Archive for June 7th, 2010

Crisis Not ‘Wasted’: Obama to Nationalize Oil Companies?

Monday, June 7th, 2010

It wouldn’t surprise me a bit if Obama didn’t use the disaster in the gulf to take more government control of private industry.

While management of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill has shaken many Americans’ confidence in the current administration, some voices in entertainment, news and academia see the crisis as reason to give the federal government even more power – namely, the ability to take over the oil industry.

The notion is catching on with the public, too. A CBS poll recently tabulated 63 percent of Americans believe the Obama administration should be doing more in response to the spill, and activists working through the SeizeBP.org website are planning protests in 50 cities throughout the week demanding the federal government take over BP, the company that owns and operates the leaking oil drill.

The Seize BP organization is demanding BP assets be nationalized not only to clean up the spill, but also to compensate families affected by what the organization calls “this capitalist-made disaster.”

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Cairo to Strip Citizenship from Men Who Marry Israelis

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Nothing like the equal rights Muslims enjoy…or don’t enjoy, as the case may be.

Cairo’s High Court of Justice has upheld a lower court ruling that ordered the Interior Ministry to ensure that Egyptian men lose their rights if they marry Israeli wives.

Administrative Supreme Court Justice Mohammed al-Husseini handed down a decision Saturday that Egypt’s Interior Ministry must ask the country’s Cabinet to take what steps it must to strip citizenship from men married to Israeli women — and from their children.

At present, Egyptians marrying Israelis are allowed to retain their Egyptian citizenship, and their children are automatically considered Egyptian citizens as well. The practice parallels that of the Muslim faith, in which custody of the children, and the religious faith, follows that of the father.

But although the High Court upheld a lower court ruling and its decision cannot be challenged further, the judge stipulated that the ministry “present all the marriages to the cabinet to examine each separately,” explained Nabil Al-Wahsh, the attorney who brought the original lawsuit. It is not clear whether or how the government will enforce the ruling.

Last year the Interior and Foreign Ministries appealed a similar decision by the lower court, arguing that the matter should be placed before the country’s parliament, rather than be decided in the courts.

Al-Wahsh explained to the Qatar-based Al Jazeera satellite news network that he wanted to prevent the creation of a generation who are “disloyal to Egypt and the Arab world.” The children of such marriages “should not be allowed to perform their military service,” he commented.

Al Jazeera reporter in Cairo, Rawya Rageh, commented that the case has “highlighted the divide between the official Egyptian stance on peace with Israel versus the real sentiment on the street of the Arab world’s most populous nation.”

She added that “Popular sentiment in Egypt is primarily determined by the Palestinian situation, and this has given more room to lawsuits filed in Egyptian courts against anything that appears remotely sympathetic to Israel or its citizens.”

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