Monday, January 31, 2011

:) Oh Beauty, I saw you, recognized you, did not ignore you or dismiss you...

We're almost there. Just a few hours before the 1st of February. The conversations about who we be always happen in this house, with nine year old, who is the only one old enough to take in the information verbally...theoretically...historically.

We're almost there and I'm thinking about the gaps and the people who fall through them, the anomalies, the ones who are not seen or accounted for as part of any agenda or cause.

I did not start here, thinking about them. I just started with wanting to find a place for myself - the castaway.

I was really all about articulating the "inside" and the "outside", who "belonged" and who did not, who was "legitimate" and who wasn't even there. I met a lot of people who didn't fit with what I understood, who couldn't fit with what I had been taught, lest I lose my mind and my brain completely explode.

They were pained. They seemed conflicted, not clear about where they belonged or who they were. I found their wordings clumsy and inept. The non-belongers I met did not seem to have sufficient language. They couldn't seem to easily borrow from any unilayered belonging person's wordings to articulate how they fit, where they fit.

I often balked at the energy they brought with them, chaotic, messy, confused, crazed. I often participated in pathologizing their layeredness, the way they did not easily fit....anywhere.

Funny, as I've gotten older and felt less like I fit, less like I belong, more like a freak, like a mis/fit, like a maladjusted little git from a whole other place not here, I've felt more able to interact with double agents of all kinds.

I've actually come to understand that genetically speaking, most Black people in the west, most descendants of slaves, that is, and also many continental African peoples, their lands, cultures, religions and bodies invaded and colonized by whiteness but also by other non-Black peoples...we're all mix up/mix up people, not exactly who we seem on the surface, not biologically completely linked to the motherland/s, pure African.

When I first saw this woman it was like a version of what queer people refer to as "gaydar" (yes, I've got that too...real bad...) was like I sniff-sniff-sniff...smelled her...sensed her...heard her, saw past the big fluff of curly, light coloured hair. Well, actually it was the big, curly hair, the mane so out of control, so pivotal, so central, so often flicked and offered for my visual consumption that set me off, that set me to wondering...
A Black girl would play with that hair non-stop. She would be putting it center stage as if to say: LOOK AT MEEEEE! I've got big, big, blonde haaaaaaiiiiiiirrrr! ;)

Sad but true...white girls, in my (completely hair obsessed) experience, tend to try to "tame" what they refer to as the frizzies. A white woman would understand this hair as just after sex hair, as bed head hair, as hair you "fix" with hot rollers or a ceramic curling iron. Although young wimmin tend to let the hair fly, older wimmin will try to do something to put curly hair, what they understand as ugly hair, uncontrollably linked to Africa hair, in its place.

I saw her there on my tv screen, saw past the pesky hair, really looked at her and recognized her, pegged her. Black girl deep, deep under cover.

Years after I first saw her, she comes out with this song. She comes out right into view. I don't think it ever got out of kkkanada but it did play on the radio here. Whenever I heard it I got tingles and was so excited. It's not often that I get to hear a song about constructions of race, lightness, perception, belonging, the pain and power of passing and the margins on the radio. Brilliant.

As a fully actualizing double agent of a whole other variety, a walking rubic's cube of difficult positioning juxtaposed, smushed together in the same walking flesh, blood, bone, spirit, juice package, I still really like this song.

Who says pop can't do something besides get in your head and annoy you? ;)

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They have been bold...completely unstoppable...

the evil rulerbots may be attempting to manipulate the situation and to install another ruler of their choosing. i hope not. i really do. so fatally tired of them and their well suited, well educated, well spoken, brutal, sociopathic heads of state. which one of you reading this voted for that snake oil salesman The Blackchurian Candidate? Which one of you hoped that the Amerikkkan Iron Lady, wife to Amurka's first "black" president would win the democratic nomination and run successfully for president? They're all dirty. They're all so dirty.

But this struggle, those people in the streets...they're so...right. They are doing what should be done all over the planet, what the US higher ups, managed to stop their citizenry from doing by offering them Mr. Dark Snake Oil, when they could take no more (overt) Bush family rule.

I hear Mubarek has forced al jazeera out of Egypt? Something about them supporting the revolution and helping to spread it, popularize it by sharing footage, photos and words...?

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Conspiracy theory corroboration...

Egypt protests: America's secret backing for rebel leaders behind uprising
By Les Blough, Editor. Axis of Logic
Axis of Logic
Saturday, Jan 29, 2011

The Telegraph report republished below will come as no surprise to those who have followed U.S. "foreign policy" as it's been executed over the past 300 years. Interference in the domestic affairs of other countries, instigating unrest among their people, 'regime change', supporting coups, dictators and juntas, targeted assassinations co-opting legitimate dissent in foreign countries and outright war are all trademarks of Washington's belligerance unrelenting intent to dominate. U.S. instigation of and support for the coup in Honduras last year, their continuing military threats and strategic and financial support for internal attempts to overthrow the democratically-elected government in Venezuela and their deep involvement in the uprising by a bourgeois element of the Iranian population last year all serve as recent examples. It appears that what Hillary Clinton labeled as "Smart Power" is now being employed in Egypt and if not already in Tunisia and Jordan, it's likely to follow.

Of course the Egyptian people have every reason to rise up against the 30 year dictatorial reign of formerly US-backed, Hosni Mubarak. Like all peoples they have not only the right but also the responsibility to take control of their own destiny and they valiant in their current attempts to do so. The U.S. also has a vital interest in maintaining control over Egypt an arch-puppet in the Middle East and particularly as an imperial front with an Arab face to protect the very existence of the State of Israel. The power of the Egyptian people to stand up against the United States and their next choice for leadership and governance will be severely tested in coming weeks and months.

- Les Blough, Editor

The American government secretly backed leading figures behind the Egyptian uprising who have been planning “regime change” for the past three years, The Daily Telegraph has learned.

The American Embassy in Cairo helped a young dissident attend a US-sponsored summit for activists in New York, while working to keep his identity secret from Egyptian state police.

On his return to Cairo in December 2008, the activist told US diplomats that an alliance of opposition groups had drawn up a plan to overthrow President Hosni Mubarak and install a democratic government in 2011.

The secret document in full

He has already been arrested by Egyptian security in connection with the demonstrations and his identity is being protected by The Daily Telegraph.

The crisis in Egypt follows the toppling of Tunisianpresident Zine al-Abedine Ben Ali, who fled the country after widespread protests forced him from office.

The disclosures, contained in previously secret US diplomatic dispatches released by the WikiLeaks website, show American officials pressed the Egyptian government to release other dissidents who had been detained by the police.

Mr Mubarak, facing the biggest challenge to his authority in his 31 years in power, ordered the army on to the streets of Cairo yesterday as rioting erupted across Egypt.

Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters took to the streets in open defiance of a curfew. An explosion rocked the centre of Cairo as thousands defied orders to return to their homes. As the violence escalated, flames could be seen near the headquarters of the governing National Democratic Party.

Police fired rubber bullets and used tear gas and water cannon in an attempt to disperse the crowds.

