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Posted on Nov 18, 2011
AP / Khalil Hamra

Protesters chant slogans Friday in Tahrir Square, the focal point of the uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak.

Last February, ushering in the storied Arab Spring, Egyptians poured into the streets to clamor for change—regime change, which led to the ousting of longtime leader Hosni Mubarak. On Friday, protesters again flooded Cairo’s Tahrir Square, this time to call on the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to let the people rule.  —KA

‘World Now’ in the Los Angeles Times:

The protest came nearly one week ahead of parliamentary elections and was another troubling sign that Egypt has yet to find a path toward a viable democracy. The military has expanded martial law and locked up bloggers and dissidents.

The generals want to “abort the revolution,” said Ibrahim Yehia, a 23-year-old university engineering graduate and Muslim Brotherhood member. “They’re causing strife among Egyptians, and they want to marginalize everyone ... so they can say we’re not ready for democracy and justify staying in power.”

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By blogdog, November 20, 2011 at 1:10 am Link to this comment

Muslim Brotherhood - know them from the company they keep

1954-1970: CIA and the Muslim Brotherhood Ally to Oppose Egyptian President Gamal Abddul Nasser

In 1954, Egyptian President Gamal Abddul Nasser’s nationalist policies in Egypt
come to be viewed as completely unacceptable by Britain and the US. MI6 and
the CIA jointly hatch plans for his assassination. According to Miles Copeland, a
CIA operative based in Egypt, the opposition to Nasser is driven by the
commercial community—the oil companies and the banks. At the same time,
the Muslim Brotherhood’s resentment of Nasser’s secular government also
comes to a head. In one incident, Islamist militants attack pro-Nasser students
at Cairo University. Following an attempt on his own life by the Brotherhood,
Nasser responds immediately by outlawing the group, which he denounces as a
tool of Britain. The following years see a long and complex struggle pitting
Nasser against the Muslim Brotherhood, the US, and Britain. The CIA funnels
support to the Muslim Brotherhood because of “the Brotherhood’s
commendable capability to overthrow Nasser.”
[BAER, 2003, PP. 99; DREYFUSS,
2005, PP. 101-108] The Islamist regime in Saudi Arabia becomes an ally of the
United States in the conflict with Nasser. They offer financial backing and
sanctuary to Muslim Brotherhood militants during Nasser’s crackdown. Nasser
dies of natural causes in 1970. [DREYFUSS, 2005, PP. 90-91, 126-131, 150]
Entity Tags: UK Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), Saudi Arabia, Central
Intelligence Agency, Gamal Abddul Nasser, Muslim Brotherhood
Timeline Tags: Alleged Use of False Flag Attacks

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By larrypsy, November 20, 2011 at 12:13 am Link to this comment

Just because Anderson Cooper and the rest of our media
giants call the Arab Spring democracy at work you can furgetaboutit - it’s the Muslim Brotherhood at work!

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By gerard, November 19, 2011 at 7:41 pm Link to this comment

Blood as the sacred emblem of self-sacrifice that justified persecution, self-immolation, suicide bombers and all the rest of the clap-trap of ancient superstition!  Please.  Give it up.  Great things can be accoomplished rationally and mercifully without the mystical superstitions of ages past. It’s a jump, but if the human race is to survive, we all have to make it.

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By Arabian Sinbad, November 18, 2011 at 3:37 pm Link to this comment

The generals want to “abort the revolution,” said Ibrahim Yehia, a 23-year-old university engineering graduate and Muslim Brotherhood member. “They’re causing strife among Egyptians, and they want to marginalize everyone ... so they can say we’re not ready for democracy and justify staying in power.”
Sorry Mr. Ibrahim Yehia to take issue with you! For what happened in Egypt in February was not a revolution, but an uprising that toppled one individual of the military establishment or “junta.” What the protesters failed to do was to uproot the old rule and replace it with a new system.

The military establishment were willing to sacrifice one member of them, namely Husni Mubarak, to save the institution, and the ignorant masses mistook this to be a revolutionary change! Sorry, this was not a revolution! And if you want a revolution you have to start all over again and this time you must understand that the flowers of freedom and liberty needs to be nourished with some precious blood! This also applies to the American Occupy Wall Street Movement!

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