Revolution: an overthrow or repudiation and the thorough replacement of an established government or political system by the people governed.
There are many optimists who are for some reason I cannot fathom, celebrating the so-called Egyptian revolution anniversary on January 25. Of course, it is a day which should fill us with pride at those who rose up against the Mubarak regime – but it is a massive disservice and an insult to those who have died & suffered in the as yet unfulfilled uprising. This prima facie revolution, has done nothing but change the face of the dictator. The new face(s) have taken the old tactics & we are in a more perilous place than we were before.
We mustn’t forget what those women & men who died died for. Not for a totalitarian Islamic Republic of Egypt alongside this murderous Military Dictatorship, paid for in the blood of those who wanted something else. We mustn’t give up, not only for us, but for them.
I thought I would share one of my favourite quotes, from Rousseau. If the ability to see the obvious is a mark of genius as I’ve heard pointed out, Rousseau here, was having a moment of genius.
It’s real food for thought, at how differently things could have panned out for humanity.
The first man who, having fenced in a piece of land, said “This is mine,” and found people naïve enough to believe him, that man was the true founder of civil society. From how many crimes, wars, and murders, from how many horrors and misfortunes might not any one have saved mankind, by pulling up the stakes, or filling up the ditch, and crying to his fellows: Beware of listening to this impostor; you are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody.
If you think for a moment, that the word ‘private’ (as in that’s my Private property, get off or I’ll shoot), originates in the word Privare, meaning to deprive, it should speak volumes as to the nature of we, humanity & where we have gone wrong.
So, last night, Youssef Boutros Ghali was speaking at LSE. This man is a convicted criminal & a fugitive. What the fuck are LSE doing giving this corrupt thief a platform? Did they learn nothing from getting into bed with Gaddafi? SHAME on LSE.
Respect to the brave and outspoken activist, Dina Makram-Obeid who bravely called him out for the criminal that he is, only for him to be whisked away by LSE security, like some kind of VIP, you can watch here http://vimeo.com/34809423 Bravo Dina!
The man is a fugitive from the law & has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for corruption while he was the Minister of Finance in Mubarak’s corrupt regime. He owes the Egyptian people 60 million Egyptian pounds. He was too cowardly to stay & stand trial & was convicted in absentia. Yet, here he is, gallavanting around London, being given legitimacy & freedom to roam, living on the proceeds of crime & being allowed to stay here in London.
Apparantly the Egyptian authorities need to issue a warrant for his arrest, in order for Interpol to be able to do this? Why the fuck has this not happened? Unless, of course, SCAF are in cahoots with him? Why hasn’t the Home Secretary here used her discretion to ban this undesirable corrupt fugitive from justice? As a British and Egyptian woman I am so angry at the collective institutional ambivalence towards this insult to so-called justice.
Shame on all of them for being complicit in this criminal insult to Egyptians everywhere!
It was with a heavy yet lifted heart that I read the story of the fearless women in Egypt who fought back and kicked the arses of armed pathetic self-styled morality police who had come to threaten, beat & oppress them because their insecurities were so aroused and their ‘morality’ so offended at these women (SHOCK!! HORROR!!) visiting a beauty salon. You can read the story here http://bikyamasr.com/53028/egyptian-women-cane-morality-police/
It’s ominous that these groups have sprung up so quickly and with funding from you-know-where. It’s nothing short of sexual terrorism and I only hope that it is resisted every step of the way. We only have to cast our eyes over to you-know-where, the holiest of holies, to see the dangerous consequences of the prototypal ‘morality police’ and wahhabi/salafi oppression institutionalised – the murder of free will. It’s not just women who will be targetted. They will want to infantilise us all and control every aspect of everybody’s lives except their own. We must fight for our lives, or this will be a new dark age in Egypt.
It has been many moons since I have blogged. It has been one hell of a year & I am relieved to see the back of it, in spite of the joys it held.
