Posts Tagged ‘ revolution ’

Egypt: Military rulers dissolve parliament

February 13, 2011
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ABC News    

"Egypt's military leaders dissolved parliament and suspended the constitution Sunday, meeting two key demands of protesters who have been keeping up pressure for immediate steps to transition to democratic, civilian rule after forcing Hosni Mubarak out of power. The military rulers that took over when Mubarak stepped down Friday and the caretaker government also set as a top priority the restoration of security, which collapsed during the 18 days of protests that toppled the regime." (02/13/11)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=12905513  

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Obama: Egyptians are too dumb for democracy

February 13, 2011
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Future of Freedom Foundation Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"Flip-flopping over events in Egypt, President Obama and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have decided that it would be a bad idea for unelected Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak to immediately resign from office. Their reason? Under Egypt’s constitution, Mubarak’s departure from power would require national elections to be held within 60 days." (02/11/10)

http://www.fff.org/blog/jghblog2011-02-11.asp  

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What Egyptians are teaching the world

February 13, 2011
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Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by Sheldon Richman  

"In Egypt the powers that be continue to defy the peaceful throngs in the streets. Yet their rulers’ clumsy efforts to mollify the courageous people remind us of something usually overlooked about the nature of political power, namely, that ideas, not force, ultimately rule, for as Jeffrey Rogers Hummel says, ideas determine the direction in which people aim their guns." (02/11/11)

http://tinyurl.com/45pg3jg  

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Yemen: Protesters march on presidential palace

February 13, 2011
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Day Press [Syria]    

"Anti-government protesters clashed with police trying to prevent them from marching toward Yemen's presidential palace in Sanaa on Sunday. Some of them chanted, 'First Mubarak, now Ali,' referring to Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and Hosni Mubarak, who recently resigned as president of Egypt after nearly 30 years in power. ... Security forces put up a barbed wire barricade and blocked the protesters' path about two miles from the palace. At that point, the situation intensified as protesters turned away and attempted to reach the palace through side streets." (02/13/11)

http://www.dp-news.com/pages/detail.aspx?l=2&articleId=74079  

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Presidency waived; Constitution scrapped

February 13, 2011
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The American Prospect
by Chris Cassidy  

"'Constitutional crisis' is an understatement. The revolution in Egypt appears to have left the country's constitution in tatters, with military commanders apparently operating outside the legal framework to restore order, protect Egyptians' natural rights, and heed protesters' demands. Hosni Mubarak's rule has certainly lapsed, but whether he resigned is questionable. Mubarak, the only person empowered to announce his resignation, has not been heard from since his defiant February 10 speech that temporarily dashed hopes for a post-Mubarak Egypt." (02/12/11)

http://tinyurl.com/4d8gt7b  

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Algeria: Police flood streets to prevent Egypt-style revolution

February 13, 2011
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Christian Science Monitor    

"Thousands of Algerian protesters marched amid massive police presence in their nation's capital Saturday to demand the government's ouster, echoing the events in Egypt that ended the decades-long authoritarian rule of former President Hosni Mubarak. The Associated Press reports that some 10,000 protesters faced off against 30,000 riot police in the streets of Algers, according to estimates by protest organizers, although Algerian officials put the number of protesters at around 1,500." (02/13/11)

http://tinyurl.com/4pbxht2  

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Egypt braces for massive protest

February 10, 2011
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Al Jazeera [Qatar]    

"Hundreds of thousands of pro-democracy protesters are expected to march onto the streets of Cairo and other Egyptian cities on Friday, in what could become the largest -- and some fear the most violent -- protests thus far, as the demonstrators’ wishes for the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak were dashed on Thursday. In a 17-minute address televised to the nation, Mubarak told jubilant crowds, who expected an end to his 30-year authoritarian rule, that he transferred some of this authorities to Vice-President Omar Suleiman, but that he will cling to power until September, when his current term ends. ... Thousands of protesters have moved overnight to the sensitive presidential palace, in the upscale neighbourhood of Heliopolis in central Cairo." (02/11/11)

http://tinyurl.com/5tgw2qa  

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Mubarak’s Norma Desmond moment

