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EGYPT: Egyptian Female Cartoonist Pokes Fun at Fundamentalists

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.)Egyptian Female Cartoonist Pokes Fun at Fundamentalists_html_m328aaa82

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SYRIA: The Syrian people will not kneel, despite threats from outside and within

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

SYRIA: An anarchist among jihadists

December 2012

A view from the grassroots of the Syrian revolution. Read the rest of this entry

TUNISIA: The upcoming general strike in Tunisia: a historical perspective

Mohamed-Salah Omri 12 December 2012
The first general strike in Tunisia since 1978 takes place in a much-changed country and against old friends but for rather similar reasons. Read the rest of this entry

EGYPT: Things are getting weird in Egypt

An odd alliance between pro-democracy activists and Mubarak loyalists is raising eyebrows. Who is playing who? Read the rest of this entry

Position regarding Jabhat al Nusra, similar groups and suicides bombings

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

La Tunisie sera-t-elle un second Iran ?

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

The Emergence of Salafism in Tunisia

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. 

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Revenge of the Moderate Arabs

A Free Syrian Army fighter wears a headband reading the Islamic declaration of faith, “There is no God but God, and Mohammed is His Messenger”, in central Aleppo 9 August 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Goran Tomasevic)

By: Bilal El-Amine

Published Thursday, August 9, 2012

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Tunisia: Curbing Freedom in the Name of God

Two arrested men are pictured in a police vehicle after they took part with 300 Tunisian Salafists in an attack on the headquarters of a private TV station that aired a French-Iranian film and organized a debate on religious extremism on 9 October 2011 in Tunis. (Photo: AFP – Fethi Belaid)