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Obama administration ready to offer assistance to Libyan protesters to oust Gadhafi

Gadhafi and Obama

Newscast Media WASHINGTON D.C.– As a gesture of solidarity with the protesters in Libya, the Obama administration has said that it is ready to offer “any type of assistance” to Libyans seeking to oust the king of kings Muammar Gaddafi. At the United Nations’ Human Rights Council in Geneva, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did not mince words about Gadhafi — The United States says Muamar Gadhafi must go. Clinton said the Libyan leader’s violence against his own people meant that he must depart his office “now, without further violence or delay.”

Clinton added, “The US is keeping all options on the table, to protect Libya’s civilian population and to encourage a transition to a legitimate government.”

An international investigation of Gaddafi’s alleged crimes against humanity was also moving forward, with the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Luis Moreno-Ocampo, announcing that a preliminary investigation began Monday. The initial inquiry will lead to a decision within a matter of days whether the ICC launches a formal investigation into the Libyan regime’s actions since February 15, Mr. Moreno-Ocampo said in this statement.

Me Against The World

In a telephone conversation to German Chancellor Merkel, Obama said: “When a leader’s only means of staying in power is to use mass violence against his own people, he has lost the legitimacy to rule and needs to do what is right for his country by leaving now.”

Arizona Senator John McCain, a leading Republican, said: “Gaddafi’s days are numbered. The question is how many days and how many people are massacred before he leaves one way or the other. We could have imposed a no-fly zone, and we should recognize the provisional government and make it clear we will provide assistance. We have to be tough.”

Across the pond, England’s David Cameron told the House of Commons on Monday: “We do not in any way rule out the use of military assets, we must not tolerate this regime using military force against its own people. In that context I have asked the Ministry of Defence and the Chief of the Defence Staff to work with our allies on plans for a military no-fly zone.”

All Or Nothing

At this point, Gadhafi has the choice of either standing and facing the music, or fleeing to exile, because it is obvious two of the countries that are responsible for setting leaders up and tearing those same leaders down, have made up their minds that they do not need Gadhafi anymore, and he’s now disposable. The only person so far who hasn’t made any public statements is the pope. What people should realize is that those three entities, Washington, London and the Vatican rule the world through a military-industrial complex.

Gadhafi’s departure will also come as a relief to many African leaders who were fearful of the man because at some point or another he has helped provide those very leaders with firearms, so they know what he is capable of doing. None of the African leaders openly opposed Gadhafi’s ambitions of uniting and ruling all African countries. He also considered himself to be the most brilliant ruler in Africa.

On June 10, 1996, The Washington Times wrote an article revealing that Ukraine had established a secret “strategic cooperation” relationship with Libya, raising new fears among U.S. officials that nuclear, missile and other weapons technology would be transferred to Col. Muammar Gadhafi.

“It’s a very dangerous thing because of Gadhafi’s demonstrated hostility toward the United States,” former CIA official Vincent Cannistraro said of the strategic cooperation. Any technology Libya can get from the Ukraine “will be used for military purposes,” he said.

Rumors spread that Gadhafi was building a nuclear facility, and America contemplated a pre-emptive strike. However, under George W. Bush, on April 29, 2004, the United States effectively lifted the majority of its sanctions against Libya. The United States had maintained a nearly complete embargo against Libya since 1986. The lifting of sanctions followed commitments by Libya’s leader Muammar al-Gadhafi to dismantle Libya’s nuclear weapons development program and to resolve outstanding claims to compensate victims of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

The exact act that Bush signed to restore US-Libya relations was the Presidential Determination No. 2004-30 and can be viewed here.

Here we are almost seven years later, and Libya now finds itself with sanctions imposed against the country after Barack Obama signed this Executive Order on February 25, re-imposing sanctions on Libya.

Because the statements against Gadhafi that are being made are bold and straightforward, I’m inclined to believe the retired navy pilot and Vietnam war veteran John McCain, who said Gadhafi’s days are numbered.

Related article:
The invisible entity behind the global uprising taking place


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Monsanto’s Food Empire Expands To Africa – Prelude To Food Wars

Monsanto's Genetically Modified Food Empire Spreads To Africa

Newscast Media — Food giant Monsanto is spreading its tentacles to third world countries as it seeks to dominate a continent that relies mostly on agriculture and farming to sustain itself. The company was created in 1901 and currently controls the US and world seed markets. During the 1940s Monsanto became a leading manufacturer of synthetic fibers and plastics, including polystyrene that ranked fifth in the EPA’s list of chemicals whose production generates the most hazardous waste.

Monsanto also produced PCBs (Polychlorinated biphenyls) for over 50 years, and these chemicals have permeated the blood and tissues of humans and wildlife around the globe. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reveals that PCBs are cancer-causing agents, and on January 1, 2002, The Washington Post ran a story, “Monsanto Hid Decades Of Pollution, PCBs Drenched Alabama Town, But No One Was Ever Told.”

After the Second World War, Monsanto championed the use of chemical pesticides in agriculture. Its major products have included the herbicides DDT, Lasso and Agent Orange, widely used by the US government during the Vietnam War. This led to a lawsuit filed by Vietnam war veteran who sued Dow Chemicals and Monsanto because he faced an array of debilitating symptoms attributable to Agent Orange exposure. In a June 14, 2004 article, the BBC detailed the side-effects of exposure to Agent Orange. After facing worldwide criticism, Monsanto developed the weed killer RoundUp to replace Agent Orange, and has since become the world’s largest producer of herbicides. With the success of RoundUp and after facing a series of lawsuits in the 80s, Monsanto transformed itself into a biotechnology company that pushed genetic engineering as ground-breaking technology that could not feed the world’s hungry populations.

How Foods Are Genetically Modified

Genetically modified foods are foods that are engineered to be resistant or tolerant to disease or insect attack. For example, a gene encoding an insecticidal protein from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) has made cotton, corn and other crops resistant to attack by caterpillars. GM foods contain genetic material from some source other than themselves. The inserted gene sequence, called a transgene, may come from another related species, or from a completely different species, such as a bacterial cell. Once a useful gene has been identified, isolated and copies made, it must be modified so it can be effectively inserted into the DNA of the target plant or animal. Nearly every product with a corn or soy ingredient, and some containing canola or cottonseed oil, has a genetically modified element, according to the grocery manufacturers group.

The Making Of Food Slaves Through A Biotechnological Dictatorship

All GM crops are patented and the majority of these patents are held by food giant Monsanto or its subsidiaries. One of the lines of seeds being produced in Africa is the “terminator seed.” Terminator seeds are genetically engineered to render themselves sterile, that way they can’t reproduce and farmers would have to go back to the supplier to purchase new seeds once the farmer’s seed supply is depleted. With organic seeds that are in their natural state, a farmer can use the same seeds over and over again without having to buy new ones because organically grown seeds reproduce. The purpose of terminator seeds is to enslave nations that use GM seeds, so that they are dependant on Monsanto for food.

Because GM foods are patented, the companies selling these seeds to unsuspecting farmers would claim that they are preventing “piracy”- the “illegal” use of “their” seed, that’s why the GM seeds are sterile. If the farmers can’t afford to replenish their supply, they would have to starve. If they can afford it, then they would forever have to rely on the supplier of the GM seeds in order not to infringe upon the intellectual property rights or patent of Monsanto. Monsanto feels a patent would provide more protection since it would deny farmers the right to save and re-use seeds containing the company’s patented genes and cells.

Even if a farmer doesn’t buy GM seeds, if a bee pollinates that farmer’s crop from a GM food crop, the farmer whose crops were cross-pollinated would be charged with piracy and patent infringement. If somebody had something against that farmer and threw a handful of GM seeds on that farmer’s soil and those GM seeds germinated, Monsanto would still take the farmer to court for piracy. The lawsuits would drive these farmers out of business and as compensation, Monsanto could end up taking their land.

Monsanto’s “Technology Use Agreement” requires farmers to pay a technology fee for every acre they plant with Monsanto’s patented seed. Farmers pay the fee to the store where they purchase the seed. Under the terms of the agreement, farmers must deliver all of their crop to an elevator or crushing plant—they are prohibited from saving and replanting any harvested seed. They therefore must purchase new seed every year. They are also prohibited from making the seed available to other farmers, a practice known as “brown-bagging.” Read Technology Use Agreement.

