EGYPT Protests are fomented by Iran and TurkeyDeep animosity in Egypt toward Israelis
Note TUNISIA is on the other side of LIBYA on the north side of AFRICA.
YEMEN is following Tunisia and Egypt.
All this is devil-inspired by the NWO
I have often said EGYPT IS NOT A FRIEND TO ISRAEL
Egypt: No citizenship in Israeli unions
Case underlines deep animosity Egyptians hold toward Israelis
Sat., June 5, 2010 CAIRO
An Egyptian appeals court upheld a ruling that orders the country's Interior Ministry to strip the citizenship from Egyptians married to Israeli women.
The case underlines the deep animosity many Egyptians still hold toward Israelis, despite a peace treaty signed between the two countries 31 years ago.
The Supreme Administrative Court's decision also scores a point for Egyptian hard-liners who have long resisted any improvement in ties with Israel since the signing of the 1979 peace treaty.
In upholding last year's lower court ruling, the appeals court said Saturday that the Interior Ministry should present each marriage case to the Cabinet on an individual basis. The Cabinet will then rule on whether to strip the Egyptian of his citizenship.
The court also said officials should take into consideration whether a man married an Israeli Arab or a Jew when making its decision to revoke citizenship.
Saturday's decision, which cannot be appealed, comes more than year after a lower court ruled that the Interior Ministry, which deals with citizenship documents, must implement the 1976 article of the citizenship law. That bill revokes citizenship of Egyptians who married Israelis who have served in the army or embrace Zionism as an ideology. The Interior Ministry appealed that ruling.
The lawyer who brought the original suit to court, Nabih el-Wahsh, celebrated Saturday's ruling, saying it "is aimed at protecting Egyptian youth and Egypt's national security."
The government has not released figures of Egyptians married to Israeli women, but some estimates put the number around 30,000.
Israeli officials said they had no comment on Saturday's ruling.
In 2005, former Grand Mufti Nasr Farid Wasel issued a religious edict, or fatwa, saying Muslim Egyptians may not marry Israeli nationals, "whether Arab, Muslim, or Christian." The possibility of a Jewish spouse was not mentioned.
Mohammed Sayyed Tantawi, the late Grand Sheik of Cairo's Al-Azhar, Sunni Islam's premier institution and oldest university, has said that while marriage between an Egyptian man and an Israeli woman is not religiously forbidden, the government has the right to strip the man of his citizenship for marrying a woman from "an enemy state."
The Egyptian High Court is considering a move to strip citizenship from men who marry Israeli women, despite its 30-year-old peace treaty with Israel.
Thousands of Gazans rush for Egyptian border just opened
EGYPT DOES NOT WANT THESE TROUBLE-MAKERS!
June 1, 2010 RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP)
Several thousand Gazans are making a furious rush to the Egyptian border, hoping to take advantage of a rare chance to escape the blockaded territory.
Egypt announced it was temporarily opening the border, a day after an Israeli naval raid killed nine pro-Palestinian activists sailing to Gaza.
Cars with suitcases piled on their roofs are streaming to the border, while many others are lugging overstaffed bags on foot. Dozens of Hamas police with automatic weapons are patrolling the area to maintain order.
Pro-Palestinian activists sent another boat to challenge Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip on Tuesday and Egypt declared it was temporarily opening a crossing into the Palestinian territory after a botched raid on an aid flotilla that ended with Israeli soldiers killing nine activists.
The raid provoked ferocious international condemnation of Israel, raised questions at home, and appeared likely to increase pressure to end the blockade that has deepened the poverty of the 1.5 million Palestinians living in the strip. Turkey, which unofficially supported the flotilla, has led the criticism, calling the Israeli raid a "bloody massacre."
The pro-Palestinian flotilla had been headed to Gaza with tens of thousands of tons of aid that Israel bans from Gaza. After days of warnings, Israel intercepted the flotilla under the cover of darkness early Monday, setting off a violent melee that left nine activists dead and dozens of people, including seven soldiers, wounded. Most of the dead were believed to be Turks.
Israel said 679 people were arrested, and about 50 of those had left the country voluntarily. Hundreds who refused to cooperate remained jailed and subject to deportation.
Israel says the Gaza blockade is needed to prevent the Iranian-backed Hamas, which has fired thousands of rockets into the Jewish state, from building up its arsenal. It also wants to pressure Hamas to free an Israeli soldier it has held for four years.
Critics say the blockade has failed to weaken Hamas but further strapped an already impoverished economy. It also has prevented Gaza from rebuilding after a devastating Israeli military offensive early last year.
Egypt, which has enforced the blockade with Israel since Hamas militants seized control of Gaza three years ago, said it was opening the border for several days to allow aid into the area.
The governor of Egyptian's northern Sinai district, Murad Muwafi, said it was a humanitarian gesture meant to "alleviate the suffering of our Palestinian brothers after the Israeli attack."
Hundreds of Gaza residents quickly gathered at the border. A steady stream of cars with suitcases on roof racks headed toward the border. Some families carrying packed luggage headed to the border by foot. Hamas police with assault rifles patrolled nearby to maintain order.
"We are working to help residents take advantage of this opportunity," said Hamas Interior Ministry spokesman Ihab Ghussein. "We hope it will be open all the time, not just as a response to yesterday's events."
Greta Berlin said the Free Gaza Movement, which organized the flotilla, would not be deterred and that another cargo boat was off the coast of Italy en route to Gaza. A second boat carrying about three dozen passengers is expected to join it, Berlin said. She said the two boats would arrive in the region late this week or early next week.
"This initiative is not going to stop," she said from the group's base in Cyprus. "We think eventually Israel will get some kind of common sense. They're going to have to stop the blockade of Gaza, and one of the ways to do this is for us to continue to send the boats."
Egyptian president Mubarak could die within a yearEgyptian president Hosni Mubarak is terminally ill, could die within a year
July 19, 2010
His son HATES Israel
It seems MOST Mideast leaders do not die natural deaths.
Mubarak is dying from terminal cancer in his stomach and pancreas.
Mubarak was treated in a hospital in France, and in March his gallbladder was operated on in Germany.
Cairo's attempts to hide President Hosni Mubarak's deteriorating medical condition are not fooling the world.
The United States and Western intelligence agencies believe Egypt's 82-year-old president is dying of terminal cancer, and that he doesn't have long to live.
The Washington Post reported that the USA ffears the day after his death
Iran threat reason for Saudi-Egyptian maneuvers
October 22, 2010 DEBKAfile Exclusive Report
Egyptian tanks in joint drill with Saudi Arabia
Egypt and Saudi Arabia secretly carried out Tabuk-2, their first ever joint exercise this week with all their forces.
Tabuk-2 was programmed to repulse a potential Iranian attack on Saudi Arabia.
1991 was the American invasion of Kuwait to repel Iraq.
Interesting some US military have just been called to Kuwait.
Egypt gave Israel advance notice of this.
Egyptians Denounce President Mubarak, Clash With Riot Police
Mubarek is old. The transfer of power to his son is very soon.
In Saudi Arabia, power will also soon transfer.
Lebanon is in a power grab by Hellzballah terrorists
January 2, 2011
Thousands defy Egypt's leader
Egyptian anti-government uprising inspired by Tunisia's recent uprising.
Tens of thousands took to the streets demanding that President Hosni Mubarak step down from office.
Egyptian police fired tear gas and rubber bullets and beat protesters to clear thousands of people from a central Cairo square Wednesday after the biggest demonstrations in years against President Hosni Mubarak's authoritarian rule.
Two protesters and a police officer were killed in the nationwide demonstrations inspired by Tunisia's uprising, which also demanded a solution to Egypt's grinding poverty and were likely to fuel growing dissent in a presidential election year.
Mobilized largely on the Internet, the waves of protesters filled Cairo's central Tahrir -- or Liberation -- Square on Tuesday, some hurling rocks and climbing atop armored police trucks.
"Down with Hosni Mubarak, down with the tyrant," chanted the crowds. "We don't want you!" they screamed as thousands of riot police deployed in a massive security operation that failed to quell the protests.
As night fell, thousands of demonstrators stood their ground for what they vowed would be an all-night sit-in in Tahrir Square just steps away from parliament and other government buildings -- blocking the streets and setting the stage for even more dramatic confrontations.
Egypt warns against more protests
Government says won't allow any demonstrators will be detained, as it seeks to draw line under biggest protests of President Mubarak's rule
Egypt killing Coptic Christians
EGYPT * Mubarak's son Gemal flees to London with family
January 26, 2011 DEBKAfile Special Report
Cairo is unprepared for so much anger
Egyptian and Arabic internet sites were reporting Wednesday, Jan. 26 that Hosni Mubarak's son and chosen successor as Egyptian president secretly took himself and family out of the country Tuesday by way of the military airfield in West Cairo at the peak of anti-government riots in Egyptian cities.
Twitter also carried an unconfirmed report that Suzanne Mubarak, Egypt's first lady, was identified by airport workers on arrival at Heathrow airport, London. No source was cited.
If confirmed, Gemal Mubarak's defection would attest to deep cracks in the 82-year old president's regime, the reverse of the prevailing view in the West and Israel that the regime is in no danger of being overthrown by the protest movement sweeping the country. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday she believed the government was stable. Yet Wednesday, the Egyptian pound fell sharply against the US dollar and the stock market tumbled more than 4 percent.
Twitter's service was blocked in Egypt early Wednesday. But this did not stop opposition leaders calling for the demonstrations to continue. They were heartened by their success Tuesday in getting tens or even hundreds of thousands out on the streets to demand the president's resignation and even more by Gemal's reported desertion.
With tension running high in Cairo, most observers report to debkafile their sense that in the last two years, the Mubarak regime had lost its momentum. Grave domestic problems and economic hardships were neglected or addressed sluggishly. Even after 30 years in power, the president heaped obstacles in the path of a choice of successor and an orderly handover of power. He kept his son Gemal dangling without a final decision and denied him the chance to prepare himself for the task.
In the parliamentary poll of December 2010, opposition parties were kept off the ballot by Egyptian security services headed by Intelligence Minister Gen. Omar Suleiman.
Opposition organizations were therefore more than ready for a showdown with the government when the spark from Tunis appeared to help ignite the street.
Tuesday night, debkafile reported:
More than 100,000 turned out Tuesday, Jan. 25 in central Cairo and other Egyptian cities for stormy demonstrations such as Egypt has not seen for more than a quarter century. Airing many grievances, they called on President Hosni Mubarak to resign after 30 years in power. Officials said three people had been killed in clashes between stone-throwing demonstrators and policemen using tear gas, water cannon and night sticks – two demonstrators and a policeman. debkafile's sources report the number is higher and, while no figure was given for the injured, our sources estimate that there were at least 150.
After dark Tuesday, the authorities announced that Mubarak's supporters would mount a counter-demonstration the following day. A collision between the two camps might well lead to further upheavals.
The anti-government movement mustered its biggest show of strength at central Cairo's Liberation Square. The authorities estimate the figure at 10,000. debkafile sources say it was at least 30,000. Some 10,000 also rallied in Alexandria with thousands more in the cities of the Delta and along the Suez Canal.
The government and security forces were not prepared for these numbers, the extent of the unrest or the force of the demonstrators' anger. They had counted on their warning Monday night that all demonstrators faced arrests to deter many from joining the protests. Instead of making good on this warning, the Egyptian police at first stood by quietly and watched the protesters sounding of. But when hundreds broke through the police phalanx and ran toward the parliament building, they were told to use rubber bullets, stun grenades and tear gas.
A mass melee resulted such as Cairo has not seen since 1977 when mass riots forced Anwar Sadat to back down from bread price hikes.
Cairo remained tense Tuesday night after some 15,000 protesters decided to stage a vigil in Liberation Square in protest against police violence.
debkafile's Cairo sources report that the organizers plan to keep their protest going non-stop to absorb all the non-religious opposition elements in the country. So far, the Islamic parties led by the Muslim Brotherhood have ordered their followers not to join in. If this order is changed, the Mubarak regime will be in trouble.
Further north, Tuesday also saw fierce Sunni-Christian riots across Lebanon against Prime Minister-designate Najib Miqati, who was attacked as a pawn of Hizballah and Iran. Anti-government outbreaks also continued in the streets of Tunisia and Jordan. For the first time in decades of Middle East history, Arab streets are willing to battle incumbent regimes and brave the security forces ranged against them.
Analysis of Suleiman
January 30, 2011
Egypt strongman who kept Islamists in check. Within Egypt, Suleiman is far more popular than Mubarak, and has escaped the widespread anger over corruption, maintaining a clean image.
Omar Suleiman knows the Israeli and Palestinian arenas better than anyone in Egypt.
Omar Suleiman, the intelligence chief of the Egyptian General who was appointed vice president by besieged President Hosni Mubarak on Saturday, is a powerful figure who has kept Islamists in check at home while managing contacts at the highest level with Israel, Fatah and Hamas abroad.
Suleiman is a veteran and highly effective security chief.
Will there be a Mid-East domino effect?
All this is devil-inspired by the NWO
January 27, 2011
In the wake of the ousting of Tunisia President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, observers have drawn parallels with other countries in the region.
There is speculation about a possible domino effect similar to the collapse of Communist governments around Eastern Europe in 1989.
The nations in the Middle East and North Africa have youthful and rapidly growing populations. They face rising food prices, high unemployment and lack of political representation. Some are also ruled by aging autocrats facing succession issues.
Egypt has many similarities with Tunisia - tough economic conditions, official corruption and little opportunity for its citizens to express their dissatisfaction with the political system. Mubarak has an almost complete monopoly on powera and has been in office for 30 years.
Much more, click links
El-Baradei joins Egypt protests 26 January 2011
U.N. Mohamed El-Baradei who lives in Vienna arrives in Egypt.
Hardcore Muslim Baradei was willfully blind to Saddam's WMD when he was U.N. nuke inspector.
He could motivate protesters.
About 700 people were arrested in a crackdown against anti-Mubarak government protests.
A government building was set on fire in Suez.
Obama called on the Egyptian government to lift its ban on demonstrations.
Sure. Obama is a puppet of the Evil NWO.
Egypt braces for further day of protests
January 27, 2011 Thursday
The people miss the pharaohs.
The government calls the protests illegal and has launched a crackdown, arresting up to 1,000, reports say.
Hellary Clinton called on Egypt to respond to the legitimate needs of the people.
Egypt stock exchange suspended trading temporarily after a sharp drop within minutes of opening.
Protests may escalate over the weekend. Friday-Saturday are Muslim holy days.
The government appears to have no answer to the anger on the streets.
Thats because Jesus and the power of Christ is the ONLY Answer.
Many Egyptians will no longer tolerate the Mubarak government even for a transitional period.
YEMEN * Thousands call on president to leave
January 27, 2011
Thousands are demonstrating in Sanaa, the capital, calling on President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down.
Think this'd work in America - to get Obama to go back to Kenya? It hasnt yet.
The Yemen uprising comes after mass protests in Egypt and Tunisia.
Yemenis gathered chanting anti-government slogans and called for economic reforms and an end to corruption.
Yemenis complain of poverty and a lack of political freedoms.
There has been war in Yemen for over a year and foreign troops including US are present.
WAR in Yemen, Where is the Ark of the Covenant?
Egypt shuts down the internet
January 27, 2011
The internet has been shut down in Egypt as of 1 in the morning before the big demo. And not long after a horrifying AP video went up of a man being shot (above), and of shotgun shells in the streets.
Mohammed El-Baradei in that video: "The right of peaceful demonstration is an absolute right of every human being. I wish that we didn't have to go to the streets to impress on the regime that it has to change."
How can you help the Egyptian people?? Go to this campaign by Access to preserve internet access for the brave and inspiring voices in the streets of Cairo, Alexandria, and Suez. There you can donate bandwidth on your site and donate a few dollars (why not 10 each?) "to help keep the protest movement alive by contributing funds for the urgent setup of servers that will help people reach blocked sites like Twitter. 100% of your donation will go to supporting those behind the firewall. Help us by clicking here." There's also a petition at the site.
Organizing guide to "How to Rise Up," apparently for the big demo that will start after prayers Friday.
Muslim Brotherhood joins Egyptian protesters
3 cities locked down
January 27, 2011 DEBKAfile Exclusive Report
Millions of Muslim worshippers to turn out Friday.
The Mubarak regime was badly shaken when the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) ordered its membership to join the protests.
Can Cairo security forces control millions of protesters and defend the regime against them.
The police are exhausted and demoralized. They managed to keep the demonstrations from getting out of hand, but not to suppress them. Now that millions of MB have joined, Mubarak can no longer avoid sending the army.
BUT no one can be sure of the army's total loyalty to the regime. The president cannot be sure that officers will agree to order their men to shoot demonstrators if need be, or whether the soldiers will obey such orders.
I can see this coming in U.S.A.
Mubarek and his advisers have not grasped the extent of their peril. For hours, security forces commanders begged the president to sign curfew decrees for the most troubled cities, but he refused. In the end, they clamped curfews down in Suez and Ismailia on the banks of the Suez Canal and across the canal in the northern Sinai town of El Arish close to the Israeli and Gaza borders.
Did chosen successor Gamal flee - or not?
January 27, 2011 By Aaron Klein
The son and likely successor to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has departed his country for London amid mass anti-regime protests gripping the nation,
according to two Egyptian diplomatic sources with insider knowledge of the incident.
One source claimed Gamal Mubarak, the 47-year-old son of Hosni, fled temporarily for London and transferred large sums of money there in recent days.
The second source confirmed Gamal is in London, but said he did not run away.
The sources said Hosni Mubarak's older son, Alaa, still is in the country. Alaa has more popular support than his younger brother and is not as tied to regime corruption.
The Egyptian government has denied Gamal fled the country to London.
JORDAN Future in jeopardy
January 28, 2011
Arab world unrest has Jordan's king under pressure
"Nobody wants regime change, but people here want accountability and an end to government corruption," Jordanian analysts say.
Unrest ripping across the Arab world is putting pressure on Jordan's King Abdullah II, a key US ally who has been making promises of reform in recent days in an apparent attempt to quell domestic discontent over economic degradation and lack of political freedoms.
After two weeks of widespread protests inspired by the revolt that overthrew Tunisia's autocratic president, Abdullah has promised reforms in meetings with members of parliament, former prime ministers, civil society institutions and even Jordan's largest opposition group, the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood Movement.
But his promises appear unlikely to quash the opposition's daring calls to elect their prime minister and Cabinet officials, traditionally appointed by the king.
The Muslim Brotherhood called for fresh demonstrations on Friday to press its demand for political and economic reforms.
"We will continue our protests until our demands are met," said Brotherhood spokesman Jamil Abu Bakr, referring to their calls for electing a prime minister and Cabinet officials; amending a controversial election law they claim had reduced votes in their favor; and implementing reforms that would eradicate corruption and introduce a transparent government policy.
Abdullah has been working to create a more open-market economy that would see a greater flow of foreign capital into a resource-barren country, heavily dependent on U.S. and other foreign aid and whose debt is estimated at $15 billion, about double the amount reported three years ago.
The economy saw a record deficit of $2 billion this year, inflation rising by 1.5 percent to 6.1 percent just last month and rampant unemployment and poverty — estimated at 12 and 25 percent respectively.
"The government buys cars and spends lavishly on its parties and travel, while many Jordanians are jobless or can barely put food on their tables to feed their hungry children," said civil servant Mahmoud Thiabat, 31, a father of three who earns $395 a month.
Such complaints mirror those that ultimately led to the downfall of Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, though as a monarch with deep support from the Bedouin-dominated military, Jordan's ruler is not seen as vulnerable as Tunisia's deposed leader.
Still, Prime Minister Samir Rifai announced a $550 million package of new subsidies in the last two weeks for fuel and staple products like rice, sugar, livestock and liquefied gas used for heating and cooking. It also includes a raise for civil servants and an increase in pensions for retired military and civilian personnel.
Parliament said it will be amending the elections law soon, a move seen as a concession to the Muslim opposition. Much more, click here
JORDAN on this link
2 killed in Egyptian clashes, ElBaradei under house arrest
Some reports police are joining rioters. Army not cracking down on rioters.
Where is allegiance?
January 28, 2011
Nobel Peace laureate Mohamed ElBaradei under house arrest.
One woman killed in Cairo, another man shot to death in Suez in latest round of protests; ElBaradei arrested after hiding in mosque;
Egyptian gov't imposes curfew, orders army reinforcement as violent clashes continue.
At least two people were killed on Friday in mass Egyptian protests against the government.
One woman was killed in Cairo, and another man was shot to death in Suez.
The Egyptian government imposed a curfew from 6 pm to 7 am on Friday, in the cities of Cairo, Alexandria, and Suez after violent demonstrations there.
The decree was handed down by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak who ordered the Egyptian army to give reinforcement to police to quell the protests, reported al-Jazeera.
Earlier, after joining the latest round of protests, ElBaradei and his supporters were forced to hide inside a mosque while hundreds of riot police laid siege to it, firing tear gas in the streets around so no one could leave.
Egyptians losing fear of confrontation with regime
want a real democratic system.
"Go, go, Mubarak go" and "the people need to end this regime" shouted the angry crowds around al-Istiqamma mosque in Cairo's Giza Square, as they shook their fists at the lines of helmeted riot police after Friday prayers.
Within minutes, water cannon showered the demonstrators and there were loud thuds as tear gas canisters were fired.
People ran into the side streets of this poor neighbourhood, on the edge of the capital, with their eyes streaming.
"Let the world see what is happening in this country," yelled one elderly man. "We will never stop until this... government goes."
Ordinary Egyptians appear to be losing their fear of direct confrontation with the security forces. There have been bloody and drawn out clashes all over Cairo and in some of Egypt's main cities.
They have a long list of grievances and the demands are an explicit challenge to their rulers.
Why Egypt matters
If Egyptian unrest turns into an Egyptian revolution, the implications for the Arab world - and for Western policy in the Middle East - will be immense.
Egypt matters, in a way that tiny Tunisia - key catalyst that it has been in the current wave of protest - does not.
It matters because its destiny affects, in a range of ways, not only Arab interests but Israeli, Iranian and Western interests, too.
Egypt, the most populous Arab state, can help determine the thrust of Arab policies - whether towards Israel or Iran or in the perennial quest for Arab consensus on issues that matter.
Above all, the Egyptian state has traditionally had a strength and solidity that made its collapse seem unthinkable.
Even now, with so much that is uncertain, that state and its basic structures may survive - with or without Hosni Mubarak, the country's president for the last three decades.
If there is a power vacuum, who is likely to fill it?
Will the powerful military intervene to restore stability?
If they did, would the protesters accept such a scenario - or would they, like their Tunisian counterparts, keep up the pressure for radical change?
And - the wild card that troubles Western policy-makers most - could the Muslim Brotherhood, the country's Islamist opposition movement, somehow exploit the protests to come to power?
Right now, that scenario seems far-fetched. The Brotherhood is trying to jump on the bandwagon of a youthful and largely leaderless protest movement.
They are not in front. They are trying to catch up.
But the situation is volatile. New leaders - nationalist or Islamist, civilian or military - could emerge if the country is engulfed in chaos.
If the Mubarak regime were to collapse - which is still a big "if" - the fall-out would affect virtually every key player in the region and every key issue.
Egypt Web shutdown is coordinated, extensive
Egyptian ministry offices under siege
What is the Muslim Brotherhood?
