Unrest in Egypt: President Mubarak dissolves Cabinet after night of protests
Many Egyptians defied a government curfew Friday night and faced stinging police tear gas as they marched for change.
January 28th, 2011
07:40 PM ET

Unrest in Egypt: President Mubarak dissolves Cabinet after night of protests

Read full coverage of the unrest in Egypt updated continually by CNN reporters worldwide.

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Egypt's major cities on Friday, prompting the government to deploy the army to keep the peace for the first time since unrest began Tuesday. Protesters are demanding an end to President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year-rule. Here are the latest developments as confirmed by CNN.

[Updated 7:40 p.m. (0240 in Egypt)] A senior U.S. State Department official said Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak "was not particularly forthcoming" in his speech early Saturday. "Our initial impression is that he emphasized security far more than reform," said the official, who wasn't authorized to speak on the record.

A senior Muslim Brotherhood leader echoed those sentiments in an interview with Al Jazeera Arabic, saying that Mubarak has to step down and the military should intervene, according to Al Jazeera.

[Updated 6:40 p.m. (0140 in Egypt)] U.S. President Barack Obama called on Egyptian authorities Friday to refrain from violence and to reverse any actions they have taken to limit access to the internet in the wake of protests there.

Obama said he spoke to the Egyptian president after he announced plans to dissolve his government and take steps with a new cabinet to implement reforms that will revitalize the economy and create more jobs.

"I told him he has a responsibility to give meaning to those words, to take concrete steps and actions that deliver on that promise."

[Updated 6:15 p.m. (0115 in Egypt)] President Mubarak's announcement that he was going to dissolve the government Saturday did not sit well with some protesters.

"Mubarak just blamed the government. We will continue our demonstrations until we get our full demands. We want him to leave. His time is over," said Ahmed, a 19-year-old law student demonstrator in Central Alexandria's Raml Square.

"We are one of the richest Arab countries and we want to live. Let a new government form but if we don't get what we ask for, we will go back to the streets again and again," said Mohammed, a 20- year-old student.

[Updated 5:45 p.m. (0045 in Egypt)] Protesters in the streets of Cairo are calling for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to leave, chanting in unison "we don't want him." The people in the streets represent all walks of life, from young people to families with children, CNN's Frederik Pleitgen reports.

[Updated 5:31 p.m. (0031 in Egypt)] Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak says he has asked the government to resign so he can appoint a new government Saturday. He gave no indication that he would step down or leave the country.

[Updated 5:27 p.m. (0027 in Egypt)] President Hosni Mubarak said he is "on the side of the people" and vowed to take steps to guarantee the rights and freedom of Egyptians, develop job opportunities and to "stand by the poor."

He said early Saturday he sees a fine line "between freedom and chaos" and that he would work to secure both freedom and security in Egypt.

I assure you that I'm working for the people and giving freedoms of opinion as long as you are respecting the law, there is a very little line between freedom and chaos," he said.

"I am absolutely on the side of the freedom of each citizen and at the same time I am on the side of the security of Egypt, and I would not let anything dangerous happen that would threaten the peace and the law and the future of the country."

[Updated 5:16 p.m. (0016 in Egypt)] President Hosni Mubarak is expected to speak soon, state-run Nile TV reports. Mubarak has not made any public appearances today.

[Updated 5:09 p.m. (0009 in Egypt)] It's just after midnight in Egypt and people are still milling about the streets in defiance of a government curfew, but activity has calmed, CNN's Frederik Pleitgen reports. Riot police appear to have withdrawn from the streets of Cairo and Alexandria after several hours of confrontation with protesters, and in their place the Egyptian Army has taken up presence, guarding government buildings.

State-run media reports that an "important statement" will be given later Friday in Egypt.

[Updated 4:58 p.m. (2358 in Egypt)] Thirteen people have died and 75 were injured in Suez, Egypt, Nile TV reported Friday, citing medical sources.

[Updated 4:51 p.m. (2351 in Egypt)] U.S. stocks plunged Friday - with the Dow industrial average falling 166 points, its largest loss since November, and the Nasdaq exchange losing 3% of its value - as investors grew nervous about political unrest in Egypt.

