Please ask your Congress People why the US administration continues to support the Muslim Brotherhood – Why?

“This NY Times article (see below) is very biased towards the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), as is the US government. Today a young Egyptian man told a German woman, “What we have done in Egypt what you could not do in Germany, when you allowed the Nazi party to continue its ideological treason that destroyed nations, killed millions and led to war. We in Egypt have ousted the MB because that is the course they were taking us down. They would have destroyed Egypt as a nation and spread hatred and intolerance of all those who do not prescribe to their radical Islamic belief system.” While 90% of Egyptians are Muslim, they do not prescribe to such radical Islamic beliefs. They are moderate. The MB had to go to preserve Egypt.” — Nile Regina El Wardani

First, Please do not assume the MB was democratically elected. It was not. The elections were rigged from the first round. Secondly once the MB was unfairly elected they proceeded to divide and destroy the country. Thirdly, the MB rewrote the Constitution which took out ALL political and legal tools to impeach or recall the president. There was no legal tool to unseat the president. This why we had a massive popular uprising on June 30, 2013 when 40 million Egyptians took to the streets in peaceful protest. If the German people had done this and taken out the Nazi party millions of lives would have been spared and a world war averted.

June 30, 2013 was our real revolution. This article is biased towards the MB and we in Egypt wonder why the NY Times and the US administration continue to support a terrorist organization that is a threat to Egypt, the Middle East, the US and the entire world. Why? Can anyone tell me why? Please ask your congress people in the US, why?

Egyptian Court Shuts Down the Muslim Brotherhood and Seizes Its Assets

Tara Todras-Whitehill for The New York Times

Anti-Muslim Brotherhood graffiti depicting former President Mohamed Morsi in Cairo.

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Published: September 23,

CAIRO — An Egyptian court on Monday issued an injunction dissolving the Muslim Brotherhood and confiscating its assets, escalating a broad crackdown on the group less than three months since the military ousted its ally, President Mohamed Morsi.

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 The ruling, by the Cairo Court for Urgent Matters, amounts to a preliminary injunction shutting down the Brotherhood until a higher court renders a more permanent verdict. The leftist party Tagammu had sought the immediate action, accusing the Brotherhood of “terrorism” and of exploiting religion for political gain. The court ordered the Brotherhood’s assets to be held in trust until a final decision.

If confirmed, the ban on the Brotherhood — Egypt’s mainstream Islamist group — would further diminish hopes of the new government’s fulfilling its promise to restart a democratic political process that would include Mr. Morsi’s Islamist supporters. For now, though, it effectively formalizes the suppression of the Brotherhood that is already well under way.

Since Mr. Morsi’s ouster, the new government appointed by Gen. Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi has killed more than 1,000 Brotherhood members in mass shootings at protests against the takeover and arrested thousands more, including almost all of the group’s leaders. Security services have closed offices of the group and its political party in cities around the country. Members are now sometimes afraid to speak publicly by name for fear of reprisals.

And even before Mr. Morsi was overthrown, the police watched idly as a crowd of anti-Brotherhood protesters methodically burned down the group’s gleaming Cairo headquarters — a symbol of its emergence after the 2011 revolution from decades underground. The destruction capped weeks of attacks on its offices around the country.

Some Islamist lawyers said Monday that they would appeal the injunction, but the Brotherhood’s legal status is likely to remain uncertain for some time. Amid the anti-Islamist fervor after Mr. Morsi’s ouster, the group now faces several similar legal claims seeking to rescind its license or prohibit its work, and it is unclear how long it might take to resolve them.

In a statement issued from an office in London — out of reach of the Egyptian police — the Brotherhood called the verdict “an attack on democracy,” arguing that the court overstepped its jurisdiction and failed to allow the group to present its side of the case. “It is clearly an attempt to ban the Muslim Brotherhood from political participation,” statement said, accusing the military leaders of “throwing Egypt back into its darkest days of dictatorship and tyranny.”

“We have existed for 85 years, and will continue to do so,” it continued. “We are part and parcel of the Egyptian society, and a corrupt and illegitimate judicial decision cannot change that.”

Laying out its reasoning, the court reached back to the Brotherhood’s founding as a religious revival group in 1928, when Egypt was in the last tumultuous decades under a British-backed monarchy. From its beginning, the court argued, the Brotherhood has always used Islam as a tool to achieve its political goals and adopted violence as its tactic.

