Study Guide: Breaking News Coverage of Egypt

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Guide to Understanding Egypt

While Glenn will be focusing on the latest news out of Egypt, below are some of the stories he will reference during the show. Guests will include Frank Gaffney and Dore Gold.

SUEZ CANAL OIL TRANSIT

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JUDITH ORR AT U.S. EMBASSY

MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD SAYS FEARS EGYPT MILITARY COUP

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/10/egypt-mubarak-brotherhood-idUSWEB825620110210

Who's next to fall? - From The Blaze

Editor’s note: The Blaze is featuring some guest posts to help our readers gain a deeper understanding of the situation in Egypt.  This post is by veteran journalist Bill Tucker.

As protestors in Egypt continue to push for the ouster of Mubarak, a chilling warning comes from the opposition saying Israel has a peace agreement with Mubarak, not Egypt.  That’s not the ranting of some protester in the street; that appeal to radical Islamists is from Mohamed Elbaradei, the man many in the international community have put their money on as the emerging leader of the opposition and a possible option to Mubarak should peace come to shove.

But rather than being the voice of calm, Elbradei’s words seem calculated to undermine whatever stability remains in Egypt and the region…. and stability is already in very short supply in North Africa and the Middle East.

A recently published piece, Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic & International Studies underscores the cause for concern. He notes that while the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia stem from largely political and ideological dissatisfaction, they cannot be separated from religious, ethnic, sectarian and tribal tensions. So, while the anger in Egypt comes from a lack of food and economic desperation there is a religious opportunity to be seized.  The Muslim Brotherhood has been quick to realize this and move to exploit it.  The Brotherhood seems to understand the wisdom of never letting a good crisis go to waste.

For those hoping Egypt and Tunisia are just anomalies in that part of the world, a new Gallup report may not only dash those hopes… it may cause many to lose sleep.  The survey points to some of the reasons for the anger in those countries.  It shows a sharp decline in the percentage of people in Egypt and Tunisia who see themselves as “thriving”.  The survey is designed to measure how people feel about their lives and their prospects for their future. It’s a measure that goes beyond simply economics.  There are three choices: thriving, suffering or struggling based on the Cantril Self-Anchoring Striving Scale.

Given the current state of affairs in those countries, the result isn’t surprising. What is alarming though, is that in fifteen countries in the Middle East and North African region surveyed by Gallup only two have more than fifty percent of their population describing themselves as “thriving”.  Those two countries are the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. The rest of the region would appear ripe for unrest.  Cordesman notes in his commentary published February 3 that, “ Egypt and Tunisia are also warnings that far more needs to be done to measure the quality and effectiveness of governance. So, however, are countries like Syria, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen and Pakistan and many.”  That’s a long list.

How improbable is it that we could see the anger spread?  Ask leaders in Jordan or Yemen.  Both of those countries were hit with protests stemming from poor economic conditions.  Tom Doyle, who runs the ministry E3 Partners notes that moderate, secular Muslims far out number radicals within Islam, but still he worries that,  “In times of desperation, people put back and retreat and get more established into their religion, so we have seen secular, moderate Muslims switch in just a minute when things were on the line.”

Whether a retreat to a more conservative sect means a radicalization is far from certain.  We do know in Egypt that the uprisings have emboldened the more radical Muslims and those radicals have not hesitated to move to the front of the opposition. We also know that Iran would welcome a change in leadership, as Mubarak has not warmly embraced the leadership in Iran.  What happens next in Egypt could possibly set the stage of a warming of relations with Iran. Such a development would have profound implications for not only the region but also the world.

There are people who argue, convincingly, that Iran is a caliphate disguising itself as a Republic. It is an interesting debate. If Egypt’s radicals succeed in their goal of returning the country to Sharia law, we could witness the rebirth of a greater caliphate by nature of alliance and geography.  Is this a certainty? No. But out of crisis comes opportunity and as we saw in Iran in their revolution and as we are seeing in Egypt, radical Islamists are ready to seize the moment.

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Protests following the fatal police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr quickly devolved into violence, rioting, and looting in Philadelphia, and BlazeTV's Elijah Schaffer was there to document what the mainstream media won't. But while filming the carnage inside a Five Below on Tuesday, Elijah was surrounded and attacked by looters.

Elijah joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to detail his experience and to explain why mainstream media efforts to downplay the violence just show that independent media has never been more important.

"Unfortunately, [the attack] escalated from one person to about a dozen very quickly," Elijah explained. "I'm actually really happy to be alive. Because in that same shopping center, right there, there was a 15-year-old girl who was shot, according to reports. And I heard multiple gunshots throughout the night. Another individual is reported to have heard a gunshot as well, so we try to confirm. I watched people get pummeled beyond belief."

Glenn asked Elijah to respond to mainstream media claims that conservatives are exaggerating the looting and violence in Philadelphia.

"It's so funny to hear people that aren't there try to counter what we're reporting," Elijah replied.

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In the final days before the 2020 election, President Donald Trump is gaining among black voters, particularly men, because his record of accomplishments "speaks for itself" and the "façade" that President Trump is a racist "just doesn't ring true," argued sports columnist Jason Whitlock on "The Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday.

Jason, who recently interviewed the president at the White House for OutKick.com, shared his thoughts on why he believes many black Americans — notably celebrities such as Kanye West, Ice Cube, and 50 Cent — are breaking from the "façade" that President Trump is a "flaming racist."

"I really believe the facts are starting to speak for themselves, and that Donald Trump's record of accomplishments, particularly as it relates to African Americans, speaks for itself," Jason told Glenn. "He actually has a record to stand on, unlike even Barack Obama. When [Obama] was president, I don't think he had much of a record to stand on, in terms of, 'Hey, what did he actually deliver for African Americans?' President Trump has things he can stand on and, you know, beyond that I think black people understand when he starts talking about black unemployment rate. And America's unemployment rate. And then, when you add in for black men, the façade we've been putting on [President Trump] … you know, this whole thing that he's some flaming racist, it just doesn't ring true."

Jason suggested that Trump's fearlessness, unabashed masculinity, and record of keeping his promises resonates with men in the black community. He also weighed in on how media and social media's bias plays a huge role in convincing people to hate President Trump while ignoring Antifa and others on the Left.

"I keep explaining to people, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, they're some of the most secular places on earth. And we've reduced everyone to a tweet, that we disagree with," he added.

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Megyn Kelly is not happy about the "disgusting" media coverage of President Donald Trump, specifically pointing to Lesley Stahl's "60 Minutes" interview on CBS Sunday.

On the radio program, Megyn told Glenn Beck the media has become so blinded by the "Trump Derangement Syndrome" that they've lost their own credibility — and now they can't get it back.

"It's disgusting. It's stomach-turning," Megyn said of the media's coverage of the president. "But it's just a continuation of what we've seen over the past couple of years. Their 'Trump Derangement Syndrome' has blinded them to what they're doing to their own credibility. They can't get it back. It's too late. They've already sacrificed it. And now no one is listening to them other than the hard partisans for whom they craft their news."

Megyn also discussed how she would have covered the recent stories about Hunter and Joe Biden's alleged corruption. Watch the video below to catch more of the conversation:


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