‘AJ just showed protesters dressed in shrouds used to wrap dead before burial, indicating willingness to die for freedom’– tweet from Alaa Abd El Fattah:

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That’s the tweet of the day. Here is a live stream for the latest from Egypt:


And here is a news digest from the Egyptian revolution:

The Egyptian Revolution
An Open Letter to President Barack Obama
Dear President Obama:  As political scientists, historians, and researchers in related fields who have studied the Middle East and U.S. foreign policy, we the undersigned believe you have a chance to move beyond rhetoric to support the democratic movement sweeping over Egypt. As citizens, we expect our president to uphold those values. For thirty years, our government has spent billions of dollars to help build and sustain the system the Egyptian people are now trying to dismantle. Tens if not hundreds of thousands of demonstrators in Egypt and around the world have spoken. We believe their message is bold and clear: Mubarak should resign from office and allow Egyptians to establish a new government free of his and his family’s influence. It is also clear to us that if you seek, as you said Friday “political, social, and economic reforms that meet the aspirations of the Egyptian people,” your administration should publicly acknowledge those reforms will not be advanced by Mubarak or any of his adjutants. There is another lesson from this crisis, a lesson not for the Egyptian government but for our own. In order for the United States to stand with the Egyptian people it must approach Egypt through a framework of shared values and hopes, not the prism of geostrategy. On Friday you rightly said that “suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away.” For that reason we urge your administration to seize this chance, turn away from the policies that brought us here, and embark on a new course toward peace, democracy and prosperity for the people of the Middle East. And we call on you to undertake a comprehensive review of US foreign policy on the major grievances voiced by the democratic opposition in Egypt and all other societies of the region.

138 dead in Egypt

Egypt : authorities bare responsibility for unrest and killings
Publisher: International Federation for Human Rights – Document type: Country News

Al-Jazeera seeks out Egypt bloggers after shut down by authorities
Pan-Arab broadcaster urges Egyptians to send blog posts, eyewitness accounts, videos dealing with the uprising against President Hosni Mubarak.

Al Jazeera camera equipment seized
Camera equipment remains seized after release of six Al Jazeera jounralist who were briefly detained in Cairo.

‘Mega protest’ planned in Egypt
Opposition movement calls for one “million people demonstration” on Tuesday in a bid to topple president Hosni Mubarak.

Egypt’s New Government Announced On State TV
CAIRO — Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak swore in a new Cabinet on Monday, replacing one dissolved as a concession to unprecedented anti-government protests.

Mubarak tells new PM to cut prices, blames rioting on Islamists
In a letter read aloud on television, Mubarak tells his newly appointed Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq to ease the country’s economic crisis but ignores widespread calls to step down.

Military jets fly above Cairo
An Al Jazeera online producer in Cairo captures video of the jets flying overhead on the afternoon of January 30, 2011, as citizens patrol their neighborhood.

Mubarak: Order must be restored
Despite opposition leader ElBaradei’s demand that he ‘leave Egypt today,’ president refuses to cede power, calls on vice president and new PM to implement additional reforms. Government extends curfew; police to help army contain protests.,7340,L-4021457,00.html

Egypt’s security vacuum
While a relative calm can be seen in many parts of Cairo, the anger and fear among ordinary Egyptians is still there. Jacky Rowland reports on the mood on the streets.

Muslim Brotherhood says it is only a minor player in Egyptian protests
CAIRO – The Muslim Brotherhood found its first martyr in Egypt’s popular uprising Friday, when a teenager named Mustafa Sawi was shot dead in front of the Interior Ministry. But the country’s oldest and best organized opposition group had to take a back seat at his public funeral the next day, as…

ElBaradei: No going back in Egypt
Nobel laureate tells defiant Cairo crowd that he has a mandate to negotiate with Mubarak government.

Mohamed ElBaradei joins Egyptians defying curfew to flood Tahrir square
Egyptian opposition figure and former United Nations nuclear chief, Mohamed ElBaradei, joined thousands of Egyptian protesters in Cairo’s central Tahrir Square Sunday.

ElBaradei to US: Take Egypt’s Mubarak off life support
Egyptian opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei urged President Obama on Sunday not to be the ‘last one’ to withdraw support from Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Mohamed ElBaradei mobbed in Tahrir Square
ElBaradei, the former UN nuclear watchdog chief and opposition figure, spoke to protesters in central Cairo. An Al Jazeera web producer on top of a nearby shed filmed the mob surrounding him as he attempted to leave.

