Posts Tagged ‘ Egypt ’

How do presidents matter in foreign policy?

February 9, 2011
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The Monkey Cage
by Elizabeth Saunders  

"As regular readers of The Monkey Cage know, the news media tends to put the sitting president at the center of its narratives, attributing decisions to the particular views, idiosyncrasies, and choices of each leader. Political scientists frequently take the opposite view, usually leaving leaders out of the equation on the grounds that it is difficult to determine how individuals shape political events. But this debate is unsatisfying. We don't have to believe that leaders matter in the 'great man' sense of one individual affecting the course of events in order to investigate how leaders matter, and if they do so in a regular pattern." (02/09/11)

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Regime won’t halt, but rallies must, Egypt’s VP says

February 8, 2011
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USA Today    

"The Egyptian regime warned Tuesday that it 'can't put up with' protests in Tahrir Square forever and said protesters would have to abandon the streets and their demand for the immediate resignation of President Hosni Mubarak. Vice President Omar Suleiman said there will be 'no ending of the regime' and no immediate departure for Mubarak, who said he will not run for re-election in the fall." [ editor's note: Sounds like the regime is getting ready to step up the violence level. If this ends in blood, hopefully most of it will be theirs - TLK] (20/08/11)

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2011-02-08-egypt-protests_N.htm  

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Who rules Egypt is none of our business

February 7, 2011
posted by

Liberty For All
by R. Lee Wrights  

"During the Cold War the United States supported a host of corrupt dictators who oppressed, brutalized, imprisoned, tortured, and murdered their own citizens. In the name of protecting us from the monster in the closet, monolithic communism, a succession of American presidents, both Democrats and Republicans, promoted a foreign policy that knowingly and willingly sacrificed the liberty of other people in order to secure a false sense of safety for Americans." (02/07/11)

http://www.libertyforall.net/?p=5514  

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Eygpt: US has been quiet about Cairo’s weapons programs

February 7, 2011
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MSNBC    

"With Egypt in revolt and the country’s future uncertain, concern is growing over whether a new government in the Arab world’s most militarily and industrially advanced country could accelerate an arms race in one of the world’s most volatile regions. At the heart of the concern is intelligence indicating that Egypt has quietly carried out research and development on weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear, chemical, biological and missile technology." (02/07/11)

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Egypt: Regime releases abducted Google exec

February 7, 2011
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PC Magazine    

"Egyptian authorities have released Google executive Wael Ghonim, who went missing amidst the protests in Cairo. 'We have indeed received confirmation of his release,' Mark Toner, a spokesman for the U.S. State Department, told the Wall Street Journal. ... While Ghonim has been released, according to the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights, around 1,275 have been detained since the start of the protests, the Journal said." (02/07/11)

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2379590,00.asp  

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Egypt: Revolution in doubt as regime abducts leaders, coopts “opposition”

February 6, 2011
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Independent [Ireland]    

"Egypt's popular uprising against Hosni Mubarak faltered yesterday as opposition leaders, including the Muslim Brotherhood, embarked on negotiations and the ranks of street protesters was reduced by the arrest of key ringleaders. ... Many demonstrators on Tahrir Square said they felt betrayed by the compromises on the table. 'Executive authority is still in Mubarak's hands,' said Yusuf Abdul, an engineer. Human rights groups claimed that military police were involved in the arrests of thousands of people, including activists and foreign journalists in recent days." (02/07/11)

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