[Updated 4:35 p.m. (2335 in Egypt)] As public protests against the Mubarak regime spread from Cairo to New York City, Egyptian-American activists on Friday called on the Obama adminstration to back the "Lotus Revolution" to oust the authoritarian ruler. They also called on President Hosni Mubarak's government to end its purported practices of detentions, torture and "extrajudicial killings."

[Updated 4:00 p.m. (2300 in Egypt)] An iReporter visiting Egypt shot this video from his hotel room of demonstrators swarming three Army vehicles as they drove down the street.

[Updated 3:52 p.m. (2252 in Egypt)] The United States will review its aid to Egypt based on what is happening there now, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Friday.

[Updated 3:31 p.m. (2231 in Egypt)] Egyptian military officials have cut short their talks at the Pentagon to head back to northern Africa, according to Gen. James Cartwright, vice chairman of the U.S. joint chiefs of staff. Their meetings with their U.S. military counterparts had been scheduled to continue through Wednesday.

[Updated 3:20 p.m. (2222 in Egypt)] The White House has been in touch with the Egyptian government but U.S. President Barack Obama has not spoken with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said in a briefing.

"We are deeply concerned about the images and events we see in Egypt today. We monitor those events closely; the security personnel need to refrain from violence, protesters should refrain from violence," he said.

"The legitimate grievances that have festered for quite some time in Egypt have to be addressed by the Egyptian government immediately, and violence is not the response. Space has to be created for meaningful dialogue that addresses those very legitimate grievances."

[Updated 2:56 p.m. (2156 in Egypt)] The building housing the offices of the National Democratic Party, Egypt's ruling party, was burned and ransacked by demonstrators in Cairo on Friday, Nile TV is reporting. A CNN source saw the building burning.

[Updated 2:52 p.m. (2152 in Egypt)] CNN's Steve Kastenbaum spoke with a former U.S. ambassador to Morocco and a Mideast adviser to several presidential administrations about the conditions that led to these demonstrations and where they might spread. Click on the icon to listen:

[Updated 2:41 p.m. (2141 in Egypt)] A reporter for the BBC was bloodied but returned to the air, bandage in place. Watch:

[Updated 2:25 p.m. (2125 in Egypt)] Delta Airlines tells CNN it will have a flight departing Cairo on Saturday and then suspend service to the Egyptian capital indefinitely as a result of the civil unrest.

[Updated 2:21 p.m. (2121 in Egypt)] Alexis Madrigal, a senior editor at The Atlantic, published late Thursday what is purported to be a guide to Egyptians on how to protest on Friday. The pamphlet includes strategies for taking over government buildings and diagrams showing how to fend off riot police. Read Madrigal's report and see how the pamphlet looks here.

[Updated 2:03 p.m. (2103 in Egypt)] The U.S. State Department has issued a travel alert regarding the unrest in Egypt. It cites disrupted travel between cities and the government's interruption of internet and cell phone service. "Given this situation, the Department of State urges U.S. citizens to defer non-essential travel to Egypt at this time and advises U.S. citizens currently in Egypt to defer non-essential movement and to exercise caution," the alert states.

[Updated 1:39 p.m. (2039 in Egypt)] Several high-ranking Egyptian military officials were in the Pentagon on Friday for a previously scheduled visit, CNN's Chris Lawrence reports. They're attending the annual U.S.-Egypt Military Cooperation Committee meetings to discuss military training, security assistance and defense industrial cooperation.

[Updated 1:33 p.m. (2033 in Egypt)] A pair of CNN iReporters sent impressive video of demonstrators forcing riot police to retreat across the Kasr Al Nile Bridge.

[Updated 1:25 p.m. (2025 in Egypt)] The Egyptian government has ordered cell phone companies to shut down service in selected areas, Vodafone says, adding that it is obliged by law to comply with the order.

[Updated 1:19 p.m. (2047 in Egypt)] Demonstrators in Cairo surrounded a military vehicle, but they were cheering the army, a respected institution in Egypt.

[Updated 12:47 p.m. (1947 in Egypt)] Protesters at the Information Ministry in Cairo are chanting, "The people and the army, we are one," CNN's Fred Pleitgen reports.

[Updated 12:44 p.m. (1944 in Egypt)] Armored personnel carriers are pulling into Alexandria. Protesters are embracing the military presence, CNN's Nic Robertson reports.

