Egypt on the brink of civil war

Written by Alan Woods Wednesday, 02 February 2011

Egypt on the brink of civil war. Photo: 3arabawyThe revolution in Egypt is reaching a critical point. The old state power is collapsing under the hammer blows of the masses. But revolution is a struggle of living forces. The old regime does not intend to surrender without a fight. The counter-revolutionary forces are going onto the offensive. There is ferocious fighting on the streets of Cairo between pro- and anti-Mubarak elements.

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Egypt: the moment of truth

Written by Alan Woods Tuesday, 1st February 2011

Egypt: the moment of truth. Photo: 3arabawyThe Great Pyramid of Giza has lasted for 3,800 years. Hosni Mubarak has lasted somewhat less, but he would like to survive for a little longer. The difference between his regime and the Pyramid of Khufu is that it is an inverted pyramid. All its strength is at the top, but there is only a tiny point at the bottom. The laws of gravity and architecture tell us that such a structure is inherently unstable. The slightest push can bring the whole structure crashing down.

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Egypt: revolution knows no frontiers

Written by Alan Woods Sunday, 30 January 2011

The international implications of the Egyptian Revolution. Photo: Collin David AndersonThe popular uprising against the Hosni Mubarak government continues. On Sunday morning the sun rose over another tense day following a night of mass defiance and anti-government protests that turned the curfew into a dead letter. This fact strikingly exposes the real situation.

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Letter from an Egyptian socialist - The reaction to Mubarak's speech

Written by Walaa Quisay Monday, 31 January 2011

Letter from an Egyptian socialist - The reaction to Mubarak's speech. Photo: Darkroom ProductionsAfter a much criticised silence, Hosni Mubarak has finally made a statement regarding the protests. The initial reaction to the speech was one of anger. Mubarak’s speech was quite predictable, basically praising the poor, promising reform and what not. Even though these blatant lies that reek of condescension are enough reason to ignite the streets of Egypt with fury, it was Mubarak’s last statement that angered the people the most.

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Revolution in Egypt – Power is on the street

Written by Alan Woods Saturday, 29th January 2011

Revolution in Egypt – Power is on the street. Photo: Philip RizkDay five of the revolution and the movement continues to grow in size and intensity. Last night’s curfew was ignored, and today there are more people on the streets than yesterday. A new curfew was called for four o’clock Egyptian time, but this is no more effective than the previous one. Even before the curfew came into effect, larger numbers of protestors were gathering on the streets.

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