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Egypt unrest sparks global concern
Global leaders have called for restraint on both sides as anti-government protests in Egypt continued into a sixth day.
Offenders to face manual labour
A new pilot scheme will see low-level offenders perform manual labour within hours of being sentenced.
Riotous revelations
Ford inmates explain reasons behind recent prison unrest
Rocket delivers supplies to the ISS
A Russian rocket, carrying essential food, fuel and supplies, docked at the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday.
Egyptians continue street protests
Thousands of protesters are back in the main square of the Egyptian capital Cairo for the sixth day running to demand the overthrow of President Mubarak.
Clinton: ‘We want restraint and reform’
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called for military restraint and democratic reform in Egypt, following days of anti-government protests.
Sharm el-Sheik: Barricaded in hotel
The BBC’s Alex Belfield, who is on holiday in Sharm el-Sheik, says he returned from dinner on Saturday to find his hotel barricaded and the mood of the Red Sea resort dramatically changed.
ElBaradei: It is total chaos
Pro-democracy activist Mohamed ElBaradei described the situation of ongoing protests in Egypt as “total chaos”, saying that President Mubarak must stand down immediately.
On the ground with Egypt protesters
BBC correspondent Lyse Doucet gets caught up in protests on Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the focal point of the demonstrations in the city.
Uncertainty haunts Davos elite
The global economy is set for growth, say leaders at the World Economic Forum, but huge risks remain
Clinton urges orderly transition
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calls for an “orderly transition” to democracy in Egypt, but warns there is a long way to go in the process.
Blaze hits Venezuela arms depot
A blaze at a military arms depot in the Venezuelan city of Maracay injures at least three people, officials say.
Tunisian Islamist leader returns
The leader of Tunisia’s main Islamist movement, Rachid Ghannouchi, returns home from two decades in exile after the overthrow of President Ben Ali.
Rioters attack PSNI during alert
Rioters attack police officers in Lurgan with petrol bombs, fireworks and paint bombs.
Galloway ‘offered hacking payout’
Former MP George Galloway tells the BBC he is being offered “substantial sums of money” by the News of the World after his phone was allegedly hacked.
Tension rises in Egypt’s capital
Tension mounts in the Egyptian capital Cairo as the military stages a show of strength during a sixth day of protests against President Mubarak.
Egyptian Revolution: Wir werden nie wieder schweigen
“Wir sind Zeugen einer grossen Veränderung in der Geschichte. Es ist wie der Fall der Berliner Mauer. Wir schauen auf das ägyptische Volk und die Menschen im Nahen Osten sagen uns: we want freedom – wir wollen Freiheit”, Ahmed Khalifa, Toronto, 30.Januar 2011.
Amalgam viel gefährlicher als allgemein bekannt
Schon äußerst geringe Mengen an Quecksilber können zu chronischen Entzündungen führen und somit viele Krankheiten wie Autismus, Alzheimer etc. verursachen
Venezolanische Medien erhalten Geld aus den USA
Private Medien in Venezuela unterhalten enge Kontakte zu US-Behörden und erhalten finanzielle Unterstützung aus den USA. Dies geht aus einer Depesche der US-Botschaft in Caracas hervor, die am Montag von der Enthüllungsplattform Wikileaks veröffentlicht wurde
Davos 2011 – Soros und die Euro-Krise
Die Regierungen der Euro-Zone sollten den Abbau der inneren Spannungen mit den Einnahmen aus einer Finanztransaktionssteuer finanzieren. Diesen Vorschlag hat in Davos jetzt George Soros gemacht. Es gebe derzeit die Gefahr, dass sich die Euro-Zone zu einer Region der zwei Geschwindigkeiten entwickle, so der Investor
Da kommt was auf uns zu
Ab 1. Mai 2011 wird der Arbeitsmarkt EU-weit geöffnet, auf dass alle europäischen Arbeitskräfte, die es wollen, nach Deutschland einwandern. Und dies alles im Sinne der Bundesregierung, die nämlich, anstatt für Arbeitsplätze, Fort- und Weiterbildung der deutschen Arbeitslosen zu sorgen, gerade fleißig Werbung dafür macht, dass angeblich in Deutschland fehlende Fachkräfte durch europäische Arbeitnehmer ersetzt werden