The state newspaper Al Ahram elaborated further, declaring on its Web site that the court found the Brotherhood had “violated the rights of the citizens, who found only oppression and arrogance during their reign” — until fatigued citizens had risen up this summer “under the protection of the armed forces, the sword of the homeland inseparable from their people in the confrontation with an unjust regime.”

Despite the tone of the official news media, it was hard to discern whether the court’s ruling was part of a plan by the generals now leading Egypt or a more ad hoc judicial decision, said Michael Hanna, a researcher who studies Egypt at the Century Foundation in New York. “It could be part of a broader strategy with respect to the Muslim Brotherhood, or it could be that people in the military were as surprised as anyone,” he said.

In a sweeping injunction, the court banned both the Brotherhood itself and “all activities” it organized, sponsored or financed. It immediately returned the Brotherhood to the outlawed, underground status it occupied for most of its 85 years, including the long decades from President Gamal Abdel Nasser’s 1954 crackdown on the group until the 2011 revolt that ousted President Hosni Mubarak.

If enforced, the ruling could take a toll on communities across Egypt where the Brotherhood has often played a philanthropic role. For decades, the Brotherhood has also played an open role in political life by sponsoring candidates who formed a minority bloc of the Parliament.

Mayy El Sheikh contributed reporting.

 

WE ARE ALL EGYPTIANS – A warm welcome to Margaret Warner (PBS anchor) visiting Egypt

Saturday 7 September 2013 — Mari Girgis Church, Al Fustat Old Cairo

Welcome to Margaret Warner, Anchor, The Mac Neil News Hour – PBS, USA

Samia, Konstantin and I just took a little outing this morning to Al Fustat, the ancient area of Cairo that was once the Fauborg Saint Honore (Paris) of the Silk Road. In other words it was the most lavish and wealthiest area along the ancient Silk Road where traders from every culture, religion and nation exposed their wares of silk, gold, silver, carpets and more.

Today it is a run down area and it is hard to imagine that it was once so lavish. Five hundred meters away from the souk is Mari Gergis Church, the first church built in Egypt in the 2nd century AD.  Saint George is the patron saint and the story goes that the church was built on this site because there was already a Pharaonic Temple and a Jewish Synagogue at the site. What better place than to have them all together. This was their thinking back then. Mari Gergis church is also known as the “hanging church” because it literally hangs over the two ancient temples – Pharaonic and Jewish.

The church is under renovation so we didn’t actually get the chance to go inside. We went into the dungeon where Saint George was tortured and held by the Romans. They story goes that a virgin from the community was fed to a dragon every year until one year the mother of the virgin next in line prayed to St. George and asked that he intercede. He did. He slayed the dragon and the girl was spared as well as all the other girls for years to come. There are plenty of icons of St. George slaying the dragon hanging on the walls of the dungeon and in the small adjacent chapel. The instruments of torture used on St. George by the Romans are also on display. You can even put the “original” chain which enveloped St. George around your neck.

Next to the church is a cute little gift store where a young Egyptian Coptic woman named Basma (Smile in Arabic) sells everything from Pharaonic to Christian and Muslim souvenirs. Basma is very smiley and kind and bored because we were the only ones in the vicinity.

Tourism is all but dead in Egypt, thanks in part to CNN who has covered Egypt with enormous bias for the past 2.5 years. CNN has shown Egypt up in flames pretty much every time they cover Egypt, which couldn’t be further from the truth.

We stopped to look at photos in a small shop and that is when Konstantin disappeared. He had gone to find a trash can and poof he was gone. Samia and I panicked and began scouring the street looking for him and calling his name. During this panic I noticed Margaret Warner the anchor of the Mac Neil News Hour on PBS in the US. She was standing on the side walk with a couple security men and her crew. I recognized her right away but continued looking for Konstantin. He is my priority. When I found him I scolded him for disappearing and we walked back to the entrance. I introduced myself to Margaret. Samia joined us and we had a short discussion about Egypt and the Copts.  Samia let her know that we are all Egyptians and that our identity is firstly Egyptian and not by religion. Samia feels very strongly about that and came off as such.

