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Updated: Egypt’s Military Imposes Martial Law

14 Feb

Copyright 2.14.11 By CK Hunter, All Rights Reserved.

Repost courtesy of the Washington Post

Egypt in turmoil

Full coverage of the Egyptian protests

Egypt’s generals impose martial law

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Ruling council says it will run the country for six months or until elections are held; tensions flare as military evicts protesters in Tahrir Square.

Washington Post Foreign Service
Sunday, February 13, 2011; 11:00 PM

CAIRO – Egypt’s generals imposed martial law on Sunday, dissolving parliament and suspending the constitution, moves that many of the protesters who helped topple President Hosni Mubarak said were necessary to excise a rotten form of government.

The sweeping actions appeared to have their desired effect of calming the national mood. Under a celebratory facade, Egypt has remained on edge since Mubarak was forced to abdicate Friday, as uncertainty grew over the revolution’s next stages.

In a written communique, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, led by Field Marshal Mohammed Tantawi, said the military rule was temporary and would last until elections are held, possibly as soon as six months from now. A new set of guiding laws will be drafted by an appointed committee and made subject to a referendum, the military chiefs said.

The parliament disbanded by the military had been a rubber-stamp body dominated by ruling-party members who prevailed in rigged November elections. The constitution had also been skewed heavily in favor of Mubarak’s regime.

Opposition figures praised the moves as important first steps toward free elections but urged further measures to sweep away the old guard. Some expressed alarm at an aborted effort by the military early Sunday to clear Cairo‘s Tahrir Square of remaining protesters. They also criticized a decision by the military rulers to leave Mubarak’s cabinet in place.

“By no means can they concentrate on fixing the problems and investigating what happened under the former regime, because they are the ones responsible,” said Alaa al Aswany, an Egyptian novelist and democracy activist.

It remains far from clear how quickly elections might be held in Egypt. The well-organized Muslim Brotherhood, officially banned under Mubarak, has pressed for speedy elections. Some democracy activists have said that it might take much longer than six months to prepare the ground for a fair contest.

Some unrest continued in Cairo, as about 500 police officers, demanding higher wages, marched through Tahrir Square and blocked the entrance to the Interior Ministry. Workers at state banks held sit-ins, forcing Egypt’s central bank to declare Monday a bank holiday. The antiquities-rich Egyptian Museum reported that two statues of King Tutankhamen and 16 other artworks had been looted.

“Our concern now is security, to bring security back to the Egyptian citizen,” Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq said after presiding over a meeting of the caretaker cabinet. “That sense has been lost since the beginning of the events. It’s been coming back, but not as quickly as we hoped.”

Before the session, workers removed a huge portrait of Mubarak that had kept watch over the meeting room.

Unlike the police and other domestic security forces that Mubarak used to brutalize his political foes, the armed forces are seen by many Egyptians as their protectors and saviors. The military permitted the protests to unfold peacefully during the 18-day revolution. Many soldiers and officers made clear that their sympathies lay with the people.

For the near term, at least, the man running the country is Tantawi, 75, a close ally of Mubarak’s who served under him as defense minister and commander in chief of the armed forces. The military council’s communique said Tantawi would function as Egypt’s head of state in international relations.

Retired military officers and analysts described Tantawi as pragmatic and conservative, with no visible political aspirations. They said he has the support of other senior commanders, including Lt. Gen. Sami Enan, the armed forces’ chief of staff.

“Tantawi does not have ambitions to run for president. No one in the supreme council has that wish,” said Hosam Sowilam, a retired major general and former military college classmate of Tantawi’s. “We are military people. We don’t want to indulge in any political matters. We want to only participate in defending our territory and preserving the independence and stability of the country.”

Over the years, Tantawi has kept close ties with U.S. government and military officials. “He understands the importance of this relationship,” said Mohamed Kadry Said, a former major general who is an analyst at the Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies in Cairo.

Tantawi is also seen as a reliable ally by Israel, which has feared greater instability with Mubarak’s departure. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces has affirmed that Egypt will honor its international treaty obligations, including its peace accord with Israel.

But some military analysts said that despite protestations to the contrary, Tantawi and other generals might find that they enjoy ruling Egypt without any checks on their authority.

“In a few months, after they realize how powerful they are and if they believe they can control the country and restore stability, I am not sure they won’t fall in love with their huge influence,” said Giora Eiland, a retired Israeli major general who is an analyst at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv. “Under certain circumstances, they can find excuses as to why an election cannot be held at the moment.”

