BBC News Middle East (February 10, 2010)
"Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak has said he will stay in office and transfer power only after September's presidential election.
"His comments confounded reports he was preparing to stand down immediately. He said he would ignore 'diktats from abroad'.
"President Mubarak said he would delegate some powers to Vice-President Omar Suleiman.
"Egypt's military earlier said it was standing ready to 'protect the nation'...."
"Diktat?" It means just what it sounds like:
"1. A harsh, unilaterally imposed settlement with a defeated party.
"2. An authoritative or dogmatic statement or decree."
Well, Mr. Mubarak is the leader of a sovereign nation - and as a rule shouldn't have to take orders from other national leaders.
It's the Lemming's opinion that Mr Mubarak would have been well-advised to pay attention to what his subjects have been trying to say since 1981 - and the Lemming's written about that before.
What's this post doing in Apathetic Lemming of the North? The Lemming is interested in freedom of speech, the effect that Information Age technology and social structures are doing to regimes that haven't kept up, and the all-too-real threat of being 'protected' from dissenting opinions.
And the Lemming's written about that before, too.
- "Lemming Tracks: Egypt, Wael Ghonim, and the Information Age"
(February 7, 2011)
- "Tunisia, Twitter, Change, and Staying Sane"
Another War-on-Terror Blog (January 23, 2011)
- " 'Search Neutrality:' Deciding What We're Allowed to Find?"
(January 22, 2011)
- "FCC, the Internet, Regulations, Freedom of Speech, and a Ranting Lemming"
(December 23, 2010)
- "Blogs, Freedom of Speech, and Threats to the Status Quo"
Another War-on-Terror Blog (July 31, 2010)