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02-16-2011, 09:22 AM
None of this bodes well...

(Jerusalem Post) — A coordinator of Egypt’s April 6 Youth Movement told USA Today on Wednesday that if the group’s demands “are not met, we’ll be on the street again.”

Among the group’s demands – one that breaks with the stated policy of the military government – was the halting of natural gas shipments to Israel, citing what it called Israel’s mistreatment of Palestinians, according to the report.

The youth movement, along with 10 other democracy activist groups, was scheduled to meet with Egypt’s ruling Armed Forces Supreme Council later in the day, USA Today reported.

Tarek el-Khouly said that his group met with the military earlier in the week but did not make any demands at that time, according to the report. Because it has since become disillusioned with the pace of change taking place in Egypt, Khouly said, they will now make formal demands in the meeting.

Speaking of the military commanders running Egypt’s temporary government, he said: “At the end of the day, they’re [deposed Egyptian president Hosni] Mubarak’s appointees and loyal to him. The proof is he’s still in Sharm e-Sheikh under their protection.” Previewing one of April 6′s demands, he added, “We want him held accountable,” USA Today reported.

Among its other demands, Khouly said that a transitional and technocratic civilian government must be immediately appointed, and restrictions on freedom of speech, freedom of association and forming political parties be lifted without delay, according to the report.

And this:

Leaders of Gamaa Islamiya (the Islamic Group) made their first appearance in 20 years in a Monday meeting at a mosque in Assiut, Upper Egypt.

At the meeting, the group declared the resumption of their preaching activities after the ouster of president Hosni Mubarak, who resigned following two weeks of anti-regime protests that started on 25 January.

The group’s most prominent leader, Assem Abdel Maged, declared that Gamaa Islamiya took part in and protected the revolt since its first day.

Gamaa Islamiya is one of Egypt’s largest extremist organizations. It orchestrated armed attacks against the ruling regime during the nineties, but then formally renounced violence and reconsidered its excommunication rhetoric.

Abdel Maged said the group is not seeking to settle accounts with anyone, but stressed that the sucessor of the ousted preisdent should impose justice and ensure the group’s right to preach and apply the Islamic sharia.

He also urged the group’s members to strongly confront thugs, and said the group’s consultancy council and leadership in other governorates will undergo a reshuffle.

Abdel Maged reassured Egypt’s Copts — whose churches and businesses were targeted by the group during its campaign against the government — that “Islam protects Copts and ensures their rights,” adding that “Copts must respect our religion.”

And last....and probably most disturbing

(Telegraph) — Egypt’s new ruling military council has appointed an Islamist judge to head the committee drawing up a new constitution, angering some of those who argued last week’s revolution would deliver the country to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Tarek al-Bishry, the chairman of the constitutional panel, is a respected judge who criticised former president Hosni Mubarak and is regarded as moderate in his views. But he has been associated with Al-Wasat, an offshoot of the Brotherhood.

He has selected a committee made up mainly of judges and politicians, including a judge who is a Coptic Christian, but also a former Muslim Brotherhood MP. There are no women.

Wael Abbas, the best-known human rights blogger in Egypt, who was sentenced to prison by the Mubarak regime last year, said it was a “worrying” choice.

“There is no such thing as a moderate Islamist,” he said. “We want a secular state that respects all religions and which belongs to all religions.”

02-16-2011, 09:26 AM
Egypt welcomes the new boss—same as the old boss!

Trends Journal subscribers didn’t have to wait until February 11th to know the outcome of this "history in the making." In our February 1st Trend Alert we forecast:

As we will see in Egypt, military coups will be disguised as regime changes. Already the public is being conditioned to view the Egyptian military as beloved liberators. But in fact they are simply another arm of the autocratic government, no more familiar with democratic ideals than the dictator they replace...who had himself been drawn from the ranks of the military

History has not been newly made – it has only been repeated. Since the 1952 Egyptian Revolution, when army officers overthrew King Farouk I, the nation has been run by members of the military…until Friday, by former Air Force General Hosni Mubarak.

And now, Omar Suleiman (Egypt’s spy chief until Mubarak appointed him to Vice President on January 29) will also serve on the Armed Forces Supreme Council that will run the country, according to Al Jazeera....

In addition to Suleiman being accused of viciously stamping out political opposition and killing, jailing and brutalizing public dissenters during his 17 years as intelligence chief, he was also the "CIA’s man in Cairo" for, in part, devising and implementing the US rendition program. Beginning under President Clinton and continuing through the George W. Bush regime, the US, instead of bringing suspected enemies of the state (i.e., "terrorists") to trial, would kidnap them and send them to Egypt, the destination of choice, to be interrogated and tortured.

Link (http://www.lewrockwell.com/celente/celente63.1.html)

02-16-2011, 09:29 AM
Anytime you have a power vacuum you have a power struggle. I really hope the Egyptian people's efforts have not been in vain here.

02-16-2011, 09:54 AM
Getting rid of one person doesn't create any vacuum, let alone create a revolution. LOL!

02-16-2011, 09:54 AM
Oh, my goodness, Israel's natgas from Egypt might get cut off

FEAR FEAR FEAR FEAR = turn to FIXED for the "Truth..."

If you care so much about Israel, take your treasonous sub human rear and move it there.

02-16-2011, 10:03 AM
Has there been an Egyptian Revolution? (http://www.lewrockwell.com/roberts/roberts292.html)

Paul Craig Roberts says, No.

Paul is former assistant Treasury Secretary Ronald Reagan and a conservative. ( PaleoConservative)