Pro-democracy up-risings in the Middle East. 31 January 2011

Pro-democracy up-risings in the Middle East. 31 January 2011

President Obama is depicted as an Egyptian Pharaoh sporting the American flag stars and stripes and an eagle on his headgear. He grins at a cracking disk that he holds in his right hand and which represents 'Pro-democracy up-risings in the Middle East while with his left hand he appears to be pushing an Israeli alarm button. Context - Obama initially supported the call for Egyptian President Mubarak to step down thus appearing to support the pro-democracy uprising but at the same time he may be supporting the Egyptian regime that will try to bludgeon or divert the popular movement for change into a phoney transition. But the western powers have long regarded democratisation of the Arab world as a threat to their control of the region and its resources. A stable Egypt with a peace treaty with Israel means a quiet border," one Israeli official told The Associated Press. "If there is a regime change Israel will have to reassess its strategy to protect its border from one of the most modern militaries in the region." (Seumas Milne (, Wednesday 2 February 2011)

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