A Muslim held at Guantanamo Bay …
courtesy of http://farhaaan.tumblr.com
This is one of the last tweets Wael Ghonim sent. He hasn’t been heard from since last week, and many are worried about the head of Google Middle East – and it’s gotten to the point where al-Jazeeera is asking aloud where he is. Has anyone heard from him? source
This is terrifying.
I hope they find him, alive and well. :/
[image: tweet from Wael Ghonim (@Ghonim) that reads: “Pray for #Egypt. Very worried as it seems that government is planning a war crime tomorrow against people. We are all ready to die.”]
my hopes are with him, too. and with all of the protesters.
(dunno if this has been circulated here yet: change.org petition by protesters)
Egyptian Unrest News Round-Up:
What You Need To Know:
- Egyptian protests enter seventh day (yesterday); Reuters: Death toll at 138; curfew lifted; new cabinet sworn in; police returning to streets; general strike, “march of millions” called for Tuesday; ABC News’s Lara Setrakian: “This city is preparing for a showdown.”
- Bread, beans, rice in short supply; bank run a major concern, reopening date not yet set; at Cario International Airport, an “exodus.”
Further Reading / Viewing:
- Photo Above: “Demonstrators carry a banner showing the images of the five U.S. presidents who were in power since Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak took office in 1981.” (reuters)
- EU wants “orderly transition to a broad-based government”; Israel “shocked” by Obama’s “betrayal” of Mubarak, tells allies to tone down criticism of Mubarak administration; actor Omar Sharif: “The president should have resigned.”
- Six Al Jazeera journalists detained in Cairo, released following State Department request, camera equipment seized; with Al Jazeera blackout, website sees 2500% increase in traffic.
- 8 Essential Longform Reads About Egypt; photos from the protests; Syrians attempting to organize protests on Facebook.
“As an Arab-American raised in Middle East, I was always baffled by America’s claim of being the beacon of freedom and democracy while consistently supporting regimes in the Middle East headed by kings and dictators who killed, imprisoned, starved, tortured and on occasion raped their people in order to stay in power. Unfortunately, this policy remains the same today. The American people are ill-informed about the Middle East because of scant and biased reporting. So, it is not surprising that some of the mainstream media is surprised at the events in Middle East. At present, our media portrays the U.S. policy as balancing stability and support of corrupt regimes with instituting some reforms. But we need to recognize the need for true change in these regimes. For decades, the pundits in America belittled the Arab streets’ reaction to political events. But, they are now silent since they never understood or did not want to understand the extent of oppression the Arab people are under with our active support. We gave these regimes massive military hardware; we trained their security services; and we provided them with intelligence information to suppress their people and remain in power. Today we are doing the same thing. If the U.S. policy towards Middle Eastern countries truly is changing, we need to have overt and covert operations congruent in goals and practice. For decades, the Arab streets were aware of our support of their regimes, and have held us complicit. This is the root of anti-American sentiment. We are reaping the results of seeds we planted long ago.”
“What’s been happening, first in Lebanon and then in Tunisia and now in Egypt and who knows further afield, suggests that new forces have been unleashed and we have no idea where they might lead and what new dynamics they might create.”
…More Egypt links recapping Wednesday. Sometimes random information streaming in can become overwhelming, numbing and confusing. These cats distill the information and give analysis for you:
via Juan Cole:
On Wednesday, the Mubarak regime showed its fangs, mounting a massive and violent repressive attack on the peaceful crowds in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo. People worrying about Egypt becoming like Iran (scroll down) should worry about Egypt already being way too much like Iran as it is. That is, Hillary Clinton and others expressed anxiety in public about increasing militarization of the Iranian regime and use of military and paramilitaries to repress popular protests. But Egypt is far more militarized and now is using exactly the same tactics.
The outlines of Hosni Mubarak’s efforts to maintain regime stability and continuity have now become clear. In response to the mass demonstrations of the past week, he has done the following:
1. Late last week, he first tried to use the uniformed police and secret police to repress the crowds, killing perhaps 200-300 and wounding hundreds.
- White House spokesman on clashes which left 3 dead: If any of the violence is instigated by the government, it should stop immediately.
- The army refrained from intervening in Wednesday’s clashes, strengthening the suspicion that Mubarak’s regime is behind the near bloodbath that took place in Cairo that day.
via Andrew Sullivan:
Today on the Dish, clashes broke out in Egypt, even reporters were attacked, and we followed the chaos here, here, here, here, here, and video here. Steve Negus feared a culture of criminality, Andrew McGregor ran through future scenarios, and Patrick pointed out the Glenn Beck divide. Conor called out Thomas Friedman’s nonsense, and deflated the National Review’s shoddy logic on the Muslim Brotherhood.
Now breaking on Al-Jazeera English:
Violence escalates in Cairo square
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2011 04:36 GMT
Bursts of heavy gunfire aimed at anti-government demonstrators in Cairo’s Tahrir [Liberation] Square, left at least five people dead and several more wounded, according to reports from the Egyptian capital on Thursday.
Sustained bursts of automatic weapons fire and powerful single shots began at around around 4am local time (2.00GMT) and was ongoing more than an hour.