The basics: Egypt is a large, mostly Arab, mostly Muslim country. At around 80 million people, it has the largest population in the Middle East and the third-largest in Africa. Most of Egypt is in North Africa, although the part of the country that borders Israel, the Sinai peninsula, is in Asia. Its other neighbors are Sudan (to the South), Libya (to the West), and Saudi Arabia (across the Gulf of Aqaba to the East). It has been ruled by Hosni Mubarak since 1981.
What’s happening? Inspired by the recent protests that led to the fall of the Tunisian government and the ousting of longtime Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Egyptians have joined other protesters across the Arab world (in Algeria, notably) in protesting their autocratic governments, high levels of corruption, and grinding poverty. In Egypt, tens of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets. Here’s a photo of one of the protests in Cairo, the capital (via Twitter):
Why are Egyptians unhappy? They have basically no more freedom than Tunisians. Egypt is ranked 138th of 167 countries on The Economist’s Democracy index, a widely accepted measure of political freedom. That ranking puts Egypt just seven spots ahead of Tunisia. And Egyptians are significantly poorer than their cousins to the west.
How did this all start? This particular round of protests started with the protests in Tunisia. But like their Tunisian counterparts, Egyptian protesters have pointed to a specific incident as inspiration for the unrest. Many have cited the June 2010 beating death of Khaled Said (warning: graphic photos), allegedly at the hands of police, as motivation for their rage. But it’s also clear that the issues here are larger.
Why is this more complicated for the US than Tunisia was? The Tunisian regime was a key ally for the US in the fight against Al Qaeda. But the US government’s ties to Tunisia’s Ben Ali pale in comparison to American ties to Egypt. Shadi Hamid of the Brookings Institution, a centrist think tank, explains:
Predictions that a Tunisia-like uprising will soon topple Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak are premature—the Egyptian regime, with its well-paid military, is likely to be more unified and more ruthless than its Tunisian counterparts were… The U.S. is the primary benefactor of the Egyptian regime, which, in turn, has reliably supported American regional priorities. After Iraq, Afghanistan, and Israel, Egypt is the largest recipient of U.S. assistance, including $1.3 billion in annual military aid. In other words, if the army ever decides to shoot into a crowd of unarmed protestors, it will be shooting with hardware provided by the United States. As Steven Cook of the Council on Foreign Relations points out, the Egyptian military is “not there to project power, but to protect the regime.” [Emphasis added.]
UPDATE 10, 11:45 a.m. EST Thursday: Lots of news to round up from today. The big takeaway, though, is that the protests continue. Tomorrow may be a major day of reckoning: protest organizers have called for huge demonstrations (expected to be the largest since Tuesday), and if protests happen as people leave Friday prayers at Egypt’s 90,000+ mosques, the regime could be in real trouble. Anyway, here’s some of what you should know about:
The BBC reports that ex-IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei says he is “ready to lead the transition” in Egypt if Mubarak falls. (He made the comment as he was preparing to leave Vienna for Cairo.)
Shadi Hamid notes that the US State Department is now using the #Jan25 hashtag embraced by Egypt’s protesters, and Bloomberg reports that President Barack Obama is “poised to intensify US criticism” of Mubarak, especially if the Egyptian regime’s crackdown on protesters becomes more violent. (Meanwhile, Al Jazeera is reporting that Egyptian authorities are trying to bury deceased protesters quietly so as to not turn their funerals into rallies.)
UPDATE 11, Thursday 6:15 p.m. EST: Arabist just posted a claim that Egypt has “shut off the internet” entirely. I don’t know how seriously to take this, but Arabist is a generally reliable site and a full shutdown is something that is theoretically possible. Arabist also notes the alleged shutdown happened “just after AP TV posted a video of a man being shot.” If the shutdown is real, it’s a huge sign that the regime is very, very worried about the protests scheduled for tomorrow (well, today Egyptian time). As Sultan Al Qassemi says, “the Egyptian regime seems willing to do anything to stay in power, including plunging Egypt back into the dark ages if necessary.” UPDATE TO THE UPDATE: Arabist notes that “it’s not everywhere,” and that a foreign journalist working at a hotel in Cairo has reported to them that he still has internet access.
