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Feb 1, 2011

Financial & Forex Info News : Hong Kong Benchmark seen soaring to 28,900 | The Stardard | Business | Finance

FINANCIAL AND FOREX INFO NEWS


 




Benchmark seen soaring to 28,900 The Hong Kong benchmark may jump as much as 23 percent to hit 28,900 this year, fueled by the banking and property sectors, Credit Suisse Securities said.





02/ 02/ 2011
Kick off Year of the Rabbit with profit from top tip
HSBC top boss still eager on London
Conflicting PMI figures mar recovery outlook
Retailers gain momentum
China home prices set to beat curbs
REDA defiant amid leeway
Benchmark seen soaring to 28,900
Bank loans overshoot January target

01/ 02/ 2011
Hongqiao scraps float
Liquidity dip trims stocks
HSI membership shut
Relief calls mount as surplus hits $58.9b
Yuan data lift for equities
Growing on trees
Property sector feels the pinch as fresh taxes start to bite
Curbs fear fails to reach home
Get more gold, Beijing told

Mining Interactive : Introducing Pacific North West Capital.- Significant Increase in Contained Ounces of Gold..

Pacific Northwest Capital Corp.
TSX - PFN; Frankfurt – P7J (WKN: 926 993); OTCQX – PAWEF


INTRODUCING PACIFIC NORTH WEST CAPITAL (“PFN")
SIGNIFICANT INCREASE AT DAC GOLD DEPOSIT IN CONTAINED OUNCES OF GOLD AT THE DESTINY GOLD PROJECT LOCATED NEAR VAL-D’OR, QUEBEC
  • Indicated and Inferred resources have been determined for the DAC Deposit in Quebec (see January 24, 2011 News Release link below);
  • Indicated Resource contains approximately 364,000 ounces gold;
  • Inferred Resource contains approximately 247,000 ounces gold;
  • DAC Deposit occurs at surface and is open in both strike and dip;
  • Awaiting assay results from the Phase 3 drilling program;
  • The Destiny Gold Project is under option from Alto Ventures Ltd. (Alto).  Under the terms of the option agreement (the Agreement), PFN can earn a 60% interest in the property over a four year period by completing $3.5 million in exploration expenditures, paying! $200,000 and providing a total of 250,000 PFN shares to Alto;

  • Pacific North West Capital has fulfilled its obligations for the first two years of the option term as outlined in the Agreement.

States Harry Barr, Pacific North West Capital President & CEO:  “We have far exceeded our objectives for this project over the past year.  Our initial goal was to double the previous resource on the DAC deposit and now we see the potential for something much bigger.”

 Dear Friends:
We are pleased to introduce and add a new Member Company to our portfolio of Companies we represent.  The shares of Pacific North West Capital Corp. (“PFN”) are still trading at pennies and consequently the Company represents another excellent risk/high-reward investment opportunity!
Harry Barr, the President & CEO of PFN and I have known each other for some 20 years and now that I will be able to work with Harry and his capable hands-on geological and savvy management team (the “Team”), I am more than pleased.
 PFN is focused on Platinum Group Metals (PGM), precious and base metals. Management's corporate philosophy is to be a Project Generator, Explorer and Project Operator with the objective of option/joint venturing projects with major and junior mining companies through to production.
 For your own due diligence, please go to www.pfncapital.com and you will see that under the direction of Harry Barr and the PFN Board its experienced Management Team has done a great job toward reaching the Company’s goals and objectives.

Regards,
Nick L. Nicolaas
Mining Interactive "Ahead of the Pack"

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Release Date,  January  24, 2011
Nick Nicolaas, Editor

Pacific North West Capital Corp. (TSX: PFN; OTCQX: PAWEF; Frankfurt: P7J) is focused on the exploration and development of one of Canada's largest primary Platinum Group Metals (PGM) deposits, the River Valley PGM Project located in the Sudbury region of Ontario.  In addition, it has a NI43-101 compliant inferred and indicated gold resource in Québec and is advancing a polymetallic project in the Iskut River region of British Columbia. The Company is a significant shareholder of Fire River Gold Corp. (FAU:TSX.V) who is developing the Nixon Fork Gold Mine, Alaska.
Harry Barr
President, CEO & Director

Mr. Barr is a senior executive with over 30 years experience in the mineral exploration industry. He has founded several public companies including Canalaska Uranium, Freegold Ventures, Pacific North West Capital (“PFN”) and Fire River Gold and presently is a Director as well as President and CEO of both PFN, Fire River Gold and Chairman of El Nino Ventures.

