Information Clearing House Newsletter 10 February, 2011: Mubarak Refuses to Stand Down

10 February, 2011 — Information Clearing House

Mubarak Refuses to Stand Down
By Al Jazeera
Egyptian president vows he will stay in office until September, and will not bow down to ‘foreign pressure’

The Egyptian Revolt is Coming Home
By John Pilger
The uprising in Egypt has discredited every Western media stereotype about the Arabs. The courage, determination, eloquence and grace of those in Liberation Square contrast with “our” specious fear-mongering with its al-Qaeda and Iran bogeys and iron-clad assumptions, bereft of irony, of the “moral leadership of the West”.

The Middle East Does Not Need Stability
By Gideon Levy
This so-called stability encompasses millions of Arabs living under criminal regimes and evil tyrannies.

Al Jazeera English Live From Egypt
Video Live Stream
Video Reports From Egypt.

Who’s Next?
Contagious Revolution Sweeping in Arab World

Video By Press TV
Developments in the Arab world, the Egyptian revolution, a decade of Algerian strife and civil war, the growing trends towards Islamophobia in the West and many other issues are reviewed in this edition of Rattansi & Ridley.

US Cables: FBI Trained Egypt’s State Security ‘Torturers’
By Daniel Tencer
Egypt’s secret police, long accused of torturing suspects and intimidating political opponents of President Hosni Mubarak, received training at the FBI’s facility in Quantico, Virginia, even as US diplomats compiled allegations of brutality against them, according to US State Department cables.

Bomber Names Ex-CIA Operative in Cuba Bombings
Salvadoran Man Says He Received Explosives and $2K in Cash from U.S. Agent to Carry Out 1997 Hotel Bombing.

QE2 Sets Off Inflation Alarms
By Mike Whitney
The stimulus that’s pushing liquidity into the markets, is not being transmitted to the real economy. It’s stuck in financial La-la land where it can’t do any good. The problem is not that Bernanke is dropping money out of helicopters. The problem is that his helicopter never stops circling Wall Street.

31 soldiers killed as schoolboy bomber strikes at army centre:
In one of the deadliest strikes on the Pakistan army, a schoolboy suicide bomber sneaked into a heavily-guarded Pakistani army training centre in the country’s north-west today and blew himself up in the midst of a parade, killing 31 soldiers and leaving 40 more wounded.

Pakistan: Former spymaster warns against handing over US murder suspect:
Former army officers will take action against the Pakistani government if it releases a US diplomat who is suspected of murder and espionage, ex-intelligence services chief and general Hamid Gul warned on Wednesday.

Video reveals US diplomat’s Pakistan police encounter:
Mobile phone clip of Raymond Davis, who shot dead two men in Lahore, deepens mystery about his US embassy role

Afghan district chief among 7 killed in suicide attack:
A district governor in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz and six other people were killed Thursday when a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a government building, officials said.

Occupation force troops “accidentally killed” two Afghan civilians and injured one :
“During an alledged ambush, a vehicle approached the ISAF convoy at a high rate of speed,” an ISAF statement said.

Officials estimate up to 35,000 Afghan resistance members active:
Up to 35,000 Taliban-led rebels are thought to be active in Afghanistan’s ten-year old insurgency, a government spokesman said Wednesday.

16 Killed as South Sudan ceasefire broken:
Author attacks Jonglei: Forces loyal to George Athor blew up two army trucks near the town of Fangak in Jonglei state, a southern military spokesman said.

Car bomb kills 8 pilgrims on way to Iraqi shrine:
Women and children were among those killed in a group of pilgrims headed to the shrine in Samarra for Friday ceremonies marking the death of Shiite Islam’s 11th imam, a ninth-century successor to the Prophet Muhammad.

Mubarak “definitely not going to step down”-info min:
Egypt’s Information Minister Anas el Fekky told Reuters “the president is definitely not going to step down”, shortly before Hosni Mubarak’s address to the nation was to be broadcast.

