The Nobel Peace Prize 2005 was awarded jointly to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Mohamed ElBaradei "for their efforts to prevent nuclear energy from being used for military purposes and to ensure that nuclear energy for peaceful purposes is used in the safest possible way"We are figuring out what is going on in Egypt, as the Dude would say, the ins and outs.
World financial markets are slightly rattled by the events. There is the essential fear that somehow the world's supply of oil will be adversely affected. Notice that has virtually nothing to do with the well being of Egyptians. One would suspect that there are other aspects in this essential fear. There is the Suez Canal and oil shipping in the region, and there are other countries in the area ripe for dissent and governmental overthrow.
ElBaradei won the Nobel Peace prize, hey didn't Kissinger win it too? ElBaradei appears to be the central voice of the revolution.
CS Monitor: ElBaradei to US: Take Egypt's Mubarak off life support
Mohamed ElBaradei, the Egyptian Nobel Prize winner who says he has a mandate from Egypt's opposition to negotiate President Hosni Mubarak's withdrawal from power and the creation of a transitional government, urged the US to turn its back on long-time ally Mr. Mubarak in a series of television interviews earlier today.
Earlier today, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had called on the Mubarak government to embrace political reform and respect the Egyptian people's calls for democracy.
The US provided $1.3 billion in military aid to Egypt last year, and the F-16s that buzzed the crowds in central Cairo and some of the tanks on the streets today are US-supplied.