At least five people were killed in Cairo alone yesterday and 870 injured, several with bullet wounds. Mohamed ElBaradei, the pro-reform leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner, was placed under house arrest after returning to Egypt to join the dissidents. Riots also took place in Suez, Alexandria and other major cities across the country.

William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, urged the Egyptian government to heed the “legitimate demands of protesters”. Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, said she was “deeply concerned about the use of force” to quell the protests.

In an interview for the American news channel CNN, to be broadcast tomorrow, David Cameron said: “I think what we need is reform in Egypt. I mean, we support reform and progress in the greater strengthening of the democracy and civil rights and the rule of law.”

The US government has previously been a supporter of Mr Mubarak’s regime. But the leaked documents show the extent to which America was offering support to pro-democracy activists in Egypt while publicly praising Mr Mubarak as an important ally in the Middle East.

In a secret diplomatic dispatch, sent on December 30 2008, Margaret Scobey, the US Ambassador to Cairo, recorded that opposition groups had allegedly drawn up secret plans for “regime change” to take place before elections, scheduled for September this year.

The memo, which Ambassador Scobey sent to the US Secretary of State in Washington DC, was marked “confidential” and headed: “April 6 activist on his US visit and regime change in Egypt.”

It said the activist claimed “several opposition forces” had “agreed to support an unwritten plan for a transition to a parliamentary democracy, involving a weakened presidency and an empowered prime minister and parliament, before the scheduled 2011 presidential elections”. The embassy’s source said the plan was “so sensitive it cannot be written down”.

Ambassador Scobey questioned whether such an “unrealistic” plot could work, or ever even existed. However, the documents showed that the activist had been approached by US diplomats and received extensive support for his pro-democracy campaign from officials in Washington. The embassy helped the campaigner attend a “summit” for youth activists in New York, which was organised by the US State Department.

Cairo embassy officials warned Washington that the activist’s identity must be kept secret because he could face “retribution” when he returned to Egypt. He had already allegedly been tortured for three days by Egyptian state security after he was arrested for taking part in a protest some years earlier.

The protests in Egypt are being driven by the April 6 youth movement, a group on Facebook that has attracted mainly young and educated members opposed to Mr Mubarak. The group has about 70,000 members and uses social networking sites to orchestrate protests and report on their activities.

The documents released by WikiLeaks reveal US Embassy officials were in regular contact with the activist throughout 2008 and 2009, considering him one of their most reliable sources for information about human rights abuses.

Source: The Telegraph (UK)


Egypt protests: secret US document discloses support for protesters

Here is the secret document sent from the US Embassy in Cairo to Washington disclosing the extent of American support for the protesters behind the Egypt uprising.

10:30PM GMT 28 Jan 2011


1. (C) Summary and comment: On December 23, April 6 activist xxxxxxxxxxxx expressed satisfaction with his participation in the December 3-5 \"Alliance of Youth Movements Summit,\" and with his subsequent meetings with USG officials, on Capitol Hill, and with think tanks. He described how State Security (SSIS) detained him at the Cairo airport upon his return and confiscated his notes for his summit presentation calling for democratic change in Egypt, and his schedule for his Congressional meetings. xxxxxxxxxxxx contended that the GOE will never undertake significant reform, and therefore, Egyptians need to replace the current regime with a parliamentary democracy. He alleged that several opposition parties and movements have accepted an unwritten plan for democratic transition by 2011; we are doubtful of this claim. xxxxxxxxxxxx said that although SSIS recently released two April 6 activists, it also arrested three additional group members. We have pressed the MFA for the release of these April 6 activists. April 6's stated goal of replacing the current regime with a parliamentary democracy prior to the 2011 presidential elections is highly unrealistic, and is not supported by the mainstream opposition. End summary and comment. ---------------------------- Satisfaction with the Summit ----------------------------

2. (C) xxxxxxxxxxxx expressed satisfaction with the December 3-5 \"Alliance of Youth Movements Summit\" in New York, noting that he was able to meet activists from other countries and outline his movement's goals for democratic change in Egypt. He told us that the other activists at the summit were very supportive, and that some even offered to hold public demonstrations in support of Egyptian democracy in their countries, with xxxxxxxxxxxx as an invited guest. xxxxxxxxxxxx said he discussed with the other activists how April 6 members could more effectively evade harassment and surveillance from SSIS with technical upgrades, such as consistently alternating computer \"simcards.\" However, xxxxxxxxxxxx lamented to us that because most April 6 members do not own computers, this tactic would be impossible to implement. xxxxxxxxxxxx was appreciative of the successful efforts by the Department and the summit organizers to protect his identity at the summit, and told us that his name was never mentioned publicly. ------------------- A Cold Welcome Home -------------------

3. (S) xxxxxxxxxxxx told us that SSIS detained and searched him at the Cairo Airport on December 18 upon his return from the U.S. According to xxxxxxxxxxxx, SSIS found and confiscated two documents in his luggage: notes for his presentation at the summit that described April 6's demands for democratic transition in Egypt, and a schedule of his Capitol Hill meetings. xxxxxxxxxxxx described how the SSIS officer told him that State Security is compiling a file on him, and that the officer's superiors instructed him to file a report on xxxxxxxxxxxx most recent activities. --------------------------------------------- ---------- Washington Meetings and April 6 Ideas for Regime Change --------------------------------------------- ----------

4. (C) xxxxxxxxxxxx described his Washington appointments as positive, saying that on the Hill he met with xxxxxxxxxxxx, a variety of House staff members, including from the offices of xxxxxxxxxxxx and xxxxxxxxxxxx), and with two Senate staffers. xxxxxxxxxxxx also noted that he met with several think tank members. xxxxxxxxxxxx said that xxxxxxxxxxxx's office invited him to speak at a late January Congressional hearing on House Resolution 1303 regarding religious and political freedom in Egypt. xxxxxxxxxxxx told us he is interested in attending, but conceded he is unsure whether he will have the funds to make the trip. He indicated to us that he has not been focusing on his work as a \"fixer\" for journalists, due to his preoccupation with his U.S. trip.

5. (C) xxxxxxxxxxxx described how he tried to convince his Washington interlocutors that the USG should pressure the GOE to implement significant reforms by threatening to reveal CAIRO 00002572 002 OF 002 information about GOE officials' alleged \"illegal\" off-shore bank accounts. He hoped that the U.S. and the international community would freeze these bank accounts, like the accounts of Zimbabwean President Mugabe's confidantes. xxxxxxxxxxxx said he wants to convince the USG that Mubarak is worse than Mugabe and that the GOE will never accept democratic reform. xxxxxxxxxxxx asserted that Mubarak derives his legitimacy from U.S. support, and therefore charged the U.S. with \"being responsible\" for Mubarak's \"crimes.\" He accused NGOs working on political and economic reform of living in a \"fantasy world,\" and not recognizing that Mubarak -- \"the head of the snake\" -- must step aside to enable democracy to take root.