 


Nick L. Nicolaas
(604) 657-4058

nick@mininginteractive.com

MarketWatch Personal Finance Daily : Tough credit-card rule may hit stay-at-home moms

MarketWatch
Personal Finance Daily
FEBRUARY 01, 2011

Tuesday's Personal Finance Stories

By MarketWatch



Don't miss these top stories:
If the Federal Reserve has its way, stay-at-home moms and dads — or potentially anyone without a direct source of income — might find it difficult to get a new credit card.

As Ruth Mantell writes in her column today, the Fed proposed a rule that instructs credit-card issuers to make sure each applicant has money coming in, rather than counting household income as is done currently.

You can understand the reasoning: If someone isn't being paid regularly, they shouldn't be given credit. On the other hand, shouldn't household income be the key here?

Read Ruth's story today for more, and don't miss Kristen Gerencher's Health Matters blog for more on efforts to strike down the new health law. Plus, read our Trading Strategies special report for advice on investing overseas. You can see the full Trading Strategies report here.

Andrea Coombes , personal finance editor

Tough credit-card rule may hit stay-at-home moms

Federal regulators are proposing rules that could prevent stay-at-home spouses — those without independent income — from getting a credit card. Is the Federal Reserve going too far?
Read more: Tough credit-card rule may hit stay-at-home moms.


HEALTH CARE

Florida judge rules against health overhaul

A contested feature of the new health-reform law that's considered important for its success appears headed for the Supreme Court after a Florida judge ruled that it was unconstitutional and as similar cases wind their way through the courts. But consumers won't see any immediate changes to their health benefits.
Read more: Florida judge rules against health overhaul.


Few players in health insurance markets

Health insurers are consolidating market power as nearly two-thirds of U.S. cities are dominated by two carriers and nearly half of all metro areas are controlled by one, a study released Tuesday finds.
Read more: Few players in health-insurance markets.


PERSONAL TECH

An Apple fanboy who makes you think

Fanboy and monologist Mike Daisey's journey to China and Foxconn changed the way he feels about his beautifully designed Apple devices.
Read more: An Apple fanboy who makes you think.


REAL ESTATE

Proposal for judge-supervised mortgage talks

The Senate Judiciary Committee takes a look at a potential remedy for homeowners in trouble with their loans: getting lenders and borrowers to engage in mediation over mortgage debts, a practice already in use in a handful of states.
Read more: Proposal for judge-supervised mortgage talks.


ECONOMY & POLITICS

ISM factory index jumps to 60.8% in January

Data indicate that the manufacturing segment of the U.S. economy continues its pattern of outperformance.
Read more: ISM factory index jumps to 60.8% in January.


U.S. economy looks ready for takeoff

On the surface, the fourth quarter's GDP report looks good, but drilling down beneath the surface, it looks even better, writes Irwin Kellner.
Read more: U.S. economy looks ready for takeoff.


On Wall Street, questions on who's worth what

One thing all of these plans for addressing financial-sector payouts have in common is that everyone is still getting paid too much in the eyes of everyone who doesn't work on the Street.
Read more: On Wall Street, questions on who's worth what.


SPORTS & LEISURE

Winter weather disrupts some Super Bowl travel

A severe storm closes Dallas–Fort Worth International Airport, snarling travel plans for some football fans heading to this weekend's Super Bowl.
Read more: Winter weather disrupts some Super Bowl travel.


Support Green Bay and irritate the rich

Every American with any sense should root for the Green Bay Packers to win Super Bowl XLV, writes Brett Arends.
Read more: Support Green Bay; annoy the rich.


INVESTING

Financial advisers on munis: Don't panic

Like many financial advisers, Stan Richelson is fielding calls these days from clients wanting reassurance about their holdings in the municipal-bond market.
Read more: Financial advisers on munis: Don't panic.


Investors pile into Egypt fund

If you need any further evidence that some investors have gone completely gaga for emerging markets, look no further than what's happening in Wall Street's only publicly traded Egypt fund.
Read more: Investors pile into Egypt fund.


New hedge funds raised more in 2010

Ramius's CEO says industry assets may double in coming years.
Read more: New hedge funds raised more in 2010.


Buy emerging markets where you can

Is it too late to get into emerging markets? Not if you know where to look, writes Jim Lowell.
Read more: Buy emerging markets where you can.


