Mubarak Speaks: Your Freedom to Riot is Proof I’m Not Repressing You

Well, that’s what it sounded like, anyway. Plus, he’s dissolving the government, except for the part that’s named “Hosni Mubarak.”

[UPDATE:] RCP has the video.

Posted by StrangeAppar8us on 01/28/11 at 05:37 PM • Permalink

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Somehow I’m guessing a new government with Mubarak still at the top won’t pacify the protesters. Interesting times…

And the winner of the Egypt’s Dancing w/t/Stars is .... Gamal (um ... Mubarak), unless Mr ElBaradei is wearing a sparklier tutu.

Maybe Italy should loan the Egyptians Berlusconi. Some comic relief might help right about now.

Now that Egypt is so wonderfully free, Hosni, can we has our Internet back now?

The Twitterverse is on fire, with much anger, snark, and angersnark.

sivavaid:
To Mubarak, denial IS just a river in #Egypt.

xenijardin:
What US TV news really needs in covering #egypt is more white US guys talking about #egypt. Cause, you know, no one there speaks English.

Comment by meepmeep09 on 01/28/11 at 06:18 PM

This is the first time I’ve sat down and watched a live Al Jazeera broadcast. I’m really impressed, and then really sad when I turn back to North American media. The CBC has some good shows, but their cable channel’s news stream is unwatchable.

Yeah, we really get shit for news over here. It’s fucking embarrassing.

He should have worn one of those phony looking glasses/nose/mustache disguises and said “Hi, my name is Mosni Hubarek . . .”

Al Jazeera is great, John Kerry being interviewed like an adult - what a novel idea.  I like the BBC as well.

Well no wonder the Egyptians are pissed. They’re ruled by Count Dracula.

Quite a few of Al Jazeera’s reporters in its early days had started out with the BBC or BBC Arabic Service of the World Service.

Some random pickings, via (mostly) twitter…

gregkhalil Gregory Khalil:
Mubarak to Egypt: I’m not a witch, I’m you.

Guardian political toon

Frequently linked TNR post: Five Things to Understand About the Egyptian Riots  {presentation most suitable for those of us immersed in/blinded by American exceptionalism, IMO}

More detailed backgrounder, especially on Muslim Brotherhood, by Marc Lynch (fka Abu Aardvark - this guy) - starts on page# 155 (.pdf page# 166) of this .pdf

NYC-based reporter and Egyptian native Mona Eltahawy - homepage (lots of links to her columns), twitter - being run ragged today by interviews with the big media orgs.

Via master of twitter snark @pourmecoffee - from Committee to Protect Journalists: Egypt instigates media blackout, police target journalists

Comment by meepmeep09 on 01/28/11 at 07:56 PM

I’m reading reports that the Internet’s back up over there (no idea what censorship, if any, is in place).

Thanks, meep! Great resources!

A few more…

Tragicomic “motivational poster”, as pourmecoffee called it.

Also, too:

@pareene Alex Pareene
No Labels calls on Mubarak to step down, allow Harold Ford to govern Egypt from “radical center”

@shadihamid Shadi Hamid
RT @bencnn: Teenager showed me teargas canister “made in USA”. Saw same thing in Tunisia. Time to reconsider US exports? #Jan25 #Egypt

@AdamSerwer Adam Serwer
ten bucks says some right wing radio host starts using the term “MuBarack Obama.”

Alright, that’s enough task avoidance for one night.

Comment by meepmeep09 on 01/28/11 at 09:10 PM

Agree with the other commentrs on Al Jazeera coverage. It’s very cool to see reporters challenging their interview subjects and not updating their facebook page while waiting for the talking point to end.

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