Mubarak’s Egypt NO MORE

Today, the people were more resolved than ever to get rid of Hosny Mubarak, especially after last night's provocative statement. I went to the presidential palaces alongside thousands of Egyptians and we surrounded it completely. Within a couple of hours we received the news: MUBARAK HAD ABDICATED!

Now, mind you, he didn't really abdicate..the army overthrew him. That's why we only had Omar Suleiman letting us know this. But it doesn't matter. We will get all the money they stole and use it to rebuild the country.

Tonight will be the first night where I go to bed and don't have to worry about state security hunting me down, or about government goons sent to kidnap me; or about government sponsored hackers attacking my website. Tonight, for the first time ever, I feel free…and it is awesome! 🙂

Save any and all disagreements with any of the groups that operate them. We will disagree with each other, and that will be sweet because no more dictatorship. Tomorrow we squabble,and…tonite?



272 Comments on Mubarak’s Egypt NO MORE

  1. Yasmin
    February 12, 2011 at 12:10 am

    I can’t wait to come back!! You made us in the diaspora look so good; but the credit is all yours …

  2. fandango52
    February 12, 2011 at 12:10 am


  3. Janet Kingan
    February 12, 2011 at 12:11 am

    A big Mabroukh and Mazal Tov to you! I’ve been reading you since you started and I never thought I would 1) see this day, and 2)be so proud to know your real name!!

  4. Matt Ross
    February 12, 2011 at 12:12 am

    Power to the people Sandmonkey freedom to the people and the people thank you

  5. Rositta
    February 12, 2011 at 12:13 am

    I am happy that this all worked out for you and that you survived. The only thin left is for the emergency powers to be rescinded and then you can truly sleep peacefully. You deserve it…ciao

  6. NelleChan
    February 12, 2011 at 12:13 am

    Sleep well, Sandmonkey. Tomorrow dawns a new day.

  7. 7starsdubai
    February 12, 2011 at 12:15 am

    You did a good job. We joined you all the time. Congratulation to all of you.
    I´m also a hunted Blogger ( girl) – hunted by some royals from the UAE – this since mid 2009.

    All the best for you


    twitter: dubai7stars

  8. Majdi Haroun
    February 12, 2011 at 12:17 am

    Let the world be our witness:
    YES we did it. Egyptians did it. Finally Egyptians can claim some of their lost pride back. We are more than the pyramids, the nile, and belly dancing. We are people who stood for their rights and demanded to be respected. We are the #Jan25 protesters  who marched in peace, dignity, and love. We are Tahrir square, we are khaled Saeed and every innocent who died in this revolution. 
    We are Egypt.

  9. Miranda
    February 12, 2011 at 12:18 am

    You and Egypt deserve every moment of celebration! You have done the impossible.
    Following you and your friends has been a lifechanging experience for me, in snowy Vermont, USA. I don’t think my world will ever be the same and I know yours won’t.
    Egypt has proven that it really is possible to make a better world. Than you for that.


  10. DarkestAngel
    February 12, 2011 at 12:18 am

    I’m from the UK. I have been watching all of this from my living room on AlJazeera on my pc. I have so much respect for all of you, you are all a true inspiration, heroes. I am in awe of your courage and determination. It’s astounding. While I cannot truely imagine the joy you all feel, rest assured, myself and millions like me are all rejoicing tonight because Egypt has been freed, by it’s own people! You are free!

    My 12 year old daughter has realised how incredibly lucky she is over the last 2 and a half weeks, we all have. I want to thank you for demonstrating that peaceful protest does work and it can change the world. Congratulations, you accomplished a marvelous victory and we are all so very proud of you all.


  11. Miranda
    February 12, 2011 at 12:18 am

    You and Egypt deserve every moment of celebration! You have done the impossible.
    Following you and your friends has been a lifechanging experience for me, in snowy Vermont, USA. I don’t think my world will ever be the same and I know yours won’t.
    Egypt has proven that it really is possible to make a better world. Thank you for that.


  12. kelkyen
    February 12, 2011 at 12:19 am


  13. Maverick
    February 12, 2011 at 12:21 am

    The Jubilation wont allow me to settle and find the right words. Mabrouk Masr, celebrate your success, you deserve it.
    This was no One man Revolution ala Castro/Nasser, no foreign invasion ala Iraq, no violent coup…..this was an organic spontaneous outcry from the hearts of the people..people of all walks of life.
    This is a celebration for humanity.

  14. RocketRay
    February 12, 2011 at 12:21 am

    I’ve been following you for close to three years now from southern California, and I just want to say CONGRATULATIONS on the Egyptian people’s victory! And congratulations directly to you, SM, because you definitely had a hand in it.

    Now don’t drink too much, your head will hurt while helping clean up Meedan Tahrir tomorrow. 😉

  15. Firasath
    February 12, 2011 at 12:23 am

    Congraatulations brother!! We are all egyptians today. Hats off to you, all organizers and planners of this revolution and all egyptians who responded to the call of the soul yearning for freedom!!!. Pause now for celebrations and then it is time to keep the pressure on for all constituional reforms…I think its time for all Egyptian intellectuals to come back home because today is the first step in nation building. Tonite We Celebrate 🙂 I am celebrating here Florida.
    May Gob be with you Egypt.

  16. Tallulah
    February 12, 2011 at 12:25 am

    Sweet dreams, Sandmonkey, and all Egypt. May God bless.

  17. lynne
    February 12, 2011 at 12:31 am

    SandMonkey, I have been following the events in Egypt with the most extreme anxiety, wishing that you were here in Austin… hoping that the people on the streets protesting would be safe and that the military would show restraint and humanity. Hoping, of course, that the protests would lead to positive changes for the Egyptian people. I was in tears last night watching the interview with Waled Ghomin.
    I wondered about Mubarak… I understand wanting to have a good life, but wealth… there is just so much you can buy and so much that you can do with money and beyond that it becomes about power over people, greed, and evil. Mubarak and his friends have accumulated immense wealth.
    I hope that the military, with the power that they have, will use that power to bring about positive changes for Egypt, making Egypt truly a wonderful place to live and to visit.
    My heart and prayers are with the good people of Egypt.

  18. Nubian_female_militia
    February 12, 2011 at 12:32 am

    Congrats to you and all my family in Egypt!!! Party like you’ve been waiting for 30 years!!!!

  19. daniel duquenal
    February 12, 2011 at 12:32 am

    Rooting for you here guys! Now comes the real hard part, secure your gains!

  20. lynne
    February 12, 2011 at 12:33 am

    I forgot to say the most important thing: Thank heavens that you are safe. Stay safe! Encourage Walid to leave Egypt and to work for Egypt from the outside. I believe that he can do more good that way. Honestly.

  21. Kathy Kinsley
    February 12, 2011 at 12:33 am

    Celebrate, ‘Sam’- and enjoy your celebration! As Firasath says, “We are all egyptians today. Hats off to you, all organizers and planners of this revolution and all egyptians who responded to the call of the soul yearning for freedom!!!. Pause now for celebrations and then it is time to keep the pressure on for all constitutional reforms.”

    Like, Firasath, I am also celebrating in Florida. Because, no matter what the ‘pragmatists’ around the world say about what COULD happen (and why a tyrant is better), you, the people of Egypt, have the RIGHT to, as the US Declaration of Independence said, “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

    I wish you all success. Don’t let anyone take your rights away again. And, as I said in comments to another post… maybe in a few years you can teach U.S. how to do it right.

  22. Fred Minton
    February 12, 2011 at 12:37 am

    A huge congratulations to you all who have fought against all odds!!! This is as proud a moment as humanity as ever known. Now the hard work begins, build a democracy. Make sure it’s a true one, transparency, minority rights, secular, irrevocable human rights, separation of powers, independent judiciary, and all the rest of the ingredients without which — with the absence of a single one — the door is left ajar for tyranny to rear its ugly head once again. Good luck!

  23. robin yates
    February 12, 2011 at 12:39 am

    I have watched for the first time, thanks to the internet a regime crumble under the power of the people. You achieved the impossible without violence and without guns. I salute all you proud Egyptians

  24. Manne
    February 12, 2011 at 12:42 am

    From Sweden. Congratulations to you and egyptian people. You are the light for the rest of the world. I wish you the best in the future. Thanks for showing all the supressed people the way.

  25. Ahmed Mustafa
    February 12, 2011 at 12:42 am

    I wish i were in cairo now and celebrite! Get drunk!!! I am working on it!!!

  26. Lobna
    February 12, 2011 at 12:45 am

    I’m gonna start following blogs. and i’m gonna start with yours!

    Sleep well Sandmonkey, you sure as hell deserve it.. and wake up proud, to a free country!

  27. sam
    February 12, 2011 at 12:52 am

    Feedom feels great but freedom isnt free. Now when I say that statement you should take it as you fight for freedom. The advice i have is that you form a republic and not a democracy. The USA is not a Democracy. It has democratic principles but we are a Representative republic. The founding fathers here where very keen on all tyoes of past governments. Egypt should be governed not by mob rule (democracy) but vy a constitutional republic( everyone has a voice no matter how big or small that grouop may be. THE USA is not perfect but we can walk doen the street freely and religion should be a base for a constitutional morality but not for a governing styke. Laws should not be made because the Koran says it’s a law. You have many religeons in Egypt. They all should be free to practice in their places of worship with out being persecuted. This will be egypts failuire if it creates an islamic state that islamic law dictates all. Morality and common sense should apply to all your walks of life. I wish you peace and much freedom!!!

  28. richard
    February 12, 2011 at 12:55 am

    ive just shared your blog on my facebook page. I found you through

    im 25 years old, from London, and its an inspiration to see what has happened, that it is a movement of people the same age as i am, who care about the same things that i do and want the same rights as i was fortunate to be given as a British citizen. I hope you all do things your way, the Egyptian way, the free way, and I will make a democratic Alexandria my first holiday destination 🙂
    All thoughts with you


  29. Céline Plourde
    February 12, 2011 at 12:59 am

    Hi, Sandmonkey.

    Congratulation to you and all Egyptians for your new freedom. You deserve it greatly. I hope you will install all the same liberties that we know in Canada according to Human Rights signed in 1948.

    Do you fear that your revolution will end like the one in Iran in 1979 or like in Algeria in 1990.

    I wish you the best to you and Egypt.

    Céline Plourde.

  30. Fritz
    February 12, 2011 at 1:01 am

    Rock on! Congrats to you and to the rest of the fighters for freedom. Now, as you know, comes the hard work. But first, party.

  31. Granny Ruth
    February 12, 2011 at 1:04 am

    I was so happy for the people of Egypt today. Your last paragraph brought tears to my eyes. I cannot imagine such repression. Freedom has such a sweet taste.

  32. SlightlyLoony
    February 12, 2011 at 1:05 am

    Congratulations, SandMonkey! There are a lot of Americans with big smiles today, happy for the people of Egypt. And one SandMonkey in particular…

  33. Youssif
    February 12, 2011 at 1:06 am

    Mubarak free enviroment at last!
    btw thank you for the lovely evening @ starbucks, was a real pleasure hanging with you guys.

  34. DesiChick
    February 12, 2011 at 1:09 am

    Don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out!

  35. Robert v Castro
    February 12, 2011 at 1:10 am

    Congradulations!!! i am celebrating your liberation!!! thank you for showing me and many other Americans the meaning of courage…long live liberty !long live Egypt!
    p.s.-sleep well-youdeserve it

  36. Blondie
    February 12, 2011 at 1:11 am

    This is wonderful news!!

    I am so pleased for you – and your fellow Egyptians. I hope the days, weeks, months ahead bring TRUE freedom, peace and safety for you all.

    And I hope that the army have the interests of the people at heart.

    Best wishes from New Zealand.

  37. kelly
    February 12, 2011 at 1:18 am

    CONGRATULATIONS TO THE PEOPLE OF EGYPT!!!!! what a great day Egypt and a great day for the world!!!!!

  38. Sammy
    February 12, 2011 at 1:25 am

    Dear, dear Sandmonkey and all Egyptians,

    I’m so happy for you all! Beautiful people you are! You showed the whole world how to stand up against tyranny. I saw all the tragedy on AlJazeera live on the internet, every single day and almost felt the terror myself when the F16’s flew low over the square.

    I’m sure you all are going to build a good future, which will be an example for the rest of the world. A lot of love from Holland.

  39. sjaye
    February 12, 2011 at 1:35 am

    Congratulations to the people of Egypt!

    New Mexico, USA

  40. Shota Consafos
    February 12, 2011 at 1:43 am

    You have marked Egypt as a great civilization once again.

    Congratulations. You Egyptians make us Americans proud that we too are humans!

  41. leo
    February 12, 2011 at 1:47 am

    “Mubarak’s Egypt NO MORE”

    How? Granted, there is no Mubarak at the helm, but what else has changed?

    It your uprising was solely against the man rather than system, then you needn’t bother and 300 people have died in vain.

    On the other hand if result of your efforts will be ascendance of MB, then you will have made it even worst for Egypt.

    Have a little celebration of course, but quickly get back to work. You struggle just begins.

  42. Jaraparilla
    February 12, 2011 at 1:49 am

    Sleep well, mate. I don’t know how so many Egyptians found so much energy and courage, but you have inspired not just your fellow Arabs but in fact people all round the world. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  43. @soaked2thebone
    February 12, 2011 at 1:52 am

    Greetings from the USA. You did it! Congrats, so happy for Egypt!

