While it has become commonplace to refer to the "Egyptian Revolution" - it is not at all clear that what has happened in Egypt can be considered as such, as struggles for power and counter-revolutionary forces remain a threat to the people's movement.
The uprising in the Arab world shows, along with being a textbook example of nonviolence as a mechanism of democratic social change, the crude results of a US policy based on dictatorship promotion.
After Egyptian President Mubarak defied the rising demand of millions of protesters and announced he will remain in office, the question is what happens next.
The overt age of grand empires gave way to the age of covert imperial hegemony, but now the edifice is crumbling.
The age of political reason is returning to the Arab world. The people are fed up of being colonised and bullied. Meanwhile, the political temperature is rising in Jordan, Algeria and Yemen.
The rediscovery of Arab solidarity against the repellent dictatorships
and those who sustain them is a new turning point in the Middle East.
Egyptians' experience of a police state is behind calls not just for Mubarak's resignation but a fundamental overhaul of state structures.
The problem facing Obama is that of constructing “Mubarakism” without Mubarak, that is, to guarantee the continuity of the pro-American autocracy through an acceptable replacement recruited from the ranks of the regime.
The protesters in Tunisia and Egypt are calling for deep elemental changes in their societies.
The Egyptian people are not only demanding fair elections, but a different kind of democracy.