HIllary Clinton, (Tom Pickering, Louise Armour…) and the International Crisis Group (ICG) which appears to be a part of our foreign policy cabinet!
US Seretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton attends the In Pursuit of Peace Award Dinner by the Crisis Group at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on December 16, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images) “Hillary Clinton: I want to thank Louise [Armour] for her leadership and everyone on the board; the chairman, an old friend, Tom Pickering; Wolf Blitzer, thank you for giving of your time; and all the generous supporters here tonight. Because for more than 15 years, you have helped policy-makers see the world more clearly and respond to conflict more effectively.” http://indonesiakatakami.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/hillary-clintons-remarks-t-the-international-crisis-groups-in-pursuit-of-peace-award-dinner/
mediachecker:->Hillary selected her “old friend” co-Chair of Soros’ ICG to head up the investigation on Benghazi-gate. One could forecast that he’d find no wrongdoing which is exactly what happened. One can also gleen from her words that these internationalists are affecting our foreign policy (whatever it is) taking no accountability for the end-result. The US take those black-eyes. The people involved need to be held accountable.
Note: Louise Armour – co-Chair of the International Crisis Group ICG w/ Tom Pickering – was one of the Chief Prosecutors on Soros funded International Criminal Court against Milosovec – Yugoslavia/Serbia.
Hillary – THE COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS:
…”When Clinton began speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C.,” she stated:
I am delighted to be here in these new headquarters. I have been often to, I guess, the mother ship in New York City, but it’s good to have an outpost of the Council right here down the street from the State Department. We get a lot of advice form the Council, and so this will mean I won’t have as far to go to be told what we should be doing and how we should think about the future.”
Many in the world do not trust America to lead, explained Clinton, “they view America as an unaccountable power, too quick to impose its will at the expense of their interests and our principles,” but, Clinton was sure to note: “they are wrong.” The question, of course, was “not whether our nation can or should lead, but how it will lead in the 21st century,” in which “[r]igid ideologies and old formulas don’t apply.” Clinton claimed that “[l]iberty, democracy, justice and opportunity underlie our priorities,” even though others “accuse us of using these ideals to justify actions that contradict their very meaning,” suggesting that “we are too often condescending and imperialistic, seeking only to expand our power at the expense of others.”
These perceptions, explained Clinton, “have fed anti-Americanism, but they do not reflect who we are.” America’s strategy “must reflect the world as it is, not as it used to be,” and therefore, “[i]t does not make sense to adapt a 19th century concert of powers, or a 20th century balance of power strategy.” Clinton explained that the strategy would seek to tilt “the balance away from a multi-polar world and toward a multi-partner world,” in which “our partnerships can become power coalitions to constrain and deter [the] negative actions” of those who do not share “our values and interests” and “actively seek to undermine our efforts.” In order to construct “the architecture of global cooperation,” Clinton recommended “smart power” as “the intelligent use of all means at our disposal, including our ability to convene and connect… our economic and military strength,” as well as “the application of old-fashioned common sense in policymaking… a blend of principle and pragmatism.” Noting that, “our global and regional institutions were built for a world that has been transformed,” Clinton stated that “they too must be transformed and reformed,” referencing the UN, World Bank, IMF, G20, OAS, ASEAN, and APEC, among others. This “global architecture of cooperation,” said Clinton, “is the architecture of progress for America and all nations.””…
“Brzezinski even wrote – “Let it be said right away that supranationality should not be confused with world government. Even if it were desirable, mankind is not remotely ready for world government, and the American people certainly do not want it.” Instead, Brzezinski argues, America must be central in constructing a system of global governance, “in shaping a world that is defined less by the fiction of state sovereignty and more by the reality of expanding and politically regulated interdependence.” In other words, not ‘global government’ but ‘global governance’, which is simply a rhetorical ploy, as ‘global governance’ – no matter how overlapping, sporadic and desultory it presents itself, is in fact a key step and necessary transition in the moves toward an actual global government.”
…”In his book, Brzezinski called for a “Community of the Developed Nations,” consisting of Western Europe, North America and Japan, to coordinate and integrate in order to shape a ‘new world order’ built upon ideas of global governance under the direction of these transnational elites.
In 1972, Brzezinski and his friend, David Rockefeller, presented the idea to the annual Bilderberg meetings. Rockefeller was, at that time, Chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations and was CEO of Chase Manhattan Bank. In 1973, Brzezinski and Rockefeller created the Trilateral Commission, a sort of sister institute to the Bilderberg Group, with much cross-over membership, bringing Japan into the western sphere of economic and political integration.…
This has been in the works for a long time…
In 1954, Egyptian President Gamal Abddul Nasser’s nationalist policies in Egypt come to be viewed as completely unacceptable by Britain and the US. MI6 and the CIA jointly hatch plans for his assassination. According to Miles Copeland, a CIA operative based in Egypt, the opposition to Nasser is driven by the commercial community—the oil companies and the banks. At the same time, the Muslim Brotherhood’s resentment of Nasser’s secular government also comes to a head. In one incident, Islamist militants attack pro-Nasser students at Cairo University. Following an attempt on his own life by the Brotherhood, Nasser responds immediately by outlawing the group, which he denounces as a tool of Britain. The following years see a long and complex struggle pitting Nasser against the Muslim Brotherhood, the US, and Britain.
