Arabic rendition of American protest song We Shall Overcome, as performed by Pete Seeger, but with some lyrical differences.

I sing this, and my voice is not good. Nevertheless, if you can suggest improvements in the words, please do so.

معذرة من صوتي غير الجميل و لكن الرجاء إرسال اقتراحاتكم لتحسين الكلام

Is #Libya Like #Tunisia and #Egypt? #Revolution #Africa #Arab

A friend wrote to me asking for my thoughts on the north African revolutions, particularly Libya.

The world media I have noticed is incredibly biased against all the Middle Eastern and African leaders and there presentation of the events unfolding now is not even close to being neutral.  Ghaddafi is the prime example, we have yet to hear from any of his supporters and when we do hear from Ghaddafi himself the media portrays him as some sort of madman.  Granted he has been the leader of Libya for 42 years and he was at odds with the United States for much of those 42 years.  However, one has to look beneath the surface and question the perspective the media is taking. They tend to focus on his attire and his cadre of female bodyguards, however it is a rare occurrence indeed when the media, including the Arab media, refers to the financial support he has provided to many sub-Saharan African countries.  They prefer to paint him in these broad brush strokes as an unhinged meglomaniac oblivious to the needs of the people.  It seems on the service that the people are protesting in Libya for the same reasons they protested in Egypt, but beneath the surface there most be more because the two countries are very dissimilar.  Libya has oil wealth, Egypt does not, Libya is very sparsely populated, whereas Egypt has a very dense population all concentrated along the banks of the Nile.  Perhaps those who are calling for Ghaddafi’s ouster and merely taking advantage of a situation in order to seize power and when they do, nothing truly will change.  Things may even become worse. What do you think?

My uninformed opinion is that Libya has been ineffective in creating positive change, whether it be domestic or in the rest of the African continent. Having said that, see the article below entitled Libya, Getting it Right. I also remember when I was in Nigeria meeting a South African who told me he was traveling to Libya to present to the Moammar al-Qaddafi a book which praised his government’s achievements.

I believe it is essential to reject all outside military intervention, although there’s really no way to prevent arms from reaching either the government or a rebel faction. In addition, freezing assets is a major intervention which the US had not done in the case of the Tunisian or Egyptian (or Saudi) despots, but it has frozen Libyan assets. So in no case should anybody believe that the U.S. can play a positive role in Libya or elsewhere, other than simply avoiding further intervention.

Tumblrs, do you have anything you’d like to add to this?

    Expressing Gratitude: لإن شكرتم لأزيدنكم


    On this great day of national rebirth, we should show our gratitude as well as our joy to perfect the blessings of this day. As Muslims, one of the best ways to do this is to make a gift (sadaqa) for those who are suffering.  I can suggest a couple of organizations who do good work in providing relief to the suffering: Mercy-USA For Aid and Development (United States) and Islamic Relief Canada.

    Moubarak chasse du pouvoir. #Égypte 1 – #Algérie 0. #Boutef Dégage, il faut qu’on egalise!

     يا أحرار الجزائر و أبطالها يدعو لكم العالم اللهم افتح لهم فتحا و الطف بهم و انصرهم


    The Egyptian newspaper al-Masry al-Youm, is reporting that the Cairo Stock Exchange will suspend trading if and when it reopens if there is a decline in the index in excess of 5%. I will have more to say about this in connection with the economic implications of the January 25th Revolution,…

    Egyptian Stock Market to Suspend Trading if Index Declines by More Than 5%