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Mubarak resigns Egypt’s presidency

By Stephen C. Webster
Friday, February 11, 2011 11:28 EDT
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Update: Egypt’s military has dissolved the cabinet and sacked both houses of parliament, and will institute an interim government along with the head of the supreme constitutional court

Egypt’s 30 years under President Hosni Mubarak ended to thunderous cries of revolution on Friday, after millions of pro-democracy protesters who’d occupied the country’s largest cities for days threatened a “Day of Martyrs” if he did not leave.

Mubarak had vowed to remain in the presidency, but after 17 days of intense protest and violent outbursts, he was compelled to again appear on television and insist upon staying. While Mubarak did initially cede some powers to his vice president, he did not quit, enraging the protesters.

Then, with a statement on Friday that lasted but 30-seconds, Vice President Omar Suleiman announced Mubarak’s departure. Before going, the former president reportedly asked the army to assume control of the country’s affairs.

Reports had circulated earlier in the day that Mubarak had left Cairo.

Across the nation, scenes of anger erupted with emotion and celebration, with people crying, waving flags and banners, hugging each other and dancing in Tahrir Square. Some simply began stomping the ground or falling to their knees in prayer.

“All my years of life I have known one president and all my years I have not seen such sentiment on the streets in Egypt,” one commenter told Al Jazeera.

In the interim, the military has pledged to help usher in a new, democratically elected government. It was unclear what the continued role of the vice president would be.

“I’ve worked my entire adult life to see the power of the people come to the fore,” another commenter told Al Jazeera. “… What we did, I just, I don’t even know how to describe it… I am so proud, I am so proud.

“…Everything now seems possible. It’s overwhelming.”

This video is from Al Jazeera, broadcast Feb. 11, 2011.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
 
 
 
 
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  • http://thebrainpolice.blogspot.com microdot

    watching it live on Al Jazeera. I am in awe and in abject admiration for the Egyptian people to have accomplished this in a totally non violent unified manner. To his eternal shame, the only violence in this entire magnificent revolution was committed and instigated by the pro Mubarak thugs. I am totally verklempt…..discuss amongst yourselves….

  • Anonymous

    As I said yesterday…………….

    “Not only are we going to Egypt… we’re going to Yemen and Iran and Dubai and Suadi Arabia and Jordan, and we’re going to Kuwait and Israel and Tunesia! And we’re going to South America and Southern USA and Miami and Texas. And then we’re going to Kentucky, Yeeeeeaaaaaargh!”

  • Anonymous

    Oh great! So now we have the guy who was in charge of torture as president AND he’s a US lackey.

  • NadePaulKuciGravMcKi

    People Have The Power by Patti Smith

  • http://twitter.com/LeoMcKinney Leo

    I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
    Take a bow for the new revolution
    Smile and grin at the change all around me
    Pick up my guitar and play
    Just like yesterday
    And I’ll get on my knees and pray
    We don’t get fooled again
    Don’t get fooled again

  • Anonymous

    So egypt is trading an old dictator for a new one?

  • Anonymous

    Thank goodness Sanity prevailed!

    The stepping down of Murbarak is a large step in the will of the people.

    Perhaps this will give the American people the balls to stand up to the Military Industrial Complex and take their country back!

  • Anonymous

    “The greatest enemy of individual freedom is the individual himself.”

    Saul Alinsky quote

  • Anonymous

    Nice. Was just listening to that yesterday.

  • Anonymous

    I hope he goes quickly.

  • Anonymous

    I think there is a spirit that can run through people under the right conditions. A spirit that unites all people: young, old, smart, not as smart, leaders, workers, men, women, all people, all religions. Where everyone knows they share the greatest happiness and joy among all of them, everyone has as much as they want, no one has more happiness or joy than anyone else, and they all feel it together, and know that they are each an important part of some great humanity at it’s best. I think that spirit has branched all over Tahrir square through the people and it grows and lives big time. It has now come alive for Egypt.

    Egypt is showing the world, the spirit of people power, of democracy and freedom, especially the US where part of that spirit has falled victim to greed and fear. The US which has some responsibility for repressing that spirit in Egypt over the years.

    Now of course, soon the very hard work begins of establishing a framework, and protecting that democracy forever.. good luck Egypt…

  • Anonymous

    My faith is restored in human kind. We need to take a lesson from those in Egypt who have persevered to change their lives and the world! Halleluiah! Tears to my eyes.

  • Anonymous

    I’m skeptical, but happy for the Egyptian people….hope they remain zealous and alert.

  • Anonymous

    Great song…! The spirit of it is cynical though.

  • Anonymous

    Wonderful, wonderful news. And the army has preserved their reputation too – let’s hope it continues this well going forward. And which country next?

  • enorceht

    i tried to pick just a section to print, but i couldn’t find one section i wanted to leave out so i left out any extra spaces

    I was dreaming in my dreaming of an aspect bright and fair
    And my sleeping it was broken
    but my dream it lingered near
    In the form of shining valleys
    where the pure air recognized
    And my senses newly opened
    I awakened to cry -
    That the people have the power to redeem the works of fools
    Upon the meek the graces shower
    it’s decreed
    the people rule.
    The people have the power
    the people have the power
    The people have the power
    the people have the power.
    Vengeful aspects became suspect and bending low as if to hear
    And the armies ceased advancing because the people had their ear.
    And the shepherds and the soldiers lay beneath the stars

    Exchanging visions and laying arms to waste in the dust
    In the form of shining valleys where the pure air recognized
    And my senses newly opened
    I awakened to the cry –
    The people have the power
    the people have the power
    The people have the power
    the people have the power.
    The power to dream
    to rule
    to wrestle the world from fools
    It’s decreed
    the people rule
    it’s decreed
    the people rule.
    Listen: I believe everything we dream can come to pass through our
    union
    We can tun the world around
    we can turn the earths revolution.
    We have the power
    the people have the power
    The people have the power
    the people have the power.
    The power to dream
    to rule
    to wrestle us from fools
    It’s decreed
    the people rule.
    We have the power
    we have the power
    The people have the power
    we have the power.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/KSIB2PGTAXFCPCMQ74NRZ4UUJM Beerman

    I am hoping for the US but I doubt it will happen.

