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Egypt & the Struggle for Democracy…

   Democracy is not a ripe fruit that you can pick off a tree; democracy is a seed that you need to plant and nurture.

There are lessons here that future organizing cadre of  the more than 10,000,000 prisoners and “felons” throughout the American gulag should be examining for potential application to our own struggle for justice, reconciliation, and democracy.

More of the same?

The opportunity in the current Egyptian example will be in observing the role of the wealthy civilian elite and military forces in charge at the moment, and the emerging role of oppositional democratic elements, in particular, Mohamed Elbaradei.

The watchword on Al Jazeera—easily the most consistent on-site and factual news reporting team–when the news came down of Mubarak’s resignation was, “This is not the end, but the beginning.”  The real work of the revolution, the struggle for democracy, begins now. more…

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Berlusconi, Mubarak & Teen Fantasies…

I really couldn’t pass this one up.  There I was, watching Al Jazeera TV live from Cairo when one of the reporters commented on a piece of gossip.  It was just one of those minor things, but it seemed to touch upon so much of what’s going on these days.

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   The reporter was one of those in Tahrir Square whom I knew back in 1969-71 in Beirut, Lebanon, when I was an occasional combat-stringer for NBC and a reporter/photog for other media.  Oh yeah, brought back a lot of memories…

The gossip was about Silvio Berlusconi (74), $billionaire prime minister of Italy.  Earlier in the week, Silvio was in line with President Obama and the European leaders generally calling for Hosni Mubarak to leave and the peaceful transition of the regime in Egypt.

By Friday, Berlusconi dropped the call for Mubarak to leave and was describing him as always being considered among “the wisest of men.”  But Ol’ Silvio had a good reason to butter-up the Man of the Hour. more…

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Democratic Revolution vs. Fascist Repression…

In my 68 years on this planet—22+ in jails and prisons around the world—I continue to run into this weird, quasi-religious belief in “compromise.”  Compromise is something you participate in when you have an adversary that is so willing…

Egypt 2011…

You don’t compromise with those who have their hands around your throat and their dick up your ass.  So to speak…

As I published only a few short days ago at the height of the current pro-democracy demonstrations in Egypt, “whomever the ruling elite are in a given period or nation, their most avowed enemy is democracy—however one wishes to interpret it….For the reactionary forces of corporatism, the greatest threat to their wealth and power would be any significant measure of democracy.” more…

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