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Members of an ultraconservative Muslim sect clashed with villagers south of Cairo over demands that a liquor store and coffee shops be closed, officials said Tuesday, a sign of the increasing assertiveness of the fundamentalist Salafi movement.
Overlooked in the welter of fast-moving events throughout the Arab world was a Saudi Arabian call for transforming the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council into "an entity identical to the [27-nation] European Union" - plus nuclear weapons.
Charles Schmitz is an associate professor in the department of geography at Towson University and president of the American Institute for Yemeni Studies. He has written extensively on Yemen, U.S.-Yemeni relations and politics in the Arab world. He was interviewed before a lecture Monday evening at McDaniel College in Westminster, Md.
Good evening. Tonight, I’d like to update the American people on the international effort that we have led in Libya – what we have done, what we plan to do, and why this matters to us.
President Obama said Monday that a U.S.-led coalition has staved off a humanitarian disaster at the hands of Col. Moammar Gadhafi, has stopped his troops' "deadly advance" toward rebel positions, and will turn over control this week to NATO, which is broadening its mission to include protecting civilians on the ground.
"The United States never lost a soldier or a foot of ground during my administration. We kept the peace. People ask how it happened - by God, it didn't just happen."
In 1427, a ship captain sailing for his Portuguese prince, Henry the Navigator, discovered the Azores Islands. If the question of the significance of this event had been posed at the time to Sultan Murad Khan, the leader of the Ottoman Empire, to Itzcoatl and Nezahualcoyotl, the co-rulers of the Aztecs, or to Rao Kanha, one of the princes of Jodhpur in India - it is unlikely that any of them would have responded that it was an early indication of an historic explosion of cultural energy in Europe that would lead to European exploration and conquest of most of the known world.
Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman on Sunday said the events transpiring in Libya should send a strong message to Syrian dictator Bashar Assad.
Former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said he fears that Egypt's revolution could be "hijacked" by the Muslim Brotherhood, adding that early elections would give the Islamist group an advantage over disorganized secular parties.