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19 Mar 2011 15:52


World: Egyptian opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei: I was attacked

  • Went 2 vote w family attacked by organized thugs. Car smashed w rocks. Holding referendum in absence of law & order is an irresponsible act.
  • Egyptian opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei • Explaining what happened to him today as he attempted to vote in a referendum on the constitution. While ElBaradei’s brother confirms the Nobel laureate was attacked, the Egyptian military denies the incident. “There have not been any incidents of violence or clashes,” said spokesperson Major Alla al Iraqi. “Any minor arguments I witnessed between those who were voting yes or no were resolved between one another. Today, has been a model for democracy.” source

11 Feb 2011 11:21


World: Mohamed ElBaradei on Mubarak: “The country has been liberated”

  • This is the greatest day of my life. The country has been liberated.
  • Egyptian opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei • In his immediate reaction to the news that Hosni Mubarak has left power in Egypt. It’s too soon to tell what happens next, but the excitement is strong in Tahrir Square. source

05 Feb 2011 20:24


World: ElBaradei: Egyptian protests could get bloodier in coming days

  • It might not be every day but what I hear is that they might stage demonstrations every other day. The difference is that it would become more angry and more vicious. And I do not want to see it turning from a beautiful, peaceful revolution into a bloody revolution.
  • Egyptian opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei • Warning that the current spate of protests could get worse if things don’t change soon. While claiming the protests overall weren’t running out of steam, it may be tougher to do them every day as the workweek begins. This is what the Egyptian government appears to be hoping for – that the protesters, facing economic turmoil, will eventually go away. Up next: Omar Suleiman plans to meet with opposition leaders tomorrow. We’ll see what comes of that. source

31 Jan 2011 14:24


Politics: ElBaradei critical of U.S. calls for Mubarak to start democratic reforms

  • The American government cannot ask the Egyptian people to believe that a dictator who has been in power for 30 years would be the one to implement democracy. This is a farce.
  • Mohamed ElBaradei • The would-be transitional leader of Egypt’s uprising against Hosni Mubarak came out forcefully against U.S. tact on the matter, speaking on CBS’ “Face The Nation.” President Obama and his government have absorbed much criticism over their failure to lend practical and philosophical support to Egypt’s opposition movement, and ElBaradei has given a prominent Egyptian face to these complaints. source

30 Jan 2011 11:14


World: ElBaradei: Hosni Mubarak needs to “leave today and save the country”

  • I think this is a hopeless, desperate attempt by Mubarak to stay in power. I think it is loud and clear from everybody in Egypt that Mubarak has to leave today, and it is non-negotiable for every Egyptian.
  • Mohamed ElBaradei • Speaking on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS” about the situation in Egypt. The Nobel Peace Prize winner, who has also been the head of the UN’s nuclear watchdog, has also offered to lead on a temporary basis if the Egyptian people want him to serve. source

28 Jan 2011 20:09


Politics: The Guardian: Assessing the diplomatic damage in Egypt

  • The revolution threatens not only Hosni Mubarak’s regime but the strategy the US and Britain have constructed in the Middle East. The hesitancy with which President Mubarak reacted last night was matched only by the perceptible shift in the emphasis of the statements by the U.S. secretary of state, Hillary Clinton.
  • An editorial by The Guardian regarding Egypt • In an editorial about Egypt which we thinks relates well to a question we just answered on Tumblr not that long ago. The Guardian makes their point pretty well, we’d say: “Faced with the conflicting needs to keep an Arab partner of Israel afloat and to respond to demands for democratic reform, the U.S. would choose the first every time.” The Guardian makes three points: First, a regime change would possibly damage long-term diplomatic goals; second, if Mubarak has any chance of leaving office peacefully, he’s going to have to free Mohamed ElBaradei and other prisoners, and open up the Interwebs; and finally, this juggernaut may be too difficult to stop at this point. source

28 Jan 2011 13:46


World: Egyptian opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei: Let our voice be heard

  • Here’s an AP clip which notes with a statement from opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei, currently under house arrest speaking out about the crisis. He’s asking other countries not to get involved at the moment, beyond demanding their freedom of expression. source

28 Jan 2011 02:32


World: Mohamed ElBaradei on Egypt: “Every demand fell on deaf ears”

  • I wish we didn’t have to go to the street to impress on the regime the need to change. We tried signatures. We tried boycotting the elections. Nothing worked; every demand fell on deaf ears and the young took the credit for going onto the streets and making things happen.
  • Egyptian opposition leader (and Nobel Peace Prize winner) Mohamed ElBaradei • Offering his take on the events that led to the current protests. While he’s seen as a possible new leader in the country, he’s not universally loved; others criticize him for choosing to live in Vienna instead of Egypt even after he completed his time with the United Nations’ atomic energy agency. Nevertheless, he’s a symbol to rally around. source

27 Jan 2011 10:54


World: Mohamed ElBaradei: Need a leader, Egyptian protesters? I’m here

  • ElBaradei: ready to take up power for a transitional period if the street demanded it.
  • A message that popped up on Arabic satellite channel Al Arabiya • Informing Egyptians that  Mohamed ElBaradei, a key opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner, was up for the job of leader if they needed someone to rally behind. He’s returning to the country today after a long time away. So far,  the protests against President Hosni Mubarak have been strong, but not focused. A figurehead like ElBaradei might strengthen the movement with a rallying point. “He has served the country for 30 years and it is about time for him to retire,” ElBaradei said. Will this be the corner-turning the protesters need? source

21 Oct 2009 23:12


U.S., World: The nuclear breakthrough in Iran: Looking forward, not back

  • Everybody who participated at the meeting was trying to help, trying to look to the future and not to the past, trying to heal the wounds that existed for many, many years.
  • International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei • On the draft proposal with Iran, which would transfer the country’s nuclear material abroad to be reworked for medical purposes. Iran has two and a half days to sign it. The deal, which the U.S. played a key role in creating, is something of a compromise – Iran would be allowed to keep nuclear material, but not enough to create a bomb. If it goes through, it could become a real lynchpin for the Obama administration – bro might be worthy of that Nobel Peace Price he won. • source