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Egypt's military rulers and the remnants of the old regime of toppled dictator Hosni Mubarak have made a brazen move against the revolution. The assault took the form of a ruling by Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court that is simultaneously intended to dissolve the country's parliament and allow the military's favored candidate to stay in a presidential runoff election scheduled for the weekend of 6/16-6/17--two steps in the direction of the counter-revolution. People all over the world have been inspired by the struggle of ordinary Egyptians to build a just, democratic society through protest, strike action, and over a year of ongoing organizing. We must continue to demonstrate our solidarity! The Egyptian struggle has helped U.S. social justice activists find our own courage to fight, from the Wisconsin labor rebellion to the Occupy Movement. And the US government continues to provide crucial financial and military support to Egypt's rulers as they have used U.S. tanks and tear gas to repress protesters. That's why all over the United States, we have taken action to show our brothers and sisters in Tahrir Square that we stand with them! Location of solidarity protest: Austin Capitol Building Video produced (Filmed and Edited) by Grace Alfar Directed by Jeff Zavala A Zgraphix Production http://zgraphix.org Austin Indymedia http://austin.indymedia.org
On Tuesday, November 29, 2011, people gathered at the Austin State Capitol in a show of solidarity with the Egyptian and Syrian people. The Egyptian people are facing enormous obstacles as they continue to demand an end to military rule and the beginning of democratic reforms in their country. Over the past few days, the police and the military have responded brutally, killing dozens and injuring thousands. What makes this even worse is that the Obama administration has done an about-face and is now tacitly supporting the military regime's crackdown on the protests by refusing to intervene (a replay of the administration's response to Mubarak's crackdown on protests). A ZGraphix production. Produced for Austin Indymedia by Grace Alfar http://zgraphix.org http://twitter.com/zgraphix http://facebook.com/zgraphix.org http://austin.indymedia.org
Al Jazeera - Empire looks at the dramatic changes taking place in the Arab world and their strategic implications. The fear factor has been broken, the genie is out of the bottle. Arabs have taken to the streets demanding freedom. As the winds of change blew across the Arab world, the US, the power that has long dominated the region, has been particularly absent. With all its allies crumbling one after another, what will the US do to maintain its influence in the region? And what can be expected of Israel, the country's closest ally in the region? Will the spread of democracy lead to a peaceful end to decades of autocratic rule in the Middle East or will the fear of Islamist extremism galvanize Washington's resolve to reinforce Pax Americana? Our guests today are: Rashid Khalidi, a professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University; Seymour Hersh, a Pulitzer-winning author; and Thomas Pickering, the former US under secretary of state. Our interviewees are: Clovis Maksoud, the director of the Center for the Global South; and Rob Malley, the Middle East director of International Crisis Group. This episode of Empire originally aired on February 7, 2011. more info: http://english.aljazeera.net/programmes/empire/2011/02/20112875931593543...
Inspired by the resilience of Egyptian people during their recent uprising, several notable musicians from North America have teamed up to release a song of solidarity and empowerment. The track is fittingly titled "#Jan25" as a reference to both the date the protests officially began in Egypt, and its prominence as a trending topic on Twitter. Produced by Sami Matar, a Palestinian-American composer from Southern California, and featuring the likes of Freeway, The Narcicyst, Omar Offendum, HBO Def Poet Amir Sulaiman, and Canadian R&B vocalist Ayah - this track serves as a testament to the revolution's effect on the hearts and minds of today's youth, and the spirit of resistance it has come to symbolize for oppressed people worldwide. Artist Information: Omar Offendum (MC #1) - http://twitter.com/Offendum The Narcicyst (MC #2) - http://twitter.com/TheNarcicyst Freeway (MC #3) - http://twitter.com/PhillyFreezer Amir Sulaiman (MC #4) http://twitter.com/AmirSulaiman Ayah (R&B Vocalist) - http://twitter.com/AyahMusic Sami Matar (Producer) - http://twitter.com/SamiMatar Artwork by Ridwan Adhami http://www.ridzdesign.com Blamethelabel - http://twitter.com/blamethelabel Mp3 download link: http://www.usershare.net/6cjtbiapu5y8"First they ignore you Then they laugh at you Then they fight you Then you WIN" - Ghandi Lyrics: http://www.facebook.com/notes/omar-offendum/jan25-lyrics/10150093099861500
Toll mounts as pro-democracy supporters apparently come under attack from Mubarak loyalists in the Egyptian capital. Heavy gunfire is being heard in Cairo's Tahrir (Liberation) Square as pro-democracy demonstrators continue to defy curfew in the Egyptian capital. Ambulances were seen heading to the area on Thursday morning and at least two fatalities were reported. Protesters from the pro-democracy and pro-government camps fought pitched battles on Wednesday in Tahrir Square, the epicentre of demonstrations against Hosni Mubarak for the past nine days. At least three people were reported to have died and more than 1,500 others injured in those clashes, according to officials and doctors quoted by the Reuters news agency. An Al Jazeera correspondent, reporting from just outside Tahrir Square late on Wednesday night, said dozens of pro-Mubarak supporters erected barricades on either side of a road, trapping the pro-democracy supporters. They were gathering stones, breaking streetlights and using balaclavas to cover their faces, apparently in preparation for a fresh standoff with the pro-democracy crowd. Our correspondent said local residents thought the men preparing for the standoff were police officers but the claim could not be independently confirmed. Just hours earlier, an Al Jazeera online producer reporting from near Tahrir Square said: "Someone - a few people actually - were dropping homemade bombs into the square from the buildings surrounding it." Gunshots were also regularly ringing out of the square. Army standing by Witnesses said the military allowed thousands of pro-Mubarak supporters, armed with sticks and knives, to enter the square. Opposition groups said Mubarak had sent in thugs to suppress anti-government protests. One of our correspondents said the army seemed to be standing by and facilitating the clashes.