Margaret and the crew were having trouble getting permission to enter the area and film. Samia went over and talked to the guards at the entrance.  She told them the crew were with PBS and not CNN. This seemed to do the trick and they were allowed to enter right away.

I spoke to Margaret’s cinematographer and told him how angry we Egyptians are at CNN. We call it CN-Zift which translates to CN-Shit. I told him of my experience being in Tahrir Square often with 500 thousand peaceful people making music, eating sweets and listening to each other. I told him how CNN rarely covered the peaceful demonstrators in the square and instead went around the corner to a side street where 3 dozen boys were paid to start small fires and throw Molotov cocktails and make noise. I was in the square, saw the boys on the side street and saw the CNN coverage that followed. It was always distorted and biased. The anger we feel towards CNN, as Egyptians, grew each time we saw their biased coverage which persisted until this day.

The cinematographer a strapping handsome man with tats up and down his arms, perhaps an Australian accent, not quite sure, told me “I am not surprised. When you are behind the camera, it is easy to make a small commotion look like a huge violent affair. Listen, it all comes down to money. When the network spends $50,000 to send a crew to cover a story in Egypt, they want some action. They don’t care home many peaceful demonstrators there are, that’s not action.”

“Do you realize that this kind of coverage by CNN has destroyed our country. Everyone all over the world has the impression that there is chaos and violence everywhere in Egypt. People are afraid to come and you can see for yourself that it is not true. It is safe and peaceful almost everywhere,” I said.

He was a nice man. He got it. He understood and he seemed genuinely sorry about the plight of Egypt.

Then Samia told him how, when we took to the streets in the tens of millions on June 30th CNN hardly bothered to cover our ongoing revolution. Why? Because it is not what the US administration was supporting. The US administration has been supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and CNN might as well be state-owned-media because CNN walks the line of government policy, not bothering to tell the story of the masses of Egyptian people.

I gave Margaret my name and phone number and invited her to call if she needed any help or connections while she was here in Egypt. She has several stories to cover and file Imageback to NYC. It would be nice if she does call. Hopefully she will connect with the vast array of Egyptians who love their country with such passion and are crying buckets for their beloved Egypt.

I would like her to meet the singer Mohamed Munir and show his latest video that depicts the enormous variety of Egyptians all sitting together on a boat. Mohamed’s video captures what we all want for Egypt; the kind of cohabitation and tolerance for all people that is at the center of Egyptian culture and character for 7000 years. We are people who embrace and love the “other.” We are people who have welcomed visitors from every corner of the Earth with open arms, open hearts and minds, with the best of hospitality and food and kindness. We are people that learned all the languages of the world in order to welcome our visitors warmly.

We are a people who are the salt of the Earth and our country is the Mother of the Earth – OM IL DONYA.  This is who Egypt has always been and will always be. And that is why we passionately reject any group amongst us that want to divide us. We will not be divided. We are Egyptians. We are Nubian, Berber, Bedouin, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Secular, Young and Old, Rich and Poor, Salafi, Sunni, Shiite, Catholic, Protestant, Coptic. We are dark and we are light skinned. We are fat and thin and tall and short. We have brown and blue and green eyes and some of us even have two different colored eyes like David Bowie. And many of us are blind and handicapped in other ways, but we are all ONE. WE ARE ALL EGYPTIANS and we will not be divided.

God bless and keep the Egyptian people and our beloved land and country safe from those who would divide us.

Can the American government dupe the world again? Is war really necessary?

The American government changed its justification for military action against Iraq three times. Each time it was a lie. First WMDs. Then to relieve the Iraqi people of a horrendous dictator and finally to usher in democracy. Eleven years after the start of the Iraq war the world knows the true motive for American military action was – in a word – OIL. 

Now it is Syria’s turn. Connecting the dots and paying attention to the modus operandi of the American government, I remain totally unconvinced that the use of chemical weapons is the true justification for US military action against Syria. 

Today, world leaders and journalists at the G20 Summit questioned Obama on many points but not one person questioned American justification – the “use of chemical weapons on civilians.”  As if by divine right – there could be no other justification (hidden or unsaid) that Americans may have?  

It remains a mystery to me how the international community, top journalists and the most powerful leaders on Earth can swallow this justification whole without even questioning Obama on other possible motives for military intervention. Did no one learn anything from the American propaganda machine surrounding Iraq? 

