I must agree with As’ad AbuKhalil: The violence we are seeing in Egypt today (Wednesday) is a direct result of a green-light from Washington to "do what it takes" to preserve the Cairo regime. Today we have suddenly seen hundreds of "pro-Mubarak" goons pouring into the public squares to attack the non-violent demonstrators. The Egyptian Army – whom most of the demonstrators had lauded and looked to for protection from the police – is now apparently refusing to interfere with the attacks by the goon squads against the unarmed protestors. The UN reports that at least 300 people have already been killed in violence against the demonstrators since the uprising began: this number will now rise, perhaps sharply.
Palestinians have been attempting to cross the Rafah border to assist the popular uprising.
Unconfirmed reports claim that Palestinians from the beleaguered Gaza Strip have been attempting to cross the Rafah border into Egyptian territory in order to assist the popular uprising against the dictatorship of President Hosni Mubarak. Security along the Rafah border, which has been sealed-off by Israel for more than four years, has been stepped up significantly in recent days. However, Palestinians supportive of the uprising are reported to be using the smuggling tunnels, which serve as Gaza’s lifeline, to get into Egypt. Israel, a staunch supporter of Mubarak’s repressive regime, is reported to have responded by bombing the tunnels. No casualties have as yet been reported.
With up to eight million Egyptian people defying nearly a week of military curfew in that country to insist implacably on the overthrow of the US-backed Mubarak regime, there can be little doubt that this is a people’s revolution. In this way alone, the people have succeeded already in defying bravely – over 300 have been killed by the regime in the past week – a brutal dictatorship that has ruled their country with an iron fist.
For two decades now we've been ignoring the impassioned pleas of scientists that our burning of fossil fuels was a bad idea. And now we're paying a heavy price. If you were in the space shuttle looking down yesterday, you would have seen a pair of truly awesome, even fearful, sights. Much of North America was obscured by a 2,000-mile storm dumping vast quantities of snow from Texas to Maine--between the wind and snow, forecasters described it as "probably the worst snowstorm ever to affect" Chicago, and said waves as high as 25 feet were rocking buoys on Lake Michigan.
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