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Thursday, 18th October 2018

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ARAB SPRING TURNS TO WINTER OF DISCONTENT

Larry Pickering

Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.

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The Egyptian judiciary’s appalling decision to sentence Peter Greste and others to seven years’ jail will be overturned and any appeals process will only delay the inevitable and give implied legitimacy to a corrupt judicial process that denies logic.

Of course Greste was empathetic to the duly elected government of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood but his comments and actions need to be taken in contemporaneous context. The Muslim Brotherhood was in government at the time.

But Morsi's Brotherhood was the inventor of terrorism. It knew nothing of democratic government and began to broaden the worst of Egypt's Sharia law, declaring women and 12 million Coptic Christians as having no rights.

It became illegal to rebuild the hundreds of Christian churches that were burnt to the ground. The systematic killing of Christians had begun 

Different shades of Islamic bigotry are hell bent on retribution for past “misdeeds” and Islam has a long memory, 1600 years of memory.

El-Sisi is about to put Morsi on trial. Why bother, why not just hang him now as Egypt's first democratically elected President? 

Egypt was once a civilised nation but contemporary Islam has changed all that. Now it is militarily top heavy due to aid from Western nations that saw it as a dependable outpost.

Unfortunately its judiciary is an arm of the government and its government is an arm of the military and at the end of the day the military always calls the tune. 

President El-Sisi is part of that military and he will now suffer massive international pressure to pardon the Al Jazeera journos. 

So far he has stood apart and allowed his judiciary to make its findings. Any appeals process will allow him to continue to stand apart for as long as it takes, which maybe years or as long as he wants. 

There should be no appeal.

A free Press is a critical pillar of the democracy Egyptians falsely aspire to. But Egypt is a long way from democracy and it will always remain imbued with an entrenched hatred for its own people only Islam can evoke. 

Murdering your already defeated enemies is ethnic cleansing and that’s something El-Sisi has planned for hundreds of arrested political foes... offering democracy to an Islamic State is akin to casting pearl before swine

The US is learning fast just how fraught with danger interfering in North African and Middle Eastern politics is and whenever you scratch the surface, there's the stench of Saudi money financing each and every uprising and each and every terrorist group.

But the West’s billions in foreign aid will carry weight now that Egypt’s economy is crippled by a lack of tourists. 

President El-Sisi's oligarchy must now choose its benefactor... the West or the Saudis. 

If it chooses the West, the journos will go free, if it chooses the Saudis, they will stay in jail and, despite his election, El-Sisi will in time become yet another military warlord on the West's hit list.

The Arab Spring has not seen a single blossom yet.



Comments

It is fitting that one day after Remembrance Day, when we look to what was handed to us by the Second World War generation, probably the most extraordinary generation of Australians in our short history, we should ask ourselves: are we going to be remembered for handing a similar legacy to our children and grandchildren, or are we going to be remembered as the generation that did nothing about the scourge of gang violence and simply passed it on to them?

http://australian-news.net/articles/view.php?id=110

In February 2001 when I appeared before the Cabramatta inquiry, I gave evidence which at the time was controversial and attracted the usual claque of ratbags and lunatics from the ABC and their associates at the Sydney Morning Herald as well as that fruit loop Mike Carton from 2UE. I said that this city is going to be torn apart by gang warfare the likes of which we have never seen before. In 2003 I was finally proven right, but I take no comfort from that. However, the criticism I received was unprecedented. I was a nutter, a liar, a racist, a disgruntled detective - but I was right.


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Are you threatening me Bruce and yes I do know more than you know. Really I agree a little is dangerous and that applies to you.

Well Bruce you don't know where it is or a copy of it, we knew Etteridge was a con and you can ask world vision of that, what you are going on about is in the past Bruce just move on and there will never be an inquiry as nothing to inquire about. Don't have any axe to grind but Bruce you don't know all that went on and everyone dumped you for many reasons mainly you wanted to control everything. Oh the letter from Abbott is very safe where no one can get at it. It will not prove anything adverse about Abbott that's not on public record now.

The white ants were the 2 David's and Pauline as they controlled the party and no one else had any say and if you had read all the transcripts from the civil trial and then the criminal one you would see that. Pauline bought herself down by not paying Sharples the $5,000 she promised him and if she paid him nothing would have happened. So you must be a Pauline supporter? You could ask her where all the money went.

Eagle: Obviously you haven't got the decency to answer a simple question.

I don't want your name just in what capacity you served in One Nation to have such intimate knowledge of the inner workings.

One Nation was riddled with whiteants I now suspect you may have been one of them.

And no I am not "Bruce". In fact I am sure Bruce is quite capable of writing his own posts.

