It’s a week since Mubarak’s departure. For our family it’s been a fairly normal week — but it isn’t so for everyone. I’ve been at work and so has Antony. Our daughter has been at school — with fewer students than normal but more and more returning everyday. The curfew — 12 midnight to 6 am doesn’t affect us. The police have not yet reappeared on the streets. Stores are stocked, but banks are closed. Debit/credit cards work, fortunately.
The repercussions of the revolution however are felt by many. Business owners have suffered from the economic shut down. Money can’t go out or come in the country, creating big problems for exporters. There is labor unrest — workers are claiming higher wages at a time when businesses can least afford it. 130 companies have shut down in the last two weeks.
The fat cats — corrupt associates of Mubarak — have been arrested and many are on a no-travel list. Rumors circulate about many more — and of course some may well be proved true, while others are being tainted with scurrilous and envious gossip. Rumors about Mubarak’s health circulate via BBM, text and Twitter.
In the meantime the focus of the media has turned to Bahrain, Yemen and Libya. Today Cairo will see a huge march of victory, a return to Tahrir Square.
I have been scouring the press for intelligent writing and analysis. Here are a number of articles, videos and other resources that I thought worth sharing. Please add others to the comments section.
Chris Dickey on The Tragedy of Hosni Mubarak in Newsweek
A fascinating article on the genesis of the non violent strategies of the Egyptian youth in the New York Times and a related video on Al Jazeera Egypt: Seeds of Change showing the protest organizers at the start of the revolution
One of the best chroniclers of the revolution is Yasmine El Rashidi who has been writing in the New York Review of Books. She has a number of posts, which you can read if you click here and then choose the tab NYRBlog. Freedom is the culmination of her writing.
The revolution clarified, for me, the role of Twitter. While it may be used for self-promotion by many, it was also a quick way to disseminate information, and yes, sometimes rumors. I found the tweets of @acarvin most helpful — he was the “curator” of tweets about Egypt’s revolution. There’s a fascinating article in the Atlantic about the role he played in Egypt, Tunisia and during Hurricane Gustav.
Humphrey Davies, a well-known translator of Arabic lists his reading suggestions here.
There are televised interviews — of Naguib Sawiris on Charlie Rose, or Wael Ghonim, Google executive on 60 minutes, of Alaa Saba on Bloomberg. Inspiring too is 80-year-old Egyptian feminist Nawal El-Saadawi with Newsweek’s Chris Dickey.
The euphoria and possibility of a liberated people can be heard in this new song, Sout el Horeya (Voice of Freedom). I am still listening and watching this daily.