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seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 10:24 AM
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274. History is taking a different direction before our very eyes. The people are driving it.
Edited on Fri Jan-28-11 10:47 AM by seafan
Twitter feed from Egypt here.


Some random selections:



January 28, 2011



eHealthyAging RT @SaloumehZ: RT @sate3 "It's clear now. The momentum is with the protesters" - analyst on @AJEnglish #Jan25 #Egypt half a minute ago via web



Phoenix850 How dare you point your guns at your people!!! SHAAAAME!!! #egypt #jan25 half a minute ago via Chromed Bird



x70061x RT @bbclysedoucet: BBC Arabic colleague Assa Alsawy arrives office, white shirt red with blood, beaten by police. #Jan25 #egypt half a minute ago via web



JF_ve RT @SaloumehZ: RT @channel4news Egyptian unrest: Vodafone says all mobile operators have been asked to suspend services in selected areas #Egypt #jan25 half a minute ago via web



# Imagesca6qy9w1_normal L_Qahtani Its interesting how quickly the US government changes sides in the Egyptian protests! #Jan25 #Egypt #Mubarak less than 20 seconds ago via Twitter for BlackBerry



marwa808 RT @EDSETIADI: "Egyptian Christians said they will guard the Muslims from the police while they on Friday Pray." Amazing solidarity. #Egypt #Jan25 less than 20 seconds ago via Twitter for BlackBerry



# Yasin_normal n_zanki Allahu akabr! RT @ashraf9999: Aljazeera: #Egyptian demonstrators take control of Suez city !!!!! #jan25 #egypt less than 20 seconds ago via TweetDeck



yasserabdul #Egypt#Jan25 Now Egyptians protesting in front of Egypt embassy in Accra, Ghana less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry



strabulsi RT @sanaibrahim: If your government shuts down your communication system, it's time to shut down your government. #jan25 #Egypt #thepeople less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone



jordantimes Authorities' reliance on heavy-handed security to keep dissenting voices quiet. http://myjt.us/hwlFhb #Egypt #Jan25 #cairo less than a minute ago via web



cate_long RT @WestWingReport: Mubarak is 82 & in poor health 5 US Prez have propped him up w/B $, yet #Egypt has stagnated during 30-yr rule #Jan25 less than a minute ago via TweetDeck



WhoDat35 RT @HalaGorani: A CNN camera broken and confiscated by security forces and some of our crew on the ground roughed up. #Egypt #Jan25 less than a minute ago via web



# 237px-wikileaks_logo Wikileaksfan1 RT @fearraigh75: AJE reporting protestors in Suez have taken a police station and freed all prisoners arrested in recent days. Amazing #jan25 #egypt less than a minute ago via Echofon



eugeniedfranval RT @Dima_Khatib: Downtown Suez is now filled with tens of thousands of protesters, no police, chanting: down with regime #egypt #jan25 less than a minute ago via TweetDeck



AwdahA RT @jan25live: Dostor: #jan25 #egypt protesters in alexandria may reach 100 thousands less than a minute ago via jan25live



# Fd8e0188-4061-43c0-b986-88c98c583dd0_normal 7our Seriously, who thinks that Mubarak can stay as #Egypt's President? Is White House seriously thinking that ! #jan25 less than a minute ago via web



# Madmen_icon_normal VTjawo RT @bencnn: So far today? Attacks on protesters, press. Internet, cell phone service cut. Nobel laureate arrested. And day still young. #Jan25 #Egypt less than a minute ago via web



Crack_Monster RT @zafojones: Reports from Cairo say that the police are dropping their weapons, siding with the protesters. http://bit.ly/fTDhNu #jan25 #jan28 #Egypt less than a minute ago via web



# Matt_in_maine_normal mattjduffy Live on AJE: Police fire tear gas canister into protest crowd; protesters throw tear gas back at police; crowd cheers! #jan25 #egypt less than a minute ago via web



Nanbp RT @Penny_G: RT @cate_long: Al Jaazera says Egyptian Christians had vowed to protect Muslims at prayer on Friday... astounding solidarity #Jan25 #Egypt



