Thursday, February 03, 2011


Mubarak supporters (In pictures: Cairo clashes - BBC News)

On 2 February, the Financial Times reports on the Pro-Mubarak crowds supporting the regime

"One woman at the protests said some of the pro-government supporters seemed to be ordinary citizens frustrated at what they described as the chaos and disruption of the past few days.

"In conversations with lower-income shopkeepers in the city centre, she said, many told her they were angry that the protests had continued despite the president’s pledge on Tuesday night to step down.

"'There were so many Egyptians who were really angry yesterday [Tuesday] after seeing posters of Mubarak stepped on and [protesters] doing really shameful things,' she said.

Much of the media is describing the Mubarak supporters, like the lady above, as hired thugs. (Mubarak supporters - In pictures: Cairo clashes - BBC News)

"One witness said that both sides were contributing to the growing violence in the square.

"'I just saw a man take a machete to a head [of a person] who was captured by the pro-Mubarak people ... but when I was with the anti-Mubarak people I saw people beaten to within an inch of their lives,' he said"

SO, there are pro-Mubarak supporters. Lots of them.

BUT, they have presumably been infiltrated by people who want to discredit Mubarak, by causing violence.

Most Mubarak supporters do not look as posh as the anti-Mubarak supporters? (Mubarak supporters - In pictures: Cairo clashes‎ - BBC News) Mubarak has made the poor richer, and the rich poorer.

There is something fishy about many of the anti-Mubarak forces.

Researcher Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich has written 'Rude Awakening!' at Information Clearing House: ICH (Who's Behind The Uprising In Egypt? Rude Awakening!)

"They would have us believe that in spite of the fact that the Egyptians cry over the price of wheat, they have cell phones and access to social media.

"We are to accept that the poor, hungry, and jobless Egyptians are revolting against their lot by 'tweeting' in English.

"Their access to modern technology aside, we are told to accept that the knowledge of English among 80 million Egyptians is so strong that they can 'tweet' - fully comfortable with tweeter abbreviations and acronyms.

"Else, we are to believe that Egypt is busy 'tweeting' in Arabic even if Twitter does not lend itself to Arabic any more than it does to Persian.

Anti-Mubarak forces in Cairo - poor, ragged and malnourished? Photo by Gaelic Neilson

"When Iran's opposition leader, Mir-Hossein Mousavi compared the Egypt uprising to the 2009 post-election protests in Iran, he had a point.

"Both had an outside source.

"During the 2009 protests in Iran, 'tweets' were traced back to Israel.

"The rumors and support for the 'opposition' initiated in the West though Tehran Bureau - partnered with the American PBS.

"A CNN desk was created to give the protests full coverage." ('Rude Awakening!' at Information Clearing House: ICH)

ABOVE: Malak Habashy: "I’m an Egyptian citizen who’s come here today to say that progress has happened during President Mohamed Hosny Mubarak’s rule.

"The political opposition are free not to acknowledge this progress if they wish. I’m neither a member of the National Democratic Party nor a member of the opposition.

"I’m an Egyptian and supporter of el wataneya. And from the perspective of el wataneya President Mubarak has many advantages which are clear to everyone." Photo by Sarah Carr

Tahrir square, in Cairo, Egypt, 02 February 2011. By Nasser Nouri

SO, what next for the CIA plot?

The CIA will create more violence and then the Egyptian generals working for the CIA will send Mubarak off to some far away place?

We assume that the military contains various factions, including a 'CIA-faction' and a pro-Mubarak faction.

The creation of more chaos may allow the 'CIA-faction' to emerge supreme.

The CIA presumably has a strong hold over many key people in the Egyptian military.

We are told that "Three Decades of Weapons Sales and Training for Egypt Keep US In Loop"

"$1.3 billion in assistance ... includes ... training and joint missions.

"U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates spoke to Defense Minister Mohammed Hussein Tantawi yesterday, the second time in recent days. And Navy Admiral Mike Mullen, Obama’s top military adviser, has maintained contact with his counterpart, armed forces chief of staff Sami Hafez Enan...

"The Pentagon has 625 personnel in Egypt...

"More than 500 Egyptian military officers study each year at U.S. institutes...

"Mubarak’s cabinet reshuffle this week put officers of the army, the air force and the intelligence service in charge. In addition to elevating Defense Minister Tantawi, an army field marshal, to deputy prime minister, Mubarak on Jan. 31 named intelligence chief Omar Suleiman as vice president and former air force commander Ahmed Shafik as prime minister..."

Looking southeast, from the Cairo Tower, El-Gezira
Cairo by Fouad GM

Some figures (Egypt.):

1. Between 1980 and 2007 Egypt’s Human Development Index (HDI) rose 42%.

2. Egypt’s average annual HDI growth was 10th fastest worldwide and almost double the global average.

3. Between 2005 & 2008 Poverty, as defined by those living under $2/day, fell over 11%

4. Only 16% of the population now live on less than $2 per day.

5. The Gini Index, the international measure of wealth inequality, fell 7% between 1999 & 2007.

6. The share of the poorest 10% in national income rose 5% and the share of richest 10% feel 6% in the same period.

The ratio of the wealth of the richest to the poorest 10% also fell 10%.


Those who oppose Mubarak should note that they are on the same side as the BBC and CNN?


Anonymous said...

Administrator said...

Those well known CIA lackeys at Al Jazeera, Press TV and Al Arabiyia, seem to be on 'it' too.

I don't believe he desire for liberty is expressed solely by the working classes and impoverished.

As I recall the Velvet Revolution wasn't tweeter led, either.

Other than that, excellent thought provoking post.

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