Some say the MB is a CIA creation. I am inclined to believe that.
The Muslim Brotherhood is a religious and political group founded on the belief that Islam is not simply a religion, but a way of life. It advocates a move away from secularism, and a return to the rules of the Quran as a basis for healthy families, communities, and states.
The movement officially rejects the use of violent means to secure its goals. However, offshoots of the group have been linked to attacks in the past, and critics blame the Brotherhood for sparking troubles elsewhere in the Middle East. Many consider it the forerunner of modern militant Islamism.
When was it created?
The Muslim Brotherhood has been part of the political scene in Egypt for more than 80 years. It was formed there by Hassan al-Banna in 1928.
Stock sell-off intensifies on Egypt unrest
3:45pm: Dow sheds 140 points, Nasdaq sinks more than 2% and S&P 500 falls 1.4% as investors grow nervous amid massive demonstrations taking place in Egypt. More
Gold rally biggest in 8 weeks as Egypt army rolls
* Stocks suffer biggest drop in nearly 6 months
* Dollar, franc may hold gains if Egypt worries persist
* Brent surges to near $100 on Egypt unrest
* Consumer spending, trade buoy U.S. economy in Q4
* UPDATE 2-Egypt unrest slams Middle East investments in US
Gold bars are pictured at the Ginza Tanaka store during a photo opportunity in Tokyo September 17, 2010. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao
By Frank Tang
NEW YORK | Fri Jan 28, 2011 5:23pm EST
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Gold posted its biggest gains in eight weeks on Friday, gaining nearly 2 percent as the prospect of unrest in Egypt spreading across the Middle East fueled a rush of safe-haven buying in the financial markets.
The nearly $40-an-ounce jump in active trading revived investor interest in bullion, which is still set for its first monthly decline in half a year after investors fled the market on signs that the Euro zone debt crisis was receding and the U.S. economy was on a firmer recovery footing.
After several days of unprecedented protests, the sight of armored cars in the streets of Cairo on Friday finally got the attention of global markets. Oil spiked by more than 4 percent, the dollar rose sharply and Treasuries gained as investors feared the political instability could spread.
"Confusion breeds contempt for all investments other than gold. Clearly, money is flowing to gold as the ultimate safe haven ... because nobody knows how this situation is going to resolve itself," said Dennis Gartman, publisher of the Gartman Letter, a daily investment commentary.
Gartman, a long-time gold bull who liquidated some of his position this month, said he did not expect Egypt's unrest to be over anytime soon and that gold could further benefit from the possibility of chaos spreading to other countries in the region.
Spot gold rose 2 percent to $1,338.39 an ounce by 2:43 p.m. EST, the largest one-day gain since early December. That reversed Thursday's 2.6 percent slump as a run of better-than-expected economic data fueled concern over higher interest rates that could end gold's long bull run.
Earlier in the session, gold touched a four-month low of $1,308.00 an ounce.
U.S. gold futures for February delivery settled up $22.3 at $1,340.70 an ounce, with total volume topping 300,000 lots for a second day running, the highest since November.
Spot silver rose 3.5 percent to $27.82 an ounce.
Iran cleric: Mideast unrest replay of our 1979 Islamic revolution
Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami said protests in Egypt, Tunisia show the era of 'Western-backed dictators' in the Arab world is over.
The "aftershock" of Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution was now rocking Egypt and other Arab states, a senior ayatollah said in the Friday prayer ceremony in Tehran.
"I herewith proclaim to those (Western leaders) who still do not want to see the realities that the political axis of the new Middle East will soon be Islamic rulership and a democracy based on religion," Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami said.
"All these protests in Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan and Yemen are inspired by Iran's Islamic revolution and these countries are de facto rocked by the aftershock of the Iranian revolution," the ultra-conservative cleric added.
The ayatollah said that the era of "Western-backed dictators" in the Arab world was over and the people have entered the scene with the slogan of Allaha Akbar (God is Great), which Khatami said.
A surge of popular protests over police and government repression and poverty swept Tunisia earlier in the month and sent their veteran leader from power, sending a chill through unpopular authoritarian governments across the Arab world. This first ousting has led to a wave of protests throughout the Arab world, with citizens holding anti-government demonstrations and demanding reform. Protests continued in Egypt for the fourth day, despite at least 5 protesters being killed in clashes with police since the protests began.
Media are calling the rioters the 'TEA party.'
DO NOT mistake the hand of the NWO here. Television want to get Americans associating these rioting anarchists with the peaceful freedom-loving TEA party in USA.
WikiLeaks claims America backed the Egypt uprising.
It is far more likely that the NWO, globalists sparked all the riots all across north Africa and in Lebanon.
It is time for the world dictator Christians call the antiChrist to be revealed.
Many signs have rapidly occurred the last few years that it is now Jacobs' troubles, the Time of the End.
I suspect Mubarek will either leave Egypt or be killed
Protests continue as tanks roll into Cairo's Tahrir Square
January 29th, 2011
Egyptian military tanks surrounded Cairo's Tahrir Square, where hundreds of protesters had gathered on Saturday, chanting 'Down with Mubarak.'
Tahrir Square, located near many government buildings in the heart of downtown Cairo.
Nearby, police fired tear gas on protesters.
America secretly backed leaders behind Egypt uprising
The American government secretly backed leading figures behind the Egyptian uprising who have been planning regime change for the past 3 years. The American Embassy in Cairo helped a young dissident attend a US-sponsored summit for activists in New York, while working to keep his identity secret from Egyptian state police.
On his return to Cairo in December 2008, the activist told US diplomats that an alliance of opposition groups had drawn up a plan to overthrow President Hosni Mubarak and install a democratic government in 2011. He has already been arrested by Egyptian security.
Egyptian Revolution of the people
DO NOT CALL THIS a 'TEA party!!!'
Death toll in Egypt riots reportedly reaches 90
750 policemen, 1,500 rioters wounded. Jerusalem Post
January 29th, 2011
Mubarak fires his cabinet but refuses to step down, at least 35 killed, 1,000 wounded.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak clung to power on Saturday as protesters took to the streets again to demand that he quit.
Mubarak ordered troops and tanks into the cities overnight and imposed a curfew.
Government buildings, including the ruling party headquarters, were still blazing Saturday morning after being set alight by demonstrators who defied the curfew.
BBC reported Saturday that an explosion had ripped through a state security building in Rafah, Israel.
Mubarak hangs on to power but for how long?
Egyptian Cabinet officially resigns
Egypt faces 5th day of rage
The battle for the Kasr al-Nil Bridge
United States stake in Egypt
Good photo of Obama with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Sept. 2010.
Israel silent over Egypt protests
January 29th, 2011
Israeli PM Netanyahu ordered government spokesmen to keep silent on mass riots in Egypt, but security expressed concern the violence could threaten ties with its important ally and spread to the Palestinians.
There is a great concern in Israel that violence might spread to Gaza, the West Bank, and Jordan, the other Israel ally in the Arab world
Israel is closely following the events, and expects Mubarak to survive, but that it could damage ties with Israel if the opposition makes gains.
Egypt was the first Arab country to reach peace with Israel 30 years ago. It remains one of Israel's most important allies by acting as a bridge to the wider Arab world.
BBC reported Saturday that an explosion had ripped through a state security building in Rafah, Israel.
El Al trying to get Christians and Jews out of Egypt. JPost
Without Egypt, Israel will be left with no friends in Mideast
Without Egypt's Mubarak and with Turkey turned to Iran, Israel is in a state of strategic distress. Without Mubarak, Israel is left with almost no friends in the Middle East.
Israel is increasingly isolated with the United States Obama whitehouse turning against Israel to favor Islam.
Very good article here
Egypt's stock exchange suspended trading tomorrow and banks will be closed, state TV said today. The benchmark EGX30 stock index plunged 11 percent on Jan. 27, the most since October 2008, when it was last open. Soldiers, backed by armored carriers and tanks, are guarding banks and government buildings in the capital after acts of looting and theft yesterday.
Egypt shutdown worst in Internet history: experts
by Katia Dolmadjian Katia Dolmadjian – Sat Jan 29, 12:05 pm ET
PARIS (AFP) – The scale of Egypt's crackdown on the Internet and mobile phones amid deadly protests against the rule of President Hosni Mubarak is unprecedented in the history of the web, experts said.
US President Barack Obama, social networking sites and rights groups around the world all condemned the moves by Egyptian authorities to stop activists using cellphones and cyber technology to organise rallies.
"It's a first in the history of the Internet," Rik Ferguson, an expert for Trend Micro, the world's third biggest computer security firm, told AFP.
Julien Coulon, co-founder of Cedexis, a French Internet performance monitoring and traffic management system, added: "In 24 hours we have lost 97 percent of Egyptian Internet traffic.
According to Renesys, a US Internet monitoring company, Egypt's four main Internet service providers cut off international access to their customers in a near simultaneous move at 2234 GMT on Thursday.
Around 23 million Egyptians have either regular or occasional access to the Internet, according to official figures, more than a quarter of the population.
"In an action unprecedented in Internet history, the Egyptian government appears to have ordered service providers to shut down all international connections to the Internet," James Cowie of Renesys said in a blog post.
Link Egypt, Vodafone/Raya, Telecom Egypt and Etisalat Misr were all off air but Cowie said one exception was the Noor Group, which still has 83 live routes to its Egyptian customers.
He said it was not clear why the Noor Group was apparently unaffected "but we observe that the Egyptian Stock Exchange (www.egyptse.com) is still alive at a Noor address."
Mobile telephone networks were also severely disrupted in the country on Friday. Phone signals were patchy and text messages inoperative.
British-based Vodafone said all mobile operators in Egypt had been "instructed" Friday to suspend services in some areas amid spiralling unrest, adding that under Egyptian law it was "obliged" to comply with the order.
Egyptian operator ECMS, linked to France's Telecom-Orange, said the authorities had ordered them to shut them off late Thursday.
"We had no warning, it was quite sudden," a spokesman for Telecom-Orange told AFP in France.
The shutdown in Egypt is the most comprehensive official electronic blackout of its kind, experts said.
Links to the web were were cut for only a few days during a wave of protests against Myanmar's ruling military junta in 2007, while demonstrations against the re-election of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009 specifically targeted Twitter and Facebook.
Egypt -- like Tunisia where mass popular unrest drove out Zine El Abidine Ben Ali earlier this month -- is on a list of 13 countries classed as "enemies of the Internet" by media rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
"So far there has been no systematic filtering by Egyptian authorities -- they have completely controlled the whole Internet," said Soazig Dollet, the Middle East and North Africa specialist for RSF.
Condemnation of Egypt's Internet crackdown has been widespread.
Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on Cairo to restore the Internet and social networking sites.
Facebook, the world's largest social network with nearly 600 million members, and Twitter also weighed in.
"Although the turmoil in Egypt is a matter for the Egyptian people and their government to resolve, limiting Internet access for millions of people is a matter of concern for the global community," said Andrew Noyes, a Facebook spokesman.
Twitter, which has more than 175 million registered users, said of efforts to block the service in Egypt: "We believe that the open exchange of info & views benefits societies & helps govts better connect w/ their people."
US digital rights groups also criticised the Egyptian government.
"This action is inconsistent with all international human rights norms, and is unprecedented in Internet history," said Leslie Harris, president of the Center for Democracy and Technology in the United States.
Chaos engulfs Cairo as Mubarak points to successor
Jan 29 CAIRO
With protests raging, Egypt's president named his intelligence chief as his first-ever vice president on Saturday, setting the stage for a successor as chaos engulfed the capital.
Soldiers stood by — a few even joining the demonstrators — and the death toll from five days of anti-government fury rose sharply to 74.
Saturday's fast-moving developments across the north African nation marked a sharp turning point in President Hosni Mubarak's three-decade rule of Egypt.
Residents and shopkeepers in affluent neighborhoods boarded up their houses and stores against looters, who roamed the streets with knives and sticks, stealing what they could and destroying cars, windows and street signs. Gunfire rang out in some neighborhoods.
Tanks and armored personnel carriers fanned out across the city of 18 million, guarding key government buildings, and major tourist and archaeological sites. Among those singled out for special protection was the Egyptian Museum, home to some of the country's most treasured antiquities, and the Cabinet building. The military closed the pyramids on the outskirts of Cairo — Egypt's premier tourist site.
But soldiers made no moves against protesters, even after a curfew came and went and the crowds swelled in the streets, demanding an end to Mubarak's rule and no handoff to the son he had been grooming to succeed him.
"This is the revolution of people of all walks of life," read black graffiti scrolled on one army tank in Tahrir Square. "Mubarak, take your son and leave," it said.
Thousands of protesters defied the curfew for the second night, standing their ground in the main Tahrir Square in a resounding rejection of Mubarak's attempt to hang onto power with promises of reform and a new government.
Police protecting the Interior Ministry near the site opened fire at a funeral procession for a dead protester, possibly because it came too close to the force. Clashes broke out and at least two people were killed.
A 43-year-old teacher, Rafaat Mubarak, said the appointment of the president's intelligence chief and longtime confidant, Omar Suleiman, as vice president did not satisfy the protesters.
"This is all nonsense. They will not fool us anymore. We want the head of the snake," he said in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria. "If he is appointed by Mubarak, then he is just one more member of the gang. We are not speaking about a branch in a tree, we are talking about the roots."
The crackdown on protesters has drawn harsh criticism from the Obama administration and even a threat Friday to reduce a $1.5 billion foreign aid program if Washington's most important Arab ally escalates the use of force.
Thousands of passengers were stranded at Cairo's airport as flights were canceled or delayed, leaving them unable to leave because of a government-imposed curfew. Several Arab nations, meanwhile, moved to evacuate their citizens.
The cancelations of flights and the arrival of several largely empty aircraft appeared to herald an ominous erosion of key tourism revenue.
The protesters united in one overarching demand — Mubarak and his family must go. The movement is a culmination of years of simmering frustration over a government they see as corrupt, heavy-handed and neglectful of poverty.
Egyptians were emboldened by the uprising in Tunisia — another North African Arab nation, and further buoyed by their success in defying the ban on gatherings.
At the end of a long day of rioting and mass demonstrations Friday, Mubarak fired his Cabinet and promised reforms. But the demonstrators returned in force again Saturday to demand a complete change of regime.
The president appeared to have been preparing his son Gamal to succeed him, possibly as soon as presidential elections planned for later this year. However, there was significant public opposition to the hereditary succession.
The appointment of Suleiman, 74, answers one of the most intriguing and enduring political questions in Egypt: Who will succeed 82-year-old Mubarak?
Another question is whether his appointment will calm Egypt's seething cities.
Mubarak appointed Suleiman shortly after the U.S. said he needed to take concrete action to achieve "real reform." Suleiman is well known and respected by American officials and has traveled to Washington many times.
Before word that Mubarak had picked his first vice president, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said the U.S. wanted to see Mubarak fulfill his pledges of reform.
"The Egyptian government can't reshuffle the deck and then stand pat," Crowley said on his Twitter account. "President Mubarak's words pledging reform must be followed by action."
As the army presence expanded in Cairo Saturday, police largely disappeared from the streets — possibly because their presence seemed only to fuel protesters' anger. Egyptian police are hated for their brutality.
On Friday, 17 police stations throughout Cairo were torched, with protesters stealing firearms and ammunition and freeing some jailed suspects. They also burned dozens of police trucks in Cairo, Alexandria and Suez. On Saturday, protesters besieged a police station in the Giza neighborhood of Cairo, looted and pulled down Egyptian flags, then burned the building to the ground.
There were no clashes reported between protesters and the military at all, and many in the crowds showered soldiers with affection.
One army captain joined the demonstrators in Tahrir Square, who hoisted him on their shoulders while chanting slogans against Mubarak. The officer ripped apart a picture of the president.
"We don't want him! We will go after him!" demonstrators shouted. They decried looting and sabotage, saying: "Those who love Egypt should not sabotage Egypt!"
Some 200 inmates escaped a jail on the outskirts of the city, starting a fire first to cover their breakout. Eight inmates were killed during the escape.
On Saturday, feelings of joy over the sustained protest mingled with frustration over the looting and Mubarak's refusal to step down.
"To hell with Mubarak; We don't serve individuals. We serve this country that we love, just like you," yelled another soldier to protesters from atop a tank scrawled with graffiti that said: "Down with Mubarak!"
Like Mubarak, Suleiman has a military background. The powerful military has provided Egypt with its four presidents since the monarchy was toppled nearly 60 years ago. He has been in charge of some of Egypt's most sensitive foreign policy issues, including the Palestinian-Israeli peace process.
Suleiman, additionally, is widely seen as a central regime figure, a position that protesters were likely to view with suspicion.
Mubarak also named his new prime minister Ahmed Shafiq, the outgoing civil aviation minister and fellow former air force officer.
Both appointments perpetuate the military's overriding role in Egyptian politics.
Suleiman's frequent trips to Israel could be held against him by a population that continues to view the Jewish state as a sworn enemy more than 30 years after the two neighbors signed a peace treaty.
With the two occupying the country's most important jobs after the president from the military, Gamal, a banker-turned-politician, appears out of the running for his father's job.
A leaked U.S. diplomatic memo said Gamal and his clique of ruling party stalwarts and businessmen were gaining confidence in 2007 about controlling power in Egypt and that they believed that Mubarak would eventually dump Suleiman, who was seen as a threat by Gamal and his coterie of aides.
Gamal launched his political career within the ranks of the ruling National Democratic Party, climbed over the past 10 years to become its de facto leader, dictating economic policies and bolstering his own political standing.
Gamal's close aide and confidant, steel tycoon Ahmed Ezz, resigned from the party on Saturday, according to state television. Gamal and Ezz are suspected of orchestrating the rigging of the last parliamentary election in November, making sure the ruling party won all but a small fraction of the chamber's 518 seats.
"There is nothing short of Mubarak leaving power that will satisfy the people," Mohamed ElBaradei, the country's leading pro-reform activist told The Associated Press on Saturday. "I think what Mubarak said yesterday was an insult to the intelligence of the Egyptian people."
Buildings, statues and even armored security vehicles were covered in anti-Mubarak graffiti, including the words "Mubarak must fall," which by morning had been written over to say "Mubarak fell."
The military extended the hours of the night curfew imposed Friday in the three major cities where the worst violence has been seen — Cairo, Alexandria and Suez. State television said it would begin at 4 p.m. and last until 8 a.m., longer than the 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. ban Friday night that appeared to not have been enforced.
The Internet appeared blocked for a second day to hamper protesters who use social networking sites to organize. And after cell phone service was cut for a day Friday, two of the country's major providers were up and running Saturday.
In the capital on Friday night, hundreds of young men carted away televisions, fans and stereo equipment looted from the ruling National Democratic Party, near the Egyptian Museum.
Others around the city looted banks, smashed cars, tore down street signs and pelted armored riot police vehicles with paving stones torn from roadways.
Banks and the stock market will be closed on Sunday, the first day of the week, because of the turmoil.
CHINA BLOCKS 'EGYPT' on TWITTER
January 31, 2011
China has blocked the word "Egypt'' from the country's wildly popular Twitter-like service, while coverage of the political turmoil has been tightly restricted in state media.
China's ruling Communist Party is sensitive to any potential source of social unrest.
A search for "Egypt'' on the Sina microblogging service brings up a message saying, "According to relevant laws, regulations and policies, the search results are not shown".
The service has more than 50 million users.
News on the Egypt protests has been limited to a few paragraphs and photos
The death toll so far during Cairo's days of protests is much higher than reported in the news, according to doctors at one of Cairo's largest hospitals.
A resident doctor at the hospital who was assisting with surgeries yesterday told Al-Masry Al-Youm today that most of those admitted were not wounded, but dead. He estimated the number at more than 50.
The doctor said the wounds were from live bullets, not rubber bullets, and most appeared to be aimed at the head and heart, leading him to believe that orders to the riot police were to kill, not injure, the tens of thousands of protesters who took to the streets in anti-government protests this week.
"I rarely saw rubber bullet wounds," he said.
Attempts to reach the wounded in the mass protests--which were instantly cordoned off by the city's massive number of riot police--were inhibited by the crowds.
A doctor who attended yesterday's protests, who asked that her name be withheld, said it took some two hours for ambulances to reach...
Families of top businessmen leave Egypt
January 30, 2011
AN official at Cairo airport says 19 private jets carrying families of wealthy Egyptian and Arab businessmen have flown out of the capital.
The official said the jets left yesterday local time carrying dozens of family members of Egypt's business elite.
He said most of the planes were headed for Dubai.
The passengers included the families of telecom mogul Naguib Sawiris, the executive chairman of Orascom Telecom, and Hussein Salem, a hotel tycoon and close confidant of President Hosni Mubarak.
The exodus of the families comes as Egypt enters its sixth day of mass unrest directed against Mubarak and what they say have been policies that further enrich the wealthy at the average citizen's expense.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to brief the media.
WHO LOST EGYPT?
By DICK MORRIS
Published on DickMorris.com on January 29, 2011
In the 1950s, the accusation "who lost China" resonated throughout American politics and led to the defeat of the Democratic Party in the presidential elections of 1952. Unless President Obama reverses field and strongly opposes letting the Muslim brotherhood take over Egypt, he will be hit with the modern equivalent of the 1952 question: Who Lost Egypt?
The Iranian government is waiting for Egypt to fall into its lap. The Muslim Brotherhood, dominated by Iranian Islamic fundamentalism, will doubtless emerge as the winner should the government of Egypt fall. The Obama Administration, in failing to throw its weight against an Islamic takeover, is guilty of the same mistake that led President Carter to fail to support the Shah, opening the door for the Ayatollah Khomeini to take over Iran.
The United States has enormous leverage in Egypt - far more than it had in Iran. We provide Egypt with upwards of $2 billion a year in foreign aid under the provisos of the Camp David Accords orchestrated by Carter. The Egyptian military, in particular, receives $1.3 billion of this money. The United States, as the pay master, needs to send a signal to the military that it will be supportive of its efforts to keep Egypt out of the hands of the Islamic fundamentalists. Instead, Obama has put our military aid to Egypt "under review" to pressure Mubarak to mute his response to the demonstrators and has given top priority to "preventing the loss of human life."
President Obama should say that Egypt has always been a friend of the United States. He should point out that it was the first Arab country to make peace with Israel. He should recall that President Sadat, who signed the peace accords, paid for doing so with his life and that President Mubarak has carried on in his footsteps. He should condemn the efforts of the Muslim Brotherhood extremists to take over the country and indicate that America stands by her longtime ally. He should address the need for reform and urge Mubarak to enact needed changes. But his emphasis should be on standing with our ally.
The return of Nobel laureate Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei, the former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has to Egypt as the presumptive heir to Mubarak tells us where this revolution is headed. Carolyn Glick, a columnist for the Jerusalem Post, explains how dangerous ElBaradei is. "As IAEA head," she writes, "Elbaradei shielded Iran's nuclear weapons program from the Security Council. He [has] continued to lobby against significant UN Security Council sanctions or other actions against Iran...Last week, he dismissed the threat of a nuclear armed Iran [saying] 'there is a lot of hype in this debate'."
As for the Muslim Brotherhood, Glick notes that "it forms the largest and best organized opposition to the Mubarak regime and [is] the progenitor of Hamas and al Qaidi. It seeks Egypt's transformation into an Islamic regime that will stand at the forefront of the global jihad."
