After eighteen days of protest, Mubarak’s nearly thirty-year reign over Egypt was brought to a triumphant close today. Ousted by the people, Egyptian protesters stood strong, exhibiting nothing short of sheer jubilation as the news broke. We’re committed to staying with this story on the pages of The Nation and here at TheNation.com as the revolution continues to unfold and redefines the Middle East. We’ll be covering and reporting on the popular, populist insurgency, offering analysis on what it means for the future—in addition to working towards changing US policy toward the region.
Be sure to take a look at some coverage and analysis from today here at TheNation.com. Robert Dreyfuss has been live-blogging the protests daily and will continue to offer analysis as events unfold. Sam Graham-Felsen takes a look at the role of the internet in the uprising in his piece, "How Cyber-Pragmatism Brought Down Mubarak," and the power of online organizing. Laila Al-Arian reports from Cairo, writing that the city has been transformed from "an overcrowded metropolis with chronic traffic jams to a battle of the wills." Read her piece, "Revolution in Every Street of Egypt,” here. Also, be sure to read this week’s Nation magazine: Washington editor Christopher Hayes looks at US strategies for promoting democracy abroad in his piece, "Discomfited by Democracy," and our editors argue that the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia have "revealed some uncomfortable truths about US foreign policy" in "For Democracy in Egypt." Stay tuned for more, and you can watch a live stream of the celebrations here.
Also this week…
BLOG: Changing the Banking System
This week I argued for the need to organize for systemic change in the US banking system and the crucial role it plays in job-creation and economic growth. The concentrated power of behemoth banks—now controlling 44 percent of US deposits—has been devastating. Be sure to read my piece, "Banking for the People" to find out more about the State Bank movement—and how state-runned banks could provide one possible solution to the US’s banking problems. Also, check out this week’s slide show, "8 Corporations That Owe You Money," including institutions that hide fortunes in tax safe havens—and still received bailout funds. From Bank of America to Citigroup, learn more about the corporations that continue to owe the government money. Go here to see that slideshow.
VIDEO: Chomsky on Climate Change