Apparently they succeeding in setting fire to the ruling party's headquarters? And they are totally defying the curfews placed by the government, and are attacking riot-geared police and beating them with their own batons, as well as taking control of some army tanks. And the military has been deployed. Egyptian supporters are rallying worldwide
Al Jazeera English Streaming Video
and Live Blog
Israel's response is very interesting:
8:44 pm - Time magazine's Karl Vick pulls in the first reaction from Israel that's not a "no comment." A minister in Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's government tells Vick that Israel believes Egypt's security forces will be able to suppress the protesters. "We believe that Egypt is going to overcome the current wave of demonstrations, but we have to look to the future," he said. While it would be better if Egypt were a democracy, since "democracies do not initiate wars," the minister said, "I'm not sure the time is right for the Arab region to go through the democratic process."
The Guardian Live Blog
The main US cable news networks had given Egypt minimal coverage so far this week, partly because of the time difference but also because of the president's state of the union address on Tuesday night absorbing so much energy.
That has all changed today, with the the extraordinary scenes from Egypt filling America's TV screens – even if the early morning bulletins were more interested in Charlie Sheen's hernia.
The exception has been Fox News, where coverage has been more muted. "You probably don't give a lot of time thinking about Egypt," a Fox News presenter suggested about an hour ago, before explaining that "groups linked to al-Qaida" were in danger of taking over the government in Cairo.
Jesus CHRIST Fox News!!!
Things I am sick and tired of in the coverage in Western papers (and the lying lying liars known as Fox news): 1. Overblown fear mongering speculation on the order of RADICAL MOOSLIMS WILL BE TAKING OVER. 2. The everlasting speculation about how the US will react and why haven't they reacted as per our uplifting mythical support for democracy and freedom etc. Isn't it past time that we stop hoping that the US will live up to its rhetoric and start paying attention to our actual foreign policy? I mean seriously, by now the varnish of the mendacious verbiage should have long ago worn off.Of course Biden is gonna say that Mubarak is no dictator
, like DUH, we all should know by now that the US doesn't give a fuck what you do as long as you do what we tell you to. OF COURSE we are going to mealy-mouthed in our "support" for democracy, hell we are giving up the fiction that we care about that right here at home! I just...people who are in a position to know better should really show it right now.
In addition the US is reviewing 1.5 billion dollars of aid to Egypt based on the outcome of the protests
. Please note that they are already threatening Lebanon with withdrawing thier aid because Hezbollah looks like its gonna be able to take control of the gov't.
. I'm guessing the same thing applies to Egypt, in this case the SCARY RADICAL MOOSLIMS, (who are actually fundamentalist) will be The Muslim Brotherhood. Here's a Nov 2010 article on them from Al Jazeera English The Muslim Brotherhood in Flux
ETA the thing is, though, they are not the ones driving the protests. They are participating in the Friday protests and if the regime falls will be trying as hard as they can to get power, but they "didn't start the Fire" as Billy Joel put it.