The Scent of Jasmine (live blog)

The news from Egypt is amazing.

The military and the police are on the streets.

A strict curfew is in place.

Egypt has left the internet.

AJEnglish Al Jazeera English

Protesters across Egypt defy curfew: Buildings and vehicles set alight across the country as anti-government pro…

by AJEnglish

AP Reports that protestors have stormed #Egypt foreign minister building #Jan25 #egypt

by AJEnglish

Clinton – US deeply concerned about events in #Egypt. Deep grievance by protestors. Violence by riot police is not a solution #Jan25


by AJEnglish

Hilary Clinton – Disturbed by the use of violence against protestors, US supports human rights of the #Egyptian people #Jan25

Thousands protest in Jordan

Thousands of people in Jordan have taken to the streets in protests, demanding the country’s prime minister step down, and the government curb rising prices, inflation and unemployment.

In the third consecutive Friday of protests, about 3,500 opposition activists from Jordan’s main Islamist opposition group, trade unions and leftist organisations gathered in the capital, waving colourful banners reading: “Send the corrupt guys to court”.

The crowd denounced Samir Rifai’s, the prime minister, and his unpopular policies.

Many shouted: “Rifai go away, prices are on fire and so are the Jordanians.”

Another 2,500 people also took to the streets in six other cities across the country after the noon prayers. Those protests also called for Rifai’s ouster.

Members of the Islamic Action Front, the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood and Jordan’s largest opposition party, swelled the ranks of the demonstrators, massing outside the al-Husseini mosque in Amman and filling the downtown streets with their prayer lines.

BreakingNews Breaking News

US will review its stand on providing aid to #Egypt based on unfolding events – AP #Jan25

Al Arabiya on SOS Hillary Clinton and Germany’s response to Egyptian protests.

“We are deeply concerned about the use of violence by Egyptian police and security forces against protestors. We call on the Egyptian government to do everything in its power to restrain security forces,” Clinton said.

“At the same time, protesters should also refrain from violence and express themselves peacefully.”

Tens of thousands of Egyptians spilled onto the streets after Friday prayers in the capital and several other provinces, demanding the ouster of Mubarak and calling for economic and political reforms.

Calling Egypt a “strong partner” of the United States, Clinton urged Cairo to engage the Egyptian people about reform.

“We want to continue to partner with the Egyptian government and the Egyptian people. What will eventually happen in Egypt is up to the Egyptians,” Clinton told reporters.

MSNBC: Clinton: Egypt must respect citizen rights, reform: U.S. says country’s crackdown on protesters of ‘deep concern’.   There are videos at this link.

Amid Digital Blackout, Anonymous Mass-Faxes WikiLeaks Cables To Egypt

Egypt has dropped a digital iron curtain over its Internet. So WikiLeaks’ fans are using an analog tool to smuggle the secret-spilling site’s latest scandals into the country: fax machines.

On Friday afternoon, the loose hacker group Anonymous began a campaign to fax thousands of copies of WikiLeaks’ latest missives–a series of State Department cables revealing human rights abuses under Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and tacit U.S. backing for his administration–to Egyptian numbers.

Since Thursday night, Egypt has blocked its four largest Internet service providers, Link Egypt, Vodafone/Raya, Telecom Egypt, and Etisalat Misr. But landlines remain connected–and so, Anonymous believes, do landline-connected fax machines. “We stand up for the little guy as well as fighting the government,” one source within Anonymous writes to me. “We believe the people need to see the truth, which is why we’re faxing locations in Egypt (especially schools) with copies of a relevant WikiLeaks cable; due to the majority of Egyptian Internet being down, the public cannot access this vital information.”

On a crowdsourced document the group uses for planning, members listed fax numbers of half a dozen Egyptian schools as their first targets. “The idea is to distribute the information to students, who can then share it with others,” says another source within Anonymous. “Right now they need to know that the police cannot be trusted and the wikileaks cables are just more proof of that.”

