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Latest Activity: May 9, 2014
I do not have much time to be a very active student but I have enjoyed reading the posts. I wanted to add a little about this month's issue of National Geographic (November) which has an interesting…Continue
Started by Marsha Guthrie Nov 11, 2009.
De - I do not know if you felt disappointed when you visited Alexandria. It is a good example of "managing expectations". There are high "visual" historical expectations linked to Alexandra (library,…Continue
Started by Jovan. Last reply by Deirdre Williams Nov 2, 2009.
I forgot that we have "in house expertise" in archeology. Mina, please be more proactive. Mina and De mentioned Akhenaten. He is probably one of the most controversial among pharaohs. He moved…Continue
Started by Jovan Nov 2, 2009.
According to the Eternal Egypt site, "Queen Hatshepsut is the most famous female ruler of ancient Egypt."What about Cleopatra, then?According to Wikipedia, Hatshepsut (or Hatchepsut, pronounced…Continue
Started by Virginia (Ginger) Paque Nov 2, 2009.
Thanks for the wishes Deirdre. Everyone here is coping as they see fit. Ever since the Internet came back on a lot of debates have been going on. It's hard to figure out what the majority opinion is. There are still massive demonstrations going on against Mubarak's regime, and there are those who support him. There are also a growing number of people who really just want all this to be over and for normal life to resume with the hope that Mubarak will keep his word concerning his stepping down in September and free elections taking place. Many of them are organizing online.
The problem facing young secular, and non-party affiliated (NDP and opposition) Egyptians is that they are truly not represented. Even when the President reached out to the opposition to start a dialogue (which is definitely a necessity right now), the proposal was to speak to the opposition parties whose total number of followers combined still represent less than youth, NDP members, and Muslim Brotherhood separately. It's really difficult to decide what to do without having a channel of communication. This is really what we need to do.
I have been watching the various news broadcasts from Egypt and remembering the IGF in Sharm el Sheikh. Particularly I am remembering the young people who worked so hard at social reporting and producing the daily news sheets. Your hospitality in 2009 makes Egypt now a very real place for me.
The BBC has just reported that the Internet is accessible again in Egypt. I want to send you all my best wishes for your safety and for a peaceful and satisfactory resolution.
De from the Caribbean.
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