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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Egypt Rising

Why are the United States biggest "allies" also the the biggest violators of human rights?  Need we look further than China and Egypt or Saudi Arabia?  We push for democracy and human rights, but then for decade after decade support leaders, dictators ruling in other countries. In many cases the US plays or played a role in setting up these regimes that are later accused of the atrocities. In the case of Egypt we see Mubarak has been in power for almost thirty years. Where is the democracy there? Are we looking for "allies" "good Guys" or are we looking for control and the best rates on commodities? Which is more important Money or the quality of human life?

 On the news everyone from  Secretary of state Clinton and up or down pussy foots  around about  Mubarak> Enough already> I am SOOOOOOO tired of hearing what an ally he has been> Hello what kind of democracy is that? The guy has been in for thirty years> Tell him to GO. He is either good or bad> It should not be based upon what WE can get out of him. Reports are so cautious to say nothing "supporting" him, but yet they say nothing AGAINST him either.
Because you are neither hot nor cold I spit you from my mouth.
Make a decision and stick with it, get off the fence and pick the ass kissing splinters out and lets see what's right for PEOPLE being done, not what's right for those with money and those in power.

Coptic MP Georgette Sobhi exchanged her signature on a petition calling for Ayman Nour’s release for the Mubarak regime’s support of a ban of the book and movie versions of The DaVinci Code.

On the day of Nour's guilty verdict and sentencing, the White House Press Secretary released the following statement denouncing the government's action:[6]
The United States is deeply troubled by the conviction today of Egyptian politician Ayman Nour by an Egyptian court. The conviction of Mr. Nour, the runner-up in Egypt's 2005 presidential elections, calls into question Egypt's commitment to democracy, freedom, and the rule of law. We are also disturbed by reports that Mr. Nour's health has seriously declined due to the hunger strike on which he has embarked in protest of the conditions of his trial and detention. The United States calls upon the Egyptian government to act under the laws of Egypt in the spirit of its professed desire for increased political openness and dialogue within Egyptian society, and out of humanitarian concern, to release Mr. Nour from detention.
In February 2006, Rice visited Hosni Mubarak yet never spoke Nour's name publicly. When asked about him at a news conference, she referred to his situation as one of Egypt's setbacks. Days later, Mubarak told a government newspaper that Rice "didn't bring up difficult issues or ask to change anything." From prison, Nour stated "I pay the price when [Rice] speaks [of me], and I pay the price when she doesn't," Nour said. "But what's happening to me now is a message to everybody."[7]
In June 2007 President Bush, speaking at a conference of dissidents in the Czech Republic, revisited the issue of Ayman Nour, saying:[8]
There are many dissidents who couldn't join us because they are being unjustly imprisoned or held under house arrest. I look forward to the day when a conference like this one include Alexander Kozulin of Belarus, Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma, Oscar Elias Biscet of Cuba, Father Nguyen Van Ly of Vietnam, Ayman Nour of Egypt. (Applause.) The daughter of one of these political prisoners is in this room. I would like to say to her, and all the families: I thank you for your courage. I pray for your comfort and strength. And I call for the immediate and unconditional release of your loved ones. ... I have asked Secretary Rice to send a directive to every U.S. ambassador in an un-free nation: Seek out and meet with activists for democracy. Seek out those who demand human rights.
Nour was released on health grounds on 18 February 2009.[1] He was injured in the Egyptian protests of January 28 2011, where he received a stone in the head. He is being currently treated in a hospital in Agouza.

We need to look out for each other as people, humans, not commodities. I am not a commodity I am a human.
I hope Ayman Nour is recovering and will return to the fray, he seems to have the right ideals.

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