The CIA funnels support to the Muslim Brotherhood because of “the Brotherhood’s commendable capability to overthrow Nasser.” [Baer, 2003, pp. 99; Dreyfuss, 2005, pp. 101-108] The Islamist regime in Saudi Arabia becomes an ally of the United States in the conflict with Nasser. They offer financial backing and sanctuary to Muslim Brotherhood militants during Nasser’s crackdown. Nasser dies of natural causes in 1970. [Dreyfuss, 2005, pp. 90-91, 126-131, 150]
US Foreign Policy – Egypt
May 2008 (…Dec 2007): While the US has supported the Mubarak government for the last thirty years, US foundations with ties to the US State Department and the Pentagon have actively supported the political opposition including the civil society movement. According to Freedom House: “Egyptian civil society is both vibrant and constrained. There are hundreds of non-governmental organizations devoted to expanding civil and political rights in the country, operating in a highly regulated environment.”
In a bitter irony, Washington supports the Mubarak dictatorship, including its atrocities, while also backing and financing its detractors, through the activities of Freedom House, NED, Carnegie Foundation among others.
Under the auspices of Freedom House, Egyptian dissidents and opponents of Hosni Mubarak were received in May 2008 by Condoleezza Rice at the State Department and the US Congress.
They also met White House National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley, who was “the principal White House foreign policy adviser” during George W. Bush’s second term.
Freedom House’s effort to empower a new generation of advocates has yielded tangible results and the New Generation program in Egypt has gained prominence both locally and internationally. Egyptian visiting fellows from all civil society groups received [May 2008] unprecedented attention and recognition, including meetings in Washington with US Secretary of State, the National Security Advisor, and prominent members of Congress. (Freedom House, Press release 2008)
- Again, in May 2008, Egyptian dissidents were received by Condoleezza Rice at the State Department. This Egyptian delegation was described by Condoleezza Rice as “The Hope for the Future of Egypt”. (Freedom House, Press release 2008)
The same group also met White House National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley.
In May 2009, Hillary Clinton met a delegation of Egyptian dissidents, several of whom had met Condoleezza Rice a year earlier. (Freedom House, Press release 2009)
The 16 activists also met with Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman in Washington at the end of a two-month fellowship organized by Freedom House’s New Generation program. As head of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs Feltman oversees the UN’s diplomatic efforts to prevent and mitigate conflict around the globe which sounds a lot like the International Crisis Group’s mission!
These high level meetings were held a week prior to Obama’s visit to Egypt.
- The activists raised concern about what they perceived as the United States government distancing itself from Egyptian civil society and called on President Obama to meet with young independent civil society activists when he visits Cairo next week.
- They also urged the Obama administration to continue to provide political and financial support to Egyptian civil society and to help open the space for nongovernmental organizations which is tightly restricted under Egypt’s longstanding emergency law.
- The activists told Clinton that momentum was already building in Egypt for increased civil and human rights and that U.S. support at this time was urgently needed.
- They stressed that civil society represents a moderate and peaceful “third way” in Egypt, an alternative to authoritarian elements in the government and those that espouse theocratic rule.
- During their fellowship, the activists spent a week in Washington receiving training in advocacy and getting an inside look at the way U.S. democracy works.
- After their training, the fellows were matched with civil society organizations throughout the country where they shared experiences with U.S. counterparts.
- The activists will wrap up their program … by visiting U.S. government officials, members of Congress, media outlets and think tanks.” (Freedom House, Press release 2009)
Obama support of the Muslim Brotherhood was already established when he came into office:
2009 – Obama: A ‘cosmic wager’ on the Muslim Brotherhood
By David Ignatius, February 15, 2012 – (referencing Obama’s early support of the banned Muslim Brotherhood in June 2009)
President Obama’s outreach to the Muslim Brotherhood began three years ago in his famous June 2009 speech in Cairo.
Ten members of the Brotherhood were invited to listen to his Cairo address, and they heard a passage crafted especially for them:
“America respects the right of all peaceful and law-abiding voices to be heard around the world, even if we disagree with them. And we will welcome all elected, peaceful governments — provided they govern with respect for all their people.”…
The Obama administration has made what might be described as a “cosmic wager” on the Muslim Brotherhood’s peaceful intentions.
