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Live: Al Jazeera covers Egypt’s ‘Day of Departure’

By David Edwards
Friday, February 4, 2011 8:50 EDT
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The video below is a live broadcast from Al Jazeera English, covering the Egyptian revolution.

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David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
 
 
 
 
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  • Anonymous

    Basically, here’s what we got:

    The vast majority of Egypt supports the ouster of Mubarak, and many millions have made their presence known in that regard.

    The pathetic minority of Egypt that supports Mubarak’s regime…they’re all paid by Mubarak’s regime. What a shock.

  • http://twitter.com/G3nki_Sudo Vajid Ali

    Congratulations to all Egyptians

  • Anonymous

    How funny, the only guy that supports Mubarak now is Berlusconi …. if that’s not the kiss of death, i don’t know what is

  • Anonymous

    The people of Egypt are great!! Congratulations people of Egypt.

    Gee, do ya think we, in the U.S., can do that? Everyone start marching to Texas, and demand the Bu$h Crime Family be jailed!!

  • Guest

    I wish. Unfortunately, too many Fox Heads drinking the Kool-Aid, while watching Glenn Beck, to get enough of us out there. I mean whatever happened to the ant-war protests?

    Things are pretty bad here too and if we haven’t had the cajones to do something about now, (while getting into stupid wars, flushing Civil Liberties down the toilet) all the while we try and pry ourselves away from the American Idol.

    The “Me Generation” and their actions are now seeing the ‘fruits’ of their labor. WTF happened to all you bra-burning, draft-dodging, anti-establishment, tree-hugging hippies? We need you!

  • http://twitter.com/G3nki_Sudo Vajid Ali

    at least there wll be plenty of hookers in silvioland

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PCRNBMCPGAOEFGLTXYZVLQ2QPA Razi Masoud

    We don’t need a new government, we need a new system!
    We won’t accept anything less than a Resource Based Economy

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZQPQ7VGUQIMTNHZCUM472IPSJM Doug Jones

    Why do Middle Eastern news sources say million and more people and American news sources say tens of thousands or people (in the streets.)

  • Anonymous

    How much of the unrest in Egypt and elsewhere involves rising food prices? From the CBC…
    World Food Prices Reached a Record High in January
    The unrest in Egypt is somewhat tied to the availability of food. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization warns that prices worldwide are expected to keep rising due to catastrophic weather as well as supply and demand. http://www.newslook.com/videos/288254-world-food-prices-reached-a-record-high-in-january?autoplay=true

  • Rush Goofbaugh

    YES…. let’s get on with it. Enought with the same old bullshit.

  • Anonymous

    They’re high paid lawyers now. They became lawyers to stay in college long enough to avoid the draft.

  • Guest

    I think every politician is a crook, lets jail em all.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    A report on BBC earlier suggested it’s around 1.5 million and rising steadily.

  • Anonymous

    Bush got more popular votes in 2004 than he got in 2000. Had he been legally able to be on the ballot on 2008, he would have been re-elected.

    Anyone who thinks that Obama foreign policy is different from the Bush foreign policy — except as to purely cosmetic differences — needs drug-testing.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    3,000,000 Glenn Beck viewers=less than 1% of the population.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve never watched al jazeera.

    … but the fact that the American Right — both in the MSM (led by Faux News, followed by lickspittles like MSNBC, CNN, and the rest), and among Republican and Wimpocrat leadership AND most of the rank-and-file . . . AND Mubarak’s government-and-thugs hate al jazeera … is, uhhhhhh … pretty goldurn innerstang, huh ?

  • Anonymous

    The AlJazeera English reporters aren’t aren’t afraid to ask the hard hitting questions.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    And Pamela “Atlas Shrugged” and 90% of the GOP

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    “I’ve never watched al jazeera.”
    No time like the present.

  • Anonymous

    “I mean whatever happened to the ant-war protests?”

    Here’s one:

    http://www.stopthesewars.org/

  • Anonymous

    Per AJ English Live Blog:

    “6:01pm Media in Montenegro is reporting that Hosni Mubarak may find exile in their country, and that his son and close personal friends are preparing things for him to arrive there. Montenegro is where deposed Thai prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, sought refuge.”

    That’s why Berlusconi is “supporting” him, a known international mafiosi himself, Montenegro is the place where all “good” international mafiosi go to drug traffic, human traffic, and arms traffic. Something Berlusconi is all too aware of and involve in himself.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    I think its demonstrable that the 2004 election was stolen, though difficult to verify since Mike Connell’s untimely and mysterious death.

    Obama’s foreign policy differs from Bush’s in several ways.
    -more civilian casualties
    -more invocation of “state’s secrets”
    -more wars
    -much greater frequency of assassination with less oversight
    -etc
    Somewhat more than cosmetic but I get your meaning.

