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. Too bad

    It's really too bad the US has gone out of its way to destroy its moral authority over the past decade. We could have shown support for these protestors back in the day, but now our only power is in our military. Aw shucks

    January 28, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. John Not

    CNN's live video is NOT in English.

    If you want to watch what's going on in English see:
    http://english.aljazeera.net/watch_now/

    January 28, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sonny DeLuca

    We should all call on President Obama to end his support of "any" Mubarak government unless a free election is held in Egypt. Our governments "Wait & See" policy is disgusting to me. We elect them to make the hard decisions when they are needed, not to wait till they know the safe answer.

    January 28, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • texrb

      Your naivety of the world amazes me. Are you suggesting that Obama follow the Jimmy Carter lead of Iran when he pushed the Shah out in favor of the mullahs? Look what havoc that has wreaked on the world. That's what would happen in Egypt if there were a "fair" election and the radical Islamists won, which they would. Sometimes you have to sacrifice democracy for world security.

      January 28, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. HiItsMe

    If I were Hosni I would collect as much of my money as possible. Then I would send that money to a safe location in the world. Then I would hold new elections and back the most moderate candidate. Should the moderate candidate lose to a hardliner Islamic fascist I would get my family out asap. Then I would hold a press conference telling the people of Egypt how sorry I was that I could not provide the type of leadership they desired. Then I would fly to a tropical paradise and spend the rest of my life laying on the beach drinking (virgin) daiquiris (because powerful muslim leaders don't drink alcohol *sarcasm*). Then I would watch the radical islamic regime as they tore down the pyramids because they offend Muhammad. Then I would watch as girls are forced out of school and the women beaten for showing too much ankle. Before you call me a racist... It's happened before. I do think it's quite funny he threw his whole cabinet under the bus. True politician.

    January 28, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. texrb

    Unless you have ever lived in the region, you have no idea what is happening in the Islamic regions of the world because the media does not give you the real story. Muslim countries are being overrun by a minority of radical Islamists whose only goal is to impose Sharia law throughout the world, starting in their own "nations". Other than Egypt, most of these "nations" exist only as a result of the British Empire drawing lines on a piece of paper (kind of like congressional redistricting in America). These radicals do not believe in democracy as government by the people is not part of Sharia law, but often through the democratic process gain power and then strip away human rights (i.e., Iran, Gaza, Lebanon, etc.). You cannot maintain order in these "nations" through democracy, only through Authoritarianism can they be reasonably controlled (i.e., Arabian Peninsula countries). GWB was naive to think he could spread democracy through these lands. Obama is following his lead. Prior administrations understood that Authoritarianism is the only way to keep the sizable population of people who exist in this region in check. Mubarak might might be corrupt, but he and Sadat before him at least kept these radicals in check.

    January 28, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dammit

    Stocks are down because of tards in the street....kick the holy living sht out of them and end this

    January 28, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • AMcGall

      You must be kidding. Your response is exactly what I would expect from a global economy advocate. Since when is money more important that people's freedom? Maybe you should live in Communist China. You can trade stock there while, at the same time, being repressed by China's Communist dictatorship.

      January 28, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. dfm

    We need the internet back in Egypt. Bring back the wireless phones to work out. I am very worry about my sister whom I financially support, I am in the USA and she is in Egypt now. Feel our pain and worry about our families.....

    January 28, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. hans

    maybe mister mugabe has to be more worried now that all the revolts against dictators has begun. how long will it take that one can not impress their own.

    January 28, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • hans

      made some spelling mistake, wanted to say one can not imprision their own, you need to listen to your people

      January 28, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. al

    Mubarak should step down 30 years is more than enough.

    January 28, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dammit

      whatever, mind your own business

      January 28, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mitch

    Why does the US have to help out every country that has a problem? You started it, you fix it. We fixed our problem back in 1776 and we didn't get any help.

