Egypt: Secretary of State Clinton warns of ‘perfect storm’ – Christian Science Monitor

On February 5, 2011, in General, Latest News, Television, by ayesha

Secretary of State Clinton warns of a “perfect storm of powerful trends” across the region, including a young population, political repression, economic disparity, and dwindling supplies of oil and water. As events in Cairo moved steadily – perhaps inexorably – toward a quick end to the 30-year regime of Hosni Mubarak, the United States continued to do what it could to push things in that direction without appearing to orchestrate what is amounting to political revolution in Egypt. Skip to next paragraph Speaking from a security conference in Munich, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned of a “perfect storm of powerful trends” across the region, including a young population, political repression, economic disparity, and dwindling supplies of oil and water.

Secretary of State Clinton warns of a “perfect storm of powerful trends” across the region, including a young population, political repression, economic disparity, and dwindling supplies of oil and water.

As events in Cairo moved steadily – perhaps inexorably – toward a quick end to the 30-year regime of Hosni Mubarak, the United States continued to do what it could to push things in that direction without appearing to orchestrate what is amounting to political revolution in Egypt.

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Speaking from a security conference in Munich, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned of a “perfect storm of powerful trends” across the region, including a young population, political repression, economic disparity, and dwindling supplies of oil and water.

“This is what has driven demonstrators into the streets of Tunis, Cairo, and cities throughout the region,” Clinton said in her speech Saturday.

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“Some leaders may believe that their country is an exception – that their people will not demand greater political or economic opportunities, or that they can be placated with half-measures,” she said. “In the short term, that may be true; but in the long term that is untenable.”

Political protests continued throughout Egypt Saturday. In contrast to earlier nights in Cairo, when pro-government thugs attacked protesters and roughed up journalists, the 12-day anti-regime demonstration remained generally peaceful.

There were some tense moments, however.

Late Friday, Fox News network reported an unsuccessful assassination attempt against Vice President Omar Suleiman, in which two of his bodyguards were said to have been killed. Egyptian officials denied that, and no other news agency was able to confirm the Fox report.

An explosion at a gas terminal in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula early Saturday was caused by a gas leak and not a terrorist attack, officials said.

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At Tahrir Square in Cairo Saturday, protesters at one point formed a human chain to block two tanks from opening the square to traffic. After making an unsuccessful appeal to protesters, Gen. Hassan Al Roweni left the area.

Meanwhile, the top leadership of Egypt’s ruling National Democratic Party, including President Mubarak’s son Gamal Mubarak, reportedly resigned.

“The ruling party leaders who resigned included the country’s most powerful political figures – and its most unpopular among many Egyptians,” the Associated Press reported. “The move may have been aimed at convincing protesters in the streets that the regime is sincere in implementing democratic reforms they demand.”

US special envoy Frank Wisner said Gamal Mubarak’s resignation was a positive step. “There is a chance to move forward. It’s fragile, it’s the first stage, things could go wrong. But the direction is promising,” he told the BBC.

Still, the party resignations as reported by Egyptian state television did not include Hosni Mubarak himself, who appears to remain in power. And the announcement certainly did not satisfy the protestors, who have vowed to remain in Tahrir Square until Mubarak leaves. To many there, such concessions on the part of the Mubarak regime are simply signs of further weakness.

Mubarak and his supporters have consistently claimed that the protest-turned-revolution could destabilize the country (and the region), leading perhaps to the rise of religious fundamentalism as a politically powerful force.

In her speech in Munich Saturday, Secretary Clinton turned that argument around.

“If the events of these past few weeks prove anything, it is that the governments who consistently deny their people freedom and opportunity are the ones who will, in the end, open the door to instability,” she warned.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration is supporting Vice President Suleiman’s effort to find a way toward resolution with antigovernment forces, including fresh elections and Mubarak’s departure.

“That takes some time,” Clinton said. “There are certain things that have to be done in order to prepare.”

