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My Conversation with Francois Verster, director of The Dream of Shahrazad


THE DREAM OF SHAHRAZAD is a feature-length documentary film which locates political expression before, during and after the Egyptian revolution – and also within recent times in Turkey and Lebanon – within a broader historical and cultural framework: that of storytelling and music. More particularly, it looks at the legacy of the famous collection of stories known as THE 1001 (or “ARABIAN”) NIGHTS. for more information https://dreamofshahrazad.com/

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Conversation with Political Cartoonist Carlos Latuff, his role in Jan25th Revolution in Egypt!!

 

 

 

 

Carlose Boots and mubrak

 

Carlos Latuff (born on 30 November of 1968 in Rio de Janeiro) is a Brazilian anti-zionist freelance political cartoonist, of Lebanese ancestry. Mr Latuff’s works have been posted on various Indymedia websites and blogs as well as several newspapers and magazines such as Mad, The Toronto Star, the Saudi Arabian magazine “Character”, Lebanese newspaper “Al Akhbar“, Läsarnas Fria Tidning, and others. A number of his cartoons were also published on other websites such as Norman Finkelstein‘s. He was placed second, winning $4,000, in the 2006 Iranian International Holocaust Cartoon Competition.

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Selling Lingerie on the Egyptian Street

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Selling Lingerie on the Egyptian Street
Cairo’s Tahrir Square is the global symbol of the January 25th Revolution, where millions of Egyptians, including women, went to demand the toppling of the regime. Lately, Tahrir Square has witnessed the courting of the Egyptian population by General Al Sisi and his propaganda machine as well as a “Million Woman March” demanding the toppling of the hijab.
The history of progressive women and their struggle for independence and social freedom is an old one, starting with the Egyptian feminist and activist, Huda El Sha’arwi, founder of the Egyptian Feminist Union in 1923. Two events stand out in the history of women’s struggle in Egypt. In the Egyptian Revolution of 1919, women demonstrated side by side with men and used their hijab as a symbol of resistance to the British occupation, and again in the 1940’s and early 50’s, when small groups of radical women leftists embraced the topics of inequality and nationalism with a strong anti-imperialist bent. Here is pamphlet published by the group that announced, “. . . struggle to realize democratic freedom for women in Egypt–that is the freedom which cannot arrive under the shadow of the imperialist and imperialism nor under the shadow of enslavement and exploitation.”
Egyptian women, who are again trying to gain the freedom to remove their hijab, need to “burn their bras” first, as their western counterparts did in the sexual revolution of the 60’s. Back in Tahrir Square, Egyptian women may not be exactly burning their bras anytime soon, but you can see them buying bras, lingerie and undergarments on the street. Nowadays, it is not uncommon to see bras and lingerie displayed on every street corner and in the windows of shops, even on sidewalks in the slums of Cairo.

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