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February 4, 2011

This is purely Islamic Revolution in Egypt

Filed under: Egypt,Politics — ispoli @ 3:03 pm

Thank You Aljazeera English for Time to Time Reporting (All times are local in Egypt, GMT+2)

3:51pm Al Jazeera issues a statement condeming the “gangs of thugs” that stormed their office in Cairo. The office has been burned along with the equipment inside it.

It appears to be the latest attempt by the Egyptian regime or its supporters to hinder Al Jazeera’s coverage of events in the country…

It appears to be the latest attempt by the Egyptian regime or its supporters to hinder Al Jazeera’s coverage of events in the country.

In the last week its bureau was forcibly closed, all its journalists had press credentials revoked, and nine journalists were detained at various stages. Al Jazeera has also faced unprecedented levels of interference in its broadcast signal as well as persistent and repeated attempts to bring down its websites.

We are grateful for the support we have received from across the world for our coverage in Egypt and can assure everyone that we will continue our work undeterred.

3:45pm International attention remains hooked on the uprisings in Tunisia and now Egypt, but Nic Dawes, Editor of South Africa’s Mail & Guardian says there “has been little focus on the African dimension of these uprisings”.

There are certainly countries – not least among those close to Egypt – that could do with broad-based civil movements against authoritarianism. Chad is perhaps the most benighted, but the depth of its isolation and tyranny are such that it is difficult to imagine a people-power movement succeeding.

What about Ethiopiaand its increasingly authoritarian president, Meles Zenawi? Or Uganda, where Yoweri Museveni is consolidating his grip on power? Or Angola, where oil revenues fatten the ruling elite and human development stalls? Or Zimbabwe? Or any of the pseudo-democracies that dot the continent”

Elsewhere in the Mail & Guardian, online Editor Chris Roper asks if Twitter will save Africa, while blogger Khadija Patel warns that South Africans are failing “to give voice to that facet of the South African experience that strongly resonates with the Egyptians and Tunisians”.

A demonstration was held today at the Egyption embassy in Pretoria. (Source)

International Media is Covering Tahrir Square Final Round of Revolution

International Media is Covering Tahrir Square Final Round of Revolution

3:43pm Al Jazeera reporters say that numbers of Mubarak-loyalists on the 6th of October bridge has increased to over 300 now. An army tank has moved position to confront them.

3:25pm Mondoweiss, a news website focused on American foreign policy in the Middle East, shows this interesting graph comparing Al Jazeera traffic to The New York Times.

Al Jazeera Engilish Ranking in Alexa - During Coverage of Egypt

Al Jazeera Engilish Ranking in Alexa - During Coverage of Egypt

3:12pm At least 200 pro-Mubarak loyalists are on the 6th of October bridge just outside Tahrir Square in Cairo.

3:10pm Al Jazeera’s reporter in Alexandria sent through this picture from the protests there. Thousands of men and women are still streaming in to join the already large crowds.

Anti Hosni Government Crowd in Tahreer Square - Cairo Egypt

Anti Hosni Government Crowd in Tahreer Square - Cairo Egypt

2:35pm Reports coming in that Al Jazeera’s Arabic office in Cairo has been stormed and thrashed by unknown men. More information to follow.

Amr Moussa, the Arab league chief, is attending the rally in Tahrir Square.

1:30pm: About 3,000 people demonstrate in support of President Mubarak in the Mohandiseen district in Giza, adjacent to Cairo.

1:14pm: Our correspondent in Cairo says pro-Mubarak gangs are not visible at all in the streets and that the army has taken extensive measures to secure the demonstration. She says imams, speaking in mosques today, have called for calm and praised the role of the army as it is working to prevent violence.

We are showing live pictures from both Alexandria and Cairo – click here

12:53pm: Prayers are over and the masses, hundred thousands of people, are chanting “We won’t go until he leaves”.

