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  • PA launches pro-Mubarak demonstration in Ramallah

    02/02/2011 11:40:29 AM PST · by FourPeas · 6 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/02/2011 20:59 | KHALED ABU TOAMEH
    Dozens of Fatah supporters demonstrated in Ramallah on Wednesday in support of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. The demonstration is the first of its kind in the West Bank since the beginning of the uprising in Egypt. RELATED:For Palestinians, Egyptian unrest is bittersweet The demonstration coincided with the attack that was launched by Mubarak's supporters against anti-government protesters in Cairo. Sources in Ramallah said that the demonstration was initiated by the PA leadership, which has banned anti-Mubarak protests in the West Bank. The demonstrators shouted slogans condemning Egyptian opposition figure Mohammed ElBaradei as a “CIA agent” and warned against foreign...
  • Hip-hop propaganda: How the U.S. enlists rap music to fight “jihadi cool”

    03/25/2014 4:09:10 PM PDT · by Sheapdog · 6 replies
    www.salon.com ^ | March 16, 2014 | Hisham D. Aidi
    Excerpted from "Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Culture" One of the odder phenomena of the last decade is hearing national security elites, terrorism experts, and career diplomats discuss the finer points of “flow,” “bling,” and the “politics of cool.” American and European terrorism experts have increasingly expressed concerns over “anti-American hip-hop,” accenting the radicalizing influence of the genre. Noting that Al-Shabaab, the Somali-based Islamist group, uses “jihad rap” in its recruitment videos, Harvard scholar Jessica Stern wrote in Foreign Affairs: “The first- and second-generation Muslim children I interviewed for a study of the sources of radicalization in...
  • Arab Spring: Worst Soap Ever

    08/21/2013 8:03:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 21, | Ann Coulter
    I didn't care for the "Arab Spring," but the "Arab Summer" is a blockbuster! Liberals' rosy predictions for Egypt's Islamic revolution didn't turn out as planned. Who could have guessed that howling mobs in Tahrir Square in 2011 would fail to produce a peaceful democracy? Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak had supported U.S. policy, used his military to fight Muslim extremists and recognized Israel's right to exist. So naturally, Obama told him he had to go. Let's review what liberals said at the time about that glorious people's revolution -- only from The New York Times: -- "(Egyptian) Officials blamed the...
  • Egypt court orders Mubarak’s release, officials say

    08/19/2013 5:27:00 AM PDT · by don-o · 28 replies
    AP via Boston Globe ^ | August 19, 2013 | HAMZA HENDAWI
    CAIRO — Egyptian judiciary officials say former President Hosni Mubarak could be freed from custody this week. They say a court on Monday ordered his release in a corruption case that alleged he and his two sons embezzled funds for presidential palaces.
  • Egyptian Egg on Obama’s Face (It's a Gigantic Egg)

    07/07/2013 7:51:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 7, 2013 | Michael Youssef
    In 2011, President Obama quickly called on President Mubarak to acquiesce to demonstrators’ demands and leave office. With Mubarak out of the way, Obama proceeded to support the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, who succeeded in stealing the revolution. Obama’s support extended to an ex-con named Muhammad Morsi. By his own admission, Morsi was in prison during the January 25 demonstration. But he was in contact with members of Hamas, who broke into the prison and freed Morsi and other Muslim Brotherhood prisoners. When Morsi ran for the presidency, Obama continued to support him, even when it was clear that the close...
  • International reactions to Morsi's removal

    07/05/2013 7:28:42 AM PDT · by bert · 29 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 07/05/13 | staff
    World leaders weigh in after Egypt's army commander announces that president had been removed The Egyptian army's suspension of the constitution and removal of President Mohamed Morsi has drawn mixed responses from world leaders: European Union The EU has called for a rapid return to democracy in Egypt. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said: "I urge all sides to rapidly return to the democratic process, including the holding of free and fair presidential and parliamentary elections and the approval of a constitution, to be done in a fully inclusive manner, so as to permit the country to resume and...
  • Member of Egyptian Terror Group Goes to Washington (Lobbies for release of 'blind sheik')

