Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Binocular Snapshot for 2/01/2011

LastDayWatchers the paradigm shift which is clearly seen by world;  is not understood by the blind eyes to the lost & found

At least one million Egyptians took to the streets on Tuesday in scenes never before seen in the Arab nation's modern history, roaring in unison for President Hosni Mubarak and his new government to quit

"The army's pledge on Monday not to use force against demonstrators emboldened Egyptians to push for the biggest shake-up of the political system since 1952 when army officers deposed King Farouk.

More than 200,000 Egyptians crowded into Tahrir Square in central Cairo and 20,000 marched in the eastern city of Suez. Demonstrations were held in Alexandria on the north coast, Ismailia and cities in the Nile Delta such as Tanta, Mansoura and Mahalla el-Kubra"

Yemen faces worse prospects than Tunisia

"The Obama administration was so worried about the consequences of the disclosure that Hilary Clinton, US secretary of state, flew to Sanaa on January 11 to pour oil on troubled waters. This was the first time that a US secretary of state had visited Yemen for two decades.

"There is little doubt that Washington’s political, economic, and military backing is largely responsible for keeping a corrupt and hated regime in power, and is therefore contributing to the instability that might lead to secession.

Certainly the US intervention is intended to prevent Islamic organisations and leaders from playing any role in public life, although they are well-qualified and competent enough to run a clean and peaceful order.

This determination to protect secular regimes in the Middle East also explains why the whole region is governed by corrupt and despotic leaders who fear a fate similar to that of the former Tunisian president and do not, therefore, want any change in Yemen’s leadership or political system.

Another development showing the differences between north and south Yemen’s reactions to the new situation occurred on January 20, when thousands of protesters took to the streets of Taiz, in southern Yemen, to reject the limited reforms proposed by Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Taking note of this, opposition parties announced that they would meet the following day to discuss the proposals. Both sides will certainly examine the developments in Tunisia and will notice how al-Nahda, the oppressed Islamic group there, emerged on the public stage, receiving enormous popular support"

Sudan tightens press gag after anti-government protests

"Sudan has once again intensified censorship of local newspapers, confiscating copies of two dailies and threatening another with suspension for carrying reports on anti-government protests which broke out on Sunday against worsening economic conditions and political repression.

Sudanese youth inspired by the recent Tunisian revolution and the unfolding protests in Egypt have actively utilized online media outlets - mainly the social networking website Facebook - to mobilize for anti-government demonstrations"

n a related development, the press freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RWB) on Monday condemned the Sudanese government for arresting journalists while covering the protests"

Jordan's king sacks government

"After weeks of opposition protests inspired by regime ouster in Tunisia and turmoil in Egypt, Abdullah names his former ex-military advisor Marouf Bakhit as new prime minister with orders to carry out 'true political reforms'

King Abdullah's move came after thousands of Jordanians took to the streets –inspired by the regime ouster in Tunisia and the turmoil in Egypt – and called for the resignation of Prime Minister Samir Rifai who is blamed for a rise in fuel and food prices and slowed political reforms.

** Take a side bar note ** Because didn't the May 15th Prophecy tell you this exactly ? back in 2007

"Jordan fearing peer pressure will give all and cry "Mahdi,Mahdi,Mahdi" 

(See: Iran-Iraq and the 10 who give their power to the Hidden Imam) As always 100% accurate again!)
The king also stressed that economic reform was a "necessity to provide a better life for our people, but we won't be able to attain that without real political reforms, which must increase popular participation in the decision-making."

"Today, as a result of the gifts of the Islamic revolution in Iran, freedom-loving Islamic peoples such as the peoples of Tunisia, Egypt and nearby Arab countries are standing up to their oppressive governments"

In my opinion, the Islamic Republic of Iran should see these events without exception in a positive light"

Israelis, have been overtaken by fear: The fear of democracy

"Not here, in neighboring countries. It’s as though we never prayed for our Arab neighbors to become liberal democracies. As though we never hoped to see free elections, multiparty systems, freedom of expression, and civil rights. 

Yet now that we see the flames of democracy engulfing the streets of Cairo, we are overcome by deep anxiety.

