Archive for the ‘Politics’

  • Danes first to tell Mubarak to step down
    “Mubarak is history. Mubarak must step down.” Those are the words of the Danish prime minister, Lars Loekke Rasmussen, just hours after father Mubarak’s surreal speech to his children last night. Rasmussen said Mubarak made a big blunder. At last, someone willing to speak the straight truth. It’s just one leader from the European Union. Let’s...
    by at February 11th, 2011 at 06:02 am
  • Egyptian Army doesn’t move to break impasse
    If the world is looking for the Egyptian Army to break the impasse between father Mubarak and his children, they are disappointed today. In their second statement to the nation, the military promised in non-concrete terms to lift emergency law if people go home. Doesn’t seem like anyone in the street is buying it. More and more are demonstrating and in more places,...
    by at February 11th, 2011 at 06:02 am
  • Is Egyptian Army waiting for invite for a coup?
    Has anyone else been thinking that the Egyptian Army is letting Mubarak enrage the population to such a point that the anti-Mubarak forces actually invite the Army to take over? El Baradei has already made such a plea in a Tweet. If the Army had seized power (staged on open coup) before Mubarak’s speech tonight, the world would have been up in arms. Their strategy...
    by at February 10th, 2011 at 08:02 pm
  • Mubarak refuses to leave
    Who knows what hell is going to break out now?  Has not enough blood been spilled? Mubarak hasn’t fooled anyone with his pretense of giving power over to VP Suleiman. It’s like believing that Putin is no longer ruling Russia.
    by at February 10th, 2011 at 02:02 pm
  • Fox blocks out Al Jazeera logo on live feed from Tahrir Square
    All the news networks are showing the same live feed from Tahrir Square in Cairo – Al Jazeera. But Fox News blocks out the Al Jazeera logo. Do they not want to admit it as a news source? What’s that about “fair and balanced?” How about “honest”?
    by at February 10th, 2011 at 11:02 am
  • Sandmonkey, Ahmed Mohar and Wael Gohnim bring down Mubarak
    The April 6th Movement leader Ahmed Mohar, a tweeter @Sandmonkey (just one name out of hundreds) and a Google exec Wael Gohnim used Facebook, Twitter and TV and old-fashioned legwork to organize and perpetuate a national revolt that started with the youth and spread to the labor unions. Of course they didn’t do it alone, but they have emerged as rock stars –...
    by at February 10th, 2011 at 10:02 am
  • Mubarak rumored to step down within hours
    It seems the pressure is too great. The labor unions have joined in. The world press is against him. The number of protesters swells every day. More and more are being killed and arrested– and, according to Al Jazeera, the army is torturing prisoners. Word is the Army has already stopped Mubarak from handing over power to Suleiman, his VP. The head of Egypt’s...
    by at February 10th, 2011 at 09:02 am
  • Egyptian Parliament called Castle of Corruption
    The man in his desert dress with his veiled wife and two sons camped outside the Parliament gates near Tahrir Square in Cairo. “This building, this parliament is a Castle of Corruption,” he tells the journalist. We’ve got quite a few of those castles on the planet.
    by at February 10th, 2011 at 09:02 am
  • Tweet from Egypt: Missing. Pls spread the word
    this is one kind of Tweet I’m getting from Egypt: RT @soheirabaza: Ziad Mohamed Bakir, graphic designer, missing since 28 Jan 2011 , his parents are still looking for him pls spread the word
    by at February 9th, 2011 at 01:02 pm
  • Tahrir Square
    Tahrir or Liberation Square Cairo Egypt I love this shot from the Egypt Daily News. http://www.egyptdailynews.com/
    by at February 9th, 2011 at 11:02 am
  • Egyptian pop star calls Mubarak Egypt’s forgetful father
    How bout the Egyptian pop star Tamir Hosni who got up on stage in Tahrir Square to tell the crowd that Mubarak is Egypt’s father. Even a father with several children can forget their names, he told the pro-democracy anti-Mubarak protesters. They must understand that with 80 million Egyptians, their “father”  should be forgiven for forgetting the needs...
