I am Muslim.I am Egyptian. I love Palestine, and I stand in solidarity with the Palestinians. I love reading, writing, taking pictures, bike riding, 3ouds and mandolins. Egypt is my favorite place in the world. My greatest regret is not being able to be there for the 2011 revolution.
Princesses Fawzia and Fayza in military gear observing military exercises during the Egyptian-Israeli war of 1948
FRANK, MAN, YOU’RE ALIVE
I SAW THIS HANDBAG MAN
IT LOOKED JUST LIKE YOU.
OH FRANK I’M SO RELIEVED.
Music played an important role in both reflecting and energizing the Arab Spring, but the artistic landscape of North Africa continues to flourish in the year since the revolution.
With less fear of repercussions, musicians have started to address political and social issues more explicitly in their work—both in lyrics and performance.
El-Zabaleen, makes its instruments from recycled materials as a way of promoting a message of environmental support.
The hip-hop group Arabian Knightz raps about women’s rights in the song “Sisters.”
Radio and television rarely recognized such overt activism in music before the revolution, but now artists who had been locked into Cairo’s underground music scene are edging their way into the spotlight.
—Eleanor Kagan, via Egypt’s Underground Wakes Up
Photo: El-Zabaleen in performance
In the case of israel, terrorists who committed massacres and terrorized a people out of their own land are celebrated and even granted the position of president in the illegal state. This is the state of israel. A state built on massacre and murder.
Do you think your heart is dead? Is it too broken this time? Every winter the flowers crumble and the trees die. And every spring, He gives them life again. Can not the One who gives life to the dead land, give life to your dead heart?
— Yasmin Mogahed (via vntagekiss)