Category: Egypt



Why Gas Is So Expensive Today (Hint: It’s Not Libya) – Chris Peterson.

The current spike in gas prices is not primarily a result of anything to do with the freedom fighters in the Arab world. Nor is it a result of OPEC’s production levels, which would suggest a far lower $/gallon than can be found on the open market.

Rather, the spikes are primarily a result of the speculative market on oil. This speculative market is driven by the practices of the biggest banks, who have special exemptions to treat commodities like a casino, who have zero incentive to appropriately hedge their bets, who do not provide the liquidity they were designed to provide, and who generally provide nothing of value to society except to push prices of things higher and higher so that very rich people will continue to invest with them.


Next time you lament the separation of church and state, ask yourself if you would prefer a Muslim government in Egypt over a secular one. The word “secular” means “of this world.” It describes a government that confines its rules and regulations to matters of this world rather than matters of the spirit, worship and eternal salvation.

Wise government officials have no interest in regulating, recommending or even defining proper religious practices for their constituents. They are not empowered to do so, nor competent to do so.

Sometimes deeply religious people, lamenting what they perceive as the moral erosion of their culture, seek to harness the power of government in an effort to bring the Kingdom of God and make people more Christian.

Laws that require religious behavior make people hypocrites, not Christians. We have a duty as Christians to participate in our democracy, but we should never focus on government over worship and prayer in the effort to effect cultural change. Government is far too weak when it comes to transforming the hearts of people. Only faith and love can do that.

The blessing of a secular government: David E. Crosby | NOLA.com.


February 11th 2011

 Something great is happening in Egypt.

As Americans, let us not fear the future, theirs or ours.

Fear and paranoia are not what we are made of.

We should not fear Egypt or any other country reaching for their highest Ideas. We just need to keep matching them with our own.

The desire for dignity, respect, freedom and liberty run deep in the human psyche. It is not just a desire; it is a need, it is a necessity.

I do believe if we lived in fear and paranoia when we went through our own revolution we not have our own freedom

Do not fear the future but embrace it.

In Egypt just as in early America:

Will it take hard work? Yes.

Will Democracy come easy? No.

Will it take wrong turns? Yes.

Will the future still happen even if we do nothing? Yes

So we might as well shape it the way we want it.

The Egyptian young generation wants their chance at their freedom.

This new generation, their voice as “one”, was heard.

Today is a Momentous and Significant Day!

 Compliments to the Egyptian people for their long enduring persistent and patients in defeating this dictator.

Human dignity and liberty wins the day.

Global change is coming. It is happening. When our world is becoming more economic interconnected and dependent on each other, we all have a choice to make. To stay with the familiar, afraid and immovable or to reach out with an open mind taking that first major step, asking the question, how can I think about this differently?

The transition we find ourselves in will take time and hard work. And, pulling together as global citizens, we can make this world, better, stronger and safer.

Do not fear the future.

 For Human Freedom wins the day!


We’re in the midst of a global food crisis — the second in three years. World food prices hit a record in January, driven by huge increases in the prices of wheat, corn, sugar and oils. These soaring prices have had only a modest effect on U.S. inflation, which is still low by historical standards, but they’re having a brutal impact on the world’s poor, who spend much if not most of their income on basic foodstuffs.

Droughts, Floods and Food – NYTimes.com.


CAIRO: The sight of tens of thousands of Egyptians, taking to the streets, demanding their constitutional right to choose their leader was a turning point in the history of this nation.

No one imagined that the hoards of protesters who risked their lives on that historic day on January 25 would finally move their virtual revolution from cyber space to the street, but it happened and it continues.

The 10,000 Egyptians who were violently dispersed with water cannon, teargas and rubber bullets from Tahrir Square on midnight that day, the thousands who marched peacefully in Alexandria and Suez were the spark that triggered unprecedented demands to topple the regime and end the Mubarak dictatorship.

 

Revolution on the Nile | dailynewsegypt.

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