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Egypt protests: Hosni Mubarak’s power fades as US backs his deputy | guardian.co.uk

America yesterday swung its support behind Egypt’s vice-president, Omar Suleiman, and the political transition he is leading, calling for a process of orderly reform. The policy, made clear by Hillary Clinton at the Munich Security Conference, was the latest sign of steps by the US and senior members of the Egyptian military to nudge President Hosni Mubarak aside and contain ...

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AFT Condemns Attacks on Peaceful Egyptian Protesters | American Federation of Teachers

AFT president Randi Weingarten has sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemning the “appalling” attacks by pro-government thugs on peaceful protesters in Tahrir Square in Cairo. The letter was prompted in part by requests from the Egyptian teachers union that the AFT contact Clinton. “Yesterday,” Weingarten wrote in her Feb. 2 letter, “the Egyptian people seemed on ...

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Egypt protests: US resists calls to cut military aid | guardian.co.uk

The Obama administration today resisted calls to cut its massive military aid to Egypt and is instead working behind the scenes with the commanders of the country’s armed forces on how to oust President Hosni Mubarak. The White House sees the Egyptian military as the key to removing Mubarak, regarded as a necessary first step towards implementing substantive political and ...

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Egypt’s Path Ahead: Agree to the People’s Demands | Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

For Egypt, this is not a moment for long, drawn out explanations. What is happening is simple: The people rose up together, regardless of sect, to fight against indignity and for their political and socioeconomic rights. Egyptians came forth without fear of violence and repression demanding change, liberty, social justice and the ousting of the ruling regime. The people overturned ...

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The Protest Movement in Egypt: “Dictators” do not Dictate, They Obey Orders | Michel Chossudovsky via Global Research

America is no “Role Model” of Democratization for the Middle East. US military presence imposed on Egypt and the Arab World for more than 20 years, coupled with “free market” reforms are the root cause of State violence. America’s intent is to use the protest movement to install a new regime. The People’s Movement should redirect its energies: Identify the ...

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AFGHANISTAN: US military denies keeping, using cluster munitions | IRIN Asia

KABUL, 2 February 2011 (IRIN) – US-led international forces say they do not have stockpiles of cluster munitions in Afghanistan and have not used them in the war against Taliban insurgents since March 2002. “ISAF [the International Security Assistance Force] conducts operations in accordance with the law of armed conflict. All weapons, weapons systems, and munitions are reviewed for legality ...

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The Palestinian papers: Pleading for a fig leaf | Editorial from The Guardian

The secret notes suggest one requires Panglossian optimism to believe that these negotiations can one day be resurrected Gerald Kaufman once described Labour’s 1983 manifesto as the longest suicide note in history. If ever a set of documents merits this epithet, it is surely the one The Guardian publishes today. Written by Palestinian officials, obtained by al-Jazeera and shared with ...

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Pakistan could see Tunisia-style unrest: Red Cross | Reuters via AlertNet

NEW DELHI, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Food insecurity caused by devastating floods in Pakistan could eventually lead to social unrest similar to that seen in Tunisia, the head of the international Red Cross federation warned on Monday. Increasing disasters and conflicts across the world and shrinking aid from traditional Western donors meant emerging economies like India, China and Brazil should ...

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