Now is the time for Republicans and conservatives to start asking the question: Who is losing Egypt? We need to debunk the starry eyed idealistic yearning for reform and the fantasy that a liberal democracy will come from these demonstrations. It won't. Iranian domination will.
Egypt, with 80 million people, is the largest country in the Middle East or North Africa. Combined with Iran's 75 million (the second largest) they have 155 million people. By contrast the entire rest of the region -- Algeria, Morocco, Libya, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Syria, Tunisia, Jordan, UAE, Lebanon, Kuwait, Oman, and Qatar combined-- have only 200 million.
We must not let the two most populous and powerful nations in the region fall under the sway of Muslim extremism, the one through the weakness of Jimmy Carter and the other through the weakness of Barack Obama.
Was wondering if I could get some feedack on this...
Is Egypt prophecized in the end times as well? Saw this web site on another MB...like always, DISCERN!
According to Daniel 11:40, Egypt will lead an invasion against the State of Israel during the tribulation (after the rapture). Most likely, this invasion will occur in the middle of the seven-year tribulation period. Egypt, "the King of the South", will lead most of the Arab nations in the attack. The Antichrist and his forces will defeat Egypt and these countries. "He (Antichrist-leader of Western nations) shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape (Daniel 11:42)." This will happen to Egypt in response to Egypt's invasion (vs. 40). The Antichrist will be ready to invade Libya and Ethiopia which are allied with Russia, but the threat of war with Russia (King of the North) and China (King of the East) will prevent this. Read these Scriptures:
"But he (Antichrist) shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his (Antichrist's) steps. But tidings out of the East (China) and out of the North (Russia) trouble him (Antichrist)…(Daniel 11:43, 44)." Daniel 11:45 tells us that at this time the Antichrist will establish his rule and put his palace in Jerusalem. "And he (Antichrist) shall plant the tabernacle of his palace between the seas (Mediterranean and Dead Seas) in the glorious holy mountain (Jerusalem)." So we learn from this passage of Scripture that the Antichrist (the leader of the ten Western nations) will rule over Jerusalem and rule over a conquered Egypt.
This matches up exactly with a prophecy given by the prophet Isaiah warning of a powerful dictator who will invade Egypt and take over. "And the Egyptians will I give over into the hand of a cruel Lord; and a fierce king shall rule over them (Isaiah 19:4)." This is a reference to the Antichrist.
The LORD will strike Egypt, striking but healing, so they will return to the LORD
And He will respond to them and will heal them. In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria,
and the Assyrians will come into Egypt and the Egyptians into Assyria, and the Egyptians will worship with the Assyrians.
In that day Israel will be the third party with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth.
poppa - THANK YOU for that! Good item!
LISTEN to this song about the HOLY HIGHWAY!
BA - Thanks, yes I know the death toll is higher than reported.
NEVER EVER expect accurate news - especially in situations of anarchy like this.
I can see the riots and anarchy in the mideast happening in the USA - and soon.
Everyone mocked me - and said, not here!
On fox tv last nite, Mancow said he can see this happening in Chicago too.
Israeli aim is to maintain stability
January 30, 2011
In first official comments on anti-government protests in Egypt,
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel is anxiously monitoring the anti-government protests, he has spoken with Obama, Hellary Clinton.
Egypt believes US backed protest
Israel silently watches the unfolding of 2 new fronts
January 30, 2011 DEBKA
Just in January there has been regime changes in Tunisia and Lebanon. Will Egypt also fall?
Hamas demonstrators in Jordan, will it fall also?
Egypt, one of the only two Arab states to sign peace with Israel, is on the brink of revolutionary change with potentially spreading fallout. Israel is dismayed to be looking suddenly at 3 hostile fronts about to spring up around her - Lebanon, Egypt, and Gaza.
Palestinian Hamas are an offshoot of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. (Some claim the CIA started the MB)
1. Not a single protester or slogan-bearer summoned up the Israeli-Palestinian dispute as a factor in the most revolutionary transformations to overtake the region's countries in half a century. The Palestinians issue was totally absent from street demonstrations and Iran's takeover of Lebanon - giving the lie to the decades-long claim by Western decision- and opinion-makers that the Israel-Palestinian conflict was the root-cause of instability in the Arab and Muslim worlds and if it were not settled, those worlds would turn against the West. The Palestinians were plainly far from the minds of this week's Arab demonstrators.
2. The force most energized by the popular uprising in Egypt week turns out to be the extremist Hamas, the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood - not only in Gaza and the West Bank, but also in Jordan. Its enhanced potency makes it a menace for Mahmoud Abbas, leader of the rival Fatah, and the Hashemite throne in Amman.
Flexing his new muscles, Hammam Saeed, head of the Muslim Brotherhood of Jordan and a close ally of the Hamas's Damascus-based leader, Khaled Meshaal, said this in Amman Saturday, Jan. 29: "Egypt's unrest will spread across the Mideast and Arabs will topple leaders allied with the United States."
debkafile's Middle East experts predict that however the Egyptian uprising turns out, and in whichever direction it is pushed and pulled by the United States, it will end in a new parliamentary election and a new civilian government in which the Muslim Brotherhood will be substantially represented.
This government will not abrogate the 1979 peace treaty binding Israel and Egypt for 33 years – no Cairo administration will risk losing the substantial aid package from America – but its format will change. The intimacy of day-to-day cooperation on common security and other matters may well be disappear and Israeli political, military and intelligence figures will not longer be welcome in Cairo for consultations on common concerns as they are today.
The Palestinian leader Abbas may also find the welcome mat withdrawn, unless he is willing to succumb to Hamas and cede control of the West Bank to the Palestinian extremists.
Both set s of visitors will be replaced by Hamas leaders from Damascus, Beirut and the Gaza Strip beating a path to the Egyptian capital.
3. Over the weekend, more than one high Iranian official was patting himself on the back over the way the Egyptian upheaval was turning out – especially the Al Qods Brigades commander, Qhassem Soleimani, whom debkafile's exclusive sources disclose has just been promoted to Major General, the second highest rank in Iran's armed forces.
For 15 years as Al Qods chief, he has overseen all of Iran's clandestine, sabotage and subversive operations in neighboring Afghanistan and Iraq, managed Hizballah's terrorist and spy cells active in West and East Africa, built up Hizballah as the leading military force on home ground in Lebanon, and developed the military prowess of the Palestinian Hamas and Jihad Islami in the Gaza Strip.
Soleimani feels triumphantly vindicated in his decision to build up Hamas as Hizballah No. 2 and furnish the Palestinian extremists in the Gaza Strip with the missiles and weapons systems required to make them a formidable military force.
The Al Qods Brigades chief now takes credit for Hamas's readiness for the enhanced role it has gained from the popular uprising in Egypt.
But Israel's strategic planners should be kicking themselves for failing to curb Iran's military expansion into Lebanon and the Gaza Strip before it developed. The consequence of their inaction is two new long potentially hostile borders to Israel's south.
Bedouin Tribes Threaten to Attack Suez Canal if Mubarak Does Not Step Down
January 29th, 2011
Bedouin tribesman have reportedly taken control of two towns in the Sinai Peninsula. These two towns are the closest to the Gaza Strip and right next to the border with Israel. There were reports yesterday that Bedouin tribes had besieged a police station in Suez and it appears that these riots have spread. This would effectively end the Mubarak dictatorship’s control of the region. There are no reports of the Egyptian military stepping in here.
The more disturbing news is a threat that has been made by the tribes if Mubarak does not step down. According to one report coming from Time Magazine, they are willing to attack the Suez Canal if Mubarak does not leave. The Suez Canal currently is where a third of the world’s oil and six percent of all products passes through. A seizure of the Canal could spike oil prices beyond the current $90 level, perhaps over $110. This could come to pass despite the fact that Egypt is not a major oil producer.
It has been speculated that the Egyptian army would not allow the Canal, perhaps Egypt’s most important economic element, to be attacked. However, there appears to be little to no protection and one report states that at least one ship has been attacked there. Others have reported fear of passing through due to the unrest.
And a prominent Bedouin smuggler in the Sinai peninsula told TIME that Bedouin are now in control of the two towns closest to the Gaza Strip, and that they planned to press on to attack the Suez Canal if Mubarak does not step down. He also said that police stations in the south Sinai would be attacked if Bedouin prisoners were not released.
If the Egyptian army was to attempt a defense of the Canal, they could likely succeed, even against heavily armed tribesmen. However, if the army is tied down in Alexandria and Cairo or have been ordered to stand down, then access to the Canal could be cut off as soon as tomorrow.
If there is a credible threat to the Suez Canal or actual stoppage by force, the 1956 invasion comes to mind. When Egyptian dictator Gamel Nasser nationalized the Canal, the combined forces of Britain, France, and Israel took it by force. It is possible that the United States or European powers would consider to retain control of this important waterway.
The White House or Downing Street have not commented on this breaking story. It is unknown if the Obama Administration has put in place a contingency plan in case of the seizure of the canal. The US military regularly travels through the waterway.
Sources in Egypt and West think US secretly backed protest
29 January 2011, (DebkaFile)
Persistent claims were heard Saturday, Jan. 29 in various Egyptian and informed western circles that the popular uprising against president Hosni Mubarak, still going strong on its fifth day, was secretly prepared three years ago in Washington during the Bush administration.
The London Daily Telegraph headlined a story Saturday, apparently confirming confidential US documents released by WikiLeaks, which claimed that since 2008, the American government had secretly backed leading figures behind the uprising for "regime change."
The US embassy in Cairo reportedly helped a young Egyptian dissident secretly attend a US-Sponsored summit for activists in New York. "On his return to Cairo in December 2008, the activist told US diplomats that an alliance of opposition groups had drawn up a plan to overthrow President Hosni Mubarak and Install a democratic government in 2011," the Telegraph reported.
SHERPA UNIT TO DEPLOY TO SINAI PENINSULA
Unit's Fourth Deployment Since 2003
January 15, 2011
HARTFORD, Conn., - Maj. Gen. Thaddeus J. Martin, Adjutant General and Commander of the Connecticut National Guard, announces that Detachment 2, Company I, 185th Aviation Regiment of Groton, is mobilized and will deploy to the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt to support the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO).
The unit’s mission will be to provide an on demand aviation asset to the MFO commander in support of the mission to supervise the security provisions of the Egypt / Israel Peace Treaty. The unit will also provide the means for the observers to have an aerial view of the area of interest and to conduct personnel and cargo movements between area base camps as well as Cairo and Tel Aviv.
This unit operates C-23C Sherpa aircraft and has deployed three separate times in the last seven years in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
The unit departed Connecticut earlier today for Ft. Benning, GA, for further training and validation.
This aviation unit is commanded by Chief Warrant Officer Four James Smith of Ivoryton, Conn.
Groton Guard detachment is heading to Egypt
Groton - Connecticut National Guard Detachment 2, Company I, 185th Aviation Regiment of Groton has mobilized and will deploy to the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt, to support the Multinational Force and Observers.
The unit left Connecticut Jan. 15 for Fort Benning, Ga., for further training and validation. The unit operates C-23C Sherpa aircraft and has deployed three times in the last seven years in support of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The unit will provide an on-demand aviation asset to the Multinational Force and Observers commander to support its mission of supervising the security provisions of the Egypt/ Israel Peace Treaty.
Chief Warrant Officer Four James Smith of Ivoryton commands the aviation unit.
FYI - World Markets 1/30/11 DOWN!
Egypt's beleaguered President Hosni Mubarak has appointed Omar Suleiman, the country's spy chief and the president's confidant, as the next vice-president amidst controversies surrounding the former head of the country's intelligence service.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak named a vice president on Saturday for the first time since coming to power nearly 30 years ago. It was a clear step toward setting up a successor in the midst of the biggest challenge ever to his rule from tens of thousands of anti-government protesters.
Mubarak named his intelligence chief of nearly two decades and close confidant Omar Suleiman.
The president had been seen as grooming his son Gamal to succeed him, possibly even as soon as in presidential elections planned for later this year. However, there was significant public opposition to the hereditary succession.
The appointment of Suleiman, 74, answers one of the most intriguing and enduring political questions in Egypt: Who will succeed 82-year-old Mubarak? Huffington Post
Suleiman is a well-known quantity in Washington.
He carries some controversial baggage from the standpoint of those looking for a clean slate on human rights.
Since 1993 Suleiman has headed the feared Egyptian General Intelligence Service (GIS). In that capacity, he was the CIA's point man in Egypt for renditions-the covert program in which the CIA snatched terror suspects from around the world and returned them to Egypt and elsewhere for interrogation, often under brutal circumstances.
As laid out in greater detail by Stephen Grey, in his book "Ghost Plane," beginning in the nineteen-nineties, Suleiman negotiated directly with top Agency officials. Every rendition was green-lighted at the highest levels of both the U.S. and Egyptian intelligence agencies.
Technically, the U.S. law required the C.I.A. to seek "assurances" from Egypt that rendered suspects wouldn't face torture. But under Suleiman's reign at the intelligence service, such assurances were considered close to worthless. As Michael Scheuer, a former C.I.A. officer who helped set up the practice of rendition, later testified before Congress, even if such "assurances" were written in indelible ink, "they weren't worth a bucket of warm spit." The New Yorker
Extraordinary rendition is an extrajudicial procedure in which suspected terrorists are transferred illegally to a country that is known to use torture during interrogation. The United States was widely accused of using such renditions during the War on Terror from 2001-2006.
The appointment of Suleiman - and new Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq - has led many analysts and protesters to question the extent to which regime change will actually come about in Egypt. Neon Tommy
As the head of the Mukhabarat (the intelligence service), Suleiman's political and military portfolio is vast. The GIS combines the intelligence-gathering elements of the CIA, the counterterrorism role of the FBI, the protection duties of the Secret Service, and the high-level diplomacy of the State Department. It also includes some functions unique to authoritarian regimes, such as monitoring Egypt's security apparatus for signs of internal coups. It is an elite institution, with a long reach inside the government as well as abroad.
al jazeera is Arab / Muslim propaganda to drive jihad, not a trustworthy news service
The Egyptian authorities are revoking the Al Jazeera Network's licence to broadcast from the country,
and will be shutting down its bureau office in Cairo, state television has said.
January 30, 2011
"The information minister [Anas al-Fikki] ordered ... suspension of operations of Al Jazeera, cancelling of its licences and withdrawing accreditation to all its staff as of today," a statement on the official Mena news agency said on Sunday.
In a statement, Al Jazeera said it strongly denounces and condemns the closure of its bureau in Cairo by the Egyptian government. The network received notification from the Egyptian authorities on Sunday morning.
"Al Jazeera has received widespread global acclaim for their coverage on the ground across the length and breadth of Egypt," the statement said.
An Al Jazeera spokesman said that the company would continue its strong coverage regardless.
"Al Jazeera sees this as an act designed to stifle and repress the freedom of reporting by the network and its journalists," the statement said.
"In this time of deep turmoil and unrest in Egyptian society it is imperative that voices from all sides be heard; the closing of our bureau by the Egyptian government is aimed at censoring and silencing the voices of the Egyptian people.
"Al Jazeera assures its audiences in Egypt and across the world that it will continue its in-depth and comprehensive reporting on the events unfolding in Egypt.
"Al Jazeera journalists have brought unparallelled reporting from the ground from across Egypt in the face of great danger and extraordinary circumstances. Al Jazeera Network is appalled at this latest attack by the Egyptian regime to strike at its freedom to report independently on the unprecedented events in Egypt."
As their signals have been taken off Nilesat, our Arabic sister channels are now broadcasting on the following new frequencies:
1) New frequency for AJA & AJM on Nilesat 7W:
10949 vertical (new)
SR: 27.500 Msps
2) New frequency for AJA & AJM on Arabsat 26E:
11585 vertical (new)
SR: 27.500 Msps
3) Arabic and Mubasher on Hotbird:
12111 MHz Vertical (Old)
SR: 27.500 Msps
The Egyptian Unrest, Stratfor intel Jan. 31The Egyptian Unrest
Stratfor intel Jan. 31 Egypt military expect Mubarek to leave
Egypt is the center of gravity for the Arab world, and protests against Mubarek continue to escalate.
A change in leadership could mean a breakdown in Egypt's peace treaty with Israel and a new phase in the United States war against the Muslims.
The MB is sustaining the demonstrators by providing food and aid to them, and calling for elections that would politically enable the MB.
The military appears willing to give Mubarak time to arrange his political exit.
Until he finally leaves, the unrest in the streets is unlikely to subside,
raising the question of just how much more delay from Mubarak the armed forces will tolerate.
January 31, 2011 Monday TWITTER NEWS
U.S. Embassy evacuating several hundred Americans to Athens, Cyprus and Istanbul.
HELLary Clinton calls top envoys from nearly all 260 embassies to unprecedented mass meeting Monday.
Egypt stock exchange to remain closed Tuesday for the third day due to countrywide protests.
Moody's downgrades Egypt government bond rating to Ba2, outlook negative.
Egypt's banks will remain closed for a third day Tuesday
Muslim Brotherhood Wants War With Israel
January 31, 2011
Mohamed Ghanem, one of the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, calls Egypt to stop pumping gas to Israel and prepare the Egyptian army for a war with it’s eastern neighbor.
Speaking with Iranian television station Al-Alam, Mohamed Ghanem blamed Israel for supporting Hosni Mubarak’s regime. Ghanem also said that the Egyptian police and army won’t be able to stop the Muslim Brotherhood movement.
There are doubts about the loyalty of the Egyptian army to president Mubarak. If the brotherhood takes control over Egypt, it will be very messy from the whole region.
In the meantime, EUR/USD , GBP/USD other pairs have enjoyed the relative calm in the Egyptian crisis and regained most of their losses on Friday. An escalation will send them down, and will strengthen the dollar, yen and Swiss franc.
Update: Israel was attacked by Grad rockets fired from the Gaza. While Israel approved that 800 Egyptian soldiers reinforce the limited forces in Sinai, the Islamic movement Hammas, which is in good ties with the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, fired at Israel.
The one-million march is expected on Tuesday in Cairo. Will this be the end of Mubarak?
Food staples starting to run out in Egypt
January 31, 2011
While discontent, resentment and nationalism continue to fuel demonstrations, one vital staple is in short supply: food.
Many families in Egypt are fast running out of staples such as bread, beans and rice and are often unable or unwilling to shop for groceries.
"Everything is running out. I have three children, and I only have enough to feed them for maybe two more days. After that I do not know what we will do." school administrator Gamalat Gadalla told CNN.
The unrest has paralyzed daily life in Egypt with many grocers closing shop and spotty food shipments.
Egyptians prepare for the worst as protests rage
Egyptians stock up on food and water as unrest shakes foundations of the country
Monday, Jan 31, 2011
After 24 years in Canada, Rafik and Leila Baladi moved back to Cairo two weeks ago to settle down.
Now, like many other residents of the Egyptian capital, they're stocking up on bottled water and essential foodstuffs as chaos engulfs this sprawling city of some 18 million.
"We just don't know what is going to happen," said Leila, who along with her husband was pushing a shopping cart loaded with frozen chicken breasts, fava beans, milk and other items at a grocery store in central Cairo. "People are terrified to death."
Everyday life in Cairo has been turned upside down by the largest anti-government protests in decades in Egypt, which began last Tuesday and have surged since.
Schools are closed and businesses boarded up; the usual bumper-to-bumper traffic is now little more than a trickle; and the capital's famed nightlife has been snuffed out by a 4 p.m. to 8 a.m. curfew. For Monday, the military extended the hours, saying curfew would start at 3 p.m.
Even the Internet and text message services have been blocked for days.
The overriding concern for almost everyone in Cairo remains the fear of lawlessness.
"There's no cash in the ATMs, there's something like 5,000 prisoners roaming the streets and there's no security," said May Sadek, a public relations agent who lives in the middle class Dokki neighborhood. There have been jail breaks from at least four prisons around Cairo in recent days.
**My thoughts - just imagine if/when it will happen here in AMERICA...everything will be MUCH worse.
In Egypt, they don't even have all these goodies like the NFL, the Super Bowl, the NBA, baseball, fast-food joints at every street corner, mega movie theaters with state of the art sounds, DVDs from Netflics for $1, 24/7 cable tv with all kinds of stuff, etc, etc.
We should be very thankful with everything the Lord has provided us!
Concerns Grow About Security of Suez Canal Shipping Route
January 31, 2011
U.S. officials don’t want to talk about what might happen if the crisis in Egypt endangers international shipping -- and many of the world’s oil tankers -- through the Suez Canal.
“I'm not going to get into a series of hypotheticals,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said when asked how the U.S. might respond if Egyptian officials could no longer guarantee safe passage for the tens of thousands of ships that pass through the canal each year.
More than 35,000 ships crossed the Suez in 2009, about 10 percent of them oil tankers.
For now the canal remains open, and traffic is still flowing normally.
But how long that remains the case has some in the U.S. Congress calling for a contingency plan. Rep. Jeff Landry, a Louisiana Republican, says roughly the same amount of oil shipped daily through the Suez Canal can be produced each day in the Gulf of Mexico.
If the Suez Canal were to close, oil tankers would be forced to sail around southern Africa -- adding some 6,000 miles to the journey.
Free Egypt regimes planned alongside March of Millions
February 1, 2011 DEBKAfile Exclusive Report
Anarchists backed by retired army and security forces officers are planning to take over a key delta city, proclaim it a 'Free Egypt.'
A Mubarak effigy hangs from a noose over Tahrir Square, millions heads for presidential palace.
Mubarak is standing his ground. The street does not trust new V.P. Suleiman.
Barak Hussein Obama tells Egyptian Army to Remove Mubarak now.
Evil John McCain tells Mubarak to leave.
THIS IS NO WAY TO TREAT an ALLY of 30 YEARS
I AM HORRIFIED! SHAME on Obama and McCAIN! Cain killed his brother!
IMF says ready to help Egypt, others in trouble
CJ NOTE - That'd be a major disaster!
February 1, 2011
The IMF Tuesday said it was ready to help riot-torn Egypt and other nations stricken by chronic unemployment, but told governments to tackle economic strains or risk instability and even "war".
International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn also said rising food prices could have "potentially devastating consequences" for poorer nations, and warned that Asia's fast-growing economies risked a "hard landing".
Overall, he told an audience in Singapore, widening imbalances across and within countries were sparking tensions that threaten to derail the fragile global economic recovery -- and could even spark armed conflict.
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Strauss-Kahn said he did not want to comment on the political turmoil in Egypt, with President Hosni Mubarak facing the biggest challenge to his long tenure in charge of the most populous Arab nation.
"But clearly the situation in Egypt is the kind of situation that could have been expected not only in Egypt, when you see the problem created by the high level of unemployment," he told a questioner after giving a speech.
"Now the question is how to rebuild this, that's not only true for Egypt, (it) can be true also for countries where you didn't have this kind of unrest but are almost in the same situation.
"And of course the IMF is ready to help in defining the kind of policy that could be put in place."
In his speech, Strauss-Kahn said high unemployment and income inequality were a "strong undercurrent of the political turmoil in Tunisia and of rising social strains in other countries".
Nationwide demonstrations last month led to the ouster of Tunisian strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, while massive street protests raging in Egypt are seeking an end to Mubarak's three-decade rule.
"As tensions between countries increase, we could see rising protectionism -- of trade and of finance," the IMF managing director said.
