Scott Horton Interviews Stephen Webster

Scott Horton, February 04, 2011

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Stephen Webster, Senior Editor at RawStory.com, discusses the Egyptian Army’s wavering support for protesters, causing the crowds to thin significantly; Israel’s strong support for Mubarak – not the sort of endorsement typically sought by Arab leaders; how WikiLeaks documents, anonymous hackers and alternative communications have aided and perpetuated the budding Mideast revolutions; the pro-Mubarak goon squads beating journalists; and how Al Jazeera compares with Western mainstream media in terms of protest coverage.

MP3 here. (19:32)

Stephen C. Webster is Senior Editor at RawStory.com

4 Responses to “Stephen Webster”

  1. Msreyoon wants jobs, but the only jobs r in XOarmy or UsamaMasajidarmy. In a time where corps r replacing man with robots..the only job left driving Oilee ZoO to death-u owe yr janaza&grAVE to WB

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  2. All in Egypt and other countries rife with "protest" is not as it appears to be:

    "Freedom House fellows acquired skills in civic mobilization, leadership, and strategic planning, and benefit from networking opportunities through interaction with Washington-based donors, international organizations and the media. After returning to Egypt, the fellows received small grants to implement innovative initiatives such as advocating for political reform through Facebook and SMS messaging.
    http://www.freedomhouse.org/template.cfm?page=66&… (emphasis added)

    From February 27 to March 13 [2010], Freedom House hosted 11 bloggers from the Middle East and North Africa [from different civil society organizations] for a two-week Advanced New Media Study Tour in Washington, D.C. The Study Tour provided the bloggers with training in digital security, digital video making, message development and digital mapping. While in D.C., the Fellows also participated in a Senate briefing, and met with high-level officials at USAID, State [Department] and Congress as well as international media including Al-Jazeera and the Washington Post .http://www.freedomhouse.org/template.cfm?page=115&program=84&item=87 emphasis added

    One can easily apprehend the importance attached by the US administration to this bloggers' "training program", which is coupled with high level meetings at the US Senate, the Congress, the State Department, etc.

    The role of the Facebook Twitter social media as an expression of dissent, must be carefully evaluated: the civil society bloggers are supported by Freedom House (FH), the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and the US State Department…."

    source: http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va

  3. This was discussed by Justin Raymondo at

    original.antiwar.com/justin/2011/02/01/egypt-battle-of-the-narratives/

    …There is another narrative, however, another sort of conspiracy theory, which some on the right have embraced, which posits that the United States government, and not the Brotherhood or al-Qaeda, is the real force behind Egypt’s revolutionary wave. And, no, I’m not kidding.

    An article that appeared early on in the Telegraph, headlined “America’s Secret Backing for Rebel Leaders Behind Uprising,” appears to be the genesis of this ‘theory.” It starts out by citing a “secret document” that supposedly shows how Washington, inexplicably, decided to create a crisis for itself by undermining Mubarak (…) From from showing that the Egyptian uprising is a CIA plot to get rid of a longtime client, the cable shows the complete incompetence and moral blindness of the Obama administration and the US diplomatic corps in general. Meeting with a few members of Congress and their staffs, and attending a couple of think-tank seminars, does not quite constitute a secret plot. From the looks of things, it doesn’t seem like the Americans even put up his airfare for the “youth summit,” because he complains that due to lack of funds he won’t be able to attend the next one. Nor does the cable mention that US diplomats approached or sought out members of the April 6 movement in any way: instead, they were considered marginal boat-rockers, bound to come to a bad end. Disabused of any notion that the US government is a force for good in the world, the young activist returned to Egypt and helped organize an “unrealistic” movement that is now on the verge of a resounding victory – and the US is caught completely flat-footed. Some US “plot”!

  4. [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by The Raw Story, Stephen C. Webster. Stephen C. Webster said: Check out this recent interview between Antiwar Radio and @RawStory's senior editor, talking about #Egypt, #WikiLeaks http://su.pr/229HhJ [...]

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