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Egypt Protesters Dispersed By Military Using Tasers And Batons

Egypt Protesters Dispersed By Military Using Tasers And Batons

Commented Apr 10, 2011 at 04:16:16 in World

“You follow the cheerleaders, others follow the play.

Whatever the role(s) of famous and infamous agencies, this game still has a way to go.”

david5000 on Apr 10, 2011 at 04:19:50

“Time stand still for the fools on the stationary bikes. they keep running to nowhere.”
Egypt Protesters Dispersed By Military Using Tasers And Batons

Egypt Protesters Dispersed By Military Using Tasers And Batons

Commented Apr 10, 2011 at 04:09:21 in World

“Have not seen any English-language links, but pomegrante is right, there was a large anti-Israeli demonstration at the embassy on 9 April. Don't think "siege" would be right word for it though. This was probably not covered because something much much bigger was happening at the same time across the river in Tahrir Square...”
Saif Gaddafi: His Father's Son Or Libya's Reformer?

Saif Gaddafi: His Father's Son Or Libya's Reformer?

Commented Apr 10, 2011 at 03:32:29 in World

“How common is real concern for "legality" in major power activities outside their own borders???

US and European citizens should ask for an accounting for actions in entire Arab region (and no doubt elsewhere), not just what is called North Africa”
Organic Chickens Have Less Salmonella Than Conventional Chickens, Study Says

Organic Chickens Have Less Salmonella Than Conventional Chickens, Study Says

Commented Mar 31, 2011 at 03:47:46 in Home

“Does anyone who has no problem with eating non-organic, non-free range animals know precisely what else they are getting with their meat besides antibiotics?

Unfortunately state social, economic and other policies are not primarily oriented towards the promotion of health (whether human or more broadly ecological).”

Adam Betz on Mar 31, 2011 at 12:19:13

“Probably not .... quantities and doses of antibiotics given to farm-raised animals is not one of those things that are printed on food packaging labels. And even if a law was passed to make it so, it would be tough to implement - meat packaging and processing facilities take in animals from a variety of different sources, with different methods in how they are raised. Given that, it would be nearly impossible to say precisely where the origin of meat came from.

The problem is that organic / free-range does not protect you from this problem, either. Unless you are buying directly from the farmer themselves, can you honestly say you know where your meat came from, and under what conditions it was raised?

Most people would prefer to eat organic meat, as I think its commonly believed that organic is healthier than conventional (I also believe this). But once again, the biggest decision factor for consumers at the grocery store falls on price.”
U.S. Develops Cellphone 'Panic Button' For Pro-Democracy Activists

U.S. Develops Cellphone 'Panic Button' For Pro-Democracy Activists

Commented Mar 28, 2011 at 06:57:46 in Technology

“Don't think there will be a way to limit access to such potentially helpful technology to "the good guys n gals" - but it may be a way to even the odds a bit. I especially like the instant wipe-out of names and addresses.

On the other hand, in some situations there may be something to be said for homing pigeons.”

checkmoot on Mar 28, 2011 at 11:01:02

“It's coming a little too late for Tiger Woods.”
San Diego Dolphin Deaths Linked To Navy Training

San Diego Dolphin Deaths Linked To Navy Training

Commented Mar 28, 2011 at 06:33:16 in Green

“Unfortunately you are sooooooooo right.”
huffingtonpost entry

Iran Protests: Hundreds Of Thousands March, Tear Gas Fired

Commented Mar 27, 2011 at 07:34:11 in World

“You need to do a lot more critical reading of the long and painful history of this incredible region, friend. Such absolute certainties may be ok in our relationship with God, but they too easily can generate horrors in our relationships with the rest of mankind. The issues "in and of the world" are not so straightforward as you seem to think.

By the way, I also think many of those responding to your comment could also do with some careful reading in the historical experiments of Islamic theory and practice in government/governance prior to Napoleon's invasion of Egypt. If they are really interested in these issues, of course.”
Egypt Moves To Criminalize Some Protests

Egypt Moves To Criminalize Some Protests

Commented Mar 27, 2011 at 07:05:41 in World

“1 The title of this piece doesn't seem to have anything to do with its content?

