Archive | July 11, 2013

Just as Before Egypt’s Coalition Splits Over Interim President Broad Powers*

Just as Before Egypt’s Coalition Splits Over Interim President Broad Powers*

By Roy Gutman and Nancy Youssef

The broad political coalition that backed last week’s military takeover in Egypt began to fracture Tuesday over a military-approved timetable for the return to democratic rule, with two factions calling the newly announced constitutional declaration “dictatorial” and demanding a more representative transitional government.

But the military and its civilian backers also won a vital endorsement Tuesday in the form of support for the ailing economy, with Saudi Arabia pledging $5 billion in grants and loans just hours after the United Arab Emirates pledged $3 billion. Both countries had expressed qualms about the Muslim Brotherhood-dominated government under ousted President Mohammed Morsi, fearing it would encourage Islamists in their countries to oust the hereditary monarchies that rule there.

Both developments suggested that the ouster of Morsi was only a piece of a dramatic shift in Egypt’s politics that would have ramifications both domestically and internationally.

There was no repeat, however, of the violence that on Monday left at least 51+ members of the Muslim Brotherhood dead and hundreds more injured outside the headquarters of the country’s elite Republican Guard, where Morsi’s supporters believe he is being held.

What sparked that confrontation remained disputed, and Transitional President Adly Mansour, who was appointed to his post by the military, ordered an investigation into what took place. The results of that investigation were expected next week.

The Tamarod movement, a youth group whose spokesman, Mohammed Badr, was among the 14 people who joined Defense Minister Abdel Fattah el-Sissi on the stage last week when he announced that Morsi was no longer president, was the first organization to break with the new government over its midnight decree granting Mansour broad legislative powers and setting a timetable for the writing of a new constitution and the election of a Parliament and new president.

The group, whose name means “rebel” in Arabic and which had claimed to have collected 22 million signatures calling for Morsi’s resignation, denounced the decree as a reversion to practices under President Hosni Mubarak, the former air force general who had ruled Egypt for three decades before he was forced out in February 2011.

The movement said the decree’s stipulation that Mansour, who is also the head of the country’s Supreme Constitutional Court, had the authority to “take all necessary measures and actions to protect the country” meant he had “absolute and unrestricted power.”

“This is an obvious theft of the revolution, taking us back to Jan. 25, 2011,” the day the anti-Mubarak demonstration began, said Khaled El-Kady, the Tamarod spokesman in Alexandria.

Tamarod also objected to the decree’s reference to Shariah, or Islamic law, as the country’s guiding principle, saying that could lead to radical interpretations of Islam, a fear shared by other liberal groups and by Egypt’s sizable Christian minority.

The ultra-conservative Nour Party, a key Islamist party that backed Morsi’s overthrow, said in a statement that the constitutional decree “goes against clear agreements announced in a meeting with the armed forces.”

The decree was also criticized by Mohamed El-Baradei, the leader of the largest anti-Morsi faction. El-Baradei, the former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency and a longtime critic of Egypt’s military, was appointed vice president Tuesday, while a liberal economist, Hazem El-Beblawi, 76, was named prime minister. Beblawi served in the first military-led government after Mubarak’s ouster in 2011.

Through a spokesman, Mansour promised a Cabinet representing Egypt’s Islamist, secular and technocratic political factions.

The Obama Administration, which has refused to call Morsi’s removal a coup, said it was “cautiously encouraged” by Mansour’s plan, which calls for drafting the new constitution in four months, followed by parliamentary elections in six months and presidential elections to follow.

“We are encouraged that the interim government has laid out a plan for the path forward,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in Washington. “We think that’s a good thing,” echoed White House spokesman Jay Carney.

Carney said the plan could help Egypt move “forward with a democratic process and elections, both parliamentary and presidential. We think that’s a good thing.”

The State Department refused to comment on the aid package from Saudi Arabia and the UAE, which dwarfs the $1.5 billion annual aid the United States provides Egypt for its military and economy. Instead, State Department officials said only that elections “should move forward with the maximum inclusion and consensus.”


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Government-Approved Race Riots!?

Government-Approved Race Riots!?

By Matthew Vadum

The Obama Administration deployed government-paid community organizers to Sanford, Florida after the shooting death of Trayvon Martin last year in order to foment racial tensions, newly released government documents show.

The news came as the Obama Administration publicly pretended to be concerned at the prospect of ugly race riots breaking out across America in the increasingly likely event that defendant George Zimmerman will be acquitted in the case. Race riots benefit the Left, and in particular the Democratic Party, by riling up its staunchest voting bloc.