6. (C) xxxxxxxxxxxx claimed that several opposition forces -- including the Wafd, Nasserite, Karama and Tagammu parties, and the Muslim Brotherhood, Kifaya, and Revolutionary Socialist movements -- have agreed to support an unwritten plan for a transition to a parliamentary democracy, involving a weakened presidency and an empowered prime minister and parliament, before the scheduled 2011 presidential elections (ref C). According to xxxxxxxxxxxx, the opposition is interested in receiving support from the army and the police for a transitional government prior to the 2011 elections. xxxxxxxxxxxx asserted that this plan is so sensitive it cannot be written down. (Comment: We have no information to corroborate that these parties and movements have agreed to the unrealistic plan xxxxxxxxxxxx has outlined. Per ref C, xxxxxxxxxxxx previously told us that this plan was publicly available on the internet. End comment.)

7. (C) xxxxxxxxxxxx said that the GOE has recently been cracking down on the April 6 movement by arresting its members. xxxxxxxxxxxx noted that although SSIS had released xxxxxxxxxxxx and xxxxxxxxxxxx \"in the past few days,\" it had arrested three other members. (Note: On December 14, we pressed the MFA for the release of xxxxxxxxxxxx and xxxxxxxxxxxx, and on December 28 we asked the MFA for the GOE to release the additional three activists. End note.) xxxxxxxxxxxx conceded that April 6 has no feasible plans for future activities. The group would like to call for another strike on April 6, 2009, but realizes this would be \"impossible\" due to SSIS interference, xxxxxxxxxxxx said. He lamented that the GOE has driven the group's leadership underground, and that one of its leaders, xxxxxxxxxxxx, has been in hiding for the past week.

8. (C) Comment: xxxxxxxxxxxx offered no roadmap of concrete steps toward April 6's highly unrealistic goal of replacing the current regime with a parliamentary democracy prior to the 2011 presidential elections. Most opposition parties and independent NGOs work toward achieving tangible, incremental reform within the current political context, even if they may be pessimistic about their chances of success. xxxxxxxxxxxx wholesale rejection of such an approach places him outside this mainstream of opposition politicians and activists.



Source: The Telegraph (UK)

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Egyptian feminist speaks multiple, clear truths...

Leading Egyptian Feminist, Nawal El Saadawi: "Women and girls are, beside the boys, are in the streets"

Renowned feminist and human rights activist Nawal El Saadawi was a political prisoner and exiled from Egypt for years. Now she has returned to Cairo, and she joins us to discuss the role of women during the last seven days of unprecedented protests. "Women and girls are, beside the boys, are in the streets," El Saadawi says. "We are calling for justice, freedom and equality, and real democracy, and a new constitution where there is no discrimination between men and women, no discrimination between Muslim and Christians, to change the system and to have real democracy."

What I noticed was that amy goodman wouldn't let her speak her piece fully. she kept cutting her off and redirecting her in ways i haven't seen her do before. her voice was very clipped and cold. she seemed slightly hostile and dominating to me. she cut her off at the end and did not even wait for the other woman's goodbye, just sort of talked over her. i didn't like how this interview was conducted.

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I'm gone...for now...

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Globalist court intrigue Egyptian style...

As a die-hard conspiracy theorist, I find it hard to disbelieve this version of what might be happening in Egypt. Thoughts...?

Mohamed ElBaradei: Globalist Pied Piper Of The Egyptian Revolt

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss: Soros and Brzezinski prepare to hijack the revolution

Mohamed ElBaradei: Globalist Pied Piper Of The Egyptian Revolt 290111top

Paul Joseph Watson
Saturday, January 29, 2011

The revolt in Egypt is an organically driven people-power movement to oust a dictator, restore universal freedoms, and wrestle the country free from the clutches of the US military-industrial complex, but the man now being positioned to form a new government is a pied piper working for the very same globalists and NGO’s that autocrat leader Hosni Mubarak has dutifully served for nearly 30 years.

Make no mistake about it, under the current regime Egypt is a vassal state for the new world order. Under Mubarak, the country receives some $2 billion in aid every year from the United States, second only to Israel. In addition, Egypt pays out $1.1 million annually to the Podesta Group, an organization closely tied with the Obama administration, to act as “foreign agents” for Mubarak’s regime.

Mubarak’s loyalty to the US empire was reciprocated this week when Vice-President Joe Biden ludicrously asserted that Mubarak’s unbroken 30 year reign did not represent a dictatorship and that he was a close ally of the west.

“Egypt under Mubarak uses its billions in U.S. military aid to detain, beat and torture dissenters, opposition politicians and journalists; many have died in custody,” writes Mark Zepezauer. “Thousands of political prisoners and pro-democracy activists are held in overcrowded, disease-ridden prisons, without charges or trials. Press restrictions, including newspaper shutdowns, are widespread.”

Which is why it makes no sense whatsoever for the CIA to be involved in contriving a series of riots that would destabilize and threaten to topple a regime loyal to them. This is not the type of staged “color revolution” that we’ve witnessed before in places like Georgia, the Ukraine or Yugoslavia – orchestrated events disguised as spontaneous uprisings intended to remove rogue leaders hostile to the global elite’s agenda for world government.

This is a grass roots movement being carried out by impoverished young Egyptians finally standing up in unison to a regime that toadies to the west yet allows its people none of the freedoms associated with living in a modern and prosperous nation. But that doesn’t mean the revolution we currently see unfolding on the streets of Alexandria, Cairo, Suez and cannot be co-opted by the very same globalist forces who have been pulling Mubarak’s strings for the past three decades.

The US military-industrial complex has known for at least three years that Egypt was teetering on the verge of regime change, and they certainly were not going to let anyone outside parties take control after Mubarak’s fall. That’s why the American Embassy trained rebel leaders to infiltrate opposition groups from the very beginning, as the Telegraph reveals today.

Enter former top UN official and staunch Mubarak adversary Mohamed ElBaradei, who recently returned to Cairo in a bid to lead the protest movement.

ElBaradei serves on the Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group, who today issued a press release protesting the decision on behalf of Egyptian authorities to place ElBaradei under house arrest.

International Crisis Group is a shadowy NGO (non-governmental organization) that enjoys an annual budget of over $15 million and is bankrolled by the likes of Carnegie, the Ford Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as George Soros’ Open Society Institute. Soros himself serves as a member of the organization’s Executive Committee. In other words, this is a major geopolitical steering group for the global elite.

The fact that their man ElBaradei is being primed to head up the post-Mubarak government should set alarm bells ringing in the ears of every demonstrator who is protesting in the name of trying to wrestle Egypt away from the clutches of new world order control.

Indeed, even Mubarak himself is now seemingly catching on to the understanding that his usefulness to the global power elite has run its course, remarking during a national address Saturday that the protests were “part of a bigger plot to shake the stability and destroy the legitimacy” of the political system.

Even more ironic is the fact that another powerful globalist who sits on the board of International Crisis Group, Zbigniew Brzezinski, warned last year that the international hierarchyof which he is a key component was under threat from a “global awakening” that would be led by young radicals in third world countries. Having accurately predicted the wave of revolt now spreading like wildfire across the globe, Brzezinski and his fellow globalists are preparing to pick up the pieces in order to continue business as usual, while the people who risked their lives for real change will be the victims of a monumental deception. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

If the Egyptians are successful in toppling Mubarak, only to replace him with ElBaradei, they will have achieved nothing, and the eventual outcome will merely see Egypt remain as a subservient client state of the US military-industrial complex.


Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show. Watson has been interviewed by many publications and radio shows, including Vanity Fair and Coast to Coast AM, America’s most listened to late night talk show.

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Tunisia and Egypt make me think about my tiny brush with overt, public rebellion...

I'm so triggered and have been for a good few days now. I see the flames and the people raging in the streets. I can almost smell it and hear it. My adrenalin has been pumping which is probably why I've been posting so much.

I only got a taste of what is happening overseas...truth to power, scorched earth.

I understand what did not happen here in Toronto when the G20/G8 came to occupy us. I understand what was squashed here, but what most likely would never have blossomed so beautifully as it does in other parts of the world including Egypt right now.

I see photos of people claiming their defiance, laying down rubber tires and setting them aflame. I see them sharing information about how best to stuff mufflers with cloth in a way that will lead to explosions.

I've seen evidence of other things people are not supposed to share lest it come back on those who try to organize defense. They do what they must and should not be exposed online just so a stupid ass journalist can get increased hits just for being treacherous enough to expose what they do to help each other. He wouldn't do that if he cared about their safety after the flames have died. He wouldn't have done what he did if he was committed to their struggles and had his eye on what is at stake.

I see no one asking them to describe what they're doing as "peaceful". I see them not needing to describe themselves as "peaceful protesters". I see them not trying to walk in between, rebelling...a little...but needing to not be harmed or taken or beaten. I see them pushing the limits as far as they can knowing that there really is no turning back.

No grey areas. No polite inquiries.

Only defeat or victory.

I understand what they do as right and good and true and important...significant.

There are no scapegoats they can put the blame on, labeling them as blackbloc so that some who were there can wash their hands clean in a thoroughly disassociative, middle class, sheltered fashion.

These people are clear about the right work they do.

It's so different than what happened here in the summer.

It stands in stark contrast to what I remember.

But still...
I feel exhilarated and right when I watch footage of their very much in the now, not at all deferred fire this time, revolution.

I remember that weekend when I decided to not abstain out of sheer annoyance with the activist, political types I've many who have no credibility with me whatsoever. They're dirty and tell too many lies on each other...on me...? :)

But I decided to go and lend my strength regardless of the assholes I've encountered over the years, to not stand back, to be there and to fight there...autonomously.

I remember the flames and the speed and the fear and the...possibility of something...more.

I remember weeks later, the manhunts, the arrests.

I remember calling everyone we knew and many people we did not know, for help, advice, mutual aid, funds, support, energy, alliance. I am thankful for the frontline activists who met with us and strategized with us. I'm thankful for the 20 years old friendship that facilitated that connection. I'm glad we met the skilled, brilliant, politicized lawyer we did. The man is a legal eagle pit bull who proved his commitment and acumen on the first day we met him.

I remember stormtroopers banging at my door, flashlight in my face, defending my home space with my machinegun mouth. For weeks afterwards, the pigs in blue came every couple of nights, wanting to see how well we would comply with the decrees of their kangaroo court. I remember cussing them to their faces and demanding that they back down and go tha fuck away. I remember them moving menacingly closer and my daughter asking if they were going to shoot us all. I remember laughing at them and making fun of their cardboard mcmasions in suburbia and their cardboard wives. Realizing that they saw me as underprivileged, vulnerable...Black, I remember utilizing class to goad them and to throw them off balance, telling them that I knew they wanted to live in my neighbourhood and that I knew they were undereducated morons who were being utilized.

I remember them trying to humiliate us and make our neighbourhood (even more) unsafe for us by shining their big light on our house as if to say: this is where the criminals live. I remember not being able to sleep through the night, constantly up and at the ready, waiting for them to raid us in the middle of the night.

I'm not surprised about the lies they told the city, the activists, passersby they searched...
I'm not surprised about the assaults or the rape maneuvers or the intimidation...
C'mon, I come from Black people. This stuff is routine in our communities, except when they come for us, we get killed. "An umbrella? Oh, shucks. I thought it was a gun."

I'm not surprised, but watching the events unfold in Tunisia and Egypt, I realize I'm still fucking pumped and completely pissed pass the point of no return.

There is no return, nothing I can sign to get off for good behaviour, no plea bargain I can make to retreat to a safer distance in order to regroup. You see, I'm not a nice, white, kkkanadian european descended citizen activist.

I'm Black. I was born in flames, born in blood ( a different way than dexter ;) ), born in struggle. Even in my most camoflauge-y, seemingly well-behaved moments, I don't forget that. This here, this skin, it don't wash off. White domination doesn't take a vacation. Neither does patriarchy. Neither does compulsory heterosexuality or any other part of the matrix of power, domination and control.

So yeah...
When the time comes again and the call is sent out...
When the alarm is sounded not by any sheltered young white leaders who can make plea bargains and redefine the meaning of what it has meant for massively important leaders to be imprisoned for fucking decades, to set a stringent example for us all, setting the standard for what it means to resist with one's very life, to put the ability of the spirited flesh to move freely as the individual wishes on the line...
Nah...not by anyone like that...
But when the call is sent out by word of mouth, moving through the city like an electric current, passed on just by everyday people, this time...
By those who have nothing to lose but so much to gain...
Will I ride?
Will I try again?
Will I help again?
Will I bear witness again?
Will I lock and load, putting my intellect, my mouth, my eyes and my whole body on the line?

The answer is simple.

When I say I am the descendant/daughta of fighter/survivors, I mean it.

When I say I am the protectress/educator/mother of Black children who need to have a defiant example set for them, I stand by that.

When I say I have it in me to be a take no shit queer woman who will stand and face oppression when she sees it, I don't joke.

When I say I'm a fucking inhabitant of this planet and that this means I have a say in what happens here, I hold firm to that.

Will I head out again?

Damn right I will set out again from my cushy little white middle class conservative overly resourced neighbourhood, fingers clinging resolutely to the handlebars of my bike wherever/whenever they come again.

There is no choice.
There will be no theory only practice.
Only defeat or victory.

These are only some of the G20 oriented posts I wrote around, during and after the occupation of Toronto. Just check June and July if you want to see anything I haven't posted below.

So fucking agitated right now. Image/smell/sound memories...
I was t/here.
I am t/here.

Barack Obama zombies, you did this, you participated in that emptied rubber stamping ritual called voting that gave him the power...

Fascism, the merging of state and corporate power or now, let's see how many can lie to themselves about the us being a "democracy"...

I'm still agreeing...

As us low, middle and high level settlers argued over the presence of the G20 in this city...

Another detainee's story...

Pride Toronto and the 519 - definitely embracing the wrong people...

What's worse? Breaking windows and material objects, or breaking innocent people's rights and bones?...

I really resent the fact that a white man ends up being the voice of reason and objectivity in this instance...

We spent the afternoon and evening just outside this area...

Since they were most likely not ready to go there...yet...

Street Medics Call for Independent Investigation into injuries caused by police...

