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Corporate complicity in Egyptian regime’s crimes


When the ongoing Egyptian revolution started on 25th January, a high-profile Egyptian military delegation was in the US requesting ‘help’ with technology to fight the ‘enemies’. It turns out that a US company, with Israeli origins, had already sold Egypt new technology to monitor Internet and mobile phone traffic to crack down on protesters’ communications, possibly leading to the arrest and abuse of many. Meanwhile, US-made tear gas and other anti-riot weapons were ruthlessly used against protesters in the first few days of the mass protests, resulting in many injuries and deaths. Should the multinational corporations profiting from these crimes be held responsible? Corporate Watch investigates.

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US solidarity rundown

People have been protesting across the US since late January, both in support of the Egyptian uprising and against US support for the Mubarak regime. The demos have varied greatly, from the more statist or humanitarianly focussed, to people calling actively for an end to repression and the total overthrow of the regime.

Like so many despots, made in the USA

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Solidarity with Egypt in Ramallah

Across the world people have taken to the streets in solidarity with, and inspired by, the Egyptian uprising.

A US flag burns in Ramallah in protest at US support for Israeli apartheid

Thousands of people have demonstrated in the West Bank city of Ramallah, waving Palestinian, Egyptian and Tunisian flags… And burning some American ones.

Having made several highly repressive attempts to ban Egypt solidarity demos (see HRW report), the PA ‘let’ this one go ahead, with both a uniformed police presence, and reports of plain-clothed infiltrators. The demonstrators stood not only in solidarity with the revolts in Egypt and Tunisia, but against repression in Palestine, both that of the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority; demanding “an end to the occupation, internal division, normalization, oppressive regimes, and to US and Western complicity in maintaining Israel’s colonial system and protecting despotic Arab regimes.”  (Press Release, Ramallah Online )