  44. Jeff C. (USA)
    February 12, 2011 at 2:04 am

    I have been following you since the night of the battle around the museum, hours watching Al Jazeera, unable to turn away, praying for the sun to come up. How did you win without destroying everything? Then yesterday, watching the Tahrir party before Mubarak’s speech, and seeing how devastating his speech must have been to everything you had hoped. Seeing the shoes going up in the air and the overflowing anger. How could it be that you did not destroy the country right then? How did you turn it into even more powerful resolve?

    What you have done– they way you did it– was something that I did not believe that human beings could even do. You did something that I have never seen in my life. From here, it seems much bigger than getting rid of Mubarak. You, all of you, each of you, who somehow did not break windows, who somehow did not tear things down, who somehow kept building and building in determination day by day, have taken us to a new place. In doing what you did, you have carried the human race with you.

    Congratulations and thank you.

  45. killcrypt
    February 12, 2011 at 2:05 am

    Dude, how does it feel to have played the part of a hero in a frickin revolution?
    We are all Khalid Saeed indeed.

  46. Lucas Degen
    February 12, 2011 at 2:28 am

    Happy for you and your country. Lot of people in Holland where following the news on Aljazeera Englisch live stream or on the iPod app.

    For us it is hard to imagine not being free for 30 years.

    It was beautiful to see so many happy people today.

    Again, I’m very happy for you!

  47. @justpressmute
    February 12, 2011 at 2:28 am

    Free at last! Free at last! Free at last! Run for high office, SM! Who better than you?!

  48. Sally Soliai
    February 12, 2011 at 2:29 am

    Thank you for an inspirational, non-violent Revolution…you shed light on how the world could change for the better and that the youth are the ones who must stand up to fight for its freedom from those who have been in power too long and corrupted the name of a great nation, and thus, its people.

    I was going to send you a piece of advice via twitter when you were mobilizing to start taking names of all the people who were in Tahrir Square: instead of taking the names of everyone there, you should have started off backwards and said, the names of all the people in Egypt are in Tahrir…if those who do not want to support the revolution would like to take their names off the list, please come down and do so…in the end, you didn’t have to do any of that…but, I think my way would’ve been much easier seeing the country seemed to have spilled out on the streets after all. 😉

    Anyways, much thanks for giving many people around the world a sense of happiness that anything is possible.

  49. John
    February 12, 2011 at 2:32 am

    Hello from Canada. Congratulations to you and your fellow Egyptians on your victory. Have been glued to the TV set (and laptop) the last 18 days watching all this play out on CNN and Al Jazeera praying for a good ending, and it happened. You people have been an inspiration to me. Really shows the power of the social media and the internet. Keep using these tools in the days, weeks and months ahead to help you form a just and democratic government. Sleep well.

  50. o.jeff
    February 12, 2011 at 2:35 am

    Amazing. Just amazing. Congratulations to you and to all Egyptians. You have earned the admiration of the entire world.

  51. jane
    February 12, 2011 at 2:50 am

    The World Socialist Web Site hails the downfall of Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak. There is jubilation in the streets of Cairo, Alexandria and other cities, as millions of Egyptian workers and youth celebrate their historic victory.

    These extraordinary events are a turning point not only for Egypt, but for the entire world. They have shown the immense social power of the working class, unanswerably refuting claims that the collapse of the Soviet Union signified the “end of history”—that is, the end of class struggle as a factor in human affairs. The victorious heroism of the masses of Egypt in the face of torture, arrests and repression are an inspiration for workers and youth around the globe.

    Congratulations on this important step! Sleep well tonight – there is yet much to be done!

  52. why
    February 12, 2011 at 2:56 am

    Why have Al Jazeera changed Sulieman’s speech? His “God Help Us All” comment has been changed. It has also been removed from bbc? Also, the only record on Youtube has been edited??

  53. jadedone
    February 12, 2011 at 3:00 am

    Congratulations to the people of Egypt!!!!
    I love this blog and have been following it for a couple of years… Sweet Dreams Sandmonkey you deserve them.

  54. Semper Gumby
    February 12, 2011 at 3:20 am

    Congrats! What’s next? Seems like there is lots of work to be done…like early elections?

    You are a brave lad — you and Lisa G both. I am amazed at you mideast bloggers have dared to accomplish. Well done.

  55. Marylene
    February 12, 2011 at 3:24 am

    The world has changed today…
    Egyptians have truly showed the world what courage is….and what peaceful rebelion can achieve…no words to express the dept of the experience across the atlantic…i can’t even start to imagine what it must be like in egypt.
    I beleive a truly amazing changed within the soul of humans happenned today… thanks to you all…

    an egyptian friend of mine during the week told me:: He is crazy…but he doesn’t know yet how much crazier he made us :o)

  56. patj
    February 12, 2011 at 3:25 am

    SM, I am glad that you are safe! And glad you are happy, but… the regime is still there. Mubarak is gone, but he ruled in conjunction with the military, and the military sometimes had the upper hand, not him. You are still living under a military dictatorship with its own interests, very much including its financial interests.

    I have no doubt there will be changes. You have my fervent hopes and prayers that Egypt can find its way towards a liberal democracy that will fit Egyptians. The work has just begun.

  57. ella
    February 12, 2011 at 3:27 am


    Congratulation on your getting rid of Mubarak.
    You and the Egyptian people did with Mubarak what I thought Iranians would do with Ahmadinejad.
    Good for you.
    Once again congratulations and…… please, please ensure that your revolution will not end like the Iranian one did.

  58. michael george
    February 12, 2011 at 3:29 am

    Congratulations Sandmonkey and to alll patriotic Egyptians. You are model revolutionaries. Kudos from New York
    I pray keeping your freedom will be no more difficult than winning it.

  59. Sabine A.
    February 12, 2011 at 3:30 am

    My congratulations to the Egyptian people on what you have achieved, and even more importantly: how you have done it, in a peaceful manner. What an inspiration!
    You can be very proud of yourselves!
    Celebrating with you tonight, after 2 weeks spent following every tweet and AJ.
    Best wishes for the future of Egypt,
    from Canada

  60. Kasey156
    February 12, 2011 at 3:30 am

    Sleep, my sweet Sandmonkey … rest your heart and spirit tonight – because you will need it to build a new country tomorrow.

    One Love!

  61. rpwpb
    February 12, 2011 at 3:36 am

    Again, Sandmonkey, my congratulations. Your tweets have much helped Americans understand what has been going on, and I know you and others have done such a historical service at true personal risk.

    Our US founders here from 1776 would be so proud.

    Egypt is for Egypt. I trust you and the millions of others who made this great day possible understand that the US, under Obama, will not interfere as you and your fellow countrymen and women chart your new course. And I believe most of us here are fully confident you will chart it wisely and with the courage you have already demonstrated.

    My own economic fortunes are not so good right now, as with many in your country, but I hope someday to visit this new free Egypt and would much like to meet you and buy you an evening of beer. Trust you enjoyed some Friday evening.

    And as a journalist, I urge you to gather and expand on your writings and memories of these last 18 days — while those memories remains fresh — to give the world your valuable account of this amazing time.

    Thank you again.

  62. Ringo the Gringo
    February 12, 2011 at 3:38 am

    Congratulations to you and to the people of Egypt.

    Enjoy this day, because tomorrow a new fight begins. Freedom is the true goal…May God be with you.

  63. Jerry Clay
    February 12, 2011 at 3:40 am

    Congratulations, Sandmonkey and all the good citizens of Egypt!! Mubarak also made obama appear to be and even greater fool. obama got the news..not from a conversation with Mubarak or Mubarak’s staff, and not from his own White House staff. He got it from television!!

    Your battle has been fought peacefully and your victory Blessed.
    Today is truly Egypt’s Independence Day (Fourth of July)!!

    Sincerely and Respectfully,

  64. ellen
    February 12, 2011 at 3:59 am


    The whole world celebrates with you!

    Respect and joy from Ireland.

  65. Amnahkr
    February 12, 2011 at 4:00 am

    Congratz Alhamdullilah! Tonight gonna be a good good nite!!!!!!!! I got a call in the middle of the nite to tell me….n there i was celebrating..Kuala Lumpur was wide awake intoxicated by Egyptian freedom…ripple effect of the only monkey in the desert sands!!! Writing a term paper on use of technology to bring the Egyptian Revolution (ur my central character ) at Islamic University Malaysia!!!JOKE Mubarak is like a bitter ex-boyfriend who can’t get over getting dumped. He’s all like “Come on, I’ve changed! I fired my Cabinet! Remember the good times we had with all those peace accords I used to bring you? Oh, so you’re with Mohammed ElBaradei now; what’s he got that I don’t have?” Then he gets all insecure and paranoid and starts reading all your text messages and e-mails.

  66. Amnahkr
    February 12, 2011 at 4:18 am

    Heyyyy when you moving to Palestine or Saudia for a change he he he….after all your a monkey of the desert!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  67. SGIME
    February 12, 2011 at 4:26 am

    The power, freedom and resolve you and the people of Egypt have shown – not just these last few weeks but going back seven years to when this blog and others like it emerged as voices in the wilderness – can, should and must serve as a reminder that anything is possible, and a promise that oppression can not last. Not in Egypt, not anywhere. Thanks for the ongoing inspiration you provide to so many still finding their voice. SGIME

  68. David
    February 12, 2011 at 4:41 am

    May Allah bless you all,and send you wise counsel…….

  69. Michael Lonie
    February 12, 2011 at 4:42 am

    Congratulations. You guys deserve the accolade.

    Good luck. You guys are going to need lots of it.

  70. Annie Watson
    February 12, 2011 at 4:45 am

    well, job well done. I was watching and listening, for the last 18 days, all day and night… first thought in my mind, each day. It was empowering for the whole world to watch and cheer and support all of you through this courageous and momentous event. You are all so inspiring. Seriously, I was sobbing when the news broke on AJE.
    Thank you! Today is my birthday and this was the best present I could have gotten.

  71. Mabrouk
    February 12, 2011 at 6:13 am

    Sandmonkey…Mabrouk!!! You made us proud & have every reason to be proud…

    Speaking of the WAY FORWARD for the Egyptian revolution NOT to be hijacked.. In a nutshell, on top of the list, you need a NEW & STRONG constitution which guaranties three things:

    1- Full respect to religious practice but strict separation from state affairs
    2- Strict separation of executive, legislative & judicial powers
    3- That the Armed forces be in the service of the people & must stay out of politics

    The rest is details….All the best and remember you are leading the way for the rest of us in the Arab World…

  72. Nickie Goomba
    February 12, 2011 at 6:32 am

    My prayers continue to be with you, my friend.

  73. Reality Check
    February 12, 2011 at 6:38 am

    Congratulations young man, I am most impressed by what you and your generation have achieved so far. Celebrate and enjoy but recogniise that despite the years of effort you have invested and the risks you have taken till now, you job is only beginning.
    Given your penchant for neo-cons, learn from their errors. Democracy is a bottom-up, not a top-down system and in Egypt you totally lack the grass-roots organisations and structures that guarantee freedom and democracy.
    A couple of days ago you posted about organising. That is exactly the route you and your friends need to take now. As you probably lack experience in political organisation, might I suggest you base yourselves on marketing principles and tools and adapt them.
    The road ahead is long but well worth the effort. Best of luck.

  74. egyptchick7
    February 12, 2011 at 6:54 am

    THank you ya Sandmonkey! I have been following your blog for years and it is people like you, and The Big Pharaoh along with others who have helped bring this dream to fruition. Thank you so much! I am so proud to be an Egyptian-American and it is because of you, these issues were brought into the limelight and have made me want to fight for a greater Egypt. Thank You!

  75. malak
    February 12, 2011 at 7:02 am

    i love you sandmonkey! sleep well.

  76. cheale
    February 12, 2011 at 7:26 am

    You are our inspiration, you are in our hearts… ?????

  77. cheale
    February 12, 2011 at 7:27 am

    I tried writing mabruk in Arabic but it came out as question marks…

  78. Eva, Canada
    February 12, 2011 at 7:46 am

    I was so worried about you, Sandmonkey, especially after hearing you on the phone with Roger Simon, but today my worries are over. You guys are awesome! Congratulations to you and all the Egyptian people! I hope that democracy will not be wrestled out of your hands like in Iran. It must not. Sleep tight tonight, tomorrow the hard work begins. Wishing you all the best!

  79. Boel Tammes
    February 12, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Congratulitions from Denmark!! And THANK YOU for your support to Denmark during the cartoon-crisis!
    Sleep well, Sandmonkey, and be aware of the Muslim Brotherhood. If not – yous sweet dreams may become a nightmare.

  80. Dima
    February 12, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Congratulations on your victory and freedom, you are changing the world!!!!!

  81. dafna
    February 12, 2011 at 8:29 am

    We wish you good luck and prosperity Greetings from Israel

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  82. Beth
    February 12, 2011 at 8:46 am

    You are my hero!!!!!!!!!

