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Posts Tagged ‘Revolution’

Article 53: SCAF and MB unite

27,000 workers go on strike at the state-owned Ghazl El Mahalla textile factory in December, 2006

As we find ourselves in turmoil, there’s a lot to talk (and fight to the death) about. The Muslim Brotherhood’s Morsi whipped out a jaw-dropping decree to ‘protect the revolution’ while conveniently having the MB-dominated Islamists cook up a constitution overnight. The entire process is outrageous, and very few non-blindly-Brotherhood would brag about how representative the committee was, or how…

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Are NGOs really making this world a better place?

Main st. not Wall st.

The other day I was with my dear friend Heba ‘Boobie’ El Sherif and the topic of non-governmental organizations came up. And how wouldn’t it? Long before #jan25, but especially since right after, many young, pro-active Egyptians are exploring the different channels of bringing about social change and turning things around for all of us. Naturally, NGOs and development projects…

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My vote goes to Jill Stein in the US presidential farce

Jill Stein speaking at Occupy Wall Street

After having actively, and proudly, boycotted the Egyptian parliamentary and presidential elections (both rounds), I took a seemingly inconsistent approach to the play taking place at the other side of the Atlantic, where many of the calls are made. Although 100% Egyptian, my American passport allows me to partake in the elections where the Republicans and Democrats go head-to-head and…

Snippets from Trotsky’s “Results & Prospects”

Tanta Flax strikers demonstrate in front of Ministerial Cabinet HQ

Friend and comrade Karen Dominguez bought me Leon Trotsky’s classic The Permanent Revolution which also includes his 1906 book, Results and Prospects. I’ve finally had the chance to thoroughly read the first half, and it inspired me to share my reflections on Trotsky’s ideas from over a century, with points that, with regards to the ongoing Egyptian revolution, appear to…

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Tahrir sq. Nov 22nd - photo by @LilianWagdy

No one said it was going to be easy. The ongoing Egyptian revolution, like any other, goes through ups and downs. The bumpy road is rather harsh on those who celebrate victories momentarily, and let the consequences of the losses drag on. While the current phase is not exactly a positive indicator in terms of achievements versus sacrifices, there’s plenty…

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What’s the big deal? وإيه المشكلة يعني؟

What's the big deal?

Bread, freedom, and social justice. That’s what we’re after, and we won’t settle for any less. [youtube width=”520″ height=”294″][/youtube] Make sure you watch to the very end! See you all on the 25th.

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The three emotional highlights at Tahrir


The feelings that burst out during the revolutionary times will always be intense. When I look back to the early stage of the revolution and the time I’ve spent at Tahrir, I can pin point three particular moments in which my emotions were in the driving seat in an unprecedented manner. Together, they create the trio of dots to be…

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Back from España

What was originally a personal trip to visit Sevilla for my friend Rodolfo’s wedding, turned into an opportunity to engage with some of the inspirational revolutionaries in Spain. Through a couple of contacts (mainly the fantastic Olga Rodriguez) I had some talks lined up (three talks and a workshop, to be exact), and it’s a lot of fun. This post…

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Revolution’s Just Getting Started

Egyptians took Tahrir sq

The following is an article I voluntarily wrote a month ago for an English magazine targeting teens in Egypt. It’s interesting to look back at my analysis at the time, and how the events have changed, but the fight continues. Hope you like it. It had been 13 days and the uncomfortable lifestyle consisting of camping and holding ground at…

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Constant phone calls

Bansyon by Rowan el Shimi

Communication, especially voice calls, became an integral part of my experience at the square, and in fact consumed a considerable chunk of the daily routine. It was an activity that tired me out at a time when every piece of energy was needed. While some calls were very important in the process of the ongoing revolution, others, and sadly an…

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