Since I last blogged, I have watched those murderous so called humans in SCAF overtake Mubarak in brutality, corruption of democracy & old-fashioned evil. I have watched the murders, the tear-gassing, the torture victims, the brutality, the lawlessness, the baltagiyeen (state-sponsored thugs), the divisive propoganda, the use of chemical weapons and bullets and sexual violence, the incitement of sectarian violence, the relentless campaigns against those who brought us the revolution by those who should be cherishing & protecting the revolution but instead choose to vote with their feet and their soldiers to try & steal as much power as they can.
I have watched as anti-revolutionary political entrepeneurs in SCAF, the Brotherhood (or so called ‘Freedom & Justice’ party, what a joke) and the Salafis in Al-Noor bastardise our words and their meanings; ‘Dignity’,’Stability’, ‘Freedom’, ‘Justice’, ‘Democracy’. Words which had real meaning to those on the streets and those who gave up their lives, now words with no meaning when it comes from those three institutions, they say those words with their fingers crossed behind their backs. Every time they utter one of those words, what it really means to them is ‘more power to me’, that is all they aspiring to.
Let us also remember the external political entrepeneurs who are so busy meddling & pouring dirty oily bloody money into Egypt right now, all enablers of the outrages that have already happened & the ones to come… SCAF, have at every opportunity blamed ‘foreign interests and funding’ for violence, denounced and attacked human rights NGOs, the 6th April movement and anyone who represents a threat to them for being funded by these shady foreigners. Yet, would they have been able to maintain their violence and monopoly of power over everybody without the weapons & US ‘aid’ that they rely on themselves? Let’s also remember something that the vast majority of these political players and the ones in the past, like Mubarak, SCAF, Egyptian parliament, Al-Noor party, Islamic Brotherhood and so on, all have in common, in spite of their differences – they have two things – A thirst/greed for power – and penises.
I have watched with special pride and frustration as my sisters of Egypt yet gain rose up & stood fearlessly against oppression again. Those of you who have read my blogposts before will know that I think that without the full involvement of women at every stage, this is a useless and half-baked revolution. In fact, I still call for a feminist revolution of women. As once again, after giving up lives and fighting for the same rights as the men, women have been sidelined. The culture of obedience that should have been smashed once and for all last January is still the status quo for women in Egypt. I am very worried for our future with the proclaimations of those who would rule. I will say it again – I still think that only a feminist uprising and revolution will save us! Like I’ve said before, we need revolutions of the minds as well as the streets. Those Wise Men that have and will rule have shown themselves time and time again to not be up to the job. The nepotism of the Egyptian penis has gone too far. How many times will we let them fail us before we change things for ourselves?
I have hope though. Samira Ahmed is just one example of a brave woman who triumphed against SCAF & held them up to scrutiny in the Courts of Justice, where they failed. This was after she had been subjected to so-called virginity tests after protesting. (Don’t be fooled by the name, the simple truth of it is they are not virginity tests, but state-sponsored rapes, how else can you describe forced penetration of any type, under duress?). The sight of so many women and men on the streets demanding womens’ rights and freedoms was a beautiful and long overdue one. I hope to see much more of this in 2012.
Of course, there are so many things I have watched and so many people that have filled me with inspiration. The release of Alaa Abd Elfattah was a great moment, let’s hope the other thousands of political prisoners who have suffered the injustice of unfair military trials under an illegitimate military dictatorship follow suit. Maikel Nabil, who was on hunger strike for so long, suffered so many injustices for standing against military trials, for being a consciencious objecter and for telling the truth – that the army and people were never one hand. He still sticks to his guns principles and refuses to compromise them. How can I not have hope when there are so many inspirational people out there whose principles may help save us? When Aliaa Elmahdy shed her clothes in a big FUCK YOU to her oppression, that gave me hope too & a massive grin too. Good on her, too.
I’ll be back soon, but leave you with this thought:
It’s better to be pissed off than pissed on.