Montag, 31. Januar 2011

First Canadian flight leaves Egypt but 'shake downs' rile evacuees - The Globe and Mail

First Canadian flight leaves Egypt but 'shake downs' rile evacuees - The Globe and Mail

President Obama on Health Reform at Families USA

Ägyptische Armee wird keine Gewalt anwenden - The Intelligence

Ägyptische Armee wird keine Gewalt anwenden - The Intelligence

US-President Obama on Health Reform at Families USA

President of the European Parliament Buzek on the developments in Egypt



Brussels -

28/01/2011

In reaction to the dramatic developments of the last few hours in Egypt, Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament, made the following statement:

"The news from Egypt is alarming. Force is not the answer to the legitimate concerns and democratic aspirations of the Egyptian people. It is time for dialogue and restraint.

The entire world is watching what is happening in Egypt tonight and will hold the authorities accountable for any inappropriate use of force or any innocent death.

In a democratic country, where the rule of law prevails, citizens are allowed to move freely, to talk to each other and to communicate with the rest of the world.

Internet services and phone lines need to be accessible to all. It must be guaranteed that any representative of peaceful opposition will enjoy full freedom of movement and speech.

I call on Egypt, as a partner country of the EU, to fully respect the fundamental rights and freedoms of their citizens."


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Background:
 
The European Parliament will debate the issue of democratisation in the Southern European neighbourhood at its next plenary session in the coming week, on 02 and 03 February.


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Ready.gov - Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed.

Ready.gov - Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed.

Auswärtiges Amt: Deutscher Außenminister und Vizekanzler Dr. Guido Westerwelle in Israel


Deutsch-israelischer Austausch

Der deutsche Außenminister und Vizekanzler Dr. Guido Westerwelle ist am 30. Januar 2011 zu Gesprächen nach Israel gereist. 

Die Gespräche mit Westerwelles israelischem Amtskollegen Avigdor Liberman waren Teil der deutsch-israelischen Regierungskonsultationen, die am 31. Januar 2011 in Jerusalem stattfanden.

Im Zentrum der Gespräche standen aktuelle regionale Fragen, wie der Nahostfriedensprozess oder die Situation in Ägypten.

Diese Themen wurden auch beim EU-Außenministerrat in Brüssel am 31. Januar 2011 behandelt, an dem Außenminister Westerwelle teilnahm.

Die deutsch-israelischen Regierungskonsultationen fanden 2011 zum dritten Mal statt.

Die ersten Konsultationen fanden 2008 aus Anlass des 60-jährigen Bestehens des Staates Israel statt.

Durch die Institutionalisierung soll eine enge Zusammenarbeit auf einer großen Bandbreite von Themen sichergestellt werden.

Neben der deutschen Bundeskanzlerin Merkel und dem deutschen Außenminister  und  Vizekanzler Westerwelle nahmen  auch der deutsche Wirtschaftsminister Brüderle, der Innenminister De Maziere, der Umweltminister Röttgen, der Verkehrsminister Ramsauer, die Landwirtschaftsministerin Aigner, die Familienministerin Schröder und der Entwicklungsminister Dirk Niebel an den diesjährigen Konsulationen teil.

Gemeinsame Absichtserklärung © photothek / Grabowsky
Gemeinsame Absichtserklärung
© photothek / Grabowsky


Vergrößern

Jugend beider Länder zusammenbringen

 

Zudem unterzeichneten die Minister eine Gemeinsame Absichtserklärung, die auf eine verstärkte Zusammenarbeit im Jugend- und Kulturaustausch abzielt.

Der Dialog zwischen jungen Menschen wird besondere Bedeutung zugemessen und soll weiter ausgebaut werden.

Auch der wissenschaftliche Austausch soll erweitert und die Zahl von Stipendien erhöht werden.

Die kulturellen Beziehungen zwischen Israel und Deutschland sind vielfältig.

Die kulturellen Aktivitäten in Israel sind aber von der herrschenden Sicherheitslage beeinflusst.

Nach einem Rückgang der Aktivitäten während der sogenannten Zweiten Intifada nimmt die Zahl deutscher Künstler und Kulturschaffender, die nach Israel reisen, aber wieder zu. Ein weiterer Schwerpunkt ist der Schüler- und Studentenaustausch, wie das Johannes-Rau-Stipendienprogramm für hochqualifizierte Schüler aus Israel.


