egypt 101: what’s going on in cairo sounds a lot like “fuck the police.”

dear readers,

in case you were wondering, the people’s movement, also known as the “jasmine revolution,” that is sweeping egypt and cairo in particular has a lot to do with you, wherever you are. especially if you have, let’s say, a contentious relationship with the police and state authority. this young lady says it simple and effective:

101 breakdown: hosni mubarak, fourth and longest ruler of modern egypt, is a dictator who is fueled by mad american money to help rule his people like he’s a CO and they all on lock. folks got so tired of it that they actually got together to try and get dude to step down. enough, chanted the protestors, enough. mubarak’s regime shut down internet access for the entire country, but protests continue with real strength.

check out this clip of folks, just like you and me, taking over a bridge, losing comrades and praying all along the way. one question to keep in mind, is what happens if the people do get power? how will they keep it people’s power and not just open the door for the next oppressive regime?

names you’ll hear and read: mohamed el-baradei, a beloved former leader and nobel laureate, is back at the helm, helping to guide this largely youth led revolution; the muslim brotherhood is a small but organized group in this mass protest, the mb may or may not swoop in with their own hardcore agenda if and when the peoples movement gains access to power. vijay prashad, such a resource of history and political analogy during times like this, hopes for peaceful transition of power, and says this about egypt:

“Don’t underestimate the repression. In Egypt, the 2006 budget for internal security was $1.5 billion. There are 1.5 million police officers, four times more than army personnel. I am told that there is now about 1 police officer per 37 people. This is extreme. The subvention that comes from the US of $1.3 billion helps fund this monstrosity.”

the u.s. media is taking great pains to cover the bloody tracks between the obama administration (to be fair, this includes most u.s. administrations before his) and mubarak’s decades long rule. the media watchdog’s FAIR do a nice breakdown of how all the papers, the times, the post, are using the terms “tightrope” and “balancing act” to explain the largely unexplainable relationship between democracy and facismo.

so here we are, the first day of february, and certainly change is in the air, even while slush and snow rule the new york city ground.



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