Egyptians fight on for democracy


This video is called [EGYPT] Midan Tahrir Square (Liberation Square), Cairo Demonstrations, 25 January 2011.

Repression Fails as Thousands Demand Mubarak Departure: Anti-Mubarak Egyptians prepared themselves on Friday: here.

Update from Twitter this morning: Helicopters flying VERY low over Tahrir Square. Chants of ‘Mubarak go, Saudi Arabia is waiting for you.’

Noam Chomsky: “‘The Arab world is on fire,’ al-Jazeera reported on Jan. 27, while throughout the region, Western allies ‘are quickly losing their influence.’ The shock wave was set in motion by the dramatic uprising in Tunisia that drove out a Western-backed dictator, with reverberations especially in Egypt, where demonstrators overwhelmed a dictator’s brutal police. Observers compared the events to the toppling of Russian domains in 1989, but there are important differences”: here.

Mark Fiore animation on Middle East revolutions: here.

Max Ajl, Truthout: “Egypt is throbbing with resistance. Cairo is cloven between the forces of revolution and those of counterrevolution. Hundreds of thousands of people – on Tuesday, February 1, well over a million – have been streaming each day into Tahrir Square, the largest plaza in the Arab world, located in the heart of downtown Cairo. Army tanks line the streets, helicopters and F16s buzz overhead, and pro-Mubarak demonstrators, many of them hired thugs, bloodied thousands of protesters yesterday in Tahrir and elsewhere. Yet the people keep pushing for Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak’s unconditional ouster, and not just in Cairo. Alexandria has been convulsed, while Suez, a small city abutting the Suez Canal, has been riven with some of the fiercest street battles between the police and protesters, while workers there have gone on strike, demanding that Mubarak step down from his palace in Heliopolis”: here.

Heroic resistance in Cairo to state-orchestrated repression: here.

If Obama is crying crocodile tears now over the violence that has left hundreds dead and thousands wounded in Egypt, it is only because this violence has stopped working, and the Egyptian people continue to resist and struggle: here.

David D. Kirkpatrick and Alan Cowell, The New York Times News Service: “With the eyes of the Arab world upon them, protesters seeking the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak regrouped at Tahrir Square on Thursday after a night of gunfire and a day of mayhem that left at least five dead and more than 800 wounded in a battle for the Middle East’s most populous nation. The outcome is pivotal in a region where uprising and unrest have spread from Tunisia to many other lands, including Jordan and Yemen, forcing their leaders into precipitate concessions to their suddenly vocal foes and stretching American diplomacy”: here.

Robert Naiman, Truthout: “Contrary to what we were led to believe – that the US-backed and US-financed Egyptian military would protect the right to peaceful protest – on Wednesday, February 2, in Cairo, the Egyptian military permitted ‘Mubarak supporters’ – who, according to press reports, were clearly organized by the government, and many of whom were police or other government employees – to physically attack peaceful antigovernment protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. Crucially, the US-backed and US-financed Egyptian military did not block the violence”: here.

Ellen Brown, Truthout: “Underlying the sudden, volatile uprising in Egypt and Tunisia is a growing global crisis sparked by soaring food prices and unemployment. The Associated Press reports that roughly 40 percent of Egyptians struggle along at the World Bank-set poverty level of under $2 per day. Analysts estimate that food price inflation in Egypt is currently at an unsustainable 17 percent yearly. In poorer countries, as much as 60 to 80 percent of people’s incomes go for food, compared to just 10 to 20 percent in industrial countries. An increase of a dollar or so in the cost of a gallon of milk or a loaf of bread for Americans can mean starvation for people in Egypt and other poor countries”: here.

Laith Saud, Truthout: “It cannot be lost on any informed observer of the Arab world that the tremendous political momentum of the past week, although spontaneous, is focused, reasoned and democratic. Protests are not popping up sporadically anywhere in the Arab world. No, rather, they are manifesting themselves in countries whose regimes are staunchly pro-Western. This reality explains the ambivalence of the Obama administration. Considering the significance of these world-changing events, it is important to explain why this is the case, so as to ameliorate fears based on myths or the unknown. Although these movements are directed against pro-Western regimes, they are not about the West. They are about the accountability of Arab governments; they are about jobs and, ultimately, the democratic will of the Arab peoples”: here.

Tens of thousands rally in Yemeni capital: here.

England: International solidarity day Sat 5 Feb 2.30pm US Embassy, Grosvenor Sqare, London W1K. March to Egyptian Embassy: here.

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