Archive for December 15th, 2011


“To Call the USA a Democracy Is an Insult to the Word”

Human Wrongs Watch

Democracy is a contract with the voters: “if elected I will try to enact my program.” That traitor to democracy, Obama, with a rhetoric of change, attracted the underprivileged–blacks, reds, Hispanics, women, youth, workers, and betrayed them all; but not his benefactor Goldman Sachs, favoring bailing them out way above stimulus.”

President Bush and President-elect Obama in the Oval Office November 10, 2008 | White House photo by Eric Draper**

By Johan Galtung* – TRANSCEND – The Occupy Movement is a sign of US sanity. Leaderless makes it less vulnerable, immensely consciousness-raising, not insisting on any one single analysis or remedy–for the time being. People so concerned that they sacrifice some personal comfort–gaining togetherness and a sense of meaning, a gift for a democracy.

And what a sign of US insanity their touch with authority was: no leading politicians eager to preach or learn or both, but tear gas, pepper spray, evictions. In the 1960’s Vietnam era, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara ultimately left his office to talk sense into demonstrators. It worked-the other way around. That the social worker from Chicago, Obama, did not, is a shame.

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Why Didn’t the Secularists Do Better in the Egyptian Election?

Human Wrongs Watch

By James Maxwell* –Think Africa Press

Despite predictions that liberal, leftist and secular forces would be the main rivals to the FJP (Freedom and Justice Party), a combination of factors led to a disappointing performance.

Egyptians voting |

In Egypt, the first elections of the post-Mubarak era have delivered a conclusive victory for the two main Islamist groupings. The Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) – the electoral vehicle of the Muslim Brotherhood – secured 36.6% of the 9.7m votes cast, while the Nour Party (NP) – which advocates a hard-line Salafism – claimed 24.4%.

Although the success of the FJP was broadly expected, the high turnout for the ultra-conservative NP was a surprise to many. Before last week’s vote, it was generally assumed that the FJP’s main opponents would be the array of liberal, secular and left-wing parties whose leaders and activists were instrumental in the January 25 Revolution.

Why is it then that Egypt’s progressive forces performed so poorly at the ballot box, with the left-leaning Egyptian Block and Wafd parties managing just 13.4 & and 7.1% respectively of the vote?

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