2 Re "The charges are in stark contrast to the almost total freedom that security forces had during Mubarak's reign, when thousands of Egyptians faced humiliations large and small – ranging in severity from torture to paying off police to dodge falsified charges.": they ranged in severity from murder - see case of Khaled Saeed in Alexandria. One of the groupings that came together on 25 January called itself "We are all Khaled Saeed". To be noted that he was not the only one murdered by security forces over the years - just perhaps the most recent (prior to the uprising) and most public.”
huffingtonpost entry

If You Supported the No Fly Zone, Time to Reconsider

Commented Mar 26, 2011 at 11:56:59 in World

“When were politics and its extensions (ie war) ever altruistic?

Situations like that in Libya are a real challenge to the human spirit - don't think we have the answers yet. Whatever the merits or otherwise of the UN SC resolution 1973, I haven't seen any other practical and effective proposals as to how, at the end of the day, are rebellious Libyans to achieve their libertarian goals without being further butchered by their ruling regime. Those who called for ceasefires and negotiations while the SC was working out its resolution must not have known Gaddafi.”
Egypt Constitution Changes Pass Overwhelmingly In Referendum

Egypt Constitution Changes Pass Overwhelmingly In Referendum

Commented Mar 26, 2011 at 05:08:20 in World

“Tnks for this, and for link. Will follow with interest, tho' seems (haven't looked at closely yet) most focussed on immediate tactics. Very important now, but I am more concerned about the long haul. Issue not just about secularists vs MB and NDP (which was "secularist" for its own reasons), as if that isn't problematic enough, but about democratization process itself. For the moment, the institutional trappings of the transitional path Egypt is on just now - unless more popular pressure is brought to bear to change these - will make the movement to real democratization longer and more difficult.

Ref the splinterings mentioned: the "Islamists" are not a uniform body, and the biggest group (MB) are not the scariest. Within MB there are now at least 3 clear currents. Even within the Salafists there are differences. One good thing that has happened after 25 January is that these groupings are now above-ground. This widens public space for discussion and argument, potentially making open debate possible, even with the most extreme.

Libertarian secularists will need to get their act together at "warp speed" not just to compete in the coming elections etc, but also to confront in open and society-wide debate AND action the spectrum of discourses, diatribes and corrupting influences of the old entrenched socio-political groupings and the institutions which have been their home (media/press; security; legislative; etc). That's the long haul.

Clearly more sweat and tears, hopefully no more blood, will be needed.”

GZLives on Mar 26, 2011 at 11:09:00

“Yes, agreed. I have my fingers crossed for them”
Egypt Constitution Changes Pass Overwhelmingly In Referendum

Egypt Constitution Changes Pass Overwhelmingly In Referendum

Commented Mar 25, 2011 at 14:15:14 in World

“FYI secularist groups called for the demos that began 25 January, but what brought Mubarak down was that they were joined within the following days by hundreds of thousands and then millions of demonstrators all over the country. If that hadn't occured, nothing would have changed. Egyptian activists have been demonstrating and protesting in different ways - and paying a heavy price for it - for years. But this time all classes and political currents joined in, and in force, in a unique and overwhelming unity. Amongst those in Tahrir Square after the first days were the youth of the Muslim Brotherhood, who played an undeniable role in "holding" the Square against Mubarak's thugs. Secularist groupings certainly have a lot of work to do, both in the short term and for the long haul. But, interestingly, after the shared experiences of those critical weeks in Jan/Feb 2011 I think we will also be seeing splinterings within the "political islam" movements in the coming period.”

GZLives on Mar 25, 2011 at 14:37:32

“"I think we will also be seeing splinterin­gs within the "political islam" movements in the coming period. "

Just finished reading Sandmonkey's latest which you may find interesting

He's posted a piece written by Ramy Yaacoub regarding the ongoing subject of reform and upcoming election and the various political groups competing. The secularists seem to need to put things together in warp speed to compete with the MB and NDP.

