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Egyptian Businessman Accused of Sexual Abuse at NYC Hotel

Accusations against former bank chairman echo those levied against Strauss-Kahn.

A prominent Egyptian businessman was arrested Monday on charges that he sexually abused a maid at a five-star Manhattan hotel over the weekend.
Mahmoud Abdel-Salam Omar, the 74-year-old former chairman of Egypt’s Bank of Alexandria, remained in police custody overnight on charges of sexual abuse, unlawful imprisonment, forcible touching and harassment, according to the Associated Press. His arraignment was expected later Tuesday.
The accusations against Omar, currently an executive at Egyptian salt producer El-Mex Salines Co., recall those levied against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn earlier this month. Strauss-Kahn is currently under house arrest and faces a number of charges including attempted rape.


And meanwhile, back in Egypt: 
Egyptian General Defends "Virginity Checks"

"We wanted to prove that they weren’t virgins in the first place."

A senior Egyptian general has reportedly admitted that women arrested at a demonstration earlier this year were subjected to “virginity checks,” saying that the practice was necessary to protect soldiers from accusations of rape.
“We didn’t want them to say we had sexually assaulted or raped them, so we wanted to prove that they weren’t virgins in the first place,” the unidentified general told CNN. “None of them were.”
Egyptian military officials had previously denied allegations that soldiers had conducted the "virginity tests" on women detained during a protest in Tahrir Square that occured nearly a month after Egypt’s longtime president, Hosni Mubarak, stepped down.
The allegations first surfaced in an Amnesty International report published in the aftermath of the March 9 protest. The report claimed that in addition to the virginity checks, a number of female demonstrators were also beaten, strip-searched, and threatened with prostitution charges.
More cringe-worthy comments from the general:
“The girls who were detained were not like your daughter or mine,” he told CNN. “These were girls who had camped out in tents with male protesters in Tahrir Square, and we found in the tents Molotov cocktails and (drugs).”

And as with Bibi Netanyahu, so with these Egyptian officials -- Fuck you and your warped sadistic idea of right and wrong.


The fact that in the post below, I made clear my opinion of Bibi Netanyahu -- doesn't mean I think the Egyptians are good guys -- that's the old Jane Fonda brainless equation, i.e., since we shouldn't have been in Vietnam killing people -- that was a bad thing -- she decided the NV military brass were nice guys. 

Sorry dear, they were professionals, same as all warriors, and they killed people for a living, whether the cause was right or wrong. 

The ONLY reason so many of us were behind her was not for her stupid politics, but to look at her cute butt.



As Robert Gover said in one of his books: "They were less than human -- they were yahoos."

And now we know, in the Israeli-Palestinian continuing detente, which side is the one that really refuses to recognize the other's right to live.

Obvious from Bibi's arrogant rude insulting dressing down of Obama as some dumb schvatza who needed to be told what it's like to be surrounded by people who doubt your right to existence (as if he didn't know that reality at least as well as you -- ahh, if only African-Americans had a huge army and nuclear weapons to use when the Klan rode down...), whose INTENTIONAL misunderstanding of the statement that both sides should start from the 1967 borders and change things from there, pretending Obama was saying "Go back to the 1967 borders."

Obvious from statements he made years and years ago and still does -- Netanyahu never wanted to Palestinians to be part of Israel -- they might be able to -- oh horror!!! -- vote!

And he never wanted them to be allowed to have their own country, or the right of those driven out in 1948 to come back.

I have said it before and been misunderstood (whether intentionally or not):

Of course the Jews have a right to live where they are and call it Israel, altho "a Jewish state" --  one totally based on religion (i.e., the Vatican) is pretty much repugnant to me -- and I am a Jew -- but -- and I still mean it -- Netanyahu himself has done EVERYTHING possible in both his administrations, to make the world forget the Holocaust and look at Israel and Jews (as if all Jews supported the political organization and actions of Israel) as usurping monsters not unlike the second coming of the Third Reich --- power-mad, land-grabbing treaty- and promise- breaking scum. What's the old perception -- becoming the thing you feared?

SO -- all I can say is, yes, I want Israel to survive, but Bibi Netanyahu?

You arrogant piece of shit -- I may support Israel, but that's OUR president you publicly tried to humiliate (a lesser man wouldn't have sat there and risen above it as Obama did.)

So fuck you, Bibi, and the paranoid wave of terrorist ethics you rode in on.

The rumors that Ariel Sharon's regret for years of murder and oppression against Palestinians moving him to seek fair and reasonable accord was what got him put into a coma at the hands of your cohorts -- those rumors, seeing your rude, stupid, and ultimately self-defeating intransigence -- those rumors start to take on a bit more credence.

You're just a bit more publicly polite than Meier Kahane * was, but no less vicious and odious. Same political policies.

Better you don't come back to get applause from the Christian Fundamentalists in congress until you learn some manners.