UPDATE 12, Thursday 6:45 p.m. EST: The Arabist report that the internet is down throughout Egypt (see previous update) is looking increasingly well-founded. Alec Ross, a State Department spokesman, has tweeted in Arabic that the US “call[s] upon the Egyptian gov to allow unrestricted access to the internet & peaceful protests.” In addition, Arabist’s Issandr El Amrani (follow him! @arabist) has “confirmation from a person in a position to know at one Egypt’s mobile phone operators that the phone companies have been ordered by the authorities to shut down SMS services (which has been the case for at least an hour) and Blackberry Messenging in Cairo (and perhaps elsewhere in Egypt).”
UPDATE 13, Thursday 7:15 p.m. EST: Associated Press: “A major service provider for Egypt, Italy-based Seabone, reported early Friday that there was no Internet traffic going into or out of the country after 12:30 a.m. local time.” 12:30 a.m. in Egypt is 5:30 p.m. the day before EST, so that fits with our timeline and the Arabist report.
First off, anyone who is shocked at their announcement that they don’t support gays or gay marriage has been living in a ‘freakin hole of fast food denial. Come on now people open your eyes.
Now I understand that some of you think Chick-fil-A is just a little piece of fast food chicken heaven but just take a minute and THINK ABOUT IT. In a country like ours where the voices and rights of gays and lesbians (and just about every minority out there) are stiffled on a daily basis, the only truly effective way to VOTE for what you believe in is with your good ‘ol American dollar.
If you don’t want to help fund animal cruelty don’t eat at KFC.
If you don’t want to eat or support the eating of endangered fish then don’t shop at COSTCO.
And if you don’t want to contribute to the profit of a company that OPENLY FIGHTS AGAINST marriage equality well then shut your pie hole and don’t go to Chick-fil-A. When you patron a company that supports any particular cause you are yourself supporting and funding their cause.
For christ sake people, it’s not as if they’re selling orgasm sandwiches…it’s just chicken. Why not simply get it someplace that doesn’t LITERALLY fund anti-gay activism allllllllllllllll over this lovely country of ours.
Vote with your dollar people. VOTE. WITH. YOUR. DOLLAR.
Such a shame.
Don’t know how people didn’t see this coming though, they’re super Christian, hence not being open on Sundays. Disappoints me when other Christians can’t support marriage equality though.
Design should add value. Why would I pay more than $5 for a t-shirt when uniqlo exists?
Note to peter and other designers: fuck off with the expensive t shirts and other trash. Your failure to communicate what you value to your consumers is your failure alone i.e. if the value isn’t obvious then find a way to communicate it or quit bitching.
15$? When you make something comparable to something worth 15$, it’s worth 15$. Cost and worth are different.
Make nice shit. Add value.
“Wow. I really hate when people who don’t understand this industry spew nonsense. “Make nice shit. Add value?”. Do you have any experience in manufacturing at all?
A $5 t-shirt? Based on average markup being 50%, you have to make that t-shirt for $2.50. Cost of fabric is going to be at least a $1. That leaves a $1 for labor (if the sewer is lucky) and $0.50 for shipping.
This kind of price can only benefit the consumer. The gross profit doesn’t benefit UNIQLO. They offer it as a basic in order to sell other higher markup goods. It barely profits the factory. They probably do it as a favor.
I spent many years negotiating the lowest prices possible for companies like Walmart & Target. I’m talking rock bottom. And I was good at it. And at the end of the day, I felt like shit. Especially when you actually end up in China, and see that people have to live in dorms, away from they families, whom they only visit for a week or two once a year during Chinese New Year. A low price may be what we’re all seeking, but don’t forget, people suffer for that low price.
I currently manage production in NYC & Japan, and I can tell you are prices are fair. I’ve actually increased the prices we pay our sewers since I’ve been there, but we can do that because our retail prices our outrageously expensive to begin with. But guess what? We are communicating what we value: in this case, it’s fair wages.”
A boy gave his girlfriend a challenge: To live a day without him & told her that if she passed it, he'll love her forever. the girl agreed & she didn't talk to him a whole day, without knowing that he had only 24 hours to live, because he was suffering from cancer.she went to his house the next day, tears falling from her eyes as she saw him lying in a coffin with a note on the side:"you did it baby,you can do it everyday" Reblog this is, if you love someone and couldnt go a day without them.