International investments at a discount

International closed-end funds offer discount opportunities to those looking for foreign investments.
Read more: International investments at a discount.


Green shoots for green energy stocks and funds

Oil topping $90 a barrel and expectations that prices could move higher as the U.S. economy recovers would seem to set the stage for a revival of alternative-energy stocks.
Read more: Green shoots for green energy stocks and funds.


Avoid China, and short the U.S. market instead

Why invest internationally when the short side of the U.S. markets is so attractive?
Read more: Avoid China, short the U.S. market instead.


Two investments for the big, emerging economies

At its present pace, worldwide capital investment will more than double over the next five to 10 years to something over $300 trillion. It's time to get in on that, writes Keith Fitz-Gerald.
Read more: Two investments for the big, emerging economies.


Cash in on the euro's decline

Trading the euro is a good way to add both global exposure and asset-class diversification to your portfolio of trading tactics, writes Shah Gilani.
Read more: Cash in on the euro's decline.


Investing in China

Opportunities are waiting in electric-power generation and natural-gas distribution, writes John Kuhns.
Read more: Investing in China.


INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Change the subject to inflation, rally the euro

The euro's January rally appears to have less to do with politicians' vows to solve the debt crisis than European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet's decision to change the subject.
Read more: Change the subject to inflation, rally the euro.


Australia keeps rates on hold at 4.75%

Australia's central bank keeps its policy rate on hold and says recent floods may hurt economic activity now but will raise demand in the future.
Read more: Australia keeps rates on hold at 4.75%.


China manufacturing indexes show price pressure

China's twin measures of the nation's manufacturing sector paint divergent pictures, with the official index showing slowing growth and a privately compiled version indicating the opposite. Still, both readings agree that inflation remained a problem.
Read more: China manufacturing indexes show price pressure.

Evening Market Wrap

Evening Market Wrap
Tuesday, February 1, 2011, 17:01


Commentary
Stocks saw substantial gains on Tuesday, with the strongest U.S. manufacturing activity number since 2004 prompting buying interest whilst helping to put uncertainty from civil unrest in Egypt on the backburner. Notably, the Dow finished at its best level since June of 2008, closing above the 12,000 mark. Full Article
Economic News
Economic activity in the U.S. manufacturing sector expanded for the eighteenth consecutive month in January, according to a report released by the Institute for Supply Management on Tuesday, with the index of activity in the sector jumping to a six-year high. The ISM said its index of activity in the manufacturing sector rose to 60.8 in January from a revised 58.5 in December, with a reading above 50 indicating growth in the sector. Economists had expected the index to come in at 57.5. Full Article
With U.S. spending on residential construction falling sharply in December, the Commerce Department released a report on Tuesday showing a notable drop in total construction spending for the month. Poor weather conditions may have contributed to the unexpected decrease. The report showed that construction spending fell 2.5 percent to $787.9 billion in December from the revised November estimate of $807.8 billion. The steep drop came as a surprise to economists. Full Article
Corporate News
General Motors Co. (GM), Ford Motor Co. (F) and Chrysler Group LLC started 2011 with strong performances, reporting double digit growths in U.S. vehicle sales for the month of January on Tuesday. GM, the largest U.S. automaker, said its January U.S. vehicle sales increased 21.8% to 178,896 units from 146,825 units in the same month last year. Sales for GM's four brands - Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac - rose 23.3% to 178,896 units from 145,098 units in the year-ago month. Full Article
Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. (PFE) Tuesday reported a more-than-threefold rise in fourth-quarter profit, reflecting the revenue impact of legacy Wyeth products, lower restructuring and acquisition-related costs and a tax benefit. Adjusted earnings per share beat Street estimates by a penny. The healthcare company also announced the authorization of a new share repurchase program of up to $5 billion of its common stock. Going forward, Pfizer provided outlook for fiscal 2011 and backed its earnings forecast for fiscal 2012, but lowered the revenue guidance for 2012. Full Article
United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS), the world's biggest package delivery company, reported Tuesday a 48 percent rise in profit for the fourth quarter, above market estimates, mainly driven by strong revenue growth and higher shipping volume. For fiscal 2011, the company's projected earnings are expected to exceed previous peak level. UPS also plans share repurchases of about $2 billion in 2011. The Atlanta, Georgia-based S&P 100 company's fourth-quarter net income grew to $1.12 billion or $1.11 per share from $757 million or $0.75 per share last year. Full Article
Biogen Idec Inc. (BIIB) on Tuesday said its fourth-quarter profit dropped from last year on one-time items. Excluding those items, earnings increased from the prior year and topped Wall Street estimates reflecting good sales growth in multiple sclerosis drugs Tysabri and Avonex. Further, the company issued 2011 earnings forecast, which is above analyst view. The stock is up over 3 percent in pre-market activity. Full Article
Oil giant BP Plc (BP, BP_UN.TO, BP.L) Tuesday reported a nearly 30 percent rise in fourth-quarter profit as higher commodity prices boosted revenues. Further, the company said it would resume quarterly dividend payment and added that it plans to divest half of its US refining capacity. Profit attributable to BP shareholders increased to $5.57 billion from the prior year's $4.30 billion. On a per share basis, earnings advanced to 29.28 cents from 22.64 cents. The company included a pre-tax charge of $1.0 billion in the quarter related to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Full Article
Political News
Publicly breaking with her father, former President George W. Bush, on the issue of gay marriage, Barbara Bush has appeared in a new web video calling for marriage equality. "I'm Barbara Bush and I'm a New Yorker for marriage equality," the former first daughter says in the video sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign. Full Article
Democrats have chosen Charlotte, North Carolina, as the site of the Democratic National Convention in 2012, the Democratic National Committee revealed on Tuesday. With the selection, Charlotte beat out St. Louis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and Cleveland. Republicans plan to hold their national convention in Tampa, Florida. Full Article
Ongoing civil unrest in Egypt was in focus as U.S. President Barack Obama met with the members of his Cabinet on Tuesday, the White House revealed in a statement. The White House said that the meeting began with an update on several national security issues, including the ongoing protests in Egypt as well as events in Afghanistan and Iraq. Full Article

