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Name: Catherina
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There are times that one wishes one was smarter than one is so that when one looks out at the world and sees the problems one wishes one knew the answers and I don\'t know the answers. I think sometimes one wishes one was dumber than one is so one doesn\'t have to look out into the world and see the pain that\'s out there and the horrible situations that are out there, and not know what to do - Bernie Sanders http://www.democraticunderground.com/128040277

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Also, another woman beaten and the letter T carved into her scalp. T for Tantawi

They beat her, dragged her by the hair, told her "Tantawy is UR master" & engraved the letter T on her scalp - #SCAF

If pic is too graphic, plz tell me and I'll unembed it somehow.

So yeah, the women are MAD because they seem particularly targeted- just as happens with the Occupy protesters. Those are just a few updates. There are many more.

All we have to do is turn off Internet & turn on FOX & all of this anguish will disappear

That's was actually a tweet from Egypt but it fits so well.

So all I have to do is turn off Internet & turn on state TV & all of this anguish will disappear - blue pill/red pill #Egypt

Updates: woman, couple beaten helping victim in OP / Huge women's march today / 4 students abducted

2. quick updates. The first is simply unbelievable.

When the girl in the blue bra was getting beaten by the military, a woman wearing a red jacket jumped in to help her. If memory's correct, her names (red jacket) is Azza. Azza is in critical condition in the hospital from having taken 20+ hard baton blows to the skull.

Her father, it turns out, was an Army General/High Commander. Unfortunately, he's deceased.


    2) At 0.49 the woman in the red hooded jacket stop in her tracks and looks to where the woman protester is being attacked while the man in the white shirt appears to gesture her to move along. He then grabs her hand and pulls her away. Meanwhile, a soldier waves his baton threateningly at the two of them, and the man in the white shirt indicates through hand gestures that they were walking away.

    3) At 1.23 we see the same woman in the red hooded jacket appear back in the video. She is seen appealing to the Egyptian soldiers to stop attacking the woman on the ground. Video shifts away from this scene.

    4) At 1.44, we see the advancing Egyptian military. One of the soldiers knock over the woman in the red hooded jacket, and she falls over the feet of the blue bra woman. The man in white shirt is also knocked down. Both are beaten brutally with the batons. The red hooded jacket woman is kicked in her head many times. And then soldiers hit her the head with the baton. She then becomes motionless. The man in white is similarly kicked and hit in the head with batons. At 2.10 the video shifts to another scene.

    5) At 2.37, the video goes back the the scene. We now see the red hooded jacket woman and the white-shirted man lying motionless on the ground. The blue bra protester is not there. Soldiers are seen lifting the woman, and dropping her back to the ground. The video ends here.



Another couple also jumped in to help the first young lady and were soundly beaten too.


Here's a pic of the huge women's march

and a video of the huge women's march in Tahrir today


More people have died. 4 young people were taken into custody by the military today. The military beat down the door of their home, planted marijuana and molotovs. 2 of the four are young Egyptian men. They're being held in a military prison awaiting *trial* for terrorism. The other 2 are Americans studying at the American University Cairo and being deported. They've been released to the US Embassy.

One of the young men's last tweets was

[font color=blue]isslamkamel
We need help. Amin hotel in bab allouk. 9th floor. thugs are trying to break in #occupycabinet #tahrir
21 hours ago


Two activists taken by Military Intelligence
Posted on December 21, 2011

My thoughts are with Mostafa Nasr and Isslam Kamel, who were taken from a downtown apartment this morning by military intelligence, and are still in custody. Two Americans who were taken with them have been released and will be deported. Things could wind up a lot worse for Mostafa and Isslam, both lovely intelligent guys.

Mostafa Nasr

Isslam Kamel



'A curious individual' who 'takes odd jobs' named Adrian Lamo took the stand today in Manning case

‘A Curious Individual’ Who ‘Takes Odd Jobs’ Named Adrian Lamo Takes the Stand
By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday December 20, 2011 4:55 pm

Hacker and (possibly former) confidential government informant via Wikimedia

Hacker Adrian Lamo was called to the stand by the prosecution to testify in the Pfc. Bradley Manning hearing. He took the stand just after a federal agent described his role as a confidential informant for the government. The testimony was some of the most exciting testimony thus far. Obviously, if not for Lamo, the government would have had a much harder time catching.


How did Lamo know it was Manning who contacted him? “I know that based on photos, demographic information and extensive backs tory on what’s known as the wall of the Facebook account that recounted biographical data unique to Bradley Manning,” Lamo stated.