Don't know if this speaks directly to your comments about "splintering within the political Islam movements", but there was a mention of it in regard to the recent referendum.

Yaacoub writes :
"Meanwhile, other forces in the country, as the Islamic political movements, namely Muslim brotherhood, etc, have consolidated their efforts to legitimize the Parliament. Successfully doing so with the passage of the March 19, 2011 referendum"

Here's the link to the rest of it
http://www.sandmonkey.org/
Egypt Constitution Changes Pass Overwhelmingly In Referendum

Egypt Constitution Changes Pass Overwhelmingly In Referendum

Commented Mar 25, 2011 at 13:48:22 in World

“1 - You don't know Egypt
2 - Perhaps Iran would be better than Mubarak
3 - You don't know Egypt”
Egypt Constitution Changes Pass Overwhelmingly In Referendum

Egypt Constitution Changes Pass Overwhelmingly In Referendum

Commented Mar 25, 2011 at 13:45:42 in World

“Those activists are still there and pushing, alive and kicking. We should not forget that this is overwhelmingly an Islamic population, after all, but also that its "brand"of Islam is traditionally quite moderate. The real issue now is that the path to democracy will be determined by the stresses and strains of the current transition process - likely to be bumpy and full of ruts, unfortunately, after decades of political desertification. But who said the path of any real revolution can be smooth?”
Putin: Libya Intervention Is like 'Crusades'

Putin: Libya Intervention Is like 'Crusades'

Commented Mar 21, 2011 at 10:05:51 in World

“You both forgot Afghanistan?”
Putin: Libya Intervention Is like 'Crusades'

Putin: Libya Intervention Is like 'Crusades'

Commented Mar 21, 2011 at 09:57:35 in World

“Ex-KGB Putin's virtually a brother in arms with Gaddafi when it comes to murdering his own people, he should talk.”
Egypt Constitution Changes Pass Overwhelmingly In Referendum

Egypt Constitution Changes Pass Overwhelmingly In Referendum

Commented Mar 21, 2011 at 05:48:06 in World

“Very true, the path of democratisation in any country cannot be laid out in advance, as if to some blueprint.

The greatest thing about the referendum was the unprecedented participation, because people believed their vote would really be counted - which clearly is what happened. However real democracy is not only about degrees of participation. It also includes - among other things - understanding clearly the nature and consequences of what you are participating in. Decades of dictatorship do not generate a cultural soil that is immediately ready for democracy - esp in a country where an estimated 40% are at or below the poverty line, and illiteracy of ca 25 - 45% (depending on the source).

I visited several polling stations, and talked to many. Most who said they voted yes did so because (a) they were influenced by the massive rallying calls - esp in poorer areas of Egypt - of the Muslim Brotherhood and other groupings within "political islam" further to their right; (b) because they want a blueprint (stability and security, as they put it), and a yes vote seemed to guarantee it; (c) the slot for the ÿes" vote was green, whereas the one for "no" was black; etc.

The road to freedom in Egypt will be a long one (not a surprising thing), and the way this constitutional referendum was carried out will make it longer, and perhaps more difficult.

So Egyptians, up and at "em!”
Gaddafi Tells Rebels To Surrender

Gaddafi Tells Rebels To Surrender

Commented Mar 17, 2011 at 06:45:42 in World

“Tnks for quick response. Me too - but have reached different conclusions re what's worse, tho do not believe the rebels are angels. Perhaps u'v been looking at very different (re)sources than I hv, wld appreciate egs?”
Gaddafi Tells Rebels To Surrender

Gaddafi Tells Rebels To Surrender

Commented Mar 16, 2011 at 13:38:18 in World

“You sound very sure - where do you get your information?”

aisabri on Mar 17, 2011 at 06:45:42

“Tnks for quick response. Me too - but have reached different conclusions re what's worse, tho do not believe the rebels are angels. Perhaps u'v been looking at very different (re)sources than I hv, wld appreciate egs?”

GravitonX on Mar 16, 2011 at 14:52:04

“Years of reading about this region, other regions, revolutions, and world politics in general...and careful assessment.”