Some demonstrators said they would continue to occupy Tahrir Square until the generals acceded to other demands, including the release of thousands of political prisoners and the repeal of Egypt’s state-of-emergency law, which Mubarak imposed almost 30 years ago as a tool to repress political opponents.

“How can there be freedom as long as the emergency law exists?” said Ram Ebead, 32, an unemployed chemist who has camped out in the plaza since protests erupted Jan. 25. “How can there be freedom without the release of political prisoners?”

Other organizers said they would leave Tahrir Square for now but would return every Friday to pressure the military to make good on its promises.

“The people will be frustrated if the military stays in power more than six months,” said Essam el-Erian, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood. Analysts said the group stands to benefit from snap elections because it is Egypt’s best-organized political movement.

Erian urged the military to cancel the emergency law and to release the prisoners, many of them Brotherhood supporters. But he also praised the military for the measures it has taken.

“We’re on the right road,” Erian said. “Transitions from dictatorship to democracy are very difficult. It will take time.”

Special correspondent Samuel Sockol contributed to this report.

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Breaking: Mubarak Resigns, Egyptians Elated, Roaring Joy in Streets

11 Feb

Copyright 2011-3011 Chase Kyla Hunter, All Rights Reserved.

Hosni Mubarak resigns as president of Egypt

See also: Mubarak Resigns [ BBC coverage ]

See also: Debate Swirls Over Mubarak Legacy

Egyptians roared wildly with joy in Cairo and Alexandria as news spread early this morning that Mubarak would finally step down and the military would be ruling the country temporarily. Chants of “free Egypt!” filled the streets as crowds reacted to the breaking news, after 17 days of nonstop rioting and unrest. The historic uprising leaves many questions and uncertainty about what will happen next in the Mideast. Americans watch closely to see what role, if any the controversial Muslim Brotherhood will play in a newly forming Egyptian government in days to come.

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Video Footage of the Earlier “Million Man March” which took place in Cairo

Egypt’s Bank of Alexandria Reopens After Two Weeks

8 Feb
Location of Alexandria on the map of Egypt. Al...

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Copyright 2011-3011 By Chase Kyla Hunter, All Rights Reserved.

Reports out of Egypt are mixed after two solid weeks of rioting, violence and chaos. Over 1 million tourists abandoned their vacations in the country, billions were lost in the Egyptian economy and many sectors of Cairo and Alexandria now look like war zones. Videos tell the story:

Earlier footage from January 28th in Cairo:

Egypt Day 11: Day of Prayer Marred By Violent Clashes

4 Feb

Copyright 2011-3011 By Chase Kyla Hunter

Christians Join Hands to Form a Ring of Protection Around Muslims While They Pray in the Streets of Egypt



Google News is presently posting 23,642 news articles covering the Egyptian uprising, which is the top news story in the world again for the 11th day. What’s different about day 11 is that protesters are now gathering in other neighboring countries to vent their rage and voice their support for the Egyptian protesters. In Iran, Turkey and on the West Bank of Israel protesters gathered to show their support for the Egyptian uprising against Mubarak. In one video posted below young Christians formed rings and locked hands to protect prostate Muslims while they prayed in the street. I never had seen an image like that, in my lifetime, until just a few minutes ago. It was dramatic and very moving.

To avoid igniting a Mideast conflagration of rage and violence, and a possible international firestorm as well, Mubarak needs to step down immediately. The situation is in the Mideast region is now getting worse by the day. I noted that a portrait of Barack Obama was burned along with photos and effigies of Mubarak. Here’s video coverage:

Egyptian Blogger “Sandmonkey” Arrested, Beaten by Mubarak’s Police

 

Clashes occur in Cairo side streets off Tahrir Square

CNN International – Ivan Watson – ‎32 minutes ago‎
Cairo, Egypt (CNN) — What a difference a few city blocks can make. Crowds of thousands upon thousands of Egyptians demonstrated peacefully on Friday, filling most of Cairo’s sprawling and once besieged Tahrir Square.

Journalists face obstacles and dangers in Egypt

CNN International – Christine Theodorou, Jill Dougherty – ‎44 minutes ago‎
By the CNN Wire Staff Cairo, Egypt (CNN) — The obstacles facing journalists covering the unrest in Egypt were cast into sharp relief Friday. The Al-Jazeera network said Friday that a “gang of thugs” stormed its Cairo office and burned the facility and

Huge Cairo Rally Renews Calls for Mubarak Ouster

Voice of America – ‎8 minutes ago‎
Photo: AP Tens of thousands of Egyptians gathered in Cairo, Friday, at another rally calling for the immediate ouster of President Hosni Mubarak. There were some clashes and gunfire, but the rally was peaceful overall in its early hours.
 


