(Top) Part of an Egyptian tomb painting: white people are thought to be slaves being given to the Pharaoh by emissaries of Ethiopian king.
(Left) Black Egyptian queen, Nefertari, with her husband Aaahmes I.
(Right) Painting of importantly clothed man in tomb of Rameses IV.
This is your daily reminder that Pharaonic Egypt spanned a longer period than the entire length of civilization since it ended. When the Roman Empire conquered Egypt, the Great Pyramid was already more than two thousand years old.
Back to Tahrir. Protesters returned to the streets ahead of parliamentary elections and the ensuing violence is now in its second day. Police doused the crowds with tear gas, rubber bullets, and “birdshot” pellet cartridges and clashes erupted with protesters, including mutual stone-throwing. Two are dead and more than 600 have been injured so far.
Ursula Lindsey over at The Arabist writes:
These clashes feel almost unavoidable, given the military council’s terrible performance, the increasing vocal criticism it is facing, the rising tensions of all kinds surrounding the upcoming (poorly planned, utterly confusing) elections — given the terribly unclear transition process that has been put in place, and the fact that none of the revolution’s demands, including the reform of the security forces and real transitional justice, have been met.
Indeed, the transition has been going very poorly, with the Supreme Council of Armed Forces and the people increasingly at odds over lack of progress and the apparent moves of SCAF to gain political power.
Above: A protester with the Egyptian flag. Photo Credit: Reuters. [Via.]
Al Jazeera now reporting at least 11 dead in Tahrir today. To hell with SCAF and all cops and armies! Victory to the Egyptian revolution!
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I hear a lot of people in the US talking about the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt in the past tense. I guess they’re not reading the same stories about those countries that I am.
This already made the rounds a few days ago, but this little handbook is still interesting enough to post now. I’m very curious who put this together in the first place.
A few people in the crowd of more than 300 who rallied in SF in support of the Arab/Egyptian uprising.
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Help Egypt - Join the Cloud!
A small but real thing you can do to help out people in Egypt (and elsewhere) is to set up your computer as a relay or a bridge for the Tor network. This network essentially allows people in Egypt (and everywhere else in the world) to evade government censorship, avoid IP tracking, etc.
The process is not quite as straightforward as just clicking a button or downloading a program, but it’s not hella complicated either. This link is enough to get you started and you can be up and running in a few minutes.
Update: Joining the Tor relay network remains a great thing to do. However, as long as the Egyptian government keeps the whole country unplugged from the global internet, Tor is not going to help people there. Not sure whether there’s anything useful we can do right now for folks there.