This video is called We Are Writing History by Our Blood: Egyptian Doctor on Why Protests Won’t End Until Mubarak Resigns.
Anthony Shadid and David D. Kirpatrick, The New York Times News Service: “President Hosni Mubarak told the Egyptian people Thursday that he would delegate more authority to his vice president, Omar Suleiman, but that he would not resign his post, contradicting earlier reports that he would step aside and surprising hundreds of thousands of demonstrators gathered to hail his departure from the political scene. In a nationally televised address following a tumultuous day of political rumors and conflicting reports, Mr. Mubarak said he would ‘admit mistakes’ and honor the sacrifices of young people killed in the three-week uprising, but that he would continue to ‘shoulder my responsibilities’ until September, and did not give a firm indication that he would cede political power”: here.
Robert Naiman, Truthout: “Four key demands have been constantly lifted up by protesters and opposition parties, which are essential for a credible transition to democracy: ending the arbitrary detention and harassment of journalists, human rights activists and peaceful demonstrators and freeing those who have been detained; ending the state of emergency; allowing free electoral competition in elections; and restoring full judicial supervision of elections…. Without these reforms, any ‘orderly transition’ in Egypt is likely to be a transition not to democracy, but a transition to dictatorship under a different face”: here.
John Pilger, Truthout: “The uprising in Egypt is our theater of the possible. It is what people across the world have struggled for and their thought controllers have feared. Western commentators invariably misuse the words ‘we’ and ‘us’ to speak on behalf of those with power who see the rest of humanity as useful or expendable. The ‘we’ and ‘us’ are universal now. Tunisia came first, but the spectacle always promised to be Egyptian”: here.
Hungry Gazans Feed Egyptian Troops. Mohammed Omer, Inter Press Service: “Mustapha Suleiman, 27, from J Block east of the Rafah crossing with Egypt, crosses through gaps in the iron fence on the border carrying bread, water, meat cans and a handful of vegetables for Egyptian soldiers stationed on the other side. ‘Whatever you offer on Saturday you will receive on Sunday,’ Suleiman says. ‘I am ready to help with what I have, for all the work they do.’ Egyptian troops have run short of essential supplies, caught up in clashes involving Bedouin groups. Serious clashes have erupted between riot police and Bedouin groups over the past two weeks”: here.
Mona Alami, Inter Press Service: “The wave of political protests that has struck parts of the Middle East and North Africa over the past few weeks has also affected the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The protest movement here, initiated in the wake of the Tunisian Jasmine revolution, underscores the population’s demand for political reform. A movement of discontent over rising prices kicked off early in January in the city of Theiban, south of Amman. Some 200 demonstrators demanded that the government take greater control over prices and initiate more anti- corruption efforts. The movement gained momentum with protests erupting in Karak and Irbid”: here.
USA: Shahid Buttar, Truthout: “In spite of our own interests, Americans and the US government are supplying the boots that rest on the necks of citizens of Egypt and dictatorships around the world. Meanwhile, we remain silent as the impending reauthorization of the PATRIOT Act threatens to speed the momentum of repression in our own country”: here.
WikiLeaks: Egyptian ‘torturers’ trained by FBI: here.