Ägypten: Amnesty kritisiert Vodafone wegen Netzabschaltung
Amnesty-Chef Salil Shetty hat Vodafone beschuldigt, mit der Netzabschaltung in Ägypten der Regierung direkt in die Hände zu spielen. Er nennt das eine “schockierende Geringschätzung der Meinungsfreiheit”
Über die Mittelmeer-Allianz in die EU zur besseren Kontrolle
Überall auf der Welt gab es immer schon Proteste wie in Tunesien und Ägypten. In Wahrheit sind es “Hungerrevolten”, weil viele Menschen in diesen Ländern nicht mehr das Geld für Nahrungsmittel zur Verfügung haben. Das ist für uns im “reichen” Westen schier unvorstellbar, aber ein MUSS im globalen Kapitalismus
Obama gibt Mubarak Ratschläge, die er selber nicht hält
Sobald es gegen die US-Regierung geht, wird das Internet zensiert und Webseiten wie Wikileaks blockiert. Leute welche für Transparents sorgen und Dokumente veröffentlichen, werden verhaftet und mit dem Tode bedroht. Gleichzeitig fordert man aber Mubarak auf nicht das selbe zu tun und die Internet-Zensur aufzuheben
American Reconstruction
In dem vom Al Emara-Jihadi Studio produzierten Film “Rekonstruktion auf amerikanisch” wird unter anderem gezeigt, wie ausländische Planiermaschinen, Panzer und gepanzerte Wagen Häuser friedlicher Afghanen sowie Obstgärten dem Erdboden gleich machen oder wie NATO-Soldaten Häuser von Ortsbewohnern durchsuchen
Ägypten steht auf der Kippe
Noch ist unklar, wie sich die Armee verhalten wird, Mubaraks Familie und reiche Ägypter suchen bereits ihr Heil in der Flucht. Der schnelle Austausch der Regierung und vor allem die Ernennung des Geheimdienstchefs Omar Suleiman weist deutlich darauf hin, dass der 82-jährige Mubarak hoch verunsichert ist
US-Neocons und Israel-Lobby wollen Omar Suleiman
Führende US-Neocons und Vertreter der Israel-Lobby in den USA fordern Barack Obama öffentlich dazu auf, Ägypten die Millitärhilfe zu streichen, um damit dafür zu sorgen, dass Mubarak abtritt und dafür der ägyptische Geheimdienst-Chef Omar Suleiman Präsident von Ägypten wird
Dieter Graumann – mir graut vor Dir
Zitat: “Angesichts der immer heftiger werdenden Proteste in Ägypten warnt denn auch der Zentralrat der Juden in Deutschland vor möglichen Konsequenzen für die Sicherheit Israels,” und weiter “Generell vergrößern neue Instabilitäten in der Region die Risiken”, so Dieter Graumann, Präsident des Zentralrats der Juden
Paraguay erkennt Unabhängigkeit Palästinas an
Paraguay hat Palästina als unabhängigen Staat in den Grenzen von 1967 anerkannt. Zuvor hatten bereits Argentinien, Bolivien, Brasilien, Chile und Peru die Unabhängigkeit Palästinas anerkannt
Menschenproteste: Umbruch ist der Zeitgeist unserer Erde
Die Welt wird von einer Welle von Protestbewegungen heimgesucht. Nicht nur Menschen im Mittleren Osten gehen auf die Straße, wie ein Flächenbrand breitet sich der Unmut der Bevölkerung jetzt auf die umliegenden Länder Jemen und Jordanien aus. Auch in Albanien halten die Proteste, die bereits Todesopfer zu verzeichnen haben, an
Arabischer Frühling: Willkommen in der neuen Welt
Zeitzeugenbericht – Seit 20 Jahren berichtet unser Korrespondent aus Ägypten. Aber was jetzt passiert, davon hätte er noch nicht einmal zu träumen gewagt
Armutszeugnis des deutschen Journalismus
In meiner Twitter-Timeline lese ich spätestens seit gestern ständig Kommentare zu den Aufständen in Ägypten. Die meisten referieren auf den arabischen Nachrichtensender Al Jazeera. Das deutsche Fernsehen plätschert hingegen weiter mit US-Filmen, US-Fernsehserien, Kochsendungen und Wintersport vor sich hin
EU-Kommission als Raubkopierer
Wie jetzt bekannt wurde, verurteilte der Europäische Gerichtshof die EU-Kommission im Dezember dazu, 12 Millionen Euro für die Nutzung von Übersetzungssoftware der Firma Systran nachzuzahlen. Darin erkannte der EuGH eine vorsätzliche Urheberrechtsverletzung
Aus tausend und einer Nacht – oder der Geist aus der Flasche
In dieser Woche wurde in der arabischen Welt Geschichte geschrieben. Die Menschen bäumen sich aus eigener Kraft gegen ihre Despoten auf. Die westlichen Führer befinden sich in einer Art Schockstarre. Eine Jahrzehnte andauernde Symbiose der westlichen Regierungen mit ihren arabischen Partnern zerbröselte völlig überraschend innerhalb einer Woche
Verstimmung zwischen USA und Pakistan
