Doaa Eladl is an Egyptian political cartoonist who is furious at how the international media is portraying events in Egypt. She thinks President Obama is siding with the Muslim Brotherhood and believes western journalists are mis-reporting the roots of violence in Egypt. Eladl doesn’t consider the July 3rd ouster of former president Mohammed Morsi a coup but a necessary move to restore democracy in Egypt. Eladl’s views are shared by many in Egypt.
Click on the cartoon to see more work by Doaa Eladl at Cartoon Movement.
I was digging into the Snowden case and stumbled across some interesting stuff about extraditions. The oldest documented extradition treaty dates back to c.1259 B.C., more than 3,000 years ago.
It was part of a treaty between ancient Egypt and another super-power of the time, the Hittite empire, based in what’s now modern Turkey.
Criminal and political fugitives were to be sought out and handed back.
The United States’ first formal extradition treaty was with Ecuador in 1872, which is ironic since Ecuador is now considering offering asylum to Edward Snowden.
EGYPT, Cairo : Egyptian women shout slogans against President Mohammed Morsi as they join hundreds of thousands demonstrating against President Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim brotherhood outside the Egyptian presidential palace on July 3, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt. Cheers erupted, firecrackers ignite and horns were honked as soon as the army announced President Mohamed Morsi’s rule was over, ending Egypt’s worst crisis since its 2011 revolt. AFP PHOTO/MAHMOUD KHALED
Today, almost a year since the election of longtime Muslim Brotherhood figure President Mohamed Morsi, there is a general feeling that nothing has really changed in terms of citizens’ rights. None of the security officials responsible for the series of killings of protesters since January 2011 have been convicted. As this in turn sparks new demonstrations, the Brotherhood regime continues the use of thuggery and public violence, together with sexual harassment, to terrorize citizens and deter them from protest in Tahrir Square.
But these policies, and the statements legitimizing them by military officials and Islamist politicians alike, have become the butt of jokes and biting comments in oppositional media. Among the most striking examples of this has been the graffiti art of young Egyptian activists across the country. The impertinence in their depictions of the authorities has become one of the most powerful ways of unmaking the system. Indeed, many believe that the military junta had been defeated morally well before Morsi replaced it, thanks to the public ridicule of its violence in popular jokes and graffiti.
From afar, Tahrir Square appears almost festive as protesters chant against the Islamist president who was overthrown by the Egyptian military last week. But inside the crushing crowds, the scene can be a lot more sinister.
In a video posted by the Muslim Brotherhood, an unidentified woman cries out as men attack her. The group, from which former President Mohammed Morsi hails, claims the attack occurred in Tahrir Square in late June.
Violence and chaos on the streets of Egypt today, but remarkable kids like this give you hope for the country’s future.
Mar. 21, 2013 via El Wady News
I started my shift with Opantish at around 7:30 last night. We did not wrap up until after 3:00 in the morning. We received forty-six reports of cases of mob sexual assault in and around Tahrir. We were able to intervene in around half, in coordination with other groups such as Tahrir Bodyguard. Some attacks involved the use of blades, sticks, and other weapons. One case had to go to the hospital and underwent surgery and several others needed medical attention. Some volunteers were also wounded in the process. The square became undeniably unsafe for women.
Today’s Tumble: Sexual Assaults in Tahrir Square
On July 3 Human Rights Watch reported that during the protests last week in Cairo more than 90 women endured mob sexual assaults, harassment or rape. These reports contribute to over 170 counts of sexual mob crime reported in the last week, according to The Guardian.
The Guardian has also compiled a HarassMap that visualizes the reported attacks against women.
The World reported on widespread sexual violence against women in Cairo’s Tahrir Square back in January, with a report about a new women-led organization intended to combat the attacks.
In that interview, member of the volunteer-only Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment Salma el-Tarzi said,
"We believe that a very big part of these assaults are organized. Sexual assault has always been a tactic used by the system to intimidate women and to punish women who take part in protests or in manifestations."