  • Anonymous

    Neocons in and out of the Administration are greatly saddened, needless to say

  • Anonymous

    Adios, Mubarak. Don’t let the doorknob hit you in the Hosni on your way out.

  • Anonymous

    The revolution hasn’t succeeded until Suleiman and the rest of Mubarak’s thugs are out of power and a new, genuinely representational government has been assembled. Until then, nothing has really changed.

  • Anonymous

    Watch live stream at http://www.democracynow.org/. Really cool. Congratulations Egypt.

  • Anonymous

    VIVA LA REVOLUTION!

  • Anonymous

    Great.

  • Anonymous

    The disposed leader is moving to texas.

  • Anonymous

    “Before going, the former president reportedly asked the army to assume control of the country’s affairs.”

    Hopefully that means Suleiman is out and the military government will just be caretaker until a constitution is written and free and fair elections are held.

  • Mr. Neutron

    Mubarak just has to shred the most incriminating documents, get all his Swiss bank account numbers in order, dress like an old woman to sneak out of the country, and he’s home free with $70 billion of hard stolen money.

    Maybe he’ll buy a small Hawaiian island and cut loose, have a little fun, help his son setup his business empire, do a little fishing …

  • http://www.theaccidentalteacher.net Accidental Teacher

    Incredible, but now the real work begins…..

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Dr Dean:)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QHUFOVT7ZL4UDUT7G4WNSR3OYA Morain

    Congratulations to the Protesters! Whether or not they actually gained is yet to be seen. Did they get rid of one puppet only to have him replaced by another CIA shill? Probably. Will Mubarak leave with his billions intact? Probably. Don’t let your guard down, people. Mubarak is gone but those pulling his strings won’t let go so easily. Good luck.

  • Anonymous

    V for victory!

  • Anonymous

    Finally. It took a while for him to get the hint that people didn’t want him in power anymore

  • Jaimie11

    I was thinking that too. The people want to chuck that old constitution that gave Mubarak power to name Suleiman successor.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/6SRHE4DGXV6AIXDSTVU75ONUTM Wendy

    We don’t know what’s going to happen from here on out but I refuse to cheapen this landmark accomplishment by the Egyptian people with cynicism about the future. Just the fact that they stood their ground, through violent attacks and threats of worse, never gave up and never resorted to violence themselves is something to celebrate and something that inpires hope. This is huge, regardless of where it goes from here. I will be hoping fervently that things progress in a manner that is beneficial to the people and that they are able to establish the government that they want. Congrats to them on this great success.

  • Jaimie11

    No, he likes Oregon’s health care too much.

  • BrainRagYell

    Agreed. Bravo on the restraint showed by all except for Mubarak’s camel-riding thugs. What a despicable, petulant little man.

    But the conduct of both the protesters and the military is to be recognized and applauded!

  • Jaimie11

    This is only temporary. Now the hard work begins.

  • BrainRagYell

    Let’s say “focused’ instead of “zealous.”

    ;)

  • http://twitter.com/Howieisright Howieisright

    Try United Arab Emirates or Israel most likely.

  • Anonymous

    This will never happen in this country.
    The vast majority of Americans are the most ignorant, brainwashed imbeciles on the planet.

    They won’t feel the noose tightening around their necks until it’s too late.

  • Guest

    Now if the U.S. population was awake enough to follow suit on Egypt’s change-making and orchestrated same here, then we could REALLY sing that song by The Who. Unfortunately, it seems we keep getting fooled and accepting the spin on reality.

  • Jaimie11

    Here is the new Egyptian Head of State – Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, Supreme Commander of the armed forces.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohamed_Hussein_Tantawi

  • samhoustonTX

    The super rich are interconnected. Mubarak’s collapse before he could liquify his stolen assets still in Egypt will cost all of his partners some cash. The next neocon step is to get Mubarak into the USA, where he and the super rich can defend his wealth, if necessary, with US military force.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TX3MXXPF52BXCKGNLDNPADILPQ paul rogers

    Not to be to cynical, but isn’t this pretty darn similar to the Bolshevik revolution?

  • enorceht

    before revolution
    “Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That’s what’s insane about it.”

    after revolution
    “The youth have hope because it’s their future they’re hopeful about and if they’re depressed about their own future, well, then we are in a bad state. And we keep hope alive by keeping it alive amongst ourselves.”

    John Lennon

  • Anonymous

    …And they left Vice President “Omar Al Torture” in power?

    This is not revolution folks. This more of the same!

    This mas is a CRIMINAL!…..wait…It’s our Criminal so it must be good!

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Yes, even if it goes no further, it is a major precedent. But I hope it turns out well for them and the rest of the region. I have much admiration for the people of Egypt.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Very true. This is largely symbolic till we rest of the story plays out. Not to take away from this incredible accomplishment.
    This tenacious and brave populous has shown that the people can force the hand of the most powerful of regimes. They must be proud today.

  • http://www.BaltimoreGreenCurrency.org Shrapnel

    Bahrain next!

  • Anonymous

    Dear Egyptians,
    Congratulations on ousting the dictator and taking a step forward to a government you want. Now that the really hard part is about to begin please make note of how the United States of America, once a free thriving becon of freedom, has been corrupted and distorted into the oligarch of Amerka you see before you today. Please review history, something we amerikans cannot seem to do, and learn from our mistakes. Use gold or other precious commodities to back your money, not the taxation of the people. Do not allow the banks to control that money..no “federal” banks unless it is actually run by your new government. Make it unconstitutional for the people that run your government to do so for more then 8 years. Ensure the power stays with the people, create a balance and check system but never allow your system to become only 2 parties. Do not listen to outside influences when creating this government study history for yourself do what is right for your people.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    I am waiting to see the wingnuts credit Ronald Reagan’s corpse.

