Egypt latest - Mubarak to new PM: Engage with all political parties
An image from state televsion Al-Masriya shows Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak speaking with his new vice president, Omar Suleiman, in Cairo on Sunday.
January 30th, 2011
04:20 AM ET

Egypt latest - Mubarak to new PM: Engage with all political parties

Read full coverage of the unrest in Egypt updated continually by CNN reporters worldwide. Send your photos and video to iReport and see CNN in Arabic here.

- [Update 2:04 p.m. Cairo, 7:04 a.m. ET] Protesters gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square said Monday that they were organizing a "million man march" around Cairo for Tuesday.

- Demonstrators also told CNN that they are organizing a "million man march" in Alexandria, but cannot confirm when they will start.

- Tony Blair, Middle East peace envoy and former British prime minister, told Sky News Monday that the developments in Egypt have "vast implications for the state of Israel, the Palestinians and the state of the peace process." He also said there aren't just two elements - a government that has long been in power and a movement for democracy - in the situation. "There are three elements, because there is also a very strong Islamist movement in Egypt through the Muslim Brotherhood ... I think that the people of Egypt will not elect a Muslim Brotherhood government."

- The Canadian government will begin evacuating its citizens from Egypt as early as Monday using chartered flights bound for Europe, according to the country's foreign affairs minister.

- Following a request from the Thai government, Thai Airways International is preparing for a flight to Cairo to bring back stranded citizens, according to a statement from the company.

- Two flights carrying Israelis from Egypt to Israel landed Monday morning, according to an Israeli foreign ministry spokesman. Another flight was scheduled to land Monday evening.

- State-run Nile TV reported that police forces were scheduled to start deploying and resume their duties throughout Egypt on Monday. Police clashed violently with protesters last week and have been virtually absent from the streets since Saturday.

- [Update 5:28 a.m. Cairo, 10:28 p.m. ET] Egypt's military is urging people to respect a government-ordered curfew so that authorities can more easily capture those accused of looting and destruction in recent days, an unnamed man dressed in a military uniform said early Monday on state-run Nile TV. In the comments, described as the third statement by Egypt's armed forces since the unrest began, the soldier also asked citizens to help detain outlaws as well as the hundreds who have recently escaped from prisons.

- [Update 4:45 a.m. Cairo, 9:45 p.m. ET] In remarks to his newly appointed prime minister, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak recognized the "peaceful demonstrations" in recent days as reputable, while adding that some such gatherings had been "infiltrated" by people whose goal was to "spread fear" in society through hooliganism, looting and other criminal activity, according to a transcript read on state-run Nile TV.

The president also charged the new Cabinet, to be shaped by newly appointed Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq, to restore Egyptians' faith in the economy and relieve people's suffering by helping contain prices for basic commodities and combat high unemployment. Mubarak ordered the new government not to touch government subsidies for key goods.

- [Update 4:25 a.m. Cairo, 9:25 p.m. ET] Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak urged leaders of his new government Sunday to engage in dialogue with all political parties to help achieve "a democratic civil society," state-run Nile TV reported. He also called on them to restore people's faith in the Egyptian economy and to control unemployment, according to a readout of remarks the embattled president made to his newly appointed prime minister.

- [Update 4:18 a.m. Cairo, 9:18 p.m. ET] CNN's Nic Robertson reports from Alexandria, where gunshots - apparently just warning shots - could be heard as protesters walked the streets after curfew Sunday night.

- [Update 3:33 a.m. Cairo, 8:33 p.m. ET] Addressing the situation in Egypt, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Sunday that "we don't want to interfere, but we demand respect for the leaders." He said that he's talked with Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad about the crisis.

- [Update 3:29 a.m. Cairo, 8:29 p.m. ET] About 20 armed police confronted and ended an anti-Mubarak demonstration Sunday by dozens of people in the West Bank, according to the nonprofit group Human Rights Watch. The security forces pushed the demonstrators away from the Egyptian Embassy, the group alleged in a statement.

- [Update 2:52 a.m. Cairo, 7:52 p.m. ET] Ali Regal, a student activist leader in Alexandria, said that the military is working closely with "the masses" - including demonstrators - to coordinate security around the port city. "The army is very helpful and working with us," Regal told CNN's Nic Robertson. "There is a strong cooperation between the masses and the army, that's what I can tell so far."

