Archive | November 22, 2013

Egypt’s Military not doing as Well They Would Like Others to Believe*

Egypt’s Military not doing as Well They Would Like Others to Believe*

Egypt’s military has set up memorial to its own massacres, one of many ironies the military keeps on churning out. As non-aligned Muslim Brotherhood protests escalate, the military controlled Egyptian media pumps up self-elected president General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s profile, when the reality is very different on the ground.

By Farah Halime

General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi must be reveling in the image of an all-powerful oligarch created by the media.

Apparently he reigns over a sprawling economic empire that journalists describe (in now rather cliched terms) as so varied that it covers everything from the production of flat-screen televisions and pasta to refrigerators and cards.

It’s claimed that the army has control over as much as 40% of the Egyptian economy. It owns football grounds and restaurants and provides services such as managing petrol stations.

Some even estimate the military control as much as 80% of manufacturing alone. But then again, that estimate came from FOX News, not the most reliable of sources.

The truth is, the Egyptian military is far from being a well-oiled business machine. In fact, historically, the army have been very bad at making money and its own failures have led it to seek other forms of income. Why else would an army diversify its interests so considerably?

The pitfalls of the military’s weak economic strategy are laid bare in this detailed paper by Stephen H. Gotowicki, a lieutenant colonel in the US Army who worked in the Army’s Foreign Military Studies Office:

In the coming years, Egypt’s military production sector will probably decline. Egypt suffers from low productivity, a lack of adequate     funding and a dearth of external markets. Egypt’s largest customer during the 1980s, Iraq, has been removed from the market place as a result of UN sanctions imposed against Iraq for its invasion of Kuwait. Egyptian military products also face increased competition. The cash-strapped Russians are offering highly advanced weapons at bargain prices.

Egypt’s military industries have not promoted import substitution or sustained export earnings. The technological benefit of the armed forces’ military industrial endeavors have proven to be only marginal to Egypt’s economic developments. While Egypt does assemble sophisticated military weapons systems, the facilities to do so are provided by Western businesses on a “turn key” basis.

The Egyptians receive kits for assembly, but the technology involved is closely maintained by the Western partner. Hence, little technology that would allow independent Egyptian development of systems has been received. For Egypt, technology is a conundrum — high technology industrial efforts are a capital intensive endeavor; Egypt has a labor intensive economy with little capital. Finally, it would appear that Egypt’s military industries have done little to enhance its regional power

In other words, Egypt’s army failed miserably at the one thing they should have been doing well – military production.

The piece goes onto explain how “self-sufficiency would permit a greater measure of Egyptian independence in security matters and should allow the Egyptian military to fight longer without foreign resupply.” Now the refrigerator production and petrol station management makes sense. The army, if anything, is simply trying to keep its head above water.

Contrary to popular belief, General Sisi and his partners do not have a powerful grip on the economy, nor are they savvy businessmen out to expand a flourishing empire. They are interested mostly in protecting the economic interests that allow them to be self-sufficient and not reliant on foreign partners.

It’s a lazy approach to their business and part of the reason why we have seen the army interfere in the transition so much – to manoeuvre Egypt, as much as possible, out of economic decline and shield its factories and production lines.

But still, the military plays no significant role in any of the major Egyptian industries today – oil and gas, steel and cement. The businesses that the military does play a role in would certainly not give them control of over 40% of the economy.

That figure has never really been verified or proven, with only a few rare instances when the military did reveal how much money they make.

At one point just before the January 25th revolution, Businessweek ran an interview with the then minister of military production, Sayed Meshaal, saying the army made about $345 million in revenue from the private sector, a far cry from the billions of dollars they are claimed to generate.

What’s more, the army’s “economic strategy” is riddled with corrupt practices. Mr Meshaal, who served as the minister of military production till 2011, is now being investigated for awarding contracts “above cost”.

In another example of dodgy money management, millions of dollars of profits from military industry exports during the 1980s and 1990s were reportedly returned to the military coffers with no government accounting or taxes (i.e. “off-budget”).

The military are far from being shrewd businessmen. Instead, because of a track record of losing contracts, bad ties to regional powers and dodgy accountancy, the army are relying on selling bottled water and other domestic goods to survive.

Plus, the military’s role in the economy actually stifles free market reform by increasing direct government involvement in the markets.

