"The Arab world changed today. Now we know how easy it is to depose the malignancies in our midst. My apologies to the American president and secretary of state, but their war of terror will have to stagger on without the dearly departed Ben Ali. No, he's not dead; he's just on a plane to Malta.
Protests have taken place in Algeria and Jordan - and it's my sincere hope that the Panda King (it's a fact that Abdallah looks like a panda) goes next. I'm in Cairo at the moment and things are calm here. The street housing the Tunisian embassy was bookended by checkpoints earlier in the day and Mubarak's mukhabarat were stopping cars and checking IDs. Is there fear? Is Mubarak's mouth dry with it?"