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Washington Behind Egypt’s Coup d’Etat*

Washington Behind Egypt’s Coup d’Etat*

By Prof Michel Chossudovsky

“[US Defense Secretary] Hagel and [US Chief of Staff General] Dempsey were walking a fine line … expressing concern while attempting to avoid the impression that the U.S. was manipulating events behind the scenes.” (Military.com, July 3, 2013)

The protest movement is directed against the US and its proxy Muslim Brotherhood regime.

The Muslim Brotherhood had been spearheaded into the government with the support of Washington as a “replacement” rather than an “alternative” to Hosni Mubarak, who had faithfully obeyed the orders of the Washington Consensus from the outset of his presidency.

While the Armed Forces have cracked down on the Muslim Brotherhood,  the Coup d’Etat is ultimately intended to manipulate the protest movement and prevent the accession of a “real people’s government”.  The overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi by the Egyptian Armed forces was not carried out against US interests, it was instigated to ensure “continuity” on behalf of Washington.

The Muslim Brotherhood and the CIA

Western intelligence agencies have a longstanding history of collaboration with the Brotherhood.  Britain’s support of the Brotherhood instrumented  through the British Secret Service dates back to the 1940s. Starting in the 1950s, according to former intelligence official William Baer, “The CIA [funneled] support to the Muslim Brotherhood because of “the Brotherhood’s commendable capability to overthrow Nasser.”1954-1970:

These covert  links to the CIA were maintained throughout the government of Hosni Mubarak.

From the outset of the “Arab Spring”, the Obama administration’s objective was to undermine secular governments in the Middle East and North Africa and install a model “Islamic State”, which would serve US geopolitical and corporate interests

“Strong Economic Medicine”

The protest movement against Mubarak in early 2011 was in response to the devastating impacts of  IMF reforms. Initiated at the height of the Gulf War in early 1991,  these reforms –which span over a period of more than 20 years– have served to impoverish the Egyptian people, while also “opening up” the Egyptian economy to the influx of  “foreign investors”.

The Nile Valley which was Egypt’s breadbasket for more than 3000 years was destroyed in favor of food imports from the US and the European Union.

The resulting deregulation of food prices, sweeping privatization, austerity measures had led to poverty and mass unemployment. In turn, social programs collapsed, Egypt’s economy and financial system were destabilized.

Continuity pertaining to neoliberal economic reform is central to US sponsored regime change.  Morsi’s accession to the presidency was conditional upon his acceptance of IMF “economic medicine”.

In August 2012, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde stated candidly that “The IMF will accompany Egypt as it undertakes this challenging journey… It’s an Egyptian journey and the IMF is a partner in that journey.”

“We are impressed by the strategy that President Morsi and Prime Minister Kandil have proposed during our meetings today,” Lagarde said at a press conference attended jointly by Kandil. (IMF , August 22, 2012)

A new IMF package of (deadly) macro-economic reforms was launched with a view to “managing Egypt’s political and economic transition” (Ibid). The resulting IMF sponsored “transition” imposed by Egypt’s external creditors has served to exacerbate rather than alleviate the economic and social crisis.

Social conditions have deteriorated dramatically since the demise of Hosni Mubarak. The mass protest movement against President Morsi was in large part motivated by the fact that the Mubarak era macro-economic reforms imposed by Washington and Wall Street continued to prevail, leading to a further process of impoverishment.

The Role of the Armed Forces: “Green Light” from the Pentagon?

The media has portrayed the Egyptian armed forces as broadly “supportive” of  the protest movement, without addressing the close relationship between the leaders behind the military coup and their US counterparts.

The fact that segments of the mass movement called for the armed forces to play a “supportive role”, is an obvious ploy:

Whose PawnThis is the message that the armed forces received from all over urban Egypt, its cities, and its villages; it (the military) recognized the invitation, understood its intentions, appreciated its necessity and got closer to the national scene hoping, willing and abiding by all limits of duty, responsibility and honesty.

Known and documented, the mass movement has been infiltrated.  Sectors of the opposition to the Muslim Brotherhood government are supported by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and Freedom House. The Kifaya civil society movement, is supported by the US based International Center for Non-Violent Conflict.

The role of the armed forces is not to protect a grassroots movement. Quite the opposite: the objective is to manipulate the uprising and quell dissent on behalf of Washington.

