Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Egypt: Adhaf Soueif in The Midst of a Cry for Revolution

Egypt - Protests - World
By: Michael Oya 
@ThePamphlet





18 political parties in Egypt are calling for a million man march in Egypt. In an attempt to "reclaim the revolution".

Female Egyptian Author Adhaf Soueif has always taken part in the protests in Egypt. As an author she's been an active person of change in Egypt for a long time. It's not her speeches or lectures that give her power, but the truth of her fiction. Soueif's novels have told the story of real Egyptians and what worries them. She created a model of an aware Egyptian conscience and this let others know, especially other Egyptians, that Egyptians do think, they are allowed to think, and they're thinking the same thing; "Things aren't working in our country".

Here's an excerpt from her new work Map of Love:

"Each week brings fresh news of land expropriations, of great national industries and service companies sold off to foreign investors, of Iraqi children dying and Palestinian homes demolished, fresh news of gun battled in Upper Egypt, of the names of more urban intellectuals added to the Jama’at’s hit lists, of defiant young men in cages holding open Qur’ans in the hands, of raids and torture and executions." 

Soueif has captured something which is beyond a nation's distrust of government policies. A spirit that goes beyond the specifics of this protest. Revolution is spreading across the middle east. It's a feeling, not a matter of political barganing. That's the message politicians never seem to understand, whether here in America or in the Middle east or Egypt.


 A large number of those millions of people who will hit the streets won't know exactly why they're there, and some will be misinformed. Still though, the cause is alive, and revolution will be sought after until the people feel they have a government which serves them and is part of them. 


You can read more on the story here:


http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2011/09/egypt-million-man-protest-revolution.html




Egypt - Protests - World
By: Michael Oya 
@ThePamphlet


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Ron Paul Issues an Open Letter to Obama



Foreword by Michael Oya @thepamphlet
Ron Paul recently issued this open letter to President Obama. This is the kind of direct conversation that  should be highlighted. It's the only kind of communication that has a chance to being free of gimmicks and posturing. That's not to say that it is though, especially since as a politician and even more so as a presidential candidate Ron Paul has to calculate every statement for personal success.


Ron Paul is talking about something he actually cares about, that's for sure. Tax cuts are going to be controversial in every sector.

“As a Doctor, an Air Force Veteran, and Congressman, who serves on the Foreign Affairs Committee and has always fought for the best interest of our troops, I was deeply concerned to learn that our military retirees are now facing benefit cuts under your proposed $1.5 trillion dollar tax hike.

“Our military men and women have fought bravely. In exchange, our country made a promise to them, and we must honor it.

“There are trillions of dollars in unwise and unconstitutional spending we must cut. There are few other leaders in Washington willing to cut spending as deeply as I am and truly balance our budget. But, we must make sure we take care of our Veterans who fought to take care of us.

“We have put our troops in harm’s way, and we must honor our promises. And, our troops have paid a heavy price these past ten years. Over 5,000 have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan, 40,000 have seen crushing injuries, and hundreds of thousands more suffer from brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder.

“Failing to meet the promises we have made to our troops would be unjust and immoral. The cuts you announced yesterday, combined with the rumored cuts in benefits reported in publications like Army Times, have our soldiers and Veterans deeply concerned.

“Mr. President, instead of cutting our Veterans benefits, I call on you to support our troops. Support them by bringing them home to our shores, to protect our borders and defend our country. Ensure that they are rested and equipped to repel any real credible attack. Re-unite them with their families. And, make sure they no longer play policeman in dangerous foreign civil wars.

“Cutting the benefits of our Veterans benefits while we subsidize the security of other wealthy nations like Germany and Japan and play World Policeman makes no sense. The money we would save extracting our fighting men and women and our equipment from overseas conflicts and regions will more than offset the savings you seek by upending the manner in which veterans receive care.

“Bringing our troops home would ensure that we keep the promise to our Veterans, strengthen our national defense and secure our borders.

“Do not mistake me for a pacifist or a person solely focused on the economics of the unsustainable global security and state-building that has helped our country arrive at the shores of financial ruin. On the contrary, I consider my military service as an Air Force flight surgeon during the Cold War to be among my highest personal and professional achievements.

“Authentic, Constitutionally-sound national security – a strong national defense – begins with guarding ourborders and not the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

“Mr. President, I call upon you to support our troops, honor our Veterans, and ensure our wounded get the care they deserve. To do so, we must end these protracted, trillion-dollar wars and bring them home.”

