1. montaqa:

..وهي عروسٌ في كل حين

Alexandria, Egypt where I lived for 3 years as a kid. I think part of the reason I felt so at home in Mallorca last summer is because it’s in the Mediterranean. Weather/climate has a big influence on people. I hated upstate NY, but I never really saw snow until I was 9. and snow in England is a joke.

    montaqa:

    ..وهي عروسٌ في كل حين

    Alexandria, Egypt where I lived for 3 years as a kid. I think part of the reason I felt so at home in Mallorca last summer is because it’s in the Mediterranean. Weather/climate has a big influence on people. I hated upstate NY, but I never really saw snow until I was 9. and snow in England is a joke.

  2. A Radical Revolution: The Arab Spring uprisings showed hard-line Islamists who had embraced violence a peaceful path to change. →

    The Sept. 11 attacks were in part inspired by a radical ideology and belief that the fundamental problems plaguing Arab and Muslim people could be resolved by attacking foreign powers, those propping up dictators, promoting Western culture, oppressing Islam and corrupting civilization.

     The Arab Spring has turned that formula inside out, negating premises fundamental to a world that bore and nurtured Osama bin Laden. Arab majorities, still harboring resentment toward Western policies, are first looking inward to promote change, blaming their own leaders for decades of political, economic and cultural decline. There is a degree of societal introspection taking place, one that was pointless in totalitarian societies that discouraged, and often punished, civic participation.”

  3. yallacairocalls:

i really wish i could read hieroglyphics 

    yallacairocalls:

    i really wish i could read hieroglyphics 

  4. Gaza: Egypt 'to open Rafah crossing to Palestinians' →

    Egypt. They also just discovered some new pyramids from space.

    (Source: BBC)

  5. "Talking ‘bout my generation…"

    Maybe it’s just my age. But it seems like the whole of society is moving toward style over substance. The actual content of things is mattering less and less. Just how they look. How they are presented. The impression they give. This is why a small (like TOTALLY out of touch losers omg! goml…) cabal wields such disproportionate influence in the halls of power. They don’t waste time on meaningless poses and affectation, they ensure that money and influence will continue to accrue to them.

    I think the internet 2.0 is really not helping. As long as you get a good photo to post online, a cool pose, a statement made without making any actual statement, nothing matters. Real issues are irrelevant. Injustice, poverty, intolerance, crime, oppression? Who cares. I don’t need to do anything about any of those things. Can’t you see how important I am to the (meaningless) cause by how I’m standing in my picture!?

    It’s a meaningless culture around here. How many young Americans are affecting change the way they did in Egypt? How many are sacrificing their young lives for a cause the way many Libyans are? They are using new media for a higher purpose. Instigating revolution. Working for real change. What are Americans my age doing with social media? Is it worth while? Is it improving anyone’s lives? Does it even really affect anyone in a way that truly matters? fml. actually, fuck all our lives.

  6. "As Arab Leaders Teeter, Israel Frets" →

    “The widespread indignity felt by Egyptians who see themselves as the jailers of Gaza on behalf of Israel and Washington will give way to a realistic policy by which Egyptians use their ties with Israel to push the latter to adopt a more law-abiding stance towards the Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese,” Rami G. Khouri, an analyst at the American University of Beirut, wrote for YaleGlobal online. “Egypt will keep peace with Israel, but raise the temperature on issues of profound national concern to Arabs.”

  7. "In U.S. Signals to Egypt, Obama Straddled a Rift"  →

    This is interesting. Far too many people are far too eager to blame Obama for everything that goes wrong in the world. Diplomacy is a delicate art and the smallest misstep can have the most disastrous repercussions. Pragmatism is often distasteful, but it exists for a reason. It is most likely to bring real benefits to the people involved. Idealism is important, but it often cannot withstand the vicissitudes of the real world.

    It’s also naive to assume that any administration is a monolithic entity with a single mindset. I think Obama acted appropriately (without meddling too much with Egyptian sovereignty) and an Egyptian dictator has been toppled by the Egyptian people.

  8. مصر أم الدنيا

    "Egypt is the mother of civilization"

    And she’s finally free.

  9. "Speakers’ Corner on the Nile" →

    "In 40 years of writing about the Middle East, I have never seen anything like what is happening in Tahrir Square. In a region where the truth and truth-tellers have so long been smothered under the crushing weight of oil, autocracy and religious obscurantism, suddenly the Arab world has a truly free space — a space that Egyptians themselves, not a foreign army, have liberated — and the truth is now gushing out of here like a torrent from a broken hydrant."

  10. Miss Egypt

  11. nationalpost:

Fresh spike in violence in Egyptian protestsGunmen fired on anti-government protesters in Cairo, where fighting killed six and wounded over 800 and prompted new calls on Thursday from Western powers for President Hosni Mubarak to start handing over power immediately.Thousands of angry young demonstrators on Tahrir Square said those who opened fire on them overnight were secret policemen. They insisted their resolve had only hardened. Scornful of Mr. Mubarak’s pledge on Tuesday to step down, but only in September, they vowed to stand firm until the 82-year-old leader is gone.Check out our full visual archive.

    nationalpost:

    Fresh spike in violence in Egyptian protests

    Gunmen fired on anti-government protesters in Cairo, where fighting killed six and wounded over 800 and prompted new calls on Thursday from Western powers for President Hosni Mubarak to start handing over power immediately.

    Thousands of angry young demonstrators on Tahrir Square said those who opened fire on them overnight were secret policemen. They insisted their resolve had only hardened. Scornful of Mr. Mubarak’s pledge on Tuesday to step down, but only in September, they vowed to stand firm until the 82-year-old leader is gone.

    Check out our full visual archive.

  12. The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
    Mubarak Mu Problems
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