Financial & Forex Info News: Dow Hits 2,000 As Stocks Rally | Reuters Daily Investor Update

FINANCIAL & FOREX INFO NEWS


FROM: REUTERS - DAILY - INVESTOR UPDATE


LATEST NEWS
Dow hits 12,000 as stocks rally
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Dow and S&P 500 closed at their highest levels since June 2008 on Tuesday and looked poised for more gains after strong earnings and signs of a surge in U.S. manufacturing. | Full Article

GM, Chrysler lead as auto sales rise
February 01, 2011 03:03 PM ET
DETROIT/PARIS (Reuters) - U.S. auto sales jumped by about 18 percent in January, led by gains for General Motors Co and Chrysler as the two Detroit automakers restructured by the government took share from rivals. | Full Article
CORRECTED: New Pfizer CEO slashes R&D to save forecast
February 01, 2011 04:13 PM ET
(Corrects that Pfizer bought Wyeth in late 2009, not last year, paragraph 8; error also occurred in previous updates) | Full Article
Manufacturing jumps in January, inflation rises
February 01, 2011 02:06 PM ET
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. manufacturing sector grew at its fastest pace in nearly seven years in January and signs of inflation jumped more than expected as the world's biggest economy gained traction. | Full Article
Payrolls seen up in January
February 01, 2011 03:52 PM ET
U.S. hiring probably gathered steam in January, marking a fourth straight month of gains, but likely not enough to prevent the jobless rate from ticking up. Nonfarm payrolls are expected to have increased by 145,000 jobs, but severe snow storms that blanketed large parts of the country during the survey period could result in a much lower figure. | Full Article

NYT: Afternoon Business News: Health Law's Uncertainty Leads to Worries on Care Limits


BUSINESS

Health Law's Uncertainty Leads to Worries on Care Limits

By REED ABELSON
The health care law banned lifetime limits on coverage for the first time, erasing the financial burdens, including personal bankruptcy, that had affected many ailing Americans.

F.D.A. Declines to Approve Diet Drug

By ANDREW POLLACK
The F.D.A. said the drug, called Contrave, should undergo further study. The decision is the latest regulatory setback for makers of diet medications.

January Called a Good Start to the Year for Carmakers

By NICK BUNKLEY
Sales increased 22 percent for General Motors and 9 percent for the Ford Motor Company compared with January 2010. Toyota's sales rose 17 percent.

BP to Pay First Dividend Since Gulf of Mexico Spill

By JULIA WERDIGIER
The British oil giant also said it plans to sell half of its refining capacity in the United States while expanding in faster growing economies.
Square Feet

Playing to Hedge Funds, a Trophy Rises in Midtown

By ALISON GREGOR
The Midtown tower, built as the office market slumped, is filling up and may presage a recovery of Manhattan's high-end office market.

