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Dr Shaw is a lecturer in Further Education at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk. She also offers philosophy courses at the School of Continuing Education, Lifelong learning, at the University of Liverpool. In 2015, she has completed her Doctorate in philosophy with a focus on existentialism, the equilibrium doctrine and narrative. She has worked as a teacher of English and Comparative literature and Philosophy at The American University in Cairo, Egypt where she also obtained her BA (Hons). Dr Shaw has an MA in Philosophy and Literature from the University of East Anglia where she also taught on a number of humanities subjects. Whilst working in North Wales in Further education, she gained a PGCE aimed at teaching in FE and HE sectors. Dr Shaw moved to Liverpool in 2010 where she now resides.

Interests: Existentialism, Narrative, Comparative Literature, Feminist Thought, Public Speaking, Arab Existentialism, Philosophy of Education, Art, Music, Film and Theatre, Greek Mythology, Existential counsellor and psychotherapist.

https://liverpool.academia.edu/ShereenHamedShaw

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Egypt, Cairo, 22nd November 2011


   
Police & Army against protestors in Tahrir Sq. 20th Nov- ongoing.
The whole world is watching as the Egyptian government and the military gang up on the Egyptian people. Non of the world organisations, whether Amnesty international or others, have been able to stop or interfere by any means. It seems to me that this is a pay back time as both parties, the government/police and military have united their powers to take revenge after they where left humiliated by the revolution. In 25th January 2011, the military protected the people from the government and ex-president Mubarak's looters/regime, but on the 22nd November it is another story. The military is no where visible on Cairo's streets leaving people to wonder if they were really protected in the first place or was it just a stunt for the media and for the world to believe that the revolution succeeded and peace is to come.
 
Guess who is shooting at you ?!

Mohamed Mahmoud street is right beside the American University in Cairo where I used to study for my undergraduate. It is a very narrow road with a few shops. Yesterday, from many clips and pictures, I did not recognise the street from all the damage and tear gas fog- it was more like a cold blooded battle field. It reminded me of the scenes I used to watch on television of Palestinians throwing rocks at Israeli army, something I never thought I would witness happening in my home country.

جثث المتظاهرين في الميدان عند اقتحامه يوم 20 نوفمبر (Protestors dead bodies on 20th Nov in Tahrir square
Shockingly, one video posted on Facebook- see above- was of the police dragging protesters- mainly men- by hair or clothing and after beating the hell out of the person, throwing him next to the pavement or in garbage bin on the side. Even those bodies that fell like flies whilst attempting to escape where still beaten further by the police to ensure that there is no life left in them. It made me realise for a moment how humans can be so cruel and, if put in a situation, become easily with no remorse cold blooded criminals.

Recently, I have realised, as many others who posted their views on their page, that even though Mubarak left and the people "thought" there is hope for a better future, the military and the police still exist continuing Mubarak's legacy and even creating a worse regime than the one before.
One campaign/movement called "We are all Khaled Sayed" in memory of the youth killed wrongly in Alexandria before the revolution, posted the following:
اعتقدنا بعد الثورة أن الدم المصري حرام .. وإن الداخلية هتتغير .. وإن مبارك بشخصه وفكره رحل .. بس فوجئنا إن الدم المصري لسه حلال .. وإن الداخلية لم تتغير وأضيف إليها الشرطة العسكرية .. وإن مبارك بشخصه رحل ومبارك بفكره لسه بيحكمنا
Translation: "We thought that after the revolution, Egyptian blood will not be shed in vain anymore and that the government will change. And that Mubarak in person and his thoughts/ideas left for good. But we were shocked to find that Egyptian blood is still shed with no remorse or value and that the government did not change and in addition to them, the police and the army- all alike. Mubarak the person left, but Mubarak's thoughts/ideas remains, continue to exist and is still ruling us".

The above diagram maps out the process that Egypt has to go through to rid itself of corruption. The pyramid shape diagram shows the first stage completed- which is the 25th revolution result: knocking off Mubarak as a ruler. The remaining corrupt regime (in dark orange) and ignorance, illiteracy, ill management..etc (in blue) will be the hardest two stages that Egyptians will have to overcome and change. The final stage (in orange) is changing the negativity and lack of productivity of Egyptians which has lasted years after years.

A video clip of current live events (in English): 8 days to Elections

Egypt violence intensifies in Tahrir Square; elections to go on:

Further updates:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/middle-east-live/2011/nov/22/egypt-syria
http://www.almasryalyoum.com/en/node/517215
http://ara.reuters.com/article/topNews/idARACAE7AL00A20111122