Copyright 2011-3011 By Chase Kyla Hunter, All Rights Reserved.
Stephen Yates: “It’s morally repugnant to side with these regimes.”
But that is exactly what our own government’s foreign policy has been doing, either tacitly or overtly, for more than 40 years in the Mideast. I literally grew up watching successive U.S. administrations coddle, negotiate with, and finally finance the make-believe government of Palestinian terrorist Yasser Arafat. I have watched all my life as an inane, self righteous “creeping political correctness” in Washington D. C. replaced fundamental political common sense as to how our leaders have handled the swelling powder-keg of radical Islam.
In numerology 11 is considered an unstable number. Sometimes the most arcane knowledge turns out to be remarkably “right on target”.
It would appear that 2011 will be remembered as the year that the the hand of Divine Providence finally swept through the Mideast. What began as a civic brushfire is now a regional wildfire raging out of control. Politicians seem uniformly caught off guard by all of it, their commentary ponderous, their reactions all calculated, tragically ineffective, terminally insincere.
By the end of 2011 there will be millions of families in the Mideast who will mark the year as the moment that someone in their biological family was either killed or maimed for life trying to wrest their government from the hands of an appointed dictator and into the hands of the people.
The sight of Egypt‘s people ousting Hosni Mubarak after 30 years has set the hearts and soul’s of their neighbors on fire to do the same in their own countries. In Yemen, Libya and Bahrain, protesters are confronting repressive and authoritarian governments with visceral courage and the willingness to die to achieve their freedom.
Our colonial ancestors were doing that very thing on this continent back in 1776. We have lived with fundamental constitutional freedoms in America for generations, and we often forget that in three quarters of the world people have lived for the last 200 years without those God given freedoms, especially women. Most women in the world are still routinely treated not much better than cattle in Mideast countries who live under the more authoritarian slope of Sharia Law. The general rule of thumb I have observed is that the more repressive and authoritarian any ruling regime is, whether apparently excused by false piety and religious pretense or not, the less actual fundamental human rights and civil rights it’s women are allowed to exercise.
So the present sight of tens of thousands of young Mideast women standing side by side in the streets with the men, fearlessly facing down government soldiers, many still teenagers, who are clamoring to be free or literally die trying, is enough to silence any American now petulant with our own freedoms. We who are born here are granted those freedoms by birth, and we have certainly taken them for granted for most of our lives. Only those who have travelled or lived overseas can appreciate what we have here; only an American soldier returning from Iraq can bend to kiss the ground in America and thank his God in Heaven he is home.
I do not have any living relatives who have recently “died to procure and maintain my American freedoms” but thousands of other American families do have relatives who died in the Iraqi war. They are the truly heroic Americans who have suffered, are suffering and will continue to suffer the loss of their family members on some level for the rest of their lives.
Were these American soldiers’ lives actually given in Iraq that we might witness the rising tsunami of the human heart cry out for freedom throughout the Mideast? Had anyone imagined that as the seven year Iraq war finally wound down, that the hunger for democracy throughout the Mideast would rise like a phoenix in direct proportion to the historic misery of families living generationally under successive US appointed and supported dictatorships?
I wonder what passes through the mind of George W. Bush as he watches the daily news. Most all Americans know, if they read at all, that we went to war in Iraq for the procuring of oil fields and the lucrative Halliburton rebuilding contracts more than the Bush administration actually cared about the quality of life for the average Iraqi citizen. What a strange turn in the road it must be, for people like Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Colin Powell, Condoleeza Rice and Paul Wolfowitz, to witness this sheer political pole shift, an unexpected outcome of their ugly little pre-planned Mideast war.
The sudden riveting sight of nation after nation rising up against their US backed dictators has left many Americans nearly speechless. The apparent suddenness of all of it, the explosive domino effect which is now taking place, and observing the Barack Obama White House stutter, falter and stammer over it daily gives one great pause.
It’s funny how God always has the last laugh. “Hope and Change” is coming alright, but it’s coming in all the countries where Barack Obama never ran for high office, never bowed to the Oil Princes and Sheiks of political pretense. He had bowed deeply to the Saudis when he visited, and otherwise was fairly dismissive toward the smaller nations surrounding the Oil Oligarchy’s empire. Beyond bowing, Barack Obama was too busy fighting to keep his own unpopular Presidency afloat back in the states in 2009 and 2010.