The Community Relations Service (CRS), a small office within the U.S. Department of Justice, sent taxpayer-funded political agitators to Sanford after 17-year-old Martin was killed Feb. 26, 2012, during a physical confrontation with community crime watch volunteer George Zimmerman. For a month and a half after Martin’s death, local police declined to press charges against Zimmerman because they believed the criminal case against him was weak.

DOJ documents provided to Judicial Watch under the Freedom of Information Act show that in the weeks before Zimmerman was charged, CRS expended thousands of dollars to help organize marches in which participants exacerbated racial tensions and loudly demanded that he be prosecuted.

According to the documentation, CRS employees were involved in

“marches, demonstrations, and rallies related to the shooting and death of an African-American teen by a neighbourhood watch captain”; providing

“support for protest deployment in Florida”; rendering

“technical assistance to the City of Sanford, event organizers, and law enforcement agencies for the march and rally on March 31”; and providing “technical assistance, conciliation, and onsite mediation during demonstrations planned in Sanford.”

In April, CRS “set up a meeting between the local NAACP and elected officials that led to the temporary resignation of police chief Bill Lee according to Turner Clayton, Seminole County chapter president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People,” the document dump revealed.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton condemned the Obama administration’s meddling.

“These documents detail the extraordinary intervention by the Justice Department in the pressure campaign leading to the prosecution of George Zimmerman,” Fitton said. “My guess is that most Americans would rightly object to taxpayers paying government employees to help organize racially-charged demonstrations.”

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder already joined the leftist lynch mob and reached his own verdict in the controversial case that, thanks to cheerleader journalism, has divided America. Holder, whose visceral contempt for conservatives is well documented, has single-mindedly focused on turning the Department of Justice into a postmodernist racial grievance incubator.

Of course, in a sense this kind of government-subsidized pot-stirring is nothing new. The Left has been using taxpayer dollars to fund efforts to advance radical causes and foment revolution in the United States for a half century, as I explained in my book, Subversion Inc.

Changes in federal social policy in the mid-1960s helped to lay the groundwork for this artificial activism and the civil unrest it caused. Under the leftist-designed War on Poverty, the federal government has been handing out taxpayers’ money since 1965 to community groups in order to encourage them to agitate against the status quo. In a sense, America declared war on itself and funded Saul Alinsky-inspired pressure groups to do the fighting.

In the Zimmerman case, the Obama administration simply cut out the middleman by hiring community organizers directly instead of giving federal grants to left-wing activist groups to support their troublemaking.

This isn’t the first time President Obama has used DOJ employees as his personal Alinskyite stormtroopers. Uniformed field representatives of the CRS also assisted Occupy Wall Street and anarchist activists outside the Republican National Convention in Tampa last year.

At every turn of his entire political career Barack Obama has been the instigator, promoter, and beneficiary of left-wing race hatred. It helped him move up the political ladder.

Fishing for votes, Obama injected himself and racial politics into the Zimmerman case during the election cycle last year when he volunteered, “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”

In the Martin case, the Left appears to have employed the same race-baiting messaging strategy that helped to inflame racial tensions in the aftermath of the tragic 2006 death of Martin Lee Anderson, a 14-year-old black boy. After Anderson died during mandatory physical training at a Florida boot camp for young offenders, racial-grievance mongers and politicians claimed he was killed because of the colour of his skin and demanded that criminal charges be laid. A racially diverse group of eight defendants (i.e. seven camp guards and a nurse) was eventually acquitted. The jury deliberated a mere 90 minutes after the three week manslaughter trial.

More evidence emerged yesterday that the prosecution of Zimmerman was a politically motivated witch hunt from the start.

After testifying in the trial Monday, former Sanford police chief Bill Lee told CNN that he was forced out of his job last year after he refused to lay charges against Zimmerman. In league with the NAACP, the Justice Department’s Community Relations Service helped to get Lee fired.

The investigation itself was hijacked by outside forces  “in a number of ways,” Lee said.

Despite the absence of evidence suggesting Zimmerman’s guilt, city officials pressured Lee to arrest him, he said.

“It was (relayed) to me that they just wanted an arrest. They didn’t care if it got dismissed later,” he said. “You don’t do that.”

Investigators were painfully aware that keeping Zimmerman out of jail for 46 days after the shooting was politically unpopular, Lee explained. Their forbearance subjected them to abuse “but they performed professionally. That’s the mark of a strong police department.”

