The World is Changing February 16, 2011, 07:06:37 AM

Algeria, Yemen, Libya, Egypt,  Iran, Iraq, and Bahrain.  All happening at once and hard to keep track but here are some links to help you out.

Facebook pages:
(this one is in Arabic)

In-depth analysis on why Egypt is not Iran:

Quote from: Why Egypt is not Iran 1979

Alarms have been raised by those observing the popular uprising in Egypt that, while it is not itself a Muslim fundamentalist movement, the Muslim fundamentalists could take it over as it unfolds. The best-positioned group to do so is the Muslim Brotherhood. Some are even conflating the peaceful Brotherhood with radical groups such as al-Qaeda. I showed in my recent book, Engaging the Muslim World, that the Muslim Brotherhood has since the 1970s opposed the radical movements. In any case, the analogy many of these alarmists are making, explicitly or implicitly, is to Iran in 1978-79, which saw similar scenes of massive crowds in the street, demanding the departure of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, their king.

Misagh Parsa argued that the revolution of 1978-79 was made by several different social groups, each for its own reasons. The revolution was fought against the monarchy, which presided over an oil-exporting economy that had gone into overdrive because of the big fourfold run-up of prices in the 1970s. Many felt that they were not sharing in that prosperity, or were inconvenienced by the Shah’s authoritarian government…..

Proof that the higher-ups in the Army are still loyal to the regime (something that I wasn’t expecting because of naivety):

Quote from: The Inside Story of Egyptian Soldiers Refusing to Massacre

It is good that Hosni Mubarak hasn’t left Egypt and they should not let him leave because he has some very serious charges to face. We now know that on the night of January 30th, at one of the most critical junctures for the Egyptian Revolution, that President Mubarak ordered the army tank command to massacre the people in Tahrir Square and the tank commanders refused. As Robert Fisk reported on Friday:

The critical moment came on the evening of 30 January when, it is now clear, Mubarak ordered the Egyptian Third Army to crush the demonstrators in Tahrir Square with their tanks after flying F-16 fighter bombers at low level over the protesters.

Many of the senior tank commanders could be seen tearing off their headsets – over which they had received the fatal orders – to use their mobile phones. They were, it now transpires, calling their own military families for advice. Fathers who had spent their lives serving the Egyptian army told their sons to disobey, that they must never kill their own people.


Please note also something else that can be deduced from Robert Fisk’s description of these events (below). Namely that it was the low level officers in the tanks, the ones that got their orders over headsets, that refused to carry out the mass murder in Tahrir Square. Had the top brass refused Mubarak, those orders never would have been heard over headsets…..

Latest post on OccupiedCairo:


Last night in Tahrir Square there were thousands of people waiting to hear the presumed resignation speech of a fascist dictator on his last legs. Instead we heard a condescending old man tell us he was not going anywhere and that we should all go home and get back to work. The cries of outrage lasted for hours afterwards and, if anything, the speech served to galvanize the protest movement. We heard immediate roars of ‘get out, get out’ then calls to remember the dead, ‘my brother’s life is not that cheap’.

Group calls shortly afterwards responded to the speech by calling for a march the next morning to the Presidential Palace. Others, inspired by rage immediately started to move towards the palace and the state TV building, Maspero. Surprisingly, both groups arrived at their destination without bloodshed. As I write there are 10s of thousands moving towards the Presidential Palace and around 15000 in front of Maspero demanding it cease broadcast…..

News Video that summarizes most recent events:

People are trying to form a rally for the 20th of this month in Morocco.  My contact from there says that rumor is is that these people are siding with the king and that they are Polisario.  I found an interesting article about this on an equally interesting site:

From: Moroccan internet surfers have led to failure the Polisario’s attempt to manipulate facebook

This Monday 31st January 2011, the Moroccan internet surfers have succeeded to put down an attempt to manipulate the internet through facebook, probably operated by the Polisario front and the Algerian secret services. Through a facebook page, the mysterious internet surfers called the Moroccans to demonstrate on the 27th February in all the cities of the Kingdom. Putting a question about this date, certain internet surfers have immediately called for the boycott of this manipulation reminding that this date commemorates the anniversary of the creation of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).

Even if the managers of the Facebook page have tried to adjust their position by calling for the demonstration on the 20th instead of the 27th, the manipulation has drawn the attention of the Moroccan community on Facebook, which has alerted, through the net, about the dangers of this disinformation attempt, probably managed by the intelligence and security  Department, Algerian intelligence services…..