    January 28, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • AMcGall

      Actually Mitch, we did need help and we got help from the French. Were it not for the French the revolution would have never succeeded.

      January 28, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. AB

    Mr Mubarak didn,t learn the lesson, he might miss his last chance to survive, replacing corruptive government with other corruptive figures will not help the volks getting real democracy, freedon, and solving the economic problems.

    January 28, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Matt

    US and Israel and some other Arab countries are in shock and worry what is going on in Egypt. This is end of old dictators and US Influence and new begining for all Middle East. Interesting to see how Isreal is going to corup everything?

    January 28, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul http://www.youtube.com/ny007ny

      WHy would Israel care? They already crushed Egypt along with all the other arab countries the last time they all declared war on Israel at the same time ( like cowards) .

      January 28, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Paul http://www.youtube.com/ny007ny

    I say since the rest of the world always complains about the US let them fix their own problems this time.

    January 28, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Louis

      That's a very selfish thing for a fellow American to say given our government has been a supporter of Hosni Mubarak's dictatorship, thus we had a hand in what they are rebelling against. How can you in good conscience suggest we turn our back and not encourage them on towards true freedom and democracy rather than a dictatorship or even an extremist theocracy? We have to be involved to ensure option a or b never happen.

      January 28, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • JL

      Im curious, some of you say they hate the US because they backed their leader over the years, well is that really relevant to this point in time in the sense that, countries are going to want peace with other countries, regardless of whose in power for the safety of their own country, trading, security etc. Should America have gone in and tried to overthrow the government for them to ensure every country it does business with is "good?" That's a question for EVERY country, it's the peoples own responsibility to make sure their country is how they want it. It takes the people to rise up and make it right.

      Ideally it would be great if allies weren't secretly enemies, or didn't turn into enemies, but that's not the world we live in. Self interest is.

      January 28, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • BTL2010

      Absolutely agree. We have enough problems of our own to deal with right now.

      January 28, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • JL

      Wrong post area

      January 28, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul http://www.youtube.com/ny007ny

      Luis...No matter what we do the rest of the jealous world will find a problem with it. So I say let them try to handle things on their own for a while. Then they will see what a good thing the US really is when they no longer have our hand there to help them up off the floor.

      January 28, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason Jeremias

      Hmm...We justify a war because it disposed of a dictator, then we ignore the pleas of people thirsting for freedom, and send a message to them, to be rationale? The specter of democracy is haunting Egypt, and I hope they take it run with it, and safeguard, from what democracy has become here.

      January 28, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • John s.

      The U.S.has supported Egypt because they were the best alternative in the Mideast. Now it is time to support democracy over a benign dictatorship. The US needs to be careful in how the proceed, however. Tienemmen Square didn't change much!

      January 28, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ginny

      This is absurd. The Egyptian people are prisoners of a government that chooses what is "best" for them. The Universities in both Cairo and Alexandria have parking spaces reserved for the military! The vehicles you see on TV are usually parked outside the universities every day to quell protests.

      The people of Egypt love America. They know what we are about. They want to live here just like we do. Problem is they are not free to leave except by lottery.

      I lived there for one year, back about six years ago. I was told that the President pays to bring truckloads of workers in to vote for him. Opponents are jailed until after the elections. The people don't have a choice. It is always Mubarek who wins because he has no viable opponents.

      By continuing aid we support a regime that keeps the people in 3rd world poverty. By cutting off aid, we are cutting off basic rights to health and happiness.

      January 28, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • cornstoves

      We gotta step in to make sure the islamic revolution prevails.

      January 28, 2011 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Randy Kwak

      FLASH REVOLUTION! demands an flash response. These young Egyptians are wondering where is the America that stands for freedom, democracy and human rights is? I'm wondering too?? President Obama, ask for Murbark to leave tomorrow. Throw out the old playbooks and give a flash response based on our principles.

