FROM: “THE DAY LATE AND A DOLLAR SHORT” DEPARTMENT:
Iran contacting Arab opposition movements in Egypt: Clinton
WASHINGTON (AFP) – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday that Iran is directly or indirectly communicating with opposition groups in Egypt, Bahrain and Yemen in a bid to shape events there.
It was the first time that Clinton detailed alleged efforts by Iran to meddle in the three-month wave of Arab revolts that has toppled presidents in Tunisia and Egypt, convulsed Libya and shaken Yemen, Bahrain and Oman.
“They are doing everything they can to influence the outcomes in these places,” Clinton told the Senate Appropriations Committee.
“They are using Hezbollah… to communicate with counterparts… in (the Palestinian movement) Hamas who then in turn communicate with counterparts in Egypt,” the chief US diplomat said.
“We know that they are reaching out to the opposition in Bahrain. We know that the Iranians are very much involved in the opposition movements in Yemen,” she said.
“So either directly or through proxies, they are constantly trying to influence events. They have a very active diplomatic foreign policy outreach,” she added.
Say, Hillary, Barry – Isn’t it a bit late to try and shut this barn door you opened, the horse is long gone ….
AND FROM THE, “OH, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN” Department:
Egypt proposes competitive presidential elections
“Islam Lotfi, a leading youth activist and a member of Egypt’s most organized political movement, the Muslim Brotherhood…. says rewriting the Constitution meets one of the protesters biggest demands …”
THIS STATEMENT MARKS THE FIRST TIME THE WESTERN PRESS HAS ACKNOWLEDGED THE OBVIOUS … STUDENT PROTESTERS IN EGYPT ARE MEMBERS OF THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD…
The article goes on to note:
“”Tahany el-Gibali, the deputy head of Egypt’s Constitutional Court (Chief Justice of Egypt’s Supreme Court), said the amendments (to Egypt’s Constitution) show a “serious shortcoming” in managing the transitional period by rushing toward elections without allowing new political players the time to form. “This denies the new forces on the ground the right to organize and form new parties to run in those elections,” el-Gibali said. “This will make the elections exclusive to the old powers, such as the Muslim Brotherhood…””
“Déjà vu” Carter and Iran … The Fundamentalist takeover of Egypt is a “fait accompli” … we will see how much more of the Middle East will be plunged into darkness…
Question: What is Egypt’s “largest active political party” today? Answer: The Muslim Brotherhood. The “Brotherhood” held 20% of the seats in Egypt’s Parliament (88 seats). The only political party in Egypt to hold more seats in Egypt’s Parliament was Mubarak’s Party and that party has been outlawed and dissolved….
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