Turmoil in oppressive totalitarian Apartheid 'Arab world'
Turmoil in oppressive totalitarian Apartheid 'Arab world'
If the uprising will lead to more democracy - less dictatorship, more equality - less Arab racism and apartheid (against non-Arabs or agaisnt non-pure-Arabs), more honesty - less "unifiying the Arab world only by pseudo blaming the west and Zionists for its own flaws," more freedom - less totalitarianism, more tolerance - less anti-semitism, then, that's a good thing. However, if radical Islam will abuse this 'breach' of security to further its 'Islamic domination' goal, than, that world sees an even more bleak future. Moreso in face of Islamic Republic of Iran's global aspirations and actions, the Mullahcracy that loves to stir rouble all over the world especially in the M.E. and gained some succcess -recently- in Lebanon despite anti-Hezbollah pro-freedom protests there.
However, if radical Islam will abuse this 'breach' of security to further its 'Islamic domination' goal, than, that world sees an even more bleak future. Moreso in face of Islamic Republic of Iran's global aspirations and actions, the Mullahcracy that loves to stir rouble all over the world especially in the M.E. and gained some succcess -recently- in Lebanon despite anti-Hezbollah pro-freedom protests there.
OPPRESSION, DICTATORSHIP IN THE ARAB WORLD
Internet Shut Down as Egypt Braces for Huge Protests http://www.voanews.com/english/news/middle-east/Internet-Shut-Down-as-Egypt-Braces-for-Huge-Protests-114786364.html
Waves of Unrest Spread to Yemen, Shaking a Region http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/28/world/middleeast/28unrest.html
Canada urges Yemen to allow 'freedom of expression' AFP - "Canada calls for all parties to remain calm, and continue to respect freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law. We urge all parties to refrain ... http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5h8B2VkRbMx0MaHzim7XbT4ruGKjA?docId=CNG.59420fe4e8128ad5e1e65ae78e6d4293.10d1
ALGERIA: Revolution Is In The Air Strategy Page
[...]The only problem here is avoiding the leaders of the revolution from establishing another. That is supposed to be avoided via democracy, but some of the democracies established in the wake of the 1989-91 collapse of communist governments turned into dictatorships pretending to be democracies. Most of the Arab states are already doing that, and the patronage and corruption system dictatorships thrive on is more resilient that the dictators themselves. Thus while the dictator of Tunisia (Zine al Abedine Ben Ali) may have been gone for two weeks, thousands of his cronies (government ministers and bureaucrats) are hanging on to power. This will always happen, and is difficult to deal with, as many government employees have needed skills for keeping basic government functions going. In Tunisia, it’s been a struggle in the last two weeks to force out Ben Ali's key henchmen, the guys who actually supervised the details of oppression and corruption. These guys are often less able to flee into comfortable exile, and the further down the food chain you go, the more desperation you will encounter.
Another unique factor in Tunisia was the small size (and budget) of the armed forces. Most Arab dictatorships lavish more money on more soldiers (especially the officers and NCOs). In Tunisia, Ben Ali had little oil wealth or foreign aid for the military, no hostile neighbors, and the officers felt less pampered and loyal, and willing to kill protestors . In Egypt, Libya and Algeria, there are more soldiers more willing to kill for the boss. But in all these nations, most of the soldiers have friends or kin who are unemployed and unhappy. Many children of the ruling class support change, even if it hurts their economic situation. If enough people get caught up in the idea of change, it's hard to stop. http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/algeria/articles/20110128.aspx
Another demonstration in an Arab-led country. This time: Yemen News-Worthy Information - News-worthy.info — Again, demonstration to topple a country's dictatorship in Arab world. Thousands of Yemenis demonstrated against their country's ... http://www.news-worthy.info/another-demonstration-in-an-arab-led-country-this-time-yemen/6835/
Arab world unrest has Jordan's king under pressure http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ihO4xaxRn_2SU-croIKW21y4pHIg?docId=d0586c45c1f14f4c9865fa2affc8b998
Seizing a Moment, Al Jazeera Taps Arab Anger New York Times - Robert F. Worth - David D. Kirkpatrick [...] “The notion that there is a common struggle across the Arab world is .... role is to release the Arab people from oppression,” said Mr. Krichen, the anchor. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/28/world/middleeast/28jazeera.html?_r=1
Stirrings on the Arab street put people power on move Herald Scotland [...]
