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At the end of the day, and the end of their reigns,
Sadat faced and Mubarak faces similar situations. But
Mubarak seems to have managed the dilemma better in at least
one key area: he has systematically and "legally" eliminated
virtually all political opposition, leaving only the MB
standing, having foresworn violence and politically
emasculated. Mubarak's internal security apparatus, an
estimated 1.4 million strong, is at least twice the size it
was under Sadat. Its ubiquitous presence and monopoly of the
legitimate use of armed power makes any kind of violent
change of leader unlikely.
As for U.S. security and military aid to Egypt, which is about $1.3 billion annually, it does not aim to strengthen Egyptian military power against any external threat, as this would be contrary to the declared U.S. objective of ensuring Israeli security and maintaining Israeli military supremacy over its Arab neighbors, including Egypt.
Instead, this aid is devoted mainly to strengthening the regime’s domestic security and its ability to confront popular movements.
11:39am Hariri after meeting Miqati for just a few minutes said: What is the benefit of participating in the new government?
Egyptian Defense Minister Field Marshal Mohamed TantawiEgyptian President Hosni Mubarak has sent his defense minister Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi to Washington with an urgent request for US backing for his embattled regime against the street protest movement which gained in violence on its second day, Wednesday, Jan. 26. debkafile's Washington sources report that in secret meetings, the Egyptian defense minister put the situation before President Barack Obama and a row of top US political, military and intelligence officials. He warned them that by advocating a soft hand with the demonstrators and responsiveness to their demands, American officials were doing more harm than good. Without a crackdown, he said, the regime was doomed.
Tantawi also warned that the radical Muslim Brotherhood, which has stood aside from the opposition protests, was merely biding its time for the right moment to step in and take over. He asked the Obama administration for an urgent airlift of advanced riot control equipment.
15:19 Human Rights Watch fears Egypt army may open fire (Reuters)
14:46 Witnesses: Palestinian shot to death by settlers near Nablus (Haaretz)
14:16 Former Lebanon PM Hariri's movement asks PM designate Mikati not to shun UN tribunal (Reuters)
13:25 Israel Deputy FM: Iran's extreme leader denies Holocaust and is preparing future Holocaust (Haaretz)
14:33 Khalil rejects Future’s questions for Mikati
13:58 Aoun: We want Lebanon’s non-participation in the STL
13:37 Future bloc asks Mikati for public stance on STL, non-state weapons
13:15 Syria urges all Lebanese parties to join Mikati cabinet
12:43 President’s envoy relays message to Sfeir
12:42 LBC: Feltman says we’re waiting for Lebanese cabinet’s course of action
12:41 Development and Liberation bloc meets with Mikati, states requested cabinet priorities
12:29 Rahmeh wants cabinet formed quickly
12:20 Mikati meets with Makari, Siniora
12:15 Hariri chairs Future bloc meeting
11:55 US designates Lebanese nationals, companies as part of drug network
11:51 Kanaan: We are serious about granting Future and allies veto power
3:07pm Al-Manar: Army intelligence agents arrested three Mustaqbal members who confessed to torching a house in Tariq Jedideh.
2:19pm Lebanon filed a complaint with the Security Council to protest an Israeli patrol’s crossover of the technical fence on January 18.
2:11pm Aoun after meeting Miqati called for the appointment of qualified men for the government and a government that can take decisions.
1:42pm Al-Mustaqbal bloc asked Miqati to clarify his position on the STL before deciding on whether to join the government.
1:21pm Syria urges all Lebanese parties to join the new government, Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said. 1:05pm A meeting is underway between Miqati and al-Mustaqbal bloc.
1:00pm Berri’s bloc after meeting Miqati read a 10-point platform, setting priorities for the new government that included putting an end to the economic and social crises and adopting the “army-population-resistance” equation.
12:39am Saniora made no statement after his meeting with Miqati. He said the Mustaqbal bloc’s stance will be clarified after it meets Miqati.
"a lawyer and executive director for the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, has tweeted that some army units in Suez are refusing to support the crackdown against the people." Which means the government may be about to lose control over Suez... And the Suez Canal.
Originally posted by Eliad
Show me one Arab/Muslim nation that has a true democracy, no fraud, no fighting in the streets, just a normal democracy.. The West Bank maybe? If you ignore their fight with Hamas in Gaza... Lebanon used to be the only one, but that didn't turn out well, who else? Iran? Fraud, Egypt? Fraud...