To enforce its “Technology Use Agreement” Monsanto sends spies and undercover agents into farming communities to ensure that all fields planted with its patented seeds have been paid for. Monsanto also encourages farmers to use a toll-free “tip line” to blow the whistle on noncompliant neighbors. Monsanto sued Canadian farmer Percy Schmeiser because wind had accidentally blown some seeds into his combine harvester then these GM seeds germinated. When Monsanto detectives tested Schmeiser’s crop, they found that they had GMOs in them. The Canadian farmer was sued by Monsanto and the food giant won. See lawsuit.

Health Risks Associated With Genetically Modified Foods

A report by the American Academy Of Environmental Medicine has called for a moratorium of GM foods based on multiple animal studies that show significant immune dysregulation, including upregulation of cytokines associated with asthma, allergy, and inflammation. Animal studies also show altered structure and function of the liver, including altered lipid and carbohydrate metabolism as well as cellular changes that could lead to accelerated aging and possibly lead to the accumulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Changes in the kidney, pancreas and spleen have also been documented. A recent 2008 study links GM corn with infertility, showing a significant decrease in offspring over time and significantly lower litter weight in mice fed GM corn. Therefore, because GM foods pose a serious health risk in the areas of toxicology, allergy and immune function, reproductive health, and metabolic, physiologic and genetic health and are without benefit, the AAEM believes that it is imperative to adopt the precautionary principle.

Bill and Melinda Gates know the dangers of GM seeds so they have collected all the known species of organic seeds in the world, and are storing them in a food bank at the North pole. They are preparing for the impending food wars that are evident with the rising food prices. Why else would Bill Gates fund the world’s largest seed bank? Do you ever wonder why food prices are rising? Gates knows something we don’t know. The video below says it all.

African countries that allow Monsanto’s GM seeds into their land, should do it at their own risk, because they might also inadvertently allow foreign agents and spies to infiltrate them. Monsanto even admits in this article that it uses a firm known as Total Intelligence Solutions to gather information in foreign countries. If you still have doubts about the spying capablities of Total Intelligence Solutions, you may read this Washington Post profile about (TIS).

A host country can never be 100 percent sure that agents who spy for Monsanto have pure motivations, since according to the Washington Post, their agents also engage in “offering freelance espionage services” as the article notes. Who’s to say with absolute certainty that they couldn’t even go as far as subverting a country, at the same time enslaving that country’s population with the use of their GM seeds.


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Uganda opposition leaders call for peaceful protests across the nation


Newscast Media KAMPALA, Uganda –In the aftermath of the recent Uganda presidential election, opposition party members have urged Ugandans to take to the streets in a peaceful demonstration against the disputed poll. President Yoweri Museveni was declared the winner by the Electoral Commission with 68 percent, followed by Kizza Besigye with 26 percent. The rest of the candidates garnered less than 2 percent per candidate.

“The time is now for the people of Uganda to rise and peacefully protest against the outcome of the 2011 elections,” said Dr Besigye, the BBC reported in this article about the protests.

Among the greatest impediments that Uganda faces, the most serious one is unemployment among the youth. In Uganda, 77 percent of the population is under the age of 30, and this is the age group that is most likely to face civil conflicts according to a study by Population Action International in Washington.The report continues to say that a very young age structure combined with limited opportunities for youth can enable a sense of hopelessness and disenfranchisement toward political leaders, increasing vulnerability to violent conflict. A number of other factors could contribute to this vulnerability. Diminishing per capita resources and poverty drive conflicts to areas rich in natural resources, especially when neighboring countries also have unresolved security issues.

The World Bank also released statistics that indicate the unemployment rate among Uganda’s youth to be as high as 83 percent. (See page 13 of report).This is an alarming number that is also backed by the African Development Indicators (ADI) report whose research report says the frustration of unemployment has resulted into high crime rate and in some cases insecurity in some parts of the country. The study asserts that increased visibility and voices of the youth is therefore believed to be Uganda’s biggest asset for political and socio-economic change.

Museveni has been in power for 25 years, and his main opponent Kizza Besigye said the peaceful march is a response to what he called a rigged election.


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The Invisible Entity Behind The Global Uprisings Exposed

The shadow entity behind the uprisings

Newscast Media –These perfectly coordinated uprisings happening across the world have something in common. They are occurring in countries that have rulers who have declared themselves lifetime rulers, with high unemployment among the youth. Take Egypt, for example, many think this was propagated by the group “Anonymous” and April 6 Youth Movement, using Facebook. To a certain extent, that is true.

However, who is behind the curtain? All these governments were once supported by the West, and Egypt specifically, has even been receiving financial assistance by the billions of dollars from the U.S.

Sign Of The Times

To answer the question as to whom is behind the curtain during all these protests, look no further than the signs. Why are all these signs written in English? How is it that these non-English speaking countries display signs in perfectly written English? No grammatical errors, no incorrect tenses, no misspellings whatsoever, yet in English-speaking countries where the locals make their own signs, it is not unusual to see signs that have errors on them. There is no doubt that those signs are done by professionals, and it would be reasonable to reach the deduction that covert agents from the West have a hand in these uprisings. Stay with me on this one.

In the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s 90s and beyond Y2K, governments in the West used economic hitmen to bring foreign governments to their knees. John Perkins, a former economic hitman explains in detail how they do what they do:

Produced by Peter Joseph from Zeitgeist

Here is how it works: A third world nation receives a loan from a developed nation. The loan is so big, there is no way the third world country can pay it back without defaulting. When the third world country defaults, the developed nation offers to re-finance the debt with pre-conditions attached to it. The most common pre-conditions are the third world country agrees to let the lender take over its natural resources like oil, gold and other minerals. The contractors responsible for building the infrastructure are owned by the developed country; or the country in debt offers to send its troops to war zones where there are never-ending wars; in essence leaders of countries entrapped in the debt cycle that is carefully orchestrated by the developed country, become their useful puppets.

What happens is in such countries is that all the national assets and treasures are sold off to privately owned foreign entities. Institutions like schools, insurance corporations, electric and utility companies and so forth end up in the hands of foreigners. Third world countries that are rich in minerals end up getting pimped by their leaders for their natural resources and institutions, leaving the citizens in abject poverty, while only a handful of people in power at the very top of the pyramid benefit financially. Most people in third world countries cannot figure out why their rulers sell of national assets, I hope the video above answers those questions.

Citizens of those countries get the bread-crumbs while their leaders and foreign masters have all the milk and honey. Native citizens of these indebted countries end up becoming homeless in the very countries their forefathers built, and are treated like slaves by foreigners, because their leaders sold them out to foreign multi-national co-operations.

Where is the justice?

People are now waking up to the reality that they will be enslaved in their own countries by the autocratic leaders who are getting rich and fat while their fellow countrymen are starving. The West in now allowing their former puppets to be disposed of, so they can usher in a new generation. The old guard cannot fight back by spraying bullets into demonstrators because eventually they will be tried for crimes against humanity. They cannot stay and try to negotiate their way into being given more time to correct the wrongs, because most of them have been in power for decades, and their failure to deliver on their promises is inexcusable.

They were all intentionally corrupted in the 80s and 90s by the economic hitmen who sensed greed in them, and those same vices are the ones that are being held against them as they are now being ousted from power. When someone has a blemished record that person can easily be manipulated. The people in that person’s immediate circle can also be manipulated because they too have been compromised by those in the top tier. That’s the reason why after these regimes have been toppled, the entire parliament and cabinet is dissolved and nullified to ensure that remnants of the former regime are completely cleaned out and replaced.

Even the House of Saud has become extremely nervous because Saudis have now awakened and organized their “Day of Anger” for March 11. The royal house is now giving out $32 billion dollars to Saudis, in hopes that these monies will silence them.

Saudis will have to weigh the benefits of either cleaning house, or being stuck with the same politicians for the rest of their lives. America, Britain and France will stand by and watch just as they have been doing, as nations plunge into chaos. I believe the West is now taking sides with the people, that’s why they refused to rescue Egypt their strong ally, and are not intervening with Jordan and recently the House of Saud.

