Egypt

The project for a new Arab century - Mohammed Khan, 22 Feb 2011

The project for a new Arab century

The birth pangs of a new Middle East are being felt, but not in the way many outsiders envisioned.

One constituency the US has long ignored in the Arab world is the people.

No sooner did former US president George W. Bush come into power in January 2001 than a much vaunted neo-conservative doctrine came into full swing, wreaking havoc across the Middle East. Throughout the eight years of the Bush presidency, the levers of power - the political, the economic, the scholarly and, importantly, the military - were all employed towards one ultimate goal: The project for the new American century.

Bush's neo-con backers had prepared the manual for his presidency well before time. With their man in power, the greatest force of Western power since the Roman Empire set about changing the world in the name of neo-conservatism, to "promote American global leadership", we were told.

Stealing Egypt's revolution - David Africa, Al Jazeera, 180211.

Stealing Egypt's revolution

The people on the streets of Cairo got rid of their old enemy, Hosni Mubarak. Now they should be wary of new friends.
David Africa Last Modified: 18 Feb 2011 07:05 GMT

How ironic! A regime that has been sustained since 1979 by US funds to the tune of $2billion annually - and functioned in the interest of Western governments - falls, and we see a sudden deluge of statements welcoming the long overdue change in the country, applauding the bravery of the Egyptian people and even demonising Hosni Mubarak.

One could be fooled into believing the transformation currently taking place in Egypt is one that has been fought for by Western governments for years already - a long-sought change finally materialising.

Who would say that successive US, British and European governments have long argued that Egyptians, indeed all Arabs, are not ready for democracy - that "special circumstances" demand the denial of democracy, and that the brutality visited on them for thirty years was better than the risk of a free vote?

Women of the revolution

WikiLeaks: Egypt’s New Man at the Top 'Was Against Reform'

The military leader charged with transforming Egypt opposed political reform because he believed that it “eroded central government power”, according to leaked US diplomatic cables.

By Christopher Hope, and Steven Swinford February 16, 2011 "The Telegraph" - -

Celebrating the Egyptian revolution at the Spire Dublin 13th February 2011

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