Egypt, right now!

I don't know how to start writing this. I have been battling fatigue for not sleeping properly for the past 10 days, moving from one's friend house to another friend's house, almost never spending a night in my home, facing a very well funded and well organized ruthless regime that views me as nothing but an annoying bug that its time to squash will come. The situation here is bleak to say the least.

It didn't start out that way. On Tuesday Jan 25 it all started peacefully, and against all odds, we succeeded to gather hundreds of thousands and get them into Tahrir Square, despite being attacked by Anti-Riot Police who are using sticks, tear gas and rubber bullets against us. We managed to break all of their barricades and situated ourselves in Tahrir. The government responded by shutting down all cell communication in Tahrir square, a move which purpose was understood later when after midnight they went in with all of their might and attacked the protesters and evacuated the Square. The next day we were back at it again, and the day after. Then came Friday and we braved their communication blackout, their thugs, their tear gas and their bullets and we retook the square. We have been fighting to keep it ever since.

That night the government announced a military curfew, which kept getting shorter by the day, until it became from 8 am to 3 pm. People couldn't go to work, gas was running out quickly and so were essential goods and money, since the banks were not allowed to operate and people were not able to collect their salary. The internet continued to be blocked, which affected all businesses in Egypt and will cause an economic meltdown the moment they allow the banks to operate again. We were being collectively punished for daring to say that we deserve democracy and rights, and to keep it up, they withdrew the police, and then sent them out dressed as civilians to terrorize our neighborhoods. I was shot at twice that day, one of which with a semi-automatic by a dude in a car that we the people took joy in pummeling. The government announced that all prisons were breached, and that the prisoners somehow managed to get weapons and do nothing but randomly attack people. One day we had organized thugs in uniforms firing at us and the next day they disappeared and were replaced by organized thugs without uniforms firing at us. Somehow the people never made the connection.

Despite it all, we braved it. We believed we are doing what's right and were encouraged by all those around us who couldn't believe what was happening to their country. What he did galvanized the people, and on Tuesday, despite shutting down all major roads leading into Cairo, we managed to get over 2 million protesters in Cairo alone and 3 million all over Egypt to come out and demand Mubarak's departure. Those are people who stood up to the regime's ruthlessness and anger and declared that they were free, and were refusing to live in the Mubarak dictatorship for one more day. That night, he showed up on TV, and gave a very emotional speech about how he intends to step down at the end of his term and how he wants to die in Egypt, the country he loved and served. To me, and to everyone else at the protests this wasn't nearly enough, for we wanted him gone now. Others started asking that we give him a chance, and that change takes time and other such poppycock. Hell, some people and family members cried when they saw his speech. People felt sorry for him for failing to be our dictator for the rest of his life and inheriting us to his Son. It was an amalgam of Stockholm syndrome coupled with slave mentality in a malevolent combination that we never saw before. And the Regime capitalized on it today.

Today, they brought back the internet, and started having people calling on TV and writing on facebook on how they support Mubarak and his call for stability and peacefull change in 8 months. They hung on to the words of the newly appointed government would never harm the protesters, whom they believe to be good patriotic youth who have a few bad apples amongst them. We started getting calls asking people to stop protesting because "we got what we wanted" and "we need the country to start working again". People were complaining that they miss their lives. That they miss going out at night, and ordering Home Delivery. That they need us to stop so they can resume whatever existence they had before all of this. All was forgiven, the past week never happened and it's time for Unity under Mubarak's rule right now.

To all of those people I say: NEVER! I am sorry that your lives and businesses are disrupted, but this wasn't caused by the Protesters. The Protesters aren't the ones who shut down the internet that has paralyzed your businesses and banks: The government did. The Protesters weren't the ones who initiated the military curfew that limited your movement and allowed goods to disappear off market shelves and gas to disappear: The government did. The Protesters weren't the ones who ordered the police to withdraw and claimed the prisons were breached and unleashed thugs that terrorized your neighborhoods: The government did. The same government that you wish to give a second chance to, as if 30 years of dictatorship and utter failure in every sector of government wasn't enough for you. The Slaves were ready to forgive their master, and blame his cruelty on those who dared to defy him in order to ensure a better Egypt for all of its citizens and their children. After all, he gave us his word, and it's not like he ever broke his promises for reform before or anything.

Then Mubarak made his move and showed them what useful idiots they all were.

You watched on TV as "Pro-Mubarak Protesters" – thugs who were paid money by NDP members by admission of High NDP officials- started attacking the peaceful unarmed protesters in Tahrir square. They attacked them with sticks, threw stones at them, brought in men riding horses and camels- in what must be the most surreal scene ever shown on TV- and carrying whips to beat up the protesters. And then the Bullets started getting fired and Molotov cocktails started getting thrown at the Anti-Mubarak Protesters as the Army standing idly by, allowing it all to happen and not doing anything about it. Dozens were killed, hundreds injured, and there was no help sent by ambulances. The Police never showed up to stop those attacking because the ones who were captured by the Anti-mubarak people had police ID's on them. They were the police and they were there to shoot and kill people and even tried to set the Egyptian Museum on Fire. The Aim was clear: Use the clashes as pretext to ban such demonstrations under pretexts of concern for public safety and order, and to prevent disunity amongst the people of Egypt. But their plans ultimately failed, by those resilient brave souls who wouldn't give up the ground they freed of Egypt, no matter how many live bullets or firebombs were hurled at them. They know, like we all do, that this regime no longer cares to put on a moderate mask. That they have shown their true nature. That Mubarak will never step down, and that he would rather burn Egypt to the ground than even contemplate that possibility.

In the meantime, State-owned and affiliated TV channels were showing coverage of Peaceful Mubarak Protests all over Egypt and showing recorded footage of Tahrir Square protest from the night before and claiming it's the situation there at the moment. Hundreds of calls by public figures and actors started calling the channels saying that they are with Mubarak, and that he is our Father and we should support him on the road to democracy. A veiled girl with a blurred face went on Mehwer TV claiming to have received funding by Americans to go to the US and took courses on how to bring down the Egyptian government through protests which were taught by Jews. She claimed that AlJazeera is lying, and that the only people in Tahrir square now were Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas. State TV started issuing statements on how the people arrested Israelis all over Cairo engaged in creating mayhem and causing chaos. For those of you who are counting this is an American-Israeli-Qatari-Muslim Brotherhood-Iranian-Hamas conspiracy. Imagine that. And MANY PEOPLE BOUGHT IT. I recall telling a friend of mine that the only good thing about what happened today was that it made clear to us who were the idiots amongst our friends. Now we know.

Now, just in case this isn't clear: This protest is not one made or sustained by the Muslim Brotherhood, it's one that had people from all social classes and religious background in Egypt. The Muslim Brotherhood only showed up on Tuesday, and even then they were not the majority of people there by a long shot. We tolerated them there since we won't say no to fellow Egyptians who wanted to stand with us, but neither the Muslims Brotherhood not any of the Opposition leaders have the ability to turn out one tenth of the numbers of Protesters that were in Tahrir on Tuesday. This is a revolution without leaders. Three Million individuals choosing hope instead of fear and braving death on hourly basis to keep their dream of freedom alive. Imagine that.

The End is near. I have no illusions about this regime or its leader, and how he will pluck us and hunt us down one by one till we are over and done with and 8 months from now will pay people to stage fake protests urging him not to leave power, and he will stay "because he has to acquiesce to the voice of the people". This is a losing battle and they have all the weapons, but we will continue fighting until we can't. I am heading to Tahrir right now with supplies for the hundreds injured, knowing that today the attacks will intensify, because they can't allow us to stay there come Friday, which is supposed to be the game changer. We are bringing everybody out, and we will refuse to be anything else than peaceful. If you are in Egypt, I am calling on all of you to head down to Tahrir today and Friday. It is imperative to show them that the battle for the soul of Egypt isn't over and done with. I am calling you to bring your friends, to bring medical supplies, to go and see what Mubarak's gurantees look like in real life. Egypt needs you. Be Heroes.

315 Comments on Egypt, right now!

  1. ozay today
    February 3, 2011 at 7:28 am

    hey ive been following you this whole time on twitter thanks for the updates , much love from the USA

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  2. Faisal
    February 3, 2011 at 7:33 am

    Mubarak and his dogs will be made to pay through the sacrifice of all the Egyptians who gave their lives and risked their personal safety for the good of the whole country.

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  3. Tor
    February 3, 2011 at 7:37 am

    And from Norway

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  4. Susan
    February 3, 2011 at 7:39 am

    Sorry I could not afford to give you a little more – but I did want you to know how much so many of us care about what happens to you.

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  5. snufkin
    February 3, 2011 at 7:40 am

    I’ve been following you on twitter too. Don’t give up. The world is watching.

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  6. Steve
    February 3, 2011 at 7:41 am

    Following u on twitter – retweeting to my small list of followers. Keep your head high – we are with you in spirit!

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  7. peripeton
    February 3, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Do not be deterred. All conscious humans of this planet are with you, behind you and are inspired by you. You are writing history. Not Egypt history; world history. This is the first leaderless revolution of all times. Keep it this way and you will prevail, we will prevail.

    You will see that in a few weeks the wind of freedom will be blowing in the whole area.

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  8. CWKhalil
    February 3, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Stay Strong !!! …. You Have Our Support !!!
    Don’t you dare give up !!!

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  9. Linda
    February 3, 2011 at 7:45 am

    your all heroes.
    I wanted to tell you that the world doesnt seem to buy his plan. In media there are alot of people describing the pro-mubarak people just as you do, they seem to see who they really are – the police and people that are being payed to support mubarak. I do what i can to spread the word, and i hope you feel the worlds support for you. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for doing this – and the updates here!
    love from Sweden

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  10. JoeSchmoe
    February 3, 2011 at 7:45 am

    Keep up the good work, and know this, the whole entire world is watching and can see mubarak for the decrepit, pathetic, coward that he is. His checkmate is imminent, stay strong! I’m not sure how I can help from so far away, but somehow you guys need to win over the armies foot soldiers. They WILL be on your side, you can see that they’re sympathetic to your cause. Fight the regime smarter!

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  11. aat
    February 3, 2011 at 7:45 am

    the world commends you and the whole pro democrats for a job well done, although the fight for freedom is not yet through, Egypt will have it soon…yesterday’s turmoil was Mubarak’s last desperate move…don’t give up..the world is praying for the goodness and stability in Egypt.

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  12. Raf
    February 3, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Great read and fhe people must not allow mubarak to lead for another day. We are having our own protest here in atlanta in front of the cnn head quarters saturday. I’ve been following this unlike anything before in my life. -a bangladeshi pro democry 4 egupt supporter from atlanta, usa.

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  13. The Dajanis
    February 3, 2011 at 7:51 am

    My husband and I have been following you and others on twitter since last Friday.. we’ve been practically glued to our couch with our laptop, smartphones and AlJazeera on too LOL. I always tell people I’m Palestinian (my husband is, and i’m just a wannabe lol) but since January 25 I am proud to tell people I am Egyptian. We so wished to be there with you guys, but it’s because of the Egyptian corrupt regime my husband is not allowed to enter Egypt *sigh* anyway…Allah m3akum ya shabab musr!

    Love and Peace

    Dajani’s, The Netherlands

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  14. Beth
    February 3, 2011 at 7:53 am

    I recall telling a friend of mine that the only good thing about what happened today was that it made clear to us who were the idiots amongst our friends. Now we know.

    I feel the same way about a bunch of my friends based on the bullshit they’re taking as fact, too. Go figure. People believe what they want to believe, I guess. It’s easier than challenging one’s own preconceptions.

    You’re in my prayers, my dear friend; I am in awe of your courage. I’m also worried sick about you!!! Please try to at least take a little time to get a little sleep, you can do that, right? You’ll be stronger for this struggle if you have had some rest, and there are too many people who really do give a shit about you and what you’re doing – but mostly about YOU. So be careful, okay? I don’t even like to say it, but you know, I’d like for you to be around to enjoy what I fervently pray are the GOOD results of all this work. xoxoxo

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  15. American
    February 3, 2011 at 7:55 am

    “A veiled girl with a blurred face went on Mehwer TV claiming to have received funding by Americans to go to the US and took courses on how to bring down the Egyptian government through protests which were taught by Jews. ”

    If someone can distribute this clip and subtitle it, Mubarak will lose his international support.