Remember Kuwait? The U.S. was quick to defend that small country to protect its oil. Why didn’t the U.S. step in to protect Egypt? Why is it not intervening with Jordan or Libya? Libya has one of the largest oil reserves in the world even greater than Iraq, so why would America just stand by, yet Libya is no longer considered a rogue state? Why are they allowing the March 11 uprising to take place in Saudi Arabia when the House of Saud has been the US’ biggest ally in the Middle East? The answer is simple. A new generation cannot be ushered in as long as you still have the old guards on their thrones who plan to rule for life. They are now being disposed of to make room for those whom this shadow entity perceives will embrace their global initiatives, as opposed to self-serving dictators.

With rulers declaring themselves lifetime presidents, they are making themselves targets. Mubarak at 82 was not satisfied with the decades he was in power and the wealth he had accumulated. He still wanted to run for president in September. If only he had stepped down on New Year’s Day 2011, he would still be living in Egypt and would be considered a national treasure by Egyptians and a war hero. Instead they now want him extradited so they can try him like a common thief.

Uprisings or Secession Could Happen In Dictatorships

If Gadhafi had also stepped down on the day of his 40th anniversary, he too would not be dealing with what he is facing now. He would probably be the richest retired man in Africa. Bashir of Sudan is perhaps the brightest of all, he has declared that this will be his last term in office. Gadhafi’s talk of uniting African nations into a United States of Africa got him in trouble, because it showed he wasn’t about leave office, so now he finds himself in a situation where he could possibly be a man without a country.

Gadhafi’s dream of a United States of Africa was very unrealistic because Africa is plagued with tribalism. Tribalism is worse than racism because it is perpetrated by people of the same race and nation against one another regardless of whether they have the same skin color. Because the cancer of tribalism plagues Africa, we’ve seen nations like Somaliland seceding from Somalia on May 18, 1991 and declaring their independence. In 1993, following a UN-supervised referendum in Eritrea, the Eritrean people voted overwhelmingly for independence from Ethiopian, and Eritrea gained international recognition as a soverign state. On February 7, 2011, 99 percent of South Sudanese voted overwhelmingly in favor of independence and have chosen July 9, 2011 as the date to celebrate their independence. Tribes are either seeking secession singularly or are banding together collectively and divorcing themselves from the oppressive nations, as they seek to be a free and independent people.

Since dictators appear oblivious to voices that are being oppressed, I believe they will experience either uprisings and demonstrations, or the oppressed will seek secession from the oppressors and we will see more new countries being formed as a result of breaking away from the original nations they were once a part of. Heck, even Texas over here threatened to secede because of ObamaCare, and later on sued the government for imposing a health care plan that Texans found unacceptable. Governor Rick Perry started it all when ObamaCare angered him, and now several organizations are promoting it.

I predict that the next decade will be a decade of secession in oppressed and troubled nations rather than of unification, if their leaders continue with their tyranny against the citizens. The tide has now turned and a new day is dawning.


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Sonogram Abortion Bill Easily Passes In Texas By Majority

Sonogram of unborn child

Newscast Media AUSTIN, Texas — In an important vote for pro-life values, the Republican-controlled Texas Senate passed Senate Bill 6 last Thursday afternoon in an effort to make abortion seekers think twice about getting abortions, after seeing the picture of the unborn child. The legislation requires that doctors must perform a sonogram at least two hours before an abortion and has additional language instructing doctors to describe the sonogram and details of the baby to the mother. SB 16 passed by a vote of 21- 10 with 18 Republican legislators voting for the bill.

RPT State Chairman Steve Munisteri praised the Senate for the vote, stating “I applaud our Texas Senators for passing the Sonogram Bill so quickly. Along with Voter ID, our Senators have been very responsive at passing these priority items – two of our RPT legislative priorities for the session. I wish to recognize and congratulate Senator Dan Patrick and Lt. Governor Dewhurst for their leadership on this bill and also wish to thank Gov. Rick Perry for naming this as an emergency item to allow the Senate to consider it early in the session.”

The Sonogram bill now moves on to the Texas House of Representatives where our Republican super-majority is expected to approve the measure with little delay. However, we still encourage all Texans who are concerned about the bill to contact their state representatives and urge them to support the passage of this legislation.



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If Gaddafi Falls, No African or Arab Dictator Is Safe

Newscast Media TRIPOLI, Libya– The litmus test for all African and Arabian dictators will be Gaddafi. If he falls, this will have a ripple effect across all dictatorial regimes. Libya is the last country one would expect to have an uprising. Its economy has an enviable Gross Domestic Product. It has a budget surplus and is literally a “debt-free” nation of roughly 7 million. While Tunisians and Egyptians were rioting, there was silence across Libya. That silence should have been a warning to Gaddafi that something insidious was about to happen.

Gaddafi himself dismissed the possibility of a Tunisa-Egypt style uprising happening in his neck of the woods. He even encouraged Palestinians to rise up against their oppressors in Israel. Now it seems Gaddafi himself might have to flee. Already two jet fighters have landed in Malta after reportedly fleeing Libya as reported by Malta Today.

The pilots claim that they were ordered to take to the air and bombard the protesters in various parts of Benghazi where the situation is dramatic and civilians have taken over military assets. The pilots decided to make a run and flee to Malta, explaining why the planes were fully armed.

This the modus operandi of dictators. They instruct their soldiers and police force to squash protesters, and intimidate them using fire power. Gaddafi, ordered his military to pump bullets into protesters, and they complied. The video below also shows that Gaddafi hired black Africans from sub-Saharan Africa to use live bullets against protesters. Human Rights Watch said Monday that at least 233 people had been killed since the protests began last week, even though protesters put the number much higher.

One thing those soldiers parading the streets with their guns don’t understand is, once their leaders flee, they are the first ones protester will rip apart. They themselves have families, and why they would engage in tyrannical acts knowing that anytime the regime could fall and they would be held responsible, is beyond comprehension.

Gaddafi is the most feared ruler in Africa. He is the kind of guy no African leader would mess with. If you tell him a joke and he doesn’t laugh, you have to apologize. If Gaddafi is brought down by unarmed Libyan citizens, then I would venture to say that no oppressive leader can survive, regardless of their military strength. There are unconfirmed reports that Gaddafi has fled Tripoli and may be headed to Venezuela, however, Gaddafi says he is still in Tripoli and hasn’t fled. Let’s watch Libya and see how this revolution unfolds.


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Gaddafi Steps Away From Throne and Hits The Streets With His Bad Self

Libya's Gaddafi

Newscast Media TRIPOLI, Libya — One thing you’ve got hand to Gaddafi is that he never fails to deliver drama. While other fallen leaders were hiding in the confines of their palaces surrounded by numerous body guards during the civil unrest, Gaddafi decides to go out in the streets in an open vehicle and start his own protests against the protesters. One thing is for sure, Gaddafi owns Tripoli.

This BBC video shows a defiant Gaddafi in the streets with pro-Gaddafi protesters, cheering with him.

There are some observers who believe that Gaddafi’s regime will fall in just a matter of days, however, I beg to differ. The reason is, while other fallen dictators have essentially been disconnected from the average citizen, Gaddafi actually mingles with them. He wants to be viewed as a man who fears no fear. He is out on the frontline without even considering that there could be snipers out there targeting him. It is unheard of for a leader of his stature to put himself at risk where all the action is. Most leaders would have a battalion with soldiers and troops displaying AK-47s in full combat uniform, as a means to psychologically intimidate the protesters, but Gaddafi did the opposite. He went out in the cross-fire trusting the people to protect him, and Libyans were actually chasing his vehicle while cheering him on and shaking his hand.

That’s as bad as one can get. Gaddafi has always harbored the ambition of uniting all African countries into a United States of Africa, and in 2008 was crowned King of Kings by over 200 African cultural leaders. Gaddafi has thrust himself in the line of fire and laid everything he has on the line, and I believe we will see more of Gaddafi protesting against the protesters in the coming days.