So, here’s two things to take from this that are important.  The first is that our press is putting up our political spokesmodels on this rather than relying on people with a stake in the area.  My second take away on this is that the Egyptian government shut down the internet and the only source of information is state run TV which is broadcasting everything is alright.  Here’s a Wikleak of interest on Joe “Kill Switch” Lieberman.  Plus a question, how can you say you live in a democracy when the President of the United States is looking at an Internet Kill Switch?  Here’s an interesting link.  Senator Lieberman asked for advice from Gamal Mubarak.

US embassy cables: US discusses Iran and Gaza with Mubarak’s son

More Wikileaks released today:  US embassy cables: Egypt’s bloggers take on key role as political activists

Also: Some GREAT news from AJ:
SultanAlQassemi Sultan Al Qassemi

Great news: Al Jazeera “Thousands of Egyptians form human-chain around Egypt Museum to protect it from looting” #Jan25

Live coverage from Al Jazeera English here.

There is evidently going to be some statement from the White House soon.  (1:50 p.m. cst)

88 Comments on “The Scent of Jasmine (live blog)”

  1. TheRock says:

    My brother-in-law predicted this last month. Watch out for Yemen being the next country to revolt against their government……

    • TheRock says:

      He mentioned Jordan after Yemen! I guess he messed up the order!! :))

      Even though the Royalty in Jordan is a bit more progressive than most of the others in the region, the gap b/w the haves and the have-nots has steadily risen for the past couple of decades. This trend of revolt in the Muslim world will continue as a result of Tunisia’s uprising….

    • Woman Voter says:

      Personally, the quicker there is dialogue with the protesters and their yearning for Democracy, the less likelihood that the Islamic Brotherhood takes any form. On Al Jazeera English, the Brotherhood admitted that this was not their movement, it began with the tech savvy, generation X and Generation Y, then others joined and it has continued to grow.

      This group from the beginning doesn’t hold any fundamentalist views, and the Christians are protesting with Muslims, even women, even teens and in this clip

      it is clear that the young educated Egyptians hold a different view of the world, than the mulas or the Taliban. They want Freedom, they seek Freedom of Speech, Freedom of the press, and they want to elect their government and have the government be transparent.

      For years, the top 1% has taken and taken, and just now they estimate that the president is worth billions? Yes, there have been reports that even aid took a cut, when it came into Egypt. When people can’t feed their children and they learn that the president is possibly a billionaire, there is bound to be trouble and the army may well side with the people in the long run and we may see a Hosni Sayyid Mubarak out in an airplane sooner than later.

      • dakinikat says:

        AJ reporter is saying that people are tied of Mubarak taking people’s wealth and giving it to his supporters with huge business interests. Our press is interviewing Liz Cheney and other oligarchs. Quelle difference!

      • TheRock says:

        He has been in power over 20 YEARS!! His time has come and gone……

      • Woman Voter says:


        How does a dictator become a billionaire (yes, that is what one scholar was saying…BILLIONAIRE) and how can anyone not expect the people not to become worn out and tired of the abuse. One wikiblogger put out some photos that were simply too much, the abuse the police did on their own people is sheer torture.

    • dakinikat says:

      I’m wondering if Libya might be next.

    • Minkoff Minx says:

      I think you are on to something, about Yemen.

      It seems like the dominoes are starting to fall in the entire Middle East area…it is like a chain reaction. The instability is spreading.

      • TheRock says:

        Assange and his ‘paper distribution’ is having monumental ramifications on the world political stage. The funniest thing is that so many of these countries that are protesting against their governments are doing what WE here in the States SHOULD be doing (ain’t that a hoot?!)….

        Our reaction to the banking papers will say alot about this country……

    • Sima says:

      Did your brother predict when it’s going to happen in the US? Just wondering. I’m feeling that we are going to get riots sooner rather than later. Surely the powers that be are expecting it. It’s impossible not to be moved watching the Egyptian people express their overwhelming thirst for justice, freedom of speech, votes that count, liberty…

      All things we are losing at a quickening pace.

