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    Internet down, police counterterror unit out in Egypt

    This is some MAJOR stuff !!


    http://www2.tbo.com/content/2011/jan...it-out-in-egy/

    CAIRO — Internet service in Egypt was disrupted and the government deployed an elite special operations force in Cairo on Friday, hours before an anticipated new wave of anti-government protests.
    The developments were a sign that President Hosni Mubarak's regime was toughening its crackdown following the biggest protests in years against his nearly 30-year rule.
    The counter-terror force, rarely seen on the streets, took up positions in strategic locations, including central Tahrir Square, site of the biggest demonstrations this week.
    Facebook and Twitter have helped drive this week's protests. But by Thursday evening, those sites were disrupted, along with cell phone text messaging and BlackBerry Messenger services. Then the Internet went down.




    Tweetgrid set on "Egypt" and "Cairo"; (http://tweetgrid.com/grid?l=1&q1=Cairo&q2=Egypt ) reports coming in of army snipers firing on the people. Internet and Twitter out of Egypt blocked; however, some folks with relatives or friends in Egypt are trying to get word out.


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    More Egypt riots seen; Obama urges restraint

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    CAIRO - Violence escalated in two cites outside the capital Cairo yesterday where anti-government protesters torched a fire station and looted weapons that they then turned on police. Egypt's top democracy advocate declared he was ready to lead the campaign to oust longtime President Hosni Mubarak.
    In the flashpoint city of Suez, east of Cairo, witnesses said rioters firebombed the main fire station and firefighters jumped out windows to escape the flames. In the northern Sinai area of Sheik Zuweid, several hundred Bedouins and police exchanged gunfire, killing a 17-year-old boy. About 300 protesters surrounded a police station and fired two RPGs at it, damaging the walls.
    http://www.philly.com/dailynews/nati...restraint.html


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    Thanks for posting this. We used to live in Cairo.

    I don't understand all of the politics that go deeper than what we are seeing in the news, but DH and I were discussing it, and he understands Middle East policy much better than I do (it was his area of expertise for years and he spent many years working all around the region). He said that Mubarak is actually a very stabilizing force in the region. Of course there are issues in Egypt that need to be addressed, but DH says if Mubarak is replaced then it needs to be someone with the same sort of international diplomacy that Mubarak has, because the effects will go much further than Egypt if the wrong person takes over.

    Again, I'm really not into int'l politics so that's about as far as my knowledge goes. I love the Egyptian people and have very fond memories of our time there. I'll be hoping and praying it all works out somehow for the best.
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    These are desparate times in the world and many people have had enough. There were riots in Greece, Tunisia and parts of Africa, England, Ireland, Spain, France and other parts of Europe . I pray governments wake up to the needs of their people and this chaos stays away from our shores!
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    Quote Originally Posted by belimom View Post
    Thanks for posting this. We used to live in Cairo.
    DH says if Mubarak is replaced then it needs to be someone with the same sort of international diplomacy that Mubarak has, because the effects will go much further than Egypt if the wrong person takes over.
    That is what I was thinking .. if the wrong leader takes over it could all go up in smoke... I was listening to CNN and they said our people are still there in the Embassy.no news about their plans......

    With Mandela sick now and just got out of hospital that place is also a powder cage geeez ... duck and cover.
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    http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/Wor...red_In_Clashes

    Egypt: One Dead, Dozens Injured In Clashes



    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/ml_egypt_protest

    Egypt imposes night curfew after day of riots



    http://apnews.myway.com/article/20110128/D9L1BL7G1.html

    Cairo scene of violent chaos as protests escalate



    http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/20...28/135395.html

    Police members remove suits and join protests
    Egypt police struggle to crush anti-regime protests




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    http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/201...er=rss&emc=rss

    Latest Updates on Protests in Egypt

    10:33a.m.
    tear gas being fired directly at protesters on the streets of Cairo and plainclothes police beating one demonstrator with clubs:


    10:19a.m.
    armored personal carriers arrived


    10:12a.m.
    Mohammed ElBaradei has been placed under house arrest


    at 10:01a.m. it says Al Jeezera is showing live footage. But I just saw somewhere else that BBC, Al Jeezera reporters were attacked and CNN, etc., have had their cameras taken away and broken.


    THIS IS SERIOUS STUFF!

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    We do not need Iran to stick their big nose in this!

    fran


    http://cnsnews.com/news/article/iran...s-rival-egypt#

    Iranian Media Hail ‘Revolution’ in Iran's Rival, Egypt

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    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/01...-break-cairo/#

    Explosions, Gunfire Heard in Cairo as Protesters Defy Curfew


    It appears to be spreading.

    http://english.aljazeera.net/news/mi...57509196.html#

    Thousands protest in Jordan



    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/...70O3UW20110128

    Mubarak orders army to back police against unrest

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    Egyptian Military Deployed As Thousands Defy Curfew To Demand Mubarak Out
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUgpCPiyQ6E
    Uprising in Egypt 2 Dramatic Live Report [DemocracyNow!]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tw6pTlIRRQE
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    I don't think it's "We" that don't need Iran to stick their nose in it, but rather Iran itself. It wasn't that long ago that Iran had their own demonstrations (however, they are not a Democracy.)

    We have Tunisia, Yemen, Jordan and Syria getting VERY vocal in those territories.


    What needs to happen, and this is pretty clear to those that watch the region, stop with the brutal force from the political side. Retaliation (for what was once peaceful protest) allows the people to fall under the control and direction of those that do not have the best interest for anyone, other than agenda, in that area.
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    I guess it's a good thing that the people & the army seem to be 'peacefully' coexisting.

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    Protesters Storm Egyptian Tank - Egypt Protests - Special Broadcast Tonight

    Tonight at 7pm EST 4pm Pacific we will be doing a special on this ongoing situation. Tune in here
    http://www.blogtalkradio.com/theintel...

    Demonstrators in Cairo surrounded a military vehicle, but they were cheering the army, a respected institution in Egypt.
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    From what I understand, Mubarak has asked his government to step down; and, concurrently, the military has taken over Cairo. (ref: breaking news, Fox)

    This is sooooooo not good.

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    Nah, Mubarak is not going to step down. The military is there to protect the "interest" of the people.

    However, Mubarak's is firing his "cabinet" and an entire new crew is coming in.

    In the next 24-48 hours it's a good idea to watch the peoples reaction and the reaction of the military (not the cops/police force - they aren't coming back, if I had to take a wild guess).

    http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Are_there_US_troops_in_Egypt
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