The objective  of the military takeover is to ensure that the downfall of the Muslim Brotherhood government does not result in a political transition which undermines US control over the Egyptian State and military.

Let us be under no illusions.  While there are important divisions within the military, Egypt’s top brass ultimately take their orders from the Pentagon.

Defense Minister General Abdul Fatah Al-Sisi , who instigated the Coup d’Etat directed against President Morsi is a graduate of the US War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

General Al Sisi was in permanent liaison by telephone with US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel  (right together with Al Sisi) from the very outset of the protest movement. Press reports confirm that he consulted him several times in the days leading up to the Coup d’Etat.  It is highly unlikely that General Al Sisi would have acted without a ‘green light” from the Pentagon.

Hagel phoned al-Sisi last Thursday [June 30th] as the huge demonstrations calling for Morsi’s ouster took on an increasingly anti-U.S. tone, and spoke with him again on Tuesday [July 2] after al-Sisi delivered an ultimatum warning that the military would act if Morsi failed to make concessions. Military.com,

In turn General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, was in permanent contact with his counterpart General Sedki Sobhi,  chief of staff of Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF):

Pentagon officials declined to give specifics on the conversations between Hagel and al-Sisi, but chief Pentagon spokesman George Little said that “US officials at all levels [of the military] have made it clear that we support the democratic process in Egypt and that we hope that this period of tension can be resolved in a peaceful manner and that violence can be avoided. … (Military.com, op cit, emphasis added)

According to Military.com,  Hagel and Dempsey “were walking a fine line” … “expressing concern while attempting to avoid the impression that the U.S. was manipulating events behind the scenes.”

Egypt is the largest recipient of US military aid after Israel.

The Egyptian military is controlled by the Pentagon.

In the words of General Anthony Zinni, former Commander of US Central Command (CENTCOM):

“Egypt is the most important country in my area of responsibility because of the access it gives me to the region.”(emphasis added)

Source*

2011

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IVF for Male Infertility Ups Intellectual Disability and Autism in Children

IVF for Male Infertility Ups Intellectual Disability and Autism in Children

A costly fertility treatment, the first IVF baby was born more than 30 years ago. Approximately 40% of IVF cases are due to male infertility.

The first and largest study to compare all available IVF treatments and risk factors  has proven that the desired offspring are more likely to end up with neurodevelopmental disorders. Led by researchers at King’s College London (UK), Karolinska Institutet (Sweden) and Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York (USA), those risks include the likelihood of developing autism, and intellectual disability (IQ below 70 although there is n scientific proof of IQ as we have been given to understand).

  • Of the 2.5m children:
  • 1.2% (30,959) were born following IVF
  • 6,959 diagnosed with autism
  • 103 were born after IVF

Of the 15,830 with intellectual disability, 180 were born after IVF.

Autism and intellectual disability remain a rare outcome of IVF, and whilst some of the risk is associated with the risk of multiple births, the study provides important evidence for parents and clinicians on the relative risks of modern IVF treatments.

Though the study downplays the risk, all 6 different types of IVF procedures available in Sweden — whether fresh or frozen embryos were used.

ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection) is recommended for male infertility and is now used in about half of all IVF treatments. The procedure involves injecting a single sperm directly into an egg, rather than fertilization happening in a dish, as in standard IVF. Children born after IVF treatments with ICSI (with either fresh or frozen embryos) were at an increased risk of intellectual disability (51% increase — 62 to 93 per 100,000).

Children born after IVF with ICSI using surgically extracted sperm and fresh embryos were at an increased risk of autism (360% increase — 29 to 136 per 100,000) but the association disappeared when multiple births were taken into account.

The authors did extend their study to consider other possibilities such as parental age, temporal trend, hormonal treatment or length of infertility problems, but found no further explanations to the results.

In the UK, 120,000 children are a result of ICSI. When British couple Marie and her husband Mark, went for IVF (ICSI) treatment, it seemed like the only option.

Problems began when Marie was in her 31st week with pre-eclampsia. Two weeks later, Marie had to have an emergency Caesarean section and gave birth to twins. The smaller twin was Lloyd, but it was Mackenzie who began to have problems feeding at 4 days old, and was diagnosed as having a twisted bowel. Problems continued after the operation.

‘He wouldn’t take enough milk, so he was tube-fed through his nose until he was eight months old,’ said Marie.