  83. Wolfensoul
    February 12, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Good Morning, FREE EGYPT !
    I am writing to you from germany, and I simply have no words to express may feelings. I watched all this unfold on my pc and while out oif the house on laptop (THANK YOU Al Jazeera !!) – and though I quickly got in trouble with my wife and my 11-yr-old daugther for spening 24 hrs a day at the news, they both joined in the last 2 days – and last night, my 11-yr-old even set up a spontaneous “Mubarak-is-gone-party” in her room 🙂
    I am thankfull to all the egyptian people for given a unique present to me, my family and all the people in the world: the prove that the power of the people truly can create miracles. May Allah bless you all – and if we ever make it to Egypt as tourist, be asured the first place we will visit is TAHRIR !!!

  84. Amina
    February 12, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Mabrouk to you all!

    You Egyptian people make us muslims proud! thank you!

  85. Kat_Mo
    February 12, 2011 at 9:05 am

    The Legendary Kat…Dear Mahmoud…may I call you that after all this time?

    I hardly slept the last few days between work, watching the news, reading twitter and blogging. It was incredible to watch and read. You are as ever in my thoughts and prayers as are all the good people of Egypt.

    I cannot lie, but to tell you that I was very afraid for you and all of Egypt when Mubarek refused to step down Thursday night. The sight of Egyptians remaining peaceful, without resorting to immediate destruction and violent push back gave me much hope as did the next day. I worked the overnight shift and watched the events on cnn (with captions since we couldn’t turn it up). Then I ran straight home and jumped on the internet to watch al Jazeera (of all the networks to watch, but they had the best coverage).

    The excitement of Mubarek’s announcement was electrifying. I know I could not feel one tenth the joy and excitement that you must have experienced. The utter lightness of being.

    There are so many questions remaining now that the regime has all but disappeared and so much hard work to come. I hope in the intervening weeks, months and years that this one day of jubilation reminds you and sustains you through all the coming difficulties of establishing a pluralistic, representative government.

    You have more experience than you think. You have the experience of writing and expressing your ideas, entering into debate with people from all walks of life. This is the very basis of a free society, governed by the people, for the people. Whether you enter into the political sphere directly through organizing and developing a liberal party or you use your skills of writing to push your ideas, to push Egypt towards freedom, I know you will be a force for good in your country.

    Do you remember when you first began blogging? That you felt like you were a lone voice crying into the wilderness? Now you are like a gale force hurricane, unstoppable and able to reshape the landscape around you.

    There were losses in your march to freedom, blood shed in the name of freedom. They were not martyrs, but patriots. Freedom is never free. It must be fought for and guarded from both the inside and out. It is hard work, but having tasted that freedom, you will never go back. I guarantee it.

    God has been merciful to you and the Egyptian people. May he continue to hold you safe in His arms.

    Your friend from way back in the beginning,


  86. Andrea
    February 12, 2011 at 9:12 am

    🙂 So happy for you all 🙂 Long road ahead, but if you can do this much peacefully, then you can do anything all of you!

  87. rosa
    February 12, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Good morning FREE egypt

    how proud you must all feel. the rest of the world is proud of you. you have taught us such a lesson, never loosing your cool and determination for a peaceful claim for your rights.

    the hard work starts now but with your hearts full of happiness and freedom it must feel a lighter work.
    good luck for the future, i wish you a great democracy, secular i hope

  88. Monique
    February 12, 2011 at 9:47 am

    I think the comment from Jeff (at nr. 45) describes the feelings outside of Egypt best. Congratulations on your freedom, and for showing the world how positive actions can be so powerfull. Party, rest and take it from there, we’ll continue to be with you in spirit.

    So: respect and I wish my arms were big enough to hug all of you!

  89. Monique
    February 12, 2011 at 9:53 am

    I think the comment of Jeff (nr. 45) describes the feelings outside Egypt very well. Congratulations on your freedom, and for showing the world how strong the power of a positive attitude can be. Party, get some rest and take it from there. We’ll be with you in spirit.

    From Holland: I wish my arms were big enough to hug you all!

  90. Sen
    February 12, 2011 at 10:34 am

    I have so much respect for you and your fellow demonstrators, how you weren’t aggresive but still very determinded, it was a perfect example of how a revolution should go. May everything go fine with Egypth!

  91. Sen
    February 12, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Also, i think people will look very different towards Egypt, which never hurts 😉
    Everybody has gain a lot more respect towards your country!

  92. Gina
    February 12, 2011 at 10:39 am

    To the people of Egypt: Your courage and dignity shines a light across the world.

    Power to the people!

    From Scotland UK

  93. yogi
    February 12, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Much Respect for kicking out the dictator.

    But as other people said, democracy begins with the people – and how many of Egypt’s 80 million understand and want democracy – human rights, freedom of religion, universal services?

    I’m guessing not that many.

    A very serious educational campaign has to be undertaken in order to train people for democracy. Can such a curriculum have a chance in Egypt – where the MB are very strong, and the religious clerics wield a lot of power, not to mention the military that perhaps will not like the idea of not ruling the country?

    The political inexperience of young Egyptian liberals and their small numbers and limited power compared to other forces in Egypt make me very pessimistic as to the outcome of this revolution in the making.

    On the other hand – who thought that you could pull this off without violence? Other miracles are definitely possible.

    Good Luck!

  94. excited Israeli
    February 12, 2011 at 11:10 am

    mazal tov! i’m very excited and happy for you, lots of Israelis are. Hope you will rise and build a democracy better than ours, with real humanity and solidarity, for a step towards a socialist and a humanitarian middle east for us all.

  95. Rima
    February 12, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Congratulations to all Egyptians and to you Sandmonkey. Do you think the Syrians our neighbours will have the gut to face the bloody Assad regime. Oh that will be great!


  96. fuck u
    February 12, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    you said you are atheist before so why do u believe in hell? fuck u 2 sandass

  97. May
    February 12, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    This sense of guilt I told you about is killing me.

  98. Pierre
    February 12, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Try to friendly up your speech, you’ll probably will win more hearts. Otherwise, all the best and keep on with your job!

  99. Snarkhulp
    February 12, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Alf Mabrouk. Mabrouuuuk and many many thanks. I have been following the events in egypt closely. I spent the last nights safely at home in germany in front of my computer watching al-jazeera and following you and the rest of the bunch on twitter. After the crackdown on foreign journalists I did not dare to call my friends in cairo fearing phone calls from germany might put them in danger.

    You gave me and the rest of the world a very close up view of the revolution.

    Thank you Sandmonkey, thank you so much!

  100. Paul Edwards
    February 12, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Sandmonkey – congratulations.

    Whatever else – this is a HUMUNGOUSLY important event in human history.

    It’s also dangerous – you have blogged about the danger yourself. I have set up a forum “sort of for neocons” to discuss dealing with the danger aspects while this window of opportunity/danger is still open (hell, we’re not quite sure what the actual window even is at this stage). Link should be against my name – if not, I’ll make another post.

  101. Domain Diva
    February 12, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    I am so proud of and so excited for the new future of the Egyptian people. May your freedom always be like the taste of honey to your weary souls. Treasure and guard it with all you have.

    We love you and stand with you!!!


  102. Ellie in T.O.
    February 12, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    The Egyptian protesters not only overturned a regime, they did it without shedding any blood except their own. From a historical perspective that is nothing short of amazing. Enjoy your victory, it is a shining example for oppressed people everywhere.

  103. Icemonkey
    February 12, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Congratulation to the Egyptian people, and congratulation to all Arabs and all sandmonkeys in the arab nations. A spark of hope has ignited in the Arab nations, a real spark of hope and freedom that we haven’t seen so much of from the Arab nations for a long time.

    I have been following your movement and revolution for weeks now in the news, Al Jazeera especially, and Facebook/Twitter and you have truly fascinated us viewers in the western countries to the degree of tears flowing in joy and true admiration for your spirit and hope for freedom.

    For the first time in my life I see a real spark of hope and freedom coming from the arab nations. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for igniting that spark of hope, freedom and love in the heart, of this westerner and many more, in the arabic people. Thank you for your “Youth Party” in opening our eyes for your love of hope and freedom, thus braking the barriers of ingorance and intolerace between people on this planet; igniting the spark of love for freedom, the cornerstone of people and nations on this planet living in a higher state of beeing.

    BUT, please be careful, igniting this spark is just the beginning on the freedom road, the first step on a stony road………. to freedom. We will all be with you if you want.

    Love to all freedom loving Egyptians/Arabs from a small nation far away, a nation among the smallest of the European nations, in the middel of the Atlantic ocean, but a real neighbor in spirit and with love.
    With love and hope from an ice(landic)monkey

  104. Malcolm D B Munro
    February 12, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    I have followed developments in Egypt closely over the past 19 days. I have hardly been able to attend to my duties at work following events closely until late at night.

    My interest now is in the minutia of how the transition is made to a fully democratic society which reflects all sectors of Egyptians.

    Two questions immediately come to mind.

    Is the High Command of the Army Council going to allow press conferences at which they answer questions from journalists.

    Connected with that, how transparent is the High Council going to be in its deliberations. Is it going to allow television to witness every meeting that takes place so that its deliberations are public record.

    The second question is what effective role are opposition figures going to play in this critical period of army control? What concrete steps do they intend to take to monitor, guide and be consulted in the days and weeks ahead?

  105. Achim
    February 12, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    I want to congratulate you and the egyptian people.

    It was the work of bloggers like you, of the internet users of facebook and twitter, who reached the masses. Keep on with your work.

    I can remember the time, when in my country we had our revolution. I am from Germany. Now, as it is possible to stand for ones opinion, a political discussion should start. Quite soon some leaders and parties will come out of these discussions. I think, that the internet will be a good platform for this quest, too.

    I hope, that Egypt will be a good example for the other arabian countries and that the other nations will be as lucky as you.

    In the end there is one message to all dictators in the world:

  106. Adaam B.
    February 12, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Way to go – congrats to you, Sam, and to all Egyptians, who now have a historical opportunity to get their country on course into a bright, new future!

    Be careful about that Saudi/UAE/etc. package – it’s time to stand on your own two legs, and any money from that direction is sure to encourage not-needed religious focus and likely a fair bit of corruption as well…

  107. Margaret
    February 12, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Since I moved to Egypt 6 years ago, I have loved Egyptian people and always knew they had this in them. I am so proud of my adopted country ( I did get Egyptian citizenship, so I do get to be an Egyptian 🙂 )

    Btw, I love your blog and been following it for ages, you have been instrustmental in educating me on the issues in Egypt. Thank you

  108. Icemonkey
    February 12, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Hangover day after Liberation day?

    Mubarak may be gone, but his ghost regime is still in power in Egypt. Looks more like a coup by the military and Mubraraks regime, a trick on the Egyptian people by just removing Mubarak from power.

    Is the Mubarak’s ghost regime to be in power for months to come?! Then his ghost will we all over the place.

    They seem to be trying to steal the victory or freedom right in front of you. If not it has to be shown by some other form of interim period until the elections; an interim power built from the PEOPLE, an interim peoples regime, not the Mubaraks ghost regime.

    Oh, people of Egypt, you and we have witnessed what can be accompllished in 19 days, but the remaining question remains what can Mubaraks ghost regime still in power accomplish in 6-9 months in power?
    Still hoping for freedom in Egypt, the stony road to freedom is ahead.

    All the best from an ice(landic)monkey

  109. John Connor™
    February 12, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Freedom? Maybe not?

    I wish you and the Egyptian people all the freedom and democracy we have, yes and more than that because our freedom here in the West is in return. Mohammedans and our lefty politicians have taken our freedom of speech and religion away from us.

    So we too need a new revolution to gain what we have lost. We thought that freedom and democracy was ours for the keeping but we were wrong freedom and democracy is won through blood sweat and tears on the one side and watchful tolerance on others.

    Have a look at Hitlers Germany and Iran, both born out of democracy, both erected through democratic processes.

    So no, freedom is not free at all, each generation has to pay for it with watchful tolerance and blood sweat and tears.

    Democracy in Egypt?

    It will be up to you, if you choose to allow non religious people to have equal rights as you do, to print cartoons of Mohammed in your newspapers and allow Christian men to marry mohammedan women, if you choose to recognize Israel as your dear and friendly neighbor and let the Christians in your country build as many churches as they like, even churches with towers higher than you local mosques, than you will have freedom, security and democracy.

    But if you vote for the Mohammedan brotherhood, continue to trample on the freedom of religion or support the various terrorist groups who are occupying Judea and Samaria you will loose your own freedom, your security and most likely your lives, all of you.

    Truly freedom and democracy is born out of watchful tolerance and blood sweat and tears. Remember that or the day will come when you wish you never had overthrown the Mubarak government.

  110. May
    February 12, 2011 at 6:22 pm

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  111. FreeSpeech
    February 12, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Money? My country (Switzerland) freezes Mubarak assets. Ask Catherine Ashton about monies in the EU, particularly ind the UK. Honestly, ask her! Gamal went to London, remember?

  112. Denny Lyon
    February 12, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Hi, Have been checking in with your site and others written in English. Wondered if it was safe for you to leave a comment so did not until now since I’m from America. Just wanted to say “Congratulations, Egypt!” You are such an inspiration and the world admires your courage.

    As a blogger I posted often about your struggle and how it was perceived here in the West, especially America. Many people from all over the Middle East showed up on the 2 blogs were I was posting and then there were days when nothing so I figured the internet was taken down at times – or overwhelmed with so much traffic. Then a flurry of Middle Eastern countries’ traffic again. After all, news out of your country and about the revolt was so fast moving it changed by the hour.

