1.26.2011

tunisia, egypt, who is next? around the globe, revolutions

Revolution is spreading. On the heels of massive protests and demonstrations throughout Europe, Tunisians take back their country, and now Cairo rises up against Mubarak.

This morning the Canadian mainstream media is all agog with a speech out of Washington DC that will change absolutely nothing. CBC Headline: Obama urges people to create brighter future! ( Oh gosh, does he really?!) Meanwhile, much of the world is actually trying to do just that.

It's so exciting! I wish I had time to follow it all more closely. I'm filled with awe and more than a little envy.

11 comments:

allan said...

Obama urges people to create brighter future!

"Because you're not getting any help from me."

laura k said...

Not true! He's offering platitudes. You can't get any better than that!

... Can you?

allan said...

TechCrunch:
"After Blocking Twitter, Egypt Reportedly Starts Restricting Access To Facebook"

Kev said...

Yemen,Algeria,Lebanon and Albania have also seen violent protests lately. People are beginning to march all throughout Europe,it appears that the people are reaching the point where they see no choice but to fight back.

We in N America are not immune from the forces causing this unrest, but have not yet reached our tipping point, but that day is coming

allan said...

NYT: "A day after tens of thousands of people marched in opposition to the nearly 30-year rule of President Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian authorities on Wednesday outlawed any new gatherings, saying protesters faced "immediate" arrest. ... The protest ban showed the extent to which the government had been rattled by the scale of the unusually large demonstrations."

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Talking Points Memo: "McConnell: If Obama Acts Like A Republican, We Can Negotiate With Him"

Ummm.......

laura k said...

Yesterday I was tipped off that you can watch live feeds here but by the time I got to it, it had been closed. It's worth checking in once in a while.

laura k said...

We in N America are not immune from the forces causing this unrest, but have not yet reached our tipping point, but that day is coming

The forces that cause the unrest, yes. The unrest itself, no. IMO.

Ofer said...

Obama urges people to create brighter future!

"Because you're not getting any help from me."


Do you really think the US should help? I think we have enough examples from history for what that "help" is and where it leads to.

I obviously have no idea if Mubarak will survive these uprising or not (but I would lean towards a yes, based on my very limited knowledge), but I do know that a lot of people in Israel are worried. From what I understand, the only strong and organized opposition in Egypt is the Muslim Brotherhood, and people are afraid of an Iran-style revolution and government, and a possible cancellation of the peace treaty.
Who knows, really? Definitely not me... and there's no doubt that there's very little good to say about Mubarak's regime.

laura k said...

Ofer, I think you might be misunderstanding the reference to Obama. His speech was the big State of the Union address to the US people. The theme was "people must create a brighter future". Allan's comment was an addendum to that, i.e., Obama to Americans, sink or swim on your own.

Re foreign policy, of course I do not think the US should "help". The long list of countries that have been "helped" - Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Guatemala, etc etc. - shows the results of that assistance.

allan said...

Allan's comment was an addendum to that, i.e., Obama to Americans, sink or swim on your own.

Right. He is too busy giving trillions of taxpayer money to super-rich people and going to war against a fourth (or is it a fifth at this point?) country in the Middle East. (So many brown people to murder, so little time.) Oh, and polishing his Nobel Peace Prize.

Ofer said...

Allan's comment was an addendum to that, i.e., Obama to Americans, sink or swim on your own.

Yep, that makes a lot more sense. In that case: platitudes to the people!