revolution

0 What’s next for the Egyptian revolution?

Families protesting near Tahrir Square by Flickr user Zeinab Mohamed This has been a tumultuous week in Egypt. Huge protests on against the elected president Muhuammed Morsi were followed by what many are calling a military coup d’etat. Now, two and a half years after the fall of dictator Hosni…

0 Egypt protests turn violent, Mubarak not ready to leave yet

The political uprising in Egypt took a violent turn recently, as government supporters (whom many reports say are being identified as often police or security force personnel in civilian clothes) clash with protesters on the street still calling for immediate regime change. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrjU1uFqFlg&feature=player_embedded Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who earlier reshuffled…

4 Is foreign aid about helping poor people, or propping up dictators?

Egypt, now in political revolution, is one of the largest recipients of U.S. foreign aid, getting more than a billion dollars annually. As this data from USAID’s excellent new Foreign Assistance Dashboard shows, nearly all of it has gone for “peace and security” — which is, of course, a euphemism…

2 How (ir)relevant was Davos this year?

Well, Bill Gates did get some public attention and additional money for the ongoing global campaign to eradicate polio while hanging out with the rich and powerful at the Swiss ski resort. Among the other issues discussed by members of the global elite who gathered at the World Economic Forum…

0 Egyptian military with people, against police: Is it over for Mubarak?

If this video footage today from Egypt is representative of what’s going on there, it sure looks like Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak better start packing his bags. When the military teams up with the protesters against the police, it’s a bad sign for the current government. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQD-X9G9xfk&feature=player_embedded

0 Egypt in revolt

There’s plenty of news out there about what’s happening in Egypt, as a popular revolt against the Mubarak regime continues despite a crackdown on the protesters, media and social media tools. I won’t add a list of my favorite news reports, other than to say perhaps the best bet for…

0 Egypt to follow Tunisia?

Protests have erupted in Egypt as people demand political change, the demonstrations apparently prompted by the successful (so far) people’s revolution in Tunisia. CNN questions whether Egypt will go the same way as Tunisia and examines some key differences that may prevent the popular revolt in Cairo from catching fire…

1 Three reasons to pay attention to Tunisia

Here are three reasons you should pay attention to Tunisia: 1. First, a popular uprising — sparked by the dramatic suicide of an abused man — has succeeded in ousting a corrupt dictator. Such uprisings don’t happen that often, and they usually don’t succeed. This story by Kristen Chick for…