CSM: “Inspired by Tunisia, Egypt’s protests appear unprecedented”

Egyptians protest in central Cairo today. Photograph: Khaled El Fiqi/EPA (Click image for live updates from the Guardian)

Good afternoon everyone. I wanted to put up a quick thread of the headlines and developments coming out of Egypt so we have a place for us to discuss and keep adding more links as they become available. It’s a true shame that Obama’s upcoming SOTU is driving so much of the news coverage today, not to mention a convenient distraction since “power to the people of the Middle East” doesn’t exactly fit the Western media’s narrative. Take a look at what is going on–it is simply incredible.

Guardian: “Protests in Egypt and unrest in Middle East – live updates”

CSM: “Inspired by Tunisia, Egypt’s protests appear unprecedented

NYT: “Broad Protests Across Egypt Focus Fury on Mubarak

BBC: “Egypt protests: Clashes in Cairo on ‘day of revolt’

BBC: “Anger of protesters in Cairo ‘surprised police‘”

BBC: “Egypt protests: Three reported dead in ‘day of revolt’


Looks like censors are hard at work trying to stop the twitter revolution:

WaPo: “Twitter blocked in Egypt as protests turn violent (Video)

Heredict.org is tracking the reports of twitter outage in Egypt today (H/T Minkoff Minx who found the heredict.org link via the AFP’s report on the twitter blockage)

Live Tweets

Nonetheless, the revolution continues to be tweeted. Check out Blogs of War for live tweets (H/T Taylor Marsh)

Another good place to check for updates: Ahram online

via the WaPo link above — “Live updates: Opposition groups protest on Police DayAhram Online will be posting updates about planned protests by opposition activists in Cairo and elsewhere

Also, some links on Lebanon’s Day of Rage…

Guardian: “Lebanon protesters clash with army over new Hezbollah-backed PMSupporters of previous prime minister, Saad Hariri, clash with troops and burn tyres as Najib Miqati assumes office

Guardian: “Lebanon’s ‘day of rage’ – in pictures

NYT: “Amid Protests, Ex-Lebanon Leader Assails New Premier

And, on Tunisia…

LA Times: “Key diplomat says U.S. approves of Tunisia revoltJeffrey D. Feltman, assistant secretary of State for Near Eastern affairs, says Washington has offered Tunisia ‘whatever support is appropriate and requested’ in conducting a nationwide election.

Update –Video on Cairo protests posted on youtube by Al Jazeera English a couple hours ago:

Update 2 — see the twitter/live tweet section above. I added some links.

Update 3 — Amazing Photo (Egypt, Jan 25) circulating on twitter:

43 Comments on “CSM: “Inspired by Tunisia, Egypt’s protests appear unprecedented””

  1. Minkoff Minx says:

    Magnificent Wonk, thanks for these links!

  2. dakinikat says:

    I’m just watching this story on CNN. It’s wonderfully amazing!!

  3. Minkoff Minx says:

    From the AFP link:

    HerdictWeb : Home A website that reports down websites.

  4. dakinikat says:

    Here’s something from the foreign press.

    Egypt: President’s son and family ‘have fled to the UK’

    Gamal Mubarak, Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak’s son who is widely tipped as his successor, has fled to London with his family, Arabic website Akhbar al-Arab said on Tuesday. The report came as violent unrest broke out in Cairo and other Egyptian cities and hundreds of thousands of people reportedly took to the streets in a Tunisia-inspired day of revolt.

    Officials did not immediately confirm the report that Gamal Mubarak has fled to the British capital with his wife and daughter aboard a private jet.

    The jet with Mubarak, his family and 97 pieces of luggage on board left for London on Tuesday from an airport in western Cairo, according to the US-based Akhbar al-Arab.

  5. dakinikat says:

    CNN is now reporting live and has one of their few real reporters there: Ben Wedeman is on live now.

  6. I just updated the post with a youtube from Al Jazeera.

  7. Alibe says:

    I feel we need a day of rage here. At least one day of rage, maybe more.

  8. janicen says:

    Thank you for all of the links and updates. I’m flying from websites to twitter. This is amazing. Every world leader must be quaking in their boots to see this kind of uprising in the mideast.

    • I saw that too and added it to the updates! Isn’t it amazing? Hope everyone keeps adding what they find here. I’ve got to get away from the blogs for a bit.

  9. Katherine B. says:

    I urge a note of caution to see who emerges from all this. In Egypt, the Moslem Brotherhood is quite strong and I doubt that would be an improvement. I’m not that familiar with Tunisia but I do remember what happened after the Shah was overthrown in Iran. It is quite easy for militant Islamists to fill the power vacuum. Let’s just wait and see how it shakes out.

  10. Ok, I’ve got to jet for now. Have fun blogging the revolution, Sky Dancers!

  11. Fannie says:

    You think Obama is going to talk about this in his speech?

  12. # Video: Tahrir was on fire of hope for change in Egypt http://bit.ly/gyqxcS #jan25 #Mubarak about 1 hour ago via Dabr

    # Video 2: Down with Mubarak, father and son at Tahrir http://bit.ly/dJXL9J #Jan25 #Mubarak 39 minutes ago via Dabr

    Video 3: Teargas part one http://bit.ly/fpAtZr #Jan25 #EgyPolice less than 20 seconds ago via Dabr