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Egyptian Protests: A US-Fuelled "Arab Spring" Reboot

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When the West's leading media organizations attempt to convince audiences they know nothing about where Mohammed Aly a Spanish-based Egyptian protest leader came from, the first thing one can be sure of is they are being lied to.

Protests have begun to spread again in Egypt after nearly a decade of frustration in Washington over its inability to coerce Cairo into serving its regional and global designs.

Protesters have allegedly been stirred up by economic turmoil still plaguing Egypt, however familiar US-backed organizations used in the past to destabilize Egypt are turning up at the center of protest venues including the Muslim Brotherhood which has served a pivotal role in other regional US projects including filling the ranks of militant forces fighting the government in Syria.

The Western media's feigned ignorance over self-proclaimed protest leader Mohammed Aly is meant to obfuscate his political ties and those of the organizations and enterprises he is associated with.

The New York Times in its article, "Egypt Protests Came as a Total Shock. The Man Behind Them Is Just as Surprising," claims:

Under the government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt, so little dissent is allowed and what little there is comes at such a high price that when just a few hundred people across the country called for Mr. el-Sisi's ouster in a burst of scattered protests on Friday night, it came as a shock.

The apparent trigger for the demonstrations was almost as unexpected: Mohamed Ali, a 45-year-old construction contractor and part-time actor who says he got rich building projects for the Egyptian military and then left for Spain to live in self-imposed exile, where he began posting videos on social media accusing Mr. el-Sisi of corruption and hypocrisy.

The New York Times also claims:

"It is sort of odd," said Amy Hawthorne, the deputy director for research at the Project on Middle East Democracy. "Who is this person, who is he connected to, what led him to come out with these allegations now? Obviously he's very well connected, but who exactly are his connections?"

No mention is made by the New York Times regarding the Project on Middle Eastern Democracy (POMED) a Washington DC-based front funded by the US National Endowment for Democracy (NED) which served as a propaganda nexus during the 2011 US-fuelled "Arab Spring" and is again promoting rhetoric to support ongoing protests in Egypt today.

POMED fails to disclose its funding and associations on its own website, but NED in a 2017 "Grantee Spotlight" titled, "BRAINSTORMING FOR DEMOCRACY IN THE MENA REGION," reveals:

NED's main partner in strengthening local policy centers is the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED), a Washington-based think tank founded in 2006.

That the deputy director of POMED funded by NED is unaware of who Mohammed Aly is and the US government-funded networks he is associated with is difficult to believe.

Who is Mohammed Aly?

Aly claims to be an Egyptian contractor turned whistleblower after witnessing government corruption but reports indicate he was only part of a family-owned contracting firm led by his father who has denounced him and his "activism."

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Tony Cartalucci, Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer, especially for the online magazine "New Eastern Outlook".



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