Not bad form at all Bruce. Do know more of what happened than Bruce would ever know he was excluded from everything to to with One Nation well before the formation of the party as they knew you wanted to control it.

Eagle: I asked you a simple question. It's bad form to answer a question with a question.

You seem to have an intimate knowledge of the administrative affairs of One Nation.

Were you an office bearer or maybe Bruce W could answer that one for us.

Well Bruce states he saw the document so ask him where it is Hunter or is it Bruce.

Eagle: I think it's about time you revealed the your association with One Nation.

You infer you have inside knowledge about letters etc that would not be available to the ordinary members (be it members of PH support group).

Were you an office bearer of some sort who had access to certain correspondence?

Bruce has been up front about his identity and the part he played so I believe it's about time you came out.

You do have a sense of humour that will never happen so easy shows you have no idea where that letter is and never will. An Inquiry into what Bruce its all past into history now.

The previous post, cont.
The government realizes the importance of reducing these fuel subsidies, a move that would be highly supported by international organizations such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), but its reduction or removal is, however, a highly sensitive issue in Indonesia and will trigger mass demonstrations across the country, thus implying political risks for the ruling elite.

http://www.indonesia-investments.com/id/doing-business/commodities/crude-oil/item267

One frequently criticized government policy in Indonesia is that fuel - to a large extent - is subsidized by the state budget. Although this measure aims at supporting the poorer segments of Indonesian society, richer segments are in fact the ones benefiting the most from subsidized fuel. Moreover, it results in a significant increase in fuel demand, thus placing serious stress on the government's budget deficit. Extra allocations to meet rising subsidized fuel demand are made annually, while the artificial low price of fuel causes market distortions.

Cont. The levels of poverty are such that fuel is sold at a subsidized price; 50% of the market price and in an archipelago nation, nothing moves without fuel moving it. There is talk of reducing or eliminating the subsidy, as a means of increasing State revenue, as they are a net exporter of oil and gas. The trifecta that will bring the place undone is corruption, an increase in fuel prices, and a crippling El Nino that will see mass starvation. I was in Indonesia in '82 when they suffered from the El Nino that saw even the Fly R. (PNG) unnavigable at Kiunga, the port for the Ok Tedi project. All the projected figures said the Fly would never run dry. They were trucking drinking water in Bali. Unheard of.

And some more.
The biggest single threat to Indonesia is corruption. In the 14 years that I have worked here, over a 35 yr. period I have seen the Rupiah go from Rp.425 to Rp.11k plus, to the dollar. To be continued.

Some more comments on Indonesia.
The presidential elections occur on July 9th. One of the candidates is Prabowo, an ex-Kopassus thug, responsible for the murder of the protesting Trisakti University students during the fall of Suharto in '98. I was in Indonesia at the time. If he is successful he will become a born-again Suharto. He has made a pact with the devil in allowing the FPI, Front Pembela Islam (Google to find some of their unsavoury acts) the Muslim Defenders Front to be part of his coalition. They are the more radical voice of Indonesian Islam.

Back to the population total. You can't feed revolution to full stomachs. Java and Bali grow three rice crops a year. 10m of rich volcanic soil and adequate rain will sustain over half of their population that lives on Java.

Some comments on Indonesia and its Muslim population.
A correction on Brian Sullivan's population total. It's currently 240M plus.
The family planning program that Suharto introduced has lapsed completely. My maid is junior to my 60 years, has 5 children and 3 grandchildren. Early marriages courtesy of forged birth details (particularly in village environments) see 15 - 16 yr. old mothers. The image of one on the hip, one on the tit, and one on the way is not uncommon.

Brian is correct in that Indonesia is the largest Muslim nation on the planet.
The home of Islam and the richest Muslim nation contributed little when the tsunami devastated Sumatra in '04. Australia, the nation of kafirs, was the first to contribute, and the largest, with $1B in aid. The re-building program continues.

Some comments on Indonesia and its Muslim population.
A correction on Brian Sullivan's population total. It's currently 240M plus.
The family planning program that Suharto introduced has lapsed completely. My maid is junior to my 60 years, has 5 children and 3 grandchildren. Early marriages courtesy of forged birth details (particularly in village environments) see 15 - 16 yr. old mothers. The image of one on the hip, one on the tit, and one on the way is not uncommon.

Brian is correct in that Indonesia is the largest Muslim nation on the planet.
The home of Islam and the richest Muslim nation contributed little when the tsunami devastated Sumatra in '04. Australia, the nation of kafirs, was the first to contribute, and the largest, with $1B in aid. The re-building program continues.

Bruce you didn't answer the question where is the letter

Yes I do Bruce do you, but no you don't.