 [Updated 12:42 p.m. (1942 in Egypt)] Egyptian TV is reporting that the curfew has been extended to all provinces in Egypt.

[Updated 12:37 p.m. (1937 in Egypt)] The Dow Jones Industrial Average is down 140 points at midday in New York because of the unrest in Egypt. The price of oil has soared $3.70 a barrel and gold has rallied by more than $22 an ounce.

[Updated 12:21 p.m. (1921 in Egypt)] Demonstrators are attacking a police station in Cairo housing officers who protect the state Information Ministry, CNN's Ben Wedeman reports. Live gunfire can be heard, he says.

[Updated 12:10 p.m. (1910 in Egypt)] Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on the Egyptian government to exercise restraint in dealing with protests and to respect citizens' human rights. She also cautioned demonstrators to refrain from violence. Clinton asked the government "to allow peaceful protests and reverse the unprecedented steps it has taken to cut off communications." "We are deeply concerned about the use of violence by Egyptian police and security forces against protesters and we call on the Egyptian government to do everything within its power to restrain its security forces," Clinton said. "At the same time, protesters should also refrain from violence and express themselves peacefully." Clinton was speaking to reporters at the State Department after a meeting with Colombia's vice president. 

[Updated 11:58 a.m. (1858 in Egypt)] Protesters are trying to make their way into the center of Cairo despite the government's imposition of an overnight curfew, CNN's Ben Wedeman reports. Egyptian army personnel are not confronting them, and the protesters are treating the soldiers with respect, he says.

[Updated 11:50 a.m. (1850 in Egypt)] Fires can be seen in front of the Egyptian ruling party headquarters in Cairo, state-run Nile TV said Friday night. A Nile TV anchor said "criminals" are setting the blazes.

[Updated 11:34 a.m. (1834 in Egypt)] A protester in Cairo appears to be shot when he picks up a rock to throw at riot police; witnesses and a security source say the man died.

[Updated 11:18 a.m. (1818 in Egypt)] People continue to travel the streets after dark on foot and in vehicles despite the commencement of a government-imposed curfew, live video from Al-Jazeera shows.

[Updated 11:05 a.m. (1805 in Egypt)] Egyptian security forces were shutting the Cairo office of Arabic-language news network Al-Jazeera with force on Friday, according to Mohasad Nanabhay, head of new media for the network.

[Updated 10:51 a.m. (1751 in Egypt)] Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is expected to make a speech this evening to address the unrest.

[Updated 10:37 a.m. (1737 in Egypt)] CNN's Nic Roberston reports a police station is among buildings on fire in downtown Alexandria.

[Updated 10:33 a.m. (1730)] The Egyptian government has imposed a curfew in Cairo, Suez and Alexandria, effective less than 30 minutes from now (11 a.m. ET, 1800 in Egypt), according to Egyptian state TV.

[Updated 10:24 a.m. (1724 in Egypt)] See photos taken by a CNN iReporter from a hotel window in Cairo.

[Updated 10:21 a.m. (1721 in Egypt)] Police reportedly are confiscating cameras from guests, including tourists, at the Hilton Hotel in Cairo.

[Updated 10:13 a.m. (1713 in Egypt)] Egyptian opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei has been placed under house arrest, a high-level security source told CNN Friday.

[Updated 10:04 a.m. (1704 in Egypt)] CNN's Ben Wedeman reports his first sighting of Egyptian army troops getting involved in the unrest in Cairo.

Two armored personnel carriers arrived near a bridge to cries of "Allahu akhbar" from protesters, who apparently believe the army will show more restraint than riot police have, Wedeman reported.

[Updated 9:57 a.m. (1657 in Egypt)] U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Friday called on Egypt's government "to exercise restraint and protect the rights of its citizens to freedom of expression, information and assembly.

"I call on the government to take concrete measures to guarantee the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression, including by restoring free use of mobile phones and social networks," she said in a statement.

[Updated 9:49 a.m. (1649 in Egypt)] One woman killed in clashes in Cairo, Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper reports via Twitter.

[Updated 9:45 a.m. ET (1645 in Egypt) Unrest apparently is worsening in central Alexandria on Friday afternoon, with thick heavy smoke billowing through the streets, eruptions of automatic and single-shot gunfire, and an apparent blaze near the city's Manshia Square, CNN's Nic Robertson reports.

