Some developing news out of Egypt, where president Mubarak has just appointed Omar Soliman as vice president. This is a notable event as it is the first time since 1981 that Egypt has a Vice President, indicating just how much of a pseudodictatorial system the Mubarak regime has been. We are rather confident that the people will not be all that excited about getting the former head of the country's intelligence (read spying) service as the second in command. And just like in Russia during the YeltsinPutin succession, we are confident that Mubarak will promptly fade from the scene as soon as Soliman gives him reps and warranties (preferably better than those by Bank of America) that he will not be prosecuted. Incidentally, the last time Egypt had a VP was when Anwar Al Sadat appointed Mubarak as VP. Al Sadat was assassinated shortly thereafter.
Below is Soliman's bio from Wikipedia (already updated for his promotion):
Early life and education
Suleiman was born in Qena in Southern Egypt. He left Qena for Cairo in 1954, at the age of nineteen, to enroll in Egypt's prestigious Military Academy. He received additional military training in the former Soviet Union at Moscow's Frunze Military Academy. Furthermore, he holds bachelors and master degrees in Political Science from Ain Shams and Cairo
Universities in the mid1980s. Suleiman was transferred to military
intelligence, where he began what was to be a long relationship between Egypt and the United States.
Egyptian intelligence career
Suleiman became the director of military intelligence in 1991.
Chief of Intelligence Office
Suleiman became the chief of Egyptian Intelligence in 1993. His name
has become known only in the last years, breaking the tradition of
keeping the name of the Egyptian head of Intelligence a secret known
only to top government officials. It was released in the media around
2000. Suleiman has acquired a more public profile while trying to broker
a deal between the different armed Palestinian groups vying for power
in Gaza as the top presidential envoy from President Hosni Mubarak as well as brokering deals or truces between the Palestinians and Israel.
His perceived role in negotiations between Palestinian groups gave him
the image of an effective behindthescenes figure in the Egyptian
government as well as identifying him as potentially useful to foreign
governments such those of the Arab countries, Israel, the Palestinians and the United States.
Future political role
In recent years, due to his role in the regional political scene and the lack of an alternative candidate acceptable to Hosni Mubarak,
some have speculated that Suleiman will succeed Mubarak as President,
or at least become a VicePresident. Neither Suleiman nor the National
Democratic Party spoke of this or commented on any future political role
for Suleiman.
On January 29 2011, he was named vicepresident during the January revolution.
And it gets stranger and stranger.
Anyone imagine Chetroff or Gates as VP of the US of A?
Clearer than ever that this is according to a plan.
Can you imagine waving a redder flag to an already furious populace?
ORI
http://aadivaahan.wordpress.com/2010/06/18/oftippingpointsandshapeshifting/
"Can you imagine waving a redder flag to an already furious populace?"
...Which is why Vancouver BC Canada is the World's Best Safe Haven...
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well the first thing mister soleman will do is turn facebook back on so he can do some data mining.
+10 you got that right.
Here is a video of the Saudi Protest today !!
http://fedupmontrealer.blogspot.com/2011/01/jeddahprotestjan292011.html
Over/under on 5 days?
The line just changed to 3 days and is now circled.
Why who is out on injury ?
38 peasants.
Remember when placing ure bets...
good coaches win, great coaches cover.
There is truly no hope for the Middle East. These people are so completely inable to stop the blatant cronyism that it's laughable. Granted, it's pervasive in the West also...but, shit, at least we try to mask it somewhat. The Middle East is just pathetic. Even the terrorists are dunces (thankfully). Every single attempt to do anything of any level of sophistication results in a joke.
If the Middle East didn't have oil, it would be nothing more than a kitty litter box.
"These people are so completely inable to stop the blatant cronyism that it's laughable. Granted, it's pervasive in the West also...but, shit, at least we try to mask it somewhat. The Middle East is just pathetic."
We try to mask it? What kind of fantasy world do you fucking live in? Hating moron.
Oh, right, I must have missed all of the achievements and developments of the Middle East over the last 1,000 years. They have but one item, oil, which happens to have been found under their feet.
If you wish to take your info from Bagdad Bob(s), go right ahead.
They make really great rugs.
TPOG
To be fair, the hummus is decent also.
