One of the outcomes of the Arab Spring (on the ‘soft side’ of things) is the increase of the national pride of the nations that experienced uprisings, especially where the revolutions were successful. Egypt’s revolution has been called ‘sexy’, and revolution in Tahrir Square (or Tahrir Roundabout) became a role model for almost anyone writing or planning a protest. Egyptians and Tunisians are proud of themselves and of the outcomes of their revolutions.
This photo might a bit explain the ‘yob’ culture Britain is currently facing. Obviously, I am referring the guy at the back (or right) not the one at the front who became a Prime Minister later. Some people call these young kids ‘hoodies’ as they usually wear hoodies as a sign of ‘coolness’ (or a face cover from the CCTV cameras as seen in the UK riots this week).
The incident took place during David Cameron’s visit to a council estate in Manchester, more than 4 years ago, to discuss gun culture within the youth! The teenage made a gun gesture towards David Cameron behind his back, ‘on-high’, full of confidence and other stuff in his other hand. He was later charged with drugs offences.
One aim of the pro-democracy protests sweeping the Arab world is toppling the dictators, but the ultimate aim of the Arab Spring should be establishing democratic countries that respect of human rights in all its forms. As we know, this is NOT necessarily happening.
Sadly, there are always parasites that will mushroom and try to exploit any successful revolution to bring their respective country backward to the dark ages. One of these parasites is someone called Sheikh Abdallah Rushdi in Egypt, who was debating on Egyptian TV if women are allowed to run for presidency (imagine we are still in the ‘debate’ stage on these matters).
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak mostly answered: I don’t remember, I didn’t know, no clue…even for the more obvious ones.
The full script of the investigation with him has been published, and these are some parts of it – in Mubarak’s own twisted words and ‘logic’.
On the famous beating of the protesters off the backs of camels, he said he only saw a camel running among the demonstrators, and he was surprised. He later learnt it was called “the Battle of the Camels. When asked why were the demonstrations’ demands not met before its outbreak, his answer was: because I did not know these demands!!
I have been noticing that Wael Ghonim (@Ghonim) was becoming more a ‘spiritual leader’ for a revolution that was never completed. He has been recently tweeting on twitter about the need to do things that will ‘help’ the economy.
It seems the guy has forgotten what made him famous in the first place: Continue reading
I asked myself this question when the blogger Maikel Nabil was arrested in late March 2011 for ‘insulting’ the Egyptian Army. Quite a move from the army, after the ex-president Hosni Mubarak was just been ousted. I didn’t quite get how an army can be ‘insulted’, especially when they are playing politics now, and not being in war with an enemy. Usually, it’s the other way round.
Anyway, what the entire activist did, was describing the humiliation and sexual harassment he experienced under the military police hands, and obviously criticised the army role for some of their criminal activities. Result: The 26-year old was sentenced on 11 April for 3 years for insulting the army, without anybody bothering investigating his claims.