    06/22/2012 8:54:34 AM PDT · by kristinn · 13 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Thursday, June 21, 2012 | Eli Lake
    Terrorists aren’t supposed to get visas. But Hani Nour Eldin was apparently invited to D.C. this week to meet with top officials. Did no one Google him? It was supposed to be a routine meeting for Egyptian legislators in Washington, an opportunity for senior Obama administration officials to meet with new members of Egypt’s parliament and exchange ideas on the future of relations between the two countries. Instead, the visit this week looks like it’s turning into a political fiasco. Included in the delegation of Egyptian lawmakers was Hani Nour Eldin, who, in addition to being a newly elected member...
  • Obama’s Benghazi Propagandist

    05/08/2013 5:35:25 AM PDT · by SJackson · 20 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 8, 2013 | Matthew Vadum
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Obama’s Benghazi PropagandistPosted By Matthew Vadum On May 8, 2013 @ 12:56 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 4 Comments A young White House speechwriter may be responsible for concocting the official lies about last September’s deadly terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya.The Obama administration’s rapidly unravelling narrative about what happened at the U.S. consulate in Libya’s second-largest city may have been cooked up by creative writer Ben Rhodes, the president’s 30-something Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting.The origin of the administration’s desperate election-season fabrications may come up today as a congressional committee...
  • Does Obama Care More About Benghazi Families, or Himself?

    05/06/2013 3:37:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    PJ Media ^ | May 6, 2013 | J. Christian Adams
    The Benghazi scandal is easy to understand, and that’s what makes it so dangerous for the White House. Simply, the Obama administration’s narrative — that al-Qaeda was on the run, that Hosni Mubarak had to go, and that the Arab Spring was a good thing — was proven false when four brave Americans were killed. Because the administration was a slave to their own narrative, rather than aggressively fighting al-Qaeda, rather than recognizing the $50 billion investment in Mubarak’s stability, and rather than realizing that the upheaval they sponsored in the Middle East empowered Muslim Brotherhood radicals, they lied repeatedly...
  • The Children of Hannibal (MICHAEL J. TOTTEN)

    12/17/2012 11:22:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2012 | MICHAEL J. TOTTEN
    The rich heritage of Tunisia, maybe the only place where the Arab Spring stands a chance Modern-day Tunisians, more Westernized than most Arabs, see themselves as descendants of the great Carthaginian general who invaded Italy. The Arab Spring began in Sidi Bouzid, a small Tunisian town, at the end of 2010. In a desperate protest against the corrupt and oppressive government that had made it impossible for him to earn a living, food-cart vendor Mohamed Bouazizi stood before City Hall, doused himself with gasoline, and lit a match. His suicide seeded a revolutionary storm that swept the countryside and eventually...
  • The Game of Thrones in North Africa

    01/18/2013 1:14:36 PM PST · by Eurotwit · 14 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | 13 January 2013 | Michael J. Totten
    It feels strange visiting a country like Morocco and listening to people extol the virtues of a political system my country waged a revolution against. Morocco has a king, and he’s a real one too, not some kind of a figurehead. But I went there, I listened, and after almost ten years of visiting Middle Eastern countries wracked by tyranny, terrorism, botched revolutions, and wars, I was perhaps a bit more willing to hear what they had to say than I might have been a decade ago. A monarchy is a tough sell for Americans. The founders of our country...
  • Egyptian Court Overturns Mubarak’s Conviction

    01/13/2013 11:23:18 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | Sunday, January 13, 2013 | David D. Kirkpatrick
    An Egyptian appeals court on Sunday overturned the life sentence of former President Hosni Mubarak for directing the killing of protesters, a ruling that could prolong a politically fraught legal battle over the fate of Egypt’s deposed autocrat two years after he was ousted. The court is said to have ordered a new trial. Although expected, the decision may also put the issue of retribution for Mr. Mubarak and his inner circle back in the news just as a campaign begins for new parliamentary elections, which are scheduled for April. The decision may also bolster the prospects of the Islamist...
  • Morsi declares expanded powers, bans breakup of assembly penning constitution

    11/22/2012 1:50:57 PM PST · by Founding Father · 10 replies
    RT ^ | 22 November, 2012
    Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi made several decrees Thursday that will shape the country’s constitution and, he says, safeguard its “revolutionary” future. They include a ruling that none of his decisions can be overturned by any authority. Morsi gave the Constituent Assembly a two month deadline to finish drafting a new constitution, ruling that no authority may dissolve it until the country's defining document is completed. He further ruled that no authority may dissolve the Shura Council, the upper house of Egypt's parliament. In a move likely to bring criticism that the Egyptian president is inappropriately expanding his powers, he also...
  • Egyptian Sheikh Behind Mubarak Assassination Plot Released (Morsi pardons Luxor leader)

