Posts Tagged ‘Egypt’

  • Mubarak, SCAF, Muslim Brotherhood and democracy in Egypt
    Mubarak being wheeled into courtroom. This is day he really died. This is day the world saw him in a cage. Mubarak lives. He doesn’t live. What is living? Heart beats while brain is dead. Machines keep his body functioning. At best, he’s in a coma. Is there a parallel here with democracy in Egypt? Maybe I don’t have any right to weigh in. I’m not...
    by at June 20th, 2012 at 05:06 pm
  • Eman Al-Obeidi talks to CNN after escape to Tunis in amazariyah traditional headdress
    Similar to amazariyah. This taken in Morocco by David Sutherland Nic Robertson tells some of Eman Al-Obeidi’s story in this CNN interview. Eman shows CNN how she put on a traditional white Libyan headdress called an amazariyah which covers all but one eye. The amazariyah was given to her by the mother of a friend as a disguise during the car journey from Tripoli...
    by at May 8th, 2011 at 03:05 pm
  • Policy to allow nuclear power is the greatest evil in history
    Open Letter to Governor Brown and CPUC Wise public policy is central to a society. It should be based on such principles as the greatest good for the greatest number for the longest time. The policy to allow nuclear power is, by these principles, the greatest evil in history. Nuclear power creates many toxic products, including plutonium 239, the deadliest substance known....
    by at April 1st, 2011 at 02:04 pm
  • Egypt Youth refuse to meet Hillary Clinton
    Hillary Clinton continues to slide in her credibility ratings among the youth of the Middle East. The Egypt Youth Revolution refused to meet with her in Cairo, reflecting the disdain for her expressed on the twittersphere. Democracy-seeking youth can see through her hypocrisy and the BS and aren’t about to let her get away with it. She’s being pillared on Twitter...
    by at March 15th, 2011 at 12:03 pm
  • Blog Rantings of a Sandmonkey from Egypt
    I’ve followed @Sandmonkey faithfully since the beginning of the Egyptian revolution. He’s feisty and opinionated and takes no prisoners. Check out his new article “The Free Republic of Egypt” on his Rantings of a Sandmonkey blog. http://www.sandmonkey.org/2011/03/13/the-free-republic-of-egypt/
    by at March 13th, 2011 at 11:03 am
  • Egyptian flag links mosque and church
    This clip was tweeted by Wael Ghonim showing Egyptians using a giant flag to link a mosque with the church across the street. There are about 10 million Coptic Christians in Egypt who are reported to make up 10-15% of the population. http://www.youtube.com The Egyptian government has always guaranteed the Copts right to worship, but there have been many conflicts between...
    by at February 23rd, 2011 at 11:02 am
  • Sunni cleric al-Qaradawi issues fatwa – kill Gaddafi!
    This is where the real split happens in cultures. Yusuf al-Qaradawi is arguably the most influential Sunni Muslim cleric in the world. He is considered by many to be the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood. Foreign Policy names him the world’s 3rd most influential public intellectual. He has regularly spoken in the past in support of democracy. But today,...
    by at February 21st, 2011 at 07:02 pm
  • Ashamed of Obama
    This is comment I sent to Anderson Cooper’s blog. “Am following http://www.livestream.com/libya17feb as well as twitters from Libya. Isn’t anyone in the White House doing the same? I worked hard to elect Barack Obama. I have not agreed with all his actions. But now I am ASHAMED of him. What could it really cost to speak out? We are imprisoned by our own...
    by at February 21st, 2011 at 12:02 pm
  • Virile Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi on TV not old man Gaddafi
    It is rare one gets to watch a truly deranged tyrant hang himself and his regime with words. There is simply no way any credible government could support this man who was speaking for his father, Muammar Gaddafi. Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi rambled on for about an hour in front of the world, promising total reform tomorrow on the one hand and promising a bloodbath with the other. It’s...
    by at February 20th, 2011 at 05:02 pm
  • Relative number of deaths in Bahrain and Libya compared to Egypt
    To put in perspective the numbers of people in the streets and the number of protesters, it’s important to think in percentages of population and not raw numbers. Egypt has 80+ million. Libya has 6.5 million. Bahrain has less than 800,000. Think of the relative number of deaths compared to Egypt: 100 deaths in Libya is like 1200 in Egypt. 10 deaths in Manama is like...
    by at February 19th, 2011 at 12:02 pm
  • Bahrain is also fight between Sunni and Shi’a (Shiite)
    The struggle in Egypt was a unifying force. Egypt is predominantly Sunni. Coptic Christians are estimated to be about 25% of a population of 80+ million. Secular Egyptians and religious Egyptians joined hands to bring down Mubarak. In Bahrain, the ruling faction of royal family and police are Sunni. About 80% of the Bahraini population is Shi’a, which we call Shiite...
    by at February 18th, 2011 at 11:02 am
  • Wael Ghonim and Egypt’s New Age Revolution
    Watch CBS video of Wael Ghonim and his role in Egypt’s New Age Revolution: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7346812n&tag=contentMain;cbsCarousel. sorry for the ads!
    by at February 15th, 2011 at 01:02 pm
  • Sandmonkey’s thoughts on Egyptian democracy
    In case you don’t tweet and aren’t following @Sandmonkey in Cairo, this is a compilation of his tweets today for about half an hour. He has about 25,000 followers so far. I’d watch those numbers climb. He isn’t as well known as Wael Gohnim, but is just as strong as player. There were lots of replies in between, but I’m just giving his point...
    by at February 14th, 2011 at 05:02 pm
  • Faces of Egyptian Revolution martyrs
    The website below is just going up and a lot of photos are still missing. This really puts a face on the courage and dedication of the Egyptian Revolution of 2011 with a posting of photos and names of the martyrs. Thanks to tweet from Sharif Kouddous. http://1000memories.com/egypt
    by at February 13th, 2011 at 02:02 pm
  • Ahmed Mohar and the April 6th Movement
    You can’t point to one person who changed Egypt. It took millions to take down Mubarak. But you can identify some stars and one is the man who could reasonably be said to have started the revolutionary movement. Ahmed Mohar and Israa Abdel Fatah and their small core group started in 2008 with a textile strike on April 6th promoted by Facebook. They have been working...
    by at February 12th, 2011 at 12:02 pm
  • CONGRATULATIONS EGYPT!