Baradi`i on Israel
I have been critical of Baradi`i and remain critical.  I oppose his candidacy for any post in Egypt.  So I asked a supporter of his for his stance on Israel.  He said that while he is not the Angry Arab, but that he has been critical.  He gave me some examples:
“he said the occupation forces only understand force
“he cancelled interviews with the BBC over its decision not to broadcast a charity appeal for Gaza.”
“his stand on Gaza angered Abdel Menem Said
“Zionists are now saying that he’s a front man for the Muslim Brotherhood” (source is French equivalent of MEMRI)
“- he said that if elected he would support Palestinian resistance

Al Jazeera undeterred by Egypt curb
Will continue its comprehensive coverage of landmark events there, says network chief.

Defiance in Cairo’s Tahrir square
Large mass of demonstrators gather in Cairo day after violent clashes with security forces left more than 100 dead.

Egyptian ambassador leaves Tel Aviv
Arabs 48 is reporting that Egyptian ambassador in the Zionist usurping entity has returned to Egypt.  It is expected that Zionist weeping will only increase.

Egypt shuts Gaza border as militants break out of jail
GAZA, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Egypt shut its crossing with the Gaza Strip on Sunday as countrywide protests spread to the border area, and five Palestinian militants fled a Cairo prison back to the Islamist-ruled territory, officials said.  At least 50 Gazan travellers hoping to exit through the enclave’s only regularly-open border crossing were turned away by Hamas policemen who said the terminal may remain closed for several days.

MUST READ ACCOUNT OF VIOLENCE AND THUGGERY OF MUBARAK’S GOONS: Noticing my distress, the other detainee whispered: ‘I’m sorry. This is not Egypt. This is Mubarak’,  Ahmed Moor
Ahmed Moor wrote this article on Thursday in Cairo. It appears here for the first time
. I didn’t know where to go for today’s round of anti-regime protests. There wasn’t any question of whether they’d happen; Tuesday invigorated people. I spent some time in the morning trying to identify where demonstrators were likely going to congregate, but reports were confused so I set out for Tahrir square. That’s where the previous day’s largest protest had been.

Swede claims torture by Egyptian police
A Swedish tourist in Egypt claims he was arrested and tortured for four days by police before escaping when protesters set fire to the building where he was being held, media reports.  “They almost killed me. The only thing I wanted was to see was my wife and family again before I died,” 22-year-old Aaed Nijim told Swedish tabloid Expressen.  Swedish authorities on Monday confirmed they had been in contact with a Swede, aged 20 to 25, who “said he had been in prison”.

Palestinian students stranded at Cairo airport
CAIRO (Ma’an) — Palestinians students at universities in Egypt on Sunday appealed to President Mahmoud Abbas to facilitate their safe return. Many students said they have been stranded at Cairo airport for several days.

Where in the world is Gamal Mubarak?
There has been a great deal of speculation over the man who was widely expected to succeed Hosni Mubarak. Gamal Mubarak, the president’s younger son, is thought to have fled to London after protests began in Egypt. At the Egyptian Embassy in London, protesters have been demonstrating for a third day. Gamal has not been seen in England, but he would not be welcome if he did appear. Al Jazeera Paul Brennan reports from London.

Obama: Future Egypt gov’t must respect the will of the people
U.S. President reiterates importance of universal rights in phone conversations with Netanyahu, Turkey PM Erdogan, Jordan’s Abdullah, and U.K. premier Cameron.

U.S. Role In Egypt Crisis ‘Shameful’: Chavez
CARACAS, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Venezuela’s firebrand leader Hugo Chavez accused the United States on Sunday of a “shameful” role in the Egyptian crisis and of hypocrisy for supporting, then abandoning strongmen round the world.  Chavez, Washington’s leading critic in the Americas, said he had spoken to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad for a briefing on the protests in Egypt and elsewhere in the Arab world.  “In Egypt, the situation is complicated,” Chavez said.

Carter says ‘people have decided’ in Egypt: report
WASHINGTON — Former US president Jimmy Carter, who brokered the existing peace agreement between Israel and Egypt, predicted Sunday that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will have to resign because “the people have decided,” a report said.  “This is the most profound situation in the Middle East since I left office,” Carter said during the Sunday religion class he teaches at a Baptist church in his hometown of Plains, in the southern state of Georgia.

