Thursday, January 27, 2011

Egypt's big democracy test

Tomorrow will be a big day for Egypt. I don't think Mubarak will step down, like the Tunisian dictator did. But it will force Egypt to become more democratic. It might force other countries to change too.

11 comments :

C.H. said...

The sun has just come up over Cairo...it will be very interesting to see what takes place in the coming hours.

Iraqi Mojo said...

As'ad Abu Khalil posted today: 'The Egyptian regime is clamping down hard: they stopped the internet altogether, they stopped SMS, (and Twitter and Facebook obviously shut down). Vodaphone and two other phone companies stopped SMS. Najib Suwayrus, the Egyptian billionaire friend of Jamal Mubarak, is a collaborator in the repression. Even the regime's mouthpiece, Al-Ahram, has been shut down. Egyptian goons are erasing clips of repression from Youtube. In Suez, the land lines are down. What if this was Iran?? And when there were protests in Iran, Twitter (the company) and Facebook (the company) came out in support of the protesters. The US media were enamored with the protesters back then. Why are those protesters not sexy for you? You can't say that they are Islamists this time (as if Islamists have no rights to protest--but let us go along with the argument for the sake of it), and yet they are all alone. It will be remembered (when you ask now and later why they hate us), that Mubrak's repression took place with the full support of both parties in the US and the Obama administration. Do you know now why whenever a US official, any US official, ever utter the word "democracy", Arabs get a strong urge to throw up? In Iran, the US covertly smuggled those cute camera pens for demonstrators. They were not cute enough for the Egyptian people. '

C.H. said...

"What if this was Iran?"


If this was Iran, the protesters could sure as hell bet they wouldn't have any support from As'ad.

C.H. said...

"In Iran, the US covertly smuggled those cute camera pens for demonstrators."


Bunk.

And the idiot writing this knows it.

Don Cox said...

I expect 2011 to be like 1848 in Europe: lots of riots and demonstrations, but in the end, not much change.

Maury said...

Libya has the highest unemployment of any Arab regime, and it sits between Tunisia and Egypt. The housing shortage is chronic and severe.

On the other hand, the regime doesn't receive much US aid, so Qaddafi is no doubt universally adored and revered by the population.

Don Cox said...

I guess there is little internet penetration in Libya, so getting demonstrations going could be hard. It would be good to see the end of Qaddafi.

K said...

Google has labeled taking down the internet in Egypt an "evil act"

telegraph

K said...

Google called the Internet take-down an "evil" act.

Aton said...

The Arabs will overthrow one authoritarian regime and replace it with another. They will then blame the Jews and America for their failures. You can’t live free when your culture doesn’t respect liberty as an essential and intrinsic value to humanity.

Dolly said...

See, no one was really asking you to appreciate arabs. Simply get yourself and your jews out of the area.
No one is in need of your Cole ship in Aden, and no one is in need of your Zionist migrants.
After you've moved yourself and your ZOG back to Alaska, then feel free to bitch about the arabs from afar.