Yesterday, NevineZaki posted this picture on Twitter, saying it shows Christians protecting those praying in Tahrir Square amid violence between protesters and Mubarak supporters. She wrote “Bear in mind that this pic was taken a month after z Alexandria bombing where many Christians died in vain. Yet we all stood by each other”

Tahrir Square Cairo Egypt - Thursday in the Eveining

Tahrir Square Cairo Egypt - Thursday in the Eveining

12:35pm: Our correspondent in Alexandria says tens of thousands of people have gathered in the centre of Alexandria. He says Christians and others not performing Friday prayers have formed a “human chain” around those praying to protect them from any potential disruptions.

12:26pm: Friday prayers at Tahrir Square now. The sermon preceding it called for release of political prisoners and constitutional amendments.

12:22pm: Our correspondent in Cairo says people away from the main protest area are stying inside, fearing violence. She quotes one person as saying “I can’t even trust my neighbour anymore, nowadays you never know who is supporting who.”

12:08pm: Reports say supporters of President Mubarak are still gathering around Tahrir Square.

Egyptian Army Protecting American Embassy - Quite Safe Yet

Egyptian Army Protecting American Embassy - Quite Safe Yet

11:36am: An AFP photographer says Defence Minister Tantawi has addressed the crowd in Tahrir Square, surrounded by soldiers, who called on the protesters to sit down.

“The man [Mubarak] told you he won’t stand again,” Tantawi said, referring to the president’s announcement that he will not seek re-election in polls to be held this autumn. Tantawi also repeated a call from the Egyptian government for the Muslim Brotherhood, the country’s biggest opposition group, to join a dialogue with the government.

Thousands of Anti Government Protesters in Tahrir Square Cairo Egypt

Thousands of Anti Government Protesters in Tahrir Square Cairo Egypt

11:28am: Protester Aida El-Kashes, on the phone from Tahrir Square, describes the situation there as calm and safe. She says all entrances to the square except the one near the Egyptian museum are open and people are getting in. The thousands of protesters who have been through the past days violence together now have bounds to each other “as a big family”, she says..

11:08am: Our reporter in Tahrir Square says protesters are checking the ID’s of people entering the area to make sure no members of the police or other security services are getting in (Egyptian IDs mention the person’s profession). She says the protesters are very welcoming to journalists.

11:02am: Our correspondent says tens of thousands of people have gathered in Tahrir Square, and many more are expected after Friday prayers.

10:50am: Egypt’s defence minister is visiting Tahrir Square today, a ministry source tells Reuters. “Field Marshal [Mohamed Hussein] Tantawi and leaders of the armed forces are currently in Tahrir Square,” the source is quoted as saying.

10:35am: A number of European leaders are meeting at the EU headquarters in Brussels, discussing the situation in Egypt. Al Jazeera’s Laurence Lee, covering the summit, says what happens in the EU with regards to Egypt mirrors what happened in the United States: “They were quite lukewarm to begin with … but now just like the Obama administration, they are saying that there needs to be immediate transition to democracy in Egypt in a smooth manner.”

10:09am: Our correspondent at Tahrir Square says soldiers are preventing people from getting into Tahrir Square from at least one of the entry points.

10:01am: More from our web producer in Cairo: “About 65 soldiers stationed around 6th of October bridge and the museum, wearing riot gear. Limiting access to Corniche, etc.”

9:55am: The website World Wide Tahrir calls for sit-ins to be held at Egyptian embassies “from Friday 4th Feb at 20:00 local time in your city(!!!), till Mubarak leaves”

9:50am: Our web producer in Cairo writes on Twitter: “Egyptian state TV reporting that one of its crews was attacked in Tahrir Square. Amusing thought, but is it true? Could be propaganda.”

9:45am: The editor-in-chief of Ikhwan online, the official website for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, says police and “thugs” have attacked Cairo International Media Center.