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  16. Rania
    February 3, 2011 at 7:55 am

    good luck our Arab brothers… you are heroes… take care and stand for what you believe in… forgive us .. the rest of the Arabs for watching you die!!! but hope that we too will become as fearless as you…
    Allah ye7mekom ya ab6al

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  17. Margie Nelsen
    February 3, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Prayers are with you for safety and victory. May Jesus watch over you.

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  18. hidup sihat
    February 3, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Your twitter updates are greatly appreciated. Stand strong SandMonkey, stand strong Egypt. For today, we are all Egyptians. Mubarak will go down.

    -Love, Malaysian.

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  19. Kim
    February 3, 2011 at 7:58 am

    Stay safe, don’t give up, the momentum has started and will lead to greater freedoms.

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  20. CS
    February 3, 2011 at 8:00 am

    LONG LIVE THE EGYPTIAN REVOLUTION! Hearing Egyptians saying they are willing to die for freedom is beyond inspiring. Millions of Americans (including me) are with you too.

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  21. InZenith
    February 3, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Don’t give up the fight. Now is the time for every democrat, freedom loving person in Egypt to go out on the streets.

    Don’t stop till you win. We stand in solidarity, here in Greece.

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  22. Dalia ALkassar
    February 3, 2011 at 8:03 am

    I wish i was with you. God bless you man! much respect and love.

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  23. Shahla
    February 3, 2011 at 8:06 am

    Thank you so much for updating us! I just want you to know that we are all watching and supporting you! Many of us here in Azerbaijan are watching you day and night live, sending and forwarding posts, signing petitions to support you. I am sorry that there’s not much we can do for you now. Stay strong and don’t give up! The world’s heart is beating with you!

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  24. BanglarPain
    February 3, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Don’t give up! We had our independence in 1971 when the rest of the world was against us. Millions died but we didn give up. Make history!

    Love from Bangladesh

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  25. Geoff from Mississippi
    February 3, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Keep the faith, my brother! Praying for you all! God be with you!

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  26. David
    February 3, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Canada Supports you! Prayers with you all! Revolution a-waits!

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  27. truus
    February 3, 2011 at 8:12 am

    thanks for everything, the family of my husband lives in Cairo, next the other media I read also your twitter, and now i know whats happening overthere.

    again thanks.

    greetings from holland

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  28. Camillia
    February 3, 2011 at 8:12 am

    I am an American, but my father is Egyptian. He was out on the streets in 77 protesting against Sadat and left for the US when Mubarak took power in 81, fed up with corruption and tired of the political apathy amongst the people. He has always instilled within me pride for his homeland and this past week, I have felt that pride swell within my heart – I am so proud to be Egyptian! I am incredibly inspired by your bravery and your willingness to fight for something that, as an American, I take for granted every day. Please do not give up this fight!!!

    It absolutely heart breaking that people are so easily fooled by Mubarak’s games – some of my own cousins have taken the “we just want things to go back to normal” stance. How can people so easily give up, when so many people have lost their lives? What they can’t seem to understand is it WILL NEVER go back to normal, and they should be grateful that it won’t. I am praying for the safety of the incredibly brave protesters in Tahrir – but I am praying even harder that you won’t ever give up. You deserve the basic human rights granted to all Americans – you deserve democracy!

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  29. 29Victor
    February 3, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Demanding freedom for a couple of days and then giving up after a little violence and a few sweet words? Disgusting. No free country became free without hard work, determination, sacrifice and blood.

    Thank you so much for your work Sandmonkey, but your fellow citizens are unworthy of you. Slaves? They are indeed, and worse they are children – running back to the safety of the daddy who beats them. And fools, wanting the blessings of freedom without earning them.

    We prayed for your people tonight in church. The entire free world is praying for you. We’ve been looking on the Egyptian people with respect and awe, but if they give up now, we’ll know that they were only angry children and not who we thought they were at all.

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  30. Tom Lievens
    February 3, 2011 at 8:14 am

    I’m following your blog and your tweets. I can only express my support and at the same time my anger for the way these events take place. I’m writing the last two days my columns in a Belgian paper basing me on al Jazeera and your info. Keep up the spirits. I go on spreading your cause and words.

    Tom

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  31. Mona
    February 3, 2011 at 8:17 am

    I just want to say to each and every word: FUCK YEAH! I agree 100% with every word written. Stay strong and fight–we are behind you.

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  32. or bareket
    February 3, 2011 at 8:20 am

    keep it up!

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  33. Lobna
    February 3, 2011 at 8:20 am

    I’m in tears…speechless…

    Just to say we know man, we understand, you are not alone.

    From Istanbul

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  34. Jonathan Levy
    February 3, 2011 at 8:21 am

    I’m also part of the large crowd following you on twitter.

    Please remember to take care of yourself, Sandmonkey. It is a noble thing to struggle against tyranny, but even a noble cause has both necessary risks and foolish risks.

    Take care of yourself.

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  35. nasron qadem
    February 3, 2011 at 8:22 am

    ala ina nasra allahi qareeb. keep your head high.Our prayers for you..

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  36. Shereef
    February 3, 2011 at 8:23 am

    I have always hated you man when I used to blog, we differ on many things and I am not really your biggest fan, BUT and this is a huge but here, this post rocks. And those who want to believe the Egypt TV shit are nothing but scared little beings.

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  37. Tom
    February 3, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Keep it up – you’re doing an amazing job

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  38. Terry
    February 3, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Thank you for taking the time to share your story with the world as it is truly inspiring. The people of your revolution are in our thoughts and prayers.

    True democracy should be feared by the government as it gives its citizens something powerful, a voice. It is worth fighting for, worth dying for. Be safe.

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  39. Jan
    February 3, 2011 at 8:24 am

    As so many others i have been following you on Twitter and i am deeply sympathetic with your cause. Keep fighting and you shall prevail.
    Support from Germany.

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  40. California Nana
    February 3, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Most people recognize the truth when they see it. Thank you for your honest and heartfelt account. Eyes all over the world are on you, hearts and minds are with you, wishing you victory and freedom. None of us know how this will turn out, but know now that you have already made a difference in the world. Truly, this is amazing.

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  41. kathy
    February 3, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Have been following you guys to some degree for a while, 24/7 since last week. Please know that the world supports you even if our govts don’t. You have already made history.
    Rabenna ma ek…

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  42. Anonymous
    February 3, 2011 at 8:28 am

    “and to prevent disunity amongst the people of Egypt.” – probably meant “unity” and not “disunity” here, right?

    Other than that, good luck, whereever you are, brave and peaceful demonstrators!

    PS: Also, when you get some time, you might want to rethink your blogrolling of Pamela Geller and Gatewaypundit.

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  43. canuckuk
    February 3, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Much love and support to the Egyptian people. You are very inspirational and have my complete respect. Stay brave. X

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  44. Michael Handy
    February 3, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Posting from Australia. We can do little from so far away, but we are running Tor nodes, protesting in solidarity, and writing our representatives. We can only image what it must be like in a country where all services have been paralysed, to have little food and to have to stay awake to protect your homes. But you must continue, the world is with you, and should you succeed in securing your freedom, the whole middle east will follow you. Every ordinary person is cheering you on, and every Dictator and Kleptocrat is shaking in fear of your victory.

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  45. opinionatedhijabi
    February 3, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Sandmonkey… I found your blog years ago… perhaps 2005. I’ve laughed, disagreed, and looked forward to your posts.

    I never loved you more than today. Take care, keep letting us know. thanks for the blogs… over & over speaking your mind.

    My heart is with you. I can’t sleep, I’m not sure how I can go to class when Egypt is so torn… But I do, and I’m with you all the way. We’re talking about Egytp on the bus, on the train, at the coffee shop, in the university and everywhere.

    Thank you & take care… I’m looking forward to you next post.

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  46. caroline
    February 3, 2011 at 8:39 am

    big up from germany!

    all my love and support,

    caroline

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  47. Who-sane
    February 3, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Indeed, a very moving post. I hope you guys are all ok there.

    You’re all setting an example for how democracy in the Middle East should be. Apologize for stating the obvious here, but the result of what you guys have done, and continue to do, is immense!

    You are not just setting records straight in Egypt, it’s the entire region that’s watching close and taking notes! One can only wish he’s part of this and I can contribute to this historic event.

    Raise your head up high Egyptians. True protagonists. True heroes.

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  48. Sean D
    February 3, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Courage my friends.. Courage.. the world is watching you

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  49. slappymcgroundout (Paul)
    February 3, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Thanks for the update. Hang in there my friend. And be as safe as you can, circumstance permitting. You know what I mean.

    Let me leave you with:

    If you are to be a flower,
    then be one that always faces the sun
    If you want to be a rock,
    then try to be a precious stone
    And if it is a bird that inspires you,
    then by all means be a white dove
    But if you are to be a real human being,
    then you must become a revolutionary.

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  50. Agape
    February 3, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Thank you for your commitment to non violence, your commitment to freedom and democracy for your people, all people. I am “elder” in the United States; and am not proud of the part our government and the multinational weapons industry has played in funding the government of Mubarak. These elder patriarchs are grasping to hold onto their power, and have no concern for the well being or the future of all people. I support what you present as your values. I will pray for your safety, and the safety of all of the youth who are standing with you. The future is yours, and you will inherit the world we are leaving you. Be brave and stay the course, knowing elders such as myself feel hope in your actions. I will do what I can to support you.

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  51. Tommy Funebo
    February 3, 2011 at 8:44 am

    It is of course deeply tragic with unnecessary suffering and death on the streets of al-Q?hira, but an important question needs to be addressed right now: Is Egypt better off with president Mubarak or being run by Al-Ikhw?n Al-Muslim?n?

    There were a lot of well founded grievances and democratic sentiments in Iran 1979 too. Socialists, democrats, royalists, feminists and many other have since then perished in the many thousands in prisons in that country ever since that time. The geopolitical implications have been monumental.

    Vestigia terrent.

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  52. yona
    February 3, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Keep the good work and keep safe

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  53. yona
    February 3, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Keep the good work and keep safe

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  54. Tommy Funebo
    February 3, 2011 at 8:47 am

    It is of course deeply tragic with unnecessary suffering and death on the streets of al-Q?hira, but an important question needs to be addressed right now: Is Egypt better off with president Mubarak or being run by Al-Ikhw?n Al-Muslim?n?

    There were a lot of well founded grievances and democratic sentiments in Iran 1979 too. Socialists, democrats, royalists, feminists and many other have since then perished in the many thousands in prisons in that country ever since that time. The geopolitical implications have been monumental.

    Vestigia terrent.

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  55. Wael
    February 3, 2011 at 8:47 am

    mubarak’s regime is corrupt. the people sending thugs to attack the protestors are from this regime. the stupid girl on al mehwar talking about being trained by jews in usa is hired by the regime. no doubt about all that.

    however, i am also convinced that staying in tahrir until mubarak is out isn’t the solution.

    the regime is not mubarak alone, it is a group of hundreds of people who will not disappear in one day (or week). it has to be done gradually.

    mubarak promised infront of the whole world that he will not run for presidency again…unlike many promises he did before, this one can’t be broken since the whole world witnessed it and 7 months won’t be enough time for them to forget…he is too old anyways and it might have been possible that he wasn’t gonna run in the first place and was preparing gamal for presidency…gamal is out of the question completely today as well as all the other NDP heads, the egyptians hate the NDP today more than ever.

    staying in tahrir until mubarak leaves isn’t a practical solution because the regime will still be in control after he is gone. and asking for the whole regime to be replaced today isn’t practical either because the egyptian people aren’t united as they were before 25th of january. the majority of the egyptian people are pleased with mubarak’s last speech and want him to stay until the elections and then get out of here. the majority of the egyptian people think this will keep the country more stable since mubarak’s successor isn’t obvious yet. we think that if mubarak’ whole regime is gone today people will be divided between the Muslim Brotherhood, AlBaradei, Amr Moussa, or other politicians. I assure you if elections were made today and mubarak wasn’t running for presidency then the muslim brotherhood are gonna win hands down. they are united, unlike the rest of the egyptian public who’s votes will be divided upon the rest of the candidates leaving the MB with the highest vote count.

    that’s not what we want.

    we want a chance for more candidates to appear on to the scene because frankly, today they all suck. this will only happen if people get a chance to prepare for the elections. i.e. to accept mubarak’s last speech which pleases most of his opposition as well as his supporters.

