Friday, February 22, 2008

Will the CIA topple Egypt's Mubarak?


In Egypt, annual GDP growth has been nearly 7% since 2005. Exports have grown at 20% a year. In 2007, Cairo's stock exchange 'was the world's hottest'. (Egypt's political and economic problems )

But, Hosni Mubarak's time as President of Egypt may be coming to an end.

According to The Economist, 16 February 2008, "Citizens in five of the country's 26 governorates ... have been suffering a dire shortage of drinking water. Some villagers have blocked roads and demonstrated outside government offices in what the opposition press has dubbed a 'revolution of the thirsty'.

"Others are angry about the failure of wages to keep up with inflation. Labour activists have documented some 350 protests this year, including strikes by state-employed teachers, postmen and train drivers.

"This number is not large in a country of 75m, but as public-sector workers have traditionally been mobilised behind the ruling party independent labour action is a disturbing novelty." (Egypt's political and economic problems )





The USA may be looking for a replacement for Mubarak.

The USA is not happy with Mubarak.

According to Joel Beinin ( It's the Empire, Stupid ), on 21 February 2008, "In an uncharacteristically blunt criticism of the regime of President Husni Mubarak, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on February 13 that, "we have not been satisfied with Egypt's efforts" to control smuggling of weapons into Gaza through the tunnels under the border.

"Voices in and around the Israeli government have been beating the drums for a full-fledged invasion and reoccupation of the Gaza Strip as the only solution to this and other security problems."

Is the CIA going to use the Muslim Brotherhood to topple Mubarak? - Egypt's Opposition to Run in Elections

The Muslim Brotherhood, in 2005, won 88 seats in the lower house of parliament and became the country's largest opposition bloc.


According to an article entitled Egypt: strikes shake US ally, "Workers at the Ghazl el-Mahalla textile mill in Egypt staged a mass demonstration last Sunday (17 Feb 2008), calling for the end of the US-backed regime of Hosni Mubarak.

"The textile mill is the biggest in the Middle East. Its 27,000-strong workforce has been instrumental in forcing the regime into making economic concessions.

"The workers stormed out of their factory chanting, 'Down, down Hosni Mubarak! Your rule is shit!' As they spilled out into the Nile Delta town they were joined by up to 10,000 local people."

Egyptian newspaper Al Mesryoon recently reported that Mubarak's decision to allow Palestinians to enter Sinai wasn’t about the Palestinians rights but it was about his concern that Egyptian “Muslim Brothers” will use Hamas tactics to start a mutiny in some Egyptian cities. - Egyptian security searches for five Mossad agents entered Sinai

On 20 February 2008, Egyptian security forces arrested at least 70 members of the Muslim Brotherhood in predawn raids around the country, bringing the total number of members arrested in the past week to at least 150, writes Elijah Zarwan, from Egypt.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Maurice Templesman, Barrack Obama and the Congo

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Keith Harmon Snow, 9 February 2008, produced an article (Dissident Voice : Gertler’s Bling Bang Torah Gang) which makes the following points:

Maurice Templesman is one of the top funders of Barrack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Families like Templesman, Oppenheimer, Gertler and Steinmetz are associated with mining companies in the Congo.

In 2007 there was fighting in the Congo between Jean-Pierre Bemba and Joseph Kabila. Each wanted to be the one who could make money from deals with the mining companies.

Most ordinary Congolese earn less than a dollar a day and any attempts at strikes are likely to be put down with violence.

According to an article at CorpWatch, 25 April 2001, CorpWatch : Africa: U.S. Covert Action Exposed :

Declassified memos and cables between former U.S. presidents and State Department officials over the last four decades named Mr. Tempelsman with direct input in the destabilization of Congo, Sierra Leone, Angola, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Rwanda and Ghana.

He earned his stripes with western powers in the overthrow of Ghana's first elected president, Kwame Nkrumah, and the CIA-backed assassination of Congo's first-elected president, Patrice Lumumba, documents reveal.

As late as 1997, Mr. Tempelsman was named in the ongoing cover-up of U.S.-CIA covert support of the former president of Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo [DRC]), Mobuto Sese Seko, who died in exile in 1997 after the overthrow of his regime by recently assassinated Congolese President Laurent Kabila.

Mr. Tempelsman is named as the agent in charge of selling off the gross excess of the strategic diamond stockpile in the United States that was used to fund the deceased dictator's exploits.

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Sunday, February 10, 2008

The Battle for Africa

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Why might the USA and and its allies want to topple Kenya's president, Mwai Kibaki?

Does the USA believe that Kibaki has become too friendly with the Chinese?

The Chinese defence minister visited Kenya just before the elections and agreed to modernise Kenya's armed forces. (The sound of silence)

China's trade with Kenya is rising.

The Chinese have invested in mining and offshore oil exploration, plus some big infrastructure projects, such as new bypasses around Nairobi. (The sound of silence)

Kenya is the base for US intelligence operations in East Africa and the Horn of Africa. (Kenya: post-election violence continues)

There are newly discovered oil reserves in Eastern Congo. The oil is to be brought by pipeline through Kenya to Mombasa on the coast.

China is currently involved in major highway projects in Kenya." (Kenya: post-election violence continues)

Opposition leader Raila Odinga 'has encouraged his supporters in the Rift Valley to drive out Kikuyu farmers and seize their land... leaflets have come to light calling for ethnic killings. Tribal elders are known to have organised meetings to discuss attacks on their Kikuyu neighbours. Immediately the election result was known, the killings began in many separate areas of the country.' (Kenya: post-election violence continues)

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Africa, China's new frontier -

"One Chinese expert was so bold as to suggest that China needed eventually to send 300m people to Africa to solve its problems of over-population and pollution...

“'We have turned east, where the sun rises, and given our backs to the West, where the sun sets,' said Robert Mugabe predicting a new dawn for Africa thanks to the Chinese...

"His view is also shared by the West’s respected friend President Festus Mogae of Botswana, who runs arguably the best-managed country in black Africa. 'China treats us as equals, while the West treats us as former subjects,' he has said. 'That is the reality. I prefer the attitude of China to that of the West.'...

"Africa is now supplying a third of the oil fuelling China’s economic boom..." - Africa, China's new frontier

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South Africa becoming a failed state? - Wounded Nation

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Thursday, February 07, 2008

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"Kenya... is the base for US intelligence operations in East Africa and especially the Horn of Africa... The newly discovered oil reserves of Lake Albert in Eastern Congo are to be brought to the coast at Mombasa through a pipeline that will have to run right across the country... China is currently involved in major highway projects in Kenya." - Kenya: post-election violence continues


"Underlying the Chad conflict is a struggle to control the country's oil resources." - Oil resources at stake in Chad conflict


Mozambique price cuts after riots

Tanzanian PM to resign over graft

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