The Resistance Always Comes Out on Top

The Resistance Always Comes Out on Top

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The danger Hezbollah poses above all resides in its demonstration beyond a doubt that the Arabs need not bend to Israel’s will and that ridding the region of this colonial menace is possible. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi)

By: Ibrahim al-Amin

Once again, European countries have demonstrated their clear bias against the Arabs and their legitimate rights, at the top of which is the right to armed resistance to occupation.

Hezbollah’s actions do not warrant their inclusion on the EU list of terrorist organizations, even according to a large number of European politicians and human rights activists.

The European states are bothered by the resistance movement’s wide popular support and are hoping to find some way – aside from military means, which have failed – to bring Hezbollah to its knees.

They first resorted to a systematic media campaign to undermine the Resistance’s reputation, then turned to encouraging blatant sectarian incitement to demonize it and drown it in blood, only to end up criminalizing the party in the name of “international law.”

The European “democracies” have been loyal supporters of Israeli occupation and apartheid since the racist nation’s birth from the womb of Britain’s Balfour Declaration. Their blind support for Zionism is firmly rooted in their guilt over the barbaric way they treated Jews during World War II.

The danger Hezbollah poses above all resides in its demonstration beyond a doubt that the Arabs need not bend to Israel’s will and that ridding the region of this colonial menace is possible. Through its actions, the Resistance exposed the cowardice and corruption of the system of Arab regimes who built their armies only to defend their thrones.

Hezbollah is a nationalist and Islamic resistance movement which fought the Zionist monster with faith and courage, while Israel is a Spartan society founded by way of terror and blood, and it knows no language other than warfare.

All efforts to domesticate Hezbollah have resulted in failure. The EU blacklisting has nothing to do with international law or justice, it is little more than an attempt to protect the oppressor from the wrath of the oppressed.

The problem with the European “democracies” is that they believe they are the standard for humanity and it is up to them to judge the actions of others, for only they are the source of those high ideals of freedom, justice and equality. They adamantly refuse to take responsibility for their role in the many social and political problems the people of the region are facing today.

But history moves on. Do the European foreign ministers who voted to blacklist Hezbollah recall how the Nazis used to designate the French Resistance? And did that prevent the Resistance from coming out on top in the end?

Ibrahim al-Amin is editor-in-chief of Al-Akhbar.

Egyptian Army On Countdown To Bahraini Solution

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Egypt’s Morsi charged with espionage; tension mounts

 

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A man waves Egyptian flags as he kneels on a bridge that leads to Tahrir Square in Cairo. Political allies of Egypt’s military lined up behind its call for huge rallies Friday. (Hassan Ammar, AP / July 26, 2013)

By Jeffrey Fleishman 

CAIRO — Egyptian prosecutors have charged deposed President Mohamed Morsi with espionage and colluding with the militant group Hamas in provocative accusations ahead of rival rallies planned Friday by Islamists and largely secular opposition forces.

The charges against Morsi, who has been in army custody since his overthrow on July 3, are certain to infuriate tens of thousands of his Islamist supporters who have been demonstrating in Cairo and other cities. The accusations come the day after the army warned Islamists to disband their sit-ins or face retaliation.

Gen. Abdel Fattah Sisi, commander of the armed forces, has called on millions of Egyptians who backed the coup against Morsi to rally Friday for a military crackdown against “terrorism and violence.” His comments further increased pressure on supporters of Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood party.

The political atmosphere is more volatile than it is has been in months, and many fear widespread clashes as the nation’s factional lines sharpen amid economic turmoil.

The Egyptian news agency reported a court has ordered Morsi to be held for 15 days while prosecutors investigate charges that in 2011 he conspired with Hamas, the Palestinian radical group that controls the Gaza Strip, to attack police stations and jails, “setting fire to one prison and enabling inmates to flee, including himself, as well as premeditated killing of officers, soldiers and prisoners.”

The charges stem from a prison escape by Morsi and other political prisoners, including members of the Brotherhood, during the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak. The accusations have been discussed in judiciary circles for months and have recently gained traction as the army seeks to impose order, marginalize the Brotherhood and move beyond more than two years of unrest.

Morsi had said in an earlier television interview that unknown men freed him and other Brotherhood members from Wadi Natroun prison. The criminal accusations come amid growing international criticism that Morsi has been held incommunicado for nearly one month.

“At the end of the day we know all of these charges are nothing more than the fantasy of a few army generals and a military dictatorship,” Brotherhood spokesman Gehad El-Haddad told reporters. “We are continuing our protests on the streets.”

In an ominous statement suggesting possible violence, an army official told Reuters: “We will not initiate any move, but will definitely react harshly against any calls for violence or black terrorism from Brotherhood leaders or their supporters.”

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Bandar’s Boys Assassinate Another Anti-Islamist Leader—This Time He Struck In Tunisia

[Bandar Bush is an international war criminal, posing as the head of Saudi intelligence.  He murders and kidnaps freely across all borders, sponsoring terrorist “Islamist” armies throughout the region, for the purpose of disrupting international order (SEE: Bandar Organizes Betrayal of SNC, Prepares American Al-CIA-da/al Nusra Offensive from Jordan ).  International authorities must bring this criminal Saudi royal to justice and attempt to undo the damage that he has done.]

