Study Guide: Glenn covers Mubarak resignation
Cairo Protest Organizers Describe Ruses Used to Gain Foothold Against Police; the Candy-Store Meet That Wasn’t on Facebook1. Obama Faces a Stark Choice on Mubarak
2. ’Beware friendly US,’ Ahmadinejad warns Egyptians
3. Andrea Mitchell on the Muslim Brotherhood
Is multiculturalism wrong?
SARKOZY ON FRENCH TV
FEB 10, 2011
“We have been too concerned about the identity of the person who was arriving and not enough about the identity of the country that was receiving him.”
“My answer is clearly yes, it is a failure.”
FEB 5, 2011
“Under the doctrine of state multiculturalism, we’ve encouraged different cultures to live separate lives apart from each other and apart from the mainstream.. we failed to provide a vision of society to which they feel they want to belong. we’ve even tolerated these segregated communicating in ways that run completely counter to our values..
OCT 16, 2010
“We are a country which at the beginning of the 1960s actually brought guest workers to Germany now they live with us and we lied to ourselves for a while saying that they won’t stay and that they will disappear one day that is not the reality this multicultural approach saying that we live side by side and that we are happy about each other–this approach has failed. Utterly failed.”
9TH MOST INFLUENTIAL MULSIM~ONE OF THE INTELLECTUAL LEADERS OF THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD~CHAIRMAN (IN ABSENTIA) OF THE SOUTHFIELD, MICHIGAN BASED ISLAMIC AMERICAN UNIVERSITY
CHECK OUT THEIR COMMERCIAL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uww1IjlIUG4&feature=player_embedded<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uww1IjlIUG4&feature=player_embedded>
Sheik Dr. Yusuf Al Qaradawi
He is chairman<http://www.adl.org/main_Arab_World/al_Qaradawi_report_20041110.htm?Multi_page_sections=sHeading_4> of the IslamOnline website, which has published numerous articles and religious rulings which were anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, and supportive of violence against non-Muslims. He also chairman<http://www.investigativeproject.org/profile/167> (in absentia) of the board of trustees at the Michigan-based Islamic American University http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=6264> (IAU), a subsidiary of the Muslim American Society<http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=6263> . And he ispresident<http://www.adl.org/main_Arab_World/al_Qaradawi_report_20041110.htm?Multi_page_sections=sHeading_4> of the Union of Good, a
Saudi-based umbrella organization which represents Islamic fundraising groups worldwide, and which has transferred tens of millions of dollars directly to Hamas<http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=6204> over the years.
Qaradawi is chairman (in absentia) of the Michigan-based Islamic American University (IAU), a subsidiary of MAS, according to information on the MAS Web site. He is also listed by the IAU as a faculty member.
The IAU vice-chairman, Jamal Badawi, and IAU’s founder, Salah Sultan, are members of Qaradawi’s International Association of Muslim Scholars and the European Council for Fatwa and Research. Both Badawi and Sultan attended a conference in July 2007 honoring Qaradawi and his support for suicide bombing in Israel.
Prior to being banned from the U.S. in 1999, Qaradawi reportedly spoke to several Muslim organizations around the country. For example, Qaradawi spoke at the now-defunct Muslim Arab Youth Association (MAYA) conference in Toledo, Ohio, in 1995, where he stated, “If everyone who defends his land and dies defending his sacred symbols is considered a terrorist, then I wish to be at the forefront of the terrorists. And I pray to Allah if that is terrorism, then O Allah make me live as a terrorist, die as a terrorist, and be raised up with the terrorists.”
Despite the ban, Qaradawi’s message still reaches the American public via satellite television and the Internet, in particular IslamOnline, a Web site published in both Arabic and English. The site contains articles and religious rulings which support violence against non-Muslims, as well as anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and anti-American content.
Is there division amongst conservatives?
CPAC Civil War: Ron Paul Supporters Scream “War Criminal” At Dick Cheney
- Things should have been nice and chummy at CPAC an hour ago. Dick Cheneystrolled on stage to cheers and the inspirational tune of Tina Turner’s “Simply the Best” and got began to present the “Defender Of The Constitution” award toDonald Rumsfeld. However, as the chants of “USA! USA!” died down, a voice screaming “War criminal!” could be heard. And then, as Cheney continued to talk up his former colleague, a shouting match began between supporters of Ron Paul and the rest of the convention hall.