[Updated 9:39 a.m. ET] Tweets from CNN iReporters in the past hour:

Salma Al-Hussaini - Says she's an 18-year-old in Dubai: I heard from my cousins. Apparently only landlines are working. & things are frightening, people must stay indoor to stay safe.

Cyberela: Unable to reach my cousin in Heliupolis #Cairo, international mobile phone is dead. 😦

Baby B.: I wish I heard from my family in Egypt but I can't thru on their house phone and other means of communication are down. 

[Updated 9:30 a.m.] U.S. President Barack Obama is requesting daily "multiple briefings" on the crisis in Egypt, White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said Friday.

Obama received a memo from National Security Adviser Tom Donilon on Friday and will get another update during the president's daily briefing on intelligence matters.

[Updated 9:09 a.m.] Al-Masry Al-Youm, Egypt's independent daily newspaper, tweets: Protesters storm Misr Helwan Street headed to Downtown, chanting, "people want the regime to fall". #25Jan

[Updated 9:06 a.m.] Protesters on a pedestrian bridge throw rocks at police vehicles passing below.

[Updated 9:02 a.m.] Fresh tweets getting through from CNN's Ben Wedeman:

Massive cloud of tear gas at Zamalek end of 6 October Bridge..into the Nile. Protesters continue to chant "Down Down Mubarak. #Jan25 #Egypt

Egypt TV: Police have established complete control in all areas...over pictures of tear gas, burning car, protesters. #Jan25 #Egypt

Madness in central Cairo. Tear gas everywhere police truck drives on 6 October Bridge randomly firing tear gas at point blank range #Jan25

[Updated 8:56 a.m.] iReporters have sent images, videos and descriptions of the unrest in Egypt.

[Updated 8:44 a.m.] Riot police are using tear gas to disperse tens of thousand of protesters on the streets of the Egyptian city of Suez, state TV in Egypt reported Friday. The protests have been violent and about 15,000 riot police have been deployed there, state TV reported.

[Updated 8:34 a.m.] Internet shut down across Egypt, interrupting Twitter and text communication among protest groups.

[Updated 8:29 a.m.] CNN's Nic Robertson tweets from Alexandria that older men are calming younger protesters and talking to police in tear gas-filled streets. Police are falling back in response, calming a volatile situation.

[Updated 7:40 a.m.] A major Egyptian protest group says the government crackdown on demonstrators is occurring across the nation on Friday. Along with Cairo and Alexandria, riot police are cracking down on protesters in Suez, Ismailia, Fayoum, and Shbin Elkoum, according to a message from Egyptian Liberation.

Four French journalists have been arrested in Cairo, said Bernard Valero, a spokesman for the French Foreign Ministry.

[Posted 7:25 a.m.] Clashes have erupted in the Egyptian city of Cairo on Friday, according to CNN reporters at the scene.

Protesters have taken to the street and tear gas was being fired. Plainclothes and riot police have stepped in to confront the protesters.

Police have told Egyptian opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei not to leave a mosque near downtown Cairo, a security source told CNN.

A CNN crew working to cover the clashes felt the wrath of Egypt's police on Friday.

CNN Senior International Correspondent Ben Wedeman said police grabbed a camera from network photojournalist Mary Rogers, cracked its viewfinder, and took the camera away.

Wedeman, who gave the account on CNN television, urged police to give back the camera to show that Egypt indeed does believe in freedom of the press.

But, he said, the forces wouldn't agree.

Wedeman and CNN Correspondent Fred Pleitgen said the incident is apparently not isolated since camera crews from other networks have had similar experiences.


soundoff (946 Responses)
  1. Mark from Minnesota Tax Waste

    http://mntaxwaste.blogspot.com/2011/01/president-barack-obamas-state-of-union.html

    January 28, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. CTL

    i find Secretary Clinton's wording to be very interesting. she says to the egyptian gov't to "respect the rights of the protesters" and tells the protesters (or, should we say revolutionaries) to "not resort to violence" even though they alread burned down several buildings and garnered military support... my understanding of her context is that, officially, she wants this to be civil, but unofficially (and through her careful use of language) I think she supports the revolution... now lets face it: this IS a revolution, even though people still call it "protests"

    January 28, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Hey our forefathers were revolutionaries in their time as well, thank god for that.

