Post This Mubarak Thug's ID, Captured by Protesters, on Your Facebooks

As morning breaks in Egypt Mubarak-hired thugs are attacking protesters with gunfire, many dead already.  Fears are there will be a massacre all morning.  The proof is here that the "pro-Mubarak" demonstrators "clashing" with anti-Mubarak freedom fighters are all security forces out of uniform and criminals let of out jail and paid to attack peaceful people.

This was Tweeted from Tahrir Square today, a security forces ID captured from a plainclothes thug who the protesters caught. We can use it to remind the world with one image that the "chaos" is actually a brutal attack by Mubarak. Let's make this goon famous. Post it everywhere.

Buttresses Nicholas Kristoff's vital report.

Manifest Destiny's Child

Audio: Nick Baumann on Egypt

2.1.11 Associate Editor of Mother Jones magazine Nick Baumann joins Coy with the latest on the events in Egypt. We have a true revolution on our hands in the North African country, and today’s conversation provides background on where these problems with Hosni Mubarak originated, what kinds of rights and freedoms the people rioting in the streets are demanding, and what we can expect to develop in the coming days. Finally, Baumann gives his thoughts on new legislation that would re-define what classifies rape crimes in America.

آسف seems to be the hardest word

You can say it, Mr. President

This Is Not a Place for Life

By Mike Ferner

KABUL – The NGO’s offices were sparse and well worn, but they bustled with a palpable sense of purpose. Our host’s hospitality was unerring. For reasons that will become obvious, we will call him Dr. Ahmed Hasan. Everything else about him and his work is precisely as related.

Dr. Hasan is director of operations for an international Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) providing relief for “Internally Displaced Persons,” (IDPs) or refugees as they were once called. He said he coordinates an agriculture and livestock project, midwifery services, immunizations, women’s empowerment, women’s shelters and a “weatherization” program that consists primarily of distributing firewood and small, tin heating stoves to people living in mud huts that have blankets for doors.

Not Leaving Until Hosni Does

By Medea Benjamin

Tonight our CODEPINK delegation in Cairo returned to Tahrir Square after the terrible events of this afternoon, when Mubarak's thugs busted up their peaceful protest with rocks, sticks and molotov cocktails. Hundreds have been wounded--their hands, legs, arms wrapped in bloody bandages. Despite the beatings, thousands of people are still camped out in the square--absolutely determined to stay there until Mubarak goes.

Despite the danger on the streets, we went to the square carrying with two big banners. One said "World Says Time To Go, Mubarak!" and the other said "Solidarity With Egyptian People" in both English and Arabic. When the people in the square saw us and discovered we were Americans, they erupted into cheers. "Thank you, thank you," they cried. "We love you." We were crying as well. It felt so good to help lift their spirits after such a terribly violent day.

A Marine Remembers: Learning to Kill, Learning Not to Kill

By David Lindorff

One of my grandsons recently asked me, “What is wisdom?”   After some discussion, we together concluded that wisdom comes only with experience. 

When it comes to war, though, living in a country that has not experienced a war on its own soil since 1865, Americans, other than those veterans who have actually fought abroad, have no such experience to draw on.

Perhaps this is why so many Americans easily accept, and even cheer the nation’s militarism, and why most of us accept our government’s reflexive resort to military action to settle international disputes.
  
Einstein, who had his share of wisdom, advised forgetting everything one has learned.  This was his way of getting his thinking out of a box. 

Rather than add more to this somewhat evasive notion, let me reflect here on my own experience of war, and on how the concept of war has permeated my life, in hopes of finding  a bit of wisdom to counter the temptation to turn to cynicism. 
   

URGENT - Kristoff: "Pro-Mubarak" Attackers are Government Sponsored Thugs, Your Tax Dollars at Work

 

The New York Times' incredibly courageous Nicholas Kristoff is bearing witness to what the Egyptian protesters already know and are telling the world, that the "pro-Mubarak" crowds attacking peaceful protesters are government-sponsored thugs.

