Of State Environmentalism – and some reflections on what environmentalism and our environmental movement should/ not be about.
We are here, and we will not be silenced; we will not be scared off our streets and political action; we will not retreat to whatever sheltered bubbles any classist illusions of social standing or gender roles afford us; we will not be confined to what you tell us are our appropriate places and spaces; we will not be intimidated, we will not be shamed.
[warning: post contains video with strong images of mob sexual assault]
Persecution and prosecution of thought alarmingly on the rise in Egypt. Religious sanctities and public order are the ball and chain on our expression, our consciousness, our lives.
Revisiting an old entry – the rage is still there, and so is even more contempt for everything I am told is sacred.
Memory keeps a dream alive, and I am still remembering.
A couple of weeks ago, I have been through the trying experience of being subjected to sexual assault while participating in a demonstration to end sexual harassment. The post (which also links to my written testimony about what happened) presents my thoughts and views on sexual harassment in Egypt, and more importantly gives me a platform to speak up about and against what happened.
I am still healing, but I am not broken, I will be stronger.
An entry about my attendance of the opening of “We were there too…” – an exhibit where “twenty [street] children paint their revolutionary realities, the peaks of hope, and the moments of despair. And what it is they think we should know.”.
In remembrance of the April 8 Officers. Salute!
A call to tear down the Qasr ElEini wall – a street blockade by state forces made of cement blocks – is fulfilled today. Much as I wanted and had planned to, I couldn’t be there, but here’s the story of a people bringing down a wall through their city.
The Pope is dead, and I am unable to mourn him. But beyond that, I hope that this momentous event in this timing will mobilize the Copts out of the confines of the Church and congregation into a fight for full and equal citizenship with the rest of their compatriots.
Driving for the first time in a very long while through Garden City and neighboring areas during these past days, I experienced first-hand the impacts on traffic of the eight walls erected by state authorities across various downtown Cairo streets. This gave rise to this post with some reflections on how these walls affect our civic consciousness and lives in our city.
Is Bouthaina Kamal taken at all seriously by the voters or is she looked at as a token female presidential candidate?
Some rather quickly formulated thoughts on the current developments and implications on women’s rights in Egypt.