MartinxHodgson RT @Dima_Khatib: in Suez protesters reached main police station despite clashes, burned it. Police now pulled out of downtown #egypt #jan25 less than a minute ago via TweetDeck



maryamin RT @Dima_Khatib: Christians are reported to have gone out to protest side by side with Muslims today.. Bravo Egypt. #egypt #jan25 half a minute ago via web



wsteffie RT @SocialistViews: We need Solidarity protests in every major city. End U.S. support for the Mubarak Dictatorship! #jan25 #egypt #p2 #tcot less than a minute ago via web



RamyYaacoub @cnnireport @cnnbrk Got word from family memebers in El Korba (poshy neighborhood) that protests spread there. #Jan25 #Egypt less than a minute ago via TweetDeck



# Kid-paddle__normal damocles74 RT @jrug: Something changed today. This became a full blown uprising against Mubarak rule cutting across social divides #Cairo #Egypt #jan25 half a minute ago via web



FourYawkeyWay word to my fellow Americans, #Egypt revolt isn't about you or #Israel. get over yourselves! #jan25 #jan28 half a minute ago via web



wikinews030 RT @TimKarr: CNN: Egyptian police "thugs" targeting int'l press. Smashed cameras of CNN and German TV. #Jan25 #Egypt #NetFreedom half a minute ago via web



dasliebelein RT @laonikoss: "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, make violent revolution inevitable." - JFK #jan25 #egypt #revolution #change half a minute ago via web



Casillia Wikileaks Starts Publishing The Egyptian US Embassy Cables #jan25 http://bit.ly/gXMIVt #Egypt #Cairo half a minute ago via TweetMeme



oscarfc RT @habibh: Egypt gets its Tiananmen square moment. Man bravely stands in front of armored vehicle! Must watch! http://mar.gy/DGJh #Jan25 #Egypt half a minute ago via web



# Sr_normal shadyramadan RT @sultanalqassemi: Al Jazeera: Massive crowds in Luxor carrying signs similar to ones seen across Egypt #Jan25 half a minute ago via web



Dimurra RT @rameshsrivats: So the government of #egypt has blocked all internet access. The country can now be renamed gypt. #Jan25 less than 20 seconds ago via TweetDeck



Milfuegos RT @SocialistViews: We need Solidarity protests in every major city. End U.S. support for the Mubarak Dictatorship! #jan25 #egypt #p2 #tcot less than 20 seconds ago via web



CastanCentre RT @PeterDaou: Here's the link to Al Jazeera's live stream from Egypt: http://bit.ly/AXx2 #jan25 #cairo #egypt less than 20 seconds ago via web



DaveHull RT @sarahraslan: Many Egyptians are a bit confused. . .they thought the United States encouraged democracy. Or was that only in some cases? #Jan25 #Egypt less than 20 seconds ago via TweetDeck



jennibrick RT @ShereefAbbas: If we reach a sit-down in Tahrir square in the 300,000 range by night fall. The government will resign (IMHO) #Jan25 #Egypt less than 20 seconds ago via TweetDeck



docstanjo amazing guts from people across various arab states #Egypt #Jan25 less than 20 seconds ago via web



alexsandels RT @weddady: To Be Confirmed RT @AzizZwier: RT @ibrahimarab: NDP-ruling party office in Kom Ambu in southern #Egypt torched down #jan25 #mubarak #egypt less than 20 seconds ago via Tweetie for Mac



cate_long Al Jaazera reporting at least 10 areas of protest in Alexandria & hard to distingush police inCairo cause dressed as civilians #Jan25 #Egypt half a minute ago via TweetDeck



AndrewKenning RT @wmnfnews: RT @kshaheen: Al Jazeera Arabic: Tahrir Square is now empty of security personnel and it belongs to the protestors. #jan25 #Egypt half a minute ago via TweetDeck



jan25live Dostor: I am so proud I am Egyptian. I am so proud of Tunisians. God bless free Arab people #jan25 #egypt less than 20 seconds ago via jan25live



christianaziz Live coverage of #Egypt protests! Standing in solidarity with my homeland brothers and sisters. http://bit.ly/gvYzj7 #Jan25 less than 20 seconds ago via web