By courting them in 2009, the United States helped legitimize their political aspirations; by refusing to come to Mubarak’s rescue during the Tahrir Square protests a year ago, the United States all but guaranteed that the Brotherhood would emerge as a dominant political force in a new Egypt.
The Brotherhood is now ascendant, with its “Freedom and Justice Party” having won nearly 50 percent of the seats in Egypt’s post-revolutionary parliament.
mediachecker->Obama and his Administration legitimized the Muslim Brotherhood in June 2009. It’s with this reassurance that ElBaradei invited MB parliamentary group leader Saad El-Katatny to his initial campaign meeting less than a year later -February 2010.
National Association for Change (NAC) – Founded by ElBaradei – February 2010
|Focus||Democracy, Social justice, Free and fair elections|
|Motto||“Together we will change”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Association_for_Chang|
February 24 2010: Elbaradei forms the “National Association for Change” (he’s certainly following Obama’s policy w/ the MB)
February 2010 – Hours ago, former IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei has announced the formation of the “National Association for Change” with aim of ” constitutional and political reform to achieve social justice and democracy “. (mediachecker->less than a year after Obama legitimized the MB):
Many notable Egyptian politicians and activists attended the meeting at Elbaradei’s house today. Among them was Ayman Nour ElGhad Party leader who previously invited Elbaradei to form a consitutional convention.
Expectations are high for a strong coalition to bring change in Egypt [Photo Youm7.com]
Other attendants included Muslims Brotherhood parliamentary group leader Saad El-Katatny, Osama Harb of Democratic Front Party, Hamdeen Sabahi of Al-Karama nasserist party, Essam Soltan of the islamist Wasat party, and renowned novelist Alaa Al-Aswani. [mediachecker->ElBaradei invited Islamists to join him from the very beginning – this had to have been done with the approval of Obama. Al-Karama said, not too long ago, that it’s fine to marry a 3 y/o and beat your wife.]
In recent months, an independent popular campaign was launched online to support Elbaradei as a presidential candidate in 2011 (April6 Movement). After intense reaction from the opposition newspapers, the campaign gained strong ground among Egypt’s younger generation. Currently the Facebook group for the campaign has reached more than 100,000 members, with a 10 thousand member increase in one day after Elbaradei had a live tv appearance discussing his presidential bid.
Many activists and politicians have expressed their optimism about Elbaradei’s bid as he is an international figure who represent a real challenge to Egypt’s ailing president Hosni Mubarak.
Saad El-Katatny – Muslim Brotherhood: http://egyptdailydigest.wordpress.com/2010/02/24/elbaradei-forms-the-national-association-for-change/http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saad_El-Katatny
February 16, 2010 – In Qatar, Hillary Clinton Meets With Al Jazeera Staff
[…]”So it is notable that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made time to meet with the news network’s senior management during her tour of the Middle East this week. The network said in a statement Monday that Ms. Clinton met with its director general Wadah Khanfar “and the network’s senior editorial staff for a meeting to further dialogue with Al Jazeera.” The meeting was held on the Carnegie Mellon University campus in Doha, Qatar, the city where Al Jazeera is based. It lasted for about one hour. The meeting was “quite frank” as Al Jazeera managers “put their frustrations on the table,” according to a network employee who was briefed on the meeting.[…]
mediachecker->Hillary Clinton met with withAl Jazeera – Wadaj Khanfar (yet another member of the International Crisis Group (ICG) at the Carnegie Mellon University campus in Dohar, Qatar (Feb., 2010), where the network is based. Why? Like we don’t know already.
March 26, 2010: Is El Baradei Egypt’s Hero? – Mohamed El Baradei and the Chance for Reform [Council on Foreign Relations News (CFR)]
Over the years, foreign observers have argued that Egyptians favored political change by parsing the statements and actions of Egyptian activists of all stripes: the Islamists of the Muslim Brotherhood, a small group of liberals, Nasserist holdovers, judges, bureaucrats, and labor protestors. But these observers have never been able to identify an actual pathway to political reform….
(mediachecker-> the mouthpieces at work for El Baradei (another member of Soros’ (ICG) – the article is from the CFR mouthpiece – Foreign Affairs Magazine – ElBaradei gave talks at the CFR – plus wrote for their magazine. ElBaradei also has a degree in Sharia Law and was a member of the ICG until 2011)
October 7, 2010: After “courting” the MB in 2009, Patrick Cooper in “U.S. Embassy Sponsors Irish Muslim Business Conference….related how the U.S. ambassador to Ireland presented President Obama’s book, The Audacity of Hope, to the Irish MB leader Imam Hussein Halawa (who has strong ties to the global MB).
