Egypt: Radicalization could win


"...eyewitnesses and reporters say troops were firing indiscriminately at the crowd, including with snipers who picked-off unarmed civilians at an alarming rate." - GlobalPost story about the Egyptian military's Wednesday massacres against Islamists, in Cairo The Muslim Brotherhood and their backers say they will sacrifice themselves to preserve the integrity of their fledgling democracy, and… Continue reading Egypt: Radicalization could win

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Fighting God, Egypt and collective bargaining


"...by calling for Monday's rallies, the two [Iranian opposition] leaders had committed a crime known as moharebeh, or 'fighting God,' which carries the death penalty."  - February 16, 2011,  Associated Press report on the week's Iranian political unrest The long shadows of populism stretch out before the setting sun. Like reverse vampires, regimes shy from… Continue reading Fighting God, Egypt and collective bargaining

Bloodshed or bailout – is Mubarak too big to fail?


"[There will be] no ending of the regime." - Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman, to reporters, Wednesday. Blustery threats from Egypt's recently appointed vice president are barely blowing the sand from the pillar of protest against the embattled government's leadership. The people in Egypt's streets will not cease until their pillar becomes an obelisk, a… Continue reading Bloodshed or bailout – is Mubarak too big to fail?

Leaning on dictators


We say democracy is the guiding light of humanity's potential, as a society. Take a look at humanity - not the man in the mirror, but the one at the door, on the sidewalk, in the car beside you, at the store. Take a look at the people in Midan Tahrir, the children, the women,… Continue reading Leaning on dictators

When, in the course of Egyptian events…


"The voices of the Egyptian people tell us that this is one of those moments; this is one of those times." - President Barack Obama, February 1, 2011 It's never a good time for a revolution, but it is the time to which we've come. It's not a clash of religions, or classes, or wealth… Continue reading When, in the course of Egyptian events…

No patriotism in isolationism – not then, not now


Arachnoid behavior manifests when the web twitches in a connected world. A disturbance somewhere is felt everywhere. Gone is the luxury of isolationism that was argued as a matter of principle during the European upheavals less than a century ago. As Eleanor Roosevelt pointed out in a 1938 letter to a journalist : "[T]he trouble… Continue reading No patriotism in isolationism – not then, not now

Carrying goats in Egypt


Behind a shed of an office building, on a dirt lot in Cairo,  a dark and road weary bus idles noisily, as a hog-tied, bleating goat is carried down the aisle to the back, where others sit with caged chickens. But a stranger walking by wouldn't hear any of it. Like most third world capitals,… Continue reading Carrying goats in Egypt