9:03am: One of our correspondent just wrote on Twitter: “Festive and Celebratory atmosphere that marked the days of the protest b4 Pro-mubarak peeps attacked is back in #tahrir”

And, about 20 minutes ago, another of our reporters wrote: “Dozens of police trucks in side streets around Pres Palace.Yes thats right police!Haven’t seen them in a while.”

8:59am: Mohammed al-Beltagi, a leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood, tells Al Jazeera that his movement has no ambitions to run for the Egyptian presidency.

8:29am: Our correspondent writes on Twitter: “by 7am friday: chants of ‘get out’ ‘invalid’ ‘leave’ resonating louder than ever this time of day”

8:21am: Salma El Tarzi, a protester in Tahrir Square, tells Al Jazeera over the phone that the moral in the square is high and the atmosphere cheerful, “like a festival”, with thousands of people arriving.

8:01am: The curfew has now been lifted and protests are due to start at noon, after Friday prayers.

7:53am: Mona Seif, an Egyptian activist, just posted this picture from Tharir Square this morning.

Injureds are still at Tahrir Square After Straight Firing From Hosni Elements

Injureds are still at Tahrir Square After Straight Firing From Hosni Elements

7:45am: The Guardian has great pictures of protesters putting on makeshift helmets during yesterday’s clashes. Cardboard, buckets and plastic soda bottles were used to deflect the stones.

7:03am: Our producer says there appears to be a security build-up at Tahrir Square, with troops in riot gear standing next to tanks at the outskirts of the square.

6:55am: Watch our video wrapping up yesterday’s events

6:15am: Our reporter in Tahrir Square says there is an “easy calm” in Tahrir Square, as protesters prepare for renewed protests on what they call “the day of departure” for President Mubarak.

6.02am: The New York Times reports that the US administration is in talks with Egyptian officials over a proposal for President Hosni Mubarak to resign immediately, turning over power to a transitional government headed by Vice- President Omar Suleiman. The White House has not confirmed the report.

3:23am Anti-Mubarak protester Nadine Shams tells Al Jazeera that protesters are trying to gear up for Friday’s protests while securing Tahrir Square and keeping themselves safe. She tells us that protesters fear being attacked by armed men again.

2:49am Here’s another video from Egypt’s “Day of Rage” on January 28 shows a vehicle ploughing over protesters. The person who posted the cilp claims it is a diplomatic vehicle that “ran over more than 20 people” but we can’t verify these details at this time.

2:14am One of our Web producers notes that loudspeakers inside Tahrir Square are playing loud, old-school patriotic Egyptian songs. People are clapping along.

2:08am Anti-Mubarak activist Mona Souief tells Al Jazeera that people feel that they are “past the worst.” and that if protesters could make it past the violence of the past 24 hours, than they could persevere.

2:01am Egyptian state television claims that some anti-Mubarak protesters are asking to be able to pass the barricades and leave Tahrir Square, and that that the Egyptian army has indicated that it’s ready to help protesters leave the square.

But Al Jazeera Arabic contacted some protesters, who have have denied the reports carried on Egyptian television.

1:26am Aida Seif El Dowla, founder of the El Nadim Center tells Al Jazeera how a sister organisation, the Hisham Mubarak Law Center, a prominent legal aid group providing help to anti-government protesters , was raided on Thursday, with its staff of five, along with 25 volunteers, being detained.

Since early in the morning, the area … was full of thugs, who randomly rounded up people from the streets and them people in microbuses and just took them away, God knows where. And then we heard that the army had surrounded the Hisham Mubarak Law Centre, and then we heard that thugs were surrounding the Hisham Mubarak Law Centre, and they’re not allowing people to enter or to leave the building. And then we heard that the army – the military police – they went up into the centre, broke into it, took the equpment, took the computers, took some of the files, removed some of the sim cards from the mobile phones …

When asked if she knew where her colleagues were being kept, al Dowla said,

We don’t know. We don’t know. The fact that they have been taken by the military police means that probably being kept in some military place, not the normal police stations, depending on where they have been detained from, and so we have no access to those people, we have no knowledge of whether or not they are safe. … we have absolutely no idea where they are.

