Congratulations to the Egyptian people!
|By: David Dayen Wednesday February 9, 2011 11:45 am|
After the world turned away and thought the protests in Egypt over and a smooth transition to democracy under torturer-in-chief Omar Suleiman assured, everyone forgot one thing: the view of the protesters. They have actually stepped up their protests, blocking the entrance to Parliament and forcing the new Mubarak cabinet to convene elsewhere. In the face of this, the other US allies in the Middle East are pressing Obama to back off of Mubarak and allow the “stable” process to take hold. They aren’t really talking about Egypt, but their own countries; they don’t want to see the same kind of unrest at their doorstep, and so they view Mubarak holding on as crucial to their continued survival. They say it would “destabilize the region.” But stability in this case is synonymous with autocracy.
|By: Rayne Wednesday February 9, 2011 6:06 am|
The crowd in Cairo’s Tahrir Square remains strong today. New participants continue to stream into the square to take part in what Egyptians see as both a historic event and as the first opportunity to exercise freedom of speech. Yet in spite of the increasing size and reach of the uprising, Vice President Omar Suleiman made a veiled threat about the duration of the protests.