Cairo Airport In Chaos As Egypt’s Foreigners Flee
CAIRO — Cairo’s international airport was a scene of chaos and confusion Monday as thousands of foreigners sought to flee the unrest in Egypt and countries around the world scrambled to send in planes to fly their citizens out. Nerves frayed, shouting matches erupted and some passengers even had a fistfight as thousands crammed inside Cairo airport’s new Terminal 3 seeking a flight home. In an attempt to reduce tensions, the airport’s departures board stopped announcing flight times – but the move simply fueled anger over canceled or delayed flights.

Egyptian financial crisis looms
Investors transferred hundreds of millions of dollars out of the country since the start of the protests a week ago.

More Protest Videos and Pictures
More Video and Pictures from the Protests, video by Matthew Cassel

Video: “Leave leave O Mubarak; Tel Aviv is waiting for you.” video by Matthew Cassel

Video: Mass uprising in Cairo’s Imbaba neighborhood
Following Friday prayers on January 28 we joined protesters marching through the streets of Imbaba in Cairo, Egypt. The crowd of 100 that we joined kept increasing and continuously joined with other marches in the same quarter North West of downtown Cairo.

Anti-government protests continue in Egypt
A collection of video images from Sunday’s protests across the embattled country.

The Battle over Qasr al-Nil
Stunning scenes of thousands of Egyptians braving police forces on Qasr al-Nil Bridge (which connects Cairo’s Tahrir Square with Gezirah’s Opera Square) from January 28.

Tactical deployment of Muslim prayer in nonviolence
Yesterday I tweeted (@justworldbooks) about this amazing, 9-minute video clip from the Egyptian paper Al-Masry al-Yawm, which shows the large-scale confrontation across, I think the broad expanse of Qasr al-Nil bridge on, I think, Saturday. It is shot from high up, and with some amazing lenses that on occasion give amazing close-ups. There are also some shots taken from ground-level, particularly at the end.

Egyptian and Christian Unity

Arabists slideshow

Moment of peace amid violence

Egyptians take to the streets

Graffiti in uprising Cairo

The End

‘No to Mubarak the US client’

Uprising against Mubarak – Cairo, Egypt

Egypt Protest Photos: Sunday In Pictures
A picturesque country gave the world many images on Sunday, but none of the usual tourist fare.  Protests continued for a sixth day in Egypt, where where photos of burning buildings and looting contrasted starkly with those of anti-government protesters handing flowers to soliders and joining them in prayer. These 40 pictures capture some of the sights from one day in an country in chaos.

International Solidarity with the Egyptian People
Iraqis protest in support of Egyptians
Despite major challenges in their own country, Iraqis took to the streets in Baghdad and Diwaniya in support of Egyptians. For more details, click on play movie.

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Columbus, Ohio


Kansas City

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Portland, Oregon


San Francisco

Angry Arab speaks at San Francisco rally

Best San Francisco Sign:  ” Mubarak don’t bother dying your hair you’ll be dying tomorrow” Farah Rowaysati from Youth Against Normalization @


Washington, DC

Auckland, New Zealand

Berlin, Germany

Beirut, Lebanon–JfXylHNAQ&feature=player_embedded

Caracas, Venezuela

Copenhagen, Denmark

Dublin, Ireland–9Z-FDs&feature=player_embedded

Edmonton, Canada

Istanbul, Turkey

London, UK

Madrid, Spain

Melbourne, Australia

Montreal, Canada

Ottawa, Canada

Paris, France

Tokyo, Japan

Toronto, Canada

Stockholm, Sweden

Russia Today: Demonstrators try to storm the Israeli embassy in Cairo
Egyptian demonstrators tried at noon Sunday to storm the Israeli embassy in downtown Cairo, the Russia Today TV reported.\

Juju, 8-Year-Old Saudi Girl, Lectures Egypt’s President Mubarak (VIDEO)

For the brave Egyptians: Rebels by The Great Um Kalthoum

As`ad Abukhalil’s Commentary
House of Saud
House of Saud are increasingly intensifying their propaganda on behalf of Mubarak.  They have earned a long time enmity of the Egyptian (and Arab) peoples.  There are already Facebook pages dedicated against Al-Arabiyya TV (the station of King Fahd’s brother-in-law).  Now they are reporting about the “need for security”. It is all about security.  Nothing else. News of crimes and theft dominate their coverage.

Arab public resentment against the US
Every day that passes with the US refusing to support the ouster of the Mubarak regime, adds a decade of Arab public resentment against the US.  And then they dare ask: why do they hate us?

