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Occupy Wall Street is nothing like the Egyptian revolution

Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas — The Occupy Wall Street movement has been contaminated and will soon be rendered ineffective due to the lack focus by its participants and its infiltration by FBI.

Newscast Media was the first and only new outlet in this news article to use critical thinking and predict that the US government would plant covert agents to gather intelligence about the inner dynamics of the movement. It appears the FBI had already planted its agents even before the execution of Troy Davis and has an extended network of agents working within.

Gawker has now confirmed that indeed there are plants within the movement masquerading as protesters, and are indeed spies gathering information and sending it back to the FBI headquarters and New York Police Department.

How the movement got corrupted

The Occupy Wall Street started out with pure intentions as participants genuinely protested against the banking cartel’s manipulation of the economy. They even published their own newspaper after the media ignored them. All of a sudden the media became actively involved, unions endorsed the movement, politicians jumped on the bandwagon and even multi-million dollar celebrities threw their weight behind Occupy Wall Street. When Barack Obama endorsed the movement, that was the kiss of death, and it took a whole new twist.

Today the media has turned what started out as a genuine movement into a Democrat v. Republican; Liberal v. Conservative or Socialism v. Capitalism movement, and have adulterated the entire revolution. Once the mainstream media, unions and politicians got involved, the movement became tainted and lost its potency. Former president Bill Clinton opined that the demonstrators needed to clearly define their goals, something I have already written about.

The streets are ours

The Egyptian revolution and Occupy Wall Street are as different as night and day. The Egyptians were clear that the revolution belonged to them and not the media or politicians. In fact when there was a media black-out in Egypt, that’s when the revolution became the most effective. At one point CNN’s Anderson Cooper said they ran him out of town because Egyptians had a distrust for the corporate media. Other media practitioners were arrested and detained, and it was the “Alternative Media” that captured the true essence of the revolution, causing the ousting of Mubarak.

When Cindy Sheehan was protesting the Iraq war, she launched her movement in front of the White House because it was a Republican president who authorized the war, now that you have a Democrat president who was responsible for authorizing the greatest transfer of wealth from taxpayers to the banking cartel, the demonstrators and media practitioners pretend that he is a saint and should not be blamed.

When the Tea Party raised genuine issues concerning the state of America, the media called them racists, after seeing how effective the Tea Party was in helping the GOP defeat Obama in the mid-terms. All the Christophobes in the media ran hit pieces about how the Tea Party lacked diversity, yet when the American Nazi Party endorsed the Occupy Wall Street protests, the media was silent. When the White Power separatist group endorsed Occupy Wall Street, the media has revealed its treachery by pretending these racist groups do not exist. It is obvious the media is intentionally painting the Occupy Wall Street in a superficially favorable light for their own ulterior motives.

The Daily Mail has been honest and reported that protesters were joining Occupy Wall Street movement to have sex with each other and do drugs. One of the protesters in the Daily Mail article said, “I’ve seen people making out, having sex, it doesn’t look good.”

The most telling thing is not a single one of the protesters is carrying the U.S. flag. Compare that to the Egyptians who were in one accord, and were in the streets for love of their country and countrymen. There was neither atheist, Christian or Muslim. They all joined together and the Egyptian flag was on display as a symbol of solidarity amongst all Egyptians. The events were captured in a documentary by Egyptian filmmaker Neveen Shalaby called The Agenda and I.

Another video below captures the raw passion and determination of Egyptians

Video by Tamer Shaaban

This journalist cautioned media practitioners to wait and see how the movement unfolded, yet because media practitioners are constantly in competition with each other, and always trying to out-do one another, they jumped on the story and ran with it. Accordingly, this whole Occupy Wall Street movement has now lost its legitimacy and effectiveness to create the intended change, because it has been infiltrated and contaminated.


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The Agenda and I: Egyptian revolution film by Neveen Shalaby

Neveen Shalaby

Newscast Media CAIRO, Egypt — The recently released documentary The Agenda and I, is the work of a TV reporter and filmmaker Neveen Shalaby, who is based in Cairo, Egypt, that captures some of the most outstanding scenes of the Egyptian Revolution that took place this year. Neveen was one of the demonstrators who also had her camera with her and documented The Revolution as it happened in real time. Click here to see photos of The Revolution>>

I had a chance to interview my friend, the fast-talking filmmaker, about her documentary and what inspired her to not only be a part of history, but to also write it. The movie is actually called “The Agenda and Me” however, I made a mistake and said “The Agenda and I” so she just went along with the new name and substituted the “Me” for “I” out of politeness and courtesy.