Die Festnahme eines Mitarbeiters der US-Botschaft in Pakistan hat zu diplomatischen Verstimmungen zwischen den beiden Ländern geführt. Die amerikanische Botschaft forderte die sofortige Freilassung des Diplomaten, der zwei Männer in der ostpakistanischen Stadt Lahore erschossen hat
Gemeinsame Erklärung von Präsident Sarkozy, Bundeskanzlerin Merkel und Premierminister Cameron
Wir appellieren an Präsident Mubarak, auf jegliche Gewaltanwendung gegen unbewaffnete Zivilisten zu verzichten und an die Demonstranten, ihre Rechte friedlich wahrzunehmen… Die Menschenrechte und die demokratischen Freiheiten müssen voll respektiert werden, einschließlich der Meinungsfreiheit und der freien Nutzung von Kommunikationsmitteln wie Telefon und Internet sowie der Versammlungsfreiheit… Wir fordern Präsident Mubarak auf, einen Transformationsprozess zu beginnen, der sich widerspiegeln sollte in einer Regierung, die sich auf eine breite Basis stützt, sowie freien und fairen Wahlen.
Tunisia’s leading Islamist to return from exile
Sheikh Rachid Ghannouchi, head of the Ennahda movement, has lived in London since he was exiled in 1989 by president Zine al-Abdine Ben Ali, who was toppled on Jan. 14 by popular protests that have sent political tremors across the Arab world… Ennahda, which likens its ideology to that of Turkey’s ruling AK Party, was the strongest opposition force in Tunisia before the crackdown that forced Ghannouchi out of the country.
Ägypten Ticker: Volksaufstand Tag 6
14.50 Uhr Kampfflugzeuge des ägyptischen Militärs fliegen im Tiefflug über Kairo und die Menschenansammlungen auf den Straßen und auf dem Tahrir. Auch Helikopter sind aufgestiegen. Panzer werden in der Innenstadt von Kairo zusammen gezogen. Die Lage ist dramatisch.
Govts Loan Mod Program Crippled by Lax Oversight and Deference to Banks
With millions of homeowners still struggling to stay in their homes, the Obama administrations Dollar 75 billion foreclosure prevention program has been weakened, perhaps fatally, by lax oversight and a posture of cooperation-rather than enforcement-with the nations biggest banks.
With Four Lawmakers Objecting, Senate Ends Practice of Secret Holds to Block Bills
The Senate voted last night to adopt a rule bringing more transparency to a practice long used to delay legislation. In a 92-4 vote, the Senate ended the secret holds that lawmakers used to anonymously hold up bills and nominees without having to explain their objections.
Kunstraub in Ägypten: `Das waren unsere eigenen Leute`
Frage: Wer waren die Täter? El-Saddik: Das waren die Wächter des Museum. Einige von den Polizisten haben offenbar vorher ihre Jacken ausgezogen, um nicht als Polizisten erkennbar zu sein. Eine zweite Gruppe der Täter ist dann von hinten über eine Feuerleiter durch die Dachfenster eingestiegen. Die Zerstörungen sind alle im ersten Stockwerk, wo sich auch der Schatz des Tutanchamun befindet.
Deutschland plant Rohstoff-Partnerschaft mit Kasachstan
Ziel der Initiative sei es, deutschen Firmen einen sicheren Zugang zu strategischen Rohstoffen zu sichern, die nicht frei auf dem Weltmarkt verfügbar sind, hieß es am Wochenende in Regierungs- und Wirtschaftskreisen
Nach Tunesien und Ägypten: Massenproteste auch in Indien
Auch in der Finanzmetropole Mumbai sowie in Bangalore und Dutzenden weiteren Städten gingen viele Menschen unter ähnlichen Parolen auf die Straße. Der indische Politexperte und Verleger, Mudjibur Akbar, sieht die heutigen Demonstrationen in Indien als Fortsetzung der grenzübergreifenden Protestwelle, die bereits mehrere arabische Staaten wie Tunesien und Ägypten erfasst hat. “Der Volkszorn in Indien ist Bestandteil der internationalen Bewegung gegen die korrupten Eliten, die das Volkseigentum für sich und ihre Familien ausrauben”, sagte Akbar, der Chefredakteur der Zeitschriften India Today und Sunday Guardian ist, zu RIA Novosti.
Indian official Sonawane’s murder prompts mass protest
Hundreds of thousands of government workers in India are protesting against the brutal killing of an official in the western state of Maharashtra.
Wie man kommuniziert, wenn die Regierung das Internet abdreht
Ägyptische AktivistInnen tricksen Blockade aus – Aufbau von Community-Netzwerken geplant
Rupert Murdoch’s British comeuppance? Author: Michael Goldfarb
Investigation into tabloid phone hacking by News of the World could hinder News Corp acquisition of BSkyB.

