A New Article from Barry Rubin

October 31, 2007

The attempt to kill Olmert and The Rules of Palestinian Politics [& Why They May Peace Impossible]

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Free Kareem worldwide rallies!‏

October 31, 2007

Received via e-mail from the director of the Free Kareem Coalition.

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Dear friends, as the dates for our worldwide rallies near, we desperately need your help!

In order to influence the Egyptian government to free Kareem, and to have their officials know that the world has not forgotten about this young man, we are organizing our 3rd worldwide rally to mark Kareem’s one year imprisonment. We want to send this message to the Egyptian authorities: One year is enough! Free Kareem Amer now!

For this rally to be as meaningful and effective as possible, we need as many cities as we can get to be involved in organizing a rally for Kareem Amer on Friday, the 9th of November.

So far we have the following 10 cities confirmed:

  • Washington DC, USA
  • London, UK
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Bucharest, Romania
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Brussels, Belgium
  • Rome, Italy
  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Stockholm, Sweden
  • Athens, Greece

We need at least 10 more cities involved for this rally to play a bigger role for Egypt as well as the international media. We need to get this message across to the Egyptian government for the sake of Kareem who did nothing wrong to be imprisoned and treated like this.

If you are interested in organizing a rally in front of your local Egyptian embassy, please contact us to have us confirm your involvement. It is a simple process; all you have to do is gather a group of people (can be as small as 2 and as big as 100) in front of the Egyptian embassy in a city near you, and take a few photos/videos of yourself protesting so that we can cover it worldwide. We strongly encourage you to hand in a one-page document that expresses your concerns for Kareem and reasons why he should be freed. It can include copies of our current petitions as well.

For more information please visit www.FreeKareem.org

Thank you! If your city is not yet listed here, please help us and Kareem by getting involved!

Esra’a Al Shafei
Free Kareem Coalition, Director

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The Horrendous Photos of Shame

October 30, 2007

From Burma, the fate of one of the dozens of pro-democracy monks who dared to challenge the Junta. I posted only the first photo, as the second shows the mutilated head of the monk and, even though I think it would be appropriate not to censor it in order for everyone to realize what we are talking about, I am just linking to it here.

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Petition: Save Jerusalem

October 29, 2007

I have been emailed an important petition that shamefully so far has been signed only by 4 people.

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Gingrich on Congressman Pete Stark

October 27, 2007

Newt Gingrich: Do All Democrats Agree With Congressman Pete Stark?

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Case Against Mario Lozano Thrown Out; Italians Seethe

October 26, 2007

Imagine for one moment that Mario Lozano was serving, say, the Cuban or Chinese Army. Italians would side with him. But Mario – an Italian-American – is guilty with serving the US army and doing his duty: trying to defend himself from terrorists. And, because of the Italians’ imprudence and disrespect for well-known rules of war they should have known at the time, he mistakenly killed a SISMI agent. But, Italians don’t give a damn about the real reasons for which that infamous incident occurred. To them, if you’re a US soldier, you are already guilty, no matter what. This blog congratulates with the court that thrown the case out and wishes Mario a long life in health and prosperity.

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Without Illusions

October 26, 2007

Another excellent column by Barry Rubin: Without Illusions

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Media Coddle Rafsanjani

October 25, 2007

MSM is at it again; this time, as PR agents for another notorious mass murderer. Him who masterminded the killing of Iranian dissidents in Europe, as well as dozens of hundreds of public executions, random killings of students, and so on.

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UN Rewards Mass Murder

October 23, 2007

United Nations Envoy to Burma announced incentives for the Junta. Yes, I’m not kidding you.

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From Louisiana, Hope for GOP in 2008?

October 22, 2007

Do you think Jindal’s win in Louisiana is great news for the GOP and a good signal that, after all, it’s not yet sure a Dem takes over the White House?

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Keep Iraq United

October 21, 2007

Ilan Berman of the American Foreign Policy Council writes an editorial making a strong case against the Yugoslavization of Iraq. And the same goes for Iran, too: Flawed federalism

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New Poll of Cubans in the Island

October 21, 2007

IRI Survey Shows Majority of Cubans Want to Vote for Castro’s Replacement. Majority of Cubans Believe Political and Economic Changes Would Benefit Them (h/t: Babalù)

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Democratic Voters Today

October 20, 2007

They’re starting to speak their mind. Nearly one out of every five Democrats thinks the world will be better off if America loses the war in Iraq, according to a recent poll conducted by Opinion Dynamics.

