The same guy's been in charge for 30 years and he just arranged for his son, widely labeled his "successor", to flee to the UK. Yeah, what could they possibly ask for?
Two dead after thousands protest in rare Egypt outpouring
I'd be careful.Quote:
Cairo, Egypt (CNN) -- Thousands of protesters spilled into the streets of Egypt on Tuesday, an unprecedented display of anti-government rage inspired in part by the tumult in the nearby North African nation of Tunisia.
Two people died in clashes between the protesters and police, according to an interior ministry statement. One demonstrator was killed by tear gas in the eastern city of Suez, while one policeman was killed in Cairo by rock-throwing protesters, it said.
Throngs in the sprawling capital city marched from the huge Tahrir Square in Cairo toward the parliament building, according to CNN reporters on the scene.
Demonstrators threw rocks at police and police hurled rocks back. Tear-gas canisters were shot at demonstrators and the protesters threw them back.
Are you Egyptian?
If not and you get arrested or detained during a protests, they might claim you're a spy or something. Although I'm not sure they do that in Egypt.
In any case, good luck.
I hope things work out for the best for the people there.
It calls on the authorities to step up and assume its responsibilities in providing the necessary security around all sites of worship and premises and demands those responsible for this heinous crime be immediately brought to justice.
here are some videos including a few shot by a friend on mine.
From the US STATE DEPARTMENT, "The government's respect for human rights remained poor, and serious abuses continued in many areas. The government limited citizens' right to change their government and continued a state of emergency that has been in place almost continuously since 1967. Security forces used unwarranted lethal force and tortured and abused prisoners and detainees, in most cases with impunity. "
Yeah, okay, compared to the Taliban or the Saudis, maybe, but if you're best defense for Mubarak involves comparing him to a monarchy and to a bunch of cave-men, then you have no defense at all.
By "liberal", I take it you mean that as euphemism for non-islamic. Because its not usually considered liberal, in the classic sense, to tell someone's wife how to dress...
This is a good moment to see who the hypocrites are and who the real supporters of freedom and democracy. Democracy can be messy, and we might not always like the results (see Hamas), but this is really pretty clear cut, IMO. I cant think of any way to support Mubarak in this right now that wouldnt come down against the side of freedom and democracy.
Are we picking a side, waiting to see what happens, aiding someone in secret?
What if Egypt has a huge crackdown and crushs the protests completely?
Do we act as if nothing happened?
Personally I have a nagging feeling that not too much will amount of any of this anyway.
But I hope I'm wrong and Egypt ends up either majorly reformed, or much freer, or both.
Plain clothes thugs hired by the government are beating protesters but apparently major protests are still going on in Cairo. I saw some reasonably large ones outside the Lawyers and Journalist syndicates before the police tear gassed the crowd and the thugs beat/grabbed protesters. Apparently Suez is a war zone right now, hearing that the police station is on fire and the army is on hand but not intervening. There are massive protests planned for Friday afternoon immediately following afternoon prayers. Definitely a different atmosphere tonight then last night but this thing is still going on.
Edit: Twitter and facebook are blocked in Egypt.
Great news from the middle east, and a huge deal for our security IMO.
Democratic countries generally don't fight one another, and generally don't product terrorists en mass. People who can vote out their officials have a peaceful outlet for dissatisfaction. Democracy in the middle east = safer world.
Is democracy insured though?
Prominent reform campaigner Mohamed ElBaradei said from Vienna shortly before his return to Egypt to join in demonstrations that it was time for Mubarak to step aside.
"He has served the country for 30 years and it is about time for him to retire," ElBaradei, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning former head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog, told Reuters. "Tomorrow is going to be, I think, a major demonstration all over Egypt and I will be there with them."
Egyptians torched a police post in Suez early on Thursday in response to the killing of three demonstrators earlier in the week, a Reuters witness said. Police fled the post before the protesters burned it using petrol bombs.
On Wednesday evening, people in Suez had set a government building and another police post on fire and tried to burn down a local office of Egypt's ruling party.
Ayman al-Zawahiri of the moslem brotherhood was imprisoned for 3 years and deported by Egypt for his role in that assasination, and subsequently became the #2 man in Al Quada behind Osama bin Laudin.
The brotherhood is among the oldest arab nationalistic groups which pioneered the use of terrorism as an instrument to further the organizations goals. Today Al Quada has made inroads into egypt and the Gaza strip because of the groups roots with the brotherhood.
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- The Mexico American War in 1848,
- the American Civil War,
- the Boer War
- World War I.
Overall I would applaud more democracies in the middle east. But I don't think they would be benificial for the United States near term. Democracies are stable, and they give the most rights to their people; all good things which in the long run would benifit everybody. In the short run however Democracies are messy and subject to being manipulated by charletons. In the short run a pan arab democratic movement could spell trouble for us interests and us allies in that region..
So while long term they are definantly adventagous; their will be challenges for us short term.
Might we see a repeat of Iran?
Obama Poised to Intensify U.S. Criticism of Egypt's Mubarak
The Klan was a social organization too:twitch:,sorry If I'm a bit skeptical of a organization of their goals