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. Assange

    Who could have guessed that Assange and Dorsey would one day become the conduits of democracy!

    January 28, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      Or the purveyers of change to state of theocracy, taking freedoms and promoting violence thoughout the world. Yay...

      January 28, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      I meant, "purveyors." Thanks, CNN, for keeping us out of the age of "Edit Your Post."

      January 28, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Anum

    You know what crumbles my cookie...
    Corruption. We all know it exists. We see it everywhere. Yet, most of us are too passive to do anything about it. Most of us think that it isn’t our job to help those who cannot help themselves. Most of us believe that corruption in other countries does not effect us. We do not realize that human rights taken away in one place can have a threatening effect and lead to rights being taken away somewhere else. We forget that we are one race, the human race, and as the human race we defend our people. We unite and united we get back what we have had stripped away. Together we gain strength, we gain solidarity, and gain a better life for us and our future generations.

    Here’s to the revolutionaries in Tunisia, Cairo, and Lebanon. Your influence will not go unnoticed. You all have brought on a revolution which can and will change the world. We commend you.

    “We will not be silenced. Whether you are Christian, whether you are Muslim, whether you are an Athiest, you will demand your God damn rights. We will have our rights one way or another.” – An anonymous Cairo revolutionary

    http://www.thecrumbler.com

    January 28, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • SG

      I don't see how you can lump Lebanon into that same category. The Lebanese gov't was not brought down at the demand of the Lebanese population. It fell at the insistence of the Hizbollah party, which was part of the gov't, and their desire to halt the UN tribunal's indictments for the assasination of the former Lebanese leader.

      Hmm, undermining a civil elected gov't for the purpose of covering up information that could be politically damaging is not on par with what the Egyptian and Tunisian people are trying to accomplish.

      January 28, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Hugh

    Israel is responsible for all of the turmoil.The Jews through their grred and corruption destroying our planet.The United States has been fooled by Israel.Wake up people!!!!!

    January 28, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • sheri

      @Hugh –

      Blaming the Jews for everything that is wrong? How can you come to that conclusion, unless you are some sort of crazy supremist? Seriously?

      January 28, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • USA

      Funny how people wants to blame the Jews. Considering that Jewish people are the most liberal out there, and the big name Jewish people are always throwing their politics around. Examples: Barbara Steistand, George Soros, Andy Stern, Barbara Boxer, Al Franken, Bernie Sanders, the list goes on and on....

      January 28, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Miklos Makronallis

      Delete Hugh's post, or blank it, CNN.com editors

      January 28, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • DisgruntledGrrl

      Hugh's jsut blaming Israel because everyone else is blaming America. He's trying to be cutting edge, here.

      January 28, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • b. Slider

      u r an anti semiter pice of garbage and I hope that you meet up with abdullah the butcher soon. He will show your double digit IQ butt a thing or three

      January 28, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ituri

    I honestly can't figure out WHY these riots are happening. I've read several articles on the riots, and none seemed to care to describe the "legitimate complaints" the poeple are rioting about. Am I missing something here?

    January 28, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • AMcGall

      How about: freedom of speech, freedom to assemble, free elections, just for starters. Have you been away from the world for a while Ituri? This dictatorship has been in polwer for 30 years!! Thirty years of oppressing it's people.

      January 28, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      AMcGall is right, but there's also the fact food prices rose, fixed elections, and the recent Tunisian revolution helped spark Egypt to do the same. People were planning to protest and were using facebook/twitter to help organize it that, but then the gov't shut off all internet access to all citizens and even a lot of cell phone service. There have already been atleast 30 killed and over 1000 injured from these protests. Egypt also has a very important role in the area so this is pretty huge.

      January 28, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. christopher

    Good for the people of Egypt. This is what the people are supposed to do when an oppresive gov't is in control. As for Clintons suggestion that the protesters do so peacefully, peaceful protest has never resolved anything. Revolution has. That is what's happening here. It is no longer a protest it is a demand and if it is not met it becomes a war. The only thing keeping Americans from doing the same thing is money. We are well to do in America. So long as we are able to live our happy middle class lives we'll let the gov't slide on just about anything. Oh yeah we get angry and talk about it but as long as it doesn't tear too deep into our lifestyle then we'll eventually get over it without any action. The egyptians finally had enough. It was tearing too deep and they got fed up with it. We've still got a while but there'll be chaos in the streets here soon as well.