For too long, efforts to persuade the Arab world to embrace such a system have ... and power than many Arabs, cowed by decades of oppression, dared dream. http://www.heraldscotland.com/comment/guest-commentary/stirrings-on-the-arab-street-put-people-power-on-move-1.1082313
Amnesty: Tunisian Security Forces Acted Brutally http://www.voanews.com/english/news/usa/Amnesty-Brutality-by-Tunisian-Security-Forces-114730259.html
Detained Tunisian cleric previously deported from Canada and France San Diego Union Tribune - Elizabeth Aguilera, Nathan Max - A history of derisive religious and political views and an international criminal past mark the Tunisian Muslim Cleric who snuck into ... http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/jan/27/illegal-immigrant-said-jaziri-was-deported-from-ca/
UN Human Rights Mission Begins in Tunisia http://www.voanews.com/english/news/africa/UN-Human-Rights-Mission-Begins-In-Tunisia-114718424.html
Tunisia: Al-Jazeera's Islamist Revolution http://www.hudson-ny.org/1835/tunisia-al-jazeera-islamist-revolution
Deadly Political Unrest Continues In Egypt NPR We're seeing protests breaking out in Algeria, in Jordan, in Yemen. There is real fear in the Arabian Peninsula nations. For example, in Kuwait, ... http://www.npr.org/2011/01/27/133274001/Political-Unrest-Continues-In-Egpyt
Three (Middle Eastern) Perspectives on Recent Events in Arab World Middle East Media Research Institute http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/4952.htm
RACISM, BIGOTRY IN THE 'APARTHEID ARAB WORLD'
The Arab world must face its demons Aljazeera.net - 9 Jan 2011
Attacks on Christians are a wake-up call for fragmented Arab societies where disenfranchisement breeds bigotry.
[...] There is, undeniably, a misconception that Christians in the Arab world are an ... Arab governments are more likely to censor opposition media than bigoted ... The hate in our midst
But this is not to say that Arab societies do not also bear the blame for nurturing the bigotry and hate in our midst.
The attacks on Christian worshippers, first in Iraq and now in Egypt, should serve as a wake-up call for the governments and citizens of the Arab world.
The region's social cohesion has for some time been at risk of total implosion. Repression and economic disenfranchisement have bred extremism, particularly among the young - many of whom despair of a secure, let alone successful, future. http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/01/20111984740173586.html
Rage Against the Regime Newsweek - Anastasia Taylor-Lind A young Christian calling herself Sally says she came home from London to support ... I am very worried that these protests will turn into violent ones. http://www.newsweek.com/2011/01/30/rage-against-the-regime.html
Coptic journalist rips moderate Muslims for rising bigotry against Christians January 06, 2011 Catholic Culture - 6 Jan 2011 Writing in Al-Ahram-- a government-owned newspaper that is Egypt’s most popular-- Hani Shukrallah lamented the transformation of Egyptian society from a nation tolerant of Christians to an increasingly bigoted one in which a church bombing can take place. Shukrallah, a Coptic Christian and a former editor of the paper, writes:
It is not easy to empty Egypt of its Christians; they’ve been here for as long as there has been Christianity in the world. Close to a millennium and half of Muslim rule did not eradicate the nation’s Christian community, rather it maintained it sufficiently strong and sufficiently vigorous so as to play a crucial role in shaping the national, political and cultural identity of modern Egypt. Yet now, two centuries after the birth of the modern Egyptian nation state, and as we embark on the second decade of the 21stcentury, the previously unheard of seems no longer beyond imagining: a Christian-free Egypt, one where the cross will have slipped out of the crescent’s embrace, and off the flag symbolizing our modern national identity … [M]ost of all, I accuse the millions of supposedly moderate Muslims among us; those who’ve been growing more and more prejudiced, inclusive and narrow minded with every passing year. I accuse those among us who would rise up in fury over a decision to halt construction of a Muslim Center near ground zero in New York, but applaud the Egyptian police when they halt the construction of a staircase in a Coptic church in the Omranya district of Greater Cairo.http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=8820
Sudan: A nation driven apart by Muslim bigotry Telegraph.co.uk - Con Coughlin - 12 Jan 2011
And worryingly, the seemingly irreparable rift between Sudan's Christian and Muslim communities is being replicated in many parts of the Arab world, ... http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/columnists/concoughlin/8255854/Sudan-A-nation-driven-apart-by-Muslim-bigotry.html
Expose 'apartheid' charge's real agenda
11 Mar 2010 ... Apartheid was a totalitarian system, not unlike many Arab regimes today. ... of governance – not unlike many of the regimes in the Arab world today. .... away from its oppression and even killings of Christians and Jews. ...
