There is a disturbing picture in the video; one is warned before it appears.
Many, many thanks to JT for sending it to us.
Thank you for sharing this video. At times we talk about alot of things that have no meaning but actual people’s freedoms are subpressed with our tax dollars. We have supported the Egyptian dictatorships for 30 years. The US gives Billions the militarize this dictator so that he can controll his people. It is less risky for our own interest to support a dictatorship that we know what his policies are going to be instead of a democracy where it is messy and unclear of the out come. We must always be on the side of the struggle for freedom even if the road to get there is not always so predictable. In the long run it is what is best for all.
The least pain in our little finger gives us more concern and uneasiness than the destruction of millions of our fellow-beings. -William Hazlitt, essayist (1778-1830)
The difference in rhetoric between the NY Times’ and the UK’s Independent is telling and depressing. In the UK, it seems alright to say the president is a dictator.
I strongly agree with jj’s comment (and its importance) above. Sadly, especially in the U.S. press, the contrast between news coverage of the protests in Egypt and the 2009 protests in Iran, for instance, often employed similar double standards. Very similar double standards explain how Saudi Arabi but not Iran made it onto the UN Women board, I think.
jj and David, I do think the News Hour on PBS is giving excellent coverage to this issue. Their correspondent apparently pushed the White House on the issue of Mubarak as a dictator (as reported by Mark LeVine on aljazeera). If you’re not doing so already, you may also be interested in following the Yemen-based Women Journalists without Chains:
Thanks for that, JT. Still, these important exceptions are essential parts of how the systematically distorted news media functions in the U.S. (as part of how businesses successfully make money by selling us – audiences – to advertizers, for instance, while at the same time serving other ignoble social functions.)
The News Hour has always served an important role in this alleged highly distorted institution (of how the major media function), even if they do a better, or less bad, job than others. In contrast, I am very interested in checking out the Yemen-based Women Journalists without Chains. Thanks again.
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