Egypt : Prime Minister Says Only Tahrir Square Is Unstable
He insisted that other cities including the touristic Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada resort areas are stable.
In a meeting with members of parliament on Thursday, Kandil added, “We will not fool ourselves and say that everything is perfect, but we expect positive results by the end of the year.”
The PM added that he is following up on this morning’s kidnapping of seven security officers.
“We will soon hear good news on the brave officers,” he added.
The Egyptian opposition: from protestors to revolutionaries? | openDemocracy
In the first decade of the 21st century, Egyptian activists within blossoming yet embryonic labour and prodemocracy movements, participated in groups and networks that were characterised by decentralised and fluid organisational structures, diffuse boundaries and dependence on members rather than a centralised leadership - all features typical of new social movements
« Fête du travail » au Caire : défilés et revendications des travailleurs
Article de Gigi Ibrahim, Egyptienne qui écrit très régulièrement sur les droits des travailleurs.
N’oublions pas que la révolution est partie de là http://t.co/PYLLkRGF
Fingers, Foreign Elements, and the Former Regime
“It’s easy for a government to blame the media, foreign elements, and the former regime. However neither the media, foreign ‘elements’, or the former regime can be blamed for a constitutional declaration giving the president sweeping powers, for failing to reform a virtually unchanged security apparatus, or failing to seriously seek input from opposition or even advisors who have since resigned.
His message has changed from one of unity to aggressive assertions in the name of protecting the revolution. His speeches do not reflect a country experiencing internal struggle, but a fantasized one unified against an 84 year old former dictator in a prison hospital and unnamed external forces allegedly armed with molotov cocktails, attacking party offices, and torturing detained activists.”
. :ميدل ايست اونلاين ::Middle East Online :.
معاداة إسرائيل تحرم سميرة إبراهيم من وسام الشجاعة الأميركي
Beaucoup de commentaires dans la presse arabe, y compris mainstream (en principe pro-US) sur le retrait du prix accordé à l’activiste égyptienne Samira Ibrahim http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samira_Ibrahim, pour cause de tweets « antisémites et/ou aintiaméricains » (pour certains c’est presque pareil !)
The circle of hell : Inside Tahrir’s mob sexual assault epidemic
Cet article revient sur les viols collectifs survenus sur la place Tahrir. On note depuis plusieurs mois que ce sont toujours les mêmes procédés, même si depuis peu, il y a de plus en plus de victimes (19 victimes en 3 heures lors du second anniversaire de la Révolution) et que les attaques sont plus violentes.
A ce jour, aucune arrestation selon cet article, qui remet ce phénomène en perspectives.
“The context of Tahrir is political and the attacks that happen there are probably organised,” argues Ghozlan.
“The question is, why is it only taking place in Tahrir Square?” Tallima asked. “Why not in front of the presidential palace [where many demonstrations have taken place] or during other large marches? Tahrir is targeted. It is the symbol of the revolution and they want to break it.”
Tallima argues that counter-revolutionaries have been trying for months to damage the image of the square. He said that during the notorious ’Battle of the Camel’ in February 2011, the regime used Egyptians from the poor suburb of Nazlet El-Saman to wield an attack on the square to empty it of protesters.
“One girl was raped with a knife. The horrifying nature of this attack and others do not give any sexual gratification unless you are a sadist,” El-Shafie said. “And they cannot all be sadists. The aim is to give women the worst experience possible so that they will never go back again.”
If the new gang attacks on women are a political weapon, it would not be the first time it is used in Egypt.
Politician Gamila Ismail was assaulted in 2001 when she was running for parliament against a member of Mubarak’s now dissolved National Democratic Party.
“I was attacked by 17 ex-convict women in front of the polling station,” recalls Ismail.
“The judges, supervising the elections, saw the attack. I even saw state security officers directing the attack.”
In 2005, several female reporters and journalists were beaten and stripped during an anti-regime protest in front of the Journalists Syndicate.