- [Update 2:10 a.m. Cairo, 7:10 p.m. ET] Shots can be heard in this video of crowds gathered outside a museum in Cairo on Sunday night.

Egyptian army troops fired a half-dozen shots into the air in front of the museum. Sporadic and sometimes intense gunfire was also heard in other parts of Cairo, as well as in downtown Alexandria.

- [Update 12:24 a.m. Monday in Cairo, 5:24 p.m. ET] For Americans trapped in Egypt or for concerned relatives and friends back home, the U.S. State Department has released the following information:

People interested in departing Egypt via U.S. government-chartered transportation should contact the State Department and the U.S. Embassy in Cairo by sending an e-mail to EgyptEmergencyUSC@state.gov or by calling 1-202-501-4444.

You should provide the following information:

- Name, age, place of birth and U.S. passport number and any special medical needs.

- Immediate family members (spouses and children) who are not U.S. citizens must be documented for entry into the safe-haven country and/or U.S., if that is your final destination.

- Travelers are permitted only one piece of luggage per person.

For families concerned that a U.S. citizen in Egypt might require assistance, they should send an e-mail to EgyptEmergencyUSC@state.gov or call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or outside the United States and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.

Get more information at http://egypt.usembassy.gov/ or http://travel.state.gov/

- [Update 11:56 p.m. Cairo, 4:56 p.m. ET] Police forces have returned to the streets in all police districts and all parts of Egypt, according to a report late Sunday on state-run Nile TV. The Egyptian army had been deployed to replace police forces that had clashed brutally with demonstrators.

- [Update 11:08 p.m. Cairo, 4:08 p.m. ET] With many grocers closing shop and food shipments spotty because of unrest, food in Egypt is in short supply, CNN's Salma Abdelaziz reports. Some Egyptian families are running out of staples such as bread, beans and rice.

- [Update 10:38 p.m. Cairo, 3:38 p.m. ET] Heavy machine gun fire could be overheard Sunday night as thousands of protesters demanding the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak marched through downtown Alexandria, CNN's Nic Robertson reported. Army troops were positioned in various parts of the port city, having moved some of their checkpoints over the weekend.

- [Update 10:35 p.m. Cairo, 3:35 p.m. ET] A spokesman for British Prime Minister David Cameron said this about Cameron's conversation Sunday with U.S. President Barack Obama regarding Egypt: "[Cameron and Obama] were united in their view that Egypt now needed a comprehensive process of political reform, with an orderly, Egyptian-led transition to a government that responded to the grievances of the Egyptian people and to their aspirations for a democratic future."

- [Update 10:14 p.m. Cairo, 3:14 p.m. ET] U.S. President Barack Obama talked about the situation in Egypt during a call Sunday with British Prime Minister David Cameron, according to a White House statement. The previous day, he talked by phone to Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi King Abdullah, the White House said Sunday. In those calls, Obama expressed support for "an orderly transition to a government that is responsive to the aspirations of the Egyptian people," according to the statement.

- [Update 9:46 p.m. Cairo, 2:46 p.m. ET] On Monday, a state-imposed curfew will start one hour earlier than Sunday's curfew started, state-run Nile TV reported. The curfew will run from 3 p.m. Monday to 8 a.m. Tuesday (8 a.m. ET Monday to 1 a.m. ET Tuesday).

Sunday's curfew started at 4 p.m. (9 a.m. ET) and will end at 8 a.m. Monday (1 a.m. ET).

- [Update 8:18 p.m. Cairo, 1:18 p.m. ET] CNN tape of Egyptian opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei showed him addressing protesters in Cairo: "I came today to participate today in the lives of Egyptians. Today I look into the eyes of each one of you and everyone is different today," he said. "Today you are an Egyptian demanding your rights and freedom and what we started can never be pushed back. As we said we have one main demand the end of the regime and to start a new phase." Watch ElBaradei address the crowd

- [Update 7 p.m. Cairo, Noon ET] ElBaradei has arrived in Cairo's Tahrir Square to address protesters, witnesses said.

- [Update 5:15 p.m. Cairo, 10:15 a.m. ET] Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has issued a presidential decision today appointing Gen. Gamal Embaba, an army division commander, governor of El Wadi el Jadid, state-run Nile TV reported. Watch live CNN's stream to Nile TV.