Cooper indicated “a main point of the conference was the need for Sharia law compliant financial products to be used…. Ambassador Dan Rooney congratulated the organizers and said that the U.S. was ‘solid partners’ in the venture.” http://newswithviews.com/Cuddy/dennis228.htm
February 16, 2011 – Brotherhood Not Extremist, Intel Leaders Say
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper emphasized the heterogeneous nature of the Brotherhood, saying its ideology and approach varies from country to country and describing a generational gap between old-line conservatives and younger members more willing to participate in secular political systems.
“This is not a monolithic organization,” CIA Director Leon Panetta told the Senate Intelligence Committee. It has lawyers and professionals among its ranks, so while “it is clear that within the Muslim Brotherhood there are extremist elements,” it’s difficult to label the organization as a whole.
In that same House Intelligence Committee hearing, FBI Director Robert Mueller was less forgiving. “Obviously, elements of the Muslim Brotherhood here and overseas have supported terrorism,” he said.
January 14 2012: After the revolution began, the MB withdrew its support of ElBaradei for president,. On January 14, ElBaradei announced he was withdrawing from the race, saying “ the [Mubarak] regime has not yet fallen.” The newspaper Al-Sharouk announced that “ElBaradei has stripped bare the former regime” and Al-Masri Al-Youm said: “The ElBaradei bomb explodes in the face of the military.” In Abeer Tavel’s “Why Now, Mr. ElBaradei?!” (Al Arabiya News, January 15), one reads that “ElBaradei knows quite well that taking such a step [withdrawing from the presidential race] at this time would definitely shake the country.” The writer then ominously notes that the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces was unlikely to allow ElBaradei to win anyway! The MB and the Salafists had a different take on ElBaradei’s withdrawal, though, both saying he wasn’t favored by the Islamist groups who won the parliamentary elections . http://newswithviews.com/Cuddy/dennis228.htm
[mediachecker-> The major intent was to deliberately destablize Egypt which was exactly why ElBaradei did it – he did nothing w/o the orders from Obama/Clinton. It’s interesting to note that one of the first things Morsi did after he won was to replace the Supreme Council leader with Sisi who was a graduate of the Army College in PA.]
February 23,2011: Mohamed ElBaradei says the Muslim Brotherhood is not radical
In a recent interview with Today’s Zaman former IAEA chief Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei, stated that he did not see the Muslim Brotherhood Egypt’s popular opposition as a radical organization as portrayed in the West stressing that elections conducted before the establishment of democratic institutions in the country would only benefit the party in power. (mediachecker-> ElBaradei remains in sync with Obama)
…He noted that regimes in Egypt have so far been sustained with military backing, adding that those retiring from the army have either been made governors and directors general, or assumed important posts in ministries.[…]
[…]He expressed his belief that the MB would not be able to gain more than 20-25 percent of the vote; he said that it could in no way be regarded as radical.
ElBaradei defended the MB confirming that the group would always reject the use of arms and would remain loyal to democracy, emphasising that the organization’s initial struggle was not religious, but completely political.
mediachecker->ElBaradei may have judged his statistics by the 2005 elections when the stakes weren’t as high but with Murbarak now gone they went all out. UN 2008 stats showed the MB would win by a large margin. See below: Feb 15, 2012 WaPo. Obama knew the MB would win the election and was content.
January 23, 2012: Parliament met for the first time on January 23, with the MB’s Mohamed al-Katatni as speaker and two deputy speakers from the Salafists’ Al-Nur Party and the liberal Wafd Party. January 25, 2012 marked the 1-year anniversary of the Egyptian revolution that ousted Mubarak from power, and demonstrations were held on January 27 in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. On the latter date, however, according to Associated Press (AP) reporters Sarah El Deeb and Aya Batrawy in “Islamists, protesters scuffle at Egypt rally,” the “Muslim Brotherhood supporters and secular protesters hurled bottles and rocks at each other and got into fistfights… as their differences boiled over at a rally by tens of thousands…. Some protesters complain the Brotherhood sought to drown out other protesters by blaring religious anthems, Quranic recitations and music.” Remember, as I wrote earlier in this article, the MB only said it would not “immediately” insist upon the imposition of Sharia. But you can be sure it’s coming!
At the end of January, MB’s Freedom and Justice Party head Morsy spoke at the Egyptian Foreign Ministry’s headquarters on his party’s vision of Egypt’s future. And according to “As government-in-waiting, Egypt’s Brotherhood finds voice” (Al Arabiya News, February 26), an unnamed Western diplomat in Cairo claimed: “If you want to influence the next government’s policy, you need to talk to the Brotherhood, and you need to talk to them in depth.”
AP reporter El Deeb in “Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood wants government sacked” (February 9) wrote that the MB “called on the ruling generals to sack the military-appointed government, saying it has failed to manage the deteriorating security and economic situation in the country,” and that “Brotherhood spokesman Mahmoud Ghozlan said the military should appoint a Brotherhood representative as prime minister, who would then form a new government.”
