Open Thread: Unrest in Egypt

There's a lot going on today, so here's a place to discuss. Below is some recommended reading, and, as always, feel free to add links in comments.

Protesters in Tahrir Square in Cairo on 1 February 2011. Photograph: Jim Hollander/EPA
The GuardianEgypt's protesters refuse to leave the streets until Mubarak steps down: "Ten days ago 50 people demonstrating on a Cairo student campus would have been regarded as an event out of the ordinary, something to be quickly crushed by the Egyptian police. That was then. Today hundreds of thousands of people crammed themselves into Cairo's central Tahrir Square to call for an end to President Hosni Mubarak's three decades in power—and the government security forces were nowhere to be seen."

USA TodayMubarak: 'I have spent enough time serving Egypt': "Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak indicated in a 10-minute televised speech Tuesday that he will not seek re-election, after eight days of protests over his 30-year rule."

The GuardianEgypt protests: parties reject talks and try to restore credibility: "Egypt's fractured opposition movement has rallied together to emphatically reject talks with the ruling National Democratic party on political reform, insisting that Hosni Mubarak must stand down before any dialogue can begin. Whether Mubarak promising to step down at the next election, as was reported tonight, will satisfy them remains to be seen."

Reuters: Egypt tries to calm investors and get food to people.

Max Strasser: Beside Boys on the Street: Women and the Egyptian Protests

Stellaa: A Guide: How Not to Say Stupid Stuff About Egypt

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