Browsing All posts tagged under »Cold War«

Just to Prove a Point: Mubarak was Cold War Dinosaur

February 12, 2011 by

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When I wrote that Mubarak (see here and here) was a Cold War dinosaur, I meant it. This just came over the Twitter feed, via Anonymous Quebec: But the critical moment came on the evening of 30 January when, it is now clear, Mubarak ordered the Egyptian Third Army to crush the demonstrators in Tahrir […]

Special Envoy Statement Disowned by US Gov’t

February 5, 2011 by

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[The first part is before US government issued an explicit disowning of Wisner’s statement. See edit below this section for my followup comments.] According to US special envoy Frank Wisner, the US government wants popularly rejected Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak to stay in power. As the BBC archly noted, “[t]he remarks appear to contradict previous […]

WikiLeaks, Dictators, and the End of the US Empire

January 30, 2011 by

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The efforts of popularly ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mobarak to stabilise his failed regime are telling; particularly, his filling of the office of Vice-President. Leaving aside for the moment his choice of VP, I’d like to briefly touch on what I see as the symbolism of the move. Mr Mubarak was VP when his president, […]