Posts tagged ‘Wael Ghonim’

February 20, 2011

And how are the protests going in the Arab World?

As thousands if not millions of people in the Arab world struggle for their rights in the face of  repressive regimes it is becoming clear that the protesters are braver than most of us. In Libya, Bahrain and throughout the region people are losing their lives just asking for their rights to have a voice in their country.

Puts your weekend in perspective.

Libya.

Bahrain

In Yemen.

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February 15, 2011

Stunning video collage: Egypt Revolution from the Start to the end.

Via@iYassin

A visually stunning collection of images and footage of  revolution in Egypt  that led the ouster of  Hosni Mubarak. Clearly a  lot of blood sweat and tears went into editing this and it is well worth  viewing. The tribute to the fallen is deeply touching. So many lives lost in the pursuit of basic human and economic rights.

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PATRIOTISM
Innominatus
Sir Walter Scott  1771-1832

BREATHES there the man with soul so dead,
Who never to himself hath said,
‘This is my own, my native land!’
Whose heart hath ne’er within him burn’d
As home his footsteps he hath turn’d
From wandering on a foreign strand?
If such there breathe, go, mark him well;
For him no Minstrel raptures swell;
High though his titles, proud his name,
Boundless his wealth as wish can claim;
Despite those titles, power, and pelf,
The wretch, concentred all in self,
Living, shall forfeit fair renown,
And, doubly dying, shall go down
To the vile dust from whence he sprung,
Unwept, unhonour’d, and unsung.

February 11, 2011

Wael Ghonim – a man who offers his life for his people.

The man who has become one of the most compelling faces of the Egyptian revolution is a fascinating figure.He doesn’t want to be viewed as a hero but his story is compelling. I have been following him on Twitter but didn’t know the story of his life.

Looking at Wikipedia I see that he really is a patriot who loves his country.

Ghonim persuaded Google to allow him to return to Egypt, citing a “personal problem”.[12] After his arrival, he disappeared on 27 January 2011 during thenationwide unrest in Egypt. His family told Al-Arabiya and other international media that he was missing. Google also issued a statement confirming the disappearance. Many bloggers like Chris DiBona and Habib Haddad campaigned in an attempt to identify his whereabouts. On 5 February 2011, Mostafa Alnagar, a major Egyptian opposition figure, reported Wael Ghonim as alive and detained by the authorities and to be released ‘within hours’.[13] On 6 February 2011,Amnesty International demanded that the Egyptian authorities disclose where Ghonim was and to release him.[14]

Read the Wikipedia entry here.

February 8, 2011

Wael Ghonim’s interview on Dream TV in Egypt – subtitles

Activist and Google executive Wael Ghonin is interviewed by Mona El Shazly following his release from prison. This is the third part of the interview ( with |English subtitles) and it is incredibly moving as he breaks down in tears when shown images of some of the dead.

Click the CC button at the bottom for the subtitles if you are not seeing them.

View part 1 here.

View Part 2 here.