Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Obama Loves Guns! by Anthony Freda

So long as they are used to enforce imperial control of the citizenry.

Obama says semi-automatic weapons belong on a battlefield. 

OK,  then why is he arming a record number of NON-Defense Department Federal Officers with firearms, (Including arming IRS agents with AR-15s)

Do we live on a battlefield?

Officers with arrest-and-firearm authority has tripled since 1996 to 200,000 and now exceeds the number of US Marines. (182,000)

The Obama administration also brokered more arms deals than any administration of the past 70 years, Republican or Democratic. 

Some of those weapons were delivered to terror groups and are being used against US troops. 

Maybe his control should start with Self control.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

'Activism': The lies we have to tell ourselves | Mickey Z.

Almost exactly four years ago, I wrote an article that opened with this, um, “anecdote”:
As part of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) Summer Disobedience School, I was marching with my fellow occupiers through Times Square in early June 2012. While skirting the edge of the demo to take photos, I passed a group of young men in business attire. On the surface, they appeared "mainstream" -- right out of Central Casting, in fact.
One man was clearly confused by the boisterous march -- the signs, the drummers, the costumes, and so much more. "What are they doing?" he pondered aloud. The largest man in the group -- his face pinched into an expression of scorn -- bellowed: "I'll tell you what they should be doing. They should be looking for a fuckin' job."
He looked so self-satisfied with his parroting of the corporate media line that I couldn't help taking him down a notch. I stopped walking, positioned myself about three feet away -- directly in his line of sight -- and glared into his eyes. 
When he looked at me and saw my "99%" button and the Red Square affixed to my t-shirt, Alpha Male was suddenly confronted with the uncomfortable reality that those he was mocking weren't the skinny hippie pacifists he'd read all about on the interwebs.
His eyes met mine and I held my squinty stare. In a matter of seconds, his self-confidence waned and he diverted his gaze downwards. (#winning) With a smirk, I turned and moved off to catch up with my OWS tribe.

Pardon me while I curl into the fetal position and weep in shame for the next three hours. 
I can still recall how unabashedly excited I was to participate in the event described above (and so many others like it) but now -- armed with four-plus years of painful but essential hindsight -- it makes me cringe that my exuberance tricked me into thinking we were doing anything even remotely effective or “making a difference.” 

Before I can allow myself to simply look back with a sense of nostalgia at a fun afternoon with some upbeat folks who, um, occupied my life for a brief moment in time, I must first expose, address, and own up to the arrogance and denial on display that afternoon.

What we were doing… 

I’ve already wasted enough ink on the “get a job” canard so let’s instead focus on the extreme validity of the first dude-bro’s question: “What are they doing?” Think about it. Why wouldn’t he or anyone be puzzled? There was literally no rational reason why passers-by would understand the show we were putting on for ourselves (and the cops).

If you asked me “What are you doing?” at the time, I likely would’ve spouted off a whole lot of nonsense about “revolution.” Ask me now though. Please. Ask me now about OWS and its various spin-offs and spectacles.

Even better, if I could somehow track down the guy who confusedly wondered what we were doing that Saturday afternoon in Times Square four summers ago, here’s some of what I’d tell him: 
We were entertaining ourselves. Mic checks, hand signals, carefully crafted performances, a ridiculous overemphasis on “outsmarting” the “pigs,” and virtually no perception of or interest in what might potentially lure in mainstream New Yorkers. This counterproductive tendency to perform for each other progressed rapidly and virtually guaranteed failure. 

We were doing in ZERO outreach. I can remember commenting on how curious and interested the tourists in Times Square appeared to be about us and the issues we were raising. What the fuck was I thinking? Of course they watched and took photos and videos. That’s what tourists do! They weren’t becoming “woke af.”* Just the other day, while standing near the entrance to Bryant Park, I witnessed two homeless men in a screaming match that almost became violent. Glancing around, I saw tourists staring at them and filming them with the exact same facial expressions as those watching my “OWS Tribe” in the exact same spot four years earlier. 

