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Mubarak’s Adversaries Stand Firm in Egypt

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Posted on Feb 7, 2011
AP / Lefteris Pitarakis

An Egyptian anti-government demonstrator is seen in Tahrir Square in Cairo on Monday.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s latest bid to dial down the intensity of the protests against his regime aren’t deterring the opposition, as resistance groups mobilized to keep up their efforts Tuesday.  —KA

The Guardian:

Pro-democracy campaigners called another mass demonstration for Tuesday to keep up the pressure on Mubarak to quit in the face of the government’s attempts to marginalise the street protests as no longer relevant because political talks are under way.

In Washington, Barack Obama expressed optimism about developments in Egypt. “Obviously Egypt has to negotiate a path, and I think they’re making progress,” he said.

But there remains considerable suspicion within the opposition about the intentions of Mubarak’s vice-president, Omar Suleiman, who is overseeing the political transition and leading the negotiations, particularly after the continued arrest of opposition activists and fresh harassment of the press.

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By tman, February 9, 2011 at 3:02 am Link to this comment

First order of business after setting up a new government is the shredding of the treaty with Israel.
Second order of business is getting rid of American military.
Third order of business is closing the American Embassy and withdrawing ambassadors from United States.
Fourth order of business is to tell the U.S.A. to mind their own business.
Lastly get chummy with Russia, China,Turkey and Iran.

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By moonraven, February 8, 2011 at 8:32 pm Link to this comment

Lafayette:  Considering that 1.3 billion dollars of US tax dollars are given to the Egyptian military annually—Egypt is second in the trough only to Israel, and ahead of Colombia, that other bastion of bloodbaths—I hate to burst your bubble, but not only WILL the US military go to Egypt, but they are already there.  They have sent several warships, one of which has 800 troops.  That was yesterday.  But a small group of US troops has been there for 2 weeks.

And the US commander of the European Command already made the statement that they are “watching very closely”.

I know very well what that means.  Do YOU?

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By NZDoug, February 8, 2011 at 3:59 pm Link to this comment

Oh, and the value of their money is dropping, surely they will starve as they will
not be able to afford food, and the oil price will rise worldwide thanks to these
pesky protesters.
I wonder who is pulling these financial strings as 83 million people are subjugated
into submission?

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By RayLan, February 8, 2011 at 12:17 pm Link to this comment

The kingpin of the revolution has to be the military, which unfortunately is only tolerant of the protestors, rather than supportive. Without their active alliance , the protest will fail. It’s a brutal fact of might being right. Of course there is international opinion, but that doesn’t seem to disturb Mubarak too much. The US can influence events. They have in Israel and Palestine and there is no earthly reason they cannot in Egypt. The political will just isn’t there. There’s a lot of aid that the US administration can bargain with.
The usual batlle cry about democracy promotion and terrorists used to justify the Iraq and Afghan wars is strategically silent.
For all intents and purposes the US has armed the Egyptian military and therefore bear an important burden of responsiblity.

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By Napolean DoneHisPart, February 8, 2011 at 10:45 am Link to this comment

Nice way to segue into a personal attack and ignore the writing on the wall.

U.S. military WON’T have to go there, for the Egyptian military and personnel are already doing their job of keeping chaos at the forefront, hoping the dissidents will become discouraged, quit, and go back to their slaving lives. 

Do you not see the class warfare ( which is the bases of all disputes between the capital class and the labor class )?

Perhaps you do and rather keep in tune with the rhetoric and empire coddling your pedigreed handlers feed you… or you’re ignorant, which is another possibility.

One has an excuse, the other is treason.

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By Lafayette, February 8, 2011 at 4:16 am Link to this comment

NDHP: Wonder if U.S. troops will go into Egypt to negotiate, but will divide and conquer among the rest of the world’s hegemony…

Cool, Raoul. None of the above blather is in even remotely in the offing.

Have you taken your meds today?

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By Napolean DoneHisPart, February 7, 2011 at 8:56 pm Link to this comment

A middle-aged Egyptian woman, interviewed by Aljazeera, is eye witness to the murders of HUNDREDS of journalists right before her very eyes.  We’ve been told of only one Egyptian journalist being fired upon while he videotaped from his home’s balcony.

And TD only has a few posts about Egypt and the fall of the Amerikan empire in the middle east?  Did you guys at TD already have that big party for Huffington?  Don’t worry fellas, your big payday awaits! 

Wonder if U.S. troops will go into Egypt to negotiate, but will divide and conquer among the rest of the world’s hegemony… and call it democracy, liberation and freedom and all that?

Oh wait, that’s what is already happening.

Wonder if Journalists are being murdered for the obfuscations that are rendered at broadcast?

Hope to see the negotiations, which are supposed to be going on and should be aired live for the world to see, soon.

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