The Toronto Star’s Priority Is Msg Management

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“The Star in Egypt: The story behind the camels in Tahrir Square” by Jayme Poisson

*edit, December 26, 2016 – As many of my older posts are, this one was mangled. It was fine when I posted it. Someone recently viewed it, which is when I re-examined it and discovered that the images had burst their frames. I would not want to abandon this theme for another without knowing that it would be worth while. In the absence of a guarantee, which I do not have (I’ve seen no mentions of robust, unbreakable themes, not that I’m actively seeking such), I’ll be sticking with this theme, which I like.

I will take the opportunity to tidy up the post in other ways as well, adding frames to the pics (some sides were white and therefore invisible) and adding in some arrows with my Paint. I see that the original Toronto Star article is now completely devoid of comments. That is to be expected from this sorry, fake friend of the people. The author quotes one Egyptian: “It’s way safer here, you can come back,” said Mahmoud Noor, 24, delivering a message to travellers. “We want to continue our lives.” Meanwhile, as Abdullah Al-Arian points out:

The calamity of Egypt continues to unfold daily, with mounting human rights abuses, stifling of dissent, widespread corruption, economic crisis, and the consolidation of power in the hands of a new authoritarian ruler, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi…

In fact, these forces have yet to come to terms with the fact that their supposed “corrective revolution” of 30 June was in reality the counter-revolution to restore the state’s authoritarian ways. Tamarod, the grassroots movement that reportedly collected 22 million signatures calling upon Morsi to step down, had been infiltrated by Egyptian state security…

Even after the single largest massacre in modern Egyptian history, there was no soul-searching among Egypt’s activists and intellectuals. Some popular personalities including novelist Alaa Al-Aswany lauded the murder of over 800 pro-Morsi demonstrators at Rabaa. Others such as ElBaradei merely criticised the military’s tactics as excessive but took no responsibility for the role they played as the military’s civilian cheerleaders and enablers. Without popular support from within the liberal and revolutionary ranks that provided cover for Sisi’s brutality, the military could not have undertaken such measures so easily.

Though it may have stunned Sisi’s erstwhile supporters when his guns eventually turned on them, any student of history knows that violent military coups rarely fare well for their civilian supporters. Three years on from the events of that fateful summer day, Egypt’s jails are teeming with prisoners from across the ideological and political spectrum…

“Human Rights Watch: Egyptian regime guilty of crimes against humanity” – World Socialist Website

end of edit*

Nour Haggag Mahmoud, with his camel in Giza, is one of a group of pro-Mubarak protesters who took to the streets on camels and horses last week to show their support for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.  (Jayme Poisson / Toronto Star)

Nour Haggag Mahmoud, with his camel in Giza, is one of a group of pro-Mubarak protesters who took to the streets on camels and horses last week to show their support for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. (Jayme Poisson / Toronto Star)

The Toronto Star, as are all corporate owned media outlets, is a tool of the corporatocracy. As such, Expect nonsense like this to occur. I read “Star in Egypt: The story behind the camels in Tahrir Square” online and posted a comment, as did others. I have no idea whether my comment was going to be disappeared because someone decided to kill all the comments. There’s no way to know, short of someone there who knows calling me up and telling me. But, clearly, comments were being accepted and at least 5 had been approved, before someone decided to pull the plug on the interaction.

Here’s an excerpt from the top of post linked-to article:

———– — –
They are tired of the instability. Many support the Mubarak, and all just want life to go back to normal. They made it all the way to Mohandessin, an upscale neighbourhood on the outskirts of the downtown core, but decided to turn back when they saw the crowds.
– — ———–

I do remember that my comment was cued by that part of the article and I do remember saying that I can’t support Mubarak supporters, who are certainly in the minority. They want everything to go back to ‘normal’, namely a situation in which the majority is imprisoned in their repressive state in which anyone at any time can be disappeared into torture chambers for seeking to do criminal things like seeking freedom or accountability from government officials or institutions. Egyptians, at least those who aren’t paid to watch – as secret police, as informers or as uniformed police – their neighbors and keep them in check, are subsisting on $2 a day and are desperate to shed that nightmarish existence and acquire a new, human, ‘normal’.

I should have retained my original post, but it’s not important. It wasn’t lengthy and the point is simple enough. What’s important is that you see what this corporate owned media outlet is about.

I’ve said it many times and I’ll say it again. The Toronto Star is a fake friend of the people. It’s a real friend of elites.

Check out these two screenshots. I bookmark discussions I post to. I’m not tech savvy, but it looks like I have the original webpage in a cache on my pc or else it’s on a cache on the Star’s servers that my link taps into. I kept returning, via my bookmark, to see when the glitch would be cleared up because all I could see was a page that was only partially rendered, as you see below. Finally, I simply clicked on a live link to the article on the Star’s website and it took me to the cleaned up article sans comments. Nice going Star. You don’t deserve the freedom you abuse.



*edit/ Feb 8

It looks like they changed their minds again! Get it together Star!


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