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Posts Tagged ‘Egyptian

Mohammed Hussein Tantawi now in charge of Egyptian Government

February 12, 2011

Mohammed Hussein Tantawi is Egypt’s deputy prime minister, defense minister and commander-in-chief of the country’s armed forces. In the West, little is known about him, or how he intends to lead the Egyptian military, now that it’s in charge of the government. Tantawi was only recently made deputy prime minister, appointed by former President Hosni […]

Wael Ghonim on Revolution 2.0 in Egypt

February 12, 2011

Just prior to President Hosni Mubarak and his regime stepping down in Egypt, Wael Ghonim, head of marketing in the Middle East for Google, summed it up: “If you want to free a society, just give them internet access…this is revolution 2.0″ Wael Ghonim became a figurehead of the Egyptian revolution after being taken captive […]

Omar Suleiman de facto Egyptian president a feared man

February 11, 2011

Long a pillar of Hosni Mubarak’s three-decade rule over Egypt, Omar Suleiman now sits at the top of the pyramid as its de facto president. A former general who trained under both the United States and Soviet Union during the Cold War, Suleiman took over Egypt’s Mukhabarat intelligence agency in 1993. “He is basically your […]

Omar Suleiman and the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood

February 9, 2011

Omar Suleiman, Egypt’s recently appointed vice-president, has previously harshly criticized Egypt’s opposition Muslim Brotherhood in his communications with US officials, according to leaked US diplomatic cables. The revelations came as Suleiman met opposition leaders, including the Muslim Brotherhood, on Sunday in a bid to end a political crisis that has seen hundreds of thousands of […]

America’s choice of Egyptian dictator Omar Suleiman

February 8, 2011

As it now stands, the United States appears content to contemplate exchanging Hosni Mubarak for Egypt’s new Vice President, Omar Suleiman, the Egyptian spy master–that is, one dictator for another– to maintain the status quo. Of course, Israel must sign off on this deal, assuring the U.S. that Egypt can remain as its main base […]

The need to democratize Western societies and claim control of our foreign policy

February 7, 2011

With respect to the Egyptian revolution, the discussion here in the West should focus on the factor we are responsible for and can influence – the role our governments have played in suppressing the Egyptian people. Your taxes have been used to arm, fund and fuel this dictatorship. You have unwittingly helped to keep these […]

How the Egyptian counterinsurgency was planned

February 5, 2011

True to their promise, the pro-democracy groups drew a remarkable eight million people (ten percent of the population) throughout Egypt on Tuesday, February 1, 2011. A small clique of officials were meeting in desperation on January 31 in Cairo. According to several sources including former intelligence officer Col. Omar Afifi, one of these officials was […]

Egypt’s peace with Israel may be short-lived

January 31, 2011

The former head of the UN atomic body (IAEA), Mohamed ElBaradei returned to Egypt last Thursday just before the rioting broke out. Now Egyptian opposition groups have called on ElBaradei to negotiate with the government of the embattled president Hosni Mubarak. This includes the Muslim Brotherhood, whose leading member Essam el-Eryan has said the opposition […]

Will America’s military behemoth ever be dismantled?

September 19, 2010

An article in last Sunday’s New York Times provided an interesting analysis of the Egyptian military, one that holds some important lessons for America. The article described the military in Egypt as “the single most powerful institution in an autocratic state facing its toughest test in decades, an imminent presidential succession.” The military, which has been the […]

Italy sentences 23 CIA agents

November 4, 2009

An Italian court sentenced 23 former CIA agents to up to eight years in prison for their role in the abduction of an Egyptian terrorist suspect in the first trial over “extraordinary renditions”. The trial, which opened in June 2007, is the first in the world over the abduction of terror suspects during the Bush […]