Qui sont les nostalgiques de l’ère Moubarak ? Pourquoi regrettent-ils le raïs ? Eléments de réponse, par Bassem Sabry
Qui sont les nostalgiques de l’ère Moubarak ? Pourquoi regrettent-ils le raïs ? Eléments de réponse, par Bassem Sabry
La solitude désenchantée et angoissée d’Israël
• Une analyse contre le rapprochement avec la Turquie. • Israël doit rester “neutre”, – mais est-ce possible ?
Elliott Colla: “The Poetry of Revolt” in the New Egypt | Radio Open Source with Christopher Lydon
This is a new generation, a generation of activists who are not ideological. In other words, they have looked at the struggles of their parents and even grandparents against imperialism, against capitalism, against all the “isms.” By and large, they are saying that’s not how they want to understand the world, and that’s not how they’re going to organize their response to the problems that they face. In this sense, many in the leadership have no ideological platform; they are starting their analysis and their project from how they live their daily life, what they see, what they experience, what they would rather have. …
Full Transcript : Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor’s Speech to the UN General Assembly | Jewish & Israel News Algemeiner.com
L’intervention complète mais totalement lamentable de Ron Prosor : aucune vision, accroché aux mêmes poncifs fantasmagoriques depuis des années, « On était là AVANT vous na na nère ». Pas ; l’ombre d’une analyse sensée, discours totalement vide de sens, aucune distance par rapport à la situation sur le terrain, déni de l’occupation, de la colonisation et des humiliations quotidienne. Totalement affligeante, cette adresse fera date dans l’histoire des discours les plus navrants et les plus petits
President Abbas, the truth is that Jerusalem had a Jewish character long before most cities in the world had any character! Three thousand years ago King David ruled from Jerusalem and Jews have lived in Jerusalem ever since.
Autre approximation de Gilles Paris : évacuer les élucubrations de l’ambassadeur israélien :
Après avoir réaffirmé « les droits du peuple juif sur la terre d’Israël », le dernier a en effet fait mine de s’étonner que M. Abbas se rende à New York plutôt qu’à Jérusalem pour traduire dans les faits les aspirations palestiniennes.
Or je t’invites à lire la retranscription complète de l’intervention de Ron Prosor, parce qu’elle est assez hallucinée :
Today I stand before you tall and proud because I represent the world’s one and only Jewish state. A state built in the Jewish people’s ancient homeland, with its eternal capital Jerusalem as its beating heart.
Peace is a central value of Israeli society. The bible calls on us:
בקש שלום ורדפהו
“seek peace and pursue it.”
As for the rights of Jewish people in this land, I have a simple message for those people gathered in the General Assembly today, no decision by the U.N. can break the 4000-year-old bond between the people of Israel and the land of Israel.
Pourquoi ne pas préciser la « nature » de ces « droits du peuple juif sur la terre d’Israël » ? C’est-à-dire des citations bibliques et un « lien quatre fois millénaire ».
Oui, on aimerait qu’on nous explique comment ce « droit divin » s’est mué en droit positif...Par quel grand miracle, le dieu d’Israël a-t-il réussi ce tour de force ?
Et aussi, si c’est possible, nous préciser quelles sont les frontières de cette « terre d’Israël » ? Je dis ça parce qu’en tant que Libanais - Levantin serait plus adéquat -, j’aimerais savoir si mon village natal qui est situé à quelques kilomètres de la « ligne bleue » tracée en mai 2000 est inclus ou pas dans cette « terre d’Israël » ?.
Non, parce que des fois, des colons pourraient soutenir un jour, que c’est là-bas qu’Isaac fils d’Abraham aurait aperçu pour la première fois sa future femme Rébecca et aurait connu ses premiers émois amoureux. Ouais, ce serait encore un droit inné. e
Il faudrait arrêter avec ce discours biblique à deux balles dont nous savons aujourd’hui qu’elle regorge d’anachronismes et d’erreurs.
Wolf Blitzer of CNN has been dispatched to Israel to cover the conflict. But why does not CNN tell viewer that this guy started his journalism career by writing for the publication of the Israeli lobby? Can you imagine if a CNN correspondent is covering Gaza but had previously worked for Hamas mouthpiece? Can you imagine the uproar? So Blitzer was on the air and he reported that he saw “trauma” on the face of a child in Israel who heard sirens.
