Today in Egypt

This amazing video (h/t Blake Hounshell) is from today in Cairo, where tens of thousands of Egyptians have taken to the streets in a day of unprecedented protest. We hope to run an on the ground report later today, but in the meantime you can get news by following #jan25 on Twitter.

Photo of Cairo’s Tahrir Square posted on Twitter.

Here is also a rundown that was curated by Al Jazeera English using a web tool called Storify:

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  1. Kathleen says:

    Egypt receives the second largest amount of foreign aid from the U.S. after Israel.

    • Potsherd2 says:

      And the Republicans plan to cut it.

      • lysias says:

        Once the Israelis point out to them that that aid is paid for the purpose of assuring peace for Israel, maybe the Republicans will change their minds.

      • Citizen says:

        I wonder if anyone in congress and/or the MSM will bring up aid to Israel when aid to Egypt is put on the chopping block? Considering aid to Egypt is solely so Egypt backs Israel, this would be interesting. Especially since the aid to both combined is the largest chunk of total foreign aid. Or will cutting aid to Egypt be put off until Cantor gets his bill passed slipping aid to Israel under the US Defense budget? And will this absurdity be pointed out by the MSM press? And how will the timing of any of this be affected by Egypt replacing its aged ruler with likely a less compliant one?

  2. lysias says:

    Lots of news about the demonstrations, which are apparently all over Egypt, as well as other Middle East news on this Daily Kos thread: Changes are Coming: News Flashes from the Middle East.

  3. seafoid says:

    Egypt is a tragedy.

  4. Kathleen says:

    If folks did not see this lop sided conference about Iran on CSpan it is worth the watch. More hard core pushing for a confrontation with Iran. Was especially dissapointing that C Span had this conference listed as NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM : Iran. As if there is some hard core proof that Iran all ready has a nuclear weapons program. C span must have some Israeli minders over at CSPAN controlling programming.

    Americans sure have some short term memories. And with Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews etc making sure that they do not really inform the American public as to what the facts are in regard to Iran it is not going to get any better.

    “Iran’s Nuclear, Terrorist Threats and Rights AbusesJan 20, 2011ExecutiveAction

    Former officials talked about the nuclear and terrorist threat posed by Iran. Topics included U.S. policy toward Iran and the terrorist designation for the People’s Mujahedin of Iran, a group that opposes the current Iranian regime. Following prepared remarks they answered questions from the audience.

    • Citizen says:

      I saw it Kathleen–except for questions from the audience at the end. One after the other, the speakers, a number high up in former US regimes, got up and totally demonized Iran. Woolsey was the slickest (not much of a challenge given the speakers) from what I remember, arguing the most directly for preemptive war on Iran, and solemnly regurgitating the hasbara, “It’s not 1936, it’s 1938.” And that’s what the whole panel believes! Incredibly disturbing. Zionism rules our high white collar government/thinktank world.

      • Shingo says:

        Woolsey is nothing but a neocon. You might recall that after Powell’s BS presentation to the UN about Iraqi WMD, Woolsey appears on Fox dexisting it a home run and insisting that only a paid agent of Saddam would dispute the evidence.

        It is truly astounding how they never invite scientists or weapons experts to these discussions. Even a hack like David Albright would have expressed reservations about Woolsey’s claims. 

        It’s as though there is a media blackout barring anyone with contrary views from being allowed to appear. Everyone who spread the lies about Iraq WMD is allowed to weigh in on the Iran debate, while everyone who was right is persona non grata. 

  5. Jim Haygood says:

    ’5:16 pm BST — Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, has urged all sides in Egypt to exercise restraint in the wake of today’s protests. She said she believed the Egyptian government was stable and looking for ways to respond to its people’s aspirations.’

    link to

    If it were 1989, Hillary would be assuring us that ‘the Erich Honecker government of the German Democratic Republic is stable and responding to the people’s aspirations — there’s no need to throw open the Berlin wall!’

