March 29-31, 2013 by MEDEA BENJAMIN
One of the women who spoke at the Women’s Assembly during the World Social Forum in Tunisia was not a political activist, but a cartoonist. Dooa Eladl is 34-year-old Egyptian woman who calls herself a Muslim anarchist. Her work appears in the prominent newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm She has become one of Egypt’s best-known political cartoonists, in a field completely dominated by men. (One of her humorous drawings is a portrait of herself marching to work, her hair tied to the mustaches of four of her male colleagues.)
The people of Syria, nearly two years after the beginning of the revolution, continue to struggle against the criminal and authoritarian regimes for the same objectives: freedom and dignity. This might seem repetitive for some who read often this blog, but it is always important to repeat this permanent truth as the Syrian Revolution has been described increasingly for the past year as a conflict, a civil war or even by the most compliant to the Assad regime or Stalinist ideology as a conspiracy. Read the rest of this entry
A view from the grassroots of the Syrian revolution. Read the rest of this entry
An odd alliance between pro-democracy activists and Mubarak loyalists is raising eyebrows. Who is playing who? Read the rest of this entry
Translation pf the written slogan: to Jabhat al Nusra and its fellow similar groups: we tell them whoever kill his own people is a traitor!
Bustan Qasr, Aleppo, 5.10.2012
The salafist group, “al jabhat al nusra lil ahl al Sham” (the support front for the people of Syria) has probably struck again in Hama, Monday, November 5, 2012, killing more than 50 people. The Salafist group is not at its first attack killing many civilians and / or members of the security services or of the State’s administration. This group is still marginal, like other Salafist groups, but their importance has grown steadily thanks to the financial assistance provided by the Gulf countries, while soldiers of the Free Syrian Army lack resources and funding. This support has to be put in the framework of Gulf countries’ willingness to derail the popular revolution and to transform it into a sectarian war. Read the rest of this entry
Il y a de troublantes analogies entre les révolutions iranienne et tunisienne : révoltes de la liberté et de la dignité, fuite des dictateurs, retour d’exil d’un guide religieux et dérive vers une nouvelle dictature théocratique.
Par Moez Ben Salem
Political Islam did not really play a prominent role in the success of the Tunisian revolution. Islamists were notably absent from the protests and the revolutionary slogans were about freedom, dignity, and jobs rather than Sharia law or the creation of an Islamic state. This made it reasonably easy for Europeans and Americans to support the Tunisian uprising, as it looked surprisingly non-threatening to the West. In fact, the Tunisian protesters seemed to have much in common with their European and American counterparts involved in demanding more accountability from their own political elites.