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Obama Gift List to Former Enemies Continues: Cuba Plucked from Terrorism Sponsor List

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

So, let’s see. He “reset” with Russia’s Putin – ask the Crimeans what they think of that move -, he sent loving happy new years notes to Iran, and that produced a warm and loving feelings towards America. He drop-kicked Egypt’s Mubarak from the buddy league but snuggled up with the Muslim Brotherhood’s Morsi. That did not do much for Morsi, and he spit in the eye of Israel’s Netanyahu whom everyone agrees actually benefitted from Obama’s animosity.

So to whom is U.S. President Barack Obama now handing out party favors? Why, it’s none other than Raul Castro, el jefe of Cuba.

That’s right. The happy dictator to our immediate south either was granted this gift or was simply rewarded, unbidden, with the imminent delisting of Cuba from the U.S.’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism.

First, the punishments which will be lifted if Cuba is removed from the terrorism list include: a ban on arms-related exports and sales; 30-day Congressional notifications for exports of goods or services deemed “dual use,” meaning they could have peaceful uses but they also could have be used to support terrorism; and prohibitions on economic assistance.

Unless Congress acts to prohibit the delisting, 45 days after the President issues the report making that recommendation, Cuba goes off the list.

How did this happen?

We learn from a press release issued by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday, April 13, that Obama directed the State Department to launch a review and then provide him with a report to determine whether Cuba should continue to be designated as an official terrorism sponsor this past December. The president did that as a “critical component of establishing a new direction for U.S.-Cuba relations.”

Well, perhaps not surprisingly, the State Department recommended “based on the facts and the statutory standard” that Cuba’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism be rescinded.

To be sure, it might have been possible for the State Department to determine Cuba was ineligible for removal from the designated list of State Sponsors of Terrorism.

Why, according to the State Department’s statement, if Cuba had “provided any support for international terrorism during the previous six months,” or if it had refused to provide “assurances that it will not support acts of international terrorism in the future,” those naughty boys would remain on the terrorism list. But the answers to the questions being asked were such that the president was able to give one of his new best friends, Raul Castro, the good news.

In issuing its statement recommending the removal of Cuba from the state terrorism listing, the State Department carefully pointed out that the narrow requirements it focused on constitute the qualifications set by Congress for what countries can be removed from the terrorism sponsors list. That statement also pointed out that the criterion for review was a narrow and Congressionally-determined one.

The basis for removal from the list does not mean that American authorities have determined Cuba, a Communist nation with one political party, is no longer engaged in repression or human trafficking or any other significant departures from modern democratic societies, but those issues are not part of the calculation for terrorism sponsoring de-listing.

“While the United States has had, and continues to have, significant concerns and disagreements with a wide range of Cuba’s policies and actions, these concerns and disagreements fall outside of the criteria for designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism,” is how the State Department couched it.

“Circumstances have changed since 1982, when Cuba was originally designated as a State Sponsor of Terrorism because of its efforts to promote armed revolution by forces in Latin America. Our Hemisphere, and the world, look very different today than they did 33 years ago. Our determination, pursuant to the facts, including corroborative assurances received from the Government of Cuba and the statutory standard, is that the time has come to rescind Cuba’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism,” the statement continued.

Egyptian Court Slaps Muslim Brotherhood Members with Life Sentences

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

An Egyptian court sentenced 11 more members of the Muslim Brotherhood to life in prison for violence against the army on Tueday, September 3.

The verdict was entered in response to the widespread protests on August 14 by pro-Morsi forces in the city of Suez, following the crackdown on protests in Cairo. The name of the prisoners given life sentences has not been released.  A life sentence in Egypt carries a maximum of 25 years in prison, according to the Daily News of Egypt.

Nearly 50 other Muslim Brotherhood defendants were found guilty of lesser charges and received five year sentences, while several were acquitted of all charges.

Charges against the defendants included murder and attempted murder of security forces and of civilians, destruction of public property including churches and military vehicles, and spreading chaos. Nearly 30 people were killed in the violence.

Four additional leading members of the Brotherhood were arrested on Tuesday.

On Sunday, September 1, former Egyptian president and Muslim Brotherhood member Mohamad Morsi was charged with inciting violence which led to the deaths of at least seven people during clashes between opposition protesters and Brotherhood supporters outside the Ittihadiya presidential palace in Cairo in December, 2012.

 

Egyptian Judges Recommend Disbanding the Muslim Brotherhood

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

More problems for the Muslim Brotherhood in their home country of Egypt.

Mohamed Morsi, the president of Egypt until he was removed from power this summer by the military (normally one calls this a coup, but the American government has refrained from using this designation thus far because by law it would no longer be able to provide aid to a government which came to power through a coup), is currently being held at an undisclosed location.

On Sunday, state prosecutors charged Morsi and more than a dozen other Brotherhood leaders with inciting the murder of their opponents.

The Muslim Brotherhood’s response to the current Egyptian government is to liken that leadership to the Nazis, calling them “fascist putschists,” traitors and terrorists.