    by at February 9th, 2011 at 09:02 am
  • Watch YouTube of Wael Gohnim
    This Egyptian TV interview with the recently released Google executive who led the Facebook revolution in Egypt is emotionally wrenching. Watch and understand why thousands of new protesters were on the streets today in support of the pro-democracy, anti-Mubarak movement. It is in Arabic with option of English subtitles. http://blogs.wsj.com/dispatch/2011/02/08/the-interview-with-wael-ghonim-that-galvanized-protesters/
    by at February 8th, 2011 at 04:02 pm
  • Google Exec released in Cairo
    Don’t think because you have an important position with an international company in Egypt that you are safe from the secret police. The head of Google marketing for the Middle East has just been released in Cairo after being arrested in Tahrir Square. Wael Gohnim has been missing for more than two weeks. He is considered one of the behind-the-scenes leaders of the...
    by at February 7th, 2011 at 09:02 am
  • Mubarak – Release all journalists!
    Al Jazeera is making a plea for one of their reporters to be released. He was last seen being taken into custody by the Army at Tahrir or Liberation Square in Cairo. He is not the only journalist to be detained by Mubarak forces. Many have been released, but not all. The Mubarak government continues to harass journalists, seizing and/or destroying their equipment. At least...
    by at February 6th, 2011 at 09:02 am
  • Demand Red Cross be ready for Tahrir
    I have it from a Georgetown U. professor (Egyptian) speaking on on Al Jazeera that the Egyptian Army is preparing to lay siege to the pro-democracy protesters in Tahrir or Liberation Square in Cairo. He gave a wonderful and clear analysis of the crisis and the thinking and strategy of the Mubarak government. He demanded that the Red Cross be ready to supply the protesters...
    by at February 5th, 2011 at 07:02 pm
  • Mubarak a pharaoh trained by the Romans
    Mubarak is a genius who has maintained an iron grip on Egypt for 30 years. Any true opposition risks being arrested, tortured and jailed. Egyptian prisons are full of political prisoners. Egypt is one of America’s favorite spots for rendition (define as USA exporting political prisoners for interrogation by torture.) If the protesters go home, they risk being hunted...
    by at February 5th, 2011 at 10:02 am
  • UCLA students extracted from Egypt
    An Egyptologist friend of mine  was in Egypt with UCLA students when the revolution in Egypt broke out. This is the story of how they got from the middle of Egypt at the Al Amarna site of the Pharaoh Akhnaten overland to Cairo and finally home. http://today.ucla.edu/portal/ut/coordinated-efforts-bring-bruins-191803.aspx
    by at February 4th, 2011 at 08:02 am
  • Al Jazeera gets a gold star!
    In the past I have been down on Al Jazeera. I admit I was wrong. In fact, I’d like to give them a gold star. My experience with the 24hr news station from Qatar had been limited to the Arabic version viewed while in the Middle East and a few years back. The crisis in Egypt, and the particularly poor coverage by the American press during the early days, sent me to...
    by at February 3rd, 2011 at 11:02 am
  • Will Tehrir Square become Tienanmen?
    We are all watching to see what the Army does next. Mubarak’s security police are in plain clothes. Pro-democratic supporters have seized police ID cards from pro-Mubarak attackers. You could hear gunshots on live feed from AlJazeera – the government claims they have not fired on the crowd.  Is Mubarak using camels instead of tanks like the Chinese did in...
    by at February 2nd, 2011 at 11:02 am
  • Mubarak’s thugs attack women and children in Tahrir Square
    Egypt I thought Obama looked mad last night – especially when he said the word “now.” He had talked to Mubarak for 30 minutes and had seen how intransigent he was. You can see Mubarak’s thugs – rumored to be about 75,000 paid gangsters who terrorize the population – attacking the peaceful democracy protesters in Tahrir Square in Cairo...
    by at February 2nd, 2011 at 10:02 am
  • Why rural whites still vote GOP & the Tea Party is dangerous
    This is an article I wrote back in November 2008, but as nothing seems to have changed, and in fact might even be accelerating with the rise of the Tea Party crowd, I think it worth dragging out of the archives for another look. Although the demographics of the typical Tea Party can be suburban, rather than rural, they display similar characteristics of “every man...
    by at May 27th, 2010 at 01:05 pm
  • Save the Whales Again!