    09/27/2012 6:47:41 PM PDT · by kristinn · 26 replies
    Ahram ^ | Wednesday, September 26, 2012
    Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya leader Mostafa Hamza, detained for terrorist activity and attempt on Hosni Mubarak's life, released Tuesday by President Morsi's pardon Egypt's security authorities released, Tuesday, Mostafa Hamza, a prominent radical Sheikh charged with attempting to assassinate former president Hosni Mubarak in Ethiopia in1995. Hamza, a leading member of Islamic organisation Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya, was extradited to Egypt from Iran in 2004. He was detained following terrorism-related charges that included being a member of Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. SNIP(The wire services are ignoring this news. We learned about it via FrontPageMag which highlighted that Hamza was behind the Luxor massacre. FPM excerpted...
  • In Arab Spring, Obama Finds a Sharp Test (and Fails Utterly)

    09/25/2012 3:15:12 PM PDT · by mojito · 16 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | 9/24/2012 | HELENE COOPER and ROBERT F. WORTH
    President Hosni Mubarak did not even wait for President Obama’s words to be translated before he shot back. “You don’t understand this part of the world,” the Egyptian leader broke in. “You’re young.” Mr. Obama, during a tense telephone call the evening of Feb. 1, 2011, had just told Mr. Mubarak that his speech, broadcast to hundreds of thousands of protesters in Tahrir Square in Cairo, had not gone far enough. Mr. Mubarak had to step down, the president said. Minutes later, a grim Mr. Obama appeared before hastily summoned cameras in the Grand Foyer of the White House. The...
  • The Smoking Gun: Smuggling the Sheikh's Documents

    06/04/2002 9:54:06 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 6 replies · 111+ views
    The Smoking Gun ^ | June 3, 2002
    FBI affidavit details Abdel-Rahman's jailhouse pipeline JUNE 3--Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman laughed at the ease with which his legal team improperly smuggled messages that allowed the Muslim extremist to continue directing terrorist operations while serving a life sentence in a Minnesota prison cell, according to a sealed FBI affidavit obtained by The Smoking Gun. Abdel-Rahman joked that "trained doves" were transporting messages to his disciples. "I really would like that they arrest those doves. I wish that one day I read, 'The FBI was able to arrest the doves that are contacting the Sheikh.'" The convicted terrorist then added, "as...
  • Police seal area near US embassy in Cairo amid clashes

    09/15/2012 6:01:34 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 1 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 9/15/12 | REUTERS
    CAIRO - Hundreds of riot police sealed off the area near the US Embassy in Cairo on Saturday and the interior minister said he would restore calm after four days of clashes between police and Egyptians incensed by a film denigrating the Prophet Mohammad. A 35-year-old protester was killed and dozens of people were injured in clashes overnight. The authorities closed the street leading to the embassy where the demonstrators had spent four days throwing rocks and petrol bombs at police. The area was quieter early on Saturday. A Reuters reporter saw police push several young men into trucks. Two...
  • Debunked: The myth of a caring Obama White House

    09/03/2012 4:34:26 PM PDT · by xzins · 6 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 3 Sep 12 | Gidon Ben-Zvi
    The administration of US President Barack Obama reacted sharply to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s recent comment that Obama had “thrown allies like Israel under the bus” regarding Iran’s nuclear weapons program. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters that assistance “… provided to Israel by the United States has never been greater than it has been under President Obama. We have an extremely close relationship with Israel, which is appropriate given our unshakable commitment to Israel’s security.” Barack Obama an erstwhile supporter of the Zionist enterprise? Such drivel may stick with Hollywood’s glitterati, but outside of Tinseltown, the...
  • Mohammed Morsi tells Egypt army to 'protect the nation'