General Sisi has said nothing about the army’s economic prerogative but we can already deduce what the military is interested in: remaining conservative, keeping policy simple without innovation or anything too radical (such as cutting those precious energy subsidies that the army rely on so much to run their factories at a cut price) and focusing on big, state-run projects (just like Mubarak).

With no real systemic changes being offered, the army has missed an opportunity to save the economy and much to their demise, protect their own economic interests.

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PM Behind Egypt’s First Trade Surplus in 50 Years Faces Imprisonment*

Sisi’s Student Paper and Egypt’s New Regime*

Military Controlled Egyptian Media*

Judges Step Down from Brotherhood Trial

Egypt: Silencing all Voices Accept the One it Wants to Hear*

Wahhabism as a Tool of Colonialism*

On Trial Ousted President Mursi Remains Defiant

Egypt Hires US Lobbyist with Ties to Israel*

Egypt Closes 1,000 Mosques

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Hawaii Bans Biotech Companies, and their GMO Crops*

Hawaii Bans Biotech Companies, and their GMO Crops*

The governing council for Hawaii (or Big) Island Tuesday banned biotech companies from operating on the island while barring growth of genetically modified organisms.

The Hawaii County Council approved Bill 113 by a vote of 6-3, which would mandate a possible 30 days in jail and up to a $1,000 fine for any violator of the ban on growing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on Big Island, officially known as Hawaii Island, the largest and southernmost of the Hawaiian state.

The bill also keeps out biotech giants like Monsanto, Dow and BASF, which have operations on other Hawaiian islands. One of them, Kauai, recently advanced its own legislation that increases regulation of biotech companies there.

The large papaya industry, with around 200 farms on Big Island, would be exempt from the bill, which was supported over a competing bill that that would have subjected papayas to the rules.

Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi has 10 days to decide whether to approve the council’s bill. The council could override a veto by Kenoi with a vote from six members.

“We are at a juncture,” Councilwoman Margaret Wille, who introduced the bill, said to Honolulu Civil Beat of the Big Island. “Do we move forward in the direction of the agro-chemical monoculture model of agriculture, or do we move toward eco-friendly, diversified farming?”

Civil Beat reported extensive public testimony on the bill in September, marked by passionate statements by several residents.

“Forcing genes of one species into another and changing the DNA of plants is not natural and could turn out to be a huge danger, similar to nuclear disasters, for our planet that we can’t put out,” one woman testified.

Supporters of the ban linked cancer, birth deformities, tumors, sterility and other conditions to GMO consumption.

Yet small farmers worry the measure, aimed at much larger companies, will leave them without access to new technologies that could aid their operations, Civil Beat reported.

“How can you say you can only farm what you are farming now?” Dean Okimoto, president of the Hawaii Farm Bureau, said. “You may be putting guys out of business by restricting what they can and cannot use going forward. The cattle guys are depending on trying to develop a drought resistant grass.”

Supporters of GMOs say adverse effects of food that comes from the manipulation of an organism’s genetic material are unproven at this point. The US Department of Agriculture says over 80 percent of corn and over 90 percent of soy in the US, for instance, are GMOs.

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Eight Volcanoes in Six Different Countries Erupt Within Hours of Each Other*

Eight Volcanoes in Six Different Countries Erupt Within Hours of Each Other*

Japan

After poisoning the islands of Japan and the Pacific Ocean with radioactive waste, a new island has appeared in the Pacific. A submarine eruption just off Nishino-Shima Island in the Pacific Ocean in Japan’s Izu (or Volcano) island chain. This volcano has erupted for the first time in 40 years.

It is produced by a new submarine eruption which is currently taking place about 500 m southeast of Nishino-Shima Island. The eruption was first spotted by Japanese navy November 21st at 10:20 (local time) who documented surtseyan activity at the eruption site (explosive interaction of sea-water and lava, generating violent jets of steam and ash). It appears that the eruption has already built an island of about 200 m diameter in size, which suggests that the vent was already located in very shallow waters.

Mexico

Almost 7,000 miles away in Mexico, the Colima Volcano blew its top. The chief operating officer of the State System of Civil Protection, Melchor Ursua Quiroz, said: “The volcano has been recharged” and in the last two days has been sharp exhalations, which triggered an alert status from monitoring equipment installed before this new volcanic activity. The Colima Volcano is currently one of the busiest in the country and is the most monitored, however much of its equipment is damaged or it has been stolen and require replacement.

