s fatal final decisions confirmed his insular, factional worldview, which prioritized the Muslim Brotherhood before the nation. Simply put, he failed to comprehend that his secret society had no monopoly on Egypt and that their electoral victories were not an unlimited mandate. The Muslim Brotherhood believed that the series of elections throughout 2011 and 2012, which represented in many ways the last elections of Hosni Mubarak’s era, bespoke something essential about Egyptian society and the Brotherhood’s place within it.

These traits — bullheadedness, insularity, and paranoia — were on vivid display as Egypt careened toward June 30, but they had manifested themselves repeatedly over the course of the Brotherhood’s short, unhappy time in power.

Morsy’s 369 days in power were typified by a lack of reform, which alienated activists and reformists; a lack of reconciliation, which blocked any potential outreach to members of the former regime; and narrow, monopolistic governance, which alienated all political forces — including his erstwhile Islamist allies, particularly the al-Nour Party, which abandoned Morsy during his final hours. This reckless approach to power spurred alienation, paralyzed governance, and resulted in repression and discontent — and opposition grew.

The bill of particulars is damning and dates back to the immediate post-Mubarak period, when the Brotherhood chose to pursue a formalist procedural transition that saw elections alone as democracy, while ignoring substantive reform of a failing system.

The narrow window for confronting Mubarak’s police state and crony capitalism would have required a modicum of solidarity among the forces that propelled the uprising against Mubarak. But in the first of a series of betrayals, the Muslim Brotherhood set out on a course to retool Mubarak’s authoritarian state and co-opt its tools of repression, with the Brotherhood itself in the helm.

Not only did the Muslim Brotherhood help craft and endorse the interim military ruler’s flawed transitional road map, which was filled with gaps and omissions, but the Brotherhood  immediately set about stigmatizing its opponents on the basis of crude religious and sectarian demagoguery.

Reformist and activist forces who sought to challenge the emerging political order were tarred and treated as obstacles in the Brotherhood’s pursuit of factional gain. Hence was set in motion a substance-free transition whose sole defining feature was a grueling series of elections.

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US next in line to Tunisia: Unemployment popular revolt?

The title might be extreme; maybe the regime in the US will not change that drastically and that quickly.  Or maybe Egypt is next in line to witness a humongous popular upheaval, but if anyone is disregarding the option that the USA is inevitably ripe for a popular, non-peaceful, mass revolt is not listening, reading, and watching carefully the predicting indicators, as it happened in Tunisia. When revolt lands in the US, it might not be that peaceful as in Tunisia and Egypt.

In Tunisia, graduate students, out of a job for 5 years, were communicating their rage and frustration on the social web platforms.  There are indications that President Ben Ali was closeted in his Palaces and just listening to his oligarchic retinues and relying on the western States for times of crisis.   Ben Ali considered his citizens as invisible.  The “whites” in the US consider Obama as invisible, as in the “invisible man”; and thus, no matter what Obama does or achieve is not that relevant to the “red necks” and Christian neo-conservatives.

To the CONSERVATIVE “whites”, Obama is as good as being closeted in his White House, and if they grudgingly have to deal with the administration, it is only through the civil servants in the White House.  Obama is interested to what the Whites are saying but it is not reciprocated.  For one thing, no Black is ever to be President again, and Obama is not going to remain for a second term:  Not because he is a failure (he cannot ever be worse than Bush Jr), but because racism is endemic in the US.

Ben Ali was very close to Israel and opened Tunisia market to products coming from Jewish colonies in the West Bank.  Israel is antagonizing the US of Obama, not because the US ceased to be totally supporting Israel, but because racist and apartheid Israel hates the Black President Obama.  Obama has been doing his best to pleasure every community who hated him out of racist attitudes, and he failed to do his job as President and promoting equitable and fair negotiations and dealings.

The western media were all laudatory and praise of Ben Ali’s open market policies for financial transactions, dumping of subsidized agricultural products, and dumping of all kinds of products and services.  The industrial and agricultural bases in Tunisia were not developing and the economy relied on the tourism sector and fictitious investments by multinational financial institutions.

Are there any productive development in the US?  Paul Krugman has claimed that the US experienced no growth in the last two decades, even if profits from financial institutions increased from 8 to 16% of the total GNP.

Tunisia was witnessing over 30% of unemployment among graduate students, the same effective rate in the US among the lower middle class citizen, regardless of the kinds of misinformation the media and the administration is disseminating on unemployment rates.  The US statistics must start classifying unemployment rates according to economic classes and race.

The talking heads and financial journals are liars:  The economy in the US has not stabilized at all; growth is fictitious as before, and a mirror-image of the non-productive financial transactions consequences.  But unemployment is steadily increasing.  Most lower middle class citizens are reluctant to cashing unemployment subsidies and thus, unemployment statistics are heavily biased toward the lower trend.

Watch out America!  All that it takes is a “red neck” burning himself in front of the Capitol or the White House to rally embitered US citizen for all their frustrations at declining easy credits to sustaining their previous life-style. The US is no better than Tunisia when people are unemployed and feeling ignored and degraded. You may read my link on my prediction of Egypt’s successful non-violent revolution in note#2.