You probably won’t be someone you want ideal girl. But, you’ll fall in that one dudes lap and he’s not gonna budge. Hell, you may get tired of him from loving you too much.
I think when girl’s say things like, “I’m not perfect,” they don’t know, one guy is going to think they’r perfect for him. Most women don’t know how many dudes want that chance with ‘em to be THAT guy.
Assholes who live blog award shows are intolerable.
No, fuck that. I know I’m probably one of only five people on the planet who feels this way, but people who watch any kind of award show ever for any reason are usually incredibly vapid creatures.
You just can’t escape these pests. Whether you tell them you watched it or not, they will engage you in conversation about whatever stupid award show was on last night. They’ll tell you who won what pointless award and why they thought it was “totally bullshit.”
Or who was wearing whatever hideous dress and then describe it to you like you’d ever give a flying fuck.
I mean, are you serious?
Why are you assuming I’m as boring as you?
I’d rather listen to people tell me what the weather is going to be like when I haven’t asked, and that shit makes me want to tear my eyelashes out.
But whatever, I’m gonna go get high and watch The Little Mermaid while everyone else in my life gets their boring on tonight.
Because my distaste for award shows of any kind has grown tremendously. We’re … celebrating rich people and watching them get awards for doing their job. Great call America. Still waiting on my award for most rebloggable black kid in St. Louis.
I’ve made a lot of friends through Tumblr and some of you have finally gotten up the courage to take your general biology class. Aww. If you’re not in college or really good at science this blog is boring so disregard.
A lot of people have been asking me to help them study biology. I’m not a fucking tutor. So this bit of information should help them out.
The first piece of advice I can give any bio major is to not sell their book. You will need it for reference. Trust me. I’ve even had to go back and look at my botany book when I was studying for my pharmacy tech license. If you’re not a bio major and just need to get through this course then skip the part where I talk about highlighting. Use pencil, unless you want to keep your book. This can actually be applied to every class and doesn’t take as long as it sounds. I usually do it while watching Hulu, blogging or talking on the phone, so it doesn’t require maximum concentration either.
Read the questions in the back of the chapter and the overview in the front, read the bold titles, look at the figures, write down any bold words (without worrying too much about their definitions) and before class. You don’t have to read the chapter like they tell you to; if you pay attention, it will all come together.
After class, skim through the chapter(s) you went over with a pencil and underline key points. Again, don’t read the book. Just recognize what’s important. If it’s new information for you, reading the chapter isn’t going to help you understand.
On the weekend, take a few hours to read the chapter. If you’ve been doing it right, you should now be able to understand most of it. What you don’t understand, you should write down for your professor to ask during their office hours. If you’re not using the time where the professor is sitting in the office eating lunch, then you’re doing the whole college thing wrong. They’re your employees; you pay their salary. Get your money’s worth.
Answer the questions in the back of the book at least one week before the test. That will give you time to research the answers and ask your professor questions.
After you answer the questions, highlight the answers in the book based on your difficulty finding the answer. I use green for things I knew in my head, pink for things i had to look in the book and find and orange for things I had to research or ask the professor for. I reserve yellow for any axillary information I think is important to know.
The night before the test, review anything that’s not green. You know green. Don’t waste your time studying things you already know.
That’s just what works for me and I get As because of it. If you don’t want to do it, fine. Fail. If you have another way to do it, fine. This is what works for me and when I’ve given these tips to friends, they’ve found that their grades improved drastically.
Ladies, you know every man doesn’t cheat right or ever mess with a variety of females either. A dude may “date” whom he sees fit. You’re not in a labeled relationship. But, all of us don’t want to “mess around” with different chicks. It is just as fun having one chick, who’s funny, witty, has a good head on her shoulders, good head and that Fiji fountain between her legs. Ahhhh. :) I honestly, don’t want to mess with a bunch of chicks. I think the most I’ve talked to is like 3 at once, but it wasn’t a secret. I just wanna deal with one now though. One birthday, one attitude, one face, one body, one soul. Keeping up with all that other miscellaneous shit is beyond this black man. Matter fact, I’m not even tryna fuck with you if I don’t see you as a potential girlfriend. I’ve been with enough females, I don’t need no jumpoffs. Who am I, Shaq? Yeah, “new pussy” is cool and all but, being a Man. Sometimes, you get that feeling of Jerry Seinfeld sitting at the coffee shop with George and say “what are we doing with ourselves, who are we? We’re not men!” lol. I guess, I’m over a lot of shit that’s unnecessary. Am I getting old or getting better. Idk. You tell me.
