Tuesday, January 18, 2011


In a HISTORIC turn of events, Arabs are KILLING themselves in political protest and not attempting to murder others. This amazing development is a great sign that there is a soul within the islamic world and that there might be a chance that these Gandi-like arabs are starting a new trend in morality. The ending of murder others. It happened in Tunisia last week and Egypt. Let's all hope Islam as a culture embrace this trend and end the murder of Coptics, Jews, Druze and even each other in the normal way to express themselves in difference.

3 Egyptians light themselves on fire in protest - 1 dies
01/18/2011 18:03

Possibly inspired by events in Tunisia, cases of self-immolation as an expression of discontent with government seen in several Arab states.

Security officials on Tuesday said a 25-year-old unemployed man has died in hospital a day after he set himself on fire on the roof of his home in the Egyptian port city of Alexandria.

The officials said Ahmed Hashem el-Sayed, possibly inspired by events in Tunisia, has been unemployed for a year and suffered from depression. He died in hospital Tuesday. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media, had no more details.

In Cairo, two Egyptian men, also inspired by events in Tunisia, attempted to set themselves on fire Tuesday in downtown Cairo, just a day after another man burned himself in front of parliament.

All three men who attempted self-immolation in Cairo have survived.

Reuters reported similar attempts have been made in Algeria and Mauritania where, as in Tunisia, the population has expressed frustration with high proces, unemployment and authoritarian rule.

News of the Tunisian uprising has dominated the Egyptian media over the past few days, with opposition and independent newspapers lauding the fall of President Zine El Abedine Ben Ali and drawing parallels between his toppled regime and that of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who has ruled for nearly 30 years.

Egypt has posted impressive economic growth rates over the past few years, in part fueled by a host of ambitious reforms. But the growth has failed to filter down to many of the estimated 80 million Egyptians.

Nearly half of all Egyptians live under or just below the poverty line set by the U.N. at $2 a day. Mubarak and his ruling National Democratic Party have been pledging to ensure that the fruits of economic reforms benefit more Egyptians.

Self-immolation as a method of protest is uncommon in Egypt, although women in rural and poor urban areas have been known to set themselves on fire to protest violent husbands, abusive parents or an unwanted suitor.



Blogger senor correspondent said...

If this catches on I promise not to be too disappointed.

I also have noted that the President of Tunisia's wife absconded with 1.5 tons of gold. That's about 50 million smackers. Maybe she can hang out with Yasser's wife.

WiO, do you ever get the feeling that the whole world run by crazy people?

6:05 PM  
Blogger senor correspondent said...

WiO, maybe I'm wrong but I don't see an edit function after a comment preview.

6:06 PM  
Blogger What is "Occupation" said...

nope neither do I!!

9:34 PM  
Blogger linearthinker said...

I've been following all that hype about the ton-and-half of gold. My take is that it's filler on a slow news day. I'd also run the numbers and came up with the same figure, about $50MIL. Shucks. Only $50MIL? I can't get excited unless the scandal is measured in billions any more.

Do y'all realize there's been more press given to that paltry pilferage than to the mysterious convoys of weapons that were high balled into Syria under Spetsnaz escort during the runup in 2003?

4:56 PM  
Blogger What is "Occupation" said...


Dont confuse people with real important news..

How about the trade between Germany and Iran INCREASED to record levels?

Or that Iran is head of OPEC?

Or the the Palestinians raised their NATIONAL FLAG over their mission in Washington DC, with the approval of the Obama admin?


A nation that in 1948 had 105,000 Jews, today? 1500 are left....

that's a 99% ethnic cleansing rate, better than the nazis did to europe...

6:40 PM  

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