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  56. Martin
    February 3, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Have been skipping work the past 4 days, living with al jazeeras webstreaming. I wish the rest of the world could do more, and did more, to help you.

    Getting the government state TV propaganda out to the rest of the world would indeed be a good thing, to completely show even people in denial in the rest of the world what is really going on.
    I followed the Iranian youth uprising of 2009 closely as well, and all I can say is that it is becoming old. The dictatorships suppression of especially the arabic/middle eastern youths aspirations for living a better life, free of oppression and random arrest, beating, rape and torture, are commendable.
    I also believe the autocrats are fighting a losing battle due to the demographic situation throughout the region.

    I do not believe in a God, but I sincerely wish that you are reinforced today by thousands upon thousands of people, and that the at least low level officers of the military on site start having a little bit of courage and forcefully protect your right to peaceful demonstrations, which they no doubt have born witness to this past time. They should no doubt in their mind who’s doing what.

    Deep sympathies, truly in awe of your courage.

    Keep yourselves on the defensive, someone manage to get out some state TV propaganda and I hope the rest of the Internet audience take care of spreading your message and making sure their governments understand what’s going on, and give you whatever support that you require.

    Peace from Sweden!

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  57. Martin
    February 3, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Correction: “The dictatorships suppression of especially the arabic/middle eastern youths aspirations for living a better life, free of oppression and random arrest, beating, rape and torture, are deplorable.” (of course, tired, about to fall asleep).

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  58. Simone
    February 3, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Don’t worry, the rest of the world is not buying Mubaraks shit, people in Germany start calling him “Nero” for burning his own country.

    Keep it up, you are so brave!

    Love from germany

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  59. Anonymous
    February 3, 2011 at 8:56 am

    I totally support you. My brother works in the Kasr El Ainy hospital. He has told me about terrible things that he has seen and that are not shown in the news. This situation is terrible. Some of the injured looters confessed having been paid 50 euros and having been given a blanket and a meal to do all this.

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  60. mangar
    February 3, 2011 at 8:57 am

    See you at the other side of the revolution. :)
    Your passion for freedom is truly inspiring.
    Godspeed and be safe.

    mangar (israel)

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  61. getachew
    February 3, 2011 at 8:58 am

    i hope you will be the one and the first to feel the taste of wind of freedom …. go ahead ! stand well , this is getachew in ethiopia

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  62. Hamma47
    February 3, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Your are one of those brave hearts of which one day Egypt and all Arabs will be very proud of. Believe me that! Sooner or later!
    During the Jasmine Revolution In Tunisia we have been repeating what our famous brave heart poet Abou Alkasem Achabbi during the french occupation wrote:”When people love to live in dignity, destiny would have to obey!” Much true. All the very very best to you all, fighters for freedom and dignity!

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  63. Rechavia Berman
    February 3, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Thanks for the twitter updates. You and Sultan al-Qassemi and Mona al-Tahawi are performing better journalism than all the high paid fuckwads from the networks. Thanks for your courage. I’m an Israeli and I want Egypt to have its freedom. I for one am not afraid of a free Egypt.

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  64. Rhea
    February 3, 2011 at 9:01 am

    We in South Africa are behind you brave men and women in Egypt!
    Stay strong and fight for the democracy you so deserve!

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  65. baki billah
    February 3, 2011 at 9:01 am

    watching tv and following on twitter for las 7 days without break

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  66. Anna
    February 3, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Hang in there Sandmonkey – Perhaps not all hope is lost. I think Mubarak showed his hand too fast yesterday – it looks like he panicked.
    We were giddy with joy Tuesday night, now we are thinking of you and trying to make sure our media and politicians don’t stop paying attention.

    Oh and Sandmonkey – hope you have good contingency plans in case of arrest.

    Btw do pol know if Mubaraks sonny is in London? If so is his address really 35 Wilton place? Might be paying him a small visit then so that he doesn’t feel too welcome.

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  67. Katie
    February 3, 2011 at 9:12 am

    And in Australia, I am watching you too. Good luck.

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  68. Kári
    February 3, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Solidarity from iceland!

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  69. Mahmoud A.
    February 3, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Your stalwart support for change and revolution is inspiring to all of us in the United States. We are seeing a new dawn, a new day, and Egypt shall be FREE.

    You are in my dua’s and I will do all that I can to support you. Egypt *SHALL* be FREE.

    Tahya Masr! Tahya Masr!

    Mahmoud A.

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  70. Pope Epopt
    February 3, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Huge admiration here in Ireland for the courage and tenacity of the Egyptians. We try to get the word out. Some reports here that the army is turning against Mubarak.

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  71. Zer0_II
    February 3, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Greetings from the United States. I also wanted you to know that the rest of the world is watching the situation that is going on Egypt. I have been watching Al Jazeera almost non-stop, attempting to gain a better understanding of the situation. I hope that you succeed in finally pushing the tyrant out of power on Friday. To be honest I do not understand why you didn’t march to the presidential palace after you had managed to gather roughly 2 million people. This is the disadvantage of a leaderless revolution in my opinion. A strong leader would have recognized the fact that the movement had reached a critical point, and momentum was on the side of the protesters. It is obvious that Mubarak is not simply going to leave on his own accord. You must force him to act. You have already faced live ammunition, clubs, knives, and fire, and have certainly paid a heavy price already. If you do not want those sacrifices to have been in vain, then you need to deliver the final blow to Mubarak. The rest of the world can only do so much. We can hope, pray and support you in every way we know how, but we can not act for you. Egyptians need to stand up and take their freedom. It will not be an easy fight, that is for sure, but it will be worth it for those living in Egypt now, as well as the generations to come.

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  72. jhfuwg35tgev43
    February 3, 2011 at 9:19 am

    People around the world are sympathetic to the Egyptians’ desire for economic and political freedom.

    It might be helpful to you if you had stronger international support – more pressure on mubarak from other nations. If you can tell the world what your goals are, it might help you get more of that support.

    You want Mubarak to step down. Is that all? Why do you expect his replacement to be better and not worse?

    Do you want a new constitution for Egypt? Do you expect the Muslim brotherhood to give you economic and political freedom after they hijack your revolution? How do you plan to prevent the Muslim brotherhood from taking over?

    Also, do the Egyptian people understand that the economic problems of Egypt are the lack of economic freedom. To become wealthy people have to have the freedom the start businesses, to export, to import, and to hire and fire workers, to set prices according to market forces.

    Instead of protesting Mubarak why don’t you demand a something he might be willing to do – that he give Egyptians economic freedom, rather than something he won’t do – giving up personal power?

    Your article here sounds like you just have a personal grudge against Mubarak. Maybe that is justified but if you want the rest of the world to support you, you need to explain what you plan to happen after Mubarak goes.

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  73. Olaf
    February 3, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Go in peace. Be the change.

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  74. goblinbox
    February 3, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Stay safe, keep it up, I am thinking of you all every single day, and telling everyone who will listen what’s happening there. US media is covering the situation poorly (as it always does with int’l news) but we have access to information if we only look for it. Many of us are with you in spirit.

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  75. Simsim
    February 3, 2011 at 9:25 am

    All I can say is you’re a national hero. PLEASE don’t give up. I really wish I could donate more. You’re an inspiration to the entire world and this is the stage of the revolution that matters the most. It’s a crossroads most of the successful and unsuccessful ones take. The future of Egypt is still in your hands.

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  76. JoeSettler
    February 3, 2011 at 9:27 am

    We in Israel are hoping and praying that Egypt transitions into a free democracy and that you can soon direct your own destinies.

    But, we are admittedly worried that Egypt will follow in the footsteps of the Iranian revolution, and the transition will turn Egypt into another Iran/Hamas-style fundamentalist-Islam controlled state; or just as bad, that the transition won’t include elections, but simply a transfer of power over to the Muslim Brotherhood and ElBaradai.

    Liberty and good luck to you.

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  77. Angela Natividad
    February 3, 2011 at 9:38 am

    You’re right that this is a battle for the soul of your country. Keep fighting.

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  78. Pete Quily
    February 3, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Keep up the great work you’re doing. Many are following you. Many support you. Many are inspired by you and other Egyptians who are laying their lives on the line for their freedom.

    If you ever get discouraged here’s an inspirational video.

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  79. ellen
    February 3, 2011 at 9:42 am

    God bless you and the world-shaking courage of all the brave men and women in Tahrir square. You have already changed history. The poets across the world are already singing your praise. May you be victorious. Respect and love from Ireland.

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  80. Wade
    February 3, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Good luck – from the Philippines

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  81. mona
    February 3, 2011 at 9:51 am

    I was supposed to be in Cairo m´now but all flights were cancelled! We are with you with every breath!! DON’T GIVE UP! Ta7ya Masr!

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  82. Hugo
    February 3, 2011 at 9:53 am

    People all over the world are learning what real heros look like: they sit on a square in Egypt, are attacked and ambushed by rocks, sticks, swords, guns and firebombs with one message: we get up if you step down. Want to let you know that people in Holland are watching you, and support you with whole their hearts! Dont give up. May more people be as brave as you, bring this message to the people on the square!

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  83. Ashraf Al Shafaki
    February 3, 2011 at 9:54 am

    I am Egyptian living in Cairo. Although I am no fan of Mubarak, yet cannot see how the scenario of ‘winning’ the battle in Tahrir square can proceed. If the battle in Tahrir square is won then who will be president? By elections? OK, how can we make the elections? Elections through the Egyptian constitution? This is bad, because the current Egyptian constitution does not allow but a restricted set of people to run in the elections. The option would thus then be to change the current Egyptian constitution. This can be done either by making some changes to the current constitution, which Mubarak has actually gave orders to do in his las speech, or the remaining option would be to scrap the current Egyptian constitution all together and build a new one from scratch. While this last option might seem attractive to some (or to many), it might not be practically that simple. Who is going to decide on the new constitution given that the current so called ‘revolution’ has no specific leader? Revolutions have a leader around which people gather, the current demonstrations do not have a unified leader.

    Bottom line: Although I am not a supporter of Mubarak coming for a next term, nor was I a big fan of him in his previous terms, yet I am with the opinion that says we should back off from Tahrir square now to avoid any blood baths due to clashes between Egyptians. I would like to make it clear to those who are far from Egypt that after Mubarak’s last speech SO many Egyptian have accepted his speech and the changes he mentioned and are against continuing the Tahrir demonstrations. I am just mentioning this so others would know what is really happening in Egypt now, there is a BIG divide in opinion. Between almost any group of friends you will find supporters and others against Mubarak after listening to his last speech. By the way, I am not a government official nor am I affiliated with the government in any way I am just an Egyptian like many others who want peace and stability for the country and sees the way out in a different way that that proposed by Sandmonkey.

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  84. Mahmood Al-Yousif
    February 3, 2011 at 9:58 am

    I’m with you in heart and spirit my friend. Keep being strong. Victory is no longer illusive.

    All the best from Bahrain.

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  85. siriA, Thailand
    February 3, 2011 at 10:02 am

    My best wishes are with you.
    May your people be rewarded, for such brave fighting, with glorious victory soon.

    I’m following you, pls keep us update.
    Thank you

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  86. Dee
    February 3, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Following you on twitter as well.. you’re one person in body carrying hundreds with you in spirit. Cheers from Jordan.

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  87. Jane
    February 3, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Thank you Sandmonkey. There’s hope for us all when there are people willing to stand up to tyrants. Everyone everywhere should be in front of Egyptian embassies and consulates in solidarity with the opponents of Mubarak.

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  88. Egyptain from Germany
    February 3, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Thanks for your post…Alhamdullilah there are still enough people with the same opinion…I really hope that all the demonstrations and all the suffer was not for nothing…If the egyptains stop now, then it will be all the same again…I support you…I pray for you…I’m with you all the way…Rabina ma3akum…Victory for Egypt! Ta7ya Masr!

