Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak knows exactly what caused his downfall after 30 years of autocratic rule: the Internet. This marvelous communication tool — perhaps the greatest since the invention of the printing press, which had similar effects — exposed Mubarak to the world as a corrupt, tyrannical lackey of the United States, the result of billions upon billions of dollars in unconstitutional American aid to his regime.
Raymond Davis, a member of the U.S. embassy's technical administrative staff in Lahore, Pakistan, has been remanded by Lahore's district court for six days on double murder charges stemming from a January 28 incident in which he shot and killed two alleged robbers in Mazang market in Lahore, Pakistan's second-largest city. A third citizen was crushed to death by a U.S. consulate car as officials came to rescue Davis from an angry mob.
The anger of protesters in Egypt, reportedly aimed at a number of issues including President Hosni Mubarak’s failure to indicate whether he plans to seek re-election, should have been assuaged to a degree by the President's announcement that he will not be seeking re-election at the end of his term in September. Unfortunately for Mubarak, it was not. Video footage of crowd reactions to Mubarak’s announcement reveal the people chanting "No!" "No!" "No!"
A referendum on independence for Southern Sudan — to determine whether the South should remain part of Sudan, or secede and become a separate country — has gone surprisingly smoothly, but tensions in Abyei are high, and violent battles have already begun that could cause another civil war to break out.
Russian natural gas corporation Gazprom was given the green light by the government of the north-central African nation Niger for the purpose of exploring the impoverished country for possible uranium mining opportunities. Gazprom subsidiary Gazprombank NGS, based in Moscow, was given a license to explore for uranium in the region of Agadez in northern Niger, reported Bloomberg World News.
"Raymond Davis must be tried under Pakistani laws," stated the nearly unanimous voice of Pakistanis as the masses express their anger and grief over the killing of two Pakistani nationals (whom they believe innocent) by Raymond Davis, a member of the U.S. embassy's technical administrative staff in Lahore, the second largest city of Pakistan.
So much has been reported but so little is understood of the events that have vacillated in the Middle East. The United States’ allies in the region have begun to fall like dominoes as protests ensue from the Suez in Egypt to Amman in Jordan, following the collapse of the rule of law in Tunisia. The question that looms on the minds of many is "What will happen next?" However, complete understanding of what is transpiring behind the scenes is not possessed by many — in particular the identity of some of the key forces behind the revolutions.
Americans, Canadians and Europeans must brace themselves for a massive increase in the number of Muslims living in North America and the European Union during the next 20 years, according to a report from the Pew Forum for Religious and Public Life.
China has announced that it will step up its investment in various Sudanese infrastructure projects, according to reports in the state-run Xinhua News.
On January 27, Hungary's former Interior Minister Béla Biszku, 89, was prosecuted in Budapest “for denial of the crimes of national socialist and communist regimes.” The charges were filed in response to comments made by Biszku on August 4, 2010, in a televised interview on Hungary’s state-run Duna TV.
Despite millions of dollars in funding for polio eradication, the Pakistani regime and its health department have failed to erase the scourge — owing to corruption.