Tunisia's interim government launched a $350-million public spending program apparently aimed at countering demands for its leaders' dismissal. A Cabinet reshuffling was expected to be announced by early Thursday.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Defense Department on Wednesday said Defense officials are closely watching protests that have flared up in Egypt, Tunisia and Lebanon, as Pentagon hosts senior Egyptian military leaders for talks this week.
Some interesting bits out from WikiLeaks today on Egypt, one of my old stomping grounds. There are some scathing evaluations of the state of Egyptian military. For instance this cable from 2008 says:"Recently, academics and civilian analysts painted a portrait of an Egyptian military in intellectual and social decline, whose officers have largely fallen out of society's elite ranks. They describe a disgruntled mid-level officer corps harshly critical of a defense minister they perceive as incompetent and valuing loyalty above skill in his subordinates. However, analysts perceive the military as retaining strong influence through its role in ensuring regime stability and operating a large network of commercial enterprises."
Cairo on the morning of January 25 felt like something of a ghost town. Few civilians were to be found on the streets, most stores were shuttered, and the typically heaving downtown was deserted. It was a national holiday, and in the central town square, named Tahrir, or Liberation, even cars were scarce, and parking spaces—always sparse—were in abundance. The only conspicuous presence was that of Egypt’s police and state security. Rows of their box-shaped olive-green trucks lined thoroughfares and narrow side-streets, in some cases blocking them off for miles. Beside them were battered cobalt blue trucks—the ones used to whisk away prisoners and detainees.
Nobel laureate Mohamed ElBaradei is headed back to Egypt despite direct threats against his life. On the eve of his return, the former U.N. official who is the Mubarak regime's most high-profile opponent shared his thoughts with Newsweek’s Christopher Dickey about the young people who’ve taken to the streets, political Islam, and the role of the United States.
The Egyptian government should be "responsive" to its people's aspirations, the White House has said in measured but unusually strong comments about the raging anti-government protests in Egypt which forced the reported fleeing of the presidentâ€™s son to Britain.
Reuters/Beirut - A malnourished boy is held by his mother at a clinic at Al Mazraq refugee camp near the northwestern Yemeni province of Saada in this October 19, 2009 file picture Children often go hungry in Yemen. Those caught up in the nation’s dizzying array of conflicts fare worse, a UN official said. Yemen won sudden global attention and extra aid from the West, mostly for counter-terrorism, after a Yemen-based Al Qaeda militant tried to bomb a US-bound plane on December 25, 2009.
Relatively ignored by those observing the vigorous grassroots insurgency and forced political change in Tunisia was the simultaneous widespread upheaval in neighboring Algeria. Waves of riots and demonstrations in both countries were stimulated by a recent rapid rise in food staple prices but, more importantly, were deeply rooted in long-standing revulsion against authoritarian rule, extensive official corruption and crippling unemployment. The rapid leaderless spread of insurgency throughout both countries was also apparently catalyzed by prolific and vivid YouTube, Facebook, blog and Twitterimages and accounts. Both upheavals prompted government comments meant to marginalize protestors. More important was violent repression, with dozens of deaths and thousands of activists imprisoned in both countries.
Egyptian riot police clashed with thousands of anti-government activists for a second day Wednesday, firing rubber bullets and using tear gas and batons on protesters who defied a government ban on demonstrations
Don't make a push for democratic change in Egypt if you can't back it up. So warns one of François Picard's panelists as guests debate the relative merits of George W Bush's Freedom Agenda and note the contrast between the Obama administration's silence after Egypt's allegedly rigged legislative elections and its call for more free speech today.
CAIRO (Reuters) - Activists trying to oust Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak played cat-and-mouse with police on the streets into the early hours of Thursday, as unprecedented protests against his 30-year
Earlier today, TechZone360 reported on a possible Facebook blocking in Egypt by government officials. Reports showed that the supposed blocking was a result of the social networking site being used to promote demonstrations against a corruption.
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's government issued an international arrest warrant Wednesday for ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and six relatives, accusing him of taking money out of the North African nation illegally. Ben Ali, who fled to Saudi Arabia after being driven from power this month by violent protests, was also being charged with illegally acquiring real estate and other assets abroad, Justice Minister Lazhar Karoui Chebbi said.