For the last two weeks I have, like innumerable others, careened from the television news to internet updates and back, longing for the moment that came last night, when the tyrant finally yielded to a brave and spirited people. History has been made; celebrations are in order. But it is not too early to ask: what next?
The so-called Higher Military Council inspires no confidence. Does another military strongman lurk in the regime's entrails? I wonder if western leaders, shamed into moral bluster after being caught in flagrante with Mubarak, will, when we relax our vigils, tip the balance towards "stability" and against real change.
I grow a bit apprehensive too, recalling the words of an extraordinarily perceptive observer of Egypt's struggles in the past: "The edifice of despotic government totters to its fall. Strive so far as you can to destroy the foundations of this despotism, not to pluck up and cast out its individual agents."
Sunday, 13 February http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/blog/2011/feb/13/egypt-transition?mobile... • Military leaders dissolve parliament and suspend constitution • Protesters scuffle with soldiers attempting to move them on • Tutankhamun relics stolen from Egyptian museum • Read the latest summary of the day's events Egypt in Pictures: http://totallycoolpix.com/2011/01/the-egypt-protests/ http://totallycoolpix.com/2011/01/the-egypt-protests-part-2/
IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT - BULLETIN - EGYPTIAN REVOLUTION - A WORLD HISTORIC VICTORY FOR PEOPLE POWER OVER TYRANNY, CORRUPT
IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT BULLETIN - Sat, 12 February, 2011 1.00PM
-EGYPTIAN REVOLUTION - A WORLD HISTORIC VICTORY FOR PEOPLE POWER OVER TYRANNY, CORRUPTION & EMPIRE.
-PEOPLE’S REVOLUTION: A BEACON OF HOPE FOR PALESTINE, THE MIDDLE EAST AND THE WORLD.
-EGYTIAN REVOLUTION CELEBRATION RALLY - Sunday February 13th, 4pm, the Spire O Connell St, Dublin.
Called by the Irish Anti-War Movement & the Egyptian Community.
11/02/2011 - 15:30
11/02/2011 - 17:30
Time: 3.30pm on Friday the 11th of February.
There is a call for a Demo by the Palestinian Rights Institute(PRI), the Egyptian and Muslim community and other groups to meet at the Egyptian Embassy in Solidarity with the Egyptian People, all are welcome.
Our message to the people of Egypt:
Bring your Flag and your banners but most of all bring your spirit.
Please help by inviting your friends to this event and most of all come and stand in solidarity.
facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=189979791020502
Suleiman: The CIA's man in Cairo
On January 29, Omar Suleiman, Egypt’s top spy chief, was anointed vice president by tottering dictator, Hosni Mubarak. By appointing Suleiman, part of a shake-up of the cabinet in an attempt to appease the masses of protesters and retain his own grip on the presidency, Mubarak has once again shown his knack for devilish shrewdness. Suleiman has long been favoured by the US government for his ardent anti-Islamism, his willingness to talk and act tough on Iran - and he has long been the CIA’s main man in Cairo.
A private estate called Egypt
Only a thousand families count in a country that Mubarak and his cronies regard as their fiefdom
There is a lot more behind Hosni Mubarak digging in his heels and setting his thugs on the peaceful protests in Cairo's Tahrir Square than pure politics. This is also about money. Mubarak and the clique surrounding him have long treated Egypt as their fiefdom and its resources as spoils to be divided among them.
Under sweeping privatisation policies, they appropriated profitable public enterprises and vast areas of state-owned lands. A small group of businessmen seized public assets and acquired monopoly positions in strategic commodity markets such as iron and steel, cement and wood. While crony capitalism flourished, local industries that were once the backbone of the economy were left to decline. At the same time, private sector industries making environmentally hazardous products like ceramics, marble and fertilisers have expanded without effective regulation at a great cost to the health of the population.