The scientific body apparatuses volcano tectónicos detected six earthquakes of magnitude less than 2.5 from the Popocatepetl Volcano, Mexico.

Guatemala

In Guatemala the ‘Fire Mountain’ belched out lava and sent up a moderate ash cloud causing an ash fall over nearby towns. The explosions and shock waves occurring in the volcano can be felt by residents over 6 miles away. Doors and windows are reported to be rattling, but there has been no damage so far.

Vanuatu

Weak explosions occurred at Yasur Volcano: Geohazards reports that the volcano continues to produce near-continuous ash emissions while explosions are relatively weak at the Yasur volcano on Vanuatu. This phase of ash emissions began on 3 November and are likely to continue into the coming days and weeks. Yasur Alert Level is still maintained at Level 1. Villages and communities located close and far away from the volcano, especially those in the prevailing trade winds direction (NW) are likely to receive ash falls.

Chile

On 20 Nov at 08:07 (local time), a volcano-tectonic magnitude 2.4 earthquake occurred at 6 km depth north-east of the Chaitén Volcano. It was followed by a swarm of more than 80 quakes of mostly long-period type, characteristic for movements of fluids (gasses, water, and possibly magma) inside cracks inside the volcanic edifice. They are considered potential precursors to eruptive activity. In addition, pulses of volcanic tremor and a second volcanic-tectonic quakes of magnitude 2.7 at 11:39 local time, this time at shallow 4.4 km depth were recorded.

Italy

Mount Etna, the most active volcano in Europe, put on a spectacular show Saturday night and into Sunday. A massive eruption from Etna lit up the night sky over the island of Sicily. The Sicilian mountain spewed ash and lava, lighting up the Italian sky and disrupting flights at Catania airport. While Etna is known for regular activity, its last major eruption was in 1992, when streams of lava oozed down the sides of the mountain. Diversion efforts were able to save nearly all of the town of Zafferana. The volcano has been tormenting its neighbors since 1500 BCE, when the first records of eruptions show people forced to flee. More than 200 eruptions have been documented since, with the most powerful being in 1669, when lava flows stretched more than 10 miles, and the longest eruption was in 1979, which went on for 13 years.

Indonesia

Two volcanoes in Indonesia erupted Monday morning, spewing ash into the air, forcing evacuations and causing airplanes to change their flight paths.

The first volcano, Mount Sinabung, sent ash flying more than four miles into the air, the highest since the volcano became active again in September after lying dormant for three years Thousands of villagers who live on the slopes of the volcano were evacuated earlier this month after Sinabung’s alert status was elevated and lava started rolling down the volcano. The rumbling of the volcano prompted the evacuation of over 6000 people as scientists feared a major eruption.

Mount Merapi also erupted, spewing ash about a mile into the air and sprinkling several towns. Merapi killed more than 300 people when it erupted in 2010.

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NWO: Law Enforced DNA Sample Harvesting*

NWO: Law Enforced DNA Sample Harvesting*

“How voluntary is it when you have a police officer in uniform flagging you down?”

Federal contractors have been setting up roadblocks in cities across the country with the purpose of collecting DNA samples from passing motorists. The multi-million dollar federal program has been disturbing drivers and alarming civil libertarians.

The checkpoints consist of uniformed agents blocking a public road and flagging drivers into a testing area or a parking lot. There, the drivers are requested to submit a saliva or blood sample to the federal government.

The roadblocks were part of a study orchestrated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The agency contracted the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, based in Calverton, MD, to perform the roadblocks. The program costs taxpayers $7.9 million over 3 years, according to NBC News Dallas-Fort Worth.

The agency confirmed that the operation is currently being launched in 30 different U.S. cities.

Drivers are offered cash for surrendering DNA samples. The going rate is $10 for a cheek-swab and $50 for blood drawn from the vein. The goal, according to the NHTSA, is to decrease impaired-driving accidents by analyzing raw bodily fluids fresh off the street.

“They want to find out of all the people surveyed, how many people were driving with alcohol in their system, or prescription drugs, things like that,” said Lt. Freddie Turrentine of the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department, in Pell City, Alabama.

