A reminder to those of us complaining about the summer heat: at least you’re not also trying to prevent a military government from hijacking your hard-fought revolution. As the Associated Press reported Thursday:
Protesters camped out in Cairo’s central Tahrir Square who have braved government crackdowns and attacks by knife-wielding thugs now face a new challenge: searing summer heat.
Regular midday temperatures of 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius) make it much harder for protesters to continue their sit-in in the square.
The protesters say they maintain their presence to put pressure the military council that has ruled Egypt since 18 days of mass protest pushed President Hosni Mubarak from power on Feb. 11.
A walk through the tent camp at the square’s center reveals how the protesters deal with the heat. One man snoozes in the shade. Fans have sprung up all over, powered by portable generators or electricity stolen from lampposts. Those without fans drink ice-cold water that vendors tote in.
The protesters say they’ll remain until all their demands are met.
But yet another challenge looms. The holy month of Ramadan, during which Muslims fast from dawn to dusk, starts in early August – usually Egypt’s hottest month.
A note on the graffiti in the above picture: the “new Holocaust” refers to an attack on protestors by policemen after their Jan.25 uprising.
The military is currently putting the breaks on the drive to war in Iran, says a former colonel and diplomat, but concerned citizens need to step up.
Two Iraqi peace activists discuss their commitment to peace and undoing the violence wrought by the last two U.S. wars in their country.
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