"And as tensions within countries increase, we could see rising social and political instability within nations -- even war."
Strauss-Kahn called anew on China to adjust its exchange rate in its own economic interest, but said he disagreed with critics in the United States and elsewhere who want a rapid revaluation to the yuan.
He said the US government itself should not have a problem financing its massive debt, and downplayed fears over Japan's debts after a downgrade last week by Standard & Poor's.
But for the global economy as a whole, Strauss-Kahn struck a worried tone.
"While the recovery is under way, it is not the recovery we wanted," he said.
"It is a recovery beset by tensions and strains -- which could even sow the seeds of the next crisis."
He said the pace of recovery between advanced and emerging economies was unbalanced and echoed the situation just before the global economic crisis struck in late 2008.
"While growth remains below potential in the advanced economies, emerging and developing economies are growing much faster -- and some may soon be overheating," he said.
Growth in economies with large trade surpluses like China and Germany is still being powered by exports, while expansion in deficit-stricken countries such as the United States is being driven by domestic demand, he noted.
"These global imbalances put the sustainability of the recovery at risk."
For Asia in particular, Strauss-Kahn warned there were "risks of overheating and even a hard landing", underscoring the dilemma for policymakers trying to keep a lid on inflation while fostering job-creating growth.
"Food prices are rising too... with potentially devastating consequences for low-income countries," he added.
Feb. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger discusses the unrest in Egypt and the outlook for President Hosni Mubarak's tenure. Kissinger speaks from New York with Betty Liu on Bloomberg Television's "In the Loop." (Source: Bloomberg)
Kissinger warns that the uprising is a temporary state of affairs, “only the first Scene of the first act of a drama that is to be played out.
The Egypt disaster
Op-ed - Hillel Frisch Analysis
While liberals cheer on Egypt uprising, Cairo may turn Islamic, join forces with Iran.
Remember the Shah of Iran in 1979? That is what is happening in Egypt.
The freedom-hungry youngsters became a victim of the ayatollahs. We can assume that ElBaradei and his comrades will be eaten up by the Muslim Brothers even more easily.
Mubarak supporters, protesters clash in Egypt
Thousands of Mubarak Supporters March on Parliament, Clash with Anti-Government Protesters
February 2, 2011
Great visual! LOL!
Supporters of Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak, wielding sticks and whips, charged on horses and camels towards Cairo's Tahrir Square, where clashes were taking place with anti-government protesters
Military calls for an end to protests as supporters of President Mubarak (above) and anti-government demonstrators clash hours after the embattled leader defiantly said he would serve out his term in office.
Hundreds of pro-government supporters attacked protesters Wednesday in Cairo's central square, where thousands were pushing ahead with demonstrations demanding the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.
Mubarak supporters were out in the streets for the first time Wednesday in large numbers, with thousands demanding an end to the anti-government movement a day after the president went on national television and rejected demands for him to step down.
"We saw rocks flying in all directions … it was total mayhem," an Al-Jazeera correspondent in the area of Tahrir Square told the TV station.
She said there was a "complete stampede" and that she saw people being trampled.
The army separated about 20 Mubarak supporters from about 1,000 pro-democracy protesters in Tahrir Square, but the Mediterranean city of Alexandria saw clashes erupt between several hundred protesters and government supporters early Wednesday.
Egypt’s undercover police behind museum looting, group claims
Tuesday, February 1st, 2011
Egyptian security forces have been caught trying to loot priceless artifacts from the museum in Cairo and commit other acts of violence "in an attempt to stoke fear of instability," a rights group claimed Tuesday.
Human Rights Watch emergency director Peter Bouckaert told The Washington Post that police identification cards were found on several wounded looters that broke in to Cairo's Egyptian Museum.
Soon after the Egyptian police forces withdrew from the streets Friday, "people began to enter the museum," Zahi Hawass, head of Egypt's antiquities department, told Time Magazine.
Police identification cards were also found on other looters around Cairo and Egypt. Bouckaert implied that police forces may have been responsible for the escape of thousands of prisoners, describing it as "unexplainable."
Over the past few days, Egyptians all around the country reported to Human Rights Watch that police were responsible for much the looting.
"The locals say the only people with weapons are police who've taken off their uniforms and are responsible for most of the looting and crime," Human Rights Watch deputy director for Middle East and North Africa Division Joe Stork wrote from Suez Sunday.
"Mubarak's mantra to his own people was that he was the guarantor of the nation's stability," Bouckaert said. "It would make sense that he would want to send the message that without him, there is no safety."
"Over the past three days, state television has been reporting alarmist news about violence and criminals among the demonstrations in an attempt to discredit the democratic movement," the Post noted.
As up to a million Egyptians marched Tuesday, ordinary citizens set up checkpoints to keep undercover police from bringing in weapons and perpetrating violence.
"We want to show the world that we can take care of our country, and we are doing it without the government or police," Khalid Toufik, a 40-year-old dentist, told The New York Times. Reuters, broadcast Jan. 30, 2011
Mubarak: My role is over, I will die in Egypt
February 1, 2011 debka
Ominously, Mubarak is hanged in effigy by Cairo protesters.
In a speech to the nation Tuesday night, Feb. 1, President Hosni Mubarak defied the demands of President Barack Obama and his army generals to quit at once and leave Egypt and said he would serve out his term until September and not run again. He also swore to die in Egypt – meaning no exile for him. Mubarak said he would devote his remaining months to managing a peaceful transition of power and called on parliament to amend the constitution so as to open up the ballot to presidential candidates and limit the president's term in office.
A cheer went up in Cairo's Tahrir Square where protesters watched the speech on a huge TV screen, when Mubarak said his role was finished - although some continued to chant demands for him to go right now.
The big question is whether the army and people will let Mubarak have his last months in office.
Earlier Monday, debkafile reported:
In a final ultimatum, Washington Tuesday, Feb. 1, told Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak bluntly that his time was up. He must quit now and leave Egypt without further delay. As four million protesters marched across Egypt in a relentless drive to be rid of him, Mubarak got the same message from the heads of the Egyptian army, who may or not have been acting in tune with Washington.
Barack Obama's message reached Mubarak's desk by a special messenger, Ambassador Frank Wisner.
He is expected to announce in a speech to the nation Tuesday night that he will not run for a fifth term as president but serve full term. This will be seen as more foot-dragging and further infuriate the people.
Our Cairo sources report that the army chiefs were horrified to see hundreds of Cairo protesters taking part in the March of Millions Tuesday hoisting Mubarak effigies on a cardboard gallows or paraded in coffins over Tahrir Square - an unprecedentedly brutal expression of rage and hate. Army leaders have begun to fear that the protesters' next step may be to haul him out of Abdeen Palace and lynch him if he stands by his refusal to step down.
The Egyptian army chiefs have made plans to fill Mubarak's shoes and rule the country of 85 million as soon as he is gone. Before them are three optional procedures for bridging the transitional period up until general and presidential elections.
1. A council of officers consisting of 3-5 generals will assume presidential powers and govern the country for the interim, or;
2. The new Vice President, the former Intelligence Minister Gen. Omar Suleiman, will be appointed president; or;
3. Chief of Staff Gen. Sami Enan will take his place in the presidential office.
It is not known if the generals have put their plan before the president or that he learned about from officers loyal to him.
In parallel consultations at the US embassy in Cairo, the three options were put before Ambassador Margaret Scobey by Mohammed ElBaradei, the former International Atomic Energy Director who was chosen by opposition organizations for liaison missions. He was also in touch with the British ambassador in Cairo during the day. By undertaking these tasks, ElBaradei, who was hardly known in Egypt, has advanced his chances of a prominent role in the post-Mubarak government.
debkafile's Washington sources report that the Obama administration has in fact put a gun on Mubarak's desk and are willing to discuss nothing more than the conditions of his departure in the next couple of days. So far, the Egyptian president has not informed the Americans or the army what is plans are and no one can tell what turn the crisis will take next.
Barak Hussein Obama tells Egyptian Army to Remove Mubarak now.
Evil John McCain tells Mubarak to leave.
THIS IS NO WAY TO TREAT an ALLY of 30 YEARS
I AM HORRIFIED! SHAME on Obama and McCAIN! Cain killed his brother!
February 2, 2011 DEBKA
Barack Obama delivered an ultimatum to Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman and the army and security chiefs.
Mubarak must be removed in the coming hours or else US aid to Egypt will be cut off.
Barack Obama has been clear on Egypt that 'the transition must begin now, and now means now.'
WHO in the HELL does this illegitimate basturd think he is? He has brought nothing but SHAME and disgrace upon America!
HELLary Clinton called Vice President Omar Suleiman, Robert Gates called Egyptian defense minister Mohamed Tantawi.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and UK Prime Minister David Cameron leaned hard on Egyptian army chiefs to bring Mubarak's presidency to an end in the coming hours.
EGYPT WILL NOT BE BETTER OFF WITHOUT MUBARAK!
IT WILL BECOME LITTLE IRAN!
Feb 3 twitter
Muslim Brotherhood demands Mubarak is overthrown.
Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain urge immediate political transition in Egypt
Obama is acting against U.S. interests
Egyptian government feels betrayed by Obama, charging that he is acting against American interests by pushing the advancement of the Iran-controlled Muslim Brotherhood.
Obama is championing the enemy.
Obama has been closely associated throughout his political career with the radical-left.
Mubarak has been a staunch U.S. ally and a stabilizing force in the Arab world.
Evil friends of Obama
Hundreds in Gaza rally against Egypt's president
February 3, 2011
Hundreds of Hamas supporters in Gaza are demonstrating against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
The demonstration in front of the Egyptian representative office is the first public gathering of its type in the seaside strip since the turmoil in neighboring Egypt erupted more than a week ago.
US working on plan for immediate Mubarak departure
February 4, 2011 New York Times (notorious for lying)
The White House was discussing a plan in which Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak would resign immediately with Egyptian officials.
The plan would place newly-appointed Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman in charge of a transitional government with the support of the country's military establishment, according to the report.
The plan was being discussed with "high-level Egyptian officials around Mr. Mubarak," but not with the president himself.
Washington has made several recent statements calling on the Egyptian president to step down immediately, although tempering their language.
The reported proposal calls for a widely inclusive transitional government, with representation coming from "a broad range of opposition groups, including the banned Muslim Brotherhood."
Another White House official, however, disputed the New York Times' suggestion that the two countries were close to reaching a deal, telling CNN that "It's simply wrong to report that there's a single US plan that's being negotiated with the Egyptians."
US National Security Countil spokesman Tommy Vietor told the cable news network that in addition to the proposal outlined in the Times, Washington was discussing "a variety of different ways" for bringing an Egyptian transition to democracy. He emphasized, however, that "all of those decisions must be made by the Egyptian people."
Officials quoted in the report, in an attempt to lower expectations, pointed out that there was have not been any signs that either Suleiman or Egypt's army were willing to participate in such a plan as long as Mubarak opposed it.
Leslie H. Gelb, president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, told the Times that Mubarak fears that even if he steps down that he will be subject to further demands, pointing out that "he's not dealing with a legal entity, but a mob."
US officials have reportedly been putting forth several scenarios to Egyptians in the past days, but clarified that their preferred outcome was a plan that saw Omar Suleiman heading a transitional government.
Also on Thursday, US Vice President Joe Biden spoke with Suleiman, calling for restraint and that "credible, inclusive negotiations begin immediately in order for Egypt to transition to a democratic government that addresses the aspirations of the Egyptian people."
According to the report, the phone call was placed after Mubarak refused to meet with US President Barack Obama's private envoy to Egypt for the second time. The Egyptian president was apparently irked by the strong language used by the US president in his speech on Tuesday.
Earlier Thursday, Mubarak struck a defiant tone, telling ABC News’s Christiane Amanpour that he would “never run away” and would “die on the soil of Egypt.”
The embattled president said that he was ready to leave office, but could not, for fear his country would sink deeper into chaos.
Chaos if Mubarak resigns
February 4, 2011
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said that he would like to step down but 'if I resign today there will be chaos.
I dont care what people say about me. Right now I care about my country, I care about Egypt. I do not want to see Egyptians fighting each other.'
Berlusconi Considered Mubarak Wisest
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi declined to call for the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, saying the U.S. and Europe had considered him a “reference point” and “the wisest man” in the Middle East.
U.S. Will Fall to Sharia
02 Feb 2011
A Muslim cleric said Egypt will be ruled by Sharia law and eventually the United States and the whole world will fall to radical Islam.
He also called for the destruction of Israel.
Testimony of a Christian in Egypt JUSTICE and TRUTH are always on GOD's Heart!
This email is FOR REAL! This is FROM GOD's HEART!
I CRIED THE ENTIRE TIME I POSTED THIS!
TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW!
February 4, 2011 Friday
Below is the account of the ongoing protests in Egypt from a fellow follower of Yeshua the Messiah that lives in Egypt.
Also there is a link to get an update on the prayers being offered up at Succot Hillel, please join in prayer for the Lord's perfect will to be done.
I am writing this to you as a witness to what is going on from the streets of Cairo over the last few days.
We have been following the developments since January 25th, which started with a large group of Egyptian youth taking to Tahrir square in an anti-government protest with specific demands.
I know some of these people who were in that group and I talked with them. What is happening now has nothing to do with this original protest!
What is happening right now is a conspiracy to topple Mubarak from outside the country!!
I am not a conspiracy theorist, but let me tell you what I have personally witnessed on the streets of Cairo.
I want to share first what the LORD told me on Friday morning.
I went to the LORD in prayer on Thursday evening, praying like many others for protection and for the restoration of peace and security in my land. I told the LORD:
"Father, answer my prayers with rain", which He has several times before. I went to sleep. I woke up on Friday morning and went directly to prayer.
Immediately, I sensed a strong urgency from the LORD saying:
"As the people of Egypt presented their requests to Mubarak, I am calling on My people to rise up before me and present their requests to me for their nation".
I went on to hear the LORD:
"Let the Holy Council assemble".
I didn't understand who this Council was, but I knew in my heart that the LORD meant that there are people in my land
that are called by the LORD to stand before him as His Holy Council with authority to make declaration over the land, to establish the Kingdom in the land.
My demands to the LORD were not political ny nature. I prayed for "good news to the poor, freedom for the oppressed, healing for the brokenhearted, and the acceptable year of the LORD" as the Holy Spirit gave guidance.
The LORD spoke to me the words "JUSTICE" and "TRUTH".
As I went to talk with Rania afterward, she told me that she had been awake all through the night, and that IT RAINED around 12:45 am.
It was very strong, but not for a very long time (a few minutes). I knew then that it was the LORD. The LORD spoke Psalm 97:1-2:
The LORD reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice. Clouds and thick darkness surround him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
Indeed, there had been unusual clouds and very thick fog in December over Cairo, unprecedented in frequency and intensity. Again, the words TRUTH (or righteousness in the English translation) and JUSTICE resounded.
As we followed the unfolding of events including the announced change in government and president Mubarak's speech,
we wondered why the international news media is focusing only on the thousands in Tahrir square who are escalating their demands and refusing dialogue.
The news media is reporting this as "the people of Egypt" wanting Mubarak to leave immediately. Did they ask the "people of Egypt?".
For one, they did not ask me! Where are those, like myself, that want change and reform, but accept the changes that Mubarak is proposing, and want a peaceful transition through elections in September?
We decided to take to the streets to voice our opinion. On Tuesday February 1st we went to Mustafa Mahmoud square in Mohandessin.
There were about one thousand people there around 3:30 pm. (yes, we broke the curfew). the crowd grew to about 2500 by 5:00 pm.
People were calling their friends over the phone telling them to come. We left at about 6:30 pm and returned yesterday, Wednesday, starting at 11:00 am.
The small group had swelled to TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE standing together with banners saying things like:
- yes to stability, yes to Mubarak
- give change a chance
- we are sorry Mr. president
- we accept dialogue, we trust you
- no to ElBaradei, no to the Muslim brotherhood (many like this one)
- we are the Egyptians, where is Al-Jazeera, let them come and see
- no to corruption, no to vandalism
- we got what we asked the president for, so why are people still in Tahrir? Who are they? What do they want?
By 2:00 pm, the crowd had grown to SEVERAL HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE, maybe up to a million, stretching from Sphinx square to Sudan street.
We had a great sense of unity and victory. We met with people who were in the original protest in Tahrir square who decided to join us saying: we got what we asked for, and now we accept Mubarak's changes and proposals".
We left around 4:15 pm. The numbers had grown even more, POSSIBLY OVER A MILLION. As we drove home we saw the same slogans on banners all over the city, on cars, on walls, on shop windows.
We learned that similar demonstrations are taking place ALL OVER THE COUNTRY, IN MAY DIFFERENT CITIES.
THIS IS THE CRY OF THE PEOPLE OF EGYPT THAT IS BEING TOTALLY IGNORED BY THE INTERNATIONAL NEWS MEDIA.
Is this on purpose??!!! I am perplexed!!!
I am wondering: How come CNN, the BBC, and others are reporting ONLY the anti-government protests as the voice of the people?
This is not JUSTICE, this is not TRUTH.
There have been reports that these people are being paid by the government.
NOT TRUE! I was there with many others. I SAW THE STREETS.
Now to the situation in Tahrir square. Only a few people (hundreds?) are still there from the original protesters.
They have been slowly replaced by other HIGHLY ORGANIZED GROUPS. They all have the same model of cell phones. They all have the same blankets (eye witnesses).
THESE ARE NOT THE PEOPLE OF EGYPT.
Some witnesses claim that they don't look Egyptians, and don't sound Egyptians (different accent, different dialect).
THIS IS A BIG ORGANIZED COUP TO TRY TO CONVINCE THE WORLD THROUGH THE MEDIA THAT EGYPT WANTS MUBARAK TO GO, AND THE MEDIA IS PART OF THE DECEPTION.
People in Tahrir square are escalating the situation on purpose to topple President Mubarak FOR THEIR OWN HIDDEN AGENDAS.
This is TYPICAL OF THE MUSLIM BROTHERS, AND EVERYBODY IN THE STREETS OF CAIRO KNOWS THIS.
We heard people on the streets saying that the plot to take over the country is now clear.
THE INTERNATIONAL MEDIA DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW THIS.
The escalation of violence in Tahrir square is because of this.
Egyptians who love Egypt, the millions that took to the streets yesterday, want this to end.
They fully understand that president Mubarak is between a rock and a hard place, that he cannot quench the unrest in Tahrir through the army, so the people want to go to Tahrir to disperse the crowds there by themselves.
People in Tahrir are vastly outnumbered. If Egyptians go the Tahrir square to take control of the situation, more chaos will erupt, giving a chance to the international media to blame the President even more.
If Egypt falls, then neighboring countries are going to fall one after the other.
WE NEED PRAYER, WE ASK FOR TRUTH, WE ASK FOR JUSTICE, and above all LORD, in wrath, REMEMBER MERCY.
Stand with us. The Lord calls Egypt "My people".
He is calling on His HOLY COUNCIL in the land of Egypt to stand before Him, to make declarations in the heavenlies to establish a new 'constitution' in the land based on the principles of the Word of God, to establish a 'new foundation' for His kingdom to come.
Pray for the schemes of the enemy to be annulled and voided. Pray for deception to be exposed. We humble ourselves and pray.
We seek the Face of the LORD. We turn from our wicked ways. LISTEN TO US LORD, FORGIVE US, HEAL OUR LAND. In the Name of Jesus.
In Him, standing for God's purposes in Egypt,
We have been having some powerful times of prayer in Succat Hallel concerning the situation.
We have made a new video prayer alert sharing some of what we sense the Lord saying as to how to pray.
In addition, we forward below a first-hand report sent to us by a national-level prayer leader in Egypt whom we highly respect.
It shares a very different report than that being communicated in most media.
Thank you for joining with us in prayer at this strategic moment for the Middle East.
many blessings, Rick and Patti Ridings, Succat Hallel
Egypt unrest signals danger for Christians
Friday 28 January 2011
As growing unrest in Egypt leaves the country on the brink of revolution, there are fears that radical Islamists may capitalise on the crisis to seize power - signalling danger for the beleaguered Christian community.
Protests against President Hosni Mubarak's authoritarian regime have been gathering momentum throughout this week. And off the back of the Tunisian uprising, which resulted in the ousting of President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, there is the mood and momentum for radical change in Egypt.
The unrest gained new impetus when the largest opposition movement, the Muslim Brotherhood, said it would back demonstrations on Friday (28 January). The banned Islamist group demanded that Mubarak dissolve the nation's recently formed parliament and hold a new election, threatening in a statement on its website that if the Egyptian government "does not move fast and shoulder responsibility to start a serious reform process, stability might not last for long".
Egypt is 90% Muslim, and the Brotherhood, which lost all 88 of its parliamentary seats in last November's election, appears to be trying to harness the political, economic and social unrest that sparked the riots to gather support for its Islamist agenda.
The Brotherhood wrote:
The events in Tunisia are a cornerstone for the rest of the people of the Arab and Islamic world. It is a message to all the despotic leaders and the corrupt regimes that they are not safe and they are living on the tip of a volcano of people's anger and God's wrath.
Many commentators have warned of a domino effect from Tunisia across the Arab world, as instability grows in Algeria, Lebanon, Yemen and Jordan. If Egypt were to be taken over by Islamists, the consequences for the region could be very serious. Global intelligence analyst George Friedman of Stratfor has warned:
An Islamist Egypt would give dramatic impetus to radical Islam throughout the Arab world... The transformation of Egypt into an Islamist country would be the single most significant event we could imagine in the Islamic world, beyond an Iranian bomb.
The protests in Egypt follow targeted attacks against the country's Christians, most notably the suicide bombing at a church in Alexandria on New Year's Day that killed at least 21 worshippers. Christians took to the streets in protest over the lack of protection and justice for their community. Their insecurity could only be increased under an Islamist regime, and in the worst case they could even be forced to flee the country en masse.
In addition, Egyptian Christians are already second-class citizens in their own country. They suffer severe discrimination in many areas of life, such as in education and employment. And if the Muslim Brotherhood were to seize power, they could rapidly be subjected to a raft of even more humiliating regulations, designed to exclude and degrade them further.
All Christian gatherings and church meetings have been cancelled for the third day in a row; a Barnabas Aid contact said believers were staying in their homes, adding that they were "praying hard" and "trusting God".
Egypt's beleaguered Christian minority is on red alert today.
Christians in danger as Egyptian security breaks down
February 4, 2011
“When will they come to kill us, Daddy?” Children of a Christian leader in Egypt
As Egypt’s security forces struggle to contain increasingly violent clashes between pro- and anti-government protesters, the country’s Christian community is under growing threat.
Two Christian families were massacred by Islamists, who are said by a senior church leader to have taken advantage of the prevailing mayhem and lack of police protection to commit their crime. Eleven Christians including four children were killed, with four others seriously injured, in the attack in Minya Province, Upper Egypt, on Sunday. Fearing for their safety, other Christian families have fled mainly Muslim villages in the region.
Christians elsewhere are taking measures to protect themselves and their families. A Barnabas Fund contact in Egypt said that some are sleeping inside churches, which are being guarded by their ministers and young people, and Christian widows have moved to live with families where there is a man in the house to protect them.
As well as fearing for their safety, many Christians are struggling to buy food as resources grow scarce and prices soar.
