Time is Ticking……And Unconfirmed Rumours Regarding Mubarak’s Demise

Analysis by the US Department of Energy (DoE) – seen by Newsnight – shows that at $50 a barrel Venezuela – not Saudi Arabia – will have the biggest oil reserves in Opec.

The DoE report shows that at today’s prices Venezuela’s oil reserves are bigger than those of the entire Middle East – including Saudi Arabia, the Gulf states, Iran and Iraq.

The DoE estimates that the Venezuelan government controls 1.3 trillion barrels of oil – more than the entire declared oil reserves of the rest of the planet.”

I hope you’re enjoying that Sushi….

On, a different note, there is an unconfirmed rumour circulating around that I reservedly link to:

“Egypt: Is Mubarak dead? There is a rumor that Mubarak is dead. It is not confirmed yet, but there are multiple Egyptian sources that indicate the president since 1981 has died. At this stage, all the levers for lifting his son to power are not in place, and Jamal ‘s rise to power is not assured. As a prominent Egyptian thinker told me in fall, if the transfer of power is not completed by the the president dies, then it is wide open game.”

Now I’m not a person who is into or likes spreading unconfirmed rumours, but if true this is humungous.

Check out Angry Arab for a discussion on the authenticity of this as well.

Update: So far it looks like a false alarm. Apparently he was seen in the Ahli-Barcelona game. With hindsight I should’ve stuck to my better judgement and kept to not perpetuating rumours. My apologies.


18 Responses to “Time is Ticking……And Unconfirmed Rumours Regarding Mubarak’s Demise”

  1. Mariam Says:

    Angry arab is one of my favorite bloggers! I get all my news from him now – don’t trust any other source! Only problem I have with him is that he’s secular to the extreme, but once you get past that his opinions are pretty reliable
    He’s actually pretty nice. Responds to all emails.. I sent him a link to your blog and his response was basically that he liked Nido milk too but his mom liked tatra whatever that means..lol

  2. Aigre-Doux Says:

    “Only problem I have with him is that heโ€™s secular to the extreme, but once you get past that his opinions are pretty reliable”

    Hmm. Would you care to elaborate please?

  3. nido Says:


    Angry Arab is great! He is by far my favourite blogger (well him and baghdad burning by riverbend, but unfortunately she doesn’t blog too much now. That blogger has the best writing style I have ever seen on the net. Absolutely beautiful. I really hope she’s alright.). He’s funny, gives you a good daily digest of the important news, and is also very good at identifying underlying bias in news reporting! This is not to mention that his politics are generally very good.

    What does tatra mean?

    Anyway, I thought that if he and Richard Norton- two academics and usually very reliable people- put up the Mubarak thing, then there must be a bit of fire where the smoke is coming from! Oh well… makes you think twice about unsubstantiated rumours next time.

  4. BB Says:

    Nasser….saadat….. hmmm mubarak…i hope it’s not a case of third time lucky

  5. Odd Says:

    Nothing to say about this post (I mean, who cares about Egypt?).

    But, in your last post, you had a link to Bahrain online – I clicked on it, and spent at least 2 hours reading recipes in “Multaqa al 6abkh” and forgot how I ended up there in the first place!

    You’re a bad influence Nido.

  6. Butterfly Says:

    Are you sure you are a Nideor?

    Whenever I read your posts I imagine academic blogger in his fifites, wearing thick glasses ๐Ÿ™‚

    I mean this heavy dose of criticism, politics and old videos don’t sound like nidoer but may be you are an exceptional case. Why don’t you write about people like yourself, the exceptional nidoers?

  7. Butterfly Says:

    Are you sure you are a Nideor?

    Whenever I read your posts I imagine academic blogger in his fifities, wearing thick glasses ๐Ÿ™‚

    I mean this heavy dose of criticism, politics and old videos don’t sound like nidoer but may be you are an exceptional case. Why don’t you write about people like yourself, the exceptional nidoers?

  8. nido Says:


    I don’t get it. Third time lucky in terms of what?


    Come on man! Masr Um El Dunya! The citadel of al 3uroobah! This region of the world is not going anywhere unless Egypt gets moving!

    I haven’t check out the cooking section in that forum. Any good recipes around?


    Haha… You’ve got me! I’m actually a sixty year old guy/woman who’s not very happy with the antics of his/her kids. I might even be a parent of one of the bloggers keeping tabs on them. You better watch out!

    I could put links to Hussain el jasmy etc…. but everyone knows those already.. I thought it’s probably better to link to stuff that is not so mainstream!

