Iran’s President Ahmadinejad says the unrest in the Middle East will spread to Europe and the U.S.
In Greece, there is more violence.
February 26th Protests
From the U.K – February 26th is set for a national Day of Action Protest called by the UK Uncut group. There is also a Day of Action Protest called for February 26th in Madison, WI, called by US Uncut. Glenn noted that it must be a coincidence, because the media calls coordinated protests a conspiracy.
Glenn discusses social security. In this sense, he is talking about the greater social support that makes society’s members feel secure.
Glenn likens the U.S. as the keystone in the arch of the world’s security. The U.S. has acted to respond to natural disasters and other upheavals time after time. In the Middle East, this role was filled by Egypt.
Interruption for President Obama’s speech on Libya.
Qaddafi has sworn to be a martyr. He has closed the oil facilities and released prisoners. In effect, he is adding to chaos in Libya and elsewhere.
Glenn showed a clip from PBS’ coverage of the Egyptian demonstrations. This clip showed a mob held up by a police line. As if on a signal, the mob lined up in rows and knelt down in prayer. The police turned their backs on the mob as a gesture of respect. Glenn notes that many Egyptians are devout and many support Sharia Law. Our government didn’t seem to notice that until PBS pointed it out.
Glenn doesn’t recognize the country any more. Is Britain an ally – we seem to bash them all the time. The administration sent Egypt $2 billion worth of arms in 2009 alone. Are those arms going to be used against Israel, our ally?
He discussed Iran and the revolution there in 2009 and how we did nothing. He showed pictures of two teens getting hung for being gay and a person partially buried as part of the process of being stoned to death. He continued with the President’s lack of response to Iran, his delay of nine days with Libya, but how he jumped on Egypt. In effect, the Middle Eastern keystone, Egypt, has been removed. Apparently the president is in favor of instability. That instability is the antithesis of social security.
The Justice Department will stop supporting a law. Glenn asks when it became the job of the Justice Department to decide on the constitutionality of laws. Wasn’t that the job of the courts and the legislature?
- The President just appointed Richard Trumpka, the President of the AFL-CIO Union to the Council of Competitiveness and Job Creation.
- Glenn showed a clip of Trumpka’s video message to new Egyptian unions congratulating them on their revolution.
- He then showed the clip of Trumpka saying he talked to the White House daily and visited it two to three times per week.
- He then showed a report from the AFL-CIO’s Solidarity Center, “The Struggle for Worker’s Rights in Egypt”. He then noted that the report was published in February 2010, a year prior to the uprising. It’s as if they knew the revolution was coming.
Socialist Party of America
The Socialist Party of America and the communists has come out in support of the teacher’s protest in Madison, WI. Glenn notes they, the teachers, should be so proud that they stand with the communists.
He showed a video clip from Madison, WI, where they had a faux reporter interviewing someone mocking Glenn for claiming the communists, socialists, Islamic and other radicals were coordinating their efforts. As he was stating this, the group of socialists marched by behind him.
Demonstrators Next to You
Glenn asks the demonstrating teachers and firemen to notice who that is standing next to. Are communists and radicals really in favor of you, or are they just looking for an excuse to create a disruption.