Daniel Greenfield posits that George Soros and Iran are behind the Egypt uprisings (see that below). Egypt’s new prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq, confirmed Mubarak will stay in office until September, said Mubarak is not “likely” to turn power over to VP Omar Suleiman, and described Mubarak in office is a “power safety valve.” Since on the “Day of Departure,” “departure” did not happen, what’s next? The following are bits and pieces of news and views on Egypt you may have missed.
Today on the “Day of Departure,” The Telegraph says:
1) the Muslim Brotherhood presence was much larger than in the past days.
2) Noon prayers honored some 300 dead in the last ten days. The European Union threatened the regime with sanctions if there is more violence.
3) After hearing today that Mohamed ElBaradei would not run for the presidency, The Telegraph says he confirmed to Al Jazeera that he is “willing” to run.
4) The fact that Mubarak did not “depart” is seen as evidence that power will not be turned over to Suleiman.
5) Amr Moussa, the secretary-general of the Arab League and former foreign minister under Mubarak (also described as an “established figure with ties to the regime as well as “kings and dictators” mingled with the crowds today. This “mingling” is a sign that Murbarak is increasingly being isolated. Moussa is also considering a run for the presidency.
“The truth, to be very clear, is that if it were possible to hold a general vote regarding demands to have Mubarak leave now, 90 or 95 percent of Egyptians would say that it is all a matter of five months.”
Shafik hinted at the possibility of allowing pro-Mubarak protests to take place. “Preparing for protests is possible…to ask the president not to depart today, but rather to leave when his presidential term is over.”
“It is possible to find twice as many people who believe in a more dignified exit,” added Shafik.
…an informal grouping of Egyptian intellectuals, dubbed locally the “wise men,” proposed a gradual shifting of power away from Mubarak to vice presidents and technocrats, while allowing the ruler to keep his titular job as head of state.
The group, including billionaire Naguib Sawiris, said it had opened a line of communication with Vice President Omar Suleiman, who was responding to their proposals, but the country’s prime minister doubted the idea would work.
“I doubt that this would be acceptable,” Premier Ahmed Shafiq said about a managed degradation of Mubarak’s powers. He urged all parties to be willing to make “concessions.”
Here’s the headline and the opening sentence in the Voice of America’s reportage
Huge Cairo Rally Renews Calls for Mubarak Ouster
Tens of thousands of Egyptians gathered in Cairo, Friday, at another rally calling for the immediate ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.
The AP headlines it the same way
Mass anti-Mubarak protest celebrates after battles (AP)
AP – Tens of thousands packed central Cairo Friday, waving flags and singing the national anthem
That’s tens of thousands in a country of eighty million
That’s tens of thousands in a country of eighty million. A whole 0.01% percent of the country has shown up. Which means that Mubarak must go! Right now! No elections needed.
Now the Tea Party has put a lot more people than that into the streets to rally against Obama. Nationalist rallies in Israel have hit the hundreds of thousands, in a country with only a few million of people. But the media has never called them “huge” or treated them as an absolute mandate for change.
Every idiotic article billing this as a democratic transition is a pathetic joke. This is not a democratic transition. This is a manufactured revolution. Food riots co-opted by a student protest movement funded and organized by Soros’ people and then co-opted again by the Islamists.
Has Barack Obama actually asked Mubarak to step down now? The New York Times says yes. If that’s so, Obama is batting zero, as usual:
The Obama administration is discussing with Egyptian officials a proposal for President Hosni Mubarak to resign immediately and turn over power to a transitional government headed by Vice President Omar Suleiman with the support of the Egyptian military, administration officials and Arab diplomats said Thursday.
Did the Obama proposals include including The Muslim Brotherhood? Why, yes they did (New York Times again):
The proposal also calls for the transitional government to invite members from a broad range of opposition groups, including the banned Muslim Brotherhood, to begin work to open up the country’s electoral system in an effort to bring about free and fair elections in September, the officials said.
The LA Times said “some government ministers joined protesters in Tahrir Square today (Friday). Who knew?
A “gang of thugs” set the office on fire and burned all the equipment inside.
“It appears to be the latest attempt by the Egyptian regime or its supporters to hinder Al Jazeera’s coverage of events in the country,” the news network said in a statement.
“In the last week its bureau was forcibly closed, all its journalists had press credentials revoked, and nine journalists were detained at various stages. Al Jazeera has also faced unprecedented levels of interference in its broadcast signal as well as persistent and repeated attempts to bring down its websites.”
And Al Jazeera says the head of their Arabic bureau and another journalists has been detained, and could it be possible protesters are thinking of targeting the state TV headquarters?
Check out these incredible photos. A man covered with buckshot from police, the “camel shot” up close, the Egyptian Museum where looters ripped the heads off of two mummies, and more here, including the one above.