Egypt crisis: Obama says transition 'must begin now'
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, in an appearance Egyptian state TV Tuesday night, said he won't seek re-election in September.
February 1st, 2011
09:45 PM ET

Egypt crisis: Obama says transition 'must begin now'

    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. See also this strong roundup of timely, insightful views on the wave of upheaval in the Arab world.

    [Update 5:13 a.m. Wednesday in Cairo, 10:13 p.m. ET Tuesday] In Alexandria on Tuesday, protesters clashed with supporters of Mubarak, leaving 12 people injured, said Qutb Hassanein, a member of an opposition group. The military was called in to restore calm.

    [Update 3:09 a.m. Wednesday in Cairo, 8:09 p.m. ET Tuesday] Here is a collection of reactions to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's Tuesday night speech, in which he said he would not run for re-election.

    [Update 2:53 a.m. Wednesday in Cairo, 7:53 p.m. ET Tuesday] Video of Obama's speech:

    [Update 1:50 a.m. Wednesday in Cairo, 6:50 p.m. ET Tuesday] U.S. President Barack Obama said he spoke with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak after Mubarak's speech, and that Mubarak "recognizes that the status quo is not sustainable and that a change must take place."

    Obama said that while it is not the role of any outside country to determine Egypt's leaders, he indicated to Mubarak that it is clear that an orderly transition should be meaningful and peaceful and "must begin now."

    Obama said the process must include a broad spectrum of voices and opposition parties and free and fair elections, and it should lead to a government that is responsive to the aspirations of the Egyptian people.

    [Update 1:33 a.m. Wednesday in Cairo, 6:33 p.m. ET Tuesday] U.S. President Barack Obama spoke with embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak by phone Tuesday for roughly 30 minutes, National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said.

    Obama is expected to give a statement soon on the situation in Egypt, the White House says.

    [Update 1:14 a.m. Wednesday in Cairo, 6:14 p.m. ET Tuesday] Egyptian opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei, the former chief of the U.N. atomic agency, criticized President Hosni Mubarak's announcement that he would continue the rest of his term but not seek re-election, calling it an "act of deception."

    "It's a person who doesn't want to let go, a dictator who doesn’t want to listen to the clear voice of the people," ElBaradei told CNN's Anderson Cooper.

    "Whoever gave him that advice gave him absolutely the wrong advice. He just has to let go. Not only is (he) going - at best - to be a lame duck president, he's going to be a dead man walking," ElBaradei said.

    [Update 12:55 a.m. Wednesday in Cairo, 5:55 p.m. ET Tuesday] Amre Moussa, secretary general of the Arab League, told CNN Tuesday that Mubarak's offer to not seek re-election and to work for a transfer of power was new and should be considered carefully. Moussa is a veteran diplomat who was Mubarak's foreign minister until 2001.

    Earlier, Moussa told Al Arabiya TV that if he is asked to play a role during any Egyptian political transition, he "will carry out my duties to serve the people of Egypt."

    [Update 12:48 a.m. Wednesday in Cairo, 5:48 p.m. ET Tuesday] Here is the text of President Hosni Mubarak's Tuesday evening address in which he said he would not run for re-election.

    [Update 12:35 a.m. Wednesday in Cairo, 5:35 p.m. ET Tuesday] U.S. President Barack Obama will make a statement within the hour on the situation in Egypt, the White House says.

    [Update 12:05 a.m. Wednesday in Cairo, 5:05 p.m. ET Tuesday] Chants continue from thousands of protesters on Cairo's Tahrir Square. Following President Hosni Mubarak's announcement, earlier in the night, that he wouldn't seek re-election in September, thousands erupted in chants of "Down with Mubarak" and "the people want the president to be judged." Some waved shoes in the air - a deep insult in the Arab world.

    [Update 11:47 p.m. Cairo, 4:47 p.m. ET] With President Hosni Mubarak's announcement that he would not run for re-election in September, protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square, where thousands have gathered for days to call for his ouster, erupted in angry shouts. Several of them have said they will continue to demand Mubarak's immediate resignation.

    "This is not enough," Mahmoud Safi, a lawyer taking part in the Cairo demonstrations, told CNN after reports of Mubarak's impending announcement emerged. "We have one request. We want him to leave our country now, immediately, not tomorrow."

