Some Egyptian Women in this Revolution.

It’s 8:45 am, Tuesday in Cairo.

There’s been quite a bit of back-and-forth about the involvement of women in the Egyptian protests.  Some say not; some say so.  In the first couple of days I saw predominantly men, young/younger men. Then I started looking for veils, head coverings and began finding and seeing more and more women.  Some of those faces have been captured in a slide show from the Global Post.

Then there’s this young woman leading some men in cadenced ‘cheers.’

Democracy Now! had this interview with “Egypt’s most renowned human rights activists, Nawal El Saadawi.  A well-known feminist, psychologist, writer, former political prisoner in Egypt, she lived in exile for years due to numerous death threats.”  It’s an amazing 6 minute interview.

And you remember, Mubarak is the continuation of Sadat. And both Sadat and Mubarak, you know, their regime worked against the people, men and women. And they created this gap between the poor and rich. They brought the so-called business class to govern us. Egypt became an American colony. And we are dominated by the U.S. and Israel. And 80 million people, men and women, have no say in the country.

And you see today that people in the streets for six days, and they told Mubarak to go. He should have gone, if he respects the will of the people. That’s democracy. Because what’s democracy? It’s to respect the will of the people. The people govern themselves. So, really, we are happy.

Sounds a tad familiar.  “They brought the so-called business class to govern us.

A compilation of some of ‘best protest signs’ of the Egyptian protests with one of my favorites below.  Please note the woman over the sign holder’s left shoulder.

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One of the most thought provoking was a quote attributed to JFK: “Those who make peaceful protest impossible will make violent protest inevitable.”

Egyptian Army Statement on “our great people”

As per Reuters:

CAIRO Jan 31 (Reuters) – The army said on Monday it would not use force against Egyptians staging protests demanding President Hosni Mubarak step down, a statement said.

It said “freedom of expressionwas guaranteed to all citizens using peaceful means.

It was the first such explicit confirmation by the army that it would not fire at demonstrators who have taken to the streets of Egypt since last week to try to force Mubarak to quit.

“The presence of the army in the streets is for your sake and to ensure your safety and wellbeing.  The armed forces will not resort to use of force against our great people,” the army statement said.

“Your armed forces, who are aware of the legitimacy of your demands and are keen to assume their responsibility in protecting the nation and the citizens, affirms that freedom of expression through peaceful means is guaranteed to everybody.”

It urged people not resort to acts of sabotage that violate security and destroy public and private property.   It warned that it would not allow outlaws and to loot, attack and “terrorise citizens”.

(Writing by Samia Nakhoul, Editing by Alison Williams)

Where in the World is …. Egypt?

Below is a screen shot from America’s ‘most beloved’ network illustrating for its viewers where Egypt might be.  Now how confusing it must be for other fucking idiots when trying to find Iraq on a goddamned map.  And did NO ONE wonder where the Suez Canal was located? And how is it that Egypt would have (or had) its troops at the border of Israel, especially when stuck over between Iran, Syria and Saudi Arabia?