Right now, Egyptian citizens are being subjected to yet another internet blackout and, this time, according to experts it is the worst one ever, with more than 90% of their networks unavailable. However, this hasn’t stopped intrepid citizens finding other ways to get online and we’ve compiled a list of 20 different ways to try accessing the internet in Egypt.
Dear President Obama:
We, the undersigned, are asking you, as President of the United States, to look beyond the rhetoric and provide support to the democratic movement that is gaining pace in Egypt. We are historians, we are researchers and we are political scientists; we have studied both US foreign policy and the Middle East extensively and we believe that, as US citizens, the President of the United States should be upholding those values.
Meir Dagan, Mossad’s head since 2002, has told Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, that Saudi Arabia will not respond to any Israeli jets that fly over as part of any raid on the nuclear sites in Iran. Meir Dagan met with Saudi official in secrecy to discuss this possibility and it appears that the outcome is, Saudi Arabia will allow Israel free rein in that respect.
Thee have already been several reports, unconfirmed, from the press in Israel that high-ranked officials spoke with Saudi colleagues. Some reports named the former prime minister, Ehud Olmert, as being a part of those meetings. All reports have, thus far, been denied by the Saudi officials. According to one diplomatic source, Saudi Arabia has agreed to allow the Israeli air force to fly through their airspace on a mission which is said to be beneficial and in the interests of both Saudi Arabia and Israel.
Over the years, there have been many smaller conflicts, mostly blown over fairly quickly and barely having any effect on the economy. The next time, war with Hezbollah is going to hurt and it will cut deep.
For many years, Israel has lived in a world of its own, believing war to be something that happened everywhere but there. OK, since 2006, there have been at least four separate conflicts but, while there were casualties, there was very little in the way of material damage and no real interruption to the economy. This could be why investors are brushing off any concerns, despite being told by many experts that conflict with Hezbollah is imminent and is likely to be catastrophic. While the TA-35 large-cap index has fallen slightly on the Tel Aviv stock market, much of this is down to Teva Pharmaceuticals and not imminent war. Indeed, the shekel has risen against the dollar. Sadly, this lack of concern is based on something that no longer holds any water.
According to conspiracy theorists, Israel is manipulating all the information coming out in the WikiLeaks cables to assist Israeli interests. Some say that Israel is behind it all and are asking where the dirt is on Israel. According to Gordon Duff, editor for Veterans Today, anti-war website, a deal has been struck between Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, and Israeli officials, a deal that ensures all “dirty” Israeli documents are removed from WikiLeaks before the public get to see them. Duff is of the opinion that Israel has a good deal of influence, mostly secret, over world events. In an interview with Haaretz, Duff said that it is very clear that WikiLeaks was partly made up of an intelligence agency and that Israel is behind it, using it as a PR platform.
Libby Davies, NDP leader, is asking all Canadians to denounce the current bloodshed in Gaza but will not speak to the media about her own views on the conflict between Palestine and Israel. While this in keeping with strict rules that the only people allowed to talk to the media are the leader and the party critic, Davies has been somewhat more vocal on social media.