We were engaging in the classic “take the streets” nonsense. It takes an incredible amount of denial and privilege for a mostly white crowd of “activists” to taunt cops, disobey street-related laws, and perceive such silliness as rebellion. Meanwhile, on the same day described above, when the march reached Bryant Park, the NYPD predictably singled out a black man from the crowd. He was stopped and frisked right in front of us. We chanted and took photos and “showed our solidarity” with people of color and when he was let go without being arrested, we also managed to convince ourselves that somehow, his freedom was thanks to the presence of OWS. (insert deep sigh here)
Photo credit: Mickey Z.

We were congratulating ourselves afterwards. Once inside Bryant Park, the “occupiers” broke into small groups to analyze that day’s event and discuss “important issues” (student debt, radical theory, and yes: stop and frisk!) -- as if anything we were doing could have even an iota of impact beyond our echo chamber. Meanwhile, a different set of on-lookers took photos of what must’ve appeared as a freak show. 

We were partaking in a social media ego-fest. I don’t have a smart phone but many, many others were uploading images and videos in “real time,” all day. Later, folks like me got busy posting photos and videos, tagging, sharing, and creating yet another insular circle jerk of delusion. #winning!

We were wasting our own precious time and energy. As I documented in this article, despite all the smoke and mirrors, nothing of sustained value has been accomplished by OWS and its offshoots since September 17, 2011. Really. Please. READ THIS ARTICLE. For now, I’ll offer a snippet: 
“The damage is relentless and ongoing and impervious to Occupy-related tactics and self-perception. None of our exhibitionist acting out or our Instagram selfies or our clever memes or our accumulation of social media notifications or our sign waving and petition signing and drum banging got us any closer to the root causes and certainly no where near to creating sustainable social change.”
“What are they doing?” that bewildered bro begged. Since it would be far too flattering to simply say “nothing” (“worse than nothing” = way more accurate), please allow me to amend the cringeworthy recollection with which I began:
One man was clearly confused by the boisterous march -- the signs, the drummers, the costumes, and so much more. "What are they doing?" he pondered aloud. So, I stopped walking, positioned myself about three feet away -- directly in his line of sight -- and replied: “We’re doing what ‘activists’ do, of course. We’re willfully lying to ourselves. What does it look like we’re doing?”

Repeat after me: The people united will never be defeated!
* From Mickey: A popular slang (woke as fuck)
Mickey Z. is currently writing his fourteenth book, How to Lose Friends & Influence Nobody: My Life as an “Activist.” In the meantime, he can be found here.
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The Soapbox Presents: Talk Nation Radio with David Swanson (Guest: Peter Kuznick)

Talk Nation Radio: Peter Kuznick on Untold Nuclear History and No War 2016

Peter Kuznick is Professor of History at American University, and author of Beyond the Laboratory: Scientists As Political Activists in 1930s America, co-author with Akira Kimura of Rethinking the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Japanese and American Perspectives, co-author with Yuki Tanaka of Nuclear Power and Hiroshima: The Truth Behind the Peaceful Use of Nuclear Power, and co-editor with James Gilbert of Rethinking Cold War Culture. In 1995, he founded American University’s Nuclear Studies Institute, which he directs. In 2003, Kuznick organized a group of scholars, writers, artists, clergy, and activists to protest the Smithsonian’s celebratory display of the Enola Gay. He and filmmaker Oliver Stone co-authored the 12 part Showtime documentary film series and book both titled The Untold History of the United States. Kunick will be screening an episode of that program and speaking at the No War 2016 conference in Washington, D.C.:
Total run time: 29:00
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On Speaking Truth to Empire Dan Yaseen interviews Steve Lendman, an author, a progressive blogger and an internet radio host. He writes on vital international and national topics, including war and peace, American imperialism, corporate dominance, political persecutions, and a range of other social, economic and political issues. His website is:

Monday, June 20, 2016

Women's Liberation Front (WoLF) (SOAPBOX PODCAST

The Soapbox
June 19, 2016 


This week, Cindy chats with two organizers of
WoLF Fest, a festival which is a 
"Radical Feminist Festival for Womyn"

 Learn how being a radical feminist is NOT transphobic and what would a world without male supremacy would look like.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The Soapbox Presents Talk Nation Radio with David Swanson and his guest, Sandy Davies

