03 February 2011

thursday in egypt was relatively calm

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The most disturbing part is the number of journalists and NGO personnel being arrested. Amnesty International doesn't know what's happened to their people. This would seem to indicate two things, and you can pick. [1] They want to nail down any credible witnesses to their crimes. [2] They think these people have something to do with touching off the uprising to begin with. Both options have equal weight, and, in case you've been dead for most of your life, being arrested in Egypt often involves beatings and torture and even falling into a black hole and never emerging. So. This might also address your vexation if you are wondering why in the hell the protestors are being so tenacious.

They're dead if they don't and only maybe dead if they do.

Tomorrow, which is already today in Egypt, is going to be a very big day. The main push is not scheduled to begin until 8pm, Cairo time. That's ten hours ahead of Pacific Time and seven hours ahead of Eastern Time for all you Norteños wanting to tune in for it.

love, 99


  1. I'll take door #1 Alex..."They want to nail down any credible witnesses to their crimes."

    Yes 99...the next 24 hours will be crucial.

  2. Unfortunately, there is little chance we will find out if you've won the convertible or the blender....

  3. it's obviously #1, but their state media is claiming #2,

    The following news services have filed reports of attacks on their employees:
    BBC International: equipment seized.
    Alhurra Television: on-air reporters threatened, bureau relocated.
    Fox News: Greg Palkot and Olaf Wiig, forced from building by Molotov cocktail, attacked as they escaped,
    taken by anti-government protesters to hospital.
    Swedish SVT: reporter Bert Sundstrom stabbed. In stable condition and in custody.
    The Sunday Times: reporter Marie Colvin surrounded in house while conducting interview, family forced
    their way through to get her to safety. “It was terrifying and you can’t call the police.:”
    The Washington Post: bureau chief Leila Fadel, photographer Linda Davidson detained and released,
    translator and driver still in custody.
    Al-Jazeera: three journalists detained, one missing.
    France 24: three reporters detained, released, detained again
    Toronto Globe and Mail: two reporters detained
    Greek newspaper Kathimerini: correspondent Petros Papaconstantinou stabbed in the leg, all equipment
    stolen, photographer punched in face
    The Associated Press: journalists attacked by men with sticks, satellite equipment stolen
    Turkey’s TRT: correspondent Metin Turan beaten, lost tooth, camera, money and cell phone
    Polish TVP: two employees detained, cameras smashed.
    CNN: Anderson Cooper and crew attacked, punched
    Canada’s CBC’s French-language division RDI: correspondent Jean-François Lepine and cameraman
    rescued from mob by Army. “Without them [the army] we probably would have been beaten to death.”
    MSNBC/NBC’s crews managed to escape early on and took refuge in an apartment or hotel overlooking Tahrir Square where they are continuing to provide live broadcasts via satellite.

  4. It's not so obvious to me. I know our controllers prefer we choose Door #1, but journalists and NGO personnel are NOTORIOUSLY well-stocked with covert ops, and much more so now than ever before, and it's been bad for a long time.

    There is NO doubt this uprising was touched off by our people. They well may not be able to keep a lid on it now, but DEFINITELY this uprising was started by moles who have been in country for just this purpose for quite a while. Mubarak is completely aware of this, as has been the regime in Iran. So there is at least an equal chance it is Door #2. Even if they are helpless against its thrust, they will want to hurt the perps as much as they possibly can.


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