Financial & Forex Info News : Cooper Hits Record on Cyclone Fears | The Australian Business Briefing

FINANCIAL & FOREX INFO NEWS




 
Copper hits record on cyclone fears
copper David Robertson A HUGE cyclone looming off the coast of northern Queensland has helped to push the prices of copper and tin to record levels in London.
 
Wall St rallies on upbeat earnings
Wall St UPDATED Kristina Peterson THE Dow Jones Industrial Average recaptured the 12,000 level today, buoyed by bellwether earnings and encouraging manufacturing data.
 
Bidders queue for Rinehart assets
Gina Rinehart Matt Chambers GINA Rinehart has reportedly fielded an Indian-backed bid of almost $2bn for a controlling stake in her Kevin's Corner coal project in Queensland..
 
Reserve Bank puts rates on hold for now
RBA chief Glenn Stevens Scott Murdoch THE Reserve Bank has foreshadowed that interest rates will remain on hold for the next few months.
 
Palmer to try again on Hong Kong listing
Clive Palmer Matt Chambers QUEENSLAND billionaire Clive Palmer is having another crack at a $3 billion initial public offering on the Hong Kong stock exchange.
 
Oil rises above $US102 on Egypt crisis
Oil Prices Dan Strumpf The brent crude oil contract has passed $US102 a barrel, hitting a fresh two-year high, as unrest continued for another day in Egypt.
 
Westpoint auditor to pay $67m
westpoint auditor Andrew Burrell WESTPOINT founder Norm Carey says 4000 investors in his failed property empire have been given a "raw deal".
 
China's prices continue to climb
Chinese yuan Michael Sainsbury, China correspondent INFLATIONARY pressures in China are continuing to rise, with a monthly manufacturing index showing input prices are increasing.
 
Financial Markets
Wall St rallies on upbeat earnings
Wall St UPDATED Kristina Peterson THE Dow Jones Industrial Average recaptured the 12,000 level today, buoyed by bellwether earnings and encouraging manufacturing data.
 
Gold gains as big fund lifts holdings
Copper hits record on cyclone fears
 
Financial Markets Coverage
 
Mining & Energy
Gold gains as big fund lifts holdings
Gold Matt Whittaker GOLD futures rose slightly today as worries about Egypt persisted and fund buying encouraged the market.
 
Copper hits record on cyclone fears
Oil rises above $US102 on Egypt crisis
 
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Muburack Says He Will Not Seek Reelection: MarketWatch - Market Pulse:



Mubarak says he will not seek re-election

By Christopher Noble

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) - Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said on Tuesday he would not run in upcoming presidential elections, agreeing to end his three decades of authoritarian rule after eight days of protests against poverty, deprivation and lack of opportunity spiraled beyond his control. As many as 300 people have been killed in the protests, which have paralyzed the Egyptian economy and rippled throughout the Arab world. In a televised statement, Mubarak said he would stay in power until the election, scheduled for September, and work to enact reforms to meet the demands of protesters. It was not clear if the promise not to run would be accepted by protesters and opposition leaders, who have been demanding Mubarak's immediate departure.

FINANCIAL & FOREX INFO NEWS : A storm of catastrophic proportions | The Australian Capital Circle



Capital Circle Newsletter



A storm of catastrophic proportions
 
As Cyclone Yasi looms over North Queensland, D-Day is also looming for Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak.

The PM's day, per the press office: Julia Gillard begins her day in Melbourne with an appearance on MMM breakfast radio. She will fly back to Canberra later for a day of meetings.
Tony Abbott is working in Sydney today. He has no media appearances scheduled.
CSIRO strike: After six months of talks, negotiations between the CSIRO Staff Association and the CSIRO Executive have stalled over concerns about consultation provisions and redundancy entitlements. Staff Association Secretary, Sam Popovski, says staff have been left with "little option" but to consider industrial action.
Press Gallery movements, part 2: SBS journalist Shalailah Medhora (@shalailah) is moving to Canberra. She announced the move on Twitter yesterday. SMH scribbler Yuko Narushima is leaving.
On the first Q & A for 2011 next week: Graham Richardson, former Labor minister; Amanda Vanstone, former Liberal minister; David Williamson, Australian playwright; Catherine Deveny, comedian and controversial twitterer; and Gerard Henderson, historian and former advisor to John Howard. (hat tip: @danielle_chb)
To those of you asking, paraphrasing Press Gallery president Phillip Hudson: The Senate car park is always full because DPS is changing the lights, so parts of the carpark are shut. DPS is also enforcing the 3 hour parking limit in the public carpark, which hasn't helped.
Tweet of the day - from @Joe Hockey: Xavier's first day at school tomorrow...it all happens so terribly quickly!! Sad!
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Driving the day - Cyclone watch: The Courier-Mail leads with news that Yasi has been upgraded to a life-threatening category five storm with wind gusts of up to 280km/hr expected in some areas.
Queensland Premier Anna Bligh says Yasi is "A storm of catastrophic proportions''.
Read more...

