Wednesday, 2 February 2011

U.S. Chickens Come Home to Roost in Egypt

By Marjorie Cohn

Egypt minds U.S. interests in the Middle East, notably providing a buffer between Israel and the rest of the Arab world. Egypt collaborates with Israel to isolate Gaza with a punishing blockade, to the consternation of Arabs throughout the Middle East.

The Triviality of US Mideast Policy

By Robert Grenier

The failure of the US to uphold its stated commitment to democratic values goes beyond a simple surface hypocrisy. Continue

Why Fear the Arab Revolutionary Spirit?

By Slavoj Žižek

What cannot but strike the eye in the revolts in Tunisia and Egypt is the conspicuous absence of Muslim fundamentalism. Continue

Tunisia and Egypt: Why Now?

By Lawrence Davidson

For a very long time now the U.S. has put its money on the dictators. Washington has bought both them and their armies so as to have the leverage to economically exploit their countries and dictate their foreign policies. We officially call this arrangement "stability." Continue

Al Jazeera English Live From Egypt

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Video Reports From Egypt. Continue

Crunch Time Coming for America in the Middle East?

By Alan Hart

Who do we need most if America’s own real interests are to be best protected – the Arabs or Israel? Continue

Fact Or Fiction
US Embassy Cables: FBI Hunts The 9/11 Gang That Got Away

By Steven Swinford, Robert Winnett and Nick Allen

The FBI has launched a manhunt for a previously unknown team of men suspected to be part of the 9/11 attacks. Continue

Iceland Proves Ireland and US Did `Wrong Things' Sacrificing Taxpayers

By Yalman Onaran

Unlike other nations, including the U.S. and Ireland, which injected billions of dollars of capital into their financial institutions to keep them afloat, Iceland placed its biggest lenders in receivership. It chose not to protect creditors of the country’s banks. Continue