On February 24, the MB’s Freedom and Justice Party announced it had won 107 seats (about 59%) in the Egyptian Parliament’s upper house, with the Salafists’ Nour Party winning 46 seats and the Wafd Party 19. It should be remembered, though, that the upper house’s powers are limited, and it can’t block legislation from the lower house.
In “Cleric says ex-Brotherhood man best for Egypt presidency” (Al Arabiya News, February 15), MB spiritual advisor Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi described former MB member Abdel Moneim Abul Fotouh as the “leading candidate” for president in the election to be held on May 23 and 24 with a run-off vote on June 16 and 17 and final results to be released on June 21. The article indicated that al-Qaradawi’s remarks could influence the supporters of the MB to vote for Fotouh. However, on February 23 Fotouh was attacked by three men and suffered a concussion (he was released from the hospital the next morning). Was this a warning to him not to run for the presidency? In “Post-revolution Egypt chooses its president on May 23” (Al Arabiya News, March 1), one reads that “many analysts see [Amr] Moussa [former Arab League chief] as the front-runner but say much will depend on what kind of backing he can secure from the Muslim Brotherhood….”
Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi has been living in Qatar, and in “Did the Libyan Leadership Deceive the West?” by Jonathan Halevi (Jerusalem Issue Briefs, October 27, 2011), “the [Libyan] rebels are said to have received about $2 billion from the Qatari government. Qatari involvement is likely to produce a regime in Libya that follows the political orientation of Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi, thereby giving the Muslim Brotherhood an open door in the new Libya.” In 2004, Qaradawi issued a fatwa (Islamic religious decree) indicating Muslims could kill Americans in Iraq.
According to a Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report he is also considered a “spiritual guide for Hamas and has issued fatwas in support of suicide bombings against Israeli citizens. Moreover, he is the head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS, begun July 11, 2004), which on February 27, 2012 issued a “Statement on Qur’an Burning in Afghanistan” saying “IUMS calls for an immediate investigation so as to punish the perpetrators of this criminal act… the burning of some copies of the noble Qur’an by some American soldiers who do not care for the sanctity of Muslims in their lands. It is unfortunate that this is not the first time for American soldiers to commit this sacrilege; they previously burnt copies of the noble Qur’an in Afghanistan and America.” How did American soldiers once again “accidentally” burn the Koran? Isn’t there a learning curve somewhere regarding this, and couldn’t they have simply turned them over to Afghan President Hamid Karzi’s religious leader for proper disposal?
The globalists say they didn’t meet until June yet we see a picture of al Katatni at the meeting in February…
February 15, 2012: The Brotherhood is now ascendant, with its “Freedom and Justice Party” having won nearly 50 percent of the seats in Egypt’s post-revolutionary parliament. It put down deep roots in Egypt’s professional organizations and won about 20 percent of the seats in parliament when it was allowed to run in 2005. It learned to speak a more conciliatory language.
It was in this tone of reassurance that Brotherhood officials said that they would contest only 30 percent of the seats in the recent parliamentary elections; in fact, they ran in nearly every district and won a near-majority. The Brotherhood also organized a decisive 77 percent win in last March’s constitutional referendum, which they pegged as a vote to protect language that promises the Islamic sharia as “the main source of legislation.”
Olivier Roy, a French expert on the Muslim world, argues that the Brotherhood will learn democracy by doing it: “Democratic culture does not precede democratic institutions; democratic culture is the internalization of these institutions,” he says. That, in essence, is the wager Obama has made.
Does Obama support the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt?
Aug 23, 2013 | Jay Newton-Small
There seems to be something of a disconnect between who Egyptians think America is supporting, and who America actually is supporting in Cairo. In the U.S., story after story has been written about how the Obama Administration has bent over backwards not to call this latest change in government a “coup” and has been relatively muted in its reaction to the deaths of so many civilians – upwards of 1,000 in the last week alone.
Yet Egyptians remain convinced that President Obama is backing the Muslim Brotherhood and deposed President Mohamed Morsi. At a lunch at the Egyptian Ambassador’s residence on Thursday, Dr. Mohamed Abou El-Ghar, head of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party, bluntly warned a small gathering of journalists and policy wonks that he fears, “America is losing Egypt…There is a very strong perception that they are supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and they are against other parties,” he said.
The perception began even before the Egyptians elected Morsi, Abou el-Ghar said, when Senator John McCain, an Arizona Republican and 2008 GOP presidential nominee, met with members of the Muslin Brotherhood in February 2012 but not representatives from competing parties. The headlines were: U.S. Warms to the Muslim Brotherhood. It was furthered when U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson criticized Egypt’s military for interfering in July when opponents deposed Morsi. That view has become more widespread since, with the Pentagon’s decision to defer delivery of F-16 fighter jets to Egypt and the Administration’s review of aid to Cairo.