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  89. Andre
    February 3, 2011 at 10:39 am

    This is by fat the best thing I have seen written about this revolution. You make be proud to be an Egyptian, just to be associated with you and the rest of our people. You brought tears to my eyes, not just tears of rage at the injustice of the dictatorship, but about the stupidity of our fellow citizens. But don’t blame them, they are victims of the regime in a manner no less severe than the our fallen brethren. Those who gave their life to the revolution lost their lives. Those who are now afraid of it have lost their dignity. We are with you in spirit and in action: support, donations, pressure, you name it and smart, resourceful, powerful, and honorable Egyptians overseas will stand behind you.

    P.S. If I was a chick I would marry you!

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  90. Jane
    February 3, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Robert Fisk of “The Independent” has reported this:
    “President” Hosni Mubarak’s counter-revolution smashed into his opponents yesterday in a barrage of stones, cudgels, iron bars and clubs, an all-day battle in the very centre of the capital he claims to rule between tens of thousands of young men, both – and here lies the most dangerous of all weapons – brandishing in each other’s faces the banner of Egypt. It was vicious and ruthless and bloody and well planned, a final vindication of all Mubarak’s critics and a shameful indictment of the Obamas and Clintons who failed to denounce this faithful ally of America and Israel.

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  91. yousef
    February 3, 2011 at 10:46 am

    i am a palestinian film maker living in france,i fought for plaestine free in a free arabe world oll my life and theses scenes i so in the Tahrir look like amasingly like the one from the fierst intifada,witch was against our zionest occuper`israel`.i understand that your battel for democracy and freedom is mine,the shortest way to out this bloody regime is stick on your determination.I am worning you of from your medias papets and so called artistes`Mohammed Sobhi`en ocurence i heard him in the the tv regime that he understod the domistraters and now its time to go home becouse somebady eals will taks care of Egypt`in an ather word Hosni ,he is not a free artist with a soul he is ofter mony thats all.
    I would like to thank you for this revolution becouse it will bring people together again and bush them taward a noble objective .
    Good luck people of MASER

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  92. Remy
    February 3, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Egypt has changed forever for the better.

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  93. avemos
    February 3, 2011 at 10:48 am

    You are making history and already did. I am proud again to be an Arab thanks to you. You prooved again that Egypt is the heart of the Arab world and it will remain so. Thank you, thank you. Keep the fight.

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  94. Farida
    February 3, 2011 at 10:48 am

    When I read your blog on Bikya Masr, then visited your blog, it was to me like discovering a gem. You are a real Hero like all others who are with you, and I swear to God, that if I was in Egypt, I was going to be there at the Tahrir Square. Stay safe and God bless.xx

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  95. yogi
    February 3, 2011 at 10:55 am

    What a moving, inspiring post. i admire your courage, Sandmonkey. I hope and pray that you, and all Egypt, win freedom at the end of all this.
    The Egyptian people deserve so much better than a lousy, corrupt and repressive dictatorship.
    Good luck!

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  96. Nils Stauch
    February 3, 2011 at 10:58 am

    @ Ashraf
    I’m obviously neither Egyptian nor in Cairo. I agree with Ashraf that Reforms have to be undertaken and that those Reforms can not be made without Government and NDP participation, because the NDP is the Egyptian state. BUT the question is do you really trust Mubarak to do so after all these years and so so many broken promises?

    Ones the revolutionary leave tahrir square the pressure on Mubarak is gone and he can restore his power ones again. For who will stop him ones the people left the street. When the people in tahrir leave before Mubarak does so, the chance for change is over.

    The best solution in my eyes now is the following: First Mubarak steps down because that will ensure change. Second a Government of National Unity is formed, in which NDP an Opposition groups are represented and work on a constitutional Reform to ensure free and fair elections in the future. Third the military takes a neutral position, supervises the reform process and ensures by doing so stability in Egypt.

    But therefore it is necessary that a Dialog is initiated. And it is necessary to show Mubarak a perspective to leave and keep is face. By which I mean a promise of political amnesty. Because as long as he has to fear persecution and maybe even a death penalty he will fight to his last breath. He said he wants to die in Egypt. Give him the chance to do so. Promise him that he can leave and live happily ever after. Because than leaving is a perspective. As long as his options are fighting for his presidency or surrender himself to the will and judgement of the protesters he will fight like the brave soldier he thinks he is.

    This is my unqualified opinion.

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  97. Queen O'Danile
    February 3, 2011 at 11:02 am

    “I recall telling a friend of mine that the only good thing about what happened today was that it made clear to us who were the idiots amongst our friends. Now we know.” Brilliant, and as usual, spot on. Thank you for everything you are doing on behalf of freedom.

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  98. Red
    February 3, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Love from the U.S.A!

    And to those saying people should ‘wait until the election’; NO.

    What do ANY of you honestly think will be gained by that? You really think things will change once he leaves? That a successor that meets with Mubarak’s approval won’t be picked and singled out for election? ANY successor picked by the current government will just continue where Mubarak left off. And you will have the SAME PROBLEMS as before. If not WORSE.

    Let’s be perfectly honest; the elections in Egypt are a joke. Anyone that is touted by the government will NO DOUBT be Mubarak 2.0. And NOTHING will change and we’ll have to go through this mess all over again. 30 years of an oppressive regime and people are getting soppy and weak-kneed over a carefully coordinated speech? Something so clearly a ruse in an effort to use this time until the election to hunt down anyone and everyone who opposed Mubarak and make examples of them to keep the people in line?

    The fight for our rights and freedom is never easy. In fact, it’s downright messy and even scary. But if you’re not willing to fight for it, how can you expect things to change? Our rights as human beings are NON-NEGOTIABLE.

    We can’t let fear of the unknown stop us from acting on what we know is right.

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  99. Carsten Agger
    February 3, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Sandmonkey,

    I haven’t commented on this blog for loooong time, but I’m here to tell you that

    YOU ARE A HERO!

    Keep up the good work and you have NO IDEA what inspiration this means to the outside world. All the best, and down with Mubarak.

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  100. lirun
    February 3, 2011 at 11:09 am

    incredible work.. you are making history..

    blog about what we can do and say that will support you..

    if there is anything let us know..

    peace shalom salam

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  101. jules
    February 3, 2011 at 11:09 am

    I live in the bush in Australia half a world away. You are inspiring, awesome and I wish I was there with you. But its your fight. I just want you to know you aren’t alone, and half a world away there are people willing you all to hold on and stay strong. Mubarak is fucked, gone. He is finished if you can stand your ground.
    I wish there was something we could do beside sit here watching Al J live and praying or whatever it is for you brave Egyptians.
    Just hang in there.
    cheers
    jules

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  102. Adam B.
    February 3, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Good luck to you all, although I’m guessing it’s just a matter of time before Mubarak sucumbs to the preasure, both domestic and international, and takes the last plane to Riyadh…

    Looking forward to seeing what you Egyptians will do with your newly won freedom!

    Stay safe!

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  103. Roman Kalik
    February 3, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Stay strong and stay safe, Sam. And don’t let one man or one small group of people define the rest of your lives. If you still have a chance to grasp for freedom do so – but better start planning for the future, too.

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  104. Anonymous
    February 3, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Sisters and Brothers in Tahrir Square,
    Sisters and Brothers of Egypt.

    We wish we could be there with you and everywhere else where human beings are faced with repression, fear, violence and suffering at the hands of their governments. Our thoughts, prayers, and minds are with you. The courage you demonstrate in your struggle is a lesson to us all. The world is behind you. Whilst we cannot be with you in the flesh and blood to suffer as you do, we want to make sure you know that you are not alone.

    Rest assured your fight is not in vain. Your President has shown the world his true face today. President Mubarak might have his law behind him, but there is something above all laws: Truth. Your truth has been suppressed for far too long, beaten into the ground through the use of secret police, torture, and many similarly deplorable tactics that we are witnessing today at the Tahrir Square and all over Egypt. But nothing can quell your voice, not any more, and certainly not Mubarak and his gang for hire.
    You demonstrated your power today standing your ground against the thugs of Mubarak. Of course, you don’t know what the future will be, but you know what it should be. You demonstrated your resolve in Tahrir square and in all the streets of Egypt, and if you were able to stand your ground today you will be able to stand your ground tomorrow, and the day after that. On Friday you will march, and there will be no one able to stop you. As you stand united, you are sending a message to all who would seek to rob your country through corruption.

    The rest of the world follows the events in Egypt with great hope. The Arab world is showing all citizens the strength and the value of what Mankind really is about. While our governments hesitate to show solid support for your actions, know that your sisters and brothers in the digital world stand beside you in that square. We will never leave you behind, we are here for you.

    Your voice is being heard. Today you are not only fighting for Egypt. You are fighting for all of Mankind. And Mankind sides with you. We are you, you are us. Together we are Anonymous.

    Yours faithfully,
    Anonymous

    We are Anonymous.
    We are Legion.
    We do not forgive.
    We do not forget.
    We love you.
    Expect us.

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    February 3, 2011 at 11:30 am

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  106. RuthR
    February 3, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Many people around the world are with you, even if the “leaders” are cynical.

    From Jerusalem

    Ruth

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  107. Ryan
    February 3, 2011 at 11:38 am

    You are all heroes to this American — keep fighting and you *will* get your freedom. The night becomes darkest before dawn. And may dawn come soon!

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  108. ellen
    February 3, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Nooooo!
    Rally the world for Sandmonkey, just read this on twitter:
    RamyYaacoub I just called @SandMonkey ‘s phone and a man answered and he asked me who I am, I said where is monkey, he said your cunt friend is arrested 7 minutes ago via TweetDeck

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  109. Liz
    February 3, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Informing everyone that 2 sources have now reported that Sandmonkey has been arrested. My heart is with him and the Egyptian people right now.

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  110. EL
    February 3, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Support for brave pro-democracy people of Egypt ! Spread the positive energy and the freedom will come soon !

    Support to you from Brussels !

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  111. K.N.
    February 3, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    The world is watching and you are all an inspiration to everyone. I don’t ever remember finding any reason to be proud to be an Arab as I am today. God Bless you and protect you all!

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  112. ellen
    February 3, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Sandmonkey was headed to Tahrir Square in car filled with medical supplies when he was arrested, about half hour ago. See twitter @RamyYaacoub.
    Noooooo! Liberate Sandmonkey now!

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  113. Annie
    February 3, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    MESSAGE FROM EGYPT!

    SMS from my friend in TAHRIR SQUARE:

    “I’m still OK WHLL. Need to launch a call on all relevant blogs & chat rooms for Egyptians in support of protest to come to Tahrir square from everywhere in Cairo & from cities & provinces to support the …protesters against government thugs & bullies. Just the mere show of number will deter them. Also a call to protesters in Alexandra, Suez & other cities to display banners of solidarity with Tahrir protesters & condemnation of Mubarak & his regime.

    If u can post this on all blogs & chat rooms as well as on CNN, BBC & all possible news agency sites it will be great! Also a call on all supporters around the world to organise peaceful demonstrations in their cities in support of the protesters, in condemnation of Mubarak & his regime & in mourning for the dead. This goes particularly for supporters living in US, France & UK.

    Please share this everywhere you can, for justice!

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  114. Linda
    February 3, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    More from Twitter :
    Breaking News: Last call made by @SandMonkey was to his father less than an hour ago in a rush to him he is being arrested.

    Breaking news: @Sandmonkey was arrested by state security. They called his father and claimed he has revolution leaflets #Egypt #Jan25

    We must help him in some way! At least by spreading the news to everyone. Mail ur newspapers etc. Please!

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  115. Sphie
    February 3, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    We love you Sandmonkey! The security monsters might have you now but you have an army of supporters behind you.

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  116. Redha Haji
    February 3, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    We support your casue and proudly stand with you in heart and spirit Sandmonkey …

    Your efforts maybe an uphill battle, but the shockwave is changeing the MENA for the better .. many are trembeling .. and some will fall ..

    Inshalla your desire for change will soon come ture … and best of all .. .. “This protest is not one made or sustained by the Muslim Brotherhood, it’s one that had people from all social classes and religious background in Egypt.” ..