Assassination of Mohamed Brahmi Heightens Calls for Ouster of Government

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Protesters in downtown Tunis call for overthrow of government after the assassination of Mohamed Brahmi on July 25, 2013. Photo credit: Youssef Gaigi, Tunisia Live

The murder follows the death of Chokri Belaid, whose assassination in February threw the country into political turmoil and led to the restructuring of the Tunisian government.

Brahmi’s party is part of the opposition Popular Front coalition, which also includes the late Belaid’s party.

Reported details of the killing were strikingly similar to the circumstances of Belaid’s death. Brahmi was described as being shot by a pair of assassins traveling on a motorbike, as was the case with Belaid. Both men were reportedly killed in front of their houses while in their cars.

Other details appeared even grimmer than the Belaid killing. A source at the hospital confirmed that he was shot 11 times, while reports from the BBC and other sources stated that his wife and two children witnessed the murder.

Brahmi’s daughter told radio station Mosaique FM that her father received a phone call, left the house, and was then shot.

“He died a martyr to his opinion and passion,” his wife told the radio station.

Brahmi’s murder comes at a precarious time in Tunisia’s post-revolutionary transition, as major opposition parties and activist groups have called for the dissolution of the Islamist-led government and the assembly. Heated debates have occurred in the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) in recent weeks over articles in the draft constitution being considered by the parliament.

As news of Brahmi’s death emerged shortly after noon, protesters began to gather in downtown Tunis. At first, some clashed with police and were dispersed with tear gas.

After the initial clashes, several hundred protesters remained downtown and gathered before the Ministry of Interior building, many chanting slogans calling for the dissolution of the government and placing onus for the crime on Rached Ghannouchi, leader of the ruling Islamist Ennahdha party. Members of the Popular Front coalition called for civil disobedience and chanted “degage,” French for “leave,” a slogan that prevailed during the protests that led to the January 2011 revolution.

Protesters told Tunsia Live they plan to walk from downtown Tunis to the NCA building in the suburb of Bardo around 9 p.m. and will hold a sit-in there until the parliament is dissolved.

In Brahmi’s hometown of Sidi Bouzid, hundreds of protesters took to the streets in the afternoon, demanding the resignation of the government and burning two Ennahdha buildings. The town is often referred to as the birthplace of Tunisia’s 2011 revolution. It was there that a struggling street vendor mistreated by government officials self-immolated, the news of which inspired mass protests that eventually led to the departure of former president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. Brahmi represented the Sidi Bouzid governorate in the NCA.

In the city of Sfax, demonstrators tried to enter the municipal government building but were prevented from doing so by the police, journalist Sihem Chouour told Tunisia Live.

Protests have also taken place in Monastir.

NCA Speaker Mustapha Ben Jaafar announced this afternoon that there will be greater protection offered to political figures and that tomorrow would be a national day of mourning.

The largest labor union in Tunisia, the UGTT, announced on its Facebook page that a general strike would be called on Friday.

The Ennahdha party issued a statement asserting that the assassination was meant to derail the country’s democratic transition.

“Those who treacherously shot Mohamed Brahmi wanted to target the entire democratic process and push the country into a cycle of violence and chaos,” their release stated.

“We call on the government and the interior ministry to urgently arrest those who committed this crime and reveal those behind them who have targeted the stability of the country,” said the party’s influential president, Rached Ghannouchi in his own statement.

“Political assassinations happen in the most democratic places in the world, and even in the United States,” Ghannouchi later told Shems FM.

Beji Caid Essebsi, leader and presidential candidate of Nidaa Tounes, a major opposition party, told France 24 that any outspoken critic of the government was now a potential target, adding that the series of assassinations was unprecedented in Tunisia.

Ahmed Nejib Chebbi, leader of the opposition al-Joumhouri party, called for the dissolution of the current government in an interview with Mosaique FM, saying that Brahmi’s assassination was the “coup de grace,” or death blow, to the country’s democratic transition.

He asserted that the government is responsible for Brahmi’s murder because it did not make necessary efforts to deal with violence and terrorism. Chebbi called for a “national salvation” government to restore stability and prepare for upcoming elections.

The Tamarod Tunisia movement, an activist group that has sought to recreate the success of its Egyptian namesake by dissolving the Tunisian government, issued a call to action following the murder.

“Tamarod announces its confrontation with this failed government that has caused another national catastrophe. Hitting the streets is the solution,” the group stated on its Facebook page. “Youth of Tamarod in every governorate will go to the streets until this government falls and will not remain silent.

Abu Yaareb Marzouki, a political analyst and former government official with ties to the Ennahdha party, rejected allegations that Ennahdha was involved in the murder, asserting that it would not make sense for it to do so.

“Now Ennahda and even the political parties from the left need to be united because the killer is not Ennahdha,” he assessed. “It’s someone from the former regime who wants to destabilize the country and lead it into chaos. They want people from the left to think they are targeted by the Islamists, but this could not be possible because any political party that wants to win the elections would not do it.”

“As for what happens tomorrow, it is perfectly understandable as long as it’s peaceful,” Marzouki added. “If it’s violent, however, then it is unacceptable.”