    Anyway, I look forward to your next exciting chapter in Egypt’s history. I have faith in you to make it a prosperous one for all your people. Again, congratulations on your new freedom! What a day!

    Best Regards,

    Denny Lyon
    (The Social Poets and Dennys Global Politics blogs)

  113. persishabib
    February 12, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    I have never been so proud to be Egyptian!!!!!!! Thank you so much. I credit this pride to you and your friends for risking your lives and the lives of your families for 18 days! That risk is gone! Gone!!!! Let the Egyptian people, with their grace and example of peace overcoming, carry through to the next phase. He will rot in hell! Let him die on Egyptian soil as a consolation prize for all his frozen assets! I don’t say show him compassion, he doesn’t deserve it. I say ihmiloo. Ignore him! He no longer matters. Period. What matters is the future of Egypt – not its past. I raise my glass to the promising democratic civil future of Egypt. Not to the Arab Republic of Egypt, but Egypt! Just Egypt! But please don’t change the flag. The red of the blood of the martyrs and the white purity of the peaceful people, with their Eagle hearts has defeated the Black days of Mubarak!

  114. Sand Niggah
    February 12, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Congratulations to all and every person who saw this through.
    What is next?and how can expats help?pm , I wanna see what I can do to help

  115. Jacek Weso?owski
    February 12, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Hi there,

    If you want to learn more about dealing with upcoming challenges, you can learn many useful lessons from the European 1989. We went along a similar path: we lived under brutal authoritarian regimes, and we overthrew them more or less peacefully (not a single shot was fired here in Poland!). Then we were struck with severe cognitive dissonance: having democratic institutions in place is one thing, and resolving your issues in a democratic manner is another.

    The Czech Republic is probably the best role model, since it’s been the most stable. But Poland is probably more like Egypt in that it’s the biggest country in the region (unless you include Germany, which is bigger, but Germany was a very special case). Poland is also not very secular when compared to other European countries.

    A few things we’ve learned in the last twenty years:

    1. Whatever changes you implement, by all means avoid creating a new underclass. In Poland, a radical reform gave an incredible boost to the economy, but it also ruined the way of life of millions. Many of those people have never managed to identify with the new state, even though most of them have been better off in the long run.

    2. A regime is not a single person, but a large apparatus: ruling party members, secret police employees, state beneficiaries, etc. Justice is important, but don’t be tempted to persecute them. You want them to buy into the new system. Let them do business and politics like everyone else.

    3. However, beware of letting them take control of the state’s key resources, such as state monopolies or large profitable industries. When a small group of people takes control of a large portion of country’s economy, a nominal democracy turns into actual oligarchy.

    4. Your pro-democracy movement is now going to fracture at the speed of light. The key skill that you need to learn very fast is building pragmatic coalitions with people you have fundamental differences with. If you can’t reach common ground on practical stuff, such as taxes or health care, you will simply lose your free and fair elections to the former ruling party.

    5. Radical movements are nothing to fear, as long as they play by the rules of democracy. In Poland, we have a strong faction of fervent Christians, who keep insisting on turning their religious convictions into a law. That’s fine, because they never tried to do this by force. They are represented by political parties instead. As a result, Poland has strict anti-abortion legislation, and Christian religion is being taught in public schools. Many people don’t like it, which is fine, too, because they don’t throw stones at churches. They are represented by political parties instead. There is an unending debate on the relations between state and religion, but that’s the beauty of it.

    6. Above all, always remember to respect each other. I’m sure it sounds obvious, but it really isn’t. Under authoritarian regime, there is only one political opponent, and it’s your enemy. Under democracy, you have many opponents, but they are not your enemies. That’s a huge change of perspective.

  116. mycr
    February 12, 2011 at 7:34 pm


    What a date! To remember and to celebrate.

    A fascinating future is now in front of Egypt’s eyes.

    Celebrate and let us all celebrate!

  117. FreeSpeech
    February 12, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Direct democracy. Does this mean anything to you? It means people have not only a vote, they also have a say on individual issues. It still leaves the bulk of lawmaking to the parliament, but if necessary, the people can intervene.

    Anybody with a brain is qualified to direct democracy. Politicians don’t like this to interfere with their doings, of course.

    California and Switzerland have direct democracy. You can do this, too.

  118. mycr
    February 12, 2011 at 8:19 pm


    What a date to remember and to celebrate!

    An impressive future is opening in Egypt.

    Celebrate and let’s all celebrate!

  119. samy
    February 12, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Congratulations!!! This is one of the most inspirational events I have seen.
    I feel privileged to have been able to witness this even from a such a distance (Miami, USA).
    Victory for humanity and for the Egyptians !!!

  120. DOMO
    February 12, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Egypt would be very naive to believe that all his/family name money is in Swiss Banks only. What about Cayman Islands, Bahamas, Dubai !!!!?? . And people should clearly ask : How possible (factoring all stories they come up with) a politician can build 1$Billion (Honestly) mind you the internet talks about 70$B!!!!. What explanation his family can provide?? Also people should ask the US why 1.3$B of the aid comes as military aid??. Isn’t this like American Tax payers supply their military industry with funds? and those companies they pay kickback money to the Egyptian polticians and Army generals !!?? You should ask the US for their aid to be industial, educational, commercially oriented, not military… God bless

  121. Samwana
    February 12, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    Dear Sandmonkey,

    you have become so familiar in a way the last weeks, it felt like I was with you. My kids (3 and 5) were watching aljazeera with me and I told them a lot about Egypt about history and your situation now. We were all fascinated with the way you were demonstrating peaceful and build your own city at Tahrir Square. After Mubarak stepped down, we sang and celebrated with you, my kids were running around and screaming:”Mubarak is gone, Mubarak is gone”. It was a very special moment to sort of be with you in Tahrir on all the screens we had and just singing and crying with you!
    I thank you so much for being so brave and so inspiring!
    Love from Germany,

  122. Diego Tomasoni
    February 12, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Congrats to all democratic Egyptian people! Military Regime no more!

  123. RantingAtheist
    February 12, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    YAY! I read your blog for years. When the internet was shut down, I immediatly thought of you. Your free, Safe and I hope a new dawn will open for Egypt.

    Just keep the Religious crazies away from any sort of power, Please.

    Once again, This is your time. Enjoy it!

  124. Wishbone
    February 12, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Happy ReBirthday, Egypt……..

    Thousand of years of history have led you here………. Well done…….

    Now don’t f*** it up 😉

  125. valerie
    February 12, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    Heartfelt congratulations from a Texan in San Diego, and best wishes for the wild ride to come.

    I worry about the future for you and your good people, but I think Egypt has a very good chance of securing a good future because of the good will and mutual love and respect that has been demonstrated from most sides over the past 3 weeks.

    I thought to offer you some sage advice, but after I read what Jacek Weso?owski from Poland had to say at # 120, all I can say is, “listen to him!”

    God bless Egypt, and Heaven help us all.

  126. rotem mor
    February 12, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    I’m Rotem, 29 Jewish and from AlQuds
    and I just want to give my warmest wishes to all of you,
    you realy made us proud. As someone who has worked for many years for justice and peace in Palestine/Israel I can say that this is the only period of time in which I have been trully optimistic about our immediate future, and all thanks to you and your friends.
    Insha’a’la we will be celebrating freedom here too in the coming years.
    I wish you much luck with the hard work of building worthy institutions which is ahead and maybe when you have some rest we could even share a coffee!
    Kul El Ichtiram

  127. Sheila (Canada)
    February 12, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Congratulations and Good Luck.

  128. Moron99
    February 12, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    There are leaders and there are followers. I think you are something more – a trailblazer. Thank you for making the world a better place.

  129. JoeSettler
    February 12, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Congratulations from Israel.

    (And I’m happy to hear that your military plans to respect and uphold the peace treaty between our countries).

  130. Jessica
    February 12, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    I have never even met an Egyptian, but I want to say to all Egyptians that my heart goes out to you. I have been so concerned for your safety and so hopeful that this will be the beginning of a wonderful new life where freedom is the norm. Congratulations!

  131. leo
    February 12, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    “I’m Rotem, 29 Jewish and from AlQuds”

    Rotem, you need to make up your mind. You are either not Jewish or are not from Al Quds.

  132. thewiz
    February 13, 2011 at 12:17 am

    Congrats again; You have not only freed your country but inspired billions across the world, including in the US. Here we tend to take our freedoms for granted and from time to time we must relearn the lessons of history. From Eastern Europe throwing off the shackles of Soviet oppression to the the Green revolution of Lebanon to the tragic failed attempts at Tienanmen Square and Tehran, watching what people are willing to sacrifice for what we have always had reminds us how lucky we are. Thank you for the lesson. May those that gave their lives for freedom never be forgotten.

    But like Leo said in comment 42, it is time to get back to work. Let the celebrating to the people on the streets. Leaders like you cannot give in to that temptation for there is much to do. Like a football coach, you must prepare for the next game while the players celebrate.

  133. JL
    February 13, 2011 at 1:00 am


    Next step is to craft a solid constitution.

    For that to happen the Egyptians need to learn the difference between a “tyranny of the majority” and a “democracy”.

    And they need to understand the importance of having institutional levers to avoid the “one man, one vote, one time” scenario.

  134. Mike N
    February 13, 2011 at 2:18 am

    Hey Sandmonkey –
    Very happy for you. As a human being it’s hard not to get caught up in the joy of revolution for freedom.
    As an American I wish you well and hope the naysayers are wrong that the country won’t be ruled in large or even significant minority way by the Muslim Brotherhood.
    Since you’re smart you realize the road after revolution gets complicated and messy – democracy doesn’t make things heater – it makes them more complicated and messy.
    Perhaps, a quasi democracy with the Army – the only real oirgranizad force – outside of the secret police and Muslim Brotherhood – controlling things and slowly letting it’s foot off the lever?

    Egypt’s never had a fully free press – respect for minority rights enshrined in law – non corrupt police force – and free and fair elections…. the latter being the LEAST important part of a democracy btw.

    So the road ahead is long…. there’s a lot of stink in the pot that just doesn’t dissappear with Mubarrek – like a fat girl saying she wants to be skinny in 90 days and then when she starts puking in her exercise regime says fuk it…..

    Overthrowing Mubarrek was just 1 step of a long process which is sucessful would be great for Egypt, the MEast and the Arab Muslim world.
    It would prove that an Arab country could become a functioning democracy without repression, massive corruption or extremist Islamists taking over….

    It took Poland and Hungary many tries to rid the Soviets – but Poland had a HUGE organized Labor Union to do so…….

    When people start seeing the money pot at the head of Egypt their greed takes over just like every other leader before them – and the ONLY thing that can maintain a free fair democracy is a FULLY FREE liberal press – and police force that enforces peoples civil and free speech rights….

    Don’t forget the mobs that attacked the Christian Nun a few years back – those weren’t paid Mubarrek mobs you wrote about….



  135. cjb
    February 13, 2011 at 3:02 am

    I don’t mean in anyway to belittle what has been achieved and the sacrifices made.

    Optimism, belief and positivity has been essential in this process, but there is a great danger now of losing focus of how the game is being played and the moves being made by the regime which has not been exterminated.

    First of all, you have to consider the possibity that Mubarak’s last speech was intended to create a greater sense of anger, frustration.

    Mubarak was actually ‘gone’ a while ago.
    That speech in its patronising style and his theatrical sinister demeanor was scripted by the CIA. Mubarak already knew that he was ‘gone’ the next day.

    Who on earth would have advised or written a speech, intending to quell the disturbances by beginning it with, ‘this is a speech from the father to his children’??

    Or Suleiman’s ‘Let’s all hold hands and go back to work…God says..get back to work..I advise you not to listen to satellite channels’
    Seriously, think about it.

    The reports coming out now that Gamal had re-written the script and everyone had expected him to announce his ‘abdication’ and finally the army stepping in to give him the final push is disingenuous.

    Next day the army ‘allowing’ protestors to assemble outside the Presidential palace and to get close to the State TV, had the effect of increasing the idea that the army is with the people and to create a renewed bond of trust.

    Wild celebration and the sense of a great victory, allowed the ‘kids’ to be cleared from the square.

    But what have you got?
    A continued military dictatorship.

    Where’s Mubarak – under house arrest in Sharm?
    No. He will be free to leave. Along with much of his billions.
    (just as Ben Ali was free to leave)
    Can he be extradited from Saudi – NO. Safe in Saudi.
    Will the Tunisians get their money back?
    Well its been a while now and what’s happend. The RCD is still operating in their thuggish ways.

    Egypt will NOT get this money back (yeah, they’ll get some)
    Swiss banks announce a freeze on his assets and accounts – today!!
    But Mubarak was already transferring funds along time ago.
    The Swiss move was only a gesture.
    Will the US help to get this money back – much of it given in the form of ‘aid’ and then siphoned off? No because they’ve made certain guarantees.

    But the US will has offered more ‘aid’ to Egypt – to get it back on its feet?
    Can the new Egypt turn down this kind offer?

    Egypt does NOT need aid if it is able to confiscate all money stolen by Mubarak’s family and in addition form all the corrupt government minister/ NDP officials.

    But these people are at present untouchable. (yeah, sure, a few arrests of some officials by the military, but not the big one’s)

    And where is Suleiman?
    Wiill the NEW Egypt have the power to arrest him?
    Certainly not whilst the military in in control.