  • Anonymous

    Good points. I stand corrected.

  • Anonymous

    The “catastrophic” conditions that brought this about are directly and almost solely tied to commodities futures arbitrage speculations being played on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange of all these worldwide necessities, like wheat, corn, rice, cocoa, sugar, etc, as well as the US subsidies that categorically “prop up” the worldwide prices for them. It has been well documented for decades that this system causes worldwide food shortages, leading to massive worldwide hunger and deaths because of it.

    There have been repeated calls to end if not curb the systematic speculative (betting spreads) of the Mercantile, and severely limit the subsidies, but to no avail. Blame not the weather, but the US systems in place for these causalities and food problems worldwide.

    Also, there is more going on in Egypt and the rest of the ME than food prices, but it contributes to the already deprave existing conditions in that region. The US, through its IMF bank, and the UK, through its WB, contribute to much of the poverty in those countries as well, leading to price/income gaps that are unsustainable and inhumane.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    This is amazing to watch. What beautiful people! Without doubt, the most remarkable and inspiring event I’ve witnessed in life even if from afar. My admiration and respect for the Egyptian people grows more and more every day. It is unbearable to think what they have gone thru and, still, they manage to come together as one in peace, harmony and love once again. Truly extraordinary, beautiful people! Second to none and only tied at number one with their resilient Palestinian brothers.

  • Anonymous

    Just got this off The Guardian Live Egypt Blog: (Note: 5:52pm is UK time–7:52pm Egypt time.)

    “5.52pm: Egyptian blogger @suzeeinthecity has tweeted what she says are the seven demands of the protesters (see the four drawn up by youth groups we detailed at (5.05pm)

    1. Resignation of the president

    2. End of the Emergency State

    3.Dissolution of The People’s Assembly and Shora Council

    4. Formation of a national transitional government

    5.An elected Parliament that will ammend the Constitution to allow for presidential elections

    6. Immediate prosecution for those responsible of the deaths of the revolution’s martyrs

    7. Immediate prosecution of the corrupters and those who robbed the country of its wealth.”

    (Also, can’t get back into AJ English Live Egypt Blog–says 503 Error.)

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Because they lie. Everything they do has an ulterior motive, a very dark, ulterior motive. You can see the truth unfold before your eyes here. People are reporting more like 2 million protesters on the streets. A beautiful thing to watch!

    http://www.commondreams.org/uprising

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Re-elected? How can you re-elect someone who wasn’t elected to begin with?

  • Johnny Warbucks

    And the drones. Don’t forget the drones. In fact, we should rename him King of Drones (in more than one way)

  • Johnny Warbucks

    The anti-war activists are lefties. They only protest and take notice when there’s a rightie in power

  • Johnny Warbucks

    And Joe Biden. Don’t forget him. He doesn’t think that Mubarak is a dictator.

  • Anonymous

    From The Guardian Live Egypt Blog:

    “5.47pm: In an interview with al-Jazeera Arabic, Mohamed ElBaradei has apparently denied telling an Austrian newspaper that he would not stand for president (5.10pm).

    From @draddee, who has been prolifically tweeting on the protests since they began:

    lBaradei Just denied the quote carried by the Austrian paper that he will not run: “I will run if called to it” #jan25″

    Also, have not been able to view the Live feed posted above for days. “Plug-In Error” continually happens (despite re-installing Flash Player and fixes.)

    Now getting “re-routed” from AJ English Live Blog URL directly to Live Feed URL. Strange.

  • tsuki

    American Military Generals should be seen and not heard.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WEAPT7CBGVXZE6PI5TQJ4ONNPM ndasilva28

    as long as we are no longer seen as “resources”

    LIFE ABOVE ALL ELSE.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5Z4JRNXBCO4ZYSUY3WGC3S554I nathan
  • Anonymous

    VeteransforPeace.org and other groups/individuals will be there too.

  • Anonymous

    Mubarak should step down immediately. If he doesn’t, they should go in and remove him.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    From Huffington Post live blog:

    Today 11:21 AM Interviews With Average Egyptians
    Translator Jafar Jafari reports that BBC Arabic interviewed average Egyptian citizens, learning that those who were captured and questioned by the demonstrators and residents virtually all were promised an additional month’s salary; meaning that they are employees of the State. They included employees of the Ministry of Oil, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Transportation and others. Some were actually professionally dressed, while others were clearly poor, dressed in local garb and ill or non-educated. They said that some neighborhood friends came to support Mubarak after being given 50-100 Egyptian pounds. Some extracted information clearly points to the direct responsibility of the new prime minister. (Jafar notes that the anchorwoman repeated the question to verify PM Shafik’s responsibility and the caller responded affirmatively.)

