It looks like 2/11/11 will go down in history with 11/9/89, not 6/4/89. 6/4/89 is when the Chinese military obeyed orders to massacre protesters in Tienanmen Square; 11/9/89 is when East German leaders announced the opening of the Berlin Wall and declined to order border guards to shoot the Berliners who began dismantling the barrier that had stood for 28 years. Read More
The Obama Administration's standing in the Middle East is largely dependent now on Egypt's success in transforming its toppled government into a secular democracy. Read More
With protests raging, Egypt's president named his intelligence chief as his first-ever vice president on Saturday, setting the stage for a successor as chaos engulfed the capital. Soldiers stood by — a few even joining the demonstrators — and the death toll from five days of anti-government fury rose sharply to 74.
Saturday's fast-moving developments across the north African nation marked a sharp turning point in President Hosni Mubarak's three-decade rule of Egypt. Read More
Kudos to Tim Carney, Senior Examiner Political Columnist, for invoking George Washington’s warning against “entangling alliances” in a piece on whether the recent events in Egypt are good for the US. Read More
Addressing a torn Egypt, contested-president Mubarak just told Al Jazeera: "I will always be on the side of the poor."
As private jets flee a burning Cairo, it seems that all but the poor have done whatever they can to leave. Which recalls one banal truth to politics:
It doesn't matter if promises are empty if a politician's promises are all the voters feel they have. Read More