On Sunday, August 1, the Brotherhood issued a statement, “No Rest or Sleep until Revolution Reclaimed,” according to the Muslim Brotherhood’s official English website, “Ikhwan web.”  In language typically reserved for descriptions of imaginary massacres perpetrated by Israelis against Arab Palestinians, the Brotherhood described the current Egyptian government’s atrocities:

–      Coup commanders and collaborators also killed Egyptians with impunity, in unspeakable massacres – unprecedented in the history of Egypt. In the massacre outside the Republican Guard Officers’ Club, and the one at the podium (Manasseh), in Alexandria and other provinces, the massacre in Rabaa Al-Adaweya and the Nahda Square massacre, in Mustafa Mahmoud Square and in the Ramses massacre, the putschists’ forces killed with bullets and burnt alive more than five thousand peaceful protesters. The putschists’ forces prevented ambulances from offering even First Aid, killed most of the wounded, then burned most of the corpses. They tortured detainees to death at Abu Zaabal prison. –      The generals’ forces trampled all red lines, laying sieges to mosques, killing worshipers, torching mosques, burning the Quran – Muslims’ holy book, and arresting women and girls in the middle of the night, having killed some of them in Mansoura and in Rabaa Al-Adaweya… all in less than two months.

The statement ended with a chilling warning: “Egyptians will not rest or sleep after August 30. They will descend onto all streets and squares of Egypt every day. They will escalate their peaceful protest activities, innovate and invent new peaceful means of protest, until they reclaim their Revolution.”

In its recommendation to Egypt’s administrative court, the panel of judges accused the Brotherhood of operating outside the law.  The judges recommended that the Brotherhood’s non-governmental organization which was hastily registered in March be dissolved, and that its Cairo headquarters be shuttered.

The recommendation is nonbinding for the court, which holds its next hearing on Nov. 12.

Until the 2011 revolution in Egypt which overthrew former president Hosnai Mubarak, the Muslim Brotherhood had been a shadowy group, which was officially banned for most of its 85-year existence.  While it waited in the background, the Brotherhood gained recognition and support as providers of social services, similar to the spread and acceptance of the Brotherhood-affiliated Hamas party in Gaza. But in the post-Mubarak era, the Brotherhood quickly filled the vacuum of power and assumed the throne in the person of Mohamad Morsi.

Although the Brotherhood waited decades to assume a legitimate leadership role, the rapidity with which Morsi attempted to change the fabric of not only the Egyptian government but the entire society into one permeated by rigid Islamist theory was more than most Egyptians were able to tolerate.

The charges of violence, coupled with legal irregularities regarding the intertwining of the Muslim Brotherhood’s “political” and non-political branches will be tough to overcome.

But even if Morsi and the other detained political leaders are found guilty, it is likely that the Brotherhood will simply once again retreat into the shadows, biding its time until the next opportune moment.

Crisis: Egypt May Stop Warships Headed for Syria at Suez Canal

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

The leading anti-Muslim Brotherhood group in Egypt, the Tamarod (Rebellion), announced it will prevent military action threatened by the West against Syria, from using the Egyptian-controlled Suez Canal.

And the Suez Canal, of course, is the route through which U.S., British and other warships will need to pass for any non-air or land-based military strike against Syria.

In a Middle East for which most observers need an electronic score card that can update shifting alliances, a faction with a strong influence over the current government in control in Egypt is insisting that any threatened western assaults against Syria be blocked.

“Supporting the Arab Syrian army is a national duty,” Hassan Shahin, the Tamarod spokesperson wrote, according to Gulf News. “The Arab people have to rebel after unmasking the plot of the Free (Syrian) Army and its backers among the Muslim Brotherhood and their allies from the militant groups,” Shahin wrote.

Egypt’s current foreign minister, Nabil Fahmy, insisted that the only way to proceed regarding Syria is for there to be a political solution. Fahmy firmly opposes any military intervention.

Back when Mohamad Morsi was in power in Egypt, all of three months ago, the Egyptian government had turned on the Syrian regime,  and ordered the closure of the Syrian embassy in Cairo. Muslim Brotherhood members are among those currently fighting the Assad government.

But now anti-Islamists are in, the Muslim Brotherhood is out in Egypt, and the Syrian government is again in favor.

What that will mean in practice is that not only will the west not be able to count on assistance from the largest Muslim country in the region, but that it may find active resistance against any outside military action against Assad.

Earlier this week British naval vessels as well as American warships were either already in the area or being readied to move into the area as the contemplated response to Syrian use of chemical weapons is prepared.

“Allowing the use of chemical weapons on a significant scale to take place without a response would present a significant challenge to, threat to the United States’ national security,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said Tuesday.  Those words will be used to justify a U.S. military response without the president having to seek approval from congress.

The Tamarod’s website quoted its spokesperson Hassan Shahin as saying that Egypt should take a firm stance against the anticipated U.S. and allies’ military strike against Syria.

