Breaking news ‘Egypt is free! Egypt is free!’

UPDATE:   Here’s a link to the Al Jazeera English page with the video from Omar Sulieman on the resignation of Hosni Mubarak. (Scroll down a bit)

“It’s absolutely insane!”   Al Jazeera English correspondent in Tahrir Square.   You gotta watch Al Jazeera English.

I have to say – I am fucking impressed they got it done without a slaughter which I was so fearful would happen.

One story via ABC News.   Now the Egyptian people can decide what and when to do it.

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Redemption…..

The Revolution Continues in Egypt

Egyptian Army Statement on “our great people”

As per Reuters:

CAIRO Jan 31 (Reuters) – The army said on Monday it would not use force against Egyptians staging protests demanding President Hosni Mubarak step down, a statement said.

It said “freedom of expressionwas guaranteed to all citizens using peaceful means.

It was the first such explicit confirmation by the army that it would not fire at demonstrators who have taken to the streets of Egypt since last week to try to force Mubarak to quit.

“The presence of the army in the streets is for your sake and to ensure your safety and wellbeing.  The armed forces will not resort to use of force against our great people,” the army statement said.

“Your armed forces, who are aware of the legitimacy of your demands and are keen to assume their responsibility in protecting the nation and the citizens, affirms that freedom of expression through peaceful means is guaranteed to everybody.”

It urged people not resort to acts of sabotage that violate security and destroy public and private property.   It warned that it would not allow outlaws and to loot, attack and “terrorise citizens”.

(Writing by Samia Nakhoul, Editing by Alison Williams)

About that Military Aid

This morning while watching  ‘This Week’ with Christiane Amanpour – who is in Cairo, by the way – she reported jets flying overhead, and in fact you could hear them.  They were quite loud, widely circling the part of Cairo near Tafrir Square  not far from the Nile River.  At one point the camera did focus on the jets circling.  These same jets had already come up via Twitter.  By then Al-Jazeera English (AJE) was up and running on my computer and the video below is a bit of what I saw live on AJE.   The Nation magazine has Sharif Kouddous in Cairo, live blogging reports.

A helicopter hovered overhead and two military fighter jets made repeated flybys, coming in at a lower altitude each time until the noise became deafening. Whatever the intended message, the crowd was not intimidated. They cheered, held up victory signs and waved in defiance. After emerging victorious in Friday’s battle with the interior ministry’s forces, there is little that can quell the enthusiasm of the Egyptian people or their full-throated call for change.

Two things: 1) The intimidation factor undoubtedly directed towards the demonstrators and protesters by an autocratic government.  2) Nothing illustrates more the influence of the United States than those goddamned jets.  They are made for Egypt.  Again – that military aid comes up.

Lockheed Martin Corp is building 20 new advanced F-16C/D fighter aircraft for Egypt. The final Egyptian F-16 under contract is to be delivered in 2013, joining the 240 Egypt already has purchased, according to Lockheed Martin, the Pentagon’s biggest supplier by sales.

Egypt was the first Arab country to buy F-16s, widely viewed as a symbol of political and security ties with the United States.

Where in the World is …. Egypt?

Below is a screen shot from America’s ‘most beloved’ network illustrating for its viewers where Egypt might be.  Now how confusing it must be for other fucking idiots when trying to find Iraq on a goddamned map.  And did NO ONE wonder where the Suez Canal was located? And how is it that Egypt would have (or had) its troops at the border of Israel, especially when stuck over between Iran, Syria and Saudi Arabia?

Rage Day in Egypt

It’s not abating any that I can see.  Twitter has erupted. Here’s some pics from Suez .

The Egyptian interior ministry issued a warning of “decisive measures“to be undertaken with protests tomorrow, the 28th.  It’s already Friday in Egypt – morning, I believe.

‘Crazy Uncle Joe’ Biden has weighed in on Mubarek; he’s not a dictator.  Watched this tonight and damned near threw the cat across the room.  And I like Joe Biden.  It doesn’t mean he’s correct – he isn’t.

In an exclusive interview with the NewsHour, Vice President Joe Biden told Jim Lehrer Thursday afternoon that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, the target of anti-government demonstrations in Cairo, is someone he knows “fairly well” and does not consider to be a dictator. But the “time has come for President Mubarak to begin to move in the direction of being more responsive to some of the needs of the people out there.”

Yeah, thanks Joe. Continue reading