Wallpaper Monday

Cairo

In honor of the Egyptian protesters, today’s wallpaper is of Cairo. Photographer Wael Saad writes:

Nowhere in the Muslim world can you find such a profusion of domes and minarets as in Cairo. Rising from the haze of crowded, crumbling streets in the old, chaotic, yet picturesque medieval parts of the city, they dominate the city’s skyline. Minarets, indeed, are Cairo’s joy and ornament and the source of Cairenes’ favorite nickname: Madeenet el alf Midhana, “the city of a thousand minarets.”

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About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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2 Responses to Wallpaper Monday

  1. Ana_ñ says:

    Thanks for these two posts in support of people claiming for civil rights and real democracy. It is not true that maintaining tyrants as allies will protect Western world from Islamic fundamentalism. That was the excuse behind the support given to dictators in Iberian Peninsula and South America, thinking that they will protect “civilized nations” from Communism. These days we see human beings wanting freedom; they are not terrorist and they need support. Cairo is a lively city full of wonders and intellectual activity. I hope that these brave people, from Tunisia to Yemen, achieve the rights they deserve.

    • oregon expat says:

      I hope so, too. And I would add that not only does support of brutal autocracies not protect “civilized” nations from communism/muslim fundamentalism/insert-scary-boogeyman-here, but in fact it accomplishes exactly the reverse. People who are oppressed, and who know damn good and well who is funding and enabling their oppression, tend to develop a well-earned anger toward those enablers. And nobody with an open mind could possibly blame them.

      The conservative press in the US is, of course, freaking out about the possibility of the Muslim Brotherhood coming into power. Neo-conservatives in the US love democracy, but only when it results in US-approved elected leaders. Alas for them, democracy is in fact a rather messy method of government. Brutal dictatorships are so much tidier.

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