Let's launch 'Arab Apartheid Week'
By MICHAEL FREUND
Arab states remain the last great outpost of despotism and tyranny.
Naturally, behind the sloganeering stands a clear political platform, one which essentially seeks to dismantle the Jewish state by stripping it of territory and flooding the country with millions of Palestinian refugees through the so-called right of return.
The first step in this campaign, of course, is to equate Israel with the evils of apartheid-era South Africa, thereby laying the groundwork for increased diplomatic and economic pressure to make far-reaching concessions. And so, as usual, the only democracy in the Middle East
once again finds itself on the receiving end of yet another indefensible canard, accused of one of modernity's greatest political sins without any basis or justification.
SIMPLY PUT, this slur cannot be allowed to stand. It is an insult to Israel and its democracy and dangerously analogous to asserting that Zionism is a form of racism. If allowed to take hold in the public's consciousness, it could have far-reaching and extremely damaging
effects on support for Israel in the near- and long-term. In the past, the typical response by pro-Israel activists to such charges has been to go on the defensive, responding to the slanders and explaining in great detail the myriad differences between democratic Israel and the racist regime that once ruled South Africa.
Well, I say the time has come to stop playing defense and to bring the offense out onto the field. We need to turn the tables and fight back against our opponents by taking the struggle toward their end-zone.
A good place to be start would be to organize an annual "Arab Apartheid Week," which would highlight the decrepit state of human and political rights throughout the Arab world.
There is a solid case to be made that the Arab states remain the last great outpost of despotism and tyranny on earth, and people need to be reminded as much. Indeed, the Arab world today is a living encyclopedia of outmoded forms of government, from sultanates such as Oman and emirates such as Qatar, to thuggish dictatorships such as Syria and dynastic monarchies along the lines of Jordan. It may be a political scientist's dream, but it is a nightmare for the hundreds of millions of Arabs chafing under oppression and tyranny.
Basic and fundamental freedoms such as personal autonomy and individual rights are routinely trampled upon, and ethnic and religious minority groups suffer extreme discrimination and intolerance. Just ask Coptic Christians in Egypt, Baha'is in Iran or Shi'ites in Saudi Arabia for starters.
This was borne out most recently by a report issued by Freedom House, the independent Washington-based group that advocates for freedom worldwide. Its annual survey, "Freedom in the World 2010," would make for eye-opening reading for all those who cry "apartheid" whenever they see a flag with a Star of David.
How much anti-Semitism is too much? Jerusalem Post - Anne Bayefsky - 15 Jan 2011
[...]Recent WikiLeaks cables reveal that diplomats at the UN are haunted by a thorny question: How much UN-driven anti-Semitism is too much? The original UN was built on the ashes of the Jewish people and owes its human rights foundations to the victims of the Holocaust. At today's UN, we have now learned, diplomats hunker down near the General Assembly hall "listening outside with headphones on" trying to figure out the extent of the hate-speech that those on the inside should endure before walking out.