Egypt’s Mubarak to step down:
Vice President Suleiman to take over as leader: Following an all-day meeting of the country’s supreme military council, the army said all the protesters’ demands would be met and a further statement was due to be made later Thursday, clarifying the situation

Egypt protests: Hosni Mubarak ‘may be stepping down’:
A senior member of Egypt’s governing party has told the BBC he “hopes” that President Hosni Mubarak will transfer power to Vice-President Omar Suleiman. Hossan Badrawi, secretary general of the National Democratic Party (NDP), said Mr Mubarak would “most probably” speak to the nation soon.

Army discusses Mubarak’s future:
The Supreme Council of Egyptian Armed Forces has met to discuss the ongoing protests against the government of Hosni Mubarak, the president.

‘Nearly one million protesters descend on Cairo square’:
Number of demonstrators climbing steadily, Al Jazeera reports, despite Egypt FM’s warning that military could be forced into action if demonstrations continue; protesters have called for a second ‘1-million-strong rally’ on Friday.

Al Jazeera:Live blog Feb 10 – Egypt protests:
The Battle for Egypt – AJE Live Stream – Timeline – Photo Gallery – AJE Tweets – AJE Audio Blogs

‘Saudi king told Obama he’d fund Mubarak if U.S. halted Egypt aid’:
Abdullah warned U.S. president that withdrawing $1.5 billion in annual aid would humiliate Mubarak, according to Britain’s The Times.

WikiLeaks: Suleiman told Israel he would ‘cleanse’ Sinai of arms runners to Gaza:
Omar Suleiman, the new vice-president of Egypt, told the Israelis he wanted to start “cleansing the Sinai” of Palestinian arms smugglers, according to leaked cables.

Israel urges U.S. to reaffirm support in light of Egypt unrest:
U.S. officials meeting Barak stress administration’s ‘unshakeable’ commitment; Israeli envoy: Foreign aid to Israel can’t be taken for granted.

Israel rejects William Hague’s ‘belligerent’ claim:
Israel dismissed comments by Foreign Secretary William Hague that its belligerent stance on unrest in the Middle East was harming peace efforts as a misreading of its position that security must be its prime concern at a time of instability.

Arab leaders pin hopes on subsidies to allay anger:
Arab leaders are scrambling to boost salaries and subsidies in a bid to head off the kind of popular uprisings that have threatened the Egyptian president’s hold on power and led to the ouster of Tunisia’s leader after more than two decades.

Gaddafi ready for Libya’s “Day of Rage”: –
Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has dealt with the calls being issued by the National Conference for the Libyan Opposition [NCLO] and Libyan [political] activists for a Libyan “Day of Rage” to take place on 17 February, modeled on similar events in Tunisia and Egypt, by issuing an unprecedented warnings against any attempts to create chaos and instability in Libya.

Ex-prosecutor blasts Sweden on Assange:
A former Swedish prosecutor called by the defence attacked his country’s handling of sex crimes allegations against WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange that could lead to his extradition to Sweden.

Julian Assange statement outside court – video:
Julian Assange and his lawyer challenge a Swedish prosecutor to come to Britain to testify over the sex crimes allegations that could lead to the WikiLeaks’ founder’s extradition to Sweden

Bin Laden cook Qosi sentenced to two years in prison:
Qosi, who was detained in Afghanistan in 2001 and is now at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was sentenced last August to 14 years in prison.

Cuba welcomes new internet cable link with Venezuela:
Cuba has welcomed the arrival of an undersea fibre-optic cable linking it to Venezuela as a blow to the US economic embargo.

Deficits add pressure to cut defense spending:
Astronomical federal deficits and Tea Party enthusiasm for deficit reduction are producing hairline cracks in the Republican Party over defense spending and an uneasy alliance between anti-war Bay Area liberals and small-government conservatives.

Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered Since The U.S. Invaded Iraq “1,421,933″

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America’s War On Iraq: 4,754

Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 2,324

Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

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