The Origins of Easter


Christians celeberate a feast day called “Easter,” on which they honor a murdered son and his miraculous return to life through the power of the Father.  This story reinterprets the much earlier, Babylonian myth of Osiris, in which Isis, “the Giver of Life,” mother of the sun, and “oldest of the old,” restores Osiris to life, mates with him, and then … More The Origins of Easter

Whither the Revolution for Women in Egypt and Yemen?


Where are the brave, feminist women and men who helped to bring down Mubarak in Egypt, and who have long been agitating against Saleh in Yemen, now?  About a quarter of the million protesters who brought down the Egyptian dictator were women.   Tawakul Karman, who has led anti-government protests at Sana’a University for years, … More Whither the Revolution for Women in Egypt and Yemen?

#Egypt: Hosni Mubarak resigns as president – Middle East – Al Jazeera English


    They did it!  Let’s hope that we–the United States–choose the people, and not Vice President Suleiman, who has personally overseen torture. Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president, has resigned from his post, handing over power to the armed forces. Omar Suleiman, the vice-president, announced in a televised address that the president was “waiving” his … More #Egypt: Hosni Mubarak resigns as president – Middle East – Al Jazeera English

Egypt’s army ‘involved in detentions and torture’ | World news | The Guardian


The military has claimed to be neutral in the political standoff and both Mubarak and his prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq, have said there will be no “security pursuit” of anti-government activists. But Morayef says this is clearly not the case. “I think it’s become pretty obvious by now that the military is not a neutral … More Egypt’s army ‘involved in detentions and torture’ | World news | The Guardian

U.S. Backs Wrong Horse: #Egyptian Revolution


Thousands upon thousands of Egyptians poured into Tahrir Square yesterday, many demonstrating for the first time.  These women, men, children, bakers, bricklayers, teachers, bus drivers, students, shopkeepers, newspaper sellers, fruit-mongers, lawyers, executives, factory workers, mothers, sisters, brothers, fathers and sons all demand an end to the repressive regime that has routinely enforced “stability” by kidnapping, … More U.S. Backs Wrong Horse: #Egyptian Revolution

Yet Another Brave Egyptian Woman Standing Against Tyranny


Yesterday I received a message, indirectly, from Dr. Iman Bibars, in the form of a comment on one of my posts.  Dr. Bibars is affiliated with Ashoka, an organization that, in its own words, “strives to shape a global, entrepreneurial, competitive citizen sector.”   The Ashoka website explains that she holds a Ph.D. in Development Studies … More Yet Another Brave Egyptian Woman Standing Against Tyranny

Time for Mubarak to Go


The Obama administration has hovered on a knife’s edge while hundreds of thousands of people have demonstrated against their autocratic President, Hosni Mubarak,  in Cairo, Alexandria, and across Egypt.   The choice was obvious long ago–the United States must stand for democracy and human rights–but now that Mubarak has sent his murderous thugs into Tahrir … More Time for Mubarak to Go