What Gaddafi is saying is: “Let it rip, and let the chips fall where they may.” It is ironic because one of his protégés, Idi Amin Dada, is also known to have driven himself around in an open jeep despite several attempts on his life. Most leaders Gaddafi’s age don’t have that kind of fire and passion in them anymore because they are too comfortable in their ivory towers to risk the public outrage that they would encounter in the streets.

Ivory Coast’s Gbagbo is hidden in his palace and afraid to come out; Mubarak was behind closed doors and left at nightfall, Ben Ali fled on a private jet because he could not face the wrath of Tunisians. Not Gaddafi. He’s starting his own revolution, and is fighting fire with fire. Gaddafi’s dictatorship has kept many Libyans in poverty even though the country is one of the richest in the world, so one wonders why an impoverished people remain loyal to him and his regime.

Right now the protests are up in Benghazi but haven’t really affected Tripoli even though that’s where they originated. If he can turn the tide in his favor, people will gravitate toward him out of admiration for his perceived courage. As the uprisings unfold, we will get to learn more and more about what makes him tick and whether he will be able to sustain his leadership as pressure mounts. The odds seem to be against him, and there is no telling how this will end.


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Observers say Libya’s Gaddafi the “King of Kings” is likely to fall in days

Gaddafi was anointed the King of Kings in Africa

Newscast Media BENGHAZI, Libya — News reports from Libya aren’t encouraging for Libya’s Gaddafi who now faces protests that spreading like a virus across cities in the oil-rich nation. The uprising has is so intense, there are reports that in some parts of the country, the military has taken sides with the opposition, which shows Gaddafi may be in some serious trouble. Reporters on the ground speculate that it will be a matter of day before the “King of Kings” falls.

In Beyida, several witnesses said local police joined the demonstrators to fight the militias, driving them out of many neighborhoods. The protesters demolished a military air base runway with bulldozers and set fire to police stations.

“These mercenaries are now hiding in the forests. We hear the gunshots all the time,” one witness said. “We don’t have water, we don’t have electricity. They blocked many websites.”

Another said that residents are now celebrating and cheering, after taking control over the city. They are chanting, “The people want the ouster of the colonel,” a reference to Gadhafi. The witness claimed protesters were headed to Benghazi to join in the conflict there. There are now reports that the uprising has currently spread to East Africa in Djibouti where demonstrators are attempting to oust President Ismail Omar Guelleh.


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2011 Uganda Elections and Election Results Unfold – Final Countdown

Uganda Election Results - The Final Countdown


 ELECTION UPDATE February 20, 2011

The Uganda Electoral Commission has declared Yoweri Museveni the winner of the 2011 election with 68 percent (5,428,369 votes), while challenger Kizza Besigye had 26 percent (2,064,963 votes), and Norbet Mao had 147,708 votes.


Newscast Media KAMPALA, Uganda — The eagerly anticipated 2011 Uganda elections have taken place with Ugandans deciding in whose hands their future lies. All top tier candidates believe they will win. The aftermath of this election will highly depend on whether the voters and candidate believe it was a free and fair election. The opposition has said if there is any foul play, the results will not be decided in the courts, that it would be the court of public opinion that would decide.

Candidate Yoweri Museveni and Norbert Mao cast their votes, however, reports from the Daily Monitor newspaper say that upon arriving at the polling station, candidate Kizza Besigye was shocked to find his name missing. Incidents of voter intimidation and irregularities are also being reported by the same newspaper in this article.

Incidents of violence were also reported by the state-owned New Vision in which scuffles broke out between voters and law enforcement. The paper reports that up to 80 people were arrested.

Turnout was allegedly at an all-time low and Al Jazeera reports that European Union observers estimate that only 30 percent of voters actually showed up to vote. News outlets in Uganda however, have the voter turnout at 58 percent. Al Jazeera’s Mohammed Adow reporting from Kampala said the voting has gone well in most places but in eastern Uganda there were clashes between two opposing candidates in one of the parliamentary constituencies.

“Supporters of the minister of defence and supporters of her opponent clashed in and around the town of Mbale. Two people are confirmed dead and up to 30 injured, including a journalist. The military has been deployed to quell the situation.”

European Union (EU) observers said that an unnecessary military presence on voting day had created an uneasy, intimidatory ambience. They say the vote was undermined in a number of areas.

“The electoral process was marred by avoidable and we underline the word avoidable, administrative and logistical failures as an umbrella of many failures for various administrative and logistical ones which then led to an unacceptable number of Ugandan citizens being disenfranchised,” Edward Scicluna, head of the EU observer team, told reporters.

Museveni was favored to win, but people can only speculate as to what the aftermath will be. Several international observers are on the ground to compile reports about the voting process.

Related article: Profiles of 2011 Uganda presidential candidates


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Rage across the world: Why people are revolting in Libya, Algeria, Bahrain, Iran and Yemen

Rage across the world

Newscast Media — The Tunisian uprising that started as a result of the jobless youth who were frustrated with their government’s empty promises of jobs and affordable health care spread to Egypt and is now having a ripple effect across nations with autocratic leaders. The latest victims of this anger and frustration are: Libya, Bahrain, Algeria, Iran and Yemen. There was some political unrest in Jordan, but King Abdullah quickly recognized that rather than deal with people’s frustrations heavy handedly, it would be more effective to invite the opposing voices and not only listen to their demands but also seek solutions from the very voices in opposition.

So far, the approach has worked in Jordan. However, one must remember that King Abdullah of Jordan is relatively young, and spent a big part of his life in the West, so he is not as regimented as the majority of dictators whose only desire is to cling to power at whatever cost. The king asked Marouf Bakhit, a conservative former prime minister to head a new government after accepting the resignation of Samir Rifai. He also asked the new government to take speedy and tangible steps to launch political reform. Jordan has announced a $225m package of cuts in the prices of some types of fuel and staples including sugar and rice. Rifai also announced wage increases to civil servants and the military in an attempt to restore calm. He was able to create a win-win situation for Jordanians, so this wave of anger seems to be contained, for now in his kingdom.

Day Of Rage In Libya:

Libya is experiencing its day of rage, as the citizens rise up against Moammar Gaddafi who has ruled the country for the past 41 years ever since he assumed office on September 1, 1969. Despite having a very healthy budget surplus, which is unheard of in African countries that are deeply indebted to the IMF and other financial institutions, Libyans are in the streets protesting against their government. So many times leaders believe that a healthy economy is enough to satisfy the citizens, but Libya has one of the strongest economies in Africa and the Middle East, with a healthy infrastructure forecast according to this 2011 Libya infrastructure report compiled by Research&Markets.

The question is, with the growing GDP, jobs, inexhaustible natural resources, why would Libyans revolt? Why would they risk the financial stability they have enjoyed to oust a leader who has been in power even before some of us were born? Would it not be best for them to retain a dictator they are familiar with, rather than a newcomer who may be unpredictable?

This report compiled by the Organization For Economic Co-operation and Development shows how vast the Libyan economy is.

Reports by Al Jazeera from Libya say, before demonstrators burned down police stations across Beyida city, they gathered in the early hours of Wednesday morning in front of Benghazi’s police headquarters and chanted slogans against the “corrupt rulers of the country.” Chants including “No God but Allah, Muammar is the enemy of Allah,” can be heard on videos of demonstrations uploaded to YouTube. Others chanted: “People want the end of the regime.”

Mohammed Maree, an Egyptian blogger, said “Gaddafi’s regime has not listened to such pleas and continues to treat the Libyan people with lead and fire. This is why we announce our solidarity with the Libyan people and the families of the martyrs until the criminals are punished, starting with Muammer and his family.”

Ibrahim Jibreel, a Libyan opposition member based in Barcelona, told Al Jazeera, “I think the demonstrations are going to be rather serious. Libyan people have been oppressed for more than 41 years and they see to the west and to the east of them, people have been able to rise and to change their fate.”