February 10, 2011
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"We are at what the smart alecks of the world call a plastic moment, a strategic conjuncture, a critical turning point. Because no one’s in charge. The Egyptian people could rise up, as one, tomorrow, in their multi-millions, and crush Mubarak and Mubarakism into dust, if they chose. This is the great fear that all rulers, no matter how popular at the moment, have nightmares about, a terror that pervades and motivates their every action while in office: a sudden and massive uprising." (02/11/11)

http://tinyurl.com/6zcmaaa  

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Egypt: Mubarak refuses to stand down

February 10, 2011
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BBC News [UK]    

"Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak has said he will stay in office and transfer power after September's presidential election. His comments appeared to confound reports he was preparing to stand down immediately. In an address on national television after 17 days of demonstrations against his 30-year rule, he praised the 'youth of Egypt' protesting in Cairo. But he said he would ignore 'diktats from abroad.'" (02/10/11)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12424587  

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Egypt: Mubarak speaks, expected to step down

February 10, 2011
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Al Jazeera [Qatar]    

Live coverage of President Hosni Mubarak's speech in the face of more than two weeks of popular unrest seeking his ejection from office. [editor's note: This link is to a live Flash feed of Al-Jazeera, on which Mubarak's speech and its aftermath will be covered live -- text articles will follow as RRND Breaking News or regular news - TLK] (02/10/11)

http://english.aljazeera.net/watch_now/  

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Egypt: Doctors, lawyers defy threats of military crackdown to join protests

February 10, 2011
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MSNBC    

"Defying increasing government threats of a military crackdown, doctors in white lab coats and lawyers in black robes streamed into Cairo's Tahrir Square Thursday and labor unrest spread across the country. The strikes gave powerful momentum to Egypt's wave of anti-government protests — now in their 17th day — and with its efforts to manage the crisis failing, the government threatened the army could impose martial law." (02/10/11)

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41506482/ns/world_news-mideastn_africa/  

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Egypt: US escalates pressure on Mubarak regime

February 9, 2011
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Al Jazeera [Qatar]    

"The embattled government of Egypt had not met even a minimum threshold of reforms demanded by the people of the country, the White House said on Wednesday, warning that massive protests will likely continue until real reforms are instituted. In a sharp escalation of rhetoric with one of its most important allies in the Middle East, Robert Gibbs, president Barack Obama's spokesman, suggested that some Egyptian leaders thought they could wait out the protesters by offering up some concessions and assuming 'life will return to normal.' ... Gibbs suggested that Mubarak's administration appeared out of touch in the face of swelling pro-democracy protests demanding genuine reforms." (02/10/11)

http://tinyurl.com/4ok5d42  

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A libertarian theory of revolution

February 9, 2011
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Liberale et Libertaire
by dL  

"The current prospect of a 'revolutionary wave' in Northern Africa and the Middle East is a revolution against oligarchy. And it has everything to do with the resiliency of American Empire. Just how resilient is American Empire? The punditry informs us that such things as 'high food prices' lie at the root of the Egyptian rebellion. But this is an immaterial point even if true. The relevant point is that with loss of resiliency, any event can serve as a trigger, even the most mundane, trivially connected ones." (02/09/11)

http://tinyurl.com/4ewa4y7  

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Let’s go to Plan B

February 9, 2011
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com
by Philip Giraldi  

"Albert Einstein is often quoted as saying that doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is a definition of insanity. He might have been describing the foreign policy of the United States of America. In the past week we long suffering citizens have seen our government stand by the dictator in Egypt, then call on him to go, and most recently support his staying on while at the same time publicly demanding that some transition start immediately. All of which is not doing the same thing over and over except when one considers that the US Department of State and White House have followed precisely the same dysfunctional pattern when dealing with other client states throughout the Middle East and in Central Asia." (02/10/11)

http://original.antiwar.com/giraldi/2011/02/09/lets-go-to-plan-b/  

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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
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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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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)

http://tinyurl.com/6zwmrvx  

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