      • dakinikat says:

        yeah, I think so too which is why they started training for food riots down here and the TSA has bought drones … I think it’s also why Joe likes the kill switch

  2. Dario says:

    It’s a 3 AM call, and Egypt is calling…

  3. Minkoff Minx says:

    White House and State Dept press conferences postponed indefinitely. (Fox News) There is also this:
    White House wobbles on Egyptian tightrope | Simon Tisdall | Comment is free | The Guardian

    • Dario says:

      I understand from CNN that the WH is waiting for Mubarak to speak to the Egyptian people before the WH and the State Department speak to the press. Maybe Mubarak is busy packing.

    • TheRock says:

      Here is one of the FEW places where I disagree with Hillary. The theme that will be followed in all these protests is that the leaders in these countries are puppets. Just like the banking system should have fallen after the Housing Crisis, these dictators and oligarchs should be forced out as well. Her response should have been that the people are expressing their God-given right to choosing their own representation. The United States denounces the violence and is prepared to offer humanitarian aid to the affected citizens of Egypt, and mediation between factions if necessary.

      My disagreement with Hillary is with the understanding that she works for teh one. I wonder how this would have been handled had SHE been in charge. Our loss…..

      Hillary 2012

      • Dario says:

        I think this is a 3AM call for Obama. The Secretary of State is a diplomacy desk that cannot supersede the Oval Office. She can guide the day-to-day business, but Obama is the pilot that ultimately takes the boat as he wishes when there’s a storm.

      • TheRock says:

        That is exactly what my last paragraph said!!! If only we had her at 1600 Penn…..

        Hillary 2012

    • Woman Voter says:

      Fox News has been erroneously reporting that the protests in Egypt are driven by the Brotherhood and that is simply a lie. The US is trying to see what move is the best move at this time, but the cat is out of the bag, and that is that these dictators were taking the money and making it their own, while the people were in utter poverty and starving.

      You have to wonder why we kept funding governments when we knew about the abuses and that the money was not going for its intended purpose. The most enlightening remarks are those by the former world bank that say that corruption was simply factored into the aid packages/loans for countries.
      Former World Bank President James Wolfensohn (Audio)

  4. Minkoff Minx says:

    Over on Democracy Now, interview with Juan Cole:

    Juan Cole: "Egypt is a Praetorian Regime"

  5. dakinikat says:

    The live coverage by Al Jazeera is great … they just talked to former US ambassador to Egypt (Old Bushie) and they’re talking live to people calling in from Egypt. Picture are great.

    Big plus: no spokesmodels for US political/Corporate Plutocracy who don’t know anything about Egypt.

  6. dakinikat says:

    Mubarak’s address isn’t happening by the Presidential Guard is moving to state owned TV in Cairo … that’s via AJ English.

  7. dakinikat says:

    The White House Press says Gibbsy is going to make a statement shortly. They still wonder if Prez O will come out.

    • dakinikat says:

      Gibbsy’s on live now.

      • dakinikat says:

        Gibbsy is being really careful with his wording. He’s quoting Hillary more than anything at the moment.

        They’re asking why POTUS isn’t picking up the phone and talking to Mubarak and why he’s not talking to any other leaders about this situation.

  8. Minkoff Minx says:

    Jnoubiyeh Sarah Abdallah
    Unbreakable Unity: Thousands of people formed a human-chain around the #Egypt Antiquities Museum in #Cairo to protect it from looting #Jan25!/Jnoubiyeh

    • dakinikat says:

      I found that twitter but I can’t find a news source for that. Can you?

      • Minkoff Minx says:

        oxfordgirl oxfordgirl
        Protesters have formed a ring around the national Museum in Cairo to prevent looting #jan28 #Egypt #Cairo!/oxfordgirl

        I sent tweet to both of these journalist to find out where they are getting this info. Will update…

        Personally, this is one of my concerns. This museum has so many antiquities that can be destroyed…it isn’t my only worry about all this mess…

    • Fannie says:

      They know people will be intent on taking/removing their valuabale treasures from the museum. I hope they have other locations surrounded too.

  9. dakinikat says:

    Gibbsy being very careful that they’re not endorsing Mubarak or supporting him. Careful word parsing …

    game must be over

  10. dakinikat says:

    StateDept StateDept
    #SecClinton urges Egyptian authorities to allow peaceful protests: #Egypt #Jan25

  11. dakinikat says:

    ouch (arab journalist btw)

    SultanAlQassemi Sultan Al Qassemi
    When President Reagan addressed Soviet leader Gorbachev he told him: “Tear down this wall!” Obama is hiding behind Clinton & Gibbs. #Jan25

  12. Dario says:

    CNN International says a circle of civilians is protecting the antiquities in the museum. It’s more quiet in Cairo right now as the military seems to have left the streets.

