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Ahmed Mohammed Abdullah, known as Abu Islam, was shown in two videos posted online desecrating the Christian Bible. In one video, Abdullah stood before a large crowd and ripped up the holy book. In the second video, he told the camera, “Next time I will urinate on it.”
Egypt is going to try him for blasphemy.
Christians – well, most of us – do not consider Scripture an idol not able to be harmed. This is a freedom of speech issue – so, let us reconcile first.
Egypt’s new Islamist-dominated parliament is preparing to introduce a controversial law that would allow husbands to have sex with their deceased wives up to six hours after death.
In a rare find, Egyptian and Swiss archaeologists have unearthed a roughly 2,900-year-old tomb of a female singer in the Valley of the Kings, an antiquities official said Sunday.
It is the only tomb of a woman not related to the ancient Egyptian royal families ever found in the Valley of the Kings, said Mansour Boraiq, the top government official for the Antiquities’ Ministry in the city of Luxor.
A Supreme Council of Antiquities mission has discovered a Coptic city dating back to the fourth century. The city is located in the Ain al-Sabil area of the New Valley Governorate.
In the middle of the city, a basilica church was found, surrounded by buildings that Council Secretary General Mostafa Amin said were service units for the priests.
Increasingly, citizens of all ages, but particularly the young, are rejecting conventional structures like parties and trade unions in favor of a less hierarchical, more participatory system modeled in many ways on the culture of the Web.
In that sense, the protest movements in democracies are not altogether unlike those that have rocked authoritarian governments this year, toppling longtime leaders in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. Protesters have created their own political space online that is chilly, sometimes openly hostile, toward traditional institutions of the elite.
“You’re looking at a generation of 20- and 30-year-olds who are used to self-organizing,” said Yochai Benkler, a director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. “They believe life can be more participatory, more decentralized, less dependent on the traditional models of organization, either in the state or the big company. Those were the dominant ways of doing things in the industrial economy, and they aren’t anymore.” (here)
So, we are moving towards anarchy, but in anarchy, what will remain? Power, and power will be more centralized, and unchallengeable by law or mild force. What do we do if anarchy is the primary ‘in view’ concept for what these protestors want?
- As Scorn for Vote Grows, Protests Surge Around Globe (nytimes.com)
Up to 70 percent of British men and half of all Western European men are related to the Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun, geneticists in Switzerland said.
Scientists at Zurich-based DNA genealogy centre, iGENEA, reconstructed the DNA profile of the boy Pharaoh, who ascended the throne at the age of nine, his father Akhenaten and grandfather Amenhotep III, based on a film that was made for the Discovery Channel.
The results showed that King Tut belonged to a genetic profile group, known as haplogroup R1b1a2, to which more than 50 percent of all men in Western Europe belong, indicating that they share a common ancestor.
Among modern-day Egyptians this haplogroup contingent is below 1 percent, according to iGENEA
Being the Scotophile that I am, this triggered for me the idea of the Scota myth,
Scota, in Irish mythology, Scottish mythology, and pseudohistory, is the name given to the mythological daughter of an Egyptian Pharaoh to whom the Gaels traced their ancestry, explaining the name Scoti, applied by the Romans to Irish raiders, and later to the Irish invaders of Argyll and Caledonia which became known as Scotland.
Scota was rumored to have been an Egyptian princess around the time of Moses…
I dunno, but I found it fun to ponder.
Interesting enough, the some of the this technology – especially that which was used in Egypt – was manufactured in the U.S.:
For a long time, the dominant conversation around internet censorship has focused on two of the practice’s giants: Iran and China.
Arguably owners of the most sophisticated filtering methods, the criticism levied against these two countries has been deserved. And yet, the focus on them has largely been at the exclusion of other countries that also censor the web to varying degrees – including an increasing number of democracies.
In recent weeks, Turkey, Tunisia, and Australia have all made headlines for their various plans to introduce new filtering schemes. Though each country’s plan differs, they all have similar focus: curbing access to obscene content.
But while blocking obscenity may reflect the will of the people, such filters nonetheless have implications for freedom of expression.
- This Week in Internet Censorship (eff.org)
- Web censorship moves West (pikapvs.wordpress.com)
- More Internet Censorship in Great Britian (pdark.de)
- Hackers Protest Censorship by Taking Down a Government Website in Turkey (mashable.com)
Seventeen lost pyramids are believed to have been found in Egypt by a team of space archaeologists from Alabama, according to a report.
Sarah Parcak and her team at a NASA-sponsored laboratory at the University of Alabama at Birmingham made the discoveries using a satellite survey, and also found more than 1,000 tombs and 3,000 ancient settlements in infrared images that show up buildings underground, BBC News reported.
The BBC said that two of the suspected pyramids had been confirmed by initial excavations.
“We were very intensely doing this research for over a year. I could see the data as it was emerging, but for me the ‘aha’ moment was when I could step back and look at everything that we’d found, and I couldn’t believe we could locate so many sites all over Egypt,” Parcak said.
Frankly, this is pretty cool.
- “Egyptian pyramids found by infra-red satellite images” and related posts (egyptology.blogspot.com)
Christians and Muslims fought in the streets of western Cairo on Saturday in violence triggered by word of a mixed romance, Egypt’s official news agency reported. At least five people were killed.
The clashes marked an escalation in tension between Egypt’s Muslims and its Coptic Christian minority that has coincided with uncertainty surrounding the country’s path after President Hosni Mubarak’s ouster in February.
Ultraconservative Muslims have renewed protests in recent days accusing the church of abducting the wife of a Coptic priest who the protesters believe converted to Islam. Copts answered back by holding their own rally Friday outside the Orthodox Church to protest what they said was the “targeting of the church.”
Freedom is never easy. Nor the path to freedom.
This happened before the revolution, but I hope that what happened during the revolution will be remembered.
Thought this was interesting -
Some bronze statues recovered this week in Egypt during a police action, have turned to be a little mystery — well in keeping with the Egyptian deity, the god of silence and secrecy, they represent.
Dating to the Late Period of Egyptian history (around 688-332 B.C.), the four recovered statues were initially believed to have been stolen from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo during the January revolution that brought down President Hosni Mubarak.
But according to a statement by the Ministry of State for Antiquities, a committee of archaeologists who verified the identity and authenticity of the artifacts, discovered that only two of them are actually pieces missing from the museum.
Not much is yet known about the other two.