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Freedom of Press in Egypt

October 19, 2007

The great Egyptian blogger Sandmonkey reports: Sheikh of Azhar’s Fatwa: 80 lashes for journalists who “libel” government members

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And What Do We Get?

October 18, 2007

Another interesting column by Professor Barry Rubin: And What Do We Get?

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Germany OK with Political Murders

October 17, 2007

Disgusting yet unsurprising news, as Germany’s chief federal prosecutor said two men convicted in the 1992 assassination of four Iranian opposition figures might be released.

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Brutality under Czar Vladimir

October 17, 2007

A Russian democracy activist tells of her gruesome experience in one of modern-day’s gulags under ‘former’ KGB official Vladimir Putin.

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More Photos from Cuba

October 17, 2007

Photos sent by independent journalist Carlos Serpa Maceira

Photos sent by independent journalist Carlos Serpa Maceira (2nd from left just below)





Iván Sañudo Pupo. Agencia Liberación: “El Partido Republicano de Cuba (PRC) con su delegación de Regla y el Movimiento Pro Derechos Humanos “Miguel Valdez Tamayo”, Realizaron vigilia por los presos políticos”

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Aini Martín Valero: Rinden homenaje a Luís Quevedo Remolina

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Islamism is Depravity

October 16, 2007

Yes, it is. Sunam is bride-to-be… aged 3 . How else would you call this?

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Young Woman Facing Execution in Iran

October 15, 2007

Another day, another horrific story from Iran, a country whose people has been literally abandoned by the US government (I don’t mention Europe, as their appeasement of the Mullahs is notorious) in the hands of the terroristic regime occupying Iran since 1979, with the generous help of America’s worst former president.

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From the I Hope This is Not True Department

October 15, 2007

It looks like House Republicans are imitating their Democratic rivals as far as appeasement is concerned: Turkey, GOP warn against vote on genocide

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Notes on Media Coverage of Israel

October 14, 2007

Barry Rubin: Selective Bias

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More Videoclips Telling the Truth About Cuban Healthcare

October 13, 2007

The dominican host of a Hispanic TV show has interviewed our friend George Utset of “The Real Cuba.com) about those clandestine videos taken with a hidden camera by Dr. Darsi Ferrer in some hospitals in Havana. It’s all in Spanish, but the footage pretty much tells the story. At the beginning of the first clip below, the host introduces one of the clandestine videos where Darsi is urged by a relative of a patient to check the conditions of a black patient, because the hospital’s nurse told her literally to call her only when that patient quit breathing. Yes, really..Darsi checked and stated that he was apparently died as he was no longer breathing. But don’t worry, people live long and healthy lives in ‘revolutionary Cuba’, didn’t you know?

In this video, Darsi’s checking some patients’ rooms. As you’ll notice, finding a doctor there is rare and patients are left to their own destiny. There’s just one nurse per floor. This is because many of those who were in charge of those rooms were forcibily sent abroad to politically-driven “humanitarian medical missions”.

Here, independent journalist Jaime Leygonier tells he is one of the millions of Cubans who cannot find even aspirine, unless he goes to special stores for foreigners, where a Cuban can buy medicine only if he/she pays in dollars. And they can rarely do so. Jayme says his mother and father are ill and need some medicines he can only get in dollars or delivered to him by his relatives in Puerto Rico. At the end of the video, Darsi names some of the hospitals reserved to the regime’s elite and foreigners and reminds how they’re really world-class, well-equipped with both medicines and professional doctors. Anong those hospitals he names Almejeira, where Michael Moore filmed ‘Sicko’ (he couldn’t have filmed anything in health centers for regular cubans if he ever wanted, which I very much doubt)

A man suffering from multiple sclerosis tells he waited 7 years before receiving treatment. Darsi speaks with several other relatives of patients.

