Jordanian cartoonist Emad Hajjaj has done some interesting work recently on the various political developments in the Arab world that have dominated the news this past month or so.
Here’s a selection of the one’s Hajjaj has produced in the past month or so, looking at all the instability in Tunisia, Sudan, Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan. (Remember he wasn't to know about 25th or 28th January or the Jasmine Revolution.
A Historical Appraisal of Egypt’s January 25 “Day of Wrath”: Incentives, Characteristics, & Implications.
Nancy Elshami brings us much needed 'in perspective' overview of the Egyptian Revolt flashing us back through history and directing our eyes onto the future outcomes.
She brings us:
Mass Protests in Egyptian history
The Bread Riots
And finally a glimpse ahead into the possible outcomes and ramificiations:
As Egyptian history demonstrates, however, these protests will likely have far reaching effects upon Egyptian society, even if they do little more than break the shackles of fear and hopelessness that have imprisoned Egyptians for so long.
Tunisia, Egypt and the region: will the Revolution continue and spread?
A look at the conditions of Tunisia and Egypt in conjunction that led to such a spontaneous outcry in one after the other.
Leading cries for The Permanent revolution across Egypt Tunisia, Jordan and others afflicted by social and political grievances, as played out in the region and spearheaded by students and workers who are the main actors in these events.
Are We Finally Seeing the Sun Set Over the American Empyre
One question comes to mind, why is America afraid of Democracy? (and no it's not a typographical mistake of Empyre we are told)
A peeved person poses many more charged questions at the US whose voices we heard from via Obama and Clinton last night.
Watching the ‘news’ on the Fox Network last night was like watching a skit on Comedy Central. It wasn’t about why events were taking place in Egypt, but the emphasis was on what it means to the price of oil (up $4.00 a barrel since the rioting broke out).
Yesterday, in between writing and grading, I kept thinking about this line from Coetzee’s Waiting for the Barbarians: “All creatures come into the world bringing with them the memory of justice.”
More reflections using a quote from Tayeb Salih and considering the indelible stains left behind by European colonialists.
News gets harder to get. but is made easier by these enthusiastic cyber-activists.
"At 12.34 this morning, Egypt’s entire internet service was closed down – the largest shutdown in history. Mobile phone services have also been suspended, and al-Jazeera has been taken off the Egyptian air. An al-Jazeera journalist has been beaten up by regime thugs. There are reports that French and British journalists have also been beaten or detained. A CNN crew have had their cameras smashed. Obviously, news is harder to come by today."