Jan. 29th, 2011

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Tear Gas, Rocks, Rubber Bullets. Egypt? No, in the U.S.

This morning, with good reason, much of the news in the twittersphere is focused on the popular uprisings in Egypt and the government’s harsh response by shutting down the internet, allowing for a mass cover up of violations of human rights. While it is easy to ignore what is happening in Egypt and the state response by dismissing it as something happening in a foreign land, tear gas canisters have also been opening over land currently occupied by the United States.
As we have been writing about, in Puerto Rico protests continue against rising fees in the university system but there are also protests against the violence being used against students and journalist attempting to do their jobs and cover the struggleMORE

Jan 21 article:Protests and Arrests Continue at the University of Puerto Rico

Yesterday marked the second day of coordinated civil disobedience at the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras as part of a strike that protests an $800 fee that some say is aimed at making the constitutional protected right to education in Puerto Rico a privilege.
Video from the first day of civil disobedience where at least 50 people were arrested. In one scene it looks as if about five police officers pile on top of one protester in order to arrest him. In the background you can hear a woman saying, “Ya, you have him already,” so that police will get off his back.MORE

Global Voices is providing some blog based coverage. If you've got an Spanish Language articles, please link?

ETA: The Stakes Modern School: Mass student arrests in Puerto Rico

Government crackdowns have become much more aggressive in the past few weeks.Assistant Superintendent of Field Operations, Leovigildo Vazquez, admitted to using pressure point compliance holds that many consider a form of torture. In protests last week, police used tear gas, pepper spray, batons, and Taser guns against students. One student was clubbed in the head and another hit by a car.
UPR serves about 65,000 students on 11 campuses, and is the largest university in the Caribbean. It is estimated that at least 10,000 students will drop out of the system as a result of the fee hike.
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Interview with Hossam el-Hamalawy:Professor Mark LeVine interviews journalist and blogger Hossam el-Hamalawy on the situation in Egypt.

Mark LeVine:

In Tunisia the labour unions played a crucial role in the revolution, as their large and disciplined membership ensured that protests could not be easily quashed and gave an organisational edge. What's the role of the labour movement in Egypt in the current uprising?

Hossam el-Hamalawy:

The Egyptian labour movement was quite under attack in the 1980s and 1990s by police, who used live ammunition against peaceful strikers in 1989 during strikes in the steel mills and in 1994 in the textile mill strikes. But steadily since December 2006 our country has been witnessing the biggest and most sustained waves of strike actions since 1946, triggered by textile strikes in the Nile Delta town of Mahalla, home of largest labour force in the Middle East with over 28,000 workers. It started because of labour issues but spread to every sector in society except the police and military.

As a result of these strikes we've managed to get 2 independent unions, the first of their kind since 1957 property tax collectors, including more than 40,000 civil servants, and then health technicians, more than 30,000 of whom launched a union just last month outside of the state controlled unions.

But it's true that one major distinction between us and Tunisia is that although it was a dictatorship, Tunisia had a semi-independent trade union federation. Even if the leadership was collaborating with the regime, the rank and file were militant trade unionists. So when time came for general strikes, the unions could pull it together. But here in Egypt we have a vacuum that we hope to fill soon. Independent trade unionists have already been subjected to witch hunts since they tried to be established; there are already lawsuits filed against them by state and state-backed unions, but they are getting stronger despite the continued attempts to silence them.

Of course, in the last few days the crackdown has been directed against street protesters, who aren't necessarily trade unionists. These protests have gathered a wide spectrum of Egyptians, including sons and daughters of the elite. So we have a combination of urban poor and youth together with the middle class and the sons and daughters of elite.

I think Mubarak has managed to alienate all sectors of society except his close circle of

Mark LeVine:

What about the role of the US in this conflict. How do people on the street view its positions?

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Before we get into the Egyptian behemoth of news:

Fresh protests erupt in Yemen

Dozens of activists calling for the ouster of Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemen's president, have clashed with government supporters in Sanaa, the country's capital.

Plainclothes police also attacked the demonstrators, who marched to the Egyptian embassy in Sanaa on Saturday chanting "Ali, leave leave" and "Tunisia left, Egypt after it and Yemen in the coming future".

The chants were referring to the ouster of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia early this month and to continuing demonstrations against Hosni Mubarak, the president of Egypt.

No casualties have been reported in the Yemen clashes.

Tawakel Karman, a female activist who has led several protests in Sanaa during the past week, said that a member of the security forces in civilian clothes tried to attack her with a dagger and a shoe but was stopped by other protesters.

In addition, the Yemen Post says that Yemen March in Solidarity with Egypt Protests

Tens of activists, journalists and MPs marched in Yemen's capital Sana'a on Saturday in solidarity with the Egyptian people holding massive protests demanding Egypt's President Mubarak to leave office.

The protestors gathered early today at the Yemeni Journalists Syndicate and wanted to reach the Egyptian embassy in Jamal Street, but police prevented them.MORE

Some links from [livejournal.com profile] ontd_political Live Post 2

Al Jazeera Magazine says that Sources in Egyptian embassy in Tel Aviv claim that they are preparing for his arrival since Saudi Arabia said no.