The network is also reporting several prison breaks throughout Egypt, but the number of escapees could not be verified.

- [Update 4:40 p.m. Cairo, 9:40 a.m. ET] Egyptian troops fired warning shots into the air in Cairo's Tahrir Square as demonstrators defied a curfew order Sunday evening.

- [Update 4:30 p.m. Cairo, 9:30 a.m. ET] U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared on CNN's State of the Union. Clinton told CNN's Candy Crowley that the U.S. is neither on Mubarak's side or the protesters' side but that the U.S. is on the side of the Egyptian people. Watch CNN's Sunday morning interview with Clinton. Columnist Mona Eltahawy urges global community support for protesters.

Clinton told NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday that the U.S. does not have any reports of American citizens killed or injured in the anti-government protests in Egypt. Clinton said the U.S. has no plans to cut off aid to Egypt Sunday on ABC's "The Week."

- [Update 4 p.m. Cairo, 9 a.m. ET] Fighter planes flew low over the crowds in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Sunday, 10 minutes before the state-imposed curfew. Some in the crowd began holding prayers despite the planes. CNN's Ivan Watson said the fighter jets "show de force" was "dramatic" and that he could see the plane's cockpit from the ground.

- [Update 3:53 p.m. Cairo, 8:53 a.m. ET] Egyptian opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei on Sunday called for embattled President Hosni Mubarak to "leave today and save the country." Watch ElBaradei on CNN Sunday.
"This is a country that is falling apart," ElBaradei told CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS." Egypt is entering a period of transition, and a government of national unity is needed to fill the void and hold "fair and free" elections, ElBaradei said

- British Foreign Secretary William Hague called on Mubarak to start a democratic "transformation" and a process of "peaceful reform" that would lead to a more open and democratic society. "It is not for us to try to pick who should be the president of Egypt. It is a sovereign nation," Hague told Britain's Sky News - but he said reform would be "preferable to Egypt falling into the hands of extremism."

- [Update 3:30 p.m. Cairo, 8:30 a.m. ET] Egypt's defense minister, Gen. Mohamad Tantawi, urged the public Sunday to obey the 4 p.m.-8 a.m. curfew (9 a.m.-1 a.m. ET) Tantawi's statement was carried by state television, and Tantawi was escorted to the network's headquarters by red-helmeted troops in a convoy of sport-utility vehcies. Tantawi is among the Cabinet ministers that embattled President Hosni Mubarak announced he was replacing over the weekend.

In other developments earlier in Cairo on Sunday:

- The U.S. Embassy in Cairo will assist U.S. citizens who want to leave Egypt, said embassy spokeswoman Elizabeth Colton. She said flights will depart from Cairo on Monday. Turkey has already sent two planes to Egypt to begin evacuating its citizens.

- The State Department is urging U.S. citizens to avoid travel to Egypt.

- In Sudan, about 100 protesters at an university in Khartoum changed, "No to high prices, no to corruption" and "Tunisia, Egypt, Sudan together as one." Police forced students back to the university and closed the gates, but students came back out of the gates and threw bricks at officers.

- Al Jazeera "strongly denounces" the closure of its Cairo bureau by the Egyptian government, the news network said in a statement Sunday. Egypt's information ministry announced the shutdown of the Al Jazeera channel in Egypt and the withdrawal of its media license to operate in the country, state-run Nile TV reported Sunday.

- A body was found in front of the country's interior ministry Sunday morning, but there was no police presence nearby. Meanwhile, military tanks and hundreds of protesters were out on Cairo's Tahrir Square. No violence was spotted in that area.

- Vandals ripped off the heads off two mummies and tossed relics onto the ground in Cairo's Egyptian Museum, said Zahi Hawass, secretary-general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities. The vandals were arrested and jailed, Hawass said. The museum has stepped up security and is now guarded by Egypt's army, he said.

- Four people admitted to looting in the Cairo area, according to state-run Nile TV, which aired their confessions.

- People who were trying to protect their property said they are worried about criminal gangs armed with samurai swords, clubs or rifles. Every time a motorcycles drove by, people rushed out to make sure such criminals didn't stop.

- Ahmed Rehab of the Council of American Islamic Relations said police were absent on Cairo streets. "People are walking around with baseball bats and knives," Rehab said early Sunday. "We didn't get any sleep all night."

