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Oh Socialist International sucks anyway. They still accept our CHP as a member. What has CHP anything to do with socialism?

Socialist International finally kicks out Mubarak

from FP Passport by Joshua Keating

The Socialist International — the global federation of center-left parties that includes Britain’s Labour Party and the French Socialist Party — finally got around to expelling Hosni Mubarak’s National Democratic Party this week, after giving Tunisia’s RCD the boot last month. In a letter to the NDP, the International’s Secretary General writes:

Morning Brief: Release of Google executive fuels Egypt revolt

from FP Passport by David Kenner

Egypt: Our Hero, Wael Ghonim

from Global Voices Online by Jillian C. York

Written by Jillian C. York

For days, Egyptians have been searching far and wide for Wael Ghonim, the Google executive who went missing on January 27. Today, after much speculation, Ghonim was released.

Egypt: The KFC Revolution

from Global Voices Online by Tarek Amr

Written by Tarek Amr

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

Sign in the window of KFC on Tahrir Square during 5-day internet shutdown, reads ?We want Internet’ Photo by Joseph Hill on Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Egyptian bloggers have been commenting on the Egyptian regime’s use of state-owned television channels and newspapers for their own political purposes. The influence of the media on the people is particularly important in a situation like the one currently unfolding in Egypt where opposing parties have entirely different interests.

Mubarak’s Egypt: bad paternalism, and the army’s interest in managed transition, Cengiz Günay

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Cengiz Günay
Mubarak’s Egypt has been a clientelist state with no real goal apart from the exercise of power. Its political structure has made it unwilling to carry through any significant reforms or to have proper regard for the public good. The system was truly rotten, yet, ominously, the army has a strong interest in the status quo

Vodafone: Government made us send pro-Mubarak text messages

from FP Passport by Joshua Keating

Using emergency powers provisions that give it the right to order mobile phone networks to send text messages to subscribers, the Egyptian government has apparently ordered Vodafone to send a message urging citizens to confront “traitors”. Check out this Flickr account for images of the messages. The  Guardian’s live blog has a translation:

Anti-Mubarak protesters rally in Gaza, arrested on West Bank

from FP Passport by Joshua Keating

Fidel Castro: Mubarak’s done

from FP Passport by Joshua Keating

Why does the US so often back the bad guys?

from Mark Mardell | The Reporters by Mark Mardell (the Reporters)

Why is it that the United States – forged as a nation in a revolution against tyranny, explicitly dedicated to liberty – has so often found itself backing the bad guys?
Barack Obama has now put himself on the side of democracy

in Egypt, but it took a time. Indeed, it took the US more than 30 years.

The global crisis: between Cairo and Davos, Paul Rogers

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Paul Rogers
The new age of insurgencies of which Egypt is an emblem has its deeper source not in the anger of the marginalised but in the system operated by the world’s financial elites.

A lesson in thuggery: how the security services control Egypt, Frederick Bowie

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Frederick Bowie
A one-time Egyptian resident describes the operation of a thuggish security state that controls through everyday brutality

His bastards

Who are the ?pro-Mubarak? protesters who have been engaged in running battles with democracy activists throughout Egypt? Why did they come to the demonstration carrying not placards and tracts, but machetes and sulphuric acid? And why were some of them riding on camels? Frederick Bowie explores the murky world of the counter revolution

Egypt: how to negotiate the transition. Lessons from Poland and China, Lester R. Kurtz and Maciej Bartkowski

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Lester R. Kurtz and Maciej Bartkowski
A comparison of the Polish Round Table and the Tiananmen Tragedy show that non-violent resistance movements need to be clear-headed in the moment of negotiation and transition. The next moves by the democratic movement in Egypt will determine the political shape of the country for a long time to come. It should learn from Solidarity’s success in 1989.

The politics of fearlessness , Andrea Teti

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Andrea Teti
While Egypt?s second January Uprising continues it is already clear that Middle Eastern politics will never quite be the same again, argues Andrea Teti

New Crossings, New Heroes

One image more than perhaps any other struck me as I watched transfixed the first days of Egypt?s second January Uprising: the struggle of protesters to cross bridges into Tahrir Square. What is already being called the ?Battle of Kasr el-Nil? was an epic effort on January 28th by virtually unarmed protesters to drive back the feared Egyptian security forces in their riot gear and armed with clubs, sticks, tear gas and water cannons. The protesters took beating upon beating, but they just kept coming. The security forces were driven back, slowly but surely. By the end of the afternoon their lines had collapsed and they ran, as the protesters symbolically entered Tahrir (Liberation) Square in triumph.

