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E Pluribus, Pluribus – The Battle of Tahrir

By on Jul 17, 2011 in Politics | 1 comment

FIRST – A RECAP Today marks the 10th day since the official start of the second protest / demonstration / sleep-in / camp-out at Tahrir Square. To some of us, this round of protests started out about 19 days ago – on the 28th of June – when, under somewhat fuzzy circumstances, a battle erupted between the Central Security Forces and the protesters in Tahrir who were there in solidarity with some families of martyrs of the revolution. Battle in Tahrir With Interviews (This one’s only in Arabic, sorry…)I have not been there every single day, but I was there during the battle that started on the evening of June 28th and lasted well into the next day – despite a statement from the Minister of the Interior released at around 2am on the 29th claiming that he had ordered his forces to retreat in order to put an end to the fighting. On the ground, there was...

What’s Going On At Maspero…

By on Jun 25, 2011 in Politics | 0 comments

Well, I don’t have the whole picture, but I was there the day before, on the 24th of June and I can at least explain what I heard and understood. PS: I have NOT done any fact-checking, I’m telling you what I was told and showing you the footage and photos I shot. You may consider plausible or probable or logical whatever you choose. Personally, I wouldn’t be bothering to write this if I didn’t believe that nobody in their right mind would prefer to live with their kids, in the heat, under attack, on the street at Maspero. So it goes – There were 3 main groups of demonstrators, as well as various activists (call them what you will – activists, bloggers, tweeps, citizens with both conscience and time, nas fadya, whatever) – who were there in support of one, some, or all the protests. I belonged to the latter group, make of that what you will. The...

July 8 : Reclaiming the Revolution

By on Jun 25, 2011 in Politics | 0 comments

A Light @ The End of The Tunnel?

By on Apr 13, 2011 in Politics | 0 comments

It’s been up and down, and brutal sometimes, and we’ve all found ourselves asking the same question I was asked today by a friend; whose side is the army really on? And just by answering off the cuff, I seem to have formulated some kind of view – and here it is: Army isn’t on OUR side or HIS side, army is on ITS side – or the Supreme Military Council is, at any rate. So sure, they’re his old time buddies, but they’ll sell him out as much as they need to in order to protect themselves from US, meanwhile, they’ll clamp down on US as much and as often as they CAN, in order to AGAIN – protect themselves. You’re confused cause you’re asking WHO are they with? And forgetting the obvious answer: Themselves. It was confusing at first, cause they didn’t HAVE to screw Mubarak and his people too badly, it seemed they could...

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