A.M. Links: WTO Chief Thinks Cutting Red Tape Might Be a Good Idea, Egyptian Minister Warns of the Country's Collapse, Senator Compares Modern America to Atlas Shrugged, Drone Base Planned For North Africa, Malian Troops Hold Timbuktu


  • The director general of the World Trade Organization says that cutting back on red tape could provide a $1tn boost to the global economy. Who'd have thunk?

  • Egyptian Defense Minister Gen. Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has said that the future of Egypt is at stake as anti-government protesters continue demonstrations. 
  • Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) believes that there are strong parallels between contemporary America and Atlas Shrugged. No word on who he thinks our own John Galt might be.
  • Malian troops are in control of Timbuktu after dislodging Islamic militants with French support.
  • The U.S. military will set up a drone base in north Africa. We wouldn't want the French to have all the fun would we?
  • Chinese leader Xi Jinping has said that China will not allow its sovereignty to be violated, the latest sign that territorial disputes with Japan aren't going away anytime soon. 

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