All those little nations that have been ignored and overlooked by the big boys in foreign policy for decades are now on fire with civil unrest, as waves of furious young people roar for their needs to be met, fundamental basic human needs that have not been addressed properly in decades of rule by their own insular self occupied leaders. Most of these leaders have been tacitly propped up by the murkier motives within the US foreign policy agenda, no matter which US president was sitting in the White House.
For the time being our own country’s present foreign policy may be in shambles over all of it. It would seem rather late to make a flurry of trips to the Mideast to douse the latest firestorm in world events. Many Americans, like me, are now wondering just exactly how more than 40 years of incessant, secretive US meddling in the Mideast has come to such a sudden conflagration that the coming blowback may affect our own people in yet unimagined ways, for years to come.
I am quite sure that late late at night, when he is alone with his thoughts, President Barack Obama now wishes he would have paid more attention to foreign affairs of state in 2009 and 2010, instead of ramming Obamacare down the national gullet against our will. This is a live action experience Mr. Obama. When you are the president of the United States you do not get a “do-over.”
My soul senses the opening refrain of World War Three in all of this, but I don’t want to admit it. Who would want to look and see what no one wants to witness?
Chase Kyla Hunter 2.21.2011
Related article cited:
Watching Protesters Risk It All
Published: February 20, 2011
Damon Winter/The New York Times
Nicholas D. Kristof
Times Topic: Bahrain News — The Protests (2011)
Amid Standoff, Opposition Seeks Dissolution of Bahraini Government (February 21, 2011)
As democracy protests spread across the Middle East, we as journalists struggle to convey the sights and sounds, the religion and politics. But there’s one central element that we can’t even begin to capture: the raw courage of men and women — some of them just teenagers — who risk torture, beatings and even death because they want freedoms that we take for granted.
Here in Bahrain on Saturday, I felt almost physically ill as I watched a column of pro-democracy marchers approach the Pearl Roundabout, the spiritual center of their movement. One day earlier, troops had opened fire on marchers there, with live ammunition and without any warning. So I flinched and braced myself to watch them die.
Yet, astonishingly, they didn’t. The royal family called off the use of lethal force, perhaps because of American pressure. The police fired tear gas and rubber bullets, but the protesters marched on anyway, and the police fled.
The protesters fell on the ground of the roundabout and kissed the soil. They embraced each other. They screamed. They danced. Some wept.
“We are calling it ‘Martyrs’ Roundabout’ now,” Layla, a 19-year-old university student, told me in that moment of stunned excitement. “One way or another, freedom has to come,” she said. “It’s not something given by anybody. It’s a right of the people.”
Zaki, a computer expert, added: “If Egypt can do it, then we can do it even better.”
(I’m withholding family names. Many people were willing for their full names to be published, but at a hospital I was shaken after I interviewed one young man who had spoken publicly about seeing the police kill protesters — and then, he said, the police kidnapped him off the street and beat him badly.)
To me, this feels like the Arab version of 1776. And don’t buy into the pernicious whisper campaign from dictators that a more democratic Middle East will be fundamentalist, anti-American or anti-women. For starters, there have been plenty of women on the streets demanding change (incredibly strong women, too!).
For decades, the United States embraced corrupt and repressive autocracies across the Middle East, turning a blind eye to torture and repression in part because of fear that the “democratic rabble” might be hostile to us. Far too often, we were both myopic and just plain on the wrong side.
Here in Bahrain, we have been in bed with a minority Sunni elite that has presided over a tolerant, open and economically dynamic country — but it’s an elite that is also steeped in corruption, repression and profound discrimination toward the Shia population. If you parachute into a neighborhood in Bahrain, you can tell at once whether it is Sunni or Shia: if it has good roads and sewers and is well maintained, it is Sunni; otherwise, it is Shia.
A 20-year-old medical student, Ghadeer, told me that her Sunni classmates all get government scholarships and public-sector jobs; the Shiites pay their own way and can’t find work in the public sector. Likewise, Shiites are overwhelmingly excluded from the police and armed forces, which instead rely on mercenaries from Sunni countries. We give aid to these oligarchs to outfit their police forces to keep the Shiites down; we should follow Britain’s example and immediately suspend such transfers until it is clear that the government will not again attack peaceful, unarmed protesters.
We were late to side with “people power” in Tunisia and Egypt, but Bahrainis are thrilled that President Obama called the king after he began shooting his people — and they note that the shooting subsequently stopped (at least for now). The upshot is real gratitude toward the United States.
The determination of protesters — in Bahrain, in Iran, in Libya, in Yemen — is such that change is a certainty. At one hospital, I met a paraplegic who is confined to a wheelchair. He had been hit by two rubber bullets and was planning to return to the democracy protests for more.
