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Talking Anarchism and the Arab Uprisings with Mohammed Bamyeh

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

EGYPT: Like the Sea

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

EGYPT: The politics of violence

Fri, 01/02/2013 – 21:52
Clashes between protesters and security forces at the Presidential Palace in Heliopolis, Cairo, 1 February 2013.

With a covered face and a rock in hand, one protester taking part in the ongoing clashes with the police at Qasr al-Nil Bridge knew the drill too well, after two years of periodic clashes. Read the rest of this entry

EGYPT: Tahrir and the undying spirit of revolt

by Jerome Roos on January 25, 2013

Post image for Tahrir and the undying spirit of revoltIf there is one lesson we have to learn from the endless struggle of the Egyptians, it is this: don’t rely on anyone to make your revolution for you.Indefatigable. That’s probably the word that best describes Egypt’s revolutionaries, two years since the start of their revolt. Fearless and heroic are some others that instantly come to mind. Firmly committed to their cause. Fully conscious of the immense obstacles. Fiercely determined to succeed. There are many things we savages in the West can learn from our brothers and sisters in Egypt. The most important, perhaps, is never to give up in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. People died for this revolution. It will not be hijacked by those who piss on their legacy. Read the rest of this entry

EGYPT: Egyptian Anarchist Movement Emerges with Wave of Firebombings and Street Fights

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

EGYPT: Fire in Cairo: an Egyptian anarchist talks about the January 25th revolt

Textile workers on strike in Mahalla al-Kubra, Feb 17th 2011. interview Jano Charbel, an Egyptian anarchist and blogger, on the January 25th uprising, how it has progressed and the possibilities for working class struggle in Egypt and beyond.

May 28 2011 Read the rest of this entry

EGYPT: Say “Yes” to the Revolution

Dec 21 2012 by Mohamad Adam

Dear Mom and Dad,

I hear you are going to vote “yes” on the draft constitution. But because I know you well, and I know you only stand up for what is right, I would like to tell you a short story and make a small request. Read the rest of this entry

EGYPT: علياء المهدي: حريّة الجسد في مواجهة الذكوريّة

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

EGYPT: Libertarian Socialist Movement

Egypt: Birth of the Libertarian Socialist Movement Read the rest of this entry

EGYPT: Egyptian anarchists speak

The following statement was released by Comrades from Cairo Egyptian anarchists) on October 30, 2012. Read the rest of this entry