Top Leaderboard, Site wide
Winner 2013 Webby Awards for Best Political Website
Top Banner, Site wide
Apr 24, 2014

 Choose a size
Text Size

They Are Watching You
Lapland’s Mystery Moths Puzzle Science

The Divide

Truthdig Bazaar
Hope: A Tragedy: A Novel

Hope: A Tragedy: A Novel

By Shalom Auslander

more items

A/V Booth

Watch the Egyptian Revolt in Real Time

Email this item Email    Print this item Print    Share this item... Share

Posted on Jan 28, 2011

Friday brought news of more demonstrations around Egypt on the fourth day of protests against President Hosni Mubarak’s regime. More deaths were reported, but protesters also made some gains in their struggle against state power. Thanks to the often maligned 24-hour news cycle, not to mention the Internet, the whole world can watch the developments in Egypt’s streets, and you can, too—just follow the link below to watch the live coverage on Al-Jazeera English. —KA

Click here to go to the live stream page on Al-Jazeera English.


Square, Site wide

New and Improved Comments

If you have trouble leaving a comment, review this help page. Still having problems? Let us know. If you find yourself moderated, take a moment to review our comment policy.

Shenonymous's avatar

By Shenonymous, January 30, 2011 at 1:50 pm Link to this comment

The eruption in Egypt is not a surprise.  Who would say they were
surprised?  It was bound to happen if not sooner then sooner.  As I
mentioned on another forum a couple of weeks ago regarding the
violent Tunisia uprising, I observed domino theory is most likely
about to become a reality.  It bears close watching.  People will
Will their own providence.

I believe the Egyptian theater is the perfect stage for anarchism to work
if it ever is to work in our time and as it has been described by the
resident TD anarchists.  I theorize that it will not because its premises
are not appealing to ordinary people.  While there is abject displeasure
with government as it is, people want some form of representative
government and do not want absolute self-rule.  It is too labor
intensive.  Anarchism is mahvelous for intellectual theory but it is
basically antisocial regardless of any charming proposition that
anarchism can work.  There may only be aspects of anarchism that can
work such as respect for the individual.  The Egyptian spokespersons
for the protesting public are concerned that ‘anarchy’ would devastate
the population. 

The other notion I heard a middle eastern politico, if not a politician
himself, say this morning is that democracy is not necessarily a value
found in the middle eastern mind.  I wonder even if monarchical or
tyrannical formations have been the historic structure in middle eastern
nations, if democracy would not be the form of choice in spite of
history.  Sudan is the new model:  as per Zechariah Manyok Biar, Jan. 3,
2011, the Sudan Tribune, most praiseworthy, “South Sudan, on the one
hand, will not be like Somalia if we follow the principles of democracy
that brought us this far. These principles may not be what we mean as
we say them, but they are the foundation of our forthcoming nation.
These principles put the choice of leaders in the hands of the people.
That was how the majority of the current leaders were chosen in 2010
even though some candidates contested the results.”

Realistically speaking, the US will not stay out of the Egyptian
insurrection.  We all know why.  It should exercise as much restraint as
it can. This is a primordial moment when the people ought to be able
to determine their own destiny, or at least put it on its rightful path.
Government overthrows always fall into chaos until the people quell
their passion and find self-control.  It ought to be encouraging to the
entire world to see the courageous utter uprising against a repressive
and oppressive government.  It is always exceedingly tragic that people
are killed in the attempt to gain freedom.  The rest of the world ought
to hope that long term lawlessness does not prevent Egypt from
reassembling so that the progress that is the reason for their protest is
not obstructed.

Report this
PatrickHenry's avatar

By PatrickHenry, January 29, 2011 at 1:01 pm Link to this comment

I wonder if there is a cable channel for this?

Report this

By Dr. Benway, January 28, 2011 at 9:01 pm Link to this comment
(Unregistered commenter)

Som ahmurkinz might say that this means that we are losing the empire…

Report this
Robespierre115's avatar

By Robespierre115, January 28, 2011 at 4:22 pm Link to this comment

May the Egyptian Revolution set the region on fire!

Down with US-backed puppets!

Report this

sign up to get updates

Right 1, Site wide - BlogAds Premium
Right 2, Site wide - Blogads
Join the Liberal Blog Advertising Network
Right Skyscraper, Site Wide
Join the Liberal Blog Advertising Network

A Progressive Journal of News and Opinion   Publisher, Zuade Kaufman   Editor, Robert Scheer
© 2014 Truthdig, LLC. All rights reserved.