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Robert Fisk: Is the army tightening its grip on Egypt? | Robert Fisk via The Independent

Two days after millions of Egyptians won their revolution against the regime of Hosni Mubarak, the country’s army – led by Mubarak’s lifelong friend, General Mohamed el-Tantawi – further consolidated its power over Egypt yesterday, dissolving parliament and suspending the constitution. As they did so, the prime minister appointed by Mubarak, ex-General Ahmed Shafiq, told Egyptians that his first priorities ...

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Islam in Egypt: fear and fantasy | The Guardian

It is right to be anxious about Egypt but not the weary, confused organisation that represents political Islam there Fear of political Islam is the pivot around which debate on Egypt’s future in the outside world often revolves. It is the spectre which a jittery Israel invokes, and it is still President Hosni Mubarak’s last card in arguing that the ...

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When Egypt shakes, it should be no surprise that Israel trembles | Jonathan Freedland via The Guardian.

Israelis recall that the Tehran crowds which won western hearts 31 years ago also looked secular and modern – only to be rapidly displaced by a dictatorship of the ayatollahs. Israel’s Egypt-watchers fret that the country’s secular opposition parties are small, comprised of intellectuals with little grassroots support. Only the Muslim Brotherhood has the resources and organisation to take control. ...

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Gareth Porter: Deferring to Petraeus | CounterPunch

National Intelligence Estimate Failed to Register Taliban Growth Despite evidence that the Taliban insurgency had grown significantly in 2010, the U.S. intelligence community failed to revise its estimate for Taliban forces as part of a National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Afghanistan in December. That unusual decision was in deference to Gen. David Petraeus, commander of U.S.-NATO forces in Afghanistan, who ...

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Palestinian peace negotiation unit disbanded | Reuters

(Reuters) – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has decided to disband the Negotiations Support Unit (NSU) which provided him with technical help during long-running peace talks with Israel, an official said on Monday. The decision was made after it was discovered that employees in the unit were behind the leak of hundreds of documents to the television station al Jazeera which ...

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Egypt presidential hopeful: Peace treaty with Israel is over | Haaretz Daily Newspaper

A leader of Egypt’s secular opposition declared Sunday that the country’s 30-year peace treaty with Israel was “over”, despite assurances by the new military rulers that it would honor the accord in the wake of President Hosni Mubarak’s designation. “The Camp David accord is over,” Dr. Ayman Nur, leader of the Tomorrow Party who is planning to seek candidacy in ...

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Mubarak’s fall poses new challenge for U.S. | peoplesworld

The fall of President Hosni Mubarak, greeted with jubilation in Egypt and throughout the Middle East, came after a wave of strikes this week demonstrated the depth and breadth of the Egyptian uprising. The numbers were so large – an estimated 200,000 took part – and the participants so wide-ranging – port workers, textile workers, postal workers, transport workers, farmers, ...

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William Astore: An Egyptian Revolution? It’s Still Too Soon to Say | Huffington Post

Events in Egypt over the last three weeks have truly been inspiring. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, the people’s uprising in Egypt and Mubarak’s forced departure constitute the end of the beginning of Egypt’s revolution. But can the Egyptian people and their institutions now fulfill the promise of these momentous events? Time will tell. But we can help by keeping an ...

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Obama and Egyptian Liberation: ‘When Will Obama, the Peace Prize Laureate, Do Something in the Name of Peace?’ | CounterPunch

“When Will Obama, the Peace Prize Laureate, Do Something in the Name of Peace?” By KEVIN ALEXANDER GRAY President Barack Obama needs to stop being two-faced on Egypt. On one side of his public face he gives the impression of pressing Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak to consider his legacy and “leave power in a way that would give his country ...

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