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What’s happened in Egypt is not a revolution, at least not yet

Posted in Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 14, 2011 by Mitch Leuraner

Everywhere I go people are talking about the “revolution” in Egypt and how wonderful it is that the people have risen up to over-thrown the evil government.

Hogwash.

Hosni Mubarak

Before last week, the Egyptian government consisted of a president (Hosni Mubarak) who ruled as Head of State and who was also the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.  This is not terribly unusual, afterall Obama is also both Head of State and head of the American military. 

But there is a big difference:  Egypt has been under martial law since 1981

In short, the Head of State in Egypt rules through the power of the military.

As of 11 February, when Mubarak officially resigned from the Presidency, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which is led by Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, took over the powers of the Head of State.

So what actually happened in Egypt?

Mohamed Hussein Tantawi

Essentially, the head of the military resigned and was replaced by the person who was #2 in the military and who is now the defacto head of the military – and Head of State.

So the bottom line is that right now Egypt hasn’t had any kind of change in it’s government at all.  Last week the country was under the power of the military, and this week it still is.  The only thing that has changed is the guy who was in charge of that military.

Of course, that’s not to say that major changes won’t happen.  It is yet to be seen if the next president to be elected will continue enforcing martial law.  With any luck, the people of Egypt will be able to conduct free and fair elections that lead to a decisive change in the way it’s government conducts the business of running the country.

But make no mistake – right now the changes that have occured in the government of Egypt are entirely symbolic. There has been no revolution, the government has not been over-thrown. 

All that has happened is the head of the government has been replaced.

Killer’s uniform burned?

Posted in Finds, Thoughts with tags , , , , , , on November 19, 2010 by Mitch Leuraner

CBC is reporting that the military uniform of former Canadian Forces Commander Russel Williams was purposely burn, by the military.

I freely admit that the man is a disgrace – to the military, to Canada, to his family, to humanity.  And I can understand that in an angry moment many of his victims’ family members would likely feel the urge to do more than just burn his uniform.

But, somehow, having the military itself burn his uniform just seems … I don’t know, overly dramatic.

Sebastian Errazuriz: Death stats and fashion

Posted in Finds, sex, Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 6, 2010 by Mitch Leuraner

I just came across this piece by Sebastian Errazuriz.  I think that the statistics are what’s important here, so I’ll keep my thoughts on the piece’s validity as art. It’s certainly a striking comparison.

Apparently, Errazuriz gathered the statistics on his own and created this on the wall outside his own studio in Brooklyn.

In case you are wondering, Errazuriz is indeed the same man who brought us last year’s Zipper Dress.