26 February 2013 Joshua Stephens
Spontaneity, largely horizontal organization, and a suspicion toward explicit political leadership have all been signature components of what’s referred to as the Arab Spring. This has been the case since the outbreak of the Tunisian revolution – regardless of the regimes that have resulted from the power vacuums left in their wake. Yet very little of the particularities or the historical forces driving these uprisings captured the imagination of or spoke to left anti-authoritarians in the west, until the appearance of a western-style black bloc in Cairo on the two year anniversary of the Egyptian revolution. That contradiction, and a sudden gaze cast –particularly on Egypt – pose rather unsettling questions about representation, and a slouch toward Orientalism. Read the rest of this entry
Social revolution is like the sea. Its waves chase one another, crash against the obstacles they encounter, crushing them or backing down. With all the violence of an indomitable rush, they destroy, blow after blow any trace of power, of exploitation and oppression. A first wave, immense and unexpected, swept away the dictatorship of Murabak. A second one put the army that was about to take over power on its knees. A third one is rising today against the new order that the islamists are trying to impose. Read the rest of this entry
by Jerome Roos on January 25, 2013
Ryan Harvey, 24 Janury 2013
A black bloc marches in Cairo tonight, preparing for confrontations with security forces near Tahrir Square on the even of the second anniversary of the revolution. Read the rest of this entry
2011/11/24 من تأليف Hanibaael
علياء المهدي. هذا الإسم لن يغيب، على الأقل للفترة القادمة، عن التداول في الأوساط المصرية (والعربية).
Article by Hanibaael, about Alia Mahdi, the Egyptian blogger who defied social norms by posting nude pictures of herself on her blog.
(Tahrir-ICN summary in English follows the Arabic original)
على طريقتها، تحدّت علياء كل السلطات الذكوريّة التي تتحكّم بمجتمعها، معلنة رفضها لها، عبر نشر، صورها عارية على مدونتها، خلال الشهر الماضي. طبعاً، هذا الحدث شكّل صدمة للمجتمع المصري الذي تصرّ الحركات الدينيّة على “تديينه”، وفَتَحَ نقاشاً واسعاً حول الحريّات الجنسيّة، على صعيد عالم ما بين الأزرقين. Read the rest of this entry