    Mubarak steps down and turns over control of the government to the Supreme Military Council.
    by at February 11th, 2011 at 09:02 am
  • Glenn Beck terrified by New World Order
    I saw a clip of Glenn Beck of Fox News on MSNBC yesterday. He was totally freaked out by the coming New World Order, which he obviously sees as Armageddon. Why should he fear, if he is one of those who believe a war in Israel will herald in the Rapture? Isn’t that exactly what these guys want? And right there on Al Jazeera’s home page is a sidebar headline, ...
    by at February 11th, 2011 at 07:02 am
  • Mubarak refuses to leave
    Who knows what hell is going to break out now?  Has not enough blood been spilled? Mubarak hasn’t fooled anyone with his pretense of giving power over to VP Suleiman. It’s like believing that Putin is no longer ruling Russia.
    by at February 10th, 2011 at 02:02 pm
  • Mubarak rumored to step down within hours
    It seems the pressure is too great. The labor unions have joined in. The world press is against him. The number of protesters swells every day. More and more are being killed and arrested– and, according to Al Jazeera, the army is torturing prisoners. Word is the Army has already stopped Mubarak from handing over power to Suleiman, his VP. The head of Egypt’s...
    by at February 10th, 2011 at 09:02 am
  • Tahrir Square
    Tahrir or Liberation Square Cairo Egypt I love this shot from the Egypt Daily News. http://www.egyptdailynews.com/
    by at February 9th, 2011 at 11:02 am
  • Watch YouTube of Wael Gohnim
    This Egyptian TV interview with the recently released Google executive who led the Facebook revolution in Egypt is emotionally wrenching. Watch and understand why thousands of new protesters were on the streets today in support of the pro-democracy, anti-Mubarak movement. It is in Arabic with option of English subtitles. http://blogs.wsj.com/dispatch/2011/02/08/the-interview-with-wael-ghonim-that-galvanized-protesters/
    by at February 8th, 2011 at 04:02 pm
  • Google Exec released in Cairo
    Don’t think because you have an important position with an international company in Egypt that you are safe from the secret police. The head of Google marketing for the Middle East has just been released in Cairo after being arrested in Tahrir Square. Wael Gohnim has been missing for more than two weeks. He is considered one of the behind-the-scenes leaders of the...
    by at February 7th, 2011 at 09:02 am
  • Mubarak – Release all journalists!
    Al Jazeera is making a plea for one of their reporters to be released. He was last seen being taken into custody by the Army at Tahrir or Liberation Square in Cairo. He is not the only journalist to be detained by Mubarak forces. Many have been released, but not all. The Mubarak government continues to harass journalists, seizing and/or destroying their equipment. At least...
    by at February 6th, 2011 at 09:02 am
  • Mubarak a pharaoh trained by the Romans
    Mubarak is a genius who has maintained an iron grip on Egypt for 30 years. Any true opposition risks being arrested, tortured and jailed. Egyptian prisons are full of political prisoners. Egypt is one of America’s favorite spots for rendition (define as USA exporting political prisoners for interrogation by torture.) If the protesters go home, they risk being hunted...
    by at February 5th, 2011 at 10:02 am
  • UCLA students extracted from Egypt
    An Egyptologist friend of mine  was in Egypt with UCLA students when the revolution in Egypt broke out. This is the story of how they got from the middle of Egypt at the Al Amarna site of the Pharaoh Akhnaten overland to Cairo and finally home. http://today.ucla.edu/portal/ut/coordinated-efforts-bring-bruins-191803.aspx
    by at February 4th, 2011 at 08:02 am
  • Al Jazeera gets a gold star!
    In the past I have been down on Al Jazeera. I admit I was wrong. In fact, I’d like to give them a gold star. My experience with the 24hr news station from Qatar had been limited to the Arabic version viewed while in the Middle East and a few years back. The crisis in Egypt, and the particularly poor coverage by the American press during the early days, sent me to...
    by at February 3rd, 2011 at 11:02 am
  • Will Tehrir Square become Tienanmen?
    We are all watching to see what the Army does next. Mubarak’s security police are in plain clothes. Pro-democratic supporters have seized police ID cards from pro-Mubarak attackers. You could hear gunshots on live feed from AlJazeera – the government claims they have not fired on the crowd.  Is Mubarak using camels instead of tanks like the Chinese did in...
    by at February 2nd, 2011 at 11:02 am
  • Mubarak’s thugs attack women and children in Tahrir Square
    Egypt I thought Obama looked mad last night – especially when he said the word “now.” He had talked to Mubarak for 30 minutes and had seen how intransigent he was. You can see Mubarak’s thugs – rumored to be about 75,000 paid gangsters who terrorize the population – attacking the peaceful democracy protesters in Tahrir Square in Cairo...
    by at February 2nd, 2011 at 10:02 am