Kristoff just posted at his Facebook:

I was in Tahrir today, and I must say that "clashes" is the wrong word for what happened. This was a violent government-sponsored crackdown using thugs.

Turning to Nick's blog he reports:

From Egypt: "I Am OK, My Country Is Not"

By Dalia Basiouny

Dear Friends,

I just got internet access today, so I want to write you a quick note before we lose it again.

I am well, but my country is not.

As you must have seen in the media, a beautiful inspiring revolution is taking place in Egypt. More than two million people gathered yesterday in the main square in Cairo to ask the president to leave and let the people govern themselves. It was a beautiful celebration. Egyptians were drunk by the knowledge that as a people they have power to decide. It was amazing, with slogans and very funny chants. A real revolution of LIGHT.

Today was a very different picture. They attacked the revolution, in the worst possible way. The amazing peaceful demonstrations were attacked by organized paid pro-government thugs, thousands of them entered the square around 2 pm, and started attacking the peaceful anti-government demonstrators, with sticks, rocks, fire, metal weapons and more.

Kucinich Says Much of What Obama Should Say

Kucinich: The Violence in Egypt must Stop and it Can Only Be Stopped By President Mubarak

Washington D.C. (February 2, 2011) – Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today released the following statement:

“The developing situation in Cairo is heartbreaking. In eight days of demonstrations, millions of people took to the streets to peacefully express their desire for democratic reform. After a late-night statement from Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, that peace has been broken.

“The violence must stop and it can only be stopped by President Mubarak. Events are still within his control. He must immediately tell his supporters not to engage in violence against peaceful protestors or journalists. He must order plain-clothes police officers not to become involved in fomenting violence. He must order the army to protect the protesters and journalists and to prevent further violence.

More college grads joining military

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- The recession and a tough job market have more college graduates joining the military, officials said.

The number of military recruits with bachelor's degrees has steadily increased from 2008 through 2010, The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch reported.

Among them is Ben Harris, who lives with his parents in Hilliard, Ohio, and works at a fast-food restaurant. It's not what he expected as a double major in political science and communications at Ohio State University.

"Now, it [the military] seems like a viable option," said Harris, 25, two years after graduating from college. "I'll get more skills and more education." He is considering the Air Force or the Army.

The only military branch without noticeable college graduate gains is the Marine Corps.

Nearly 6,000 active-duty and reserve soldiers with bachelor's degrees joined the Army in 2010. That's 2,000 more than 2008.

Only Civil Disobedience?

By Ted Glick

About a week ago I started hearing from friends that I had been criticized in a column by Chris Hedges, "Where Liberals Go to Feel Good," online at www.truthdig.org.

In his column Hedges paints a picture of me as someone who likes to organize "conferences. . . designed to elevate self-appointed liberal apologists who seek to become advisers and courtiers within the Democratic Party." He counterposes this picture with what he considers to be the appropriate response to what is happening in the USA: "the only gatherings worth attending from now on are acts that organize civil disobedience."

Climate Change and National Security

What the detractors, whether they believe the obvious or not and the flock just follows what they're told, are effectively locking the brakes on what we once were and envied around this planet, innovators in moving forward with the new idea's, interstate roadways, flying, etc. etc. etc. and with the same innovative workforce that made the advancements reality with everyone following in trying to catch up. Now those everyone's are leading and we aren't even following much, like as to energy innovations and a cleaner planet, even so called third world countries are moving ahead of us on the obvious human advancements!

