February 11th, 2011

Life After Hosni:
Algeria, Yemen, Iran, Libya, Bahrain …

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As the sun comes up on the first day After Hosni, Saturday February 12 — Algiers is now up in arms, with a reported 30,000 police trucked in from around the country to control the inspired crowd.

Early last week the Algerian tyrant, inspired by Hosni, had promised to soon lift the State of Emergency.

Some speculate about the rebirth of Pan-Arabism.

Algeria, of course, has its own modern history.

Something began spreading over the town. Mysterious fires broke out. The number of thefts doubled. A second lieutenant who’d got into the habit of lighting candles in his room in front of books expounding materialistic ideas suddenly scratched and punched his commanding officer. A lady of the highest society began beating her children at fixed intervals and insulting the poor at every opportunity. Another tried to practice free love with her husband.

“That’s impossible,” she was told.

“What do you mean,” she cried, “we’re free, aren’t we?”

We were free, indeed, but of what?

From Camus’ The Possessed, inspired by Dostoevsky’s novel about revolution and madness.

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19 comments

  1. ed says:

    Democracy Now with a special report as the news of Hosni’s resignation echoes

    http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2011/2/11/the_egyptian_revolution_a_democracy_now_special_on_mubaraks_resignation

    February 11th, 2011 at 10:55 pm

  2. ed says:

    Bahrain oil sheik announces cash payouts for the People

    http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/02/201121251854857192.html

    February 12th, 2011 at 10:02 am

  3. ed says:

    Palestinian Authority announces elections in September

    http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2011/02/12/world/middleeast/AP-ML-Israel-Palestinians.html?_r=1&hp

    February 12th, 2011 at 10:24 am

  4. ed says:

    Baghdad, too — security forces barricade the Green Zone against protest marches

    http://news.antiwar.com/2011/02/11/iraqi-forces-block-growing-protest-marches-from-reaching-green-zone/

    February 12th, 2011 at 12:33 pm

  5. ed says:

    LA Times piece fluffing Team Obama a bit

    http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-fg-egypt-obama-strategy-20110213,0,5736229.story

    I think the Wisner Deviation (which the LA Times mentions but says nothing of substance about) was a rare public picture of the shadow government in action.

    It reminded me of when Paul Bremer, a dickbrain face for the Likud Lobby gang, was sent to Baghdad post Mission Accomplished and soon announced that, as King, he intended to privatize Iraq’s oil infrastructure, in accord with a plan that the LL/Neocons had concocted and briefed various Beltway powers on in 2002, well before the invasion.

    Problem is — they hadn’t briefed the Oil Mafia. And had spent a good deal of 2002 trying to persuade the OM that the invasion was a good idea.

    Less a day after Bremer announced this, the ex-CEO of Chevron flew halfway around the world to Baghdad, burst into Bremer’s office and told his secretary to beat it, then roared for twenty minutes or so, apparently suggesting among other things that Bremer’s life was in danger,

    The Oil Mafia, you see, had no intention of letting Iraq’s considerable oil reserves pour into the world in anything like Free Market style. That oil has been repressed since our deal with the Saudis in the 70s and if it were allowed to freely flow would depress the price of oil in a big way.

    Or this at least is the Oil Mafia’s position. And when Bush’s boy Bremer and the Pentagon Likud Lobbyists who made the war happen tried to change policy, the reaction was immediate — and entirely effective. Bremer withdrew his announcement forthwith.

    Very like Wisner suddenly zipping out of the private sector to Cairo with a State Department brief then telling the world that Hosni should keep his seat as the White House tried to pull it away …

    February 12th, 2011 at 11:40 pm

  6. ed says:

    SO. Cairo’s Parliament and Consitution — each made of paper — are dissolved. Elections called in six months.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/14/world/middleeast/14egypt.html

    Seems to smell of victory for the demos.

    But their removal from Lib Square is still an issue …

    Good to see Ayman Nour is talking constructively in public. There’s a great need, it seems to me, for leaders on the democratic (as opposed to military) side to be out there in fact leading, to keep things heading in the republican direction during the transition.

