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Protests in Cairo turn violent

White House condemns Egypt violence

from FP Passport by Joshua Keating

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs has issued the following statements on the bloodshed in Tahrir Square, condemning the violence but stopping short of holding the Egyptian government responsible for it:

Turkey: Erdogan Weighs in on Egypt, Ankara Confronts Democratization Dilemma | EurasiaNet.org

Who to follow on Egypt

from FP Passport by Blake Hounshell

If, like me, you are obsessively following the unfolding drama in Egypt, there’s no better medium than Twitter, where you can get 140-character dispatches from foreign journalists and Egyptians on the ground (at least, those that still somehow have Internet access), as well as curators and analysts watching the action from afar. Here are some, but by no means all, of my proven providers (it’s also light on Egyptians right now since few seem to have Internet access at the moment):

Islamists at the Gates

from NYT > Turkey by By YOSSI KLEIN HALEVI
Why Israelis worry about the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.

Turkey’s Riddle of the Sphinx

from Istanbul Calling by Yigal Schleifer

The political crisis in Egypt is proving to be an interesting test for Turkey’s desire to play a more influential role in the Middle East and — like Ankara’s still-born attempt to defuse the recent crisis in Lebanon — is perhaps also showing the current limits and constraints of the country’s influence in the region.

Explaining the Egyptian Revolution with Indiana Jones

from Osocio Weblog by Marc

Yes we know. Bringing a message through images can be very effective.
@furrygirl made this statement with that thought in mind.

Morning Brief: Egypt protests swell as army rejects use of force

from FP Passport by David Kenner

Internet Restored in Egypt, Army Tells Protesters to Go Home

from Mashable! by Stan Schroeder

“A wonderful development” – Anthropologists on the Egypt Uprising

from antropologi.info – anthropology in the news blog by Lorenz


More than one million Egyptians protesting for democracy. Photo: Al Jazeera, flickr

(in progress) ?The government would come down hard on even the smallest protest, and everyone would be arrested. Now, it?s as if the people are saying, ??We?re not going to be afraid anymore.???I am very, very happy for the Egyptian people. I really am. It?s a wonderful development for the Egyptian people.?

The Domino Effect of Arab Unrest

from RAND: Commentary by RAND Staff
There is no clear political party or leader ready to step in if the regime in Egypt falls. However, this protest is not without leadership; it is spearheaded by a large network of Egyptian human rights groups and other citizens, writes Julie Taylor.

As pro-Mubarak demonstrators roam Cairo, Egypt’s Internet roars back to life

from FP Passport by Blake Hounshell

Egypt’s last ISP goes down

from FP Passport by Joshua Keating

Erdogan Turkish PM backs Egypt protesters Al Jazeera English

2011-01-31 Cable: Egyptian April 6 activist’s democracy goals “highly unrealistic”

US state cable 08CAIRO2572 from December, 2008 details the experiences of an April 6 activist who attended the December 3-5 “Alliance of Youth Movements Summit, and met with US government officials, on Capitol Hill, and with think tanks. “He alleged that several opposition parties and movements have accepted an unwritten plan for democratic transition by 2011; we are doubtful of this claim. … April 6’s stated goal of replacing the current regime with a parliamentary democracy prior to the 2011 presidential elections is highly unrealistic, and is not supported by the mainstream opposition.”

Turkey tells Mubarak to listen to the people

File photo of Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (L) and Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak as they pose before a meeting in Istanbul February 11, 2009. REUTERS/Ibrahim Usta

http://twitter.com/mervesebnem/statuses/32385152772476928

Egypt: Millions March Across Egypt, Calling on Mubarak to Step Down

from Global Voices Online by Amira Al Hussaini

Written by Amira Al Hussaini

This post is part of our special coverage of Egypt Protests 2011.

Different figures are being circulated online, but the fact remains one. Millions of people from all walks of life marched across Egypt today, calling on president Hosni Mubarak to step down.

[EGYPT] Egyptian Army Intervenes To Protect Protesters From Police In Cairo, 29/01/2011

The US moral conundrum in Egypt

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Interviews by Steven R. Hurst
WASHINGTON — As with Iran 30 years ago, American leaders are again wrestling with the moral conflict between Washington?s demands for democracy among its friends and strategic coziness with dictatorial regimes seen as key to stability in an increasingly complex world, particularly the Middle East.

Egypt’s army caught between president, people

from Hurriyet Dailynews
The Egyptian army is finding itself caught between a popular uprising, which it has vowed not to crush, and President Hosni Mubarak, from whom it has distanced itself but not abandoned, analysts say.

Social media: vastly important to informing the international public from inside Egypt

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Ashley Stepanek

graph-pictograph-cave-Col.gifMany equate the invention of the Internet to the dawn of communication itself, and while this is largely inaccurate–human beings have been communicating ever since carving petroglyphs in the Stone Age–it has greatly enhanced our means of communicating, via digital networks that span the globe.