  • Anonymous

    Cheers to that!

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    It doesn’t seem that clear what his role is since the army announced that they are taking charge for the interim. Sulieman is not army, he’s intelligence, a traditional rival. Remains to be seen. That said, I am skeptical too. But so are the Egyptian people.

  • AnzaSummer

    I hope we don’t meddle in their elections!!!

  • CaptainHowdy

    Buh, buy Israel. Don’t let the door hit your degenerate asses on the way out… you despicable and evil pricks.

  • CaptainHowdy

    Looks like he’s out too.

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations to the Egyptian people, for making revolution and earning democracy~! This is a great day indeed.

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations revolutionaries! You have driven out the 30 year military dictator in civilian clothes, Hosni Mubarack, whose Swiss bank accounts have been frozen, and who, in leaving has bequeathed the government to a military dictator in military clothes, Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, and the Egyptian parliament has been dissolved. Is dissolving the parliament a good step or a bad step?

    Were the people also demonstrating against the parliament? Doesn’t that mean that this guy is now the only authority in Egypt! What next?

  • Jaimie11

    Not at all to take away from this – I was on board from day one and want to see the entire ME and North Africa and South Asia follow suit – but there is no time for rest. Even today the forces against freedom are consolidating power and plot for its suppression.

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations to the People of Egypt!

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    One thing changed. If the regime has succumbed to pressure once (and they did, more than once) then they will again, as will other regimes that have a lesser internal security apparatus than the fearsome machine that MuBarack built. Today might not mean victory but it is perhaps within reach.

  • Anonymous

    Mightn’t have to wait too long. Yesterday’s mouthbreathing troll corps was insisting that the democratization of the ME was all thanks to Gee, Dumb? Yeah, Bush! anaconda he brought freedomation to them peace-lovin’ Iraqis ‘n all.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    One of Dick Cheney’s BFF’s out of work. It’s just not fair!

  • Anonymous

    The military is overseeing the transition. VP Omar al-Torture is an intelligence man. Traditionally, the military and intelligence (ha!) are rivals. I suspect the man will not be in his position for long.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    The Saudi Kingdom?

  • Anonymous

    The Egyptian parliament was phony! It needed to be dissolved, the sooner the better. A new parliament needs to be elected after new political parties have had time to organize — possibly as soon as this September.

    Congratulations to the People of Egypt! You guys did it.

  • Phil E. Drifter

    http://www.rotten.com/library/conspiracy/cia/
    “In 1953, despite a series of gaffes, the CIA succeeded in installing the Shah of Iran, a more or less fascist dictator whose oppressive looting of the nation benefited the U.S. for a couple decades, but ultimately bred the Islamic revolution that brought the Ayatollah Khomeini to power in the 1970s (a revolution which caught the CIA completely by surprise).

    Iran was representative of the CIA’s seeming inability to comprehend the Islamic and Middle Eastern mindsets, resulting in countless examples of “blowback,” the agency’s term for covert operations in which U.S.-supported operatives subsequently turn against their sponsors.

    Other boners regarding Iran included the infamous Iran-Contra scandal of the 1980s, which made Oliver North a household name. Talk about your blowback… The CIA’s role in the scandal was never proven, and only a single CIA official was ever indicted in the probe. Then-CIA director William Casey, renowned as one of the spookiest of all spooks, was strongly suspected of having a role in the affair, but he took his secrets to his deathbed (except for a controversial last-minute confession of evilness to which Bob Woodward claims to have been the sole witness).

    The CIA’s extreme inability to comprehend the consequences of personalities and religion in the Middle East was put on dismal display by two historically disastrous alliances, both formed in the name of fighting communism, which would very publicly highlight two of the CIA’s most lavishly funded employees — Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein.

  • Anonymous

    Exactly. Nevertheless, the pure joy of this moment is to be celebrated. Those worries lie ahead, and the Egyptian people seem determined to have a democracy, not an autocratic military dictator. I wish them the best.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, dissolving parliament was a good thing. They were complete phonies. A new parliament needs to be elected after new political parties have time to form, possibly as soon as this September. Previously Mubarak’s own political party controlled everything.

  • Anonymous

    The original inhabitants of Egypt, the Copts, must be wild with terror at the prospects that this will turn Egypt into an Islamic state of intolerance and death.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Lee-Brown/1522418996 Thomas Lee Brown

    You’re joking, right? There was 25,000 years at least of occupation in Egypt before the Copts.

    And in case you missed it, this was a PRO-DEMOCRACY movement. No wonder Fox has you so worked up with fear over it.

    “Cause if there’s one thing the right wing hates, it’s Democracy.

  • Anonymous

    the best news of the month. I am so happy!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations to our brothers and sisters in Egypt The people of the world rejoice with you. Now is the time for both celebration and vigilance. Omar Suleiman is not to be trusted, he is a CIA asset and a pawn of Israel. Make sure you are able to freely chose your elected officials no matter what any country says.

  • Anonymous

    Really? The formation of the Bolshevik party to their take over of Russia took 12 years and was marked by rises in terrorism, assassinations and violence leading up to the October Revolution of 1917 .The revolution was fermented by the devastation left by joining in WW1. In Egypt there is no organized political movement at the heart of the revolution and I didn’t see the royals being executed and having all their riches seized.

  • Ma’at

    Take heed TeaBaggers. If you EVER get in power …

  • Whatever_happened_to_courtesy

    This. A thousand times *this.*

  • Anonymous

    with ya…..

  • Anonymous

    Crawford?

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/RepublicConstitution?feature=mhum TruthRegimes

    AWESOME!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/RepublicConstitution?feature=mhum TruthRegimes

    What? Why would Rand Paul or Ron Paul be dangerous dictators? They are very peaceful and oppose the Military-Industrial Complex, unlike Bush or Obama. Obama loves warfare.

