Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Are we seeing this?


According to the BBC, Egypt is staging the largest protest in the human history of the world. Are we taking note? I'm only just starting to grasp what's going on there. So here's my question: Is the ouster of a democratically elected president a victory for the people? I don't know how to feel about it.


10 comments:

  1. Wild and mind-boggling -- particularly so for our info-saturated brains.

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  2. Holy cow. That is huge. All this global unrest is unsettling, isn't it? Too much economic inequality, too much frustration -- that's my blanket diagnosis.

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  3. Wow - I haven't watched the news in a few days. Had heard about it but not seen the photos.

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  4. Okay. Obviously I need to sit up and pay attention. Whoa!

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  5. listened to the Cairo correspondent on Democracy Now yesterday but having a visual is so...impactful.

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  6. I have a buddy in Cairo right now - he just published a picture of Apache helicopters circling Tahrir Square. I want him to post all the time on Facebook because I worry about him a lot. I also FB liked a couple of news agencies there that post very regular updates.

    His class was cancelled last week so his teacher could go demonstrate pro-Morsi, which is interesting but he brings up an interesting point: use the Constitution to make any changes, don't do another revolution or Egypt could end up like Somalia.

    My biggest problem with Morsi is that he acted like a dictator a few months back, and the Islamic Brotherhood has way too much influence over him. For most Egyptians the issue seems to be that things have gotten considerably worse over the past year. To which I want to respond: "These things take time!" But I lack confidence in Morsi for an upswing (which is the difference from our situation - I trust Obama overall despite slow improvements).

    The problem is Egypt is REALLY a tinderbox, and it's critically important in the region. I didn't like Cairo before the revolution, and since then it's been far more dangerous (especially for women).

    OK, those are my thoughts.

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  7. I had not heard. Off to go find out.

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  8. Thank you for showing me. I'm not sure what will happen, but I try to be hopeful that Egyptians get the government they deserve.

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