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Unions Head for Showdown With Senate Over TSA Representation – Fox News

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Unions that want to represent thousands of airport screeners are heading for a showdown with the Senate as early as Monday, with some lawmakers looking to revoke the collective-bargaining rights the Transportation Security Administration just granted them.  TSA Administrator John Pistole announced for the first time Friday that he would allow security officers to bargain over certain workplace conditions like shifts and assignments. The decision follows months of lobbying by the two unions vying to represent them — screeners are set to vote next month on whether to unionize and, if so, with whom

Unions that want to represent thousands of airport screeners are heading for a showdown with the Senate as early as Monday, with some lawmakers looking to revoke the collective-bargaining rights the Transportation Security Administration just granted them. 

TSA Administrator John Pistole announced for the first time Friday that he would allow security officers to bargain over certain workplace conditions like shifts and assignments. The decision follows months of lobbying by the two unions vying to represent them — screeners are set to vote next month on whether to unionize and, if so, with whom. In making his decision, Pistole vowed that the TSA “will not negotiate on security.” 

But that’s exactly what some lawmakers are concerned about. They’re worried that a big union presence through the TSA ranks could stifle the organization’s flexibility when it needs to scramble in response to security threats. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., has introduced an amendment to a Federal Aviation Administration bill that would explicitly prohibit TSA screeners from collectively bargaining — he’s now looking for a vote on that as soon as Monday. 

“The Obama administration’s actions today to move forward on unionizing our TSA workforce with collective bargaining rights could hamper our national security,” Wicker said in a statement, slamming the administration for approving the “ill-advised policy” while the Senate was considering it. 

Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., who has previously described TSA unionization as a “homeland security disaster,” said the decision would benefit “union bosses and Democratic Party coffers” at the expense of American security. DeMint said the collective-bargaining rights could interfere with “minute-by-minute security decisions,” forecasting an environment where union bosses have to approve vital changes. 

“The Senate has the ability to reverse this political decision and put security first,” he said, rallying support for Wicker’s amendment. 

But supporters of TSA unionization say these warnings simply are not realistic. For starters, TSA screeners would be prohibited from striking, just like other federal employees. The TSA says they would also be barred from “engaging in work slowdowns of any kind.” 

Under Pistole’s plan, the unions would not be able to negotiate on security policies, pay, job qualifications or disciplinary standards, according to the TSA. 

Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., who supports giving the workers union rights, said Pistole’s announcement marks a step toward “higher job performance and, therefore, better security for our nation.” 

The National Treasury Employees Union is calling on senators to vote against the Wicker amendment. According to Aviation Online Magazine, the union sent a letter Thursday to every U.S. senator in opposition to the proposal. 

“This decision and the upcoming representation election at TSA will give these officers a voice in their workplace and a chance at a better future,” NTEU President Colleen Kelley said in a statement, adding that the traveling public will be better served by a more professional workforce. 

The NTEU is competing against the American Federation of Government Employees for the right to represent the TSA’s more than 40,000 officers. More than 13,000 of them already pay dues to a union, but their representation is limited and they do not enjoy collective-bargaining rights. 

The decision to grant collective-bargaining rights comes after the TSA decided against expanding a program that allowed private screeners to replace government ones at select airports. Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said the two decisions taken together are “all bad news for the traveler, the taxpayer and aviation security.”

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Winter weather advisory remains in effect until noon cst saturday – WJBD Online

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Winter weather advisory remains in effect until noon cst saturday
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* timing…a wintry mix of precipitation will continue to spread northward across the advisory area tonight. Initially…the precipitation will be a mix of light snow…sleet…and rain. As temperatures cool overnight…the mixed precipitation will
1 to 2 inches of snow expected today with high temp at 33 degreesThe Republic
Providence Weather Forecast 2/4/11: Sunny Friday..Examiner.com
Officials warn of roof collapses; storm could bring some areas 4 more inchesBoston Globe
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