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We stand with the Tunisian and Egyptian people

3 February 2011

Sign reading, "Leave Mubarak / We gave you Chance for 30 years / Your Development was for specific people / Not any  more"

Image: The most polite protest sign ever, reading, “Leave Mubarak / We gave you Chance for 30 years / Your Development was for specific people / Not any more”
(Image taken from the Guardian, Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images, original and more here.)

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The end of 2010 is the beginning of a nervous but exciting time in the MENA.

Al Jazeera’s Liveblog of the protests since 28 January is a good place to look for a timeline of events in Egypt.

Egypt has some of the highest reported sexual harassment rates I know of, but this hasn’t stopped women from protesting.  Gina Cardenas at Global Voices has written about their participation and the relative lack of recognition of this in mainstream media (article available in ten languages).  Check out the ‘bravest girl[sic] in Egypt’ video; I like her protestin’ style.

It’s unfortunate that in the US we haven’t heard as much about the Tunisian protests preceding those in Egypt.  At AlterNet, Rob Prince has written about why that may be.

Also, our friend at Notes & Commentaries has written on Tunisia, the Palestine Papers, and Egypt from a more economic perspective.

Added 5 Feb: Rasha Moumneh talks to Michaelangelo Signorile about what the protests in Egypt may mean for LGBT people.  For more contextual background on the Queen Boat case mentioned in her interview, see Cairo 52.

Added 6 Feb: SDGLN has posted more about queer Egyptians joining the protests, including the account of a well-known gay blogger’s arrest and abuse.  GayEgypt.com has previously been the target of monitoring, traffic restriction, and censorship both within and outside of the country.

The future governments of the MENA must represent and care for all people who are marginalized and oppressed by the current regimes.  Best of luck to the people.  The tyrants can’t hold out forever.

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