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‘Tomorrow is the beginning of the end’: How to start a REVOLUTION

This is Asmaa Mahfouz, the 26-year-old woman who sparked Egypt’s revolution.

On January 18th, Asmaa uploaded this video to her Facebook. It quickly went viral throughout Egypt, and thousands rallied to follow her instructions for a peaceful protest.

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The night before the protests began, Asmaa posted another message, thanking everyone and urging nonviolent action.

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Asmaa’s videos are eloquent and passionate. They are perfectly crafted to appeal to Muslims, Christians, men and women, old and young. She sets herself as the example, then makes an irrefutable argument about the importance of showing up to the next protest.

“Whoever says it is not worth it coz there will be only a handful of people, I want to tell him, you are the reason behind this. And you are a traitor, just like the President or any security cop who beats us in the streets. Your presence with us will make a difference, a big difference!”

“If you stay at home, then you deserve all that’s being done to you. And you will be guilty, before your nation and your people. And you’ll be responsible for what happens to us on the street while you sit at home.”

Asmaa Mahfouz is relatively unknown, especially in the West. Her Wikipedia entry is slowly being fleshed out. One of the few things we know is that she celebrated her 26th birthday at the revolution, and that she’s still there today, standing in protest for her rights.

Egypt’s turmoil is very thoroughly documented. For the most recent news, try Mother Jones. Twitter accounts are constantly in flux, but today you can follow Anjali Kamat and Sharif Kouddous for updates from the ground.

Please watch these two videos by the young woman who triggered the events in Egypt. What amazing courage.

Thanks to Love and Trash for posting these.

Thinking about Josephine: All Souls edition

This morning, news of the bombing of a Syriac Catholic church in Baghdad hit my feed reader via the Archdiocese of Toronto blog.  I directed me to the BBC report of the incident, where I read with horror of this targetted attack on the Eve of the Feast of All Saints.

My first reaction was to call my mother-in-law Josephine to see if she knew anyone in that parish.  She had contacts world-wide in the Syrian-Catholic community and elsewhere.  And then I remembered her passing almost three months ago.  It’s funny…Zouheir says that he keeps going to pick up the phone to call her and then remembers that he can’t.  Josephine made friends wherever she went, and even in the months before she died, she kept in contact with friends and family by phone.  She was also introduced to Skype in her final year and enjoyed seeing her grandchildren that way, even if she couldn’t see them in person.  And she was a prayer warrior, keeping us all close to her heart and the heart of Jesus.

Today, she would have been praying for the church in Baghdad, and I ask for her intercession for the repose of the souls of the dead, and peace to the injured and bereaved.

Reason #347 to love the National Post…

… is Conrad Black.

Seriously, the guy is smart as a whip and a great writer.  I”m hoping to squeeze his book on Nixon into my pile.

That being said, the Post apparently gets a lot of positive mail about his weekly column.  On Mondays, the editorial board posts a summary of the previous week’s mail and this was printed today:

This colourful note on Lord Black also came in from south of the border.

“Hey! Your guy Conrad Black is good!” wrote someone who identified himself as “Mark in Montana.”

“His latest piece on my loser President is terrific. If his column was some hot chick in Vancouver, I would ask it to marry me. Long live our great friends in sweaters! Oh Canada!”

It was in response to this article.