Needless to say, the news tonight is dominated by the popular insurrection in Egypt. More than thirty items on the topic are included in the feed — browse the headlines to cover all the angles.
The army has been called in, and has reportedly been welcomed by the demonstrators. Rioters stormed the headquarters of the state TV broadcaster. Internet and cell phone service have been cut off, and land-line connections are said to be chancy.
President Hosni Mubarak has dismissed the cabinet and plans to form a new government. He seems not to understand Rule #1 of Arab despotism: the strongman has all the power, so the strongman gets all the blame. The mob will not be placated by the appointment of a new prime minister: Mubarak must go.
The disturbances have spread to Yemen, Algeria, and Jordan, and there are rumblings in Saudi Arabia. Bizarrely enough, Albania is also erupting in civil unrest. Syria, Morocco, and Libya seem to be immune — for the moment.
In other news, unemployment in Spain is now over 20%.
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