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Identifying Strategic Protest Routes for Civil Resistance: An Analysis of Optimal Approaches to Tahrir Square. My colleague Jessica recently won the Tufts GIS Poster Expo with her excellent poster on civil resistance.

Identifying Strategic Protest Routes for Civil Resistance: An Analysis of Optimal Approaches to Tahrir Square

She used GIS data to analyze optimal approaches to Tahrir Square in Cairo. According to Jessica, many previous efforts to occupy the square had failed. So Egyptian activists spent two weeks brainstorming the best strategies to approach Tahrir Square. Out of curiosity, Jessica began to wonder whether the use of GIS data and spatial analysis might shed some light on possible protest routes. She began her analysis by identifying three critical strategic elements for a successful protest route: For her analysis, Jessica took gathering points and convergence points into consideration. Overlaying the data and using GIS analysis on each strategic element yields the following optimal routes to Tahrir: Actually the experts did predict the revolution...more than once. It has widely been claimed that the Egyptian revolution of 2011 took all the experts by surprise because none of them predicted it. It goes to show, say those who make the argument, just how little experts in general know and especially how little Middle East experts know.

In some exceptionally annoying versions it is suggested that Middle East experts, sometimes said only to be “self-proclaimed” as in a recent article on the Democracy website, saw democracy as a system alien to the supposed cultural “DNA” of the system. The only problem with this particular discursive meme is not just that it’s wrong but that it’s exactly (180 degrees) wrong. The problem with the experts wasn’t that they didn’t predict the downfall of the Mubarak regime; the problem was that they’d been predicting it for so long that the idea itself became discredited. 3arabawy - صَحـَـفي مِصـْـري's Photostream.

Global Voices · Egypt Revolution 2011. Protesters in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt.

Global Voices · Egypt Revolution 2011

Flickr: Jonathan Rashad (CC BY 2.0). Table of Contents Egyptians calling for an end to President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule captured the world's attention with mass protests from January 25, 2011, (#Jan25) across the country, especially in Cairo's central Tahrir Square which citizens occupied for more than two weeks. Originally inspired by the Tunisian uprisings that began in December 2010, the Egyptian protests now in turn inspire additional hope for change in the wider North African region and abroad.Initially, the government blocked the Internet and mobile phone communication, but news of arrests and police repression still circulated online. According to Human Rights Watch, police violence against protesters (especially tear gas canisters and rubber bullets fired at people's heads) led to the deaths of at least 300 people. Egypt vs the American Revolution. How does the revolution in Egypt compare with the American Revolution?

Egypt vs the American Revolution

There is no comparison. It is more impressive and more important. So far. In the United States, the American Revolution is sacred history. As a result, Americans tend to associate its slogans and symbols with the whole concept of revolution. For the leaders of the American Revolution, colonial North America had been a place of social mobility and prosperity. No European society allowed members of the minor gentry the prominent roles in political life that the British colonies had offered Americans. Obama does not get it. Barack Obama, the US president, has still not fully grasped the essence of the revolutions underway in the Arab world.

Obama does not get it

He genuinely seems to believe that the people rallying for democracy in the region are making a pro-Western, if not pro-Israeli, statement. 'Ignorance high' in US over Egypt - Americas. More than half of United States' citizens have heard 'a little or nothing at all' about the uprising and violence in Egypt, a survey has revealed.

'Ignorance high' in US over Egypt - Americas

And those who have been following events seem noncommittal about what their impact is likely to be. According to a poll by the Pew Research Center, some 52 per cent of the people interviewed during the past five days knew precious little about the events in Egypt. Only 28 per cent of respondents thought they would have a negative effect, while 15 per cent said the calls for political change in Egypt would be good for the US. Meanwhile, 58 per cent of the 1,385 people polled said the protests were unlikely to have much of an effect whatsoever on the US. While considering party lines, Republicans and independents were more likely than Democrats to believe the uprising would be bad for the US. Democrats are equally split between positive and negative predictions, at 21 per cent each.

Obama doublé par ses Amazones. A Washington, ce sont les femmes qui étaient les plus déterminées pour intervenir en Libye, souligne la célèbre chroniqueuse du New York Times Maureen Dowd, manifestement ravie de cette inversion des genres.