The latest evidence of Obama’s purported proclivity towards the Brotherhood came in Thursday’s State Department briefing, which has made headlines in Egypt. In it, spokesman Jen Psaki says that the choice to detain of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is an “internal Egyptian legal matter,” but in the next breath calls for the release of Morsi, who is accused of many serious crimes. Egyptians took this as further evidence that America is intervening on behalf of the Brotherhood still:
QUESTION: Do you have any comment on the release of former President Mubarak?
MS. PSAKI: Well, as we have long said, with respect to the Mubarak trial and decisions made, this is an internal Egyptian legal matter, that it’s working its way through the Egyptian legal system. Beyond that, I don’t have more for you. I refer you to the Egyptian Government.
QUESTION: Okay. So you have no feeling, no comment on the fact that the elected president, Morsi, is in prison and the former president who was accused of heinous crimes is actually out?
MS. PSAKI: Well, we’ve spoken – and I know you and I even spoke about this just yesterday.
QUESTION: Now that it has happened, I mean –
MS. PSAKI: Well, our position on Mr. Morsi remains the same. We believe there should be a process for his release. We’ve spoken frequently about our concerns about arbitrary arrests. And certainly, in order to have an inclusive process moving forward, an inclusive political process, we believe all parties need to have the opportunity to participate. It’s hard to do that when there are several members of one being detained.
Clearly, Obama doesn’t support the Brotherhood over the interim government. I’d argue he probably doesn’t support the interim government over the Brotherhood, either. Obama has said time and again that only the Egyptians can decide their future. But he may want to make it clear to Egyptians that he has no ulterior motives here and no secret preferences.
mediachecker->Obama has supported the MB since 2009- if not before.
Soros Connection to El Baradei & Egypt Revolution
Open Society Institute
In 1993, Soros created the Open Society Institute, which supports the Soros foundations working to develop democratic institutions throughout Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. The “open society” basically refers to a “test and evaluate” approach to social engineering. The Open Society Institute has active programs in more than 60 countries around the world with total expenditures currently averaging approximately $600 million a year.
Regime Collapse in Egypt
In April of 2010, a weekly magazine aiming to link Arab bloggers with politicians, the elderly and the elite was launched in Egypt. The weekly Wasla – or “The Link” – is being heralded as a first for the Arab world, with plans for articles by bloggers as a way of giving them a wider readership.
Wasla is published by the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information and is financially supported by the Open Society Institute created by none other than George Soros. In the 1st edition of Wasla, the cover featured Mohamed ElBaradei. ElBaradei is Wasla’s chosen candidate and he is also supported by the Muslim Brotherhood and Iran. George Soros and ElBaradei both sit on the Board of Trustees for the International Crisis Group. Radio talk show host Michael Savage lays out in detail the ICG’s ties to the current Islamic uprising in Egypt.
In a June 2008 report entitled, “Egypt’s Muslim Brothers Confrontation or Integration,” ICG urges the Egyptian regime to allow the Muslim Brotherhood to participate in political life.
More from WND:
- In September, Soros’ group was looking to expand its operations in Egypt by hiring a new project manager for its Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, which is run in partnership with the Open Society Justice Initiative. The group is seeking to develop a national network of legal empowerment actors for referral of public-interest law cases. Such organizations in the past have helped represent Muslim Brotherhood leaders seeking election or more authority in the country.
- He stated the U.S. has “much to gain by moving out in front and siding with the public demand for dignity and democracy” in Egypt.
- Soros did not mention his ties to ElBaradei.
- In attempting to explain how lobbyists get U.S. foreign aid for Egypt, journalist Pratap Chatterjee of the George Soros-funded Center for American Progress writes that Tony Podesta, “the brother of a former White House chief of staff,” joined with Toby Moffett, a former Democratic Congressman, and Bob Livingston, a former Republican Congressman, to create a lobbying organization, the PLM Group, to represent Egypt in Washington.
More from Gulag Bound:
- Politico reported that Tony and John Podesta started Podesta Associates in the late 1980s and that it was later renamed the Podesta Group. So John Podesta was in on this money-making scheme from the start. Soros subsequently asked John Podesta to run the Center for American Progress, whose foreign policy expert, Brian Katulis, has been arguing on MSNBC that the U.S. ought to pull the plug on the Hosni Mubarak government in Egypt and deal with the Muslim Brotherhood.
- In other words, the Podesta brothers are on both sides of this international crisis.
For more on the El Baradei – Soros Connection,
‘Obama Call for Muslim Brotherhood Role’ in Egypt
By Tom Blumer | July 07, 2013
Nicole Gaouette and John Walcott at Bloomberg BusinessWeek have revealed that the Obama administration has specifically stated that it wants the Muslim Brotherhood to have a role in any new Egyptian government. Meanwhile, other news outlets, particularly the Associated Press, have avoided disclosing that specific detail.