This fear stems from the perception that only oppressive regimes premised on a brutal secret police, dark apparatuses and the trampling of democracy can afford to make peace with Israel. Once dictatorship is gone, peace is gone too. Deep in our hearts we fear that the overwhelming majority of Arab citizens will not agree to live in peace with Israel. Hence, peace must be forced upon them.

This attitude isn’t surprising. Since its inception, Israel had not experienced peace with any democratic Arab state, because none of the Arab and Muslim states in our region ever experienced genuine democracy"

The protestors in Egypt, just like their predecessors in Tunisia, want a “regime change” – that is, the toppling of a dictatorial regime. This is a noble aspiration.

Any civilized, moral person can identify with it. The Egyptians, Syrians, Iranians, Jordanians and Qataris deserve to live under a regime that respects civil and human rights, maintains individual freedoms, allows the existence of various political parties as an obvious element, and entrenches the independence of the judiciary through laws"

Now see the 100% accuracy of the May 15th Prophecy on how the new paradigm will play out

Hezbollah is the new government of Lebanon

"With a speed that surprised many here, and with equally surprising cross-sectarian acquiescence this morning, Hezbollah and its allies constitutionally toppled Hariri’s government, constitutionally imposed new consultations to form a new government, and constitutionally transformed a minority into a majority and vice versa.

The Battle of Karbala, for Hezbollah members and Shia Muslims generally, symbolizes the triumph of good over evil and the willingness to sacrifice one’s life for justice and the greater good of one’s family, community or “Ummah.” The reason for mentioning this is that my barber was ecstatic and claims his party has just experienced a “Karbala moment!

The United States’ hegemony continues to recede in the region and is increasingly viewed, post Palestine Papers, as the enemy of Arabs and Muslim. Its pariah status grows because Washington continues to prop up, fund and arm the Zionist occupation of Palestine

Iran benefited with important political gains as it continues to rise and move in the region in the direction of Palestine.

Hezbollah’s 12-member bloc told the new prime minster that it favored a government of “national partnership,”

"Abrams was a key architect of the ill-considered and anti-democratic policy of promoting a putsch against the elected Hamas government"

The conclusion drawn in the region from this episode, that the US only supported democracy for Arabs when the outcome suited it, was a serious setback to America's ability to credibly promote political change.

It didn't help much either that the Bush administration had invaded an Arab country, ushering in a long period of chaos, and was so indifferent to the freedoms being denied to Palestinians under occupation"

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"In Lebanon, Hezbollah has been transformed from a fringe militia seizing Western hostages into the country’s predominant political force

capable of displacing a pro-Western cabinet with a coalition of its own making. 

Moqtada al-Sadr has gone from being a “wanted man” to the kingmaker of Iraqi politics

Tunisia’s Zine el Abidine ben Ali, long a model of the liberalizing autocrat who introduced economic reforms, promoted a moderate strain of Islam and appeared open to co-existence with Israel, was overthrown. 

With Rachid Ghannouchi, the head of the formerly banned En-Nahda movement, having returned to his homeland from exile, and likely to contest elections, the prospects of yet another Islamist movement entering government—sharing Hezbollah’s and the Sadrists’ opposition to the U.S. peace process and its “war on terror”—must be taken as a likely prospect

Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak, America’s closest partner in the Arab world for the last three decades, could be on his last legs, and the Muslim Brotherhood—the most organized political opposition in the country—is likely to play a greater role in shaping policy. 

In both Yemen and Jordan—two U.S. allies who have supported America’s war on terror—governments are facing protests. Ali Abdullah Saleh, the president of Yemen, is frantically trying to craft new policies designed to appease his country’s underemployed youth, while Jordan’s King Abdullah dismissed his prime minister, Samir Rifai and asked Marouf Al Bakhit to form a new government, while the Islamic Action Front—the Jordanian version of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, called for a “directly elected” government responsible to a freely-elected parliament, not one appointed by the monarch.

any government in Iraq where Moqtada al-Sadr is influential will certainly not be recognizing Israel anytime soon"

To see exactly what happen next read the May 15th Prophecy written at LastDayWatchers