Headline versus story
The headline says: “Palestinian cause badly harmed by Egyptian unrest.” But the story says: “The Palestinian Authority is directly and negatively affected by the unrest in Egypt, according to a top Palestinian official.”  As if the PA and the Palestinian cause are the same thing.  In fact the fortunes of one are inversely proportionate to the fortunes of the other.

Comrade Hossam: live from Cairo
Comrade Hossam is somebody I trust and admire: he is central in the protests in Cairo (and is a fine journalists too).  Here is a sequence of his tweets

It is not a conspiracy: it is out in the open
The Zionist scenario of a coup:  ”“What we have to focus on now is getting the military into a position where they can hold the ring for a moderate and legitimate political leadership to emerge,” said Mr. Indyk, a Middle East peace negotiator in the Clinton administration.”

`Adil Imam
Imam is digging a bigger hole for himself. Today, he said that `Umar Sulayman has popularity in Egypt.  By the way, the official Egyptian announcement regarding the appointment of Sulayman to the vice-presidency did not note his official post as head of the General Mukhabarat but merely referred to his post as a minister.

US and Egyptian state repression
The US has endorsed, embraced, justified, and funded every state repression by the regime of Sadat and Mubarak.  Don’t forget the 1977 uprising which was dubbed the “Thieves’ Uprising” by Sadat.  And the US also supported the savage state repression and massacres in Umbaba back in the 1990s.

Bush AND Obama Doctrines
“In the end, neither speech may have made much of a difference.  The chaos unfolding in Egypt is laying bare a stark fact, Middle East experts say: In the Arab world, American words may not matter, because American deeds, whatever the words, have been pretty consistent. Ever since that March morning 31 years ago, when Anwar el-Sadat reached out to clasp hands with Menachem Begin on the North Lawn of the White House after signing the Camp David peace treaty with Israel, the United States government has viewed the Egyptian government, no matter how flawed or undemocratic, as America’s closest ally in the Arab world.  Even when Ms. Rice and the Bush administration were infuriating Mr. Sadat’s successor, Mr. Mubarak, and calling for democracy in the Middle East, the reality was that the two governments were still, at their core, allies.”

Clinton and Obama really heart Mubarak
““[W]e do not want to send any message about backing forward or backing back,” she said. “What we’re trying to do is to help clear the air so that those who remain in power, starting with President Mubarak, with his new vice president, with the new prime minister, will begin a process of reaching out, of creating a dialogue that will bring in peaceful activists and representatives of civil society to, you know, plan a way forward that will meet the legitimate grievances of the Egyptian people.”

US lies
Don’t believe a word about how the US is clashing with Mubarak. Not one word. Much of the rhetoric of the US administration and its propaganda outlets like the NYT and Washington Post are lies layered with more lies. If the US wants Mubarak out, it would have made a public statement to that effect.  I have a feeling that the US stance has in fact hardened against Mubarak’s ouster in the wake of Obama’s phone conversations with two experts on Egypt: Netanyahu and Saudi King.

history of Israeli support for Arab regimes in trouble
There is a long history of Israeli (covert) support for Arab regimes in trouble.  Mossad took control over the security of King Hassan II after series of coup attempts in the late 1960s but also also collaborated much earlier with him and were involved in the affair of Bin Barakah.  They supported with arms the Royalists in the Yemen war, and provided key assistance to the Sultan of Oman when he faced a real challenge in the Dhufar war.  They  also supported the Lebanese regime of Sham`un (and later of Amin Gemayyel–because his little brother (Bashir the tiny tool of Israel) was assassinated before he could assume office–ha ha ha), they have supported the Jordanian monarchy and PA police (non) state.

Zionists are weeping
One more note to the Zionists who are weeping–and all Zionists are weeping as Mubarak is tottering: there are names being discussed for forming a transitional council.  I have received many of those lists and read many of those names.  I can assure you that every one of those names is a bitter foe of Israel.  Let me put it this way: the name of Hamdi Qandil is on every one of those lists and may emerge as the spokesperson of the new movement.  Qandil is as Angry an Arab as I am.  (He is married to Najla’ Fathi, famed Egyptian actress on whom I had a strong crush as an adolescent).  Oh, one more thing: ha ha ha and ha.

“Israelis worry that Jordan itself is in a precarious state and a successful overthrow in Egypt could spread there. And if the Muslim Brotherhood were to gain power in Egypt that would likely mean not only a stronger Hamas in Gaza but also in the West Bank, currently run by the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority, as well as in Jordan, meaning Israel would feel surrounded in a way it has not in decades.”