G20 Protests: Fighting Back Against the Police State...

Prison Planet - Will G20 Police Succeed In Covering up reports of rape and torture...

How to conduct a kidnapping...

The police public relations campaign of domination, veiled threat and lies is terrifying...

G20 Toronto Police Rape Threats + Strip Searched - Amy Miller...

Press Statement - Toronto Community Mobilization Network...

G20 detainees - Amnesty International is being contacted...

Oh puLEEZ! Only people with no memory think this hasn't happened here before...

Talking to my eight year old over breakfast about the G20 before I left to go protest...

More police violence...

Snatch squads R us...

Yes, please move to kkkanada...

"Home" sweet "home"...

The Real Crime Scene Was Inside the G20 Summit...

A bunch of privileged white children but still I don't have a problem with their approach...if it really was their work...

Oppose the Police Tactics at the G8-G20 Protests...

If CSIS comes knocking...

Movement Defense Committee...

Perspective is a good thing...

Agents provocateurs, diversity of tactics and struggle...

They call it violence, disruption and criminal activity...

Queen and Spadina...

I'm home but not "safe"...

Seven hours in the streets yesterday...

Tools of the monied elite...

The police had the streets blocked off with their fucking bikes...

We were near this "Stephen Harper is a Neo Fascist" sigh on this street...

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

I haven't listened to them in years...just too triggering, but still...this is pretty horrifying...

CRTC nixes CKLN’s Licence
Shocked members plot their next move

By Saul Chernos

My jaw dropped when I learned the Canadian Radio-Television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) released Decision 2011-56 late Friday morning, announcing that it had revoked the licence of campus-community radio station CKLN.

The regulatory body had hauled CKLN to a hearing this past December 8 to discuss performance issues and the station was put on notice that it was expected to “show cause why the Commission should not take steps to suspend or revoke the broadcasting licence in question.”

Fighting words or formality, I wondered at the time, in an article in NOW.

I truly didn’t expect the CRTC to dispense with this volunteer-driven station.

Andrew Lehrer, elected by station members to sit on an interim board as vice-chair, acknowledged there had been an internal power struggle that had led to chaos at the station, putting it off the air for a few months.

But repairs were well underway. Lehrer and his fellow board members had amended bylaws to keep the station functioning even in the event of future disagreements. The station also had a new logger system, and other safeguards were also put in place to keep CKLN in compliance with CRTC rules.

“It’s a process we have to take seriously,” Lehrer told me, when I asked him back then about the pending hearing.

When I reach him at CKLN Friday afternoon, Lehrer tells me, he’s in shock.

“Listeners have been phoning up and crying on the air,” he tells me.

“We didn’t expect this. We thought they were leaning towards either suspension or mandatory orders.”

Lehrer urges me to read the lone dissenting opinion in the CRTC decision, by commissioner Louise Poirier.

The full text of the decision, including Poirier’s detailed opinion, is online. In a nutshell, though, she stated that she “firmly opposed” the panel’s decision because licence revocation “should not have been used as a first step for this station.”

Calling the decision “premature, disproportionate and inequitable,” Poirier said that hastily revoking CKLN’s licence in Canada’s biggest radio market “will not send a positive signal to the campus radio community, which consists of organizations comprised mainly of volunteers, who unstintingly contribute time and energy to give their community a voice.”

Amen. As a former volunteer programmer with CIUT at the University of Toronto, I feel numb. The tears are falling on my keyboard as I type.

Sure, there were power struggles at CIUT – no shortage of them, given that the campus-community radio milieu, by its very nature, is highly politicized. Reflecting on things afterwards, the disagreements, while painful to witness or endure, are a necessary by-product of the intense passion and commitment that goes into volunteer programming.

Campus-community radioheads are there because they love the medium of radio and because they care deeply about the issues. And station diversity pretty well guarantees disagreement. Which is good and healthy so long as it does not spin out of control.

It spun out of control a few times at CIUT, and I left after a new faction took power. I needed some calm in my life, at that time. But, aside from a two-week interim when a CD changer replaced locked out volunteers, CIUT has largely survived.

CKLN, however, appears to be in mortal danger, and the CRTC’s decision leaves me wondering if the majority of commissioners on the panel truly understand and appreciate the chaotic nature of grassroots radio.

While CKLN’s troubles largely stem from a power struggle within the station, I wonder if what would appear to be the station’s demise stems, in part, from a power struggle between the CRTC and the feds

A news report last year indicated there’s tension between the Harper government and CRTC board members, largely over Fox News North.

Interestingly, the past few months have seen the CRTC take a harder-than-usual line against broadcast stations deemed to be breaching the rules. CHSC, a commercial station in St. Catharines, was ordered off the air this past summer following the CRTC’s repeated attempts to enforce adherence to conditions of its licence.

And, stations found to have broken even relatively minor rules, such as Canadian content violations, or failure to provide logger tapes, have increasingly and rather dramatically been subject to censures well beyond what has traditionally been the norm.

Which begs the question – is the CRTC asserting it’s authority as part of some behind-the-scenes showdown? Might CKLN possibly be the victim of two power struggles, one of which is entirely not of its own making?

CKLN has the statutory right to appeal the CRTC’s decision, but will it?

Lehrer says the station is exploring its options.

Coincidentally, the board was already planning to meet tonight (Friday) and a general meeting of members is scheduled for Monday, ostensibly to elect a new board to replace the current interim one.

“I guess that may still happen, but we’ll obviously be discussing what’s going on, what we can do.”

Here’s hoping. Stay tuned!

Jan 28, 2011 at 06:00 PM

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Interview with Montreal organizer Mostafa Henaway...

"Egypt is a Linchpin"

About 50 demonstrators gathered January 25 in a festive show of support for hundreds of thousands of Egyptians marching in the streets of many cities, demanding a major reorganization of their country's economy and the removal of the leadership of the National Democratic Party, in power since 1952.

In this interview, community organizer Mostafa Henaway discusses the scene at the Montreal protests. Henaway also discusses reactions within the diaspora, the demands the demonstrators are making of their government and Canada's stance in the region.

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View: more photos of the demonstration, video of the demonstration

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A message from Montreal demonstrators:

Egyptian Day of Protest

January 25, 2011

We, Canadians of Egyptian origin and Egyptians residing in Canada, are supporting the demands of the popular demonstrations taking place all around Egypt, today, January 25, 2011, which can be summarized in the following points:

1) We demand the government should confront the problem of poverty before it explodes. It should respect the rule law as formulated by the Egyptian judiciary: to increase minimum wage, and to improve public services, especially in the areas of health and education. The government should also provide a subsidy of up to 500 Egyptian pounds for each university graduate who cannot find a job in his/her field, for a specific period of time.

2) We demand the abolition of the state of emergency that controls the security apparatus and the arrest of numerous political dissidents to government policies and their imprisonment in detention camps, without due process. We abhor the violation of human rights and the systematic torture of civilians in police stations. We demand the implementation of the provisions provided by the judiciary in respect of the law.
3) We demand the dismissal of the Minister of Interior Affairs, Mr. Habib El-Adli, for failing to secure the Christian minority from the terrorist attacks that took place in Alexandria, on New Year's Eve and for failing to stem the proliferation of crimes that occurred at the hands of officers or agents of the Ministry of the Interior.

