Update, 4 pm: Mubarak announces that he won’t seek re-election.
Update, 2:44 pm: President Obama has urged Mubarak to not run for re-election.
Once again, the news of Egypt has dominated the front-page of the New York Times. The paper’s lead article focuses on the apparently weakening power of President Hosni Mubarak; a diplomat was quoted off the record as saying that Egypt’s current leadership is strategizing on how to ease Mubarak out of power. Also of note: King Abdullah of Jordan, in response to growing protests in his country, has already dismissed his government and is addressing popular concerns, and the president of Turkey, Resip Tayyip Erdogan—the leader of what’s considered by many to be the most democratic of Islamic nations—has urged Mubarak to listen to the demands of his people.
Other stories on the Times look at how Egypt’s economy is failing as citizens deal with inflation, how the U.S. is handling relations with opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei, and a somewhat strange but interesting television analysis of the presence of Al Jazeera English on American cable and satellite line-ups.
Al Jazeera English‘s main page on the protests, Anger in Egypt, has plenty to read and see: here’s the channel’s main round-up video on Egypt so far:
And here’s a link to Al Jazeera English’s live stream (if you haven’t watched this channel yet, we highly recommend it—Al Jaz journalists were arrested and their equipment was seized a few days ago, so what these guys are doing in Egypt is remarkable).
CNN‘s main page on Egypt offers plenty of videos and articles: here’s one of former CBS news anchor Dan Rather commenting on how Americans can help Egyptians:
The BBC‘s main page on Egypt includes automatic updates by reporters on the streets in Cairo and elsewhere.
Jezebel, a blog that concentrates on news about women, has posted an entertaining video by an eight-year-old girl in Saudi Arabia who comments on the situation in Egypt (it’s certainly apt):
As always, search Twitter for the hashtags #Egypt, #Cairo, and #Jan25 for constant, immediate reactions from within and outside Egypt. As well, the NY Times has a story about an amazing service that Twitter has set up specifically for users in Egypt. Speak to Tweet offers phone numbers for users to call to leave a recorded voicemail that’s then sent out as a tweet. Even if you only speak English, these are definitely worth listening to—immediate oral history is pretty darn cool. Alive in Egypt is a service that translates some of these “oral tweets” into English—it’s worth a listen.