Posts Tagged Egypt

Light Ten Thousand Cell Phones

Watching video of the first minutes in Tahrir Square after the announcement of President Mubarak’s resignation my attention was caught by the multitude of glowing blue squares of cellphones and the like held high to record the moment.

Truly,  Facebook, Twitter, and the Internet, albeit abetted by good old fashioned landlines, helped release the genie from the bottle this time.

Amazing to sit here in snowy Canada and be given such a window on happenings half a world away.

While we wait for the day to dawn and the smoke of celebratory fireworks to clear, I pray that the one who is the light of the world and the sun risen with healing in his wings, would bless Egypt and uphold what is good.

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And along came Wael Ghonim

And just as the media were beginning to think they had squeezed the most vital juices out of the story along comes Wael Ghonim. The young Google executive, just released from 12 days imprisonment by Egyptian security forces, has breathed new life into the protest at Tahrir square.  History in the making is full of incredible twists. Perhaps I should stop boycotting Facebook after all.

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Most Read

It’s hard to stay in the limelight. Today, a man stabbed and killed by a fighting cock in California, has knocked the Protesters in Tahrir Square off the top spot in “Most Read” on BBC news. The live feed there has been discontinued. I’m sure the Egyptian regime hopes desperately that by the weekend the protesters will be yesterday’s news.

Today, as I headed out to the swimming pool, the radio was playing a historical piece on Baby Doc’s fall from power in Haiti, following similar street demonstrations.  A reporter recalled watching the midnight departure of Baby Doc, as he drove his smart little sports car and his wife into the bowels of an American military transport plane to be flown into exile in France.  A Haitian reporter remembered the celebrations in the street that followed, and then the tire necklacing and lynching of as many members of the hated Tonton Macoutes as the populace could get their hands on.  A year later he decided that, though Baby Doc was gone, basically it was the same as it always was, and he moved to the United States.

It was a rather sobering moral tale and it stayed with me while I swam.

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Don’t waste your time on the Soaps

I said something like that to a lady at the pool after mentioning that I was following the news from Egypt closely, and she said, “But at least we know the Soaps [soap operas] aren’t real.”  Yes, and therefore not something we expend effort praying about.

For the last 12 days I have been glued to the BBC live feed which is covering events in Egypt.  That is, I catch up on it multiple times through the day and have read it all. Momentous history in the making.   There’s a lot I don’t know and I can’t see the eventual fallout. I pray for justice to prevail.

The last two entries seemed significant:

  1. 1415: We’ve received a few of the following: TravellerW tweets: “Word of a Christian mass on Tahrir tomorrow sunday. I’ll be there, too, praying. Will you?”
  2. 1410: Ursula Lindsey, writing in the Arabist blog, draws attention to activists held by the secret police: “Many Egyptian human rights activists arrested in the last few days remain in detention… There are probably hundreds if not thousands of others that are also being detained, interrogated and tortured right now. Frightening as the attacks on foreign journalists have been, most of our colleagues have emerged relatively unscathed. It’s the Egyptians being rounded up by police and intelligence that I truly fear for.

Christians need to wake up and pray.

We make a big noise about democracy and freedom of speech in the West.  We need to put our prayers where our mouths are.

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