    January 28, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      I would refer you to Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.

      January 28, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. me

    Just wait till there are enough poor people here in America who have had enough. White poor people who used to have good jobs and ran businesses. LA 92 will look like a schoolyard scuffle.

    January 28, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • AMcGall

      You are so right Me.

      January 28, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • AnneS

      Ridiculous.

      The peoples of the middle east are fighting for the freedoms that we take for granted - freedom of speech, the right to assemble, the right to fair trials, etc. You are whining because private industry (NOT the government) won't give you a high paying job for low value work. If the jobs have gone overseas, it is because companies could not afford to sell the products at the cheap prices Americans demand AND pay the high salaries and benefits they demand. If you want a better job and more pay, YOU have to put forth the effort to educate yourself so that YOU bring more value to the job than somebody in Mexico, India or Cambodia. The bottom line is that the government cannot require private companies to hire anyone for high wages and benefits. All that would lead to is the collapse of those private companies and no jobs OR products at all.

      There is a huge difference between demanding rights from an oppressive government and demanding that the government make sure you are provided for the way you want without having to get in and work for it.

      January 28, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jillian James

    People all over the Middle East have been living for decades under dictatorial regimes. It is true that Egypt made peace with Israel but deny their own people basic rights. The west is always afraid of Islamic extremism and rightly so. However, there is a basic lack of understanding about the rise of Islamic extremism which has been fueled by the oppression of these tyrannical regimes. The only means of protest was to become more religious. Even these tyrants would not speak out against Islam. I just heard from Cairo that the Christians in Alexandria protected the Muslim protesters while they prayed at Friday prayers. They are united in their quest for freedom. The protesters have formed a ring around the museum and the Ministry of Antiquities to protect them for any destruction. I am not sure you will hear much about this in the American press. Please read news sources from around the world. This is not an Islamic revolt. When people are free they are much less likely to be extreme. When they can make a living and provide for their families, they will not commit suicide to find power and meaning and a chance at something in the next life. We have a moral dilemma. We have been willing to support and defend regimes that serve our purposes even if it is at the expense of nameless millions far across the world. Our policies have never been sustainable. We have had "our" dictators. The Tunisians, Egyptians, Yemeni's and all the people's of the region want self rule....they want to be free. They are not asking to create new oppressive governments. The accessibility to information has empowered them...they can and should be free. It clearly will be painful.

    January 28, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. DaveL

    These types of protest are becoming more common around the world. People protesting because they seek simple freedoms and a decent quality of life for themselves and their families. The exploitation of people and countries that comes with the globalization of economies worldwide creates those that have and those that have not. Whatever is necessary at the moment to allow the top 1% to build their wealth no matter who is hurt. And we are all expected to accept this as "good" and be delighted by whatever crumbs fall to the rest of us at the moment. Sad.

    January 28, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • AMcGall

      I completely agree with you Dave.

      January 28, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      I think your mistaking this protest against the tyrannical government of Egypt with a global marxist revolution

      January 28, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. hans

    I am curious, how much of the aid that the USA gives to egypt every year is actually helping the people in that country and not going to this corrupt politicians and their family's. Whilst the people suffer they elite enjoys life in luxury

    January 28, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • AMcGall

      According to CNN and Al Jazeera, 100% is sent to the government of Egypt. Most to Egypt's army. Guess where the weapons came from that are being used against the Egyptian people? The USA.

      January 28, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Esplanader

      The comment about "100%" being given to Egypt is non-sensical. Of course the US gives 100% of what it give to Egypt to Egypt, but that is true of every country on Earth (even those given NO money by the US). As for the US giving money to the Egyptian Army, this too is untrue. The US gives the money to the government (which is controlled by the Army) which then uses it. I assume there is some oversite, but who knows.

      REMEMBER, the US really gives money to Egypt because it has moved away from the expansionist ideals it had when it was linked with Syria after WWII. (Syria and Egypt sort of thought Lebanon and Palestine should be part of a sort of Nouveau New Kingdom Empire.) And, of course, they recognized Isreal, ending that bloodshed.