    In his speech aired on state television Tuesday night, Mubarak said he will wrap up nearly 30 years as Egypt's president in September and hand over power "in a constitutional way."

    Earlier, sources told CNN that a U.S. envoy sent by President Barack Obama urged Mubarak to announce he wouldn't run for re-election later.

    [Update 11:05 p.m. Cairo, 4:05 p.m. ET] Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said on state television Tuesday night that he will not seek another term in the next elections, which currently are scheduled for September.

    According to an English translation of his speech, Mubarak said that "with all honesty and without looking at this particular situation ... I was not intent on standing for the next elections because I have spent enough time in serving Egypt."

    [Update 10:37 p.m. Cairo, 3:37 p.m. ET] The U.S. State Department says about 1,600 Americans have been evacuated in flights from Egypt since Monday, and more than 60 others are expected to be flown out before the day is over.

    Earlier Tuesday, the State Department ordered the departure of all non-emergency U.S. government personnel and family members from Egypt. The State Department says other U.S. citizens should consider leaving Egypt as soon as they can safely do so because of ongoing political and social unrest, and the department still is making arrangements to provide charter air transportation from Cairo's airport to locations in Europe for U.S. citizens and eligible dependents who wish to leave. Other countries including the United Kingdom, China, India, Thailand and Australia were attempting to get stranded citizens out of Egypt.

    [Update 9:38 p.m. Cairo, 2:38 p.m. ET] Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has decided not to seek re-election, according to a senior U.S. official involved in the Obama administration's deliberations on Egypt. The official cited "reliable contacts in Cairo" for the news. The New York Times reported Obama pushed Mubarak into the decision via a message delivered by former Ambassador Frank Wisner, who paid a personal visit to Mubarak on Tuesday.

    [Update 9:14 Cairo, 2:14 ET] Delta Air Lines spokesman Kent Landers confirms it has started extra flights into Europe from Cairo. Since this weekend Delta has been partnering with KLM and Air France to fly passengers into Europe. On Tuesday the airline began 200-seat flights from Cairo to Athens. On Wednesday, Delta will add more than 200 seats from Cairo to Rome.

    [Update 8:38 p.m. Cairo, 1:38 p.m. ET] Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will address the nation Tuesday night, Reuters reports. Mubarak will say he will not seek another term as president, according to the Al Arabiya network.

    [Update 8:11 p.m. Cairo, 1:11 p.m. ET] President Obama is calling Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and his other top national security advisers to the White House this afternoon for a meeting on Egypt, a senior U.S. official said. Officials say the protest movement in Egypt is in the midst of a decisive moment.

    [Update 7:04 p.m. Cairo, 12:04 p.m. ET] U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates spoke Tuesday with Egypt's defense minister, Pentagon spokesman Col. David Lapan said.

    [Update 6:46 p.m. Cairo, 11:46 a.m. ET] Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the international community must demand that any Egyptian government maintain its peace treaty with Israel.

    [Update 6:19 p.m. Cairo, 11:19 a.m. ET] A senior U.S. State Department official confirmed that Margaret Scobey, the U.S. ambassador to Egypt, met Tuesday with opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei. The official said Scobey is also meeting with members of other political movements and her conversation with ElBaradei doesn't mean the United States favors him.

    [Update 5:47 p.m. Cairo, 10:47 a.m. ET] The U.K. Foreign Office has confirmed that on Wednesday it will send a Boeing 757 to fetch Britons out of Egypt. Those taking the charter flight will have to pay about $500, the Foreign Office said.

    [Update 5:11 p.m. Cairo, 10:11 a.m. ET] Margaret Scobey, the U.S. ambassador to Egypt, met on Tuesday with opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei, the Al Arabiya news network reported.

    [Update 5:01 p.m. Cairo, 10:01 a.m. ET] Google and Twitter have worked out a way for people to issue messages without internet access:

    [Update 4:55 p.m. Cairo, 9:55 a.m. ET] Egyptian Finance Minister Samir Radwan said: "Unemployment will increase due to this destruction and because economic life has been halted for more than a week now. We have also taken a decision that everyone who works and has been out of work because of these events will receive unemployment compensation. This is the quick solution which the Finance Ministry saw as its duty to offer to the Egyptian people."

