Tahrir Square Protestors Cheering: Egypt’s Mubarak to Speak Soon, Relinquish Power

By: Thursday February 10, 2011 8:29 am

The immense crowd in Tahrir is cheering louder and louder – and clearly feels that something is about to change. Of course, Mubarak’s removal is not the protesters sole demand and we’ll have to wait and see if he does leave – and if the other demands are met for full regime change.

 

Egypt Protests Swell, Mideast Allies Tell White House to Back Off Mubarak

By: 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.

Day 15 in Tahrir Square: Crowds Remain Strong, Suleiman Makes Veiled Threat

By: 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.

Egypt Update: Renewed Crowds, Sit-in at Parliament Begins

By: Tuesday February 8, 2011 5:00 pm

For the third time since the popular uprising in Egypt has begun, crowds completely filled Tahrir Square on Tuesday, as protesters found renewed energy and they resolved not to leave until President Hosni Mubarak steps down.

A sit-in at the Parliament Building also has begun.

Western Media Altering Their Lenses in Egypt

By: Monday February 7, 2011 11:45 am

There’s a concerted effort on the part of Western media to show that Cairo is normal again, with slices of life that sidestep Tahrir Square. Businesses and banks opened their doors. People returned to their jobs and to drinking tea. Everything has returned to balance.

Concessions Meaningless Say Tahrir Protesters: “We Want a New System”

By: Monday February 7, 2011 6:00 am

While this video of the shooting of an unarmed man in the streets of Alexandria circulated online, the mainstream western headlines were full of rather fishy talk about the meeting between Vice President Omar Suleiman and “the opposition.” And in the U.S., both President Obama in his interview with Bill O’Reilly, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have been making comments as conflicted as before.

Many Obstacles Still Ahead in Egypt’s Climb Toward Democracy

By: Friday February 4, 2011 5:15 pm

The events in Egypt bear a remarkable similarity to the “Green Revolution”.

“Cracks in the Egyptian Establishment” as Protests Continue

By: Friday February 4, 2011 3:45 pm

I was not necessarily surprised by the absence of a pro-Mubarak crackdown on this “Day of Departure” in Egypt, simply because of the masses of the crowd on hand. The thugs would have been outnumbered. I am surprised by the presence of government officials in Tahrir Square, in a supportive capacity. . . .

The Party Line – February 4, 2011

By: Friday February 4, 2011 9:31 am

As I said last week, The Party Line is my attempt to take the ideas and thoughts that have been bouncing around in my head all week, and use them to kick off a weekend’s worth of conversation, and,well, my thoughts were a little extra bouncy today. There was just so much this week, and so much to say about Egypt all by itself, that I had a hard time editing my thoughts. . . but stick with me because, as you can see by the tags, I also talk about sex.

NYT Story on Obama Administration Negotiations with Egypt Painfully Thin

By: Friday February 4, 2011 8:45 am

The masses are gathering in Tahrir Square for the “Day of Departure,” with the goal of getting Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to leave office. Al Jazeera has a live blog of events with some pictures.

According to the New York Times, the Obama Administration shares the goal of the protesters to get Mubarak out. But this was a strange story when it was rushed to release, with lots of spelling errors and misplaced sentence fragments last night, and it’s still a strange story now.

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