Jump right to it: January 25 | January 26 | January 27 | January 28 | January 29 | January 30 | January 31 | February 1 | February 2 | February 3 | February 4 | February 5 | February 6 | February 7 | February 8 | February 9 | February 10 | February 11 | February 12 | February 13 | February 14 | February 15 | February 16 | February 17 | February 18 | February 19 | February 21 | February 22 | February 23 ) The basics: Egypt is a large, mostly Arab, mostly Muslim country.At around 80 million people, it has the largest population in the Middle East and the third-largest in Africa.
In Egypt, tens of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets.
Here's a photo of one of the protests in Cairo, the capital (via Twitter): 's Democracy index, a widely accepted measure of political freedom.
That ranking puts Egypt just seven spots ahead of Tunisia.
And Egyptians are significantly poorer than their cousins to the west. This particular round of protests started with the protests in Tunisia.
But like their Tunisian counterparts, Egyptian protesters have pointed to a specific incident as inspiration for the unrest.
Many have cited the June 2010 beating death of Khaled Said (warning: graphic photos), allegedly at the hands of police, as motivation for their rage.But it's also clear that the issues here are larger.Why is this more complicated for the US than Tunisia was?The Tunisian regime was a key ally for the US in the fight against Al Qaeda.But the US government's ties to Tunisia's Ben Ali pale in comparison to American ties to Egypt. is the primary benefactor of the Egyptian regime, which, in turn, has reliably supported American regional priorities.Shadi Hamid of the Brookings Institution, a centrist think tank, explains: Predictions that a Tunisia-like uprising will soon topple Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak are premature—the Egyptian regime, with its well-paid military, is likely to be more unified and more ruthless than its Tunisian counterparts were... After Iraq, Afghanistan, and Israel, Egypt is the largest recipient of U. assistance, including .3 billion in annual military aid.