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Bookmarks 01/29/2012

  • tags: egypt politics scaf military intelligence government

    • Apart from gross incompetence, the army’s actions have another explanation: reassertion of a “deep state” that was badly bruised during the January uprising and took some time to regain its footing. While the army may be the bedrock of the post-1952 Egyptian state, the country’s array of security agencies crosses the boundaries between civilian and military. The Ministry of Interior’s agencies were particularly battered by the uprising and the fall of the ex-minister, Habib al-‘Adli, who had amassed unmatched clout in his long years on the job. It is not clear who controls the Ministry today, but it is almost certain that the police veteran in charge when the wintertime clashes broke out, Mansour al-‘Isawi, was not master of his own house.
    • he inner mechanisms of the SCAF’s decision-making, its dependence on intelligence agencies that have their own agenda and the likelihood that the generals are not all on the same wavelength must be factored in.
  • tags: freemaspero maspero egypt revolution protests activism labour

  • tags: unitedstates prison social society culture race government governmentality socialscience crime law justice

    • time becomes in every sense this thing you serve.
    • In other words, there’s the scientific taste for reducing men to numbers and the slave owners’ urge to reduce blacks to brutes
    • The trouble with the Bill of Rights, he argues, is that it emphasizes process and procedure rather than principles
    • The obsession with due process and the cult of brutal prisons, the argument goes, share an essential impersonality. The more professionalized and procedural a system is, the more insulated we become from its real effects on real people.
    • For Stuntz, justice ought to be just the vibe of the thing—not one procedural error caught or one fact worked around
    • “American prisons trace their lineage not only back to Pennsylvania penitentiaries but to Texas slave plantations.”
    • Northern impersonality and Southern revenge converge on a common American theme: a growing number of American prisons are now contracted out as for-profit businesses to for-profit companies
    • It’s hard to imagine any greater disconnect between public good and private profit: the interest of private prisons lies not in the obvious social good of having the minimum necessary number of inmates but in having as many as possible, housed as cheaply as possible.
    • Yet a spectre haunts all these accounts, North and South, whether process gone mad or penal colony writ large. It is that the epidemic of imprisonment seems to track the dramatic decline in crime over the same period
    • In social science, a cause sought is usually a muddle found; in life as we experience it, a crisis resolved is causality established. If a pill cures a headache, we do not ask too often if the headache might have gone away by itself.
    • Instead, small acts of social engineering, designed simply to stop crimes from happening, helped stop crime.
    • In truth, criminal activity seems like most other human choices—a question of contingent occasions and opportunity. Crime is not the consequence of a set number of criminals; criminals are the consequence of a set number of opportunities to commit crimes.
    • It seems that one man in every thousand once in a while does a truly bad thing. All other things being equal, the point of a justice system should be to identify that thousandth guy, find a way to keep him from harming other people, and give everyone else a break.
    • The truth is, a series of small actions and events ended up eliminating a problem that seemed to hang over everything. There was no miracle cure, just the intercession of a thousand smaller sanities.
    • At every moment, the injustice seems inseparable from the community’s life, and in every case the arguments for keeping the system in place were that you would have to revolutionize the entire social order to change it—which then became the argument for revolutionizing the entire social order. In every case, humanity and common sense made the insoluble problem just get up and go away.
  • tags: egypt unitedstates politics NGO aid humanrights democracy corrupt

  • tags: egypt unitedstates politics NGO aid humanrights democracy corrupt

  • chant on the military violations. 

    tags: jan25 maspero protest activism egypt revolution mosireen military noscaf fuckscaf

  • chant on the military violations. 

    tags: jan25 maspero protest activism egypt revolution mosireen military noscaf fuckscaf

  • while i am happy to see the US withdraw its imperial bribe, it should be noted how transparently ridiculous and hypocritical it is to do so because a handful of NGOs got raided and not because of the mass violations of human rights and international law. fuck politicians. 

    tags: egypt unitedstates aid scaf military NGO humanrights politics violence

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  • while i am happy to see the US withdraw its imperial bribe, it should be noted how transparently ridiculous and hypocritical it is to do so because a handful of NGOs got raided and not because of the mass violations of human rights and international law. fuck politicians. 

    tags: egypt unitedstates aid scaf military NGO humanrights politics violence

    • The trio came under fire last week for circulating talking points defending Egypt’s Dec. 29 raid of several NGOs working to train political parties in Egypt, including three organizations partially funded by the U.S. government
    • For years, these firms have been defending the Egyptian military’s $1.3 billion annual aid package on Capitol Hill and lobbying for non-military aid to go through the government, and not directly to independent organizations
    • the Senate aide said. “Three weeks ago no one in Congress thought there was a chance in hell that aid to the Egyptian military could ever come under serious threat. It is now an increasingly and shockingly real prospect.”
    • Many in Washington believe that the SCAF is being heavily influenced on this issue by one civilian Egyptian official, Fayza AbulNaga, the minister of international cooperation and a holdover from the Mubarak era. In a speech this week, she disavowed the SCAF’s previous promises to return the NGOs’ raided possessions and cease harassing them as she lashed out at the American NGO groups.
  • tags: egypt labor bullshit corruption government revolution counterrevolution ndp a7a

    • .حيث اشارت الدعوى الى أن قرار رئيس مجلس الوزراء السابق أحمد نظيف والخاص بمنح اعضاء مجلس ادارة الصندوق حصة بلغت حصة من عوائد استثمار الصندوق بنسبة تقدر 2,5 بالمئة
    • المبلغ التي تطالبت به عائشة عبد الهادي يقدر 200 الف جنية وهو جزء خاص بمستحقاتها والتي لم تصرف لها عن عام 2010
    • صندوق الطوارئ هو أحد أهم الصناديق التي انشأت بالقرار الجمهوري لصالح العمال

      الذين يتعرضون لحالات الفصل او الازمات،مثل حالات لاغلاق المصانع او المنشأه والتي بها اكثر من ثلاثون عامل بعد تقديم ما يؤكد أنه هناك الازمات الاقتصادية.  

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Bookmarks 01/28/2012

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Bookmarks 01/27/2012

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Bookmarks 01/23/2012

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Bookmarks 01/22/2012

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Bookmarks 01/21/2012

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