She said among those detained are representatives of Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, along with several bloggers.

1:02am AJE correspondent reports that live shots will resume as soon as it is safe to do so, as journalists with cameras are being targeted.

12:20am Charter evacuation flights are landing all around the world as foreigners, fearing for their safety, leave Egypt.

12:16am Our live blog on the Battle for Egypt begins now and will continue for the rest of the day.


January 14, 2011

WakeUp Secularism and Liberalism of Pakistan

Filed under: Pakistan — ispoli @ 1:57 pm
General Perwaiz Musharraf was the man, who introduce the term ‘Modern Enlightenment’, according to him it means to be positive and take everything light, he further proved it at every stage, Moderate Enlightenment is really the good, if implement by the meanings of dictionary, not by the meaning of Musharaf, it doesn’t mean that his explanation was wrong, actually he used this term against Pakistan’s base, he took all base issues infect Islamic issues so light, even against Islam.
His era was the biggest example of Secularism and Liberalism, if we see deeply, he used this term against Islamic Fundamentalism, and proof is the incident of Lal Masjid. He banned many Jihadi Groups, while they were working internally for ISI and Pakistan Army, actually Musharraf wanted a liberal and secular society in Pakistan, Because all his work’s results is proofing this statement now, he sheltered MQM in Karachi, MQM is a secular lobby, Mr. Altaf Hussain, the chief of MQM said this so many times at front of electronic and print media, In Punjab and rest of Sindh, he gathered PML (Q), both Parties are secular and liberal by mentality and practice.

Fazl-ur-Rahman (Jamiat Ulma-e-Islam) Is Adressing – Munawar Hasan (Jamat Islami) is at right

At the same time, there was MMA, Islamic Fundamentalists, they had 90 seats in national assembly, but Musharraf bypassed them continuously. They didn’t want to spread secular approach in the country; this is the problem and cause of the clashes between them.

It is fact that the two nation theory is the base of Pakistan, according to that, there should be Islamic system in the country after partition 1947, Islamic Fundamentalists want it too yet, but it is looking impossible in coming future due to Musharraf’s work and Ideology of Secularism and Liberalism.

Crowd at M.A. Jinah Road Karachi during Protest against Blasphemy and Government – 9th January 2011

Now, challenging of Islamic values again and again is the result of Musharraf’s Ideology, not only inside the country, government have no any guts even they don’t know the importance of these values, everybody can feel it, proof is the incident of cabinet’s gathering last month, when Rahman Malik, Home minister, was trying to recite Soorah Ikhlas, the smallest chapter of Quran, which have only three verse, shockingly he failed, once somebody don’t know the basics then how can he defend it? This is the situation of Pakistan’s Home Minister.

MMA can be gathered once again with biggest powers as compared to previous
Blasphemy and protest against it also the headache of government of Pakistan, this blasphemous activity is going so common these days, even it has been come at common peoples level, government still don’t want to do anything in this way, while it is too much painful for all Islamic world and peoples of Pakistan, if we observe Pakistan in this way so protest is increasing from Islamic fundamentalists after Aasia Bibi’s Incident, government wants to solve this issue but negatively, they are going to change the anti blasphemy act 1986, so that nobody can blame and pressurize government to punish him or her, this is looking pretty indigestible for peoples of Pakistan. In the other words everyone may say that this negative act of Government of Pakistan in the sympathy of crime is the result of Musharraf’s Ideology.

Religious Circles have not only Beard Holders this time

But world see the opposite reaction when Mumtaz Qadri, An Elite Police Commando, kill the Governor of Punjab for his work defined above, after this murder peoples of Pakistan seems in anger, they were also on strike at 31st Dec 2010 on the call of religious elements of Pakistan, and after that a biggest protest in Karachi, In this protest, all channels and panels will gathered and decided to give tough time to government on their act to tackling the blasphemy issues.