4) We demand that the presidential term be limited to two consecutive terms because absolute power corrupts. There is no developed country in the world, that allows its executive power to remain in office for more than two decades. It is our right, not only to choose our president, but also to oppose any attempt to prolong the term of the presidency for life, otherwise our republic will become to a kingdom.

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For more information in English:

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I was searching and found a new poem I like...

well, it's not at all a new poem. i myself have newly located it. it's from here...
I'm not a girl
I'm a hatchet
I'm not a hole
I'm a whole mountain
I'm not a fool
I'm a survivor
I'm not a pearl
I'm the Atlantic Ocean
I'm not a good lay
I'm a straight razor
Look at me as if you had never seen a woman before
I have red, red hands and much bitterness

© Judy Grahn

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Work hard. stay safe. burn it to the ground if need be...

the fire is beautiful and filled with promise. they destroy what is rotted to pave the way for something that is better, with hope.

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Internet security savvy is critical as egyptian government blocks websites, arrests activists in response to continued protest ...

This is a guest blog entry by Eva Galperin, EFF International Activist.

As we've seen in Iran and Tunisia, social networking tools have given activists in authoritarian regimes a powerful voice, which can be heard well beyond their own country. But the use of social networking tools has also given their governments ways to identify and retaliate against them. This week we are watching the same dynamic play out in Egypt. This is why it is critical that all activists —in Egypt and elsewhere—take precautions to protect their anonymity and freedom of expression. The protests in Egypt this week also highlight another important point: authoritarian governments can block access to social media websites, but determined, tech-savvy activists are likely to find ways to circumvent censorship to communicate with the rest of the world.

In an attempt to clamp down on Egyptian protesters, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s government is intermittently blocking websites and arresting bloggers, journalists, and dissidents. Like the Tunisians, Egyptian protesters have made heavy use of social media websites to share information about the protests with the outside world and with each other. In spite of the Egyptian government’s blocking of Twitter, tweets from the Egyptian protests in Suez and Cairo provided up-to-the-minute reports about protest activity, the movements of police, deaths and injuries, links to photos on Twitpic, and videos on YouTube. Cooperation amongst protesting citizens has kept communications resilient so far. When protestors in Cario's Tahir Square experienced an outage in cell phone data service, nearby residents reportedly opened their home Wi-Fii networks to allow protesters to get online.

On the first day of protests, the Egyptian government blocked several websites, including Twitter and Bambuser, a Swedish website which allows users to stream live video from their cell phones. By the second day, the government's blocking of Twitter was sparse and intermittent, but there were reports of blocking Facebook and YouTube. It is unclear whether or not the Egyptian government will continue to expand its list of blocked sites in the coming days. Even the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who was conspicuously silent during the protests leading up to the Tunisian revolution, has called on the Mubarak government to respect freedom of expression and urged them “not to…block communications, including on social media sites.”

The other dangerous aspect of the Mubarak government’s shameful campaign of silence and censorship has been the arrest and detention of bloggers, journalists, and activists. The Committee to Protect Journalists has reported that the Egyptian government has shut down at least two independent news websites: Al-Dustour and El-Badil. Police beat Al-Jazeera correspondent Mustafa Kafifi and Guardian reporter Jack Shenker, who posted an audio recording of the incident. Policemen have attacked and arrested cameramen covering the protests and onlookers recording the protests with cell phones.

Egypt is no stranger to the arrest of bloggers. Egyptian blogger Kareem Amer was sentenced to four years in prison for “disparaging religion” and “defaming the president” in 2007. In 2009, web forum founder Karim Al-Bukheiri was arrested, tortured, and subject to constant government surveillance. Just last year, the Islamic Human Rights Foundation reported that Egyptian Security Forces arrested “at least 29 activists, including bloggers, lawyers, and human rights activists.” The concern here is clear—if the street protests subside, the Mubarak government could initiate a campaign of retaliation and oppression, arresting and harassing the very bloggers and activists who have been chronicling the protests online. Some countries have gone even further. In Iran two opposition activists were hanged this week for taking pictures and video of the Green Revolution protests and posting them online.

Given the potential dangers, it is absolutely critical that Egyptian protesters take precautions when communicating online. To reiterate, social networking tools have given activists a powerful voice, which can be heard well beyond Egypt, but activists should also remember that the Egyptian government could use these same tools to identify and retaliate against them. We recommend that political activists look at our Surveillance Self Defense International report for information on how to use technology defensively to better protect their anonymity and freedom of expression in Egypt and other authoritarian regimes.

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propaganda press! freedom now Guyana...

i went looking for the words of egyptian bloggers and found this website from guyana. there was a graphic with words in the sidebar that i just loved...

go ahead. try me. i got nothing to loose but these damn chains

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Online activism fuels Egypt protest Online social networks being used by activists to communicate and organise anti-government protests. Fatma Naib Egyptian authorities have blocked internet and mobile services in a bid to quell anti-government protests, but the measures may have come a bit too late.

Activists spread the word online about Friday's protests, detailing the list of public squares where people should gather.

Calls for action circulated on Twitter and Facebook since early on Friday morning.

Twitter user rassdwda wrote: "#Egypt protests begin from mosques & churches, #Muslims #Christians 2gether#Jan25".

Another user named eacusa tweeted: "#Jan25 #Egypt Good news, morale in Cairo still high, veteran activists from 60s & 70s r spreading knowledge of predigital ways 2 coordinate."

In the hours before the internet was unplugged, activists used social media inside the country and relayed their messages using contacts in other countries.

Online activists from Tunisia shared information about how protesters could pour Coca-Cola on their faces as a method of protecting themselves if police use tear gas. Others offered help by submitting emergency numbers for use in case protesters are arrested.

A youth group that calls itself the April 6th Movement distributed 20,000 leaflets late on Thursday outlining a basic blueprint of where to go and what supplies to take. They urged people to distribute the information through emails and in person rather than Facebook and Twitter to avoid government interference.

No revolution, no democracy

Other Twitter users sent messages to boost protesters' morale, offering tweets of support and solidarity from countries such as Japan and the United States .

Takamit7 wrote: "Without revolution, there is no democracy. Without internet, there is no freedom. We Japanese support you!!?#Egyptian"

Some users offered ideas about how to bypass the government's technological crackdown by logging on to the internet with proxy servers.

Users outside Egypt urged fellow citizens to write to their politicians to put pressure on the Egyptian government.

Alihabibi1 wrote:"If you are in the #USA, call your congress representatives to unlock internet and phone networks in #Egypt!"

Others living abroad offered to dedicate their account all day to sending messages on behalf of people via the phone like journalist Mona Eltahawy who wrote: "#Egyptians: Friday I I'll b on #Twitter ALL DAY: if social media blocked write to me and I'll spread word. #Jan25".