There are two “little” problems with the administration’s disclosed position. The first is that now-deposed Mohammed Morsi’s final speech on Tuesday was seen as a promise that there would be civil war if he were ousted. The second is that Morsi supporters in the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups have promised to carry out a campaign of terror until Morsi is reinstalled, and are keeping that promise. Those two factors should objectively disqualify the Brotherhood’s involvement. Excerpts from the Bloomberg pair’s report follow the jump (bolds are mine):
The Obama administration’s call for an “inclusive” political process in Egypt with a role for the Muslim Brotherhood has been overshadowed by conflict between security forces and supporters of the Islamist group.
Violent protests in Cairo and elsewhere over the military’s ouster of President Mohamed Mursi raised doubts about prospects for an eventual accommodation that would allow the Brotherhood that supports him to compete in new elections.
President Barack Obama “condemned the ongoing violence across Egypt and expressed concern over the continued political polarization,” according to a statement issued yesterday by the White House. “He reiterated that the United States is not aligned with, and does not support, any particular Egyptian political party or group.”
Secretary of State John Kerry said in a separate statement yesterday that “we firmly reject the unfounded and false claims by some in Egypt that the United States supports the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood or any specific Egyptian political party or movement.”
Still, the administration has urged the Egyptian military to stop using heavy-handed tactics against the Brotherhood, according to two U.S. officials who asked not to be identified commenting on private communications. They said the administration is concerned that some in the military may want to provoke the Islamists to violence and provide a rationale for crushing the movement once and for all.
Such a move would fail and probably prompt a shift to al-Qaeda type terrorist tactics by extremists in the Islamist movement in Egypt and elsewhere, the U.S. officials said.
As noted, the Islamists don’t need to be provoked, and the shift to “al-Qaeda type tactics” is well under way. The State Department and the Obama administration in general must know that. So why the pretense?
While Obama’s administration has stopped short of condemning the July 3 military takeover, it has called on Egyptian leaders to pursue “a transparent political process that is inclusive of all parties and groups,” including “avoiding any arbitrary arrests of Mursi and his supporters,” Bernadette Meehan, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council, said July 4 in a statement. Mursi has been detained since his ouster.
“What I think the Brotherhood has concluded is the game is stacked, and the only way to get what they deserve is to change the game, not to play in the game,” (director of the Middle East program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies Jon) Alterman said in an interview for Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capitol with Al Hunt” airing this weekend. “That’s a big change from where the Brotherhood was a year ago.”
A year ago the Brotherhood was pretending not to be terrorists. Now they and their allies are not. They have chosen it. They have delegitimized themselves.
… Now “the Islamists feel very much that they’ve been deprived of a legitimately won election”, said Michele Dunne, who heads the Middle East program at the Atlantic Council, a Washington policy group.
The election may — emphasis may — have been legitimately won, but Morsi’s assumption of near-dictatorial powers in November of last year and his accompanying headlong rush into drafting and getting approval for a sharia law-based, socialist constitution forfeited that legitimacy. “We won, so we can do anything we want” isn’t how it works (resisting the urge to draw U.S. parallels).
Anyway, it’s nice to see at least one news outlet recognize that when Obama and his administration are calling for inclusiveness, they’re virtually insisting on including a group which has rededicated itself to terrorism.
Obama has been consistent since 2009 in his support of the Muslim Brotherhood!
Wadah Khanfar (Hillarys friend) in the tank for the terrorists – fired from alJazeera:
Wadah Khanfar Co-Founder, Al Sharq Forum; Former Director General, Al Jazeera Network. They neglected to mention he was a member of Soros’ International Crisis Group (ICG). Kanfar has since been fired from Qatar’ Al Jazeera for being totally in the tank for the Islamists: Wadah Khanfar steps down at Al Jazeera – September 20, 2011 http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2011/09/20/wadah-khanfar-steps-down-at-al-jazeera/
“..Wadah Khanfar, the director general of the Al Jazeera network, stepped down from his job last week, rumors flew: he’d been forced out, he’d been shamed into resigning after an embarrassing Wikileaks revelation.
“Wadah Khanfar was accused by some of a pro-Islamist bias. Responding to these accusations in a 2007 interview with The Nation, Khanfar said: “Islam is more of a factor now in the influential political and social spheres of the Arab world, and the network’s coverage reflects that. Maybe you have more Islamic voices [on the network] because of the political reality on the ground.”
In June 2007, Hafez Al-Mirazi, Al-Jazeera’s Washington bureau chief, denounced what he saw as the station’s “Islamist drift”, and singled out Khanfar in particular, saying: “From the first day of the Wadah Khanfar era, there was a dramatic change, especially because of him selecting assistants who are hardline Islamists.”” “During the Iraq War, Al Jazeera broadcast a report that American troops had raided Najaf and detained the religious leaders of the Shia Islamic community, which turned out to be false.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wadaj_Khanfar
Per the NYTimes: “Al Jazeera played an early and influential role in covering — some would say encouraging — the unrest in Tunisia and Egypt last winter. It was even more aggressive in its focus on the regime of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi and the struggles of what it called “freedom fighters” in Libya, where Qatar came to play a major role in supporting the rebellion.”