Not defending current middle east scientificsocioeconomic contributions... but "1000 years" u say? Dude, u are misinformed. Keeping it short, read up on what returning europeans said following the crusades regarding the sophistication of mathematics and astronomy (which they regarded as blasphemy) in the middle east.
The Crusades were ~ 900 years ago. If you want to hang me for that, fine.
Not hanging u or junking u, just informing u. Crusades only the beginning... advancements that helped spark even the italian Renaissance are well documented. From architecture to gunpowder to rocketry to medicine to astrophysics the list goes on... in some cases all the way into the 17th century. Middle eastern contributions heavily influenced famous europeans and are referenced by them.
BTW, my point was about the governance in the Middle East including the religeous zealots. Of course, most people can't handle that and have to blurr it into a racial / ethnicity arguement.
I'm 110% in favor of the what the citizens of Tunisia and Egypt are doing.
That being said, the Middle East has been unbelievably suppressed by their own regimes for so long that it's difficult to change now. I don't see the point in arguing the value of ancient contributions.
Fair enough... just keep in mind most of these regimes are "western approved".. irony is that "freedom and democracy" is the last thing western powers want there for obvious reasons.. no matter what our "leaders" proclaim. One can reference post ww1 and ww2 to see who actually dictated the future and current middle eastern borders and regimes. All to chase that finite resource we call oil. Side note... as we condemn and are distracted by the internet and cell shutdown, our leaders await the passing of similar legislation and make similar preparations. Egyptian internet is run by british corp Vodafone... and the shut down would not be possible without this corporate help. All this could be a trial run testing citizen reaction who the fuck knows. Nothing surprises me anymore.
I guess you've never heard of mathematics or medicine...which would explain a great deal about your opinions about economics and healthcare.
Great advances in science, mathematics, and medicine have come from the Middle East in the last 1,000 years? Really? Which ones?
Do your own homework.
There's no need to 'do homework' on facts that don't exist.
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 1000 – Abulcasis establishes surgery as a profession of in his Kitab alTasrif, which remains a standard textbook in Muslim and European universities until the 16th century. The book described the plaster cast,^{[3]} inhalant anesthesia, and many surgical instruments.^{[4]}
 1021 – Alhazen completes his Book of Optics, which made important advances in ophthalmology and eye surgery, as it correctly explained the process of visual perception.^{[4]}
 c. 1030 – Avicenna writes The Book of Healing and The Canon of Medicine, in which he establishes experimental medicine and evidencebased medicine. The Canon remains a standard textbook in Muslim and European universities until the 18th century. The book's contributions to medicine includes the introduction of clinical trials, the discovery of contagious diseases, the distinction of mediastinitisfrom pleurisy, the contagious nature of phthisis, the distribution of diseases by water and soil, and the first careful descriptions of skin troubles, sexually transmitted diseases, perversions, and nervous ailments,^{[5]} as well the use of ice to treat fevers, and the separation of medicine from pharmacology.^{[4]}
 1100–1161 – Avenzoar carries out human dissections and postmortem autopsy, and proves that the skin disease scabies is caused by a parasite, which contradicted the erroneous theory of humorism.^{[6]}He was also the first to provide a real scientific etiology for the inflammatory diseases of the ear, and the first to clearly discuss the causes of stridor.^{[7]} Modern anesthesia was also developed in alAndalus by the Muslim anesthesiologists Ibn Zuhr and Abulcasis. They utilized oral as well as inhalant anesthetics, and they performed hundreds of surgeries under inhalant anesthesia with the use ofnarcoticsoaked sponges which were placed over the face.^{[8]}
 1242 – Ibn anNafis suggests that the right and left ventricles of the heart are separate and discovers the pulmonary circulation (the cycle involving the ventricles of the heart and the lungs) and coronary circulation,^{[9]} for which he is considered the pioneer of circulation theory^{[10]} and one of the greatest physiologists of the Middle Ages.^{[11]} He emphasized the rigours of verification by measurement,observation and experiment, and was an early proponent of experimental medicine, postmortem autopsy, and human dissection.^{[12]} He also discredited many other erroneous Avicennian and Galenicdoctrines on the four humours, pulse bones, muscles, intestines, sensory organs, bilious canals, esophagus, stomach, and the anatomy of other parts of the human body.^{[13]} Ibn alNafis also drewdiagrams to illustrate different body parts in his new physiological system.^{[citation needed]}
 c. 1248 – Ibn alBaitar wrote on botany and pharmacy, studied animal anatomy and medicine, and was a pioneer of veterinary medicine.

