Watching the pictures live on BBC just now looking across the crowd of protesters in Cairo – it seems to me that there is a disconnect between the very rich, isolated member of the Egyptian government sitting in their environments with real gold leaf on the ornate furnishings around them and the reality they have created for everyone else to suffer.
One carpet that is under the feet of these government officials would have provided jobs for thousands of Egyptians, many of whom make no more than $2.00 per day. I don’t think they know that is the extent of what is irrational about the decisions they have made.
I was actually watching this EuroNews clip online when I noticed the furnishings, the carpets, the Louis whatever furnishings with real gold on their ornate features, noted the massive crystal chandelier and thought about Mr. Mubarak having his home in Vienna, Austria.
And, it occurred to me how ridiculous the new vice president’s words were, as he claims to want to speak to the opposition . . .
Can he not walk out into the Tahrir Square in Cairo and find them? Would the new cabinet members, each of whom have a history of oppression and cruelty towards the people of Egypt, as much as Mubarak has as well, – actually walk out into the masses of Egypt’s people and speak with them? And, listen to them? And do anything to fix it?
Are they really looking for solutions in the government or are they doing something else?
Looking at this group of news from the last little bit from google news, by date on this subject – is actually a bit bizarre . . .
This seemed pretty interesting, although I’m not sure of its source ideologies –
CAIRO, Tuesday 1 February 2011 (AFP) – Fifty Egyptian human rights groups on Tuesday called on President Hosni Mubarak to “step down to avoid bloodshed,” on the eighth day of anti-government protests that have left at least 125 people dead.
In a statement, the rights groups call for “parliamentary and presidential elections to be held within six months under the supervision of the judiciary.”
Among the statement’s signatories are Egypt’s main human rights groups, including the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, the Centre for Economic and Social Rights and the Arab Centre for the Independence of the Judiciary.
The groups also called for “a new constitution formulated by a a commission representing all parties and political groups as well as civil society.”
And, I saw something from the IMF too –
CNBC.com – Gail Krishnan – 1 hour ago
Youth unemployment in Egypt and Tunisia was a ticking “time bomb”, IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn told CNBC Tuesday, adding that he had warned of such a …
IMF vows to help Egypt reform Financial Times (blog)
(from google news)
There are pictures on CNN American Morning with Anderson Cooper in Cairo right now – it is more than a million souls in that protest right now and more are coming . . .
Which goes to prove the point, governments exist by consent of the governed – not the other way around, regardless of what rich and powerful leaders in their isolated conclaves believe.
Any society stops without having the consent of the governed, and any government ignoring the needs of their people can be brought to nothing when the consent of the governed is withdrawn.
It doesn’t matter what happened over the last thirty years now. It is the next thirty years and beyond that are being created right now and healing from the previous multitude of harms done to Egypt’s individual citizens can now begin to happen.
The friends of Egypt’s government around the world, may want to take note – even as Davos kept leaders bundled up and bunkered in its plush environs for their discussions – the people they affect by their decisions are never far away and nothing moves, or works well when people are oppressed, insulted in thousands upon thousands of cruelties, excluded from equality and opportunity, left without opportunities to employment, and abused by authorities.
Found over on wikipedia -(entry about Mubarak)
Mubarak and corruption
While in office, political corruption in the Mubarak administration’s Ministry of Interior has risen dramatically, due to the increased power over the institutional system that is necessary to secure the prolonged presidency. Such corruption has led to the imprisonment of political figures and young activists without trials, illegal undocumented hidden detention facilities, and rejecting universities, mosques, newspapers staff members based on political inclination. On a personnel level, each individual officer can and will violate citizens’ privacy in his area using unconditioned arrests due to the emergency law.
Transparency International (TI) is an international organisation addressing corruption, including, but not limited to, political corruption. In 2010, TI’s Corruption Perceptions Index report assessed Egypt with a CPI score of 3.1, based on perceptions of the degree of corruption from business people and country analysts, with 10 being very clean and 0 being highly corrupt. Egypt ranked 98th out of the 178 countries included in the report.
Emergency Law rule
Egypt is a semi-presidential republic under Emergency Law (Law No. 162 of 1958) and has been since 1967, except for an 18-month break in 1980s (which ended with the assassination of Sadat). Under the law, police powers are extended, constitutional rights suspended and censorship is legalized. The law sharply circumscribes any non-governmental political activity: street demonstrations, non-approved political organizations, and unregistered financial donations are formally banned. Some 17,000 people are detained under the law, and estimates of political prisoners run as high as 30,000.
Under that “state of emergency”, the government has the right to imprison individuals for any period of time, and for virtually no reason, thus keeping them in prisons without trials for any period. The government continues the claim that opposition groups like the Muslim Brotherhood could come into power in Egypt if the current government did not forgo parliamentary elections, confiscate the group’s main financiers’ possessions, and detain group figureheads, actions which are virtually impossible without emergency law and judicial-system independence prevention.
Pro-democracy advocates in Egypt argue that this goes against the principles of democracy, which include a citizen‘s right to a fair trial and their right to vote for whichever candidate and/or party they deem fit to run their country.
And this article has some interesting information about several different things, including about some traditional horrific customs that continue, and illiteracy, and economics and wheat prices (in Egypt) –
It is interesting and offers a much greater picture of the problems across much of the world, and particularly in Egypt today –
My Note –
We so completely need Egypt and the Egyptian people to join us in the twenty-first century . . .
And, that is the truth.
There must be a way to make a strong democracy there right now and bring them into the new century with us rather than it all going backwards into some continued horrific fourteenth century nightmare. Honestly.
Of all the times, for the world’s nations to come together and support a people – this would be it.