    The point is this – Mubarak was gone along time ago. One of the mistakes that the revolution was making focusing too much on Mubarak – you can also see from the comments above that most posters are celebrating this fact, ‘He’s gone’!!’

    But the regime is still very much alive
    What is going to happen with the 1.5 million secret police?

    The Egyptian regime/US will do all they can to ensure that US Middle East strategic policy comes through this intact.

    They have indeed been caught off guard and are playing catch-up.
    Playing for time – and hoping for division.

    The success of the revolution, if indeed that is what the people want, rather than just a few changes, is at a critical stage.

    Over-enthusiastic celebrating might result in the ground being taken from under these brave, courageous people.

    This is not just a revolution for Egypt, but for the world and will if successful, shatter US middle east policy, destroy the elites (and US military-industrial complex) that profit from the perpetual state of tension, antagonism and conflict in the region

    So is Egypt too big to fail?
    Will the ‘dark bats’ come swooping down?

    There is no such thing as a peaceful revolution and chaos is inevitable.
    These criminals, thieves, traitors, torturers, murderers, arms dealers, will fight to the death.

  136. jfrancishill
    February 13, 2011 at 3:25 am

    ~Egyptian Bondage~
    Free the body
    and the soul soars___.
    It is old
    as the sand of time
    that flows
    through the glass
    to become
    a flight of the heart
    on tattered wings of hope.

  137. AlAyat
    February 13, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Well, I’m happy that all of you are free. This is VERY GOOD, However I hope you’ll use your freedom well and won’t be hijacked by “jihady club”. You’ve left one wrong way behind you – good for you! Now you are celebrating victory on crossroads but the most important question is: what to do now?

    Greets from Poland!

  138. Justice4All
    February 13, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Ayan Ali Hirsi lacks the objectivity to make intelligent predictions in my opinion. She let her horrible upbringing and traumatic childhood experiences drop labels on a billion people. What does she know about Egypt and her people? She should stick with predicting Somalia’s future or perhapds the netherlands.
    One thing that I would like the westerners on this thread acknowledge, especially europeans, the existence of right wing political force is visible on pretty much all european parliaments, it is visible in the israeli parliament as well as the rotations of that government. The freedom of speech of these groups are honored and protected under the constitutions of their respective countries and there is no reason a new and healthy constitution in Egypt should deny those rights.
    In my opinion, if there is anything that the regime has done successfully since the mid 90s was to diminish the importance of religious ideologies. In the streets of Tahrir, you saw some of those bearded dudes and niqab wearing ladies but by large they were the minorities. The majority was secular, educated young people. The definition of secular in Egypt may vary from what is considered secular in the west but I can confidently say that the muslim brotherhood has no chance of acquiring more than 20% of the parliament.

  139. mp11
    February 13, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Congrats to you and your people but you should remember that the enemies of Egyptian democracies include your (former?) allies.

    Your pal, Pamela Geller of Atlasshrugs who has since the beginning painted this as an evil islamist revolution and supported Mubarrak


    Robert Spencer’s jihadwatch where just recently a “Tienanmen Square. ” square solution to the egyptian protests was advocated (Im not even going to mention the fascistic rantings in the comments section).

    It hurts when they start targeting you, doesn’t it?


  140. Justice4All
    February 13, 2011 at 10:31 am

    To the Israelies on this thread, I have been thinking about setting up a friendship and collaboration between the people of both countries. I know it may not be all that easy, but I think both countries and their people have much to over in a peaceful way. Does anyone of any existing orgs?

  141. Stefanie
    February 13, 2011 at 11:15 am

    All of you who have fought for freedom across Egypt can be proud of overthrowing Mubarak. Running out Mubarak is an important symbol and more than this on the way to freedom.
    But here in Germany I read things which made me very concerned. For instance:
    “How could the Egyptian army commit such violations given that they claim to be neutral or even on the side of the people? “What neutrality?” Amer responded angrily. “They are on the side of the regime. They are humiliating the people. You would not have believed what we saw in this short period in prison.”
    Further I have heard rumors today the army has arrested demonstrators and has pushed demonstrators away from Tahrir Square.
    What´s about these disturbing rumors?

    All the best for you in Egypt!

  142. Stefanie
    February 13, 2011 at 11:17 am

    All of you who have fought for freedom across Egypt can be proud of overthrowing Mubarak. Running out Mubarak is an important symbol and more than this on the way to freedom.

    But here in Germany I read things which made me very concerned. For instance:

    “How could the Egyptian army commit such violations given that they claim to be neutral or even on the side of the people? “What neutrality?” Amer responded angrily. “They are on the side of the regime. They are humiliating the people. You would not have believed what we saw in this short period in prison.”

    Further I have heard rumors today the army has arrested demonstrators and has pushed demonstrators away from Tahrir Square.

    What´s about these disturbing rumors?

    All the best for you in Egypt!

  143. Stefanie
    February 13, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Sorry for posting twice! There was a technical error.

  144. IrishAlexandrian
    February 13, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Mabrouk ya wad ya kird!! I look forward to meeting you soon over a cup of coffee and interviewing you.

  145. John Jones
    February 13, 2011 at 11:49 am

    I think you have been suckered and need to raise the alarm and get everyone back out on the street. Aljazeera was blocked out in Canada a couple of hours ago.

  146. Youngy
    February 13, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Congratulations Sandmonkey and all Egyptians. The images I have seen of Egyptians celebrating and proclaiming their freedom are beautiful sights. I pray the further progression to a democratic and open government representing all Egyptians willl follow soon and peacefully. Once again Congratulations!

  147. Justice4All
    February 13, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    To all the doomsayers, I would like to quote Winston Churchill :
    “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

    Spencer is a nut job, I stopped reading the rubbish he promotes a while back.


    any thoughts on Pamela and Spencer?

    And, yes I am worried about the army making some aggressive moves as reported today.

  148. Luigi Aronson
    February 13, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Congratulations to all the Egyptians on their freedom.

  149. Jolene
    February 13, 2011 at 3:55 pm
    “How effective will they be at securing their rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? How successful with they be, after a “long train of abuses and usurpations” at reasserting control over their own destiny, constructing a new government and as our own revolutionaries put it “laying its foundations on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness”?”

  150. Valerie
    February 13, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    “Instead of focusing their attention on the Islamists, Arab dictators chose to chase secular reformists, liberals, democrats, newspaper editors and human rights activists; by suppressing the emergence of these people, the Arab dictatorships paved the way for the rise of radical extremists.”

    NOW they tell us!

  151. Rebecca
    February 13, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    I have been following this blog for many years and I am so happy that things have gone this way for you. I guess you can remove the emergency escape fund link now??? It is amazing what freedom-loving people can do.

  152. Benjamin
    February 13, 2011 at 6:23 pm


    This is a great day for Egypt, indeed.
    I just hope the peace treaty with Israel will be upheld and that the Muslim Brotherhood will not end up filling the vacuum.

  153. NanGee
    February 13, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    “all the money they stole” is safely tucked away in Switzerland. And the Swiss will *not* be eager to give it back, so good luck with getting it back.

    You might want to ask the Israeli’s how they went about getting back some of the stuff the Nazi’s stole from them 70 years ago.

  154. thewiz
    February 13, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Valerie @158;

    The Arab dictators encouraged the radicals as their (radical) focus was on those evil Jews. As long as they directed their anger outward at other enemies, real and imagined, the dictators were happy to use them. That is also why no Arab ever did anything to actually help the Palestinians… they needed that anger of the people focused outward and not at the regimes. If there were no outside focus of anger, the people would quickly turn against the dictators.

    It was an unholy alliance between the dictators and the radicals. “You attack Israel and I will leave you alone. and we both will become wealthy and powerful”

  155. NanGee
    February 13, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    When the Iraqi’s ransacked their museums and treasuries, it was all America’s fault. Whose fault is it when the Egyptians ransack *their* historical treasure troves? Or maybe if you’re a poverty-stricken Arab living under the thumb of a dictator, it’s simply doing what comes naturally, and it makes no difference what the instigating circumstance might be.

    I guess when the colonists threw the British out in what would become America, the country was still too new to be ransackable. All we could steal was land, and then through hard work we made *that* valuable. Ditto Australia and Canada.

    It still remains to be seen whether Iraq, Afghanistan, Tunisia and now Egypt are willing to put in the hard work necessary to become successful. Russia certainly hasn’t.

  156. Aurelija
    February 13, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    I hear Mubarak is very bussy trying to transfer all the money he “collected”, better prevent that if there are some jurisdictional means, and if they can react QUICKLY…

  157. Ali
    February 13, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Now that the other two demands by protesters have been met why is Sandmonkey tweeting that he’s not happy. “So, recap: There is no President, No VP, No constitution, No Parliament, but we are not in charge….Yay? #jan25”
    Demand #1 oust Mubarak DONE
    Demand #2 Dissolve Parliament DONE
    Demand #3 Suspend The Constitution DONE.
    I am confused as to why these two steps has many people agitated.
    Perhaps it seems like deja vu of 1952 – but what did anyone think would happen after Mubarak was ousted?

  158. InfidelDane
    February 13, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Yalla mabrouk! Today, ana Masry!
    Greetings from Denmark

  159. Nissl
    February 13, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Updates from protester/army meeting today: final list of missing from coordinators to army tomorrow, constitutional reforms to be drafted in 10 days, voted on within 2 months. Good for the army. Now the people must hold them to it.

  160. Ross
    February 13, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    Congratulations Egypt, your country has been genuinely inspirational over the last couple of weeks.

  161. thewiz
    February 14, 2011 at 1:36 am


    You guys should insist that the military form a council with civilian representation. Get several of the protesters to represent the people. There needs to be a bright light shining on their actions

    Remember, they are all Mubarak appointees.

  162. ellen
    February 14, 2011 at 3:52 am


    Just want to give a shout out to Jacek above at @119. His are very wise words. Please take them to heart, Sandmonkey. Egypt’s situation is unique, all great historical events are, but many have been on quite similar roads before you. Please heed Jacek’s hard-earned wisdom.

  163. Kitewithoutstring
    February 14, 2011 at 4:32 am

    Hi Sandmonkey,

    I have been following your blog from my hospital bed since 2006. Poring through your commentaries and smiling at your sometimes cheeky but all too human jibes.

    Congratulations on what you and the people of Egypt have achieved. A near bloodless revolution … definitely seems like a miracle … the next step is probably a democracy that is orderly (no blood and less terror), effective (ie all the people get a say and less corruption overall) and efficient (hey, the endpoint must be that everyone lives better, with food, shelter, education and jobs …)

    Wishing you and the Egyptian people all the best!

  164. Fenway_Nation
    February 14, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Belated congratulations, sandmonkey!

    Over in the USA, we’re all wondering what comes next…

  165. Agostino
    February 14, 2011 at 9:20 am

    How is possible that a militar junta (maybe with some help from the last Mubarak’s cabinet!!) will emend the constitution without the collaboration of the oppositions! Who garentees you that the referendum will be fair, if all the power will be still in the hand of the forces that prepare it!
    It’s seem that the situation is really obscure. And from abroad (US and Saudi Arabia) are arriving bags of dollars for buying those future parties that will have the most obedient program.

  166. Kat_Mo
    February 14, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Wael Ghonim’s interview on 60 mins. Click on name for link with short list of comments by Ghonim if you cannot watch the video due to your location.

    “We are going to win because we have a dream.”

    On establishing real democracy “That is our responsibility.”

    He also mentioned that he has gotten some death threats and insults, but he says that people will be surprised when the regimes “black files” are released and they see what the regime had on the people. There is a twitter from Ghonim that mentions something similar as if they are working on getting those files opened. Part of the meeting with the generals?

  167. Kat_Mo
    February 14, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Another “must”. Women of Tahrir Square: Burgas and Blue Jeans

    Click on the name. Very interesting. Speaks to Adhaf Souief, author, Heba Morayef, Human Rights Activist and one other young lady whose name I failed to catch (sorry).

    It is 26 mins long so make sure you have the time to watch it.

  168. Magued
    February 14, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Great job to all you heros!

    You and your friends are our golden generatíon. Thank you for liberating Egypt. My kids here in Sweden are prouder that ever for their Egyptian blood.
    You and your activists friends will be the leaders of our great nation now, and it makes me full of hope!

    Magued Idris

  169. A German from Berlin
    February 14, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    You won in the night when all cameras were removed and the military didn’t
    crush you out of Tahrir.
    Through your peaceful attitude the regime had no chance to pretend they are
    crushing a violent uprising. So they had to leave you protesting or initiate a
    blood bath. Since the whole world was watching the latter wasn’t an option.

    You have actually changed the way the world is looking at arabic people in
    general. Instead of siucide bombers, stone throwers and rocket shooters the
    world saw highly disciplined protesters with a kind attitude and humor.
    You have been model revolutionaries. Now be a model in developing a democracy
    as well.

    Work for a constitution and involve people in it. Put down some priorities
    about how the power is shared and how the constitution protects itself from
    changes, so that for example the Muslim Brotherhood can’t go Mubaraks way and
    start to own the constitution. Keep the people informed with leaflets and go
    through the streets and explain everything you do to the people and listen to
    them as well. Make sure the process stays on track and doesn’t go Iran.
    Watch for the army. They have too much power and in the long run they will
    have to loose some of their privileges. You also have to find a solution for the police and other security personell. They are too many and a danger to peace if they don’t know what to do from now on.

