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Rebel media centre in Benghazi: Democracy Now reports

Just broadcast on democracynow.org: a powerful report about the volunteer-staffed media centre established by rebel forces in Benghazi.  May it survive, and thrive.

Photo: Al Jazeera English

You can find the report at http://www.democracynow.org/2011/3/17/libyan_rebels_maintain_benghazi_media_center

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From my #Jan25 #Egypt notebook

There are two specific moments, or passages, in the Robert Fisk interview I linked to in my last post that, to my mind, constitute the beginnings of a materialist historiography of the uprising in Egypt.  These are as close to dialectical images, in Walter Benjamin’s sense, as anything that has passed before or under my eyes in the past eventful week.  I transcribe them below; you can read the full transcript at http://www.democracynow.org/2011/2/3/robert_fisk_obama_administration_has_been

 “The key that I’ve seen over the last few days has been the way in which the army on Friday [28/1/2011] was told by Mubarak to clear the square, and the individual tank officers refused.  I actually saw them tearing off their tank helmets, where they were receiving orders on their own military net, and using their mobile phones.  And in many cases, they were phoning home, because they come from military families.  They wanted to know from their fathers what they should do.  And, of course, they were told, ‘You must not shoot on your fellow citizens.’  And that, I think, was the moment when the Mubarak regime broke.  Or if we look back historically, that’s what we’ll believe.  So I think it is broken, it’s finished, whatever Mr. Mubarak may dream about in his pantomime world.  And I think that was a very critical moment.”

“And it’s been interesting watching the behaviour.  I mean, I’m right up right next to the tanks and, you know, where stones are falling and so on.  Yesterday, for example, a young soldier was standing in tears as the stones went in both directions past him.  And he was obviously torn apart by what he should do between his duty as a soldier and his duty as an Egyptian.  And in the end, he jumped down from the tank, crying and throwing his arms around one of the protesters.  And that – you know, that was a very significant moment, I thought, in this.  You know, if big history is made on the streets, this was a little tiny microcosm of what was actually going over.”

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Toward a historiography of #Jan25 #Egypt

After days and nights of monitoring coverage of the events in Egypt, I finally encountered something that surpassed even the best journalism to gesture toward a historiography of this moment.  Listen to Robert Fisk in Cairo, speaking to Amy Goodman of Democracy Now.

Robert Fisk: Obama Administration Has Been Gutless and Cowardly in Dealing with the Mubarak Regime.

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