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Could Syria be the next domino to fall? Author: Hugh Macleod
Syrians are watching Egypt’s popular uprising carefully.

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Hillary Clinton urges Egypt to allow “orderly transition” to democracy (VIDEO) Author: News Desk
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has urged Hosni Mubarak to allow an “orderly transition” to a “real democracy” in Egypt.

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Mohamed ElBaradei, in Tahrir Square, urges US to take action against Mubarak (VIDEO) (PHOTOS) Author: News Desk
Mohamed ElBaradei has called on Barack Obama to press Hosni Mubarak to give up power, and that failing to take more forceful action would cost the US “whatever is left” of its credibility.

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European elites might face revoloution – FAZ Community [DE] Source: XML Crisis_Manager’s bookmarks Author: Crisis_Manager
This is a new class of article which summarizes the explosive mixture of corruptive regimes in Europe, fighting their own citizens

US Real National Debt Is $202 Trillion – Dailzbail [EN] Source: XML Crisis_Manager’s bookmarks

Internet Kill Switch Back On the US Legislative Agenda Author: timothy
suraj.sun points out a story at Wired that US lawmakers have revived the idea of a government-controlled “Internet Kill Switch,” which reads, in part: “The bill, which has bipartisan support, is being floated by Sen. Susan Collins, the Republican ranking member on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The proposed legislation, which Collins said would not give the president the same power Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak is exercising to quell dissent, sailed through the Homeland Security Committee in December but expired with the new Congress weeks later. ‘My legislation would provide a mechanism for the government to work with the private sector in the event of a true cyber emergency,’ Collins said in an e-mail Friday. ‘It would give our nation the best tools available to swiftly respond to a significant threat.'”Read more of this story
US, Iraq to evacuate nationals as Egypt revolt rages Author: Agence France-Presse
CAIRO (AFP) – The United States and Iraq started organising Sunday the evacuation of their nationals from Egypt as an angry anti-government revolt raged into a sixth day amid increasing lawlessness and mass jail breaks. “The US embassy in Cairo informs US citizens in Egypt who wish to depart that the department of state is […]
Mubarak has not done enough: Clinton Author: Agence France-Presse
WASHINGTON – Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has not done nearly enough yet to answer his people’s concerns, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Sunday, calling for an “orderly transition” to democracy. Asked if Mubarak had taken sufficient steps to defusing Egypt’s worst crisis in decades by appointing military intelligence chief Omar Suleiman as his […]
Egypt shuts down al-Jazeera; 100 dead in protests Author: Agence France-Presse
CAIRO – Egypt moved on Sunday to shut down Al Jazeera’s coverage of mass protests against President Hosni Mubarak’s regime, but the pan-Arab broadcaster vowed that it would not be silenced. Outgoing information minister Anas al-Fikki has “ordered the closure of all activities by Al Jazeera in the Arab republic of Egypt and the annulment […]
‘40,000 violations of the law’ in FBI snooping: report Author: Daniel Tencer
Companies ‘all too willing’ to comply with FBI requests for personal information, EFF says As the US prepares once again to extend the Patriot Act, a new report from a privacy watchdog indicates that the FBI’s use of the law and other surveillance powers may have led to as many as 40,000 violations of the […]
ElBaradei emerges as leader of Egyptian opposition Author: David Edwards
With throngs cheering, Mohamed Elbaradei, the Nobel Prize-winning former director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, joined protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square Sunday night. “Today, I have come to share with you the most beautiful day for Egypt,” he told the demonstrators. “Today, I look into the eyes of each and every one of you. […]
What next for Egypt, the USA and the Middle East?