Why people revolt against “the powers that be” even during economic stability:

Most dictators come from a military background and are not trained in dealing with conflict in a humane or diplomatic way so they clamp down on any dissidents who dare rise up against them. They have only been trained to rule with the “iron fist”, that is the reason why even though Sparta was militarily superior than all its adversaries, it ultimately fell because its military generals lacked the oratorical skills, and the diplomacy that the Greeks had. However, even though Spartans were a closed military society, they were subject to the law of the land, which doesn’t seem to apply to rulers in military governments. The historian Herodotus (485-425 BC) noted: “Spartan rulers (kings) are free…but not entirely free; for they have a master, and that master is Law, which they fear.”

Every dictatorship is an oligarchy, and what oligarchs or dictators cannot seem to grasp, is that people will always revolt against corruption, injustice and oppression. These are the catalysts to the uprisings we are seeing. These ingredients can turn the most docile population into an enraged critical mass of people, the result as we’ve witnessed is a contagious, unstoppable stampede that infects even the mediocre bystanders, the outcome of which, not even heaven can deny the people.


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Friday of victory Feb. 18: Egyptians celebrate their victory

Feb 18. Friday of Victory

Newscast Media — After their triumphant revolution that started on Jan. 25, Egyptians are calling for a “Million Man March” to Tahrir Square on Friday 18, to honor those who lost their lives during the uprising that forced former President Mubarak to step down.

Several groups including the Muslim Brotherhood plan to participate in the day that has been dubbed “Friday Of Victory.” Demands have been put for the for elimination of the ‘Emergency Law’ and the release of political prisoners.

Meanwhile, Mubarak is reportedly at his Red Sea resort residence in Sharm el-Sheikh, with his health in questionable condition. The former president has said that he would die on Egyptian soil.

After the government changed hand with the military in control, several parties have emanated, including several thousand former National Democratic Party members who have now formed a new party called the Egyptian Youth Party.




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Italy granted emergency funds by EU to handle exodus of Tunisian migrants


Newscast Media — After the successful revolution in Tunisia that resulted in the ousting of former President Ben Ali, Tunisians are expanding their horizons by migrating to Italy to seek a better life. However, the sudden influx of immigrants is taking a toll on Italy, which has prompted the European Union to avail emergency funds to the country to deal with the unexpected guests.

Italian authorities say 5,200 people have landed on the tiny southern island of Lampedusa since mid-January. EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom told the European Parliament in Strasbourg that they had “identified a comprehensive series of measures as well as quick financial assistance.”

“Emergency financial envelopes” from existing EU funds for refugees and border control are to be mobilized, officials in Brussels said. It put no figure on the funds offered. Earlier on Tuesday, the German government rejected a proposal that Tunisian refugees in Italy be automatically apportioned to other countries in the EU.

France on the other hand, hasn’t been too receptive of the Tunisians. French Industry Minister Eric Besson said Monday that France will not tolerate any illegal immigration from Tunisia. Speaking on French television, he said that some of the 5,000 Tunisians who have arrived in Italy this past week might be eligible for political asylum, but others would have to provide proof that they are eligible.

“There can be no tolerance for illegal immigration,” Besson, a former Immigration Minister, told Canal+ television.

“Until now the system of patrolling the coasts of Northern African has worked and we want to re-establish the technique, which had reduced illegal immigration to zero until a month ago,” he said as he arrived in the Syrian capital Damascus, the first stop in a tour of the region.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Tuesday that at least four people had drowned off the coast of Lampedusa, the small Italian island where most refugees have headed. In response to the influx of at least 5,000 Tunisian immigrants, Rome has declared a “humanitarian emergency.” The Italian Interior Minister Roberto Maroni said he expected a further 80,000 to arrive in the coming months, although no fresh landings of refugee boats have been reported in the last 24 hours. Italian authorities have started to move refugees from Lampedusa to other camps around Italy, but facilities are bursting at the seams.

Maroni has called on Frontex to step up controls in the Mediterranean and to cover part of the cost of deporting migrants, and for EU members to share the burden of accommodating refugees and asylum seekers. Maroni has also requested 100 million euros ($135 million) from the European Commission to cover some of the costs of handling the arrivals.


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Surveillance powers of Patriot Act extended by House of Representatives

National Security Agency

Newscast Media — Members of The House of Representatives have agreed to extend some of surveillance powers granted by the 2001 Patriot Act after the 9/11 attacks in a 275-144 vote. The ACT will extend until December provisions on wiretaps, access to business records and surveillance of terror suspects. The matter now goes to the Senate for its consideration. The provisions are set to expire on 28 February. Former President George W. Bush introduced the Patriot Act after the September 11, attacks.

Mr Bush and other supporters argued that the legal safeguards traditionally granted to criminal suspects left the US ill-protected against further attacks. Critics say the broad powers the act grants US law enforcement agencies violate Americans’ privacy.

“I believe the American people have a legitimate fear of out-of-control government,” said Republican Dana Rohrabacher, one of 27 from his party to vote against the bill on Monday.

“And yes, they have a legitimate fear of out-of-control prosecutors and out-of-control spy networks,” he asserted.

The provisions covered under the bill give the US government the authority for “roving surveillance” of suspects who might be able to thwart investigative methods that ordinarily require a judge’s warrant.

They also give federal investigators access to business records with a warrant from a secret national security court and grant federal law enforcement greater power to watch foreign so-called “lone wolf” terror suspects.


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2011 Houston Rodeo and Livestock Show

Houston Rodeo and Livestock Show

Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas — On March 1, the 2011Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo will be full effect at Reliant Stadium. Tickets for the event are available at Ticketmaster locations including Fiesta and H-E-B stores. Monday – Friday Rodeo performances begin at 6:45 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday Rodeo performances begin at 3:45 p.m. The Sunday, March 20 performance will begin at 3:30 p.m. All performances begin with Rodeo action, followed by the star entertainer.

Photo Gallery of Previous Houston Rodeo and Livestock Show

Below is the lineup for the big event:
Tuesday, March 1 – Clay Walker
Wednesday, March 2 – Trace Adkins
Thursday, March 3 – Sugarland
Friday, March 4 – Janet Jackson (Black Heritage Day)
Saturday, March 5 - Bill Currington
Sunday, March 6 – Selena Gomez
Monday, March 7 – Tim McGraw
Tuesday, March 8 – Keith Urban
Wednesday March 9 – Martina McBride
Thursday March 10 – Rascal Flatts
Friday March 11 – Lady Antebellum
Saturday March 12 – Gary Allan
Monday March 14 – Kid Rock
Tuesday March 15 – KISS
Wednesday March 16 – Miranda Lambert
Thursday March 17 – Zac Brown Band
Friday March 18 – Alan Jackson
Saturday March 19 – Brad Paisley
Sunday March 20 – Jason Aldean

Official Rodeo site:


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The Securitization and Foreclosure Coverup by The Big Banks

Step1. Homeowner receives loan from Bank-X. Step2. Bank-X sells the loan to SPV and is paid in full. Step3. SPV transfers note into REMIC trust and is paid in full by Trustees. Step4. The note is now a Security, the process is irreversible and complete. Step5. Investors (OWNERS) of the Certificates (Bonds/Stocks) receive payment from the REMIC Trust.

Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas–The process of acquiring or selling homes in the past few years has been forever changed by the securitization process that has affected homes of over 60 million Americans. I receive many emails and questions regarding this topic, and since I am not an attorney, I will direct the readers to a brilliantly written article by Rodaben Esquire, that explains the whole process and by the end of the article, you’ll be surprised as to what the banks are hiding from you. I have also created the chart above to show you the flow of transactions.

Understanding Securitization and Foreclosure:

Bank A issues a mortgage to Caprice to purchase a house. Two documents are produced, a promissory note and a trust deed. The trust deed is essentially the title of the property that is held in trust until the promise to repay the loan (promissory note) is satisfied. Once the loan is paid in full Bank A releases its claim on the Trust deed and ownership passes in full to Caprice. That is what most of us believe happens in mortgages because you are not informed as to what happens after the paperwork is signed and how it impacts the title and promissory note you are obligated to. This is intentional, and represents the entire scheme that allows securitization occur. If the process that is now used is too complex it can be used as a justification to allow the shenanigans that occur during a foreclosure process to happen while the judges and juries believe that the process described above is what is actually happening. Lets look next at the basics of securitization.

