Archive for March 28th, 2014

28/03/2014

Egypt in the Rear Mirror (II): Who Are the Not-So-Invisible Powers Behind the Troglodytes?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Baher Kamal*

Cairo, 26 March 2014 – “If you cannot win them, join them” seems to be the old British political principle that Washington has been applying to its plans to re-design the Arab region, always under the recurrent public pretext of the “war on terrorism.”

 World War I Uncle Sam recruiting poster | Date: 1916-1917 | Source: Library of Congress | Author: James Montgomery Flagg | No known restrictions on publication. Wikimedia Commons: No renewal in Copyright Office.

World War I Uncle Sam recruiting poster | Date: 1916-1917 |
Source: Library of Congress | Author: James Montgomery Flagg |  Wikimedia Commons: No known restrictions on publication. No renewal in Copyright Office.

Specifically, since the U.S has failed to defeat “terrorism” through massive military and intelligence operations carried out after the September 11 attacks (see Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, among others), the American strategy has shifted towards engaging with what it considers as “moderate” Islamist movements, such as the Muslim Brotherhood.

For this purpose, Washington has been relying on two key “agents” in the region: Qatar and Turkey.

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28/03/2014

The Rich Complain That We Do Not Love Them

Human Wrongs Watch

By Roberto Savio*

Rome, March 2014 – F. Scott Fitzgerald famously said “The rich are different from you or me”, yet in his days, in the early years of the 20th century, the rich were not subject to public scrutiny, and were generally an object of envy, not resentment.

Columbia reaching out to viewer. Original design for the “Be Patriotic” poster by Paul Stahr, ca. 1917-18 Gouache on paper, original is 27 7/8 ” x 20″. Date 1917 or 1918. Source: Herbert Hoover Library, National Archives and Records Administration Via [1]. Author: Paul Stahr | Wikimedia Commons.

Fast forward to the 21st century and the Occupy Wall Street movement, which first took to the streets in September 2011 in New York’s Wall Street financial district, on behalf of the 99 percent of Americans (who possess 60 percent of the national wealth) against the one percent that possess 40 percent, to denounce growing social inequality.

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28/03/2014

"They Know Everything We Do"

Human Wrongs Watch

By Human Rights Watch*, 25 March 2014 – The Ethiopian government is using foreign technology to bolster its widespread telecom surveillance of opposition activists and journalists both in Ethiopia and abroad.

Meles Zenawi, speaks at the Annual Meeting 2012 of the World Economic Forum. Source: Flickr: Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister of Ethiopia - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012 | Author: World Economic Forum | Wikimedia Commons

Source: Flickr: Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister of Ethiopia – World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012 | Author: World Economic Forum | Wikimedia Commons

The 100-page report, They Know Everything We Do’: Telecom and Internet Surveillance in Ethiopia,” details the technologies the Ethiopian government has acquired from several countries and uses to facilitate surveillance of perceived political opponents inside the country and among the diaspora.

The government’s surveillance practices violate the rights to freedom of expression, association, and access to information.

The government’s monopoly over all mobile and Internet services through its sole, state-owned telecom operator, Ethio Telecom, facilitates abuse of surveillance powers.

“The Ethiopian government is using control of its telecom system as a tool to silence dissenting voices,” said Arvind Ganesan, business and human rights director at Human Rights Watch.

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