After the Uprising, a Hope for a New Civil Society in the Arab World

By: Sunday February 13, 2011 12:45 pm

Egypt’s military dissolved Parliament and suspended the Constitution today, meeting two key demands of the protesters in Tahrir Square. The military said they would hold onto power for six months, or until elections were held. Constitutional changes would be offered in a referendum.


At Best, America Killed Mubarak’s Presidency with Kindness

By: Saturday February 12, 2011 6:00 pm

Collectively as a country we can claim no credit for this positive popular revolution against a dictator we spent so much money trying to keep in power.

How Would a President McCain Have Responded to Egypt’s Uprising?

By: Saturday February 12, 2011 11:30 am

Count me among those who constantly point out the dissonance between Democratic Primary Candidate Barack Obama’s progressive promises and the actions of President Barack Obama which tend to continue and even extend (as we see today on FISA) the Constitutional and international law abuses of George W. Bush. However, I am becoming more and more convinced that despite the accusations of fumbling and presenting multiple, conflicting public positions on the Egyptian uprising, a key strategic move by the Obama administration appears to have been communication to the Egyptian military that the US would move quickly to cut off financial aid to the military if it attacked peacefully demonstrating civilians. Would a President John McCain have taken this approach? I don’t think so, and we have his comments from last Saturday at the Munich Security Conference to support that idea.

Faustian Bargains in Egypt and Elsewhere

By: Saturday February 12, 2011 9:00 am

For some 30 years, the US has had a Faustian bargain with Hosni Mubarak. “You help us, and we’ll ignore how you treat your people.” But when the devil arrives to demand payment, things can get ugly (see Iran in the 1970s).

To the extent that we’ve been supporting autocrats who are nervous about Egypt spilling into their countries, US diplomats might want to prod them to pay more attention to the rights of their own people. “If a revolution never happens, then you don’t have to worry about how we’ll react to it.”

Face it: getting out of a Faustian bargain is hard, but it’s easier to do before the revolution takes place and the bill comes due.

Live Video: Gibbs Press Briefing

By: Friday February 11, 2011 12:32 pm

President Obama just delivered remarks on the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. A transcript will be posted when available. In the meantime, here is Robert Gibbs with a press briefing, as streamed live by the White House.

Dear Egypt: We Love You for Your Freedom

By: Friday February 11, 2011 11:30 am

Congratulations to the Egyptian people!

The Party Line – February 11, 2011

By: Friday February 11, 2011 9:30 am

I approach this week’s edition of The Party Line with a bit of trepidation–talking about Egypt in a segment I have to tape some hours before I post is risky business. No doubt “facts on the ground,” as they say, have changed since I recorded this. What I really want to address, though, is not so much what is happening in Tahrir Square, but what the hell is going on with the message uttered by US administration officials. That also might have changed since I made this video, but that is exactly what I want to talk about.

Mubarak Has Stepped Down, Tahrir Square Rejoicing [Update]

By: Friday February 11, 2011 8:09 am

In a brief announcement on Egyptian state television, Vice President Omar Suleiman said that President Hosni Mubarak has relinquished power and asked the Egyptian Armed Forces Council to assume responsibility for leadership of the country.

‘Farewell Friday’ Observed by Protesters after Mubarak’s Defiant Speech [Updated]

By: Friday February 11, 2011 6:05 am

During President Hosni Mubarak’s speech last evening to the Egyptian public, the crowd of pro-democracy protesters began to shout angrily as it became clear that Mubarak would not recognize their demands. The angry shouts have been followed today by enormous crowds in Cairo’s Tahrir Square continuing their demand for an end to the current regime.

Late Night: Pouting Baby Doesn’t Understand Why the Bad Men Won’t Just Go Away

By: Thursday February 10, 2011 8:00 pm

I hope Heartless Dick and RumaDon stay gone after today, and I hope Hoser Mubarak and his vice-torturer go away tomorrow. All of these bad men worked together to hurt a lot of people and it’s time for them to just go away and let nice people take over.

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