Barnabas Fund today received an as yet unconfirmed report that there has been an attack by released prisoners on a Christian monastery. A week-long Internet blackout, which has now been lifted, has restricted reporting.
Until now, there had been no reports of church buildings being attacked, and this was said to have bolstered the Christians’ faith that the Lord is protecting them.
Christians are very concerned about the present instability, and fear that it may degenerate into a situation of complete lawlessness, in which they would be extremely vulnerable to attack.
Fears of Islamist take-over
As demands for President Mubarak to go immediately become increasingly hostile, the position of Christians is ever more precarious. Concerned at the possibility of an Islamist take-over, most Christians want him to stay until a safe, democratic transfer of authority can be secured.
Though this is not a religious revolution, Muslim fundamentalists are riding the anti-Mubarak tide for their own cause. There are reports that, in a bid to boost the campaign against the president, they are giving out much-needed resources, including food, money and blankets, to persuade people to join the protests.
Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, International Director of Barnabas Fund, said: “It is clear that there is a direct relationship between the breakdown of security in Egypt and the increased vulnerability of Christians. They have limited human protection. We must pray that the Good Shepherd will watch over His people in Egypt.”
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Addresses Egyptian Crisis
Text of speech to the Knesset on Wednesday, February 2, 2011
"We expect any government of Egypt to honour the peace. Moreover, we expect the international community to expect any government of Egypt to honour the peace. This must be clear, along with the discussions about reform and democracy."
(Jerusalem, Israel)—Yesterday was a dramatic day in our region. Millions of people poured into the streets of Egypt. President [Hosni] Mubarak, who has ruled Egypt for 30 years, announced that he will not run in the next presidential elections, and will work to introduce governmental reforms in Egypt. In Washington, London, Paris and throughout the democratic world, leaders, analysts and researchers spoke about the opportunities that change in Egypt could bring. They spoke about the promise of a new day.
These hopes are understandable.
Binyamin NetanyahuAll those who cherish human liberty, including the people of Israel, are inspired by genuine calls for reform and by the possibility that it will take place. It is obvious that an Egypt that fully embraces the 21st century and that adopts these reforms would be a source of great hope for the entire world, the region and for us.
In Israel, we know the value of democratic institutions and the significance of liberty. We know the value of independent courts that protect the rights of individuals and the rule of law; we appreciate the value of a free press and of a parliamentary system with a coalition and an opposition.
It is clear that an Egypt that rests on these institutions, an Egypt that is anchored in democratic values, would never be a threat to peace. On the contrary, if we have learned anything from modern history, it is that the stronger the foundations of democracy, the stronger the foundations of peace. Peace among democracies is strong, and democracy strengthens the peace. One possible scenario, which undoubtedly unites us all, is that these hopes for democracy and a gradual, stable peace process are realized in Egypt.
HOWEVER, THIS is not the only possible scenario. Because far away from Washington, Paris, London—and not so far from Jerusalem—is another capital in which there are hopes. In this capital, there are leaders who can also see the opportunities that change in Egypt could bring. They also support the millions who took to the streets. They too speak about the promise of a new day. But for the people in this capital, the promise of a new day is not in its dawn but in the darkness it can bring.
That capital is Teheran, and I assure you, that the leaders in Iran are not interested in the genuine desires of Egyptians for freedom, liberalization or reform, any more than they were interested in answering similar calls for freedom by the Iranian people, their own people, only 18 months ago.
Hamas blows up Egypt-Israel gas pipeline
February 5, 2011 EL-ARISH, Egypt DEBKA
Egyptian-Israel gas pipleline sabotaged in Sinai, setting off a massive fire.
The pipeline supplying Egyptian gas to Israel was blown up near the North Sinai town of El Arish early Saturday Feb. 5. Egyptian state TV reported terrorists had carried out the attack which caused a huge explosion and fire. The attack was planned by Hamas from Gaza. The flow of gas has been suspended. DUH. The Sinai Peninsula is home to Bedouins, and borders both Israel and Gaza.
The Palestinian Hamas has shown its hand in Egypt. This was a blow to the quiet collaboration between the IDF and the Egyptian army for securing Sinai from Muslim Brotherhood and their Hamas brothers.
Jan. 29, an attempt was made on the life of Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman as his convoy drove through central Cairo. He escaped unharmed but two of his bodyguards were killed. This shows security is breached.
Suleiman survives assassination bid
Some said this was a false rumor, but apparantly it was true.
February 04, 2011
A failed assassination attempt on Egypt's vice president in recent days left two of his bodyguards dead.
Such an attempt on the life of Omar Suleiman would mark an alarming turn in the uprising against the government of President Hosni Mubarak, who only recently named Suleiman as vice president in an effort to quell the unrest and possibly line up a successor.
A joint HELLzballah-Hamas unit used the havoc in Egypt to storm the Cairo prison Jan. 30, and break out 22 Hellzballah spies tried and convicted in Egypt for plotting terrorist attacks on the Suez Canal. They are back in Gaza. Muslim Brotherhood inmates were also freed to boost the anti-Mubarak chants. - DEBKA.
Hamas is an offshoot of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.
FOX news Greg Palkot describes an attack on his cameraman as 'threatened by a small group of pro-Mubarak thugs.'
FOX is no better than the rest of the media. Those supporting Mubarak support LAW and ORDER.
Thos who oppose Mubarak are the real thugs - imports from Iran to topple the legitimate Egypt govt.
I have NO pity for any media who are hurt!
If YOU can get a message thru to Egypt, tell them the FEW who love TRUTH want Mubarak to STAY!
WHY DO YOU THINK SIGNS ARE IN ENGLISH - in a NATION THAT SPEAKS ARABIC? HELLO?!
Hizballah team breaks 22 members out of Egyptian jail
February 4, 2011 DEBKAfile Exclusive Report
Hizballah terrorists hear sentencing by Egyptian court
A joint Hizballah-Hamas unit used the havoc in Egypt to storm the Wadi Natrun prison north of Cairo Sunday, Jan. 30, and break out 22 members of the Hizballah's spy-cum-terror network, tried and convicted in Egypt for plotting terrorist attacks in Cairo, the Suez Canal and Suez cities and on Israeli vacationers in Sinai in 2007-2008. This is reported by debkafile's counter-terror sources.
The second object of the break-in was to release Muslim Brotherhood inmates to boost the anti-Mubarak street protests now in their second week across Egypt.
In April 2009, Hizballah's leader Hassan Nasrallah admitted he had sent Sami Shehab to Egypt to establish the network. It soon became one of the most dangerous terrorist cells ever to be exposed in the region in recent years. Among its members were also combatants of the radical Palestinian Hamas.
Thursday, Feb. 3, Mahmoud Qmati, Hizballah member of the Lebanese parliament, was glad to announce that all 22 members of the network, including its leader Sami Shehab, had been freed from jail and returned home safely. He provided no information on how this happened.
The unit assigned by Nasrallah for the jail-break consisted of 25 trained Hizballah and Hamas gunmen. When the riots erupted in Egypt, they started making their way from Gaza to Egypt via smuggling tunnels. On the way, they picked up weapons and explosives in El Arish, northern Sinai, under cover of an onslaught armed Palestinians and Bedouin had launched against Egyptian security forces - partly for this purpose.
The break-out team was met at the Suez Canal by Muslim Brotherhood activists who ferried them across to Ismailia on the western bank by Egyptian smuggling boats. From there, they were driven to the Wadi Natrun prison, one of the largest in Egypt, to be briefed outside by former MB inmates on the guard and security arrangements in the jail and the locations of the cells holding the Hizballah, Hamas and Brotherhood convicts.
After days of surveillance, the team struck.
Explosives and missile-launched grenades flattened the outer gates killing at least 30 Egyptian prison guards who tried to fight them off. Small explosive devices were used to smash internal gates and clear the way to the cells. To expedite the escape of a large number of prisoners, they also blew big holes in the prison's outer walls.
Outside, they were collected by a large convoy of trucks and buses brought in by the Muslim Brotherhood which distributed its freed members around the disturbance hubs in Cairo.
A smaller convoy of minivans carrying the 22 Hizballah and Hamas convicts and their liberators made its way by various routes past Egyptian security forces, who were fully engaged with the protest riots, to Sinai and onto the Gaza Strip. As soon as the escape was discovered, Egyptian forces in Sinai and Israeli forces on the Egyptian border deployed in an effort to stop them entering Gaza, but were too late.
This audacious Hizballah-Hamas attack on the Egyptian prison was the first major quasi-military operation they had ever carried out deep inside Egypt.
The American betrayalThe American betrayal
Obama’s abandonment of Mubarak shows Israel cannot count on US at times of crisis.
The earthquake in Egypt caught us off guard. As was the case before, this time too our intelligence officials did not predict it, yet we are in good company: No Western country, including America, predicted this, just like they did not predict Hamas’ rise in Gaza.
Yet there is one more thing we can learn from the events in Egypt, aside from the fragility of the region we inhabit, and it is something that’s not easy to digest: The Western world’s and mostly America’s treachery. We learned that the way they abandoned President Mubarak and gave him the cold shoulder can happen to us too. Or in other words, we cannot count on the Americans at a time of crisis.
We would expect the American Administration to back him rather than disown him. It’s the decent thing to do at least. For dozens of years, he was the only leader the West could rely on, the dam in the face of Islamization. He should have been treated differently if only in gratitude.
And when America does this to the Egyptian president, what should any other ally think? Perhaps that it’s better to conduct oneself like Iran or Syria, rather than like a moderate Arab state.
There is no doubt that something fundamental about the American Administration has changed. The US conduct in the Middle East attests to inexperience and lack of familiarity with the region. It appears as though the world is being led by a rookie.
EGYPT situation by Jerry Golden in Jerusalem
Oil breaks through $103 on Egyptian crisis
Thursday, February 3 SINGAPORE (AFP)
World oil prices extended their gains in Asian trade Thursday after the political crisis in Egypt erupted into violence.
At least two people were killed and many were wounded overnight in gunfire aimed at protesters in central Cairo demanding the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, according to witnesses.
The market has been jittery following more than a week of anti-government protests in Egypt due to fears the crisis could spill over to other countries in the crude-rich but politically volatile Middle East.
Brent North Sea crude for March soared 88 cents to 103.22 in afternoon Asian trade.
New York's main futures contract, light sweet crude for March, climbed 65 cents to $91.51.
Ken Hasegawa, energy desk manager at Newedge brokerage in Tokyo, said the violent clashes in Egypt prompted investors to buy oil amid expectations prices could rise further.
"The latest news from Egypt triggered short-covering and fresh buying from funds," Hasegawa told AFP, adding he expects Brent crude to reach $105.
"So far there is no factor to prompt traders to sell. We don't see any sellout in the market at the moment."
He said the spread in the price between Brent crude and the benchmark New York contract is likely to widen further because of oversupply in the US port of Cushing in Oklahoma. Analysis: Arab reform poses big risks for US - experts
"The unfolding of the situation in Egypt has injected a burst of volatility and uncertainty into oil markets," Barclays Capital analysts said in a client note.
While Egypt is not a major crude producer, the country is home to the Suez Canal, which carries about 2.4 million barrels daily, roughly equal to Iraq's output.
Since the outbreak of unrest in Egypt more than a week ago, oil prices have risen on fears of disruption to the artificial waterway that links the Mediterranean and the Red seas.
"The situation introduces risks and uncertainties that are likely to be highly significant in terms of the broader political evolution of the region," analysts at Barclays Capital said.
Oil prices were climbing despite data showing weak demand in the United States, the world's biggest oil consumer.
The latest weekly stockpiles report from the US Department of Energy showed reserves had increased sharply for the third week in a row.
Crude oil stocks rose 2.6 million barrels to 343.2 million in the week ending January 28, in line with expectations.
At the almost-full depot at Cushing reserves rose 600,000 barrels to 38.3 million.
Mubarak resigns from ruling party, still president
February 5, 2011
Yep . its odd
Pentagon began moving warships
February 6, 2011
U.S. officials announced that the U.S. Department of Defense (Pentagon) began moving warships to ensure that the ready in case the need arise evacuation of American nationals from Egypt.
The newspaper quoted "Los Angeles Times," officials said the ship "Kearsarge" amphibious assault, carrying 700 to 800 from a survey the twenty-sixth in the Marine Corps (Marines), and ship "bonus" and arrived in the Red Sea and two.
Revelation 6:8 NLT pale = chloros, yellowish-green
I saw a horse whose color was pale green. Its rider was named Death, and his companion was
(Hell, Hades, Sheol, the Grave). These two were given authority over 1/4 of the earth, to
kill with the sword and famine and disease and wild animals.
Has the pale rider of Revelation shown up in Egypt?
February 05, 2011
Riot footage shows mysterious horse-like figure floating through crowd.
A minute into this video of riots in Egypt, what appears to be a pale (green, ashen) horse and horseman appear, then vanish.
One can use many logical explanations, yet its very interesting. If Mubarak leaves power, much Death will follow.
A mysterious, pale green figure seen in televised news coverage of the Egyptian riots has prompted some viewers to ask, "Could this be the Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse?"
The footage, provided by Euronews and subsequently seen on MSNBC, CNN and uploaded over a dozen times to the popular video sharing site YouTube, captures the fiery, violent protests in Cairo this past week … and something else.
The ethereal figure remains for a few moments before floating over protesters' heads and off the screen.
The last of the biblical Book of Revelation's Four Horseman of the Apocalyse, the "pale rider" is said to be the bringer of death and the forerunner of "hell" on earth.
Is the image from Egypt a fulfillment of Revelation's prophecy?
Some claim the video's "pale rider" is a sign and the greenish tint is somehow symbolic of Islam.
Pale horse shows up in Egypt
4th Horseman (pale green, death) Egyptian riots
Riot footage shows a mysterious horse-like figure floating through crowd.
A minute into this video of riots in Egypt, what appears to be a pale horse and horseman appear, then vanish.
One can use many logical explanations, yet its very interesting. If Mubarak leaves power, much Death will follow.
I believe GOD is allowing us to actually SEE the green horse of Islam riding. It begins in Egypt.
Could this ethereal figure be the Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse?
It remains for a few moments before floating over protesters heads and off the screen.
The 4th Horseman is the bringer of Death and the forerunner of Hell on earth.
Egypt's regime makes new concessions to opposition
By SARAH EL DEEB and MAGGIE MICHAEL, Associated Press Sarah El Deeb And Maggie Michael, Associated Press – 02/06/11
CAIRO – Egypt's vice president met a broad representation of major opposition groups for the first time Sunday and agreed to allow freedom of the press, to release those detained since anti-government protests began nearly two weeks and ago and to lift the country's hated emergency laws when security permits.
Vice President Omar Suleiman endorsed a plan with the opposition to set up a committee of judiciary and political figures to study proposed constitutional reforms that would allow more candidates to run for president and impose term limits on the presidency, the state news agency reported. The committee was given until the first week of March to finish the tasks.
The regime also pledged not to harass those participating in anti-government protests, which have drawn hundreds of thousands at the biggest rallies. The government agreed not to hamper freedom of press and not to interfere with text messaging and Internet.
The meeting was broadest representation of Egypt's fragmented opposition to sit with the new vice president since the protests demanding the immediate ouster of longtime President Hosni Mubarak began on Jan. 25.
The new concessions followed a series of others that would have been unimaginable just a month ago in this tightly controlled country. All appear geared to placate the protesters and relieve international pressure without giving in to the one demand that unites all the opposition — Mubarak's immediate departure. The latest agreement makes no mention of any plan for Mubarak to step before a new election is held later this year.
Since protests began, Mubarak has pledged publicly for the first time that he will not seek re-election. The government promised his son Gamal, who had widely been expected to succeed him, would also not stand. Mubarak appointed a vice president for the first time since he took office three decades ago, widely considered his designated successor. He sacked his Cabinet, named a new one and promised reforms. And on Saturday, the top leaders of the ruling party, including Gamal Mubarak, were purged.
There were signs that the paralysis that has gripped the country since the crisis began was easing Sunday, the first day of the week in Egypt. Some schools reopened for the first time in more than a week, and banks did the same for only three hours with long lines outside.
There was no sign, however, that the growing list of government concessions will end the protests.
"We are determined to press on until our number one demand is met," said Khaled Abdul-Hameed, a representative of the protesters.
He said the activists have formed a 10-member "Coalition of the Youths of Egypt's Revolution," to relay their positions to politicians and public figures negotiating with the regime.
"The regime is retreating. It is making more concessions everyday," Abdul-Hameed said.
At the epicenter of the anti-government movement, Tahrir (Liberation) Square in central Cairo, some activists said they had slept under army tanks ringing the plaza for fear they would try to evict them or further confine the area for the demonstrations. The crowd of thousands in the morning swelled steadily over the day to tens of thousands in the late afternoon. Many were exhausted and wounded from fighting to stand their ground for more than a week in the square.
Mubarak is insisting he cannot stand down now or it would only deepen the chaos in his country. The United States shifted signals and gave key backing to the regime's gradual changes on Saturday, warning of the dangers if Mubarak goes too quickly.
The opposition groups represented at the meeting with Suleiman included the youthful supporters of leading democracy advocate Mohamed ElBaradei, who are one of the main forces organizing the protests. The outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's largest opposition group, and a number of smaller leftist, liberal groups also attended the meeting, according to footage shown on state television.
The two sides agreed the government would open an office that would field complaints about political prisoners, according to the state news agency.
The government also pledged to commission judicial authorities to fight corruption and prosecute those behind it. In another concession, authorities promised to investigate and prosecute those responsible for the yet unexplained disappearance of police from Cairo's streets more than a week ago, which unleashed a wave of lawless looting and arson.
The agreement to eventually lift emergency laws when security permits would fulfill a longtime demand by the opposition. The laws were imposed by Mubarak when he took office in 1981 and they have been in force ever since. They give police far-reaching powers for detention and suppression of civil and human rights.
The two sides also agreed to set up a committee that includes public and independent figures and specialists and representatives of youth movement to monitor the "honest implementation" of all the new agreements and to report back and give recommendations to Suleiman.
Before the meetings, the Muslim Brotherhood made clear it would insist on Mubarak's immediate ouster. The fundamentalist Islamic group, which has been outlawed since 1954 but fields candidates in parliamentary elections as independents, did not organize or lead the protests currently under way and only publicly threw its support behind them a few days into the movement. It only ordered its supporters to take part when it sensed that the protesters, mostly young men and women using social networks on the Internet to mobilize, were able to sustain their momentum.
There have been no known discussions between the Brotherhood and the regime in years — one of many startling shifts in policy after years of crackdowns by the Western-backed regime against the Islamists.
Both Mubarak and Suleiman have blamed the Brotherhood as well as foreigners of fomenting the recent unrest. Mubarak is known to have little or no tolerance for Islamist groups and the decision to open talks with the Brotherhood is a tacit recognition by his regime of their key role in the ongoing protests as well as their wide popular base.
The Brotherhood aims to create an Islamic state in Egypt, but insists that it would not force women to cover up in public in line with Islam's teachings and would not rescind Egypt's 1979 peace treaty with Israel.
The group, which fields candidates as independents, made a surprisingly strong showing in elections in 2005, winning 20 percent of parliament's seats. However, thousands of its members were arrested in crackdowns over the past decade and it failed to win a single seat in elections held late last year. The vote was heavily marred by fraud that allowed the National Democratic Party to win all but a small number of the chamber's 518 seats.
At Tahrir Square, hundreds performed the noon prayers and later offered a prayer for the souls of protesters killed in clashes with security forces. Later, Christians held a Sunday Mass and thousands of Muslims joined in.
Some of the worshippers broke down and cried as the congregation sang: "Bless our country, listen to the screams of our hearts."
"In the name of Jesus and Muhammad we unify our ranks," Father Ihab al-Kharat said in his sermon. "We will keep protesting until the fall of the tyranny," he said.
In the capital Cairo, home to some 18 million people, there were some signs of a return to normalcy. Traffic was back to near regular levels and more stores reopened across the city, including some on the streets leading to Tahrir Square. Protesters greeted some store owners and people returning to work with flowers.
In Zamalek, an affluent island in the middle of the Nile that is home to many foreign embassies, food outlets reopened and pizza delivery boys checked their motorbikes. Employees at a KFC restaurant wiped down tables. Hairdressers and beauty salons called their patrons to let them know they were reopening.
Associated Press reporter Salah Nasrawi contributed to this report from Cairo.
Mubarak a good friend and U.S. allyMubarak a good friend and U.S. ally
Former Vice President Dick Cheney on Saturday called Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak a good friend and U.S. ally, and he urged the Obama administration to move cautiously as turmoil continued to shake that nation's government.
Cheney's comments came a day after President Barack Obama pressed Mubarak to consider his legacy and exit office in a way that would give his country the best chance for peace and democracy.
Cheney said the U.S. should take measured steps in public, and suggested that too much pressure could backfire.
"There is a reason why a lot of diplomacy is conducted in secret. There are good reasons for there to be confidentiality in some of those communications. And I think President Mubarak needs to be treated as he deserved over the years, because he has been a good friend," Cheney said at an event commemorating the centennial of President Ronald Reagan's birth.
Cheney noted it can be difficult for some foreign leaders to act on U.S. advice "in a visible way" without appearing compromised in their own countries.
ElBaradei Says Egypt’s Treaty With Israel Rock Solid
6 February 2011 Sunday Bloomberg
Translated into truth this means, stand down while we keel you!
Egyptian opposition leader Mohamed El from Hell Baradei said Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel is “rock solid.”
I assume Egypt will continue to respect the current treaty. Everyone in Egypt, everyone in the Arab world wants to see an independent Palestinian state.
Israel’s 10-year government bonds slid today for an eighth day amid the Egyptian unrest, pushing yields to their highest level since January 2010. The yield on the benchmark Mimshal Shiklit note due January 2020 rose 5 basis points to 5.11 percent at the 4:30 p.m. close in Tel Aviv. A basis point is 0.01 percentage point.
ElBaradei also said that President Hosni Mubarak doesn’t have to leave Egypt at all, but he does have to cede power.
El from hell wants to be an agent for change in Egypt. Yeah, he wants Egypt to be as crazed as Iran who controls him.
Israel says no to more Egyptian troops in Sinai
February 7, 2011 Monday Jerusalem Post
Fearing a complete breakdown of the peace treaty with Cairo, Israel refused a second Egyptian request to allow it to deploy more military forces in Sinai.
Israel allowed the Egyptian military to deploy units in Sinai for the first time since the signing of the peace treaty in 1979, in response to growing anarchy in Egypt.
Two battalions, about 800 soldiers, were deployed in the Sharm e-Sheikh region and around Rafah.
Under the peace treaty, Israel returned Sinai to Egypt. In return, Egypt agreed to leave the peninsula demilitarized.
Egypt had asked Israel to authorize the deployment of additional forces but rejected - NOT with regime change in Egypt to jihad, which will renounce the treaty altogether.
Muslim Brotherhood will take over the Egyptian government and rip up the peace treaty.
Saturday, terrorists bombed a gas terminal in Sinai, leading to a suspension in gas supplies to Israel from Egypt.
There were also reports about armed men who had set a Coptic church in Rafah ablaze.
Sunday, Egyptian forces went on high alert along the Suez Canal.
