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Egypt’s Effects Go Beyond Its Borders

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Posted on Feb 2, 2011
AP / Lefteris Pitarakis

Pro-government demonstrators, bottom, clash with anti-government demonstrators, top right, as a palm tree burns from a firebomb in Tahrir Square in Cairo early Thursday.

What’s happening in the streets of Cairo and elsewhere around Egypt is likely to lead to substantial changes in that country that could well be contagious across the region.  —KA

The New York Times:

The Arab world watched a moment that suggested it would never be the same again—and waited to see whether protest or crackdown would win the day. Words like uprising and revolution only hint at the scale of events in Egypt, which have already reverberated across Yemen, Jordan, Syria and even Saudi Arabia, offering a new template for change in a region that long reeled from its own sense of stagnation.

“Every Egyptian understands now,” said Magdi al-Sayyid, one of the protesters.

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By ejreed, February 3, 2011 at 11:44 pm Link to this comment

Protests Spread to Yemen
Yemen and Tunisia offer concessions to protesters as dissent spreads across the Arab world. http://www.newslook.com/videos/288173-protests-spread-to-yemen?autoplay=true

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By Go Right Young Man, February 3, 2011 at 10:48 pm Link to this comment

GREAT TO SEE it’s back in vogue to speak and write about democracies and representative forms of government.

President Bush stated his foreign policy goals clearly in 2002-03.  Crack the Middle and Far East in an attempt to weaken dictators and authoritarians in hopes that those fissures would spark in-toward debates and upheaval.  The policy of “stability for security no longer applies”.

GREAT TO SEE it’s back in vogue to speak and write about democracies and representative forms of government.

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By Eric L. Prentis, February 3, 2011 at 11:27 am Link to this comment

Bernanke, using QE2, is spreading food and energy inflation around the world. Bernanke is saving slimy Wall Street crooks, at the expense of world stability. President Obama, please get your head out of your ass, stop Bernanke before he kills us all.

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By rollzone, February 3, 2011 at 9:56 am Link to this comment

hello. a contagion of civility spreading rampant
throughout a breadbasket of insanity. civilization
takes the first step forward to end brutal human
slaughter at the hand of a dictator, and it may
spread. a ruler is accountable to all his minions, as
his dictate rules the land. when ministers of his
policies behave atrociously against his people, it is
himself behaving through extension, and he must be
accountable. if civilization can no longer tolerate
insane human slaughter, if body counts are no longer
a measure of power but instead a measure of failure,
if economic opportunity is the new measure of
administrative achievement, and this contagion is
spreading: good. some day we may have a global Super
Bowl. go football!

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By NZDoug, February 2, 2011 at 11:16 pm Link to this comment

Freedom and democracy returns to Egypt with knives and clubs….

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By Blackspeare, February 2, 2011 at 11:10 pm Link to this comment

I loved the way the pro-Mubarak forces galloped onto the scene on horses and one lonely camel.  By the look of the carrier on the back of the camel it appears the animal was borrowed from the Cairo Zoo’s camel ride.  And Anderson Cooper can’t stop relating how he and his crew were attacked by the pro-Mubarak demonstrators. What he doesn’t know is that he was set upon because of his inane and repetitive reporting!

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By Robespierre115, February 2, 2011 at 9:38 pm Link to this comment

It should spread beyond its borders, most of California is run no better than Egypt.

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