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February 9, 2011

1. Egypt continues to dominate the tenor of events throughout the Middle East. Protesters continue to gather at Tahrir Square in Cairo, but the Mubarak government continues to now look stronger rather than weaker by the hour. This is not to say that change has not been ushered in, but rather that those who expect sudden and drastic change will likely be disappointed. The question remains one of succession. So long as the Muslim Brotherhood remains most poised and organized for inheritance, Western support for Mubarak will remain.

2. While many continue to argue that the Muslim Brotherhood is an acceptable organization - primarily because the are "not al-Qaeda" - fact remains that they are an Islamist organization seeking to create a Caliphate. Palestinian Media Watch has translated a book authored by the Brotherhood's leader for many years titled "Jihad Is The Way."

3. While Britain's Prime Minister Cameron implored Western leaders to vigorously defend their nations' culture of Liberty and demand assimilation, its Foreign Minister Hague berated Israel and called on the Jewish state to drop its "belligerent language" on Egypt.

AFGHANISTAN
Number of US Airstrikes Has DOUBLED Over the Past Year - Big Peace
Karzai: NATO's Afghan reconstruction bases to go - Washington Times
Petraeus Warns of a Bloody Spring in Afghanistan - CBS
US commander: Special operations forces stressed - AP

EGYPT
Muslim Brotherhood text reveals scope of radical creed - Jerusalem Post
TEXT: Translation of the book 'Jihad Is The Way' by Former Muslim Brotherhood Leader - Palestinian Media Watch
Egypt protesters defy VP warnings they must stop - AP
Iraqi al Qaeda calls for prison breaks in Egypt - Reuters
Egypt: Hizbullah and Iran want to 'ignite the region' - Jerusalem Post

IRAN
Government says only regime supporters can march for Egypt - Los Angeles Times
Concessions For Nothing. Again:EU could lift travel ban on Iranian minister - AFP
Nigeria: At Last, Iran Admits to Arms Shipment - AlllAfrica

IRAQ
Three car bombs kill 7, wound 78 in Kirkuk; Security Forces targeted - Reuters

ISRAEL
UK Foreign Minister tells Israel to drop 'belligerent language' on Egypt - Telegraph (UK)
Israel jittery about gas supply from Egypt - AP
Israel forced to spend more on fuel - UPI
Egypt investigator: Pipeline explosion caused by bomb - Jerusalem Post

LEBANON
With March 14 Out: A Hizballah-Technocrats-Centrists Cabinet to be Announced Soon - An-Nahar
Jordan Grabs Egyptian Gas, Leaving Lebanon in the Dark - Arutz Sheva

MEXICO
Mexico army rescues 44 kidnapped Central American immigrants - Washington Post
U.S. teens killed in Juarez crossed border for party - Washington Times

NORTH KOREA
North and South Korea military talks collapse - Guardian (UK)

PAKISTAN
Pakistan's Cabinet Resigns - Wall Street Journal
Bombs strike three police buildings - CNN
Officials: NW Pakistan rival tribes to end (Sunni-Shi'a) fight - Washington Post

PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES
Gaza students hold Egypt solidarity rally - Ahram Online
Hamas: We will not hold elections in Gaza - Jerusalem Post
New flotilla planned for Gaza on deadly raid anniversary - AFP

SOMALIA
Greek Oil Tanker Seized by Pirates in Gulf of Oman - WTMA
The War At Sea Escalates - The Strategy Page
87 killed as Puntland warns Somaliland 'not to attack civilians' in the North - Garowe
PM Calls for End of Clashes in South of the Nation - AllAfrica

SUDAN
Sudan's terror-list removal untied from Darfur - Washington Times

UNITED STATES
Patriot Act reverse surprises House Republicans - Washington Times

YEMEN
U.S. Drone Crashes in Yemen, Al Qaeda Steals Wreckage from Police - FOX News

February 8, 2011

1. Relative calm - relative - in Egypt with the Mubarak-led government remaining and negotiating amid reduced protests as the Obama administration appears to be walking back from its initial immediate demands of a Mubarak step-down and transition. Mubarak's government now looks to last months, not days or weeks, with a transition to some form of a more representative government inevitable. Problem: The Islamist Muslim Brotherhood's position and stake gets greater, not smaller.

2. Pakistan warns the US over demands that the Pakistani government release a US citizen arrested for shooting and killing two Pakistani men in Lahore. The man and the US maintain he was being robbed and fired in self defense. Meanwhile, after yet more attacks on NATO convoys heading to Afghanistan, Pakistan announces a new tax on Afghanistan shipments.

3. Southern Sudan, with a high Christian population, referendum resulted in 98% voting for secession from Muslim majority Sudan. July recognition as nation slated. An armed group murdered a Catholic nun in South Sudan this week, and a bishop in Khartoum said violence in region towards non-Muslims will increase, not decrease.

AFGHANISTAN
Karzai Calls for Release of Taliban Official From Guantánamo - New York Times
Karzai Calls for Release of Taliban Official From Guantánamo - AFP
Afghan Army Recruits Face Tougher Screening - Wall Street Journal

EGYPT
US blind to Egypt's North Korean axis - Asia Times
Yesterday: Concerns grow over Egypt's WMD research: NK-Egypt Missile History - MSNBC
Probe finds Sinai pipeline blast was caused by bomb - Ha'aretz
Muslim Brotherhood eyes comeback in Egypt - Washington Post
Egypt offers power transfer plan, protesters wary - Reuters
Mubarak Forms Committees to Oversee Reforms - VOA
Egyptian opposition critical of Western support for new talks with Mubarak Gov't - Telegraph (UK)

