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Posted on Jul 15, 2011
AP / Amr Nabil

Egyptians—seen from above through camera lens distortion—wave a giant national flag in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on July 8.

By Lauren Unger-Geoffroy

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There have been daily speeches from the PM and military government with many concessions and promises, fulfilling many of the demands, but the people will hold until all are met. Some sideskipping and vagueness are still fog to be cleared by this crowd’s relentless sun. The people are still there. There was a huge peaceful protest in front of the Cabinet. We are not done yet. This is what our peaceful persistence has accomplished so far this week:

Mansour Eissawy announced the biggest reshuffle in the history of the Ministry of the Interior. It will include 4,000 police officers across the country. Also, the ministry ended the service of 505 major generals and 82 brigadier generals and 82 colonels (though they will get pensions.) Eighteen major generals and nine colonels involved in the killing of protesters are included in the reshuffle.

There seems to be some serious splitting of cohesion in Egypt’s “transitional” government, between the ministers and the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), as various officials contradict each other on television, apparently unaware of the promises, concessions, denials and refusals made by the others.

Vice Prime Minister Dr. Yahia El Gamal has resigned and his resignation was accepted.

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The Supreme Judiciary Council issued a historical decision: In coordination with the head of the appeal court, there will be a court assigned to trials stemming from the shooting of protesters, and to corruption trials including Hosni Mubarak’s, regardless of the judicial summer vacation. The trials will be shown on screens set up outside the courts.

Former Minister of Agriculture Youssef Wali was arrested and detained for 15 days pending investigation.

The PM ordered the immediate release of a martyr’s brother who was arrested after attacking a police officer who kicked his mother during the June 27th protest.

Mubarak crony Hussein Salem, who fled with hundreds of billions in currency, is being held in Spain, which was refusing to extradite him. He currently is accused in three cases: exporting gas to Israel illegally, bribing Mubarak, and illegal arms deals. Now there is a dispatch saying the Spanish Cabinet decided in its weekly meeting to hand over Hussein Salem to the Egyptian authorities. Egypt gave Spain the following guarantees, according to Al Masry Al Youm: Hussein Salem will get a just trial; representatives of Spanish judicial authority will attend the trial of Hussein Salem in Egypt; Hussein Salem will not get a death sentence. Hussein Salem is still in Gregoria Maranon hospital in Madrid and allegedly he has not pay the bill yet. So someone must pay it—“27 million euros”!  Sounds like a ransom. Well, well.

The people of Suez have a reputation for being fiercely nationalistic, loyal and reactive, brave and combative—they will not take injustice lying down. There was a huge outcry after a number of policemen being tried for killing peaceful protesters were released on LE 10,000 bail in Suez earlier this week.

“How could the officers accused of killing martyrs be released on bail for LE 10,000?” 41-year-old Azza Mansour from Ismailia said. “The martyrs who died are not chickens, they are humans.” As stories emerged about families of the Suez martyred victims of the revolution being pressured and paid to drop charges, hundreds of protesters in Suez joined by the families of martyrs cut off the highway, and the workers of the Suez Canal Authority-affiliated companies who are currently on strike gave a warning to SCAF that if their demands are not met “concerning the rights of the martyrs,” there would be civil disobedience in the city. There was some small violence, and the military forced the blockade to disband. Suez is not satisfied.

For the fourth time since the revolution some unknown group in Al Arish blew up the gas pipeline. This time it was at Sheikh Zowaid, and masked men were the perpetrators. No one has claimed responsibility. Another group of masked men blew up the gas pipeline last week at Beir El Abd and stopped the gas exports to Jordan.

Now, after this new explosion, the gas exports to Israel and Jordan will be stopped indefinitely, according to GASCO. Of course this shutoff may or may not occur, but our Egyptian youth would welcome the action. With all respect to Jordan and Israel, there are millions of Egyptians who need gas in their homes. The masked men who set off the blast became five-minute revolutionary heroes before other news took the spotlight. We read now that Israel is thinking of using other sources of gas. 

More and different news will come tomorrow. As we say now, wait and watch carefully ... don’t blink.

Egypt’s successes come in laying aside differences and power struggles. Obviously outside powers will try to destabilize the movement to be able to control it when its concerns do not benefit their own agendas. Egypt knows this and is wary, but unsure of where the next menace will come from besides the usual suspects. But the people realize now that the reason we did not achieve our goals in the last five months was our loss of unity, which we foolishly continued to widen with useless dialogues.

These are not cynical, jaded, corrupt power players (except the deposed National Democratic Party, which allowed no opposition for 30 years). All the new political powers may be green, but they truly love Egypt and want the best for the country according to their ideologies. It is natural that they each seek to rule in one way or another. But this power race must wait—the old regime is still lurking to reconquer, outside influences poised to possess. The new Egypt must first be born and survive.


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By TruthCheck, August 18, 2011 at 12:08 pm Link to this comment

If McCain had won, the GOP would have been finished and the same boat the DNC is in right now.  The difference is McCain would have had a opposition party controlling congress for two years while Obama had a loving press and strong majorities of his own party controlling congress for two years…

How is it the DNC with all that power never got a budget passed in two years…

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By gerard, July 18, 2011 at 1:33 pm Link to this comment

Don’t forget, in Egypt, as everywhere else, there are powerful forces, often behind
the scenes, who want too maintain the status quo ante.  It will take a long time
and a dedicated struggle to institute democratic changes,  The most hopeful
element is, perhaps, that the majority of the population is young and in touch with
others worldwide.