And on the roundabout on Sunday, I met Ali, a 24-year-old on crutches, his legs swathed in bandages, limping painfully along. A policeman had fired on him from 15 feet away, he said, and he was still carrying 30 shotgun pellets that would eventually be removed when surgeons weren’t so busy with other injuries. Ali flinched each time he moved — but he said he would camp at the roundabout until democracy arrived, or die trying.
In the 1700s, a similar kind of grit won independence for the United States from Britain. A democratic Arab world will be a flawed and messy place, just as a democratic America has been — but it’s still time to align ourselves with the democrats of the Arab world and not the George III’s.
A version of this op-ed appeared in print on February 21, 2011, on page
Copyright 2011-3011 By Chase Kyla Hunter, All Rights Reserved.
You know it’s bad when the new world order “White House” directed mass media agencies begin to tell the truth about the cluelessness, insulated narcissism and inept foreign policy of the Obama administration.
Imagine: everything that tea party blogs and truth researchers have been screaming on the internet for five years now about this man, this calculatedly aloof and inept President, who pretended he was America’s new political Messiah four years ago, is finally, four years too late, being discussed in “official” American media outlets. I could just shake the men and women at Newsweek, clanking their heads together.
Where was all this truthful reporting with “eyes wide open” when we needed it four years ago? I personally hope Newsweek goes out of business in karmic retribution for their absolute and purposed failing to vet and investigate this man four years ago when he came out of far left field, [where he lives], to run for national office, three years after admitting to reporters he did not have the experience to do so.
The mass media numbskulls who elected this man now have the sad and silly karmic duty of reporting on his collapsing presidency to the nation, as if we didn’t already know. We were all three to four years ahead of you, Newsweek. You are so fired.
NEWSWEEK’s new columnist on Obama’s Egypt debacle and the vacuum it exposes.
“The statesman can only wait and listen until he hears the footsteps of God resounding through events; then he must jump up and grasp the hem of His coat, that is all.” Thus Otto von Bismarck, the great Prussian statesman who united Germany and thereby reshaped Europe’s balance of power nearly a century and a half ago.
Last week, for the second time in his presidency, Barack Obama heard those footsteps, jumped up to grasp a historic opportunity … and missed it completely.
In Bismarck’s case it was not so much God’s coattails he caught as the revolutionary wave of mid-19th-century German nationalism. And he did more than catch it; he managed to surf it in a direction of his own choosing. The wave Obama just missed—again—is the revolutionary wave of Middle Eastern democracy. It has surged through the region twice since he was elected: once in Iran in the summer of 2009, the second time right across North Africa, from Tunisia all the way down the Red Sea to Yemen. But the swell has been biggest in Egypt, the Middle East’s most populous country.
In each case, the president faced stark alternatives. He could try to catch the wave, Bismarck style, by lending his support to the youthful revolutionaries and trying to ride it in a direction advantageous to American interests. Or he could do nothing and let the forces of reaction prevail. In the case of Iran, he did nothing, and the thugs of the Islamic Republic ruthlessly crushed the demonstrations. This time around, in Egypt, it was worse. He did both—some days exhorting Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to leave, other days drawing back and recommending an “orderly transition.”
The result has been a foreign-policy debacle. The president has alienated everybody: not only Mubarak’s cronies in the military, but also the youthful crowds in the streets of Cairo. Whoever ultimately wins, Obama loses. And the alienation doesn’t end there. America’s two closest friends in the region—Israel and Saudi Arabia—are both disgusted. The Saudis, who dread all manifestations of revolution, are appalled at Washington’s failure to resolutely prop up Mubarak. The Israelis, meanwhile, are dismayed by the administration’s apparent cluelessness.
Last week, while other commentators ran around Cairo’s Tahrir Square, hyperventilating about what they saw as an Arab 1989, I flew to Tel Aviv for the annual Herzliya security conference. The consensus among the assembled experts on the Middle East? A colossal failure of American foreign policy.
This failure was not the result of bad luck. It was the predictable consequence of the Obama administration’s lack of any kind of coherent grand strategy, a deficit about which more than a few veterans of U.S. foreign policy making have long worried. The president himself is not wholly to blame. Although cosmopolitan by both birth and upbringing, Obama was an unusually parochial politician prior to his election, judging by his scant public pronouncements on foreign-policy issues.