As Washington struggles to come to terms with a rapidly changing Middle East, US President Barack Obama is acutely aware he must get Egypt right, for the wrong side of history eagerly beckons.
The Tweets Must Flow!
In the midst of another ‘revolution’ it finds itself associated with, Twitter is reminding the world that it’s a medium, not a messenger. Egypt has cut off the internet in an attempt to complicate demonstrations sweeping the nation in an attempt to bring down the 30-year-rule of President Hosni Mubarak. This time, individual internet services weren’t targeted – just the entire internet itself. Still, the #jan25 movement is a fact, and enough of one apparently for co-founder Biz Stone and General Counsel Alexander Macgillivray to praise Twitter’s commitment to free expression and to reinforce its fundamental neutrality. The post does not mention Egypt specifically, which is not surprising since Twitter, for a change, hasn’t been singled out by a repressive regime.
Why is America so afraid?
I’m as thrilled as anyone by what I see in the Cairo streets, but when I turn on American television I see only grim faces. Robert Gibbs looked frightened during his delayed press briefing yesterday afternoon; he didn’t know what to say. Obama’s comments last night were equivocal and opaque: I’m with Mubarak, for now. This is his 9/11 — the day Arabs blindsided a president.

Al-Jazeera reports that looters on motorcycles have been apprehended by the crowds, turn out to carry government arms, ID’s: The government crooks are using provocateurs to loot and turn the public against the protesters. [link]

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Former U.S. Officials And Foreign Policy Scholars Call On Obama To Suspend Aid To Egypt thinkprogress.org/2011/01/29/group-calls-on-obama/

As ThinkProgress reported earlier today, a number of high-profile right-wing figures have risen to the defense of the embattled Hosni Mubarak government in Egypt. Yet as thousands of Egyptians continue to fight for their freedom, the eyes of the international community are falling squarely on the Obama administration.

Today, the Egypt Working Group – “A bipartisan group of former U.S. officials and foreign policy scholars” that includes CAP’s Brian Katulis – released a statement calling on President Obama to suspend military and economic aid to Egypt until the government endorses free and fair elections and ends its crackdown on civil liberties and civil rights:

Only free and fair elections provide the prospect for a peaceful transfer of power to a government recognized as legitimate by the Egyptian people. We urge the Obama administration to pursue these fundamental objectives in the coming days and press the Egyptian government to:

– call for free and fair elections for president and for parliament to be held as soon as possible;
– amend the Egyptian Constitution to allow opposition candidates to register to run for the presidency;
– immediately lift the state of emergency, release political prisoners, and allow for freedom of media and assembly;
– allow domestic election monitors to operate throughout the country, without fear of arrest or violence;
– immediately invite international monitors to enter the country and monitor the process leading to elections, reporting on the government’s compliance with these measures to the international community; and
– publicly declare that Hosni Mubarak will agree not to run for re-election.

We further recommend that the Obama administration suspend all economic and military assistance to Egypt until the government accepts and implements these measures.

The position of the Obama administration has been unclear. While administration officials have condemned abuses of civil liberties, they’ve also fallen short of endorsing Mubarak’s ouster or ending support for the regime, with Vice President Joe Biden even going as far as to say that Mubarak isn’t a dictator.

The United States gives nearly $2 billion in aid to the Egyptian regime every year, and offers diplomatic and military cooperation that helps bolster Mubarak. As protesters continue to be beaten, tortured, and killed by internal security forces, it’s important to know that these abuses are being subsidized by U.S. taxpayer dollars. Threatening to reduce or eliminate this monetary assistance to the Egyptian regime would be a powerful tool that the United States could use to help advance democracy and promote freedom in the country.