Religious element’s big powers are youth – 9th January 2010 Protest

As expecting before this protest, I think all expectations comes true, there were so many peoples gathered from all over the city on Tahreek-e-Namoos-Risalat call, it is the panel of 10 Religious political and non-political circles, but an amazing and shocking thing was the presence of all Banned Jihadi Groups, like Harkat-ul-Ansar, Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, Jamat-ud-Dawa, Jaish-e-Muhammad and Lashkar-e-Tayeba, They all are still ban from Musharraf’s Time, but they amazingly gathered thousands of their peoples in protestors’ crowd, at the other hand, there was thousands of peoples of Albadar Mujahideen, Hizul Mujahideen, Hizb-ut-Tahreer and Aalmi Majlish Tahaffuz Khatm-e-Nubuwwat also, these all are armed groups of Islamic jihad.

Secularism and Liberalism of Pakistan – Future is pretty dark

If we take a glance on other Political and Non-Political activists, so each and every religious groups was there at M.A. Jinah Road for protest, exact figure of protestors can not be easily calculated but if we see the fact so there were 6 kilometers of M.A. Jinah Road was completely covered by these protestors, it was the historical biggest crowd in the history of Pakistan. M.A. Jinah Road Consist of two parallel roads one is for entrance and second one is for exit of traffic. Both roads are 30 fts. wide, both were filled with above than 1.5 million of peoples at the peak time of protest on 9th January 2011.

Some think tanks and Secular elements in the city like Pakistan Peoples party and MQM (Altaf Group) were not expecting millions of peoples, at this time everyone can feel the rich effect of Islamic fundamentalism in the city, Musharraf’s ideology is no where, there is all over the echo of the slogan of Nara-e-Takbeer, Nara-e-Risalat, Hang Aasia and Destiny etc.
At this time, it is clearly looking that peoples of Pakistan are standing totally against of Liberal Pakistani Government and I think Fozia Wahab’s (Secretary of Information – PPP) prediction is also coming true, she said before this protest that, we have to raise voice for secularism and liberalism in the good will of Pakistan, if we don’t do that, so the time comes when it will be going so difficult to raise any voice against Islamic fundamentalism.
Now all these religious tycoons have announced to move to Lahore for once again a biggest crowd against government, and after that they will move to Islamabad. This is the time for government to take back the anti Islamic decisions in the sympathy of governments term and Pakistan, because Pakistan can not afford a mid term election at the moment, but it is looking that there will be full term election not a mid term, why government is going against a major public opinion? Why Government is ignoring all of them, why Government taking this issue to the clash? These are the questions which are still answer less. Everyone is feeling and seeing a biggest Islamic revolution in the country, Musharraf’s Ideology of secularism and Liberalism has been totally flushed out by just a murder of Governor Punjab on blasphemous issue, everyone is looking the upper hand of Islamic Religious Circles. Danger alarm has rung for the remaining secular and liberal lobby, at this time any wrong decision even dialogue delivery of government and secular lobby can blast Islamic Fundamentalists, because at yesterday’s crowd, all armed and unarmed Islamic groups have been taken out their weapons, they have shown it also, this is on media record.
Let’s see what will happen after the next protest of these fundamental tycoons of Tahreek Namoos Risalat. There are three leading names like Jamiat Ulma-e-Islam, Jamat-e-Islami Pakistan and jamiat ulma Pakistan, they are ‘moderate enlightened’ in all of them, this responsibility to be calm down and get rest of them calm down, completely on their shoulders, because they have thousands of peoples with them infect they have so many sub-groups and different institutions, who are working under them.
So they can handle the situation at the moment, but here is also looking still a big clash between government and these religious tycoons in case of deny by government. Because, they will not compromise on any religious issue as they have announced it so many times at front of electronic and print media, any way, we can not predict before Lahore and Islamabad protest.
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