Stand 31.01.2011

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Ägypten: USA und Europa fordern Reformen - Nachrichten | SWR.de

Ägypten: USA und Europa fordern Reformen - Nachrichten | SWR.de

El-Baradei will Regierung bilden: Opposition ruft zu "Mega-Protest" - n-tv.de

El-Baradei will Regierung bilden: Opposition ruft zu "Mega-Protest" - n-tv.de

Obama will «geordneten Übergang» in Ägypten | SÜDKURIER Online

Obama will «geordneten Übergang» in Ägypten | SÜDKURIER Online

Fighter Jets Swoop Over Cairo in Show of Force

U.S. report: Iraq’s security at risk without aid

U.S. report: Iraq’s security at risk without aid

Sonntag, 30. Januar 2011

Secretary Clinton Addresses the Situation in Egypt | U.S. Department of State Blog



A crowd demonstrates in Alexandria, Egypt, on January 29, 2011. [AP Photo]


Posted by DipNote Bloggers / January 30, 2011

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton addressed the situation in Egypt today during interviews with ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX and NBC. Secretary Clinton said:

"...For 30 years, the United States, through Republican and Democratic administrations, has been urging the Mubarak government to take certain steps. In fact, we've been urging that a vice president be appointed for decades, and that finally has happened. But there"s a long way to go...and our hope is that we do not see violence; we see a dialogue opening that reflects the full diversity of Egyptian civil society, that has the concrete steps for democratic and economic reform that President Mubarak himself said that he was going to pursue, and that we see the respect for human rights for Egyptian people and the kind of progress that will lead to a much more open, political, and economic set of opportunities for the Egyptian people."

The Secretary continued, "...We want to see an orderly transition so that no one fills a void, that there not be a void -- that there be a well thought out plan that will bring about a democratic, participatory government. And I also believe strongly that this is in Egypt's long-term interests, it's in the interests of the partnership that the United States has with Egypt. So that is what we are attempting to promote and support, because clearly, what we don't want is chaos. I don't think the Egyptian people want that. They want their grievances to be addressed. We also don't want to see some takeover that would lead not to democracy, but to oppression and the end of the aspirations of the Egyptian people.

"So this is an intensely complex situation. It does not lend itself to quick yes-or-no, easy answers, but instead, I think the path that President Obama has charted, that we are pursuing, that calls for no violence, that supports the aspirations and human rights of the Egyptian people, that stands behind concrete steps toward democratic and economic reform is the right path for all of us to be on."

Secretary Clinton also spoke about consular services for Americans who are in Egypt. The Secretary said, "...We are following the conditions for American citizens extremely closely. This is one of my highest responsibilities, Chris. And we have authorized voluntary departure, which means that we will assist American citizens to leave Egypt. We have warned that there should not be any nonessential travel to Egypt. Thankfully, right now, there are no reports of Americans killed or injured. Again, I thank the Egyptian army for the support and security that they have provided. But we are watching it closely and we are assisting Americans who wish to leave."

U.S. citizens wishing to depart Egypt via U.S. government, chartered transportation should contact us at EgyptEmergencyUSC@state.gov or 1-202-501-4444. You can find up-to-date consular information for Egypt on: 

Please click on the following links for the full transcripts of Secretary Clinton's interviews:






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Obama calls foreign leaders about Egypt situation | kens5.com | San Antonio News, Weather, Sports, Traffic, Entertainment, Video and Photos

Obama calls foreign leaders about Egypt situation | kens5.com | San Antonio News, Weather, Sports, Traffic, Entertainment, Video and Photos

Foreign Secretary on situation in Egypt



Foreign Secretary William Hague

30 January 2011

Foreign Secretary William Hague expressed his deep concern about the ongoing violence in Egypt and emphasised the need for peaceful reform. 

The Foreign Secretary said that the welfare of British Nationals in Egypt remained his top priority, and that he had deployed additional FCO staff to Egypt to support the Embassy in providing consular assistance. The Foreign Secretary said:

“We’ve given very clear travel advice and we keep it under continual review."