    [Update 4:47 p.m. Cairo, 9:47 a.m. ET] Egypt's army issued a statement thanking "all the citizens and the youth for working with their armed forces to protect public and private property." It also warned that civilians found wearing military uniforms will be prosecuted.

    [Update 4:40 p.m. Cairo, 9:40 a.m. ET] Israeli President Shimon Peres warns Egypt not to follow the path of Gaza in pursuing democracy, according to a report in the Jerusalem Post. The Islamic resistance group Hamas, designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department, won parliamentary elections in Gaza in 2006.

    "Democracy cannot start and end in elections only," the Post quotes Peres as saying. "True democracy begins on the day after the elections, in granting human rights and concern for citizens' welfare. If a religious extremist dictatorship rises the day after democratic elections, what are democratic elections worth?"

    [Update 4:37 p.m. Cairo, 9:37 a.m. ET] Tweets within past 45 minutes from CNN's Nic Robertson in the northern Egyptian city of Alexandria:

    [Update 4:12 p.m. Cairo, 9:12 a.m. ET] Standard & Poor's ratings agency on Tuesday lowered Egypt's debt rating.

    [Update 3:59 p.m. Cairo, 8:59 a.m. ET] The U.S. Department of State has ordered the departure of all non-emergency American government personnel and their families from Egypt, State spokesman P.J. Crowley said on Tuesday.

    [Update 3:30 p.m. Cairo, 8:30 a.m. ET] Twitter user Abdulla al Kaabi tweeted: "#Mubarak should probably turn the Internet back on so he can book a trip on Expedia."

    [Update 3 p.m. Cairo, 8 a.m. ET] Jordan's King Abdullah II has appointed Maarouf Al Bakhit as the country's new prime minister, a move that comes after several protests calling for political reform in Jordan. The king asked Al Bakhit to form a new government that will be charged with "taking practical, swift, and tangible steps to launch a real political reform process, in line with the King's vision of comprehensive reform, modernization and development," the country's official Petra news agency reported.

    [Update 2:46 p.m. Cairo, 7:46 a.m. ET] The Egyptian crisis has sent oil prices to a 2-year high above $92 a barrel, up 5.5% in two trading sessions, due to concern the turmoil could spread to Middle East nations that are bigger crude producers. But some traders believe the run-up is an overreaction, with the major Gulf oil states protected from such conflict. Egypt is not an oil exporter, and only about 1.8 million barrels a day move through the Suez Canal, which it controls. That's just 2% of the world's oil supply. The price retreated 81 cents to $91.38 a barrel in Tuesday trading.

    [Update 2:23 p.m. Cairo, 7:23 ET] The Obama administration has sent former U.S. Ambassador Frank Wisner to Egypt to meet with officials there, National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor told CNN.

    [Update 2:18 p.m. Cairo, 7:18 a.m. ET] Amre Moussa, secretary general of the Arab League, told Al Arabiya TV that if he is asked to play a role during any Egyptian political transition, "I will carry out my duties to serve the people of Egypt."

    [Update 1:04 p.m. Cairo, 6:04 a.m. ET] British carrier BMI says it has organized an extra flight to help British nationals get back to the United Kingdom from Egypt. The flight is expected to depart from Cairo Tuesday afternoon with 124 passengers.

    The U.N.'s high commissioner for human rights praised protesters in Egypt and said she was alarmed by a rise in casualties during unrest in the country.

    Soldiers at Cairo's Ramses Hilton hotel were putting on newly issued flak jackets - straight out of their boxes - on Tuesday morning. When asked why they were putting on the new equipment, one soldier shrugged his shoulders and pointed to the crowd walking outside.

    [Update 12:40 p.m. Cairo, 5:40 a.m. ET] Anti-government protesters have said they are planning a "march of millions" in the city Tuesday. Protesters had packed Cairo's Tahrir Square by noon  (5 a.m. ET), standing shoulder to shoulder as large groups still streamed into the area.

    [Update 11:16 a.m. Tuesday in Cairo, 4:16 a.m. ET Tuesday] "No to the traitors," chanted a pro-Mubarak group as it headed toward the rally site.  It will be "a very dramatic and perhaps even a decisive day," said Nicholas Burns, a professor of diplomacy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and a former U.S. undersecretary of state. "If the military cracks down on peaceful demonstrators on the streets of Alexandria or Cairo, that will be a decisive factor," he said.