- The Paul supporters eventually walked out in the middle of Rumsfeld’s speech as way of protest. Talking Points Memo managed to nab a quote from one of them<http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/02/paul-supporters-hijack-cheney-rumsfeld-reunion.php> :
- “‘Uh, Defender of the Constitution?’ Justin Bradfield of Maryland scoffed when I caught up with him after he walked out of Rumsfeld’s speech. ‘Let’s see: he expanded the Defense Department more than pretty much any other defense secretary and he enforced the Patriot Act.’ ‘[Speaking] as a libertarian, that’s not really the type of person who should be getting Defender of the Constitution,’ he added.”
SOT: SANTORUM ON PALIN
S.E. – What about Sarah Palin turning down the keynote. What do you think happened there?
Santorum – I don’t know. I have a feeling she has some demands on her time (chuckles).
S.E. – Right…
Santorum – And a lot of them have financial benefit attached to them. So I’m sure she’s doing what’s best for her and her family.
- According to Politico <http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0211/49124.html> , Santorum’s response was a direct shot at the former Alaska governor:
- “I have a feeling that she has some demands on her time, and a lot of them have financial benefit attached to them,” Santorum told conservative commentator S.E. Cupp, who hosts an online radio show on Glenn Beck’s website.
- Video of exchange between the two conservatives shows the conversation was about as mean-spirited as a Cupid conference. The Right Scoop describes it like this <http://www.therightscoop.com/politico-unfairly-portrays-santorums-comments-on-sarah-palin-and-cpac> :
RAND PAUL VS. DONALD TRUMP
- After America’s most famous businessman, Donald Trump, took to the CPAC stage Thursday and declared <http://www.theblaze.com/stories/trump-at-cpac-ron-paul-has-zero-chance-of-winning-presidency/> Rep. Ron Paul potential 2012 presidential campaign DOA, the Texas Republican’s son, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, fired back.
- In an interview with CNN, the younger Paul stood up for his dad and said Trump will regret taking a swipe at his old man. “I think it was probably a mistake for him to say in that crowd,” Paul joked, noting that the CPAC crowd often boasts a large Ron Paul base of supporters.
- When asked by CNN about Trump’s chances of winning in 2012, Sen. Paul said<http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/02/10/rand-paul-on-donald-trump-his-chances-are-less-than-my-fathers/> he considered making a joke about that topic during his own CPAC remarks, but decided to take the high road. When pressed, Paul smiled and said that Trump’s “chances are less than my father’s.”
Since taking office, Obama has mentioned his birth certificate on 3 different occasions
- Sept. 29, 2010 – Richmond, VA
- Aug. 10, 2010 – NBC News to Brian Williams
- May 1, 2010 – WH Correspondents dinner
Since Obama took office, Gibbs has mentioned/addressed his birth certificate on 9 different occasions – including as recent as last month!
GIBBS BIRTHERS SOT MONTAGE
- (7/27/09) If I had some DNA, it wouldn’t assuage those that don’t believe he was born here. But I have news for them and for all of us: The President was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, the 50th state of the greatest country on the face of the earth. He’s a citizen.
- (4/21/10) I got to tell you, I don’t — we don’t spend a lot of time here worrying about what to do about people that don’t think the President was born here. I don’t — again, I’m the guy who said “put the birth certificate on the Internet.”
- (1/24/11) I think rational people have come to the conclusion, many of them years ago, that the President is — was born in Hawaii and is a citizen of the United States of America.
The Secret Rally That Sparked an Uprising
Cairo Protest Organizers Describe Ruses Used to Gain Foothold Against Police; the Candy-Store Meet That Wasn't on Facebook
By CHARLES LEVINSON And MARGARET COKERCAIRO—The Egyptian opposition's takeover of the area around the parliament this week began with a trick—the latest example of how, for more than two weeks, young activists have outwitted Egypt's feared security forces to spur an uprising many here had long thought impossible.
On Tuesday, young opposition organizers called for a march on the state television building a few blocks north of their encampment in central Tahrir Square. Then, while the army deployed to that sensitive communications hub, protesters expanded southward into the lightly defended area around Egypt's parliament building.