      January 29, 2011 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  14. Politically Incorrect

    Each and every one of you who mention Right wing this, Left wing that, Bush, Rush, Beck, Obama are all so tied up in the media frenzy. The ruling elite on both sides don't mind these people being the focus of your ire because while you're all whining and complaining about whose right and whose wrong they are continueing to shape policies in order to protect their way of life. Egypt is just another example. Get wrapped up in the story. Argue about what should and shouldn't be done. Either blame or defend Obama. Meanwhile behind the scenese budgets are being made and passed. Great people have ideas, Average People talk about Events, Weak people talk about other people. Get some ideas and WAKE UP.

    January 28, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • mikejones

      Great response....wake up people, right-left, blue-red, conservative-liberal, all this stuff means nothing....those in power and the media create this crap to keep you busy fighting each other while they eat your lunch money....

      January 28, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Amen! Finally... someone who gets it and is willing to take the time to attempt to enlighten others. Good job!

      Wedge issues... democrat, republican, abortion, healthcare, gay marriage, terrorism... the list goes on and on. And while all of you argue amongst yourselves about who is right, who is wrong, what is the "right" religion, what is "marriage", etc... the people in the know are living their lives and taking your lives from you!

      Egyptians are beginning to awaken... when will my fellow Americans?

      January 28, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      By definition, the people reading this story are awake and paying attention and educated in multiple ways, including having a reasonable understanding of what's going on. They're also busy earning a solid living and have no time to know every tiny little detail involving one small country. Yes, it's important but there are other important things going on as well.
      You have absolutely no concrete information about your "sample size" – about the people bothering to put in their "two cents" to the story whom you have just implied are ignorant and naive.

      January 28, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth Speaker

      I completely agree with you. Most Americans are perfect sheep, following the lead of the best sound bite or shocking headline. I look forward to an awakening. A time when we start to think for ourselves not what we are told to think. Left wing, right wing its all the same with different issues. Each side takes the opposite no matter how small or insignificant. We will never advance as a society or as humans unless we start to think for ourselves. Try this one on for size: Do you think your elected folk really completely agree with the political views they so righteously fight for? Are we really a Democracy when we only have a 2 party system? (and don't give me that bullsh!t about green, independent, whatever party; if they mattered wouldn't each one be represented in each debate?) Think and Awake! There is much more to ponder, you can do it!

      January 28, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • jake

      You are very much in the right. We end up with two candidates presidential, congressional, and senatorial candidates to choose from based on their "electability" decided by the "Party". The electoral colleges and Party trumping decision making on candidates needs to be trashed. The people should have multiple "prospects" to choose from and they should be vetted and all their managerial credentials laid bare on the Internet comparing the credentials to the important issues that will need to be addressed. That is experts on policy matters; we should not have to elect people based upon whose "prettiest", "best orator", "person most seen in the news", etc. The media and the current electoral system is trash. Note that “electability” is based on anything that will get them “elected” not on their ability to perform. This is why so many of the “elected” are millionaires or have well-known names. I would go even as far as to expect the voter to pass a quick multiple choice test identifying the issues at hand and that rank what is important to them versus the candidates skill set.

      January 28, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Glad someone else other then me sees the truth. All the media does is divide. People get so caught up in it, they dont stop and go...wait.

      January 28, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • JWil

      I agree wholeheartedly. I once was a Political buff, would watch/listen for hours ... until I came to the realization one day, that all Politicians, Democrat, Republican ... are basically all the same. I wasted so many hours trying to 'learn' but instead dumbed myself down.

      What has happened in Egypt, is the 'little people' taking back the power, I have been riveted to the T.V all day, sometimes with tears in my eyes. . Power should never be in the hands of regimes/corrupt governments/corporate businesses etc. I arrived in the USA 20 years ago ... the feeling then and the feeling now, is SO different. People aren't happy any more, people are losing hope ... after years of listening to false promises and empty words. I miss how it used to be.

      January 28, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bob

    Yeah, I think they're more interested in you, Mr. M, than your government. Nice try, though

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