Secretary Clinton Calls For ‘Real Democracy’ In Egypt Author: Max Bergmann

For the first time during the uprising in Egypt, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who appeared on all the major Sunday talk shows this morning, called for Egypt to hold free and fair elections that would ensure “real democracy.” This was another sign that the Administration was distancing itself from Egypt’s President, Hosni Mubarak, since a transition to democratic government would clearly result in his removal from power. On ABC’s This Week, Clinton, after saying that Egypt had in the past been a close partner, said:

Real stability only comes from the kind of democratic participation that gives people a chance to feel that they are being heard. And by that I mean real democracy, not a democracy for six months or a year and then evolving into essentially a military dictatorship or a so-called democracy that then leads to what we saw in Iran.

The Administration has been accused of being too slow in calling for the removal of Mubarak, a long time US ally. But in calling for an “orderly transition,” which Clinton did on Fox News Sunday, she seemed to be suggesting, as Massimo Calabresi interpreted, “that the administration is beginning to view embattled President Hosni Mubarak’s days as numbered.” Clinton’s comments today are therefore the strongest yet and seem to clearly recognize that Mubarak’s situation has become untenable. thinkprogress.org/2011/01/30/secretary-clinton-calls-for-real-democracy-in-egypt/

Man busted with explosives outside Michigan mosque Author: Daniel Tencer
A 63-year-old man arrested with illegal fireworks outside a Detroit-area mosque reportedly threatened to do harm to a mosque ahead of his arrest, news reports indicate. Roger Stockham of California remained in custody Sunday after being arrested last Monday outside Dearborn’s Islamic Center of America, one of the country’s largest mosques. Stockham was arraigned Wednesday […]
US, Europe fear Arab revolt ‘contagion’: analysts Author: Agence France-Presse
PARIS – The United States and Europe are raising pressure for democratic reform in Egypt but face a tricky task amid fears that the violent unrest there could spread far beyond its borders, analysts say. The United States on Sunday raised pressure on Egypt’s long-time President Hosni Mubarak, its closest ally in the Arab world, […]

Egyptian Army Intervenes To Protect Protesters From Police Brutality [link]

Opposition Leader ElBaradei: Threat of Muslim Brotherhood Is A ‘Myth’ Lacking ‘One Iota Of Reality’ Author: Tanya Somanader

Thousands of Egyptians continue to take to the streets in protest of President Hosani Mubarak’s 30-year-long authoritarian regime. But while the Obama Administration inches towards public support for the Egyptian people, many Republican hardliners are throwing up roadblocks to U.S. endorsement of democratic reform. Their delusion-du-jour? The threat of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Those who subscribe to Rep. Thaddeus McCotter’s (R-MI) and Amb. John Bolten’s fear-mongering warn that the inevitable result of this pro-democracy movement will be the enfranchisement of the Muslim Brotherhood and other anti-American “jihadist nutjobs.”

Today on CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS, former International Atomic Energy Agency director, Egyptian activist, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei blasted the delusion as a “myth” lacking “one iota of reality.” Intimately familiar with both Iranian and Egyptian politics, ElBaradei pointed out that the Muslim Brotherhood is not actually an extremist group and the idea that extremists would takeover the government is just a myth “perpetuated and sold” by the Mubarak regime:

ZAKARIA: One of the visions that haunts Americans is of the Iranian Revolution where a dictator was replaced by an even worse regime that was more anti-American and more threatening to the region. People worry about the Muslim Brotherhood. Are you confident that a post-Mubarak Egypt will not give rise to some kind of Islamic fundamentalist force that will undermine the democracy of Egypt?

ELBARADEI: I’m quite confident of that, Fareed. This is a myth that was sold by the Mabarak regime, that it’s either us – the ruthless dictators – or a Muslim al-Qaeda type. The Muslim Brotherhood has nothing to do with the Iranian movement, has nothing to do with extremism as we have seen it in Afghanistan and other places. The Muslim Brotherhood is a religiously conservative group. They are a minority in Egypt. They are not a majority of the Egyptian people, but they have a lot of credibility because of liberal parties have been a struggle for thirty years. They are in favor of a secular state. they are of -they are in favor of an institution that have bread lines, they are in favor that every Egyptian have the same rights, that the state is in no way a state based on religion. And I have been reaching out to them. We need to include them. They are as much a part of society as the markets that started here. I think this is a myth that has been perpetuated and sold by the regime and has no iota of reality. You know Fareed, I worked with Iranians, I’ve worked here. It’s 100 percent difference between the two societies.