As Egypt's antigovernment protests reached their 17th day on Thursday, President Hosni Mubarak's regime was deep in turmoil. The head of the ruling National Democratic Party said he advised Mr. Mubarak to step down. The country's army moved to take control of the streets. But Mr. Mubarak, to the rage of demonstrators, didn't step aside.
The demonstrations that now bedevil Mr. Mubarak across Cairo and Egypt took seed in part thanks to one trick play, interviews with several protest planners show.
On Jan. 25, the first day of protests, the organizers from the youth wings of Egypt's opposition movements created what appeared to be a spontaneous massing of residents of the slum of Bulaq al-Dakrour, on Cairo's western edge. These demonstrators weren't, as the popular narrative has held, educated youth who learned about protests on the Internet. They were instead poor residents who filled a maze of muddy, narrow alleyways, massed in front of a neighborhood candy store and caught security forces flatfooted.
That protest was anything but spontaneous. How the organizers pulled it off, when so many past efforts had failed, has had people scratching their heads since.
After his release from detention Sunday, Google Inc. executive Wael Ghonim recounted his meeting with Egypt's newly appointed interior minister. "No one understood how you did it," Mr. Ghonim said the minister told him. He said his interrogators concluded that outside forces had to have been involved.
Officials at the interior ministry, which oversees the police, couldn't be reached to comment.
The plotters, who now form the leadership core of the Revolutionary Youth Movement, which has stepped to the fore as representatives of protesters in Tahrir Square, in interviews over recent days revealed how they did it.
In early January, this core of planners decided they would try to replicate the accomplishments of the protesters in Tunisia who ultimately ousted President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali. Their immediate concern was how to foil the Ministry of Interior, whose legions of riot police had contained and quashed protests for years. The police were expert at preventing demonstrations from growing or moving through the streets, and at keeping ordinary Egyptians away.
"We had to find a way to prevent security from making their cordon and stopping us," said 41-year-old architect Basem Kamel, a member of Mohamed ElBaradei's youth wing and one of the dozen or so plotters.
They met daily for two weeks in the cramped living room of the mother of Ziad al-Alimi. Mr. Alimi is a leading youth organizer for Mr. ElBaradei's campaign group.His mother, a former activist who served six months in prison for her role leading protests during the bread riots in 1977, lives in the middle-class neighborhood of Agouza on the west bank of the Nile.
Regional UpheavalA succession of rallies and demonstrations, in Egypt, Jordan, Yemen and Algeria have been inspired directly by the popular outpouring of anger that toppled Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali. See how these uprisings have progressed.
Clashes in CairoSince late January, antigovernment demonstrators have swarmed the streets of Cairo, calling for President Hosni Mubarak to step down and at times clashing with the president's supporters. See where the action took place.
Those present included representatives from six youth movements connected to opposition political parties, groups advocating labor rights and the Muslim Brotherhood.
They chose 20 protest sites, usually connected to mosques, in densely populated working-class neighborhoods around Cairo. They hoped that such a large number of scattered rallies would strain security forces, draw larger numbers and increase the likelihood that some protesters would be able to break out and link up in Tahrir Square.
The group publicly called for protests at those sites for Jan. 25, a national holiday celebrating the country's widely reviled police force. They announced the sites of the demonstrations on the Internet and called for protests to begin at each one after prayers at about 2 p.m.
But that wasn't all.
To be sure, these activists weren't the only ones calling for protests that day. Other influential groups rallied their resources to the cause. The Facebook page for Khaled Said, the young man beaten to death by police in Alexandria, had emerged months earlier as an online gathering place for activists in Egypt.
There was an Arabic page and an English page, and each had its own administrators. Mr. Ghonim, the Google executive, has now been identified as one. The pages' other administrators remain anonymous.
An administrator for the English-language page, who uses the online moniker El-Shaheed, or The Martyr, recounted the administrators' role in the protests in an interview with The Wall Street Journal via Gmail Chat. El-Shaheed recalled exchanging messages with the site's Arabic-language administrator on Jan. 14, just as news broke of the Tunisian president's flight from his country. Mr. Kamel and his cohorts, who had already begun plotting their protest, now had another powerful recruiting force.