    08/13/2012 3:42:49 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | Monday, August 13, 2012 | David Blair
    At a stroke, President Mohammed Morsi struck the biggest blow against the army's political power since the "Free Officers" established the military's dominance by toppling the monarchy in 1952. The biggest casualty of the purge was Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi, head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, who served as Mr Mubarak's defence minister for 20 years. But the president has done his best to preserve Field Marshal Tantawi's dignity, awarding him a medal and a special payment on top of his pension. Addressing the nation, Mr Morsi said his move had not been aimed at individuals....
  • Egypt urged to end military trials of civilians

    07/15/2012 3:24:22 PM PDT · by Mr. K · 1 replies
    (Reuters) ^ | Sun Jul 15, 2012 5:38pm EDT | (Reuters)
    Egypt's newly elected president must order an end to military trials of civilians to bring the country in line with international law, campaign group Human Rights Watch said in a report on Sunday. Egypt's army generals handed over power to the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Mursi last month but are likely to keep parts of the state apparatus under their control, limiting the president's influence over the military. At least 12,000 civilians, including children, have been tried by military courts behind closed doors since the uprising in January last year that ousted former President Hosni Mubarak - more than in Mubarak's...
  • When Jihad Came to America (Omar Abdel Rahman)

    03/28/2008 2:08:28 PM PDT · by K-oneTexas · 6 replies · 371+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | March 2008 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    When Jihad Came to America by Andrew C. McCarthy On May 2 and 3, 1990, the U.S. embassy in Cairo alerted its counterpart in Khartoum that Egypt’s “leading radical,” Omar Abdel Rahman, was on his way to Sudan. Warning that his ultimate plan might be to seek exile in the United States, the Cairo embassy asked its colleagues to pass along any information they might learn about his activities on Sudanese soil. What did U.S. officials already know about Abdel Rahman in 1990? As the 9/11 Commission would later determine, they knew that he had been arrested repeatedly in Egypt...
  • Hosni Mubarak 'clinically dead'

    06/19/2012 2:44:39 PM PDT · by marthemaria · 27 replies
    http://www.wjla.com ^ | June 19, 2012 - 05:30 pm | Staff
    Mubarak was moved out of prison to a military hospital Tuesday after the 84-year-old ousted leader suffered a stroke and his condition rapidly deteriorated, officials said, adding a new element of uncertainty just as a potentially explosive fight opened over who will succeed him, with both candidates claiming to have won last weekend's presidential election. The developments add further layers to what is threatening to become a new chapter of unrest and political power struggles in Egypt, 16 months after Mubarak was ousted by a popular uprising demanding democracy. The campaign of Mubarak's former prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq, said Tuesday...
  • The Bad/Good Idea of Removing Assad

    05/24/2012 4:41:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 24, 2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Who could not despise the tottering Bashar al-Assad dictatorship in Syria? The Syrian strongman has killed some 10,000 protestors over the last year; thousands of Syrians are now refugees. The autocracy arms and aids the terrorist organization Hezbollah. It targets democratic Israel with thousands of missiles, and still does its best to ruin neighboring Lebanon. Theocratic and terrorist-sponsoring Iran has few allies -- but Syria remains its staunchest. Almost no country over the last half-century has proved more hostile to the United States than has Syria. With sanctions not working, and with the Chinese, Iranians and Russians not eager to...
  • Obama's Chickens Come Home To Roost In Egypt

    02/14/2012 5:48:21 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | February 14, 2012
    Mideast: As the president sneaks more money in the budget for Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood thugs he helped install in Cairo show their gratitude by threatening to attack Israel. For three decades, the U.S. essentially paid Egypt not to attack our closest ally in the region. The policy worked to maintain peace. But Obama nullified that deal by backing Islamist revolutionaries against reliably pro-U.S. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Now the bribe has lost its effect. The new Egyptian leadership, led by the virulently anti-Jewish Muslim Brotherhood, this week issued a warning to Washington that it should understand that "what was...
  • BREAKING: Ayman al-Zawahiri is Al Qaeda’s New ‘Emir’

    05/20/2011 2:59:50 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 27 replies
    Global Freedom ^ | Michael van der Galien
    This is breaking news: Ayman al-Zawahiri has officially been named ‘emir’ of Al Qaeda. This makes him the successor of Obama bin Laden, who was taken out by a team of Navy Seals earlier this month. Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reports that it has read classified documents from the Dutch secret intelligence organization (AIVD). According to the documents, Al-Zawahiri was appointed as Al Qaeda’s new leader during a meeting on May 9, a week after the death of OBL. “On May 9, the leadership of Al Qaeda elected Al-Zawahiri during a meeting in the tribal areas, between Afghanistan and Pakistan”,...
  • Ganzouri to become Egypt's prime minister, military says

