Friday in Cairo

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From the safety and tranquility of my office here at Brown, I started wondering about what threshold must be crossed before people take the kinds of risks they are taking in Cairo.

Public protests like this one often seem to have immediate catalysts, but are built on a foundation of sustained grievance. I'd love to read the diplomatic dispatches flying through the ether. Wikileaks please?

I am also interested in watching public statements from U.S. officials to see if there are any shifts of tone or substance. Did Secretary of State Clinton move a little bit today in her statement? How important are her public statements? I can't help but thinking of the U.S. government's priorities in Iran in 1979. You know the long-term ally, stability-in-the-region trope. I don't think I'm hearing that now, but let's see.

Here are series of photographs from Facebook.