Transition in Egypt: temptations that need to be resisted, Eberhard Kienle

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Eberhard Kienle
The jury is still out on whether the transition will lead to a broad based democracy or to a coalition of sorts in which participating opposition forces will caution the reincarnation of the old regime. Much will depend on the will of nascent opposition organisations

Taking stock in Egypt

from FP Passport by Blake Hounshell

Today, here in Cairo, the action began shifting outside Tahrir Square, which remains occupied by thousands of prostesters who insist they won’t leave until their demands — above all the removal of President Hosni Mubarak — are met.

Where are Egypt’s women? Right here.

from FP Passport by Suzanne Merkelson

Mobile phone supply lines in Egypt

from anthroblogia

I got this picture from the BBC, and it interested me because it made me think of the practicality, the logistics of organising protests.

Obama?s challenges in Egypt involve delicate diplomacy and public diplomacy

from WhirledView by Patricia H. Kushlis

By William A. Rugh, Guest Contributor

(Ambassador William A Rugh is a retired career US Foreign Service Officer with extensive Middle East experience.)

It is difficult to comment with any certainty on the situation in Egypt at this moment because it is changing so rapidly and there are so many unknowns.

2011-02-06 Tunisia’s Revolution Continues

Even though Tunisia’s dictator for 23 years, President Zine al-Abdine Ben Ali has been forced to flee the country and is currently a fugitive from an Interpol international arrest warrant with his assets frozen in Tunisia and Europe, the very difficult task of thoroughly rooting out the old regime and building a new Tunisia continues.

2011-02-04 Tunisian Anonymous activists take on Egyptian cause

Al Jazeera says this about the video piece which they showed for the first time this evening and put on YouTube minutes later, describes how “Tunisian members of Anonymous, the same group of hackers that targeted anti-WikiLeaks sites” are now supporting the struggle in Egypt. The piece features an interview with the Tunisian hacker anon.m. It is less than 2 minutes long:

Social Media, Facebook Help People Stand Up in Tunisia, Egypt

from MediaShift

Even though they’re far away from the center of the action in Cairo, Chinese web users felt the impact of the current demonstrations and political change afoot in Egypt. Chinese users searching for “Egypt” on Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter, came up empty, and 467 sites were reported inaccessible after a call for a “march of a million” was issued in Cairo days ago.

Egypt and Turkey

by FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK
Following the start of public unrest in the Middle East and rising calls for the ousting of long-time President Hosni Mubarak, an ally of Israel and the United States, in Egypt, many are making predictions about the course of developments following Mubarak?s departure.

2011 = 1979? Why Tunis is and is not Tehran by Kristian Alexander*

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Interviews
As the so-called Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia plays out, we are reminded of the last (and only) revolution of recent times in the Middle East-North Africa (MENA) region, one occurring 32 years ago.

Letter to the Editor ? Unrest in Egypt

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
This letter is in response to the articles covering the civil unrest occurring in Egypt. As a citizen of and believer in democracy, I applaud the efforts of the Egyptian people.

What keeps Mubarak on his throne?, Mohammed Hussainy

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Mohammed Hussainy
Mohammed Hussainy summarises the personalities and forces that prevent Mubarak from standing down.

It might strike many as odd, the way Hosni Mubarak refuses to step down and continues to cling tight to power as if he were nailed to his chair, particularly after his purported admission that he would like to resign. Following two weeks of mass popular revolt, the Egyptian people have not been able to remove such nails despite the great resilience people have shown against all obstacles, including the violence inflicted upon them by the police forces, the assaults carried out by the regimes? thugs and the numerous political bluffs put forward every now and then in various forms and colours.

Egypt: from revolt to change, Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi
A radical overhaul of Egypt?s ruling institutions and personnel is a precondition of the freedom that its citizens want, says Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi

A single incident that took place in the Egyptian city of city of Alexandria on 6 June 2010 anticipates the wave of protest in the country that was to explode in January-February 2011. It involved the arrest of 28-year-old Khaled Saeed, who was detained on his way to visit an internet café in the Sidi Gaber district.

We Are All Egyptian

from American Anthropological Association by Amy

Today?s post is written by guest blogger Yasmin Moll. Yasmin, an AAA member, is the Anthropology News Contributing Editor for the Middle East Section (MES). Currently, she is conducting dissertation fieldwork in Cairo, Egypt. More of her images can be found on AN?s Flickr Photostream. Thank you Yasmin!

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