This article is not a simply a response to the “Egyptian Zionists”, whether they are right-wing racists like Lamis Gaber, who is demanding that Egypt supports Israel in its barbaric war against the Palestinian people and seizes the funds of Palestinians resident in Egypt before deporting them – for her racism is so blatant that it deserves nothing more than condemnation – or whether they are like Mohamed Zaki al-Shimi, a member of the right-wing Free Egyptians who writes that Israel is not Egypt’s enemy. He is right about that in the sense that the ruling capitalist class in Egypt, as it depends on the interests of American imperialism which controls the Middle East, does not consider Israel – the greatest watchdog for American interests in the region – to be its enemy.
Likewise, this article is not just an attempt to engage in debate with sections of the left which backs the Egyptian state. They continue to plumb new depths in an attempt to defend the illusion that “secular” military rule is better for Egypt than the rule of the Islamists. They claim that Hamas, which is the principal movement in the Palestinian resistance, is a “religious fascist” movement, like other reactionary religious movements such as the Muslim Brotherhood or extreme reactionary groups such as Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIS.
This article seeks to clarify how we as revolutionaries who believe in building a democratic society through the struggle and organization of the exploited and oppressed masses, should analyse and deal with Islamist movements (and likewise with “secular” movements) which are struggling, or claim to be struggling, against reactionary or imperialist regimes.
Here we will focus specifically on Hamas, which has led the resistance in Palestine since the 1990s, because the position of genuine revolutionary forces in Egypt and internationally towards them is ambiguous, and this weakens our struggle against the reactionary regimes and imperialism.
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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The war on Gaza is planned and orchestrated by Israel, Saudi and Egypt, a report by DEBKA-Net-Weekly said yesterday.
"Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, Egyptian President Fatah Al-Sisi and Netanyahu… [are] in constant communication on the war’s progress and confers on its next steps. Our sources reveal daily conferences, and sometimes more, between King Abdullah and President Sisi over a secure phone line," the newsletter said.
DEBKA, thought to have close ties with Israeli intelligence agencies, said the world leaders go to great lengths to ensure their alliance remains undiscovered “given the political and religious sensitivities of their relationship”. Fearful of having even their secure lines intercepted, they prefer to send secret missions to visit each other and discuss the ongoing conflict.
"Israel keeps a special plane parked at Cairo’s military airport ready to lift off whenever top-secret messages between Sisi and Netanyahu need to be delivered by hand. The distance between Cairo and Tel Aviv is covered in less than an hour and a half," DEBKA explained….
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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After thousands have had their water shut off in Detroit, people plan to protest the human rights violation and privatization that has ensued since the Wall Street-engineered financial crisis.
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).
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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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.
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)
Lawyers and rights campaigners say rulings infringe basic law after defence unable to present case and witnesses not heard
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.”
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.
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 …
The Arab League adopted a resolution urging action against the Syrian government for what it called the “ugly crime” of using chemical weapons, but it stopped short of an explicit reference to military intervention.
A Conversation with Yasser Munif: Inside the Syrian Revolution and What the Left Must Do I was fortunate enough to have Dr. Yasser Munif, professor at Emerson College, call into The Declaration rad…
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.
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.
Former Guatemalan dictator and U.S. ally Efraín Rios Montt was convicted in May for his role in the massacre, torture and forced displacement of tens of thousands of Guatemalans between March 1982 and August 1983—the first time in history that a former head of state had been prosecuted for genocide in a national court.
But the history of U.S.-sponsored state violence against the Guatemalan people dates back much further—at least to 1954, when the CIA and the United Fruit Company overthrew President Jacobo Arbenz in a military coup. Since then, Guatemalans have faced one brutal government after another. A guerrilla war, inspired by the Cuban Revolution, began in 1960 and continued until the government and the guerrillas of the Revolutionary National Unity of Guatemala signed a UN-brokered peace agreement in 1996. Despite this, millions of Guatemalans—54 percent of the population—still live in dire poverty.
Over 60 years, Guatemalans formed many left-wing organizations to resist repression and exploitation. This history is heroic, but today’s social movements remain fragmented. “Ernesto ,” a left-wing activist who survived the repression and hopes to be a part of rebuilding a left-wing movement, talked to about this history.