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Hosni Mubarak has gone!

February 11, 2011

Dear President Mubarak your dignity is no longer important, the blood of Egyptians is. Please leave the country NOW. — Wael Ghonim

Dear Western Governments, You’ve been silent for 30 years supporting the regime that was oppressing us. Please don’t get involved now. — Wael Ghonim

!! He’s gone! Scenes of jubilations in Tahrir. I will never forget this moment. — Sharif Kouddous

“Lift your head up, you’re Egyptian!” – the chant of victory in Tahrir. — Sharif Kouddous

Every street is filled with people cheering, celebrating, honking, dancing. Indescribable. — Sharif Kouddous

Thanks to everyone for the congrats. A big battle has been won but the war is far from over. We celebrate tonight, tomorrow we struggle on. — Sharif Kouddous

The world only gets better because people risk something to make it better. Congrats Egypt! — Paulo Coelho

Yesterday, we were all Tunisians. Today we are all Egyptians. Tomorrow we will all b: Syrians? Yemenis? Jordanians? Algerians? Palestinians? — Rawya Rageh

It was 1600 GMT and on Egyptian TV was Omar Suleiman looking like death warmed up. He made a very brief statement, less than a minute announcing that Hosni Mubarak had resigned and control had been passed to the army.

The crowds on the streets went wild. It was what they had been waiting for.

What a contrast to the previous evening when Hosni Mubarak had appeared on TV to announce he was staying, to be followed by Omar Suleiman telling people to get off the streets, to go back to work, to stop listening to foreign satellite channels.

All very confusing. Thursday everyone was expecting Hosni Mubarak to go, but he dug in his heels and said he was staying. Following midday Friday prayers, people took to the streets. Tahrir Square was filled to overflowing, people overspilled and started to surround the Presidential Palace and State TV building. In other parts of the country there were reports of peope seizing government buildings.

We were told Egypt was or would descend into chaos, that the Islamists wwre poised to take over, that Egypt would be another Iran.

The reality was peacefull unarmed people took on a repressive regime backed by US-UK and won.

The reality was the people were more than capable of running their own affairs. Look at the number of people in Tahrir Square, there was no police and yet apart from when they were attacked by state security and Mubarak Rent-a-Thugs, there was no violence. People worked together, they looked after each other and out for each other, no one was telling then what to do or organising them.

What we have seen was participatory democracy in action. This is the Big Society, not what David Cameron and Nick Clegg are trying to implement as an excuse to cut public services.

Egypt has ushered in a New World Order. The dominoes will fall one by one. We were told Egypt would not fall. It took three weeks but it fell. Scum bags and others who are brutalising their own people have a very simple choice, go now or be kicked out.

How long will it be before the rotten house of cards that is the corrupt House of Saud falls? Before the evil ayatollahs and mullahs go from Iran? Before the corrupt Palestinian Authority is overthrown?

Palestinian Authority next?

St Valentine’s Day will see the start of revolution in Iran. A Day of Rage has been called.

Iran’s ‘Day of Rage’
Day of Rage facebook group

The evil ayatollahs and mullahs are jittery. Iran is jamming the BBC Persian service. Books by Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho have been banned, though these are now available for free download in Persian.

Iran denies banning Paulo Coelho’s books
Iran bans Paulo Coelho

In Jordan the King is moving in the right direction, but far too slowly. Stop attacking journalists.

Israel will be forced to enter into dialogue with its neighbours.

In Egypt the Constitution has to be rewritten. The Presidential term restricted to two four-year terms. The security apparatus dismantled. The ruling NDP dismantled. Senior officials including Hosni Mubarak and Omar Suleiman put on trial. Parliament has to be dissolved. Free and fair elections held with outside observers.

An interim government has to be appointed drawn from all sectors of society who took to the streets. To retain the cabinet appointed by Mubarak would be to insult the Egyptian people. No way can Omar Suleiman play a part.

How Egypt moves forward is for the people on the street to decide.

Democracy comes from the bottom, it is not imposed from above.

There is a lot more to be done but tonight we celebrate! Tonight we are all Egyptians!

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Tracy Chapman – Talkin’ Bout A Revolution
The Egyptian Revolution: A Democracy Now! Special on Mubarak’s Resignation
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Triumph as Mubarak quits
People & Power – Egypt: Seeds of change
Egypt: Protests spread as Mubarak holds on
Mubarak teases Egypt as his regime fragments
Palestinians can only watch as Egyptians are living their dream
Egyptians have chosen, time for the state to accept their choice
What bliss to be alive, to be an Egyptian and an Arab
Palestinian Authority next?