      January 28, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. AMcGall

    CNN reported that the US government has been sending money to support Egypt's Army all these years!!! The same army that is oppressing it's people now! Why in the world does the US government continue to support dictatorial and oppressive governments around the world?? I'm a US citizen who is ashamed to know this. I am ashamed that my government supports Communist China, one of the most oppressive, dictatorial governments in the world.

    January 28, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • US at its best

      You are so right. I am ashamed of being an American.....We have spread hatered and suffering across oceans, just to make sure we have a better life. I know many would object my comments, but thats the way we are..:)

      January 28, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      You should never feel ashamed to be an American. Supporting dictatorial regimes was a necessity in the past when we were in a geopolitical power struggle with the Soviet Union. Now that the Cold War has ended I agree with you that we should stop supporting these regimes in the Middle East that oppress their own people. However, Washington has always been skeptical about welcoming democracy in the Middle East due to the danger of a fundamentalist populist movement taking control over a country much like what happened in Iran in the late 70's. Your assertion that we somehow "support" Communist China isn't entirely accurate. We aren't so much supportive of them as we are financially dependent on them. Finally, America does not spread hatred around the world...that is a completely absurd statements that totally ignores the facts of history. Most, if not all, of the world's democracies owe their freedom to the example and security of the United States. Today we often hear about how all these different countries are ranked higher than America in education and healthcare and so on but what the media fails to mention is the fact that the United States takes care of the global crises that allows these smaller nations to focus on their respective interests without paying much attention to the bigger worldwide issues. C'est la vie for the world's sole remaining superpower.

      January 28, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • anon

      Get a history book, AMcGall. The aid is equally distributed to Israel. It's a pillar of the 1979 Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty. Every year, Egypt and Israel receive large US payments in the form of Aid and grants. The point is that this treaty resulted in a peacful boarder between Israel and Egypt. See the 1979 Camp David Accord.

      January 28, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Nancy

    Clinton talks tough and carries a wet noodle. She ought to keep her mouth shut and the US ought to mind it's own business. We have been sending millions $$$$$ to Egypt for YEARS. Time to cut the $$$$$ train !!!!!!!

    January 28, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • US at its best

      Well Nancy, US has never sent a single $ for use to any country to use at its own discreation. Whenever US has sent things (usually harmful) , it has always stated the usage of the same too. No dollars dear , they supplied the over stocked weapons and tanks....

      January 28, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • AMcGall

      CNN reported today that the US directly supported the Egyptian army with about $1 billion a year. Now the army has put it to their own good use by oppressing and killing their own people.

      January 28, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Will

    The US doesnt care. Why pretend. Aid to Egypt is about support for Israel. Gibbs doesnt care, Hillary doesnt care, and Obama doesnt care. Americans dont even care. Why all this pretending, so bored being unemployed America?

    January 28, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • AMcGall

      I agree with you 100%. Actually, the American people are too ignorant about world affairs to even try to care.

      January 28, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • jsw

      Actually you are comparing a populace in general. You and AMcGall. To say an entire nation is ignorant is a racist and ignorant bias. A majority of people may not care, a government majority may not care. But, to say that every American is ignorant. That is, honestly, ridiculous.
      Please keep he discussion on fact and not opinion. That is were all peoples fall into hate.
      Also Kudos to the Brotherhood of Islam's elders for keeping the hotheads calm. I am not a follower of any particular faith, but can believe in a good deed.

      January 28, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sarah

    @ sayyo and Travis

    REALLY??? Do you really think Hosni needs help? He has trillions of dollars!!! And I sure as hell hope he doesn't get any help at all. If anything, the citizens of Egypt need help and protection, not the coward who brough all of this on with his corrupted democracy. Keep fighting my fellow Egyptians, i'm with you in spirit.

    January 28, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Enrique Pagan

    The sixth seal is open so repent all of your sin's now or burn in hell.

    January 28, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Canadian

    GOOD RIDDANCE TO ALL THESE CORRUPT DICTATORS OPPRESSING THE MUSLIMS.

    IF THEY TRY TO SNEAK INTO CANADA LIKE BEN ALI'S BROTHER-IN-LAW DID, THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT WILL
    KICK THEM OUT JUST LIKE THEY KICKED HIM OUT!

    January 28, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
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