Saturday, January 29, 2011

Egypt, Popular Uprising or Foreign Intervention?

Update: More than 100 dead...
So I am going to work on putting up some original material tonight, but in the meantime I have been very busy so here is some more info on the situation in Egypt/North Africa.

Let me just say that I am still quite a bit cynical about whether or not this is a legit populist revolution going on right now. There are a lot of countries that would love to see Egypt in turmoil, Israel being at the top of the list followed by the U.S. in a distant second. I certainly am not infering anything but just like I can't say these revolts are the works of mousad or the CIA I also can't say they are legitimate grassroots campaigns either.

With that being said there is no doubt a lot of anger about corruption, food prices, and political rights in Egypt, Jordan, and Tunisia. Hosni Mubarak has been a dictator with a stranglehold on Egypt for nearly 30 years, squelching protests and torturing political dissidents.The state of Egypt currently holds as many as 30,000 political prisoners and attempts have been made on Mubarak's life multiple times.

So yes there is certainly cause to believe this could be a legit popular uprising. However we should also remember the U.S. gives Egypt around 1.5 billion each year in aid (second only to Israel), Egypt and Israel have an "interesting" relationship to say the least, and the rest of the world has huge strategic interests in Egypt because of the suez canal. Because of this we cannot rule foreign intervention in these protests.

Anger In Egypt Al Jazzerah's in depth coverage of the situation in Egypt.
Are We Witnessing the Start of a Global Revolution?
Egyptian Army Joins Police Bloomberg
38 People Have died After Clashes With MIlitary and Police CNN

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