Mubarak refuses to quit, passes power to Suleiman — RT

11 February, 2011 — RT

Protests in Egypt continue and have gained momentum as labor unions join the rebellion on the heels of an announcement from President Hosni Mubarak who continues to insist he will not step down.

It was expected Mubarak would announce his resignation as president, yielding power to the Egyptian military. However, in a speech he said the transition continues and he will remain in power until national elections take place in September, stating that is the constitutional approach.

Mubarak has instead passed power to his Vice President. Egypt’s Vice-President Omar Suleiman is the nation’s former spy chief, a friend of the US, a reported torturer, and has long been touted as the next presidential successor. He is certainly not favored by the protestors.

Suleiman, or as the protestors have referred to him, ‘Sheik al-Torture’ has long been a long time US and CIA ally, having even worked with Israel.

Continue reading

Who Leads Egyptian Opposition?

10 February, 2011 — The Real News Network

Gilbert Achcar: Youth organizations emerging as new leadership in Egyptian democratic movement

Follow my videos on vodpod

Gilbert Achcar is a professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. His many books include The Clash of the Barbarisms: The Making of the New World Disorder, The 33-Day War: Israel’s War in Hezbollah in Lebanon and Its Aftermath, (with Michael Warschawski) and Perilous Power: The Middle East and US Foreign Policy, co-authored with Noam Chomsky.


Continue reading

As things fall apart By William Bowles

4 February, 2011 — Strategic Culture Foundation

If it wasn’t such a tragedy the headlines in the corporate media would be truly laughable! Led of course, by the Washington Post and the New York Times, the duel cheerleaders for US corporate capital, where we read the following titled ‘Egypt has Obama cautiously shifting world view on democracy’:

“Shortly after taking office, President Obama traveled to Cairo to declare a new day in U.S. relations with the Muslim world – saying there was “no straight line” to building democratic societies in the Middle East.

“The June 2009 address was in part intended to show a clean break from a George W. Bush-era “freedom agenda” of promoting electoral democracies across the region. Yet Obama now finds himself forced to move much closer to that world view as he escalates pressure on Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to make immediate changes.” — Washington Post, 4 February, 2011

Continue reading