Is Egypt’s revolution doomed?

“Long presumed to be politically passive, ordinary Egyptians bravely amassed with one simple demand: That decades of dictatorship had to end. When Hosni Mubarak resigned eighteen tumultuous days later, the Arab Spring had bloomed. Or so we wanted to believe. The reality of the past twelve months, however, has undone whatever high hopes one might have held. Egypt is now headed for radical theocratic, rather than liberal democratic, rule. And a befuddled Obama administration has failed to do anything to stop the coming disaster”

— Eric Trager, “Happy Birthday to Egypt’s Doomed Revolution


Remembering #Jan25: Days of Rage and Dignity.  The Egyptian revolution really isn’t over, but the eighteen days of rallying and demonstrating across Egypt starting on 25 January 2011 that ultimately ousted longtime dictator Mubarak deserve an incredible amount of celebration.

Here is a photographic retrospective of those eighteen days, shot by some of the best. I will never fail to be blown away by the images of the demonstrations in Tahrir.


This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day: [Trigger warning: Graphic images of violence against women] Egypt’s ruling military junta enraged the world today after footage emerged of army soldiers severely beating defenseless women in Cairo’s Tahrir Square — even going so far as to remove one of victims’ black abaya, exposing her torso.

According to The Telegraph, the Egyptian army raided nearby homes shortly after the incident and seized multiple cameras in an effort to suppress the footage.

The violence in Tahrir Square — homebase of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution — entered its third day, with at least 10 killed so far in clashes between protesters and military police. Hundreds more have been injured.

Egyptian citizens angered by the military regime’s refusal to relinquish power attempted to stage a sit-in outside the parliament building. Skirmishes broke out after the protesters were detained and reportedly abused by the military.

The crackdown expanded Saturday, with armed soldiers firing live ammunition at protesters in Tahrir Square in an effort to hasten their retreat and bring a definitive end their three-week-long demonstration.

[aje / theatlantic / telegraph / video: rt.]

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