    There is a danger in working for democracy and at the same time to start
    working on future policy. You might loose backing for the first, because people
    might not like your policy ideas.

    Keep an eye on government institutions and publish any wrong behaviour by
    government representatives. Don’t allow security forces to harass people and
    stand together if necessary.

    Your Twitter idea of a president is probably good. We had Hitler and from this lesson we put only minimal power into the hand of the president, but he can veto laws. Our president is elected by the parliament and representatives of the states, called “Federal Assembly”.
    Since we are a federal republic the police is organized on state level. I don’t know if this is an option for you, but it prevents the central government from influence on police work.
    I am not saying copy any of this, but just trying to give some ideas. I know the american government as well, but I don’t like it, that the president has so much power there.

  170. dick
    February 14, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Congratulations, sam – to you and to all of Egypt.

    I’ll be watching the coming Egyptian weeks and months, fascinated by what’s going to become of this breakthrough. The ultimate outcome is so unclear – military dictatorship, or Iranian-style ‘the bad guys stole it from us’, or the new state of liberty I know you’re wanting to see. Your contribution may become increasingly important as matters unfold.

    But for now: nice one, sandmonkey.

  171. Ann - USA
    February 14, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    I don’t understand why this political transition needs to be such a big deal. The best solution for all is Sandmonkey for President. 😉

  172. Faisal Sheikh
    February 14, 2011 at 5:49 pm


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  173. Kat_Mo
    February 14, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Oops! My bad…wrong link in the one on women of Tahrir: Burqas and Blue Jeans

    Hit the name again and see the video. Sorry.

  174. Kat_Mo
    February 14, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Anybody got the translation from the face book page into English for the notes on meeting with the supreme military council?

  175. Toady
    February 14, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    I hope they nominate The Egyptian Protestors for 2011 Nobel Peace Prize,

  176. Nissl
    February 15, 2011 at 1:38 am

    Man… seeing some friction start to develop in the tweets today. A lot of people feeling like they don’t have a spot at the table yet. I for one understand the rate and shape of the progress so far – the army is trying to deal with mass strikes, get the economy running again, prevent additional theft, reassure the protesters, etc.

    I really strongly suggest setting up an open forum (PHPBB style) for people to debate the contents of the constitution and whatnot, maybe even organize parties, now that everything can be above ground. I don’t think facebook or twitter are conducive to the types of in depth conversations that need to take place in the next couple of months.

    And it’s important to keep everyone together until the democratic transition process is complete. You guys can’t afford serious fracturing while the army is still in power.

  177. Doug.E.Barr
    February 15, 2011 at 1:46 am

    Now that we see how to overthrowing a political dictatorship in Egypt we should take the lessons learned and overthrow the worldwide economic dictatorship. Then we would know what “freedom” means.

    “Tomorrow we squabble…” I hope Egypt avoids democratic self-destruction.

  178. sw spaniard
    February 15, 2011 at 5:37 am

    I truly feel the energy of the Earth has shifted.. Egyptian youth have changed everything…congratulations and thank you.

  179. Zendette
    February 15, 2011 at 6:16 am


    I’ve tried following your twitter stream, but it’s coming so fast and furious, that I keep losing track. Would be great if you can write a blog post with some of the material from the last two days.

    Hoping things work out the way you want. At least now you can use your real name online, a major achievement!

  180. Adrien
    February 15, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Raise a glass to y’all. Here in Australia most of us are behind you. There are the usual shitfights over whether it’s the Americans who’re to blafor the Fubaria but so what…

  181. Mike N
    February 16, 2011 at 2:40 am

    Your fellow civilized countrymen gang raped lara logan though there calling it a sexual assault probably out of respect for her and her family….
    Like I said above – lots of luck to you!! You’re gonna need it you know better than anyone the idea that there is just rot on top with Mubarrek is naiive and foolish…

  182. Alaadin
    February 16, 2011 at 5:23 am

    Mike N,

    So the entire population of Egypt gang raped your precious reporter? I feel sorry & sickened for her if it was true but worse happened to many Egyptians over the past three weeks especially when you 15000 prisoners running loose around the county! Or is it just the golden opportunity Christian right wing-nuts and bigoted Islamphobes were hailing Mary for in order to tarnish the revolution…. this could happen anywhere in any country with any mobs or lacrosse teams!!

  183. Mike N
    February 16, 2011 at 5:57 am

    Im not evangelical but I do like Lara Logan and think the fact the media hid what happened to her for days to keep a cleaner view of the revolution a little disturbing just like CNN doesn’t show all the signs with Mubarrek as a Jew or Zionist etc…. I understand the bad guy in any conflict always has a Jewish star….
    That being said I like Sandmonkey and despite the fact Mubarrek was good for the US – “sordove” – any human being who watches thugs putting down people crying for freedom stands with the people….

    That being said – Egypt has A LOT of rot in it – 60-70% of the population is illiterate – there were riots where Xtians were beat up and stabbed a long time before this revolution started – there is massive anti-semitism –
    and while Sandmonkey – the female writer and the Google exec are all young, intelligent and articulate and moderate – they’re the minority…..

    And yes rape occurs in many countries under turmoil – Arab or not – and yes there were Egyptians that supposedly eventually jumped in and saved her – but it still makes me lose my naiivete glow about the revolution a little faster than otherwise…

    There is A LONG bumpy road ahead the hardest to come….

  184. thewiz
    February 16, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Mike N; If you have a few too many at the loval watering hole and you grab a woman’s butt, that sexual assault. If lots of guys grab her, its repeated sexual assault. Its not gang rape. At least get the facts right before convicting a country.

    Was she gang raped? Possibly…but we don’t know. I doubt it. Much more likely assaulted by a bunch of sickos. They probably pushed her around, groped her around, ripped her clothing, knocked her down. And just as important, if not more so, is who did it? Was it people fighting for freedom or was it government thugs angry that their gravy trained had just been derailed? Were they angry at the media for encouraging people to overthrow their rule? Get the facts before convicting a country.

    Egypt is country with severe problems. Its people have been through difficult times long before Mubarak took office and they will struggle for some time after his demise. There will be setbacks but that is no reason to abandon them. In fact, it is the reason we need to help them all we can.

  185. Andra
    February 16, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Following you on Twitter. You have important things to say abt sexual assault, pervasiveness, making sure this stays your revolution. For everyone.

    40 years ago I helped start the anti-rape movement. It would have meant the world for us to have men like you standing up. Thank you.

    You’re on the right track. Keep talking.

    PS– If you’re American agt, could you pl fix things here when you’re done? Could use Egyptian skill set.

  186. Mike N
    February 16, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Mike N; If you have a few too many at the loval watering hole and you grab a woman’s butt, that sexual assault. If lots of guys grab her, its repeated sexual assault. Its not gang rape. At least get the facts right before convicting a country.

    I’ve never done that but perhaps you’re speaking from experience…. but even if that were the case the woman isn’t admitted to a hospital for several days!!!! SO WHAT THE F DOES THAT TELL YOU?
    She was probably beaten badly and/or more.

    Was she gang raped? Possibly…but we don’t know. I doubt it. Much more likely assaulted by a bunch of sickos. They probably pushed her around, groped her around, ripped her clothing, knocked her down. And just as important, if not more so, is who did it? Was it people fighting for freedom or was it government thugs angry that their gravy trained had just been derailed? Were they angry at the media for encouraging people to overthrow their rule? Get the facts before convicting a country.

    You don’t know who – possibly a mix of people and if all happened as you state she wouldn’t have been admitted to the hospital for several days.

  187. cleetus
    February 16, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    yeah, you guys are more than pyramids,the nile, bellydancers etc. you rather kidnapp female reporters and sexually assult and abuse them in the name of freedom, nice one egypt, know now all of you egyptian pigs are never welcome in australia. I hope the sand swallows you all up like your ancestors, fucking pigs.

  188. thewiz
    February 16, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Mike N “speaking from experience” What a low class, desperate attempt to avoid the fact that you spoke earlier without the facts. Since you could not defend your position, you tried character assassination but it just made you look even worse.

    Lots of rape victims don’t get admitted to hospitals. So the fact she was admitted is not evidence of rape. It would appear that she was injured but we don’t know what the injuries were that necessitated hospital admittance. Its possible that her admittance was based on psychological needs after enduring such a traumatic attack.

    I never stated how it happened, merely explained there are several possibilities and we don’t know all the facts.

    Cleetus; nice job of looking a fool

    I hope for the best for Ms Logan and hope that those responsible are caught and punished for their heinous acts.

  189. Infidel
    February 16, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Coptic christians and women are not on the panel re-writing the constitution in Egypt. That says a lot about where Eqypt is heading.

  190. Alaadin
    February 16, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    Mike N “60-70% of the population is illiterate ”

    Where do you get your statistics from? Glenn Beck… of course the Google Caliphate conspiracy is giving you nightmares…

    You and Cleetus are nothing but racists, bigots, and it’s in your genes and you will never be sympathetic to other people than your kind…. so a BIG FUCK YOU to all of you rednecks out there… this revolution is ours, we made it with our blood and we didn’t ask for your support or even want it from the beginning AND sorry for the AMERICAN TV reporters who risked their lives during the coverage you gotta do what you gotta do for ratings!

  191. Georgina
    February 16, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    My name is Georgina and I am a student In Berkeley, California. I was wondering if you can inform me on some of the situations happening in the middle east. It will be a big help.!

  192. Mike N
    February 16, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Hey Cletus –
    Go stick your head between your legs and lick u arse….
    The 60% figure comes from on line sources some of them Arabic…
    I don’t listen to Glen Beck but apparently you do…..

    The Wiz –
    You created a scearios that suppose i got drunk with a few of my buddies and groped some women for several minutes – projection is pysch 101 – so don’t hate bcs i made a cogent observation….

    I don’t know all the facts and truth is we probably will never know all the facts since she can’t press charges – against who? so she’ll keep the details to herself and her family since the whole world isn’t entitled to be privy to her personal details….
    And the point stands it was more than a little groping if she is still in the hospital… No go take some of your meds….

  193. Sa3d Sa3dallah
    February 17, 2011 at 1:30 am

    So you are Mahmoud Salem. I still don’t buy that. Nope, its not you its definitely someone impersonating the Sandmonkey.

  194. thewiz
    February 17, 2011 at 3:16 am

    Mike N; I was using a generic “you” in a hypothetical situation, didn’t mean to accuse you of sexual assault. Sorry for the confusion…I guess I shoulda said “a guy” instead of “you”

  195. leo
    February 17, 2011 at 3:47 pm


    Is Egypt better off than it was three weeks ago or is it too early to judge?

  196. Kat_Mo
    February 17, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    to early to judge. I think a major concern right now is that the constitutional reforms may be being pushed too fast and furious.

    There are two major components of all of the acts governing electoral processes and establishing parties. One, major contradiction: Islam is the state religion and sharia the basis of law, but Act no 96 of the constitution bans any party with any form of religion at its core or basis of political participation. It also says that these parties are banned or can’t run if they discriminate against anyone based on religion, sex, race, etc. At the same time, Egypt is self described as the Arab Republic of Egypt. Really? Only Arab? With Arabic as its official language.

    These laws actually contradict the founding basis of Egypt as well as the constitutional laws upholding sharia. Now, I understand why those designations were made, but it has surely caused some sort of identity crisis. Egypt desperately needs to decide if it is a state ruled by laws, full of all sorts of people with all sorts of beliefs or is it an Islamic state with laws for a few? How can a constitutional democracy operate when it is pulled both ways?

    A state religion is extremely bad and, regardless of any “constitutional” protections against discrimination actually leads to discrimination. A second issue that needs to be addressed is who gets to decide who is a political party and acceptable candidate. I think every Egyptian knows that the laws basically revert the final power to the People’s Assembly to decide if a party or candidate can run.

    In the case of the previous regime, that was like stealing candy from a baby. the NDP had all of the power in the assembly so, whenever a candidate or party presented itself, they could use all sorts of general language and very vague laws to decide who was or was not eligible/acceptable. What is to stop the next majority party from using alliances in parliament to disenfranchise parts of society from participating so that the majority party and its co-op can keep a political rival from participating. In the name of keeping their power in a certain powerful district.

    My lord, the Egyptian constitution and electoral process is a complete mess. Then there is that whole thing about the Interior ministry over-seeing the final results of the elections and various other aspects of nomination, candidacy and election. a ministry owing its allegiance to whatever party is in power and appoints that minister. What is to prevent some new majority from using those same rules?

    Mahmoud, you all have your work cut out for you and ten days or even six months may not be enough.

    Also, I think you are right about needing a more transparent commission for changing these amendments. How do you know these few representatives actually have Egypt’s best at heart instead of using all of the tricks of the NDP to gain power/voters while squeezing everyone else out?

    In some ways I envied you my friend, in others…not so much.

  197. Mike N
    February 17, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Like I said the “attack” is sadly A LOT worse than is likely being reported… 20-30 minutes by a mob of men – she’s been in the hospital for days – described as ‘brutal’ by CBS now….

    “[60 Minutes] correspondent Lara Logan was repeatedly sexually assaulted by thugs yelling, ‘Jew! Jew!’ as she covered the chaotic fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo’s main square Friday.”

