News for 2011-02-01

Tuesday, February 1, 2011
US Media Gloss Over American Role in Egyptian Repression
The political context of the current Egyptian uprising is clear: The United States has steadfastly supported dictator Hosni Mubarak, whose rule has been marked by sham elections and the jailing and torture of dissidents, propping up his regime since 1981 with some $60 billion in aid, most of it...
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Mubarak Gives Speech; Crowd, Unswayed, Responds: 'Leave, Mubarak, Leave'
Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president, has said that he would not run for re-election - but refused to step down from office, the central demand of millions of protesters who have demonstrated across Egypt over the last week. "I never intended to run for reelection," Mubarak said in his televised...
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[title] Phyllis Bennis: The US and Egypt: Our Role in the Uprising
"Who do you think you are, telling Egyptians what they should be doing?" Phyllis Bennis would like to ask Hillary Clinton. The Obama administration has made some good steps in its policy toward the ongoing uprising in Egypt, she notes, mentioning a willingness to rethink military aid and calling...
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'Talks Only After Mubarak Leaves'
A coalition of opposition groups have told Egypt's government that they would only begin talks with the military on a transition to democracy once president Hosni Mubarak stands down. Massive protests over the past week have shaken Mubarak's 30-year grip on power, forcing him to appoint a deputy...
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Report: Afghan Civilian Deaths Hit Record Levels In 2010
WASHINGTON -- At least 2,421 civilians were killed in Afghanistan last year, a record high since the U.S. invasion in 2001, according to a new report. The report, released Tuesday by the Kabul-based Afghan Rights Monitor , said more than 3,270 civilians were also injured in conflict-related...
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Congressman Lays Out Public Option "Fix" if Health Care Mandate Goes Down
Anthony Weiner appeared (again) on MSNBC last night to talk about yesterday's lower court decision that called the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. Weiner said that the judge who rendered the verdict, was, like most conservatives, happy to engage in judicial activism when it suited his...
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[title] Digital Darkness: U.S., U.K. Companies Help Egyptian Regime Shut Down Telecommunications and Identify Dissident Voices
Doing the regime’s bidding, British-based Vodafone shut down Egypt’s phone and internet service. The American company called Narus — owned by Boeing — sold Egypt the surveillance technology that helped identify dissident voices. We are joined by Tim Karr of Free Press and CUNY Professor C.W...
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Google Launches Twitter Workaround for Egypt
SAN FRANCISCO - Google Inc launched a special service to allow people in Egypt to send Twitter messages by dialing a phone number and leaving a voicemail, as Internet access remains cut off in the country amid anti-government protests. "Like many people we've been glued to the news unfolding in...
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GOP Governors Take Aim at Teacher Tenure
Seizing on a national anxiety over poor student performance, many governors are taking aim at a bedrock tradition of public schools: teacher tenure. The momentum began over a year ago with President Obama's call to measure and reward effective teaching, a challenge he repeated in last week's State...
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Jordan's King Abdullah Sacks Cabinet, PM Quits Amid Street Protests
Jordan's King Abdullah has sacked his government and asked his former ex-military adviser Marouf Bakhit to form a new cabinet, state-run Petra news agency said on Tuesday. King Abdullah's move comes after thousands of Jordanians took to the streets, inspired by widespread riots in Tunisia and Egypt...
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Some Local Police Using New Program for Immigrant Crackdown
PHOENIX - Around half of local police forces partnering in a federal immigration enforcement program are using it to arrest illegal immigrants for traffic and other small offenses rather than targeting dangerous criminals, according to a study released on Monday. The report by the Migration Policy...
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[title] Mubarak Mu Problems - Samer Shehata
Samer Shehata believes the U.S. can push for a stable Middle East by supporting the 83 million Egyptians who have been rising up.
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Egypt's Unrest May Have Roots in Food Prices, US Fed Policy
WASHINGTON - Economists and experts in food security have warned repeatedly in recent years that an unbridled rise in food prices could trigger the very kind of explosion of citizen anger that's now threatening to topple the Egyptian government. Such anger is likely to rise elsewhere, too. A large...
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[title] Uprising in Egypt: Al-Jazeera's Live Coverage from the Egyptian Streets
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Arab Allies of US Skittish in Wake of Egypt Unrest
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - There is little doubt about how Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz views the historic developments unfolding in Egypt. The monarch, who is in Morocco recuperating from back surgery, called Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to express his support on Saturday. And then...
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During Historic Day, Protesters Flood Egypt Streets
About 1,000,000 people have gathered for the planned "march of a million" in the Egyptian capital, calling for Hosni Mubarak, the embattled Egyptian president, to step down. Meanwhile, one of Egypt's oldest parties, Wafd, announced on Tuesday that a number of opposition groups have agreed to form "...
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