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In memory of Khaled Said and January 25/2011

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Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Jan 24, 2014 at 13:46

Dr. Pipes

In the case of Egypt I'm very optimistic about the future. The Egyptian popular revolution on January 25/2011, that was sparked by the murder of a 27 year old man from Alexandria at the hands of the Egyptian police, changed Egypt and will make it a better place.

Yes democracy does not drop from the sky and it takes time and effort and confrontations and even civil wars but in due time there will be real democracy in Egypt may be not the same as American democracy but it will be close enough

Now we can find amazing diversity in opinion and amazing minds (see later) and many questions that are being posed by many Egyptians the likes of "Why would the president of the US and his ambassador support a terrorist group the likes of the MB?" and "Why would the president seems to be oblivious to the fact that the June 30 2012 uprising against the MB was a response to the fact that the MB is a terrorist group and no more" Also many Egyptians are questioning the claim in academic circles in the US that terrorism is the logical response to political suppression and any political party the likes of the MB that would want to treat 60% of the population (Copts and women and Shia and Sufis and Baha'ees and Atheiests) as second class citizens should not be in power

Great Egyptian minds on the web? Check the following

1. Salama Moussa on twitter: Amazingly erudite and well informed and must read for anyone who is following the events in Egypt


2. Nervana Mahmoud: Excellent observer and reporter of the events in Egypt and she also has a very popular blog


3. Zeinobia of The Egyptian Chronicles blog: Great reporting which is unbiased and to the point


4. Samuel Tadros is a very astute observer and worth reading everything he writes in tweets or blogs


5. MBinENglish on twitter: This is an amazing site although the author stopped posting since this past August and what he/she did is translate the posts of Ikhwanweb from Arabic to English and in the process he/she exposes the little lies of the MB of posting something on their English web site and the exact opposite in their Arabic web site


As for poor sources on Egypt

1. Mohamed elIbiary: He is illiterate period

2. Dalia Mogahed: Why would anyone waste his time reading what Dalia writes is beyond me. Here is a woman who sits in Washington DC far from Egypt and who supports the MB and in the process does get to see the full picture and when she makes a fool of herself she just does not respond to tweets by posters

3. Shadi Hamid the darling of NPR

4. The NYT and its correspondent in Egypt David Kirkpatrick who seems to enjoy writing about "Conspiracy theories" in Egypt but reality? God forbid. Also Max Fisher of the Washington Post he is way out of his league

5. The Guardian: Well the Guardian will always be the Guardian annoying, same old same old and plain boring

I do believe that Khaled Said did not die in vain


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