“The government took no action against this attack. It was clear that the state was sanctioning terrorism and intimidation of women,” said Said Sadek, political sociologist at the American University in Cairo (AUC).
The state, says Sadek, has been using sexual humiliation to crackdown on opponents for years. Neither men nor women are spared. He cites the case of Emad El-Kebeer, a microbus driver who was sodomized by two police officers in 2007. To humiliate him, they recorded the act.
“It was videotaped and spread in his area on purpose to humiliate him,” Sadek said. “This is called the shame culture.”
The government’s lack of response in the recent Tahrir gang assaults also raises question marks, says Sadek.
“I don’t think their tactic will scare women, but definitely any woman who goes to Tahrir must know the consequences,” says Ghozlan. “You may get shot, you may get tear gassed and you may also get raped and sexually assaulted.”
Les États-Unis autorisent l’exportation de bombes lacrymogènes vers l’Égypte à la condition que toute mention de “Made in USA” soit supprimée :
وكشفت المذكرة عن « الحصول على موافقة التصدير من الحكومة الأمريكية بعد إزالة اسم الشركة وبلد المنشأ من على العبوة المنتجة، وأثناء كتابة المذكرة فى 28 يناير 2013 تم اتخاذ إجراءات شحن الأصناف من أمريكا عن طريق البحر ويتوقع وصولها إلى أحد الموانى المصرية خلال النصف الأول من شهر إبريل».
Stripped of ’Country of Origin’ Label, US Agrees to Sell Tear Gas to Egypt
Egypt’s Interior Ministry ordered 140,000 teargas canisters from the United States in January, which the US State Department only allowed to be exported without the company’s name or any indication they were made in the U.S., the Egypt Independent reports Friday.
Egypt imports 140,000 tear gas canisters from U.S. - Salon.com
Les Etats-Unis ont tiré les leçons des soulèvements arabes.
“In January, the Interior Ministry ordered the import of 140,000 teargas canisters from the United States,” Egypt Independent reported this week. According to the English-language publication, a memo from the Egyptian police’s Major General Magdy al-Gohary indicated that the U.S. government only okayed the permit for the tear gas import when “the company’s name and country of origin” were removed from the canisters. During the Arab Spring, pictures from Tahrir Square of empty canister brandished with “made in the USA” logos garnered viral attention and international outrage as protesters reportedly suffocated in excessive tear gas fumes and were directly struck by canisters.
Manifestations, black bloc, « terrorisme sexuel » à Tahrir (20 viols en 3 heures), arrestations arbitraires, violences policières, activistes retrouvés morts, instabilité politique : la situation en Egypte deux ans après le début de la révolution, par Vanessa Descouraux.
Egypte : après Mohamed El Guindy, un second activiste retrouvé mort.
Alors que des personnalités accusent les femmes d’être responsables de leur agression sur la place Tahrir, des organisations luttent et organisent aujourd’hui une mobilisation internationale contre le harcèlement sexuel en Egypte.
Was There A January 25 Revolution ?
Pas vraiment long and worth it ! Par Joel Beinin, « la révolution du 25 janvier [en Egypte] n’est pas finie. » En fait, elle n’a pas encore eu lieu. Très décoiffante lecture en écho à 1919 et 1952 du 25 janvier 2011.
The January 25 Revolution is not over. Rather, it has not yet occurred. There was a popular revolutionary upsurge that until now has been outmaneuvered by the military and the Muslim Brothers. There have been repeated popular upsurges – most recently the massive protests against President Mohamed Morsi’s anti-democratic constitutional declaration of 22 November 2012 and the new constitution – that have registered some successes and limited or rolled back regressive measures favored by the Brothers and the army.
“Anarchist activists, ideas and practices have been at the heart of Egypt’s leaderless popular uprising from the very start”
“Many of the politicized football fans – the so-called ‘Ultras’ (...) – have long identified with anarchist ideas”
Euh... J’ai comme un doute...
