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EGYPT BREAKS THROUGH After 18 days of protests, over 300 lives lost and thousands injured, an internet blackout and several speeches imploring the protesters to go home by Mubarak it all ended with by vice president Omar Suleiman on national television Friday saying, "Citizens, during these very difficult circumstances that Egypt is going through, president Hosni Mubarak has decided to step down as the president of the republic and has entrusted the High Council of the Armed Forces to carry out the dealing of the country." As the Guardian UK explains in Egypt celebrates as Mubarak era ends There was jubilation in Cairo's Tahrir Square seconds after the news broke, while many simply sobbed for joy. ... The military says the cabinet will be sacked, the parliament suspended and they will work with the judges of the Supreme Court to amend the constitution to allow for fair and free elections currently scheduled for September. There was a note of caution in the background, however, over how far the military under field marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, Mr Mubarak's veteran defence minister, is ready to permit a democracy, especially since the hitherto banned Islamist Muslim Brotherhood is one of the best-organised forces. ... In a statement, the military council said it would take measures for an interim phase and hoped to realise people's hopes. Striking the even-handed note the military has maintained throughout the crisis, it praised Mr Mubarak for resigning "in the interests of the nation" and the "martyrs" who died protesting. Now that the top brass in the Egyptian military have now taken over until new elections can be held in the coming months Shashank Joshi points out at the BBC Viewpoint: Too early to celebrate in Egypt? Moreover, if a future government seeks to chart an independent policy towards Israel or Hamas, the military will be loath to jeopardise its flow of US aid. This could prompt a Pakistan-like situation in which elected leaders are stripped of control over foreign policy. The man now at the apex of Egypt is Defence Minister Mohamed Tantawi. He embodies the reactionary forces still embedded at the heart of a regime that may have shed its figurehead but not its essence. Field Marshal Tantawi is known by junior officers as "Mubarak's poodle". According to Wikileaks cables, he has resolutely "opposed both economic and political reforms that he perceives as eroding central government power" - hardly such stuff as revolutions are made on. There is every possibility that he will simply rebuild the apparatus of autocracy by dispersing superficial powers to a fractured opposition, while restoring the army to its Cold War standing. Some optimists have invoked the "Turkish model" for Egypt, but recall that the Turkish army has toppled four governments since 1960 and still lurks just under the surface of that country's democratic institutions. ...Finally, even if the military hands over power to a broad-based opposition committee and steers through far-reaching reforms, the path to democracy is strewn with traps. ...Demands to increase food subsidies will combine with extended disruption to tourism. If the government cannot pay workers and ensure social welfare, it is likely to be anti-democratic forces that are the beneficiaries of a backlash. Guardian UK warns the Middle East braces for more protest after Mubarak resigns citing Algeria, Lebanon, Gaza and Jordon among other autocratic nations that are already seeing popular protests. Much more coverage below at Democracy Now! below. In other news it seems ThinkProgress has gotten under the skin of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce EXCLUSIVE: US Chamber’s Lobbyists Solicited Hackers To Sabotage Unions, Smear Chamber’s Political Opponents According to e-mails obtained by ThinkProgress, the Chamber hired the lobbying firm Hunton and Williams. Hunton And Williams’ attorney Richard Wyatt, who once represented Food Lion in its infamous lawsuit against ABC News, was hired by the Chamber in October of last year. To assist the Chamber, Wyatt and his associates, John Woods and Bob Quackenboss, solicited a set of private security firms — HBGary Federal, Palantir, and Berico Technologies (collectively called Team Themis) — to develop tactics for damaging progressive groups and labor unions, in particular ThinkProgress, the labor coalition called Change to Win, the SEIU, US Chamber Watch, and StopTheChamber.com. StopTheChamber.com was created by famous Election Protection advocate BRAD FRIEDMAN of BradBlog.com who is also co-founder of VelvetRevolution.us. Friedman responds HERE explaining, "Yes, they do target and name ME and my family, including personal details about us specifically, as part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's disinformation attack, as ThinkProgress notes in an update tonight: Another target was Brad Friedman, co-founder of The Brad Blog. Barr’s profile of Friedman included information about his life partner and his home address. See TP's most recent article for some of the emails, etc. These