  • parrots_abound

    Have you seen Ron Paul’s take on the Egypt situation?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-pIFgvmY34

    After viewing the video, can you cite ANY Republican or Democrat as honest and as eloquent on war abroad, puppet dictators, and the situation in Egypt?

  • CaptainHowdy

    Free, like us? What sort of idiot are you?

  • CaptainHowdy

    Thanks for letting them know about Suleiman. I’m sure they had no clue…

    IDIOT

  • Anonymous

    And at Huffington Post the headline is I swear: Mubarak Fleas Cairo?…

    AOL is now in charge; why to keep it professional guys!

  • Anonymous

    Well, this move will succeed in getting the protesters to disband and go home, that’s for sure. But so far, changes are only promised by Mubarak’s 30-year squire, a long-time CIA asset. The Fat Lady is far from singing on this one.

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ hounddogg

    Fox “news” is bending over backward trying to paint this as a very bad turn of events…”The Muslim Brotherhood”….be afraid!…be very afraid!….

  • enorceht

    if you want some entertainment while you’re waiting you could visit the hill or yahoo news story about it and read the comments … the wingnuts are on the verge of imploding

  • overdoneputaforkinit

    It’s a Freudian slip. Translated, “Since the AOL takeover all us writers are like FLEAS ON THE BACK OF A DOG.”

  • http://www.lynchgraphics.com David Lynch

    Mubarak probably would have resigned yesterday, but he needed the extra day to make sure he stuffed all $70 billion of the people’s money into his satchel.

  • http://www.lynchgraphics.com David Lynch

    That’s pretty funny. Did you notice that the Egyptian protesters who carried signs printed in English had a better command of our language than most Teabaggers?

  • Anonymous

    Mubarak and America’s $9 Trillion Billionaire Bailout

    A little while back, thanks to the efforts of Bernie Sanders (Senate) and Ron Paul (House) of the US Congress, the Federal Reserve had to come clean on the (at least) $9 trillion which turns out to have been transferred to both domestic and foreign banks, corporations and super-rich individuals.

    The purpose was to subsidize those worthless credit derivatives based upon debt, i.e., using debt as an asset.

    And not simply debt, but leveraged debt, and super-leveraged debt, and mega-leveraged debt, and finally, ultra-leveraged debt to the tune of trillions and trillions of dollars.

    And those debt-financed billionaires, who made and increased their fortunes by peddling that securitized debt, hung onto their money and received some of that $9 trillion in bailout funds from the US Federal Reserve.

    And one of those billionaires was an Egyptian dictator by the name of Hosni Mubarak, whose estimated worth lies between $50 billion to $70 billion.

    Today’s snake oil is securitized debt; producing nothing but enriching the super-rich crooks.

    Recently, the longest existing democracy, Iceland, arrested and charged its former president with financial misdoing.

    Let us fervently pray that Egypt is the newest democracy.

  • Anonymous

    I look forward to a Republican/Tea Party candidate taking correct for giving Egypt back to the people. Who knows history might give credit to Bush or as one blogger reported maybe Ron Paul will say it was his support that helped the millions of citizens in Egypt. Sarah already has a script ready to say it was her support and words that changed a country. But it was the President of the USA who is attacked, disrespect by the American people who gave hope/words/support to all people around the World in his speech in Turkey that made this happen. While the Republican/Tea Party are doing their best to move the US back to 1700 the World is forming a Democracy we lost.

  • Anonymous

    So now Egypt is being run by someone who is close to the CIA. Will they accept that as real change?

  • Guest

    Good for you, people of Egypt. Congratulations!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KLF5SUA5RDYXG54WWF5SHMVRAI X

    And thus the Bush-Obama torture regime holds the fate of Egypt in its hands.

    Only somebody as immoral as Barack Obama could have pulled this off. He is spreading torture and despotism around the globe, stomping out democracy wherever it rears its beautiful head, especially here, in the United States. Please don’t ever forget that Barack Obama is a madman.

    Only Obama could have convinced Democrats to look the other way on torture.

  • Anonymous

    its a great day for the Egypt… take care of what you won today

  • Anonymous

    Uhh…I’m not sure you understand irony…

  • Anonymous

    We are all Egyptians today.

  • hegesias

    Although I am skeptical, I hope Egypt can become a model of democracy for us to follow.

  • Anonymous

    Skeptical maybe because the CIA’s guy is now in charge? US/Israel can now insure the transition runs their way while everyone else can pretend a real revolution was successful. Skeptical? Me too!

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/CT77MNPZ622QD5PTP7YQIZV7HI manuel

    How could the ignorant masses know what this really means? who is going to govern now? Do they know? what agenda will the new rulers follow? How will the masses control so called “democracy” if most democratic countries on earth have ended up being controlled by their governments? The elites keep playing with the masses’ emotions for their own benefit, and they keep using the masses to do their dirty work.

  • My3Cats

    Did Mubarak spray fleas (from his dog) all over Cairo or did he flee Cairo? Enquiring minds want to know.

  • Anonymous

    What do you know it really works. I had my doubts. Now if we would have tried that in 2000 the U.S would not have seen the failed foreign policies, the failed economic policies, the failed add your favorite Bush Jr fail here there’s plenty of them.

    If we had taken to the streets in 2000, it would have left little Bush Jr with nothing to do except to get drunk, steal his dad’s car and wreck it to get his bad boy rocks off.

  • mick

    Power to the people !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    The Military and his people around him came to him and said you need to go and now. Because after last nights declaration millions where on their way to the palace to throw him out.

  • Anonymous

    Now it’s OUR turn!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Now it is OUR turn!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_C3QWAVYELN3VTBQM72X7QFS4UE MarcM

    Well, they managed to pull off the easy part–I’m truly impressed.