    And it was The Wall Street Journal that reported “the separation and assault lasted roughly 20 to 30 minutes.”

    Only when other media had the story did CBS break the news that its own chief foreign correspondent was the victim of “a brutal and sustained sexual assault.”

    Five days of silence — not even “60 Minutes” coverage of the Egypt story. No mention of the “mob of more than 200 people whipped into frenzy” who attacked their own reporter.

    But I’m with liberal columnist Richard Cohen of The Washington Post:

    “The sexual assault of a woman in the middle of a public square is a story ?.?.?.? particularly because the crowd in Tahrir Square was almost invariably characterized as friendly and out for nothing but democracy,” Cohen wrote.

    Watching the same complicit media we all saw, Cohen notes most journalists covered the mobs “as if they were reporting from Times Square on New Year’s Eve, stopping only at putting on a party hat.”

    Even CBS’s own statement said Logan was “covering the jubilation” and was attacked “amidst the celebration.”

    Having 200 “good guys” gang assault a female reporter while screaming “Jew! Jew!” doesn’t fit the narrative. Is that why CBS sat on the story?

    Larimore wonders if “Logan’s attack [is] an anomaly, or is it to be expected from men raised in a culture that treats women as lesser citizens?”

    I would point her to the 2008 broadcast on the Al-Aribiya network of a female (!) lawyer arguing that it’s OK for Muslim men to sexually assault Israeli women, because the Jews have “raped the land.” Or this week’s story of Hena, the 14-year-old Bangladeshi girl raped by a family member, then sentenced to 100 lashes by Muslim authorities for having sex out of wedlock. After 80 lashes, Hena died.

  198. leo
    February 17, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Kat_Mo @ 207, thank you for your reply.

  199. Albrecht Schmauch
    February 17, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    I think the public rape of Lara Logan will define the “Egyptian Independence Movement” to the West and to any thinking people in the Arab and Muslim world. Of course the Copts in Egypt and Christians stranded in other parts of the Muslim world are already well aware of this. It’s Islam that is the villain
    you don’t see Lebanese Arab Christians gang raping women, harassing them, groping them !!! It is strictly an Islamic phenomenon. But Egypt is the absolute worst and most despicable place in its treatment of its own women and of course of foreign women. And Egypt is beneath contempt in the way all Copts are treated and especially any female Christians. Look at the facts, sand monkey, not one arrest has been made in the rape of Lara Logan, and not one story has appeared about this incident in Al Jazeera, Al Arabiya, or Al Ahram. It is like by pretending it never happened that the event will be erased from history, sort of the same way the communists and the Nazis conveniently re wrote history whenever it suited them. Unfortunately the whole world knows that among the jubilant celebrants were a whole lot of gang-rapists, Jew haters, and worst, hundreds or thousands of independence celebrators who saw a woman being raped and wouldn ‘t lift a finger to help. What does that say about the moral character of the Egyptian revolution?

  200. Albrecht Schmauch
    February 17, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    Yesterday Anderson Cooper ran 10 minutes or more of his prime time segment attacking an idiotic asshole, named Nir Rosen, who made insulting tweets about Lara Logan and what happened to her. But what is very very odd, is that CNN barely covered the original incident of Lara Logan’s rape, and no one on CNN or the mainstream media, said a word about what Lara’s rapists were screaming as they tortured her – “Jew ! Jew ! Jew ! ” Further, CNN, Reuters, the NY Times, and Al Jazeera, and of course ABC, all failed to show the countless pictures of Mubarak with a Jewish star drawn on his face, or the various other anti-Jewish signs held up by many demonstrators in Tahrir Square. This intentional obfuscation, is the mainstream media’s way of distorting a story, to conform to their pre-scripted narrative. Liars and shills for the Muslim Brotherhood, like Christiana Amanpour, only show the tip of the iceberg. By the way, the mainstream media in the US did almost nothing to show the chaos in other Egyptian cities, with thousands of criminals released from jails, often by the Muslim Brotherhood, and neither the Army nor the Police intervening as mobs of criminals attacked normal citizens in their apartments and houses.

  201. Katherine
    February 17, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    My earlier comments were removed. I do not understand why this has happened. I have not said anything abusive or controversial.

    I don’t understand.

  202. Doug.E.Barr
    February 18, 2011 at 1:05 am

    “Is Egypt better off?”….not if it takes what it is and tries to transform that into a “democracy”. The only difference between being destroyed by a dictator and “democratic self-destruction” is that in the latter the people get to vote. To begin the process toward being “better off”, Egyptian youth must first topple Economy’s dictatorship. Then when they get around to writing their new constitution the first statement must guarantee a horizontal economy. The second statement must guarantee freedom from religion. If they can agree on even these two statements Egypt will be lead the world toward being better off. If they can’t agree Egypt will rejoin increasing worldwide conflict.

  203. Jennifer
    February 18, 2011 at 6:30 am

    I admire your courage and determination. Best wishes to Egypt during its to democracy to democracy. Keep strong. There is much work to do.

  204. Valerie
    February 18, 2011 at 3:56 pm


    You don’t have to take the current regime totally down. You don’t have to destroy anything. Your country has the capability of reform. Your country just passed a great test.

    It’s all over the media that protesters in this country or that country are having their “days of rage”, and old catchphrase from US communist sympathizers and professional protesters of the 60s that couldn’t revolt their way out of a paper bag. When they actually demonstrated rage by killing people, all their support evaporated. This is how it happens in the US. People can yell until they are red in the face all they want, and they can say all sorts of things, but when they get violent, all the rest turn away, and start discussing the next election.

    In the last few days I read an article over at PJM, with the thesis that peaceful protests only win against governments that don’t have the energy to kill enough people. I inferred that the author thought that the protesters in Egypt got away with very little violence because the Egyptian regime is tired, and that no such thing will happen in Iran, because the Iranian government has no problem killing people.

    I’ve thought it over, and I think now that both sides in Egypt won. It’s true that the protesters set out to be peaceful, and to insist that they love their country. Some people with responsible positions in the regime heard them. When some violence did occur, nobody wanted to own it, because nobody was willing to do real harm to the other side. Both sides value one another.

    This showed that there is room for a new deal in Egypt, a new social compact between the government and its people where the government has the consent of the governed, and that the route can be through discussion that ends in reform, rather than breakdown that ends in bloodshed.

    God has blessed Egypt.

    The next test is for you and your friends. You will have to come up with a coherent, effective set of reforms, and you will have to enlist a significant portion of the current regime if the reforms are to be effective.

    If all goes well, you will get a lot, but it won’t be everything you want, yet. Some things are going to take far longer than you ever dreamed. But you can have real reform, real, positive change that yields security, prosperity, and happiness.

  205. Kat_Mo
    February 18, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    The Legendary Kat here…

    …thinking much more about the political possibilities in the new Egypt government and problems with the constitution as it stands.

    Click the name for the link.

    And, sorry Mahmoud, but I disagree with your analysis over the Muslim Brotherhood’s perceived weakness. This is not about the west trying to make this out to be an Islamist revolution.

    In the 2005 elections, when Mubarek was pressured to let off the political oppression by the Bush administration (the election year your hopes actually were ignited), the MB took 88 seats in parliament (20%). That was with continuing fraud, intimidation and plenty of regime interference in disqualifying potential candidates.

    The only reason they did so poorly in 2010 is because the NDP was scared out of their shorts that the MB might actually be the opposition as well as the Obama admin over here not giving a rats pattouti about democratic liberalization in allied nations that allowed the NDP Egypt government to go back to business as usual suppressing political rivals. Mubarek used everything in his power to keep them out of the elections and give some nearly non-existent lee-way to liberal opposition groups who won something like 11 seats (give or take) out of 540 something.

    Even if the MB leadership was over estimating his support at around 38% in a recent interview, splitting the difference between what they already had in an election and their potential over estimation puts them closer to 30% of parliament.

    No matter how you look at it, liberals in Egypt are going to be outnumbered and out funded. Because, besides the MB, the next biggest power broker in Egypt is going to be the labor unions. You can count on that.

    So, the question is, what are the Liberals going to do about it?

  206. ateist
    February 19, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Congratulations E.S. 🙂

    Here’s hoping that the old fascist regime won’t be replaced by a new fascist regime.

  207. jay
    February 19, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Congratulations on getting rid of an autocracy and replacing it with Islamism.

    Did you go and see Qaradawi speak in Tahrir Square yesterday, Sandmonkey?

    What did you think?

  208. Omri
    February 19, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Where is Wael Ghoneim now?

  209. Rashid
    February 20, 2011 at 10:16 am


    in 2005 Mubarak wanted to give the West (especially the Bushite regime) what it feels like to have a democracy in the Middle East as sort of intimidation its either him or the brotherhood… anyways recent polls show that they might win from 20-25 % of any voting… don’t worry we will consider them our own Tea Party! Labor unions gave you nightmares in Wisconsin LOL

  210. Peter
    February 20, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Hello Mahmoud,

    I’ve been following the events in Egypt (via your tweets and others) for several weeks… but one thing I can’t figure out. Why did the Egyptian powers “that were” after shutting down the Internet, then reverse their actions? Wasn’t the internet a decisive vehicle in mobilizing/organizing actions against the Mubarak apparati? Or, even if the internet had been kept shut down, would you have still been able to mobilize the way you all did?


    Peter in Japan

  211. blacklisted
    February 20, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Congratulations to us! I’ve appreciated your tweets during this particular time, which I only started following recently (mostly because I’m an old lady and didn’t catch onto the Twitter thing until late). I’ve been following your blog for a few years now, and I didn’t really even question the fact that I didn’t even know whether you were a man or a woman because, well, I wasn’t stalking you, and because I just assumed there was no way in crapfuck that you’d be writing what you do and announcing who you are. So, now that your identity is all out in the open, and we are all shocked to learn that you in fact look nothing like Mojo Jojo, what do you think? Curious to hear what you have to say about that. Will things in Egypt change enough for that to be okay? Will you have to censor yourself? Hmm?

  212. Kat_Mo
    February 20, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Dear Rashid,

    The Legendary Kat, again. I have written a response to your comment at my own blog (too long for comments here). Click on the name.

    You tell me not to worry about the MB. I think you do not worry enough about them nor are familiar enough with how parliamentary politics work to understand that a well organized party with 25% of the seats can be THE power when there are ten other parties dividing up the rest (see Iraq).

    The rest of my issues are at the blog. Read it please. This is about you all getting what you want, not about me worried about the MB. Let them participate. Less slogans, more reality of having to run a country. But, are you giving them more of a role than they should have because you all lack your own organization, funds and agenda? Nor are fully comprehending your own electoral districts and polity?

    Read. click the name.

    Yours in Liberty,

  213. Kat_Mo
    February 21, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Does anyone have links to English versions of Egyptian news sites? The only news source that seems to have anything of info, and it feels still limited (the 9000 mile view), is al Jazeera english. don’t mind watching and reading it, but want some more from the inside.

    Please provide information ASAP.


  214. Craig
    February 21, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Rashid, are you comparing the Muslim Brotherhood to the Tea Party? And to labor unions in Wisconsin? And then you vouch for the fact we don’t need to “worry”? Pardon me while I barf on your assessments.

  215. mina
    February 21, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    just one thing: STAY UNITED.

  216. Kat_Mo
    February 21, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Dear Sandmonkey and Rashid (oh, Mina, too),

    You are very right to be concerned. Sandmonkey should change the title of his last post to “Mubarek’s Regime No More! Maybe.”

    Just got a look at the “new” “old” minister appointments. Looks like they are trying to appease the “revolution” while keeping lots of power in their own house. Can’t wait to see what BS the revision committee came up with.

    The activists groups are breaking up into political parties. Lots of them. Not one of them capable of opposing either the still prominent NDP or the MB’s new “Freedom and Justice” party. You all are going to be arguing over the crumbs while everyone else is eating the cake.

    At this point, it seems like the labor guys have the smart plan and you all might have to join them in another show of power march. Otherwise, it is on with the new, same as the old.

    Click on the name. Get the most recent info.

  217. sandjokey ahiafwahed
    February 21, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    hey there meyameya u did not even need the shababeek ending. i need a confirmation that the genee is in the bottle. tried contacting u when the shit was hitting the fan but im no magiver. although my laptop skills are on need to know basis ba2ate bafaci. if safe for u feel free or would u prefer to wait for the summer? i hope u can get in touch am sure yull find a way well played Egypt

  218. sandjokey ahiafwahed
    February 22, 2011 at 6:25 am

    got satisfactory answers from todays papers i think ill be a middle man whats yr opinion?

  219. sandjokey ahiafwahed
    February 22, 2011 at 6:44 am

    got confirmation frm todays local papers ahha yr very effective GOD bless u all thinking of being a middleman myself answer me on 234

  220. Steve
    February 22, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Does anyone know the whereabouts of Kareem Amer? Is he safe? Has he started blogging again? From what little I have heard about him, I believe that, his voice is an important voice, that will work to keep the revolution proceeding the direction of liberty for all of Egypt’s people.

  221. Kat_Mo
    February 23, 2011 at 12:15 am

    Okay…looking for independent, arab speaking verification…

    What is being chanted in the square today?

    Please translate both chants (as there are clearly two).

  222. Kat_Mo
    February 23, 2011 at 12:15 am on the name for the link.

  223. dominate seo
    February 23, 2011 at 1:28 am

    Yeah ~ finally, someone has to take him down. Democracy and freedom for Egypt !!!