    Standstrong .. Be Safe .. U are all in our prayers

    Your stand @ Tahrir square is now part of HISTORY .. Viva La Revolution

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  117. Marillionlb
    February 3, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    In the hope that you are safe, and may all of the freedom seeking people (especially my Egyptian brothers and sister) succeed in their quest for a dignified life.

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  118. Mark (Germany)
    February 3, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    I wish you are well, wherever they may have brought you.
    If your fight reaches its aim, it may well be worth it.

    To all those fighting for liberty and democracy:
    There’s many people here in Germany and all over Europe watching and supporting you.

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  119. Adam Zettler
    February 4, 2011 at 1:56 am

    God Bless and God Bless the people of Egypt. Tyrants everywhere: Egypt is but a taste of what you will receive.
    Thank you Egypt for showing humanity the way. STRENGTH AND COURAGE!

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  120. mark
    February 4, 2011 at 2:03 am

    When the ISlamists seize power in Egypt will you be happy? Great job at making an ISlamic dictatorship.

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  121. nadavu
    February 4, 2011 at 2:05 am

    I was raised on the concept that in the middle east the choice is between a secular totalitarianism and a crazed theocracy. Please, Egypt, prove this wrong!

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  122. A German from Berlin
    February 4, 2011 at 2:17 am

    You are all heroes and I hope you turn the whole region around. We are all Egyptians. We are watching and our hearts are with you.

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  123. AtomicMonkey
    February 4, 2011 at 2:59 am

    We take our security and stability here in Hawaii for granted. Our political fights seem so petty compared to the real thing… compared to what you are up against over there.

    Stay safe.

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  124. Hasib
    February 4, 2011 at 3:37 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God protect you and rid your nation of the dictator. We are all Egyptians today.

    -from USA

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  125. AtomicMonkey Hawaii
    February 4, 2011 at 3:44 am

    We take our freedom of speech for granted here in Hawaii, you have to fight for yours. We are lucky and you, my friend, have guts.

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  126. Irisphant
    February 4, 2011 at 3:49 am

    My thoughts are with you all, stay safe!
    Love from the USA

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  127. NelleChan
    February 4, 2011 at 3:57 am

    Mubarak’s day of departure has arrived. I hope he will keep his appointment with destiny.
    Sandmonkey, you and your fellow protestors are making history. Please keep safe. Here in Canada also, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  128. Dr. Guy
    February 4, 2011 at 3:59 am

    Sandmonkey- I wish you and your fellow countrymen the best of success in your quest to transform Egypt into a free and open democracy. May you succeed in your endeavors!!!

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  129. Terri
    February 4, 2011 at 4:36 am

    Greetings from the US…I sit here so far away from what is happening in Egypt. There is not much I can do but visualize love and let one person know that I am behind the Egyptian people and the cause that you are fighting so valiantly for. My vigil is hourly, keeping all of you who are fighting the hard fight, in my thoughts. Blessed be, Sandmonkey. Keep your head held high and know there are many many people who stand behind you and you are wrapped in the bonds of the worlds love for you.

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  130. ella
    February 4, 2011 at 4:38 am

    Sandmonkey,

    It is so good that your blog is once again on line and that you are OK.
    I hope in future we can read more of your thoughts on blog, and not rely only on Twitter.
    Hope your country will became the country you dream about – a democratic, economically strong, country.
    Stay safe.

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  131. maria barcelona
    February 4, 2011 at 4:40 am

    Dear Verona, It is an honor to have read your letter. I have been lighting candles for you and your fellow heroes daily. But the true beacon of light is emanating from Cairo and all the surrounding regions.

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  132. Wade
    February 4, 2011 at 4:40 am

    So relieved to hear you got out after your arrest. Though I’ve never met you, having followed you for a couple of years it felt like a friend was about to be beaten to death.

    If you think your anonymity has been blown, then I would have thought that you must FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY become an international celebrity VERY QUICKLY. If you have just been interviewed on BBC, CNN, AJE and all the rest it’s much more difficult for the Government to kill you, though maybe it increases the threat from unknown thugs.

    Re the situation in general. The impression one gets sitting here in the safety of the Philippines, is that Omar Sulieman is now in de facto charge of the country. One presumes that Sulieman along with Western leaders has been pleading with Mubarak to go immediately for the sake of the nation. You and others may not like the idea of Sulieman in interim charge but what are the other options: An unknown general? ElBaradei?

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  133. Zu Long
    February 4, 2011 at 5:16 am

    Long-time lurker here. I was so surprised when you didn’t post immediately when it all got started and was wondering what happened to you. I’ve been following you on twitter since you directed us there on the 27th. It’s been amazing to practically watch the revolution happen through your eyes. Keep the faith. We’re all pulling for you.

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  134. biel
    February 4, 2011 at 5:23 am

    I want you to know that you, and all the Egyptians, are in my thoughts. You’ve inspired Arabs all over the globe. I wish there was more I could do, but it seems I can only watch and hope.

    ~Prayers from the USA~

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  135. Brynhilder
    February 4, 2011 at 5:31 am

    I’ve been following you on Twitter.

    In Solidarity from Arkansas, USA

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  136. Omar
    February 4, 2011 at 5:41 am

    Fight on! No surrender. Fight for egypt. Fight for democracy!

    Greeting from Pakistan

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  137. David
    February 4, 2011 at 5:42 am

    Dear SandMonkey

    Been glued to Al Jazeera for the past six days. Although I’m half a world away from Egypt I can feel the pivotal moment this is for Egypt. Recently, there has been a black out of live coverage from Tahrir Square (MPs arresting journalists and all)… I guess the revolution will not be televised (at least not live).

    Good luck on Egypt’s D-Day.

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  138. Adam B.
    February 4, 2011 at 6:13 am

    Good to see you’re back from suspension-limbo! Keep on fighting! Mubarak is history by now; focus must be on securing a proper democracy – any bids? Considering going into politics?

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  139. Lily
    February 4, 2011 at 6:19 am

    America stands in solidarity with the pro- democratic people of Egypt…..

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  140. F. Rogier
    February 4, 2011 at 6:33 am

    Like so many others, I am filled with admiration and love for you and your people, and I pray that they come to no harm today.

    I’m with Red (108) and Anonymous (114). Without realizing it, the people of Egypt are giving the world a lesson in so many things; bravery, courage, determination, but also, such sustained extraordinary love for one another, of a kind I think I have never seen among such a large and diverse group of humans.

    I don’t mean to judge anyone, but it must be realized that times like these will inevitably separate the “idiots”, or the weak-willed, from the strong-minded. The insecure and self-absorbed will always hide their heads or even actively try to discourage those who are able to put aside their fears for the sake of the common good. The “idiots” are not that way just because they are damaged – we all are damaged – but because they choose to fear and darkness make their decisions for them. They forget that the light also exists.

    You are wise not to listen to them. Everyone has fear and only a fool would deny it. But giving in to fear will never change a thing in this world.

    At the same time, I am also terribly concerned for your welfare, and wish that I could do so much more than simply watch from afar.

    You have already achieved victory. No matter what happens, emerge triumphant: you have set the world on fire with your passion! We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

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  141. Omar
    February 4, 2011 at 6:34 am

    I am all in tears! YOU ARE NOTHING LESS THAN HEROES! you are the soul of freedom!

    Keep it up! For humanity’s sake keep it up! You are our last hope!

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  142. Jenli
    February 4, 2011 at 6:35 am

    Brave man, go on peacefully fighting with your friends for democracy and the human rights of the Egyptian people!

    We watch Al Jazeera all the time and spread your message to the Germans.

    Take care!

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  143. F. Rogier
    February 4, 2011 at 6:40 am

    In short: BLOG LIKE AN EGYPTIAN!!!

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  144. F. Rogier
    February 4, 2011 at 6:41 am

    In short: BLOG LIKE AN EGYPTIAN!

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  145. Scott
    February 4, 2011 at 6:53 am

    Been glued to my TV and the internet here in the US. My thoughts are with you and the Egyptian people in this very difficult time. Keep up the good fight and don’t let Mubarak drag you down to his level (use violence for self-defense – but don’t initiate it against them). The protesters have the moral high-ground and all the world can see the ugly nature of the regime now. Many people here are shocked at the treatment of the foreign journalists but it is nothing new – the regime (and many others in the middle east) have been doing this to the opposition since the beginning. Good luck in your continued struggle!

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  146. Dana M.
    February 4, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Dear Sandmonkey
    You and all the Egyptians have given us hope.
    The Arab World changed after the 25th of Jan
    and nothing will ever be the same.

    I pray for you everyday.
    Mubarak and his regime is over.

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  147. James the Scot
    February 4, 2011 at 11:27 am

    keep up the fight!

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  148. Judi Newall
    February 4, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Not all Western media have been fooled, many are reporting the facts and we’re passing them on in Twitter & email. BBC, CNN, UK Guardian newspaper, New York Times, many others and also across the world those who don’t have friends or family in Egypt are still praying for your safety and following the true stories. (UK)

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  149. Hany
    February 4, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Hi,
    I’ve been following you for some years & have usually been critical in my comments. But now we stand united. May god protect you and all the people there in Tahrir.

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  150. Hannah
    February 4, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Please, please, please…. stay safe. That’s all I ask.

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  151. spliff
    February 4, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    keep it up & stay strong.

    much lov from austria

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  152. Debra
    February 4, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Much love, prayers and thoughts of support for you and your country. -D in Virginia, USA.

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  153. Daniel
    February 4, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    As a citizen of the world my thoughts and words are with you. I am asking our president to expedite the departure of Murbarak. The people of the States are behind you and the people of Egypt.

    This is my first time reading your blog, and though it is not under the best of circumstances, I am a fan for life. I am looking forward to reading some lighthearted posts here in the near future. YOU WILL PREVAIL!!

    If you need a vacation after your help in this historic movement, I offer my home in the States for some well earned R&R. Peace and Love be with you ALL!!

    Daniel from Utah, USA

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  154. skipcardoza
    February 4, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Please know that you have huge—huge! support from everyday folk in the US. Do not think that FOX speaks for all of us. It does not! You are an inspiration to us. A huge inspiration. Be well, and may success be yours.

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  155. jukers
    February 4, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Egyptians in our hearts, Americans in our souls. You’re doing God’s work. Amazing. Brilliant. We love you, man. and Thank You for letting my Dad experience this in his lifetime.

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  156. Kovács Balázs
    February 4, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Just a response from Hungary, a country which lived in this situation in 1989.

    “The best moments of freedom”
    by János Gadó

    RAW TRANSLATION from http://hirszerzo.hu/publicisztika/20110203_egyiptom_hogyan_tovabb

    A Western-style democracy in the upper-middle class and the intelligentsia is a preference – maybe. But they are also split-minded, because the national / ethnic / grievance policy of civilization among them is strong. The anti-Mubarak protesters schizophrenic situation well: they see that their country is increasingly lagging behind the western world, but the values of the western world does not dare put on banner, do not want to. The Western inventions (Internet, mobile phones) organized demonstrations to demand effective governance nívójú west, the Western values, without a pro-Western authoritarian regimes in return.

    “The best moments of freedom” – thus welcomed by Fouad Ajami, the Arab history and culture of one of the best knower, a professor at Johns Hopkins University in the Arab world in an unprecedented tüntetéssorozatot poignant.

    Unbelievable, really – I’m afraid that will be a long time again.

    Anyone who thinks that this is the odd earthquake in Central and Eastern Europe liberated 89-year, and bring democracy to the Arab world, is – I fear – is wrong.

    *

    For easier understanding, let us start from the domestic relations order. The Hungarian crisis of democracy today arises from the fact that significant sections of the population is extremely difficult to cope with the challenges of market economy and liberal democracy. More caring, management – but clean-limbed! – State and less freedom, they want responsibility.

    Hatványozzuk now to get the Egyptian and Hungarian válságjelenségeket (and the wider Arab) formula. Here is the millions of destitute have little chance that the welfare state without megálljanak on their feet, with the result of the state, and the lack of freedom assumed such proportions that most people already choking him. Thus, there is now in the streets demanding more freedom. This liberty, however, is extremely uneven.