Jeffrey Feltman
Read what I have been writing about Jeffrey Feltman to understand this.  Feltman was asked about events in Egypt.  He said: developments in Tahrir Square in Cairo strikes me as uniquely…Tahrir Squarean.

Egyptian museum
You may now expect tons of articles about the Egyptian museum.  The White Man really cares about the museum.  They will write more articles about the damage to two Egyptian mummies than to the scores of people killed and injured by a regime sponsored by the US.

Aljazeera’s power
Aljazeera’s powers are bigger than ever.  Its influence has only increased.  And when Aljazeera is provoked, like it has yesterday with its ban from Egypt, its coverage becomes more biting and sharp.  Those dumb Arab tyrants.  Director-general of Aljazeera channels, Waddah Khanfar, told me back in July that the US ambassador in Qatar receives a weekly State Department report on US complaints about Aljazeera.  He told me he once discussed the complaints with the US ambassador, and realized that the complaints included materials relating to coverage of Israel.  So Khanfar asked him why the US is relaying complaints regarding coverage of a country other than the US?

Shameful Palestinian Authority Reaction
US rights group slams PA for busting pro-Egypt demo (AFP)
AFP – Human Rights Watch on Monday criticised the Palestinian Authority for breaking up a rally in support of the Egyptian protests and said those who organised it were harassed.*

Pictures: PA Prevents Demonstrations in front of Egyptian Embassy in Ramallah
There were only about 30 people in front of the Egyptian embassy on Sunday afternoon, attending the demonstration that had been called in support of the Egyptian people. The bitter cold, as well as rumors of cancellation due to rain are probably accountable for the small figure. Yet, the Palestinian Authority had prepared for the worse, it seems, calling in not only the police but also the army and protection forces to the scene. The PA force to demonstrator ratio was about 1.5 to 1. The Palestine Monitor was there too.

Is the Palestinian Authority cracking down on Egypt solidarity demonstrations? (Updated, and yes they are)
I received this message from a friend in Ramallah yesterday. For obvious reasons, he can’t be identified (I hope I’ll have time to follow up; right now I’m working on a number of fronts. The Angry Arab has another report from the suppressed demo…

ADC: Too little, too late

As of right now, the afternoon of Sunday January 30, the so-called American Arab Anti Discrimination Committe (ADC) has not yet issued a press release showing solidarity with the Egyptian people. Their January 2011 press releases page as of this moment is devoid of any words of support for the brave people of Cairo, Alexandria and Suez. It had been similarly silent throughout the Tunisian revolt. See: The Press Release ADC Never Issued on the Revolution in Tunisia.

Shameful but Totally Predictable Zionist Reactions
Israel urges world to curb criticism of Egypt’s Mubarak
Jerusalem seeks to convince its allies that it is in the West’s interest to maintain the stability of the Egyptian regime.

‘IDF not ready for surge of infiltrators from Egypt’
Despite concerns that riots in Egypt will raise number of illegal immigrants crossing border into Israel, IDF appears unprepared to handle surge. ‘We haven’t started to deal with it,’ one officer says.,7340,L-4021420,00.html

Shalits concerned over Egypt uprising
‘Chaos in Egypt could harm ending of this saga,’ says father of kidnapped soldier, adding he is following events with great concern after intelligence chief involved in negotiations leaves post to become vice-president.,7340,L-4021745,00.html

Report: Israeli officials phone Mubarak’s new VP
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli officials have telephoned Hosni Mubarak’s newly appointed vice president Omar Suleiman several times urging Egypt to maintain previous security coordination, Israeli media said.  The discussions were over Egypt’s role on the Israeli border and Gaza smuggling tunnels, the Israeli daily Maariv reported.

Israel braces for ‘new Middle East’

“I’m not worried at all. If the people in Egypt want to kill themselves,” he shrugged. “You write in Al Jazeera that Ron Chayek said ‘a good Arab is a dead Arab’.”

Yikes, Philip Weiss
A friend of mine read the Sunday papers in Israel.

Cairo: Anger starting to focus on Israel, US
Reporters Notebook: “Where is your democracy?” protesters ask in anti-American, anti-Mubarak rallies.

This revolution ‘undoubtedly means the end of Israel as a Jewish state’, Jack Ross
At Postright, Jack Ross has a twilight of the gods post: the events of Cairo signal that the neocons are over, Israel is doomed as a Jewish state, and the Israel lobby is imploding.