In Liberty,

Ron Paul

United States - Presidential Candidate - Obama

Friday, January 28, 2011

California Republican Party Statement on President Obama's State of the Union Address

California Republican Party Vice Chairman Tom Del Beccaro today issued the following statement regarding President Obama's State of the Union address:

"The President tried to rebrand himself as a fiscal conservative by appearing to adopt Republican solutions like tax simplification, earmark bans, and budget freezes. But mere talk is not enough. While it's true that we need real tax reform that will restore incentives to the American economy, raising taxes on those that invest in our economy will not restore those incentives. President Obama cannot promote a spending freeze while promising billions of dollars in more stimulus programs. He simply can't have it both ways.


"The President’s message was ‘We do big things.’ The first big thing we should do is to reduce the size of government, not the opportunities of the American people through over-spending, regulation and tax hikes."



State of the Union 2011 - Republican Party - Political Party


California GOP's Tom Del Beccaro Responds to the State of the Union Speech - cagop.org



Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Green Party leaders on global warming meeting in Cancun


"...to reverse the failure of Copenhagen and create the conditions for a strong legally binding global climate agreement"
Green Party Logo From newmexicoindependent.com


Green Party leaders from the US have joined Green elected officials and leaders from countries throughout Latin America and Europe in Cancun, Mexico, to participate in the 16th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 16) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Greens are calling on the world's leaders attending COP16 to "to reverse the failure of Copenhagen and create the conditions for a strong legally binding global climate agreement" on steps to avert catastrophic climate change in the next century, according to a statement issued by the Global Greens Coordination. The statement is appended below.

The Global Greens Coordination) is a committee established to oversee Global Greens affairs, including issuing Global Greens statements and organizing Global Greens congresses.

"In the US, Greens are challenging the White House, Congress, and state and municipal governments to take action, by conversion to safe and clean energy, drastic reduction of fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions, more public transportation and less car traffic, carbon taxes, creation of millions of living-wage green jobs in conservation and retrofitting of homes and buildings, protection for publicly-owned fresh water resources, and by leading the world in forums like COP16 in calling for expansion of the Kyoto Protocols," said Sanda Everette, former co-chair of the Green Party of the United States, who is attending COP16.

"Unfortunately, the Obama Administration has caved in to the demands of polluting industries, with the President's endorsement of the 'clean coal' myth, refusal to act against mountaintop removal mining, approval for new taxpayer-funded nuclear plants, promotion of emissions trading schemes, which give polluters a license to continue polluting, and other retreats. In this century of global warming, the Green Party has become an imperative in the US and abroad," Ms. Everette added.

Along with Ms. Everette, other US Greens in Cancun for COP16 are current Green Party co-chair Mike Feinstein and Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party member Maggie Zhou. Green Party members are present as delegates from NGOs or have press credentials, since conference rules bar political parties from any official status.


Sunday, June 6, 2010

Obama Front and Center by Michael Oya

United States - Obama - In Perspective
By: Michael Oya @thepamphlet

"Our politics and mainstream society are suffering from a schizophrenic atmosphere..."

Photo From PBS.org
President Barrack Obama has found that even though the election is over, if he doesn't stay on the campaign trail his support begins to slip away. Obama is finding that the toughest issues he's having to overcome, are largely PR problems. On June 4th the President made his third trip to Louisiana in order to let BP, but more importantly Americans, know that he was going to make sure the damage was repaired by BP.

Recently, popular media has been pushing the President to be more emotional, and to show that he cares. NPR's Juan Williams has become a FOX celebrity, by saying, "We need somebody who can throw their fist down on the table and scream", or nobody will believe he's doing anything about the BP oil spill.

Americans are demanding that Obama be on call to lend his voice to every issue. That's a tough job, especially when the extremely polarized media and politics of today mean that he is constantly being campaigned against on every issue.


Why does America and much of the world demand to see so much of Barrack Obama? It's not enough that he fix the problems, while being perfectly diplomatic, he also has to laugh and cry when he's supposed to.

All this PR is distracting the President, the public and everyone in between from paying attention to real results. Polls and punditry have taken the place of accurate depictions of the facts. "Approval ratings are critical to [President Obama]'s sense of authority", said Williams. A president shouldn't be constantly catering to polls that, in reality, only reflect the public's limited knowledge of real issues.

Our politics and mainstream society are suffering from a schizophrenic atmosphere which is keep them from, taking a realistic look at the way things are and what they can do to improve them. They're cycling between personalities trying to find the one that looks the right way instead of just doing the right thing.

Our media is attempting to try to force our president into the same sort of pattern. They don't care much about what's actually being done, especially if he's not saying the right things or expressing the right sentiments. Juan Williams came out and said directly that he though what America wants from Obama is, "a stronger sense of that emotional factor, maybe more than anything else".

United States - Obama - In Perspective

Juan Williams on Obama - Newsbuster.org