Once the mortgage has been formed between Caprice and Bank A, Bank A wants to get rid of it as fast as possible and recoup its funds. To take advantage of this and the tax benefits of securitization it has to form what is called an SPV, a (Special Purpose Vehicle) Think of it as a shell company. This protects the mortgage if something happened and Bank A went out of business. The mortgage would still exist. It also theoretically reduces the liability of Bank A to the mortgage default. It is important to realize one important thing here…the two documents that Caprice signed (the promissory note and the title deed) are now SEPARATED. The trust deed remains with its trustee. The promissory note—the asset that pays money—is SOLD to the SPV. The original note is paid off by the SPV and the stream of payments becomes the property of the SPV. Bank A has its money in full and no longer has ANY interest in the mortgage.

Now, the SPV forms a new trust entity. This trust entity is defined by the IRS as a REMIC (Real Estate Mortgage Investment Conduit) and must adhere to the laws regarding such a trust. The benefit of doing this is that when the SPV transfers the mortgages into the Trust NO TAXES MUST BE PAID ON THE TRANSFER. This makes the trust is a much more efficient and profitable vehicle for investors. REMICs, in turn, cannot retain any ownership interest in any of the underlying mortgages. The Trust, then, is as its name states a Conduit where money flows in from the person who pays their mortgage and out to the investor as a payment. The right to receive those payments was purchased when the security (stock or bond) to the trust was purchased. Proceeds from that went back to the SPV who used them to purchase the mortgages from Bank A. It is a giant figure 8 circular flow of money with the Trustee coordinating it all.

Lets see who OWNS the mortgage then:

The first owner was Bank A who took interest in the property as collateral on its loan to Caprice. Simple enough. When Bank A sold the mortgage to the SPV its interest was extinguished. Ownership of the promissory note WAS transferred to the SPV who is now the note holder. The SPV forms the REMIC trust and transfers the note into the trust, thereafter it irrevocably changes the nature of Caprice’s mortgage. It becomes a Security. Once again, the SPV must transfer the note and pay taxes on the transfer. The mortgage now in the trust becomes for all purposes a blended group of monthly payments. These payment streams become the source of funds that the trustee pays out to investors. In essence the trustee—when certificates, stocks or bonds to the trust are sold—sells a beneficial interest in the mortgage. That is not ownership of any portion or any segment of the revenue stream but rather is simply a security—just like a share of IBM or Google doesn’t entitle you to any of the assets of the company. But who owns the note?

Because of the tax exemption of the REMIC it is PROHIBITED from retaining any ownership of the underlying assets it no longer holds any ownership to the note on the day it is formed. The investors in the trust do not hold any interest in the note either, they only hold the security which was sold to them. So what happened to ownership of the note? It was EXTINGUISHED when it entered into the trust in order to obtain the flow of cash back to the original lender and the tax-preferred investment proceeds to the investors. So, who does Caprice owe the money to? Who has authority to release the deed to Caprice when her mortgage has been satisfied? The answer? No one.

The trust is set up and cannot take an active role in the collection of the funds. It is a shell entity ONLY. Therefore it appoints a servicer to collect the payments every month. So what happens when Caprice defaults? How is his property foreclosed upon?

In this proceeding the servicer presents documents to the court (or the trustee of the deed in a non-judicial foreclosure state) that state that THEY are the owner of the note and have a legal standing to foreclose. This is not true, is not legally possible, and is fraudulent. The servicer is the agent of the Trust and will use that to claim that they are foreclosing on behalf of the trust. The problem? The Trust itself cannot hold ownership of the note because of its tax-preferred REMIC status! What about if they state that they are representatives of the investors? The investors have no ownership interest in the underlying mortgages, they only have ownership interest in the securities that were issued to fund the trust! So who does Caprice owe? The answer is nobody. The process of a note becoming a Security is final and irreversible. You cannot unscramble the eggs. A Security cannot be used to foreclose. The Kansas Federal Court Ruling decided once a note was securitized it was no longer a note and would NEVER be a note again. It becomes a Security. (Landmark National Bank v. Kesler, 2009 Kan. LEXIS 834.)

Bottom Line -All Terms of Your Mortgage Were Fulfilled:

The Lender was paid from the SPV upon selling the note.

The SPV was paid from the Trustee who received money from the sale of securities.

The Servicer was paid on schedule by the Trustee from fees generated.

Owners of the certificates (bonds or stock) received a payment from the Trust.

The REMIC Trust itself was insured by the SPV to protect investors.

If the terms of the mortgage were fulfilled (i.e. everyone was paid) To Whom Does Caprice Owe Any Money?

There still exists a lien on the house that is unenforceable. You would have to go through a process to extinguish that lien by having an attorney file for you a Quiet Title, that silences or quiets any more claims to the property.

Written by Rondaben Esquire
Edited by Joseph Ernest


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End Game:Mubarak finally steps down-The Youth Triumph

Former Egyptian President Mubarak

Video by Tamer Shaaban

Newscast Media CAIRO, Egypt –In a historic announcement, Vice President Omar Suleiman said President Hosni Mubarak had resigned and given power to the Supreme Council of Armed Forces Friday.

Tahrir Square erupted for the second time after last night’s rumors that Mubarak would resign. The question everyone should ask themselves is: “Why did Hosni Mubarak resign abruptly? Just yesterday in a televised speech Mubarak said he intended to stay in power, then all of a sudden he resigned?

In this article I wrote last week and described a scenario regarding the quickest way the Obama administration could get Mubarak to resign I said if Mubarak were to be held financially responsible for the economic loss Egypt was incurring everyday, he would step down immediately. Obama and the international community must have taken this writer literally, even though it was simply a hypothesis.

It is reasonable to believe this was the same pressure tactic that was applied to Sudan’s Omer Hassan Al-Bashir that led him to agree to secession of the South. US diplomatic cable published by the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks has revealed that the chief prosecutor at the ICC, Louis Moreno-Ocampo, told US diplomats on March 20, 2009 that president Al-Bashir had siphoned off as much as 9 billion US dollars into foreign bank accounts. The ICC has issued two warrants for the arrest of Al-Bashir on charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide allegedly committed in Sudan’s western region of Darfur, where a seven-year conflict between Al-Bashir’s regime and rebels fighting against perceived neglect of the region has killed 300,000 people and displaced more than 2 million according to UN figures.

Bashir still has his billions because it would be safe to suggest that he was given the option: “Either you get tried by the International Criminal Court for war crimes, and have all your money and assets frozen, or you agree to South Sudan secession and you walk.” It’s obvious Bashir chose the latter.

It would therefore make sense to come to the inference that once again this tactic was applied to Mubarak and was told: “Either you face trial at the International Criminal Court for the deaths of the 200-plus lives that were lost as a result of you overriding the will of the people, in addition your wealth and assets will be frozen, or you step down and walk a free man.”

Why would Mubarak step down when just this Friday morning the military had taken sides with him? Why would he abruptly step down when just last week he said if he stepped down, “the country would be in chaos.” Ask yourself.


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Technology giants Google and Facebook consider buying Twitter for $10B

Facebook and Google eye Twitter

Newscast Media –A report in the Wall Street Journal indicates that Information Technology giants Facebook and Google are considering a bid for micro-blogging site Twitter. Executives at the two companies and others have been engaged in low-level discussions with Twitter for months, exploring the possibility of absorbing the much-hyped company.

Twitter is a social networking site that allows users to send short, 140-character messages to each other. Founded in 2007, the company is adding new users at a pace of roughly 30 million a month, but it only allowed advertisers to market using the site in the middle of 2010.

Citing unnamed sources within the companies, the report said the valuations being considered for it are between $8 and $10 billion. That’s based on assumptions that the San Francisco-based website with almost 200 million users raked in $45 million in revenue last year.

“Are these prices justifiable based on financial multiples? No,” the report quoted venture capitalist Ethan Kurzweil as saying. But social networks have reams of data on their users and “the market is valuing that mightily right now.”


