Did State Department Fail American Peace Activist When She Was Detained at Cairo Airport?

By: Monday March 10, 2014 9:00 am

An American peace activist and co-founder of the group CODEPINK was planning to go to Gaza as part of a delegation on women. However, she flew to Cairo. She was detained in the airport, held for hours and then, before Egyptian security officers tried to deport her, she was roughed up and had her arm broken.


Floods, Floodways, and Katrina in Reverse

By: Saturday May 14, 2011 10:15 am

Sometime today, the US Army Corps of Engineers will open the Morganza Floodway in Louisiana for the second time in its history. The object is to divert some of the huge flow of water coming down the Mississippi away from the usual path that streams past Baton Rouge and New Orleans into the Mississippi delta, and into a largely agricultural region of Louisiana instead. It’s a Hobson’s choice, where agricultural fields and various small towns will be flooded in order to help save many the lives and livelihoods, and communities of millions of Louisiana residents nearer to the Mississippi’s regular pathways.

This is Katrina in reverse, with the water coming from the north rather than from the Gulf. Let’s hope the lessons learned from flooding in the past that led to the creation of the floodways will help, and that the post-disaster recovery efforts that failed so spectacularly with Katrina have been improved this time around.

Sunday Late Night: Questions for Senator Jeff Merkley?

By: Sunday February 20, 2011 8:01 pm

I don’t know exactly what tomorrow’s meet-and-greet format will be, so I’m not sure how many chances I’ll get to ask questions of the Senator. But if you had a chance to ask a question tomorrow, what would you ask? I’ll try to get the answers and bring them back in a MyFDL post later this week.

Thanks, the floor is yours.

Senior Officials Wave Their SIGINT Around

By: Monday February 14, 2011 12:30 pm

It seems to be a key intent of public admissions of our spying is to disclose to whom we were listening — Mubarak’s family (and presumably other top officials) — and why we shifted our normal focus away from counterterrorism targets — because of Egyptian security forces had used violence against protesters.

Many Obstacles Still Ahead in Egypt’s Climb Toward Democracy

By: Friday February 4, 2011 5:15 pm

The events in Egypt bear a remarkable similarity to the “Green Revolution”.

Ban Ki-Moon on Egypt Protests: Attacks on Tahrir Square “Unacceptable”

By: Wednesday February 2, 2011 9:35 am

The UN Secretary condemns the violence as the pro-Mubarak hired thugs continue to try to create chaos.

Cairo’s Tahrir Square Scene of Street Fight as Pro-Mubarak Gangs Use Violence

By: Wednesday February 2, 2011 7:40 am

An ugly scene in the middle of Cairo. Supporters of lame duck Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak entered Tahrir Square and began fighting with clubs and stones. Troops did not intervene as the pro-Mubarak gangs and the demonstrators clashed.

Advice From Obama in Egypt to Obama in DC

By: Tuesday February 1, 2011 3:10 pm

In June 2009, President Obama delivered a powerful speech in Cairo, addressing the relationship of the US and Islam. Given what’s been happening on the streets of that city during the last week, Obama might want to go back and review his words from that speech.

He gave himself some good advice, if he’d only listen to it again.

Holding Our Breath: Sunday Morning in Egypt Brings Rumors, Departures

By: Sunday January 30, 2011 6:23 am

This won’t be a big sweeping post about events unfolding in Egypt; it’ll be just enough to help you catch up this morning.

Rumors began after 1:00 a.m. EST that Hosni Mubarak had already fled to Sharm el-Sheikh in the Sinai Peninsula; rumors followed shortly thereafter that the Egyptian Army had moved into Sharm el-Sheikh as well. Such a move without the express consent of Israel would be a breach of the Camp David accords.

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