    Now comes the hard part, Egypt–electing leaders who aren’t every bit as corrupt as the guys you just threw out. Good luck–y’all are going to need it.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    Keep your pants on. The military in Turkey guarantees the constitution and prevents theocracy. I can see Turkey as a good model for Egypt. I can even see Egypt joining the EU after Turkey.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    Even Amerikans aren’t that stupid.

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ hounddogg

    ونحن كل المصريين اليوم.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    Captain Howdy’s a little slow. His heart’s in the right place but he seems to have misplaced his head somewhere north of his ass.

  • Anonymous

    check it out :)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=by0d7TBDhp8

    It’s over Mubarak! throw down your gun and let the woman go!

  • Anonymous

    Either those who are making some of the stupid comments are making fun/supporting GOP or have no idea about the culture/government of the middle east. But bets are on lack of knowledge as most Americans don’t seem to know US government system let alone a foreign country. Time to have the US Constitution read again it seems many didn’t learn after the history making moment on the House Floor.

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ hounddogg

    heh…if you listen to Palin, TMB is already in charge and on their way to take over America…

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    The spark came from Julian Assange, who now has three overthrown governments to his credit. I’m beginning to think that Assange is the Kwisatz Haderach.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    The rightie engineers where I work were walking around with their heads bowed and the guy who always has a snarky comment said nothing.

  • Melbo58

    Well, chalk up another win for “Smooth B”. Ain’t it wonderfull to see democracy spread across the middle world? And what were the cost the the US, let’ see…………

    U.S. soldiers killed: 0.0
    U.S. soldiers wounded: 0.00
    U.S. taxpayers ripped off: 0.0000

    Dd without even firing a firecracker, just playin’ it cool at the helm. I swear this guy reminds me more of Bill “big-dog” Clinton everyday! Huzzah!!!

    *if it had failed , it would have been Obama’s fault.

  • Guest

    Congrat’s to you Egypt! You got rid of your G W Bush, that’s great news. Now go ahead and celebrate, but be careful. Not long from now some asshole is going to come at you with a slick campaign and tell you he or she has “change you can believe in.” As soon as you see that asshole, run the other way.

  • Melbo58

    It’s time for the GnoP/ t-baggers. I love the smell of sweat in the mourning!

    (can they win anything anymore?)

  • Melbo58

    X, the only thing I can say….. Kiss Egypt’s little, brown,sandy asses. You T-baggers lost, Again! Love the smell of democracy in the mourning.

  • Melbo58

    Felix, why are T-baggers such cowards? Why are they afraid of people seeking a better life? Do you guys really think you have a chance in ’12?

  • Anonymous

    Holy Shit! Celebrate now Egypt, tomorrow you have work to do. Congratulations!

  • Melbo58

    If Raygun were here today…. he’d smell pretty bad I guess!!

  • Melbo58

    B.N.P., I’m breaking it off in their a$$es ever chance I get. This is the time to hold’em by the nose and kick them in the ass. The pathetic losers.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Color me stunned…I thought for sure it would be mass murder in the streets and tanks rolling over bodies…but it turns out that Mubarak is finally aware that no forward progress in Egypt will ever happen with him strangling everyone into silence. The iron fist approach has failed…

    …now the people of Egypt will have to deal with preventing the ‘velvet fist’ from doing what Mubarak did to them…but in quieter gentler fashion. They have their chance now, to grab actual representative democracy and keep it. I hope they succeed…but the odds historically of anyone getting out from under the thumb of oligarchy without exchanging it for a different set of masters is pretty thin.

  • Anonymous

    The people of Egypt got rid of a nasty dictator today who had been denying their freedom for the last 30 years. It wasn’t Obama who did it. It was people power.

  • Anonymous

    Such hate! I have a special place for you. You have no idea….

  • Anonymous

    The author of “The Net Delusion” can please shut up now.

  • Anonymous

    Ha ha ha ha. The man they kicked to the curb.

  • Jaimie11

    And freedom begins with the individual – and only the individual can maintain his own freedom. When an individual lives with conscious, responsible freedom, he can’t be fooled anymore by those who wish to enslave him.

  • Anonymous

    Ha ha ha ha.

  • Anonymous

    They are really going to look bad on this one.. Beck even told his audience to go to hell. Ha ha ha ha.

  • Anonymous

    If you do, you will have to clean it up.

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ hounddogg

    oh no!…now i will have to watch his show…

  • Anonymous

    Yowza, 18 days of relatively non-violent protest and a 30 year dictator is overthrown….call me impressed!

  • Anonymous

    I think King George tried to use the same logic on “The Colonies” several centuries ago!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuAyvo9JCmg Ritorna Vincitor

    There you go. Another godawful president resigns on a Friday. Nixon really started a trend.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Too bad Obama is more of a Reagan fan than a Nixon fan.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    And most of the violence in “relatively” was induced by the dick-tater himself. Now, lets see the bastard face a jury of his peers.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    ” I swear this guy reminds me more of Bill “big-dog” Clinton everyday! Huzzah!!!”

    Which guy?

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    On the house floor where they read the edited Republican abridged edition of the Constitution?

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    The situation in Turkey seems to have deteriorated.
    Scott Horton did a piece on this last year.

    “Tensions between Turkey’s powerful military and the government have escalated sharply as a court has ordered the formal arrests of 20 former and current officers on charges they had plotted a coup. The 20, arrested Wednesday and Thursday, were among 49 people detained Monday as part of an investigation into allegations of a 2003 military plan called Sledgehammer. Prosecutors say the military at that time intended to stir chaos to justify overthrowing the governing Justice and Development Party, known as the AK Party, which came to power in 2002.