      January 28, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dan

    The U.S. and the whole of western civilization loses if the Suez Canal gets compromised.

    January 28, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ralf the Dog

    Just another conservative country in trouble. Conservatives=trouble.

    January 28, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      You're an idiot. Conservative in Egypt isn't the same as conservative here. Do some research before you spew your naive liberal non-sense.

      January 28, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • David Riker

      No. Ralf the Dog is right. Egypt today is what America is becoming under the influence of the Tea Party and the Republican Party.

      January 28, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sonny DeLuca

      Come on man, we are smarter than that. If it is happening here which I agree with you on that, it is not the Tea Party/Republicans. It's greedy corporations and the politicians they own on both sides of the aisle. The democrats make things worse too.

      January 28, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      Just a little bit of info to all non-egyptian americans here: this "president" has been here for 30 years,this has been building over those 30 years,it is just boiling over now

      January 28, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dammit

      too bad, NOT my concern

      January 28, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • rahul

      actually, when political unrest affects the market, commodities speculation, and global foreign policy, it is your concern. Can you identify Egypt on a map?

      January 28, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dammit

      "Can you identify Egypt on a map?"

      What kind of retard question is that? Can you

      January 28, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Ah... to be young and innocent once again...

      January 28, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don Clark

      Sonny, you are right, this country is run by the special interest groups. They (own) congress. Companes like phizer, the Southern company, BP, and so on. Nothing is gonna change in America til we get (find) a way to get rid of their influence on our government and get honest, intelligent people who are not in it for the money elected. That will never happen under a 2 party (democracy). Did I say that word? Dem... sorry, I don't think we really have that.

      January 28, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Juiceman

      Seriously? I've been to Egypt, have you? The Tea Party has NOTHING to do with their life. The average person in Cairo has never heard of the Tea Party. They just want basic freedoms. Butt out and don't try to make it about the USA you meglomaniacal clod. Seriously. Your ego exceeds all of Egypt.

      January 28, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Byterider

      That's "SECULAR CONSERVATIVE" you moron, completely different than an American conservative.

      You should be rioting in the street, Dog, considered all the time you spent in school getting a lousey liberal education.

      January 28, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Louis

      You strike me as just another over-angry under-educated conservative with a mental disease and a gluck. Take a pill sick man.

      January 28, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • steelers01

      LOl, and listen to you lib. Mental disease...gluck?? What is a gluck? Liberalism is truly the disease.

      January 29, 2011 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
    • ECG

      I thought this is supposed to be about EGYPT not America.

      January 29, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • change

      the power and the will of people always win

      January 28, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mark from Minnesota Tax Waste

    President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address
    As I sat back and heard our Presidents speech last night I was really taken back by what he had to say. He came across as sincere, honest and forthright to me. Just about everything he said I agreed with, the anger, name calling, killings just made sense to me.
    I took a good hard look at that this morning, as I was reading the comments on WCCO, Fox, Star and Tribune, CNN, and KSTP. I looked at what people were writing and what I have written in the past. I was not that person who I thought I was, I was also writing the name calling and we are better than you crap just as I saw from the others.
    I went to my email and it was full of the same kind of hate and disgust for my fellow Americans. My first email was from the American Tea Party asking me to call Michelle Bachmann and tell her she does not speak for the Tea Party? I sent them an email back to take me off their list. My second was from the Minnesota GOP telling me how wrong and evil President Obama is. My third was from the Minnesota DFL telling me to support our President on all fronts, and not the Minnesota GOP. I also sent them emails to take me off their lists.
    Yes we need to watch where our money goes, and cut back on the spending. I think all parties would agree to that, but this hatred for each other has to stop.
    If there is one wonderful thing that I got out of the Presidents speech last night it was we need to come together. We need to some how come together and work this out, or we will fail as America, not Americans but America. Our great country will go down in the history books as not the Great Society, but as the Worst Society.
    We as a country have come so far where only white men ruled to a place where anyone can become President. We came from working the ground with a horse to feeding the world. We came from having a wagon train on the Nebraska fields to putting a man on the moon. We came from hitting the beaches of France to helping the survivors of an earthquake in Haiti.
    We have done so much when we come together, and yet we push each other away when it comes to helping this country grow as a nation.
    I can’t set here and not wonder what our founding fathers would think of us at this point in our history. Do they look at us as little children crying for what’s in it for me? or do they look at us as failures for what we have become. Ether choice I am not proud to be part of, but I have been both.
    When I was a child growing up in St Paul my father always told me people have something to say and it’s important to hear them, today I think I really heard him.
    I don’t know where to start, but I do know this. I will listen more to what others have to say, and I don’t mean just glance over it but to take it to heart as what my fellow Americans mean. mark@mntaxwaste.com