- In Alexandria, the scene at hospitals was chaotic. The facilities were short-staffed, and injured protesters said they were not being treated quickly enough.

- At least 31 people have been killed in protests in Alexandria, hospital authorities told CNN Saturday. Earlier, the state-run Nile TV earlier reported that at least 38 people died in the country's unrest. It was unclear whether the Alexandria deaths were part of that toll.


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  1. Storytime

    I'm scared for Egypt, and now am irate that some immature hoods vandalized ancient artifacts! Egypt needs to get their stuff together.

    How long before the U.S. gets involved?

    P.S. Shaima...if you happen to somehow read this, I hope you're okay!

    January 30, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      I wonder what you mean by "how long until the US gets involved" Certainly we are working behind the scenes, but I would hope we do not consider direct military involvement in another country. I too have several Egyptian friends and hope to see them again this Spring

      January 30, 2011 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  2. Roberto

    Why isn't there any talk of Ben Bernanke's role in all of this? Skyrocketing food prices in the emerging world are 100% his doing. Ben Bernanke is a criminal. Wake up, Americans.

    January 30, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sara

    Just saw something very disappointing on CNN! An anchor was interviewing a woman by phone, stuck with the tour she is leading in Egypt.The anchor told her that plans are underway to get planes out on Monday for Americans wanting to leave. She said that's the first she heard of this. She said she called the Embassy and no answer, 2d time she called she said someone answered and she was then clicked over to a recording to check their web site for direction.. She said, "I have not Internet access here". (The listener said most of the people on her tour feel desperate to get out.) The anchor's response....He reads the web address of the Internet site over the air and then cuts her off while she tries to speak again! (He did not say, we will take your name and information and have one of our producers try to get info. to you! ) He was brainless and insensitive. So that was my representation of Egypt coverage this morning on CNN. I felt sorry for the woman.

    January 30, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Brokenengine

      That would be typical of CNN, sadly. In the last 10 years, since 9/11, and truthfully well before that, they've become so caught up in getting the scoop that the quality and accuracy of their information has suffered, and their humanity is almost non-existent. I never watch them anymore, especially for international news.

      January 30, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    Each day since this began in Egypt CNN and others have been giving us daily, even hourly updates as to how many Egyptian citizens have been injured, shot, or killed. Why won't they offer US this same service? I would like to see daily reports of how many American citizens were shot, murdered, robbed or rayped. That's just me though. I understand there are those who are more iterested in what's going on over there than what's going on here. Like tv channel surfers...always more interested in what else is on than what is on right now.

    January 30, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. tammy

    I have spent a lot of time in Egypt over the last year and half. Some people seem to think that this revolution is all about religion, it's not. The people of Egypt work 12 hour days, 6 days a week. Even with that, they sometimes can't afford even the basic of lifes needs. There is no unemployment program, if you don't have work, it's just tough for you. There is no social welfare program to help a family in emergency situations such as a death in the family of the bread winner. I have seen disabled people out on the streets selling kleenex to support their children. The sanitation there is such an issue, govenment offices are ill equipped without even the basic computers to process paperwork. Yet, the govenment of Egypt brings in apx 10 million a year from tourism alone. What do they do with this money is my question. It's evident to me it';s not used to maintain the historic sites as they are littered with trash. Yes, I agree it's time for a new government and pray that this revolution brings Egypt into the 21st century.

    January 30, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • rg

      I spent time in Egypt as well. They actually do have employment programs. The biggest is the military and the police, subsidized by US aid. There is a policeman on almost every corner in Cairo. Don't you remember seeing them? Bored to death, but employed. Every apartment building has a doorman. Most buses have a driver and a conductor to collect fares. They have jobs for most people. The problem is the pay is extremely low, and when the cost of subsidized food is raised, poor people suffer. The sanitary conditions are horrible, trash everywhere. The coptic Christians clean the trash and feed it to their livestock of goats and pigs. Not very efficient. And there are three classes. The rich, the poor, and the middle class which is barely above the poor.

      I have seen the opulence of the rich. There are malls in Alexandria and Cairo (with security entrances) that only upper class are allowed in (and foreigners such as myself) which rival any of the most upscale malls in America. And when you contrast that to the poverty, no wonder the masses want to revolt.