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 1000 — AlKaraji writes a book containing the first known proofs by mathematical induction. He used it to prove the binomial theorem, Pascal's triangle, and the sum of integral cubes.^{[7]} He was “the first who introduced the theory of algebraic calculus.”^{[8]}
 c. 1000 — Ibn Tahir alBaghdadi studied a slight variant of Thabit ibn Qurra's theorem on amicable numbers, and he also made improvements on the decimal system.
 1020 — Abul Wáfa — Gave this famous formula: sin (α + β) = sin α cos β + sin β cos α. Also discussed the quadrature of the parabola and the volume of the paraboloid.
 1021 — Ibn alHaytham formulated and solved “Alhazen's problem” geometrically.
 1030 — Ali Ahmad Nasawi writes a treatise on the decimal and sexagesimal number systems. His arithmetic explains the division of fractions and the extraction of square and cubic roots (square root of 57,342; cubic root of 3, 652, 296) in an almost modern manner.^{[9]}
 1070 — Omar Khayyám begins to write Treatise on Demonstration of Problems of Algebra and classifies cubic equations.
 c. 1100 — Omar Khayyám “gave a complete classification of cubic equations with geometric solutions found by means of intersecting conic sections.” He became the first to find general geometricsolutions of cubic equations and laid the foundations for the development of analytic geometry and nonEuclidean geometry. He also extracted roots using the decimal system (HinduArabic numeral system).
 12th century — Indian numerals have been modified by Arab mathematicians to form the modern HinduArabic numeral system (used universally in the modern world)
 12th century — the HinduArabic numeral system reaches Europe through the Arabs
 12th century — Bhaskara Acharya writes the Lilavati, which covers the topics of definitions, arithmetical terms, interest computation, arithmetical and geometrical progressions, plane geometry, solid geometry, the shadow of the gnomon, methods to solve indeterminate equations, and combinations
 12th century — Bhaskara Acharya writes the “Bijaganita” (“Algebra”), which is the first text to recognize that a positive number has two square roots
 12th century — Bhaskara Acharya conceives differential calculus, and also develops Rolle's theorem, Pell's equation, a proof for the Pythagorean Theorem, proves that division by zero is infinity, computes π to 5 decimal places, and calculates the time taken for the earth to orbit the sun to 9 decimal places
 1130 — AlSamawal gave a definition of algebra: “[it is concerned] with operating on unknowns using all the arithmetical tools, in the same way as the arithmetician operates on the known.”^{[10]}
 1135 — Sharafeddin Tusi followed alKhayyam's application of algebra to geometry, and wrote a treatise on cubic equations which “represents an essential contribution to another algebra which aimed to study curves by means of equations, thus inaugurating the beginning of algebraic geometry.”^{[10]}
 1260 — AlFarisi gave a new proof of Thabit ibn Qurra's theorem, introducing important new ideas concerning factorization and combinatorial methods. He also gave the pair of amicable numbers 17296 and 18416 which have also been joint attributed to Fermat as well as Thabit ibn Qurra.^{[11]}
 c. 1250 — Nasir AlDin AlTusi attempts to develop a form of nonEuclidean geometry.
 1303 — Zhu Shijie publishes Precious Mirror of the Four Elements, which contains an ancient method of arranging binomial coefficients in a triangle.
 14th century — Madhava is considered the father of mathematical analysis, who also worked on the power series for p and for sine and cosine functions, and along with other Kerala schoolmathematicians, founded the important concepts of Calculus
 c. 1400 — Ghiyath alKashi “contributed to the development of decimal fractions not only for approximating algebraic numbers, but also for real numbers such as π. His contribution to decimal fractions is so major that for many years he was considered as their inventor. Although not the first to do so, alKashi gave an algorithm for calculating nth roots which is a special case of the methods given many centuries later by Ruffini and Horner.” He is also the first to use the decimal point notation in arithmetic and Arabic numerals. His works include The Key of arithmetics, Discoveries in mathematics, The Decimal point, and The benefits of the zero. The contents of the Benefits of the Zero are an introduction followed by five essays: “On whole number arithmetic”, “On fractional arithmetic”, “On astrology”, “On areas”, and “On finding the unknowns [unknown variables]”. He also wrote the Thesis on the sine and the chord and Thesis on finding the first degree sine.