Egypt riots are an intelligence chief’s nightmare / Amos Harel [Zionists call them riots!]
Western intelligence in general and Israeli intelligence in particular did not foresee the scope of change in Egypt, which may require a reorganization of the IDF.

Translation of selected parts from Benny Ziffer’s disgusting article about Egypt
Benny Ziffer a leftist “liberal” commentator on Haaretz wrote this piece today, proving that you don’t have to be a right-winger in Israel in order to be racist Orientalist. Reports in the Israeli media about the uprising in Egypt are full of stereotypes that I’ve discussed at length here, but this piece is disgusting even according to Israeli media standards. Below are selected parts of the article

The Egyptian masses won’t play ally to Israel / Gideon Levy
As long as the masses in Egypt and in the entire Arab world continue seeing the images of tyranny and violence from the occupied territories, Israel will not be able to be accepted, even it is acceptable to a few regimes … Not a plague of darkness in Egypt but the light of the Nile: the end of a regime propped up by bayonets is foretold.

‘Intelligence failure? Mubarak couldn’t predict uprising either’
Former senior IDF officials say Israeli intelligence agencies could not have foreseen extreme developments in Egypt. Lipkin-Shahak: Peace treaty important to Egypt as well. no major change along southern border expected.,7340,L-4021489,00.html

Israel staunchly on the side of Arab tyrannies / Yossi Gurvitz
We seem to experience what looks like an Arab Spring of Nations, beginning with Tunisia – yet the Israeli public, as well as its leadership, are discontent. An uprising against vampires like Ben Ali and Mubarak, who held their offices for decades, not only fails to excite them, it practically frightens them. The Israelis have placed themselves, automatically, on the side of the Arab tyrants. After all, Israel is pretty comfy with them; they don’t surprise you. An anonymous Israeli minister – I guess it’s Boogie Ya’alon, a former army chief of staff and current Likud politician, since he has the requisite indoctrination -  told Time yesterday that, as a principle, Israel prefers democracies “because democracies do not initiate wars” (he probably forgot about Iraq). But, on the other hand, “I’m not sure the time is right for the Arab region to go through the democratic process”. Of course not. The timing is never right.

Scott Kurashige: Egypt: The Epic Fail of the New York Times’ Op-Ed Page
The readers of the NYT op-ed page won’t find anything about one of the most game-changing events in our lifetimes and how it has thrown U.S. foreign policy into a state of disarray.

A Nation in Waiting
A special programme looking at Egypt under Hosni Mubarak.

How much longer can Mubarak cling on?, Robert Fisk
The old lady in the red scarf was standing inches from the front of am American-made M1 Abrams tank of the Egyptian Third Army, right on the edge of Tahrir Square. Its soldiers were paratroops, some in red berets, others in helmets, gun barrels pointed across the square, heavy machine guns mounted on the turrets. “If they fire on the Egyptian people, Mubarak is finished,” she said. “And if they don’t fire on the Egyptian people, Mubarak is finished.” Of such wisdom are Egyptians now possessed.

Omar Suleiman, the CIA’s Man in Cairo and Egypt’s Torturer-in-Chief
On January 29, Omar Suleiman, Egypt’s top spy chief, was annointed vice president by the tottering dictator, Hosni Mubarak. By appointing Suleiman, part of a shake-up of the cabinet in a (futile?) attempt to appease the masses of protesters and retain  his own grip on the presidency, Mubarak has once again shown his knack for devilish shrewdness. Suleiman has long been favored by the US government for his ardent anti-Islamism and willingness to talk and act tough about Iran, and he has been the CIA’s main man in Cairo. Mubarak knew that Suleiman would command an instant lobby of supporters at Langley and among “Iran nexters” in Washington, not to mention among other authoritarian mukhabarat-dependent regimes in the region. Suleiman is a favorite of Israel too; he held the “Israel Dossier” and directed Egypt’s efforts to crush Hamas by demolishing the tunnels that have functioned as a smuggling conduit for weapons and foodstuffs to Gaza.

Hossam el-Hamalawy, “Egypt: MSM on Baradei, Muslim Brotherhood, and the 6th of April” (Tweets)

The Popular Committees hold the seeds for what direct democracy could look like in the future. We need to focus on them instead of BARADEI!

what i expect to happen in egypt, Phil Rizk
sorry this is rough. I will be back soon to edit. Heading out to tahrir now.  Friday night I witnessed the tanks roll into Tahrir square downtown Cairo on Friday night. To my amazement the crowds cheered. So for the most part the demonstrators are celebrating the military presence on the streets of Cairo. One demonstrator told me “the police protect us from our enemies, they won’t do us any harm.” Until last night demonstrators holding a permanent sit-in in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo were surrounded by a number of military tanks charing cigarettes and jokes with soldiers, while one soldier I saw joined the protestors for evening prayer.

