Egyptians Back in Tahrir Square

By: Tuesday June 19, 2012 12:52 pm

Thousands of protesters have returned to Tahrir Square after a series of decrees from the ruling military government that grabbed more power, dissolved the current Parliament and de-emphasized the role of the President in the government. The moves threatened to extinguish hopes of a new dawn after the Egyptian revolution, and the revolutionaries have responded [...]

A New Arab Uprising as Tensions Flare Across Middle East and North Africa

By: Monday November 21, 2011 8:15 am

The Arab uprising, which had been bogged down in stalemate, appeared renewed over the past several days, with more aggressive protests and just as aggressive repression from security forces. This was at its worst in Egypt, where protesters returned to Tahrir Square for a third straight day, protesting the increasingly oppressive military rule and demanding [...]

Egypt’s Ruling Class Lashes Out at US Criticism

By: Thursday February 10, 2011 7:07 am

The demonstrations in Tahrir Square have captured the imagination of the working class in Egypt. Workers of all socioeconomic stripes – doctors in white lab coats, bus drivers, lawyers, textile workers – joined the protests today, and throughout the country, workers have walked out, seeking new freedoms or in some cases simply better working conditions. [...]

Western Media Altering Their Lenses in Egypt

By: Monday February 7, 2011 7:18 am

The weekend’s events in Egypt showed a tension between the establishment, including leadership in the West, trying to firmly manage the situation, and the expectations of the protesters in the street. Siun sums that up well. But I’ll just note the spate of stories that either show legitimate differences of opinion among the protesters or [...]

“Cracks in the Egyptian Establishment” as Protests Continue

By: Friday February 4, 2011 12:38 pm

I was not necessarily surprised by the absence of a pro-Mubarak crackdown on this “Day of Departure” in Egypt, simply because of the masses of the crowd on hand. The thugs would have been outnumbered. I am surprised by the presence of government officials in Tahrir Square, in a supportive capacity: Cracks in the Egyptian [...]

NYT Story on Obama Administration Negotiations with Egypt Painfully Thin

By: Friday February 4, 2011 6:52 am

The masses are gathering in Tahrir Square for the “Day of Departure,” with the goal of getting Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to leave office. Al Jazeera has a live blog of events with some pictures. According to the New York Times, the Obama Administration shares the goal of the protesters to get Mubarak out. But [...]

Leahy Threatens Egyptian Aid If Mubarak Stays in Power

By: Thursday February 3, 2011 10:30 am

The state TV interview with Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman was kind of a joke. Suleiman rejected the early departure of Hosni Mubarak from the government due to the risk to “stability and security” (because Egypt looks so stable). He intimated that satellite TV stations like Al Jazeera “are arousing you against your country.” He [...]

Military Drives Out Pro-Mubarak Thugs from Tahrir Square

By: Thursday February 3, 2011 7:05 am

The gunfire and deaths in Tahrir Square yesterday, which included fresh gunfire in the morning, killing an unspecified number of people, is considered a textbook Hosni Mubarak action. The strategy of sending in the thugs after making half-hearted promises was vintage Mubarak. The tactic is familiar to political observers, for he’s employed the same approach [...]

Journalists Report Tahrir Square Attacks Clearly Directed By Mubarak Government

By: Wednesday February 2, 2011 10:30 am

The White House’s terse two-line statement condemning attacks on protesters at Tahrir Square in Cairo today expresses “concern” about attacks on media and peaceful demonstrators. It makes no mention of the fact that the Mubarak regime, based on multiple reports, directed these attacks. Nick Kristof: In my area of Tahrir, the thugs were armed with [...]

Tahrir Square the Scene of a Street Fight

By: Wednesday February 2, 2011 6:53 am

An ugly scene in the middle of Cairo. Supporters of lame duck Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak entered Tahrir Square and began fighting with clubs and stones. Troops did not intervene as the pro-Mubarak gangs and the demonstrators clashed. Roving gangs of Mubarak supporters mingled around the streets of Cairo as well. And the military refused [...]

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