Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Egypt on Aljazeera

An American correspondent tells me he's been riveted by the Egyptian uprising and has been engrossed with Al Jazeera’s coverage of it. Truly superb journalism he says. 

You may be able to get a live stream of latest developments from Egypt here.  I can't because my internet connection isn't up to the job.  Sometimes we can get Al Jazeera on our satellite TV, and sometimes not.  I must admit I haven't tried recently, very foolish.   They also have a live blog.

What about the Muslim Brotherhood, often described as the main opposition in Egypt?  They sound like bad news but are an enigma to me.  

Rachid Ghannouchi, age 69
Then I see that in Tunisia, the Islamist leader Rachid Ghannouchi returned from exile on 31st January, with thousands of cheering supporters crowding round him (Irish Examiner).  Here's something to keep an eye on. It seems he likes to be described as "a democrat within Islamism". In an Al Jazeera interview, asked about his welcome at the airport, he replied “There were tens of thousands who came to the airport, mostly young women and men - some of the women not wearing head-scarves.”  Replying to a follow-up question, that there have been women protesting, concerned about his movement and what it would mean for them, he said “We have continuously defended the right of women and men to choose their own lifestyle, and we are against the imposition of the headscarf in the name of Islam and we are against the banning of the headscarf in the name of secularism or modernity.”

1 comment:

  1. Fascinating, intriguing, closing quote there from Rachid Ghannouchi. It will be interesting to see how things develop over the coming months and years.