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Egypt: Democracy vs Torture and Hypocrisy

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As rulers everywhere try to control the narrative and talk about the need to compromise and to bring about an “orderly transition” in the face of the protesters’ firm stand, and while Western celebrity news anchors plug the “reasonableness” of the Mubaraks and the Omars, the Egyptian government has shown its true colours by hauling in journalists and beating, slapping and kicking detained pro-democracy supporters.

Plainclothes police arrest a protester in Egypt - Photo credit: kalamu.posterous.com

The uprising in Egypt has “not only exposed the illegitimacy of the Mubarak regime, but also the “BS” behind recent Western campaigns to “deliver democracy” to the Middle East”, says this report in the Telegraph.

And if you are under any illusions about the Mubarak regime, read these reports on the harrowing experience of foreign journalists who were detained in Cairo. But they were the lucky ones compared to Egyptian protesters and journalists who are being harshly treated and possibly even tortured. NYT: Two detained reporters saw secret police’s methods firsthand

And this report from Bloomberg: “You will be lynched,” Egyptian policeman tells reporters: first person

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AGENDA RAKYAT - Lima perkara utama
  1. Tegakkan maruah serta kualiti kehidupan rakyat
  2. Galakkan pembangunan saksama, lestari serta tangani krisis alam sekitar
  3. Raikan kerencaman dan keterangkuman
  4. Selamatkan demokrasi dan angkatkan keluhuran undang-undang
  5. Lawan rasuah dan kronisme
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8 Feb 2011 10.36pm

The insanity of it all. Power crazy lunatics remain in charge. How not to see why some would choose violent revolution as the only way for countries such as Egypt? … Its a case of everybody gambling and others can only hope the sane ones win.

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