Live From Egypt: The Rebellion Grows Stronger, Sharif Kouddous
January 30, Cairo, Egypt—In the second day of defiance of a military curfew, more than 150,000 protesters packed into Tahrir Square Sunday to call on President Hosni Mubarak to step down. The mood was celebratory and victorious. For most, it was not a question of if, but when, Mubarak would leave.

The who’s who of the has-beens, Issandr El Amrani
I know a lot of journalists (and even some normal, decent people) out there are wondering about the who’s who of the regime. As a person with a someone unhealthy obsession with the Egyptian regime for over a decade, I have been making charts of who’s who for a while. Here are two…

Homage to Cairo: ‘Ordinary people are standing shoulder to shoulder.’
The word ‘surreal’ has crossed many mouths since 25 January. Egypt—a country where the minimum wage is $7 a month—harshly criminalizes the incitement and organization of protest, and yet it is the cradle of the largest, boldest and most evocative demonstrations that anyone alive can remember. Socioeconomic diagnoses of the Middle East are completely sidestepped in most Western coverage of the region (though, to be fair, little in the way of class consciousness dares get stirred in domestic coverage too). There has been due attention on the unprecedented galvanization of Egypt’s modestly comfortable middle class, though it can’t be forgotten who or what brought them to the point of leaving their houses for the streets en masse, putting their bodies in the line of tear gas and live ammunition pelted (sometimes lethally) by Mubarak’s forces.

‘It’s a revolution of the people, not of the Ikhwan, not of Baradei, not of Soliman, not of Facebook and Twitter, no this is a people’s revolution’, Parvez Sharma
Its lonely and I am thinking (and dreaming) in 140 characters or less. The only people I have spoken to in the last few days are friends in Egypt, friends from Egypt in the US, my boyfriend and a few reporters. Un-showered for three days and with little food or sleep it has even become hard to write these pieces, because all I have really been doing is sending out up to 40 tweets a minute into the ether based primarily on the fragments of conversation which till yesterday were all on landlines when friends like Yousry returned home to Zamalek after spending entire days at Midan Tahrir, the ground zero of the Egyptian revolution.

‘Tomorrow we’ll trample you with our shoes! Live with honor, you disgusting bunch!
I wish the American media were reflecting more of the pure democratic joy of the Egyptian revolution. And here is why we insist on calling it a revolution at this site: Because a year ago when my friends and I who were enraged by human rights violations in Gaza tried to take over Tahrir Square, or even demonstrate at its periphery, the thugs in the green uniforms laid into us and dragged us out of the roads in sight of the grand pink Egyptian museum, and passersby winked and silently encouraged us but walked by fearfully–and I walked away with orientalist theories about the pharaoh and the patriarch in Arab culture. But look what those brave people are doing for me and the rest of the world now. Egyptian political culture will never be the same; you will never crush this feeling; and we are all being liberated by the Egyptian imagination. Please watch this strong and poetic pink-clad woman lead a chant of human dignity. “Whoever imprisons his own people/is a traitor head to toe.” Also note the materialist theme in the chant– yes, people want to know where their money is! I’ll shut up now.

Million-Person March Planned as Elbaradei made Opposition Leader, Juan Cole
Protesters in downtown Cairo on Monday morning were calling for a general strike. On Tuesday, they said they will launch a ‘million-person march,’ clearly with the aim of toppling the Mubarak government. On Sunday, a multi-party coalition of oppositionists had formed a 10-man committee to head their movement. The leader of the committee, in turn, is Mohamed Elbaradei, the former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency. Elbaradei came down to Tahrir Square in the city center and addressed the thousands assembled there, to rapturous applause.

Twitter revolution? Check out Parvez Sharma on CNBC, Philip Weiss
Parvez Sharma on CNBC talking about how the tweets and updates coming out of Egypt while critical and powerful–are only coming from the smallest percentage of 80 million Egyptians–the majority of whom don’t have internet access right now–and most of them never did. Ironically Parvez was driven to the CNBC studios (the first time he has stepped out of his apartment since Wednesday) by an Egyptian Copt driver who has been living in the US since 1983 and who says he does not “hate Mubarak, who really wanted to retire anyway”–Parvez will post vignettes of that conversation after he gets some sleep tonight.