    Arab countries comprising the Arab League has 22 members: there is no such a democratic country. (Lebanon alone, there are such traditions.)

    The democratic forms of power are unknown. Mass unrest, revolution, murder, inheritance, coup – these are the usual forms of regime.

    Measuring various indices of press freedom in the Arab countries are located, respectively, toward the end of the list.

    The population of thirty (forty women) percent are illiterate.

    The scientific research is almost unknown. The R / D ratio of the amount spent pánarab sizes in GDP can be expressed either by the near zero. The same is true for researchers working in the scientific sphere. (The data of the Arab Human Development Report 2010 edition are for.)

    The oppression of women in the Arab world’s real curse. Most of them are not acting in society, is off to the productive sectors through: dependents and, accordingly, virtually deprived people. In Egypt, the proportion of women holding positions of one-quarter of men, a similar proportion of their salaries. (The younger generations for a better situation, the higher the gender ratio is balanced.)

    In order to be initiated in Egypt’s economic development through market-friendly laws should be made, we should eliminate the enormous subsidies, which are the basic foodstuffs and energy carriers supported.

    But any government that dares to do that do not exist. The current protests is one of the reasons was the increase in prices of essential items – the budget can not handle the increased burden. The state-managed, inefficient economy, however, associated with corruption and nepotism. Many states, there is little freedom. The former guarantees insuring their staple of everyday, even those who do not work, abuse of power on the other hand, the small business partners and supporters of its own resources disproportionately allocated to much, and inhibits free competition in the economic development engine. And of course, along with the unfolding of liberties as well.

    Freedom and more government intervention (in the form of subsidies) – that required the demonstrators. Jordan, the latter has to be realized: Samir Rifat (has since been fired), Prime Minister, the result of post-haste promised further protests félmilliárdos subsidies, and state employees a raise.

    *

    If the winning party in elections to the Hungarian national grievance policy, then in Egypt and the Arab world, this should also be hatványozni. It’s just that you do not mourn the lost territories of ninety years ago, but lost in a thousand years ago kultúrfölényt. The Arab / Islamic civilization, which is 1200-1300 years ago in the Christian West was over, I remember the old glory, and are reluctant to take over the ?sellenség, offered by the Christian West’s social model: the market economy and democracy.

    Egypt, Jordan, the wildly-Western (formally banned) Islamic Brotherhood is by far the largest and best organized opposition force in handling crowds. Leaders made no secret of the fact that the country’s ills is the reason for adopting the Western model they see. Vision of all foreign influence and to eliminate the pure Islamic state based on the traditional structure. Hamas in Gaza, which has already begun.

    The infrastructure of the Islamic Brotherhood – the mosques – not fölszámolni. In spite of the imams will receive state salaries, public preaching according to the instructions, in spite of vigilant in watching government agents – the mosques are not the pro-government sentiment. Power is constantly wrestling with the Islamic Testvériséggel. Leaders arrested, then released; szervezkedéseit ban, then I oppose. Can not afford to grow on his head, but not too hard cuz föllépni against him.

    A Western-style democracy in the upper-middle class and the intelligentsia is a preference – maybe. But they are also split-minded, because the national / ethnic / grievance policy of civilization among them is strong. The anti-Mubarak protesters schizophrenic situation well: they see that their country is increasingly lagging behind the western world, but the values of the western world does not dare put on banner, do not want to. The Western inventions (Internet, mobile phones) organized demonstrations to demand effective governance nívójú west, the Western values, without a pro-Western authoritarian regimes in return.

    *

    Egypt has the highest prestige, political influence as an Arab country. The developments here will eventually reach other parts of the Arab world as well. “No Arab country is safe” – former Foreign Minister of Jordan warns. I really did not matter how hot these days, the evolution of a democratic or an Islamist revolution prognostisation we see – or a mixture of two of something not so lucky.

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  157. Sharon
    February 4, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    I’ve been watching the news and trying to read as much as I can. I was worried when they took your site down. Stay strong. We are pulling for you in the U.S.

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  158. Henry
    February 4, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Sandmonkey, I’ve been reading you for a couple of years now, and really like your blog. Although you probably won’t read this (given how many comments you have) I really just wanted to express my support for you and all the protesters in Tahrir and elsewhere. Whatever, happens I hope you get your Egypt without Mubarak and an Egypt that is a better place. ???????? ?????? ????

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  159. Anonymous
    February 4, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Mabruk!

    Once Mubarak goes *DO NOT LET THE MOMENTUM DIE!*

    Begin NOW, WHILE DEMONSTRATING by making plans to meet up in homes, libraries, etc. the moment Mubarak goes, to build a political party. Chat in the lulls about doing this; about exactly how you will shift but maintain your energy after he falls. Maintain your connections. Start it now. Make it dovetail with the current phase.

    You will require organization to see this through. Organization is critical for your work to continue leading to democracy as the world prepares to oversee genuine elections. You can use the current momentum and the coming fall of Mubarak to build that organization.

    Do not underestimate the power of the Brotherhood’s organization–it matters because it is *organization*. Do not underestimate the need for organization in democratic politics.

    Do not underestimate either power of the Brotherhood arguments to people with a slave mentality. You have Iran as an example of why real democratic structures are needed to limit corruption and allow economic growth (and with that, family formation — what good religious person is against family formation!?). As you organize, work on these arguments. Make them clear, to the point, and with broad appeal. Stick to core principles, but beyond them be as inclusive as possible. Be prepared for your organization to go door-to-door with talking points.

    This is just the beginning. The world is on your side.

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  160. victor immature
    February 4, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Hi, this article is REALLY long. Could somebody tell me what it says?

    vi

    outer lesbonia

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  161. Alexander Safir
    February 4, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Very glad to see your blog back on line!

    Everyone I talk to here in Seattle wants you to succeed.

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  162. InfidelDane
    February 4, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    .. and the eyes of the world are watching now..

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  163. valerie
    February 4, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    I am glad your site’s back. I caught this post at Pajamas, and I hope you and your friends find a way around the next black-out.

    This business, of jamming communications by the government in order to conceal its actions against its own people, is unacceptable.

    Egypt needs real reform, not just a different name at the head of the government. It’s time for the government to consult its people, and ask them what they want.

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  164. rene guillemette
    February 4, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    dear sand monkey from the city of Trois-Rivieres, Québec, Canada we are with you all continue and i hope that Moubarac live soon as possible in french we say: ” Moubarac DÉCALISSE” IT’S MOUBARAC GET AWAY OR GET LOST

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  165. NelleChan
    February 5, 2011 at 12:10 am

    When ABC News asked Mubarak to comment on calls for him to resign, he said: “I don’t care what people say about me. Right now I care about my country.”

    Well, if Mubarak really cared about his country, he’d get out of Egypt right now!

    #196 Anonymous gives excellent advice on not letting the momentum die and the importance of organization in building a political party as part of the transition to democracy. I hope those organizing the protests follow through into the next phase.

    My prayers are with you, Sandmonkey, and the rest of the pro-democracy demonstrators.

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  166. jules
    February 5, 2011 at 1:42 am

    I’m glad you are Ok after your little run in the other day.

    You gutsy people hang in there now, the tide is turning, the international media is finally starting to come round to your side. Stay strong and don’t budge till Mubarak is gone and you are on the way to the Egypt you want. People around the world are with you and if there is anything we can do just ask.

    The other night showed the world how strong you are and how wrong the regime is.

    Stay strong – you WILL prevail.

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  167. Yasmine
    February 5, 2011 at 2:30 am

    Where the CNN video? Heard it’s great.

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  168. ML
    February 5, 2011 at 2:49 am

    The bravery and solidarity of Tahrir has riveted me and those I know.

    It is your revolution… although ‘awakening’ might be a better word, the true Egypt rising from uneasy slumber. I cannot say that I am with you because I am not… I am hundreds of miles away, a watcher, and it is not my country or my decision. It is yours. How could I tell you to go risk your life, to face the thugs, to keep writing? Easy to egg on the people in harm’s way when my door can’t be kicked down and I can’t be arrested or beaten.

    But I must tell you how moved I have been. How brave I think you are. Any idiot can be brave, but you are being brave in the name of dignity, self-respect, and the right to live as a human being. I want to tell you that I’m watching, and so are others, whatever happens, however this ends. We won’t forget what you have done.

    And we won’t forget what Mubarak has done either.

    It is your revolution and not ours. An Egyptian revolution.

    Here in my country, I can try to shape how my country acts, who it props, who it supports, and who it does not.

    I promise you I will not forget. I will bear witness.

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  169. T Trivett
    February 5, 2011 at 3:23 am

    My heart goes out to you and all of your fellow countrymen. You are a very brave and honorable young man. The world is watching.

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  170. circesbrew
    February 5, 2011 at 4:42 am

    I too have been following you on twitter and am very glad you are ok and am hoping you succeed.
    I know you are smart and I’m not being condescending, but i think it can’t be stressed enough. What #196 is absolutely right. Your success in removing mubarak will only be the beginning. The real success of what you are trying to do is far down the road and even more difficult to achieve– even as strong and brave and firm as you all are– Be prepared, organized and resolved to be in it for the longhaul! .

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  171. budimir
    February 5, 2011 at 7:04 am

    I would like to know from you whether protesters have a clear vision of the Egyptian future after Mubarak, based on more or less definite political philosophy? What kind of society they’re going to build? Or is it just all about kicking out an old fucker and elevation another one?

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  172. A copt
    February 5, 2011 at 7:58 am

    Fuck you Sandmonkey!, Fuck Muslim brotherhood!

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  173. JN
    February 5, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Oppose US-backed “transition” in Egypt

    http://wsws.org/articles/2011/feb2011/pers-f05.shtml

    The mass movement of Egyptian working people against the Mubarak dictatorship must oppose and reject the initiative by the American government to replace Mubarak with a military-dominated “transition” government. This maneuver is aimed at safeguarding the interests of imperialism and the Egyptian ruling elite, and aborting the Egyptian Revolution.

    President Obama took the occasion of a joint press appearance Friday with visiting Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to make his most open call for Mubarak to “make the right decision” to resolve the crisis in Egypt.

    Suleiman, the longtime boss of the intelligence services who is now favored by Washington as Mubarak’s immediate successor. According a White House statement, Biden urged Suleiman that “credible, inclusive negotiations begin immediately in order for Egypt to transition to a democratic government that addresses the aspirations of the Egyptian people.”

    The Obama administration envisions a regime based on the military and headed by Suleiman, Field Marshal Mohamed Tantawi, the defense minister, and other top Mubarak aides, with the addition of representatives of the corrupt and venal Egyptian bourgeois opposition—figures such as Mohammed ElBaradei, the former head of the UN nuclear weapons inspection program, Amr Moussa, secretary of the Arab League, and big business spokesman like the Wafd Party.

    State Department spokesmen have also suggested a role for the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist bourgeois party that has long been outlawed in Egypt, but whose candidates, running as independents, won 20 percent of the seats in the 2005 legislative elections. After years of using the “threat” of the Islamic fundamentalists to justify support for the Mubarak dictatorship, Washington has decided to cultivate the Islamists as a bulwark against the main danger—social revolution.

    In an analysis published in November 2007, the New York Times foreshadowed this type of manipulation of the succession to Mubarak. The article noted: “Mr. Mubarak has not always been the perfect ally, but American officials say that he is invaluable for his historical perspective and the importance he places on the relationship with the United States and peace with Israel. An American official here said the hope was that Mr. Mubarak’s ultimate replacement would be someone who maintains the same historical appreciation for peace and relations with Washington.” In other words, Mubarak’s successor must be, like him, an American stooge.
    A Suleiman government would have an out-and-out criminal at its head. The Egyptian vice president—appointed to that post only last week by Mubarak—is better known as the chief of Egypt’s notoriously brutal security apparatus. He is directly responsible for the torture of thousands of political prisoners, a role for which he was especially prized by the CIA, which regularly shipped prisoners to Egypt for treatment that could not be administered in Guantanamo Bay or the agency’s own network of secret prisons.
    Journalist Robert Fisk described Suleiman acidly as Mubarak’s “chief negotiator with Israel and his senior intelligence officer, a 75-year-old with years of visits to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem and four heart attacks to his credit.” It was under his direction that Gaza has been systematically blockaded and starved for the past four years, since the coming to power of Hamas in that territory. Suleiman is a confidante of the Israeli regime, the most highly regarded Egyptian in the eyes of Mossad and the Israeli military.

