On November 19, and for the second consecutive year, Egyptians plan to mark the battle(s) of Mohammed Mahmoud Street. This commemoration would seem to some like any other anniversary, and the anniversaries are many, but this one in particular preempts disaster.
This is a day’s reporting by western media on Egypt, mostly from Egypt, and to Egypt and the world. Although authorities know that western reporting remains biased, these journalists have not been censored or denied access to scenes of disruption and chaos.
On August 16, two Canadians, Tarek Loubani, a physician, and John Greyson, a filmmaker, were detained amidst violent clashes in Egypt. no one really knows what happened—were the men at the wrong place at the wrong time? Did the men shift to their professional modes, that of a doctor and a filmmaker, and simply do what their duties called on them to do? Were they participating in the mayhem?
Poised to attack Syria, the US is defying allies and adversaries alike; the world watches unable to figure the real aim behind this resolution.
Today Egyptians are mourning, Egypt an embattled land. Over 500 Egyptians died yesterday, over 200 today during the crack down on besieged Rabaa and El Nahda Squares. Many were merely in harm’s way and died for no rational reason.
With Nasser’s military coup of 1952, King Farouk of Egypt abdicated the throne. After years of having the media and historians consider the worst of Farouk, Egyptians are beginning to realize that the man may have had some assets after all.
Egypt is on track. Today it is where it should have been on February 11, 2011, if the revolution had not gotten “stolen.”
Only in Egypt does this happen. Only in Egypt does a coup, if you want to call it so, occur with the approval and cheers of a whole nation. This is definitely not a military coup but a people’s one.
It’s been ten days since the protests in Taksim Square and Gezi Park, Turkey, broke out. Turks in over 60 cities have been voicing their dissatisfaction, and every day thousands more join the anti-government protests. Now that the police force pulled out of the square, a lively atmosphere with songs and drumming vibrates through it.
In 28 months, Egypt as we had come to know it has vanished into thin air. Where did that Egypt go? I wonder if it will ever return?