* And yes, I admit I betrayed my Buddhistic aspirations shamefully by cheering, when I heard the news that he'd been gunned down on the street in New York, EXACTLY the same way he'd advocated for Palestinians to be taken out.



Fareed Zakaria looked at bribes

Excellent as always, Fareed Zakaria, still one of the few -- if only -- political talk shows that actually asks questions without forcing self-serving answers* -- discussed the situation of bribes, a worldwide practice integral to business in Europe, Asia, and Africa.

And it reminded me of a thought I often have:

"What's the difference between bribes and campaign contributions?

And my answer always boils down to this and nothing more:

"Bribes are illegal."

One of my all-time favorite politicians was a man who, a few years back, ran for Mayor of Santa Cruz, CA on the graft platform called:  Something for everyone and a little bit for me.

He promised to publish every bribe, kickback and special consideration taking place in his administration. I wish I could remember his name, if only to give him due credit for firing the first shot in the war for honest government.

(In the state where I was born -- Pennsylvania -- one of the great historical figures is a man who, in the 19th century, set that proper level of graft to be taken on construction contracts at 15% -- prior to that, crooks were all over the place.)

Others do this to some extent -- Rachel Maddow is the only host who doesn't treat former RNC Chairman Michael Steele like some sort of minstrel show clown, but with enough respect and affection to have a conversation that asks for his point of view and allows him to show that he's as a rather intelligent fellow.

Dylan Ratigan interviewed Ron Paul today and asked the sort of intelligent non-argumentative questions one would ask any guest not pre-judged to be crazy. Ratigan appeared to have Ron Paul on his show because he honestly wanted to give the man a chance to tell his viewers his opinion on government, deficits, and everything else. There's a reason people of all sides of political point of view love Ron Paul, even if they believe his administration would be a national disaster -- because he's straight on, doesn't hedge when someone disagrees with him, doesn't do a Newt Gingrich or Donald Trump, i.e., pretend he never ever ever ever EVER said that or MEANT that.  Ron Paul is that man -- not George W Bush, you'd like to know as a friend.



Pope Benny the Dick canonized his old boss?

Waaay ahead of the usual wait-time (50 years)

OK, say I'm a sacreligious shit, but this brings up overwhelmingly clear resonances of Jerry Ford granting a pardon to the guy who gave HIM the job, the pardon being (maybe) part of the deal.

(After all, Gerry was a biggie on the Warren Commission, and even Arlen Spectre admitted he only offered the "single bullet theory" as a sort of a joke, a "it would have had to happen THIS way," and he never expected anyone would take it seriously. And Richard Nixon WAS in Dallas that hideous day, giving a virulently anti-JFK speech in the morning. Newspaper first editions, pre-murder, reported it.)

John Paul II was an extraordinary man, but the biggest miracle of his papacy might just be how he made all that priestly pederasty just sort of disappear.

But then, whether it's hammering dogma down into their brains, or forcing priest's weenies up their poopie holes, one form or another of child-rape seems to be traditional in the Holy Roman Church.

*To be fair, apparently, when the Pope was still Cardinal Ratburger, he repeatedly tried to get John Paul II to pay attention to the epidemic of child-rape by Roman Catholic priests, but John Paul declined attention, because publicity could harm the Church. Cardinal Ratburger, as  Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (aka The Inquisition), he held that -- regardless of contemporary adverse publicity -- it was morally, spiritually, and legally imperative to stop the crimes and punish the criminals and that made it -- in the long run -- good for the church.

ADDENDUM -- 5-25-11 -- The implication above is that John Paul II was doing a shameful coverup --- not actually the situation, even though he DID refuse to open a public campaign against priestly baby rape -- 
Now the Vatican has decided that the reason their priests have been raping children all these years is -- NOT pederastic perversion, NOT homosexuality (only reason the overwhelming number of kids getting raped are boys, they say, is because of availability, since they seem to believe gay men are pederasts) NOT enforced celibacy, NOT prohibition of marriage ... BUT  (as they say in the military: "Wait for it" ...  

The permissiveness of the 60's ... that's right, the hippies and the liberals...

(as if priest's willies hadn't been finding their way into children's private painful parts before that) -- and Ratburger's intent of exposing the baby buggers? He DESPISED the increased tolerance of Vatican II which, he thought, was contributing to dope, sex and rock and roll. The reason John Paul II  resisted the rantings of the Inquisition's Prefect was that he knew that Vatican II was essential to the survival of the Church and that Ratburger was fanatical on that issue.  Of course, since he changed his name to Benny, he's systematically undermined the elements of Vatican II, and the number of people identifying themselves as church-going Roman Catholics has been doing a mild nose-dive.

(Hmmm -- Vatican II -- Pope John Paul II -- family relation? Just a bad joke -- Of course, John Paul's mom and dad weren't Mr and Mrs II -- they all work under assumed names.)


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