Sexual assault in Tahrir: What it means, and how to stop it
A woman was sexually assaulted with a bladed weapon on Friday night, leaving cuts on her genitals, in central Cairo, in the midst of what was purportedly a revolutionary demonstration. Read that line over again a few times, and think on it. If you have any more room in your mind for horror after the past 24 hours: After the deliverance of death sentences to 21 civilian fans of the Port Said football club (themselves accused of brutal crimes), after stadiums full of other fans cheered those (...)
[Révolution égyptienne] La ville industrielle de Mahalla dégage son conseil municipal et proclame son autonomie | LE JURA LIBERTAIRE
In the absence of Islamist groups, the size of opposition protests has been significant due to the presence of a new kind of protester — one vehemently against the threat of any limitations on personal freedoms. Among them are those staunchly opposed to the Brotherhood, but they are also accompanied by others who voted for Morsy or have so far supported the Brotherhood, until this recent juncture.
Mass protests erupt in Egypt against Mursi’s antidemocratic decrees
By Johannes Stern
24 November 2012
Mass protests erupted throughout Egypt on Friday against the country’s president, Mohamed Mursi, and the ruling Muslim Brotherhood (MB). The day before, Mursi had issued a new Constitutional Declaration expanding his dictatorial powers, which he initially claimed by taking over the powers of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) junta in August.
In scenes reminiscent of the early days of the Egyptian Revolution, tens of thousands of protesters gathered in Tahrir Square in Cairo. Angry youth chanted slogans against Mursi and the MB and for the continuation of the revolution. Common chants were: “Down with the regime of the Brotherhood Supreme Guide”, “The people want to topple the Brothers” and “The people still want the downfall of the regime.”
Graffiti artists defend work in Tahrir Square with ’Quranic verses’ - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online
Minor clashes erupted in Mohamed Mahmoud Street near Tahrir Square on Friday between revolutionary Graffiti-supporters who gathered to close down the street to protect art work on its wall from potential vandalism, and Salafist demonstrators.
The clashes allegedly started after rumors circulated that Salafist protesters erased the graffiti of the Egyptian uprising’s martyrs on the street and replaced them with Quranic verses.
According to Al-Ahram Arabic news website, the verses were drawn by pro-revolution graffiti artist Ammar Abu Bakr and his partners on Thursday night.
The graffiti artists used Quranic verses to communicate with the Islamists “in their own religious language,” according to Abu Bakr.
La carte Google map des graffitis au Caire. Cairo Street Art
Et un zoom sur l’emplacement considéré :
It has become commonplace to say that the Arab revolts and OWS have failed because they did not manage to transform political institutions. This is the wrong stick with which to measure their achievements. By occupying public squares, these protests have occupied the space of democracy and thus taught us that democracy does not begin with the ballot box, but rather with us.
Egyptian feminists: Deep roots and diverse journeys to revolution | rabble.ca
Frantz Fanon and the Arab Uprisings: An Interview with Nigel Gibson
The Martiniquan intellectual was skeptical of revolutions from above, as was the case with several anti-colonialist movements in the Arab World. Interestingly, while the Arabic translation of the The Wretched of the Earth came out shortly after its publication in French, it omitted many passages because they were critical of the national bourgeoisie. Fifty years later, Fanon is almost absent in public discourses in the Middle East and is still marginal in the Maghreb. The uprisings should have been an excellent opportunity for Arab intellectuals and activists to engage with Fanon’s work on the revolution and the subaltern in the new conjuncture. However, despite the significance of his political philosophy for the current revolts, his books are either out of print or conspicuously absent from many bookstores in the Arab world.
SCAF general testifies Brotherhood defended Tahrir in the Battle of the Camel - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online
Why Do They Hate Us ? - By Mona Eltahawy | Foreign Policy
“Do you know why they subjected us to virginity tests?” Ibrahim asked me soon after we’d spent hours marching together to mark International Women’s Day in Cairo on March 8. “They want to silence us; they want to chase women back home. But we’re not going anywhere.”