The mess that the British and French have made in the middle east 100 years ago has slowly turned into a keg of gunpowder, and a match was lit in Tunisia a few days ago.
19:15 Report: U.K. bank freezes account of Iran's Press TV (AP)
18:55 Sources say Egypt police shot Bedouin protester dead in northern Sinai (Reuters)
18:32 Report: Iran arrests two al Qaeda members in northwest of country (Reuters)
18:08 Turkey officially marks Holocaust Day for first time at Istanbul synagogue (AP)
17:57 Despite Mideast unrest, World Economic Forum reject curbs on food prices (Reuters)
17:37 EU foreign affairs chief urges Egypt to show restraint, release demonstrators (Reuters)
17:06 Saad Hariri will not join Mikati's new Lebanese government, Hariri allies say (Reuters)
17:04 Car bomb at funeral in Shi'ite area of Baghdad kills 35, clashes erupt (Reuters)
7:10pm Head of Free United Lebanon bloc MP Suleiman Franjieh after meeting PM-designate Miqati: We offered our full support in order to facilitate the formation of a new government and we don’t have problematic demands.
6:54pm Head of Mountain Unity bloc MP Talal Arslan after meeting PM-designate Miqati: We hope everyone would cooperate with Miqati to rescue the country from the STL and its direct threats.
6:49pm A gas cylinder exploded in a house in the Beirut area of al-Basta al-Fawqa, causing no casualties. 6:40pm Marouni: Our participation in the new government is currently under discussion and the decision will be announced later.
6:38pm Kataeb bloc MP Elie Marouni after the bloc’s meeting with PM-designate Miqati: We expressed to PM-designate Miqati our total respect for him on the personal level and we will wait for his answers regarding the issue of the STL.
6:38pm Marouni: We discussed the issue of Lebanese-Syrian relations and we criticized the presence of a tutelage authority represented by the Syrian-Lebanese Higher Council. We also discussed border demarcation.
6:22pm LF bloc MP Elie Kairouz on behalf of the bloc after meeting PM-designate Miqati: Appointing Miqati did not happen as a result of real democratic consultations.
6:14pm MP Houri hit back at MP Ali Hasan Khalil: Have things reached this level of arrogance, narrow-mindedness and political hegemony so that the aforementioned MP declares himself a spokesman for the PM-designate?
6:04pm A candle march organized by the Mustaqbal Movement in the North in support of outgoing PM Hariri has headed from the al-Tal Square in Tripoli to Mina.
5:55pm Zahle bloc MP Oqab Saqr: I have not taken part in the nominal parliamentary consultations because participation represents an acknowledgement and I don’t acknowledge the de facto government or the de facto premier.
18:55 Kataeb asked Mikati about his stance on STL, says Marouni
18:54 Future Movement members not behind Tariq al-Jedideh fire, source says
18:34 Keyrouz: Mikati was appointment by armed pressure
18:10 Houri slams Khalil
18:06 Zahle bloc committed to STL, democracy
17:48 Michel al-Murr: Elias al-Murr does not want to be a minister again
17:25 Lebanon is not Tunisia, says Jumblatt
17:12 Raad wants end of slogans and unrealistic sayings
16:58 Car bomb strikes Baghdad funeral
16:53 Hardane: Cabinet must prevent Lebanon from falling into abyss
16:49 Qanso favors national rescue cabinet
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Which is true, considering our army is vastly unequipped for any conflict with the strong Israeli army.
Harīrī was asked by Tim Sebastian why he refused to hand over members of Hezbollah that were accused by America of being terrorists. He responded that Hezbollah were the ones protecting Lebanon against the Israeli occupation and called for implementation of passed United Nations resolutions against Israel.
Hariri: (addressing Siddiq) Neither I nor you, nor Murad, nor Gerald, nor Andy, nor anyone in Lebanon or Syria doubts that they did it.
Siddiq: No one doubts?
Hariri: …That they did it. Now, we’re working with countries — Arab countries. If you can’t bring them clear evidence that the Syrian regime using X, Y, and Z, with evidence A, B, and C was involved [in the crime], then we have a problem.
Siddiq: … If you want to speak like this, then you need to begin to respond to them with [??] That’s the first thing, in respect to the Arab countries, apart from the foreign [i.e. non-Arab] countries.
