Archives for category: Egypt

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A few cool BBC articles today struck me as both neat and indicative. In the United States, we perceive the Middle East as a stagnant backward region still living like Bedouin in the time of the Prophet Muhammad. This is highly untrue, but worse it’s simply boring to think that way. The cause of conflict in the region is directly associated with change and adaptation to the future. It has been when people try to answer this question that things get interesting, sometimes violent. This article about vegetarian activism (and reactivism among the police force) in the Jordanian capital of Amman just goes to show one of the more bizarre ways that new ideas are “taking root,” so to speak.

Then there is this article here about what golf means in both Iran and Egypt, and what that means to the rest of the world. To an extent I can agree that there is a dynamism in other parts of the region not present in many Arab countries, but I don’t think it fair to stop there; Lebanon really doesn’t deserve to be heaped into the same pile as Egypt, and outstanding political issues still menace the Arab states (and help prop up dictators) that don’t quite reach into Iran or Turkey.

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The New York Times was surprisingly in-the-loop to have ran this article about the now-famous death of Khalid Said, consequence of a brutal police raid. It is likely that his killing (because that is what it is) is related to a video he posted on youtube featuring Egyptian policemen toking up with the pickings of a major drug bust. We can’t have people defaming Egypt’s Best and Brightest, says the government, so they go after Said.

I think all of us were infuriated when Mubarak extended emergency rule in Egypt for another two years this past May. But the best possible news may have been the outcry from Egyptian society over the Said case. The Arabist ran a pretty good post about it on June 14th.

Meawhile, Egypt is seething. Between the Said murder and the growing influence of the Islamic Brotherhood (for better or for worse), the country is a village on fire. When Mubarak dies, who’s going to put it out?

Hosni Mubarak

On the whole a good description regarding the feel of the place and people, but it sort of cops out at the end. Typical for The Economist to explore events abroad and offer little actual insight.

Ouch.

Mona el-Tahawy

Mona Eltahawy, Egyptian Feminist extraordinaire, talks about why she supports a clean ban on the niqaab. Syrian blogger Maysaloon adds some useful perspective.