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Libyans in fiery clash with government officials

Clashes have been reported across the country, as security forces and government supporters confront demonstrators. Chants of “No God but Allah, Muammar is the enemy of Allah,” could be heard. Police stations were burnt down as the protests heated up.

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Egypt’s leaders may have cost their nation tens of billions

Corruption, tax evasion and crime have cost Egypt approximately $6 billion (Dh22.03 billion) annually and a total of $57.2 billion from 2000 to 2008 in illicit financial activities and government corruption. Privately held wealth is enough to cover $32b foreign debt.

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Egyptian media revolt: cleaning out the bias

With Hosni Mubarak out as president of Egypt, the staff of the state-owned Al-Gomhuria newspaper have launched a revolt of their own. Chief editors were barred from their own offices, the Egyptian Ministry of (mis)Information has been described as an anachronism in this age.

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The Muslim Brotherhood dilemma

For a number of prominent politicians and commentators, especially those closely associated with the so-called “Israel lobby”, the Brotherhood’s possible pathway to power in Cairo constitutes the nightmare scenario which Washington should do everything it can to prevent.

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President Obama welcomed Egypt’s peaceful transition of power Friday upon the resignation of longtime President Hosni Mubarak. “The people of Egypt have spoken. Their voices have been heard. And Egypt will never be the same,” he said.

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Avoiding a new Pharaoh

So Hosni Mubarak is out.But the game isn’t over, and now a word of caution. I worry that senior generals may want to keep (with some changes) a Mubarak-style government without Mubarak. In essence the regime may have decided that Mubarak had become a liability and thrown him overboard — without any intention of instituting the kind of broad, meaningful democracy that the public wants.

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Change is in the air: building a legacy and reviving a dormant nation

If you have been searching for good news from Egypt, know this. It has been near 800 years, during the time of Saladin the Great, since the Muslims witnessed a massive victory. Yet change is in the air and a legacy is in the making.

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The Egyptian revolt is coming home

The uprising in Egypt has discredited every Western media stereotype about the Arabs. The courage, determination, eloquence and grace of those in Liberation Square contrast with “our” specious fear-mongering with its al-Qaeda and Iran bogeys and iron-clad assumptions, bereft of irony, of the “moral leadership of the West”.

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Muslim Brotherhood likely to win in an election

The Muslim Brotherhood are most suited to win if an election does take place. The Muslim Brotherhood will insist that a vote for them is a vote for the law of Allah, the Shariah.

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Mubarak announces he intends to soldier on, crowd reacts

In Egypt’s Tahrir Square, celebration grinded to a halt with Mubarak’s speech announcing he intends to remain in the position of power. The seat of power he has used and abused for three decades.

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