Note 1:  It is disturbing how superpowers treat smaller and weaker States.  Everyday, the US, France, and the EU meddle in the internal affairs of Lebanon, but have the guts to lambast Syria and Iran as “rogue nations” for effectively and directly aiding the Lebanese people economically and militarily to resist Israel’s frequent preemptive wars and incursions in Lebanon.

Iran and Qatar were the only States to extending cash money for the reconstruction efforts after the 2006 war by Israel.  The US and the EU offered nothing but speeches and countless political constraints for miserly pocket-money changes.  The US and France and the EU still believe that they can exert more leverage on Lebanese citizens than Iran or Syria.  The last week demonstrated that Lebanon and Tunisia do not give much weight to Western recriminations or political pressures.

Note 2:  I realized that I published this post one day before the start of Egypt’s mass revolt on Jan. 25.  I was taken by surprise that the Egyptian revolt materialized that fast, but I was dead certain that eventually Mubarak is a goner. You may read my prediction on Egypt’s successful non-violent revolution https://adonis49.wordpress.com/2011/02/01/the-january-revolution-of-the-century-great-people-of-egypt/

Bi-weekly Report (#10) on the Middle East and Lebanon (February 9, 2009)

 

            The new US Administration is serious about diplomatic negotiations with Iran and comprehends clearly that a resolution of Afghanistan’s quagmire is not possible without Iran’s cooperation; it had already sent a positive gesture by closing its airbase in a Central Asia State bordering with Iran. Saudi theocratic and monarchic regime of the Wahhabi sect is frantic and lousing its top; it is in deep trouble and no billions of dollars of briberies are going to be of major impact of the changing winds.  This terrorist State and the hotbed for terrorists wants to convince the Arabs, the Moslems, and the West that Iran is the arch enemy for the stability in the region.  This obscurantist regime is ready to ally with the devil (Israel) in order to save its rotten political structure.  Egypt of Moubarak fell into the trap because it was willing to believe that the enemy of Egypt is its opposition parties and not the Saudi regime that has been financing its “Moslem Brotherhood” opposition party.

            The Saudi dark regime has been extremely busy financing and supporting the terrorist Moslem salafist movements, Qaida, and Taliban to proselytize its brand of religious sect, and thus let rooms for Iran to fill in the void left by mindless Arab States.  The Saudi regime tried to throw sands in the eyes of the “USA believers” that it wants peace very badly. Consequently, the Saudi “peace plan with Israel is still on the table but not for long” as King Abdullah ejaculated during the Kuwait meeting of the Arab League.

            The Saudi regime wants the Arab States to bow their heads and agree that the “shining message” of peace and stability can be emulated by dissecting the benefits of its multitude of reforms, starting by allowing women to drive and assassinating 950 of its “terrorist citizens” that demanded reforms.  The people in Gaza are continuing to pay the price of dissentions among the “leaders” of the Arab World and suffering from famine and diseases.  Hamas is finding that breaking its isolation is not going to be an easy task.  The “Moderate Arab States” want Hamas wings clipped more sharply than even the European or the USA wish and Iran is far away and unable to come to the rescue even if it wanted..

            If we have to analyze the consequences of Israel’s genocide in Gaza based on the “Arab Moderate States” reactions and development then might be tempted to agree with Israel that its operation was a success, but it far to be the case.  The facts are coming; the citizens in Europe and the USA are now aware of the true nature of the Zionist State and are vocal about it and acting. More importantly, the reverse wave of immigration out of Israel is going strong.  It appears that it finally dawned on the Israelites that their successive governments had no foreign policies as Kissinger stated in 1975.  The survival of this implanted State is shaky and no longer tenable.

            Turkey is tentatively trying to find a role in the Arab regions after over 70 years of dissociating itself from its problems, as if it lived in an island with European blood connections and relationship.  It is not going to be easy for Turkey to squeeze in a special role when Egypt and Saudi Arabia have been vying for leadership all these years.  Until Syria is convinced that serious pressures on Israel are in the pipeline then Turkey will stay out in the cold and managing second roles at the umbrage of Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Turkey seems to accept this position since it has been softening it language toward more moderation than what the Arab people were expected of Turkey.

            What about Lebanon?  They used to say that the “World catches cold when the USA sneezes”.  Lebanon still suffers everytime the Arab “Leaders” are at dissonance.  The Patriarch of the Christian Maronite sect and most of the allies in the so-called March 14 movement would like us to believe than it is Iran and not Israel that is our enemy, and thus having a resistance force is redundant and counter productive. Reforms are hard to come by and the process of change is done by infinitesimal nibbling on the statue quo enforced by the Hariri Clan since 1991. 

We have a great political issue on the table for applying the laws related to wire tapping; a lawless trend that has been used for years to harass thousands of families on the ground of security necessities though it was primarily targeting opposition parties; we had two dozens of assassinations and the perpetrators, in not a single case, were made public.  The other issue was lowering the communication costs, especially the wireless utilities that are the highest in the world with restricted usability.  Half of our mazout consumption is for generating electricity that is not generated; probably there is public electricity when we are asleep at night.  The March 14 coalition is gearing up for a mass gathering on February 14 to open up their election campaign.


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