CAIRO (AP) — Hosni Mubarak’s health worsened Monday, with doctors twice having to use a defibrillator on the imprisoned former leader, adding to the tumult in Egypt before this weekend’s runoff election for president.
Mubarak, 84, was slipping in and out of consciousness, was suffering from high blood pressure and breathing difficulties, and was in a deep depression, according to security officials at Torah prison where he is serving a life [...]
In a speech retired US Army General Wesley Clark gave in August of 2001, we are reminded that many wars and major military theater operations are planned years or sometimes even decades in advance and that the excuses to justify them are likely fabricated. In this short speech that General Clark gave more than 10 years ago, he stated that the US had already planned to invade Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, [...]
March 5, 2012
He is 54 but looks 70 – “like an Indian yogi with a long white beard,” as ex-Colonel Mohamed el-Ghanem’s Swiss lawyer puts it. “I entered his cell – I had a Swiss official next to me who formally introduced me. Colonel Ghanem was sitting on his bed with his feet on the floor. Then he lay on the bed and pulled the blanket up to his chin. [...]
Last week, my colleague Zaid Jilani pointed out that America’s income inequality is worse than that in places like Pakistan and Ethoipia and roughly equivalent to that in Uganda and the Ivory Coast. Before its revolution, Egypt’s income inequality — which played a role in sparking the uprising against former President Mubarak’s regime — was actually better than that in the U.S.
This is some dubious company. And [...]
Cairo (CNN) — Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak could be executed if he is convicted of ordering the killing of protesters, Egypt’s justice minister says.
“One of the charges he is facing is complicity in the killing of martyrs and issuing the orders for premeditated the killing of those people,” said Justice Minister Mohamed Abdelaziz al-Juindy. “This is a charge with a harsh punishment — the [...]
Egypt’s ruling military council said on Saturday it would clear protesters from a central Cairo square with “firmness and force” to allow life to return to normal.
Speaking at a news conference, a senior military officer blamed trouble in Tahrir Square on “elements that backed the counter-revolution”, a reference to people loyal to the administration of deposed President Hosni Mubarak.
At least they did [...]
(CNSNews.com) – Reporting from Baghdad, Iraq yesterday, NBC’s Tom Brokaw said the Saudi Arabian monarchy is “so unhappy with the Obama administration for the way it pushed out President Mubarak of Egypt” that it has sent senior officials to the Peoples’ Republic of China and Russia to seek expanded business opportunities with those countries.
This should probably come as no surprise. Per a recently “declassified” cable leaked by Wikileaks:
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And since Mubarak will pass power to the CIA’s main man in the region, Vice President Omar Suleiman, we doubt this will result to much social contentment.
From the NYT:
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak could step aside as soon as tonight and delegate his powers to his new vice president, a senior member of the Egypt’s ruling party told Britain’s Channel 4 News minutes ago.
Lindsey Hilsum, [...]
by Hugh Tomlinson Riyadh
Saudi Arabia has threatened to prop up President Mubarak if the White House tries to force a swift change of regime in Egypt. In a testy personal telephone call on January 29, King Abdullah told President Obama not to humiliate Mr Mubarak and warned that he would step in to bankroll Egypt if the US withdrew its aid programme, worth $1.5 billion [...]
It is a Monday, and like any day ending in “y” we get another Obama administration foreign relations screw up. Today’s edition comes from President Obama’s special envoy to Cairo, Frank Wisner, who over the weekend made waves with his call urging for Hosni Mubarak to remain president. The glitch, however, is that supposedly unbeknownst to the administration and to the journalist cadre, Mr. [...]
Lyndon LaRouche today used the strongest possible language to denounced President Obama’s insane decision to throw Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to the wolves. “If Mubarak goes,” LaRouche warned, “there is no plan for any kind of functioning government, to replace him. This could very well set off a chain reaction that will blow up the entire region. The [...]