    Now that Hillary’s foolishly tied her fate to Mubarak, she may get swept away with him. A liberated Egypt could break the Gaza siege. What a horror for our great democracy to contemplate — people setting themselves free from oppression!

    • seafoid says:

      I am sure the torturers at the Giza police station are acting with restraint.

      The US lost Iran in 1979. Losing Egypt would be similarly seismic.

  6. I found it interesting that the Egyptian cops’ response seemed fairly restrained by Israeli standards.

  7. Kate says:

    Note that you can read the Egyptian protesters’ “January 25 Revolution Day” Facebook page and thereby keep up with events by using Google’s Chrome browser, which will translate the page from Arabic to English. (“This page is in Arabic. Would you like to translate it?” at the top of the page.) Very useful.
    link to

  8. Theo says:

    lysias. …. peace for Israel

    No, peace for the USA, they are on the front line so we can sleep well.
    What a BS!

    • we need joooobs! whine whine whine

      undermine Iran’s economy
      create a situation where young Iranians have not work

      but Mr President, we need joooobs.

      “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.”

      only when our leaders address the moral rot at the heart of the USA will “joobs” be an issue that is any more significant than a bandaid on an amputated arm.

  9. The location looks like Shari? Kasr el Aini in Garden City very near to the Canadian Embassy on Shari? Hariss. It’s a shame that the American University in Cairo has been uplifted from this area, just a couple of blocks away is the massive Mogamaa/ bureaucracy of Egyptian life.

    Loved how the Egyptians filming were supporting the man in front of the water cannon with shouts of “gedda3!” hero.

  10. Twitter is blocked in Egypt. Here is some live streaming of the protests and live chat. This site has a nice feature you can see how many viewers online at any one time @ 5,000 right and lots of chatter.

    link to

  11. yourstruly says:

    rise up, children of the nile

    until now

    so expendable and powerless

    as those who have oppressed you

    run off to saudi arabia

    their only refuge

    know that you will have retaken the dawn

    never let go

  12. ish says:

    Wow. The guys standing in front of the water cannon made me tear up. Amazing and inspiring.

    • yes

      i am convinced that Jared Loughner acted out of frustration with the entire political system. If I could figure this out, so did the government. that’s why shills like jennifer rubin were sent out to diagnose Loughner “schizophrenic” and derail the conversation to “mental illness” and gun control and sitting next to each other playing patty cake.

      jezus, while those young people are putting their bodies in front of armored water cannons, we’re putting up with, “I’m going to sit next to Sen. Donkey.”.

      The US gov’t knows that riots are coming to a town near you — this is one we can’t “fight over there so we don’t have to fight it over here.”
      — GOP is cutting all sorts of social programs, Head Start, community development grants, arts and cultural programs, but not Joe Lieberman’s Homeland Security spy network, nor defense.

      If US/Israel attack Iran, all hell will break loose in US.

      • Citizen says:

        However mentally unbalanced Jarred was/is; it’s clear he views US politics as ineffective and uncaring, and that the US masses are illiterate sheeple. No doubt he had a deep interest in the unresponsive US political system, likely symbolized when he asked a question to a US political leader and was dismissed by her–I think, if memory serves, that she blew him off with a quip rendered in Spanish.

    • Citizen says:

      Yeah, that guy–like he stood directly in the path of the mechanical elephant trunk hosing the protesters, and actually held up the “trunk” or hose so that the water shot directly up in the air for a brief time–reminds me of that guy standing in front of the tank in T-Square China back in the day.

  13. more video of protests in downtown Cairo, you can see the Arab League building in the background.

    in this report BBC says the police weren’t expecting the turnout they had, usually in Cairo protests the police state outnumbers the protesters.

    link to

  14. lysias says:

    There are unconfirmed reports that Mubarak’s son Gamal and his family have fled Egypt for the UK. Egypt: President’s son and family ‘have fled to the UK’.

  15. bijou says:

    Phenomenal coverage you guys, thanks so much!