TEDxPentagon: topic of climate change

Rear Admiral David W. Titley, Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy (Photo: U.S.Navy)

U.S. Slowed Justice for Genocide Perpetrators

U.S. Opposition to International Criminal Court in 2004-2005 Held Up Peacekeeping, Slowed Justice for Genocide Perpetrators

New Book Analyzes Disconnects Between Save Darfur Movement, U.S. Policy, the United Nations, and Events on the Ground in Sudan

Rebecca Hamilton's "Fighting For Darfur" draws on 150 Interviews, First-hand reporting, and dozens of Freedom of Information releases

Documents provide blistering assessments of policy failure, humanitarian disaster

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 335

Reagan Revisionism: Planned Centennial Commemoration Hoopla

Reagan Revisionism: Planned Centennial Commemoration Hoopla - by Stephen Lendman

A weeklong infomercial followed his death on June 5, 2004, mythology airbrushing truth, including Marilyn Berger in the New York Times, saying:

"To a nation hungry for a hero, a nation battered by Vietnam, damaged by Watergate and humiliated by the taking of hostages in Iran, Ronald Reagan held out the promise of a return to greatness, the promise that American would 'stand tall' again."

Quoting admirers and critics, she called him a "great communicator," a "made-for-television president (who) never lost his boyish charm or his ability to look Americans in the eye and make many feel good about themselves. (He) was a combination of ideologue and pragmatist who could compromise and still appear to be a man of unbending principle."

Afghanistan War Weekly: February 1, 2011

The revolutionary upheavals in Tunisia and Egypt have crowded out much of this week’s news about the Afghanistan war. Though 3,000 miles from Afghanistan, the events in North Africa may/should force some serious rethinking by the United States about its imperial strategies. Yet its options are limited by the commitment of so much of its money and military to trying to prevent collapse in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The King of Jordan’s dismissal of his government after a few peaceful demonstrations illustrates the fear in the region that the spirit of revolution will be contagious. Some links to news sources and good/useful essays on these topics are pasted in way below.

Public Says Cut Pentagon, Obama Says Increase It

By David Swanson

Did you know that the U.S. public wants military spending cut? Did you know that President Barack Obama wants to increase it for his third year in a row? Actually I already know that most of you didn't know either of these things.

A poll released on Tuesday and in line with other polling over the years asked: "To ensure its safety, should the United States always spend at least three times as much on defense as any other nation?" This question mislabels the military "defense," which most of it isn't, and claims the interest of "safety," albeit in the context of other questions about spending money, and yet only 25% of voters said yes, while 40% said no and 35% were not sure.

Two Images of Revolution

Two Images of Revolution

from Twitter - not sure whom to credit

Hosni Mubarak will you please go now!

Hosni Mubarak will you please go now!
The time has come.
The time has come.
The time is now.
Just go.
Go.
Go!
I don't care how.
You can go by foot.
You can go by cow.
Hosni Mubarak will you please go now!
You can go on skates.
You can go on skis.
You can go in a hat.
But
Please go.
Please!
I don't care.
You can go
By bike.
You can go
On a Zike-Bike
If you like.
If you like
You can go
In an old blue shoe.
Just go, go, GO!
Please do, do, do, DO!
Hosni Mubarak
I don't care how.
Hosni Mubarak
Will you please
GO NOW!
You can go on stilts.
You can go by fish.
You can go in a Crunk-Car
If you wish.
If you wish
You may go
By lion's tale.
Or stamp yourself
And go by mail.
Hosni Mubarak
Don't you know
The time has come
To go, go, GO!
Get on your way!
Please Hosni M.!
You might like going in a Zumble-Zay.
You can go by balloon . . .
Or broomstick.
Or
You can go by camel
In a bureau drawer.
You can go by bumble-boat
. . . or jet.
I don't care how you go.
Just get!
Hosni Mubarak!
I don't care how.
Hosni Mubarak
Will you please
GO NOW!
I said
GO
And
GO
I meant . . .
The time had come
So . . .
Hosni WENT."

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With thanks to Dr. Seuss, Marvin K. Mooney, Art Buchwald, and Richard M. Nixon.

