July 17, 2013


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07 17 13 Superpower Death Watch












‘Prism’ burns America’s [The World Tyrant’s] Internet supremacy




15:12, July 16, 2013












15:19, July 16, 2013








Finally, Snowden has made his reappearance. Speculation concerning his whereabouts has excited considerable media attention around the world, but this should not become a pretext for avoiding the hard questions around the Prism event.




Washington [The World Tyrant] still owes a reasonable explanation to a lot of countries, including China.  And Washington [The World Tyrant] is not going to find it easy to control the fallout from Prism –this will spread, and become a new driver for building up the [new] Internet order.


In essence, this event reflects the extension of international relations in the real world to the virtual Internet world.  Its more profound significance lies in the growing connection between security in the virtual world and the real world, therefore it also has a profound influence over real world security.


However, no matter how virtual the virtual world is, it will also be influenced by changing trends in the modern world.




The Internet cannot survive and prosper while violating the fundamental laws of global development; it must still be bound by the restrictions of the real world.  A certain consensus has formed in the process by which international relations have evolved in the real world, and this consensus applies too in the virtual world.




The Internet cannot be run according to the law of the jungle; it cannot be abused by a single dominant power [The World Tyrant], even if that power has the technological means to do so.


While the transforming world order is now in the process of casting off the obsolete standards of the past, the old hegemony [the sway of The World Tyrant] in international relations, with its accompanying “winner takes all” mentality *where strength determines what is rational*, still retains a certain hold.




This inevitably tempts some powers with a significant advantage in Internet technology to extend such principles to the virtual world.  Not only does this approach create *a new chaos in the virtual world*, it also poses *a threat to the peace* of the real world.




In implementing the new Internet order, we must respect the sovereignty and development level of all countries.  *We cannot allow individual powers to usurp control*.  These basic principles are not only an inexorable trend in the development of the real world of international relations, they also provide the direction for the development of the virtual world.


There is a competitive aspect in the development of Internet technology, but competition should not be disorderly.




Unlike in the fields of trade or economy, the powerful cannot be allowed to use their strength to infringe on the sovereignty and interests of the weak.  We need higher technology for the maintenance of virtual world order, but technological advantage should serve for *the benefit of humanity* and for promoting cooperation –it should not become a tool for consolidating hegemony, or for controlling or taking over other countries.


The Internet security problem is a new challenge faced by *all* the countries of the world.  *Making full use of new technology to ensure network security is the core of the problem*.  Exchanging criticism will not solve the problem; what is required is communication and cooperation to establish mutual trust, out of which will grow the rules that we can obey.


Among the many potential consequences of Prism, a most worthwhile one would be that from now on, no matter how powerful the Internet technology in the United States [The World Tyrant], *its domination of the virtual world should become a thing of the past*.




But *how* to turn this principle into reality?  How to formulate relevant international rules through the UN?  There are still many questions to be asked, and still a long road to travel.










Email exchange between Edward Snowden and former GOP Senator Gordon Humphrey




By Glenn Greenwald






Tuesday 16 July 2013 14.12 EDT












Former two-term GOP Senator Gordon Humphrey of New Hampshire emailed Edwar Snowden yesterday:




Mr. Snowden,




Provided you have not leaked information that would put in harms way any intelligence agent, I believe you have done the right thing in exposing what I regard as *massive violation* of the United States Constitution.




Having served in the United States Senate for twelve years as a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, the Armed Services Committee and the Judiciary Committee, I think I have a good grounding to reach my conclusion.




I wish you well in your efforts to secure asylum and encourage you to persevere.




Kindly acknowledge this message, so that I will know it reached you.






Gordon J. Humphrey
Former United States Senator
New Hampshire






After I [Greenwald] contacted Sen. Humphrey to confirm its authenticity, he wrote to me:




Mr. Greenwald,




Yes.  It was I who sent the email message to Edward Snowden, thanking him for exposing astonishing violations of the US Constitution and encouraging him to persevere in the search for asylum.




To my knowledge, Mr. Snowden has disclosed only the existence of a program and not details that would place any person in harm’s way.  I regard him as a courageous whistle-blower.




I object to the monumentally disproportionate campaign being waged by the U.S. Government against Edward Snowden, while *no* effort is being made to identify, remove from office and bring to justice those officials who have abused power, seriously and repeatedly violating the Constitution of the United States and the rights of millions of unsuspecting citizens.