# Pass_normal simonszu RT @ioerror: The US gives billions in military aid to Egypt; we send them people to illegally torture. Enough is enough. End the support. #jan25 #egypt less than 20 seconds ago via web



kumanuko RT @AJELive: Report: Al Jazeera English - Solidarity protests taking place in London outside the Egyptian Embassy demanding a regime change #Egypt #Jan25 less than 20 seconds ago via web



# Joker07012011_normal mumke RT @JShahryar: #Egypt Breaking: Protesters Rock Jordan's Capital and Other Cities Demanding Ouster of Gov http://tinyurl.com/4p3qx4z #Jan25 #sidibouzid less than 20 seconds ago via web



leninology RT @hindhassan: RT @nolanjazeera Troop carriers on fire on the street below. Astonishing scenes from Egypt! #egypt #Jan25 #Jan28 half a minute ago via web



# Iran-green-you_normal diceylee808 RT @Dima_Khatib: Egypt has the Arab World's highest population. More than 80 million. It is a major regional player. #egypt #jan25 less than 20 seconds ago via web



nsantos_pessoal RT @ShereefAbbas: "Apparently, the Egy gov't shut the DNS server, not the internet. Use Google's Public DNS 2 solve this: http://goo.gl/6fKMj " #jan25 #Egypt less than 20 seconds ago via TweetDeck



# 21ac941a-9b54-4455-b771-bbd19285dfbb_normal Ms_Asal AJE: "The people are not looking for a compromise, they're looking for a decisive break from the past" #Jan25 #Egypt less than 20 seconds ago via berTwitter





Thanks to DUer Catherina for following this very closely.




The Corruption Game, by Juan Cole

What the Tunisian Revolution and WikiLeaks Tell Us about American Support for Corrupt Dictatorships in the Muslim World


Heres one obvious lesson of the Tunisian Revolution of 2011: paranoia about Muslim fundamentalist movements and terrorism is causing Washington to make bad choices that will ultimately harm American interests and standing abroad. State Department cable traffic from capitals throughout the Greater Middle East, made public thanks to WikiLeaks, shows that U.S. policy-makers have a detailed and profound picture of the depths of corruption and nepotism that prevail among some allies in the region.

The same cable traffic indicates that, in a cynical Great Power calculation, Washington continues to sacrifice the prospects of the regions youth on the altar of security. It is now forgotten that Americas biggest foreign policy headache, the Islamic Republic of Iran, arose in response to American backing for Mohammad Reza Pahlevi, the despised Shah who destroyed the Iranian left and centrist political parties, paving the way for the ayatollahs takeover in 1979.

.....

For a superpower obsessed with conspiracy theories and invested in the status quo, knowing everything, it turns out, means knowing nothing at all. WikiLeaks has done us the favor, however, of releasing a harsh set of truths. Hard-line policies such as those of the Algerian generals or of Uzbekistans Karimov often radicalize economically desperate and oppressed populations. As a result, U.S. backing has a significant probability of boomeranging sooner or later. Elites, confident that they will retain such backing as long as there is an al-Qaeda cell anywhere on the planet, tend to overreach, plunging into cultures of corruption and self-enrichment so vast that they undermine economies, while producing poverty, unemployment, despair, and ultimately widespread public anger.

It is not that the United States should be, in John Quincy Adamss phrase, going out into the world to find dragons to slay. Washington is no longer all-powerful, if it ever was, and President Obamas more realistic foreign policy is a welcome change from George W. Bushs frenetic interventionism.

Nonetheless, Obama has left in place, or in some cases strengthened, one of the worst aspects of Bush-era policy: a knee-jerk support for self-advertised pro-Western secularists who promise to block Muslim fundamentalist parties (or, in the end, anyone else) from coming to power. There should be a diplomatic middle path between overthrowing governments on the one hand, and backing odious dictatorships to the hilt on the other.

Its time for Washington to signal a new commitment to actual democracy and genuine human rights by simply cutting off military and counterterrorism aid to authoritarian and corrupt regimes that are, in any case, digging their own graves.




There are some major headaches going on in Washington right now, because these aren't *the right dominoes* that are falling.


And, very obediently, the 'mainstream' US news media are out to lunch.














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