Saturday, January 29, 2011

Budros, Palestine - Pictures of the .demonstrations are on Flicker (click title to entry - thank you)

A little known documentary regarding the success of passive resistence of the villagers of Budros has been an incredible model for the Arab world.

Plot Summary forBil'in Habibti (2006)

The Palestinian village of Bil'in is about to lose over a half of its territory to Israel. The residents of the village decide to embark on a struggle against the construction of the barrier. The film exposes the extraordinary relationship formed between the villagers and Shai, the director, who arrives with a group of Israeli peace activists and the conflict that arises between him, as a former soldier and the entire military organization. Written by Carmeli-Pollak, Shai

The Egyptian people will have their change of government without large scale violence.

The initial clashes where injury and death occurred has mostly ended.

The people do not want their cities tuned into war zones.  They have made stand in solidarity and their President has heard them  He will resign after a long career of loving the people of Egypt.  He'll do the best for the country and transition of power.

Mohamed ElBaradei: The Egyptian people have revolted  (click here – video)

29 January 2011 Last updated at 11:13 ET

Thousands of people have taken to the streets in Egypt on a fifth day of protests, despite President Mubarak appearing on TV on Friday to announce he was sacking his government.

In Cairo, police used rubber bullets and tear gas in clashes with protesters at the interior ministry and there have also been clashes in the cities of Alexandria and Ismailiya.
Speaking to the BBC's Jeremy Bowen, pro-democracy activist Mohamed ElBaradei said that "the Egyptian people have revolted against 58 years of repression"....

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama has called on Egyptian authorities not to use violence against raging political protests, and drove home his message in a 30-minute phone call to President Hosni Mubarak.
His warning came Friday as the United States toughened its line on Mubarak's government, a key Middle Eastern ally, warning it would review billions of dollars in aid to Egypt based on the behavior of the security forces.
Obama urged Mubarak to take "concrete" steps towards political reforms, saying he must turn "a moment of volatility" into "a moment of promise" after violent clashes in Egyptian cities, where the death toll has reached at least 35.
"I want to be very clear in calling upon the Egyptian authorities to refrain from any violence against peaceful protesters," Obama said, after aides said the White House was readying for any possible political scenarios in Egypt.
"The people of Egypt have rights that are universal. That includes the right to peaceful assembly and association. The right to free speech and the ability to determine their own destiny."...

There needs to be less military and more social aid to Egypt.

...Egypt receives close to $2bn in economic (click here)  and military aid every year, making it the second largest recipient of US foreign assistance after Israel. Of that, $1.3bn is devoted to military assistance, according to the Congressional Research Service, the public policy arm of the US congress....

I object to any monies spent on or with Egypt is acting to oppress the people.  We know and the global community knows radical agenda's in the MiddleEast breed extremists.  This social oppression of Egypt has to end, now.

...Writing for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in 2009, Ahmad Al-Sayed El-Naggar said the money "does not aim to strengthen Egyptian military power against any external threat, as this would be contrary to the declared US objective of ensuring Israeli security and maintaining Israeli military supremacy over its Arab neighbors, including Egypt. Instead, this aid is devoted mainly to strengthening the regime's domestic security and its ability to confront popular movements"....