Tracy Chapman – Talkin’ Bout A Revolution

February 11, 2011

anger on the street

anger on the street

This is a massive insult to the Egyptian people and they are not going to accept it … tomorrow they will be out on the streets in their millions. — Aljazeera

Spending the night in Tahrir. Crowd has lessened since speech. People discussing plans for tomorrow. — Sharif Kouddous

Man tells me: “Mubarak is a military man, rigid. But with the enough pressure he will break”. — Sharif Kouddous

The rumours had been spread, the hated Hosni Mubarak was going. It must be true the BBC had said he was going, the head of the CIA said he was going, his cronies said he was going.

His delayed speech was waited for in silence. But it was not what was expected. He was to remain in power, Yes, some unspecified powers were to be handed to the hated VP Omar Suleiman, but he was not going.

It was as though a switch had been thrown. Carnival atmosphere one moment, anger the next.

The brief speech by the VP Omar Suleiman was an anti-climax in comparison. He told people to go home, to go back to work, to not listen to satellite TV.

What was going on? Why did the head of the army tell the protesters they would get what they want? Why did Mubarak cronies say he was going? Was it a ploy by Mubarak to flush out those who were not loyal to him so they could be eliminated?

Mubarak talked of not jumping to foreign diktats. It is his own people who are telling him to go.

Hosni Mubarak and Omar Suleiman have guaranteed that millions will take to the streets. They have promised to take the Presidential Palace and State TV. Who will stop them?

As of Thursday night, protesters are camped outside the army base in Alexandria. Tahrir Square is packed.

Millions were expected to take to the streets today after midday Friday prayer. Mubarak and Suleiman have simply helped to swell their ranks.

The call is for 20 million people to take to the streets!

Barak Obama has finally shown some backbone. US needs to cut off the flow of military aid. But the corrupt House of Saud has offered to step in and finance the Mubarak regime. Yet one more reason to overthrow the corrupt House of Saud.

What we are seeing is the shaping of a New World Order. No longer are people going to put up with not being listened to. Not only in the Middle East but across the world people are watching with interest.

St Valentine’s Day, the revolution starts in Iran!

As a week ago, we have to hope and pray that Friday does not turn into a bloodbath.

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Doctors lawyers actors join anti-Mubarak protest
Defiant Mubarak refuses to resign
Egypt’s Mubarak refuses to quit
Mubarak stays, Egypt erupts in rage
World sceptical of Mubarak’s speech
The shaping of a New World Order

Doctors lawyers actors join anti-Mubarak protest

February 10, 2011
Circle of light

Circle of light

No matter how you feel today, get up, dress up and show up. — Paulo Coelho

I’m expecting [Mubarak] to pass his decision… and for him to go to the constitution and transmit his authorities as President to his Vice President. — Dr Hossam Badrawi to Channel 4 News

“I don’t need Obama. I don’t need Clinton. I will free Egypt with my mom and dad.” — Child protester in Tahrir Square

Thousands of lawyers are marching into Tahrir to protest. They say they are 50,000 strong. — Sharif Kouddous

Big crowd of doctors marched from Kasr El Aini hospital to Tahrir. Chanting “I am a doctor. I am against the rule of the dictator”. — Sharif Kouddous

SecGen of Pres Mubarak’s party told me to expect Mubarak to announce he’s stepping aside in broadcast tonight. — Lindsey Hilsum, Channel 4 News

Dr Badrawi, SecGen of NDP, just told me he expects President Mubarak to pass his powers to his Vice President tonight. — Lindsey Hilsum, Channel 4 News

Spoke to Badrawi of NDP: he said “I have no absolute information” but “I hope he does” transfer powers to VP.” — Lyse Voucet, BBC World News

Just spoke Badrawi NDP: Mubarak “probably” speak tonite, and “hopes” he hands over powers. Confirmed its being discussed. — Lyse Doucet, BBC World News

The day opened with a rainbow over Tahrir Square which many saw as a good omen.

Lawyers, doctors and actors marched on the street, adding their voice to the call for Mubarak to go.

The day was dominated by rumours: Was Mubarak about to go? Was he going tonight or by Friday? Was he handing power to the vice president or the army? Had there been or was there about to be an army coup?

Lindsey Hilsum, Channel 4 News, in what appeared to be a world exclusive scoop, said that in interview with Hossan Badrawi of NDP she had been told Hosni Mubarak was stepping down tonight.

