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November 24 2011



So will die BA nach Informationen der Berliner Zeitung die Ausgaben für die Arbeitsförderung dieses Jahr um 26 Prozent senken. Die Einschnitte treffen Leistungen der beruflichen Weiterbildung und andere Instrumente der Beschäftigungsförderung, auf die Arbeitslose keinen Rechtsanspruch haben, die aber den Weg zurück in eine Beschäftigung ebnen können.



// oAnth:

Was man angesichts einer ganz Europa bevormundenden Austeritäts-Rhetorik aus dem Kanzleramt letztendlich absehen konnte. Ich fürchte, da werden begleitend hierzu noch repressive Rechtsvorschriften erlassen, die den endgültigen Ausstieg aus dem gesellschaftlichen Sozialverband einer bisher zumindest als Anspruch vorhandenen Rechtsgleichheit für die hilfsbedürftige Gruppe ohne größeren Argumentations-Aufwand gegenüber einer zu Apathie und sozialer Ausgrenzung neigenden Öffentlichkeit besiegeln.
Hartz IV: Deutschland spart beherzt - bei den Arbeitslosen | Arbeit & Soziales - Frankfurter Rundschau - 2011-11-24 (via Diapsora* - nicht öffentlicher Eintrag)

November 23 2011

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Egyptian Protests Rage On

Egyptians say this is not a second revolution, it's a continuation of the first one

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Egypt Protests Defy Mounting Crackdown As Military Refuses to Step Down - Egyptian protesters continue to fill Cairo's central Tahrir Square over the ruling military council's refusal to immediately transfer power to a civilian government. In a televised address on Tuesday, the head of Egypt's military council, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, said he has accepted the prime minister's resignation and that the military is ready to relinquish power if Egyptians call for that in a referendum. But protests only intensified after Tantawi's speech and security forces unleashed a barrage of tear gas. Over the past five days at least 38 people have been killed, thousands injured, and at least 15 journalists attacked as Egypt has witnessed the largest protests since the fall of Hosni Mubarak. "[Tantawi] essentially offered some minor concessions that were not demanded by any of the protesters in Tahrir," says Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous reporting from Cairo. "Many compared the speech to Mubarak's second speech on February 1st where he made some kinds of concessions and used this kind of the tone in the hope of ending the revolution. But the response then and the response now were very similar. ... But the response then and the response now were very similar. Tahrir yesterday was packed with people, really a massive, massive protest. And after the speech ended, you heard this huge reverberation from the crowd, this huge echo of _Irhal_, which means 'leave.'" Kouddous has been on the ground reporting <b>...</b>
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Révolution égyptienne, acte II

Je voudrais, avant de commencer ce post, faire un appel à ses lecteurs. Comme vous le savez, ce blog comme de nombreuses publications sur ce site ne sont possibles que parce que « Le Monde diplomatique » existe et finance ces activités. Comme tous les ans, nous faisons appel aux dons des lecteurs pour aider et consolider notre indépendance. Je vous invite à y participer, dans la mesure de vos moyens, et à relayer cet appel autour de vous. Les prévisions les plus pessimistes étaient devenues (...) - Nouvelles d'Orient / Égypte, Jeunes, Mouvement social, Répression, Frères musulmans

November 21 2011

Egypt: The Revolution is Back!

This post is part of our special coverage Egypt Revolution 2011.

Up to 100,000 people are said to be in Tahrir Square now, as police and the army continue to battle with protesters calling for an end to Egypt's military rule. Protesters have had running battles with the armed gunmen working serving the Egyptian government since Friday and are now adamant to stay in the square until their demands are met. So far, reports say that 35 people have died in the clashes.

Among the chief demands is calling for a civil government, to take the place of the Supreme Council for Armed Forces (SCAF), the military establishment which has installed itself as the defacto ruler of Egypt after former President Hosni Mubarak was toppled in February.

NBC's reporter Richard Engel tweets:

@richardengelnbc: #egypt. Perhaps 100 k now in #Tahrir. Big tents going back up

Emirati commentator uploads pictures from Al Jazeera Mubasher showing the crowds:

@SultanAlQassemi: Tahrir square now - time in Cairo 10:40pm on Monday

The scene at Tahrir. Picture by Sultan Al Qassemi from Al Jazeera Mubasher

And Jack Shenker adds:


Tantawi effigy hangs from a #Tahrir lampost, same one that held up a Mubarak effigy in January:

Tantawi's effigy hanging from a lamp post in Tahrir. Picture by Jack Shenker.

Field Marshall Mohamed Hussein Tantawi is SCAF's commander-in-chief and demonstrators have been calling for his resignation for months.

Marian chants:

@Maroo84: Home! :) Egyptians are amazing! High spirit in the square! WE WON'T SURRENDER! WE WON'T RETREAT :) #tahrir Down with SCAF

But trouble is lurking around the corner, be it from the use of excessive teargas, birdshot or even live ammunition.