  224. dalia
    February 23, 2011 at 7:06 am

    Democracy and freedom for whom exactly????

    “……..On February 16 the Church of St. George in Rafah was torched, the walls of the church had writing saying “No to Christians in Muslim Land” .
    Sectarian tensions broke out on February 17 when Muslims attacked Christians inside the church of Saint Georges in the village of El-Hathatah near Samalout, Minya. This was prompted by the church building a roof over the courtyard between the church and its community services building within the fenced church compound, in order to make more space for its congregation. Muslims surrounded the church and hurled stones. The armed forces were called but without response, prompting the Coptic youth to defend their church….”

  225. Doine
    February 23, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    As Turkish friend of mine put it, “islam is going to destroy Turkey.” I would say, “islam is going to destroy Egypt.”

  226. Dave G.
    February 23, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    I was emailed this link today to a column by Barry Rubin regarding Sandmonkey. I’m not sure how to create the “bold” responses by Mr. Rubin, so I’ll preface his comments with a BR:

    There is no more courageous, sincere, and moderate person in Egypt than the blogger who is known as Sandmonkey. He faced serious harassment under the Mubarak regime and is a big supporter of the democracy movement in his country.

    It is interesting to examine some of his recent tweets. I have fixed spelling, put them into paragraphs, and added capitalization but been careful not to alter any of the meaning. My responses are in bold:

    “Ok, just so we can calm the nerves of our Israeli twitchy neighbors, let me assure you: we aren’t going go to war with you. The Egyptian army and economy are both not equipped for such battles and we have too many targets for your air force to hit. However, we do have numerical superiority and no fear of death and we can draw this out forever, so don’t think you’re all that [?] either.”

    BR: I think his point about war being unlikely, during the next several years, is probably correct, though an Egyptian government can miscalculate–as happened in 1967–and set off a conflict. His last sentence, though, is a reminder that even he might not be entirely sure of peace being durable.

    “But there are 3 things you can expect [to] change, and they shouldn’t allow them to alarm you. They have to happen. OK?

    “1) The Rafah gate [to the Gaza Strip] will be opened for goods and travel. It will relieve the situation, improve the economy & give us leverage over Hamas. And it will also end the talk about “Gaza under siege” and you know that this is good for you even. Don’t fight it.

    BR: Israel won’t fight Egypt’s opening to Gaza because there is nothing Israel can do about it. Personally, I don’t think Egypt is going to have any leverage over Hamas. The Mubarak government tried for many years and couldn’t get either Hamas or the Palestinian Authority to do anything. If there’s a Brotherhood-dominated government, Egypt will become an ally of Hamas; if there’s a radical nationalist government it will be friendly to Hamas and the Brotherhood will smuggle in huge amounts of arms. The idea that this is good for Israel is quite questionable.

    “2) You will start paying market price for our gas. Maybe even a markup. You’ve been getting it cheap & we could use the money.”

    BR: In principle, that’s ok but two points: First, it sets a bad precedent for the new Egyptian government not feeling itself bound by previous agreements. Second, I think that what will happen (and of course I could be wrong) is that whoever is in power the pipeline will be sabotaged and attacked until it is put out of commission. As we’ve seen before with Arab governments, money isn’t everything especially when it clashes with demagoguery.

    “3) The army will return to Sinai. After 34 years of peace, we have proven good intentions. It has to come back at least for border protection.”

    BR: This is a hugely problemmatic point. For this means that the agreements worked out in the treaty, that limits the deployment of Egyptian troops in Sinai, will be void. Since the whole peace agreement has been thrown into question the fact that there has been peace for 34 years is irrelevant. And is Israel going to think that any large-scale deployment of Egyptian troops near its border will be for stopping smuggling alone?

    “That is all. Also the Islamists won’t take power. Maximum 20% in Parliament & presidential contender. They don’t want to inherit this mess. Because whomever takes over will have to cleanup 30 years of Mubarak rule. That won’t happen overnight. Our next president is screwed.”

    BR: A lot of this makes sense, though I think they will do better than 20 percent. But this also raises a problem. If the next government is going to be non-Islamist and it is going to fail doesn’t this suggest that Egypt’s people will become discontented with the radical nationalists and turn to the Islamists? Or that the next president, in the face of that failure, will use the usual tactics in response: blame the United States and Israel, stir up hatred against them and take dramatic, dangerous steps to appease popular anger?

    “Expect them to compete in 6 years at least for power. But Islamists won’t be a problem for now. So, chill. Ok? Chill!”

    BR: So we have six years before the Islamists might come to power? Perhaps we need to start making plans for this timetable. And that schedule would roughly coincide with Iran getting nuclear weapons. I don’t feel too calm with that assessment.

    As I said, Sandmonkey is a good guy. He is among the most moderate one-hundreth of one percent of the Egypt people. (I didn’t pick that statistic at random.) That’s another factor that doesn’t make me feel so reassured.

    or read the post here:

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  228. Mary Louise
    February 25, 2011 at 3:42 am

    You might FEEL free, but Egypt isn’t Iran, and, with the horrible education Egyptians have been getting since being weaned from their mothers, they hardly even know what freedom they need to hope for. They are taught hate from childhood. Already, the first things coming out of freedom “demonstrators” has to do with throwing Jews into the sea. If freedom for neighbors is not okay, and only freedom for them is, you realize these people have no respect for others, and therefore that includes their own kind. So live it up because the vacuum in power will likely lead another monster to grab your reins!

  229. MC
    February 26, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Great blog. I am traveling to the Sinai in a couple days, and I am very interested to see how the change has affected everyone. I am so happy that you feel liberated and that you life could be affected positively from this. My friends in Egypt seem as excited as you, and I’ve been writing a little bit about it myself. Keep on writing, its great to hear voices like yours being heard.


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  231. Gerald
    March 1, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Qaradawi for Egypt! Yes! Now there’s a democratic leader Egypt deserves!

  232. Valerie
    March 1, 2011 at 9:04 pm


    I thought you and your friends should know that people in the US have been watching, and learning, from Egyptians.

    A little background: In the State of Wisconsin, the Democratic party lost big the last election, and now the remaining Democratic representatives are trying to stop the party now in power (Republicans) from holding a vote. They left the state, and are in hiding.

    However, citizens from the neighboring state have been following them, trying to shame them into returning home to do their duty.

    “No matter which podunk border town the senators try to hide in, they are running all the time thanks to highly effective efforts of conservative activists who have streamlined their “search party” by utilizing Facebook, email blasts and quick video posts. Who knew the Tea Party would be so good at bounty hunting 2.0?”

    The funniest thing of all is that the Tea Parties, a loose, leaderless movement largely made up of women over 50, have learned to use their computers, cell phones, facebook, and ridicule very well.

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  235. Mohamed
    March 8, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Thank you sweet god, Craig has finally burped something out, what was that again? Whose more crazy? The Teabaggers or the Moslem Brotherhood? As much as I despise the brotherhood, but dude, the teabaggers have definitely cornered the market on all that’s ugly, hateful, deplorable, retarded and ignorant in the animal kingdom.
    Come on man, that was quiet lame and relatively (to you of course) not that much retarded or crazy, why have you mellowed down so much. Please please, hit me with a good old classic Craig.

  236. leo
    March 9, 2011 at 2:17 pm


    “the teabaggers have definitely cornered the market on all that’s ugly, hateful, deplorable, retarded and ignorant in the animal kingdom”

    First, in “human kingdom” if you want to be correct. No animal deserves to be blamed for our shit.

    Second, would you care to support the above with couple of facts?

  237. Mohamed
    March 9, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    No disrespect here at all, but I want Craig to restart farting really soon. On second thoughts, since you seem to be a rational enough person, I’ll go ahead and indulge you. Please check the video footage accompanying this article, then try to justify it or try to convince me how wonderful “human beings” those teabagging freaks are

    You’re absolutely right though about the inappropriateness of me grouping innocent animals with human beings.

  238. leo
    March 9, 2011 at 11:04 pm


    Finally I got an opportunity to take a look at the movie.

    I have few questions.

    Was it one rally or were there few of them?

    Why rally goers mention Sharia while movie creators claim it to be “annual fundraiser was held in Yorba Linda, Calif., to raise money for combating homelessness and domestic abuse in the local community”?

    How can it be evident from the clip?

    Does it happen every year or was it just this year and if latter what could be the reason?

    What reason all these Republicans were quoted?

    How does Tea Party feet into it?

    P.S. Insults were ignorant, stupid and disgusting. That I agree.

  239. Craig
    March 10, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    No disrespect here at all, but I want Craig to restart farting really soon.

    I remember you. You’re no different than the mob of savages who beat and gangraped Lara Logan while she was covering your “human rights” and “dignity” revolution, as the crowd shouted obscenities and racial epithets at her. And now you complain about “Teabaggers” making insulting statements about Muslims, as if you have some sort of credibility? You, Mohamed, deserve every bit of verbal abuse that Americans heap on you and more. Don’t come crying to me about how unfairly people treat you after you’ve long since exposed yourself as somebody who isn’t fit to even be in America at all. If you don’t like what people say to you in the US in response to your asshole opinions and your bigotry then get the fuck out of my country and go back to Egypt where animals like you are in the majority. We neither need nor want you here, scumbag.

  240. Craig
    March 10, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Leo, are you unfamiliar with this cretin “mohamad” and the things he’s said on this blog in the past? If so, I don’t understand why you try to engage a lowlife bigot and hatemonger like him when he tries to complain about how he’s being victimized by Americans. I hope he is being victimized by Americans, myself, although I’m pretty sure he’s lying about that as he lies about everything else. I hope Americans make his life so miserable and his stupid opinions so socially acceptable that he decides to pack his bags and move back to Cairo.

  241. Mohamed
    March 11, 2011 at 6:59 am

    That’s what I’m talking about boy. You really got me worried there. I feared after you were sentenced to chemical castration by the court (you know why) that your messed up brain chemicals got in sync with reality, but thank god, you’re still you. Welcome back bro, really missed you, I know you’re just warming up, looking forward to more of your greatest farts.

  242. Craig
    March 11, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Pretty lame comeback, Mohamed. I bet you think it’s racism when people call you an obnoxious moron, right? Maybe they just say all that mean and nasty stuff to all the Arabs? You ever filed a lawsuit against your employer for unjustly being terminated, by any chance? Well, you just keep on blaming everyone else for the shitty way you get treated, OK? I’m sure that’s going to work out really well for you. And it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

  243. Valerie
    March 11, 2011 at 10:00 pm


    Quoting the Huffpo on the subject of what the Tea Parties stand for makes as much sense as quoting Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on the terms of US foreign policy.

  244. Mohamed
    March 12, 2011 at 5:12 am

    I’ve never complained about any shitty treatment, first of all because I live among and work among some of the nicest people on this planet, second, because I avoid any contacts with angry, frustrated and unemployed rabid hicks like you.
    Also, not to burst your bubble (actually it feels super good), terminating me from work whether rightfully or wrongfully is virtually impossible, as I’m a co owner of my company.
    What’s that Craigy? Am I hearing you sobbing like a little girl on your sweat and urine stained couch? I sincerely apologize for not being a lonely, pathetic, unemployed, uneducated lazy ass cry baby.
    PS: I couldn’t help the amount of projection in your writing.

  245. Mohamed
    March 12, 2011 at 5:20 am

    I totally agree with you that the editorial and the news focus of a site might be leaning (or distorted) left or right according to their readers base, I would have probably had the same response as you, if you were for example citing a conservative blog for example. But even if you ignore the site and the article, there’s no way around justifying the ugliness of the people and their actions in the movie clip.

  246. Craig
    March 12, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Valerie, I think you’re mistaken if you think Mohamed cares about the credibility of any US media. It’s all the same to him as long as it gives him ammo he can use to randomly insult Americans.


    …because I live among and work among some of the nicest people on this planet…

    a) that’s a lie, because nice people wouldn’t remain in close proximity to somebody like you for any longer than it took them to find an exit.

    b) that’s a lie because sociopaths like you don’t even know what the word “nice” means beyond the dictionary definition of the word

    c) that’s a lie because you said it, and everything you say is a lie

  247. Mohamed
    March 12, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    You sound a little bit disoriented and confused there? Are you feeling numbness and weakness on one side of your body, do you feel confused and unable to gather your non existent thoughts, is your speech a little bit slurred (not that you mumbled anything comprehensible in the first place), if you answer yes to any then you’ve definitely popped a blood vessel in your sad reptilian brain. I know this might be a little bit challenging, but try to call an ambulance ASAP.

  248. Craig
    March 12, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    You trying to cast voodoo spells on me with all this wishful thinking, Mohamed? I thought you were denying that you’re a savage, but here you are going out of your way to prove it. Works for me! Carry on 🙂

  249. leo
    March 12, 2011 at 8:42 pm


    You did not reply to my last post.
    I am worried, have I insulted you in any way?

  250. Craig
    March 12, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    He’s too busy punching the wall and looking for women to beat up, leo. Sorry I got him sidetracked. I didn’t realize you were actually trying to have a discussion with him. I think you’d have better luck having a conversation with a hamster, but maybe that’s just me.

  251. leo
    March 13, 2011 at 2:46 am


    Just an FYI.

    I did not reply to your posts because I do not what with, but they are duly noted.


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