    Suleiman and the military would have a civilian fig leaf in the form of individuals like ElBaradei, who are equally hostile to the revolutionary movement in the streets of Cairo, Alexandria and other cities. ElBaradei has argued for delaying elections even further than the September date set by Mubarak. He is proposing instead a three-member ruling council (presumably himself, Suleiman and a top military officer) to hold power for at least a year while the electoral system was “reformed.”

    The major task of such a “transition” regime would be to delude the popular movement against Mubarak with illusions of reform, and then disperse the mass demonstrations, including the physical suppression of all those who rightly refuse to accept such a US-brokered transition as a genuine democratic development.

    In that context, Obama’s words Friday have an ominous ring. He reiterated previous statements that the US government opposes the use of violence either by the government or the protesters—as though there were an equivalence between a brutal military dictatorship, armed to the teeth, and with a long record of torture and murder, and the Egyptian masses, who successfully defended themselves in Tahrir Square with their bare hands and sheer force of numbers.

    If Mubarak is replaced by a caretaker regime based on the military, both the Obama administration and the American media will swing behind the new rulers, vilifying all popular opposition as “terrorism” and endorsing the bloodiest measures of state repression.
    Far from representing a concession to the democratic demands of the masses, such a regime would represent a carefully constructed roadblock. It would cement the role of the Egyptian government as a servant of US imperialism, collaborator with Israel, and enemy of the Palestinian people and the oppressed masses of Egypt itself.

    The Mubarak regime is not simply the product of a criminal dictator and his coterie of thugs. It is, rather, the instrument of the ruling class in Egypt and its imperialist patrons. The regime arises from the incapacity of the Egyptian bourgeoisie to address the social needs of the masses and carry out the basic tasks of the democratic revolution. This involves, not merely electoral formalities—which Egypt has in abundance—but freeing the country from the grip of imperialism, the Egyptian stooges of foreign capital and the rule of semi-feudal landlords who still dominate the countryside.
    The course of events in Egypt has already provided a powerful vindication of the theory of Permanent Revolution, advanced by Leon Trotsky and upheld by the International Committee of the Fourth International. A century of bitter political experience has proved that no section of the national bourgeoisie can play a progressive role. Only the working class, mobilizing behind it the masses of the rural poor, and advancing a socialist program, can show the way forward.

    The class divisions in Egypt constitute the dominant reality of social and political life. Particularly over the past two decades, a powerful and brutally oppressed working class has grown up in Egypt, engaging in a series of militant and bloody battles with the police-state regime.

    An impassable social gulf separates the factory workers and impoverished fellahin from the privileged elite and its political representatives, from Mubarak and Suleiman to ElBaradei and the Muslim Brotherhood. These divisions have already been manifested in the spontaneous formation of neighborhood committees—in the working class areas, to ward off attacks by Mubarak’s thugs, in the handful of bourgeois gated communities, to guard against the threat of “mob rule.”

    The burning necessity is for the self-organization of the workers, independent of all the political operatives and parties of the bourgeoisie. This means the building of factory and neighborhood councils, the Egyptian equivalent of soviets, to mobilize the vast social power of the oppressed masses.
    In this struggle, the most urgent necessity is for the creation of the political leadership to impart a revolutionary orientation to the mass movement, directing it toward the seizure of power and the reorganization of society along socialist lines.

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  174. Andrea
    February 5, 2011 at 10:32 am

    good luck sandmonkey, haven’t heard from you for a few days – hope all ok.
    600,000 aroud the world standing with you via Avaaz petition, and that’s just the ones that can be bothered, there are many more there in spirit with you. Stay strong, we are all proud. be safe.

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  175. Sandra
    February 5, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Sandmonkey!!!!!! You just excelled yourself with this blog-entry!!! GREAT!!
    Truely heroic people on Tahrir!!!!! Take care!

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  176. mycr
    February 5, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Thanks for this excellent report.
    Thanks for your fight for freedom.

    You and the Tahrir Square people fighting for a free country are a model for the world.

    We are behind you.

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  177. Domo
    February 5, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Intersting article about MB publishe at: Henrymakow.com. You may have difficulties believing everything in the article but history of MB and UK MI-6), same like Hamas and MOSSAD. All I ask for the young generation to be smart and maintain a questioning attitude in dealing with politics issues and supporters.

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  178. Namita
    February 5, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Keep it up! I pray for your success in bringing democracy in Egypt. A lot of people at Harvard (some Egyptian, some Israeli) argue that the people in Egypt are not ready for democracy and a regime change will will usher in extremism. But as the news reports themselves indicate and you have corroborated, this is not a movement by the Muslim Brotherhood but by the PEOPLE. What elites never seem to understand is that the people are not stupid! I come from India, which has been a democratic country for 60 years which when it became independent and for the first few decades of its history, was always subjected to the same kind of fear mongering and questioning. How can a largely poor and illiterate country remain a democracy. We showed the world how it could and its now its YOUR TURN! With love and support from the people of India. Gandhi would be proud of you for ensuring this peaceful, non violent struggle.

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  179. thewiz
    February 5, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    SM was interviewed on CNN ( the show with Spitzer at 8 PM EST ) last night showing his pic and using real name. He decided that it was time to go public…a very brave move. Hope he is well.

    Apparently, the demonstrators are staying put until Mubarak is gone for they don’t trust him. It is feared that if they leave, he will send the violent security police to hunt them down. That is his history.

    I plan on making a donation by emptying my Paypal account to the donation/escape plan on the Sandmonkey home page. He can use it for whatever he needs, food, medical supplies, literature, the Great Escape……whatever. I suggest that everyone make a donation to help these brave people.

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  180. David O'Donnell
    February 5, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    We have family and friends standing side by side with you in Cairo. Stand Strong, Stand Proud and Stand Together. United you stand tall but divided you musn’t fall. We hope all the people have the strength and courage to sustain this, and the world leaves Mubarak no option but to leave Egypt and its people to rise up and re-build a brighter future.
    Good Luck!

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  181. thewiz
    February 5, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Posted this once but it didn’t show up…sorry if it double posts;

    SM was interviewed on CNN ( the show with Spitzer at 8 PM EST ) last night showing his pic and using real name. He decided that it was time to go public…a very brave move. Hope he is well.

    Apparently, the demonstrators are staying put until Mubarak is gone for they don’t trust him. It is feared that if they leave, he will send the violent security police to hunt them down. That is his history.

    I plan on making a donation by emptying my Paypal account to the donation/escape plan on the Sandmonkey home page. He can use it for whatever he needs, food, medical supplies, literature, the Great Escape……whatever. I suggest that everyone make a donation to help these brave people.

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  182. tali
    February 5, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    i am israeli and i wish egypt freedom and democracy and i pray and hope with all my heart that that democracy in egypt will not mean a terrorist org as the rulling party-that you will not exchange one tyrant with ones that are far worse.
    please be strong and true and may g-d help you all with your worthy battle.

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  183. Adaam B.
    February 5, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    So, apparently Mubarak has officially resigned… Wonder if it’s for real, or just a ruse to get the demonstrators to back down?

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  184. dwe
    February 5, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Keep going

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  185. thewiz
    February 5, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Adaam CNN reports he quit the ruling party but not the Pres post…still hanging on.

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  186. FreeSpeech
    February 5, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    All the best wishes from Switzerland!

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  187. Adaam B.
    February 5, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Thewiz@254:

    Ahh…

    Well, guess that’s not the same thing – talk about hanging on by your fingernails! :D

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  188. FT
    February 5, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Don’t despair. It will take time but you will attain your freedom. Praying for all freedom loving protesters from India

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  189. Anonymous (#196)
    February 5, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    JN (#228) mentions the difficulty of transitioning to democracy for a country which suffers from a great deal of poverty.

    Namita (#247) mentions the success of India with democracy. India has many poor, but it is one of the most quickly-developing countries. The opportunities and standard of living of the poor are generally rising. There are technocratic policy solutions for building the economy and lifting the poor in developing countries. This is a field developed extensively in universities and economic departments, and if you can begin solving the political problems which lead to corruption, stifling red tape, and shutting down of NGOs and development organizations, then there are educated people who can step in with various policy solutions–some tested, some which can be developed for the particular circumstances in practice.

    The world would love for Egypt to be peaceful and growing like India, because then we wouldn’t have to worry about Egypt turning into a ticking time bomb like Iran.

    In India perfect? No. Is India nevertheless generally awesome and hopeful and growing and full of opportunity and a heck of a lot better to live in than any country in the Arab world? Yes.

    The main problem is not the initial economic profile–India has forged ahead despite a similar economic profile. Instead, the main challenge Egypt faces as it approaches democracy is one you underestimate because it is in tension with your just struggle against Mubarak’s regime–and that is the risk of Islamist take over.

    In Iran, most people did not want an extremist theocracy. Most people just wanted the Shah to go because he was oppressive and harmed the economy. However, the group with the most grassroots organization, and with messages to appeal to the masses–not the Middle and Upper class you appear to hang with, but people like the HALF of Egypt who are illiterate–took the upper hand in that case. Everyone ended up suffering immensely except the corrupt mafia at the top with total power. Remember Neda: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Neda_Agha-Soltan

    You must be more careful on this topic. There is a reason some (not all) Copts are terrified of what is happening, and it is not because they are paranoid, but because they know there is a real risk of Islamist takeover. They will be the first to be brutally abused and oppressed if such a thing happens.

    If you want a democracy, you need to stop underestimating the Islamist threat simply because it is inconvenient to consider in the fight against Mubarak, and involves a subset of the Egyptian populace you do not have regular contact with (the very poor, the illiterate). You must begin to think about transitioning from protesting to organizing, about developing a generally-agreeable platform based on core democratic principles and sound economics, about developing ways to convey this platform to the half of the country which is illiterate. This means building a party structure, and then going door-to-door, among other things.

    Remember Neda.

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  190. commonsense
    February 5, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Just a reminder from another revolution not so long ago:

    THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.

    God bless and keep you.

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  191. Pablo
    February 6, 2011 at 12:13 am

    Sandmonkey, I deeply respect what you’ve done, and support every last one of your aspirations, I have but one question: Then what? What is the plan? I find this to be an awesome yet disturbing line:

    This is a revolution without leaders. Three Million individuals choosing hope instead of fear and braving death on hourly basis to keep their dream of freedom alive.

    As lovely as that sounds, it is a recipe for a vacuum. Vacuums offer big opportunities to anyone who can fill them. Nations need leaders, my liberty loving friend. Leaders need plans. Hard turns into who knows what are a bad, bad idea. Find the leaders. Have a plan. THEN back them both with all your might and send Mubarak packing. I beg you. You must prevent chaos, and that requires a plan and the people to execute it.

    Mubarak must go but he also must be replaced. You must have a plan for that. May you be blessed. May you have wisdom. May you free Egypt.

    Godspeed, good people.

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  192. Idi Amin Dada
    February 6, 2011 at 2:17 am

    I figured the jig was up on Wednesday night (our time) when it became clear the army would not move against the regime. Mubarak will go – and maybe pretty soon (he may cling on until the end of his term, but we’ll see) – but the regime is maintaining itself…though we can expect some of the new forces to be co-opted by the regime, and there’s my biggest worry…cutting a deal with the MB.

    This is, long-range, suicidal for any non-Islamist Egyptian government…trouble is, corrupt Ruling Classes never see beyond the nose on their face. They’ll only want to keep their place at the trough and won’t even consider what might happen in 10 years if the MB is unleashed while at the same time no one builds non-MB political organization which can gain the allegiance of the Egyptian people.

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  193. Kevin
    February 6, 2011 at 2:26 am

    One more expression of awe and admiration from a 60 year-old American Jew in Obama’s Chicago neighborhood. May God be with you and all the decent people of Egypt, and may your opponents melt with shame.