Americans concerned about the growing *arrogance* of our government and its increasingly *menacing nature* should be working to help Mr. Snowden find asylum.  Former Members of Congress, *especially*, should step forward and speak out.






Gordon Humphrey






Snowden’s reply to Sen. Humphrey:




Mr. Humphrey,




Thank you for your words of support.  I only wish more of our lawmakers shared your principles –the actions I’ve taken would not have been necessary.




The media has distorted my actions and intentions *to distract from the substance of Constitutional violations* and instead focus on personalities.  It seems they believe every modern narrative requires a bad guy.  Perhaps it does.  Perhaps, in such times, loving one’s country means being hated by its government.




If history proves that be so, I will not shy from that hatred.  I will not hesitate to wear those charges of villainy for the rest of my life *as a civic duty*, allowing those governing few who dared not do so themselves to use me as an excuse to right these wrongs.




My intention, which I outlined when this began, is to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done *against* them.  I remain committed to that.  Though reporters and officials may never believe it, I have not provided any information that would harm our people –agent or not– and I have no intention to do so.




Further, no intelligence service –not even our own– has the capacity to compromise the secrets I continue to protect.  While it has not been reported in the media, one of my specializations was to teach our people at DIA how to keep such information from being compromised even in the highest threat counter-intelligence environments (i.e. China).




You may rest easy knowing I cannot be coerced into revealing that information, even under torture.




With my thanks for your service to the nation we both love,




Edward Snowden










Who’s who: Egypt’s full interim Cabinet




Egypt’s new cabinet, led by Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawi, mainly consists of liberal politicians and includes no Islamists whatsoever






Wednesday 17 Jul 2013












1) Hazem El-Beblawi – Prime minister




El-Beblawi is a renowned economist and also a co-founder of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party.




2) Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi – First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence




General El-Sisi currently enjoys a significant level of popularity among different classes and groups in Egypt




3) Hossam Eissa – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Higher Education




Nasserist Hossam Eissa is a political analyst, law professor and former head of the steering committee of the Constitution Party, which he co-founded with liberal figure Mohamed ElBaradei.




4) Ziad Bahaa El-Din – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Planning and International Cooperation




Bahaa El-Din is a lawyer and a founding member of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party.




5) Abdel-Aziz Fadel – Minister of Civil Aviation




Ex-army officer Fadel held a number of posts at Egypt’s state-owned airline EgyptAir, including vice chairman.




6) Adel Labib – Minister of Local Development




Adel Labib, 68, served as governor in several Egyptian governorates under Mubarak, including Qena in Upper Egypt, Beheira in the Nile Delta, and Alexandria.




7) Ahmed El-Borai – Minister of Social Solidarity




He is also a founding member of the Constitution Party.




8) Ahmed Galal – Minister of Finance




Galal, who holds a doctorate in economics from Boston University, has been the managing Director of the Economic Research Forum (ERF), a Cairo-based leading non-governmental research institution covering the Middle East, since 2007.




9) Ahmed Imam – Minister of Electricity




Imam was appointed by ousted president Morsi and will continue in his post.




10) Ashraf El-Araby – Minister of Planning




An economist by training, El-Araby received his doctorate from Kansas State University in the United States.




11) Atef Helmy – Minister of Communications and Information Technology




A graduate of a military technical college, Helmy obtained a diploma in computer science from Ain Shams University in 1979.  After leaving the army in 1983, he began his career in the civilian IT sector, working in several Egyptian and multinational corporations including Oracle Egypt, where he became managing director.




12) Ayman Abu Hadid – Minister of Agriculture




13) Dorreya Sharaf El-Din – Minister of Information




Sharaf El-Din is the first woman to take on the role of information minister.




14) Hisham Zaazou – Minister of Tourism


Zaazou, 59, continues in his post as tourism minister, which he held in the previous cabinet.




15) Ibrahim Mehleb – Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban Development




Mehleb headed the public Arab Contractors Company for 11 years before resigning in September 2012.




16) Kamal Abu-Eita – Minister of Manpower




Abu-Eita is president of the Egyptian Federation of Independent Trade Unions (EFITU).  Since Morsi’s ouster, he has been openly supportive of the “30 June revolution” and has called on members of EFITU to end labour strikes.




17) Khaled Abdel-Aziz – Minister of Youth




He was nominated by Khaled Talimeh, a famous political activist and a member of the Popular Current.  Talimeh will become the vice minister [of the ministry].