    Turkey’s army regards itself as a protector of the country’s secular traditions and has had tense relations with the AK Party, which is rooted in political Islam. The arrests of military officers, including several retired generals and admirals, in a security operation aimed solely at members of the army, have no recent precedent in Turkey and are likely to further alarm the country’s secular elite. But the military’s power has been eroded in recent years as Turkey enacts reforms intended to enhance its candidacy for admission to the European Union.”

    http://www.harpers.org/archive/2010/03/hbc-90006637

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    No he’s not. He still has a title, so far. That appears to be about it.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    لي أيضا (me too)

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Pretty sure X is no teabagger

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Sueliman is not in charge, the military is.
    General Intelligence Services are nominally part of the military, but are institutionally separate. Rivals. Sulieman has relinquished power.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    His audience is in hell already.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Good thing I don’t.

  • themonk

    You go Egypt!!! But remember the people who gave their lives for this moment. Do not forget.

  • Anonymous

    They should have strung the fuckers up like Italy did Mussolini so they could file past and spit on his corpse and create a warning to all future would be dictators

  • Anonymous

    When do we find that we paid Mubarak to leave?
    Is a trillion too much? Afterall, it isn’t in gold…; we have no gold!

    When do we find that the CIA caused it all?
    … the result of massive Republican-type smear campainging.

  • Anonymous

    Call him a dictator, but he was our love-child with Isreal, after the Piece accord…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KLF5SUA5RDYXG54WWF5SHMVRAI X

    What Obama did was to assure that there was another despot waiting in the wings. Obama is a member of the ugliest club on earth — the Torturers Club. Right up there with Bush, Hitler, and Stalin. There’s no lower filth on the planet.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KLF5SUA5RDYXG54WWF5SHMVRAI X

    I’m a liberal. You defend torture because you’re a sick person, a lesser being.

  • cannotvote

    Go Egyptians, Go! – you all make me proud to be a Human again, your actions have moved me! One small step but a giant leap for Humankind – BRAVO!

  • cannotvote

    Nah! This was a popular uprising, pure and simple!

  • cannotvote

    No, that would only bring reprisal – Ghandi showed us the way,Egyptians see that! Mubarak was the one that resorted to violence – he had the guns, they had the will and the purity of heart, they overcame – another lesson to us all! Might does not make Right!

  • cannotvote

    They won’t!

  • cannotvote

    That rothschild fist must be getting uncomfortable right now, then!

  • cannotvote

    But remember when you look into the abyss, the abyss looks back! At this point we must consider the wisdom of mercy, though not the foolishness of forgiveness!

  • http://www.BaltimoreGreenCurrency.org Shrapnel

    Dude, we paid the f*cker 70 billion to STAY over the past 30 years. As a parting gift he had the Swiss deny him access to all his bank accounts. Sucker should consider himself lucky to be alive, although with any luck, him and his torturer in chief will get to see the inside of Egypt’s famous prisons.

    Bahrain is next.

  • Anonymous

    Leave it to RWNJ media like Fox & Limbaugh, to whip up fears of extremist Islam takeovers ala the Taliban.

    The Egypt uprising is hardly about that. Like the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, Egyptians have seen the modern world with it’s freedoms and prosperity, and they want in. These rebellions are positive for global progress, not something to be afraid of.

  • http://www.BaltimoreGreenCurrency.org Shrapnel

    No way, even though he was asking for it yesterday. The others already got the warning – the Kuwaiti dick taters bribed the entire population last week, and the Saudi king had a conniption when he discovered the US wasn’t going to defend Mubarak. They all know its coming – freedom is now poised to sweep across the world like a great tsunami – might even reach the USA.

  • http://www.BaltimoreGreenCurrency.org Shrapnel

    Mercy would be the response most likely to encourage the other evil bastards to duck out – if they think they’ll get strung up in return for relinquishing power then they have every incentive to open fire. So far the Egyptians have been brilliant strategists – let’s hope they keep it up.

  • Anonymous

    unbelievable! a great moment like this for humanity, for freedom, for democracy, and I guess all they care about it ‘winning’.. (I guess)
    thx for the post..

  • Anonymous

    no kidding…

  • Anonymous

    THAT wimpy Americans is how it’s done!!! ….In numbers there is strength.

    Why don’t our congressmen see that kind of citizen pride when they look out their windows from their cushy offices?

  • Anonymous

    nice,
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kwisatz_Haderach
    I remember seeing Jon Stewart’s show where he’s toting the corporate line, like he often does, and he’s joking about how nothing new came out of Wikileaks, nothing we didn’t know already. FU Jon Stewart…

  • http://www.BaltimoreGreenCurrency.org Shrapnel

    “To believe what has not occurred in history will not occur at all, is to argue disbelief in the dignity of man. “ Gandhi, Mahatma

  • http://www.BaltimoreGreenCurrency.org Shrapnel

    Sheik al-Torture is the only title that fucker has left now. Vice President no more.

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ hounddogg

    Hey Israel…better start being nice to the Palestinians…

  • http://www.BaltimoreGreenCurrency.org Shrapnel

    You are misinformed friend, Sheik al-Torture has already joined Mubarak on the trash pile of history. The army – a conscript army don’t forget – has complete control. Very hard to get a conscript army to fire on their own people (actually it’s pretty difficult to get them to fire on anybody). Prognosis is currently pretty good for Egypt. Cheer up.

  • Anonymous

    I believe the new current prez (eragorn?) is highly regarded by the people in the ME according to a recent poll and also by Chomsky..

  • http://www.BaltimoreGreenCurrency.org Shrapnel

    Yeah, but he is one miserable son-of-a-bitch. Somebody should give him a bag of weed (Everything is better with a bag of weed).

  • Anonymous

    way off, imo.. Obama was a hinderance, not a help:
    http://www.democracynow.org/2011/2/9/the_great_tragedy_is_obama_chose

    And clinton was/is a complete neo-liberal j-ass…

  • Anonymous

    Indeed, but it seems like the people of Egypt won’t let anyone get in their way of choosing what they want…

  • Anonymous

    ;) nice, their side lost. Here’s a few things the reich-wing in America have in common with Mubarak thugs:

    1. They cover themselves in flags
    2. They’re quick to use violence to suppress
    3. They hate equal rights for women, especially Mubarak’s wife, apparently.