Yet no president can be expected to be omniscient. That is what advisers are for. The real responsibility for the current strategic vacuum lies not with Obama himself, but with the National Security Council, and in particular with the man who ran it until last October: retired Gen. James L. Jones. I suspected at the time of his appointment that General Jones was a poor choice. A big, bluff Marine, he once astonished me by recommending that Turkish troops might lend the United States support in Iraq. He seemed mildly surprised when I suggested the Iraqis might resent such a reminder of centuries of Ottoman Turkish rule.
The best national-security advisers have combined deep knowledge of international relations with an ability to play the Machiavellian Beltway game, which means competing for the president’s ear against the other would-be players in the policymaking process: not only the defense secretary but also the secretary of state and the head of the Central Intelligence Agency. No one has ever done this better than Henry Kissinger. But the crucial thing about Kissinger as national-security adviser was not the speed with which he learned the dark arts of interdepartmental turf warfare. It was the skill with which he, in partnership with Richard Nixon, forged a grand strategy for the United States at a time of alarming geopolitical instability.
The essence of that strategy was, first, to prioritize (for example, détente with the Soviets before human-rights issues within the U.S.S.R.) and then to exert pressure by deliberately linking key issues. In their hardest task—salvaging peace with honor in Indochina by preserving the independence of South Vietnam—Nixon and Kissinger ultimately could not succeed. But in the Middle East they were able to eject the Soviets from a position of influence and turn Egypt from a threat into a malleable ally. And their overtures to China exploited the divisions within the Communist bloc, helping to set Beijing on an epoch-making new course of economic openness.
The contrast between the foreign policy of the Nixon-Ford years and that of President Jimmy Carter is a stark reminder of how easily foreign policy can founder when there is a failure of strategic thinking. The Iranian Revolution of 1979, which took the Carter administration wholly by surprise, was a catastrophe far greater than the loss of South Vietnam.
Remind you of anything? “This is what happens when you get caught by surprise,” an anonymous American official told The New York Times last week. “We’ve had endless strategy sessions for the past two years on Mideast peace, on containing Iran. And how many of them factored in the possibility that Egypt moves from stability to turmoil? None.”
I can think of no more damning indictment of the administration’s strategic thinking than this: it never once considered a scenario in which Mubarak faced a popular revolt. Yet the very essence of rigorous strategic thinking is to devise such a scenario and to think through the best responses to them, preferably two or three moves ahead of actual or potential adversaries. It is only by doing these things—ranking priorities and gaming scenarios—that a coherent foreign policy can be made. The Israelis have been hard at work doing this. All the president and his NSC team seem to have done is to draft touchy-feely speeches like the one he delivered in Cairo early in his presidency.
These were his words back in June 2009:
America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles—principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.
Those lines will come back to haunt Obama if, as cannot be ruled out, the ultimate beneficiary of his bungling in Egypt is the Muslim Brotherhood, which remains by far the best organized opposition force in the country—and wholly committed to the restoration of the caliphate and the strict application of Sharia. Would such an outcome advance “tolerance and the dignity of all human beings” in Egypt? Somehow, I don’t think so.
Grand strategy is all about the necessity of choice. Today, it means choosing between a daunting list of objectives: to resist the spread of radical Islam, to limit Iran’s ambition to become dominant in the Middle East, to contain the rise of China as an economic rival, to guard against a Russian “reconquista” of Eastern Europe—and so on. The defining characteristic of Obama’s foreign policy has been not just a failure to prioritize, but also a failure to recognize the need to do so. A succession of speeches saying, in essence, “I am not George W. Bush” is no substitute for a strategy.
Bismarck knew how to choose. He understood that riding the nationalist wave would enable Prussia to become the dominant force in Germany, but that thereafter the No. 1 objective must be to keep France and Russia from uniting against his new Reich. When asked for his opinion about colonizing Africa, Bismarck famously replied: “My map of Africa lies in Europe. Here lies Russia and here lies France, and we are in the middle. That is my map of Africa.”
Tragically, no one knows where Barack Obama’s map of the Middle East is. At best, it is in the heartland states of America, where the fate of his presidency will be decided next year, just as Jimmy Carter’s was back in 1980.
At worst, he has no map at all.
