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?

Nonviolence vs. U.S. Support for Repression in the Middle East


Some things that the brave protestors in the Arab and Persian worlds have taught us: 1.  Non-violence is the most effective weapon against violence. As Gene Sharp notes in “From Dictatorship to Democracy” Since 1980 dictatorships have collapsed before the predominantly nonviolent defiance of people in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, Poland, East Germany, Czechoslovakia and Slovenia, … More Nonviolence vs. U.S. Support for Repression in the Middle East

#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

Why Egypt’s progressives win – Opinion – Al Jazeera English


    Egypt Watchers should read Paul Amar’s  informative article, which explains how progressive social forces are changing the country, and why Suleiman and conservative business interests will have to work with them.  Here’s a snippet:   It is crucial to remember that this uprising did not begin with the Muslim Brotherhood or with nationalist … More Why Egypt’s progressives win – Opinion – Al Jazeera English

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