Lee defended the police investigation as “sound,” explaining that there was no probable cause to arrest Zimmerman at the scene or in the weeks following.

“The police department needed to do a job, and there was some influence — outside influence and inside influence — that forced a change in the course of the normal criminal justice process,” Lee said. “With all the influence and the protests and petitions for an arrest, you still have to uphold your oath.”

“That investigation was taken away from us,” he said. “We weren’t able to complete it.”

Meanwhile, defense lawyers rested their case in the Zimmerman trial yesterday.

Zimmerman declined to take the witness stand in his own defense.

Sanford Chief of Police Cecil Smith told Breitbart News that there is “nothing out there”  suggesting that the verdict in the trial will be followed by civil unrest.

Sanford police have been coordinating with the Department of Homeland Security and CRS regional director Thomas Battles, Smith said.

If no riots break out, Obama’s community agitators may be forced to start some.


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Many Forms Of Fasting*

Many Forms Of Fasting*

By Imam Khalid Latif

lotus-flower-reflections-green1.jpgI woke up this morning to the pleasant sounds of my 7-month-old daughter Madina talking to herself in her crib. We share a special time most days for a couple of hours where it’s just she and I together before I have to leave for the day. I removed her from her swaddle cloth and changed her diaper before letting her loose on the carpet so she could commence crawling like a solider dragging herself through a trench.

As she set out on her mission, I opened my laptop and started to read the news when I came across this video featuring Yasiin Bey, more popularly known as Mos Def. In it, Yasiin volunteers to undergo a procedure of force-feeding that detainees at Guantanamo Bay are being put through in response to partaking in hunger strikes to protest their long detentions without a trial. It’s beyond intense. What’s even crazier is that after going through a day of fasting, Muslims at Guantanamo will be force-fed in the nights. And in some instances, the force-feeding may still be done during the day, preventing those who wish to observe Ramadan from actually fasting.

May God make things easy for these men and women.

It only truly dawned on me then how different and varied the experience of fasting can be from person to person because of how different life can be from person to person. While I break my fast with with friends and family, the men and women of Guantanamo will have their fast purposely broken far away from any family — some being detained now for almost a decade.

In the past couple of years of writing these reflections, my starting point has been with my intention. What am I hoping to gain from Ramadan? A goal of fasting though is the annihilation of the self, so my gains can’t be purely focused on me. They have to incorporate others, inclusive of those whose realities are starkly different than mine. Where do those who find themselves in places of need factor into my Ramadan? The orphans, the widows, the elderly, the oppressed? Those who are seemingly forgotten by the world, those who have no food or drink to break their fast with, those who have no friends or family to break their fast with, those whose lives are different than my own.

Through these next 30 days I can gain a better understanding of who I am, what I have, and how my fasting is not just good for me, but a source of benefit for those around me. I can see and strive towards reaching my potential, not being scared of it, but rather having the courage to embrace it. I can be brave enough to try to start, improve, or deepen my relationship with the Divine. Or I can make it about being hungry and thirsty and not only keeping myself from moving forward, but also those around me from growing because they are waiting and need me to move first.

As in years past, I would like to start the month with a quote from a female Islamic scholar named Fariha Fatima that my wife Priya shared with me before we got married. My hope is that is will offer an insight as to really how deep the practice of fasting can be if we let it be.

“There are as many forms of fasting as there are organs of perception and sensation, and each of these has many different levels. So we ask to fast from all that Allah does not love for us, and to feast on what the Beloved loves for us. Let us certainly fast from the limited mind, and all that it conjures up. Let us fast from fear, apart from fear and awe of Allah’s majesty. Let us fast from thinking that we know, when Allah alone is the Knower. Let us fast from thinking negatively of anyone. Let us fast from our manipulations and strategies. Let us fast from all complaint about the life experiences that Allah gives us. Let us fast from our bad habits and our reactions. Let us fast from desiring what we do not have. Let us fast from obsession. Let us fast from despair. Let us fast from not loving our self, and from denying our heart. Let us fast from selfishness and self-centered behavior. Let us fast from thinking that only what serves us is important. Let us fast from seeing reality only from our own point of view. Let us fast from seeing any reality other than Allah, and from relying on anything other than Allah. Let us fast from desiring anything other than Allah and Allah’s Prophets and friends, and our own true self. Essentially, let us fast from thinking that we have any existence separate from Allah.”


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