Below is the trailer of The Agenda and I:

The Agenda and I – Videography and production by Neveen Shalaby

As the world watched the revolution unfold, some Egyptians were able to share with broadcast networks their videos that showed what was transpiring behind-the-scenes, and that’s how the West and the rest of the world got a glimpse into the historic event as Egyptians descended upon Tahrir Square.

Newscast Media: Neveen is the producer of The Agenda and I. How did you come up with the name and what is the meaning behind it?

Neveen: The agenda is one of the most famous expressions that the politicians and media used to say during our revolution on TV and in newspapers, and it was a really new expression for us, which made me search to know what they meant, and I used “I” in the title of the movie because I was not only the director of the movie I was also one of the demonstrators within the revolution and when you watch the movie, you will hear my voice a lot. In my movie I found that by “Agenda” they meant that we started our revolution because of foreign agendas, sometimes they said it was from USA and other times from Iran or Israel.

Newscast Media: During the revolution, at some point it became dangerous to be on the streets, yet Egyptians continued to flock Freedom Square. What motivated you to continue your struggle?

Neveen: The blood of the martyrs gave me the power to stay until the end.

Newscast Media: Why did Egyptians choose to rise up against Mubarak this year, yet for decades, you seemed to tolerate him?

Neveen: As in all revolutions, there is accumulation during years, maybe it could be 30 years, and there are sparking events of The Revolution like Khaild Said’s murder.

Newscast Media: Did the Tunisia revolution have anything to do with motivating Egyptians?

Neveen: Sure, it gave us hope that it could be happen, that the president (Mubarak) could leave.

Newscast Media: The government shut down social media and phone services, how were you able to communicate and keep the Revolution alive?

Neveen: It was one of the main reasons we had large numbers on the streets because we felt afraid to each other, so we went to the streets with big numbers … thanks to them for doing that… and that day we called it “Friday of Rage” and it was a big and different day for the Revolution when Mubarak read the first letter to the public.

Newscast Media: There is a group called “Anonymous” that some say played a role, is that true?

Neveen: I didn’t know anything about that group until only a few days ago during the Syrian revolution, not in our revolution.

Newscast Media: What are your thoughts about what is happening in Libya, Syria, Israel and London, which are now experiencing chaos?

Neveen: I don’t think it’s chaos, it is the normal changing world. People changed and the government can’t understand what is going on. With the high technology in communications, nothing is a secret, that’s what is making people change, and they will never accept what they accepted before.

Newscast Media: Do you think this will spread to sub-Saharan Africa?

Neveen: I didn’t think so until now.

Newscast Media: Mubarak was recently in court and was caged. How did Egyptians react to that whole courtroom scene.

Neveen: Oh, it was a great day for us , most of us couldn’t believe what we watched on TV. I was so happy and I cried from the happiness when I saw him in court and listened when the Judge called him “accused Mubarak answer him,” yes, we made this as a ring-tone to our mobiles to feel happiness all over the day.

Newscast Media: What is the main message of The Agenda and I and how many people are involved…what roles do they play?

Neveen: Discover the real agenda behind the Egyptian revolution. It’s a documentary film and I did every thing in the movie. I interviewed more than 25 people in the movie with four main characters.

Newscast Media: How long have you been a filmmaker, and are there any other projects you have worked on?

Neveen: About 6 years, now I’m editing part two of the movie “The Agenda and Me Tunisia”… which I filmed in Tunis. Also I will start my first long fiction film next October.

Newscast Media: What is your educational background, and at what age did you realize you wanted to make films?

Neveen: I have a Bachelor of Arts History from Cairo university. I then got a directing diploma from Cinema Academy in Cairo and did a lot of workshops in filmmaking during the festivals which I joined, like Berlin Talent Campus in Berlin. In 2008 and 2009 I realized I wanted to make films when I was at school, but my family refused me to study cinema, but I did when I finished my faculty studying.

Newscast Media: Lastly, what is your message to the world? Is there any misconception about Egypt or Egyptians you want to correct?

Neveen: There is a lot I’m trying to change, and my message to world is, let’s try to understand each other, and we will never fight again.