Lebanon, not Egypt, may determine fate of MidEast
Feb. 7, 2011 John R. Bolton
Despite the media's recent focus on Egypt, events in Lebanon may well tell us more about the troubled prospects for Middle Eastern democracy. The fall of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri's government, replaced by a Hezbollah-dominated coalition, dramatically imperils Beirut's democratic Cedar Revolution.
Financed and dominated by Iran, terrorist Hezbollah has consistently refused to disarm and become a legitimate political party. Instead, it enjoys the best of both worlds, contesting elections while retaining the military ability to enforce its will against uncongenial results. History will rightly blame the West for the tragedy of the takeover in Beirut, because of its unwillingness to stand against Hezbollah and its Iranian puppet masters. Washington must withhold recognition from any Lebanese government that relies on Hezbollah support.
In mid-January at The Hague, the prosecutor for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon submitted long-awaited indictments regarding the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Although the indictments are not yet public, they are widely expected to finger top leaders in Hezbollah, Syria and potentially Iran, and they are doubtless behind Hezbollah's decision to assert itself by collapsing the government of Hariri's son.
Rescuing Lebanon from radicals and terrorists will require strong action, noticeably absent in recent U.S. policy. We can no longer pretend that the special tribunal's existence is an adequate response to the real problem in Lebanon: Tehran's long-standing drive for regional hegemony. It was always a mistake to confuse the effectiveness of an international criminal court with courts of real constitutional governments, and harmfully naive to think that the special tribunal could operate in a vacuum, as the events in Lebanon make painfully clear.
Of course, Hezbollah's toppling of the Lebanese government is just the latest of its cancerous efforts in its home base. And it remains a continuing threat to innocent civilians in Israel, to other Arab governments in the Middle East and increasingly to other nations around the globe.
For years before Hariri's February 2005 murder, the West explained away or ignored Hezbollah's clear role as an active agent of Syrian and Iranian influence. Western dupes and sympathizers noted Hezbollah's support for schools and hospitals among Lebanon's Shiite Muslims as if it were a different Hezbollah from the one terrorizing Israel and subverting and intimidating Lebanon's faltering efforts at representative government. Hezbollah's diaphanous justification for its military capability — expelling Israel from Lebanon — in effect ended in 2000 when Israel complied with U.N. Security Council resolutions by withdrawing its forces from southern Lebanon. Of course, protecting Lebanon is legitimately the responsibility only of the Lebanese armed forces, which in fact Syria and Hezbollah have also been working to bring under their control.
Consequences of history when USA supports IslamProphetic consequences of American leadership supporting Muslim Brotherhood
February 8, 2011 Bill Wilson
The Islamic-friendly White House supports replacing the Egyptian government with a coalition that includes the radical terrorist sponsoring Muslim Brotherhood. This move will usher in a new era of terrorism in the Middle East and cause grave consequences for the United States and Israel for decades to come. The president’s first major speech supported and glorified Islam in Cairo. It is likely no prophetic coincidence that since then there has been great economic calamity, oil disaster, violence on the borders, and political unrest. The more America concerns herself with Egypt, the more consequences are likely.
On National Public Radio, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, “Today we learned the Muslim Brotherhood decided to participate, which suggests they at least are now involved in the dialogue that we have encouraged.” Clinton is holding strong to the White House line that America is supporting democracy in Egypt. Despite warnings from Israel, veteran foreign policy experts and conservatives, this White House is buying the lie that the Muslim Brotherhood will participate in a democratic government. The man in the Oval Office said, “Now, it is not the role of any other country to determine Egypt’s leaders. Furthermore, the process must include a broad spectrum of Egyptian voices and opposition parties.”
There are lessons from America’s actions regarding Iran, Iraq, and the Palestinian Authority. When President Jimmy Carter helped depose the Shah of Iran, a ruler friendly to the United States and one who kept the balance of peace in the Middle East, the result was the birth of a new era of terrorism. When President George W. Bush “liberated” Iraq and established “democracy” there, the people adopted a Sharia-law type of Constitution where religious freedom is essentially nonexistent. When “democratic” elections were held by the Palestinian Authority, the majority that were elected were members of the terrorist group Hamas.
Islam is a tyrannical political system disguised as a religion. Islam can embrace “democracy” because it feeds into Islam’s totalitarian political goals. By encouraging the engagement of the Muslim Brotherhood in a so-called democratic system, the American leadership is paving the way for persecution of Christians and Jews and the escalation of a new Islamic order. Isaiah 59:8 says, The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.” Islam will only be emboldened by the unwise actions of the American leadership. Ezekiel 7:25 says, “Destruction comes; and they shall seek peace and there shall be none.”
Lawlessness spreads in Sinai
February 8, 2011 DEBKA
Hamas working with Somali pirates to smuggle criminals and drugs into Israel from Sinai, Israeli border patrols are undermanned.
The situation is getting dangerously out of control.
Hamas plans follow up attacks on the Egyptian-Israel-Jordanian gas pipeline, using Sinai as its launching-pad.
Over 1,000 Hamas terrorists infiltrated North Sinai from Gaza and seized control of the region, and established a command center in North Sinai for coordinating with the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo.
Hamas conducted 2 explosions on Israeli gas pipeline and terminal a few days ago, one hit the station and the second blew up a long section of the pipe. The Egyptians have not yet started repairs.
Hellzballah terrorists whose escape from a Cairo jail last week along with Muslim Brotherhood activists, and went to Gaza, Egyptian forces failed to intercept.
Egyptian strength in Sinai is totally inadequate for extending control in all parts of the peninsula. Most of them were deployed in Sharm el-Sheikh and along the Suez Canal, leaving the Gaza Strip and the border with Israel at the mercy of terrorists and smugglers.
Israel does not appear to address the threat to Israeli southern border.
No one needs a crystal ball to see the terror and lawlessness closing in on Israel from its border with Sinai.
Guess what - it appears now even college campuses are promoting this propaganda as well. I was at the big campus in my town last night, and saw a flyer hanging on the wall saying how Marubak is a terrorist. No, they weren't outright endorsing the Muslim Brotherhood, but I think we get the message they were trying to spread.
Egypt nears military coup. USS warships in Suez Canal
February 8, 2011 DEBKAfile Exclusive Report
A fresh surge of popular anti-Mubarak protest ripping across Egypt Tuesday, Feb. 8 has brought the country closer to a military coup to stem the anarchy than at any time since the street caught fire on Jan. 25.
Vice President Omar Suleiman warned a group of Egyptian news editors that the only choice is between a descent into further lawlessness and a military takeover in Cairo.
The distinguished political pundit of the 1960s and 1970s Hasnin Heikal saw no other way out of the crisis but a government ruling by the army's bayonets.
The arrival of US naval, marine and air forces in the Suez Canal's Greater Bitter Lake indicated that the crisis was quickly swerving out of control.
The American force consists of the USS Kearsarge Expeditionary Strike Group of six warships.
Helicopters on some of their decks are there to carry and drop the 2,200 marines of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit which has been bolstered by two special operations battalions.
The flotilla has a rapid strike stealth submarine, the USS Scranton, which is designed to support special forces' operations.
The US strike force has taken up position at a strategic point opposite Ismailia between the west bank of the Suez Canal and its eastern Sinai bank.
It is poised for rapid response in the event of the passage of 40% of the world's marine freights through the Suez Canal being threatened or any other extreme occurrence warranting US military intervention.
For a few hours Tuesday, it looked as though Egypt was finally going back to normal after a two-week popular uprising.
But then, suddenly, thousands again took to the streets and squares of Egyptian towns - from the Western desert on the Libyan border up to the northern Sinai town of El Arish in the east, recalling Hosni Mubarak's warning of chaos if he were to depart too soon.
They mounted their biggest demonstration of the campaign to oust Mubarak - in Cairo, Alexandria, the Delta Cities, the industrial belt around Mahalla-el-Kebir and the steel city of Heluan, shouting "Death to Mubarak!" and "Hang Mubarak!"
Although reforms and pay hikes have been pledged by the new Egyptian government, large groups of workers, mainly in Cairo, rebelled against state-appointed managements and set up "Revolutionary Committees" to run factories and other work places, including Egyptian state TV and Egypt's biggest weekly "Ros el-Yusuf."
The stock market and the pyramids remained closed and traffic blocked solid on the streets of Cairo.
Egypt economy close to meltdown. Military coup near
February 10, 2011 debka
Customs officers have stopped collecting tolls from Suez shipping.
The biggest Arab country with a population of 82 million is on the verge of breakdown as large sections of is economic machinery are shut down by spreading strikes and workers' revolts against managements appointed by the Mubarak regime and Vice President Omar's Suleiman's leadership.
There are no trains since railway workers declared a general strike; the main state highways are barricaded by protesters. Egypt's 1,000-kilometer long Cairo-Aswan lifeline along the Nile was shut to traffic all day Wednesday, Feb. 9 with no sign that the army or security forces are willing or able to reopen it to traffic.
As protesters continue to pour into Cairo's Tahrir Square, blocked roads are preventing produce reaching shops and markets – or even the soldiers posted in the town centers. Men of the 2nd and 9th divisions on street duty in Cairo have had no food rations for 12 hours. The disruptions threaten Egyptian towns with dire food shortages.
The work forces of the big industrial complexes have downed tools and customs officers have stopped levying toll fees from the approximately 50 ships transiting the Suez Canal every day and netting the Egyptian treasury $3 billion a year, its main source of revenue. Around 1.300,000 foreign tourists have fled the country since the disorders began taking with them another major source of revenue.
The closure of schools was extended Wednesday after teachers refused to go back to classrooms until Mubarak was gone.
Egypt's foreign minister Abul Gheit said that the only way to save Egypt is for the army to step in. He rejected US demands for an immediate repeal of emergency law and accused Washington of trying to impose its will on Cairo and its advice was "unhelpful."
A high-ranking US source in Washington told debkafile's sources that the situation in Egypt is so appalling that a military takeover of the regime is no longer a threat but the only hope of rescuing Egypt from economic meltdown. Yet at this critical moment, he said, "the Egyptian army appears to have no figure capable of saving Egypt."
Tuesday, Feb. 8, debkafile reported:
A fresh surge of popular anti-Mubarak protest ripping across Egypt Tuesday, Feb. 8 has brought the country closer to a military coup to stem the anarchy than at any time since the street caught fire on Jan. 25.
Vice President Omar Suleiman warned a group of Egyptian news editors that the only choice is between a descent into further lawlessness and a military takeover in Cairo. The distinguished political pundit of the 1960s and 1970s Hasnin Heikal saw no other way out of the crisis but a government ruling by the army's bayonets.
The arrival of US naval, marine and air forces in the Suez Canal's Greater Bitter Lake indicated that the crisis was quickly swerving out of control.
American force consists of the USS Kearsarge Expeditionary Strike Group of six warships. Helicopters on some of their decks are there to carry and drop the 2,200 marines of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit which has been bolstered by two special operations battalions.
The flotilla has a rapid strike stealth submarine, the USS Scranton, which is designed to support special forces' operations.
The US strike force has taken up position at a strategic point opposite Ismailia between the west bank of the Suez Canal and its eastern Sinai bank. It is poised for rapid response in the event of the passage of about 40 percent of the world's marine freights through the Suez Canal being threatened or any other extreme occurrence warranting US military intervention.
For a few hours Tuesday, it looked as though Egypt was finally going back to normal after a two-week popular uprising. But then, suddenly, thousands again took to the streets and squares of Egyptian towns - from the Western desert on the Libyan border up to the northern Sinai town of El Arish in the east, recalling Hosni Mubarak's warning of chaos if he were to depart too soon.
They mounted their biggest demonstration of the campaign to oust Mubarak - in Cairo, Alexandria, the Delta Cities, the industrial belt around Mahalla-el-Kebir and the steel city of Heluan, shouting "Death to Mubarak!" and "Hang Mubarak!"
Although reforms and pay hikes have been pledged by the new Egyptian government, large groups of workers, mainly in Cairo, rebelled against state-appointed managements and set up "Revolutionary Committees" to run factories and other work places, including Egyptian state TV and Egypt's biggest weekly "Ros el-Yusuf."
The stock market and the pyramids remained closed and traffic blocked solid on the streets of Cairo.
Saudis Warned Obama Not to 'Humiliate' Mubarak
Saudi Arabia has threatened to prop up embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak if the Obama administration tries to force a swift change of regime in Egypt, The Times of London reported Thursday.
In a testy personal telephone call on Jan. 29, Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah told Obama not to humiliate Mubarak and warned that he would step in to bankroll Egypt if the U.S. withdrew its aid program, worth $1.5 billion annually.
THIS IS VERY BAD NEWS!
Egypt's Mubarak to step down
February 10, 2011
Vice President Suleiman to take over as leader.
Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak is to step down, two sources told NBC News on Thursday.
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 expected to be made later Thursday, clarifying the situation.
Mubarak was also due to address the nation.
NBC News said a high-ranking source inside the president's office said that Mubarak would step down and the newly appointed vice president, Omar Suleiman, would take over.
It came as protesters defied government threats of a military crackdown with doctors in white lab coats and lawyers in black robes streaming into Cairo's Tahrir Square Thursday and labor unrest spread across the country.
The strikes had given 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.
The protests, which have focused on demanding Mubarak's ouster, have tapped into the even deeper well of anger over economic woes, including inflation, unemployment, corruption, low wages and wide economic disparities between rich and poor.
Many reports all day long said Mubarek is going, no he wont, yes he will, no - yes - all day.
Deep US-Saudi rift over Egypt
Abdullah stands by Mubarak, turns to Tehran
If there is anything we can count on, its being unable to count on the accuracy of news.
This is a VERY VERY BAD turn of events.
February 10, 2011, 4:31 PM DEBKAfile Exclusive Report
The conversation between President Barack Obama and Saudi King Abdullah early Thursday, Feb. 10, was the most acerbic the US president has ever had with an Arab ruler, debkafile's Middle East sources report. They had a serious falling-out on the Egyptian crisis which so enraged the king that some US and Middle East sources reported he suffered a sudden heart attack. Rumors that he had died rocked the world financial and oil markets that morning and were denied by an adviser to the ruling family. Some Gulf sources say he has had heart attacks in the past.
Those sources disclose that the call which Obama put into Abdullah, who is recuperating from back surgery at his palace in Morocco, brought their relations into deep crisis and placed in jeopardythe entire edifice of US Iran and Middle East policies.
The king chastised the president for his treatment of Egypt and its president Hosni Muhbarak calling it a disaster that would generate instability in the region and imperil all the moderate Arab rulers and regimes which had backed the United States until now. Abdullah took Obama to task for ditching America's most faithful ally in the Arab world and vowed that if the US continues to try and get rid of Mubarak, the Saudi royal family would bend all its resources to undoing Washington's plans for Egypt and nullifying their consequences.
According to British intelligence sources in London, the Saudi King pledged to make up the losses to Egypt if Washington cuts off military and economic aid to force Mubarak to resign. He would personally instruct the Saudi treasury to transfer to the embattled Egyptian ruler the exact amounts he needs for himself and his army to stand up to American pressure.
Through all the ups and downs of Saudi-US relations since the 1950s no Saudi ruler has ever threatened direct action against American policy.
A senior Saudi source told the London Times that "Mubarak and King Abdullah are not just allies, they are close friends, and the King is not about to see his friend cast aside and humiliated."
Indeed, our sources add, the king at the age of 87 is fearful that in the event of a situation developing in Saudi Arabia like the uprising in Egypt, Washington would dump him just like Mubarak.
debkafile's intelligence sources add that replacement aid for Egypt was not the only card in Abdullah's deck. He informed Obama that without waiting for events in Egypt to play out or America's response, he had ordered the process set in train for raising the level of Riyadh's diplomatic and military ties with Tehran. Invitations had gone out from Riyadh for Iranian delegations to visit the main Saudi cities.
Abdullah stressed he had more than one bone to pick with Obama. The king accused the US president of turning his back not only on Mubarak but on another beleaguered American ally, the former Lebanese Prime Minister Sa'ad Hariri, when he was toppled by Iran's surrogate Hizballah.
Our sources in Washington report that all of President Obama's efforts to pacify the Saudi king and explain his Egyptian policy fell on deaf ears.
Arab sources in London reported Tuesday, Feb. 8, that a special US presidential emissary was dispatched to Morocco with a message of explanation for the king. He was turned away. This is not confirmed by US or Saudi sources.
The initiation of dialogue between Riyadh and Tehran is the most dramatic fallout in the region from the crisis in Egypt. Its is a boon for the ayatollahs who are treated the sight of pro-Western regimes either fading under the weight of domestic uprisings, or turning away from the US as Saudi Arabia is doing now.
This development is also of pivotal importance for Israel. Saudi Arabia's close friendship with the Mubarak regime dovetailed neatly with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's alignment with Egypt and provided them with common policy denominators. The opening of the Saudi door to the Iranian push toward the Red Sea and Suez Canal tightens the Iranian siege ring around Israel.
Signs of friction between Washington and Riyadh were noticeable this week even before President Obama's call to King Abdullah. Some American media reported the discovery that Saudi oil reserves were a lot smaller than previously estimated. And Saudi media ran big headlines, most untypically, alleging the US embassy and consulate in Dahran were paying sub-contractors starvation wages of $4.3 a day for cleaning work and $3.3 a day for gardening work.
Stratfor Intel - emailRed Alert: The Egyptian Military's Options
February 10, 2011
The decision by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak not to resign seems to have shocked both the Egyptian military and Washington. CIA Director Leon Panetta spoke earlier as if his resignation was assured and a resolution to the crisis was guaranteed. Sources in Cairo spoke the same way. How the deal came apart, or whether Mubarak decided that transferring power to Vice President Omar Suleiman was sufficient cannot be known. What is known is that Mubarak did not do what was expected.
This now creates a massive crisis for the Egyptian military. Its goal is not to save Mubarak but to save the regime founded by Gamal Abdel Nasser. We are now less than six hours from dawn in Cairo. The military faces three choices. The first is to stand back, allow the crowds to swell and likely march to the presidential palace and perhaps enter the grounds. The second choice is to move troops and armor into position to block more demonstrators from entering Tahrir Square and keep those in the square in place. The third is to stage a coup and overthrow Mubarak.
The first strategy opens the door to regime change as the crowd, not the military, determines the course of events. The second creates the possibility of the military firing on the protesters, which have not been anti-military to this point. Clashes with the military (as opposed to the police, which have happened) would undermine the military’s desire to preserve the regime and the perception of the military as not hostile to the public.
That leaves the third option, which is a coup. Mubarak will be leaving office under any circumstances by September. The military does not want an extraconstitutional action, but Mubarak’s decision leaves the military in the position of taking one of the first two courses, which is unacceptable. That means military action to unseat Mubarak as the remaining choice.
One thing that must be borne in mind is that whatever action is taken must be taken in the next six or seven hours. As dawn breaks over Cairo, it is likely that large numbers of others will join the demonstrators and that the crowd might begin to move. The military would then be forced to stand back and let events go where they go, or fire on the demonstrators. Indeed, in order to do the latter, troops and armor must move into position now, to possibly overawe the demonstrators.
Thus far, the military has avoided confrontation with the demonstrators as much as possible, and the demonstrators have expressed affection toward the army. To continue that policy, and to deal with Mubarak, the options are removing him from office in the next few hours or possibly losing control of the situation. But if this is the choice taken, it must be taken tonight so that it can be announced before demonstrations get under way Feb. 11 after Friday prayers.
It is of course possible that the crowds, reflecting on Mubarak’s willingness to cede power to Suleiman, may end the crisis, but it does not appear that way at the moment, and therefore the Egyptian military has some choices to make
I usually do not post from Stratfor as it is subscription. I hope ONCE will be OK.
Mubarak stays, Egypt explode?
February 11, 2011
Egypt will explode, claims El from hell Baradei, the puppet of Iran.
I strongly advise you to interpret that, not believe it in the way its meant.
Terrorists outside Egypt may explode, but its a very GOOD thing Mubarak stays!
If Obama is so fond of crowds demanding the president leave office, I suggest patriotic Americans and Christians gather and demand Obama leave office - NOW!
Obama criticizes Mubarak for not offering clarity or concrete path to democracy. It is IMPOSSIBLE to have a democracy in a Muslim nation!
Attack on a security forces building in Rafah on Egyptian-Israel border. This could be Hamas.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak refused to step down or leave the country, and instead handed most of his powers to his vice president.
The rapidly moving events raised the question of whether a rift had opened between Mubarak and the military command.
Ahmadinejad - No Israel, US in new Middle East
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that the new Middle East will turn into an area without the United States and Zionist regime.
How can the world not see wiping out Israel is the goal of what is happening there?
WikiLeaks: Hosni Mubarak told US not to topple Saddam Hussein
Hosni Mubarak told Dick Cheney, the former US vice-president, “three or four times” not to depose Saddam Hussein, according to leaked cables.
By ignoring his advice and invading Iraq, Mr Mubarak warned that the Americans had managed to increase the threat posed by Iran.
Mr Mubarak made the comments during a breakfast meeting with US congressmen at the presidential palace in Cairo in December, 2008.
He told one of the delegation, Sen Byron Dorgan, that the US needed to ''listen to its friends” in the region.
“When George Bush Senior was president, 'he listened to my advice. But his son does not’,” he said, according to a US cable sent on Jan 14, 2009. It continued: “Mubarak said that when President Bush Sr had called and asked what Mubarak thought about invading Iraq to get to rid of Saddam Hussein during the first Gulf war, Mubarak had told him not to because 'you won’t be able to get out and you will drown in Iraq’. Mubarak said he had tried to convey the same message to the current administration, only to be ignored.
“'I told (Vice President) Cheney three or four times’ that Iraq needed a strong leader and that it would be unwise to remove Saddam Hussein; doing so would only 'open the gate to Iran.’ Unfortunately, he said, the vice-president did not listen to his advice.”
Jubilant crowds remain as Egypt looks toward future
They have no idea what awaits them.
February 12, 2011 CNN
For the first time in 30 years, Hosni Mubarak was no longer president when dawn broke in Egypt on Saturday.
The iron-fisted leader's rule ended when he stepped down and handed over power to the country's military Friday. Fireworks shot out over Tahrir Square. Revelers waving Egyptian flags flooded the streets of Cairo.
A large crowd remained in Tahrir Square on Saturday morning, euphoric over the power of 18 days of largely peaceful protests to topple the country's longstanding government.
A front-page headline in the state-run Al Ahram newspaper, previously a mouthpiece for Mubarak, heralded the change Saturday: "The people have brought down the regime."
Hosni Mubarak resigns, hands powers to the army
Obama urges Egyptian army to ensure democratic change
As Mubarak Toppled, World Cheers — And Worries
February 11, 2011 The New York Times
As the streets of Cairo erupted in celebration, leaders and officials around the world greeted the departure of President Hosni Mubarak on Friday with full-throated expressions of support for the people of Egypt along with some measured words of caution ahead for an uncertain period of political transition.
Across a region that has seen online social networks lead to real-world social upheaval, many officials released their first statements via Twitter.
“Egypt takes the Arab world into a new era. Let’s make it a better one,” Bahrain’s foreign minister, Sheik Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa, wrote on the social networking site. With protests planned for next week in Bahrain, the kingdom also said on Friday it would give cash payments equal to $2,650 to every family, Reuters reported.
Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkey’s foreign minister, sounded somewhat of a cautious note after congratulating the Egyptian people on the success of nearly three weeks of protests demanding that Mr. Mubarak step down. “Egypt is a strong state and the continuity of the Egyptian institutions is of crucial importance,” he wrote.