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Especially the bra burners. Love me some bra burners.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    And Assange is a’ high-tech terrorist’. I never thought Joe was quite that vapid till he got this gig.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Poor Joe suffers from foot in mouth disease.

  • Anonymous

    This Egypt thing could go bad. Watch the price of gas.

  • http://SALON WHITE DRAGON

    EGYPT-GATE From Mubarak to the protesters:

    1) Do you want a happy country…like I do?
    2) I’ll leave if you wish…because I’m fed up with the frustration. Wouldn’t you be?
    3) I will need a few months to tidy up…OK?
    4) My soldiers can keep a safe eye on things meantime.
    6) Aren’t all those foreign reporters Zionists, anyway?
    7) Our own Vice President can watch over things for now…OK?
    8) You want us to throw out the crooks, don’t you? We’ll address that.
    9) Egyptians are better than Tunisians. Right?
    10) Shouldn’t we all go home and work towards a better Egypt?…I think so!

    That’s the way its done. Who can say no to him? In the end…nobody goes anywhere.
    Beautiful!
    (NOTE:Egyptian cops just stole a white US van and ran over some protesters with it. Whoa!)

  • Anonymous

    Dude, there’s a bit more at stake here than just the price of petrol, and maybe costing you a couple of extra bucks per tank for a few months.

  • Dravazed

    Mubarak Obama is doing his best to do his worst. Let’s all hope for a change from the thug in power now to the thug M. O. wants to replace him–you know, the torturer-in-chief, who understands who pays into his Swiss bank account and expects results in return.

    The US of A: the world’s leading Godfather to terror, torture, and tyranny.

  • Guest

    I live in NYC and compared to the protests that occurred before the Iraq war and the protests before the 2004 RNC, there hasn’t been much going on or reported.

  • Anonymous

    I have been watching the coverage on Al Jazeera English for a week. I fully expect to be placed on the TSA “no fly” list. Ah, America…gotta love her ’cause I ain’t gonna leave her.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TF72KWIG5DGSPE3ZXDK6FX4KTQ Robert Burned

    The Middle Eastern sources may be exaggerating a bit. The Western ones are certainly lying.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TF72KWIG5DGSPE3ZXDK6FX4KTQ Robert Burned

    Non sequitur.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TF72KWIG5DGSPE3ZXDK6FX4KTQ Robert Burned

    The problem is that the Internet left in this country is overwhemingly white and bourgeois.

    In Egypt, it’s working people who took the lead.

    Many, if not most, Internet leftists in the U.S. regard working people with nothing but contempt. What they respect is the “chill”, superior, anti-political, and anti-revolutionary attitude of the college-educated “professional” class whose show the pointless Jon Stewart demo last year was. The self-advertised “hipsters,” too, are all counter-revolutionaries.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TF72KWIG5DGSPE3ZXDK6FX4KTQ Robert Burned

    Horseshit. You have no idea who you’re talking about. You just want to hate an ill-defined group that you can use as a scapegoat for your own narcissistic laziness and lack of capacity for commitment. And for pitying your useless, overprivileged self as a victim–and whining, and whining, and whining, and whining, and whining.

    You’re a typical self-dramatizing, passive-aggresive petty-bourgeois hypocrite–like a prom queen weeping and raging over a ruined prom. Your kind are the biggest roadblock in the path of progress in America after the Rethuglifucks, the Demicraps, the bankers, and the big corporations.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TF72KWIG5DGSPE3ZXDK6FX4KTQ Robert Burned

    More like 1.8 million viewers these days. And dropping fast.

  • Anonymous

    Lack of reporting, yes. Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.

    Nevertheless, there are protests, everywhere around the world (um, Egypt comes to mind, albeit it’s a kind of war protest of some sorts.)

    Also, despite all points the contrary, protesting take many forms, not just “boots on the ground” as it were. You gotta get informed. It’s not easy. And the MSM isn’t going to help on that front. Not in this day and age.

  • Anonymous

    As a “lefty” (both politically and a south paw,) all workers need to unite. Period. (Don’t get me started on Stewart’s “rally.”)

  • Anonymous

    Reminds me of the absolutely incredible countryman who stood in the way of the tank at Tiananamen Square and backed it down.

    This is what human dignity is all about. This is why tea was thrown in Boston Harbor.

  • Balthazars Rebellion

    ….and do they have any shame for selling their souls for 50-100 Egyptian pounds? That’s worth endangering their future and working for the dark side…. Unbelievable, the things that money can buy.