18) Laila Rashed Iskandar – Minister of Environment




Iskandar studied economics and political science at Cairo University.  She then went on to gain a master’s in teaching and a doctorate in education at UC Berkeley, California and Columbia University, New York respectively.




19) Maha El-Rabat – Minister of Health




Rabat is the head of the public health department at Qasr Al-Aini Medical School at Cairo University.  The first woman to hold this position, she graduated from the faculty of medicine at Cairo University in 1982.




20) Mahmoud Abul-Nasr – Minister of Education




Abul-Nasr was formerly head of the ministry’s technical education sector.




He is currently a faculty member of Cairo University’s mechanical engineering department.






21) Mohamed Abdel-Muttalib – Minister of Irrigation




Abdel-Muttalib has been the chairman of the National Water Resource Centre since 2012.  He has over 25 years of experience in the field of water resources management.




He holds a doctorate from Colorado State University




22) Mohamed Abu Shadi – Minister of Supply




Abu Shadi, a police general, was formerly the senior interior ministry official responsible for investigating supply crimes.




23) Mohamed Amin El-Mahdy – Minister of Transitional Justice and National Reconciliation




An international judge and a prominent lawmaker, El-Mahdy, 77, is a member of the advisory committee of the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA) and the National Human Rights Council.




His post –minister of transitional justice and national reconciliation– is a new *role*, replacing the old position of minister of justice.




24) Mohamed Ibrahim – Minister of Antiquities




25) Mohamed Ibrahim – Minister of the Interior




one of the few ministers to keep his post after the ouster of…Morsi.




26) Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa – Minister of Religious Endowments




Gomaa is dean of the Faculty of Islamic Studies at Al-Azhar University, and a member Al-Azhar’s senior clerical institute.




27) Mohamed Saber Arab – Minister of Culture




Mohamed Saber Arab is a history professor at Al-Azhar University.  He was head of the Egyptian National Library and Archives from 2006 until May 2012.




28) Mounir Fakhry Abdel-Nour – Minister of Industry




The Coptic minister is also the founder of the Egyptian Finance Company and was a member of the National Council for Human Rights.  He also sits on the board of directors for the Egyptian Federation of Industries and the Egyptian Competition Authority.




29) Nabil Fahmy – Minister of Foreign Affairs




Fahmy was born in New York in 1951.  He received a bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics and a master’s in management, both from the American University in Cairo.




30) Osama Saleh – Minister of Investment




Born in 1960 and a graduate of Cairo University’s faculty of commerce




Saleh said he is confident that the general climate in Egypt will attract investments once the situation settles down




31) Ramzy George – Minister of Scientific Research




professor at Cairo University.




32) Reda Hafez – Minister of Military Production




Hafez is one of the handful of ministers appointed by Morsi to keep his position in this cabinet *reshuffle*.




33) Sherif Ismail – Minister of Petroleum




Ismail is chairman of the state-owned Ganoub El-Wadi Petroleum Holding Company




34) Taher Abu Zeid – Minister of Sports




Abu Zeid, 51, was a star of the Egyptian national football team in the 1980s










Though human rights groups rarely talk about class and social forces, [The World Tyrant’s] national security managers certainly do.




Secular business people and middle-class professionals are the “stronghold of opposition to extremism…the first building blocks…that could be the basis of a democratic cadre and an indigenous force for nonviolent change.” [footnote 93]  Policies thus should focus on reaching, sustaining, and building local Muslim “networks” (the precursor to “civil society”, and promoting local NGOs in order to “extend our reach into the core of the societies and help us to find allies who share our passion for wider participation in society and the economy with special concern for the inclusion of youth and women.” [footnote 94]




—Pages 248 and 249 of James Peck’s *Ideal Illusions: How the U.S. Government Co-opted Human Rights*  (Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt and Company, 2010)




Footnote 93.  Advisory Group on Public Diplomacy for the Arab and Muslim World, “Changing Minds, Winning Peace: A New Strategic Direction of U.S. [World Tyrant] Public Diplomacy in the  Arab and Muslim World,” 53-54,










Footnore 94.  Ibid., 53.






























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Asterisks indicate my emphasis.






‘Prism’ burns America’s [The World TYrant’s] Internet supremacy






Email exchange between Edward Snowden and former GOP Senator Gordon Humphrey




3 Who’s who: Egypt’s full interim Cabinet / Egypt’s new cabinet, led by Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawi, mainly consists of liberal politicians and includes no Islamists whatsoever  &  Pages 248 and 249 of James Peck’s *Ideal Illusions*



















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