Eerie Cairo

The very few Egyptians that had some online connection offered an insight into how the streets looked in Cairo. A user named anonymous wrote:"Just had a peek outside the window this Friday morning. Everything looks quiet so far in Tahrir square, I don't see any police #jan25".

Others tweeted of an eerie Cairo, though the mood was likely to change after midday prayers. The mood was echoed online: After 12:30 am on Friday morning, when the government shutdown began, Twitter and Facebook became online ghost towns, with the vast majority of users inside Egypt disappearing.

Even Al Jazeera correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin wrote minutes before the total blockade: "Internet service down across #egypt #jan25. Will be tweeting on Friday by alternative means."

Others expressed their disappointment. Mona Eltahawy wrote:"Friday Jan 28 historical day in #Egypt: #Mubarak dictator of 3 decades shuts down internet bec scared of youth-organized protests #Jan25."

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From Tunisia and Turkey with love...

Egypt supporters rally worldwide

Several hundred people held a rally outside a mosque in Istanbul reiterating calls for Mubarak to step down [Reuters]

Several hundred people held a rally outside a mosque in Istanbul reiterating calls for Mubarak to step down [Reuters]

Several hundred people held a rally outside a mosque in Istanbul reiterating calls for Mubarak to step down [Reuters]

Demonstrations are taking place around the world in a show of unity with protesters fighting for political change in Egypt.

In Turkey between 200 and 400 protesters held a demonstration outside the Fatih Mosque in central Istanbul after Friday prayers to lend their voices to the Egyptian cause.

Anita McNaught, Al Jazeera's correspondent in Turkey, said the mosque had become a focal point for activism since Israeli commandos raided a Turkish ship headed to Gaza last year.

"It is very much the organisations that we saw rise to prominence following the Israeli attack on the Mavi Marmara that have taken on the streets today to lend their voices in solidarity with the Egyptians," she said.

A simultaneous rally of about 50 people was also held in Ankara, the Turkish capital, where up to 50 people gathered outside the Egyptian embassy.

Tunisian solidarity

In London, Britain's capital, around 50 protesters are gathering outside the Egyptian embassy to add their voices to those calling for Hosni Mubarak, the president, and his government, to step down.

Abdullah Ali, a 26-year-old demonstrator at the rally in London, told Al Jazeera they were asking for "free democratic elections".

"I think the Egyptian population have had enough. They've seen what happened in Tunisia and how you can bring about a change. What we are asking for is Mubarak, father and son, to leave."

Many Tunisians, who saw major and violent protests topple the leadership of its president earlier this month, have also expressed solidarity with Egypt, saying that they hoped their revolution would spark events around the Arab world.

Around 50 people are holding a demonstration outside the Egyptian embassy in Tunis, the capital, brandishing placards with slogans reading "Mubarak Out!" and "Freedom".

"We are here to say that the Tunisian people are behind the Egyptian people. They have suffered in the way that we suffered. It's time for change," Monia Mechri, one of the protesters, was quoted by the AFP news agency.

The Progressive Democratic Party, a former opposition group that has now joined Tunisia's interim government, said Egypt had "called in the hour of change for an end to injustice and dictatorship".

"The Egyptian people supported the Tunisian people's revolution. Our heart is with you and our voices never cease to pray for victory," it added in a statement.

Ahmed, a blogger and activist at the rally told Al Jazeera that what has happened in Egypt is "very great".

"Now democracy will be ... one effect in the Arabic world," he said.

He said activists in Tunisia had used Facebook to message people in Egypt with advice on how to tackle police tactics during their protests.

Demonstrations have also been held outside the Egyptian embassy in Doha, the Qatari capital, where political demonstrations are a rare event.

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They can blackout their internet access but no one can diminish support for their struggles...

from the committee to protect journalists...

Watching Egypt disappear from the Internet

My colleague at CPJ, Mohamed Abdel Dayem, was the first to mail me. "Just a second ago," he wrote, "about 10 contacts of mine all disappeared off instant messaging in unison. That cannot be a coincidence."

That was yesterday, January 27, at 5:34 p.m. New York time. A stream of similar emails followed. Everyone I knew had lost contact with Egypt. On the wider Internet, the Twitter streams and Facebook updates from Egyptian journalists, bloggers, and others, which had been overwhelming us since the protests on the 25th, had all suddenly gone quiet.

Could it be a coincidence? Internet connectivity disappears all the time, for many reasons, almost always accidental. Sometimes, it's a cut optical fiber. A ship might drag its anchor over a submarine cable. It can be very difficult to determine the true extent or origins of any online disruption.

To find out what was really going on, I posted a message to a mailing list where many of administrators of the American corner of the Internet discuss day-to-day operations. Were they all seeing a similar drop-off in connectivity to Egypt?

At first, the replies were equally anecdotal: someone with a server in Cairo could no longer access it; attempts to reach prominent Egyptian websites were failing. Finally, Andree Tonk at BGPMon, an Internet routing monitoring organization, provided the first concrete evidence of an Egypt-wide shutdown.

Tonk's article is somewhat technical, so let me explain the background. In order to direct traffic across the Internet, a large number of key machines across the Net maintain among themselves a global index of routes. Think of it as a constantly-updated roadmap of how to get from one part of the Internet to another.

At around 5:28 p.m. Eastern, the routes to almost all of Egypt's share of the Internet began to disappear from this global index. Egypt went from having 2903 networks connected to the wider Internet, routed over 52 ISPs, to only 327, via only 26 remaining ISPs. Either because of a physical break in communications, or through a deliberate act by Egyptian ISPs, Egypt was vanishing from the Internet's map of itself.

Craig Labovitz, the chief scientist of Arbor Networks, a company that makes some of the Internet's most widely-used traffic-monitoring software, quickly added this more dramatic visualization of what his engineers were seeing (complete with typo):

Arbor Network's traffic analysis for Egypt

This is, Labovitz writes, a "graph of Egyptian Internet traffic across a large number of geographically and topologically diverse providers on January 27th."You can see that traffic plummeting to a "handful of megabits after the withdrawal of most Egyptian ISP ... routes."

Note that both Labovitz and Tonk's analysis showed that not everything was down in Egypt. The rest of my evening was spent working with others to try and find out what was up, and why.

The main network that was completely unaffected by the early lockdown was the systems run by the Egyptian ISP, the Noor Group. There was some early speculation that this was because the Egyptian Stock Exchange was hosted on that network, which led to an online rumor that the service was being kept up to maintain government services.

Actually, Egypt's Stock Exchange was, like any high-availability website, hosted on multiple redundant Internet connections, including Noor. Noor also offered a DSL service to many ordinary Egyptians, which some journalists have been using to communicate.

Right now, we know that there are also some multinational companies that have connectivity (possibly because their internal networks don't use the public Net). We've heard talk that "five star hotels" have connectivity also, as well as a handful of other networks beside Noor. SMS seems to be down, but mobile phones are working.

What we don't have is complete answers to why such a drastic Internet shutdown happened. As the hours of Egypt's disappearance from the global Net drag on, I have heard nothing of any catastrophic accident that could explain it. And as foreign journalists in Egypt are locked down in their hotels or are attacked on the streets as Al-Jazeera, AFP, and others are reporting, as local mobile provider Vodaphone admits--"all mobile operators in Egypt have been instructed to suspend services in selected areas"--the chances that this is all just a coincidence grow slim indeed.

