What’s Happening in Egypt?


Let me say at the outset here that I don’t really know. This is a developing story and there are some conflicting reports coming out of an area that isn’t exactly known for its love of a free and independent press. One other thing: I’m doing this on the fly, so I’m skimming these pieces as I link to them. Don’t look for in-depth analysis here.

One of the booming Twitter hashtags right now is #Jan25, so that’s one place to follow along.

Nick Baumann at Mother Jones has a good rundown of what’s going on, with some background on how this all started.

Gordon Reynolds at The Awl seems to be doing some on-site reporting, complete with video.

MSNBC reports 3 dead in the fighting.

Eric Trager at The Atlantic writes “Egypt’s future will be determined on some other day. But, in a way they have not done in decades, ordinary Egyptians are demanding a stake in it.”

Spiegel interviews Nobel Laureate Mohamed ElBaradei about the situation across North Africa and about the protests today.

We’ll do more link roundups as more stories become available. Feel free to send tips to isaac-at-therumpus-dot-net or poetry-at-therumpus-dot-net.

Brian Spears is Senior Poetry Editor of The Rumpus and the author of A Witness in Exile (Louisiana Literature Press, 2011). His poem “Upon Reading That Andromeda Will One Day Devour Triangulum and Come For Us Next” was featured in Season 9 of Motion Poems. More from this author →