    11/24/2011 3:47:16 PM PST · by ColdOne · 5 replies
    CNN.com ^ | 11/24/11 | CNN Wire Staff
    Cairo (CNN) -- Kamal Ganzouri has agreed to become Egypt's prime minister and will form a new government, an Egyptian army spokesman said Thursday. This development -- announced by Lt. Col. Amr Imam -- comes days after former Prime Minister Essam Sharaf and his government quit en masse, and just days before Monday's parliamentary elections, which Egypt's military rulers vowed Thursday will go on despite ongoing violence and unrest. Ganzouri, who was Egypt's prime minister between 1996 and 1999 under President Hosni Mubarak, could not be reached to confirm his appointment. He met Thursday with Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, field marshal...
  • No Way To Treat A Dictator

    08/03/2011 5:51:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 3, 2011 | Staff
    Rule Of Law: What does it say about the prospects for democracy in Egypt when its military rulers put former dictator Hosni Mubarak, caged and on a gurney, through a show trial? Very little, if history is any guide. The Arab world is cringing with apprehension at the hasty, desperate trial of the former despot, who until February ruled Egypt with an iron hand for 30 years. It's not that the charges against Mubarak — corruption and violence against protestors — are likely false. It's that this trial has all the earmarks of mob-pleasing revanchism that will shake citizens' trust...
  • Egypt Frees 950 Gamaa Islamiya Prisoners

    04/12/2006 8:20:24 PM PDT · by Calpernia · 21 replies · 587+ views
    Voice of America News ^ | 12 April 2006 | By Challiss McDonough
    Egypt has released 950 jailed members of the militant Islamist group Gamaa Islamiya. Some of them have been in prison since the assassination of President Anwar Sadat 25 years ago. The group's lawyer says about 950 members of Gamaa Islamiya have been released over the last 10 days. The largest group, several hundred, were freed Tuesday, in honor of a Muslim holiday marking the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. Those released include several senior figures, some of whom have been imprisoned for more than 20 years. Gamaa Islamiya was once Egypt's largest militant Islamist group, responsible for a string of...
  • Former Egyptian President Hospitalized

    04/12/2011 10:52:14 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 8 replies
    AP via WTAE ^ | April 12, 2011 | ASHRAF SWEILAM
    SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt -- Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was abruptly hospitalized Tuesday at a Red Sea resort on the day he was set to be summoned for questioning by prosecutors over corruption allegations and abuse of power, Egyptian officials said. Egypt's prosecutor general had issued a summons for the 82-year-old president Monday to be interrogated over corruption allegations from his three decade reign and violence against protesters during the 18-day uprising that forced him out of office.
  • Conservative Foreign Policy & Reagan's Legacy

    03/23/2011 11:04:37 PM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | March 22, 2011 | Colin Dueck
    America's current armed conflict with Muammar Gaddafi raises a cluster of familiar questions about U.S. intervention, democracy promotion, and nation building, not only in relation to Libya but also in relation to ongoing cases such as Egypt and Afghanistan. Conservatives and Republicans are wrestling with these questions, like everyone else, but with their own distinct values and priorities in mind. Let us take a step back to consider what a conservative foreign policy might look like on issues of democracy promotion and intervention. When American conservatives reflect on concrete examples of undeniably successful, modern, conservative foreign policy presidents, they think...
  • US training quietly nurtured young Arab democrats

    03/12/2011 9:56:43 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 13, 2011 | CHARLES J. HANLEY
    CAIRO (AP) -- Hosni Mubarak's woes could be traced back to Egypt's 2005 election, when an army of tech-savvy poll watchers, with a little help from foreign friends, exposed the president's customary "landslide" vote as an autocrat's fraud. In nearby Jordan, too, an outside assist on election day 2007 helped put that kingdom's undemocratic political structure in a harsh spotlight - and the king in a bind.
  • Terrorists expected to hit Egypt hard in Iraq attack

