Wednesday, February 02, 2011


* Clashes erupt amid Cairo protests There have been fierce clashes in the Egyptian capital between supporters of President Hosni Mubarak and protesters calling on him to resign immediately.

* Egypt protests: Israel watches anxiously Israelis are watching anxiously as anti-government protests continue in Egypt - one of the country's only friends in the Arab world.

* Obama Stands by Muslim Brotherhood Endorsement For the first time, a U.S. government supports granting a government role to an extremist Islamic organization: the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

* WikiLeaks: tension in the Middle East and Asia has 'direct potential' to lead to nuclear war Tension in the Middle East and Asia has given rise to an escalating atomic arms and missiles race.

* WikiLeaks: al-Qaeda 'is planning a dirty bomb' Al-Qaeda is actively tring to secure nuclear material and recruiting rogue scientists to build a radioactive "dirty" bomb.

* Strategic ramifications of the Egyptian crisis The prospect of an imminent, uncontrolled change in the leadership of Egypt, or other political paralysis in the state, as a result of growing popular unrest which began in the country in earnest on Jan. 25, has clear strategic ramifications.

* Netanyahu: A democratic Egypt won't threaten peace with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that if democracy prevails in Egypt then it will not pose a threat to peace with Israel.

* Expert: Allowing Egyptian Soldiers into Sinai was Mistake The Israeli government's Middle East expert Prof. Moshe Sharon is critical of the Israeli government's recent decision to let Egypt stream military forces into the Sinai peninsula.

* Hamas worried upheaval in Arab world will spill into Gaza Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip are concerned about the effects of the upheaval in the Arab world.

* Jordan's Islamists say new PM must step down Muslim Brotherhood slams King Abdullah's newly appointed prime minister, Marouf al-Bakhit, saying "he doesn't believe in democracy."