Voluntary or Not?

The NHTSA says that the samples are “voluntary,” but drivers have had varying experiences.

Kim Cope, of North Fort Worth, Texas, said that the checkpoint she experienced was not voluntary at all. She was forced off the road into a parking lot on November 15th and pressured into submitting to a breathalyzer. Cope was on her lunch break when she was forced into the checkpoint.

“I gestured to the guy in front that I just wanted to go straight, but he wouldn’t let me and forced me into a parking spot,” she said to NBC Dallas-Fort Worth.

“They were asking for cheek swabs. They would give $10 for that. Also, if you let them take your blood, they would pay you $50 for that.”

But Cope was not interested in getting paid.

“I finally did the Breathalyzer test just because I thought that would be the easiest way to leave.”

“How voluntary is it when you have a police officer in uniform flagging you down?” asked Susan Watson, executive director of the Alabama chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. “Are you going to stop? Yes, you’re going to stop.”

“Although this was voluntary it was not voluntary that you stop and hear the DNA for CASH pitch,” said Alabama resident ‘J. Bosey’ after experiencing a checkpoint in June.

Carl Olund, another driver was subjected to a roadblock in Fort Worth, told NBCDFW.com that he was pressured into provide samples of his breath and saliva to the federal agents there. Not knowing the stop was “voluntary,” he said his rationale for cooperating was that he felt if he left the roadblock without cooperating he might have had “4 or 5 cops chasing [him].”

“It just doesn’t seem right that you can be forced off the road when you’re not doing anything wrong,” said Cope, discovering the tyranny of police checkpoints. “None of it felt voluntary.”

And as a Fort Worth attorney discovered in the fine print, some searches are blatantly performed without consent. Attorney Frank Colosi pointed out that the fine print on a form given to drivers informs them their breath was tested by “passive alcohol sensor readings before the consent process has been completed.”

One such search can be performed with a breath sensor disguised as a flashlight. When a police officer sticks his flashlight in a driver’s face, its not just for intimidation and humiliation. It may also be to perform a warrantless search of their breath.

“They’re essentially lying to you when they say it’s completely voluntary, because they’re testing you at that moment,” Colosi said.

Problems

  1. The aura of authority. While insisting the program is “voluntary,” the NHTSA is going to the trouble of setting up roadblocks and hiring uniformed local cops to staff them. While they are technically “off-duty” with their local departments – and receiving paychecks directly from the federal government – they are still utilizing their official police uniforms, official police vehicles, and official police equipment to make drivers comply with the roadblocks. To reinforce the claim that the checkpoints are voluntary, the survey takers should be dressed in plain clothes, not presenting themselves as police officers giving orders.
  2. Ineffective. Common sense tells us that if the tests are voluntary, and the goal is to find people who are breaking the law, then the data is going to be useless. The people who are actually impaired on the road are going to make every effort to avoid being caught. The resultant test group will be comprised mostly of people who are not impaired and just want to collect some free Federal giveaway money.
  3. Expensive. For a country that runs trillion dollar deficits annually, the federal government certainly finds some bizarre things to spend money on. Spending nearly $8 million on an ineffective and invasive survey seems like an easy place to start cutting.
  4. Searches without consent. Kim Cope’s account draws into question whether the roadblocks are being presented as voluntary at all. And as pointed out above, the “passive alcohol sensor readings” are performed on people without their consent.
  5. Federal overreach. The roadblocks are, at least in some cases, being set up by the federal government without the local government’s knowledge or approval. In Alabama, Gov. Robert Bentley received complaints about the NHTSA checkpoints and admitted he had not been notified of their presence.

More dubiously, the program has the passive effect of conditioning the public to accept government agents setting up roadblocks in their communities for any reason imaginable. If Americans wish to live in a society that does not accept police checkpoints as a routine part of their daily lives, it is important to push back against these programs at every opportunity.

Watch an interview with Kim Cope, via NBC News Dallas-Fort Worth:

 

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NWO: UK Effectively Bans Homeschooling*

LOVE & FEAR*

Feeding the Homeless Now Illegal*

The Eugenics of HPV Vaccine*

Fairness, Justice and Freedom are More Than Just Words*

The Genetic Legacy of Stress*

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Why I Will Never, Ever, Go Back to the United States

Deleting Religious Thinking: A Governmental Agenda*

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It’s About Shutting YOU Down!