    Less solemnly, I can’t resist adding that in view of Mubarak’s determination to die on Egyptian soil, something probably in short supply in the presidential palace, perhaps thousands of Egyptians could send him small boxes of dirt so that his wish could be fulfilled. It is probably impossible to mail parcels anonymously, but it would be a nice gesture.

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  194. batasi
    February 6, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Egyptsian people need to scrap the current Egyptian constitution all together and build a new one from scratch.
    in the meantime put caretaker gov in place .

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  195. Shehab
    February 6, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Why there should be no compromise with this government!
    Just my random thoughts… not really a response…

    In this revolution there can be no compromise. Many people believe that the demands of this revolution are unrealistic because “the constitution won’t allow it”. They say it is important for the country to keep its structure and there has to be respect for the traditions. The constitution has to be respected. I say no. I say, the fact that they say this is exactly the problem. That is the same way of thinking that led to all those years of ineffectiveness. This inexplicable respect for these people and institutions and documents that have absolutely no respect for us is what will lead to more dictatorships in Egypt. This will lead future leaders to the conclusion that they have rights and a certain minimum of respect that they deserve and are going to get no matter what they do. They don’t. They are not family. They are not friends. They are a necessary evil. We need them but they have power over us so we need to be very strict with them. Any uncontested force will expand. We the people need to always create an opposite force to keep the government in its place. Everyone or at least most people wanted the change. They were just to worried about disturbing the status quo and of the consequences of acting. We need to show Egyptians that there is nothing that can be imposed on them. They are bigger than anything. Bigger than the President, bigger than the Parliament and bigger even than the constitution. The constitution is in place to protect the people and when it is no longer doing its job it is not needed. No institution or document or person is more important for the people. All of these things were put in place for the people. And besides the current regime never respected this constitution. If they enforce its rule on us now that will mean the government can break the constitution but the people cant. That would mean that the constitution protects the government from the people. Any constitution than can be used like this is not a constitution and should not get the any respect. It should be replaced by a new constitution under a new “president” under the agreement of a new democratic parliament. That should be nonnegotiable.

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  196. Maria Callas
    February 6, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    It pains me to witness what seems – like in Iran and the Green Revolution here – that you’d lose your battle this time. Without a real support from the outside world, they’ll tire you and that’s it.

    The fucking fascists all over the world are still winning. Not for sure I hope. The people are learning from Iran, Tunis, Egypt. And no matter how heavy my heart is, I fell in love with Egyptian people and I wish you all the best in your struggle.

    I am so sorry I cannot do anything real to help. Good luck.

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  197. GStargrave
    February 7, 2011 at 1:48 am

    “The end is near. …”
    It’s the aftermath, that is about to start. The most dangerous part.
    Anything may happen now. The propaganda machine is buzzing, the rewriting of history for the sake of power, has started. Merkel and Clinton utter concern about the “power vacuum” in Egypt – implying that it needs to be filled according to their very interests – none else are at stake from their perspective.
    They will try to turn the 25th into a myth, serving the ideology of the power-structures to come. The M-brotherhood serves as a fraud representative at the table, while shortly before the people on Tahrir put up a list of representatives, none of them from the brotherhood – totally ignored in the mainstream-media. Smells fishy…

    Still I hope, that we shall never forget, never forgive, never believe the lies, that are being made up for the sheep among us.
    Behold the peace among the people and the traffic in Cairo, that went never so smooth as on that very day, when the police thugs left town (Kouddous on DN one week ago – http://www.democracynow.org/2011/1/31/sharif_abdel_kouddous_live_from_egypt).

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  198. Peter
    February 7, 2011 at 2:15 am

    Dear Sandmonkey. From my Copenhagen Outlook I like the rest of the world have followed the courage and bravery of the Egyptian people with awe and admiration. Someone said that the Egyptian revolution has no head but millions of faces. Sadly your opponent not only has a face he most certainly also has a head. Your idea of having the grassroots organizing a Unity Party from scracth is fine, but that won’t happen today nor next month. Democracy is a slowmoving proces and you are running out of time. It is imperative that those who started this movement come forward and take responsibility and leadership if only temporary. The initiators owe it to all those who have been willing to risk their lives for a better future to be their voice and to take part in the transition talks. Leadership is needed badly and if those of you who started this revolution don’t show it someone else will steal it from you. Don’t allow history to repeat itself. Make it happen. I wish you all the best.

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  199. Tara Krawczyk
    February 8, 2011 at 12:13 am

    My heart is with all of you as you battle for the freedom you so deserve! When I heard about how the police are hunting down anti Mubarak individuals and scaring the families into secrecy my heart broke into a million pieces…I cannot believe that they would let out the prisoners and pay them to attack you! Evil doesnt even begin to describe who Mubarak is… He can try to muster all the sympathy he wants…please know that there are so many of us here in the United States who are praying for you and wishing your voice to not only be heard but that you will prevail over the evil regime forces at hand. Please know that I am doing what I can to spread the truth among my friends and family…to let them know not only what is happening currently but to spread a fervent air of kindred hope for the egyptian people. How I wish I knew what else I could do to help! God will prevail.. yes He will…. of one mind and heart..A Missouri woman

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  200. Melody Cartledge
    February 8, 2011 at 12:36 am

    Having once been a resident and student in Cairo I felt compelled to write to you and encourage you from the U.S.A. where I now live. We have not been told the complexities of the problems that you are facing there in Egypt. I was personally present when Nasser was in power and remember that we had to salute Nasser and pledge to him each day, rather than saluting the flag, as we do in the United States. We pray for your Democracy and for your people and I am grateful that we Americans are refraining from forcing our ideas on you. I became a public school teacher and had many years in an elementary classroom. I especially pray for the safety of your children. Would that you will be vindicated in your sacrifices and that Egyptian children will have a peaceful future. I salute you and respect the efforts to make a better life for the people.

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  201. Mo Be
    February 8, 2011 at 2:10 am

    Well done Sandmonkey.!! Tons of pro-activist around world are behind you.

    I live in London but originally from Burma. On behalf of millions of fellow pro-democracy activists in Burma, I salute you for continual sacrifice for human dignity.

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  202. Jerry Clay
    February 8, 2011 at 2:11 am

    Gentleman,
    Sir, I admire your efforts and accomplishments and those of all FREEDOM LOVING Egyptians!! As an American in Alabama, I pray the GOOD citizens of Egypt can take a lesson and learn from the Tea Party Movement here in America. We, too, are breaking the bonds of tyranny!!

    Respectfully,
    Jerry Clay

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  203. Tallulahdahling
    February 8, 2011 at 5:39 am

    Sandmonkey, I hope all your aims come true. For you and Egypt I wish a government that respects and protects the right of each person to his or her Life, Liberty, Property and Pursuit of Happiness – I wish you protections of all the rights protected by the U.S. Contitution’s Bill of Rights, including freedom of conscience (of speech, press, religion), equal protection for everyone under the law regardless of religion, gender, race…

    May your revolution bring you the kind of Egypt that I know you want, Sandmonkey. May it not be hijacked by religious fanatics who will enact laws that are just a different kind of oppression from the one you’re fighting now.

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  204. Sharon
    February 8, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    I’m with you 100%. But tell us more on the plans of a protest without leaders: what will happen afterwards? When it will actually be “afterwards”? Is your goal Mubarak resignation and free elections, whatever the results might be?

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  205. Aisling
    February 8, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    I have been watching your protest from the beginning and I just want to urge you all to stay strong to your aims and not be persuaded to compromise no matter what is promised.Here in Ireland we take our democratic freedoms for granted.You must hold fast and until change is achieved otherwise I fear for the consequences for your country.

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  206. I am a Jew
    February 9, 2011 at 3:13 am

    Stay Strong. Live Free from oppression.
    You the Muslims we the Jews are PAWNS of politicians who want to CONTROL US FOR THEIR POWER PLAY GAMES. SAY no to that it the 21st century. We Jews came home to our ancient lands….we want peace and freedom like you.

    STAAY STRONG FOR FREEDOM AND PEACE ……do not be a pawn for POLITICAL POWER.

    peace brother

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  207. I am a Jew
    February 9, 2011 at 3:20 am

    Even if you hate Jews I pray for your safety to my God Avram, Yacov, Issac that you my DNA cousin should stay safe, that your family stay safe and that ALL of Egypt find “FREEDOM” from the tyranny of politicians who would suppress them.

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  208. Belisarius
    February 11, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Decalogue for people-power revolutionaries

    1. Don’t have a visible spokesperson or committee to speak in public for the revolution. A beast with one head can be beheaded, by assassination, arrest or smear. A many-headed creature cannot be killed.

    2. Keep your aims and demands simple and don’t have too many. The more stated demands you have, the easier it is for the regime to satisfy some of them and split off support. Justice must be the first demand.

    3. Use ridicule, satire and contempt as your primary weapons. This has a two-fold effect – tyrants are extremely vulnerable to embarrassment, and are unsettled by disrespectful attitudes; and at the same time a sense of humour will make you much more attractive to the outside world.

    4. Your principal strategy is to make the regime uncomfortable. Anything – from striptease protests to pirate videos to simply violating existing etiquette and forms of address – is valid here. Think big in your aims and think “small and many” in your actions.

    5. All despotic regimes have a state TV station – that is the principal target. Cut the cables and power lines, jam it with radio signals if you can, blockade it to stop staff getting in.

    6. All despotic regimes have nations that back them or trade weapons with them – the public in those countries will be guilty about participating in your oppression. You must also target them with letters to newspapers in those countries, telephone interviews, blog comments, and all other media.

    7. Don’t attack or storm any regime positions – swarm around them. Never harm anyone. Isolate anyone in your movement who urges violence, don’t allow them to act in your name.

    8. Don’t act in the darkness – dictators love the night. Try to coordinate all events in the full daylight so that the videocameras can record any repressive or violent action.

    9. Find out which officers command the platoons and companies on the front lines, and try to find family members of those officers who will stand with them in the protest. Also sergeants and private soldiers if possible. This reinforces the idea that the army are the people, and discourages any violent response from the soldiers.

    10. Believe no promises from the authorities. Ever. Even the most democratic of politicians lie to save their positions, and a despot will lie more grandly and more readily than any other.

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  209. iLdoRight
    February 15, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    Consider a political system that fills its positions by an honest lottery drawing. To be qualified for any government one should be of good moral and ethical character with a good reputation and be well educated and be able to pass a test on what it means to uphold each persons human rights.

    One could serve for a set number of years, being brought in on various dates so there is no huge change at one time and the new entrants would have many seasoned fellow workers to help the new worker.

    This process could encourage many to be as good as they can be for Egypt so they may have the prospect of improving the country.

    Records of their voting and conduct could be of public record and a part of Egypt’s new history for all to see, for their glory or shame.

    A corrupt system with huge political contributions that corrupt and pervert the decisions, the humanity and the justice yould probably not be your countrys best option. Such corrupt systems can lead to depression and suicides as we all well know. Hoping for the best for you.

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  210. Steen
    February 17, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Arab people are awesome!
    Greetings from Denmark :)

    Reply
  211. salma
    February 20, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Better late than never.I had been with u in heart n spirit,since de first day of you “uprisingI”till u booted Mubarak out of office.My heart went out to you all and i prayed for your safety ,from malaysia.Congrats ! TO THE HEROES!

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  212. dominate seo
    February 23, 2011 at 1:45 am

    Yeah, finally, something has to be done about this, and this is just the right thing.

    Reply
  213. cabbage soup diet
    February 28, 2011 at 1:27 am

    I have to say, I dont know if its the clashing colours or the dangerous grammar, however this weblog is hideous! I imply, I dont need to sound like a know-it-all or anything, however could you could have presumably put a little bit extra effort into this subject. Its really fascinating, but you dont signify it well at all, man. Anyway, in my language, there usually are not much good supply like this. cabbage soup diet

    Reply
  214. Habibi Matrimonials
    March 1, 2011 at 6:51 am

    Assalamu alaikum. It was a pleasure to read this, a thousand times more than news reports!

    I love how the Egyptian Military wasn’t willing to protect
    Mr Mobarak!

    Reply
  215. War Articles
    July 15, 2011 at 6:41 am

    Articles on war such as, Middle Eastern wars, Ancient wars, the Vietnam war, Spies, and much more.
    War Article.

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