    The military said Monday evening it would not open fire on peaceful protesters.

    [Update 10:43 a.m. Tuesday in Cairo, 3:43 a.m. ET Tuesday] Protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square set up their own checkpoints Tuesday to keep weapons out of the area.

    Inside the square, the atmosphere was peaceful. People brought food and beverages to share. Parents stood in the streets alongside children, saying they were there because of their kids.  

    [Update 8:14 a.m. Tuesday in Cairo, 1:14 a.m. ET Tuesday] Protesters chanting "Down with Mubarak" were gathered on one side of  Cairo's Tahrir Square Tuesday morning. On the other side of the square was a group of people listening to patriotic music.

    Soldiers at a security checkpoint said demonstrators supporting President  Hosni Mubarak were also in the square, which has been a focal point of the anti-government protests that started a week ago.  Anti-government protesters have said they are planning a "march of millions" in the city Tuesday.


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  1. raven

    Here we go ,things are gonna start gettin REAL ugly now , I hope it goes well but you know when crowds gather it always ends badly .

    February 1, 2011 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      It wouldn't surprise me one bit that the Mubarak supports are not real supporters, and are paid provocateurs hired to disrupt or cause a conflict giving him an excuse to take harsh action against the people. He is a dictator who is not just going to step down peacefully. Shame on us (America) for supporting such a person!

      February 1, 2011 at 4:01 am | Report abuse |
    • kromba

      A moment of truth, US must choose between Dictator Mubarak and the Egyptian people and America's core idea of democracy . Let him go, Cut life support before it is too late.

      February 1, 2011 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
    • lynseypug

      Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the international community must demand that any Egyptian government maintain its peace treaty with Israel. That's right...it's all about Israel.

      February 1, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mayfair

      Seems that the US and Israelis are afraid of this uprising,they are treating the situation as a weapon of mass destruction.....they think that WMD might fall in the wrong hands....I think the Egyptians are more civilized just like how they pioneered the civilization itself,we don't need to remind them nothing, after all they only want some better reforms....

      February 1, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • frank

      Can the protesters dialogue with Mubarak instead of creating a state of anarchy that will make islamic fundamentalist take over government?

      February 1, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cherie

      I think the Egyptian people have moved with grace and dignity which I question if we would do. They won't accept his staying in power so there will be more marches until he leaves. It is very inspiring when you see a real groundswell that epitomizes the whole idea of peaceful revolt. We spent trillions in Iraq and have a Nation who hates us and are in civil war. This seems like a real democractic movement who are just tired of being starved, beaten and want to have a say in their country.

      February 1, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bash

    IT WAS PEACEFUL UNTILL NOW, LETS SEE HOW IT TURNS OUT TO BE AFTER THE MUBARAK BACKED CROWD COMES INTO THE SCENE

    February 1, 2011 at 2:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      What scares me deeply is that the "Mubarak backed" crowd will triumph and that I soarly do not want. This cursed Mubarak has got to go!!!

      February 1, 2011 at 3:42 am | Report abuse |
    • kromba

      There is no such thing as Mubarak BACKED crowed, there are Mubarak PAID crowd. well They only appear on local TV somewhere in Cairo to get some videos for Mubarak state TV and then they disappear. you are looking at total corrupt dictatorship who shutdown internet and cell phones and transportaion and sattellite channels in order to stay in power. US is watching not willing to cut life support from Mubarak. another failure of Obama Adminstration that for sure will affect the comming election.

      February 1, 2011 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      You're right,kromba. Thank you.

      February 1, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  3. raven

    Thats Exactly what I was thinkin . and hes such a megalomaniac I dont think he even realises how bad the people want him out but now with protesters and his backers in the same place its gonna be a free-for-all

    February 1, 2011 at 3:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Grateful

      witnessed shouting in the airport over this. The people are passionate and this is a hot bed issue obviously. Some Egyptians, especially those that have profited with is presidency are strong in their wishes to have him stay. I really urge anyone with family and friends that can leave to tell them to think of their safety. My job tried to presuade me to stay. Please urge them with calls if you can!

