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Restive Egypt Looks Over Its Shoulder

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Posted on Jan 23, 2011
AP / Christophe Ena

Protesters sit on a building ledge in Tunis above a scrawled slogan that reads “free at last.”

The uprising that sacked Tunisia’s government is continuing to echo through the region, with Egypt, especially, looking over its shoulder and fearing instability that could scare off foreign investors. —JCL

Associated Press via The Guardian:

An Egyptian government minister warned on Sunday that investors are growing concerned about Egypt’s stability over fears the revolt in Tunisia could spur unrest elsewhere in North Africa and the Middle East.

The stunning protests in Tunisia, which brought down that country’s leader after 23 years of repressive rule, have reverberated around the region, particularly in Egypt, where many activists are similarly angry with their longtime president.

In a first test of whether the events could spark serious street protests in Egypt, activists and opposition groups are organizing a day of demonstrations in Cairo and Alexandria on Tuesday to coincide with a holiday honoring Egypt’s feared police and security apparatus.

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fearnotruth's avatar

By fearnotruth, January 24, 2011 at 2:33 pm Link to this comment

as usual, I’m suspicious and to be sure this is all controversial - nevertheless,
requires deeper investigation

(note: the cited reports and commentary are not mine -
they are cited because they seem pertinent and worthy of consideration)

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Tunisia: Uprising called first ‘Wikileaks revolution’

http://news.scotsman.com/news/Tunisia-Uprising-called-first-39Wikileaks.6692071.jp

Published Date: 16 January 2011

By Gareth Rose
THE uprising in Tunisia has been described as the first Wikileaks revolution
because the whistle-blowing website played a key role in stirring up public
resentment over corruption.

The revolution is virtually unprecedented in modern Arab history and has
already led to experts predicting other countries in the region could follow suit.

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Tunisian Wikileaks Putsch: CIA Touts Mediterranean Tsunami of
Coups; Libya, Egypt, Syria, Algeria, Jordan, Italy All Targeted; US-UK Want New
Puppets to Play Against Iran, China, Russia; Obama Retainers Cass Sunstein,
Samantha Power, Robert Malley, International Crisis Group Implicated in
Destabilizations

Webster G. Tarpley
http://tarpley.net/
January 16, 2011

Washington DC, January 16, 2011 – The US intelligence community is now in a
manic fit of gloating over this weekend’s successful overthrow of the Tunisian
government of President Ben Ali. The State Department and the CIA, through
media organs loyal to them, are mercilessly hyping the Tunisian putsch of the
last few days as the prototype of a new second generation of color revolutions,
postmodern coups, and US-inspired people power destabilizations. At Foggy
Bottom and Langley, feverish plans are being made for a veritable
Mediterranean tsunami designed to topple most existing governments in the
Arab world, and well beyond. The imperialist planners now imagine that they
can expect to overthrow or weaken the governments of Libya, Egypt, Syria,
Jordan, Algeria, Yemen, and perhaps others, while the CIA’s ongoing efforts to
remove Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi (because of his friendship with Putin
and support for the Southstream pipeline) make this not just an Arab, but
rather a pan-Mediterranean, orgy of destabilization.

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By OzarkMichael, January 24, 2011 at 2:10 pm Link to this comment

Robespierre115 said: The Egyptian people need to overthrow their puppet rulers and transform their ancient country into a beacon of revolution and proceed to destroy the wall separating them from Gaza.

“Beacon of revolution” is meant to appeal to Leftists. And it probably will appeal to them. So our Leftists cheer the revolution.

But we ought to wonder and question before we cheer. Here is a question: what is the revolution likely to lead to? what will it transform the ancient country into?

Just take a moment. Take a breath. Read. Think.

Here is something from the article above: The country’s biggest opposition group, the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood…

I am not so sure that the revolution will lead to freedom. Does anyone here know what the Muslim brotherhood promotes? Does anyone care?

Big B says: The rest of the world is leaving the good ol USA behind. Behind to wallow in the old glory that was the american 20th century.

But not Egypt, it is likely to end up back in the 8th century. Not good for minorities or women’s rights or free speech. That doesnt sound very “Progressive”, and i cannot for the life of me imagine why it makes Leftists happy.

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By Big B, January 24, 2011 at 8:37 am Link to this comment

Has anyone noticed that in the last ten years the rest of the world is turning away from US backed military strongmen? It seemed to start in South America and is now working it’s way through Africa and the middle east.

The rest of the world is leaving the good ol USA behind. Behind to wallow in the old glory that was the american 20th century.

The problem the rest of the world still has with us is that even now, in the middle of our decline, we are still big enough to drag everyone down with us.

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By esi42, January 24, 2011 at 2:40 am Link to this comment

Tunisia who?

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By Robespierre115, January 23, 2011 at 6:29 pm Link to this comment

“Scaring off investors.” Who cares? The Egyptian people need to overthrow their puppet rulers and transform their ancient country into a beacon of revolution and proceed to destroy the wall separating them from Gaza.

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By PatrickHenry, January 23, 2011 at 5:50 pm Link to this comment

Mubarak needs to go and the Egyptians need to step up and recognize Palestine and support those neighbors.

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