Lyse Doucet, BBC World News, spoke with Hossan Badrawi of NDP, who told her removal of Mubarak was being discussed and he expected transfer of power to the vice president. She had also recieved reports of the army taking some form of action, but knew not what.

The head of the army addressed the protesters in Tahrir Square and said all their demands were about to be met.

For the protesters on the street the replacement of Hosni Mubarak with Omar Suleiman – Chief Torturer, Torturers R US and extraordinary rendition for the Americans, Siege of Gaza for Israel – is not acceptable. Nor is what amounts to a coup by the army. The Muslim Brotherhood have said they will not accept the army.

The people in Tahrir Square put the government to shame. They even separate the rubbish into organic and non-organic. What we are seeing is participatory democracy in action.

The people in Tahrir Square have also put Western leaders to shame, especially the spineless Coward in the White House.

I caught the tail end of Mubarak live on Egyptian TV. The rumours proved to be false. He refused to stand down. He has delegated unspecified powers to VP. Crowds are going crazy. ANGER! The crowd flipped in an instant from carnival atmopshere to anger as though a switch had been thrown. In Alexandria several thousand heading to an army base. Mubarak has guaranteed mass protest on Friday.

VP told people to leave the streets, go home, go back to work, not listen to satellite TV!

Omar Suleiman, Chief Torturer, runs Torturers R US and extraordinary rendition on behalf of US, enforces Siege of Gaza on behalf of Israel.

Omar Suleiman and Hosni Mubarak have guaranteed millions on the streets on Friday. Egyptians loathe Omar Suleiman and Hosni Mubarak.

Mohamed ElBaradei, a leading opposition figure, says ‘Egypt will explode’ and urges army ‘to save the country’.

Egyptian Ambassador to US says all powers have been transfered to Omar Suleiman and he is defacto president.

Egypt in revolt
Asmaa Mahfouz
Anti-Mubarak protests spreading
Defying Regime Threats, Thousands of Workers Join Protesters in Tahrir Square
Egypt unrest: ‘President Mubarak to step down’
Egypt’s Mubarak ‘may stand down
Egypt’s torture boss takes over
Katherine Butler: Europe’s betrayal of the Arab awakening
Robert Fisk: Hypocrisy is exposed by the wind of change
Egypt’s army ‘involved in detentions and torture’
Egypt’s Youth Will Not Be Silenced
Wired and Shrewd, Young Egyptians Guide Revolt
Discovery of four skeletons in unmarked grave inside DAMANHOOR STATE SECURITY
28 hours in the dark heart of Egypt’s torture machine
The Crumbling Anchors of Mubarak’s Support
Egypt’s popular revolution will change the world
Hosni Mubarak ‘may step down’
Mubarak To Resign? Egypt’s President Will Reportedly Hand Over Power
Defiant Mubarak refuses to resign
Tracy Chapman – Talkin’ Bout A Revolution

Anti-Mubarak protests spreading

February 10, 2011

Tuesday saw some of the biggest protests yet in Tahrir Square.

Wednesday saw the protests spreading. Both the parliament and government offices are now being targetted. Waves of protest strikes are taking place across the country.

In Tahrir Square, volunteer medics wear their bloodstained white coats as a badge of honour.

Human Rights Watch now report more than 300 killed.

The record turnout puts paid to the naysayers and establishment pundits wheeled out by the mainstream media.

The longer Mubarak hangs on, the more creative become the protesters.

The biggest tragedy has been the lack of statemanship and leadership by the Coward in the White House. He could have held out his hand to the people on the streets, shown a genuine desire for peace and stability and democracy in the Middle East. Instead he has used the Mubarak bagman as a go between between the US and the Head of Torture.

US citizens ask why does the military hardware and tools of repression still flow to the regime in Egypt?

Asmaa Mahfouz
Egypt in revolt
Workers boost Egypt protests
Mass protests continue in Egypt
After Record-Level Turnout in Tahrir, Egyptian Protests Spread to Parliament, Cabinet Buildings; Labor Unions Launch Strikes Nationwide
“We Are Writing History by Our Blood”: Egyptian Physician on Why Protests Won’t End Until Mubarak Resigns
Human Rights Watch: 300 Deaths, Massive Detentions and Abuse under Mubarak Regime Crackdown
“People Are Taking Care of Each Other”
“The Great Tragedy is Obama Chose Not to Hold Out His Hand”
Omar Suleiman: The CIA’s man in Cairo
Egypt’s army ‘involved in detentions and torture’

Children lead the anti-Mubarak chants

February 8, 2011

Last Wednesday and Thursday Mubarak Rent-a-Thugs tried to reclaim Tahrir Square. They were beaten back and Tahrir Square was held. With the arrest of journalists, lawyers and human rights activists, there was the fear the ground was being prepared for a bloodbath. Friday the Muslim Brotherhood mobilised their supporters and Tahrir Square was secured.

