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The Disaffected Lib: Reaping the Whirlwind in Egypt

If democracy is to have any chance of surviving in Egypt it’s up to the E.U. and the U.S. to move against the generals.   The Egyptian army’s counter-coup is now a fait accompli.   Expectations that toppling the democratically-elected Morsi government would pave the way for a secular, non-elected, democratic (???) civilian government have been . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Reaping the Whirlwind in Egypt

The Disaffected Lib: Here, Mo, You Can Have Hosni’s Cell

Any remaining shred of doubt that the Egyptian military is playing  major league hardball on this coup d’etat is gone.  It’s not just the killings of Egyptian Islamists.  It’s not the release of their own capo, Hosni Mubarak.   Now they’re after Mohamed ElBaradei, the liberal who served for exactly one month as vice-president briefly . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Here, Mo, You Can Have Hosni’s Cell

RedBedHead: Massacre in Egypt: Is Revolution Worth The Price?

As I sat down to write this post the news of a tragic massacre of at least 32 Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated protestors, and the injury of 300 more was plastered all over the internet. That much is clear, the rest is yet to be disentangled (if ever) from two completely opposing stories by the Egyptian military . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: Massacre in Egypt: Is Revolution Worth The Price?

RedBedHead: Massacre in Egypt: Is Revolution Worth The Price?

As I sat down to write this post the news of a tragic massacre of at least 32 Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated protestors, and the injury of 300 more was plastered all over the internet. That much is clear, the rest is yet to be disentangled (if ever) fro… . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: Massacre in Egypt: Is Revolution Worth The Price?

Art Threat: Storytelling in post-Mubarak Egypt – Al Jazeera short-doc on performance artist Abeer Soliman

Al Jazeera’s Artscape presents a wonderful short documentary on Abeer Soliman, an Egyptian storyteller and performance artist whose work changed after the uprising.

World Headlines Review: Tahrir Square: Tantawi picks up where Mubarak left off

Cairo’s Tahrir square is once again tonight the scene of ordinary people making extraordinary efforts to free themselves from the militarist rentier regime still in power since the fall of Hosni Mubarak in February.

Earlier today in Tahrir began a protest by families of “martyrs,” which in this case refers to those who’ve died at . . . → Read More: World Headlines Review: Tahrir Square: Tantawi picks up where Mubarak left off

World Headlines Review: Egypt Rejects IMF, Revolution Lurches Forward

by Jonathan Rashad

Egyptians have evaded a great pitfall in their quest for freedom, democracy and sovereignty in their rejection this week of loan proposals from the IMF.  Nations across the world, especially in Africa, have time and again during periods of turmoil been tempted into bailouts and loan deals with the IMF and . . . → Read More: World Headlines Review: Egypt Rejects IMF, Revolution Lurches Forward

Tattered Sleeve: EXCLUSIVE: Mubarak’s conversation with Obama:

“If I go there will be trouble, If I stay there will be double”

So, go.

Tattered Sleeve: Hosni Mubarak, and the world that matters not to him

With time on my hands, I spent the afternoon flipping between Aljazeera English, CNN, CBC Newsworld and CTV Newsnet in between loads of laundry. At around 4 pm EST, I watched live footage of a pro-Mubarak bus being driven backwards 50 metres or so int… . . . → Read More: Tattered Sleeve: Hosni Mubarak, and the world that matters not to him

World Headlines Review: Egypt and the Press: Stories and Stories

Coverage of the uprising in Egypt in its second week has become characterised by a number of types of reports, most of which paint colorful pictures, but do little to inform on the situation.  There are the political discussions as to the West’s reaction, and how the uprising will unbalance the Arab world and its . . . → Read More: World Headlines Review: Egypt and the Press: Stories and Stories

World Headlines Review: Egypt, Tunisia, Thailand… Top 10 destinations for Social Upheaval

A Tide of civil unrest has swept through at least 11 nations in just the past week.  Media focus has been on the successes of the “Jasmine Revolution” and developments in Egypt, which is populous, geopolitically significant, and in total upheaval; but nations far and wide are experiencing mass-protests and anti-government demonstrations. 

Cairo, . . . → Read More: World Headlines Review: Egypt, Tunisia, Thailand… Top 10 destinations for Social Upheaval