An Egyptian woman living in Turkey holds a placard that reads ‘Mubarak will go, the treachery will end’ as about 200 members of pro-Islamic human rights groups and a leftist party hold a joint protest in show of solidarity with protestors in Egypt, outside the Egyptian embassy in Ankara, Turkey, Friday, Feb. 4, 2011.? Read more »(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
from washingtonpost.com – Op-Ed Columns by Topic A
The Post asked experts what should happen in Egypt after Mubarak. Below are responses from Michele Dunne, John R. Bolton, Newt Gingrich, Shadi Hamid, Aaron David Miller, Salman Shaikh, and Dina Guirguis.
A newly released Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV) report surveyed people in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, the Palestinian territories, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq and Iran about Turkey?s role in the Middle East. (click here for the survey in Turkish, here for a news article in English. And here?s more from the New York Times)
from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Columnists by ORHAN KEMAL CENGİZ
Yesterday I quoted John F. Kennedy?s famous words, ?Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable,? and I claimed that if there is a ?radical Islamic? takeover in Egypt, the West is to blame for this because they have supported and turned a blind eye to an extremely repressive and brutal regime that has the potential to turn any opposition into a ?radical? movement. The course of events has not yet been completed in Egypt.
from Hurriyet Dailynews by ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News
A diplomatic source says US President Barack Obama’s administration is seeking a solution for Egypt that will keep both current President Hosni Mubarak and the country’s Islamists out of a new government. Jittery over the Arab turmoil, Israel strongly urges the exclusion of the Muslim Brotherhood from a new Egyptian government
With everyone curious about how Turkey would react to public demonstrations taking place in Egypt seeking the resignation of long-entrenched President Hosni Mubarak, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan took sides with the Egyptian public, calling on Mubarak to heed the call of the Egyptian people.
There is a chicken and egg question here. Is it the hatred towards Israel and the West that causes the rise of radical Islamism in the Middle East or is it because of the rising radical Islamism in the Middle East that there is an ever-growing threat to the very existence of the state of Israel?
That is the popular sentiment in the tiny Gulf Arab country of Qatar, whose residents have been furiously filling the Internet with support for Egyptian protesters, criticisms of Mubarak and statements of pride for Doha-based Al Jazeera for its no-holds-barred reporting of the week’s events.
Prominent Egyptian blogger and Twitter user Sandmonkey has been arrested today, amid a crackdown on activists and human rights organisations in Egypt. He has since been released, after being beaten up, and medical supplies he had on him to help those in Tahrir Square confiscated.
Egyptian protesters are calling for massive anti-Mubarak marches across the country, after the Friday prayers tomorrow. Last week, Mubarak’s regime cut off the Internet before Egypt’s Day of Wrath. Today, reports continued all day of arrests of activists, and the arrest, bullying and harassment of journalists ahead of ?Departure Friday.?
The Cairo-based Development and Institutionalization Support Center (DISC) has just launched their #U-Shahid map below. DISC previously used the Ushahidi platform to monitor the country?s Parliamentary Elections last November and December (see this post for more info). This means they already know the technology and have a trained network of active crisis mappers that can verify reports before they are mapped.
Following role the social media site Twitter played in the Tunisian and Egyptian protests, Kenyans are discussing on Twitter whether to emulate these protests or not. Trending on Twitter are the hashtags #KenyaFeb28 and #ChoosePeace. Apparently, the former being a marshaling call for protests on 28 February 2011.
Speaking by phone from Cairo, Human Rights Watch’s Joe Stork told me that he is alarmed by the U.S. media coverage portraying the clashes on the streets as spats between “rival protesters” — citizens who have two different visions of the future of Egypt:
from open Democracy News Analysis – by Josephine Whitaker
Egypt’s military maintain ambiguous stance on protests. 99% of southerners vote for independence, according to first official reports. Surge in political violence ahead of April?s elections in Nigeria. Elected parliament convenes in Myanmar for first time in twenty years.
Al Jazeera offers live coverage of events in Egypt on the internet
Not even Rupert Murdoch, the media mogul who I suspect lies awake at night (just as many of his news outlets lie throughout the day) thinking of new ways to manufacture news, could have imagined the current crisis streaming live on the cable channels and over the Internet for well over a week. America has had its tea party and birthers with Fox gobbling up Sarah Palin to supplement the loonies already on the payroll.
from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Columnists by KLAUS JURGENS
I cannot but wonder about some of our political and corporate leaders? rather short attention span with regards to what is happening today, and even more so when linked to what has happened in Egypt over the last three decades or so. Had they not all rather comfortably stood side by side for yet another photo op with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in return for lucrative business deals and political support? Human rights violations and the constant suppression of democratic movements went apparently unnoticed — although I am afraid the terminology ?went deliberately unnoticed? is more appropriate.
from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Columnists by ERGUN BABAHAN
The process of revolution in Egypt has created uneasiness in groups who tend to assert their superficial views without any proper background in Turkey. These groups prefer Egypt?s dictatorship, which they falsely assume to be secular, to democracy. Accordingly, they fear that an Iran-like regime may be introduced in Egypt, and they want the existing regime to continue.
from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Columnists by İHSAN YILMAZ
Recent events in Egypt have caught everybody by surprise and unprepared. Discussions in the media highlight once again the miserable poverty of our academia. There is not a single person in this country who is a specialist on Egypt. There are many so-called Middle East experts appearing on TV but the overwhelming majority of them do not even know Arabic.
As with every other country in the world, the unrest in Egypt has had repercussions in Turkey, too. However, the ongoing debate in Turkey has somehow become a discussion about Turkey?s own domestic political issues. That?s probably because our political atmosphere is poisoned as we are heading towards the general elections; however, this debate also reflects the obvious need for a thorough discussion on Turkey?s fundamental problems.
At this point, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has no other choice than to leave his post. And while he may resist and try to stay, thinking there are just eight months until September, the fact is that much blood will flow if he does.
We are trying to watch the developments in your country very closely. We are listening to all kinds of analyses, presumptions and scenarios about you and your future, but we are not following you unfazed — our hearts are with you.