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By Brahma Chellaney
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Mohammed
The United States and Egypt put a brave face on badly strained relations on Sunday, vowing to restore their full partnership as U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry became the highest-ranking Obama administration official to visit the country since the ouster this summer of its first democratically elected president.
Animal Kingdom won the Derby in 2011 and the $10 million Dubai World Cup this year. The previous time a Derby winner ran at Ascot was in 1936 when Omaha, the 1935 Triple Crown winner, finished second in the signature Gold Cup race.
The recent wave of anti-West demonstrations across the Muslim world and the attack that killed four Americans in Libya have triggered mounting concern among analysts and U.S. officials that al Qaeda is exploiting the chaos that has followed the Arab Spring's overthrow of secular dictatorships aligned with the United States.
Syrian dissidents based in Lebanon have stepped up efforts to help the opposition in their country by smuggling medicine, satellite phones, cameras and weapons into Syria — and refugees and injured fighters out.
Libyan rebels pledged Tuesday to launch an assault within days on Moammar Gadhafi's hometown, the ousted strongman's last major bastion of support.
Col. Moammar Gadhafi's wife and three of his children fled Libya to neighboring Algeria on Monday, firm evidence that the longtime leader has lost his grip on the country.
The euphoria that swept Tripoli, Libya, on Sunday appeared to dissipate early Monday, as residents learned that forces loyal to Col. Moammar Gadhafi still controlled parts of the capital and the longtime Libyan dictator remained at large.
As one Arab ruler after another confronts violent protests at home, Morocco has bucked the trend: King Mohammed VI has sidestepped calls for regime change with preemptive concessions to diminish his own power.
Egyptian online democracy activists are calling for a demonstration Tuesday to demand the removal of the country's interim government, saying it contains too many old faces.
Sheik Abdullah bin Zayed, foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates, "asserted that the UAE is even more worried about Iranian intentions than is Israel," according to a secret April 9, 2009, cable from the State Department recounting a meeting two days earlier between the sheik and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Before the revolution started in Syria in March, Mohammed was a poet who wrote articles critical of the regime.
"But once we crossed the border, I was shocked: Here, the Lebanese are more afraid of the Syrian police that the Syrians themselves," he said.