While the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood had supported violence at one time, the conservative group is “Egypt’s largest opposition group” and “has disavowed violence and sought to participate in Egyptian politics” legitimately since the 1970s. Now allied with legal Egyptian political groups and tied to Egyptian professional unions, university campuses, and social welfare programs, the Brotherhood is a “peaceful” group that “could draw moderate Muslims who identify with [its] ideology to participate in electoral politics, thereby isolating violent jihadis.” Indeed, the Brotherhood denounced a recent terrorist attack in Egypt as a “cowardly act” and is not on the U.S. State Department’s terrorist list.

Though banned by Mubarak’s regime from participating in parliamentary elections, the Brotherhood has 17 supportive representatives in the Egyptian Parliament and is supporting ElBaradei’s leadership role in forming a new government without Mubarak. ElBaradei, who is now in Cairo to join the protests, called on Mubarak to resign “today” to allow for a “smooth transition to a national unity government to be followed by all the measures set in place for a free and fair election.” While avoiding support of his ouster, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton endorsed the idea of fair elections today.

Indien: Massenproteste gegen korrupte Regierung – Dreiundneunzigjähriger im Hungerstreik
“Zuerst ignorieren sie dich, dann lachen sie über dich, dann bekämpfen sie dich und dann gewinnst du” – “Sei du selbst die Veränderung, die du dir wünschst für diese Welt” Mahatma Gandhi
Clinton besucht den Krisenstaat Haiti
US-Außenministerin Hillary Clinton ist am Sonntag zu einem Besuch im Krisenstaat Haiti eingetroffen.
Unmasking Mubarak’s `chaos`
Today, the regime paints a narrative about the chaotic, destructive, mob-like Egyptian people who cannot be trusted. This insidious narrative of chaos and anarchy must not only be rejected but it must be unmasked as a narrative that legitimizes repression that will supposedly save Egypt from its disobedient children. We should expect further attempts by the current regime to fabricate or paint the protests as irresponsible and anarchic. The disappearance of any police force from the country will also stoke fears and images of ‘chaos.’ Although burning buildings and gunfire produce great images for the media, what is striking about the last few days is the fact that Egyptians have shown great discipline and courage as they express their demands for a real transition to democracy and only defend themselves from tear gas canisters fired into mosques, from water cannons and thugs beating peaceful demonstrators.
Greenpeace blimp buzzes Koch brothers’ strategy meeting Author: Daniel Tencer
Attendees of the billionaire Koch brothers’ strategy session in Rancho Mirage, California, this weekend were met with an unusual sight: A blimp overhead declaring “Koch brothers — dirty money.” The blimp was the work of Greenpeace, the environmentalist group that last year brought attention to the prominent role that Charles and David Koch, owners of […]
Is the Egyptian Government Using Agents Provocateur to Justify a Crack Down On the Protesters?
Al Jazeera reported [2] today: [Al Jazeera reporter] Ayman Mohyeldin reports that eyewitnesses have said “party thugs” associated with the Egyptian regime’s Central Security Services – in plainclothes but bearing government-issued weapons – have been looting in Cairo. Ayman says the reports started off as isolated accounts but are now growing in number.
Eyewitnesses say state sponsoring vandalism
Thugs looting residential neighborhoods and intimidating civilians are government-hires, say eyewitnesses. In Nasr City, an Eastern Cairo neighborhood, residents attempting to restore security told Al-Masry Al-Youm that looters were caught yesterday. “They were sent by the government. The government got them out of prison and told them to rob us,” says Nameer Nashaat, a resident working alongside other youths to preserve order in the district. “When we caught them, they said that the Ministry of Interior has sent them.”

Muslim Brotherhood accept Mohammed Elbaradei as leader of Opposition, declare the need for free and democratic elections – “religious goals need to be put on the back-burner”

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