Current Magazine

Sean Penn Becomes a Revolutionary

Posted on the 04 October 2011 by Warigia @WarigiaBowman

Sean Penn Becomes a Revolutionary
This past Friday was the "Friday of Reclaiming the Revolution." Sometimes I just wonder if the activists will run out of names for their Friday protests?
Thousands of activists, including Sean Penn, occupied Tahrir this past Friday, September 30, 2011. According to the British Guardian Newspaper, "The two-time Oscar winner arrived in North Africa at the invitation of Egyptian film star Khaled El Nabawy as part of efforts to show the country is once again safe for tourists following the revolution earlier this year that overthrew the regime of president Hosni Mubarak." (Ben Child, "Sean Penn Joins Protesters in Egypt," The Guardian, October 3, 2011)
I like Sean Penn. He was compelling and plausible in the movie Mystic River. I also like it that he is an activist. One more reason for me to watch his movies!
Many protesters were objecting to the concept of military rule. Other protesters were condemning the extension of the state of emergency. Field Marshall Tantawi of the SCAF was a special object of the protesters' anger. Demonstrators also protested against military treatment of civilians. Many protesters emphasized that this revolution was not going to turn out like 1954, and that Field Marshall Tantawi is not Gamal Abdel Nasser.
As explained by a particularly eloquent protester--Mirale Mohamed Hashem--who channeled my thoughts exactly, "This is not why we revolted. The goal of the revolution was to get rid of a tyrannical, oppressive regime, not to replace it with another one." (Ali Abdel Mohsen, "Activists, Sean Penn, Take to Tahrir for Friday of Reclaiming the Revolution," Al Masry Al Youm, September 30, 2011)
On Saturday, the SCAF represented by Armed Forces Chief of Staff Sami Anan sat down with leaders of 15 political parties. According to Al Shorouk, the camps agreed to a roadmap to hand over power within one year, (although we have heard that song before). The hardline Islamist Jama'a al-Islamiya was not invited to the meeting. Apparently, the People's Assembly and Shura Council will hold their first meetings in January and March, respectively.
According to Ahmed Zaki Osman writing in Al Masry Al Youm, the political parties are divided over Saturday's meeting. The Wafd party as well as the MB's Freedom and Justice Party, and the Adl party signed a statement following the meeting pledging their support for the SCAF. Thirty members resigned from El Adl after they signed this statement.  This statement was met with derision by the Popular Socialist Coalition Party.
The Wafd party has allegedly been recruiting former NDP members. This has apparently created a rift between Wafd and the MB's Freedom and Justice Party, which were thinking of forming a coalition. On Monday, the SCAF approved a treachery law which supposedly will prevent Mubarak regime members from being active in politics for five years, and remove those officials from their government positions. The treachery law was passed initially after the 1952 Revolution.
Meanwhile, Egypt is in financial trouble. Economic growth is at 1.36 percent in the 2011-2012 financial year. Growth for the 2010-2011 financial year was at 1.8 percent, a low figure. Mohamed El Baradei has warned that Egypt may face bankruptcy within six months, and criticized the SCAF for economic incompetence.

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Carolina Strong & Have You Marked Yourself Safe?

    Carolina Strong Have Marked Yourself Safe?

    Still getting through Hurricane Florence here in the Carolinas. While I live in central NC, we have had our share of flooding, trees down, power outages and yes... Read more

    The 18 September 2018 by   Midlifemargaritas
  • Questions to Be Asked About Discussion of Sexual Abuse: Why Is Abuse of...

    Questions Asked About Discussion Sexual Abuse: Abuse Vulnerable Females Adult Males Shrugged Easily?

    Speaking from the vantage point of a "but half-woke" straight male, David Roberts writes, Sexual discrimination, harassment, and abuse are everywhere. Read more

    The 18 September 2018 by   William Lindsey
  • What to Do Instead of Counting Calories?

    A while ago, Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt met Dr. Jason Fung to discuss calorie counting. Is it the best way to lose weight or is it more complicated than the theory... Read more

    The 18 September 2018 by   Dietdoctor
  • Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

    Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

    @ San Francisco, CA June 2018 A Virgin Atlantic Dreamliner on final approach for landing at SFO.  Virgin operates 17 Dreamliners in their current fleet,... Read more

    The 18 September 2018 by   Htam
  • On Waiting…


    We are sitting in a government office in Suleimaniyah (commonly called Suli) and we are waiting. We left Rania at seven in the morning. The sun had already... Read more

    The 18 September 2018 by   Marilyngardner5
  • Is Low-carb the Best Treatment for Reversing Diabetes?

    Low-carb Best Treatment Reversing Diabetes?

    The diabetes diet debate has shifted, and the result could save millions of people. The question used to be, is a low-carb high-fat diet dangerous? Is it going... Read more

    The 18 September 2018 by   Dietdoctor
  • London Design Festival 2018 - Interesting New Designs

    London Design Festival 2018 Interesting Designs

    15 - 23 September 2018 chair ‘Iklwa’, design Mac Collins at 100% design Leading bathroom brand VitrA participates for the first time in designjunction,one of th... Read more

    The 18 September 2018 by   Trendoffice