Yasmine G shares a photograph of bullets, one made in the US and the other Italy, used against protesters.

@_YasmineG_: Made in Italy and Made in USA these are a kind of bullet that releases a lot of smaller ones #Tahrir #nov19

Bullets made in the US and Italy used to kill Egyptian protesters. Photo by Yasmine G

Bel Trew admits:

@Beltrew: We're checking for snipers using night vision cameras #tahrir

Jonathan Rashad tells us:

@JonathanRashad: Intensive live ammo being used against us now in Mohamed Mahmoud street. The battle has been going on for 57 hours. Casualties are so high.

And Josh Shahryar shares this telling image with us:

@JShahryar: How bad has gunfire been at Tahrir? This image explains it quite well:×720/374922_310620258948089_279164165427032_1277693_48204579_n.jpg #Egypt via @Elazul

Picture shared on Twitter by @Elazul showing the extent of the gunfire in Tahrir

Meanwhile, activist Mona Seif visited the morgue where many of the martyrs killed in the police attacks on protesters are kept. She reports:

@Monasosh: All martyrs here at the morgue were murdered by live ammunition,except 2 suffocation from tear gas, & one shattered skull #Tahrir #Mashra7a

adding that there were 23 bodies there [ar]:

23 جثة، 2 منهم جاري التعرف عليهم، و 3 مجهولين. قولوا للأهالي ييجوا يتعرفوا عليهم
@Monasosh: There are 23 bodies here. Two are being identified now and three are unknown. Tell the families to come and identify them.

This post is part of our special coverage Egypt Revolution 2011.

Egypt: Revolutionaries Shrug at Cabinet Resignation

This post is part of our special coverage Egypt Revolution 2011.

The Cabinet of Dr Essam Sharaf has just asked if it could resign and the Supreme Council for Armed Forces (SCAF) is yet to decide whether it would accept their resignation or not. For activists and protesters battling police and the army for the third day in and around Tahrir Square, the news does not bring anything new to the table. Their main demand is for SCAF to leave power and hand over authority to a civil government.

In February, SCAF took over after Hosni Mubarak was ousted after Egyptians demonstrated for 18 days. Since then, Egyptians complain that the new military rulers have worked against the revolution and its goals. Chief among the protesters' cries is the resignation of Field Marshall Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, SCAF's commander-in-chief.

Mona Eltahawy tweeted earlier today:

@monaeltahawy: During #Jan25, army watched as police shot protesters. Now army shooting alongside police. Clear whose side #SCAF is on #Tahrir

This sentiment is clear from the way Tahrir received news of the Cabinet's pending resignation. Mohammed Effat tweets from Tahrir:

@3effat: someone just spread the news of the Cabinet's resignation, people didn't even pay attention to him #Tahrir

and adds:

@3effat: protester said: “its Tantawy and SCAF the problem not the fuckin cabinet” #Tahrir

Over the past few minutes, conflicting news continued to flow on both news and social media outlets.

UAE commentator Sultan Al Qassemi tweets that SCAF has just accepted the cabinet's resignation:

@sultanalqassemi: Breaking Al Jazeera: SCAF accepts Egyptian government resignation

Soon, journalist Hind Hassan reports:

: So Egyptian State TV says cabinet resignation has NOT been accepted by #SCAF despite earlier reports to the contrary. #EGYPT

On Twitter, netizens react to the news.

Journalist Blake Hounshell reminds us:

@blakehounshell: The cowardly and toothless Egyptian cabinet has offered to resign: last time this happened they stayed in their posts.

The ploy is not lost on Mohamed El Dahshan. He writes [ar]:

تذكير: تقديم شرف أو العيسوي كبش فداء لا يكفي. المشير و المجلس لازم يرحلوا!
@TravellerW: Reminder: Offering Shareef or El Essawi as sacrificial lambs is not enough. The Marshall and the Council [SCAF] should leave!

Political commentator Shadi Hamid wonders whether the parliamentary elections, slated to begin on November 28, will be effected. He notes:

@shadihamid: Hope this chain doesn't happen, but it might: PM resigns, new govt appointed, elections delayed. #Egypt

The Arabist adds:

@arabist: The resignation of Egypt's cabinet can only quell unrest if the one that replaces it has credibility.

And Egyptian Amira Salah-Ahmed concludes:

@Amiralx: If resignation is rejected and ministers go back to work then they're weak and complicit in violence. Pack ur shit and get out of office!

Meanwhile, the action continues in downtown Cairo, around Tahrir - as well as in other provinces across Egypt.

Jon Jensen just reports:

@jonjensen: Police firing heavily at crowd on Mohamed Mahmoud. Can hear the shotguns pellets ricocheting off buildings and barricades. #Egypt #Tahrir

This post is part of our special coverage Egypt Revolution 2011.

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