But regional leaders who had feared change in Egypt — a group including other Middle East autocrats — made few public statements on Friday. The Israeli government, which has counted on Egypt as one of its few allies in the Arab world, had not issued a formal statement by evening. By contrast, Hamas, the militant group that controls Gaza, celebrated the news and called on the new government in Egypt to open its border with the territory.
Israel military caught unready for Sinai front
February 12, 2011 DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis
Field Marshal Mohamed Tantawi, head of High Army Council
As Cairo rejoiced over Hosni Mubarak exit, Israel counted the cost of losing its most important strategic partner in the region.
32 years of peace with Egypt leave Israel militarily unprepared for the unexpected on their long southern border.
The Israeli military has no experience of desert combat, and is short of intelligence on the Egyptian army, and no clue to the new rulers intentions.
The Israeli Defense Forces are trained and equipped to confront Iran and fight on the mountainous terrain of Lebanon and Syria. After signing peace with Egypt in 1979, Israel scrapped the combat brigades trained for desert warfare, whose last battle was fought in the 1973 war, and stopped treating the Egyptian army as a target of military intelligence. Israel's high command consequently knows little or nothing about any field commanders who might lead units if they were to be deployed in Sinai.
Israel's policy-makers and military strategists are meanwhile acting on two basic assumptions:
1. Egypt's new military rulers will not care to lose the US military aid or their access to technology, and Obama will make continued assistance conditional on upholding the peace treaty with Israel. (I doubt that, Obama hates Israel.)
2. Israel is counting on Gen. Omar Suleiman, but Israel may be barking up the wrong tree. When Suleiman was elevated to VP, Jerusalem hoped he would come out of the Egyptian uprising as the coming man. Friday, Mubarak's resignation left him stripped of his new title. (?)
Suleiman and Tantawi have long been rivals and Mubarak often stepped in to resolve their arguments, and Tantawi is no fan of Israel.
A chaotic free-for-all was launched in Sinai while all eyes were on Cairo.
Hamas terrorists and drug and human traffickers infiltrated Israel across the lawless Sinai border.
Netanyahu must think fast about Sinai.
Jer 8:11 For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.
1Th 5:1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
1Th 5:2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
1Th 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
IOW, we ain't seen nothin' yet!
Mubarak slammed U.S. before resignation
Radical Islam will be result of U.S. push for democracy, Mubarak told Israel's Ben-Eliezer during a phone call on Thursday, Feb 10th.
Hosni Mubarak had harsh words for the United States and what he described as its misguided quest for democracy in the Middle East in a telephone call with an Israeli lawmaker a day before he quit as Egypt's president.
The legislator, Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, said that he came away from the 20-minute conversation with the feeling the 82-year-old leader realized it was the end of the Mubarak era.
He had very tough things to say about the United States.
Mubarak said, We see the democracy the United States spearheaded in Iran and with Hamas, in Gaza, and that's the fate of the Middle East.
They may be talking about democracy but they dont know what they're talking about and the result will be extremism and radical Islam.
Mubarak said the snowball (of civil unrest) wont stop in Egypt and it wouldn't skip any Arab country in the Middle East and in the Gulf.
He is right.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned of an Iran-style Islamist revolution in Egypt should Muslim Brotherhood take over.
Will an unknown officer be Egypt's next ruler?
Military beefs up Sinai force
February 13, 2011 DEBKA
Egyptian army acted within 24 hours from taking over from Hosni Mubarak to bring lawless outbreaks in Sinai under control.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak phoned DM Mohamed Tantawi to thank him for transferring 900 men to Sinai.
It was the second time Israel consented to Egypt military units in Sinai, demilitarized in 1979 peace treaty.
The defense minister also echoed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who earlier welcomed the military council's pledge to honor "all regional and international obligations and treaties." After a sigh of relief in Jerusalem, the prime minister said: "The longstanding peace treaty between Israel and Egypt has greatly contributed to both countries and is "the cornerstone for peace and stability in the entire Middle East."
The 76-year old Egyptian field marshal's manner in the conversation with Barak was curt and to the point rather than affable.
In North Sinai, while the army was busy lifting Mubarak out of the president palace in Cairo, armed men of the Palestinian Hamas and Bedouin militias attacked Egyptian security forces, losing 10 gunmen in the ensuing clash. A request to curb the rampage also reached the Army Council from Washington. Members of the Multinational Force policing Sinai under the peace treaty, mostly Americans and Canadians, have been locked in their camps for nearly three weeks under virtual Hamas and Bedouin siege. (See debkafile Jan. 31)
The generals also went into action to restore law and order in Egypt's big cities and clean up the mess left by 18 days of round-the-clock demonstrations.
Saturday night, Tantawi held his first conversation with Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq and Interior Minister Habib El-Adli, the Mubarak-appointed ministers who have been left in place for the interim. They discussed reassigning the Interior Ministry's security and police forces to regular beats. They disappeared from city streets after mobs of protesters chased them away on Jan. 21. Now, local military commanders have informed the High Army Council that it was not the army's job to maintain law and order and they must start pulling their men out of the cities and back to barracks to keep them from scattering.
debkafile's Cairo sources report that the division commanders did not ask for permission; they gave the high council's 25 generals due warning that the soldiers were to be phased out of the cities and it was necessary to get the police in to replace them.
This tenor of exchange placed a question mark over the measure of control the high military command exercises in the towns. There are signs that the division and brigade commanders in the field may be calling the shots in many instances. Some intelligence quarters in Washington are led to believe that the transition period may well throw up a charismatic field commander for taking over the presidential palace rather than a known civilian face.
None of the generals in the top command is either charismatic or particularly popular, certainly not the ageing Tantawi or Chief of Staff Gen. Sami Al-Anan.
The whereabouts of the deposed president are another unknown. According to one report making the rounds in Cairo Mubarak and family are not in Sharm el-Sheikh as claimed, but were flown by the army helicopter that carried him out of the capital Friday, Feb. 11, to one of the army facilities on the Red Sea coast of southern Egypt - possibly Ghardaqa - or a local luxury hotel. It was not clear whether Mubarak is the army's prisoner or the troops were hiding him for his own protection.
Egypt lost control of Sinai
February 13, 2011
Concern is mounting in Israel over reports that Egyptian police abandoned dozens of police stations in Sinai because of growing Beduin violence.
Sinai could become a breeding ground for global jihad.
Egyptian police stations were attacked by Beduins armed with missiles and assault rifles.
Israelis urged to return home.
Israel allowed the deployment of 800 Egyptian soldiers in Sharm e-Sheikh and Rafah 2 weeks ago.
Jan. 24 - Connecticut National Guard to deploy to the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt to support the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) to supervise the security provisions of the Egypt / Israel Peace Treaty.
Palestinian Hamas terrorists from Gaza are loose in the Sinai.
Between January 31 and February 7 Israel allowed the first 800 Egyptian military to deploy units in Sinai.
Israel welcomes Egypt military pledge to maintain peace treaty. I dont believe it, and Israel should NOT trust it.
Egypt is an Islamic nation and you can NOT trust Muslims, they are NOT rational/logical.
Conversation not overheard between Obama and his puppet masters.
Masters - Go say Mubarak must get out NOW
Obama - I am getting criticism for saying that!
Masters - Go say he must go soon
Obama - Now they are mad at me for saying that.
Masters - Go give a great speech, we already put it in TOTUS.
Obama - They are making a fool out of me! I'm going to bed. *sulks.*
My tears for Mubarak
February 14, 2011
Israel Opinion - Ousted Egyptian president was last obstacle in face of threatening Islamist tsunami
Precisely at the most critical moment Saturday night, when the British prime minister appeared on my television screen (or maybe it was the German chancellor, or the French president,) I ran out of tissues. I therefore had to wipe off my tears with a towel.
One after the other, all the senior Western leaders appeared and hurled at us, Mideast natives, a series of nice words – “democracy,” “civil rights,” and so on. All of them of course took pleasure in the jubilation of the masses at al-Tahrir Square. If they could, these leaders would likely break into dance themselves.
Yet the undersigned is almost convinced that had viewers looked deep into the eyes of Obama, Cameron, Sarkozy and Merkel, they would have discovered fear. It is also possible that after the lights were turned off, these leaders muttered words like “shoot,” in English or German. The masses at the Cairo square were of little interest to them. They fear that these masses, and many other millions, have been afflicted by a contagious disease that would reach these leaders too, and that’s the last thing they need.
One should not be impressed by their well-wishes. Their devotion to “democracy,” “popular power” and “civil rights” is lip service in this case. They think that by resorting to nice words they will save themselves and their peoples from the radical wave threatening to sweep them. They fear that in a year or five years, the al-Tahrir protestors will show up at their own squares and boulevards. At this time already, these leaders see the pioneers walking as though they are the masters of the house in Paris, London and Berlin.
It is very possible that Hosni Mubarak was not an ideal leader. It is very possible that the regime in Cairo was corrupt and not enlightened. It is certainly difficult to be an Egyptian in Cairo, Ismailia, Alexandria and Luxor. Yet Mubarak and his people understood something that 100 Obamas will not understand even 50 years from now: Mubarak and his regime were apparently the last obstacle in our conflicted world in the face of the Islamist tsunami, a predator that is already devouring some European states and turning the world into an increasingly less comfortable place to live in.
It’s very possible and almost certain that the process is inevitable, and we are doomed to live with it. However, if possible, we should postpone this eventuality. What use would there be for democracy sages should the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt or anywhere else take power or exercise decisive influence on the government, get rid of all signs of the “flawed” Western culture, and turn Egypt’s 82 million citizens, for example, into soldiers holding up the sword of Islam?
What kind of democracy will it be then? Who will demand “civil rights” in a state that will be overtaken by veils? Where will the Americans be when in the same al-Tahrir Square we’ll be seeing hands and tongues and ears and noses cut off and the heads of “rebels” severed? The Americans will surely need huge quantities of tissues then.
President Mubarak was indeed a tyrant. He was apparently corrupt as well. Yet this is the same Mubarak who wore suits and ties, spoke English, upheld the peace treaty, hosted Israeli leaders at his palace, arrived at the Rabin funeral, and even – imagine that – provided us with gas at a special price.
This will likely be the only article today praising Mubarak. In politically correct terms, it would be proper to laud the masses and join in the celebration of democracy. After all, all the hypocrites in the Western world are coming together for this “civil right party.” Yet I, such an uncivilized creature, am already starting to long for the president who was forced to quit. How I wish to be proven wrong.
The Egypt - Israel peace treaty is finished
US Joint Chief of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen told Israel that the 1979 peace accord with Egypt is not in jeopardy.
He tried to assure Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Gen. Benny Gantz.
The US had strong ties with the military rulers who took power in Cairo Feb. 11, claimed Mullen.
American advisers are there, working within it.
But both Washington and Jerusalem ignored a comment by one of Egypt's most prominent opposition leaders, Ayman Nour.
Nour said the Camp David accords 1979 peace treaty has ended.
Sons of Egypt's Mubarak nearly came to blows
Alaa Mubarak accused brother Gamal of turning citizens against their father by promoting his business friends in political life.
'You helped spoil his image.'
The two sons of Hosni Mubarak almost came to blows last Thursday when the former Egyptian president gave his final speech in an effort to stay in power, a state-owned newspaper said on Sunday. Al-Akhbar said Alaa Mubarak accused his younger brother Gamal, who had held a senior position in the ruling party, of having ruined the 82-year-old leader's final days in office through promoting his business friends in political life.
Egypt protests echo across region
Groups tailor message for own causes in Iran, Yemen, Bahrain
February 15, 2011
Military moves to get Egyptians back to work
The military sought Monday to persuade Egyptians to end the demonstrations and strikes that culminated last Friday in the resignation of the president, and urged their countrymen to get back to work.
Though efforts are on track to "realize the legitimate demands of the people for a true democratic environment," widespread strikes and demonstrations continued Monday in certain state sectors, "even though normality has been restored," the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces said in a statement.
It cited "negative consequences" of continued unrest, including harming national security, adversely affecting the state's ability to get necessary goods to the public, disrupting production and operations, delaying the nation's return to "day-to-day life," adversely affecting the economy and "creating an atmosphere that gives the opportunity to irresponsible persons to commit illegitimate acts."
Hosni Mubarak's abdication leaves a council of generals, led by Defense Minister Hussein Tantawi, in charge of the Arab world's most populous nation.
Since Friday, the military has dissolved parliament, suspended the constitution and vowed to remain in charge until elections can be held in six months or so. In addition, it has declared a curfew from midnight until 6 a.m.
The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces said it would appoint a committee to propose changes to the constitution, which would then be submitted to voters. The council will have the power to issue new laws during the transition, according to a communique read on state television.
The military now finds itself confronting the economic problems that fueled the revolt, including massive youth unemployment and economic underdevelopment.
Sameh Shoukry, Egypt's ambassador to the United States, said Sunday that the generals have made restoring security and reviving the economy their top priorities.
However, a leading opposition figure said Sunday that the military must explain its plans in more detail or see a resumption of the demonstrations that drove Mubarak from office.
"They need to come out of their headquarters and start talking to the people and tell us what is in store for us," Mohamed ElBaradei told CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS."
Another opposition figure, Ayman Nour, said Monday that a man with a knife attempted to attack him while he was in Luxor meeting with supporters, who thwarted the man's attempt. The man then attempted to flee, but was arrested by the army, Nour said he was told.
Widespread strikes and demonstrations occurred Monday around the country, with thousands of state workers from various ministries demonstrating for better pay and better work conditions, witnesses told CNN.
The unrest has nearly emptied tourist hotels. In the Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, where Mubarak is reportedly holed up at a villa, "We are losing daily something like $20 (million) to $30 million -- at least in this area," said Adel Shoukry, secretary general of the Egyptian Hotel Association.
The status of Mubarak, who is reportedly staying in Sharm el-Sheikh, is a mystery. Some Egyptians are demanding he stand trial for crimes, including the demonstrators' deaths. Others are demanding an immediate repeal of Egypt's nearly 30-year-old emergency law, which allows the government to arrest people without charge, and the formation of a civilian body to oversee the transition to a new government.
Mubarak moves assets from Europe to Saudi Arabia
February 15, 2011 Smart move, GOOD!
Hosni Mubarak and his family have moved a large part of their assets – guesstimated at between $20 and $70 billion - from European banks to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Republics against personal guarantees from King Abdullah and Sheik Al Nahyan to block access to outside parties.This is reported by Gulf and West European sources. Tunisian ex-ruler Zein Al Abdain Ben Ali received the same guarantee when he fled his country and received asylum in the oil kingdom.
A Swiss financial source commented: "If he had any real money in Zurich, it may be gone by now."
According to debkafile's sources, the transfers took place on Feb. 12-13. Although a weekend when European banks are closed, high-ranking officials in Riyadh had their managers hauled out of home to execute Mubarak's transfer orders without delay.
The ousted Egyptian ruler was on the phone to Saudi King Abdullah Friday, Feb. 11, immediately after his vice president Omar Suleiman went on state television to announce his resignation and handover of rule to the army. Mubarak called it a military putsch conducted under pressure from Washington. He denied he had resigned or passed any powers to the army. "I had no idea Omar Suleiman was about to read out that statement. I would never have signed it or allowed it to be published," said Mubarak.
The Saudi king voiced understanding for the ex-president's plight and said the Riyadh government was under orders to meet any requests for assistance received from him.
Mubarak views himself still as the rightful president of Egypt. Aware of this, the High Military Council Sunday, Feb. 13, abolished the constitution. Otherwise, Mubarak would have been correct and the military would have had no authority to issue decrees and pass laws without his signature.
The military junta's Western sympathizers were quick to read in the military statement a pledge to call an election in six months. This was not exactly stated. The military council announced that the incumbent (Mubarak-appointed) cabinet would stay in office "for six months or until elections."
Elections cannot be held until a new a new constitution is enacted because the old one has been abolished leaving a void which is filled by martial law and no clear obligation for an election date.
One major obstacle confronting orderly transition to civilian rule is the opposition's clamor for an all-inclusive investigation of corruption within the Mubarak family and its ruling circle. As one of the opposition leaders George Ishak put it: "We will research everything, all of them: the families of the ministers, the family of the president, everyone."
Prof. Samer Soliman, of the American University in Cairo said: "The corruption of the Mubarak family was not stealing from the budget; it was transforming political capital into private capital."
debkafile's military sources stress that all 25 generals serving in the High Army Council can be relied on to raise a high wall against any such probe. Members of Egypt's high officer class are heavily invested in Egyptian industry, financial institutions and banks, having built their personal fortunes by the same methods as the Mubarak clan and its hangers-on.
An exhaustive investigation might also bring to light American and Israel capital interests linked to businesses close to the Mubarak regime. The military will not doubt use its powers under martial law to put a spoke in the opposition's demand for an inquiry.
Mubarak in coma
If this is true, and ONLY Jpost has it so far, then I suspect he was poisoned, probably by the military.
February 14, 2011 dawn
Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has been in a coma since Saturday, receiving medical treatment at Sharm e-Sheikh.
No decision to transfer him to the hospital. While giving his final defiant speech on Thursday, Mubarak fainted twice. Jpost
Mubarak update February 15
Mubarak was refusing to take medication, suffering from depression and repeatedly passing out at his residence in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.
Hosni Mubarak health is deteriorating and he is refusing medical aid. Saudi paper
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Egypt's banned Muslim Brotherhood will apply to become a political party, it announced Tuesday.
The Brotherhood "envisions the establishment of a democratic, civil state that draws on universal measures of freedom and justice, with central Islamic values serving all Egyptians regardless of colour, creed, political trend or religion," it said in the statement.
Although officially illegal, the Muslim Brotherhood is regarded as one of the most organized groups in Egypt.
It has said it does not plan to run a candidate for president when elections are held to replace Hosni Mubarak, who resigned on Friday.
Mubarak near death
February 15, 2011 Cairo
Near-death Mubarak refuses medical treatment, determined to die in Egypt
Egyptian Ambassador to the US acknowledged that former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is in bad health.
A former Egyptian security official said Mubarak's death could come at any time. His health is declining drastically.
Mubarak has asked to allow him to die in his country.
He only regains consciousness rarely, spending most of his time in a comatose state.
Most of Mubarak's former aides are in hiding, fearing the anger of the people.
Egyptians ignore army warnings
Airport employees protested for better pay Wednesday, textile workers went on strike to demand a corruption investigation and residents of a Suez Canal city pressed for closing a chemical factory they say is dumping toxic waste into a lake in the latest wave of unrest shaking Egypt.
The ruling military council issued its second statement in three days calling for an immediate halt to all labor unrest. The new warning Wednesday raised expectations of an outright ban on protests and strikes that could raise the tension level in a country already growing more nervous by the day over uncertainties about the future.
"We urge citizens and members of professional and labor unions to go on with their jobs, each in their position," a text message sent to Egyptian cellphones from the military said.
So far, the warnings have been defied by people airing grievances everywhere over just about everything, from meager wages to police brutality and corruption.
The council that took power from longtime leader Hosni Mubarak on Friday says strikes and protests are hampering efforts to salvage the economy and return to normal life after the 18-day democracy revolt that forced the president out of office.
Former Islamic Radical on Egypt and Muslim Brotherhood
February 11, 2011
Let's get some perspective now on the stunning events in Egypt over the past two-and-a-half weeks and today's resignation from Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
Joining me now is Ed Husain of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the author of the book "The Islamist." Welcome. You are a former Islamic radical. You signed on to Islamic fundamentalists as young man in Britain, stayed with it for six years and then, left it.
ED HUSAIN, COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS: Well it was an attraction to a global ideology that offers black and white answers to the problems of the Middle East. In my time it was issues surrounding Muslims in Bosnia and Muslims in Palestine and the answer offered by Islamic extremists from various groups was, the answer is jihad, the answer is concentration, the answer is Muslim supremacist tendencies and the answer is to take up arms against arms.
But after a period of being in those groups, I realized several things. One, that they were spiritually remote from mainstream Muslims that they were away from god. Two, that their confrontational one-world view gave us very little in the way of solid results or answers to the world's problems. And looking at Egypt today I think I am vindicated in realizing that those groups don't have the answers. And three, realizing that the rhetoric and the mindset of jihad and supremacy tendencies isn't just talk, but it's reality on the ground. When I saw, on my own campus, a non-Muslim student being killed, I moved away from extremist group.
HUSAIN: Well, as a student and subsequently after that I spent time with the Muslim Brotherhood, so I'm familiar with its thinking and its pragmatic strategy. The good news is-- well let's start with the bad news. The bad news is the Muslim brotherhood does play the mood music to which suicide bombers dance. It did traditionally have a very confrontational attitude toward the west, it's very suspicious of Israel, to put it mildly. And it tends to mobilize people around its own interpretation of religion. That's the bad news.
The good news is Muslim brotherhood over the last 30 years has abandoned violence and it tends to be pragmatic and want to enter democratic politics. I think if the Muslim Brotherhood is brought in to a broader coalition but on the condition that it respects the peace treaty toward Israel, that it's respectful to the west and it respects human rights, which it claims to, then it's good news. The debate in the discussion is whether we'll get there. By keeping them outside were not -- it's instigating the discussion.
BAIER: But if you listen to the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood who talked in recent weeks about ending the treaty with Israel, about starting another war with Israel, about Sharia law, I mean that doesn't sound like a concern for human rights or a lack of violence.
HUSAIN: I hear everything you are saying. That said, the Muslim Brotherhood, thankfully, is not monolithic organization. It has different strands within it. El-Gazar, the man who went to see Omar Suleiman last Friday came out saying that the peace treaty with Israel is in the Egyptian national interest. So there is good news. You had Mohammed Al-Badie the current leader of the brotherhood, who is not a reformist, he a conservative. He wants, within the Muslim brotherhood tradition, he wants to create, what he calls a "civilian government" not an "Islamist government." So --
HUSAIN: Well, I've traveled across the region, I speak Arabic and ya know, I'm a Muslim. What I can say is that there is a great deal of pride in the new Arab dignity, that they too have overthrown a despot today. They are now comparing themselves with the European revolutions of the 18th century and the American Revolution here. So there is a great sense of pride in the Arab world. And I think we should welcome that and try and help nagigate the Arab street to a better tomorrow rather than allow them to be hijacked by the extremists that you spoke about.
BAIER: Because that is the threat.
HUSAIN: That is the threat.
Muslim Brotherhood Urged Egypt to allow creation of Islamist political party
February 08, 2011 By Aaron Klein
An international "crisis management" group led by billionaire George Soros long has petitioned for the Egyptian government to normalize ties with the Muslim Brotherhood.
The International Crisis Group, or ICG, also released a report urging the Egyptian regime to allow the Brotherhood to establish an Islamist political party.
The ICG includes on its board Mohamed ElBaradei, one of the main opposition leaders in Egypt, as well as other personalities who champion dialogue with Hamas, a violent offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood.
In a June 2008 report entitled, "Egypt's Muslim Brothers Confrontation or Integration," Soros' ICG urges the Egyptian regime to allow the group to participate in political life.
The report dismisses Egypt's longstanding government crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood as "dangerously short-sighted."
The ICG report called on President Hosni Mubarak's regime to "pave the way for the regularization of the Muslim Brothers' participation in political life," including by allowing for the "establishment of a political party with religious reference."
