Egyptian Blogger-Activist Alaa on Democracy Now!

Amy Goodman interviews Egyptian blogger and activist Alaa Abdel Fattah, who was recently released from jail, on Democracy Now!

@Alaa is a renowned leftist blogger from a family of longtime Egyptian activists. He was arrested for challenging continued military rule and now supports having the speaker of parliament, who will be chosen in January, assume the office of the presidency.

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  1. He was arrested for challenging continued military rule and now supports having the speaker of parliament, who will be chosen in January, assume the office of the presidency.

    It is interesting now that it is clear that the speaker of Parliament, if the Islamists want, will be an Islamist.

    I’ve long contended that there in Egypt’s movement toward democracy there is no meaningful conflict between Egypt’s liberals and religious people, only a conflict between the West in support of Egypt’s military and the people of Egypt.

  2. link to jpost.com

    Muhammad ElBaradei says the US has been holding secret talks with Egypt’s military dictatorship about Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel.

    Speaking to the Iranian semi-official Fars news agency on Tuesday, Elbaradiei, the former International Atomic Energy Agency head, indicated that the future of Israel’s peace treaty with Egypt was at the center of a recent and secret round of talks between U.S. officials and members of the Egyptian Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.

    “The negotiations were completely secret and confidential,” ElBaradei told Fars, adding that what the ruling military indicated “said was that the talks were about bilateral and mutual relations, but I believe that Americans wanted to ensure that the deals signed between Egypt and Israel will remain intact if Islamists ascend to power.”

    A couple of things to mention, now that unless ElBaradei is lying, there is no question the US is imposing its influence on Egypt’s dictatorship (as it has for more than three decades up to now.)

    1) The US could have been holding secret discussions about holding elections when the SCAS said it would hold them. It is clear that the problem is not that the US does not have leverage over Egypt’s military government. The problem is that the US chooses to use its leverage to advance a single agenda, Israel’s strategic position.

    2) The SCAS has claimed to be an interim government that in theory should not be in a position to make any commitments about Egypt’s future relations with Israel – and certainly not any commitments that specifically take into account that Islamists, not the military, is poised to win the elections.

    3) The United States has issued a public statement claiming that military dictatorship should transfer power to a civilian government. Afterwards, the US began holding secret discussions with the dictatorship directly aimed at limiting the scope of powers of any future civilian government by retaining the power to set policy related to Israel in the military dictatorship.

    4) We occasionally see claims that Egypt’s military holds power despite the wishes of the US because it benefits from control of the country. Instead we see the military agreeing with the United States to relinquish control of the country and to maintain control only over the policies, regarding Israel, that the United States wants to prevent from falling into the hands of Egypt’s voters.

    The truth about the United States’ and Barack Obama’s role in preventing Egypt’s voters from controlling Egyptian policy is seeping out.

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