Obama doublé par ses Amazones

On les appelle les Amazones, les Dames faucons, les Walkyries, les Durgas [déesse hindoue]. Western media fraud in the Middle East. Egypt. Military Rule In Egypt Timeline. 2011 Egyptian revolution. The Egyptian Revolution of 2011, locally called January 25 Revolution (Arabic: ثورة 25 يناير‎ thawret 25 yanāyir, Revolution of 25 of January) and sometimes referred to as the Lotus Revolution,[21] was a diverse movement of demonstrations, marches, plaza occupations, riots, non-violent civil resistance, acts of civil disobedience and labor strikes which took place following a popular uprising that began on 25 January 2011.

2011 Egyptian revolution

Millions of protesters from a variety of socio-economic and religious backgrounds demanded the overthrow of the regime of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. There were also important Islamic, liberal, anti-capitalist, nationalist, and feminist currents of the revolution. During the uprising the capital city of Cairo was described as "a war zone"[28] and the port city of Suez saw frequent violent clashes. The protesters defied the government-imposed curfew and the police and military did not enforce it. Pr Jean Marcou : « L’expérience turque de transition politique, un modèle pour l’Égypte post-Moubarak ? » Titre original L’expérience turque de transition politique peut-elle servir de modèle à l’Égypte de l’après-Moubarak ?

Pr Jean Marcou : « L’expérience turque de transition politique, un modèle pour l’Égypte post-Moubarak ? »

Par le Professeur Jean MARCOU Professeur à l’Institut d’Études Politiques de Grenoble Chercheur associé à l’Institut Français d’Études Anatoliennes (IFEA) Co-directeur de l’Observatoire de la Vie Politique Turque (OVIPOT) Alors que l’Égypte célèbre le départ d’Hosni Moubarak et que l’on s’interroge sur ce que sera le nouveau gouvernement de ce pays, un débat autour du « modèle » turc de démocratisation ne cesse de s’intensifier.

Toutefois, ces prises de position officielles ont amplifié une mise en exergue du « modèle » turc, qui avait déjà commencé à défrayer la chronique, depuis plusieurs semaines, notamment en Turquie. Egypt In Flux: Photographs by Thomas Dworzak. Nearly two months after President Hosni Mubarak stepped down, Egypt finds itself in a state of flux.

Egypt In Flux: Photographs by Thomas Dworzak

Magnum photographer Thomas Dworzak, on assignment for TIME, has been capturing the nuance and spirit of Cairo as the city awaits its future. Les Frères musulmans vus d’Egypte » Article » OWNI, Digital Journalism. Tandis que l'Occident s'alarme face au danger de l'islamisme en Egypte, une française musulmane du Caire s'étonne de la surmédiatisation des Frères musulmans.

Les Frères musulmans vus d’Egypte » Article » OWNI, Digital Journalism

Olivier Roy : "Comme solution politique, l'islamisme est fini" Pour le politologue, le Printemps arabe signe l’échec de la théorie du choc des civilisations et « casse les logiciels populistes ». Le politologue français Olivier Roy fut l’auteur en 1992 de « L’Echec de l’islam politique », théorie à mettre en regard avec celle du « Choc des civilisations », publiée l’année suivante par l’Américain Samuel Huntington.

La Turquie, nouvelle héroïne du monde arabo-musulman. Le « modèle turc » est-il applicable aux pays arabes ? Etat laïc dirigé par un islamiste modéré, la Turquie sert d’exemple après la révolution en Egypte, malgré un contexte politique différent. Karagöz et Hacivat, marionnettes au musée du Jouet d’Istanbul (Kivanc Nis/Flickr/CC) Les révoltes arabes ne sont pas encore achevées que l’on songe déjà au système qui se substituera aux dictatures renversées. A tort ou à raison, le « modèle turc », qui combine actuellement démocratie et parti islamiste modéré, est sans cesse montré en exemple. Le Parti de la justice et du développement (AKP), arrivé au pouvoir en 2003, symbolise en effet l’alliance réussie entre islam politique et démocratie.