  • Anonymous

    We already know it but we don’t belive it.

  • http://www.BaltimoreGreenCurrency.org Shrapnel

    Bahrain, on Tuesday next week.

  • Anonymous

    Suleiman is NOT in charge; the Supreme Council of the Military is. It is interesting about Suleiman. Look at the background of today’s statement. He is in a hallway, no podium, just a flag and a microphone. No way does he look victorous. He looks like he lost big time.

  • Anonymous

    oh well, too bad your side lost, huh?

  • Anonymous

    It certainly didn’t take them long to figure it out.

  • Anonymous

    The Neo-Zionist pigs are shitting bricks, cowards!

    And for those that miss the Cheney/Dumbya administration, no, there isn’t gonna be any shock and awe bullshit this go round. So tune into Fox and have a nice circle jerk.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Wikileaks played a small role, I acknowledge. It was a confluence of a series of events. Rising global food prices, I believe, played a huge role. I think once the nationwide strikes began it was over for the regime.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    I hear that claim often and it’s demonstrably false.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Caliphate! The Muslim brotherhoood! MUSLIMMUSLIMMUSLIM…..

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    I’m all for mercy where it is due. Justice would be nice. I’d like to see western powers seize the filthy lucre of the MuBarack family and maybe evict the in-laws from the UK.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    No doubt. It’s as much of a gold mine for any would-be despot as it is for western elites.

  • Anonymous

    Or The CEO’s of Wall St, Big Oil, War&Death, Big Food, Big Pharma,etc.

  • maritimer

    Everything is possible; nothing is written. Congratulations to the courageous people of Egypt!

  • maritimer

    Yep! Ha ha

  • maritimer

    Obama had little to do with it…if anything he was very wishy washy and sent mixed signals.

  • Anonymous

    Suleiman. The face of a decrepit sadist like Rumsfeld, Cheney, Greenspan, Bolton. Buhbye…

  • cannotvote

    We must Never stoop to ‘their’ level! A big well done to the Egyptians – I am moved by their determination, a proud and Ancient People – we have a lot to learn from this – personaly I believe it will migrate – the danger is israel, they have big bombs and an erroneous mindset!

  • Anonymous

    It’s high time the great Egyptian people threw off the shackles of this U.S. backed dictator. He follows Pahlavi, Marcos, Samoza, Batista and all the other American supported tyrants into the dustbin of history.

  • Anonymous

    Ziopigs are freakin freaking out. The depth and breadth of their hubris is beyond measurment. That the arab street would actually coalesce and act as a cohesive whole was never envisioned by the ‘chosen ones’.

    LIve by the Sword – Die by the Sword

    The chickens are coming home to roost.

  • Anonymous

    I should be happier.. i was so much happier the first two times it was said he was leaving… now that he actually is… i think my mind has moved along to.. “what next?”

    i hope everyone in Egypt keeps what happened to Iran in mind… do not let your happiness distract you in the least… this night is DEFINITELY a time to celebrate.. but you are not out of the woods yet.. dont let your guard down… and dont accept anything less than a TRUE DEMOCRACY..
    i want it to be something we sad trusting zombies of the western world would be envious of.. truely envious.. something to compare our wicked ways to and feel shame.. a beacon in the darkness to inspire us all to be better… i really REALLY want it to happen. we all NEED it to happen.

  • Guest

    As many have said and will continue to say, congratulations to the Egyptian people, who sent this despot packing. Fight hard so that no other ones, whatever they call themselves, whatever they promise you, take his place.

    Freedom is more than the illusion of being free to put yourself in hock and cast dummy votes for zombies while oligarchs loot, pollute, and pillage. Stand together, stay strong, and write your own destiny. And beware any US creatures bearing gifts, especially any linked to Wall Street.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KLF5SUA5RDYXG54WWF5SHMVRAI X

    You only have a problem with me because I make you see yourself for what you are.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KLF5SUA5RDYXG54WWF5SHMVRAI X

    You’re lying. I hate liars.

  • PeterGrfx

    I understand your feelings, but the “warning” to dictators would probably just make them dig in their heels all the harder – with all the bloodshed that would follow. After all, you’re telling them they have nothing to lose by refusing to surrender. One of the beauties of nonviolence is that it gives a survivable way out for “all … dictators.”

  • Anonymous

    I like this comment. The previous comments using the word Pig are offensive. I don’t care how much you dislike the Israeli government, calling someone a zionist pig is, yes, anti-semitic. And yes, I hate the Israeli government too, and the US support for it.

  • Anonymous

    Yet one more anti-semitic post. This is a day of celebration for all of humanity. Jeez.

  • Anonymous

    Guess what? hating the Israeli government and the US support for it is not anti-semitic. Calling anyone a zionazi parasite is. Do you understand the difference? Just cuz those sh*theads in control of Israel like to deflect any criticism with cries of anti-semitism does not mean its OK to use this type of terminology.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, Obama himself ordered the mass murder of 9 million of his own citizens. I’m no fan of Bush either, but come on!

  • Anonymous

    Well, personally, I trust and hope that the Egyptian people are as well educated as they seem. Navigating between a possible military dictatorship as bad as Mubarek on one hand and an Islamic Republic on the other may not be as simple as it seems to you my friend. Educated Fox news haters like myself are worried too. But more excited than worried at this point. Reminds me of the East bloc falling in the early nineties. So enthralling!

  • Anonymous

    lol…wow, corporate line? Really? OK….I’ll bite, how so?

  • Anonymous

    I’d be more for Iran next personally…

    Bahrain is obviously not Democratic, but economically, Bahrainis are in much better shape. That and they aren’t as dangerous to Middle East peace as Israel and Iran are.

