Oh Socialist International sucks anyway. They still accept our CHP as a member. What has CHP anything to do with socialism?
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:
from FP Passport by David Kenner
Written by Jillian C. York
Written by Tarek Amr
This post is part of our special coverage of Egypt Protests 2011.
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.
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:
from FP Passport by Joshua Keating
from FP Passport by Joshua Keating
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.
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
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.
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.
from FP Passport by Suzanne Merkelson
I got this picture from the BBC, and it interested me because it made me think of the practicality, the logistics of organising protests.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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!