January 28th, 2011
09:44 PM ET

Revolt in Egypt: Join the Live Chat

We'll have live reports from Egypt where demonstrators took to the streets again on Friday and the government could be on the brink of collapsing. Though,President Hosni Mubark says he won't step down. Instead he's calling on the rest of his government to step down.

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  1. Jo Ann, Ohio

    This unrest in Egypt has been building for a long time. Why didn't Obama encourage Mubarak to address these reforms in Egypt a long time ago? Why wait until the final hour?

    January 28, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  2. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Feel better Mandela.

    January 28, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  3. Amira

    The answer to your question of why Mubarak hasn't fulfilled their needs–Greed!If he can squeeze every ounce of wealth, power, why not?

    January 28, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  4. Matthew C

    I hear a lot of talk about the U.S. and their high concern about who could possibly take over in Egypt following Mubarak. Why? The people of Egypt have shown their character by protesting against a despot. From Canada, I am a little disappointed by the lack of girth by the U.S. response. Politics is tricky, yet the Egyptian people participating in their future through their actions have shown great courage and trait of humanity. Any leader is better than their current.

    January 28, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  5. Emily

    @Sharon Hastings,
    The government has always been supportive of Egypt as Egypt is an "Allie". I think that all of these protests started in Tunisia, however, the fact that the people in Egypt are so angry...

    January 28, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  6. Helen

    Mike @ syracus. The US is helping as we have been helping for the last 30 years.

    January 28, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  7. Ken Kimball

    Why and how can anyone blame Obama for not having dealt with Mubarek's 30 year emergency rule? I count 2 Bush's,Clinton and Reagan's
    entire time in office without action or outrage at what was clearly as corrupt a situation as Saddam Hussein, just not such a loose cannon.

    January 28, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  8. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    My former company did business in Egypt. The government was extraordinarily corrupt. It was very hard to win contracts fairly. Foreign companies would bride while we did things legally. It was an uneven battle.

    January 28, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  9. Nicole The Netherlands

    I do hope Ben Wedeman stays careful, very good to defend this family, his camera and team, but journalist are killed every year.
    And he can't be missed!

    January 28, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  10. lisal -canada

    and people here think that obama has a disconnect with the people – i think the situation in egypt (as just described) would really describe a disconnect – it's all relative i suppose

    January 28, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  11. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    The panel are right..... They are going take a time peace withour war each other on the street..... I am surprised that Nic Robertson is not able access his accout call. I hope they will peace without solve problem.

    January 28, 2011 at 10:41 pm |

    @ Mike
    It is not waffling in these few days that will be remembered.
    It will be the decades of blind support for Mubarak that will be rightly remembered.

    January 28, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  13. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    "Remarkable coverage" by Ben & Nick is an understatement. They and their crews have been Great!

    No matter what, CNN seems to find a way to get the news out!

    Appreciate the time Anderson, that you are giving to Ben & Nick to tell their stories!

    January 28, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  14. Adriana

    @Sean: I hope everybody will be safe...you never know, though, in such situations...i hope you will be able to reach your friends in Egypt and make sure they are OK...

    January 28, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  15. Sharon Hastings

    @ Emily and others: I don't understand how it all started either. From what I've learned, it's many things, not the least of which is 30% unemployment. You know how things are here with approx. 10%. I'm embarrassed I didn't know much about Egypt's situation and I never expected this.

    January 28, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  16. Vaughn Johnson

    Big problem, no spokesperson, no party of backing that has accredation. Very scary situation. Our Govt. has no way to shuffle this dicadamy.

    January 28, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  17. Ehsan

    Hosi Mubarrek had 30yrs to make a difference and he's already 83 years old, are you seriously thinking he's going to make it now? Unfortunatly not. He needs to leave the spot for someone who's willing to give all Egyptians their rights!
    All he's done is take those billions of dollars over the years& never once thought about others. Those are obviesly not qualities of a promising president. I'm 14yrs old and i think it's unbelieveable what he's doing to other children and their families. Especialy during their mid-term tests.

    January 28, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  18. Emily

    @Jo Ann,
    Perhaps the phones may be re-rooted...she may be getting that 2AM call. I wonder if Bill (& Bush) will be going there on a peace mission?

    January 28, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  19. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Jo Ann, yep, this is EXACTLY what Hillary was talking about. The fact that this was a surprise doesn't speak well of our foreign policy skills.

    January 28, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  20. mohamed zeid, new york

    Egyptians were not ashamed from tunisians like the prof. said , simply the youth there didn't know that there voice can be heard with protesting because they were born in mubark's time and they grew up with the fear of freedom of speech , and by the tunisians protesting egyptians knew that such a thing could happen.

    January 28, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  21. Tom

    sorry meant to say are not going to alienate the US

    January 28, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  22. Emilie

    I'm a high school student involved in Model UN. Does anyone know how this will affect the Israeli-Egyptian, US- Israeli, US-Syrian, and Egyptian- Syrian relationships? Specifically involving the Golan Heights. Also, assuming that in the near future President Mubarak will no longer be in charge, do we know what type of government in both organization and ideology will be instituted?

    January 28, 2011 at 10:38 pm |

    @ Sean
    Being sympathetic towards the US is not synonumous with supporting democracy. Outside the US it is often the oppostite. That is why ordinary poeple around the world fear and distrust the US.