    January 28, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bigmowma

      Aye, from a fellow Minnie Sotan. It is not about the political parties at all, it's about us and what we can do. I live in a wee bit of a town and I can't believe how we are cut off from our neighbors. We're so divided amongst ourselves it is ridiculous. Has anyone had a block party lately? Citizens are more in tune with the ding dongs (yes, I'm a name-caller) on TV and their favorite Idol contestant than their own families and neighbors. If anything gets shut down, it should be the TV and cable networks. Then we'll start talking and socializing and being REAL again. BTW, some of the first immigrants to this country were socialists.....they helped each other make their way in this country, my ancestors included. People don't want to help each other any more – it's every man for himself and that is wrong.

      January 28, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • LiftingTheVeil

      I could write a long reply but will just state a few numbers. 12.3 trillion to banks and the to big to fail. Will raise debt ceiling to 16 trillion so they can print more money and have YOU pay it back WITH interest. Many states about to go bankrupt yet they will not even give the states in trouble 130 billion. Don't be fooled by pretty words. It is the greatest theft of ever, your left holding the bag and gov't and big business get away with your money.....think long and hard on that. They created this mess

      January 28, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bright

    Dammmmmmmm1111Dammmmmmmm1111Dammmmmmmm1111Dammmmmmmm1111

    January 28, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Darryl

    Get a grip Maxine... nothing could be worse than what they already choke on... get a grip, do you really think people will buy your crap...

    January 28, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. masimons

    Cutting off web, phones, and imposing curfew will escalate the situation, not cease it.
    Been there a couple times, would like to be there now.
    The govt was/is corrupt, throw it out.

    January 28, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dale

    The United States is becoming more and more like Egypt and other countries, when it comes to censorship.

    CNN, Fox, MSNBC, and all the other Internet news.

    They are deliberately causing problems and blocking on their web sites, making it where you cannot post comments.

    January 28, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Po

      That is right Dale...

      January 28, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. LiftingTheVeil

    if humanity even knew the half of it........

    January 28, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Christian in Egypt

    Search some news feed, the Christians have been protecting the Muslims during Friday prayer from the police attacks.... This is secular. They want u think it is religious so they can convince you to support the oppression of the people for the continuation of the military industrial complex making money off of OUR back and theirs..

    January 28, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • McMurdo

      Christian, the American people don't know how for decades our government has suppressed information about our underhanded dealings in order to secure Israel. You will noit hear any mention on American news networks of the Palestine papers or any of the issues that are being discussed on Al Jazeera or other Arabic news outlets. Unfortunately a great number don't bother to read or listen to anything that doesn't support their distorted view of Islam and Arabs. They listen to the hate speech of the Becks and Limbaughs and take it as gospel.

      January 28, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • CSaad

      I heard that if the government is overthrown that the Muslim Brotherhood will take over. Do you think this is true? If so, how will this effect the millions of Christians living in Egypt now?

      January 28, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bigmowma

      The US tried to overthrow Chavez in Venezuela so we could have control over their oil fields, by trying to push a leader in place friendly to the US. We have tried it in other South American countries as well and they basically gave us the finger. Aghanistan did not attack us. Iraq had no WMD. The US gave Saddam Hussein weapons to use against his own people and then being "Christians" we judged him to be evil when he did what we knew he was going to do! So why are we there? To pave the way for an oil pipeline to meet up with the one being built by China. Look at a world map. Iran is in the way too. Bush/Cheney created a war, Christians against Muslims and they did a good job of it so the people would back their money grubbing agenda. They knew it was a highly emotionally charged topic, just like the Crusades, and here we are again. No wonder they hate us. Christians in this country have forgotten one of the basic teachings of Jesus....judge not lest ye be judged. We are not acting like a Christian nation at all. If there is a God, it is up to him/her/it and not us!!!

