Revolution in Cairo

Day-to-Day Feb. 7

A Googler (@google) Huge relief--Wael Ghonim has been released. Our love to him and his family.
Wael Ghonim (@Ghonim) Freedom is a bless that deserves fighting for it. #Jan25

“The situation among Egypt's protesters now shifts not by the minute or hour but by the day. With this new metabolism, the protest movement is having to deal with threats more subtle than flying bricks. Dissent and subversion are major preoccupations…” Graeme Wood, "Mistrust Strikes Among Egypt's Protestors: A Day and Night in Tahrir (The Atlantic)

“But, crucially, it is the increasingly powerful alliance between free mainstream media and new media - pioneered by al-Jazeera in the Middle East - that is today leading to the exponential spread of information to and from the region.” Wadah Khanfar, "Al-Jazeera is Helping to Break the Silence" (The Guardian)

Gigi Ibrahim (@Gsquare86) Not going anywhere, sleeping by the army tanks #Tahrir
Mostafa Hussein (@moftasa) Tahrir square is the biggest brainstorming & think-tank in the middle east and possible the world now. #egypt #jan25
VideoAl Jazeera's Ayman Mohyeldin on his detention

“Egyptian, Arab and Western officials who have dealt with President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt say that for the past week, he has veered between anger, a sense of betrayal and stoicism. Known for a fierce conservatism that prizes stability above all else, Mr. Mubarak has reacted to the calls for his resignation -- some from Western officials who he thought were, if not friends, at least allies -- with his usual change-resistant manner. One Arab official called it 'his reflex adherence to the status quo.'” Helene Cooper and Mark Mazzetti, "Prizing Status Quo, Mubarak Resists Pressure to Resign" (The New York Times)

“Despite the tenacity, optimism, and blood of the protesters massed in Tahrir Square, Egypt's democratic window has probably already closed.” Joshua Stacher, "Egypt's Democratic Mirage" (Foreign Affairs)

“According to the Egyptian blogger and writer Ahmed Khaled Tawfik, one phone caller to Egyptian television said that he had witnessed protesters eating from the famous American fried chicken restaurant chain Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), which led him to believe this was proof enough that they were traitors.” Tarek Amr, "Egypt: The KFC Revolution" (Global Voices)

Mosa'ab Elshamy (@mosaaberizing) The government has issued a 15% pay rise to workers' wages. Mubarak strips a little more everyday. #Jan25
Blake Hounshell (@blakehounshell) Lots of reporters starting to leave Cairo; news organizations returning to more normal global coverage.
Azmat Khan (@AzmatZahra) Continuing threats to journalists, & many western journos tell me they feel safe only covering Square, but so much happening outside of it.


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Posted Feburary 22, 2011

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