are horrible people. Glenn Greenwald, who was also targeted to the Chamber's disinformation smear campaign fired back in his Salon column The leaked campaign to attack WikiLeaks and its supporters: One section of the leaked report focused on attacking WikiLeaks' supporters and it featured a discussion of me. A graph purporting to be an "organizational chart" identified several other targets, including former New York Times reporter Jennifer 8 Lee, Guardian reporter James Ball, and Manning supporter David House. The report claimed I was "critical" to WikiLeaks' public support after its website was removed by Amazon and that "it is this level of support that needs to be disrupted"; absurdly speculated that "without the support of people like Glenn, WikiLeaks would fold"; and darkly suggested that "these are established professionals that have a liberal bent, but ultimately most of them if pushed will choose professional preservation over cause." ... My initial reaction to all of this was to scoff at its absurdity. ...But after learning a lot more over the last couple of days, I now take this more seriously -- not in terms of my involvement but the broader implications this story highlights. For one thing, it turns out that the firms involved here are large, legitimate and serious, and do substantial amounts of work for both the U.S. Government and the nation's largest private corporations (as but one example, see this email from a Stanford computer science student about Palantir). Moreover, these kinds of smear campaigns are far from unusual; in other leaked HB Gary emails, ThinkProgress discovered that similar proposals were prepared for the Chamber of Commerce to attack progressive groups and other activists (including ThinkProgress). And perhaps most disturbing of all, Hunton & Williams was recommended to Bank of America's General Counsel by the Justice Department -- meaning the U.S. Government is aiding Bank of America in its defense against/attacks on WikiLeaks. ...But the real issue highlighted by this episode is just how lawless and unrestrained is the unified axis of government and corporate power. ...That's what this anti-WikiLeaks campaign is generally: it's a concerted, unified effort between government and the most powerful entities in the private sector (Bank of America is the largest bank in the nation). Much more in Greenwald's post - required reading! Also check the link below in the Green News Report for Brad hosting last Thursday's Mike Malloy Show for his live on-air reaction. Of course the Sunday Talking Heads will mention none of this as they are in the "Egypt" What about me?" mode trying to figure out how the Egyptians new-found small "d" democracy will pan out and affect the ever-popular "U.S. Interests in the region" namely the Suez Canal, Israel and OIL. Your best bet for Beltway Bubalas may be on Face the Bob with an all-Egypt guest list of Egyptian Nobel Laureates MOHAMED ELBARADEI & AHMED ZEWAIL plus Egyptian Ambassador to the U.S. SAMEH SHOUKRY (how did JOHN "Crazy Train" MCCAIN get invited?). True to form THIS ANAMPOUT gets Israel Defense Minister EHUD BARAK and a host of "former" this-n-thats and navel gazers plus ARIANNA "AOL" HUFFINGTON offers GEORGE WILL column space on HuffPo. Meet the David looks equally uninspiring with Weeper of the House JOHN "Crybaby" BOEHNER, a bunch of "formers" and DEE DEE MYERS offers her lipstick to DAVID BROOKS. Save your bricks for JOHN "Death Squad" NEGROPONTE on State of the Candy. Can anybody guess who's missing from the Sunday shows? We'll wait. Take your time. TIME'S UP! Yes not ONE rep from the WH Limo gang! The view here is they're all still trying to wipe all that egg off their collective faces for their continuing calls for "stability in the region" not wanting to piss off the Pharoh Mubarak by siding with REAL democratic reforms that the thousands in Tahrir Square demanded and put their lives on the line for. As Noam Chomsky pointed out on DN! last week, "Nevertheless, the conclusion here, and in England and the continent, was it’s all wonderful. The dictators support us. We can disregard the population, because they’re quiet. As long as they’re quiet, who cares? People don’t matter. Actually, there’s an analog of that internal to the United States. And it’s of course the same policy elsewhere in the world. All of that reveals a contempt for democracy and for public opinion which is really profound. And one has to listen with jaws dropping when Obama, in the clip you ran, talks about how, of course, governments depend on the people. Our policy is the exact opposite." Indeed. The Brick TeeVee Crew took in the lowly CAVS 119-126 victory over the LA Clippers in OT to end their dismal record-setting 26-game losing streak (in between excellent LIVE AJE Egypt coverage on FSTV & LINK TV). But the OSU Buckeyes perch atop the rankings is in jeopardy suffering their first loss of the season to #13 Wisconsin. Qualifying for the Daytona 500 is now set for Sunday afternoon at 1 pm et and MLB pitchers and catchers start reporting to Arizona and Florida on Monday Feb. 14. Spring is in the air! Enjoy your week!