Ze’ev Barak sur Wikipedia :
In the mid-1970s, Blitzer also contributed to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) as the editor of their monthly publication, the Near East Report. While at AIPAC, Blitzer’s writing focused on Middle East affairs as they relate to United States foreign policy.
Passionnant: The Political Transformation of Edward Said, par As‘ad Abukhalil
Edward Said then became increasingly politically radicalized. He became the most vocal champion of Palestinian rights: and the man who was accused of steering the PLO in a right-wing accommodationist direction became one of the most courageous critics of PLO stances under Arafat. He was already quite displeased with Arafat back in 1990 when he was fed up with his position on the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait […].
Democracy Now ! Interview with Islamic Scholar Tariq Ramadan on the Growing Mideast Protests and « Islam & the Arab Awakening »
Tariq Ramadan sur les révolutions arabes, notamment sur Al-Jazira et le silence sur Bahreïn
AMY GOODMAN: Who are the petro-monarchists? Which countries?
TARIQ RAMADAN: The petro-monarchies are Saudi Arabia, Qatar, even Bahrain. Bahrain, we had protests in Bahrain, and they were tortured and repression. We don’t cover this. We didn’t cover this. And no one was saying that the government—it was translated into Shia-Sunni clashes. It’s wrong. There is clearly a lack of democracy there. And we need to come with something which is, don’t tell us that Islam in itself is a problem—is exactly what Barack Obama just said yesterday. If they are with us, protecting our interests, we will deal with them; if not, we will struggle.
AMY GOODMAN: Al Jazeera’s role in covering the Arab world?
TARIQ RAMADAN: Yes, I’m talking about it in the book, saying it’s quite—it’s quite—we have to look at the way they were dealing with this, pushing in Egypt, pushing In Tunisia, silent in Bahrain, silent in—so, it’s a selective—
JUAN GONZÁLEZ: And pushing Libya, as well.
TARIQ RAMADAN: Exactly. Of course, they were, even, you know, sending armies and people. So, all—you know, Jazeera in itself, perceived as a counter, you know, Fox News Channel, has to be also questioned as to the intention. And we know now—you know, the Arabs and the people in the Arab world are very much supportive of Al Jazeera, taking it as a credible source of news. Now it’s much more questioned by the people. When I was in Tunisia, I say, “What do they want exactly? For whom are they running ? What do they want?” And there is something which is connected to the government. So I think that in all this, it’s clear that it played a very positive role in Egypt by pushing the people. But we need to look at political—the whole scene and the whole region to understand that there are much more questions to be asked about what are the intentions from behind—you know, from supporting some uprisings and forgetting others.
AMY GOODMAN: Like?
TARIQ RAMADAN: Like Bahrain, for example, as I was saying, and being silent, for example, about what also was happening in Libya, what also is happening in Iraq, and very much nurturing this sense of “be careful, al-Qaeda is there, the terrorists.” You know, it’s also nurturing a mindset. It’s as if, you know, doing the job of “be careful, terrorism is around the corner,” and I think that this is—this is to be questioned.
Respect aux militants pacifistes de Yesh Gvul (« Il y a une limite » en hébreu) et d’Israel Loves Iran, qui doivent se sentir bien isolés en Israël. Leur compte Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/israellovesiran
Et celui de Yesh Gvul : http://www.facebook.com/pages/Yesh-Gvul-%D7%99%D7%A9-%D7%92%D7%91%D7%95%D7%9C/132612476805840
Israel Loves Iran – اسرائيل ایران را دوست دارد – ישראל אוהבת את איראן « We Love You Peace
We are millions of people who will be hurt. Will be drafted, will have to fight, loose our lives, our relatives. We, parents from TelAviv and Teheran will have to run with our children to the shelters and pray the missiles will miss us.
But they will fall somewhere, on someone.
Those last few days the sound of war is becoming louder.
So once again, load and clear, we are saying NO to this war
We saying to the people of Iran: We Love You
Ronny and Michal, TelAviv, ISRAEL
Comme @angryarab, je me demande ce que prend Robert Fisk. Mais quoi que ce soit, je veux la même chose.