Opponents of President Hosni Mubarak called Friday the “day of departure.”
more by Hosni Mubarak – 1 hour ago – Voice of America (1 occurrences)

Egypt holds ‘Day of Departure’

Aljazeera.net – ‎30 minutes ago‎
Hundreds of thousands flood Tahrir Square for largely peaceful ‘Day of Departure’ protest against President Mubarak. Hundreds of thousands of protesters have gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square in what has been a largely peaceful protest,

A message to Obama

Aljazeera.net – Karim Haddad – ‎54 minutes ago‎
Egyptian-Americans call on Obama to stand firmly on the side of the Egyptian people. “Down, down with Hosni Mubarak! Saudi Arabia is waiting for you!” The rhyme and rhythm is lost in translation, but the protesters’ chants are often catchy and straight

Timeline of the Egyptian Uprising Day by Day

Clashes Occur on Cairo Side Streets

Excerpt:

“What a difference a few city blocks can make. Crowds of hundreds of thousands upon thousands of Egyptians demonstrated peacefully on Friday, filling most of Cairo’s sprawling and once besieged Tahrir Square. They played music on loud speakers, danced and chanted “down with the dictator” in a rally dubbed “Day of Departure.”

But down the side streets leading east from Tahrir Square, just a few hundred meters away, fierce clashes raged between gangs of pro- and anti-regime youths.”

Tens of Thousands Gather in Tahrir Square During “Day of Prayer” Marred by Violence


Egypt Riots, Civil Unrest, The Egyptian People Revolt Against Mubarak: Continuing Coverage

31 Jan

Copyright 2011-3011 By Chase Kyla Hunter, All Rights Reserved.

See Alternative News Forum’s first report on the first 5 days of the Egypt riots here.

“An Action Unprecedented in Internet History”

For fastest Twitter breaking news on Egypt follow @EgyptRevolt2011

[January 29th newscast reported 65 deaths by day 5 of the riots below]

[ January 26th Video Report below ]

Egypt Shuts Down Al-Jazeera News Network

Egypt Military Takes Control of Parts of Cairo

Governments Scramble to Fly Citizens Out of Egypt

White House Quietly Preparing for “Post-Mubarak” Egypt

A tight-lipped White House is taking an even-handed approach to the crisis in Egypt, suggesting that President Mubarak might be able to hold onto power if he allows competitive elections and restores individual freedoms. But inside the Obama administration, there are signs that officials are preparing for a post-Mubarak era after three decades.

One former senior administration advisor said he had spoken to his old colleagues inside the Obama administration in recent days about the unrest in Egypt. As early as last Wednesday, the Obama administration recognized that they would not be able to prop up the Mubarak regime and keep it in power at all costs, the former official said.

“They don’t want to push Mubarak over the cliff, but they understand that the Mubarak era is over and that the only way Mubarak could be saved now is by a ruthless suppression of the population, which would probably set the stage for a much more radical revolution down the road.”

Obama gave a much-publicized speech in Cairo in 2009 warning that governments cannot suppress people’s rights. With protesters massing in the street demanding Mubarak’s ouster, Obama would be hard-pressed to side with a repressive leader.

Obama administration officials “recognized that change was coming and they needed to be on the right side of history and not try to keep Mubarak in power against all odds,” the former official said. “It’s a very difficult balance to be struck. Mubarak is, after all, a friend of the United States for the last 30 years. A lot of our allies in the region — the Saudis, Jordanians and Kuwaitis — will be particularly nervous if it looks like the U.S. is doing in one of their friends.

“The administration understand this. But the most important thing they understand is that they have to get in front of this and not behind it.”

The former administration official spoke on condition of anonymity so that he could be more candid about sensitive diplomatic issues.

The White House is trying to deliver a consistent message on fast-moving events in Egypt, dispatching Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, one of the more disciplined speakers in American politics, for a round of Sunday talk-show appearances.

Obama is monitoring events through regular briefings with staff and close consultation with regional allies.

On Saturday, he spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, and to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the White House said.

Obama received a briefing on the Egyptian crisis at the White House on Saturday and Sunday and also spoke to Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain on Sunday.

In the course of those conversations, Obama urged “an orderly transition to a government that is responsive to the aspirations of the Egyptian people,” the White House said in a prepared statement on Sunday. Obama also asked the various leaders to assess the turmoil in Egypt.