Clashes rage in Tahrir Square: Hundreds injured as pro-Mubarak supporters attack protesters seeking president's ouster in Egyptian capital.
Egyptian military sides with Mubarak, calls for end to demonstrations: The army's message to the demonstrators Wednesday had a conciliatory tone, appealing to young protesters to stand down "out of love for Egypt."
Egypt army says did not fire shots at protesters: Egypt's army denied firing any shots at protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square, where pro- and anti-government protesters clashed, state media and the Defense Ministry said.
ElBaradei calls on Egypt's army to intervene: "I ask the army to intervene to protect Egyptian lives," the station quoted him as saying, adding he said it should intervene "today" and not remain neutral.
Anderson Cooper ‘punched in the head’ 10 times by pro-Mubarak thugs: CNN's Anderson Cooper said Wednesday that he and his crew were violently attacked by pro-Mubarak forces as they tried to make their way through the streets of Cairo.
Live blog Feb 2 - Egypt protests: Reports from the streets.
U.S. Government Staff Begin To Leave Egypt: The U.S. Embassy said it expected to evacuate more than 1,000 Americans from Egypt over the next two days, including government personnel and other citizens in the country.
UN human rights chief: 300 reported dead in Egypt protests: The UN's top human rights official praised the protest movement in Egypt on Tuesday and called on authorities to change a system that encourages abuses of the country's people
Hosni Mubarak vows to stand down at next election – but not now: "In the few months remaining in my current term I will work towards ensuring a peaceful transition of power," Mubarak said. "I have exhausted my life in serving Egypt and my people. I will die on the soil of Egypt and be judged by history"
Egypt protesters react angrily to Mubarak's televised address: 'How dare he talk to us like children?' say demonstrators. 'If he's here until September then so are we'
ElBaradei rejects Mubarak speech and says he must go: Egyptian opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei said on Tuesday that President Hosni Mubarak had failed to meet the demands of protesters and his pledge not to stand again for the presidency was an act of deception.
Phoney Tony: Mubarak is 'immensely courageous and a force for good': Former PM praises Egyptian president over role in peace negotiations and warns against a rush to elections that could bring Muslim Brotherhood to power
Transcript of Obama’s Remarks on Egypt: Here is the White House transcript of President Barack Obama’s remarks on the antigovernment unrest in Egypt.
Egyptian regime begins to reveal its strategy: Army's renunciation of force may be part of plan to appear open to talks and allow Hosni Mubarak to choose manner of his exit
US envoy meets ElBaradei: Ex-ambassador, who is in Cairo to reinforce US message to Mubarak government, has held talks with opposition figure.
Robert Fisk: Mohamed ElBaradei: The man who would be President: Exclusive intervew: Robert Fisk meets Mohamed ElBaradei, Egypt's saviour-in-waiting
Could US abandon Israel too?: American response to uprising in Egypt shows Washington has no qualms about 'dropping' long time ally. Is Israel in danger of receiving similar treatment? Experts say 'possibility always exists,' recommend strengthening relations with India, China
Muslim Brotherhood urges US to abandon Mubarak: Muslim Brotherhood said the US should instead back the Egyptian people, adding that the US approach towards the Egyptian uprising would be decisive for the future of Cairo-Washington relations.
Washington Embraces Al Jazeera: Cowardly US cable providers refuse to grant the channel a distribution platform, largely for fear of being perceived as supporting or enabling a network that for years has been portrayed negatively by US officials.
Turkish PM backs Egypt protesters: Erdogan urges Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak to "lend an ear to the people's cries" and herald a new era of reform.
Egypt's Top Gas Mogul Flees Cairo: Hussein Salem, a close confidant of President Hosni Mubarak and the controlling shareholder in EMG, which holds long-term sales contracts to supply natural gas to Israel, fled the capital over the weekend. Salem was joined by dozens of other wealthy Egyptian and Arab business leaders who crowded aboard 19 private jets Saturday at Cairo Airport
Palestinian government calls for local elections amid Egypt unrest : Prime Minister Salam Fayyad's Cabinet said Tuesday it would set election dates during its next session, probably next week.
Jordan's King Abdullah appoints new prime minister as Egypt unrest spreads: New Jordanian prime minister Marouf Bakhit to preside over 'real political reform', says royal palace
IMF says ready to help Egypt, others in trouble : "Clearly the situation in Egypt is the kind of situation that could have been expected not only in Egypt, when you see the problem created by the high level of unemployment," he told a questioner after giving a speech.
Pakistan: 21 militants killed, four hurt in Mohmand operation: Twenty-one militants were killed and four others sustained injuries in shelling carried out by gunship helicopters in different areas of Mohmand Agency on Monday, official and tribal sources said.
Pakistan won't release U.S. official who killed 2: U.S. says embassy staff member has diplomatic immunity, is being held illegally.
Raymond Davis incident: What sort of diplomat carries a loaded gun?: What sort of "diplomat" carries a weapon? What was he doing driving alone through Lahore? Was he actually working for a private military contractor, Hyperion? Was he meeting an informer? Such is the panic, that last week the State Department spokesman denied his name was even "Raymond Davis".
US airstrike kills civilians in Afghanistan: At least one civilian has been killed and several others wounded in a helicopter gunship attack by the US-led foreign forces in troubled western Afghanistan.
US fears on Iraq exposed: US fears that a popular uprising will overwhelm Iraq's shaky security forces were exposed today in a report by the occupation's special inspector general for reconstruction.
Iraq operating 'secret prison': Human Rights Watch: Security forces linked to Iraqi premier Nuri al-Maliki are operating a "secret detention site" and elite teams are torturing detainees at a separate facility, Human Rights Watch charged on Tuesday.
Bradley Manning is UK citizen and needs protection, government told: Amnesty International asks government to intervene on behalf of soldier suspected of having passed US secrets to WikiLeaks
Ireland expels Russian diplomat: The Republic of Ireland is expelling a Russian diplomat after an investigation found the identities of six Irish citizens had been used for providing fake passports for Russian spies
Haiti allows ex-president's return: Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who was Haiti's first democratically elected leader, has been in exile for seven years.
6 Terrifying New Weapons Being Created by the Pentagon: Here is the Pentagon's battlefield vision of tomorrow.
Bill would require all S.D. citizens to buy a gun: Five South Dakota lawmakers have introduced legislation that would require any adult 21 or older to buy a firearm “sufficient to provide for their ordinary self-defense.”
GOP plan to avoid US default: Pay China before anyone else: Legislation introduced by Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) would force the United States government to make interest payments on the national debt a first priority if Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling.
Rumsfeld to receive ‘Defender of the Constitution Award’ at CPAC: Conservative radio show host Rush Limbaugh was presented with the "Defender of the Constitution Award" at CPAC in 2009.

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