Friday, February 11, 2011

Yayyyyyyyy! Power to the People!!!!!!!!


Mubarak gone!!

Egyptian military says: "We have no legitimacy but the legitimacy of the people."


This just in: Switzerland just announced that it has frozen all assets of the Mubarak's family that are located within its borders. (Other countries like Britain and France where Mubarak also owns assets -- YOU SHOULD FOLLOW SUIT!)

I'm so so happy that Idealism has triumphed over Cynicism :D

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Spending time looking up June 4th images online is not to be recommended...

... because it would make one really depressed.

(Anyway am going to sort out those images later in updating my post about the similarities of the Tahrir and Tiananmen Square protests... Like the Egyptians, we had SO much hope and solidarity, it's almost painful to look back on that time now. I really hope that, in the final analysis, the comparison between the two protests does NOT stand up at all.)

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Tuesday, February 01, 2011

"We want to choose our President because we want to take this country into the future." [Updated with Photos, Links and Quotations]



"This is not just a Facebook revolution, not even an Internet revolution... This is not about the Internet, this is about the needs and demands of the Egyptian people."

(The slogan on her t-shirt reads: "I love my country. It's the government I'm afraid of.")

"Egyptian anti-government protesters sleep in front of an army tank to prevent it from moving during the night." February, 2011.
Text credit: The Guardian
Image credit: Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty Images (via Guardian here)


Chinese protester stood in front of a column of tanks outside the Tiananmen Square. June, 1989.
Image credit: Unknown (via Seechuen, see my previous blog-post re: June 4th memory here)


"Anti-government protestors hold candles as they walk in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011. Protesters appear to have settled in for a long standoff, turning Tahrir Square into a makeshift village with tens of thousands coming every day, with some sleeping in tents made of blankets and plastic sheeting."
Text and Photo Credits: Emilio Morenatti/AP (via Andew Sullivan's The Daily Dish at the Atlantic).


"Tens of thousands stage a candlelight vigil at Hong Kong's Victoria Park to mark the 20th anniversary of Tiananmen Square." June 4th, 2009.
Text Credit: NY Daily News
Photo Credit: Cheung/AP (via NYDailyNews "Demonstrators honor memory of Tiananmen Square in Hong Kong")


"Protesters Are Awesome: Look at This Beautiful Photo of Christians Protecting Praying Muslims in Egypt"
Text credit: Cord Jefferson at Good.is (via Justbesplendid)
Photo credit: Nevine Zaki/Anonymous (via Cord Jefferson at Good.is)


Further Reading:

鄒頌華:「中東波」給香港的警告訊號.

Willsin: 埃及

Timothy Garton-Ash: "Not 1989. Not 1789. But Egyptians can learn from other revolutions" (Published: Wednesday 9 February 2011 21.00 GMT)

One leathery old victim of this revolution, at whose death we should rejoice, is the fallacy of cultural determinism – and specifically the notion that Arabs and/or Muslims are not really up for freedom, dignity and human rights. Their "culture", so we were assured by Samuel Huntington and others, programmed them otherwise. Tell that to the people dancing on Tahrir Square. [...]

While we are talking determinisms, let's dispense with another one. In tags like "Facebook revolution", "Twitter revolution" and "Al-Jazeera revolution", we meet again the ghost of technological determinism. Talking to friends in Cairo, I am left in no doubt that these media did play a major role in organising and multiplying the popular protests that began on 25 January. [...] these old and new technologies of communication matter enormously – but they did not prevent popular protest movements being crushed in Belarus and Iran, they do not determine the outcome, and the medium is not the message.

(Bravo to Timothy Garton-Ash for advocating that we should scotch the dangerous notion of cultural determinism on its head -- an excuse all too often used by CCP apologists for disregarding human rights for Chinese people, as well as by that silly colonialist commentator Tao Kit, with his stupid "cultural DNA" theory. Anyway, funny how Garton-Ash happened to reiterate [vanity or more correctly delusions of grandeur alert] *my* line [/vanity or more correctly delusions of grandeur alert] in my comment response to LCL previously on Sunday 6 February, 5:25 PM GMT, on this very post!)
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