Al Jazeera English's Live blog says that Mubarak's sons Gamal and Aala, have arrived in London, that a military guy named Suleiman was appt. Vice President, there was looting in the Cairo Museum, with speculation that its government thugs in plain clothes that residents holding hands outside to protect it and police, protestors still keep trying to break into the Ministry of the Interior, and are overall unimpressed with the new gov't. And basically, the army is standing by, trying to stop looters in affluent districts, and trying not to hurt protestors when they (the army) try to enforce curfew in some places. Also, ruling party headquarters around the country continue to be set ablaze the latest one is in Luxor. Naturally, the death toll continues to rise.

Graphics showing how much of the Egyptian Internet was cut off

Could a US government crack down take America off the internet?
Do we have to ask?

All the scenarios for shutting down the American internet involve some degree of collusion between the government and private companies who provide internet access to millions of people in the U.S. But could the government really make AT&T shut off your network and phone? Wouldn't that be illegal?

For now, as long as the president doesn't declare martial law, it would be. There are a number of laws that protect internet service providers government control. But that could change very soon. Several bills have been working their way through Congress that would give President Obama "kill switch" control over the internet during a "national cyber-emergency."

CNET's Declan McCullagh has been following the bills, first proposed by Senator Joe Lieberman and Senator Susan Collins. This week, he reported that the bill has been revised and is picking up steam:

The revised version includes new language saying that the federal government's designation of vital Internet or other computer systems "shall not be subject to judicial review." Another addition expanded the definition of critical infrastructure to include "provider of information technology," and a third authorized the submission of "classified" reports on security vulnerabilities.

The idea of creating what some critics have called an Internet "kill switch" that the president could flip in an emergency is not exactly new.

A draft Senate proposal that CNET obtained in August 2009 authorized the White House to "declare a cybersecurity emergency," and another from Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) would have explicitly given the government the power to "order the disconnection" of certain networks or Web sites. House Democrats have taken a similar approach in their own proposals.

Such a bill would allow the President to order shutdown of the American internet without any checks from the Judiciary.


They have a very large cache of Twitter links and articles discussing shit from different angles.Check it
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As a warning, this article describes some extreme homophobia and gross disrespect to a horrifically murdered LGBT activist.

David Kato's funeral illustrates schism of Anglican Church

I'm afraid I don't have anything insightful to add.
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Disability Rights Promotion International Canada (DRPI-Canada) would like to share with you a fact sheet from its monitoring project in St. John's. The fact sheet presents a summary of the findings of disability rights monitoring focusing on the individual experiences of persons with disabilities. The monitoring project in St. John's was led by our partner, the Independent Living Resource Centre (ILRC).

People with disabilities participated fully in all aspects of the project as coordinators and monitors.

Accessible versions in both languages are available on the DRPI-Canada
-English version at http://www.yorku.ca/drpi/CanadaFactStJohnsEn.html
-French version athttp://www.yorku.ca/drpi/CanadaFactStJohnsFr.html

Key Findings

Reports of denials and violations of human rights were in general more prevalent than reports of people being able to access and exercise their rights. This was true for all the areas examined in this study- education, work, income security and supports, privacy and family life, social participation, information and communication, health, habilitation and rehabilitation, access to justice.

Rights related to Social Participation were the most discussed. Human rights violations reported in this area most often involved denial of dignity (88%), disrespect (58%), as well as disability-based discrimination and unequal treatment (50%).

In the areas of social participation and access to supports, the human rights experiences of women and men were very similar. In the area of work, however, more women reported experiences of exclusion while more men reported facing discrimination. This may indicate greater barriers for women in access to work altogether.

One third of the interviewees (31%) reported or took legal action when faced with disability-based discrimination. This outcome indicates that this group is well aware of their rights and is ready to take action when needed.
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Lets just link to the demographic breakdown of Egypt posted on Wiki as a starting point.

Time Magazine notes in its report on the Egyptian Uprising that:

And a prominent Bedouin smuggler in the Sinai peninsula told TIME that Bedouin are now in control of the two towns closest to the Gaza Strip, and that they planned to press on to attack the Suez Canal if Mubarak does not step down. He also said that police stations in the south Sinai would be attacked if Bedouin prisoners were not released.


As for Mubarak himself, shouts would go up among the crowds in Tahrir Square every time a rumor rippled through that he had left the country. It is widely believed, however, that the president remains in his vacation home in the Egyptian resort town of Sharm el-Sheik in the south Sinai — the very spot the Bedouin have their eyes on.


Egypt police shoot Bedouin protester dead -sources

CAIRO Jan 27 (Reuters) - Security forces shot dead a Bedouin protester in the north of Egypt's Sinai region on Thursday, eyewitnesses and a security source said.

The 22-year-old man, Mohamed Atef, was shot in the head while demonstrating in the town of Sheikh Zoweid, they said. Security forces fired tear gas to disperse dozens of protesters.

Bedouin kill 3 Egyptian police in attack on building

ISMAILIA, Egypt Jan 29 (Reuters) - A group of Bedouin on Saturday attacked state security headquarters in the town of Rafah near Egypt's border with Israel, killing three policemen, witnesses and a security source said.MORE

So Why are the Bedouin pissed off?

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