Marie described Mackenzie as a lively baby who did everything like his brother Lloyd, but his physical development was slow.

At 12 months, Mackenzie underwent yet more surgery to have a tube inserted so he could be fed directly into his stomach, and to correct a hiatus hernia. The tube stayed in for 3 years, and at aged 5, Mackenzie seemed to be doing OK.

Marie was told about the risk to her own heath, but not the child’s.

Sam Major, aged 40 had had 11 miscarriages. Instead of ascertaining why she has miscarriages, her hospital consultant put her on Clomid, which was her GP did not approve of.

Clomid of Clomifene stimulates ovaries to produce eggs. The following foetal abnormalities have been reported subsequent to pregnancies following ovulation induction therapy with Clomid during clinical trials.

  • ongenital heart lesions
  • Down syndrome
  • club foot
  • congenital gut lesions
  • hypospadias
  • microcephaly
  • harelip and cleft palate
  • congenital hip
  • hemangioma
  • undescended testicles
  • polydactyly
  • conjoined twins
  • teratomatous malformation
  • patent ductus arteriosus
  • amaurosis
  • arteriovenous fistula
  • inguinal hernia
  • umbilical hernia
  • syndactyly
  • pectus excavatum
  • myopathy
  • dermoid cyst of scalp
  • omphalocele
  • spina bifida occulta
  • ichthyosis
  • persistent lingual frenulum
  • Neonatal death and foetal death/stillbirth in infants with birth defects

Three months later Sam was pregnant with Callum. One year old Callum could not sit up, and didn’t walk until he was 2½, and had to wear a hearing aid. At school Callum is behind in reading and maths. No cause could be found.

Not many have taken the valid point of some scientists that subverts natural selection, where the strongest survives increasing the risk of congenital defects.

At the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans in 2012, scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) they found that babies born from IVF treatment were 1.25 times more likely to be born with abnormalities than those who were conceived naturally.

Many of the studies put forward in support of IVF treatment is questionable as proven by a review carried out by experts at Nanjing Medical University, China.

They looked at 925 clinical studies, but had to reject more than 850 of them because they were badly run or poorly designed, and others were too small to provide a representative picture reported the UK’s Daily Mail.

The Right to Know!

Within Islam, every effort is made to ensure that no confusing process is applied so that an orphan knows its biological parents, but worst practice sometimes defies this. In Australia there is no accurate record of IVF offsprings, with a guesstimate of 20,000 and 60,000. In 2011, the Senate committee found that donor-conceived people may have up to 20 genetic half-siblings with the whereabouts of them unknown as donors can give in a variety of places.

One offspring, now fully grown expresses the distress this has caused her:

“I cannot begin to describe how dehumanising and powerless I am to know that the name and details about my biological father and my entire paternal family sit somewhere in a filing cabinet . . . with no means to access it.

“Information about my own family, my roots, my identity, I am told I have no right to know.”

A daughter of an anonymous sperm donor, Alana S., now 26 a writer and musician from San Francisco just simply did not fee quit right and launched a website called anonymousus.org.

Unregulated, the Senate committee wanted a complete overhaul including the adoption of a registration process so that the children can trace their parents – it is a sad state of affairs when we treat children like a commodity.

Source

Lamb, T “Fertility Drugs Clomid and Serophene Have Long Been Associated With Birth Defects” drug-injury.com/druginjurycom/2011/01/clomid-serophene-clomiphene-birth-defects-fetal-abnormalities-congenital-malformations.html

Naish, J. It brings joy to countless families, but as another disturbing study emerges, what is the truth about IVF and birth defects? dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2151337/IVF-It-brings-joy-countless-families-disturbing-study-emerges-truth-IVF-birth-defects.html

Shahanan, A. Autism and Mental Retardation Among Offspring Born After In Vitro Fertilization” theaustralian.com.au/opinion/murky-business-of-donor-conception-is-having-a-brutal-effect-on-the-offspring/story-e6frg6zo-1226008097867

Sven Sandin, Karl-Gösta Nygren, Anastasia Iliadou, Christina M. Hultman, Abraham Reichenberg. Autism and Mental Retardation Among Offspring Born After In Vitro Fertilization. JAMA, 2013 DOI: 10.1001/jama.2013.7222

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