Feb. 14th, 2011

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Gene Sharp appears to be the guru of the Egyptian revolution, along with a Sharpian non-violent Academy of Change in Qatar who sent staff to Cairo a week before the demos, and the U.S.-funded Egyptian Democratic Academy.*

Nice long chrono piece in today's NYT emphasizes this, as well as the role of the Muslim Brotherhood in organizing the battles against the Mubarak goons, the courage of the soccer fans in the original five-hour battle against police on the bridge to Tahrir, and the tear gas/cardboard armor techniques shared by the Tunisians on Facebook. They were using Pepsi to get the tear gas out of their eyes. But the Broz also questioned, with seasoned prudence, the provenance of the internet flashmobs, with Broz leader Essem Erian asking, "All these people are on Facebook, but do we know who they are? We cannot tie our parties and entities to a virtual world." Once they had examined the crowds, they mobilized on the second day of the demos to organize the fight against the Mubarak goons.

The mobilization of the disciplined and well-organized Broz, who had allegedly renounced violence and urged younger members of the crowd to do the same; the police-fighting seasoned tenacity of the soccer fans; and the non-violence preached by old Gene Sharp and his academies mark this as a true, Gandhian, secular peoples' movement of the kind not seen since the 1960s.

Oh, and Mubarak's defiant speech? Is laid at the feet of Uday.

NYT Timeline on the Rev )

*Which sounds like a typical CIA front. But John Bolton, of evil memory, was denouncing it the other day at the Con PAC conference, so it can't be all bad.
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As usual, the Fug Girls and the philosophers of aesthetics in their comments on Lady Gaga's red carpet outfit at the Grammys take the cake.


They're all correct. And brill, just brill.


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