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    Property Rights: Key to Generating Wealth and Stability

    “Confronting Egypt is a festering economic crisis that threatens to shatter that nation’s [already] fragile social peace and alter political orientation. For too many years Cairo has postponed sorely needed structural economic reforms.” These words are a somber assessment given to Egypt’s lack of institutional reform by The Heritage Foundation … More

    Mubarak Shuts Down Social Media: Big Mistake

    The decision of the Egyptian authorities to turn on the Internet yesterday after a week of interruption reversed a massive, shortsighted mistake. While controlling the Internet may have seemed like an obvious solution to a situation rapidly spiraling out of control, the Internet actually provided an outlet for the pent-up … More

    Lunch With Heritage: Online Chat on the Protests in Egypt

    Join us from 12-1 ET for our Lunch with Heritage online chat. We will be joined by Heritage’s Middle Eastern Affairs expert Jim Phillips. Jim has been following the protests very closely will be taking your questions about them. Jim has written a number of blog posts and reports about … More

    White House Flunks Reality Check

    History is not a strong point of this Administration. Last month it was President Obama declaring another “sputnik moment” for America–only to rattle off a list of big government ideas completely at odds with how Eisenhower responded to Sputnik. Yesterday, it was White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs delivering another … More

    Mubarak Should Step Down to Preserve Chances for a Successful Transition

    As expected, President Hosni Mubarak’s promise not to seek re-election has not appeased the huge crowds of Egyptians who are determined to remove him from power immediately. The regime mobilized thousands of supporters, who clashed with protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. Such clashes are sure to inflame the situation and … More

    Turmoil in the Middle East, Confusion in the White House

    There was a time when the U.S. government boldly supported democratic movements and spoke out unabashedly in favor of political and human rights. It wasn’t even that long ago—under the Bush and Reagan Administrations, actually—but it seems like eons. Consider President Obama’s comment in the State of the Union speech … More

    Mubarak Declines Re-Election, but Opposition Inclined to Continue

    Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak announced on Tuesday night that he would not run for re-election in September in a last-ditch effort to placate the opposition. Speaking after massive protests paralyzed Cairo and other major cities for the eighth straight day, the embattled president stated: “My first responsibility is providing security … More

    Podcast: Unrest in Egypt

    President Hosni Mubarak continues facing enormous pressure to step down from power. As rioting continues, a host of otherwise disparate interest groups unite in their opposition to the president. With U.S. and Middle East geopolitics contingent upon what happens in Egypt, in a recent podcast Heritage expert Jim Carafano gives … More

    Egypt and Renewable Energy

    Aiding and abetting the solar and wind energy industries in their continuing efforts to mislead the American people, Energy Secretary Steven Chu called for a shift to renewable energy to insulate us from petroleum price spikes. Recent events in Egypt are partially responsible for a recent jump in oil prices, … More

    Egypt’s Army Makes Way for the March of a Million

    Cairo was flooded with protesters for the seventh day on Monday, as opposition leaders promised that Tuesday would see a “march of a million” aimed at toppling the besieged Mubarak regime. Significantly, a spokesman for Egypt’s military noted that the army recognized “the legitimacy of the people’s demands” and promised … More