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It makes sense that the most reactionary regime in the world, Saudi Arabia, and the counter-revolutionary military dictatorship in Egypt, would be working hand-in-hand with the genocidal apartheid state of Israel. For the last 40 years these three pillars of despotism have together served as the bulwarks of U.S. imperial hegemony in the Middle East. This is why the Egyptian dictatorship has long been the number two highest recipient of US foreign military aid after Israel, while the cozy relationship between the Saudi monarchy and U.S. government officials is both legendary and lucrative.

The real fight in the Middle East — and the world — is between the masses of people who fueled the Arab Spring and the various repressive, imperialist, and capitalist elites who collude in ruling over the former, within and across each nation.

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Don’t forget that the current military dictatorship in power in Egypt is also responsible for the plight of those in Gaza by collaborating with Israel in keeping the siege in place at the Gaza-Egypt border crossing.

Oh yeah, and that Egyptian dictatorship also receives billions of dollars in military aid from the U.S., putting it right behind Israel in total amount received from US coffers.

#FreePalestine #Israel #Apartheid #Gaza #Egypt


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BREAKING: The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department is suspending its water shutoffs for 15 days. We will keep up the pressure until they stop the shutoffs permanently!

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yes, because now that it has moved firmly back into a military dictatorship, the US can once again embrace it as warmly as it once did the Mubarak regime … (never mind that the current Egyptian junta which Kerry is so anxious to support has just recently approved one of the largest mass executions in history of 700 dissidents).

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CAIRO — Secretary of State John Kerry signaled Sunday that the Obama administration was ready to repair relations with Egypt under President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the former general who led last year’s military takeover.

Mr. Kerry expressed firm confidence that the United States would soon fully restore $650 million — the first tranche of the $1.3 billion in annual aid — to the military that the Obama administration had partly withheld after the takeover.

“I am absolutely confident we will get on track there,” he said. Addressing a previously suspended shipment of 10 Apache helicopter gunships that the Egyptian military has been especially eager for, Mr. Kerry said he was just as confident “that the Apaches will come, and that they will come very, very soon.”


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HAPPENING NOW: Detroit workers and retirees are taking the streets and shutting down traffic downtown in protest against Emergency Financial Management.
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HAPPENING NOW: Detroit workers and retirees are taking the streets and shutting down traffic downtown in protest against Emergency Financial Management.

Learn more at http://www.d-rem.org/


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On Apr. 28, 1951, Mohammad Mossadegh took office as Prime Minister of Iran. His democratically elected administration introduced a wide range of social and political reforms but is most notable for its nationalization of the Iranian oil industry, which had been under British control since 1913 (British Petroleum or BP). Mosaddegh was removed from power in a coup in 1953, organized and carried out by the U.S. CIA and the British MI6. Learn more from a Democracy Now! broadcast: http://bit.ly/1foIPTI and in the book “Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong”: http://bit.ly/ZPuV2p Photo (c) Corbis. — with Jeannie Sto-Bis and Chirosport Monza-Vedano.

On Apr. 28, 1951, Mohammad Mossadegh took office as Prime Minister of Iran. His democratically elected administration introduced a wide range of social and political reforms but is most notable for its nationalization of the Iranian oil industry, which had been under British control since 1913 (British Petroleum or BP). Mosaddegh was removed from power in a coup in 1953, organized and carried out by the U.S. CIA and the British MI6. Learn more from a Democracy Now! broadcast: http://bit.ly/1foIPTI and in the book “Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong”: http://bit.ly/ZPuV2p Photo (c) Corbis. — with Jeannie Sto-Bis and Chirosport Monza-Vedano.


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Of course, this comes just days after the US government agrees to send Egypt’s new junta regime a fresh shipment of attack helicopters to be followed by further military aid.

“The United States will deliver to Egypt 10 Apache helicopters that were held up last year after President Mohamed Morsi was deposed, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told the Egyptian defense minister on Tuesday. Mr. Hagel said the helicopters would be used in Egypt’s efforts against terrorism in the Sinai, the Defense Department said in a statement. In a separate call, Secretary of State John Kerry told Egypt’s foreign minister, Nabil Fahmy, that he is certifying to Congress that Egypt is living up to the terms of the 1979 peace treaty with Israel, a move that allows the release of some aid to Cairo, a State Department spokeswoman said.” (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/23/world/middleeast/egypt-us-to-deliver-helicopters.html?_r=0)

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Translation: Ukraine must open itself up to U.S. economic and political control if it wants aid.

I’m all for the regime in Ukraine reforming away from its corrupt, repressive past, but it is an utterly hypocritical pretext for the US to claim that it only gives foreign aid to “reformed” governments.

What about the billions of dollars that the US annually sends to Saudi Arabia, a country where witchcraft, insulting the monarchy, and homosexuality are still considered crimes for which a person can be executed?! Or the billions of US dollars that go to Israel, which is in open violation of numerous international laws regarding occupation, ethnic cleansing, and land seizure? Or the puppet regime in Afghanistan — which the US all but completely controls — and which is one of the most misogynistic, corrupt, and repressive in the world? Or the billions that it gave to the former Mubarak dictatorship in Egypt for decades right up until the moment it was overthrown in 2011? And on and on …

The fact that the US is trying to exploit the situation in Ukraine in order to position itself as somehow an upholder of democratic and moral virtues around the world is simply nauseating.

As the socialist journalist John Reed explained early in the twentieth century, “Uncle Sam never gives something for nothing. He comes along with a sack stuffed with hay in one hand and a whip in the other. Anyone who accepts Uncle Sam’s promises at face value will find that they must be paid for in sweat and blood.”

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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) A top U.S. diplomat says Washington is willing to consider financial aid to Ukraine as the country struggles through a polarizing political crisis, but only if it undertakes political and economic reforms.

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yeah, because a war against Syria initiated by Suadi Arabia and the U.S. is TOTALLY going to be all about fighting for human rights, democracy, and against despotism … 

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"This is SUCH an incredibly important interview. Give it a listen NOW. Emerson College Professor Yasser Munif talks about how Syrian state TV has been broadcasting images of protests in the West that had signs and pictures of Assad "proving" the Assad regime has popular support internationally, because the Left has been so terrible about standing with the revolution. He talks about witnessing the revolutionary process in Syria and why the Left is losing credibility if it does not cohere an anti-racist, non-state centric principled stand for revolution while against US intervention."

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Remember this? The Egyptian revolution that would ultimately topple Mubarak’s long-hated despotic rule would occur a mere four months after this photograph was taken.
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White House Press Release, 1 September 2010:

President Obama and President Mubarak met today and reaffirmed the strong ties between Egypt and the United States of America.
The President committed to staying in close contact with President Mubarak as the talks develop, and made clear that Egypt’s leadership will be needed to ensure that the talks are successful.
 … The President welcomes commitments Egypt has made as part of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/09/01/readout-president-obamas-meeting-with-president-mubarak-egypt

Remember this? The Egyptian revolution that would ultimately topple Mubarak’s long-hated despotic rule would occur a mere four months after this photograph was taken.

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White House Press Release, 1 September 2010:

President Obama and President Mubarak met today and reaffirmed the strong ties between Egypt and the United States of America.

The President committed to staying in close contact with President Mubarak as the talks develop, and made clear that Egypt’s leadership will be needed to ensure that the talks are successful.

 … The President welcomes commitments Egypt has made as part of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/09/01/readout-president-obamas-meeting-with-president-mubarak-egypt


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