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Day 17 Zeitgeist: Youth uprising fails to deter Pharaoh – Mubarak clings to power

Egypt in crisis

Newscast Media CAIRO, Egypt — A week ago, Newscast Media reported that the end game was unfolding and Egypt’s final cut was in motion. Many wondered how an end game could happen since Mubarak was continuing to hold on to power. On Thursday February 10, the military’s supreme council met without Commander-in-Chief Mubarak, and declared on state TV its “support of the legitimate demands of the people.”

Several strategies were employed by the Obama administration to nudge Mubarak out of office after the uprising intensified. None of the strategies worked instead Mubarak seemed to wade his way through the political crisis.

Footage on state TV on Thursday February 10, showed Defense Minster Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi chairing the meeting of two dozen stern-faced top army officers seated around a table. At Tantawi’s right was military chief of staff General Sami Anan. Not present was Mubarak, the commander-in-chief and a former air force head, or his vice president, Omar Suleiman, a former army general and general intelligence chief assigned to his current post after the uprising erupted on January 25.

Prior to that, CIA Director Leon Panetta told the US Congress that there was a strong likelihood that Mubarak would step down on Thursday night.

“We are continuing to monitor the situation. I don’t know the particulars of how this would work but I would assume that he would turn over more of his powers to Suleiman to direct the country and direct the reforms that will hopefully take place,” Panetta said.

Many in the news media wrongly thought Mubarak would announce tonight that he would step down, on state television, he once again asserted that he was staying because he had taken an oath before God to fulfill his duty as president. Mubarak sent condolences to those who have died and their families and has vowed to bring to justice those responsible for their acts. In His speech, Mubarak assured the crowd that the constitution would be amended to accommodate their needs.

“The current moment is not relating to Hosni Mubarak, it is now relating to Egypt. I have been a youth just like you, when I learned the ethics of the military. I went to war, I won victories…” Mubarak said. The crowd then interrupted him chanting: “He must leave!”

Reports on the street say that on Friday Feb 12, a massive demonstration has been arranged to force Mubarak to step down.


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Egypt Uprising Day 15: Largest Crowd In Tahrir Square Since Jan 25.

Egyptians on Day 15 in Cairo

Newscast Media CAIRO, Egypt — On Day 15 of the uprising, the youth have been re-energized by the release of Wael Ghonim, a Google marketing manager who played an essential part in mobilizing the youth-led demonstrations. Streets around the square were closed and traffic rerouted as hundreds of thousands filled Tahrir square. The youth have asserted that their only demand is that Mubarak step down before any negotiations can begin.

Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper reports that dozens of protesters prevented media personality Lamis al-Hadidi, who hosts a program on state television, from entering the square, accusing state-run television of misleading the Egyptian public and causing more victims to fall by broadcasting false information about the protests. The protesters in Tahrir Square today are saying that public opinion, which had been divided throughout last week between people supporting the protests and people calling on them to stop, has now united again unanimously calling for Mubarak’s unconditional resignation.

“All those who cried in sympathy for Mubarak after his speech are protesting again today,” said one demonstrator.

The success of this demonstration will largely depend upon non-interference of the West who seem to support the side that appears to have the upper hand. When the youth are perceived as having the upper hand in the protests, leaders in the West declare that they want Mubarak to step down now. When it seems that Mubarak could ride out the storm, the same leaders say they support a “gradual” transition.

Now the youth are even more determined than ever because they can see the hypocrisy of Western governments, and it is evident to the protesters that they are on their own. Protester are also camped outside the Egyptian Parliament with signs that read: “Closed Until Regime Changes.” They are now planning rallies outside the state-owned television building and Interior Ministry.

Because the youth are re-energized and have stocked up on necessities like water, bread, batteries, and dried fruit, today has seen the largest crowd since the protests started on Jan 25. Today’s march has made the White House nervous, that Vice-President Joe Biden was prompted to make a phone call to Egyptian VP Omar Suleiman, demanding the transition produce “immediate, irreversible” progress. The White House’s response has once again been upgraded from “gradual” to an “immediate” transition.

What is different about these new rounds of protests is that they are attracting new faces like Egyptian celebrities who had not participated in the initial ones, but have now joined because they too want to play a role in uprising.


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Analysis: Uganda Presidential Elections February 18, 2011 – Yoweri Museveni, Kizza Besigye, Norbert Mao Results

2011 Uganda elections

Newscast Media KAMPALA, Uganda — Uganda held its elections on Feb. 18, 2011, with a lot of speculation as to whether it will be a peaceful process. The three leading candidates in the Uganda elections are the incumbent President Yoweri Museveni of the National Resistance Movement (NRM), Dr. Kizza Besigye of the Inter-Party Cooperation (IPC) and Norbert Mao who represents the Democratic Party (DP).

There are indeed other players in the February 18, 2011 elections, however, I will focus on these three candidates (Museveni, Besigye and Mao) who are the front runners in this year’s presidential race. Below is a brief profile of Uganda that will familiarize the readers of this article with the country.

Full name: Republic of Uganda
Location: East Africa – Great Lakes Region
Population: 33.8 million (UN, 2010)
Capital: Kampala
Area: 241,038 sq km (93,072 sq miles)
Major languages: English (official), Luganda, Swahili, various Bantu and Nilotic
Religion(s): Christian 85%, Muslim 12%, other 2%.
Currency: Uganda shilling (Ush)
Membership of international groupings/organizations: East African Community
(EAC), Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), African Union
(AU), Commonwealth, United Nations (UN) – Non-permanent member of the Security
Council 2009-10, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) – Uganda
held the chair 2003/5.

Past presidents:

Frederick Mutesa II: October 9, 1963 – March 2, 1966.
Milton Obote: April 15, 1966 – January 25, 1971.
Idi Amin Dada: February 2, 1971 – April 13, 1979.
Yusuf Kironde Lule: April 13, 1979 – June 20, 1979
Godfrey Binaisa: June 20, 1979 – May 12, 1980.
Milton Obote: December 17, 1980 – July 27, 1985.
Yoweri Museveni: January 29, 1986 – Present

This year’s battle for the State House has captured the attention of many local and international observers given what happened in Kenya, Zambia and Cote d’Ivore, when the election results were highly contested because there seemed to be no clear winner. In all three cases candidates of both parties declared themselves winners.

Dead Folk Voting:

Even before election day, reports of 140,000 dead people registered to vote, are troubling and raise concerns about whether this will be a fair election. It is not known to whose party the zombies belong, but Democracy Monitoring Group (DEMGroup) in Uganda has revealed that in addition to the dead voters, over 400,000 foreigners are registered to vote and 5,000 people over the age of 110 are also registered to vote. The entire findings can be read here in The Daily Monitor newspaper.

The incumbent Museveni faces former opponent Kizza Besigye for the third time, and also a newer face representing the Democratic Party, Nobert Mao. Museveni’s advantage is that he has name recognition and access to resources to sustain his campaign. Besigye has the advantage of having developed strong grassroots amongst the largest ethnic group in Uganda called the Baganda. Norbert Mao has the advantage of bringing a fresh outlook to Ugandan politics and strong support in the North.

Yoweri Museveni’s challenges:

Having been in power for 25 years, Museveni will attempt to garner Ugandans’ votes in order to stay in office for another five years. He faces several challenges, not only from his opponents, but also trying to convince voters that he is the right man to lead Uganda in this new decade. Museveni’s toughest challenge lies in the central region – Buganda. The region is predominantly occupied by the Baganda people whose vote is absolutely necessary should any of the three expect to win. However, the tension between the kingdom of Buganda and Museveni’s NRM government has been an impediment to Museveni and the way he is perceived by the Baganda.

Realizing how deep the rift between Buganda and his government had become, Museveni was prompted to write the King (Kabaka) of Buganda Ronald Mutebi a letter that yielded him an audience with His Majesty as reported by state-owned newspaper New Vision.

What Museveni may be inadvertently overlooking, is that the people from Buganda kingdom consider themselves Baganda first, then Ugandans second, whereas non-Baganda consider themselves Ugandans first, then their ethnic tribes second. The reason is because Buganda as a kingdom, was a separate nation state before the British arrived. The British conquered all surrounding kingdoms except Buganda.