A few months ago a friend of mine, who is an up-and-coming nature photographer, decided to spend a day and night alone in the woods outside of our town. She wanted to get photos of the woods and wildlife as naturally as she could for her portfolio. She wasn’t afraid of being alone, as she had…
If this is true, you just successfully freaked me out. No, I’m actually freaked out either way.
Miami isn’t even fairweather, they just only support the Dolphins lol. Two Marlins championships and they fill like 1/3 of the stadium. Great sports town. Personally I think Miami is crying too much, of course people hate on teams that do well, look at the…
I must not be on the right sites or w/e, I’ve never heard anyone hate on Miami the city. Just in reference to sports. Either way, those tourist dollars aren’t hurting … shiiiit, I’m planning a trip there right now in the next 5 months.
the idea that MIA fans could think they’re “beatup as a sportstown” is fucking ridiculous. my retired dad was a HS sophomore the last time we won a championship. we had the (now) second-best player…
Miami isn’t even fairweather, they just only support the Dolphins lol. Two Marlins championships and they fill like 1/3 of the stadium. Great sports town. Personally I think Miami is crying too much, of course people hate on teams that do well, look at the Lakers/Yankees/Patriots etc. They don’t care, they just win. Meanwhile Miami people make websites and complain instead of just enjoying having 2 of the top 5 players in the NBA.
— February 2009: A Marine named Kody Brittingham is arrested and charged with plotting to assassinate President Obama. Brittingham also collected white-supremacist material.
— April 2009: A white supremacist named Richard Poplawski opens fire on three Pittsburgh police officers who come to his house on a domestic-violence call and kills all three, because he believed President Obama intended to take away the guns of white citizens like himself. Poplawski is currently awaiting trial.
— April 2009: Another gunman in Okaloosa County, Florida, similarly fearful of Obama’s purported gun-grabbing plans, kills two deputies when they come to arrest him in a domestic-violence matter, then is killed himself in a shootout with police.
— July 2010: An agitated right-winger and convict named Byron Williams loads up on weapons and drives to the Bay Area intent on attacking the offices of the Tides Foundation and the ACLU, but is intercepted by state patrolmen and engages them in a shootout and armed standoff in which two officers and Williams are wounded.
— September 2010: A Concord, N.C., man is arrested and charged with plotting to blow up a North Carolina abortion clinic. The man, 26-year—old Justin Carl Moose, referred to himself as the “Christian counterpart to (Osama) bin Laden” in a taped undercover meeting with a federal informant.
Eighteen examples of right-wing domestic terrorism detailed by freelance journalist and author David Neiwert (via Digby)
I remember many of these. But of course each one happened in its own convenient vacuum. No need for society to turn a critical eye to itself, no siree.
Anybody who don’t like this song got some shitty speakers. Try me.
Shit isn’t even CDQ, it’s 128 kbps, and coming through my Beats By Dre so it isn’t my speakers … this shit is Half Assed Music. Jay-Z killed it, but that was the only positive that came out of this song. Lex Luger is selling niggas the same beat and Kanye had his worst verse all year. I was surprised, he’s been killing everything.
Egypt’s majority Muslim population stuck to its word Thursday night. What had been a promise of solidarity to the weary Coptic community, was honoured, when thousands of Muslims showed up at Coptic Christmas eve mass services in churches around the country and at candle light vigils held outside.
From the well-known to the unknown, Muslims had offered their bodies as “human shields” for last night’s mass, making a pledge to collectively fight the threat of Islamic militants and towards an Egypt free from sectarian strife.
“We either live together, or we die together,” was the sloganeering genius of Mohamed El-Sawy, a Muslim arts tycoon whose cultural centre distributed flyers at churches in Cairo Thursday night, and who has been credited with first floating the “human shield” idea.
I’m not a religious person, but this nearly brought me to tears.