As I have stated previously, the US historical record does not reveal a country that is deeply concerned about the use of chemical weapons against civilians. The Americans used chemical weapons during the Viet Nam war and murdered tens of thousands dropping the nuclear bomb on Japanese civilians. 

Today at the close of the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg, leaders of the world’s most powerful nations were deeply divided over whether to take military action against Syria. The G20 was dubbed the G10 + 10, the divide was so real. 

The Russian people were surveyed. Nearly 100% of Russians are against military action and President Putin stands with them calling for peaceful alternatives. South Africa, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Egypt, UK, Italy, Germany, and most of the world stand against any form of military action in Syria. There are political tools that have not yet been employed. For example, the UN Security Council can firstly set an ultimatum with the Syrian government, asking them to sign an international treaty against all forms of chemical weapons and the turn over all CW stockpiles within 30 days or face military action. 

The British Parliament voted against any military action in Syria. Despite this, UK Prime Minister David Cameron continues to verbally back the American stance for war, very much against the will of the British people who are overwhelming against any military action. 

The French people have been polled. Two-thirds are against military force. Despite this the French government is rallying behind the Americans. So much for representative government. And the same goes for America where 75% of Americans are against military action. Despite this, President Obama is determined to take military action.

Questioned at length at the G20 Summit, Obama looked exhausted and the more he spoke the less convincing he became, until I could no longer stand it, “Obama why are you doing this? Who are you? You are betraying your very being! You don’t have to do this.” I shouted at the TV.

Obama is doing his best to sell the war to the American public. John Kerry has been on the Sunday morning TV circuit also “selling” the war to the American public. Most Americans are not buying it. Maybe we are getting smarter.  

Obama was asked directly (two times) during the Summit, “If Congress fails to authorize war, what will you do?”  He refused to answer the question directly, twice. Instead he answered, “Did you think I would change my answer? I repeat. I think we will be more effective and stronger if Congress authorizes this action.”

Minutes later he said, “I think it is the right thing to do (go to war). It is better for our democracy. I think we should go ahead. When you start talking about chemical weapons, those images of those bodies can be quickly forgotten. I am trying to impart a sense of urgency on this. We cannot condone a sense that a country can get away with something (use of chemical weapons) like this.”   

I ask you, where and from whom is Obama getting this gargantuan push to enter into yet another war in the Middle East? Who will benefit? Who will loose? What will it cost? What are the REAL reasons? Not the propaganda justifications? We all must demand answers to these questions. 

Mark my words, the justification of chemical weapon use is another fat lie. It is only for public consumption, justification and support. 

Surely our memory is not so short. We must not be duped again. 

Hypocrisy Rules the White House – The Question of Syria?

Barak Obama and John Kerry have said “This is so egregious that we have to take military action against Syria” speaking on the use of chemical weapons against Syrian civilians. “This war is about enforcing the standard of human rights” said Kerry. “We didn’t draw the red line, the world did” said Obama.

So why doesn’t the US administration care about human rights consistently? Does the US government care about human rights only when it serves “US interests?” If the US truly cares about human rights the US would not be a close ally with Saudi Arabia – the worst human rights abuser perhaps in the world. Add to that the US ally Israel which has a terrible human rights record in regard to the occupation and killing of 1000s of Palestinian civilians over the past 60 years. Israel has used chemical weapons against Palestinian civilians on several occasions. So what is the real “US interest” in striking Syria?

Is it really defending human rights? Why doesn’t the US administration care about the human rights abuses of Saudi Arabia or Israel? Furthermore, what about the human rights abuses carried out by the US government in Guantamo Bay, US Rendition programs that torture civilians throughout the world, the US torturing of Iraqis in Iraq prisons, and much more? I see far too much hypocrisy on the part of the US government to believe that the use of chemical weapons is the reason to strike Syria. I can’t believe this is the reason.

Furthermore, even if Assad may have gassed 400 of his own Syrian children, how many more Syrian children will be killed if the US takes military action against Syria? How many Syrian children will the US strikes kill? 400? More?

What is the REAL reason the US wants to take military action against Syria?
Syria doesn’t have oil as Iraq does. Syria has no resources that the US wants. So why strike Syria?

Could it be a proxy war for Israel? Is this part of the on-going plan to bring every country in the ME region to destruction?