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Nazism in Burma

October 12, 2007

It’s Nazi Germany in Burma: Opposition supporters burnt alive in Yangon crematorium

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Nobel Committee Does its Usual Dirty Work

October 12, 2007

The Nobel Committee has always been a leftist front group since its very beginning, with very few moments of sanity. And yesterday they hit bottom by awarding one of the biggest money-oriented charlatans of the fascistic “Global Warming” movement, which is the new totalitarian, Islamist-style religious ideology and established Inquisition tribunals to silence all those rationalist scientists and high moral individuals who dare to tell public opinions the reality like it is. A couple of links exposing all the lies man-made global warming fascists are telling us. British Court rules that Gore’s Unconvenient Truth is much about propaganda and lies. And it exposes them one by one. NASA: Unusual Winds Caused Arctic Ice Melts, Not Global Warming. Antarctica Ice Cap Growth Reaches Record High Levels . Rationality never gets it wrong. And rationality is what most leftists lack.

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About Those Nigerian Scams

October 12, 2007

Now we are starting to see those f+++in Nigerian spammers in face… (Hat tip to no one else but myself, as I created this banner as a comic insult to those who everyday flood our mail box with spam : http://nigerian.scam.signgenerator.net/ )

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Free Kareem Amer! One year is enough!

October 11, 2007

Esra’a Al Shafei, director of the Free Kareem website, sent us an email reminding us about Egyptian blogger Kareem Ameer Soliman (sorry for the spelling), who’s still imprisoned for expressing his secularist views on Islam. Following is the e-mail transcript.

Dear friends,

Almost a year has gone by, and Kareem Amer is still in prison. Egypt is getting away with this inexcusable human rights violation. The U.S government, while aware of the situation, is not doing enough and continues to financially assist Egypt despite the increasing crackdown on bloggers and activists. We need your help in raising awareness, all Kareem did was practice his rights to free speech, and if we don’t stand up for his freedom and these rights, there will be more victims. We want the world to know what the Egyptian authorities are putting Kareem and many others through all the while portraying itself as “democratic.” We need to stand up for freedom, and we need to do it right now. Kareem needs you. Please dedicate a few minutes of your free time to do the suggested things below.

There are several things that you can do to help:

  • Kareem has sent us his 6th letter from prison, which is now available in English on www.FreeKareem.org, re-publish this letter on your blogs or via e-mail as Kareem wants this letter to be read by as many people as possible. If you are a journalist, please ask your editor if you can dedicate a column in your paper to publish this letter (and you may feel free to shorten it whenever necessary, as long as the meaning is kept the way it is.) If you can, we would greatly appreciate your help if you can translate this letter. You will be credited with the translation and your work will be listed in the “What Kareem Said” page.
  • Worldwide Rallies are coming up on Friday the 9th of November. Please either show up to your local rally or if there is none organized for your city please prepare a rally in front of the Egyptian Embassy on this date. Let us know if you are willing to do this so we can list you as a coordinator for people to contact. Getting involved in the rallies and taking videos/pictures is one of the best ways you can help us spread the word on Kareem.
  • If you want to help Kareem stay in good spirits, please send him a personal letter to this address: http://www.freekareem.org/2007/06/05/updating-kareems-prison-address/

If you are a Twitter user, the Committee to Protect Bloggers is organizing a Twitter Day for Kareem. Please visit this entry for the relevant information:
http://committeetoprotectbloggers.org/2007/10/03/twitter4kareem-on-november-6/

Thank you all for your support. For a direct link to the information concerning our next set of worldwide rallies, please visit this link:
http://www.freekareem.org/2007/07/21/next-worldwide-rally-date/

For pictures concerning the last worldwide rallies in April, scroll past the entries here:
http://www.freekareem.org/category/worldwide-rallies/

Please write back if you would like to get involved, especially in the worldwide rallies.

Regards,
Esra’a Al Shafei
Free Kareem Coalition, Director
www.FreeKareem.org

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Cuba Healthcare, the Hospitals Michael Moore Won’t Show (The Absolute Majority in Cuba)

October 11, 2007

Videos taken by (our good friend) doctor Darsi Ferrer (also featured in the video, along with his comrade Jaime Leygonier) and smuggled out of Cuba by therealcuba (and Free Thoughts) show the real health care regular Cubans receive. Very different from the flagship hospital for the Elite, paying foreigners and special interest useful idiots where Michael Moore was taken for his Sicko propaganda movie. This is only the beginning, there is plenty more this came from. These are the hospitals from the other side of the apartheid for regular Cubans that Sicko wouldn’t show. Darsi is seen in this video, wearing his medical uniform, even though he works as an independent doctor and heads the Center for Health and Human Rights. He used to work for years at Cuban hospitals, until a few months ago when he was fired because of his political views.