Afghan Civilian Deaths Hit Record Levels In 2010

By Amanda Terkel, Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- At least 2,421 civilians were killed in Afghanistan last year, a record high since the U.S. invasion in 2001, according to a new report.

The report, released Tuesday by the Kabul-based Afghan Rights Monitor, said more than 3,270 civilians were also injured in conflict-related security incidents. That works out to roughly six to seven noncombatants killed and eight to nine wounded in the war each day.

The report blamed armed opposition groups (AOGs) for 63 percent of the civilian deaths and U.S.-NATO coalition forces for 21 percent of them. It criticized "AOGs for their deliberate killing and harassing of civilian communities and the US-NATO for their labeling of almost every war casualty as being 'suspected insurgent.'"

Poll: Americans Dramatically Underestimate What Their Government Spends on Its Military

From Rasmussen

Voters are fairly evenly divided as to whether the federal government spends too much or too little on national defense, but most also appear to dramatically underestimate how much is actually spent.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 27% of Likely Voters say the United States does not spend enough money on the military and national security. Thirty-two percent (32%) say America spends too much on defense, while a plurality (37%) thinks the nation spends about the right amount. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Kucinich Tells Mubarak That's Not Good Enough

Kucinich: “There is an Election Right Now in Egypt – a Voice Vote of Millions”

Mubarak says he won’t seek reelection

Washington D.C. (February 1, 2011) – Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today released the following statement after Egyptian President Hosni Barak announced that he would not step down but not seek reelection.

“Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak today announced that he would remain in power but not seek reelection in the fall. President Mubarak’s attempts thus far to appease the Egyptian people through the reshuffling of his cabinet, pledges of constitutional reforms, purported dialogue with opposition parties and the appointment of a successor have been futile. Reports indicate that the Administration, through diplomatic channels, has urged Mubarak not to run again when presidential elections are to be held later this year. But it is not up to Washington to decide what the people of Egypt have already decided themselves.

The Project on Defense Alternatives Exposes Truth of Pentagon's Proposed Budget Cuts

Pentagon Resists Deficit Reduction
Rollback in Planned Budget Falls Far Short of Deficit Reduction Goals – Puts Fiscal Reform at Risk
PDA Briefing Memo 46, 26 January 2011
PDF

Some highlights:

Bottom line: On 6 January 2010, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates offered to roll back planned budgeting for the Pentagon by as much as $78 billion over five years (2012-2016) from the levels projected in 2010 by the Obama administration. By contrast, a broad spectrum of deficit-reduction plans (including the one by the President’s Fiscal Reform Commission) have sought defense cuts
for the same period in the range of $300 billion to $450 billion.
# Although described as a “cut,” Gates’ offer would allow defense spending to rise steadily over the next five years.

I'm Going to Florida

David Swanson and Nicolas "Sandy" Davies in South Florida on Feb. 26, 2011

Click for flyer (PDF):

David Swanson will discuss and sign copies of "War Is A Lie".
Sandy Davies will discuss and sign copies of "Blood on Our Hands".

3-5 p.m. Saturday, February 26, 2011
Saint Andrews Estates South Auditorium
6045 Verde Trail South
Boca Raton, FL 33433

PLEASE RSVP to nparker0511 at gmail dot com
561-702-4174

Sponsored by Progressive Democrats of America

CPAC to Give Rumsfeld "Defending the Constitution" Award

February 10, 2011, 4:00pm
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
Washington, DC
That's where you should be to help present Donald Rumsfeld with a very serious award for his noble defense of the mythical document the Tea Party refers to mysteriously as "The Constitution," not to be confused with any document available in print.

This PDF schedule of CPAC's upcoming festivities opens on February 10 with Michele Bachmann (everybody take three steps to your left so she can see you), and goes straight into gay bashing.

By late morning on February 10th, instead of the usual protest of the Citizens United decision that any other gathering of Americans would feature, this one will include the Citizens United group itself performing a dramatization of the dangers of a nuclear Iran. "Explosive!"

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