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September 27 2013

« Fifth column » charges chase Egypt's activists, politicians La chasse aux traitres est ouverte en…

“Fifth column” charges chase Egypt’s activists, politicians

La chasse aux traitres est ouverte en Egypte

Analyse de la BBC

The editor-in-chief of Egypt’s state-owned Al-Ahram daily published an editorial on 23 September to say that the country would officially announce within days that “it is free from all sorts of terrorism”, and that it is starting a “new battle” against what he called the “fifth column”.

Citing an anonymous government figure, the editor said the “fifth column, represented by those who received foreign funding before and after the 2011 revolution,” would be the regime’s next target.

Accusations of pursuing a devious foreign agenda have been always chasing political activists and human rights organizations in post-Mubarak Egypt.

However, this is not the first incident of its kind. Media outlets in Egypt use the term “fifth column” to refer to groups and activists who support the Muslim Brotherhood group, whose activities, no-governmental organization and any affiliated groups were banned by a court ruling a couple of days ago.

On 2 September, controversial television presenter Tawfiq Ukasha, who owns the private Fara’in (Pharaohs) TV channel gave the country’s strongman Sisi [give full name and designation] a one-week deadline to “purge” the media from elements of the “fifth column”.

Also, Abd-al-Rahim Ali, a well-known expert in Islamic affairs, told private Al-Midan TV that those who oppose the reinstatement of the State Security Investigations Service (SSIS), which was engaged in pursuing activists, are from the “fifth column” and Morsi’s supporters. He, too, named political figures and activists as being members of the “fifth column”.

On 9 September, the news portal of Al-Wafd daily, the mouthpiece of Al-Wafd Party, said this “fifth column” was supported by the USA, UK and Turkey with a view to “undermining the revolution and aborting the popular will” of the Egyptians.

State-run Al-Ahram al-Arabi paper in its 12 September online edition published what it said was a list of celebrities allegedly representing the “fifth column” in the post-Morsi era. The list included a famous football player, two actors, two political writers and former Vice-President Muhammad al-Baradi’i.

Veteran writer Fahmi Huwaydi addressed the phrase in his article on 25 September while commenting on Al-Ahram’s editorial. “If our next wars will range between that on terror and another on the fifth column, this will mean that the security services would have the upper hand in the country during the next stage,” he added.

Crackdown on activists
Political activists fear that the authorities will follow up the crackdown on Islamists with wider action against those opposed to Islamists and the military.

Ahmad Mahir, whose 6 April Movement played a major role in the 2011 uprising, was said to be arrested at Cairo Airport in May as he was returning from a visit to the US. Though the group’s media spokesman denied that the arrest had taken place, it raised fears of an imminent crackdown on those who brought down the regime in 2011.

Haytham Muhamidin, a high-profile lawyer and key figure in Egypt’s labour and revolutionary movements, was released without charge after being arrested and taken to a police court on 7 September.

Reports published on 7 September also noted that the public prosecutor was looking into legal complaints against 35 prominent democracy and rights activists, of which many were important figures in the uprising against ousted Egyptian President Husni Mubarak in 2011.

Source: as listed in English 26 Sep 13

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August 11 2013

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August 07 2013

_Inside the system:_ Open letter to Jeff Bezos - The Washington Post

Inside the system: Open letter to Jeff Bezos - The Washington Post

Un journaliste du WP espère que le libertaire Jeff Bezos respectera ses valeurs journalistiques féodales.

Back in 1982, when I was an editor at Tropic, the Miami Herald’s Sunday magazine, the publisher asked us to run a story on our cover about the winners of The Silver Knight award, which was given out every year at a gala to the most promising high school seniors in the Miami area. The Silver Knights were a fine and noble enterprise, but the event was run and financed by Knight-Ridder, the corporate owners of The Miami Herald; Herald stories about the Silver Knight awards were inevitably uncritical, nakedly celebratory, and drenched in self-promotion. We at Tropic declined to run the story of the awards on the grounds that we were a small magazine trying to establish a feisty, pugnacious identity, and being a corporate suckup toady lickspittle didn’t fit in with our plans. The publisher glowered, muttered something about insubordination, and steered the story to another, less visible section of the paper. We went unpunished.

Wikipedia tells me that one of the Silver Knight winners that year was little Jeffrey Bezos of Miami Palmetto High School. Haha.

You and I briefly crossed paths as younger men, and I dissed you. I guess it’s clear who won that race.

Here’s the thing: We were right to decline that story, Jeff, but, more to the point, our publisher was wise to LET us decline. In the next 10 years, freed to robustly experiment with an outsize personality, Tropic would develop a fanatic following in Miami, and our writers and photographers would win two Pulitzers and be finalists for two more. That happened because the people above us trusted us, if grudgingly, and — more important — had our backs.


“Kick up, kiss down.” Aggravate your bosses, but make the people below you love and respect you. Katharine Graham and Don Graham were brilliant at this — they must have given their board of directors fits, because during the great years they chose aggressive journalism over pennypinching every time — and we loved them for it. It’s an irreplaceable advantage, loyalty drawn from affection and respect.

En temps de crise les sous-officiers du capitalisme espèrent sauver leur fortune en appellant à leur chefs de se comporter en bons seigneurs avec leurs vassaux.

Héritière du compagnonnage d’arme du haut Moyen Âge, la vassalité est la situation de dépendance d’un homme libre envers son seigneur par la cérémonie de l’hommage. Le système féodo-vassalique s’est développé à cause de l’affaiblissement de l’autorité publique après l’effondrement de l’empire carolingien (Xe - XIe siècle) : l’empereur, les rois et bientôt les princes territoriaux étaient incapables de faire régner l’ordre et d’imposer leur pouvoir aux seigneurs locaux. Un réseau de relations d’homme à homme s’impose donc, donnant des droits et des devoirs pour chacun d’entre eux, une pyramide sociale allant théoriquement du roi au grand seigneur (grand feudataire), seigneur, vassal et arrière-vassal (Vavasseur) mais dont l’effectivité dépend de l’autorité du supérieur.

Et hop, voilà l’essentiel de ce que pense le nouveau chef :

There will, of course, be change at The Post over the coming years. That’s essential and would have happened with or without new ownership. The Internet is transforming almost every element of the news business: shortening news cycles, eroding long-reliable revenue sources, and enabling new kinds of competition, some of which bear little or no news-gathering costs. There is no map, and charting a path ahead will not be easy. We will need to invent, which means we will need to experiment. Our touchstone will be readers, understanding what they care about – government, local leaders, restaurant openings, scout troops, businesses, charities, governors, sports – and working backwards from there.

Jeff Bezos par contre ne promet rien sauf la recherche constante de profitabilité. C’est une réponse digne d’un des plus riches libertaires du monde.

August 06 2013

US Senate IP address linked to Snowden Wikipedia change from « dissident » to « traitor » - Boing Boing

US Senate IP address linked to Snowden Wikipedia change from “dissident” to “traitor” - Boing Boing

An anonymous person changed Edward Snowden’s Wikipedia entry so that it called him “an American traitor” rather than “an American dissident.” The editor’s IP address is from a block assigned to the US Senate.

Government employees editorializing entries isn’t uncommon. In fact, there’s an entire Wikipedia entry devoted to the subject. But editorializing by editors using government IP addresses rarely goes unnoticed.

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