Hundreds of thousands of people have poured into the streets in Cairo and into Tahrir Square once again as the military government there has failed by almost every measure to bring those to justice who killed more than 800 people during the January-February uprising that ousted the long-time, U.S.-backed dictator Hosni Mubarak.
Over the past few days violent clashes with police have reemerged as a regular sight in Cairo (although one would never know this from the complicit silence of big corporate Western media). The new protests are in response to the acquittal of 7 guilty policemen who murdered protestors during the revolution. In addition, since the revolution, convictions of hundreds of civilian dissenters in military courts--largely seen as kangaroo venues--has eaten up some of the best opposition in the country.
The growing consensus on the streets is that the revolution is being stolen by a brutal military elite that is still too tied to the past to be trusted to oversee upcoming elections. It's doubtful whether any meaningful opposition at the polls can be staged in this environment, and while "international monitoring groups" and other pets of American imperialism might be willing to lend some credence to the elections, the Egyptian people are not being fooled.
Since the ouster of Mubarak, the U.S. has rallied to the side of other favorite dictatorial regimes in the region, including in Yemen and Bahrain, but meanwhile, things are not so settled in Egypt, where it has become obvious to many that a second revolution in the streets will be necessary to break outside, debt-assisted intervention. Here's a video by Democracy Now! on the current uprising, followed by a link to an article on the offers of the many-strings-attached type of outside "assistance" that has played such a big role in the military government's policies. Stay tuned...