“We should shut the Suez Canal before destroyers, machinery or oil vessels pass to strike Syria,” Shahin wrote, according to the Egypt Independent.

EGYPT-TURKEY RELATIONS HAVE ALSO REVERSED POST-MORSI

The second wave revolution in Egypt also dramatically altered that country’s relationship with Turkey.  Now the strong alliance between the two countries which had blossomed under Morsi, is instead antagonistic. And, not surprisingly, Turkey is being watched as a potential military front against Assad.  Turkey shares a large border with Syria.

 

Hundreds of Gazans Protest Against the ‘Peace Talks’

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

Hundreds of Gazan residents joined protest marches organized by the terrorist groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad on Friday, August 23, AFP reported.

Upon completion of Friday services, protesters gathered and marched to a central square in Gaza City.  Signs reading “no to negotiations” and labeling Mahmoud Abbas a “political failure” were held aloft by the protesters.

Hamas’s religious affairs minister Ismail Radwan condemned Mahmoud Abbas for engaging in negotiations with Israel and for considering any compromises of core Arab Palestinian demands in his speech to the protesters.

“All the Palestinian factions say you don’t have the right to relinquish any piece of our land, or to give up Palestinian rights,” he said.

“Returning to talks is a blow to the jihad and to the sacrifices of our people, the blood of our martyrs and to our prisoners behind bars in Israel,” Radwan declared.

“No to these absurd negotiations, no to returning to the negotiating table, no to security cooperation, no to the exchange of land, and not to giving up on the right of return,” Radwan shouted into the microphone.

Israeli and Arab Palestinian negotiators held the third in their series talks on Tuesday in Jerusalem.  The next session will take place in Jericho.

There has been an ongoing effort by Fatah and Hamas to form a unity government which would represent all the Arab Palestinians.  The Palestinian Authority unity government was disbanded in 2007 by Abbas, whose term officially ended in 2006.  Since that time Hamas has been the de facto government in Gaza while Fatah has been the de facto Arab Palestinian ruling government over Areas A and B of the disputed territories.

During the past week, Abbas offered to hold general elections, ostensibly as a move to unify Fatah and Hamas.  That offer was rejected by Hamas which demanded more issues to be placed under consideration, while Fatah wished the items to be more carefully circumscribed. In addition, Hamas strongly supports the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt – Hamas is an outgrowth of the Brotherhood – while Fatah favors the military’s control over Egypt and supported the overthrow of former president Mohamad Morsi.

The Arab Palestinian negotiators engaged in the current rounds of U.S.-moderated ‘peace talks’ solely represent Fatah.  Whatever concessions or agreements entered into by Fatah would surely be rejected by Hamas, if those parties ever succeed in creating a unity government.

On the other hand, the Arab Palestinians, the U.S. and the global community will undoubtedly demand that Israel honor  whatever concessions, if any, the Jewish State makes during these talks.

Anti-Americanism/Obama Ridicule on the Rise in Egypt (VIDEO)

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

Public anti-Americanism and hatred towards United States President Barack Obama has been dramatically rising in Egypt.

As noted by the Los Angeles Times last month, the anti-Morsi forces blame the United States for backing former Egptian President Mohamad Morsi, while pro-Morsi forces blame the U.S. for pretending that the overthrow of Morsi was not a coup.

The popularity of a music video by Egyptian singer and belly dancer Sama Al Masry who ridicules and curses the U.S. president is just one example of the growing trend.

The video was uploaded at the end of July and by Sunday morning, August 4, it had already been viewed more than 163,000 times.

The song claims Obama helps terrorists, and shows a picture of Obama dressed like Osama bin Laden, with white turban and grey-streaked beard.  Al Masry also calls him a traitor, “like the Brotherhood members.”

In the video, Al Masry not only curses Obama and U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson, but she also skewers recently deposed Egyptian President Muhamad Morsi, and the Muslim Brotherhood as well.

This is not al Masry’s first foray into Latma-esque political songsmanship.  In November she uploaded a homemade video which skewered the Muslim Brotherhood – while Morsi was still in office – and did it in a skintight dress with gyrating hips. In the video she mocks the Brotherhood by dancing with mangoes – a jab at the party’s claim that they would bring down the price of fruit within the first 100 days of office.  Al Masry also briefly dances with two large meat cleavers – symbols of the Muslim Brotherhood.

How is such scandalous and sexual mimicry possible in the increasingly Islamist Egypt?  Egyptian columnist Mahmoud Salem claims that there is a “tacit social contract in Egyptian society, according to which belly dancers are untouchable. No matter what they do, no matter how outrageous their behavior is according to Islamist values, they are totally accepted by the general population.”

Whether belly dancers are a protected class in Egypt or not, there are no reports of her arrest or of any harm towards the dancing political satirist.

But the vicious invective directed at President Obama and Ambassador Patterson cannot be the kind of response this administration was hoping for from one of the largest Muslim countries in the Middle East.

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