i don’t know anything about her but i’ll be listening.
Women have a long history of activism in Egypt. The current protests are no different. The World reports.
(Image of women in Tahrir Square by Matthew Bell)
*warning* for ableist language
A young woman speaks about the situation in Libya and especially in the capital, Tripoli. Calling CBC puts not only her into great danger but all her family. Stepping outside the door puts her into the great danger of just being shot. She is very brave and very determined. She seems so mature. And it’s a bit disturbing that she’s obviously prepared to die for her freedom. It’s moving. She risks her life to speak to CBS radio. But in reality, she is speaking to us. She wants us to know. I feel if anything we can make her voice to be heard by as many as possible. Listen to this. Reblog.
(skip to 1’35 min of the audio, the beginning is of no importance)
she is amazing.
re: your commentary: i’m not sure how i feel about “she seems so mature”. i’m sorry but it seems kinda condescending.
“The Republican budget would:
1. Destroy 700,000 jobs, according to an independent economic analysis.
2. Zero out federal funding for National Public Radio and public television.
3. Cut $1.3 billion from community health centers—which will deprive more than three million low-income people of health care over the next few months.
4. Cut nearly a billion dollars in food and health care assistance to pregnant women, new moms, and children.
5. Kick more than 200,000 children out of pre-school by cutting funds for Head Start.
6. Force states to fire 65,000 teachers and aides, dramatically increasing class sizes, thanks to education cuts.
7. Cut some or all financial aid for 9.4 million low- and middle-income college students.
8. Slash $1.6 billion from the National Institutes of Health, a cut that experts say would “send shockwaves” through cancer research, likely result in cuts to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s research, and cause job losses.
9. End the only federal family planning program, including cutting all federal funding that goes to Planned Parenthood to support cancer screenings and other women’s health care.
10. Send 10,000 low-income veterans into homelessness by cutting in half the number of veterans who get housing vouchers this year.”
very important and fucking scary list (although it does have cissexism/binarism regarding the “women’s health care” stuff).
“The candles of the city shine to tell the world what we want,
The candles of the city won’t rest and won’t give up,
The blood of the fighters is our own,
We won’t surrender until the regime falls.”
Two young Libyans whose rap music is being broadcast to the front line by rebel Benghazi radio hope they are helping to maintain the morale of fighters outgunned by Gaddafi forces.
“Rap does not physically change things, but it invigorates the soul of people fighting and sends a message to all Libyans,” 16-year-old Imad Abbar, sitting perched on a paint can in the patio of his home in Benghazi, told AFP news agency.
Hamza Sisi agreed, and the lyrics (quoted here) that he wrote for their rap song “Shamat Al-Medina”, or “Candles of the City”, say all.
NPR was able to contact Eman Al-Obeidi. Finally. You can not really say she is fine…
Eman Al-Obeidi was gang-raped and beaten by Gaddafi’s troops and has been beaten, villified and harassed for talking about it. shit is awful. so *WARNING* for talk of rape and victim-blaming and other types of violence/systemic violence.
transcript is here — although their whole “(Speaking/shouting in foreign language)” thing seems messed-up.
EDIT: “Eman” is correct, i guess?