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Desc:Solution: Egyptians form neighborhood patrols
Category:News & Politics
Tags:egypt, Revolution, al jazeera, Protests, looting
Submitted:Smellvin
Date:01/30/11
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TimidAres
5 for Egyptian frontier justice.

I understand that the current Egyptian government is corrupt and had this coming, but can someone explain to me what kicked this whole protesting/lawlessness thing off?

Must have been something pretty intolerable.


Senator_Unger
Tunisia showing it's possible to bring down the corrupt SOB that ran your country for 25-30 years. That and I think the price of basic foodstuffs rose by a large amount.

Simian Pride
My take: Free market principles introduced due to American backing, when the financial crisis hit it lead to increased food prices and huge unemployment - especially among the large young population. This is also what happened in Tunisia. When the 2010 election as expected turned out to be a sham, and Mubarak continued to uphold the "state of emergency" for the 29-th year, the disaffected population was left with no way to legally better their situation. When they saw (on Al Jazeera) how Tunisians successfully managed to kick out their long-sitting dictator through a popular revolt, a grass-root movement formed and people took to the streets.

TL:DR: Young people + unemployment + hated dictator + Tunisian revolution + Al Jazeera = Egyptian Revolution Baby!

Simian Pride
For more information:
News and good in-depth analysis
http://english.aljazeera.net/
Live coverage
http://english.aljazeera.net/watch_now/
(the Tunisian and Egyptian revolts are doing for Al Jazeera what the Gulf War did for CNN: )

More commentary and analysis
http://www.jadaliyya.com/

LA Times got a rater good coverage of the situation
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/

Commentary from an Angry Arab-American Atheist Academican (As'ad AbuKhalil)
http://angryarab.blogspot.com/
(useful to gauge the quality of the "experts" the news media rely on)


Burnov
The CIA has been aggressively fanning the flames and providing logistical support for influential individuals.

The U.S government has a stake in removing mubarak.

poorwill
So what are they going to replace the corrupt regime with? Not a shitty theocracy I hope.

TimidAres
Wow, thats a lot of good info.

Ill bet a democracy is on its way, the CIA will see to that.

Smellvin
Historically, revolutions result in virtually the same government with the same institutions being set up... except with different names for everything. See: the French Revolution, Iranian Revolution, Russian Revolution, any change in dynasty in any monarchic country since the beginning of time, etc.

Hopefully, Egypt will be the exception.

fluffy
Yeah that American revolution sure was Sisyphean amirite

chumbucket
CIA wants to bring the pharaohs and slavery back

Ursa_minor
The CIA has nothing to do with this you tinfoil hat retard.

chumbucket
The CIA sleeps with your mom.

Burnov
I don't see any mention about supposed police enacted "false flags", whatever the hell that's supposed to mean.
Smellvin
I've read in several places that many looters, after being captured, were carrying police ID which implies that they were being ordered to do so in order to undercut the protesters (and force more of them to protect their homes rather than protest). It's merely speculation backed by extensive circumstantial evidence, but there's not enough room in the title for such subtlety.

James Woods
Glorious!
deadpan
But they can't be free. We haven't even invaded yet.
Menudo con queso
Protip: Always handle your molotov cocktails with the same hand that's holding a lit cigarette.
Colonel Cowlung
And scratch your face with your pistol barrel.

rawelkij
This is one of the most inspiring things about all of this. Five stars for people taking care of each other.
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