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Hands Off Egypt!


No More US Support to the Mubarak Dictatorship!
Hands off Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen!

The Egyptian people, inspired by the victory in Tunisia and building on their own heroic rallies and strikes in recent years, have now taken the lead in the regional revolt against US-backed dictatorships. Today, Friday, January 28th, masses have poured into the streets for the third straight day of protest, and are once again fighting valiantly against cops and troops armed with US made and paid for weapons.

It is the US government which has created and STILL supports the Mubarak regime to the tune of $1.5 billion a year as part of its regional military apparatus, and it is US banks and corporations that have imposed the neoliberal austerity regime of unemployment, poverty and malnutrition against which Egyptian workers have been rebelling for decades.

The US Department of Defense is meeting this very week with Egyptian military officials to discuss how to maintain this oppression. A DoD press briefing reports: "With regards to Egypt:… we actually this week are hosting senior Egyptian military leaders at the Pentagon for our annual bilateral defense talks… So that's just an example of how engaged we are with the Egyptians, even as these developments have taken place on the streets in Cairo and elsewhere…”

And it is the US State Department which has already begun maneuvers throughout the region to ensure that any governments that fall are replaced with equally compliant regimes -- maneuvers such as the visit by the head of “Near East Affairs” in the State Department this week to Tunisia, and by their “National Democratic Institute” to Yemen, to “advise” on “clean elections” – i.e. to plot how to subvert the goals of the masses in the streets.

It is therefore OUR responsibility as US antiwar activists to mobilize all our supporters to demand: Hands Off Egypt! End US aid to murdering, exploitative and corrupt governments!

The other regimes against which the Arab masses are now in revolt -- Tunisia, Yemen and Jordan -- are all likewise subservient to Washington's dictates in matters of war and economics, including especially in their toadying to Washington's main watchdog, Israel.

Similarly inspired by the regional upsurge, Palestinian activists have stepped up action against the corrupt, US-financed and armed Palestine Authority. A sit-in at the Palestinian embassy in London by Palestinian students was launched this week, and a worldwide petition demanding the resignation of Mahmoud Abbas and the democratization of Palestinian governing and movement structures has been launched: see

Every revolt -- in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Jordan, Algeria -- has featured prominently demands for jobs for the huge numbers of unemployed youth who are at the core of the revolt. UNAC has made clear the link between the fight against war and for jobs, and by standing with the Arab masses at this time we are also saying we hope that workers in the US will fight with every bit as much determination for jobs for all, and for solidarity with workers fighting the same fight in every country.

We encourage all supporters organizing for the national antiwar marches on April 9th in New York City and San Francisco to work closely with Arab activists in the US to make sure our marches feature prominently their members and demands.

A victory for the Arab masses is a victory for the cause of peace throughout the world!

Details on demonstrations can be found here:

Call the White House and State Department and demand, No More Support to the Mubarak Dictatorship! Hands off Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen!
Email: Tel: Switchboard: 202-456-1414 Fax: 202-456-2461
U.S. Department of State: Main Switchboard: 202-647-4000
Your Senators and congressperson:
The main Capitol switchboard 202-224-3121, and the Congressional switchboard 800-828-0498

For more information:,

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She will not testify...

Activism is Not a Crime: I Will Not Testify

By Maureen Murphy

I have been summoned to appear before a federal grand jury in Chicago on January 25. But I will not testify, even at the risk of being put in jail for contempt of court, because I believe that our most fundamental rights as citizens are at stake.

I am one of 23 anti-war, labor and solidarity activists in Chicago and throughout the Midwest who are facing a grand jury as part of an investigation into "material support for foreign terrorist organizations." No crime has been identified. No arrests have been made. And when it raided several prominent organizers' homes and offices on Sept. 24, the FBI acknowledged that there is no immediate threat to the American public. So what is this investigation really about?

The activists who have been ensnared in this fishing net work with different groups to end the US wars and occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan, to end US military aid for Israel's occupation of Palestinian land and US military aid to Colombia, which has a shocking record of repression and human rights abuses. All of us have publicly and peacefully dedicated our lives to social justice and advocating for more just and less deadly US foreign policy.

I spent a year and a half working for a human rights organization in the occupied West Bank, where I witnessed how Israel established “facts on the ground” at the expense of international law and Palestinian rights. I saw the wall, settlements and checkpoints and the ugly reality of life under Israeli occupation which is bankrolled by the US government on the taxpayer's dime. Many of us who are facing the grand jury have traveled to the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Colombia to learn about the human rights situation and the impact of US foreign policy in those places so we may educate fellow Americans upon our return and work to build movements to end our government's harmful intervention abroad.

Travel for such purposes should be protected by the first amendment. But new legislation now allows the US government to consider such travel as probable cause for invasive investigations that disrupt our movements and our lives.

The June 2010 US Supreme Court decision Holder vs. Humanitarian Law Project expanded even further the scope of the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 to include first amendment activity such as political speech and human rights training.

Even former President Jimmy Carter feels vulnerable under these laws because of his work doing elections training in Lebanon where one of the main political parties, until earlier this month a member of the ruling coalition, is listed as a "foreign terrorist organization" by the US State Department. "The vague language of the law leaves us wondering if we will be prosecuted for our work to promote peace and freedom," Carter has said.

Former FBI officer Mike German, who now works with the American Civil Liberties Union, told the television program Democracy Now! that the subpoenas, search warrants and materials seized from activists' homes make it clear that the government is interested in "address books, computer records, literature and advocacy materials, first amendment sort of materials." He added, "unfortunately, after 9/11, [investigation standards] have been diluted significantly to where the FBI literally requires no factual predicate to start an investigation."

The US government doesn't need to call me before a grand jury to learn my activities and my beliefs. I have often appealed to my elected representatives to take a principled stand on foreign policy issues, protested outside federal buildings and have written countless articles over the years that can be easily found through a Google search.

Witnesses called to testify to a grand jury have no right to have a lawyer in the room and the jury is hand-picked by government prosecutors with no screening for bias. It is the ultimate abuse of power for a citizen to be forced to account to the government for no other reason than her exercise of constitutionally-protected freedoms of speech and association.

This is why these grand jury proceedings are a threat to the rights of all Americans, and why those of us who have been targeted, and others in the movements we work with, call them a witch hunt. And, even though it means I risk being jailed for the life of the grand jury, I will not be appearing before it.

The grand jury has been scrapped in virtually all countries and more than half the states in this country. There is a long American history of abusing grand juries to launch inquisitions into domestic political movements, from the pre-Civil War abolitionist movement to labor activists advocating for an eight-hour work day to the anti-war movement during the Vietnam years.

We have done nothing wrong and risk being jailed because we have exercised our rights to free speech, to organize and hold our government accountable. It is a dark day for America when people face jail for exercising the rights that we hold so dear.

- Maureen Murphy is a journalist and Palestine solidarity activist who lives in Chicago. This article was contributed to

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