Afghanistan, by Steve McCurry 2006
Tunisia has now become a Fascist state?
On 26 February 2011, author John R Bradley reports on the Arabian nightmare (The Spectator)
Among the points made:
Tunisia used to be tolerant.
1. Kairouan in Tunisia, Islam's fourth holiest city, has long had legal and regulated brothels.
In the Moslem Ottoman-Turkish empire, prostitution was legal and regulated.
2. In Tunisia, tourists have always been able to drink alcohol.
3. In Tunisia, Christians used to be pretty safe.
Tunisia by elmina
Since the Jasmine Revolution of January 2011 everything has changed.
1. The Jasmine Revolution has led to attacks on the brothels in Tunisia's cities.
"Hundreds of Islamists raided Abdallah Guech Street armed with Molotov cocktails and knives, torching the brothels, yelling insults at the prostitutes and declaring that Tunisia was now an Islamist state."
Tunisia's brothels are to be permanently closed.
2. Throughout Tunisia there have been demonstrations against the sale of alcohol.
3. Suspected Islamists have slit the throat of a Catholic priest.
Tunisia by Rene Collin
What was Tunisia really like under Ben Ali?
"Tunisia was the most secular and progressive country the Islamic world has ever known.
"The regime was the least brutal in the region, its people the wealthiest and best educated.
"The poverty level was just 4 per cent when the revolution broke out, which is among the lowest in the world.
"Eighty per cent of the population belonged to the middle class.
"And the education system - allocated more funding than the army - ranked 17th globally in terms of quality.
How Islamic is Egypt?
1. Egypt had a history of tolerant and liberal Islam.
But, a recent poll conducted by the Pew Research Center found that a majority of Egyptians support stoning as a punishment for adultery, hand amputation for theft, and death for those who convert from Islam to another religion.
2. Yusuf Al-Qaradawi is the spiritual guide to the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood.
He has a weekly television show on Al Jazeera.
Recently he delivered a political sermon to a five million-strong crowd in Tahrir Square.
3. Alexandria was once famous for 'its secular, carefree atmosphere'.
Now, all Muslim women in the city are veiled.
Violence between local Christians and Muslims is commonplace.
Most bars have stopped serving alcohol.
What about Morocco?
The fundamentalist Party for Justice and Development (PJD) increases its number of seats at each election.
John R. Bradley is the author of Inside Egypt: The Land Of The Pharaohs On The Brink Of A Revolution (2008) and Behind The Veil of Vice: The Business And Culture of Sex In The Middle East (2010).
Memphis, Egypt by bsargentina
On 24 February 2011, at the Christian Science Monitor, we read that ordinary Egyptians wish their revolution had never happened
According to the Christian Science Monitor:
1. In recent weeks, Umm Karim, a mother of four, has only been able to afford one meal per day.
"Her teenage sons both lost their jobs when the factory they worked in burned down in Egypt's revolution."
2. "Some Egyptians are beginning to wish that their own revolution had never happened."
3. "Shaban doesn't know how he is going to find money to feed his children dinner.
"Since the revolution started, he has not had a job."
Shaban wasn't involved in Egypt's protests.
4. In Shaban's town of al-Maraziq, building projects are halted and business ventures have been disrupted.
A mechanic in al-Maraziq says that business has declined.
He now pays more for paints and spare parts.
His 11-year-old nephew now misses going to school.
5. Umm Karim says: "I wish the revolution never happened."
Five tourist hotels have been attacked in Cairo.
According to the manager, 'about 1,000 young guys' attacked Cairo's Europa Hotel on 15 February 2011.
WND reported that the Egyptian Islamist terrorist organization Jamaat al Islamiya (Al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya) , 'founded by the Muslim Brotherhood', and 'armed by Hamas', is re-establishing itself.
In 1996, Al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya reportedly carried out a shooting rampage at the Europa Hotel in Cairo, killing 18 Greek tourists.
In 1997, it reportedly carried out the Luxor massacre, killing 58 foreign tourists. (Muslim group.)
On 19 February 2011, the Financial Times reported that these February 2011 hotel attacks raise Islamist fears
"Over the past three weeks", a series of attacks have "targeted the Gandool, the Ramses, the Europa, the Arizona and the Andalous."
The manager of the Europa Hotel suggested that his hotel was smashed up by Islamists.
A policeman standing near the Gandool said the attackers were 'the ones with the beards'.
Two people died in the firebombing of the Ramses.
Some people suspect that the CIA and Mossad are involved with the 'Islamists'
The Head of Egyptian Islamic Jihad Ayman al Zawahiri, fought for the CIA in Bosnia. (aangirfan: Zawahiri)
His brother Zaiman al-Zawahiri fought for the CIA in Kosovo.
Ayman al Zawahiri was involved in the Luxor massacre.
According to January 2000 U.S. Congressional testimony, Ayman al-Zawahiri was granted U.S. residence by the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
One of the centers of operation for al-Zawahiri was London.
President Mubarak, after the Luxor massacre, stated: "There are people who carried out crimes and who were sentenced [in Egypt] and live on British soil." (aangirfan: Zawahiri)
aangirfan: CAIRO BOMB; CIA & MOSSAD TRYING TO TOPPLE MUBARAK?
Jamaat al-Islamiyya - Council on Foreign Relations