The Foreign Office currently advises against all but essential travel to Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor and Suez, and recommends that British nationals without a pressing need to be in Cairo, Alexandria or Suez leave by commercial means, where it is safe to do so.

The Foreign Secretary said, “the great majority of Britons who are in Egypt are, of course, in the Red Sea resorts like Sharm-el-Sheikh. At the moment those have been calm. Our Honorary Consul is there and the travel operators say that things are working fairly normally in those places but we do keep our travel advice under very careful and constant review and so we will change it if we feel it’s necessary to do so”.

The latest travel advice for Egypt includes a telephone number which is staffed 24 hours a day.
Commenting on the political situation, the Foreign Secretary urged Egypt’s leaders, “to embark on peaceful reform and demonstrate to their people and others across the world that they are genuinely prepared to do that”.

He said that peaceful reform, “requires the Egyptian people to express their aspirations in a peaceful way” and expressed hope that reform would lead to “a more broadly based Government, and the inclusion of opposition figures”. He said that the UK was, “in favour of greater freedom and democracy, of a more open and flexible political system, and of serious economic developments”.

The Foreign Secretary also called for the Egyptian Government to respect, “freedom of expression” and said it was a mistake to close down the Internet.

The Foreign Secretary will continue to make this position clear when he speaks to the Egyptian Foreign Minister later this evening. The British Government continues to work actively with international partners to respond to events in Egypt. Earlier today the Foreign Secretary discussed developments with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and yesterday he spoke to EU High Representative Baroness Ashton.
European Foreign Ministers will meet in Brussels on Monday to discuss the situation.

Prime Minister David Cameron has spoken to President Mubarak. Along with the leaders of France and Germany he has publicly called on the President to display moderation and avoid the use of violence against protesters. They also asked that respect be shown for human rights and democratic freedoms and called for the holding of free and fair elections.

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Here you find the "Statement by the EU High Representative Catherine Ashton on Egypt" as a pdf-object




Here you find the "Statement by the EU High Representative Catherine Ashton on Egypt"

Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and
Vice-President of the Commission, made today the following statement:

"I have followed very closely and with profound concern the reports of increased violence, clashes
and arrests during today’s demonstrations in Egypt.

The continued use of force against demonstrators by police and state security forces is deeply
troubling. In order to avoid further deterioration of the situation in Cairo and elsewhere in Egypt,
and to avoid more casualties, I reiterate my call on all parties to exercise restraint and calm and I
urge the authorities to immediately and unconditionally release all peaceful demonstrators from
detention.

I also reiterate my call upon the Egyptian authorities to urgently establish a constructive and
peaceful way to respond to the legitimate aspirations of Egyptian citizens for democratic and socioeconomic reforms.

I will discuss these developments with my colleagues in the Foreign Affairs Council meeting on
Monday in Brussels."


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Hillary Rodham Clinton Secretary of State: Interview With Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday


Interview
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
January 30, 2011


QUESTION: Joining us now from the State Department, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Secretary, President Obama on Friday called on Mubarak to recognize the rights of the Egyptian people. Are you satisfied with the steps that Mubarak has taken so far?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Oh, I don’t think anyone is satisfied, least of all the Egyptian the people, who have legitimate grievances and are seeking greater political freedom, a real path to democracy, and economic opportunity. And for 30 years, the United States, through Republican and Democratic administrations, has been urging the Mubarak government to take certain steps. In fact, we’ve been urging that a vice president be appointed for decades, and that finally has happened.

But there’s a long way to go, Chris, and our hope is that we do not see violence; we see a dialogue opening that reflects the full diversity of Egyptian civil society, that has the concrete steps for democratic and economic reform that President Mubarak himself said that he was going to pursue, and that we see the respect for human rights for Egyptian people and the kind of progress that will lead to a much more open, political, and economic set of opportunities for the Egyptian people.

QUESTION: Secretary, all of your answer has been couched in terms of President Mubarak. Does that mean that the Obama Administration still backs Mubarak as the legitimate president of Egypt?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, we have been very clear that we want to see a transition to democracy, and we want to see the kind of steps taken that will bring that about. We also want to see an orderly transition. Right now, from everything we know, the army has taken up positions. They are responding very positively thus far to the peaceful protests. But at the same time, we have a lot of reports of looting and criminal activity that is not going to be particularly helpful to what we want to see happen, and that has to be dealt with.