Talk Nation Radio: Sandy Davies on Asking World's Help in Resisting U.S. Crimes

Nicolas J "Sandy" Davies is the author of Blood On Our Hands: the American Invasion and Destruction of Iraq, with a preface by Nuremberg prosecutor Benjamin Ferencz. He also wrote the chapter on “Obama at War” in Grading the 44th President, and a chapter titled "Crime By America: No Accountability, No Justice, No Peace" in a new book, Crime and Punishment in America, due out in the fall of 2016. He writes regularly about U.S. aggression and war crimes for Consortium News, and other alternative media outlets. He served as an issue team leader on war and peace issues for Progressive Democrats of America (PDA), and he drafted Roots Action's current "Appeal from U.S. to World" to ask foreign governments to come together and stand up for international law in the face of systematic U.S. aggression and war crimes.


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Sunday, June 12, 2016

The Dramedy of US (S)Electoral Politics in Four Parts by Cindy Sheehan

Prelude: Pre- Candidate "A" floats the electoral air-biscuit of a possible quest for the nomination of their (in the interest of not typing "his/her" I will use the vague, "their") political party: let's go with the Dems for the purpose of this piece.

The Anticipatory Interlude: The liberal Democrats who have felt increasingly at odds with the war president, but similarly not with the war party, grow ecstatic and social media is all a-twiiter (pun intended) with memes and petitions glorifying Candidate A's progressive qualifications to make a run and form a "political revolution." ("There's nothing new under the sun.") An exploratory committee is formed and the most crucial fundraising ability and online link is put into place.

The Play's the Thing: After much anticipation and angst, Candidate A announces their intention to run for the nomination and the social interwebs go into paroxysm of orgasmic joy and the donations roll into Candidate A's coffers by the millions. Candidate A must be viable, right? They are receiving so much money and literally thousands of memes have been produced.

(Tension arrives) Oh, jeez, here they come: the Predictable Purists who in true spoil-sport fashion point out the flaws in Candidate A, which are huge, but must be false, because didn't the Predictable Purist see the meme that touted the peace credentials of Candidate A? Why do these Negative Nancy's and Pessimistic Pete's have to be so dad-gummed inflexible--can't they see Candidate A only is saying certain things to get the nomination and once A wins, they will do the right thing that's been in their hearts all along, no matter how Sanders, (oops, I mean A) voted in a couple of decades of political life? 

Gosh, then comes the actual primaries and for the first time in recorded history there is massive voter fraud in the states where A loses, but, naturally, no fraud where A wins. 

Even though A's revolution is the acceptable kind with promises that can never be kept in real life, Negative Nancy admits that A ran the hardest race they could without actually challenging the establishment's choice in any kind of constructively hard way. Even though A's "revolutionaries" claim that he has "class," Negative Nancy and Pessimistic Pete really know that he lacks political courage, or even the will to truly challenge the Empire. So, by California's primary in June, A and company are the only ones that don't know A is finished.

Dramedy's Ending: A makes a dramatic speech in prime-time where A promises to "fight for the people" all the way to the DNC convention where A has already promised to capitulate and collaborate with A's (pretend) enemy. It would be Ready for Prime Time Comedy, if it weren't so scary.

A's followers go into paroxysms of grief and rage for about 48 hours all over the social interwebs and then most will fall in behind their "Castro of Capital Hill" and dutifully vote for the candidate of Wall Street and the War Machine because who the hell do Nancy  and Pete want to win, anyway, the Republican?

Vote, rinse, repeat; and the beat goes on.

Do you remember your first anti-war protest? | Mickey Z.

   A female demonstrator offers a flower to military police on guard at the Pentagon during an anti-Vietnam demonstration. Arlington, Virginia, USA, 21 October 1967. By S.Sgt. Albert R. Simpson. Department of Defense. Department of the Army. Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations. U.S. Army Audiovisual Center.

Mickey Z. -- World News Trust
June  12, 2016
Even as a young child, I understood:
  1. The war in Vietnam was becoming increasingly unpopular
  2. Being on TV is a really big deal to most people
So, it was while hanging out on the stoop with my grade school friends -- just two blocks from the 59th Street Bridge, connecting Queens to the east side of Manhattan -- that I hatched a cynical scheme to (supposedly) capitalize on the above two facts.