Copyright © 2011, Los Angeles Times

Egypt, More Coverage:

Charter Flights to Carry Thousands of Americans Out of Egypt

Rioters Defy Curfew [Video Footage ]

Fighter Jets Seen Flying Over Egypt As Riots Rage On

US ‘losing credibility by the day’ on Egypt: ElBaradei

Anger Starting to Focus on Israel, USA

Egyptian opposition figure tells crowds in Cairo: “What we’ve begun cannot be reversed”; Muslim Brotherhood throws support behind ElBaradei, gives him mandate to negotiate unity gov’t.

Egypt Protests: What’s Next?



Update: Egyptian Riots Continue, 108 Rioters Killed, Mubarak Clings On, Civil Unrest Continues as The World Watches

29 Jan

Updated: Teotihuacan Mysteries & Ancient Egyptian Pyramid Research

18 Jan
"Le Sphynx apres les déblaiements et les ...

The Great Sphinx and The Egyptian Pyramids

Copyright 2011-3011 By Photonic Portal, All Rights Reserved.

One of the last remaining “wonders of the ancient world” the Egyptian pyramids have numerous mathematical, astronomical, geometric and construction details which cannot be duplicated with modern construction technology.

Where did the ancient bronze age pyramid builders acquire such advanced skills? Egyptian hieroglyphs which have been scrutinized for decades by modern archeologists show intimate details of every aspect of daily life in ancient Egypt: cooking, bathing, domestic life, agriculture, animal husbandry, embalming, worshiping, working, hunting, love, romance, the lives of the Egyptian Royals, travel, wars and territorial conquests: everything but one thing: HOW PYRAMIDS WERE BUILT. Why?

Were the ancient Egyptian pyramids built with the help of advanced Annunaki aliens? Are there clues on the surface of Mars as to who built the pyramids on earth, and why?

Many truth researchers ascribe the influence of ancient Annunaki alien hybrid culture to these monumental creations. In ages past when the pyramids were covered with polished limestone slabs, they could be seen by travelers at a distance of over 100 miles with the naked eye. This would have made the region where they were built a highly sophisticated and culturally advanced “Mecca” for pilgrims and travelers, who could see their destination from one hundred miles away. We have very few modern man-made structures which can make this same claim to fame. The base of the Pyramid of Cheops can contain 10 football fields. Their placement, aligns to true planetary north to within one quarter of an inch. Modern builders admit they cannot achieve such accuracy in aligning buildings to true polar north.

A truth researcher publishing under the Youtube user name:

LuKaSz141414

alleges that secret hieroglyphs in the Great Pyramid of Cheops contain formulas and mathematical equations which will help to activate the Great Pyramid as a both a ‘super laser’ and a literal planetary force field, protecting the earth from the effects of a pole shift and /or the continued tearing of the earth’s magnetosphere, which is weakening at both the north and south poles due to accelerating and more violent solar winds. The increase of more frequent and violent solar winds may be due to the nearing approach of Nibiru and it’s affect on the heavenly bodies in our solar system. Scientists confirm that our sun is waking up from a deep slumber and violent solar storms will be on the increase exponentially between now and 2012, with solar maximum arriving that year. It’s just one more peculiar coincidence leading to speculation about events to come in the year 2012.

This weakening of the earth’s magnetosphere is causing dramatic climate change across the globe, and is accelerating the melting of polar ice seasonally. If even any part of this might be true, then it would be urgent to complete archeological digs and research in Egypt in time to locate these heiroglyphs, decode and translate them, and try to apply the hidden science they might contain. It might all sound to the casual reader like the newest plot line in an  Indiana Jones movie, but the fact is, modern scientists have absolutely NO IDEA how the pyramids of Egypt were built, or WHY they were built.

What if the pyramids of Egypt were built not only to warn the world of a possible pole shift re-occurring in 2012-2019 great tribulation time window [ the classical “seven years of world tribulation” foretold in the Book of Revelations ] but were also built to actually be “activated” and protect the earth from this event and save humankind? I can afford to speculate because speculation is what leads to imagination, and imagination leads to discovery. One must be able to conceive of such things in order to discover them. For more information on these theories visit: Project Cheops

The staggering facts about the Great Pyramids of Egypt continue to defy comprehension by modern science and archeology. The word “Cairo” is an Arabic word, which ironically, translates: “Mars.” Is there a clue in the name Cairo which has been hiding in plain sight for centuries?

Below are some research videos collected by Photonic Portal which delve into this subject. This page will be updated periodically.

See also:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0krey0sBzRY

BREAKING 01.26.11: Archeologists, Scientists, Geologists, Historians Abuzz About Newest Huge Pyramid Discovery in El Mirador Guatemala