Hillary Clinton and AlJazeera: “Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent ripples through the American press establishment last week when she commended Al Jazeera, long depicted as a media manifestation of Middle East extremism, for doing a better job than many American media outlets at covering the revolutions in the Arab world.”http://turnstylenews.com/2011/03/08/wadah-khanfar-and-the-al-jazeera-moment/
July 14, 2013 – [Al Jazeera] Media planted the seeds for Arab Spring uprisings
By TSUTOMU ISHIAI/ Foreign News Editor
Satellite broadcaster al-Jazeera was a major player in the Arab Spring uprisings that swept through the Middle East and toppled long-entrenched governments. Wadah Khanfar, director-general of al-Jazeera from 2006 until 2011, was in the middle of the developments that began in Tunisia in December 2010. During a recent visit to Japan on an invitation by Doshisha University in Kyoto, Khanfar was asked about the media’s role in the Arab Spring uprising and the possibilities for the future.
Excerpts of the interview follow:
Question: What was the role of al-Jazeera in the Arab Spring?
Khanfar: My observation is that al-Jazeera did definitely play a role in the Arab awakening because during the last 15 years, it did challenge the concept of power dominance and introduced a critical method of looking at the news to the Arab world.
And that, in my opinion, is very important because it did train the mind of the Arab masses to think and to analyze and to judge events that were taken officially, before al-Jazeera, without any questioning. So from that angle, al-Jazeera definitely helped in creating awareness in the Arab world that led to the Arab Spring…”In Egypt, they decided to close down our bureau during the revolution and to bring us down from the satellites, but our youth on the ground substituted for the lack of our official correspondents. I think we succeeded, and it was much better than what we thought.”
Q: What do you mean by “our youth on the ground?”
A: Starting from 2006, the al-Jazeera training center systematically started training youth activists on social networks and citizen journalists, free of charge.
By 2011 [when the Arab Spring began]…we already had a network of people who we knew. We have their addresses. We know tons of people in Egypt and we know tons of people in Tunisia. We can just pick up the phone or e-mail them and have them tell what is happening. They have basic standards of journalism. They have excellent knowledge of the value of the news. With editors in the newsroom checking and double sourcing, I think that became a very useful system. We realized from the beginning of this arrival of social networks and blogging that these people are our allies because they will democratize the news and al-Jazeera, which was seen alone in the battle against dictatorship and censorship.
We always used to defend them. When someone was arrested, it would be a headline in al-Jazeera. “A Blogger in Egypt is Arrested!” then that is a major story. I think that created trust between us and a mutual interest. [mediachecker->you defended them so long as things were going as planned – betrayed their trust by supporting the MB in collusion with Clinton/Obama et al]
Q: How do you see the current collaboration between conventional newspapers with social networks?
A: The owners of newspapers feel that the arrival of social networks and the new media, in general, is depriving them of financial resources and that is leading the industry into decline. I tend to disagree with that. I believe that this is a great opportunity for us, but we need to embrace it instead of resisting it. We need to integrate it within our systems.
The pyramid-like structure of our organizations might not survive because it is becoming very expensive to maintain. The old hierarchy of six or seven layers of reporting where you have a director general, heads of departments, heads of sections, heads of whatever and whatever, such a management style might not succeed.
In a flat network, everyone is equal to everyone. Maybe you have Web administrators, but everyone else is equal. So everyone feels much more democratically participating rather than in the pyramid-like structure. So, this is why it’s more vibrant, more dynamic and cheaper to maintain.
Q: Are you saying a new model is needed for the media?
A: …with a little bit of training, we could convert those social networks into “smart networks.” …
Q: About the new type of editor model, aren’t you yourself a model case because you studied politics, international relations and engineering before becoming a journalist?
A: I went to study mechanical engineering at the University of Jordan. I later went to South Africa where I studied international relations. Before I became a journalist, I was a director of a think tank in South Africa, the Afro-Middle East Center for Research and Information, which was a center trying to look at the relationship between Africa and the Middle East. I started the think tank in 1994, when Nelson Mandela took over the government. When I came into journalism, I had already gone through that kind of research. [mediachecker-he’s an agent…preparing for “their” invasion into Africa.]
A journalist without depth of research might be dangerous because he might misinform the people and misplace the information or the data in the wrong place. I always like to repeat a statement that says, “Data could be accurate lies.”
Did Oatar’ al Jazeera direct and coordinate the training of the Egyptian youth movement, since 2006, and was it under the auspices of the USA?