Wednesday 17 January 2018

Imagine if Palestine and Iran fall victim to revolts

A Libyan stands in front of a caricature of Muammar Gaddafi with the word 'Liar', after Friday prayers in Benghazi yesterday. Photo: REUTERS/AMR ABDALLAH DALSH
A Libyan stands in front of a caricature of Muammar Gaddafi with the word 'Liar', after Friday prayers in Benghazi yesterday. Photo: REUTERS/AMR ABDALLAH DALSH

Robert Fisk

A new paperback thumped out of my mail from London this week. 'Tweets from Tahrir' it is called, and I sighed with distaste. As a hater of Twitters and tweeters and Facebooks -- in fact, the whole bloody internet culture that is unlearning the world and teaching everyone to misspell the simplest words -- it was a natural reaction. But I was wrong.

A selection of the thousands of tweets sent from Cairo's Tahrir Square, it is deeply moving, a record of great courage, mostly by young people, facing Mubarak's legion of goons and regime thugs. Let me give you a taste of it, misspellings and all.

"Now that's a really big pro-Mubarak protest almost reaching Tahrir. From Galaa Street. Worrying" (from Amr Garbeia).

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