President Obama on a Historic Day in Egypt


Good afternoon, everybody. There are very few moments in our lives where we have the privilege to witness history taking place. This is one of those moments. This is one of those times.

The people of Egypt have spoken, their voices have been heard, and Egypt will never be the same.

Trade unions: the revolutionary social network at play in Egypt and Tunisia

Trade unions: the revolutionary social network at play in Egypt and Tunisia
(Guardian, 2/10/10, hat tip @nofrills )


Demonstrations Stir Fear Among Egypt's Copts

Demonstrations Stirs Fear Among Egypt's Copts
(NPR, 2/9/11, hat tip @eurodollari)

That view is one shared by many Copts, who account for some 10 percent of Egyptians. They say Mubarak and his Cabinet are being made to answer for past wrongs. But they also worry that Islamist groups long suppressed by the Egyptian government will gain enough power to turn Egypt into a fundamentalist state — subject to Islamic laws and hostile toward religious minorities like the Copts.

  • Coptsクリスチャンはエジプト全体の10%。彼らは、ムバラクが去ったあと、エジプト政府から長いこと抑圧されてきたムスリム同胞団がエジプトを原理主義国家に変えるパワーを得て、イスラム法を適応しCoptsクリスチャンのような宗教的マイノリティに敵対的になるのではないかと懸念している。

Fannie, Freddie Phaseout Proposed

Fannie, Freddie Phaseout Proposed
(Wall Street Journal, 2/11/11)
WASHINGTON—The Obama administration unveiled a proposal Friday for winding down mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, spelling out three options for what could take their place and setting the stage for a debate over the nation's $10.6 trillion mortgage market.
  • ホワイトハウス、$10.6tnのモーゲージ市場の今後のあり方を変える道順を示す「白書」を発表。目標に掲げるのは、(1)住宅金融市場における政府の役割の縮小、そして、(2)政府の保証なしで発行されたMBS債の市場再活性化。