      January 28, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bb

      No muslim brotherhood is not even partaking in protests, read updates on al jazeera

      January 28, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Maxine

    Darryl – you will see, the US would not be making such a huge deal about this if this was not the case. I live with them I know the way they think. History will continue to repeat itself do not tell me to get a grip on myself when I know what will occur. When it does then you will question yourself too. This uprising happened out of nothing the state of the economy has been like this for over a decade. After all of the bad publicity the country received for its mistreatments of Coptic Christians in that region the "Muslim Brotherhood" used this opportunity to go and protest the government. Where were they months ago years ago. Why Now, this has been going on forever?? This is all to common and I understand the game thats being played. Whether you like the truth or not is your opinion best wishes to you mate.

    January 28, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mark from Minnesota Tax Waste

    President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address
    As I sat back and heard our Presidents speech last night I was really taken back by what he had to say. He came across as sincere, honest and forthright to me. Just about everything he said I agreed with, the anger, name calling, killings just made sense to me.
    I took a good hard look at that this morning, as I was reading the comments on WCCO, Fox, Star and Tribune, CNN, and KSTP. I looked at what people were writing and what I have written in the past. I was not that person who I thought I was, I was also writing the name calling and we are better than you crap just as I saw from the others.
    I went to my email and it was full of the same kind of hate and disgust for my fellow Americans. My first email was from the American Tea Party asking me to call Michelle Bachmann and tell her she does not speak for the Tea Party? I sent them an email back to take me off their list. My second was from the Minnesota GOP telling me how wrong and evil President Obama is. My third was from the Minnesota DFL telling me to support our President on all fronts, and not the Minnesota GOP. I also sent them emails to take me off their lists.
    Yes we need to watch where our money goes, and cut back on the spending. I think all parties would agree to that, but this hatred for each other has to stop.
    If there is one wonderful thing that I got out of the Presidents speech last night it was we need to come together. We need to some how come together and work this out, or we will fail as America, not Americans but America. Our great country will go down in the history books as not the Great Society, but as the Worst Society.
    We as a country have come so far where only white men ruled to a place where anyone can become President. We came from working the ground with a horse to feeding the world. We came from having a wagon train on the Nebraska fields to putting a man on the moon. We came from hitting the beaches of France to helping the survivors of an earthquake in Haiti.
    We have done so much when we come together, and yet we push each other away when it comes to helping this country grow as a nation.
    I can’t set here and not wonder what our founding fathers would think of us at this point in our history. Do they look at us as little children crying for what’s in it for me? or do they look at us as failures for what we have become. Ether choice I am not proud to be part of, but I have been both.
    When I was a child growing up in St Paul my father always told me people have something to say and it’s important to hear them, today I think I really heard him.
    I don’t know where to start, but I do know this. I will listen more to what others have to say, and I don’t mean just glance over it but to take it to heart as what my fellow Americans mean. mark@mntaxwaste.com

    January 28, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • You are a tool

      You've been promoting your lame blog this whole time. No one cares and you're an idiot.

      January 28, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Marcos

    America wouldn't be so obsessed with Israel if they didn't need our support. We provide financial, military, and trading support to the US to sustain their weak and fragile economy! The US government tells it's people it is doing Israel a favor, but the fact is the US will never stop "supporting" us because it needs us more than we even care about them. The Israeli military is far more capable than the US military, and the US knows that, that's why you losers will continue to suck our toes for life.

    January 28, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • rb

      Weak and fragile? Read much?

      January 28, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • McMurdo

      I would love nothing more than to see our country cut off all aid to Israel . They are a greedy , corrupt land grabbing nation committing genocide against the Palestinians.

      January 28, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nsain

      LOL.. you're funny.

      January 28, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Maxine

    Further oppression and eradication of the Copts is imminent, harsh but true reality and this is what will come of it. This is the real reason behind this all of a sudden protest against the government. Once your in the spotlight for any sort of mistreatment, take over completely so that you could control whats being marketed and exposed to the rest of the world so that the religious oppression would not seem to exist. Ohh the Irony from Dictatorship to Dictatorship

    January 28, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bb

      You are religiously oppressing the muslims in the US so Stfu. Ok btw the average villager in mid east knows more about politics and world events than a university student in US.

      January 28, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nsain

      @Bb – LOL

      January 28, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
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