2011 begins with widespread revolt

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A dizzying array of events have transpired over the last few weeks, to the point that it’s hard to keep current and up to date. Here’s a collection of recent coverage (that is, in our honest editorial opinion, amongst the best):

Egypt:

Widespread Revolt Strikes Egypt

Widespread protests have struck Egypt, in what some are calling a “revolution.” These events fall on the heels of a revolution in Tunisia earlier this month which toppled the government there. Protests in Egypt have been met with violence from the authorities and government forces.

Tuesday developments:

  • Obama praises Egyptian military, but says nothing about Internet and phone disruptions
  • Tens of thousands turn out for protests today.
  • Abdel Haleem Kandeel, secretary of the Kefaya Movement, an Egyptian opposition group, says that there will be no negotiations or dialogue until Mubarak leaves.
  • Google launched a service for people in Egypt to send Twitter messages by dialing a phone number, no Internet connection needed. The following numbers are listed for people to use the service: +16504194196 or +390662207294 or +97316199855.
  • Details about the proposed rally planned for Tuesday – the so-called ‘march of a million people’: Organisers have told Al Jazeera that the march will start at Tahrir Square – the focal point of the protests in Cairo. The marchers are expected to pass the nearby Egyptian state television building before heading north-east, towards the presidential palace.

Monday developments:

  • Egyptian government has totally shut down Internet. Cell phones expected to be blocked on Tuesday. Rail service shut down.
  • Big convergence set on Tuesday for Tahrir Square.
  • Still no pressure from U.S. government on Mubarak regime.
  • 250,000 pack downtown Cairo for today’s general strike
  • Token numbers of police directing traffic at major intersections, but otherwise streets still controlled by army + ordinary citizens.
  • Opposition groups continue to call for a “million man march” and a general strike on Tuesday to commemorate one week since the protest movement began. Meanwhile, the military has reiterated that it will not attempt to hurt protesters.
  • New government sworn in, but Mubarak still in charge
  • Cairo: 200 people haven’t budged from the city’s central Tahrir square.
  • Al Jazeera’s English TV channel generally not available in the U.S.
  • Multiple confirmed reports from egyptians trying to withdraw funds from Egy Banks in Cairo: unable to get cash.
  • Doctors in Tahrir run out of basic supplies. Local mosque now temp hospital.
  • Nissan says it is halting Egypt production for one week.

Live Wires

*Al Jazeera Live Blog
*Twitter: Jan25 Voices
*Democracy Now!’s Sharif Kouddous on the Ground in Cairo, Egypt

Breaking News and Analysis

*Slavoj Žižek: Why fear the Arab revolutionary spirit?
*Who’s Behind Egypt’s Revolt?
*Egypt: Mubarak Departure Virtually Inevitable, But Then What?
*Democracy Now!’s Sharif Abdel Kouddous Live from Egypt: The Rebellion Grows Stronger
*Repression and Poverty Underpin the Uprising in Egypt
*Activists Built a Media Camp for Gathering Multimedia in the Tahrir Square
*Made In The USA: Tear Gas, Tanks, Helicopters, Rifles And Fighter Planes Used On Egypt Protesters
*Egyptians Defiant as Military Does Little to Quash Protests
*Templates for responding to excesses of an ally
*We’ve waited for this revolution for years. Other despots should quail
*“The people want the regime to fall” Reports from the Egyptian uprising
*Egyptian Activists’ Action Plan: Translated
*Egypt’s military in a quandary
*Today’s videos uploaded to Youtube
*Uprising in Egypt: “This is the Biggest Political Challenge the Regime Has Yet to See from the Streets”
*Juan Cole: “Egypt is a Praetorian Regime”
*Records of the strike in Egypt under Ramses III, c1155BC
*Egypt protests: America’s secret backing for rebel leaders behind uprising
*Photos from Egypt
*Protesters torch Egypt police post
*Egypt’s protests in social media
*Guardian Journalist Arrested and Beaten Alongside Protesters in Egypt, Secretly Records Ordeal
*Guardian Reporter Jack Shenker on Egypt Protests: “Fear Barrier Seems to Have Been Broken”
*Egyptian American Activist: Hillary Clinton Forgets to Mention Tear Gas, Tanks, Concussion Grenades Used Against Egyptian Protesters Are Made in the U.S.
*Egypt’s Day of Rage goes on. Is the world watching?

New site: The people want the regime to fall

Democracy crushes the proletariat in Egypt and everywhere

This booklet is a a one-page, double-sided legal sheet (8.5"x14"). Designed for easy reproduction and distribution. Distributed at Egyptian Solidarity demonstrations on Jan 29, 2011.

Tunisia:

Tunisia: the revolution is not over

The protests in North Africa: What’s happening?

Insurrection in North Africa: the story so far

Tunisia: the revolution will not be televised

Tunisia: Multitude in Revolt

The Tunisian Revolution: Initial Reflections

Notes on the Tunisian Revolution

More:

The Arab world is on fire: dialogue with a Syrian anarchist

For more updates from the global intifada, follow Ab Irato of Guerrilla News on Facebook (UPDATE! Account deleted! Censorship!) and Twitter.

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