This edition of the roundup is dedicated to the Egyptian Revolution — pretty amazing things are happening… right now!
- What’s happening in Egypt Explained. A quick 101 by Mother Jones.
- Tired of having CNN’s idea of a Middle East expert, Irshad Manji, in your face? Check out Al-Jazeera’s live stream.
- Boston.com and the Guardian have updated photo essays for your viewing pleasure. Check out the brilliant photo of men and women protesters praying side by side while riot police look on.
- In Alexandria, government officials are in hiding, while the police shake hands with protesters:
In a sign of flagging resolve, the police began to retreat and then stopped fighting entirely. It was unclear whether this was an ordered police retreat or a spontaneous, and disorganized, reaction to the situation.
After the two-hour street battle ended, protesters and police officers shook hands on the same street corner where minutes before they were exchanging volleys of stones, and tear-gas canisters were arcing through the sky.
- Is Egypt a sign of a domino effect? Tens of thousands of people in Yemen have taken to the streets in the country’s capital, calling for an end to the government of Ali Abdullah Saleh, the president.
- Maybe not. Kuwait announces that they will be giving 1,000 Dinars ($3,580) to each Kuwaiti citizen plus free distribution of essential food items for 14 months. I overheard media experts saying that this is the oil-rich country’s way of quelling potential thoughts of revolution. Overlooking of course that Kuwait routinely offers Billion-dollar “aid” packages to their nationals, and that next month marks the 50/20 celebrations of 50 years of independence and the 20th anniversary of liberation from Iraqi occupation. Though, with that kind of incentive, I don’t think I’d revolt either. Now, what are they going to do about the thousands of impoverished non-nationals?
- Have you seen these videos yet? Thousands push back riot police on the Kasr al Nile Bridge. There’s also a video of Ayman Mohyeldin’s coverage of protesters pushing back armored vehicles on the October 6th Bridge. As tear gas canisters rain down, protesters stop throwing rocks, keel and ask the police to stop targeting them so they can perform the evening prayer. So they do. Twitter is also reporting gorgeous acts of solidarity as Christians protect Muslim protesters during prayers.