Egyptian Insurgency: Army hold the wild card.

from ORGANIZED RAGE by Mick Hall


Unless stopped from doing so by the army; it looks increasingly likely Hosni Mubarak intends to follow the script practiced by the Chinese satraps when in 1989 they slaughtered there own young people in the Tiananmen Square massacre. In Egypt, the main centre of the demonstrations seems to be Tahrir Square, which is situated in the centre of Cairo, and has been occupied by protesters day and night since the insurgency began. Lets hope history does not repeat itself.

Kosmopolito: EU diplomacy on Egypt: Business as usual

from Bloggingportal.eu – Today’s posts

As the story in Egypt unfolds it is interesting (and depressing as usual) to watch EU diplomacy in practice. Especially with all the talk about the ?one voice in the world? and the reforms of the Lisbon Treaty (EEAS etc.).  Well, ?..

Can Hosni hang on?

from FP Passport by Blake Hounshell

With the announcement today of his new cabinet, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak all but confirmed that he sees the current unrest sweeping across his country primarily as a security matter, not an issue that demands political reform.

A New Democratic Wave in the Middle East?

from The Reflection Cafe by Reflection Cafe

EGYPT: Who Wins? Mubarak or the Protest?

from Global Guerrillas by John Robb

Obama’s behind-the-scenes efforts in Egypt

by Mark Mardell (the Reporters)

US President Barack Obama?s spokesman Robert Gibbs continues to dodge the question ?should Mubarak go??

He says that is ?not for me, not for our country or our government to determine?.

Egypt needs ‘orderly transition’ – EU

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
The EU calls for an “orderly transition” to a broad-based government in Egypt, in response to protests against President Mubarak.

Egypt, and the thirty years of solitude, Goran Fejic

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Goran Fejic
The epic events in the Arab world?s heartland are also a lesson in the loneliness of power, says Goran Fejic.

As the joyful crowd, deriding curfews and defying tanks, asserts its dominance over the Nile megalopolis, a weird thought comes to my mind: Hosni Mubarak must be a very lonely man. Had he not jailed his political opponents, had he not alienated himself from all segments of a lively young society, he would have interlocutors now: someone to negotiate with, to discuss reforms, to seek some common ground with, or at least, to prepare an honourable retreat.

2011-01-31 Egypt’s Military jockeys to maintain Longstanding Grip on Power

Since 1981, President Hosni Mubarak had legally affected a 30 year-old state of emergency to avoid appointing a vice president. His unwillingness and distrust of sharing power, may be due in part to his experience as vice president during Sadat?s assassination.

Yemen is Not Tunisia, not Egypt

from tabsir.net by dvarisco

Yesterday I published a commentary on CNN Opinion about the recent protests in Yemen. I attach the start of this here, but the full account can be read at CNN.com.

(CNN) ? ?Yemen is not Tunisia.? These were the words that President Ali Abdullah Saleh spoke to his people on television last Sunday.

Hosni Mubarak: The Last Pharaoh

from LIFE – Today’s Top Photos

Mohammed Hosni Mubarak has been the undisputed ruler of Egypt for three decades. But with the apparent loss of support of the Egyptian army in the face of massive protests by the people, the rule of the man who may be the ancient culture's final autocrat — the last pharaoh — will soon be at an end.

Egypt: Mubarak speech sounds like a plan for one more crackdown

from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin

Egypt turns to retro tech during online blackout: Xeni on Madeleine Brand show

from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin

Egypt: Back Online

from Global Voices Online by Amira Al Hussaini

Written by Amira Al Hussaini

This post is part of our special coverage of Egypt Protests 2011.

The Internet is just back in Egypt, and one by one, Egyptian colleagues, friends and contacts are popping back online. The moment is huge and there is euphoria in the air.

Here’s some of the buzz from Twitter.

Egypt: Thugs Unleashed to Terrorise Protesters

from Global Voices Online by Amira Al Hussaini

Written by Amira Al Hussaini

This post is part of our special coverage of Egypt Protests 2011.

Government-paid thugs have been unleashed on protesters across Egypt, in a bid to scare them and let them break their protests, which have been on going for eight days.

Egypt: ?We Want Mubarak to Go Now!?

from Global Voices Online by Amira Al Hussaini

Written by Amira Al Hussaini

This post is part of our special coverage of Egypt Protests 2011.

A defiant Hosni Mubarak addressed the Egyptian people for the second time since protests calling for an end of his regime started eight days ago.

Portugal: Reflections on Egypt

from Global Voices Online by Janet Gunter

Written by Sara Moreira · Translated by Janet Gunter · View original post [pt]

O Egipto está mergulhado no caos há seis dias. Porém, as manchetes dos jornais portugueses ignoram o melindre da situação.

Egypt has been immersed in chaos for six days. However, the headlines of Portuguese newspapers ignore the sensitivity of the situation.

