Archive for the ‘Egypt’

  • Mubarak rumored to step down within hours
    It seems the pressure is too great. The labor unions have joined in. The world press is against him. The number of protesters swells every day. More and more are being killed and arrested– and, according to Al Jazeera, the army is torturing prisoners. Word is the Army has already stopped Mubarak from handing over power to Suleiman, his VP. The head of Egypt’s...
    by at February 10th, 2011 at 09:02 am
  • Egyptian Parliament called Castle of Corruption
    The man in his desert dress with his veiled wife and two sons camped outside the Parliament gates near Tahrir Square in Cairo. “This building, this parliament is a Castle of Corruption,” he tells the journalist. We’ve got quite a few of those castles on the planet.
    by at February 10th, 2011 at 09:02 am
  • Tweet from Egypt: Missing. Pls spread the word
    this is one kind of Tweet I’m getting from Egypt: RT @soheirabaza: Ziad Mohamed Bakir, graphic designer, missing since 28 Jan 2011 , his parents are still looking for him pls spread the word
    by at February 9th, 2011 at 01:02 pm
  • Tahrir Square
    Tahrir or Liberation Square Cairo Egypt I love this shot from the Egypt Daily News. http://www.egyptdailynews.com/
    by at February 9th, 2011 at 11:02 am
  • Egyptian pop star calls Mubarak Egypt’s forgetful father
    How bout the Egyptian pop star Tamir Hosni who got up on stage in Tahrir Square to tell the crowd that Mubarak is Egypt’s father. Even a father with several children can forget their names, he told the pro-democracy anti-Mubarak protesters. They must understand that with 80 million Egyptians, their “father”  should be forgiven for forgetting the needs...
    by at February 9th, 2011 at 09:02 am
  • Watch YouTube of Wael Gohnim
    This Egyptian TV interview with the recently released Google executive who led the Facebook revolution in Egypt is emotionally wrenching. Watch and understand why thousands of new protesters were on the streets today in support of the pro-democracy, anti-Mubarak movement. It is in Arabic with option of English subtitles. http://blogs.wsj.com/dispatch/2011/02/08/the-interview-with-wael-ghonim-that-galvanized-protesters/
    by at February 8th, 2011 at 04:02 pm
  • Google Exec released in Cairo
    Don’t think because you have an important position with an international company in Egypt that you are safe from the secret police. The head of Google marketing for the Middle East has just been released in Cairo after being arrested in Tahrir Square. Wael Gohnim has been missing for more than two weeks. He is considered one of the behind-the-scenes leaders of the...
    by at February 7th, 2011 at 09:02 am
  • Mubarak – Release all journalists!
    Al Jazeera is making a plea for one of their reporters to be released. He was last seen being taken into custody by the Army at Tahrir or Liberation Square in Cairo. He is not the only journalist to be detained by Mubarak forces. Many have been released, but not all. The Mubarak government continues to harass journalists, seizing and/or destroying their equipment. At least...
    by at February 6th, 2011 at 09:02 am
  • Demand Red Cross be ready for Tahrir
    I have it from a Georgetown U. professor (Egyptian) speaking on on Al Jazeera that the Egyptian Army is preparing to lay siege to the pro-democracy protesters in Tahrir or Liberation Square in Cairo. He gave a wonderful and clear analysis of the crisis and the thinking and strategy of the Mubarak government. He demanded that the Red Cross be ready to supply the protesters...
    by at February 5th, 2011 at 07:02 pm
  • Mubarak a pharaoh trained by the Romans
    Mubarak is a genius who has maintained an iron grip on Egypt for 30 years. Any true opposition risks being arrested, tortured and jailed. Egyptian prisons are full of political prisoners. Egypt is one of America’s favorite spots for rendition (define as USA exporting political prisoners for interrogation by torture.) If the protesters go home, they risk being hunted...
    by at February 5th, 2011 at 10:02 am
  • UCLA students extracted from Egypt
    An Egyptologist friend of mine  was in Egypt with UCLA students when the revolution in Egypt broke out. This is the story of how they got from the middle of Egypt at the Al Amarna site of the Pharaoh Akhnaten overland to Cairo and finally home. http://today.ucla.edu/portal/ut/coordinated-efforts-bring-bruins-191803.aspx
    by at February 4th, 2011 at 08:02 am
  • Al Jazeera gets a gold star!
    In the past I have been down on Al Jazeera. I admit I was wrong. In fact, I’d like to give them a gold star. My experience with the 24hr news station from Qatar had been limited to the Arabic version viewed while in the Middle East and a few years back. The crisis in Egypt, and the particularly poor coverage by the American press during the early days, sent me to...
    by at February 3rd, 2011 at 11:02 am
  • Will Tehrir Square become Tienanmen?
    We are all watching to see what the Army does next. Mubarak’s security police are in plain clothes. Pro-democratic supporters have seized police ID cards from pro-Mubarak attackers. You could hear gunshots on live feed from AlJazeera – the government claims they have not fired on the crowd.  Is Mubarak using camels instead of tanks like the Chinese did in...
    by at February 2nd, 2011 at 11:02 am
  • Mubarak’s thugs attack women and children in Tahrir Square
    Egypt I thought Obama looked mad last night – especially when he said the word “now.” He had talked to Mubarak for 30 minutes and had seen how intransigent he was. You can see Mubarak’s thugs – rumored to be about 75,000 paid gangsters who terrorize the population – attacking the peaceful democracy protesters in Tahrir Square in Cairo...
    by at February 2nd, 2011 at 10:02 am