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calendar   Friday - January 28, 2011

Hey, Egypt Us!

Kemet, the black land, this very Egypt, going to hell in a hand basket AFAP. TV, radio, and internet shut down by Mubarak government. Bloggers trying to stay on top of situation. Some info getting out via stock exchange and international banking wires, perhaps some ham radio.

unintended hilarity on Malkin comment thread missed in all the excitement:

Most in Egypt DO NOT have the internet so it being cut off is a mute point.

I’d do a [crickets chirping] but that would be a mute point to this moot point.

Anyway, try and stay abreast if you can. Most of the info is now in the Rinse/Repeat cycle, since the lid has been firmly put on things going on over there.

http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/01/28/clashes-erupt-in-cairo-elbaradei-told-to-stay-put-cnn-camera-confiscated
http://michellemalkin.com/2011/01/28/uprising-in-egypt

The White House on Friday urged the Egyptian government to “immediately” address the “legitimate grievances” of protesters surging through the streets, saying it’s not too late for President Hosni Mubarak to respond to the unrest with needed political reforms.

“Their grievances have reached a boiling point, and they have to be addressed,” Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said.

Suggesting the administration is trying to keep an arm’s length from the turmoil engulfing one of its most important Middle East allies, Gibbs declared,” This will be solved by the Egyptian people.” He also said President Obama has not yet spoken with Mubarak, though the administration is closely monitoring developments.

But Gibbs described the situation as “fluid” and issued several stern warnings for the leadership in Cairo.

He repeatedly said the administration will review its “assistance posture” based on the events of the next few days—a reference to the $1.5 billion in U.S. aid that goes to Egypt. He urged both protesters and security forces to show restraint. And echoing comments earlier by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Gibbs urged the Egyptian government to “turn the Internet and social networking sites back on.”

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/01/28/state-department-egypt-unrest-deep-concern

I’m not sure what the US should be doing about this, so maybe for once it’s a good thing we’ve got a leader who is best at voting “present”.

Is Hosni Mubarak Barak Obama’s Mohammad Pahlavi?  Are we seeing Jimmah 2.0? We all know what happened then, after Jimmah gave the Shah the Shiv - he got the Shove. And we got Ayatollah Assahola, and 444 days of malaise. The US has supported this Mubarak guy since Reagen, and we supported his predecessor Sadat right up until the islamists killed him. No, he isn’t Prince Charming. He’s a despot. That’s the choice you get in the Turd World, especially in islamic piss bucket cuntries like Egypt: you can have a despotic strongman, or you can have a despotic religious strongman. The more of this situation I see on TV, the less I am inclined to believe that peace, freedom, equality, financial reform, capitalism, or any kind of populist movement for positive opportunity has anything to do with it any more. This is an attempted takeover by the forces of darkness. And they will win.

UPDATE: Is it already a done deal? Reports of soldiers and police joining in with the protesters.

But there was little sign that Egypt was listening. Riot police fired endless of salvos of tear gas and rubber bullet fire over the course of the day. Plainclothes secret policemen dragged protesters out of the crowd, kicking and beating them as they were loaded into lorries and driven away.

Yet no matter how hard they tried, the crowds kept coming.

In one of many astonishing scenes on the streets, thousands of anti-government protesters wielding rocks, glass and sticks chased hundreds of riot police away from the main square in downtown Cairo. Several of the policemen stripped off their uniforms and badges and joined the demonstrators.

When the guys with guns turn against their own junta, it’s over. Rumors of talks of “transitional government”.

Arabic media sources on Friday night reported that Egyptian authorities are holding talks to establish a “transitional government,” following a series of protests against President Hosni Mubarak’s regime.

Meanwhile, the head of the Egyptian opposition Wafd party said Egypt needs a period of transitional rule, new parliamentary elections and amendments to the constitution limiting presidential terms, Reuters reported.

Has Mubarak already fled the country?

3 private jets leave Cairo airport under heavy security; Egypt parliament speaker to make major announcement - NBC

It could be some rich folks running away at the last minute. Doesn’t have to be the Boss Man.

Other bits:

One thing I learned while working retail was to always rotate your stock! Egyptian protesters not stopped by out of code US made teargas.


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