United States support for dictatorship in Egypt

This video from Britain is called Mark Thomas – UK Arms Trade.

By Suzanne Adely, Corinna Mullin and Azadeh Shahshahani, Truthout in the USA:

US Intervention Continues to Undermine Egyptian Revolution

Monday, 30 July 2012 14:56

As world leaders meet in New York this month to negotiate a first-ever international arms trade treaty, many human rights activists are focusing on the deteriorating situation in Syria and continued arms sales by Russia to the brutal Assad regime as examples of why this treaty so urgently needs to be passed. Considering the egregious use of state violence and the scale of human suffering, it is understandable that Syria is taking center stage in discussions around developing a regulatory framework with human rights conditions for world arms sales. However, we must not forget the numerous other regimes in the region – many of which have been challenged by the Arab “revolutions” – the durable rule of which has, in large part, depended upon their ability to purchase lethal weapons from states and companies – many based in the United States and Europe – willing to sell.

This April, we joined a National Lawyers Guild delegation of US lawyers, activists and scholars to investigate another uncomfortable case of an authoritarian regime that benefited from Western weapons sales and aid, to the detriment of the people. Our delegation’s aim was to examine the role and responsibility of the US government and American corporations in human rights abuses in Egypt, as well as the ways in which over 30 years of US military and economic intervention has violated Egypt’s popular sovereignty and locked the country in a web of debt.

The delegation met with a broad range of activists, including human rights advocates, youth leaders, Islamists, leftist intellectuals and trade unionists. We also met with several civil society organizations that provide vital legal and social services to poor and working-class Egyptians who have been targeted by the state for their activism.

Through these meetings, we came to understand the various ways in which state institutions and repressive apparatuses have been used to quell political dissent and limit the more radical demands of the Egyptian revolution. We also came to develop a better understanding of the ways in which US military, financial and diplomatic aid helps to sustain many of the corrupt and illegal practices of the state. The information shared with us by the various individuals and groups with whom we met implicates the US-backed military, police and state security forces in the most palpable forms of state violence practiced throughout the Mubarak era, some of which continues today. This includes violent attacks on protesters, unlawful detention of activists, and use of torture.

However, the picture painted for us by activists also revealed a less noticeable, and in some ways more nefarious, form of violence – structural violence – which impacts the lives of millions of Egyptian citizens today and is perpetrated by a whole range of domestic and international actors, including state institutions, private corporations, financial institutions and foreign governments, most importantly the United States and its Gulf allies. As a result, many of the popular civil society campaigns in Egypt have focused not only on challenging the most visible forms of repression, but also overcoming many of the less tangible pathologies associated with the neoliberal authoritarian state, including flagrant corruption, inequality, injustice in the workplace, and the accumulation of odious debt, or debt incurred by a regime without proper consultation and with little or no consideration to the best interests of the nation.

The tripling of US arms sales abroad to a record $66.3 billion is an accurate barometer of the accelerating drive to war in the Persian Gulf and on a world scale. This one violently surging sector of American exports reflects a diseased capitalist economy and society, whose financial-corporate elite resorts to militarism as a means of offsetting the overall economic decline of the United States: here.

7 thoughts on “United States support for dictatorship in Egypt

  1. 1) Tahrir activist and film maker Amal Ramsis in Assisi
    2) Enhanced programme Anti-imperialist Camp Assisi
    3) Booking & prices Assisi
    4) Rome declaration of the Syrian Democratic Opposition


    1) Tahrir activist and film maker Amal Ramsis in Assisi
    Projection of the award-winning documentary film ?Forbidden?

    Amal Ramsis is a well-known revolutionary film director from Egypt and at the same time
    an activist of the Tahrir movement. She has been involved in the new opposition movement
    starting in the late 90s which paved the long way for the fall of Mubarak. Amal Ramsis is
    something like a messenger of the young left revolutionary milieu of Egypt which has been
    driving the situation. She has been vocal for women?s rights.



    2) Updated programme of the Anti-imperialist Camp
    August 23-26, 2012, Assisi, Italy



    3) Booking & prices Assisi


    4) For a political, not a military solution
    Rome declaration of the Syrian Democratic Opposition

    Syria is experiencing the most dramatic crisis in its history. The option for a military
    solution, which does not take into account the revolt?s calls for the freedom and dignity
    of the Syrian people, has led to the spread of violence, the loss of too many human lives
    and generalized destruction.



  2. Egyptian pilots in sit-in for civilian minister of civil aviation

    Since Tuesday up to 200 pilots have being staging a sit-in in front of the Cairo headquarters of the Civil Aviation Syndicate. They are calling for the appointment of a “non-military, technocratic minister of civil aviation” who is not associated with the former regime of ousted president Hosni Mubarak.

    The current Minister of Civil Aviation, Hussein Massoud, is a former officer in the air force and the current chairman and chief executive officer of Egypt Air.

    Mubarak’s last aviation minister was the former commander of the Egyptian Air Force, Ahmed Shafiq.



  3. Protest fails to fill column inches

    EGYPT: Several journalists left their columns blank in daily papers today to protest against the appointments of 50 new editors for state-owned publications.

    Many of the newly appointed editors are known for their Islamist views.

    Instead of normal pieces, the columnists wrote short notes denouncing the Muslim Brotherhood’s attempt to control the press.



  4. Egyptian journalists in partial strike over press freedom

    Journalists called for a partial strike last week, demanding that the upper house of parliament relinquish ownership of newspapers.

    Egypt named 50 new editors for state-owned newspapers on August 8, raising concerns among journalists of Islamizing the press.

    Among the editors named was Abdel-Nasser Salama, appointed chief editor of Al Ahram, Egypt’s oldest paper. Salama was suspended from writing a column in 2010 for what were deemed inflammatory articles against Christians.



  5. Pingback: Will Egyptian junta free dictator Mubarak? | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  6. Pingback: Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak dies | Dear Kitty. Some blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.