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By AladdinSane, July 18, 2011 at 12:06 pm Link to this comment
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Thanks for keeping us updated on the story.  The
mainstream American media is really under-reporting,
and we support true reform in Egypt.  To do that, we
must know what is going on!  Keep it up!

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By ardee, July 17, 2011 at 6:46 am Link to this comment

christian96, July 17 at 4:53 am Link to this comment

Who started the revolution and what is their
purpose?  What goals are they seeking?

Why betray your ignorance so blatantly?  Do your own homework if politics is what you wish to discuss. You might start by actually reading the damn article.

This guy seems to be inventing a new form, forum stand up comedy.

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By christian96, July 17, 2011 at 4:53 am Link to this comment

Who started the revolution and what is their
purpose?  What goals are they seeking?

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By Gabriel, July 16, 2011 at 8:30 pm Link to this comment

More Important News from Egypt:

Everyone by now should know Egyptian museum was pilfered by thieves during uprising til people in Tahrir Square stopped it. What most don’t know is the other 99%.

Ever since http://www.gizamap.com/geomatrix Team used Ground Penetrating Radar and discovered further tunnels around Giza Plateau fervor has been building to find related Giza sites, tunnels, entrances, artifacts and technology. Yes, technology.

On the Giza Plateau there have been many illegal digs and MAJOR pilfering of artifacts just before, during and after uprising. Apparently The most significant is Tomb of The Birds: http://www.richardgabriel.info
It appears to be fully tied into tunnel system under whole Giza Plateau.

Reports from locals say officials have found something in front of and down from so-called Khufu Pyramid that prevents them from going any further. This something seems to emit a strong energy force that can be felt 1 km away and may act as a force barrier to other chambers. A building has been constructed over the entrance with high security preventing even the most insistent from breaching it.

This find is told to be HUGE in size and in scope.

USA, Israel, Japan, China, EU, Russia and just about every G8 and G20 power are squabbling over it. At the same time keeping hush hush about what they have found. Sources say it’s a “global game changing find”.

To date, related artifacts found have been supposedly traded to global powers-that-be for deals, arms, cash, favors and just about everything to suppress the people. Now even local villagers are being threatened to keep quiet with threats of torture and death.

Stay tuned

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By gerard, July 16, 2011 at 1:20 pm Link to this comment

“Once again, the natural cooperative organization of the civilian security checkpoints is effective, polite and friendly, as all submit without problem to frisking, bag examination and ID check by groups of perfectly coordinated volunteers, dedicated to a peaceful revolution; one line for women and one for men. Thousands of Egyptians have spontaneously organized themselves without conflict to protect the square.”
  When any gathering of tens of thousands can achieve this degree of “natural cooperative organization” it indicates a certain amount of inate
will to support nonviolent social change. That in itself is a huge contribution to much-needed knowledge based on experience “in the field.” It verifies the possibility that “dedication to peaceful revolution” may indeed be a built-in part of human nature.
  Believers in violence do not want to admit this or have it publicized broadly.  It upsets their “war is inevitable” cliche—the cornerstone upon which the entire “mystical” edifice of violence is built.

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By sofianitz, July 16, 2011 at 5:44 am Link to this comment

I have seen a ton of revolutions.

So far, none of them has done any good, with the exception of Cuba, and Nicaragua (maybe, we still have to see).  I don’t see anything in the Egyptian revolution worth supporting.  Some younger middle-class well educated types trying to get a better seat at the great teat of Capitalism.

As an aside, I would mention that the Egyptian “revolutionaries”  have done nothing or said anything that would be worthy of anyone’s support.  Just not worthy, because the ideals that you espouse (if any, what a joke!) are false ideals.

Show the world a little blood, and a little less self-interest.

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By Frosty46, July 16, 2011 at 2:46 am Link to this comment

This could be the beginning of something great.  I’m certain the
US is doing all it can to stir up trouble so our Religious Weapons
manufacturing machine can profit from the blood shed.

Odd, NOT, our news machine is hiding all this thoughtful
evolution of Democracy in Egypt.  But then they are tied so
closely to the Weapons Manufacturing Machine perhaps it’s safer
not to.

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By Robespierre115, July 15, 2011 at 10:03 pm Link to this comment

New popular, revolutionary movements need to be formed as seen in countries like Bolivia, Venezuela and Ecuador. It’s the only way to defend the revolution. If people stick to a “post-modern,” “no politics” movement, then they will soon be domisticated by the state and its backers in the ruling classes and foreign, imperialist states. In fact, this movement has the potential if going even farther than Latin America and begin forming a society or organized movement similar to those envisioned by Bakunin and Peter Kropotkin.

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By Robespierre115, July 15, 2011 at 10:00 pm Link to this comment

New, popular, revolutionary organizations must be formed as seen in Bolivia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru etc. A “post-modern” movement which claims to not care for politics is only condemning itself to being crushed by organized forces backed by the ruling classes and outside powers. Some heads are rolling, but the system is desperately fighting to preserve itself, either the masses take power or they will eventually be domisticated by their current rulers. If this mass movement actually starts forming IDEAS, they might even go FARTHER than Latin America and begin establishing the kind of radical, revolutionary democracy envisioned by thinkers like Bakunin and Peter Kropotkin.

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