      Egypt is not much different from Tunisia. It has been abused by the rich elite, and to the middle class and the poor, first Mubarak and the ruling elite must go. Then they'll figure out the rest.

      January 30, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • ysidero

      Add Mexico to the list of countries with oligarchies separated by a huge economic gulf from the rest of society. I cringe to think about the influx across our southern borders when Mexico melts down. Popular revolt seems to be contagious.

      January 30, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Hussein Abdullah

    The people are demanding that Mubarak and his regime step down from power
    and leave the country. Saudia Arabia should welcome them all. The tear gas,
    the military tanks and the fighter jets flying over Cairo are all made in America.
    Mubarak is financed by America and the implements of war being used against
    the Egyptian people, including the tear gas, army tanks and fighter jets and
    helicopters are all made in America.

    The American financed Egyptian military and police are not friends of the
    Egyptian people. Hillary Clinton, Obama, and the American military are
    attempting to manage the outcome of the Egyptian peoples aspiration for
    freedom from the dictator Mubarak.

    Mubarak leave Egypt now!

    January 30, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  7. Babu

    It is confusing from the cable news reporting, they should stop showing news of Muslim brotherhood leader(s) like ElBaradei. We know Muslim brotherhood is against democracy we should stop publicizing there ideas on cable & internet. I think interview with ElBaradei on cable should not be broadcasted now. Mention of his thoughts on cable is fine, where was ElBaradei last 10 to 20 years why didn’t he raise Egyptian people concerns then, now he goes to Egypt to take advantage of situation.
    We should keep Hosni Mubarak till alternate government is created. US should help people of Egypt in making decision on where they want to be in future, do they want to be like Iran, Pakistan, India or USA.

    January 30, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Aaron

      ElBaradei is not part of the Muslim Brotherhood. Get your facts straight.

      January 30, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dan

    Power to the People of Eygypt. Mubarak must leave now. The United States wants to spread Democracy through out the world. Then why has the United States been financially supporting a REGIME for 30 years? U.S. policy doesnt follow through with what they say. If a country elects a goverment that the Untied States doesnt like, the U.S. calls them a terrorist group. What about the FINANCIAL TERRORISM that WALL STREET created in the U.S. ? The U.S. credibility is questionable.

    January 30, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  9. CaptainCentralAmerica

    RUFFNUT: You called out the "right wing thugs" in washington but what has the actions of Obama and Clinton shown you? "We have no intention of cutting off aid to Egypt" The left and the right both support thug regimes, yet your partisan biased brain only sees Republicans as the enemy. I must ask you if ignorance is bliss?

    January 30, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Its all about OIL people.

      January 30, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  10. Philip

    @Dan...oil for who? Who buys this oil, and from whom?

    January 30, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      It doesnt matter who the buyers are, wether Europe, China etc.. Its all supply and demand. So if oil becomes a fragile commodity, it effects all users of oil. Including the US. Watch the price of Petroluem spike this week in the U.S.

      January 30, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  11. crawbar

    Only a complete idiot which most of the liberals are does not ask himself a question what will be after Mubarak goes.
    Only a complete idiot cannot see the the whole ME eruption of protests and violence was orchestrated by the Iran islamists.
    Only a complete idiot is not afraid of Egypt becoming the next Islamist regime in ME. Only a complete idiot feels angered only by the USA and considers interests of USA being not his interests. Its like a pig gnawing the roots of the tree that feeds him.
    Only a complete idiot, or ok, I will call him now a radical liberal instead, it is actually synonyms, does not see that the whole string of protests was instigated by Muslim Brotherhood which is the biggest potential force to grab the power, there are just no other forces there. It is the same movement whose fraction killed Sadat and which was involved in many other killings.
    Only a complete idiot does not understand that this "revolution" will not make the life of people of Egypt better, only worse.
    Islamic Muslim Brotherhood acts in accordance with the tactics of all other "revolustionary" movements – use the crisis in the nation's life to grab the power and direct the anger of masses to your benefits. Exactly as Alinsky taught them.

    Only a complete idiot cannot see all of this.

    January 30, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Why are you making this issue a conservative or liberal issue? So if we listen to conservative everything in the US will be PERFECT. PLEASE! Lets look at the facts of a CONSERVATIVE leadership.. UMMMMM 2 WARS and the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression! Oh yeah thats good leadership.