Tell everyone: Egypt’s revolution is sweet and peaceful | Amr Shalakany
No one wants the Muslim Brotherhood to take over, no one wants violence – just elections and a new constitution  This is a sweet, sweet revolution; it is peaceful. Tell everyone we are peaceful.

Tahrir Square
Several thousand people remain in Tahrir Square; many say they’re planning to spend the night and stay till Mubarak resigns.

In Egypt, we are fearful but not cowed | Amira Nowaira
Egypt’s desperate regime is sending message of terror to the peoPle: either Mubarak or the deep blue sea. After six days of unprecedented protests, Hosni Mubarak and his regime still refuse to go. The fig leaf covering this regime has finally fallen, revealing the ugly naked truth. It is a regime that has worked solely and exclusively for its own survival. The events of the past days show that it is ready to burn the whole country if necessary.

U.S. cautiously prepares for post-Mubarak era
Mindful of other allies in the region, U.S. officials have been careful not to abandon the Egyptian leader, urging him to implement a transition to democracy. But they are also preparing for the possibility of his ouster.  The Obama administration appears to be now preparing for an Egypt without President Hosni Mubarak, pushing the 82-year-old leader to swiftly meet the cry from the streets for greater political freedom while growing ever-more doubtful that their long-time ally can survive the upheaval.,0,7275710.story

Dina Guirguis: The U.S. Must Listen to the People of Egypt
Still mired in ancient “democracy vs. stability” arguments, Washington pundits are missing the point. Egyptians are moving towards change they sees as critical whether the U.S. likes it or not.

EGYPT: A Complete Guide To The 2011 Revolution
Having trouble digesting all the news in Egypt? Not sure what’s going on and why it matters? Want to brush up on the key players and latest developments? Or just curious to learn more about Egypt in general?  You’ve come to the right place. The Huffington Post is aggregating our comprehensive coverage into easily-digestible nuggets below to help those who feel overwhelmed. This page is 100% human-curated. It will be fluid and changing as major developments happen, so please keep checking back. And please share it with your friends, family and colleagues.

The wrong friends / David Mednicoff
The uncomfortable lesson of the uprisings in the Middle East — For decades, American policy in the Arab world has rested on the assumption that secular governments are better. In a region prone to religious violence and sorely lacking in democratic government, the thinking goes, it is secular regimes that hold the most promise for change, and have been the easiest for us to support. Though perhaps never stated in such simple terms, this thinking underlies much of our diplomacy and analysis of a volatile and strategically important region. It’s easy to see why: A secular government is more like a modern Western democracy, and a better fit with our own tradition of separating church and state.

The Hosni Mubarak Fan Club, Neocons, nutballs, and the US government
A long-oppressed people finally rises up and braves tanks, secret police thugs, and the inertia of routine humiliation to say: “Enough”! Who could fail to sympathize? Well, Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Michigan), for one.

US shell-casings tell their own story
As people across Egypt continue to rise against the brutal dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak it is quite clear they will not stop until he flies into exile. Quite clear to everyone, that is, except US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is so out of touch with what is happening on the ground that you have to wonder who is advising her.

Three lessons Arab leaders can’t ignore | Marwan Muasher
It’s easy to point at high prices and unemployment for the protests in Tunisia and Egypt. But at their heart is the quality of governance.  The Arab world is abuzz with the lessons of the Tunisian unrest and which country is most likely to be the “next Tunisia”. With protesters inspired by the uprising in Tunisia currently defying bans in Egypt, all eyes are now on the Egyptian police to see if they will crackdown and in effect suppress discontent.

Class, Cairo and Catalonia
The word ‘surreal’ has crossed many mouths since 25 January. Egypt—a country where the minimum wage is $7 a month—harshly criminalizes the incitement and organization of protest, and yet it is the cradle of the largest, boldest and most evocative demonstrations that anyone alive can remember. Socioeconomic diagnoses of the Middle East are completely sidestepped in most Western coverage of the region (though, to be fair, little in the way of class consciousness dares get stirred in domestic coverage too). There has been due attention on the unprecedented galvanization of Egypt’s modestly comfortable middle class, though it can’t be forgotten who or what brought them to the point of leaving their houses for the streets en masse, putting their bodies in the line of tear gas and live ammunition pelted (sometimes lethally) by Mubarak’s forces.

Some comedy
Spoof on US State Departments Position on Egypt