Egypt

Women of the revolution

WikiLeaks: Egypt’s New Man at the Top 'Was Against Reform'

The military leader charged with transforming Egypt opposed political reform because he believed that it “eroded central government power”, according to leaked US diplomatic cables.

By Christopher Hope, and Steven Swinford February 16, 2011 "The Telegraph" - -

Celebrating the Egyptian revolution at the Spire Dublin 13th February 2011

Mubarak's Folly: The Rising of Egypt's Workers

Robert Fisk: Cairo's 50,000 street children were abused by this regime

Robert Fisk: Cairo's 50,000 street children were abused by this regime

Cairo's street kids were duped into resisting the revolution, then shot by police in the chaos that ensued

The cops shot 16-year-old Mariam in the back on 28 January, a live round fired from the roof of the Saida Zeinab police station in the slums of Cairo's old city at the height of the government violence aimed at quelling the revolution, a pot shot of contempt by Mubarak's forces for the homeless street children of Egypt.

She had gone to the police with up to a hundred other beggar boys and girls to demand the release of her friend, 16-year-old Ismail Yassin, who had already been dragged inside the station. Some of the kids outside were only nine years old. Maybe that's why the first policeman on the roof fired warning bullets into the air.

Future of Israel-Egypt treaty - Patrick Seale - Gulf News 160211

Future of Israel-Egypt treaty

Whether the peace accord survives or not, Cairo's alliance with Tel Aviv will not be the intimate relationship it was
By Patrick Seale, Special to Gulf News, Published: 00:00 February 14, 2011

Israel has been unnerved by Egypt’s Revolution. The reason is simple: it fears for the survival of the 1979 Peace Treaty — a treaty which by neutralising Egypt, guaranteed Israel’s military dominance over the region for the next three decades.

By removing Egypt — the strongest and most populous of the Arab countries — from the Arab line-up, the treaty ruled out any possibility of an Arab coalition that might have contained Israel or restrained its freedom of action. As Israel’s Foreign Minister, Moshe Dayan, remarked at that time: ‘If a wheel is removed, the car will not run again.’

Western commentators routinely describe the treaty as a ‘pillar of regional stability’, a ‘keystone of Middle East diplomacy’, a ‘centrepiece of America’s diplomacy’ in the Arab and Muslim world. This is certainly how Israel and its American friends have seen it.

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