Posts Tagged ‘Tahrir’

Tahrir Square: Revolution one year on

January 25, 2012
Tahrir Square 10am this morning

Tahrir Square 10am this morning

Aerial shot of Tahrir Square

Aerial shot of Tahrir Square

Imbaba echoing with calls of bread, freedom, social justice!

Imbaba echoing with calls of bread, freedom, social justice!

Some saying this is the biggest protest in Cairo since the revolution began. Certainly possible, the numbers are staggering. — Sharif Kouddous

One year ago we saw the start of the Egyptian revolution when Egyptians took to Tahrir Square. No matter what was thrown at them they refused to move. They toppled a US-backed dictator.

Where now, one year on? Were the lives lost, lost for nothing?

A military regime has taken control and shows no sign of relinquishing power.

Thousands have been arrested, tortured, tried before secret military courts.

Many have been killed and maimed by the military.

Emergency Powers have been relaxed but not removed. Action can be taken for ‘thuggery’ whatever that means.

The military is demanding power of veto over the new constitution, a secret military budget.

The players have changed, the regime is still firmly in control.

Elections have taken place. Muslim Brotherhood has taken nearly half the seats. A fundamentalist Islamic party calling for introduction of Sharia Law, public beheading, controls a further quarter of the seats.

Women were at the forefront of the revolution. They account for 2% of the seats in Parliament.

Yes there is an elected parliament. A parliament that hides behind walled off street, the people one side, parliament the other.

Egypt: Four walls divide the ruled from the rulers

Muslim Brotherhood take to the streets when it benefits the Muslim Brotherhood. They have not called for the overthrow of the military junta controlling Egypt, have not called for those who committed crimes against the people, those who ordered the crimes, to be arrested and prosecuted.

Today Tahrir Square celebrates, but also calls for the second phase of the revolution, the removal of the military junta.

For brothers and sisters in Syria, the revolution has only just started. They can take heart when they see the numbers in Tahrir Square. The fate of Assad is sealed, either a bullet in the head or a criminal trial.

Iraq faces a descent into hell, until the people come to their senses, Iran and Saudi Arabia stop meddling.

Across the world the Arab Spring has helped to inspire the Occupy movement.

You cannot kill an idea.

The Truth as Iraq descends into Hell
Egypt’s revolution: One year on
Egypt: Sharif Abdel Kouddous Reports from Cairo as Crowds Mark 1 Year of Revolution in Tahrir Square
“In Tahrir Square”: HBO Doc on Egypt’s Revolution Through Eyes of Democracy Now!’s Sharif Kouddous

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!

Egypt in revolt
Tracy Chapman – Talkin’ Bout A Revolution
The Egyptian Revolution: A Democracy Now! Special on Mubarak’s Resignation
Look at the streets of Egypt; this is what hope looks like
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?

People & Power – Egypt: Seeds of change

February 11, 2011

This is an excellent documentary on the April 6 Movement in Egypt.

I have just watched live on Al Jazeera and was pleased to find it on YouTube.

How to organize a revolution. A must watch for all revolutionaries.

Wired and Shrewd, Young Egyptians Guide Revolt
Egypt in revolt
Asmaa Mahfouz
Egypt: Seeds of change
Tracy Chapman – Talkin’ Bout A Revolution
Doctors lawyers actors join anti-Mubarak protest

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.

Egypt in revolt
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’

Asmaa Mahfouz أنا نازلة يوم 25 عشان كرامتي كمصرية

February 8, 2011

The only power you have on this planet is the power of your decisions. — Paulo Coelho

Come down to Tahrir Square on 25 January and defend my dignity.

It was a simple request: Come down to Tahrir Square on 25 January and defend my dignity.

Are you men cowards? If not, then be there and stand with me.

Posted 18 January. 26-year-old Asmaa Mahfouz is a founding member of the 6 April Youth Movement.

She posted a second video on the eve of 25 January outlining her expectations. 14-year-olds had been preparing fliers and posters, 60-year-olds had been helping. Fliers were being distributed everywhere. This was a movement by the people, not politicians.

What was amazing was that Asmaa Mahfouz made no attempt to hide who she was.

25 January was the beginning of the end.

The day after 25 January, Asmaa Mahfouz posted a third video. On that day people had treated each other with respect.

Today, we have seen ever more people come out onto the streets. It coincided with the release of Google Exec and Facebook Activist Wael Ghonim on Monday who had been detained for 12 days since the uprising began. He was arrested 28 January, the Day of rage. He was behind one of the facebook pages telling people to take to the streets. It was about Khaled Said, who was a young Egyptian who was beaten to death by police and sparked protests at the time and has been a kind of a symbol, a martyr, of this uprising.