Sunday, the Day of Martyrs, Muslims and Christians embraced in Tahrir Square. It has once again taken on a carnival atmopshere, men, women and children.

A media centre has been established. People are encouraged to download their footage. This is then uploaded to the wider world. Lampposts are tapped into, power points for people to charge their mobile phones.

We have seen Frank Wisner, the Mubarak bagman in action. He has argued against democracy in the Arab World. His father, also Frank Wisner, when at the CIA organised at least three coups, including the coup in Iran against a democratic government which brought in the Shah – Arbenz of Guatemala (1954) and Mossadeq of Iran (1953).

Wisner the Mubarak Bagman is regarded as the architect of the torture and extraordinary rendition with the help of Torturers R US in Egypt.

The dominoes fall. Who next, the craven Palestinian Authority, the evil ayatollahs and mullahs in Iran, the corrupt House of Saud?

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Egypt: One by one the dominoes fall

A million Egyptians take to the streets

February 2, 2011
Christians, Women, Men, Muslims... all protesting in one accord in Cairo

Christians, Women, Men, Muslims... all protesting in one accord in Cairo

To people in Tahrir Square: We are all Egyptians today! — Paulo Coelho

Our weapon is not AlJazeera or Facebook or all that—our main weapon is the change we want, our focus, our peacefulness and the shoes on our feet. — Omar in Cairo

In Alice through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll there is a conversation between Alice and the Queen where the Queen tells Alice she imagines several impossible things every day.

Only fools imagine impossible things. Only fools and Tunisians and Egyptians.

Who a week ago, let alone a year ago, would have imagined a million Egyptians take to the streets to tell Hosni Mubarak, the hated Eyptian president, to go? But that is what we saw on Tuesday. A million Egyptians took to the street demanding freedom, liberty, dignity. But above all that Hosni Mubrak must go.

Young and old, rich and poor, Christian and Muslim, men, women and children, all united in their call for Hosni Mubarak to go. Last Friday we saw Christians guarding their Muslim brothers at prayer.

Unarmed protesters faced down the forces of the repressive regime and won. They faced down the forces of repression and the forces of repression fled with their tails between their legs.

Tear gas was fired. Tear gas with Made in USA on the side of the cannisters. A repressive regime paid for with US dollars.

Our hearts go out to the brave Egyptian people. Once they lost their fear, anything was possible, even the impossible.

Enduring images are of a girl on her father’s shoulders, calling for Mubarak to go, of a former policeman beating his uniform with the soles of his shoe, of an eight-year-old girl giving wise advice to Mubarak to go.

Tuesday even an Egyptian cat joined the million Egyptians on the street calling for Mubarak to go!

A butterfly flapped its wings …

A young unemployed man set fire to himself in protest at not being allowed to set up a fruit and vegetable stall, his only way of earning a living. The Jasmine Revolution was born, the most enduring image was that of a Tunisian woman singing in the street of the martyrs. Ben Ali fled Tunisia like a rat up a drainpipe.

The revolution will spread across the Arab World and the Middle East. One by one the dominoes will fall.

Who next? The corrupt House of Saud? The evil Mullahs and Ayatollahs in Iran?

There is not a crisis in the Middle East. The people are getting off their knees and overthrowing repressive regimes. Repressive regimes which the US-UK have kept in power. The same US-UK that waged an illegal war in Iraq. Think what a difference in Iraq if regime change had been brought about peacefully, not an illegal war waged by war criminals.

Real change comes from below, not imposed from above or from outside.

My heart goes out to the brave Egyptians who shed their fear, got off their knees and faced down a repressive regime.

Unarmed protesters in the tradition of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King faced down the forces of repression. The forces of repression fled with their tales between their legs.

The people of Egypt have displayed amazing community spirit. They are all working together and helping each other. They have shared food and water. They have manned checkpoints, directed the traffic. They have swept the streets and picked up the rubbish. The sense of community pride, that the whole world is watching is palpable. They are an inspiration to us all.

Tonight we are all Egyptians!

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