    03/10/2003 11:13:25 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 4 replies · 75+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Tuesday, March 11, 2003
    A top Egyptian security official is warning he expects "a wave of Islamic terror attacks against the country, planned and prepared outside of Egypt," according to G2 Bulletin's intelligence sources. The terror threat in Egypt is being taken so seriously among western and Israeli intelligence agencies that they are actively considering the possibility of the fall of President Hosni Mubarak's regime and pondering what might become of Cairo's weapons of mass destruction in such an eventuality. During a special session of the People's Assembly, Egyptian Minister of the Interior Habib al-Adeli reportedly told legislators that his assessment is based on...
  • Mubarak's ultimatum

    12/26/2005 3:56:20 PM PST · by SJackson · 3 replies · 238+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12-26-05
    Throughout the Middle East, reformers have been driven away by autocratic rulers. We Westerners are desperate to see the political systems in the Middle East evolve from authoritarian theocratic or oligarchical models to some variation of representative government. That desire suffered another setback on Saturday when former Egyptian presidential candidate Ayman Nour, 41, was sentenced to five years in prison for (what outside observers insist are trumped-up charges of) forgery. Up and down the region - Syria, Iran, Iraq, Egypt and the Palestinian Authority - the Western pluralist model of representative democracy has failed because broadminded, Western-oriented reformers have been...
  • Christians vs. Muslims in Modern Egypt: The Century-Long Struggle for Coptic Equality(Book Review)

    04/07/2005 1:51:27 AM PDT · by Stoat · 3 replies · 1,053+ views
    First Things ^ | March 2005 | Robert W. Shaffern
    Let My People Go  Christians versus Muslims in Modern Egypt: The Century-Long Struggle for Coptic EqualityBy S. S. HasanOxford University Press. 320 pp. $49.95.Reviewed by Robert W. ShaffernSana Hasan, an Egyptian scholar best known for her Enemy in the Promised Land, has written another important book in Christians versus Muslims in Modern Egypt—a book in which she honestly confronts the sorry condition of Christians in Egypt, where the “problems faced by the Christian minority are for many . . . a taboo subject.” Hasan courageously describes the discrimination and harm often visited upon one of Christianity’s oldest communions—the Coptic...
  • Barack, Barak, Mubarak (What happens when a community organizer tries to run the world)

    02/11/2011 3:15:14 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    February 11, 2011 | Vanity, Various
    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak President of the United States Barack Obama President of Egypt Hosni Mubarak Senator Barack Obama with Ehud Barak, July 23, 2008In this handout photo provided by the Ministry of Defence (MOD), presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) is briefed by Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak (R) and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni (2nd L) on the strategic balance of power in the Middle East as they sit in an Israeli Air Force helicopter before taking off for the southern town of Sderot July 23, 2008 from a helipad in Jerusalem. Obama defended his proposal...
  • What, Who To Watch After Mubarak

    02/10/2011 10:10:08 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies
    DoD Buzz ^ | 2/11/2011 | Anthony Cordesman
    Anthony Cordesman looms as one of the wisest and best informed experts on those crucial places that stretch from Morocco to Afghanistan, especially in terms of their strategic and military issues. From his perch at the Center for Strategic & International Studies in Washington, he pours out an amazing quantity of top-notch analysis about passing events and the long-term structural issues that govern the conduct of nations. In the following commentary, he offers a trenchant analysis of the Egyptian military and security forces, what they may have to gain or lose and who to watch. He titled it: “If Mubarak...
  • Egypt crisis: Hosni Mubarak loses control of state media

    02/07/2011 10:15:30 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 17 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/7/2011 | Adrian Blomfield, Cairo and Adrian Michaels in Israel
    Hosni Mubarak's control of Egypt's state media, a vital linchpin of his 30-year presidency, has started to slip as the country's largest-circulation newspaper declared its support for the uprising against him. Hoping to sap the momentum from street protests demanding his overthrow, the president has instructed his deputy to launch potentially protracted negotiations with secular and Islamist opposition parties. The talks continued for a second day on Monday without yielding a significant breakthrough. But Mr Mubarak was dealt a significant setback as the state-controlled Al-Ahram, Egypt's second oldest newspaper and one of the most famous media publications in the Middle...
  • ElBaradei: Israel has peace agreement with Mubarak, not with Egypt