      February 1, 2011 at 3:46 am | Report abuse |
  4. Grateful

    On my way home to Los Angeles from Cairo with so many mixed emotions. I am grateful for our government and my prayers are with the people. Egyptians, overall, are very kind, helpful people. My prayers are with them and I trust that they will get s freeier nation from their dedication, en shallah

    February 1, 2011 at 3:40 am | Report abuse |
  5. raven

    Hi Grateful ,and welcome home . I understand if youre too fatigued to think about it but did you get a feel as to how the numbers in the crowds balanced out ? I mean does it seem like the protesters are outnumbered ? or vice versa ? And again ,welcome back to the U.S

    February 1, 2011 at 4:01 am | Report abuse |
  6. Neurotoxin

    I sort of hope the pro-Mubarakies are provocateurs and he tries something. I hope he is that stupid. The military is not behind him, whether it is for ideological reasons or simply because the officers fear the soldiers will turn on them if given the order to fire on protestors. A last chance attempt to suppress this violently will most likely result in the protesters (and possibly dissenting military) overwhelming the loyalists and forcibly taking from the government whatever infrastructure it still effectively controls, ousting Mubarak for all intents and purposes. It will be bloody, but it will be quick and it will be over with. This crap continuing to drag on for days will take more lives through hunger, lack of access to medicine, and so forth.

    February 1, 2011 at 4:30 am | Report abuse |
  7. iran

    hpefully they will win !!!!!!!AllIranian pray!!!

    February 1, 2011 at 4:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Scuba Steve

      Iran should keep its nose OUT of Egypt and do something about its own dictator(s).....

      February 1, 2011 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Mohamed O

      The same Is true for the Isreali Peres... Mind your own damn buz

      February 1, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  8. khan shab

    I agree with you Neurotoxin. I hope he makes this mistake, which will make his ouster quicker. What I don't understand is why?! america supports these dictators in middle east? I mean how does it help the world or america, by having these dictators. I think democracy always brings peace and prosperity in long run!!

    February 1, 2011 at 4:41 am | Report abuse |
    • silky

      americans are the ones brings all these dictators in power , they do their dirty jobs for them , look at mubarak 3o years in power , he was the first puppet to shake hands with israel , therefor americans gives him $ 1.6 billion a year , even do he was a dictator but working with the americans , did ,nt matter how he treated his own people , 30 years people of egypt were suffering , opposition party leader he will teach them a lesson by jailing them , look at saudis , yemen , jordan , whole middle east is their puppets .

      February 1, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. NWO

    Walk like an Egyptian.......

    February 1, 2011 at 5:01 am | Report abuse |
    • asi

      Bravo'
      Walk like an Egyptian

      February 1, 2011 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
  10. Dave Richman

    A quick and peaceful end to this demand for freedom is made all the more uncertain by Obama's cowardly refusal to support the people reaching out for freedom. After his Cairo speech, claiming to support democracy and freedom, he now huddles in the WH hoping to spot the winner, so that he can choose sides. The side if freedom is clear to the Egyptians who are watching and waiting to see what we do. If the choice goes to and Islamic state, we can claim a good portion of the blame by our failure to stand up with the protesters.

    February 1, 2011 at 5:01 am | Report abuse |
  11. Gerald

    Having just come back from Cairo I am apalled by the misinnformation by Western TV stations, especially CNN. BBCWolrd was much more sober in their reports. There is no doubt about the protests, but the picture transmitted was exaggerating singular camera crazy individulas and their expressions and not showing the overall picture, which was less chaotic than it was shown. No doubt, to get out of Cairo by airplane was adventurous, but bearable.
    Egyptian people should be congratulated on their behaviour, hotel staff worked, even slept in the hotel because of the curfew, bakeries worked. At least tourists were looked after and taken care of.
    There was more chaos and confusion from Embassies, the people from the German Embassy working and helping at the airport did theire very best and took care of us at the airport, but the hotline was less helpful.

    I would have wished less bias and more relaism in CNN's transmissions, which I watched all day. Even the local (government) stations were better than CNN.

    Shame on you.

    February 1, 2011 at 5:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave Richman

      CNN, like almost all news outlets, fall into one or both of two categories: First the ones with and agenda and a viewpoint that is allowed to flavor their coverage of events. Second is the news outlets that operate like a business, which often leads to over dramatizing events just to capture viewers. With these facts in mind, its possible to gain an understanding of what is really happening by scanning news sources for the bits of truth that are represented accurately.