Arab World: A Revolution Time-Table

from Global Voices Online by Amira Al Hussaini

Written by Amira Al Hussaini

This post is part of our special coverage of Egypt Protests 2011.

An Arab revolution time-table is being circulated online, with potential revolution dates pencilled in for Sudan, Syria, Algeria, Libya and Morocco. The dates are January 30 (Sudanese students are already marching the streets of Khartoum), February 5, February 12 and March 3, respectively.

Egypt: Egyptologist Blogger Surveys Museum Damage

from Global Voices Online by Haifa Alrasheed

Written by Haifa Alrasheed

This post is part of our special coverage of Egypt Protests 2011.

To the dismay of Egyptians, world citizens and Egyptologists everywhere, the famous Cairo Egyptian Museum was vandalized and looted on Friday January 28, as the government imposed a curfew and police abandoned their posts.

In Light of Egypt?s Internet Block, U.S. ?Kill Switch Bill? Raises Eyebrows

from Mashable! by Sarah Kessler

Syrians Call For Their Own Facebook-Powered Revolution

from All Facebook by Jackie Cohen

Tunisia, Egypt and Sudan?s uprisings continue to embolden people elsewhere in the middle east to call for their own protests via social media. Syria became the latest to do so, as Facebook posts are organizing demonstrations in Damascus Thursday through Friday.

MAIN FOCUS: Europe’s balancing act in Egypt | 01/02/2011

from euro|topics

The EU’s foreign ministers announced their support for the democracy movement in Egypt on Monday, without however breaking ties with the Mubarak regime. But despite fears of destabilisation in the region, Europe must help the country to forge a democratic, constitutional state, the press writes.

Does Europe Have Something to Say on Egypt?

from Atlantic Review

Prime Minister David Cameron, President Nicolas Sarkozy and Chancellor Angela Merkel issued a joint UK-France-Germany statement on the situation in Egypt:

Exceptional photos from Cairo (warning! some are brutal)

from From the field by arn

Mubarak’s 9 biggest mistakes

from FP Passport by Blake Hounshell

President Obama Speaks on the Situation in Egypt

from Dipnote – U.S. Department of State Official Blog

Obama gets tough on Egypt’s weakened strong man

from Mark Mardell | The Reporters

President Barack Obama has suddenly got tough on America’s ally of 30 years. What’s more, he’s abandoned the language of a law professor and adopted the tone of a civil rights leader. He’s made it crystal clear he’s on the side of the street, not the weakened strong man. As mass demonstrations turned into a revolution, under the benign but watchful eye of the army, the White House has been struggling to keep pace. Maybe now Mr Obama has caught up. Just about.

2011-02-01 WikiLeaks Cables Show Mubarak Not Very Open to Reforms or Freedoms for Egyptians [UPDATE: 4]

At 2:30 PM Egypt time, there are well over a million Egyptians in and around Tahrir Square. The atmosphere is being described by Al Jazeera as a festival atmosphere. CNN has Anderson Cooper reporting from the protests. And, reports are circulating on Twitter indicating Egyptian State TV is running images of Cairo looking serene, void of protesters, and flashing a ?Protect Egypt? banner on screen during music videos.

The beginning of the end in Egypt

by Sami Kohen
The public unrest in Egypt is entering its second week with assertive protests. Protestors in Cairo today [Tuesday] plan to hold a very big demonstration, dubbed ?The march of a million.?

Egypt?s experiment with democracy

by Oral Çalışlar
It is very evident that the Western-backed dictatorship in Egypt has come to an end. What will happen next? There are some who are concerned about the establishment of an Iranian-style totalitarian regime in Egypt.

The range of the Egyptian wave

by BERİL DEDEOĞLU
The recent uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Yemen, Morocco and even in Lebanon indicate that the regimes in those countries will not be able to survive for long. Even if it?s not certain that the current turmoil will bring democracy to those countries, it?s at least clear that the present governments will have to change and that their successors will not be able to be as repressive as their predecessors.

?Turkish experiment? through Egypt?s prism

by YAVUZ BAYDAR
When we gathered at the well-visited ABF House in central Stockholm on Monday to analyze and discuss ?Turkey 2011,? everyone could smell Egypt in the air. The presentations on Ankara?s foreign policy and process of democratization went deeper than usual, and it was inevitable that the events in the Arab world would shine a different light on the Turkish experiment. The prism that Egypt somehow invented showed the hidden value of what some of us here call the ?silent evolution? that is transforming Anatolia.

2011-02-01 Yemen’s Day of Rage and Abdul Ilah Shayi

The Interior Ministry of Yemen issued a statement on its website outlining extra security measures it has taken in preparation for Yemen’s Day of Rage on February 3. Security forces have been reinforced around Sanaa, the capital, and transportation routes into major cities have security checkpoints added for ‘wanted suspects’ or firearms. The opposition parties have called for a million protesters march in emulation of Egypt’s current demonstrations and asked for members and other supporters outside the capital to join. Around 15,000 protesters marched in Sanaa last Thursday.

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