  • Anonymous

    Here are two excellent editorials on Egypt’s budding revolution from the last couple days:

    This one by Fidel Castro:

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article27404.htm

    And this one by Jayne Lyn Stahl:

    http://onlinejournal.com/artman/publish/article_6883.shtml

    And here’s George Galloway speaking from London Tuesday on these events:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qe7367yueAY

  • Anonymous

    contempt? where do you get that idea? glen beck? Looks like you’re looking for someone else to blame. For your information, it wasn’t the ‘internet leftists’ that started wars in iraq/afghan, or the banking scams, or reich-wing hole we find ourselves in. The majority of the country is white anyway, so what?

    Now they’re to blame because they are doing enough to get us out of it? Maybe ‘they’ are not doing enough, but I can’t say I like your term ‘internet leftists’ at all…

  • Anonymous

    Because the Egyptian military will eventually have to step in, Washington, Tel Aviv and London will endorse without any qualms a bloodbath in Egypt if needed, provided that the military who wins the upper hand pledges to maintain the international status quo. So it would seem to be a question of who will prevail. The older connected Generals or the younger Colonels? The staff and upper field grade officers are generally drawn from the middle and upper class while the enlisted come from the lower common classes. Mutiny is also a possibility by the grunts if they feel the cause of the ordinary Egyptian is being betrayed. In either case, they will be under enormous pressure from the outside of their borders as well as from the inside.

  • Anonymous

    The web caption for this post was “Live Egyptians stand ground”. It should have been Dead Egyptians on the ground. The promo should be coming soon to a city near you. The Neocons are behind this mess. It’s emblematic of their mantra make things happen, don’t wait for events. They are traitors. Nothing and no one will get in the way of their American empire dreams

  • Anonymous

    This just in: Pharoah Ahkenaton (Ech Naton, i.e. “Father Nathan”) has agreed to return from the dead to lead Egypt.

    Meanwhile….Israel is labeling him Moses……

  • Anonymous

    President Hosni Mubarak resigns as head of Egypt’s ruling party, according to state TV – Sky News

  • Anonymous

    Mubarak resigned. There is a 2 hour special on kpfk.
    http://kpfk.org listen live or archives.
    It is more intelligent than commercial media.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Zentrails/100001475536421 Bob Zentrails

    Good one, farang, I laughed out loud. LOL

    At least they found a good Muslim to lead them. LOL

    Er wait a minute, Ahkenaton was the Sun worshiper who tried to convert Ancient Egypt away from idol worship, wasn’t he?

    Got his face chiseled off his monuments for that faux pas. LOL

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PCRNBMCPGAOEFGLTXYZVLQ2QPA Razi Masoud

    URGENT, WATCH (what corrupt media doesn’t show) http://bit.ly/ffeYgl (+subs)

  • Anonymous

    Seems like a huge consequence of all this is a lot of people, including myself, have had their eyes opened to the superior quality of Al Jazeera coverage. This is, ironically, great news for Israel, because the American corporate media blackout about Israeli army excesses in the West Bank is incredibly harmful to the good soul of Israel. The Iraeli right wing deserves the same fate as Mubarak. Remember their ascendancy came as a result of the assassination of Rabin. That broke the hearts of a generation in Israel (I have a good friend from there who told me all about it and gave it as the reason why he emigrated, taking his higher level IT skills with him).

    Al Jazeera though, if watched by enough people, could turn history back in the direction of the good, and away from the shrieking paranoia of AIPAC and the neo-cons.

    I just saw a great segment Al Jazeera did on Breaking the Silence, an Israeli NGO started by Israeli army veterans dedicated to exposing the unjust actions and policies of the Israeli right wing. This is what we need.

    If this wave of democratic change goes far enouh, it might even result in the banishing of the US from the region, which would be great for the US too, and would greatly diminish the power of the war profiteers and ex-oil-men (e.g. Bush and Gore) in the US. The Dick Cheneys of the world would have to go back to shooting their friends in the face. Imagine no congressional military industrial complex. Imagine all the people. We could use a Liberation Square of our own.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Zentrails/100001475536421 Bob Zentrails

    Which corrupt media would that be, Al Jazeera?

    Question: How do you corrupt media from a country as rich as Qatar?

    Answer: You can’t.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Zentrails/100001475536421 Bob Zentrails

    Anything with “f” and “k” in their domain name couldn’t be good for anything. LOL

    Free tip: Click on unknown websites with cryptic domain names to your own peril.
    Make sure your firewall is up to date. LOL

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Zentrails/100001475536421 Bob Zentrails

    But still intends to remain as Egypt’s dictator.
    His son quit (he must have faxed his resignation in as he long ago deserted Egypt for London).
    What a putz.
    Make that the ultimate Putz Family.

  • Anonymous

    Sky News is FOX News, it’s just in England……..

  • Anonymous

    Great job!

    Our time will come

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Since the American right owns a preponderance of western media, it comes as no surprise that Al Jazeera has been essentially banned from cable subscriptions in the US.

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