The Washington Post Afternoon Edition: Today's Headlines Most Read Articles

Washington Post

1) Jordan's King Abdullah II ousts prime minister, cabinet in wake of mass protests

AMMAN, JORDAN - Jordan's King Abdullah II on Tuesday dismissed Prime Minister Samir Rifai and his cabinet after widespread protests by crowds of people inspired by demonstrations in Egypt, Tunisia and elsewhere.

2) Obama praise could hurt two 2012 GOP candidates

Republicans Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman, both considering presidential runs, will have to convince GOP voters they don't back Obama administration policies.

3) Looters included undercover Egyptian police, hospitals tell Human Rights Watch

CAIRO - Human Rights Watch confirmed several cases of undercover police loyal to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's regime committing acts of violence and looting in an attempt to stoke fear of instability as demonstrations grew stronger Tuesday against the autocratic leader.

4) Jubilant crowd in Cairo predicts Mubarak's rule soon will end

CAIRO - Hundreds of thousands of cheering demonstrators packed this capital city's central plaza Tuesday, triumphantly predicting that their week-old pro-democracy movement was on the verge of ousting long-time President Hosni Mubarak.

5) Egypt protests show George W. Bush was right about freedom in the Arab world

For decades, the Arab states have seemed exceptions to the laws of politics and human nature. While liberty expanded in many parts of the globe, these nations were left behind, their "freedom deficit" signaling the political underdevelopment that accompanied many other economic and social maladie...

6) A democratic Egypt or a state of hate?

The dream of a democratic Egypt is sure to produce a nightmare.

7) Judge strikes down entire new health-care law

A federal judge in Florida on Monday became the first to strike down the entire law to overhaul the nation's health-care system, potentially complicating implementation of the statute in the 26 states that brought the suit.

8) Syrians call for protests on Facebook and Twitter

BEIRUT -- Syrians are organizing campaigns on Facebook and Twitter that call for a "day of rage" in Damascus this week, taking inspiration from Egypt and Tunisia in using social networking sites to rally their followers for sweeping political reforms.

9) Post Tech: Google, Twitter team up for Egyptians to send tweets via phone

As Egypt moved Monday to shut down its sole operating Internet service provider, Google and Twitter teamed up to create a service for people to send tweets from the nation through a phone call.

10) Arabs' urge for self-government shouldn't be a surprise

If the alternatives to his rule are poor, it is because he worked to make it so.

The Washington Post Afternoon Edition : Today's Opinions Most Read Articles

Washington Post

1) Egypt protests show George W. Bush was right about freedom in the Arab world

For decades, the Arab states have seemed exceptions to the laws of politics and human nature. While liberty expanded in many parts of the globe, these nations were left behind, their "freedom deficit" signaling the political underdevelopment that accompanied many other economic and social maladie...

2) A democratic Egypt or a state of hate?

The dream of a democratic Egypt is sure to produce a nightmare.

3) Arabs' urge for self-government shouldn't be a surprise

If the alternatives to his rule are poor, it is because he worked to make it so.

4) For Egypt's Mubarak, push has come to shove

The U.S. should help Mubarak fuel the presidential jet, if necessary.

5) Editorial: Misconceptions about the Egyptian crisis

EGYPT ON Monday continued to teeter between a popular revolution that would remove President Hosni Mubarak and a forcible restoration of order by the police and Army. The opposition called for mass demonstrations on Tuesday the regime did its best to impede them by canceling trains and other...

6) The government's bloated new dietary guidelines

More evidence that the government just can't trim the fat.

7) 'A Rosa Parks moment for education'

Guess who America's public schools are failing.

8) How Obama can govern from the center

Five big ideas he should consider to lead from the political center.

9) 'We believe America is against us'

Obama cannot afford to let Egyptians think America's against them.

10) Will Egypt mobilize or radicalize Arab youth?

Young Arabs may turn toward anarchic impulses without swift U.S. action.