    February 13th, 2011 at 2:20 pm

  7. ed says:

    By the way — contrast Cairo 2011 with Pittsburgh 2009:

    http://newcombat.net/Conversation/2011/02/13/contrast-cairo-2011with-pittsburgh-2009/

    February 13th, 2011 at 2:24 pm

  8. ed says:

    Good Kristoff piece — leading off with the Islamic Fundamentalist boogeyman.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/13/opinion/13kristof.html

    February 13th, 2011 at 3:19 pm

  9. ed says:

    Feature account in the Times of the organizational history of the revolt.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/14/world/middleeast/14egypt-tunisia-protests.html

    Interesting that the decision to send Wisner is not attributed to anyone. It was merely “taken” .

    February 13th, 2011 at 10:41 pm

  10. ed says:

    Riot police vs Demos in Tehran

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/15/world/middleeast/15iran.html

    February 14th, 2011 at 9:58 pm

  11. ed says:

    And Bahrain — a Day of Rage with police firing on demonstrators, who say they want a new government.

    And Yemen again, the fourth day in a row, since Egypt’s triumph — demonstrations met by pro-gov thugs.

    February 14th, 2011 at 11:45 pm

  12. ed says:

    Hillary strapped on her gun and went out into the street and called Tehran on hypocrisy yesterday …

    http://www.marketwatch.com/video/asset/clinton-condemns-iranian-regimes-hypocrisy-2011-02-14/31D136BF-9A64-432D-AC32-0CF17B088DC6#!31D136BF-9A64-432D-AC32-0CF17B088DC6

    Hoo boy …

    Perhaps the key to the Obamarama’s foreign policy is JOHNNY GUITAR.

    Hillary is tough-talkin’ gun-slingin’ Vienna (Joan Crawford), who runs the bar and a good deal of town.

    And the prez is Johnny (Sterling Hayden), who declines philosophically and sings for his supper.

    February 15th, 2011 at 8:47 am

  13. ed says:

    Wednesday …

    Bahrain, Yemen, Algeria, Iran, Egypt (strikes) — and now Libya

    http://www.democracynow.org/

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/17/world/middleeast/17protest.html

    February 16th, 2011 at 9:28 pm

  14. ed says:

    Riot police in Bahrain fire upon a traffic circle filled with demonstrators. Five dead.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/18/world/middleeast/18bahrain.html

    But Washington is rather silent:

    == The Fifth Fleet is stationed in Bahrain

    – And in December the king there held local and legislative elections, drawing praise as a model of reform from Hillary ….

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/18/world/middleeast/18diplomacy.html

    February 17th, 2011 at 5:33 pm

  15. ed says:

    Khadafi in Libya has set the dogs loose, 100 or so dead so far

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/feb/19/libyan-protesters-gaddafi-suicide-army

    February 19th, 2011 at 10:12 pm

  16. ed says:

    Update re Bahrain, as its Sunni King Hamad goes to Riyadh to confer with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/24/world/middleeast/24bahrain.html

    February 23rd, 2011 at 12:06 pm

  17. ed says:

    Libaya … Ghastly. Bengazi fell to rebels as Khadaffi let loose terror gangs to kill what he called in a public speech “the cockroaches” of the revolt.

    Now the rebels are aproaching the capital, Tripoli.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/24/world/africa/24libya.html

    Shades of the Afrika Korps maps …

    February 23rd, 2011 at 12:08 pm

  18. ed says:

    Tobruk, too …

    High level defections from Khadaffi’s gangsterlike government …

    The biggest oil exporter in Africa.

    And tiny Bahrain of course is home to the US Fifth Fleet, the prime force standing off Iran.

    February 23rd, 2011 at 12:10 pm

  19. ed says:

    Three women led the White House movement to attack Libya: Hillary, Susan Rice and Samantha Power.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/23/opinion/23dowd.html

    March 23rd, 2011 at 7:37 pm

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