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Egyptian documentary “The Agenda and I” examines Mubarak conspiracy theories

Neveen Shalaby

by Sherif Awad

Newscast Media CAIRO, Egypt– Egyptian filmmaker Neveen Shalaby sometimes spelled (Nevine) has documented the political uprisings that have been taking place in Egypt since the beginning of the year. She also delves into the conspiracy theories surrounding the Egyptian revolution that led to the ousting of
former president Hosni Mubarak in her soon-to-be released documentary “The Agenda and I”.

Egyptian filmmaker Neveen Shalaby sometimes spelled (Nevine) has documented the political uprisings that have been taking place in Egypt since the beginning of the year. She also delves into the conspiracy theories surrounding the Egyptian revolution that led to the ousting of former president Hosni Mubarak.

Over the past week, accusations of foreign affiliations and “agendas” have resurfaced on Egypt’s political scene, following the accusation from Hassan al-Ruwainy, a member of the ruling military council, that the April 6 Youth Movement and a number of presidential hopefuls have received foreign funds and are trying to destabilize the country. The same types of accusations were previously used by the Mubarak regime, particularly as it struggled to survive the 18-day uprising beginning on 25 January.

Documentary filmmaker Neveen Shalaby’s latest film, “The Agenda and I,” explores the logic behind such conspiracy theories.

Last year, Shalaby filmed “The Streets Are Ours,” a documentary detailing the history of dissidence in Egypt beginning in 2000. She interviewed various social groups staging protests and sit-ins, such as workers and peasants; and in June 2010, she headed to Alexandria, where public dissent was mounting over the death of Khaled Saeed, a young man who was beaten to death by police forces. There she filmed various youth groups staging silent protests along the city’s corniche.

To get a perspective from Mubarak’s government, Shalaby also interviewed several members of the now-dissolved National Democratic Party, all of whom dismissed the possibility of a revolution happening in Egypt and interpreted the sit-ins as positive signs of the democracy the country was experiencing.
“The sit-ins and protests in 2010 all pointed to a revolution being underway,” Shalaby said. So when the Tahrir Square sit-in began last January, Shalaby was there from day one, documenting the events as they unfolded. This footage, along with a selection of video clips collected from online social media sites, came to form “The Agenda and I.”

“Police brutality against the Tahrir protesters in January broke down all existing inhibitions, and the people began fighting back,” says Shalaby, who compares the withdrawal of police forces and subsequent jailbreaks to the events of 1977, more commonly known as “Intfadat al-Harameya” (The Thieves’ Uprising).

“This reminds me of 1977, when poor people revolted against price hikes, and subsequently criminals broke out of jail, giving [former President Anwar] Sadat the excuse to call it ‘Intifadat al-Harameya’”, she adds.
But while Shalaby was filming at Tahrir, the word “agenda,” used in colloquial Arabic to suggest having personal interests or foreign affiliations, caught her attention, as it was repeatedly used on the street and by state media. It eventually became the focus of her documentary.

Shalaby is creative in her approach, occasionally using music and narration to engage her viewers. “The Agenda and I” starts off with a clip of “Ded al-Hokoma” (Against the Government), a song by Egyptian rapper RaMy DoNjEwan, who became an artistic brand during the revolution. This is followed by footage showing a cop telling Shalaby that the Tahrir protesters have “foreign agendas.”

Moving from one clip to the next, Shalaby touches upon the role of state media and politicians in the revolution. Viewers see Khairy Ramadan, the ex-host of the national talk-show, “Misr Elnaharda” (Egypt Today), explaining the protests through another type of agenda, that of the Muslim Brotherhood. Former Vice President Omar Suleiman is then shown repeating the same argument in his famous interview with ABC’s Christiane Amanpour a few days later.

“The Agenda and I” also captures the voice of the protesters. Three key characters, Khaled, Ramy and Nehat, illustrate the perspective of the educated middle class so pivotal to the revolution, as they talk about their hopes for a better future. As more people join in the protests at Tahrir, Shalaby records the misfortunes of old women and men, poor and suffering people who decide to express themselves and their sufferings with tears in their eyes.

Asked if she believes there really are foreign agendas conspiring against Egypt today, Shalaby responds, “We were able to use foreign inventions like Facebook, Twitter and the internet to turn the tables against the Mubarak regime. But we’ve also used them to overcome all others who try to manipulate or infiltrate us.”
Shalaby is currently editing “The Agenda and I, 2,” which will be about the Tunisian revolution.


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