Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

January 30, 2011

Egyptian revolt

Filed under: Egypt — louisproyect @ 1:48 pm


  1. Is there a version of this without the horrible music? The compilation of footage would be a lot more powerful if it weren’t being subjected to this awful treatment, as though it’s the incidental imagery for a nostalgic music video from the late 80s.

    Comment by Noel Bush — January 30, 2011 @ 1:57 pm

  2. It’s a shame that Al Jazeera English TV hasn’t been allowed into “the land of the free”. They are just now offering minute by minute coverage of the Egyptian revolution without music.

    Comment by Peter Byrne — January 30, 2011 @ 3:53 pm

  3. The spectre of Iran rocks the middle east. The myth of docile Arab masses is forever debunked. Algeria and Palestine next. US imperialism and Israel take notice.

    Comment by Mazdak — January 30, 2011 @ 8:22 pm

  4. Israel has taken notice and seen that any comment it makes will backfire. So officially it’s silent. But Zionist apologists are working overtime in the world media affirming 1) the old bugaboo that the Islamists are coming and 2) that the Muslim Brotherhood, which has adopted non-violence for years now, is a terrorist organization. The US has also taken notice. Officially the message is confused. Mubarac must make democratic reforms and the “transition” must be peaceful. But they are not saying whether Mubarac should be there after the changes. The U.S. pretends it doesn’t want to weigh on the situation. But the fighter planes trying to scare people out of Independence Square were bought with money from Washington. On an unofficial level the American media has also gone to work on the Islamization theme. The aim is to get those folks in Dubuque worried their daughters will have to wear veils.

    Comment by Peter Byrne — January 30, 2011 @ 9:30 pm

  5. A guy called Clive just posted this in the comments of Dave Osler’s site:

    Via the Solidarity Centre: http://www.solidaritycenter.org/

    Translation of original in Arabic into English:

    Press Release

    Date: Sunday, 30 January 2011

    Today, representatives of the of the Egyptian labor movement, made up of the independent Egyptian trade unions of workers in real estate tax collection, the retirees, the technical health professionals and representatives of the important industrial areas in Egypt: Helwan, Mahalla al-Kubra, the tenth of Ramadan city, Sadat City and workers from the various industrial and economic sectors such as: garment & textiles, metals industry, pharmaceuticals, chemical industry, government employees, iron and steel, automotive, etc… And they agreed to hold a press conference at 3:30pm this afternoon in Tahrir Square next to Omar Effendi Company store in downtown Cairo to announce the organization of the new Federation of Egyptian Trade Unions and to announce the formation of committees in all factories and enterprises to protect, defend them and to set a date for a general strike. And to emphasize that the labor movement is in the heart and soul of the Egyptian Peoples’ revolution and its emphasis on the support for the six requirements as demanded by the Egyptian People’s Revolution. To emphasize the economic and democratic demands voiced by the independent labor movement through thousands of strikes, sit-ins and protests by Egyptian workers in the past years.

    Comment by David Ellis — January 30, 2011 @ 9:37 pm

  6. John Rees in Cairo:


    Comment by meltr — January 31, 2011 @ 2:14 am

  7. The aim is to get those folks in Dubuque worried their daughters will have to wear veils.

    That’s not likely to happen in Oklahoma, at least.

    Comment by sk — January 31, 2011 @ 6:12 am

  8. Hi,

    Hope you are well. I was having a discussion with an individual who I respect but certainly not for his political views. He told me he was afraid that the United States would become socialist or be taken over by muslims. The first I can see his point. But the United States getting taking over by Muslims? I don’t know the stats by I would guess the consist of less than two percent of the population.

    The point is that somebody is filling this man’s head and others with extremist nonsense. For the record he lives in Maine.


    John Kaniecki

    Comment by john kaniecki — January 31, 2011 @ 9:05 pm

  9. You want another Hitler? You got him, and worse. Because you’re too stupid and blind to realize what’s really going on. You will get your wish. Problem is you’ll take others, even your own children with you.

    Comment by no one — May 20, 2011 @ 6:13 pm

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