So there are many, many steps along the journey that has been started by the Egyptian people themselves, and we wish to support that.

QUESTION: Secretary, you talk about an orderly transition. How concerned are you that if Mubarak were to be suddenly thrown from power that Islamic radicals could fill the void?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Chris, we want to see an orderly transition so that no one fills a void, that there not be a void – that there be a well thought out plan that will bring about a democratic, participatory government. And I also believe strongly that this is in Egypt’s long-term interests, it’s in the interests of the partnership that the United States has with Egypt. So that is what we are attempting to promote and support, because clearly, what we don’t want is chaos. I don’t think the Egyptian people want that. They want their grievances to be addressed. We also don’t want to see some takeover that would lead not to democracy, but to oppression and the end of the aspirations of the Egyptian people.

So this is an intensely complex situation. It does not lend itself to quick yes-or-no, easy answers, but instead, I think the path that President Obama has charted, that we are pursuing, that calls for no violence, that supports the aspirations and human rights of the Egyptian people, that stands behind concrete steps toward democratic and economic reform is the right path for all of us to be on.

QUESTION: Secretary, on Tuesday, after the protests had already started in Cairo, you said this:

SECRETARY CLINTON: Our assessment is that the Egyptian Government is stable and is looking for ways to respond to the legitimate needs and interests of the Egyptian people.

QUESTION: A number of protestors in the streets said based on that remark and other actions that the U.S. was acting on the side of the regime, not of the protestors. Was that statement by you a mistake?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Chris, we recognize the volatility of the situation, and we are trying to do exactly what I have just said – to promote orderly transition and change that will respond to the legitimate grievances of the Egyptian people, which is what the protests are all about. I don’t think anyone wants to see instability, chaos, increasing violence. That is not in anyone’s interest.

So what President Obama and I have been doing is sending a very clear message about where the United States stands. We want to see an orderly transition to a democratic government, to economic reforms – exactly what the protestors are seeking. At the same time, we want to recognize Egypt has been our partner. They’ve been our partner in a peace process that has kept the region from war for over 30 years, which has saved a lot of lives – Egyptian lives, Israeli lives, other lives.

We want to continue to make it absolutely a American priority that – what we’ve been saying for 30 years – is that real stability rests in democracy, participation, economic opportunity. How we get from where we are to where we know the Egyptian people want to be and deserve to be is what this is about now. So we are urging the Mubarak government, which is still in power; we are urging the military, which is a very respected institution in Egypt, to do what is necessary to facilitate that kind of orderly transition.

QUESTION: And briefly, Secretary, should Americans currently in Egypt leave the country?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, we are following the conditions for American citizens extremely closely. This is one of my highest responsibilities, Chris. And we have authorized voluntary departure, which means that we will assist American citizens to leave Egypt. We have warned that there should not be any nonessential travel to Egypt. Thankfully, right now, there are no reports of Americans killed or injured. Again, I thank the Egyptian army for the support and security that they have provided. But we are watching it closely and we are assisting Americans who wish to leave.

QUESTION: Secretary Clinton, we want to thank you so much for talking with us today.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you very much.


PRN: 2011/122

Jeff Zients Will Lead Reorganization of Federal Government | The White House




posted by Dan Pfeiffer


"As the President said in the State of the Union address, winning the future will take doing what we can do now to prepare America to compete in the global economy for decades to come. 

That means out-educating, out-innovating, and out-building our competition; restoring fiscal responsibility to remove the burden of deficits and debt; and reforming our government so that it is more effective, efficient, and open to the American people. 

As the President put it, “We cannot win the future with a government of the past.”

The fact is that we live and do business in the information age, but the last major reorganization of the government happened in the middle of the last century. 

Over the past few decades, there has not been a business or large organization that has not rethought, retooled, and revamped how they did their job to respond to a growing, more competitive global economy and an ever-changing technology landscape. 

Yet too often, it seems that the federal government is stuck in the age of black-and-white television while we are competing in the age of the iPad.

For millions of Americans, this can lead to frustrating encounters trying to get the services you need and a waste of taxpayer dollars. 

For many businesses, it means that they may not have all the assistance they need to compete around the world. 

For instance, we have more than a dozen different agencies involved in exports. 