Inuit Children Defended Themselves against Paedophile Priest*

Inuit Children Defended Themselves against Paedophile Priest*

Catholic priest Eric Dejaeger

A witness at the trial of a priest facing dozens of sexual abuse charges involving Inuit children testified that the girls in her community were forced to devise a foul way to stop him.

The woman, who can’t be named under a court order, told a pin-drop silent courtroom that the only thing the girls could think of to fend off Eric Dejaeger was to empty their bowels while he attacked them.

The court heard many were unsuccessful at preventing Dejaeger attacks.

One woman told court how, when she was a little girl, Dejaeger taped her feet and right hand to the bed frame in his room and sodomized her. Court heard the priest forced a group of children to watch him having sex with his large dog.

Another man said he was a young boy when Dejaeger forced him to perform oral sex — then struck him for doing it.

Witnesses leaving court after their testimony could be heard in the room outside howling wordlessly in grief and pain.

The trial in Iqaluit, Nunavut, started with Dejaeger pleading guilty to 8 counts of indecent assault. Testimony began on the remaining 69 charges he faces, including sexual abuse, indecent assault, making threats and confinement.

The first witness described her home town of Igloolik, Nunavut, as a friendly place between 1978 and 1982. She said it was common for children to gather at the Catholic Church, where they had room to play and were given crayons and pictures to colour.

When Dejaeger first arrived in 1978, he was “normal,” said the witness, who was five at the time.

“He was nice at first,” she said.

But one day, he grabbed her, sat her on her lap and spread his legs. He reached inside her pants and underwear and fondled her, she said.

“I was scared — and curious,” she said. “‘What was that all about?”‘

Days later, she said, Dejaeger grabbed her and hauled her upstairs to a separate room that had a small bed. She said Dejaeger threw her on the bed and tried to rape her. She tried to hold him off with her hands, but he was too strong.

“I was crying,” she said. “I didn’t know how to stop him. He was really strong. I was trying to think of any way I could to make him stop.”

She said she got him to stop by defecating on him.

She said Dejaeger called her disgusting and took her down to a nearby river that was still largely frozen. He stuck her in the water, where she was later found by a friend, she said.

The woman went on to describe another assault in which Dejaeger grabbed one of her friends and began taking her to the same room. The woman said she tried to get her friend away, but Dejaeger took them both upstairs.

She said she was forced to watch as Dejaeger dropped his pants, grabbed her friend by the hair and pushed her face into his groin.

Dejaeger never touched her again, the witness said. Sometimes he gave her candy. He would call her “kuluk” — Inuktitut for “beautiful.”

He warned the girls not to tell anyone what had happened. If they did: “We were going to be taken away and we would never see our parents again.”

The girls talked about how to defend themselves against Dejaeger, the witness told Judge Robert Kilpatrick, who is hearing the case without a jury.

Nobody came up with a better plan than she had — defecating on him.

She testified that she had received out-of-court payments from the Catholic church totalling about $56,000. The payments came with a warning to remain silent, she said.

The woman who testified she was taped to the bed said the attack began innocently enough — Dejaeger asked her to fetch something from his bedroom.

When she got there, however, the priest was waiting.

The witness, who was nine or 10 at the time, said he patted the bed beside him and invited her to sit. When she did, he began rubbing her body, she said. The tape then came out and the assault followed.

“When he was finished with me, he slapped me,” she said. “That was his way of indicating I’m not supposed to repeat this.”

Dejaeger left her and she scraped her arms escaping from the tape, she said. They became infected and she still bears the scars.

Dejaeger was originally charged in 1995 with three counts of indecent assault and three counts of buggery, a charge no longer in the Criminal Code. But he left the country and returned to his homeland of Belgium before his court appearance.

Belgian officials sent him back in 2011 when they discovered he was living there illegally.

The number of counts against Dejaeger didn’t balloon until the late 1990s, when more alleged victims from Igloolik began coming forward. New charges were still being laid after his return to Canada and stood at 76. Yet another one was added as the trial began Monday.

A total of 26 witnesses from Igloolik are expected to take the stand.

The trial has been scheduled for six weeks.

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