Int’l team of socialist workers heads to Egypt

One can only wonder if this is part of Hillary’s plan for Egypt. I am sure they will be only selling books. “International team”?? You betcha. Time will tell the ending to this adventure of Google executives as well as Obama and Hillary.

A socialist newsweekly published in the interests of working people
Vol. 75/No. 12      March 28, 2011
The Militant:

“I just returned from Madison, Wisconsin, this past weekend, meeting and talking to working people involved in the fight there, introducing them to the Militant,” said Dan Fein, a worker at a pharmaceutical plant in New York. “Soon, I’ll be doing the same thing in Cairo.”

Fein is part of a team of socialist workers from the United States, Canada, and United Kingdom who will travel to Egypt to participate in the Tahrir Book Fair, March 31 through April 3. Paul Mailhot, editor of the Militant, is organizing the team, which will sell subscriptions to the paper, as well as books and pamphlets published by Pathfinder Press.

Hosted by American University in Cairo, the fair was “born from the joy of the Tahrir Square revolution,” the organizers explain. More than 100 exhibitors are expected, most from the Middle East and North Africa. Thousands of titles will be on sale in Arabic, English, French, and other languages. Author signings, forums, and other events are planned.

“For those few days,” organizers say, the fair will be “the largest and most diverse bookstore in the Middle East, situated on the corner of this now world-famous square.”


H/T:Commie Blaster

Google Restores Social Network in Egypt for Obama?

We keep hearing how it was the Social Networks that had much to do with the present unrest in the Middle East, with the Egyptian government cutting off the Internet. Now we learn, Obama’s best friends from Google have come up with a work around. Robert Gibbs has said that Egypt must restore Social Networks. Switched

Internet service in Egypt is now totally shut down and there are reports that cell phone service has again been cut, but that won’t stop people from finding ways to reach out and express themselves.

One creative solution is from engineers at Google, Twitter and SayNow, a company that Google recently acquired, who have created a way for people from Egypt to Tweet via landline.

According to the Google blog, “Anyone can tweet by simply leaving a voicemail on one of these international phone numbers (+16504194196 or +390662207294 or +97316199855) and the service will instantly tweet the message using the hashtag #egypt. No Internet connection is required.” Huffington Post

Do you really think that Google did this on their own? That this was not discussed with the White House and Obama?

“What we shared is a belief in changing the world from the bottom up, not from the top down,” Obama told Google employees during a 2007 visit to its headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Money CNN

Earlier we posted how the State Dept was holding meetings with Egyptian dissidents. Digging more into the meeting of the Alliance of Youth Movements with these dissidents, what a surprise. The Executives from Google and Facebook were in attendance. Attendee List

Here is what happened at theAlliance of Youth Movements meeting.

These discussions contributed to the construction of Creating Grassroots Movements for Change: A Field Manual and the launch of a new organization, The Alliance of Youth Movements that will work to help other organizations use online technology to advance their causes.

The Summit also launched the Youth Movements Hub where emerging youth organizations can access and share “how-to” guides and tips on how to use social-networking and other technologies to promote freedom and justice and counter violence, extremism and oppression. Including instructional videos and text guides, links to related online resources and discussion forums for sharing experiences, ideas and advice, the hub will remain the central resource for The Alliance of Youth Movements.

More on Obamas’s good friends:

In Google (GOOGFortune 500), the $22-billion-a-year online-advertising Goliath, Obama appears to have found a corporate kindred spirit. Google executives, led by CEO Eric Schmidt and co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, are scary smart and supremely self-confident (much like the President himself), and despite their company’s growing power, they depict themselves as advocates for consumers.

The President relies on Google execs for tech and economic advice as his own regulators scrutinize the online-ad behemoth  Money CNN

Because the company and administration are so like-minded, it should come as no surprise that Google executives soon found themselves assuming roles in the Obama administration.

Indeed, two of Obama’s economic tenets — support for more U.S.-educated engineers and the expansion of Internet services to poor and rural areas — grew out of a visit to Google headquarters in 2004, an encounter Obama recalls in his book “The Audacity of Hope.”