The particular subject of the WikiLeaks cable from US officials in Stockholm was a September 2009 assembly speech by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Sweden held the EU's rotating presidency, and it fell upon Swedish diplomats to decide when Ahmadinejad had crossed pre-arranged "red lines." As it turned out, some EU members walked out of the speech, while Sweden stayed put. According to the cable, the Swedes were upset by the "embarrassing lack of EU coordination" – not by the bigotry broadcast over the UN global megaphone.
What had the Europeans confused would seem to be Jewish conspiracy theory 101. Ahmadinejad had used his UN platform to describe Jews as "a small minority [who] dominate the politics, economy and culture of major parts of the world by its complicated networks, and establish a new form of slavery... to attain its racist ambitions." Yet this roused a mere 11 of the UN's 192 members from their seats, including the US. Israel had chosen not to attend.
Five months earlier in April 2009, Ahmadinejad had mounted another UN-provided stage in Geneva and began by denying the Holocaust, claiming that the "Zionist regime" had been created "under the pretext of Jewish sufferings." At this "antiracism" gathering (dubbed "Durban 2") he continued: "The word Zionism personifies racism that falsely resorts to religion and abuses religious sentiments to hide their hatred and ugly faces." This time UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon remained glued to their chairs. Nine states, including the US and Israel, had decided to boycott beforehand, while the remaining EU states and a few others belatedly got up and left.
In September 2010 Ahmadinejad used his UN invitation to New York to suggest that 9/11 was an inside job – "segments within the US government orchestrated the attack" for the sake of "the Zionist regime." On this occasion seven countries, including the US, headed for the doors. Israel had previously figured out it was not worth going.
PLAYING MUSICAL chairs is not the only response to UN-based anti- Semitism. The vast majority listen attentively and many applaud. Sometimes no one moves at all. On June 8, 2010, the Syrian representative lectured the UN Human Rights Council: "Israel... is a state that is built on hatred... Let me quote a song that a group of children on a school bus in Israel sing merrily as they go to school and I quote ‘With my teeth I will rip your flesh. With my mouth I will suck your blood.'"
The Obama administration, which chose to join this council, had a representative present, and neither he nor any other council member budged. UN officials, who routinely interrupt anything they deem insulting to Muslim states, said nothing.
Years of UN-driven anti-Semitism have clearly deadened the nerve endings of democracies. On November 29 and 30, 2010 the UN General Assembly sponsored its annual UN Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People followed by the usual anti- Israel agenda items.
From center stage in New York via Libya and Syria came the following: "Zionism, in reality, is the worst form of racism"; "The cancerous settlement in all the Palestinian territories"; "Israel shows and rears its ugly face"; "The word Israel has become synonymous with words such as aggression, killing, racism, terrorism."
Numerous states voiced their opposition to "Judaization" – UN vocabulary for the crime of any Jew on any Arab territory. They bellowed about Israeli "butchering," "apartheid," "ethnic cleansing," "genocide," "racism," "brutality," "crimes against humanity," "torture," "killing in cold blood" and "barbarism." Guilt started "over 60 years ago" – that is, with Israel's creation.
It would not have been difficult for listeners to discern that the fabrication of a cancerous Jewish state with its bloodthirsty ugly Jewish occupants was anti-Semitism. But not a single country moved. No UN gavel interrupted the speakers. Just the diplomatic niceties of thanking and bowing before Mr. President and Mr. Ambassador, and excellencies and distinguished delegates.
By the end of a year of double-standards, discrimination and hate-mongering 80 percent of all 2010 General Assembly resolutions criticizing specific countries for human rights violations were directed at the Jewish state. Only six of the remaining 191 UN member states faced human rights criticism at all, one of which was the US. And now half of the country-specific condemnatory resolutions and decisions ever adopted by the UN Human Rights Council target Israel... http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Op-EdContributors/Article.aspx?id=203738
Jew-hatred's other face
Op-ed: BDS campaigns promote intentionally ugly, one-dimensional representation of Israel
Moshe Dann Published: 01.14.11, 00:45
Anti-Semites around the world have found a new and more subtle form of attack: Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaigns.
