Resignations in Egypt

Reports have been spreading that Mubarak will resign during a recorded media address this evening. The SCAF has taken over all effective government functions and have discussed with Mubarak what his fate will be. No details have surfaced yet.

In other developments, Gaber Asfur, the writer whom I tried to visit and had the opportunity to speak with over the phone when I was last in Egypt, accepted the post of Ministry of Culture a few days ago. However, under heavy criticism from his intellectual peers that he would be ruining his otherwise good reputation, he resigned yesterday.

To the Saudi government, where resignation is not a familiar word: There are also rumors, reports, tweets and facebook statuses sharing that the Saudis have tried all they could to get Obama to stick by Mubarak, and worse.

Lastly, I end with Hisham al-Gakh’s newest poem on Egypt,

خبئ قصائدك القديمة كلها مزق دفاترك القديمة كلها
خبئ قصائدك القديمة كلها واكتب لمصر اليوم شعرا مثلها
لا صمت بعد اليوم يفرض خوفه فاكتب سلاما نيل مصر وأهلها
عيناك أجمل طفلتين تقرران بأن هذا الخوف ماض وانتهى
كانت تداعبنا الشوارع بالبرودة والصقيع ولم نفسر وقتها
كنا ندفئ بعضنا في بعضنا ونراك تبتسمين ننسي بردها
وإذا غضبت كشفت عن وجهها وحياؤنا يأبى يدنس وجهها
لا تتركيهم يخبروك بأنني متمرد خان الأمانة أو سها
لا تتركيهم يخبروك بأنني أصبحت شيئا تافها وموجها
فأنا ابن بطنك وابن بطنك من أراد ومن أقال ومن أقر ومن لها
صمتت فلول الخائفين بجبنهم وجموع من عشقوك قالت قولها

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