There has been widespread harassment of journalists. Ironically, the only one known to have been killed, was Ahmed Mohamed Mahmoud, a reporter for the state-owned newspaper Al Ta’awun. He was shot on 28 January when he tried to use his phone to film riot police as they fired tear gas canisters at protesters. His colleagues had to call three times for an ambulance. When an ambulance finally arrived, they refused to take him to hospital because he was shot. He spent a week in the hospital before he died on 4 February. On Monday, journalists, family and friends held a symbolic funeral in Cairo, marching from the Journalists’ Syndicate to Tahrir Square holding an empty coffin.

297 people have been killed according to Human Rights Watch.

On Sunday, Ayman Mohyeldin, the Cairo bureau chief for Al Jazeera English, was detained by Egyptian police and held for seven hours. Inside the jail, Mohyeldin witnessed rampant police abuse. “We saw the military slap detainees, we saw them kick detainees, we saw them punch them,” Mohyeldin said. “One of the soldiers that I was observing had with him a small Taser gun.”

The Mubarak regime has attempted to silence Al Jazeera. Despite its journalists being arrested and threatened, its offices set on fire and its satellite system cut off, Al Jazeera’s news coverage of the popular uprising has been unchallenged by other news outlets and is battling Egypt’s pro-Mubarak TV outlets for delivering truth to Egyptians. “I think Al Jazeera Arabic and Al Jazeera English have something important to offer. They’re offering the viewers around the world a context that may sometimes be missing from a lot of Western and foreign media,” Mohyeldin says, who was detained by security forces for questioning on Sunday. “More importantly, they’re offering the viewers a view of this country that I think is very hard to get in the absence of less and less media. So, if they were to take Al Jazeera off the air and silence us completely, it would be a great disservice to humanity, and particularly to information.”

It was the action of the on-line community that has got many of the detainees released.

In contrast with Al Jazeera, the state TV has been a laughing stock, those on the streets are agents working for Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas, Israel, US, you takes your pick. No mention of course that Mubarak is a US-Israeli puppet. Many who work in the state media have themselves taken to the streets, unable to stomach this garbage.

It is not only in Egypt that Al Jazeera is silenced. US citizens should be asking why in the land of the free that they cannot watch Al Jazeera. Maybe they will then learn the true story of the protests, not the regurgitated Israeli bullshit that the Middle East will collapse in anarchy and chaos and Egypt will turn into another Islamic fundamentalist state.

We are told the tourist industry is suffering. Talking to a tour operator today I said it must be a nightmare for them. To be told no, for the coastal resorts it was business as usual.

Hosni Mubarak and his corrupt cronies show know sign of leaving. They have too much to lose.

Egypt in revolt
Egypt Burning
Protests swell at Tahrir Square
“People Are Determined to Stay Until Mubarak Leaves”
Asmaa Mahfouz & the YouTube Video that Helped Spark the Egyptian Uprising
“The Heroes are the Ones in the Street”: Google Exec and Facebook Activist Wael Ghonim on His Release After 12 Days in Egyptian Jail
Shooting the Messenger
Wael Ghonim relaunches the revolution
WikiLeaks: Israel’s secret hotline to the man tipped to replace Mubarak
Suleiman: The CIA’s man in Cairo
Omar Suleiman ‘Demonized’ Muslim Brotherhood: WikiLeaks
A private estate called Egypt

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?

Egypt in revolt
Suleiman: The CIA’s man in Cairo
For Israel in Egypt, A Delicate Balancing Act
US envoy’s business link to Egypt
The Empire’s Bagman
Egypt’s military-industrial complex
Media Crackdown
The Empire’s Bagman
Protests Demanding Mubarak’s Resignation Grow Stronger
Rebel Diaz – Which Side Are You On?
Egypt: A New Spirit of National Pride
Egyptian people give Obama and US a lesson in democracy
Thirteen Senses – Into The Fire
Today we are all Egyptians
Middle East Peace Process
A million Egyptians take to the streets
We lost our fear
US urges reform in Egypt?
Egypt: One by one the dominoes fall

Middle East Peace Process

February 2, 2011
Mubarak Rent-a-Thugs

Mubarak Rent-a-Thugs

Mubarak Rent-a-Thugs!

Mubarak Rent-a-Thugs!