    02/07/2011 9:40:38 PM PST · by Scottmkiv · 49 replies
    Rational Public Radio ^ | 2/7/11 | Scott Connery
    "One of the reasons that the revolt in Egypt is so important is what their new government's foreign policy will be. The Middle East is tumultuous at the best of times, but Egypt hasn't been a part of the fighting since 1973 with the exception of a brief skirmish with Libya in 1977. Now, it looks like Mubarak's regime will fall. Mubarak is 83 years old, and the current riots make it seem unlikely that he will hold onto power until Egypt's election this fall." http://www.rationalpublicradio.com/israel-has-peace-agreement-with-mubarak-not-with-egypt.html
  • Mubarak family wealth estimated at $70B - report (Mostly deposited in UK or Swiss banks)

    02/07/2011 7:29:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Globes ^ | 02/07/2011
    News agencies: Much of the wealth is deposited in UK or Swiss banks, or in real estate in London, New York, and Los Angeles. News agencies cite Middle East experts as saying that the Mubarak family's personal wealth at $70 billion. Much of the wealth is deposited in UK or Swiss banks, or in real estate in London, New York, Los Angeles, and on the shores of the Red Sea. After 30 years in power, after serving for years in the Egyptian Army and later as Vice President to President Anwar Sadat, President Hosni Mubarak has access to to investments...
  • Egypt uprising falters as negotiations with government begins

    02/06/2011 8:41:29 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/6/2011 | Richard Spencer, and Adrian Blomfield
    <p>Egypt's popular uprising against Hosni Mubarak faltered on Sunday as opposition leaders including the Muslim Brotherhood embarked on negotiations and the ranks of street protestors was reduced by the arrest of key ringleaders.</p> <p>As the veteran president regained some of the initiative lost during nearly a fortnight of street protests, the Brotherhood, Egypt's popular but banned opposition, dropped its opposition to talks.</p>
  • Egypt's Mubarak 'Quits Ruling Party' (See post # 18)

    02/05/2011 8:55:14 AM PST · by Justaham · 21 replies
    Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has resigned as the head of the country's ruling party, according to state TV. It also reports that the party's secretary-general Safwat el-Sharif and Gamal Mubarak, the son of Mr Mubarak, quit as a gesture to anti-government protesters. For 12 days they have been taking part in demonstrations in Cairo and other cities demanding that the embattled president steps down. The 82-year-old, who has been in power for 30 years, has ignored calls to give up the presidency and has previously insisted he intends to serve out the remaining seven months of his term. Protests turned...
  • Israel Sees Egypt Scuttling Treaty, Deploying Troops to Sinai

    02/04/2011 9:21:21 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 27 replies
    The Grendel Report ^ | 2/4/2011 | The Grendel Report
    Israel's intelligence community has assessed that the fall of the regime of President Hosni Mubarak would result in an immediate crisis with the Jewish state. The most important variable is Egypt's military. Both Mubarak's vice president and the leaders of the new cabinet come from the military, which Mubarak hopes will serve as the last defense against an Islamic takeover. Israeli government sources said the intelligence community has determined that the fall of the Egyptian regime would result in a Muslim Brotherhood-dominated government that would sever relations with Israel. The sources said any post-Mubarak regime would try to scuttle or...
  • Just What Is The Muslim Brotherhood?

    01/31/2011 11:13:06 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 39 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/31/2011 | Fox News/Catherine Herridge
    While analysts ask who or what is behind the sustained protests in Egypt, one group is now seeking political legitimacy. Technically banned under Egypt's constitution that forbids religious based parties, the Muslim Brotherhood is now throwing its support behind Mohammed el Baradei as an opposition leader. But many fear that if Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak goes, the real replacement will be either the Muslim Brotherhood itself, or an Islamic fundamentalist group. El Baradei insisted on Sunday talk shows that the fear was unwarranted. “This is total bogus that the Muslim Brotherhood are religiously conservative,” El Baradei told ABC’s “This Week.”...
  • Just Briefed By VERY Senior Retired CIA Officer. "Egypt Is Possible/Probable Disaster For US"