 15th century — Ibn alBanna and alQalasadi introduced symbolic notation for algebra and for mathematics in general.^{[10]}
 1424 — Ghiyath alKashi computes π to sixteen decimal places using inscribed and circumscribed polygons.
 1427 — AlKashi completes The Key to Arithmetic containing work of great depth on decimal fractions. It applies arithmetical and algebraic methods to the solution of various problems, including several geometric ones.
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Game over.
Are you fucking serious? You provide a wiki dump and proclaim victory?
Yes, my "ignorant ass" is saying that you are wrong. I can find 100 accomplishments from the hills of West Virginia but that doesn't mean that they aren't backwards.
Fucking ass, you are steaming pile of stupidity. But, at least you've managed to garner the respect of two other stooges. Congratulations, I'm sure you ladies can sit around and discuss the power and savvy of the Middle East all weekend.
All developments from the ME within the last 1000 years. Cry all you want, loser, but that won't change the fact that these people were doing surgery and calculus while your ancestors were giving each other the plague and burning "witches".
It's more than a little ironic that your empire will fall for the same reasons theirs did.
AHHH....now it comes out.
LMAO, hey pal, if it makes you feel better on the inside and you can somehow justify just how FUCKED UP the Middle East is, that's fine with me. Trying to data mine accomplishments that are several centuries old and cling to them is well...
I'm not 'clinging' to anything...just refuting your ignorant statements (and easily too).
No, no, no...clinging...you? Never.
Out of any statements beyond sarcastic bullshit? You? Never!
Oh big deal. In the west. IBM invented the mechanical tabulator. Sold it to every government. This technology allowed social security which gave us the most massive rippoff ponzi the world has ever seen. We are much more creative. As long as the creativity is centered around creating counterfeit money.
Read God's Crucible by David Lewis. It talks about the reconquest of Spain. Indeed it is at the back end of your "thousand years" comment but you clearly demonstrate your ignorance of the importance of islamic culture in regards to the tenological development of Europe and the world. The same can be said for European understanding of Chinese contribution. 1421 and 1434 by Gavin Menzies are good introductions.
Interestingly Ghengis Khan is believed to be, by many historians, the prime cause of decline of Muslim civilization.
anything left in the library of alexandria?
Not in the last 1,000 years. They burnt it down....you know, to prove to themselves that they themselves are the most bestest.
damn, you're on a roll tonight.
There's nothing 'ignorant' about my comment. The Middle East has been ridiculous failure for a millenium. Now, if we want to go back to the birth of Jesus Christ...and when man wasn't walking upright and dragging around clubs...
I'd love to know more about the "importance of islamic culture in regards to the technological develepment of Europe and the world".
If you want to buy the world a coke, fine with me. But, that doesn't make it true. It just makes it feel better.
You seem happy with your head in the sand. We sincerely hope that running around with your eyes jammed shut makes you "feel better".
<rolling eyes>
<laughing and shaking head>
Be careful, don't shake off that diaper on your head.
I honestly feel sorry for you. I have no idea what it must be like to go through life so fucking dumb.
Shut the fuck up and get your shine box.
And leave you unemployed? You're too old to start sucking dick for fiat again.
Great advances like what? The Space program fiasco? You know, the program that should provide us with a new frontier to pionneer so we can maintain the US expansionist model, delivering a new space to increase the inputs to the economy.
Result: it has increased the outputs of Earth economy toward the Space.
Giant leap toward, toward, well, toward depletion of resources.
You can't be fucking serious.
does a pimp need to work?? pimp got bitches.. ragheads got oil.. so get back working for that oil and making medicine for fake problems and filming mall rats for entertainment
Gator ain't no pimp.
Wow! Head spy being made VP.
The only thing worse would be making the head of the CIA President
...oh wait.