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You are in the the 81st Child Diary of the Liveblog of the 2011 Egyptian Uprising and other uprisings spreading throughout the Mideast.  We stand with our Egyptian friends and their courageous struggle for freedom.

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What our Egyptian brethren are fighting for according a banner held by protesters and translated to English:

1 The departure of Moubarak
2 An end to the current Parliament
3 An end of the state of emergency
4 The creation of a national united government
5 A parliament elected by the people to modify the constitution and run the presidentials elections
6 Put those responsible for the killings on trial
7 Put those responsible for stealing the country's money and other acts of corruption on trial

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WordlWideTahrir{NEW} : Worldwide protests being organized to coincide with the upcoming ones in Egypt.
bicycle Hussein paladin - Why Iran 1979 Went to the Islamists and This One Won't
weasel - Updates on the Egyptian Protests

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@sharifkouddous
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@speaktotweet: Egyptian Voice Tweets on Twitter

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As we all know by now, the Egyptian government has been using its media arm to spread rumors about the pro-democracy demonstrators. They've claimed that they are really the agents of the US, Israel, Hamas, Iran, Hizballah, and everything in between. So a couple of running jokes have been spread among the people camped out at Tahrir Square.

The first one is that everyone at the Square is eating that quintessential American food KFC because they're foreign agents, not native Egyptians. In the Middle East, KFC is known as "Kantaki" (the approximation of the word Kentucky).  So everything everyone is eating from pita bread to dates to yoghurt is being referred to as "Kantaki." The other joke is determining who exactly is "with the Foreign Agendas."

One youtuber has been going around filming little segments revolving around these memes that have cropped up. His username is ziadaly and he can be found here. Most of his videos are in Arabic so I've provided a translation of one of the funnier ones:

Cameraman: I'm here to film the Foreign Agendas. [looks down at guy sitting on the floor] You're with the Foreign Agendas, isn't that right khawaga? [NOTE: Khawaga technically means "sir" but is used in a derisive manner towards foreigners]

Keffiyeh guy: I would like to confess that I was in America. After that, I was taken to Washington, DC, by the White House. And I was offered $15,000 —

CM: You mean, $50,000?

KG: Well, if they knew I was such a rotten guy, they wouldn't have even offered me $15,000—

Middle-aged woman: $15,000?! Your mother paid $100,000 for your education! You ingrate!

CM: They just wanted to get it done with. Any old sum would do.

KG: [laughing] And they promised me the whole affair would go smoothly, and all I had to do was start it all up—

CM: You'd get the entire country going?!

KG: Oh, of course, of course. They know, as soon as I say anything, all the people will immediately follow me. I didn't think it would work, but the media—

Cigarette Guy: [in Arabic accent] We love Amreeka (America)! Sheekagho Pulls (Chicago Bulls)! I sheer for Sheekagho Pulls (I cheer for Chicago Bulls)! I love Mr. Bush! [NOTE: the joke here is that Arabic lacks a ch as in cheer, g as in get and p as in pet, so these letters are often written out using the letters sh, gh (like a French r) and b, which leads to confusion in pronunciation]

CM: [laughing] Poosh, you mean?

CG: Poosh. I love Mr. Poosh!

KG: We want Bush back.

CM: [turns to girls sitting on the ground] Madam, are you with the Sheekagho Pulls?

Girl1: Actually, I took an intensive course with [KG].

CM: [turns to others] Are you guys with the Foreign Agendas?

CG: Actually, sir, these four girls here, they received special training in America on how to overturn the presidential throne. Each one will grab one of the legs, and they'll turn it over like this: HOP! And then they'll trample it and say: SHIT! That's the password: SHIT!

He comes across some actual foreigners here (they sound like they're Dutch or something), so this video is all in English:

The Egyptians have a reputation as being the comedians of the Arab world. They're proving it in spades at Tahrir.

Originally posted to unspeakable on Tue Feb 08, 2011 at 09:25 PM PST.

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