IRAN
How Iran Views the Egyptian Crisis - Jamestown Foundation
Iranian opposition recruits disgruntled Revolutionary Guard to cripple Ahmadinejad - Telegraph (UK)
Iran's killing spree of innocent prisoners increasing - Examiner
Supreme Leader Terms Iran's Progress Role Model for Other Nations - Fars News (Regime-Run)
Iran test-fires new supersonic missile "immune to interception" - Telegraph (UK)

LEBANON
Pro-West Hariri ally quits talks on new Lebanon gov't - AFP
Hizballah's Rise May Indicate Power Shift In Lebanon - NPR

NORTH KOREA
Koreas Hold First Talks Since Shelling of Island - New York Times
Day of talks between Koreas ends, to resume Wednesday - CNN

PAKISTAN
Pakistan warns US over demands to release diplomat - Financial Times
Bombings kill 4, destroy oil tanker carrying NATO fuel - CNN
Pakistan launches Afghanistan fuel and goods tax, To be automatically levied on NATO shipments - BBC

RUSSIA
Chechen rebel leader claims airport bomb - San Jose Mercury News
Rebel leader threatens more 'jihad' to follow airport bombing - CNN

SUDAN
US Welcomes Sudan Referendum Results: South Votes 98% for Independence - VOA
Sudan Seeks Debt Forgiveness Before Southern Independence - Bloomberg
Lord's Resistance Army murders nun, Violence Threatens South's New Independence - CatholicCulture.org
Bishop: "Region will soon become less tolerant to non-Muslims." - Catholic.net
Southern Sudan's Gen. Lagu Speaks Out On Liberation - AllAfrica.com

TUNISIA
Gunshots heard in centre of Tunis: witnesses - Reuters

YEMEN
No Egypt-style protests in Yemen, says Prime Minister - CNN

February 7, 2011

1. Protests in Egypt continue as governance talks continue and banks re-open. Regardless the date of Mubarak's exit or the form of government Egypt will adopt, the push is on in the West to portray the Muslim Brotherhood as non-threatening. Meanwhile, the secretive Islamist organization distances itself from former IAEA chief Mohamed El Baradei, no longer sensing the need for his perceived international appeal.

2. Seen as a warning to its external foes, Iran announces a new satellite and missile plan. But the regime's true threat lies within, and its prisoner execution rate in the past month is believed to be over 100. The executions, much more about intimidation than justice, have reportedly had the intended effect of chilling grassroots opposition to the regime.

3. Another NATO/American fuel convoy enroute to Afghanistan was attacked and torched inside Pakistan. A Jamestown Foundation report, aptly titled "Fresh Violence Threatens to Make Karachi the New Mogadishu," takes a sober look at the deterioration of Pakistan in the face of US challenges in Afghanistan.

4. In Lebanon, Iran has officially offered "defense funding" to the Lebanon government - its exclusive underwriting of Hizballah notwithstanding. Meanwhile, the UN tribunal prosecuting the Rafik Hariri assassination case spent the day in "technical hearings" on "the definition of terrorism." Lebanon is all but lost.

AFGHANISTAN
Shadow Taliban Gov't: Tax-collection ledger of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan - NDTV
Afghan Taliban would be open to talks: report - Reuters
Context: Talks w/NATO would be from Taliban position of strength - Daily Mail (UK)

EGYPT
Demonstrations Continue Amid Government Talks - Telegraph (UK)
'McLaughlin Group' Panel Explains How Obama Botched Egypt - Breitbart.tv
Muslim Brotherhood Dumps El Baradei; So El Baradei Dumps Peace Treaty w/Israel - HNN
US embassy cables: Suleiman on dangers posed by Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt - Guardian (UK)
Muslim Brotherhood Enters Negotiations in Egypt - BigPeace
What Do Egypt's Christians Think? - AOL
Concerns grow over Egypt's WMD research - MSNBC

IRAN
Iran tells of new satellites, missile plan as a warning to foes - UPI
Iran's opposition leaders hope to draw from protests in Egypt - Washington Post
Iran's 'Day of Rage': Opposition Leaders Ask for Rally Permission - RFE/RL
Execution rate in Iran alarms UN human rights chief, Intimidates Iran protesters - CNN
UN: At least 66 execution in Iran's death penalty in January - OneIndia
121 In Six Weeks: Prosecutor General Confirms Secret Birjand Executions - IranHumanRights.org

IRAQ
Iraq swirls with rumors of Egypt-like protests to come - CS Monitor
Will He: Iraq's Maliki Doesn't Rule Out Third Term - WSJ
Or Won't He: Report: Iraq PM won't seek third term - CNN

ISRAEL
Bedouin Arms Smugglers Now See Opening in Egyptian Sinai into Gaza - WSJ
Natural gas supply to Israel cut off after blast at Egyptian terminal - Washington Post
Hamas commander said back in Gaza after Egypt jailbreak - Ha'aretz
"How I escaped from prison" - Asharq Al-Awsat

LEBANON
Bolton: Lebanon, not Egypt, may determine the fate of democracy in the Middle East - LA Times
Iran is ready to start defense funding for Lebanon: minister - Daily Star (Lebanon)
Iran offers Lebanon defense assistance - Press TV (Iran)
UN court holds technical hearing, Hariri indictment remains secret - M&C

PAKISTAN
Another oil convoy bound for Afghanistan attacked in Pakistan - CNN
Fresh Violence Threatens to Make Karachi the New Mogadishu - Jamestown
Lahore shooting: US ambassador presses Pakistan's president to release American official - Winnipeg Free Press
3 more Americans barred from leaving Pakistan - Hindustan Times

SOMALIA
Al-Shabaab Islamists cut off hand of Somali teenager for theft - Somaliweyn

THAILAND
Regional Impact of Thailand's Withering Democracy - World Politics Review

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