  13. Woman Voter says:

    shannynmoore Shannyn Moore
    by ohio4kucinich
    RT @sarahfenix: RT #Wikileaks US cables show Mubarak’s gov’t 2 b rife w/ corruption, torture, child trafficking #Jan25

    This is most interesting, child trafficking, torture and rife w/corruption…yet the White House is saying that Mubarak has a way to get his house in order??? Holy Smoke, what are they seeing on the TVEE!

    • dakinikat says:

      I think they’re counting up the number of dollars they’re going to be losing from lost CIA assets. Tunisia was a huge listening post and had a big ol’ building full of spooks.

    • Dario says:

      Egypt and Washington have been holding hands for decades and Obama inherited the situation. How Obama answers the 3 am call will demonstrate any strength or weakness of his presidency. I’m listening to Gibbs, and he seems uneasy about how to respond to questions. I think Obama is under the bed.

      • dakinikat says:

        Yeah. It’s like the BP oil gusher. He’s going to have to make some kind of statement one way or the other soon.

      • Pilgrim says:

        Washington needs Egypt/Mubarak so they have someplace to rendition people to for torture.

      • Woman Voter says:

        There are Egyptian protesters at the White House asking President Obama to choose a side, Dictator Mubarak or the Egyptian people.

        Also, this tweet on a lighter note:

        abidifactor Syed Ali Raza Abidi
        by dredeyedick
        LOST & FOUND ALERT – Looking 4 Hosni #Mubarak – if anyone seen him, pls report to nearest airport #Egypt’s #Cairo #Jan25 – flight waiting

        • dakinikat says:

          The egyptian’s that are being interviewed on AJ are saying the people are hungry and have no jobs and that Mubarak keeps sending egypt’s wealth to his business friends. The professor on right now says El Baradei should take over.

    • dakinikat says:

      The conservative party head of Egypt is saying he thinks Mubarak has lost the military.

  14. dakinikat says:

    Vodafone confirms role in blocking internet/cellular communications from egypt.

    I think they’re london based but who owns them mostly? Know they own a lot of verizon so there goes my phone access in a general strike.

    Still, our US multinationals … such good world citizens!!!

    In the wake of Iran’s “green revolution,” the relationship between Western technology providers and the country’s oppressive regime became painfully apparent when The Wall Street Journal revealed that Siemens AG and Nokia Corp. aided the development of a digital censorship apparatus.

  15. bostonboomer says:

    This should be making “Team Obama” very nervous. Maybe they need to rethink cutting Social Security and other “austerity” measures?

  16. mablue2 says:

    BBC Live Coverage here

    How come the US Government is NEVER prepared for such events? We also need days until we can figure out a response. Are we always waiting to see where the whole thing is going before making up our mind?

  17. Woman Voter says:

    Alshaheeed Khaled Said
    Israeli Channel 10 is saying Mubarak is on a private jet to Switzerland. He only told his best friends? #Jan25 #Egypt

    Hasn’t been confirmed…

    • Minkoff Minx says:

      I was wondering if he was still in Egypt…I know not confirmed but I personally felt that he would be out of there soon, if he already hadn’t left.

  18. mablue2 says:

    I don’t think Joe Biden made himself friend of many Egyptians today with his Mubarak-is-not-a-dictator. He is getting hammered for that comment over and over and over.

  19. Minkoff Minx says:

    Hey, Dak has a new thread up…check it out!

  20. Woman Voter says:

    voteglobal VoteGlobal
    Reports now say injuries top 1000 in #Egypt protests #Cairo #Jan25 #Jan28 #mideast #politics #news #Mubarak #mideast

    There is a rumor that Mubarak has left in a private plane, but no confirmation yet.

  21. Woman Voter says:

    Al Jazeera has released these photos and the aired time under CC.