Saturday, January 29, 2011

Egypt

The protests and rioting has continued in Cairo and other cities. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak went on TV last night (early morning over there) to announce that he was firing his cabinet and promised reforms, but did not call off the army from breaking up demonstrations and breaking heads.

President Obama issued a brief statement calling for peace and reforms, but like the rest of us, there’s not much we can do from the sidelines. (I’m wondering when Michele Bachmann will demand that the U.S. shows its solidarity with the Pharaoh.)

Al Jazeera, the Arabic-language cable news channel, has been doing a lot of live coverage from Egypt despite the government’s shutting down of the internet and cell phone service there. They are also live-streaming coverage on their website if you care to tune in. Apparently, the revolution will be televised after all.