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Egypt. by tucsonmike on 31 January 2011 12:12am
Surprised no one has posted on this.
Re: Egypt. by kazzzz on 31 January 2011 12:16am
Mike to be honest we haven't had loads of coverage on the situation here, it's still all about the floods and now cyclones.
Re: Egypt. by Loretto on 31 January 2011 1:22am
Hey mike and Kazzz I kind of mention about jack Shenker in the thread about fab journalists. Listen to the audio he managed to capture whilst being loaded into the back of a truck with 40 or so people and his blog goes into even more details.

They are saying on NBC that the instantaneous police withdrawal from the streetsmight have been due to a direct order so as to let the population see how good things were under government rule, also criminals were let out of prison, by who is unclear.
Re: Egypt. by tucsonmike on 31 January 2011 2:02am
I found tweets from a young lady who was a CNN intern and is now in Cairo. I support Mubarak for now, but not cause he is a nice guy.
Re: Egypt. by Loretto on 31 January 2011 2:07am
First Tunisia and now Egypt, dare I say it? What country will be next? Let's not forget the Ivory Coast and........the return of Baby Doc to Haiti! January has been a politically active month!
Re: Egypt. by bIG bLOGGER on 31 January 2011 3:00pm
The Egyptians have their own local "cyclones" to deal with; it's called a water cannon and it can give you a really good drenching such that all your previous high hopes and revolutionary fever start looking like a wet dog.

You can tell something bIG must be happening in Egypt when the BBC sends 3 of its best journalists there:
Wyre Davies,Jerusalem editor
Jeremy Bowen,Middle East editor
John Simpson,World Affairs editor

Al-Jazeera TV channel reports that thousands of prisoners broke out of the Wadi El Natrun correctional facility,100 miles north-west of Cairo.
Another 8,000 prisoners walked out of a jail in eastern Egypt. There are some suggestions that Mubarak himself organised these breakouts in order to spread anarchy,fear and disorder.

There are also reports that some of Mubarak's police thugs have been involved in looting and arson,which is taking place nightly.
Re: Egypt. by Loretto on 1 February 2011 1:17pm
Will Mubarack leave?


Is Jordan next?


Is Michael Palin still going to travel to Dubai I wonder?
Re: Egypt. by bIG bLOGGER on 1 February 2011 4:20pm
Is Jordan next??
--I don't know. With Katie Price anything is possible,who knows what she will do next?

King Abdullah of Jordan has today sacked his P.M.,the 44 year-old Palestinian,Samir Rifai,in the wake of lively street protests in Amman.
He will be replaced by General Marouf al-Bakhit,who has been asked to form a new government.

King of Jordan sacks government, appoints new prime minister

Re: Egypt. by Ellerd on 2 February 2011 4:17am
So... Mubarak won't contest the September elections. How long does it take for a dictator to groom his successor?

Re: Egypt. by bIG bLOGGER on 2 February 2011 2:51pm
President Mubarak should have done the decent thing,bowed to the wishes of the 1 million demonstrators,and departed.

Instead he has gone on to the offensive,sending his paid vigilante thugs on horses and camels into Tahrir Square to square up to the demonstrators and drive them physically from the Square.
Some cameramen have also been set upon.

What chance is there of democracy in Egypt in the foreseeable future??
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