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“60 Minutes” correspondent Lara Logan is shown last week covering the reaction in Cairo's Tahrir Square the day Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down. CBS News says Logan was attacked Friday, and suffered a brutal beating and sexual assault before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers. She is recovering in a U.S. hospital. Logan, CBS News' chief foreign affairs correspondent, is one of at least 140 correspondents who have been injured or killed since Jan. 30 while covering the unrest in Egypt, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. Story here. (AP Photo/CBS News)
Question: Do you appreciate the courage that goes into gathering news in some of the world's hot spots after hearing of the pain and suffering suffering by CBS' correspondent Lara Logan?
For those following events in Egypt, here's a link to our latest AP story, which says Hosni Mubarak has resigned as president and handed control to the military today after 29 years in power, bowing to a historic 18-day wave of pro-democracy demonstrations by hundreds of thousands. “The people ousted the president,” chanted a crowd of tens of thousands outside his presidential palace in Cairo.
Good morning, Netizens…
According to two different sources, Egypt's Hosni Mubarak has resigned. The news announcement, which came at approximately 8:00 AM PST this morning from Egyptian Vice President Suleiman, is that Mubarak has indeed resigned. Omar Suleiman made the announcement on national TV on Friday.
While there is a great deal of speculation and angst involved in this transfer of power, and while I am certain the talking heads of the news media will give this more coverage than I am capable, I am hopeful that all goes peacefully.
Good morning, Netizens…
I've been reluctant to cast my opinion on the collective waters about the Egyptian uprising, simply because life in Egypt currently is in such a state of flux, with daily riots and unrest, journalists being beaten and foreign citizens leaving the country in droves. Each time I sit down before the keyboard with an eye toward Egyptian affairs, Middle East civic affairs have gotten worse or, at least, some new American diplomatic gaffe has taken place.
However, this morning, David Horsey takes on Mubarak, and I immediately fell on the floor laughing my backside off.
Our nation does not seem to understand that Mubarak is a tyrant, a dictator and an evil man. He has run the economy of Egypt into the ground for over 30 years, to such a degree that food and employment are both at incredible lows, and in a so-called democracy, the Egyptian people are simply not going to tolerate it much longer. The sad part of Mubarak's regime is the billion dollars and more that Egypt currently receives in support from the United States.
What is equally tragic beyond words is the looting of the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities and other archeological sites which included some of the most valuable ancient artifacts, some dating centuries ago. It could have been much worse, had bands of concerned Egyptians not formed human barricades to prevent further damage. Of the items is damaged, Egypt's antiquities chief says looters broke 13 glass showcases. Among the artifacts damaged is a statue from King Tutankhamun's tomb dating back more than 3,000 years.
Of course, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has stated that he would like to step down, thus satisfying the protestors, but he fears that chaos would result. Oh? I would call what is happening in Cairo right now chaos. Are things improving?
So I side with David Horsey. Mubarak the mummy is better than Mubarak the tyrant. Of course, your results may differ.
CNN's Anderson Cooper and his camera crew were attacked and repeatedly punched by pro-government forces near Tahrir Square in Cairo today. “My team were set upon by the crowd,” Cooper said on CNN this morning via telephone from the safety of a hotel balcony. “There was no rhyme or reason to it—it was just people looking for a fight, looking to make a point, and punching us.” According to a Twitter post from George Hale, the English editor of the Ma'an news agency, who cited a CNN “manager,” Cooper was punched “10 times in the head”/Gawker. More here.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said on Tuesday he would not leave Egypt although he would step down from the presidency at the end of his term, due to end when the country holds a presidential election in September. Mubarak has faced a week of public and international pressure to step down from the role he has held for 30 years, culminating in a day when a quarter-million people turned in the largest protest yet to demand his ouster. (AP Photo/Egyptian state television via APTN)
Question: Can you figure out what's happening in Egypt?