They all work with well with each other, but this is certainly not the optimal organization or allocation of resources if you were designing a system from scratch.

The US-President believes that we need to reform our government to make it better organized and better equipped to support American competitiveness. 

We want to ensure that we're aligning all of the resources we have into negotiating the best agreements, enforcing our trade rights, supporting our exporters and promoting their products.

That is why the President has asked Jeffrey Zients, our nation’s first Chief Performance Officer (CPO), to lead our reorganization effort. 

Our first focus will be looking at trade and exports to see how we can better reform these functions to give American companies a leg up in the global economy.

For the past two years as CPO and Deputy Director for Management of OMB, Jeff has led our Accountable Government Initiative (AGI), the President’s initiative to make government more efficient and effective, open and responsive. 

On his watch, we have cut government waste, bringing down the amount of improper payments on our way of reducing them by $50 billion by 2012; starting to get rid of unused federal buildings and property; overhauled how IT is purchased and used, saving billions; and deployed the latest technologies to make it easier of people to get the information and services they need from their government.

Jeff’s years of private sector experience means that he brings a unique perspective to his job as CPO and to this new assignment. 

Having been a CEO, management consultant, and entrepreneur, Jeff has a deep understanding of business strategy, process reengineering and operational management. 

In fact, Jeff spent the majority of his career leading two companies that help corporations around the world improve their performance by adopting best management practices. 

The US-President has also asked Lisa Brown to take on a new position and work with Jeff on this endeavor. 

Lisa is currently Assistant to the President and Staff Secretary and previously served as Co-Chair of the Agency Review Working Group for the Obama-Biden Transition Project. 

In these capacities and from her prior government service, she has developed a keen understanding of how the executive branch works. 

Lisa Brown also brings management and legal acumen, having run a national non-profit organization and been a partner at a DC law firm.

Jeff and Lisa will draw on the resources of OMB to launch and run this effort, and they will be reaching out to the business community, experts, those who run these programs, members of Congress, and a wide range of stakeholders and citizens to get their input about how government can be reformed to best work for them. I

know that we all look forward to working with Jeff and Lisa on this important effort and to helping to create a better organized and more effective federal government.

Dan Pfeiffer is the White House's Communications Director
 
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Das Guido-Prinzip - Kabarett-Theater DISTEL Berlin - Politische Satire und Unterhaltung

Das Guido-Prinzip - Kabarett-Theater DISTEL Berlin - Politische Satire und Unterhaltung


Das GUIDO-Prinzip
Eine Satire über die Machenschaften der Macht

Super-Guido aus der Wünsch-dir-was-Partei! Erst Markt statt Staat – nun Staat statt Markt. Gestern noch als Rhetorikrambo im kühl kalkulierten Krawallkurs krakeelen. Nassforsch, naseweis! Nun den Geläuterten mimen. Westerwelle weichgespült? Die große Guido-Ära am Ende? Triumphator adé? Nein. In Wirklichkeit: Wohlfeiles Werben um Wähler. Wende-Westerwelle! Es reicht - Überdosis Guido! Doch wissen wir schon alles?

Die DISTEL ermittelt: Der investigative Top-Journalist von Prönne deckt tiefe Abgründe auf. Er sieht es so klar, wie keiner vor ihm: Das Guido-Prinzip.

Jetzt alles rigoros offenlegen! Doch warum will man ihn stoppen? Liegt es am Geld? Am BKA oder am Verfassungsschutz? Nein. Es kommt noch zynischer! Das eben ist die Welt des Dr. Westerwelle.

Eskalierende Eskapaden und kuriose Kollisionen - nur der Zuschauer entkommt ihnen - herzhaft lachend.
„Da grüßt Loriot.“ (Der Tagesspiegel)
„Guido - eine kabarettistische Perle." (Berliner Zeitung)
Ein Kabarettprogramm von: Martin Maier-Bode
Mit Textbeiträgen von: Michael Frowin, Stefan Keim, Werner Kunstleben, Jens Neutag, Thilo Seibel, Tom van Hasselt
Regie: Sven Post
Es spielen: Dorina Pascu, Timo Doleys, Edgar Harter
Musikalische Begleitung: Franz-Josef Grümmer, Falk Breitkreuz / Stefan Schätzke

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