    A Whale of a Tale. To save Earth from an alien probe, Kirk and his crew go back in time to retrieve the only beings who can communicate with it, humpback whales. Remember that great Star Trek IV movie from 1986? Maybe we need some intervention in 2010 cause it seems like even the Obama people don’t get it. How can that be possible?  I’m sure he has some...
    by at May 25th, 2010 at 09:05 am
  • Use Twitter to confuse Iranian security forces
    Thank you to www.peymanmeli.org for image. If you are on Twitter, set your location to Tehran and your time zone to GMT +3.30. Security forces in Iran are hunting for bloggers using location/timezone searches. The more people at this location, the more of a logjam it creates for forces trying to shut down Iranians’ access to the internet. Please pass on. FYI : ...
    by at June 23rd, 2009 at 10:06 am
  • Obama-Reid Coliseum a night of joyous celebration
    Last night the Coliseum at Caesar’s Palace was filled with supporters of Sen. Harry Reid, but it was President Barack Obama that elicited the sheer joy and exuberance that electrified the air.  Broad smiles and glowing faces, strangers interacting like old friends, the mood was one of both relief and gratitude.  So many in that vast audience had worked...
    by at May 27th, 2009 at 12:05 pm
  • California Court upholds same sex marriage ban
    Back in the Midwest on that great expanse of prairie, we used to dream of California as a beacon of light and progress and everything that we considered forward thinking in American society.  We used to believe that as goes California, will the rest follow in time. I never thought I would see the day when Iowa was more socially advanced than the Golden State. The...
    by at May 26th, 2009 at 11:05 am
  • Create Reid’s campaign slogan and meet Obama
    If you’re clever with words and a Nevada resident, you could meet President Barack Obama Tuesday night at Caesar’s Colisseum.  The Harry Reid campaign has offered a pass to a backstage reception with President Obama, Sen Reid and other celebs to the Nevadan who submits the winning campaign slogan for Reid’s relection run in 2010. There are just three...
    by at May 22nd, 2009 at 04:05 pm
  • World Affairs Council back with Ruan Zongze
    I’m happy to report that the Las Vegas chapter of the World Affairs Council is back in action.  They have changed their name and merged with the local chapter of the NCFR (Nevada Council on Foreign Relations) to form the Nevada World Affairs Council.  Their next major event will be an evening with Ruan Zongze, the Minister Counselor of the political department...
    by at May 14th, 2009 at 10:05 am
  • Why rural whites vote GOP
    The following article was posted mid-Nov 2008 during the 14 month missing (deleted) time period of my site.  I was able to reconstruct it and am re-posting now. With the election of Barack Obama, America selected not just a black President, but a visionary President with grand ideas for social reform and a better future.  Although there was some crossing of...
    by at May 1st, 2009 at 03:05 pm
  • The Law in Russia and Las Vegas – LVWAC luncheon
    You are invited to lunch with the Las Vegas World Affairs Council Oct 26 @ 11:30a for their 3rd annual public luncheon highlighting visits to our city by delegations of Eastern European judges. This year the guest judges are from Russia and the luncheon will include a discussion of “The Law in Russia and Las Vegas” with several of the judges participating...
    by at October 17th, 2007 at 06:10 pm
  • LVWAC Downtown Presidential Series
    The public is welcome to join this event sponsored by the Las Vegas World Affairs Council (LVWAC) on Aug 24 when presidential candidate Sen. Mike Gravel (D-Alaska) will speak on “The Solar Hydrogen Economy: A New Energy Policy for America.” A long-time activist, this former senator is known for his efforts to end the draft after Vietnam and for putting the...
    by at August 11th, 2007 at 03:08 am