      February 1, 2011 at 6:00 am | Report abuse |
    • michele

      Gerald thank you for mentioning the fact that in america,they (reporters) feel it necessary to give the ol shock and ah same ol redorick and dont actually portray the PEOPLE's true views. I commend the people of egypt for their grass roots organization (work from the bottom up) not the top down like our government has done. I think all americans should take heed and learn by the example being set by the PEOPLE of egypt.

      February 1, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. NWO

    @ Gerald.. but all this helped in getting people motivated. I think this exaggeration showed the real emotions of the silent majority!

    February 1, 2011 at 5:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Gerald

      Sorry
      I cannot see this, and it is no excuse for politizising journalism. It is about viewer numbers, not about reporting events.
      This is the first time I became eye whitness in such a situation, and to experience the rift between reality and TV shows. No regrets about having Al Jazzera off the air in Egypt.

      February 1, 2011 at 5:22 am | Report abuse |
    • NWO

      Gerald... sometime normal reporting does not help in giving the true sentiments of the people and a little bit of exaggeration is needed!

      February 1, 2011 at 5:28 am | Report abuse |
  13. Neurotoxin

    khan shab it is complex and messy, but it boils down to short-sighted economic mistakes that translate into long-term foreign policy paralysis. Western corporations plant their roots in these countries before they are any sort of developed, and the existing culture in the country at that point is still nothing short of feudal so they only need good relations with the government. Well, as the country develops the people who work in the fields and factories start to want to be treated better, and I'm not talking extreme far-left revolution – just collective bargaining, right to buy/own land, ethnic equality, etc. But, this would incur losses for the corporations, and together with the feudal government they have on a leash they convince the US government to repress peaceful opposition. Sometimes US politicians have vested interests in those countries, sometimes they are just aloof, and American voters have very little idea about reality outside our borders, so while such actions are rarely popular, they have little impact on voting. Well, you supress the peaceful opposition for decades, the only opposition crazy enough to exist will be the Guevarras, Bin Ladens, Ho Chi Mins, and so forth, and at that point the US is stuck supporting its puppet dictators because their opponents coming to power would be a serious threat to the whole world. This has happened in 2/3 of the world at various points in recent history, and not just with the US but Western mingling in general, and the Arab world is just the latest place to reach the boiling point of frustration and deteriorate. The simple Jeffersonian solution is that our corporations can do business anywhere they want, but they should understand that our government and our military will not follow them there; if they treat locals like animals, they will face the consequences when the local government that allows this is brought down. This would keep the rage on the perpetrators and not make everyone there hate America in general. It isn't globalism or free market policies that have created this mess, but our assinine imperialism that any free market advocate shudders at.

    February 1, 2011 at 5:10 am | Report abuse |
  14. wlkelly

    Isn't Google wonderful for what they're doing for the Egyptians in order to enable them to Tweet. Why didn't they do that in China instead of backing down to the Government. Google operates on such high moral ground-–as long as they aren't threatened with the potential loss of great revenue.

    February 1, 2011 at 5:20 am | Report abuse |
    • MCA

      There is a huge difference between finding a way to give Egyptians access once it's been turned off and ignoring China's internet censor laws.

      February 1, 2011 at 5:55 am | Report abuse |
  15. Sidewinder

    @Neuro We get it, yet here we are talking about the US position, which I suppose one can't do with all the influence and interlocking corporations. Do you think we can't encourage the peoples' position and democracy because Mubarak signed a Peace Agreement with Israel (a strong point of contention and fear mongering from the in some circles) 😦
    ,access to the Suez canal, perhaps protecting our own interests?

    If the people of Egypt decide they want this revolution, well then there is bound to be violent clashes. In fact I think we hear more about those because non violent demonstrations and marches are much less tantalizing for the news media to report, and the consumers to ingest. Uh, could you please pass the Tums? To be fair, there is a lot of talk out there regarding the peaceful demonstrations.

    The Egyptian voice is so strong in this you can almost hear it on the other side of the world. It's only a matter of time.

    Coffee!!!

    February 1, 2011 at 5:55 am | Report abuse |
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