- Obama’s Egypt and Foreign Policy Failires – Newsweek (news.google.com)
- Obama’s Egypt and Foreign Policy Failires (newsweek.com)
- Niall Ferguson Blasts Obama’s Foreign Policy (thedailybeast.com)
- Mubarak in coma? (hotair.com)
- Newsweek Cheat Sheet: What’s in This Week’s Issue (thedailybeast.com)
- In U.S. Signals to Egypt, Obama Straddled a Rift (nytimes.com)
- In US Signals to Egypt, Obama Straddled a Rift – New York Times (news.google.com)
- Obama Team Looked Unsteady in Response to Egypt Protesters (businessweek.com)
- Obama’s strategy was to pressure Mubarak without intruding – Los Angeles Times (news.google.com)
- Obama Leadership Tested by Fast-Changing Egypt Crisis (businessweek.com)
- Foreign Policy: Why You Should Care About Egypt (npr.org)
Copyright 2011-3011 By Chase Kyla Hunter, All Rights Reserved.
Tags: yemen freedom protests 2011, mideast cry for freedom 2011, yemen civil unrest 2011
- Yemen’s anti-government protests continue to grow – CTV.ca (news.google.com)
- Yemen’s anti-government protests continue to grow (ctv.ca)
- “Thousands of Protesters in Yemen Head Toward Presidential Palace” and related posts (nymag.com)
- Video: In Yemen, pro-government, anti-government protesters clash (shortformblog.com)
- Troops in Yemen push back protesters (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- More Anti-Government Protests in Yemen – Voice of America (news.google.com)
- Troops in Yemen push back protesters (sfgate.com)
- Thousands March to Oust President in Yemen (foxnews.com)
- Protesters In Yemen Seeks Regime Change, Clash With Police (huffingtonpost.com)
- Yemen protesters: ‘First Mubarak, now Ali’ (cnn.com)
Copyright 2011-3011 By Chase Kyla Hunter
Christians Join Hands to Form a Ring of Protection Around Muslims While They Pray in the Streets of Egypt
Google News is presently posting 23,642 news articles covering the Egyptian uprising, which is the top news story in the world again for the 11th day. What’s different about day 11 is that protesters are now gathering in other neighboring countries to vent their rage and voice their support for the Egyptian protesters. In Iran, Turkey and on the West Bank of Israel protesters gathered to show their support for the Egyptian uprising against Mubarak. In one video posted below young Christians formed rings and locked hands to protect prostate Muslims while they prayed in the street. I never had seen an image like that, in my lifetime, until just a few minutes ago. It was dramatic and very moving.
To avoid igniting a Mideast conflagration of rage and violence, and a possible international firestorm as well, Mubarak needs to step down immediately. The situation is in the Mideast region is now getting worse by the day. I noted that a portrait of Barack Obama was burned along with photos and effigies of Mubarak. Here’s video coverage:
“What a difference a few city blocks can make. Crowds of hundreds of thousands upon thousands of Egyptians demonstrated peacefully on Friday, filling most of Cairo’s sprawling and once besieged Tahrir Square. They played music on loud speakers, danced and chanted “down with the dictator” in a rally dubbed “Day of Departure.”
But down the side streets leading east from Tahrir Square, just a few hundred meters away, fierce clashes raged between gangs of pro- and anti-regime youths.”
World news coverage of the people’s revolt against Mubarak in Egypt is exploding, the revolt being now in it’s 7th day. Riots continue and a call has gone out for a million man march tomorrow on Tuesday. Google News Zeitgeist shows an uptick in the trending of reporting on the crisis, with a very high number this morning of 22,429 news stories appearing in the Google news aggregator which cover the Egypt crisis.
Consensus is that the Obama White House was both personal and intellectually caught off guard by events in Egypt, with WH cabinet members now walking a delicate line of appearing to support the people, while reluctantly disinclined to cease all support for Mubarak either. It’s an impossible political position to take without revealing your own motives and underpinnings.
Tear gas canisters, tanks, rifles, and other military supplies deployed by Mubarak’s troops clearly show “Made in USA” labels. Is this revolt secretly “made in the USA?” I’m not willing or ready to speculate aloud on this blog about that but I am posting at least 2 other videos which make some interesting speculations. See other recent posts on this blog for the coverage of the early days of the rioting.
On Twitter many other American patriots take a” wait and see” position on Egypt or try to ignore the explosion of rage now that it’s seven day old news, and get back to the business of raging and ranting against our own government instead. I feel it’s a mistake to disregard what’s happening now in the Mideast. This does not feel like a “flare-up” of popular discontent that’s going to go away.
