Thursday, February 3, 2011

Egypt: A Luta Continua #Jan 25 (Day 9-10)

Above Krystof talks to some of the pro-Mubarak party poopers. However Ursula Lindsey, blogging at The Arabist, writes:
My friend says the two sides -- the anti- and pro-Mubarak -- at the edge between Tahrir and Abdel Moneim Riyad have walked up to each other and are shaking hands and hugging and chanting "United!" She says army officers brought them together.
In the BH clip below, University of Oklahoma's Joshua Landid and USIP's Mona Yacoubian go over what a democratic Egypt means and it partially explains why the less complicated autocratic Arab world model has worked for the U.S. and Israel for so long.

NYT's editorial from yesterday is still crushing on ElBaradei:
Egypt will need a truly independent electoral commission and international monitors to ensure an honest vote. All participants will have to agree to abide by the final results. This is made far more complicated by the fact that Egypt has few opposition groups — the result of Mr. Mubarak’s 30 years of authoritarian rule. The best organized is the banned Muslim Brotherhood. Mohamed ElBaradei, the former top nuclear inspector for the United Nations and a Nobel laureate, is eager to lead. Those with political ambitions must quickly explain their vision for Egypt — beyond ousting Mr. Mubarak. What rights would they guarantee in law? Will the Coptic Christian minority be protected and have a voice in their country? Will there be freedom of access to the Suez Canal? Will the government abide by the 1979 peace treaty with Israel?
@sandmonkey, in this interview with The Sudanese Thinker, hints at the problem with ElBaradei and alleges the man was not detained on Day 4 of the protests - he was just sitting at home.

Over at Religious Dispatches, Haroon Moghul explains why there is nothing Islamist about this revolution or the future dispensation:
Egypt’s revolution doesn’t have to be Islamic because Islam isn’t at the heart of the problem on the ground. In fact, the non-political Egyptian Islam of the last few decades has succeeded in deeply Islamizing Egyptian culture, making Muslim piety interwoven with the everyday rhythms of Egyptian life. We saw this in the protests after the Friday prayers today, in the spontaneous congregational prayers that took place in the heat of demonstrations—and we can see it in the number of Egyptian women who veil (though many don’t and still strongly identify with Islam, whether culturally or religiously, personally or publicly). Egypt’s society is a deeply Muslim one, and the very success of this non-political religious project has negated the need for a confrontational Islam. Egyptians know their religious identity is not under threat. ElBaradei, for example, joined in Friday prayers today before going out into the streets. Whether Egyptians identify with political Islam or secular democracy, their Arabness and Islam tend to be mutually supportive, and certainly not incompatible.
Also Danny Ramadan's piece from Cairo on the graffiti of the revolution....

... reminded us of so many things on Egypt buried in the archives over here, one of them is Microphone, Ahmad Abdalla's 2010 film about an Egyptian graffiti artist and the underground music scene, and also we also found a post on how the Egyptian psyche is affected by urban transformations and has created a new generation of writers and publisher.

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