The ICG specifically stressed allowing the Brotherhood to serve as an Islamist party several times in its 2008 report.
The ICG and its personalities also long have petitioned for the Muslim Brotherhood to be allowed to join the Egyptian government.
Soros is one of 9 members of the ICG executive committee.
ElBaradei suspended his board membership in the ICG two weeks ago, after he returned to Egypt to lead the anti-Mubarak protests.
U.S. board members include Zbigniew Brzezinski, who was national security adviser to Jimmy Carter; Samuel Berger, who was Bill Clinton's national security adviser; and retired U.S. ambassador Thomas Pickering, who made headlines in 2009 after meeting with Hamas leaders and calling for the U.S. to open ties to the Islamist group.
Another ICG member is Robert Malley, a former adviser to Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign. He resigned after it was exposed he had communicated with Hamas. WND reported Malley long had petitioned for dialogue with Hamas.
The ICG defines itself as an "independent, non-profit, multinational organization, with 100 staff members on five continents, working through field-based analysis and high-level advocacy to prevent and resolve deadly conflict."
Meanwhile, Soros also has other ties to opposition groups in the Middle East.
His Open Society Institute's Middle East and North Africa Initiative has provided numerous grants to a wide range of projects that promote so-called democratic issues across the region, including in Egypt, where the Muslim Brotherhood stands to gain from any future election.
Soros' Open Society also funded the main opposition voice in Tunisia, Radio Kalima, which championed the riots there that led to the ouster of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
In September, Soros' group was looking to expand its operations in Egypt by hiring a new project manager for its Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, which is run in partnership with the Open Society Justice Initiative. The group is seeking to develop a national network of legal empowerment actors for referral of public-interest law cases. Such organizations in the past have helped represent Muslim Brotherhood leaders seeking election or more authority in the country.
Soros himself on Friday made public statements in support of the protests in Egypt, which the Mubarak government has warned will result in the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in the country.
In a Washington Post editorial entitled, "Why Obama Has to Get Egypt Right," Soros recognized that if free elections were held in Egypt, "the Brotherhood is bound to emerge as a major political force, though it is far from assured of a majority."
He stated the U.S. has "much to gain by moving out in front and siding with the public demand for dignity and democracy" in Egypt.
He claimed the "Muslim Brotherhood's cooperation with Mohamed ElBaradei … is a hopeful sign that it intends to play a constructive role in a democratic political system."
Soros did not mention his ties to ElBaradei.
Soros did, however, single out Israel as "the main stumbling block" in paving the way toward transition in the Middle East.
"In reality, Israel has as much to gain from the spread of democracy in the Middle East as the United States has. But Israel is unlikely to recognize its own best interests because the change is too sudden and carries too many risks," he wrote.
Muslim Brotherhood awakens terrorist wing
An Egyptian Islamist terrorist organization founded by the Muslim Brotherhood is re-establishing itself amid the political upheaval in Cairo
Both Egyptian and Israeli security officials said the group, Al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya, is being reconstituted at the direction of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The officials affirmed Al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya serves as the de fact "military" wing of the Brotherhood, which originally founded Al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya.
Al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya is suspected of involvement in the 1981 assassination of Egyptian president Anwar Sadat and it took credit for the 1995 attempt on the life of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. It has carried out scores of deadly terrorist attacks, some targeting foreign tourists.
The Muslim Brotherhood seeks to spread Islam around the world. Hamas and al-Qaida are violent Brotherhood offshoots.
While the Brotherhood claimed it abandoned violence to push for a peaceful takeover of Egypt, the group's new spiritual leader, Muhammad Badi, recently publicly has called for violent jihad, including against the U.S.
On Sunday, an Egyptian security official was quoted in the news media stating Egyptian troops had arrested two armed Palestinians from Hamas who entered the country illegally from the Gaza Strip.
The security official told reporters the men had crossed from Gaza into Egypt's Sinai Peninsula using smuggling tunnels and that they were arrested in a stolen car in the town of el-Arish, near the border, along with three Egyptian smugglers.
The official told the Associated Press the two Hamas men were caught with weapons, hand grenades, two RPGs and about $8,600 in cash.
A senior Egyptian security official said an investigation found the two Hamas men were aiding in the reorganization of Al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya, which, he said, is attempting to reconstitute itself under the direction of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The Egyptian security official said Hamas is helping Al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya organize into divisions and to arm itself with weapons currently in the Sinai waiting to be smuggled into Gaza.
Both Israel and Egypt say Hamas has amassed a large quantity of weapons in the Sinai Peninsula, where the Islamist group has been attempting to smuggle the weaponry into Gaza.
Now, the Egyptian security official said, some of those weapons are going to arm the reconstituted Al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya.
Al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya was founded by the Muslim Brotherhood, and is classified as a terrorist group by the U.S., European Union and Egypt. Like the Muslim Brotherhood, the group is dedicated to the overthrow of Mubarak, seeking to replace his regime with an Islamic state.
The group has carried out numerous deadly attacks.
Al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya may have been involved indirectly in Sadat's assassination. The group's leader has talked publicly about collaborating in planning the murder with the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, which was blamed for the killing.
In the late 1980s and 1990s, Al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya carried out scores of terrorist acts in Egypt, including the murders and attempted murders of prominent Egyptian writers and intellectuals. The group also targeted tourists and foreigners.
In 1997, it carried out the notorious Luxor massacre in Luxor, Egypt, killing 58 foreign tourists and four Egyptians. Al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya went on a shooting rampage in that attack, even reportedly mutilating the bodies of victims. A note praising Islam was found inside one disemboweled body.
One year earlier, in 1996, Al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya carried out a shooting rampage at the Europa Hotel in Cairo, killing 18 Greek tourists.
In 1995, the group took responsibility for a car bomb attack on the Egyptian embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, murdering 16 people.
After a massive Egyptian crackdown on the group in 1997 following the Luxur attack, Al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya brokered a deal with the Egyptian government that is known as the Nonviolence Initiative, in which some leaders of the movement said they renounced violence.
Still, exiled leaders of Al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya maintained the group would not give up its violence.
Brotherhood declares war on U.S.
Multiple prominent U.S. commentators also have been claiming the Muslim Brotherhood is a moderate organization and denying any Islamist plot to seize power.
In November, the Brotherhood's new supreme guide, Muhammad Badi, delivered a sermon entitled, "How Islam Confronts the Oppression and Tyranny."
"Resistance is the only solution," stated Badi. "The United States cannot impose an agreement upon the Palestinians, despite all the power at its disposal. [Today] it is withdrawing from Iraq, defeated and wounded, and is also on the verge of withdrawing from Afghanistan because it has been defeated by Islamist warriors."
Badi went on to declare the U.S. is easy to defeat through violence, since it is "experiencing the beginning of its end and is heading toward its demise."
With research by Brenda J. Elliott
Pandora's Box Is Opened
By Jan Markell January 2011
The stage was set for the Egyptian crisis by Barack Obama himself back in June of 2009. There he delivered his Cairo speech given with the hope of bringing the Muslim world into his camp. After that speech I wrote:
"America and the rest of the world will never be the same. In his Cairo speech, he sent the world of Islam a dramatic message that America wants to be their friend and that America respects Islam. There was not a single word about Islam's well-known and checkered past of conquering by the sword. There was no reference to the indoctrination by Islam of her youth to steer them toward violence.
"There was no reference to the fact that Islamic suicide bombers are blowing themselves up around the world and beheading innocent people. No mention of the 'honor killings' against family members who prove to be an embarrassment. And he gave a pass for Muslims to keep stoning their women for various offenses. He also signaled the world that America would go back to a 9/10 mentality."
I concluded that Obama complimented Islam in Cairo. Both moderates and radicals will use it for their benefit throughout the world in years to come. The world was told that it should respect Islam as Obama does. The sweetest sound to him is the Muslim call to prayer. Obama tipped his hat as he did in one of his two books where he suggested that if ever the ill-winds blow, he will stand with the Muslims. This isn't rocket science. Barack Hussein Obama set the stage for violence in various parts of the world; for political insurrection; for toppling governments. He would be in agreement at worst or would cause America to look the other way at best.
Fast-forward to his televised interview on Super Bowl Sunday with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly. In that interview, Obama specifically included the Muslim Brotherhood in the groups that must be included in any new Egyptian government. This is the equivalent of President Woodrow Wilson welcoming the Bolsheviks into the Russian government back in 1917.
Some feel there was Egypt-overload for weeks but the stakes were enormous! Victor Sharp writing in The American Thinker states, "Our president has now opened a Pandora's Box in the Middle East. It may well usher in a catastrophe not seen since World War II. From his notorious Cairo speech to the present, Obama's speaks and disaster follows. Some commentators believe that President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton are so utterly naive as to make themselves unable to understand what will happen in Egypt as a result of their undermining of the Mubarak regime."
Sharpe continues, "The question is justifiably asked: Do they truly believe that the next regime that comes to power will have the interests of the U.S. and the West at heart? My fear is that Obama is not naive at all, but he instead knows only too well what he is doing, for he is eagerly promoting power in the world while diminishing the West and Israel, however much innocent blood will flow as a result. Inevitably the Muslim Brotherhood will take power, usher in a barbaric Islamist power in Egypt that will control the Suez Canal, and show no mercy to its own people or its perceived foes."
My radio guest next weekend (February 19-20) is Egyptian and former Muslim Nonie Darwish. She states, "Wherever Muslims go, the Brotherhood will follow." It has now even infiltrated many non-Muslim countries, including the U.S. and our government. As a fellow Egyptian, I have no doubt that the head-covered, Egyptian-born White House adviser Dalia Mogahed is herself a Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas sympathizer. She is also a Sharia defender. She helped write President Obama's Cairo speech, which was geared to appease and legitimize the Brotherhood, the very organization that inspired Al-Qaeda. Obama believed that he would be the hero who would make the Muslim world love us, but he ended up only empowering the Brotherhood against both Arab reformists and Western interests."
Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch suggests that the Brotherhood won't immediately seize control of the country, but will dominate a coalition government and later begin ousting rival parties. Spencer is blunt that Obama favors the Brotherhood despite their hostility to America. He made sure he invited Brotherhood leaders to his June 4, 2009 Cairo speech. This is ironic and pathetic in that the Brotherhood has the U.S. in its sites, to target for maximum damage.
The ultimate goal here is to plunder the Promised Land -- Israel. America will offer Israel little support. The dominoes are falling. Unrest is spreading. The one thing all parties can agree on is that Israel needs to be driven from their midst. To the Islamists, Israel is a cancerous sore that never heals. Hosni Mubarak was committed to a peace treaty with Israel, not out of love for the Jewish state, but, in part, to continue receiving foreign aid from America. Barack Obama may be a president who cares less about peace in Israel than previous presidents.
The winds of a coming Muslim caliphate are blowing stronger than they have in centuries. This is not the end of the revolution in Egypt, it is just the beginning. They and their neighbors will likely have a wake-up call from hell in their future. The ghosts of the Shah of Iran and Iran's Ayatollah Khoumeini, so prominent 30 years ago, still whistle in the wind. The war between the West and the Mullahs has new life to it. But they could not have achieved their goal without an inexperienced, Muslim-friendly American president.
God loves Egypt and He called Israel out of Egypt. Generations later, God called the Messiah out of Egypt when Joseph and Mary carried Him there for protection from King Herod. This nation is mentioned prominently in the Bible, second only to Israel. In Isaiah 19, God is determined to get their attention and draw them into a personal relationship with Himself through faith in the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Isaiah 19 reference is yet future. Before that, it appears a great deal must happen.
2 million Egyptians in Tahrir Square chant "To Jerusalem we are heading, Martyrs in the millions."
Egyptian Army violently disperses protesters
I knew Egypt would be WORSE OFF without Mubarak
February 26, 2011
Egyptian military beat protesters and used teargas to disperse protesters who tried to spend night near Tahrir Square.
This signaled a tougher line, NOT an easier one.
Egyptians storm state security building in Cairo
By SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press – 03/05/11
CAIRO – Hundreds of Egyptian protesters have stormed a building of the country's hated internal security service in Cairo.
It is the second time in as many days that protesters forced their way inside State Security Agency offices.
Three weeks after the fall of longtime leader Hosni Mubarak, Egyptians are turning their anger toward his internal security apparatus, rallying outside several of its key buildings Saturday to demand that it be dismantled.
Protester Mohammed el-Saffani says hundreds of protesters barged into one of the buildings, in the northern Nasr City neighborhood from the backdoors, despite an army cordon.
He says the protesters want to save official documents that they believe are being destroyed to hide evidence of human rights abuses.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.
CAIRO (AP) — Three weeks after President Hosni Mubarak's ouster, Egyptians are turning their anger toward his internal security apparatus, rallying outside several of its key buildings Saturday to demand that it be dismantled and that its leaders face a reckoning for years of abuses.
What to do with Egypt's tainted security agencies remains one of the most contentious issue facing the military rulers who took charge after Mubarak was forced to step down on Feb. 11 after an 18-day popular uprising. The 500,000-strong internal security services are accused of some of the worst human rights abuses in its suppression of dissent against Mubarak's nearly 30-year rule.
Hundreds marched peacefully on two State Security Agency buildings in Cairo on Saturday, kept beyond their gates by soldiers. The night before, nearly 1,000 people stormed one of its buildings in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, after officers opened fire on the crowd from inside the building.
The man was long in charge of those agencies and the regular police forces, former Interior Minister Habib el-Adly, appeared in court Saturday for the first time. He was forced out along with Mubarak and is facing charges of money laundering and abuse of authority.
El-Adly has been widely blamed for the deadly brutality used by riot police against demonstrators in massive protests that began Jan. 25.
Crowds numbering a few hundred, including families of some of the 300 protesters killed in the uprising, waited for him outside the Cairo courthouse.
"The death sentence awaits you, el-Adly," they shouted. A stuffed dummy was hanging outside the courthouse with el-Adly's name stuck on it.
The former minister arrived in an armored car and wore a white prison jumpsuit. He denied the charges and told the court: "I am Habib el-Adly. I gave Egypt a lot, and I fought terrorism."
The next hearing is scheduled for April 2.
In Saturday's protests, hundreds marched on State Security buildings in Cairo's Nasr City district and Sixth of October City on the capital's western outskirts, where smoke was seen billowing from inside the building in an apparent attempt to burn documents, a security official said.
A military official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said army forces are seizing documents and securing the building. He said the security officers on the scene are reporting that the protesters sought to attack the building.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
In the northern Cairo suburb of Nasr City, nearly 1,000 protesters gathered outside the agency building, demanding it be dismantled. One protester, Mahmoud Salem, said the army is standing between the protesters and the building. "This is a peaceful protest," he said. It is not clear if there are officers inside, he said.
In Friday night's violent confrontation in Alexandria, protesters beat officers trapped inside the building after laying siege to it for hours, said protester Kotb Hassanein.
Kotb said the protesters saw lots of official documents shredded in the offices in an apparent attempt to hurriedly get rid of official records.
Security officials said at least 20 officers were badly beaten and remain hospitalized. Four protesters were injured, said Kotb, including one who was shot in the stomach. Army officers seized the remaining documents from the building before taking control of the building.
Egyptian TV LIES about Jewish children
March 18, 2011
Documents have been uncovered just in recent days describing how al-Qaida recruits children as young as 14 for suicide missions, and now a report has been released revealing
Muslims using television to indoctrinate even toddlers and school-age children into a culture of death.
The new report comes from the Middle East Media Research Institute, which monitors media in the Middle East, translating reports and offers a commentary perspective on the meanings.
Its new report, released today, is about a recent broadcast to children on Egypt's Al-Khaleejiyah Television. The organization has posted a video clip of the comments.
According to MEMRI's excerpts of the "Ammo Alaa" children's show, which aired on Dec. 29, 2010, the host said, "Let's see how we should answer the disgusting Jews, who say that Jerusalem belongs to them. What proof do we have that Jerusalem is Islamic? We tell our friends that ... Am I making you fall asleep, Mr. Sa'd, or what? Wake up Sa'd ... Have a carrot ... First of all, we tell the Jews that the Arabs lived in the blessed city of Jerusalem, more than 2,000 years before the first Jew settled in there."
His monologue continues, "Two thousand is a very big number. Not one year, not two, not 10, not 100 – 2,000 years. That's the first thing. We tell them that the Arabs lived in Jerusalem 2,000 years before the first Jew set foot in it. Okay? Okay!"
Obama, Islam, and the Forcible Virginity Test
March 29, 2011
Two months after Obama insisted that President Mubarak had to resign after 30 years in office for not being nice enough to the "young democracy demonstrators" in Tahrir Square, the New York Times has finally stated the obvious: the Muslim Brotherhood is winning the power struggle in Egypt. Duh. Ya think?
The media have also belatedly seen fit to print the fact that sixteen unmarried women were arrested in the demonstrations in Tahrir Square, and that Egyptian military submitted all sixteen to a compulsory "virginity test" in jail, just to see if they were properly modest Muslim virgins.
Think about the sadistic "logic" of that. To see if unmarried Muslim women were virgins, obedient to Islam, they were essentially humiliated, abused, and perhaps raped in public.
Will somebody please tell Germaine Greer? Or Helen Thomas? Christiane Ahmanpour? The nearest Women's Studies Department at your local university? Or are their phones busy again, and they're not paying attention? Maybe they're afraid of "Islamophobia"?
Those Cairo cops represent the forces of law and order in Egypt, the same forces we are expecting to work out an enlightened, democratic regime after Hosni Mubarak. That "virginity test" shows what this Muslim revolution is about. It's not about Jeffersonian democracy. It is all about the never-ending failure of Islam to come to terms with civilized values, the ones the West chose two centuries ago during the period called the Enlightenment.
EGYPT * Thousands demonstrate again
April 2, 2011 Saturday
I told you from the start that getting rid of Mubarak was BAD for Egypt.
Thousands call for execution of Mubarak family.
Thousands of demonstrators gathered in Cairo Tahrir Square after a series of set-backs.
They are angry about the new law which would criminalize protests.
Activists fear they have been side-lined. YEP.
Egypt will attack Israel
April 5, 2011
El from Hell Baradei is the new leader of Egypt and declares Egypt will fight Israel if she defends herself.
THIS is the 'democracy' the media brags about! Baradei is hardline jihadist Muslim Brotherhood.
Baradei will open Rafah crossing and declare war against Israel.
He said Israel controls Palestinian soil, clearly a lie Muslims believe.
Growing Hamas audacity, desire to impose new rules of play may lead to Gaza clash. We will likely soon see yet another escalation from Gaza.
This is what other nations recognizing a phony palestinian state is doing - emboldening these evil beings.
Israel and Hamas near a Spring war
Israeli air strike killed 3 senior Hamas gunmen in Gaza. GOOD!
Hamas terrorists warned Israel of consequences. Hamas expects Israel to lie down and die quietly, not defend itself.
This war will be new, considering current Arab unrest, especially in Cairo, which used to be at peace with Israel.
Palestinian statehood advancing rapidly
SUPPORTING a PALESTINIAN STATE in Israel brings a CURSE on your nation.
Will water be next Middle East war?
April 5, 2011 Aaron Klein
Military prepares as major disputes threaten
Egypt prepares for any eventuality regarding a crucial water dispute with Ethiopia.
Both Ethiopia and Egypt use Nile River for water resources.
Ethiopia is planning to construct a dam along the Nile River about 25 miles from the Sudan border. The dam will section off a larger portion of the Nile than is used now by Ethiopia.
Egypt is adamantly opposed to the dam.
Egypt blames Israel, forever the easy target of Muslims, however irrational.
Days after Mubarak stepped aside, Egypt allowed the passage of two Iranian warships through the strategic Suez Canal for the first time since 1979.
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Rising in Power
Sunday, 03 Apr 2011 By Christopher Ruddy, NewsMax
Revolutions often begin resembling Jell-O but end up with new structures as hard as concrete.
We are now seeing some firming of the new post-Mubarak political construct, and it is indeed worrying.
Quite worrying, especially when one considers that the Obama administration has moved for regime change in Libya without consolidating its success in Egypt.
What happens in Egypt will have serious implications for not only the Libyan situation but also the entire Arab world.
Also at stake is the fragile peace between Israel and Egypt, and a cold peace between Israel and other Arab states.
Last week, the military council now ruling Egypt announced that parliamentary elections would take place in September.
At first blush, this seems like good news. But a good friend of mine, Ahmed Said, a prominent Egyptian businessman with a strong pro-Western orientation,
says the news of the election has dealt a serious blow to democratic secularists.
These secularists fear the Muslim Brotherhood, as most of us in the West do, and are witnessing its remarkable rise to power with the help of the military government in Cairo.
EGYPT Army officers join Cairo protests
April 8, 2011 Friday
Thousands of protesters leave Cairo's Tahrir Square following nightfall head toward the Israeli embassy, reported Al Jazeera.
If this is true, its bad. I dont see it reported anywhere else yet.
Protesters in Cairo square pile pressure on army
Thousands of Egyptian protesters packed Cairo Tahrir Square on Friday, piling pressure on the ruling military council to meet demands.
They waved red, white and black Egyptian flags.
Egyptians turn anger on army
April 9, 2011 Thousands of protesters turned their anger on the army on Saturday demanding that Egypt's ruling military council hand power to civilians and pressing for former President Hosni Mubarak to be put on trial.
The army, which has ruled Egypt since Mubarak was forced out of office on February 11, has become a growing target for a hardcore of protesters who say the generals are colluding with remnants of Mubarak's network and thwarting calls for a deeper purge.
"The military council is part and parcel of the corrupt regime. It is made up of heads of the army that have benefited from Mubarak and his 30 years of robbing the Egyptian people,"
said Abdullah Ahmed, 45, a protester in Cairo's Tahrir Square.
The army dismisses such charges and says it is guarding against any attempt by former officials to undermine reforms.
Protester ire was fueled on Saturday after the army tried to clear demonstrators from Tahrir during curfew hours from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. Troops and police used tasers and batons. Sounds of gunshots rang out across the square overnight.
Medical sources said two men died out of 15 wounded by gunshots. The army said it only fired blanks and its operation caused no deaths. State television said one person was killed and 71 were wounded in acts of rioting, without giving details.
It was not clear if there were any other armed people in the square when the shots were fired.
Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians had packed into Tahrir on Friday in the biggest protests since February 18, when millions turned out across Egypt to celebrate Mubarak's downfall.
The army met opposition when it tried to rid the square of a few thousand hardy protesters who stayed late into Friday night.
"Thank God, we resisted them (the army), and we are still here," said one protester in Tahrir, which was the epicenter of demonstrations that pushed Mubarak out on February 11.
Hundreds were still in Tahrir by early on Saturday morning. Those numbers rose to several thousand later in the day. "Why is the army beating us? Why is the army firing at us?" protesters chanted overnight when the army moved in, a witness reported.
Some protesters want the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to hand power to a civilian council and have called for the resignation of Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, who heads the army council. He has stayed on as defense minister after serving for two decades in that post under Mubarak.
"Either Field Marshal Tantawi puts these people -- Mubarak, Gamal (his son), and the others -- on trial, or he leaves his post and lets someone else do it. The slowness of the process makes people suspicious that the army (leadership) might be implicated," said Ashraf Abdel-Aziz, 36, a shop owner.