  9. BB Says:

    ุงู„ุฑุฆูŠุณ ุญุณู†ูŠ ู…ุจุงุฑูƒ ุจุงู„ุทูŠุงุฑุฉ ู‚ุฑุฑ ูŠุฑู…ูŠ 100ุฌู†ูŠู‡

    ูŠูู€ุฑู‘ุญ ุจู‡ุง ุนุงุฆู„ุฉ ู…ุตุฑูŠุฉ

    ู‚ุงู„ุช ุฒูˆุฌุชู‡ : ุฎู„ูŠู‡ู… ุฎู…ุณูŠู†ุชูŠู† ูˆูุฑุญ ุนุงูŠู„ุชูŠู†

    ู‚ุงู„ ุงุจู†ู‡ : ุฎู„ูŠู‡ู… 25 ูˆูุฑุญ ุงุฑ ุจุน ุนูˆุงูŠู„

    ู‚ุงู„ ูƒุงุจุชู† ุงู„ุทูŠุงุฑุฉ: ูŠุง ุนู… ุฃุฑู… ู†ูุณูƒ ูˆูุฑุญ 70 ู…ู„ูŠูˆู† ู…ุตุฑูŠ

  10. Natna Says:

    Hi BB…Nidoer is probably 24 turning 25…put him in Class of 2000….he is in academics…that’s what i gather

  11. Mariam Says:

    I meant that he’s an athiest and makes it a point to criticize religion all the time. There’s nothing wrong with that of course. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions. All I meant by saying that is that I agree with almost everything he says except that (oh and the fact that he doesn’t think that AIPAC plays a prominent role in the US) Again, minor differences. Was just pointing out what we disagree on. Its my favorite blog on arab politics.

  12. Aigre-Doux Says:


    I’m just curious and find it interesting since dominant intellectual thought (i don’t want to say “western” because its not about some simple non-existent dichotomy) would hold secularism/atheism as a further source of credibility (or maybe this is just the atheist in me but I don’t think religious belief colours views). So you think his views are valid despite the fact that they are constituted by atheism? As in, how do you separate that from his opinions? And how would you treat the reverse? Again, i find it all discussion worthy since being areligious and secular was a common accusation and a source of weakness as part of leftist activism. We were trying to educate people about how religious nationalism was indoctrinating kids (the hindu fundamentalist kind) on american college campuses… the target audience being kids who were genuinely interested in hinduism and religion but found themselves victims of a political ideology instead. We never resolved it becuase nobody on the left liked to admit their uncomfortability and awkwardness with ‘religion’.

  13. BB Says:

    I genuinely don’t mind Angry Arabs atheism. I find he is respectful of religion (all religions) whilst being politically critical of ‘people of religion’, or religious factions in the political sphere. I find he actually leverages his religious background (sunni father, shia mother) quite effectively (in the sense that you respect sensibilities), and that he probably knows more about my religion than I do as a practising muslim. In fact, he is adamently more scathing of current so-called socialist/leftist movements in Lebanon and elsewhere then he is of Hizbollah or other muslim players.

    What i do find irritating however is his absent use of paragraphs!!

  14. nido Says:

    I wonder if Angry Arab would ever be allowed in Bahrain to speak. Hmm.. anyone out there interested in trying to bring him over?

  15. Mariam Says:

    Aigre-Doux and BB: Sorry for not responding to your comments earlier. I dissapeared for a bit because of exams. Hmm.. you’ve asked me some hard questions and I’m not sure i understand exactly where your getting at. I do think that Angry Arab’s athiesm have a major influence on his ideas. After all, if religion is viewed as an ideology then you can say that religion segregates, separates, and creates a hierchical (excuse my spelling) structure in society – all things that Asad seems to be completely against. In addition, religion can be viewed as something which is against equality and “multiculturism” because no matter how tolerant a religious person is, he/she is still asserting that he/she is right and all the non-believers are wrong. But on the other hand, athiesm can also be viewed as such an assertion. I dunno.. All I meant by my comments is to say that it is rare that I find someone who I agree with 100% and Angry Arab is one of those rare people – thats why I trust him. But then I wanted to clarify that there is only one thing that I disagree with and it is his stance against religion (although I agree with most of what he says about religion because today it seems like religion is more of an ideology than a belief system). Anyways that’s all I really meant – a comment I threw out there without really thinking of anything more.
    The atheism doesn’t bother me though. Its merely a point that I disagree with. Oh and the lack of paragraphs don’t bother me at all, lol
    It would be great if someone could bring asad to bahrain. He goes to lebanon a lot and I’m sure that somehow he could stop by in bahrain on his way there. Maybe we can all work on it together. Of course we would need funding. I’m not in bahrain but I’d be willing to help

  16. Gardens of Sand Says:

    Nido, Nido where art thou? Long time no blog. I miss your posts. I need a scathing posts on us good for nothing Nidos to snap me back to reality!

  17. nido Says:

    Thanks for the great message. It means a lot to me. Unfortunately it’s not been exactly the best times for me. I promise I’ll be back, I just am not sure when at the moment.

    Thanks for teh great message once again.

  18. Butterfly Says:


    Where are you? We missed your interesting posts ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    I will send you a new bed and 10 new suits but yalla come back soon.

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