Lamo was unable to state whom he gave materials to: “The number of people present and my lack of familiarity with the agencies in question makes it difficult to distinguish whom particularly I gave those materials to.”


Lamo denied receiving other forms of reimbursement for his services to the government as a confidential informant.



This post looks really silly with just 4 paragraphs. Please read the whole article.

FBI Says Activists Who Investigate Factory Farms Can Be Prosecuted as Terrorists

FBI Says Activists Who Investigate Factory Farms Can Be Prosecuted as Terrorists

The FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force has kept files on activists who expose animal welfare abuses on factory farms and recommended prosecuting them as terrorists, according to a new document uncovered through the Freedom of Information Act.

This new information comes as the Center for Constitutional Rights has filed a lawsuit challenging the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) as unconstitutional because its vague wording has had a chilling effect on political activism. This document adds to the evidence demonstrating that the AETA goes far beyond property destruction, as its supporters claim.

The 2003 FBI file details the work of several animal rights activists who used undercover investigation to document repeated animal welfare violations. The FBI special agent who authored the report said they “illegally entered buildings owned by [redacted] Farm… and videotaped conditions of animals.”

The animal activists caused “economic loss” to businesses, the FBI says. And they also openly rescued several animals from the abusive conditions. This was not done covertly in the style of underground groups like the Animal Liberation Front — it was an act of non-violent civil disobedience and, as the FBI agent notes, the activists distributed press releases and conducted media interviews taking responsibility for their actions.



With every passing day, I wonder how & when we'll ever get out of this mess.

It was always Iran by way of Iraq

The clock is ticking. What madness.

The Homepage of Egyptian Revolutionary Socialists (Trots) leading the Revolution

You'll have to use google translate to get a gist but it's all good stuff. Unfortunately, I get a 503 error half the time I go there but it's worth it to try again.

Lots of battles & strikes ongoing against privatization & injustice.

This is a video they just made called "Who We Are"


Chavez to Obama: "Focus on governing your country, which you've turned into a disaster"

Hugo Chávez says Obama is 'a clown and an embarrassment'
Venezuelan president makes comments after US leader criticises his links with Iran and Cuba in a newspaper interview

Tom Phillips
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 20 December 2011 15.44 GMT
Article history

Hugo Chávez with Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: the Venezuelan president has been criticised for his links to Iran. Photograph: Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images

On the eve of his first official overseas trip since being diagnosed with cancer, Hugo Chávez has launched a blistering attack on Barack Obama, describing the US president as a "clown" and an "embarrassment".


Chávez's comments followed a rare and strongly worded interview with Obama published by the Caracas-based El Universal newspaper. The American president criticised Venezuela's business and political links with Iran and Cuba, and raised concerns at what he called threats to the country's democracy.


Referring to Iran, Obama added: "Sooner or later, Venezuela's people will have to decide what possible advantage there is in having relations with a country that violates fundamental human rights and is isolated from most of the world."

Chávez, who travelled to Uruguay to push for full Venezuelan membership of the Mercosur, issued a rebuttal, claiming the interview was motivated by next year's US presidential elections. "Mr Obama decided to attack us," he said. "Now you want to win votes by attacking Venezuela. Don't be irresponsible. You are a clown, a clown. Leave us in peace … Go after your votes by fulfilling that which you promised your people."




My 2 cents. I'm glad Chavez repatriated Venezuela's gold out of US & European banks. I know the European gold arrived, but no word on the US gold except for bizarre complaints like this one

Image of Egyptian army men stripping, kicking veiled female protester creates social media buzz

Image of Egyptian army men stripping, kicking veiled female protester creates social media buzz

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Social media users widely criticized and circulated a picture of a female Egyptian protester who was stripped from her black abaya by some army men. (Photo courtesy of twitter users)


A picture of a female Egyptian protester who was stripped from her black abaya and allegedly abused by army men has met with angry tweets criticizing the country’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) on Saturday.

The photos on social media shows a woman, clothed in just her denim pants, as army men hurl kicks only then to leave the lady unconscious lying on the street.


Another bold tweet criticized the military over the “death of a sheikh, a Christian, a child, veiled woman stripped to underwear. Shame on you.”


“Fire gutting the historic Egyptian Scientific Institute. 200,000 books dating back to 1798 are gone," said on concerned tweet.



Videos from within the last few hours in Egypt


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