Google managers and employees were some of the strongest supporters of candidate Obama, donating around $803,000 to his presidential campaign, according to the website Among corporate employees, only staffers at Goldman Sachs (GSFortune 500) and Microsoft (MSFT,Fortune 500) gave more.

CEO Schmidt actively stumped for the candidate and served as an informal economic adviser during the campaign, and after Obama was elected, Schmidt and other Google executives forked over $25,000 apiece to help pay for the inaugural celebration.

 Money CNN

Thanks to Ameristroika for many of the sources. A must visit.

State Dept was holding meetings with Egyptian dissidents

Here is a fascinating story from  Ameristroika. Take a look then follow the links for an inside look at what our country has been up to. Here is a portion:

On Friday, Wikileaks published a secret cable that detailed the U.S. government’s involvement with an Egyptian dissident. His notes of a democratic revolution for Egypt in 2011 were confiscated.

The April 6  youth activist had attended the Alliance of Youth Movements in New York City 2008, sponsored by the State Department.

Undersecretary James K. Glassman wasinterviewed on Nov. 24, 2008, and the questioner shows his concern specifically about Egypt. He asks the Undersecretary, speaking of Egypt and Turkey, “Don’t you run the risk of unleashing something here that is going to come back to bite you, especially with our allies?

Glassman explains that they support pro-democracy movements and that sometimes “puts us at odds with other governments.” It almost looks as if they were thinking ahead. But the interviewer’s response is immediately cut-off. Undersecretary Glassman clarifies how the State Department works:

“What we do in public diplomacy and what is often done in official diplomacy. We are communicating and engaging at the level of the public, not at the level of officials. So you know, it certainly is possible that some of these governments will not be all that happy that – at what we’re doing, but that’s what we do in public diplomacy.” Following up with “And I think this is an important part. We as a government have been engaging with such civil society organizations in places like Egypt for a long time.”

So the State Department was well aware of the risks they were running, in so far that they lined up the perfect dissidents and organizers, threw a convention for them, and sent them home to start the revolution. It seems everyone knew about this except us…until now.

Short version:  Associated Content Yahoo

UPDATE: Google Restores Social Network in Egypt for Obama

Iranian Born Valerie Jarrett Rises Again

This weeks interview in Newsweek with Valerie Jarrett concluded with a nauseating feeling that they will never get it. She is suppose to be the other half of Obama’s brain as you may recall? I thought she was gone, apparently a resurrection. He wants to continue the Cairo bit?? A redo of part of one of my earlier posts then quotes from the interview:

Valerie Jarrett-Named Iranian of the Month

Obama’s closest aide is Shirazi

 Jarrett is a member of African-American and Chicago royalty. But her story and her life begin in the Middle East, not the Midwest. She was born in 1956 in Shiraz, Iran, Hospital, where Jarrett was born, and spent her early years. ”Every memory from Iran is a very happy memory,” Jarrett told me in an e-mail. . Jarrett speaks Persian-Farsi and French.

“I had the honor of being in Shiraz and was student and later friend of Professor and Mrs Bowman (Valerie parent).
This Family is highly exceptional and Dr Bowman loves Iran and Shiraz and had been in touch with Shiraz ever since Valerie was in Shiraz and she is a brilliant and superb individual who belong to entire world”

Newsweek’s Interview:

You were born in Iran.
I was born in Iran. It was a very different country then than it is now. But I think what I learned, and actually what President Obama and I talked about at our first dinner—he having spent a good portion of his childhood in Indonesia—is that it gives you a different perspective to have lived outside of the United States. It teaches you a huge appreciation for our country. But it also teaches you this global perspective that helps inform decisions throughout life’s pathway.

Now you’re going with the president to Indonesia?
I am. He is looking forward to going back. It’s the largest Muslim population in the world. [The trip] gives him the opportunity to continue the dialogue he started in Cairo several months ago.

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