About six of us staged our very own anti-war protest amidst the high volume of motor vehicles streaming down Crescent Street on their way to the city (Queens may be one of New York’s five boroughs, but for us, only Manhattan is and will ever be “the city”).

Mimicking the images we saw nightly on our black-and-white TV sets, we made rudimentary signs and posters. One of my fellow subversives wasn’t a regular on the block. He was a little older than me, perhaps a classmate of my big sister. I can’t remember his full name but I do recall that his last name was Castro and that he later became notorious for ending up in the hospital after attempting to ride a motorized mini-bike down a flight of concrete steps.

By the time I was in my teens, I heard a rumor that Castro had died during the commission of a crime. Considering how many of my childhood friends ended up in jail or dying young, this was a rumor to take at face value.

Anyway, I can still see Castro’s chastened expression when I scolded him for a misspelling on his sign: “SPOT THE WAR!” it read.

I insisted he correct it (as if it really mattered). With or without proofreading, we enthusiastically held up our protest posters to passing cars and trucks and yelled “stop the war” until our pre-pubescent voices grew hoarse.

“Someone will call the news,” I promised, “and we’ll all be on TV tonight.”

Our children’s crusade lasted maybe 20 minutes. When it neither ended the war nor landed us on TV, we got bored. One by one, we heard our mothers’ voices calling us to dinner from different windows in the tenement building looming above us. Hunger trumped revolution, and the experiment was over. I don’t believe any of us ever mentioned it again.

All the necessary lessons were right there in front of me, so many years ago, but I wasn’t ready to learn. Not even close. Nope, that part would only happen after decades had passed, many other wars were waged, and I could finally recognize street “activism” for what it really is.

Today, that same anti-war “demo” (or rally or protest or march or whatever) would’ve had its own social media event page. It would’ve been livestreamed. And it would’ve been deemed a “success” if it garnered even one of us a kick-ass profile pic for which we could use the caption: #warrior.
Lessons finally learned.

Mickey Z. can be found here.
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Dakotah's Pick: Eugene Puryear and Mass Incarceration (SOAPBOX JUNE 12, 2016)

June 12, 2016

This week, I believe I caught a bit of a late spring cold from my grandchildren, so we are presenting a replay of one of the hundreds of archived shows.

Dakotah Lilly is a faithful Soapbox listener and a friend of mine who just graduated from high school and has contributed a couple of pieces to The Soapbox blog himself. I asked Dakotah to pick one of his favorite shows to replay this week.

Dakota's Pick:

Shackled and Chained with my guest: Eugene Puryear from 
October 6, 2013
Eugene and I chatted about the racism of mass incarceration here in the USA.
(Good choice, Dakota!)

Relevant links:

Cindy Sheehan, National Antiwar Leader, Announces Support for Sept. 9 Incarcerated / Enslaved Worker Shut Down

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Cindy Sheehan, National Antiwar Leader, Announces Support for Sept. 9 Incarcerated / Enslaved Worker Shut Down

The following statement of support has been offered by Cindy Sheehan, a national leader of anti-war struggle in the United States ever since her son Casey Sheehan's life was cut short on the battlefields of Iraq.  Cindy writes regularly and conducts audio interviews on her site Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox. 

Sample Tweet:
Join Cindy Sheehan-support Sep9 natl day-end enslavement of incarcerated #DecarcerateNJ 

Cindy Sheehan's Statement:

As a resident of California, a one time vice presidential candidate on the Peace and Freedom Party ticket and a one time Gubernatorial candidate challenging Governor Brown – I pledge my solidarity to the September 9 multi-state work stoppage being organized as a non-violent protest against enslavement in the US prison system. 
The United States incarcerates its own people at a rate that is 4 times the rate as the rest of the countries on the planet.  Yet whenever the US decides to start bombing another country – slaughtering civilians – it fraudulently invokes the word “freedom”.  This word is devoid of all meaning when invoked by the elected officials that govern the US – the incarceration leader of the world.  Accompanying every occupation is the construction of new prisons and the takeover of the existing ones and converting them to torture chambers – the likes of Abu Graib in Iraq and the facility at the Bagram air base in Afghanistan, not to mention the illegal detention facility in Guantanamo.  The crimes against humanity that have occurred in these facilities – only some of which have come to the surface – belies any claim of bringing freedom to the counties the US bombs.
While many believe that enslavement was eliminated in the United States, we need to continue to point out that the 13th. Amendment to the US Constitution explicitly states:
 “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”
So when the 13th. Amendment passed, it became illegal to breed the enslaved for the purposes of enslaving the offspring and to import kidnapped enslaved men and women and children from Africa.  Instead it became necessary only to arrest and convict to replenish the supply of free labor – perhaps a less costly means of refreshing the supply of free labor providers.
Throughout the history of the US, enslaved laborers have performed tasks, including those tasks needed to run the prison facilities: the performance of government functions (not just license plate manufacture) as well as contracting out to business and private industry.  Today the arrangement is sophisticated with incarcerated enslaved laborers handling everything from making hamburger patties for McDonalds, boxing electronics for Microsoft, telemarketing for Verizon and many, many other tasks for private industry and government.
California itself has been for decades under court order to reduce the prison rolls due to the inhumane treatment of its incarcerated men and women because of prison overcrowding.  Governor Brown continues to fight against the court mandates – his latest scheme is to create a boondoggle of hoops prisoners will have to go through to get released.  At one point in its arguments against mandated release, the Brown Administration actually complained of possible financial hardship to the state should it have to hire fire fighters instead of using enslaved prisoners in that role to control the rampant forest fires in the state.
Now there is word that brave men and women who are incarcerated and enslaved in the United States from states like Alabama and Mississippi and several other states are calling for a national work stoppage on September 9.  That date is of particular significance since it is the 45th. Anniversary of the Attica State prison uprising that led to a massacre of 39 prisoners and guards at that facility – a massacre that was ordered by New York Governor Rockefeller.
What the prisoner leaders are organizing is a non-violent work stoppage – as they put it they are ending their own enslavement by refusing to work as enslaved.
Meanwhile on the outside, in New Jersey and Alabama and other places around the country, advocates of justice, decarcerators, prison reform advocates and prison abolitionists are organizing activities in solidarity with the work stoppage.  In NJ, the organizations Decarcerate the Garden State and Peoples Organization for Progress are supporting the demands of the prisoners to end the enslavement of the incarcerated and at the same time pressing other demands like freedom for all political prisoners, a 50% reduction in the state’s prison population and improved conditions in NJ facilities.   The ‘outside’ solidarity should be a model for similar actions across the country – here in California we can demand compliance with the court ordered reduction in the prison rolls once and for all.
I declare my support for the September 9 non-violent work stoppage of the prisoners and urge Inside – Outside unity and encourage people to support the efforts of Decarcerate the Garden State, People’s Organization for Progress and other advocacy groups that are organizing solidarity events on the outside as well as groups like Free Alabama Movement that are organizing the work stoppage on the inside.  Let September 9 be the beginning of a new era where we build unity with our incarcerated brothers, sisters and children and send a clear message to the politicians of both political parties.  The politicians want everyone to believe that they are against mass incarceration – but somehow year after year refuse to address the issue in any significant way.
September 9th will also prove to be a timely date to raise these issues – so close to the nation’s presidential election.  A resounding set of actions across the country on that date would send a message that we are not allowing important issues to be drowned out by the media obsession with campaigns.
                For details, you can read the call to action from Decarcerate the Garden State and Peoples Organization for Progress at this link:

10 shocking stories NOT trending on your news feed | Mickey Z.

Mickey Z. -- World News Trust

June 7, 2016

What’s trending on your news feed? Have you heard about the epidemic of abductions? Are you and your social media “friends” talking about the global plague of torture and human slavery? Surely you’re up in arms about possible livestreamed executions?

There’s a war going on, but your news feed is diligently ignoring it. Heinous attacks are happening right now, and you won’t hear a word about them from the corporate media. As you read this, myriad assaults, invasions, and occupations are being planned by people you know, yet these crimes won’t even warrant a hashtag. 

We are living under a virtual news blackout of the biggest story of all time: male pattern violence.
If the relentlessly brutal impact of patriarchy remains undiscussed, we stand zero chance at creating the swift and sustainable social change we urgently need. Instead, we’ll continue to dwell in deep and dangerous denial -- interpreting events through the lens of misleading memes and trending hive minds. 