With embarrassment, I look back now to that terrible conflict and the cruel words I wrote so many years ago; that one day, after years of Syrian military “peacekeepers” in Lebanon, the Lebanese army may be asked to fulfil the role of “peacekeepers” in Syria. At the time, it was a wicked joke. Not now, perhaps. Indeed, a Lebanese peace force in Syria – where all of Lebanon’s communities (Sunni, Shia, Christian Maronite, Orthodox, Druze, Armenian) are represented – might just be one way of damping down the civil conflict there. A supreme irony, perhaps, after the 1976-2005 Syrian army’s presence in Lebanon. An impossibility, of course. But it shows the nature of political change in the Middle East.
The Political Economy of the Egyptian Uprising | Stephen Maher (Monthly Review)
Not long after Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman announced that Hosni Mubarak would resign his post as President, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton flew to Egypt to congratulate the Egyptian people on a job well done. The revolutionaries had accomplished their goal, she said. Everyone could go home and feel proud of their historic achievement and leave the cleaning up to the responsible adults—the United States and the closely allied Egyptian military, which has ruled Egypt since 1952. To prove that there were no hard feelings against the Egyptians for overthrowing one of the closest and most important U.S. allies in the Arab world, the IMF, World Bank, the G8, and the United States itself—the very entities responsible for supporting Mubarak’s thirty-year rule and imposing draconian neoliberal programs on Egypt—have extended as much as $15 billion in aid and credit to Egypt and Tunisia to assist in their transitions to democracy. This generosity begs the question: why are Western governments, and the international financial institutions (IFIs) that are closely linked to them, falling over one another to show their generosity to the revolutionaries and to display their support for progress in the Middle East? Source: Monthly (...)
À lire absolument: The Political Economy of the Egyptian Uprising -Monthly Review
There was considerable economic growth in Egypt under Mubarak. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita rose about fourfold between 1981 and 2006 (in purchasing power parity terms, which is a method of comparing economic activity among countries by keeping the current currency exchange rates among the countries constant). However, this growth was accompanied by rising inequality that “reached levels not before seen in Egypt’s modern history” by the time of Mubarak’s resignation.2 Despite increases in production and wealth, real wages did not rise in tandem, and in many cases actually declined. Egypt’s minimum wage, for instance, has remained unchanged for twenty-six years in the face of increased productivity and significant inflation, particularly in the price of wage goods. Most workers work long hours (according to the ILO, the average Egyptian works forty-eight hours per week) and earn a wage that will not pay for basic necessities. It is not uncommon for employers to simply not pay their employees at all. In short, the neoliberal programs served to consolidate the power of Egypt’s ruling class and concentrate the country’s vast new wealth in the hands of the richest, who gained an increasing portion of a rapidly growing pie while the lower classes saw their share decline (see Charts 1 and 2 for details).
oui c’est très bien, sur le rôle de la dette en particulier :
Despite the long [anticapitalist] struggle laid out above, according to the Western ideological narrative the Egyptian uprising was largely directed against a handful of corrupt individuals who prevented capitalism from functioning properly, and therefore demanded the imposition of “normal,” “democratic” capitalism. From this perspective, the Egyptian revolution was pro-market! Keeping to this carefully constructed narrative, President Obama announced a $1 billion debt swap (widely misreported as debt forgiveness), in which the United States agreed to reduce Egypt’s debt burden so long as Egypt agrees to use the money in accordance with Washington’s wishes. And Obama made it crystal clear just what those wishes are:
“…the goal must be a model in which protectionism gives way to openness, the reigns of commerce pass from the few to the many, and the economy generates jobs for the young. America’s support for democracy will therefore be based on ensuring financial stability, promoting reform, and integrating competitive markets with each other and the global economy.”
Il y a trente ans, assassinat du dictateur Anwar Sadat
6 October 1981 : The day a dictator was killed « 3arabawy
My father entered the house, and shouted to my mom: “I think they killed Sadat!” My mom answered, while continuing to bake the Eid cookies: “Fi setteen dahia! (Screw him)” My mom was no fan of Sadat. [...]
Sadat was regarded as a traitor in my family. And a traitor he was. No one mourned him in the family.
5 Reasons the #Muslim_Brotherhood Won’t Turn On #Israel | Politics | Religion Dispatches
Middle East dictators’ sons - in pictures | World news | guardian.co.uk
Pro-Israel groups cool to Egyptian protests - Salon.com
So for now, at least, don’t look for American pro-Israel groups to do much in the way of supporting the Egyptian protesters.