Opposition Calls For Million Man March

From a cheering Associated Press:

Egypt opposition calls for 1 million on streets

By Maggie Michael And Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press
January 31, 2011

CAIRO – A coalition of opposition groups called for a million people to take to Cairo’s streets Tuesday to ratchet up pressure for President Hosni Mubarak to leave.

American and other world leaders were also ramping up pressure for an orderly transition to a democratic system.

The coalition of groups, dominated by youth movements but including the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, said it wants the march from Tahrir, or Liberation Square, to force Mubarak to step down by Friday.

Friday being their Sabbath. And their weekly ‘day of rage.’

Spokesmen for several of the groups said their representatives were meeting Monday afternoon to develop a unified strategy for ousting Mubarak.



Pakistan Now Ahead Of India In Nukes

From a mildly conflicted Washington Post:

Pakistan doubles its nuclear arsenal

By Karen DeYoung
Monday, January 31, 2011; A01

Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal now totals more than 100 deployed weapons, a doubling of its stockpile over the past several years in one of the world’s most unstable regions, according to estimates by nongovernment analysts.

The Pakistanis have significantly accelerated production of uranium and plutonium for bombs and developed new weapons to deliver them. After years of approximate weapons parity, experts said, Pakistan has now edged ahead of India, its nuclear-armed rival.

How wonderful. It seems like only yesterday we didn’t even know they had a nuclear program. Thanks goodness, the UN’s IAEA has clamped down on nuclear proliferation.

An escalation of the arms race in South Asia poses a dilemma for the Obama administration, which has worked to improve its economic, political and defense ties with India while seeking to deepen its relationship with Pakistan as a crucial component of its Afghanistan war strategy.



Braun Claims Opponent Was ‘On Crack’

From a bemused Chicago Sun-Times:

Mayoral Candidates Forum Gets A Bit Nasty

Jan 31, 2011

The gloves came off during a mayoral candidates forum at Trinity United Church of Christ Sunday afternoon when candidate Patricia Van Pelt-Watkins questioned opponent former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun’s commitment to working with Chicago’s African-American communities and Moseley Braun responded by calling her a former crack addict.

“Carol Moseley Braun hasn’t been around for 20 years,” said Watkins, a community activist, prompting a verbal response from the crowd in the church. “We haven’t seen her.”

Moseley Braun, allowed to answer later, listed her public service and told Watkins, “You were strung out on crack. I was starting a business on the South Side. I was hiring people.”

Lest we forget, Ms.



Jimmy Carter: The People Have Decided

From Georgia’s Columbus Ledger-Enquirer:

Former President Carter guesses Egypt’s Mubarak ‘will have to leave’

Carter calls Egyptian crisis ‘most profound situation in the Middle East since I left office’

Monday, Jan. 31, 2011

PLAINS, Ga. — Former President Jimmy Carter called the weeklong political unrest and rioting in Egypt an “earth shaking event” and said that the country’s president, Hosni Mubarak, “will have to leave.”

Carter’s remarks came at Maranatha Baptist Church, where he regularly teaches a Sunday School class to visitors from across the country and globe.

“This is the most profound situation in the Middle East since I left office,” Carter said Sunday to the nearly 300 people packed into the small sanctuary about a half mile from downtown Plains.



Muslim Brothers In Talks To Form Gov’t

From the German Press Agency, the Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA):

Muslim Brotherhood seniors Essam el-Erian, centre right, and Saad el-Katatni, centre left, take part in a protest in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011.

Muslim Brotherhood: national unity, without Mubarak

Jan 30, 2011

Cairo – The banned Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s largest opposition group, told the German Press Agency DPA they are in talks with other anti-government figures to form a national unity government without President Hosny Mubarak and his ruling party.

Gamal Nasser, a spokesman for the Brotherhood, told DPA that his group was in talks with Mohammed ElBaradei – the former UN nuclear watchdog chief – to form a national unity government without the National Democratic Party of Mubarak.

The group is also demanding an end to the draconian Emergency Laws, which grant police wide-ranging powers The laws have been used often to arrest and harass the Islamist group.



Abrams: Egypt Proves Bush Was Right

From the ‘Outlook’ section of the Washington Post:

In the streets of Cairo, proof Bush was right

Elliott Abrams
Sunday, January 30, 2011; B01

Bush adviser says Obama should have listened to the former president

For decades, the Arab states have seemed exceptions to the laws of politics and human nature. While liberty expanded in many parts of the globe, these nations were left behind, their "freedom deficit" signaling the political underdevelopment that accompanied many other economic and social maladies. In November 2003, President George W. Bush asked these questions:

"Are the peoples of the Middle East somehow beyond the reach of liberty? Are millions of men and women and children condemned by history or culture to live in despotism? Are they alone never to know freedom and never even to have a choice in the matter?"

The massive and violent demonstrations underway in Egypt, the smaller ones in Jordan and Yemen, and the recent revolt in Tunisia that inspired those events have affirmed that the answer is no and are exploding, once and for all, the myth of Arab exceptionalism.



The Muslim Brotherhood Back ElBaradei

From an unfazed Reuters:

Egypt opposition backs ElBaradei as negotiator – Brotherhood

Sun Jan 30, 2011

CAIRO Jan 30 (Reuters) – Egyptian opposition forces have agreed to support opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei to negotiate with the government, a leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood said on Sunday.

"Political groups support ElBaradei to negotiate with the regime," Essam el-Eryan told Al Jazeera television.