For one, the sheer numbers of people who have poured into the streets in Egypt, including the unprecedented appearance of scarf-wrapped Muslim women who have joined the protesters, indicates that the Mubarak regime will have to kill tens of thousands of his own people if he intends to heavy-handedly deploy brute military force to stop the uprising. Watching it all feels rather like sitting on a pile of high dry tinder while watching a wildfire raging about a half mile away, and wondering if the tinder pile you are sitting on is actually really safe.
American patriots have much to mull over as we watch what may come of yet another “people’s uprising” against yet another rotten to the core and corrupt military dictatorship overseas, only thinly disguised as “governance” at all.
I am adamant in my spiritual position that violence is never the proper solution. But that is making me an unpopular writer in the more radical circles of American discontent with our own government. I am well aware that there is a thick vein of inclination among certain anti-government groups here in the states that the only way forward now is to take to the streets, but they are dead wrong.
Using political due process, and voting into the D.C. cauldron the necessary “new political blood” while voting out the corrupted aging and irrelevant factors which support the CFR and UN positions must proceed, just as it commenced on November 2nd landslide turning of the tide against the incumbent White House, which offers, neither hope, change, or a whit of common sense as to how to govern America.
Let’s keep our wits about us here in the states, and keep our shoulders to the wheel of legal and ethical political “due process”. Those who press for freedom from Mubarak in Egypt should be reminded of the “Gandhi position”, which is to take the spiritual high road, not that I assume by any stretch that they will. Someone somewhere has fomented this tsunami of discontent, and someone somewhere will soon benefit greatly from it. I am presently doing a great deal of reading on “The Muslim Brotherhood” as well as the activities of our own CIA in the past few months and years, regarding Egyptian popular disaffection with Mubarak.
One can only hope that the Egyptian population has the will to proceed with their revolution in a nonviolent and peaceful manner; to state their case with no more bloodshed. But the powder keg fuse appears to be burning now, and events in the Mideast may accelerate toward further destabilization sooner, rather than later.
Somewhere a man is waiting in the wings, who will assume the prophesied role of the Imam Mahdi at the precise moment when he feels it will be most advantageous to his global aims and goals. Once the Mideast violence rises to a cacophony and crescendo that’s deafening to all ears, he may emerge to answer their call. World War III will eventually commence out of his false pretext of peaceful “new age” entry.
I wait. I watch. I write. I pray. It’s too late now to do anything but review The KJV Book of Daniel and ponder the coming “blow by blow news coverage it provides” of the Imam Mahdi’s world conquest, the same world conquest that a man named Daniel saw in visions and wrote about nearly 2,600 years ago.
“You don’t just have a government and a movement for democracy,” former British Prime Minister Tony Blair cautioned on Monday. “You also have others, notably the Muslim Brotherhood, who would take this in a different direction. We need to be anxious to meet the aspirations of the people, but do it in a way that produces something better.”
To give Egyptians the greatest possible prospects for liberty, the Obama Administration should change course and press any government that emerges to:
- Pledge to minimize the use of force and the loss life in its efforts to restore order;
- Agree to open up the political system to allow meaningful participation by Egyptian citizens in forming a representative government; and
- Restore Internet service and access to the world.
The Obama Administration should review U.S. assistance to Egypt and make further assistance contingent upon undertaking these actions.
Significant related articles, videos and essays:
Sarah Palin: “I can’t wait to be blamed for the violence in Egypt.”
- Mubarak shuffles cabinet but protesters say he must surrender (nationalpost.com)
- Mona Eltahawy to CNN: Call Egypt an Uprising, not Chaos (crooksandliars.com)
- Mubarak shuffles cabinet but protesters say “Go!” (calgaryherald.com)
- A roundup of links on Egypt (westernthm.wordpress.com)
- Israel denies sending riot gear to Egypt (jta.org)
- Israelis wary of uprising’s aftermath (boston.com)
- Mubarak shuffles cabinet but protesters say “Go!” (globaltvbc.com)
- SNL Skit: President Mubarak Explains the Revolt, Sweeping Reforms He Has Planned for Egypt (shoppingblog.com)
- To assume that the uprising in Egypt is about a “ruthless” dictator is to miss the point (iflizwerequeen.com)
- Egypt: Book Banned by Mubarak Predicted Egyptian Revolution (prweb.com)
- How Social Media Accelerated the Uprising in Egypt (fastcompany.com)
- The revolt in Egypt and US policy (powerlineblog.com)
- Recap: 12 Stories of Egypt in Turmoil (mashable.com)
- Egypt’s protests ‘day of revolt’ (bbc.co.uk)
- Gillard’s rescue mission for those stuck in Egypt (theage.com.au)