    01/28/2011 3:01:22 PM PST · by MindBender26 · 263 replies
    Old proven source | Friends and Fiends
    As many of you know, am old network TV newsie. Just tapped former proven source, retired VERY senior CIA officer. No Hq paper-pusher type, he is the real deal, a highly successful very senior ME field operator. Retired as ES-4. From an intel assesment stanspoint, he is a proven source, with access to information, extensive field work in the area, no reason to lie and has always given good data in past. His assessment (in shorthand:) 1. If Egypt falls, disaster for US. Put succinctly; "the horse we bet all our life savings on may be about to drop dead...
  • Mubarak "Absolutely On The Side Of Freedom Of Each Citizen" (video)

    01/28/2011 2:58:04 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 10 replies · 1+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | RealClearPolitics
    "I'm working for the people and giving freedoms of opinion as long as you're respecting the law. There's a very little line between freedom and chaos. I am absolutely on the side of freedom of each citizen and at the same time I am on the side of the security of Egypt. I would not let anything dangerous happen that would threaten the peace and the law. and the future of the country," Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said on Friday.
  • Mubarak Should Go — But Not Yet (The Egyptian Leader's Days are Numbered)

    01/27/2011 10:46:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/27/2011 | The Editors
    Pres. Hosni Mubarak has the stink of political death about him. He’s an aging dictator trying to hold on to power long enough to pass the presidency on to his son, even as the tectonic plates of the region shift beneath him. If he’s scared right now, with protesters inspired by the Tunisian revolution out in the streets, he should be — he has much to answer for. He has rendered his country a hollowed-out wreck. He has immiserated its people, stifled its growth, and flouted its democracy. He has done more than his share to make sclerotic one-man rule...
  • Zanzibar Muslims, Officials Stop Church Building, Erect Mosque

    10/21/2010 8:17:26 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 12 replies
    ChristianNewsToday ^ | Thursday October 21, 2010 | By Simba Tian
    Islamists demolish foundation; police withhold crime report from court. NAIROBI, Kenya – On an island off the coast of East Africa where the local government limits the ability of Christians to obtain land, officials in one town have colluded with area Muslims to erect a mosque in place of a planned church building. On the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar, Pastor Paulo Kamole Masegi of the Evangelistic Assemblies of God had purchased land in April 2007 for a church building in Mwanyanya-Mtoni, and by November of that year he had built a house that served as a temporary worship center, he...
  • Diplomat: Egyptian president 'is a walking corpse'

    07/15/2010 12:13:07 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies · 1+ views
    World Tribune ^ | 7/13/2010 | World Tribune
    Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was said to no longer be capable of functioning in his position. Diplomatic sources said Mubarak's condition has rapidly declined over the last month and his schedule was severely restricted. They said Mubarak was avoiding meetings with most non-Arab leaders to prevent leaks of his true condition. "He is a walking corpse," a senior Arab diplomat who recently attended a meeting with Mubarak said In July, the sources said, Mubarak underwent a lengthy examination at a French military hospital outside Paris. They said the examination took place amid alarm by presidential aides and close relatives over...
  • Islamists gaining influence within Egyptian Army

    05/21/2010 9:27:56 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 266+ views
    Geostrategy Direct ^ | 5/21/2010 | Geostrategy Direct
    The Egyptian Army has come under the steady domination of Islamists. Egyptian sources said Islamists have risen to mid- and high-level ranks in the Army and Navy. They said many of these officers pressure their soldiers to demonstrate a devotion and observance to the Muslim religion regardless of their faith. "There is an acceptance in most of the military that fundamentalist Islam is legitimate and becoming the dominating trend," a source familiar with the Egyptian military said. The sources said the Islamist trend in the military began in the Egyptian Navy during the 1990s. They said the Islamic influence spread...
  • Egyptian military coalescing behind intel chief to succeed Mubarak

    04/16/2010 8:03:24 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 331+ views
    GeoStrategies Direct ^ | 4/16/2010 | GeoStrategies Direct
    Egypt's military and intelligence community have joined to support a high-profile general as successor to the ailing President Hosni Mubarak, a report said. The Washington-based Center for New Politics and Policy said that Egypt's military and intelligence community has designated Maj. Gen. Omar Suleiman as its candidate to succeed Mubarak, who turns 82 in May. In a report by analyst Webster Brooks, the center said Suleiman was being urged by his colleagues in the military and intelligence services to announce his candidacy for president in elections scheduled for October 2011. "Threatened by the continuation of a Mubarak dynasty on the...