ProletarianRenegade | February 11, 2011
After 30 long years, Hosni Mubarak’s reign of terror is over, but the revolution is just beginning. A military-dominated provisional government now rules in Mubarak’s place. What happens next and what form of government Egypt ends up with will be determined by the struggle between the country’s political parties and the classes they are based on.
The liberals, led by former U.N. weapons inspector Mohamed El Baradei, want an Egypt to be ruled according to capital’s priorities: low wages, long hours, privatized health care, and a weak/nonexistent social safety net. The liberals want a political revolution, not a social revolution.
The Islamists, namely the Muslim Brotherhood, want to impose their version of Sharia law on Egypt: increased oppression of women and religious minorities (the country’s Coptic Christian community, the Shia), and like the liberals, they want an Egypt dominated by capital, provided it is “Islamic” capital.
The socialists want an Egypt run by the workers, where human need, not corporate profit, is the determining factor in economic and political decisions; an Egypt where the country’s tremendous wealth is controlled and distributed by the people who produce it in the first place; an Egypt without rich and poor, workers and bosses, exploiters and exploited, oppressors and oppressed. Here is their statement written before the fall of the dictator: http://socialistworker.org/2011/02/07…
The struggle to determine who is the master of the Egyptian house will take years. It was the working class’ general strikes and militancy that finally broke the back of the dictator and made the country ungovernable, even for the military. Whether or not the workers become conscious and organized enough to take power themselves remains to be seen, and there is a long road ahead until that day.
The first chapter of the revolution is at an end. The second chapter begins now.
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Change Has Finally Come to Egypt
Revolution in Egypt
localmcmedianed | February 10, 2011
A furious wave of protest swept Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak from power on Friday after 30 years of one-man rule, sparking jubilation on the streets and sending a warning to autocrats across the Arab world and beyond.
Mubarak, the second Arab leader to be overthrown by a popular uprising in a month, handed power to the army after 18 days of relentless rallies against poverty, corruption and repression caused support from the armed forces to evaporate.
Mubarak, 82, had flown with his family from Cairo to the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, a ruling party official said.
Al Jazeera’s Alan Fisher takes a look now at how the day unfolded.
EGYPT 2011 10 – 2 REVOLUTION
Egyptians React To Army’s Statement
TheRealNews | February 11, 2011
The Real News speaks with Egyptians moments before Mubarak steps down