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Egypt Revolution 2011: A Complete Guide To The Unrest

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 01/30/11 07:21 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:30 PM ET

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THE BASICS

What's Going On In Egypt?: Protests started on Tuesday, January 25, when -- inspired by the successful revolution in Tunisia -- thousands began taking to the streets to protest poverty, rampant unemployment, government corruption and autocratic governance of President Hosni Mubarak, who has ruled the country for 30 years. These were the first protests on such a large scale in Egypt since the 1970s. Read more here.

Why Egypt Matters: Why is the story gaining traction? There are a number of factors that make Egypt's unrest important, in both that country, the Middle East, and the world. Click here to see the top reasons why Egypt should matter to you.

What It's Being Called: The Egyptian revolution is also referred to as the Egyptian Protests, Days of Rage, the Papyrus Revolution and the Lotus Revolution.

Quick Facts About Egypt: Established in 3100 B.C., Egypt today has a population of approximately 79 million. Its people speak Arabic and 99% are Egyptian. The country staged its first modern revolution in 1919 and established independence in 1922. Continued instability due to remaining British influence led to a second revolution in 1952 and the creation of the Egyptian Republic in 1953.

TIMELINE OF KEY DEVELOPMENTS

Tuesday, 1/25: First Day Of Demonstrations
Wednesday, 1/26: Protests Resume For Second Day
Thursday, 1/27: Egypt Shuts Down The Internet
Friday, 1/28: Mubarak Speaks, Says He'll Form A New Government
Saturday, 1/29: Anonymous Internet Users Help Egypt Communicate
Sunday, 1/30: Hillary Clinton: Egypt Must Transition To Democracy
Monday, 1/31: Egypt's New Government Is Announced, Sworn In
Tuesday, 2/1: President Mubarak Says He Won't Run For Re-Election
Wednesday, 2/2: Internet Service Returns In Egypt
Thursday, 2/3: Foreign Journalists Rounded Up
Friday, 2/4: "Day of Departure" Protests Held Across Egypt
Saturday, 2/5: Members Of Ruling Party Leadership Resign
Sunday, 2/6: Government Agrees On Concessions
Monday, 2/7: Google Executive Released In Egypt
Tuesday, 2/8: Freed Activist Energizes Protests
Wednesday, 2/9: Widespread Labor Strikes Throughout Egypt
Thursday, 2/10: Despite Rumors, Mubarak Refuses To Step Down
Friday, 2/11: Mubarak Resigns As President, Leaves Cairo



ON THE GROUND

Award-Winning Egyptian Actor Mahmoud Kabil:
"[T]hat feeling of being uncertain, it's a lousy feeling. When you don't have anybody to protect you, no police, no army, no nothing, and you have to rely on yourself." Full Q&A here.

Deputy Middle East Director for Human Rights Watch Joe Stork: "The atmosphere in Suez is tense; the big complaint is the absence of security. There is a lot of rubble in the streets from stone-throwing, street battles etc. The army is out in force." Read more.

Egyptian-born American Sahar Taman: "[I]t is understandable why Egyptian citizens are on the streets today, braving tear gas and rubber bullets, defying curfews and enduring electronic blackouts. Quite simply, they have seen thirty years of suppression and intimidation, and they have had enough." Read more.

Follow our comprehensive Twitter list of more than 100 for on the ground reports in real-time. Sulia is also aggregating real-time updates from Egypt experts here.

WHO'S WHO


BIO: Pres. Hosni Mubarak


BIO: V.P. Omar Suleiman


BIO: Mohamad ElBaradei


BIO: Muslim Brotherhood


BIO: Egyptian Military


BIO: Egyptian Police

PHOTOS


Egypt Celebrates


On The Ground Pictures


First Day Of Protests


Second Day Of Protests


Tweets On The Ground


U.S. Protests In Support

VIDEOS


YouTube's CitizenTube


WATCH: The Most Dramatic
Protest Videos


WATCH: Protestor Shot By Authorities (GRAPHIC)


WATCH: 8-Year-Old Schools
President Mubarak


WATCH: President Mubarak
Spoofed On SNL


ON THE BLOG


Firas Al-Atraqchi:
Arab Earthquake, Egypt Is Region's
Turning Point




Iman Satori:
The Perpetual Tourist: Life As An American Under Mubarak's Regime




Heba Morayef:
Tahrir Square




Robert Kuttner:
Where's The Protest At Home?




Jeff Jarvis:
We Want Our Al Jazeera Now

MORE CONTEXT


MEDIA: Al Jazeera English Blacked Out Across U.S.

MEDIA: CNN's Anderson Cooper Attacked

MEDIA: Al Jazeera Reveals Government Suppression

TECH: Egypt's Internet Cut Off (PHOTO)

TECH: How Was Egypt's Internet Shut Off?

TECH: How To Help Egypt Get Online

TECH: Egypt's Only Internet Provider In Service

POLITICS: Obama Cut Egyptian Funding

POLITICS: Republicans Divided On Egypt

POLITICS: Chavez: U.S. Role In Crisis 'Shameful'

TRAVEL: Cairo Airport In Chaos

TRAVEL: U.S. Warns Americans About Travel

TRAVEL: U.S. Embassy: Americans Should Leave

COLLEGE: Egypt Study Abroad Student Stranded

BEST AROUND THE WEB


LIVE VIDEO
Al Jazeera English: Live Streaming Video

OVERVIEWS
Mother Jones: What's Happening In Egypt Explained
CNN: Unrest In Egypt: Questions And Answers
BBC: Interactive Map
Google: Egypt Resources
Los Angeles Times: Egypt Protests Around The Web

LIVE BLOGS
Al Jazeera: Live Blog Feb 1 - Egypt Protests
Guardian: Egypt Protests Live Blog
Reuters: Unrest In Egypt
MSNBC: Egypt Live Blog
New York Times: Latest Updates
Washington Post: Day 7 (Live Updates)

ANALYSIS
Doc Searls: Al Jazeera In Egypt Is 'Sputnik Moment'
Daily Beast: Egypt's Revolution By Facebook
Newsweek: Egypt Revolution: The Purity Protests
WSJ: Egypt's Revolution
TIME: YouthQuake: Nerve Center Of The Revolution
Forbes: Egypt Revolution An Oil Armageddon?
CNN: Will Egypt's Unrest Spread?
Guardian: Egypt's Revolution Is Sweet And Peaceful
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