Sure, I know many of you are shaking your heads and feeling tempted to find another article to skim, I mean… read. You know, maybe something that serves to re-affirm your “activist” self-image. For those open-minded enough to continue here, I’m going to provide 10 not-so-subtle reminders of what males (including some in your immediate circle) across the planet are planning and carrying out -- right now -- as you scroll and click your way into a cocoon of complicity.

Reminder (and trigger warning): What’s written below is an infinitesimal sampling of the minute-by-minute abuse perpetrated by males from every corner of the globe. (And it helps if you click on at least some of the hyperlinks.)

1. A man is working out a deal with a cab driver to pick up a young woman and, instead of taking her to the destination she requests, deliver her to human traffickers who will condemn her to life as a slave within the massive, worldwide rape-for-profit industries of prostitution and pornography.

2. Other men are actively seeking out a male bartender to bribe into putting date rape drugs in a woman’s drink at a party. Meanwhile, at a frat house, no such secrecy is needed as the male students already have a public protocol in place for raping their drunk female classmates. 

3. As you read this, a dude is riding the mall escalator, casually taking “up-skirt” videos. Another bro is using Tinder to arrange a hook-up so he can secretly videotape a woman afterwards, as she walks to the bathroom and gets dressed. A third creep is putting on a dress and wig to access a women’s bathroom and film women and girls using the toilet. All of these videos will be immediately uploaded to easily accessible Tumblr pages after which, they’ll be re-blogged and watched tens of thousands of times over the next few years.

4. Do you know about all the social justice warrior types who are currently exploiting activist (sic) labels like “vegan” or “anarchist” to get away with physical threats, gray rape, and the sharing of private photos and videos?

5. Elsewhere, males are diligently working together as a team to create and use a hybrid tranquilizer spray to facilitate mass and ongoing gang rape

6. While you half-skim this article, there’s a male predator out there who’s in the act of grooming a pregnant woman so he can eventually have easy access to sexually abuse her newborn infant.

7. Do you realize that a man is going as far as buying a motel solely because he wants to spy on and film guests and then get another male to write about his exploits?

8. A few minutes ago, a 12-year-old was abducted by males for a massive pedophile ring which is able to operate openly thanks to help from law enforcement, the judicial system, politicians, and corporate leaders. They have chosen this particular boy because he comes from a close family and they always seek to maximize the pain they cause. 

9. Just as you’re about to dismiss me for exaggerating and/or lying, there’s a guy paying off a “coyote” to bring him a woman who has illegally crossed into the U.S. so he can sell her to other males who regularly make live, interactive, pay-per-view snuff films on the Deep Web

10. Generals, war lords, elected officials, and despots are holding meetings to discuss where and how to utilize systemic rape as a weapon of war. Such tactics have been employed by groups of men ranging from local paramilitary death squads to the planet’s largest and well-funded armies. 
Here’s the most important trend your news feed will never share: Males as a class are exploiting and oppressing and abusing females as a class -- every second of every day, everywhere.

Now you have a minuscule overview of the reality we’re trained to ignore and/or accept. Now you know. You can’t un-know, so live with it. And if you can’t live with it, maybe you’ll finally release yourself from the hive mind of manufactured accord. 

Does the contents of this article disturb you? Are you outraged? Have your “activist” passions been set aflame? Will you find the nearest search engine to learn as much as possible? Once you’ve informed yourself, will you share the news as diligently as you share posts about GMOs, chem trails, and Hillary’s e-mails?

Ask yourself: Will I step up and do something serious to change it?
If so, that would be a story worth trending.

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Talk Nation Radio: Ahmed Salah on Masterminding the Egyptian Revolution

Ahmed Salah is an Egyptian democracy activist. He was a co-leader of three of Egypt’s most prominent protest movements—Kefaya, Youth for Change, and the April 6th Movement—and a principal organizer of the Egyptian Revolution. In 2013, he re­ceived the Champion of Justice Award from the Center for Justice and Accountability. His book is called You Are Under Arrest for Masterminding the Egyptian Revolution.
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