Tuesday, February 8, 2011

News from Egypt: A rough position. Students begin Discussion.

"Last night they sang 'We Shall Overcome' in the square at Tahrir" reports one Egyptian movement member. The hope of negotiations by the Mubarak regime are tainted by the reports of government violence, but movement remains dedicated. Meanwhile the Students at Arab Student Union are hosting a discussion at the University of Oregon.

THe Discussion's information is here:


This week the Arab Student Union is hosting a panel discussion led by UO Faculty and Grad students about the current uprisings and revolutions in parts of the Arab World, and we wanted to know if you could forward this announcement to your students/constituents. It will be held in 125 McKenzie Hall at 6pm, this Thursday, February 10th. Countries discussed will include Tunisia, Algeria, and Egypt. Come with questions. [Attached is the flier for the event] Thank you.

Panelists:
Mohamed Jemmali - Tunisia
Arabic Instructor

Amel Benhassine-Miller - Algeria
Graduate Student Romance Languages

Hanan Ahmad - Egypt
Arabic Professor

Michael Allan - Egypt
Professor of Comparative Literature

The situation in Egypt remains unstable and the government seems to be heading towards a crackdown. There exists a serious potential for the government to retain power and return with even greater repression if the people do not seize power completely.

"The Egyptian military has rounded up scores of human rights activists, protest organizers and journalists in recent days without formal charges, according to watchdog groups and accounts by the detainees. While most arrests have been brief — lasting fewer than 24 hours — experts say they're a sign that the regime's notorious tradition of extrajudicial detentions is continuing even as Mubarak appears to be on his way out of power.

Arbitrary arrests by police forces are among Egyptians' bitterest and longest running complaints against their government, which gives security services sweeping powers under a state of emergency that's been in place almost nonstop since 1967.

The perpetrators of the latest arrests, however, are Egyptian army soldiers, deployed on the streets for the first time in more than two decades after the police all but disappeared following clashes with protesters on Jan. 25. The man most likely to lead the transition to a post-Mubarak era, Vice President Omar Suleiman, is Mubarak's longtime intelligence chief."-McClatchy

There are signs that the movement will not give in before accomplishing gains. "The protesters in Tahrir Square say they won't let up until Mubarak leaves...Tahrir Square wants Mubarak to go as soon as possible, but it also wants the dismantling of his regime," actor Khalid Abdalla, the star of the 2007 film "The Kite Runner," said Monday. "It wants the dismantling of the police state. It wants the dismantling of the emergency law. It wants the dissolution of the parliament, which was corruptly elected"- CNN.

These protests seem on the verge of simultaneous realities gains from a capitulated Mubarak regime and the brutal oppression of a full-fledged US backed dictatorship. The Insurgent Stands in solidarity the Egyptian people in demanding better conditions of life and self-determination.

These words seem as vital toady as a half century ago: "We will be able rise from the fatigue of despair to the buoyancy of hope... we will be the participants in making it so"-Rev.Dr.MLK.

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Read more: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2011/02/06/108188/arbitrary-arrests-point-to-military.html#ixzz1DMETfT7H

http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/africa/02/07/egypt.protests/index.html

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