  • Anonymous

    not sure how most of this post is related to this amazing achievement. I am amazed that I am not amazed at how something so incredible can be ruined by so many people with axes to grind.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GUQGJATCWTX56T64ZW2RUAN52Q news across

    I am sure the People of Egypt will be sorry they lost such a good and just Americ…I mean Israe…I mean Egyptian leader.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ODHDTSN5TFE24TZS22LJWXHO6I Rash Lameballs

    Power to the people
    Power to the people right on!

  • cannotvote

    It’s not anti semitic at all – I have nothing against Semitic languages at all, whats you point? http://phoenicia.org/semlang.html Talmudist have stolen the word and used it to describe themselves -which is just wrong, ask Cyrus the Great!
    Anti zionism is just that anti zionism not anti jewish/talmudist – zionism doesn’t require you to be aTalmudist/jewish – may xristians are as well. The word jew didn’t exist before 1850ish, so stop with the distortions, please.

  • Anonymous

    A “beloved” (by the US) dictator is gone, but

    Suleiman is the same as Mubarak

    What will the army do ?

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Erdogan is the Prime minister and Abdullah Gul is the President. Not too sure where the preponderance of power lies but Erdogan is listed as party leader.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7OC4L6L26GJRP2ZJ2LSS7PIJWM DonF

    Omar Sulieman (Vice President) should be arrested and tried.

  • Anonymous

    Time will tell if it plays out that way this time. So much has changed. I only feel sad for all the people who had to lose their lives in Iraq because of the big lie that a military overthrow was the only option. Those same people might have been waving flags on the streets of Bagdad today.

  • Anonymous

    sticks and stones. you are missing the point.

  • Anonymous

    Mubarak hasnt any concern for the Egyptian people. He was hanging on till he could find asylum. Wait and see.

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/ixscEZV9nIkyzW2F6Zz3uNY4qAAdcj8-#92739 heubler

    Whose 50 state strategy kicked repub ass? That guy?

    Heh.

  • Squishable

    How excactly would you kill .something of a soldier? I totally agree, but that just tickled me somewhat.

  • Anonymous
  • Melbo58

    Squish, it’s a terminator sort of thing. Think about it.

  • Melbo58

    Let’s see…… If people were killed and the revolt failed,…..then it would have been ALL OBAMAS FAULT!! Liberals love the smell of victory!

  • Melbo58

    Unlucky, why do t-baggers hate democracy? Why do they want our soldiers to be killed or wounded? When will you come up with a leader with the balls to take “Smooth B” on man to man? Lying a$$ed loser Liars.

  • Melbo58

    H.P., that does not compute.

  • Squishable

    Ah, I never saw that. *feels stupid*.

  • Melbo58

    Ok, I’m a St. Louis Liberal. Now you can Kiss MY lesser ass. Ya’ sound like a T-bagger to me. But then again they all lie.

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ hounddogg

    i understand what you’re saying but Zionism or being a Zionist is not a race therefore the phrase “Zionist Pig” is not anti-Semitic…Zionism is an ideology that is not exclusive to Judaism or Israel. Zionists have been using this trick for quite a while trying to associate Zionism with Judaism and being Israeli…

    http://www.jewsnotzionists.org/
    http://www.nkusa.org/
    http://www.jewsagainstzionism.com/
    http://www.zionism-israel.com/his/jewish_anti_zionism.htm
    http://jewishvoiceforpeace.org/

  • Anonymous

    18 DAYS TO END 30 YEAR DICTATORSHIP, WHAT NOW? DRMOCRACY CANNOT FLOW FROM THE BARREL OF THE GUN
    It took valiant Egyptian youth only 18 days to end a 30 year dictatorship. Good riddance Hosni Mubarak.

    By freezing Mubarak’s bank accounts, Switzerland has thrown the gauntlet to all other Governments to freeze his assets and return the looted wealth to Egyptian people.

    For now the military has taken charge of Egypt, however this cannot be a satisfactory solution. Egypt has been ruled by military dictators ever since King Farouk was deposed in 1952. If the military stays in charge for a while, they may get comfortable in their new role and become an obstacle in the way of an open and a flourishing democracy, which is what the Egyptians want.

    The preferred solution is, for a Supreme Court judge to head the interim Government comprising civilians whose task it should be to return Egypt to normalcy, start rebuilding the economy and hold fair, transparent and democratic elections so that power can be transferred to elected representatives in four to six months. Military’s role should be restricted to maintaining law and order only.

    Also, the current Egyptian constitution is in shambles and beyond repair, the interim Government should immediately appoint a Constitutional Commission comprising eminent Egyptian jurists with a mandate to draw up a new and democratic constitution. After the elections, the first order of business for the new parliament should be to approve or amend this constitution as it deems fit.

    The Egyptian military has seen people power in the last 18 days, so hopefully they they will respond to their aspirations. However, if they get greedy and go for power grab, the outcome for the Military will probably be far worse than it was for Mubarak.

  • Anonymous

    Egypt’s Military: What Role Will It Play?

    Cairo’s Tahrir Square has erupted in an impromptu cacophony of cheering and fireworks as Egyptians celebrate the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak after a historic 18-day wave of pro-democracy demonstrations. http://www.newslook.com/videos/290084-egypt-s-military-what-role-will-it-play?autoplay=true

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KLF5SUA5RDYXG54WWF5SHMVRAI X

    Yeah, you make sense if Teabaggers speak out against torture, which they don’t. Please stop calling yourself a liberal. You support torture and Obama corporatism, thus you are a Fascist. Get it straight. It’s not complicated.

  • Anonymous

    I’m an American first so I didn’t lose but we are seeing how the Republican winners are rushing to redefine rape while doing nothing about jobs. The GOP will continue to attack our President for two years, as the President continues to do the job he was elected to do by the people. For some reason with God’s blessing it will all work out. Let’s hope no more elected officials have to resign for conduct or corruption.

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