Siddiq: I don’t want to say something, for him to ask me: “When is that going to happen?”
Hariri: When are you going to bring 1, 2, 3?
Siddiq: Those who are carrying out the explosions in Lebanon: I get them.I get them all. That’s my job. That’s what I do. I’m the one who gets them.
Siddiq: The telephone call in which I told you that they would send 20 people. The telephone call in which I told you that the explosions would begin. Didn’t it happen? You’re seeing it. I called you the night before last, do you remember? Did you see the call? I called you the night before last.
Siddiq: You didn’t answer. I called a second time and you didn’t answer. I said maybe he went to sleep and he’ll call me in the morning. [I was calling] to tell you that there was a bomb going to the LBC. It ended up being for May [Chidiac]. May was lost.
Siddiq: Go confirm this information. Hassan: Zuhair, let’s go back to the scene of the crime. Siddiq: The scene of the crime, ya habibi, I’m going to tell you about it. What I want to tell you is this: if the report is going to come out without any confusion whatsoever, it needs to have the names of nine people: four Lebanese and nine Syrians. That’s what the report should say. Nine Syrians and four Lebanese.
Report: 2 recent Egypt deaths unrelated to ongoing anti-gov't protests (Reuters)
Egyptian reform campaigner ElBaradei to arrive in Egypt for protests (Reuters)
Egyptians torch police post Thursday morning in response to killing of protesters (Reuters)
Egypt general prosecutor charges 40 protestors with trying to overthrow the regime (Reuters)
Human Rights Watch fears Egypt army may open fire (Reuters)
EU foreign affairs chief urges Egypt to show restraint, release demonstrators (Reuters)
Despite Mideast unrest, World Economic Forum reject curbs on food prices (Reuters)
Sources say Egypt police shot Bedouin protester dead in northern Sinai (Reuters)
U.S.: Egypt has great opportunity for political reform (Reuters)
White House: U.S. government believes Egypt government stable despite protests (Reuters)
White House says not taking sides in Egypt unrest (Reuters)
Egypt stock exchange frozen after falling 10%, losing $12 billion in one day (Army Radio)
Tunisia issues international arrest warrant for ousted President Ben Ali (AP)
British FM arrives in Syria to hold talks on Lebanon political turmoil (AP)
Syria FM calls on all Lebanese parties to join new Najib Mikati government (Reuters)
Former Lebanon PM Hariri's movement asks PM designate Mikati not to shun UN tribunal (Reuters)
Netanyahu summons intelligence and army chiefs to a special conference on security Thursday.
A group of Arabs, accompanied by anarchists, entered the Jewish community of the Mount Sinai Farm (Havat Har Sinai), next to Susiya in the Hevron Hills Thursday afternoon. Residents of the farm went out to meet the intruders and demanded that they leave. Instead they began to riot, throwing rocks at the residents.
Yemen: Thousands protest government inspired by ouster of Tunisia leader (Reuters)
Israel Deputy FM: Iran's extreme leader denies Holocaust and is preparing future Holocaust (Haaretz)
Report: Iran arrests two al Qaeda members in northwest of country (Reuters)
Report: U.K. bank freezes account of Iran's Press TV (AP)
State Comptroller: IDF chief-designate Galant invaded property that wasn't his (Haaretz)
New Jersey police arrest man suspected of threatening ADL Director Abe Foxman (Haaretz)
Maan News: Palestinian students stage sit-in at PLO office in London (Haaretz)
Fearing popular protest, Syria implements restrictions on use of Facebook (Israel Radio)
Day of protest planned tomorrow
URGENT: Internet in Egypt shut down after AP post video of man being shot. ... #jan25 Downtown Cairo empty of all security
Protests in Egypt are expected to intensify with opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei’s return to Cairo, and reports of Twitter and Facebook being blocked inside the country by Egyptian authorities continue to surface through the social networks themselves, and according to HerdictWeb. Users are also reporting that SMS – short message service – is being blocked as well. Though it does appear that both Twitter and Facebook are still being blocked, many users are bypassing the blocks through proxy servers and third-party apps. Here is how they’re doing it.
1. If you have some tech skills, donate your unused bandwidth and IP address with the Tor anti-censorship tool, which you can download here. (If you're in Egypt download Tor here: www.torproject.org)