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.




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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Fox News host Greg Gutfeld joined Glenn on "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to talk about his new book, "The Plus: Self-Help for People Who Hate Self-Help."

Greg admits he is probably the last person who should write a self-help book. Nevertheless, he offers his offbeat advice on how to save America during what has become one of the most tumultuous times in history, as well as drinking while tweeting (spoiler: don't do it).

He also shares his "evolution" on President Donald Trump, his prediction for the election, and what it means to be an agnostic-atheist.

In this clip, Greg shares what he calls his "first great epiphany" on how dangerous cancel culture has become.

"I believe that cancel culture is the first successful work-around of the First Amendment," he said. "Because freedom of speech doesn't protect me from my career being ruined, my livelihood being destroyed, or me getting so depressed I commit suicide. Cancel culture is the first successful work-around of freedom of speech. It can oppress your speech with the scepter of destruction. We don't have freedom of speech anymore."

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Dr. Simone Gold joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to set the record straight about hydroxychloroquine -- what it is, how it works, and the real reason for all the current controversy surrounding a centuries-old medication.

Dr. Gold is a board certified emergency physician. She graduated from Chicago Medical School before attending Stanford University Law School. She completed her residency in emergency medicine at Stony Brook University Hospital in New York, and worked in Washington D.C. for the Surgeon General, as well for the chairman of the Committee on Labor and Human Resources. She works as an emergency physician on the front lines, whether or not there is a pandemic, and her clinical work serves all Americans from urban inner city to suburban and the Native American population. Her legal practice focuses on policy issues relating to law and medicine.

She is also the founder of America's frontline doctors, a group of doctors who have been under attack this week for speaking out about hydroxychloroquine during a news conference held outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington D.C.

On the program, Dr. Gold emphasized that the controversy over hydroxychloroquine is a "complete myth."

"Hydroxychloroquine is an analogue or a derivative of quinine, which is found in tree bark. It's the most noncontroversial of medications that there is," she explained.

"It's been around for centuries and it's been FDA-approved in the modern version, called hydroxychloroquine, for 65 years. In all of that time, [doctors] used it for breast-feeding women, pregnant women, elderly, children, and immune compromised. The typical use is for years or even decades because we give it mostly to RA, rheumatoid arthritis patients and lupus patients who need to be on it, essentially, all of their life. So, we have extensive experience with it ... it's one of the most commonly used medications throughout the world."

Dr. Gold told Glenn she was surprised when the media suddenly "vomited all over hydroxychloroquine", but initially chalked it up to the left's predictable hatred for anything President Donald Trump endorses. However, when the media gave the drug Remdesivir glowing reviews, despite disappointing clinical trial results, she decided to do some research.

"[Remdesivir] certainly wasn't a fabulous drug, but the media coverage was all about how fabulous it was. At that moment, I thought that was really weird. Because it's one thing to hate hydroxychloroquine because the president [endorsed] it. But it's another thing to give a free pass to another medicine that doesn't seem that great. I thought that was really weird, so I started looking into it. And let me tell you, what I discovered was absolutely shocking," she said.

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According to the mainstream media's COVID-19 narrative, the president is "ignoring" the crisis.

On tonight's "Glenn TV" special, Glenn Beck exposes the media's last four months of political theater that has helped shape America's confusion and fear over coronavirus. And now, with a new school year looming on the horizon, the ongoing hysteria has enormous ramifications for our children, but the media is working overtime to paint the Trump administration as anti-science Neanderthals who want to send children and teachers off to die by reopening schools.

Glenn fights back with the facts and interviews the medical doctor Big Tech fears the most. Dr. Simone Gold, founder of America's Frontline Doctors, stands up to the media's smear campaign and explains why she could no longer stay silent in her fight against coronavirus fear.

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It's high time to leave the partisan politics behind and focus on the facts about face masks and whether or not they really work against COVID-19.

On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn Beck spoke with Drs. Scott Jensen and George Rutherford about the scientific evidence that proves or disproves the effectiveness of mask wearing to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Then, Dr. Karyln Borysenko joined to break down where the massive political divide over masks came from in the first place.

"I think if we were to talk about this a couple months ago, I might have said, 'Well, there's the science of masks, and there's the emotions of masks.' But, unfortunately, there's something in between," Jensen said. "I would have thought that the science of masks would have to do with the physics of masks, so I did a video a couple months ago where I talked about the pore side of a cotton mask or a surgical mask."

He explained that properly worn masks can help reduce the spread of virus particles, but cautioned against a false-sense of security when wearing a mask because they are far from providing complete protection.

"If you have a triple-ply mask, the pore size will end up being effectively five microns. And five microns, to a COVID-19 virus particle, is 50 times larger. That's approximately the same differential between the two-inch separation between the wires of a chain-link fence, and a gnat," Jensen explained.

"But now what we're seeing is if we have some collision of COVID-19 viral particles with the latticework of any mask ... if you're breathing out or breathing in and the viral particles collide with the actual latticework of a mask, I think intuitively, yes, we can reduce the amount of virus particles that are going back and forth."

Dr. Rutherford said masks are essential tools for fighting COVID-19, as long as you wear them correctly. He laid out the three main reasons he believes we should all be wearing masks.

"So, we're trying to do three things," he said. "First of all, we're trying to protect the people around you, in case you are one of the 60% of people who have asymptomatic infection and don't know it. The second thing we're trying to do is to protect you. The third thing we're trying to do is, if you get infected, you'll get infected at a lower dose, and then you're less likely to develop symptoms. That's the threefer."

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