After realizing the difficulty they faced in conquering Buganda, the British persuaded the Kabaka (King) to join the rest of the kingdoms and form an amalgamation that would result into the birth of a nation now called Uganda. The Baganda elders together with the king voluntarily accepted the proposal.

If you were in Uganda and asked a non-Muganda: “Tell me about yourself,” the person would say, “My name is so and so, I am a proud Ugandan from such and such a tribe.” However, if you were to meet a Muganda and posed the same question, the person would answer, “My name is so and so, I am a proud Muganda from such and such a clan.” Rather than identify themselves as Ugandans, they will identify themselves as Baganda. It is only when they are outside Uganda that Baganda identify themselves as Ugandans.

The pride of the Baganda people lies in the fact the Buganda kingdom, before it became part of Uganda, was one of only two nations (Liberia and Buganda) in Africa, that was never conquered. Even Ethiopia, was conquered on Oct. 3, 1935, when Italy invaded it. On June 1, 1936, the king of Italy, Vittorio Emannuelle III, was also made emperor of Ethiopia. It wasn’t until 1941, during World War II, that British and South African forces conquered Ethiopia, restoring Haile Selassie back to his Emperorship. So even though King Mutesa I of Buganda voluntarily accepted British protectorate status in 1894, Buganda was never defeated or conquered by colonial armies, as a stand-alone nation state.

As a Psychology graduate, I have determined three necessary ingredients that are required before a voter can cast a vote for a candidate. These ingredients are universal and cross-cultural. The first element that is necessary is rapport. People have to get to know a candidate before determining whether the person is worthy of their vote. It’s the reason candidates spend millions of dollars on ads trying to sell their image or message. The second element is the emotional connection.

Once voters get to know a candidate, they have to be able to connect with that person on an emotional level. They have to know that you feel their pain. This is the most important stage because it builds comfort which translates to trust. No matter how much name recognition one has, if voters distrust a candidate it is very hard for him or her to win over those voters. This is the stage where the goal of the candidate must be to win over the hearts of the people.

The last and final stage that is an after-effect of establishing an emotional connection is loyalty. After voters are familiar with candidate and connect emotionally with that person, they will become loyal supporters of the same. With loyalty people open their checkbooks, offer to volunteer for the candidate by performing tasks like hanging posters, spreading the candidate’s message through word of mouth, launching Web sites or blogs in support of the candidate, defending the candidate and recruiting other voters to vote for the candidate.

It is important for a candidate to get people to vote with their hearts, for when people vote with their hearts, they are literally “sold-out” to their candidates. Those who win over the hearts of the voters, win elections. Museveni’s challenge, particularly in the central Buganda region, is to overcome the emotional disconnect that exists. The Baganda have to feel that he relates to their needs, and is not just pandering to them. Buganda is Museveni’s Achilles’ heel.

Uganda by Region

In the northern region of Uganda, Museveni also faces the prospect of two other candidates in these elections, (Norbert Mao and Dr. Olara Otunnu) who are northerners by descent, tapping into his voting pool, because the northern people who are Luo, may lean toward their fellow tribesmen out of loyalty. As for the western region, IPC candidate Dr. Kizza Besigye who hails from the West like Museveni, has heavily campaigned there as he seeks to claim a chunk of that western pie.

Kizza Besigye’s challenges:

While IPC’s Besigye may not have the resources Museveni has, he too has name recognition in Uganda nationwide. In the West, he will have to work hard to put a big dent in the vote from Ankole region that is more likely to vote for Museveni in these elections. He doesn’t need to dominate in the North because he seems to have stronghold in the Buganda region. Unlike Museveni’s challenge that is an emotional disconnect the Baganda feel, Besigye’s challenge is psychological. Besigye has mentally conditioned himself and his voters to believe that on February 18, there will be foul-play perpetrated by the government as reported by Daily Monitor newspaper in this recently published article.

The danger of being trapped into that state of mind is that the voters in Uganda may not come out in large numbers, believing that Museveni is pre-destined to win the elections, and their vote would simply be a waste of time. The article quotes Besigye as saying: “Dictators cannot be removed by free and fair elections.” If he conditions his voters to think that way, it might eventually become a self-fulfilling prophesy. Besigye’s task is to transcend the psychological impediment that seems to plague him, and instead motivate and boost the moral of his voters to show up in droves on election day.

Norbert Mao’s challenges:

As for Democratic Party’s Norbert Mao, he does have the advantage of being multi-ethnic and an effective communicator. He also is using social networks to mobilize and update his supporters. Being a northerner, Mao is guaranteed to dominate Acholiland in northern Uganda. While Museveni has to deal with the emotional impediment, Besigye with a psychological one, Mao’s challenge has to do with identity.

At the very beginning of the campaign Mao was dogged because of his last name. Many wondered how an African could have a Chinese name. Others who appear to have been Mao’s former schoolmates claimed that Mao had named himself after one of Uganda’s infamous presidents Milton Apollo Obote. Mao realized he had to contain this rumor because if he didn’t, he would instantly lose the support of the Baganda tribe who have never forgiven Obote for ordering a military raid on Buganda’s King Frederick Mutesa II that eventually caused him to seek exile in England in 1966 where he eventually died.

On his Facebook page on February 17, 2010, Mao responded by saying:

“I was amused when I found that the Obote bogeyman was being used against me. Some people have started a whispering campaign that my name MAO stands for Milton Apollo Obote! Yet in reality this is a clan name from the P’Mao clan of Pawel in Acholiland whose great great great grandfather was called Mao. I also have over a dozen other Acholi names given to me by my many relatives. But this is the nature of the game. But we shall not be cowed. Our counter attack will be lethal.”

In a January 16, 2011, article published by the Uganda newspaper the Weekly Observer, Mao is quoted as having said that a certain professor told him that it was not yet time for Uganda to have a president from northern Uganda.

“You can allow them (people from northern Uganda) to guard you, drive you, take your children to school; you even marry them, but you can’t allow them to be presidents,” Mao quotes the professor.

Mao’s challenge is to get voters to accept him regardless of his identity as a northerner. Rather than spend time defining himself or trying to fit in, Mao needs to place more emphasis on continuing to articulate his message, contained in his manifesto that he launched on January 14, 2011.

All Eyes On Uganda:

The international community has already sent its foot soldiers to Uganda to monitor the elections. On February 6, 2011, the Uganda Monitor newspaper reported that US Deputy Secretary James Steinberg and Ass. Secretary Johnnie Carson, were in Uganda to meet with presidential candidates and assess the situation. One might ask why the U.S. and the international community have a strong presence in
Uganda. The reason is because, according to this report by the U.S. Agency For International Development (USAID) Uganda is receiving billions of dollars in foreign aid from the American people.

Part of that money is supposed to be used for Political Competition and Consensus Building as indicated in the report, and these coming Uganda elections fall into that category.

In a January 28, 2011, press release, the European Union said:
“The European Union is deploying an Election Observation Mission (EOM) for the general elections in Uganda, scheduled to take place on 18 February 2011. Led by Edward Scicluna, Member of the European Parliament, the 110 EU observers will assess pre-election preparations and campaigning across the country, voting, counting and tabulation of the results on Election Day, as well as the post-election period.”

Baroness Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, said: “The forthcoming elections are important, not only for Uganda but also for the region. They are only the second multi-party elections to have taken place in Uganda since the National Resistance Movement came to power in 1986. The EU values the very good relations it has with Uganda. I strongly hope that the Ugandan people will be able to express themselves freely in these elections. Under the Cotonou Agreement the EU has agreed to reserve for Uganda the substantial sum of Euros 439 million for the years 2008-2013. After the 2006 elections in Uganda, the Commonwealth Secretariat released a negative report saying: “There were some serious irregularities and significant shortcomings and there is scope for substantial improvement.”

Kizza Besigye has said that he will tabulate his own results. Museveni says he will rely on results from the Electoral Commission, while the European Union announced that it will present its initial conclusions in Kampala a few days after the close of polls. The mission will remain in Uganda to prepare a comprehensive report after the elections, including recommendations for improvement to the electoral process, based on a thorough assessment of the entire election process.

It will be interesting to see whose results the Ugandan voters consider legitimate after February 18.


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