    January 28, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  24. Ken Kimball

    Lovely country, great people, sad situation.
    While walking in Giza, a soldier , wearing a heavy wool uniform, on a hundred degree day, was thrilled to be given a US dollar for walking with me to a Seven Eleven store 5 blocks from my hotel. My guide said I might have provided his entire wages that day.

    January 28, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  25. bill

    Anderson why does the US government think they run the world ? Let Egypt solve their own issues.

    January 28, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  26. Lori

    That sounds like a very dangerous situation.

    January 28, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  27. Rasheed

    I wonder if such protests will ever take place in Saudi Arabia...

    January 28, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  28. Vaughn Johnson

    A problem to also think of is the Suez Canal. Can you imagine the global impact if we were to see what happened in 1952.

    January 28, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  29. Emily

    I'm not sure why the people are in the situation that they are..I know that Egypt has at least four countries on its borders. It gets plenty of "Aide" for military/peace purposes, etc.
    I have no idea how they spend their money.

    January 28, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  30. Tom

    Americans in Egypt should be fine, I wouldn't go there right now, but Egyptians are going to alienate the US by reigning violence on them.

    January 28, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  31. Gerri Deem

    Hi – Tell us what is happening at Airport in Cairo – have friends there. Gerri

    January 28, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  32. Jo Ann, Ohio

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse, "The same inaction when Iranians were protesting."

    I wonder if this was the type of 2:00am phone call Hillary Clinton alluded to during the campaign? If so, I think she has an "I told you so" right coming to her.

    January 28, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  33. Adriana

    @Iisal: I know there are no smart dictators...always the population suffers...

    January 28, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  34. Basem Darazim

    The problem that exist and may not make these demonestration continue is the lack of leadership to organize and lead the egyption people to get rid of the dectator (Mubarak).

    I believe the American government should be more courageous then just asking Mubarak to open dialouge with his people. The guy should step down and let people breathe. Mubarak and his sons robbed the country. I know Mubarak is a great employee of the state department and serve the purpose. But as America stand with the people's will and freedom they should ask him to step down.

    January 28, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  35. Walter in Atlanta

    Would like to hear what your commentators think about the role Turkey will play in the leadership of the Arab world in light of the happenings in Egypt.

    January 28, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  36. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Give the people back their internet.

    January 28, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  37. Hoda Bagdady-Asal, PhD

    Mubarak and his thugs robbed Egypt blind for 30 years, this is a country rich with resources, oil, cotton, beaches, tourism and with all these resources its people are deprived of basic services, this is not about an ideology, people are revolting because of poverty and frustration of a corrupt governance. The country is depending of foreign aid because its resources are funneled to a corrupt president and his entourage- He ruled as this is a private inheritance, it is in our best interest to learn from the past and lead from the future- we need to shape this future instead of speculating about how Mubarak will extend his dictatorship until it is passed to his son. This is not a monarchy- President and Congress must stop the aides immediately and demand his resignation- control and shape the event instead of sitting on our hands and waiting for another Iran.

    January 28, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  38. Sean Ulczycki

    @Adriana I'm actually more worried about how this will affect Israel and the Jewish people..

    January 28, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  39. Paula, Colorado

    Great reporting and discussions tonight.

    January 28, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  40. rosalie

    My husband is working in egypt what does this mean for americans working there for siemens energy? he is outside cairo. I have heard nothing about safety for americans

    January 28, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  41. Heather - Spokane, WA

    @Sean, what I have heard most of the time is a mixture of freedoms they do not have, the dictatorship style of rule, and the use of modern technology, so at this point I think it may be more than just those and a few other issues

    January 28, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  42. H. Munford

    The US values dictators because they promise stability. The US international priority #1 is to ensure the stability of our economy. If human right and democracy offers a more stable environment for our interests then we would support them over any tyrant.

    January 28, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  43. Omar Brown

    internet was shut down after video of a protester was shot down by a sniper video's of it are everywhere

    January 28, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  44. lisal -canada

    the whole concept of dictatorship is interesting – one would think (as anderson mentioned) that someone with that much authority over an entire country would TRY to keep their population happy and content and be progressive – a smart dictator could really have the best of both worlds (i call that dictatorship with a twist)

    January 28, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  45. Radu Thomas

    Romanian revolution 1989: after about 4 days of unrest, in which the Communist Militia and other regime's devoted bodies are trying hard to fight back the masses, the army moves in but the people are chanting "the army is with us". Once the army really started supporting the masses everything was pretty much over, few more pockets of shootings and violence that culminated with the dictator fleeing and then being caught the next day and executed.

    January 28, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  46. Nina

    I would be interested to see how it started in Egypt. Egypt is one country I did not expect a revolt to take place....

    January 28, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  47. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Fouad Ajami makes a lot of sense.

    January 28, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  48. Nicole The Netherlands

    @ Nathaniel, do you think the jews and christians are in danger now then?

    January 28, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  49. Jay

    @Sharon – exactly. It's a very tricky tightrope.

    January 28, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  50. Ric


    What is the immediate geopolital systemic risk if Mubarak relinquishes his power? Would the US continue to provide financial support to a new regime? If so, why?

    January 28, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
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