      January 30, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • crawbar

      Dan, my anger was sparked by one of the guys somewhere at the beginning of this thread who started his post by "Only a complete idiot or radical right wing..."
      In essense, there are no very opposite interests between the right and left political forces. I want to believe that both want good for America. But Russian bolsheviks also wanted good for Russia. Iranian Islamists also want good for Iran.
      So, there are two ways of thinking and opinions/decisions about how to achieve this "good". And that is where the left make me furious. Because they always offer the worst and destructive for the country solutions and the worst and destructive for the USA policies. And they are very low in their tactics and persuasion methods, I would call it propaganda, and in the discussion. I find their methods very effective and am using them myself. I think that fighting the enemy with their weapon is very effective. Liberals are not inclined to have courteous intellectual discussion and I am not counting for that.

      January 30, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • nina

      a complete idiot is someone that reads your comment and believe what you say is the truth. a complete idiot is someone that never read or understood any of the holy Quran and pretend that he does. a complete idiot is someone who never read any book or watched any show except when it is against Islam and Muslims.but i dare you try.
      The islamic revolution is coming, it already started and it is not going to stop in Egypt. the revolution is not against the whole world , it is against the regimes that have been there for so long and never represented their people in any way, all they are worried about is the acceptance from the foreign countries. And people are fed up with these regimes. they are saying enough is enough and they are going to make History.

      January 30, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      A complete idiot doesn't know how to use punctuation.

      January 30, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • nina

      i want to agree with you though that there will be blood shed and there will chaos after the depart of Mobarak, but history always proved that there is no evolution without sacrifice. to end the slavery and protect human and civil rights for all people in america civil war had to happen, to make an end to communism several wars had to take place.
      but i get it , you really don't care if this revolution gives freedom and rights to the angry Islamic countries, all you care about is whats best for you. guess what: "NOBODY CARE ABOUT WHAT YOU WANT" over there in Egypt, they want change and they know they will pay the price for it...

      January 30, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Diane

      I agree with you Dan, and—that it’s all about oil. Common sense and American ideals are sadly obsolete. Liberals have advocated renewable energy for nearly 40 years and conservatives have ridiculed them for it. The oil companies and related industries own the US government. Greed is destroying our humanity and the entire planet. EVERYONE should be out on the streets protesting. They should be—but most are just trying to “get by” day to day—cogs in the wheel.

      January 30, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. The Scarlet Pimpernel

    CNN please accurately report that Egypt is in Africa ...

    January 30, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      ...and Egyptians are Africans.

      January 30, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • nina

      Egypt is NOT in Africa!!!

      January 30, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      So why doesn't the Egyptian call himself African? Could it be the same problem as South Africa where they call themselves an Afrikana rather than African. Both of these nations reside on the continent of Africa and its residents are called African.

      January 30, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    True Muslims do not want freedom, and will resist any foreigners who try to force it on them. They follow the Koran which forbids them from doing what the infidels do, and wanting what the invaders want. Those who are "Muslim" in name only have turned their backs on their own God's commands just as surely as those who are "Christian" in name only have. If you don't invade a true Muslims home, you will have no problems with him. There are very few true Muslims left. Most who call themselves "Muslim" go right along with the infidels, even joining the foreign armies who invade their fellow Muslim brothers homelands! Hypocrites all.

    January 30, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  14. Duane Seigler

    http://egyptinternetprotest.blogspot.com/

    January 30, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  15. Eva Kosinski

    I do not believe the US should intervene, but in many ways, we've already intervened, and I think we are definitely going to be on the wrong side of history if we don't publicly state as forcefully as possible that Mubarak must go. There is NO American interest served by letting these protests continue. Egypt has a higher level of education than Iran did in the late 70s, and should not be as prey to the influence of the islamist radicals. Sunni is NOT Shia and we forget that to our detriment. We have to do what's right. We've blown it a number of times due to fear. Lets learn.

    January 30, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Well said Eva.......Egypt belongs to the people, not 1 person or a regime. Let the people of Egypt do what they must. Just as the United States (THE PEOPLE) had to do what they did. Example: REVOLUTIONARY WAR, CIVIL WAR. Also the SOCIAL WARS of the 1960's and 1970's. Countrys are THE PEOPLE, not the goverment or Political partys, regimes, or an individual. President George Washington warned of " PARTY LOYALTY".

      January 30, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
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