More videoclips shot by our friend Dr. Darsi Ferrer along with his comrade, peaceful dissident and independent journalist Jaime Leygonier.

Darsi goes to a pharmacy and asks for a common medication (over-the-counter in USA). This product is not available to Cubans and can only be acquired in stores for foreigners and purchased in dollars

Medical apartheid. Hospital for the elite and foreigners vs. hospital for regular citizens

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Lessons for the Left on the Price of Civilization‏

October 10, 2007

From Newt Gingrich’s weekly newsletter: A Letter from Venice: Lessons for the Left on the Price of Civilization This Columbus Day

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Un reportaje sorpresivamente honesto UPDATED: Nuevo Link‏

October 10, 2007

Estimados amigos,

hoy les quiero contar algo que me sorprendió ya que no me lo esperaba. Se trata de un reportaje de un periodista italiano que trabaja como corresponsal en los EEUU de la televisión pública italiana, y su noticiero TG1 de Rai Uno. Este periodista, que no es de derecha, sino de centro y muy “politicamente correcto”, me sorprendió hoy por un reportaje honesto que hizo desde La Habana. En estos dias está alli y el titúlo del reportaje fue “La Cuba de los turistas y la Cuba de los cubanos que sobreviven”. Como pueden imaginar, de la primera habló de como los turistas (incluso los italianos) visitan la parte “colonial” de la ciudad y se divierten en los lugares de lujo. Entrevistó a una mujer italiana quien dijo que La Habana es muy bella ( y sin duda los es, pese a como la destruyó el régimen). Enseguida este periodista dijo lo siguiente: “pero hay también una Habana donde hay degrado y palacios casi destruidos. Son los barrios donde vive la población de a pié, que no tiene una verdadera casa, ya que el Estado, que es el unico proprietario de las viviendas y la propriedad privada no existe, no repara casas hacia mucho tiempo. Gente que cada dia trata de ganarse el pan y algo que comer”. Y conversó con una mujer de la raza negra quien dijo: “Aqui tenemos que pensar cotidianamente a la comida”. Me sorprendió ya que me esperaba que esto periodista culpara al “embargo estadounidense”. En vez, no dijo nada de eso y parece que culpó al verdadero responsable – el régimen – de los problemas, por ejemplo cuando habló de las viviendas en los barrios marginales de La Habana, donde los turistas no van, sobre todo si viajan con “guias turisticas” que son asalariados del gobierno. Al final, el periodista concluyó diciendo: “pero esto es un pueblo que, cuando llega la noche, no deja de bailar pese a que la mañana siguiente tendrá que pensar nuevamente a sus problemas cotidianos.” No se que piensan, pero yo creo que este es un reportaje sorpresivamente honesto.
El link al reportaje que se trasmitió hoy durante el noticiero del TG1 de la televisión italiana. Es un reportaje menor de lo que se trasmitió en las primeras horas de dia, pero muy simil. Es del mismo periodista.
Se comienza con la Habana de los turistas, donde aparecen mujeres cubanas que besan turistas “en cambio de pesos convertibles”, como afirma el periodista. Y una turista italiana dice que la ciudad es muy bella y que le impactó mucho el calor de la gente: “ellos no tienen nada, pero te dan mucho cariño”. Después, el periodista afirma: “Esta es la unica parte de La Habana que tiene edificios reparados. Pero hay estos otros barrios donde la gente trata de sobrevivir: esta situación se encuentra en casi toda Cuba. La propriedad de las casas es del Estado, los privados no pueden ser dueños de sus viviendas y nadie los ayudan a reparar sus hogares”. La mujer que conversó con el periodista dijo que si ellos (el pueblo) tienen que pensar por si mismo a reparar sus proprias casas, entonces tienen que olvidarse de la comida. Para ver el reportaje, de solos dos minutos, clicar aqui