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»»» TWITTER FEED from Sharif Abdel Kouddous senior producer for the radio/TV show Democracy NOW! @ Democracy Now!’s Sharif Kouddous on the Ground in Cairo, Egypt
»»» Sharif Abdel Kouddous @ Democracy NOW! WATCH NOW “People Are Determined to Stay Until Mubarak Leaves”: Democracy Now!’s Sharif Abdel Kouddous Reports in Cairo on Day 15 of the Egyptian Pro-Democracy Protests February 08, 2011
»»» Ayman Mohyeldin, the Cairo bureau chief for Al Jazeera English @ Democracy NOW! WATCH NOW Detained Al Jazeera Journalist: '[The Military] Viewed So Many of Us as Prisoners of War. Our Hands were Tied Behind Our Back with Cables. Our Eyes were Blindfolded.' February 08, 2011
»»» Robert Fisk @ Democracy NOW! WATCH NOW “The Great Tragedy is Obama Chose Not to Hold Out His Hand”: Robert Fisk on the Gap Between U.S. Rhetoric and Action in the Egyptian Uprising February 09, 2011
»»» Heba Morayef, Middle East and North Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch @ Democracy NOW! WATCH NOW Human Rights Watch: 300 Deaths, Massive Detentions and Abuse under Mubarak Regime Crackdown February 09, 2011
»»» Joel Beinin, Professor of Middle East history at Stanford University @ Democracy NOW! WATCH NOW Striking Egyptian Workers Fuel the Uprising After 10 Years of Labor Organizing February 10, 2011
»»» Bill Quigley, legal director of the Center for Constitutional Rights @ Democracy NOW! WATCH NOW Bush’s Shrinking World: George W. Bush Cancels Europe Trip as Human Rights Lawyers Threaten Legal Action over Torture RELATED: Human Rights Attorney Bill Quigley on the U.S. Deportation Death Sentence and the Undermining of Meaningful Elections in Haiti February 10, 2011
»»» University of Michigan Professor Juan Cole and Georgetown Professor Samer Shehata @ Democracy NOW! WATCH NOW Post-Mubarak: What Will Egypt Look Like the Day After the Regime Ends? February 11, 2011
»»» Democracy Now!’s Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Anjali Kamat WATCH NOW Live from Cairo: Democracy Now!’s Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Anjali Kamat on Egypt’s “Farewell Friday” February 11, 201
»»» Lisa Hajjar, professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara @ Democracy NOW! WATCH NOW “Omar Suleiman, the CIA’s Man in Cairo and Egypt’s Torturer-in-Chief” February 11, 2011
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»»» FEATURED SHOW @ GRITtv WATCH Nurses Union, Inspired by Egypt, Hits the Streets
»»» Independent Media Discussion @ GRITtv Katrina vanden Heuvel & Ryan Grim on the State of the Media
»»» Medea Benjamin @ GRITtv Medea Benjamin: Learning from Cairo
»»» Former US Air Force interrogator Matthew Alexander @ GRITtv Matthew Alexander: Interrogators and Accountability
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