Al Arabiya television carried the same report on screen but did not attribute it directly to Eryan…

Gee, we didn’t see this coming.



Egypt Secures Antiquities From Looters

From a sanguine Associated Press:

Egypt moves to secure antiquities from looters

By Maggie Hyde And Maggie Michael, Associated Press
January 29, 2011

CAIRO – Would-be looters broke into Cairo’s famed Egyptian Museum, ripping the heads off two mummies and damaging about 10 small artifacts before being caught and detained by army soldiers, Egypt’s antiquities chief said Saturday.

Zahi Hawass said the vandals did not manage to steal any of the museum’s antiquities, and that the prized collection was now safe and under military guard.

And we believe them.

With mass anti-government protests still roiling the country and unleashing chaos on the streets, fears that looters could target other ancient treasures at sites across the country prompted the military to dispatch armored personnel carriers and troops to the Pyramids of Giza, the temple city of Luxor and other key archaeological monuments.



Muslim B’hood: We Will Topple US Allies

From an unfazed Associated Press:

Jordan’s opposition: Arabs will topple tyrants

By Jamal Halaby, Associated Press Sat Jan 29, 2011

AMMAN, Jordan – The leader of Jordan’s powerful Muslim Brotherhood warned Saturday that unrest in Egypt will spread across the Mideast and Arabs will topple leaders allied with the United States.

Hammam Saeed’s comments were made at a protest outside the Egyptian Embassy in Amman, inspired by massive rallies in neighboring Egypt demanding the downfall of the country’s longtime president, Hosni Mubarak.

About 100 members of the fundamentalist group and activists from other leftist organizations and trade unions chanted "Mubarak, step down" and "the decision is made, the people’s revolt will remain." …

Saeed said Arabs have grown disgruntled with U.S. domination of their oil wealth, military occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan and its support for "totalitarian" leaders in the region.



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Mubarak Calls Out Army Against Unrest

From Reuters:

Mubarak orders army to back police against unrest

By Shaimaa Fayed And Yasmine Saleh
January 28, 2010

CAIRO (Reuters) – President Hosni Mubarak sent troops and armored cars onto the streets of Cairo and other Egyptian cities on Friday in an attempt to quell street fighting and mass protests demanding an end to his 30-year rule.

Mubarak declared a night-time curfew firstly in Cairo, Alexandria and Suez, the epicenter of demonstrations in the last four days, then extended it to all cities. Demonstrators stayed on the streets in defiance of security forces, some mounting armored cars, cheering and waving flags.

Medical sources said 870 protesters had been wounded on a day that saw security forces using rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon to disperse crowds n running battles.



Obama Not Open To Fixing Obama-Care

From his unquestioning minions at the Associated Press:

Obama open to ‘tweak’ of health care, not repeal

January 28, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama ridiculed lingering opposition to his 10-month-old health care law Friday and vowed to oppose efforts to repeal it, underscoring his commitment to his signature legislative achievement despite the new reality of a divided Congress.

Days after delivering a State of the Union message in which he called on Democrats and Republicans to work together, Obama made clear in a speech to supporters that he’s open to compromise on the issue only on the margins — a "tweak" here or there, but not major changes.

So much for compromise and working together.

If Mr. Obama truly wants to be like President Reagan, he would help repeal his ‘healthcare reform.’ Lest we forget, Mr.



AP: Jobless Skyrocket Because Of Snow

From a completely shameless Associated Press:

Requests for unemployment benefits up due to snow

By Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer
January 27, 2011

WASHINGTON – The number of people applying for unemployment benefits rose sharply last week, but the figures were largely distorted by rare snowstorms that swept through the Southeast.

Applications surged last week by a seasonally adjusted 51,000 to 454,000, the highest level since late October, the Labor Department said Thursday.

A government analyst said that a major reason for the spike was the harsh weather in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. That forced many companies to shut down temporarily and also prevented many people from applying for benefits in the previous week.

When state offices, which had closed, reopened and people were able to file applications that pushed the number of requests up sharply, the analyst said

Does anybody believe that you can collect unemployment if your business closes for a couple of snow days?



AP: Outlook For Economy Is Brightening

From the ‘damn the facts, full speed ahead’ Associated Press:

AP survey: Outlook for 2011 economy is brightening

By Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer
January 27, 2011

WASHINGTON – Employers will hire more workers this year, and the economy will grow faster than envisioned three months ago, according to an Associated Press survey that found growing optimism among leading economists.

But unemployment will stay chronically high — nearly 9 percent by year’s end, the latest quarterly AP Economy Survey shows. A majority of economists say it will be 2016 or later before unemployment drops to a historically normal rate of around 5 percent.

So it doesn’t sound like employers will be hiring many more workers, after all. So why does the AP keep trying to get our hopes up?



Medicare Actuary Undercuts HCR Claims

From the Associated Press:

Medicare official doubts health care law savings

January 26, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two of the central promises of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law are unlikely to be fulfilled, Medicare’s independent economic expert told Congress on Wednesday.

The landmark legislation probably won’t hold costs down, and it won’t let everybody keep their current health insurance if they like it, Chief Actuary Richard Foster told the House Budget Committee. His office is responsible for independent long-range cost estimates…

Foster was asked by Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., for a simple true or false response on two of the main assertions made by supporters of the law: that it will bring down unsustainable medical costs and will let people keep their current health insurance if they like it.



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