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Mohamed ElBaradei's book to be rushed to shelves

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In recent days, Mohamed ElBaradei has emerged as a leader in the protests against the Egyptian government. His new prominence has prompted publisher Metropolitan Books to move up the publication date of his book, previously slated for June, to April.

"The Age of Deception: Nuclear Diplomacy in Treacherous Times" is the Nobel laureate's account of his three terms as director general of the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency. It was ElBaradei's work toward nuclear nonproliferation that earned him the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.

Now, of course, ElBaradei is involved in an entirely different kind of international politics. Hundreds of thousands of protestors filled the streets of Cairo on Tuesday calling for longtime Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to step down. "The protesters demand an end to what they describe as a repressive, incompetent and corrupt regime that has failed to improve the lives of ordinary people while restricting civil liberties and violating human rights," Jeffrey Fleishman and Ned Parker report for the L.A. Times. "Though leaderless, they appear to have coalesced around Mohamed ElBaradei, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and former secretary general of the International Atomic Energy Agency."

"The Age of Deception" is ElBaradei's first book.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Mohammed ElBaradei surrounded by journalists upon his return to Egypt on Jan. 27. Credit: Peter Macdiarmid /Getty Images

 
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It should perhaps also be rushed out in Arabic [&Persian] translation!

I love the line "The protesters demand an end to what they describe as a repressive, incompetent and corrupt regime that has failed to improve the lives of ordinary people while restricting civil liberties and violating human rights," which would, once in focus, also describe both very ugly parties in the USA, who PUT us where we are: Swirling around the toilet.

Disagree with "restricting civil liberties and violating human rights"? Been to an airport recently? Aware of the law passed by both parties almost unanimously that states the president can, on a whim, designate any American citizen he chooses as an 'enemy combatant' and hold them indefinitely without a trial, without a lawyer, without a charge, after claiming, if they want you out of the way, they went thru your belongings without a warrant and found machineguns, a Koran and a bomb-making manual under your bed, without your ability to defend yourself, and there you rot, in a dungeon, no one even notified where they stuck you. That's on the books, formulated by Bush and rubberstamped by Obama.

WE need tens of millions on OUR streets. The economy is reason enough. Note the Egyptian economy is a big reason the people are getting that crappy govt to agree to quit. But our constitutional rights, like theirs, have been gutted, as if by a foreign invader, with a big, fat, expensive and profitable police state planted on our faces.


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