In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria. The Assyrians will go to Egypt and the Egyptians to Assyria. The Egyptians and Assyrians will worship together. In that day Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing on the earth. The LORD Almighty will bless them, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and Israel my inheritance. — Isaiah 19:23-25

Mubarak knew beforehand that his refusal to leave was going to provoke upheaval in Egypt, where innocent/peaceful people are being hurt while I write these lines. His criminal plan is working. Shame on him. Shame on us who can do NOTHING to help the Egyptian people, except complaining here. I feel sad and powerless. — Paulo Coelho

There never was a Middle East Peace Process. There was a peace process imposed from outside to suit US-UK and their client state Israel. Once Mubarak has gone Israel will have no friends in the Middle East. They will be forced to engage in real dialogue with their neighbours, to form a real peace. Hopefully decent Israelis will be heard above the warmongers. Israel will be forced to stop its ethnic cleansing, end its occupation of Palestine, end its Siege of Gaza, allow the displaced back to their homes and land.

Over the last few days we have seen a lot of nonsense come out of Israel, now friendless that their puppet Mubarak is on his way out. We were told of the collapse of human rights, of the rise of Muslim fundamentalism, the loss of democracy. Garbage that was regurgitated by the US mainstream media.

We were told the Arab mindset does not understand democracy, that Islam and democracy were incompatible. The voices from Egypt over the last week and before that from Tunisia have shown this not to be true.

What we are seeing in Egypt is not the flawed and discredited representative democracy that the West tries to impose on the rest of the world, what we are seeing is participatory democracy. People are manning checkpoints, people are cleaning the streets picking up the rubbish, even recycling the rubbish. They are doing it with humour. Want to make a donation to the National Democratic Party? And in goes the trash.

Today we have seen violent thugs take to the streets of Egypt. This was not spontaneous, it had to be organised by the regime. For a week the protesters have engaged in peaceful protest. The only violence was from the regime. We are seeing a dying regime lashing out in its death throes. Mubarak Rent-a-Thugs!

The Mubarak Rent-a-Thugs were bussed in. Those captured had police ID cards. They had identical placards. The Mubarak Rent-a-Thugs were seeking out Al Jazeera journalists to attack. A CNN reporter was punched and beaten.

On state TV, pro-Mubarak scum gushed how they loved Mubarak. Off camera hand held out for promised pay off.

To stop further violence and bloodshed, Western leaders with one voice, have to privately and publicly tell Mubarak to go. They say they wish to see democracy and reform in the Middle East. Well show it by helping the people of the Middle East overthrow their repressive regimes. Let us see you back the people on the street who are are calling for freedom, dignity and democracy.

US-UK have followed the standard script. Back a dictator to the bitter end. When this position becomes untenable, throw to the wolves and quickly find a new puppet to take their place.

Across the Arab world, the people have to get off their knees and shed their chains and overthrow their repressive regimes.

In Jordan and Morocco there has to be real reform, not a reshuffling of the same corrupt deck of cards. People have to have jobs based on skill and merit, not because of who they know, not because they pay a bribe.

People of Iraq have to follow the example of their Egyptian brothers where Muslim and Christian, men and women, rich and poor, lawyer and peasant, are working together for peaceful change. They are not using violence, they are not killing people, they are not setting off bombs.

What a different place Iraq would be today if regime change had been brought about peacefully by the Iraqi people, not imposed by the illegal war waged by US-UK, led by war criminals George W Bush and Tony Blair. So-called Christians waging a Crusade that has led to the killing of Christians in Iraq and secetarian violence.

You could not make this one up. War criminal Tony Blair backs Mubarak!

There are some who see what is happening in Egypt in Biblical terms, and specifically refer to Isaiah 19. I do not. I do not see the Bibical disaster of Isaiah being heaped on Egypt. Far from it. I see hope. I see hope that flickered into life in Tunsisia and led to the Jasmine Revolution and Ben Ali fleeing Tunisia like a rat up a drainpipe and hopefully followed soon by Mubarak hard on his heals. [see Crisis of Hope]

Comparisons have been made with Eastern Europe and the fall of the Berlin Wall. There is one big difference. Barack Obama is no Mikhail Gorbachev.

Mubarak turns his thugs loose on democracy protesters
Bloodshed in Egypt
Clashes erupt amid Cairo protests
Egypt unrest: Pro-Mubarak supporters ‘well-organised’
Clashes rage in Tahrir Square
Tahrir: Shock and awe Mubarak style
Voices of the Egyptian Revolution
As Mubarak Pledges To Finish Term, Egyptian Protesters Stay in Streets Demanding Immediate End to Regime
Noam Chomsky: “This is the Most Remarkable Regional Uprising that I Can Remember”
A million Egyptians take to the streets
Juju’s message to Mubarak
When Isis Wept for Egypt
We lost our fear
US urges reform in Egypt?
Egypt: One by one the dominoes fall
Criminals of a feather flock together – Blair backs Mubarak

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