Journalists attempting to cover the uprising in Egypt came under attack in Cairo today, including Anderson. He'll have the latest developments. Plus, we'll have tonight's other headlines from around the world.
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Anti-Mubarak demonstrators are calling for another massive protest Friday, saying it will be the "Day of Departure" for the Egyptian President. They're demanding that the 82-year-old leader step down.
Today journalists in Cairo were targeted, beaten and in some cases arrested by security forces and police. Several news organizations, including The Washington Post, Al Jazerra, The New York Times and CNN, reported members of their staff being harassed.
Anderson tweeted earlier today: "Situation on ground in Egypt very tense. Vehicle I was in attacked. My window smashed. All OK." He'll talk about what he faced tonight on the program.
Today Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned the attacks against journalists.
"This is a violation of international norms that guarantee freedom of the press and it is unacceptable under any circumstances," said Clinton.
"We also condemn in strongest terms attacks on peaceful demonstrators, human rights activists, foreigners, and diplomats. Freedom of assembly, freedom of expression, and freedom of the press are pillars of an open and inclusive society," added Clinton.
As Clinton indicated, human rights groups are also coming under attack in Egypt. Oxfam International, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International are calling for the release of their staffers who've been detained at an undisclosed location in Cairo.
Egypt's Vice President Omar Suleiman, who was just appointed over the weekend, had a few choice words for the media when he spoke on TV today.
"I actually blame certain friendly nations who have television channels, they’re not friendly at all, who have intensified the youth against the nation and the state."
Suleiman urged the anti-Mubarak protesters to give up their cause.
"I'm calling on the youth, continue your love of Egypt, go back to your homes."
Meanwhile, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak rejected claims his government fueled yesterday's violence. Instead, he blamed the Muslim Brotherhood and he said said he would step down immediately if he could, but can't because it could put the country into chaos, ABC News reported.
"I was very unhappy about yesterday. I do not want to see Egyptians fighting each other," Mubarak told ABC's Christiane Amanpour.
As for tomorrow's planned protest, the demonstrators say they'll try to march to the presidential palace. CNN's John King will give us a lay of the land tonight and show you on the magic wall where the crowds could fill the streets tomorrow and where they are already camping out.
Our live coverage from Cairo begins at 10 p.m. ET tonight on CNN. See you then.
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Reporter's Note: The President, like much of the country, is watching Egypt. I mean, when he’s not reading my letters of course.
Dear Mr. President,
Well, it has been another unseasonably cold day out here in Nevada, but nothing like the ice and snow pounding much of the rest of the country. I don’t mind cold, but I do find that it makes me unusually tired by the end of the day. Probably all that shivering.
You must still be pretty deeply buried in all the Egypt mess. (Speaking of tiring.) I’ve covered plenty of stories in which we just could not tell when the next big move would be made, and just a few days of that can be difficult. I can imagine what it is like when you are, you know, “Leader of the Free World,” and what you say or do can make a profound difference.
I understand you are spending a lot of time talking with various advisors and I think that is good. When facing a situation like this, I think there is really no substitute for the insights of people with extensive, firsthand experience. There are, for example, foreign correspondents whom I will listen to intently when something like this comes up. And there are others whom I hardly notice at all. The difference lies entirely in their experience; in the years they have spent living there, working there, and learning not only the language, but also the language behind the language.
So I think that is all the more important for people in your position to listen to the right sources. I once talked at some length with the great historian Stephen Ambrose about how hard it can be for people of differing countries to understand each other on even the most basic level, let alone over the span of history.
My point is, in dealing with Egypt right now, understanding the politics is important; but only if at every corner you place it in a cultural, and historic context. And make sure when you are talking to those advisors that they know you want to hear about those things. History is filled with outsiders who have become embroiled in the affairs of a foreign country with the best intentions, and yet have produced the worst results; because they saw the problems from their own vantage point; and not from the other country’s. Simply put, seeing Egypt from the Egyptians point of view, is likely the first step toward positive, effective engagement.
Just a few thoughts from the chilly Nevada countryside. (Ha! I wrote that as if I’m sitting in a windswept field at the moment.) Call if you can.