The Ramallah-based Palestinian BDS National Committee, an umbrella organization for dozens of Palestinian organizations supported by the Palestinian Authority, is a global movement. Behind anti-Israel actions by churches, unions and student groups, it is aided by the Muslim Brotherhood, with branches in 70 countries, and hundreds of campus and civic/social organizations and anti-Israel NGOs.
Wielding clichés like "apartheid," "war crimes," "stealing Palestinian land," "oppressing Palestinians," and "end the occupation," these groups seek to delegitimize and isolate Israel as part of their program to destroy Israel.
No need for swastikas and terrorism; Arab and Muslim countries and organizations have developed a sophisticated propaganda campaign, joined by..., socialists and anarchists dedicated to Israel's demise. Bedecked with ethics, law and justice, they insist that Israel withdraw to the 1949 Armistice lines, or 1947 UN proposed boundaries, leaving it vulnerable to terrorists. Their weapons are non-violent resistance that appeals to a sense of idealism and fair play, civil and human rights. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4013059,00.html
American Thinker: Apartheid is Alive and Well in Araby 3 Mar 2010 ... But there most certainly is Arab apartheid imposed upon Jews, who are denied ... and that apartheid is alive and well within the Arab world. ... http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/03/apartheid_is_alive_and_well_in.html
Let's launch 'Arab Apartheid Week' 11 Mar 2010 ... Indeed, the Arab world today is a living encyclopedia of outmoded forms ... An annual Arab Apartheid Week, held on campuses and at community ... http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Columnists/Article.aspx?ID=170729
What About The Arab Apartheid? :: Hudson New York 16 Mar 2010 ... Let us take a look now at what is happening to the Palestinians in the Arab world. Or is something the organizers of Israel Apartheid Week ... http://www.hudson-ny.org/1111/what-about-the-arab-apartheid
Dhimmi Victims Gallery - DHIMMI :: Coalition for the Defense of Human Rights...Dhimmi Victims Gallery
BANGLADESH These Bangladeshi women are just some of the countless Hindu rape victims terrorized by Muslim militants in Bangladesh.... SUDAN... To date, the Jihad in Sudan has claimed the lives of two millionAfrican Christians and animists. Thousands of other have been enslaved, raped, and maimed. Today there is a creeping genocide that threatens the people of Southern Sudan...
IRAN... The Bahai community constitutes Iran’s largest religious minority group. Today they are facing a creeping genocide, as the Islamic fundamentalist regime in Tehran seeks to systematically intimidate, suppress, convert, and murder members of the Bahai faith. A secret Iranian government document, discovered in 1993, reveals the government’s attempt to slowly and steadily decimate the Bahai community, by rendering them second-class citizens through a system of apartheid which the New York Times compared to the Nuremberg Laws of Nazi Germany. Today, the Bahai of Iran are an endangered people. Without the help of the international human rights community, this vital religious community will soon become extinct...
PAKISTAN... The Pakistani Christian community is subject to constant harassment and discrimination by the Muslim government and local tribal rulers. They are becoming an endangered people as their numbers dwindle in the face of persecution, intimidation, and intermittent violence.
Apartheid that distinguishes Muslims and non-Muslims in Saudi Arabia. Much like the Jim Crow laws of the old South, Saudi law creates a two-tier society in which non-Muslims are denied the right to practice their religion, travel freely, and even be buried on Saudi soil. Christians living in Saudi Arabia are subject to violence, intimidation, and imprisonment. The victims of this government-sponsored discrimination are often Christian migrant workers, who are unable to protect themselves from the government’s programmatic discrimination. Without the help of the international human rights community, the Christians of Saudi Arabia will continue to be the victims of religious apartheid... ISRAEL... Hebrew University, home to Jewish and Arab students, was targeted by Jihadist radicals. ... Jordan's Christian minority is subject to a system of religious discrimination imposed by Islamic courts that oppress this small and shrinking religious minority..
The case for Israel - Page 59
Alan M. Dershowitz - 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 264 pages
... governments had an apartheid-like system under which Dhimmis—a religious category that includes Jews and Christians...