As political scientists, historians, and researchers in related fields who have studied the Middle East and U.S. foreign policy, we the undersigned believe you have a chance to move beyond rhetoric to support the democratic movement sweeping over Egypt. As citizens, we…
As political scientists, historians, and researchers in related fields who have studied the Middle East and U.S. foreign policy, we the undersigned believe you have a chance to move beyond rhetoric to support the democratic movement sweeping over Egypt….
As political scientists, historians, and researchers in related fields who have studied the Middle East and U.S. foreign policy, we the undersigned believe you have a chance to move beyond rhetoric to support the democratic movement sweeping over Egypt. As citizens, we expect our president to uphold those values.
For thirty years, our government has spent billions of dollars to help build and sustain the system the Egyptian people are now trying to dismantle. Tens if not hundreds of thousands of demonstrators in Egypt and around the world have spoken. We believe their message is bold and clear: Mubarak should resign from office and allow Egyptians to establish a new government free of his and his family’s influence. It is also clear to us that if you seek, as you said Friday “political, social, and economic reforms that meet the aspirations of the Egyptian people,” your administration should publicly acknowledge those reforms will not be advanced by Mubarak or any of his adjutants.
There is another lesson from this crisis, a lesson not for the Egyptian government but for our own. In order for the United States to stand with the Egyptian people it must approach Egypt through a framework of shared values and hopes, not the prism of geostrategy. On Friday you rightly said that “suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away.” For that reason we urge your administration to seize this chance, turn away from the policies that brought us here, and embark on a new course toward peace, democracy and prosperity for the people of the Middle East. And we call on you to undertake a comprehensive review of US foreign policy on the major grievances voiced by the democratic opposition in Egypt and all other societies of the region.
Sincerely, Jason Brownlee, University of Texas at Austin Joshua Stacher, Kent State University Tamir Moustafa, Simon Fraser University Arang Keshavarzian, New York University Clement Henry, University of Texas at Austin Robert Springborg, Naval Postgraduate School Jillian Schwedler, University of Massachusetts at Amherst Noam Chomsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Chris Toensing, Middle East Research and Information Project Ellen Lust, Yale University Helga Tawil-Souri, New York University Anne Mariel Peters, Wesleyan College Gregory White, Smith College Asef Bayat, University of Illinois Diane Singerman, American University Cathy Lisa Schneider, American University Robert Vitalis, University of Pennsylvania Ahmet T. Kuru San Diego State University Toby Jones, Rutgers University Lara Deeb, Scripps College Michaelle Browers, Wake Forest University Mark Gasiorowski, Louisiana State University Samer Shehata, Georgetown University Farideh Farhi, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Emad Shahin, University of Notre Dame John P. Entelis, Fordham University Tamara Sonn, College of William & Mary Ali Mirsepassi, New York University Kumru Toktamis, Pratt Institute Rebecca C. Johnson, Northwestern University Nader Hashemi, University of Denver Carlene J. Edie, University of Massachusetts at Amherst Laryssa Chomiak, University of Maryland Mohamed Nimer, American University Steven Heydemann, Georgetown University Miriam Lowi, The College of New Jersey Wendy Pearlman, Northwestern University Hesham Sallam, Georgetown University Melani Cammett, Brown University Michael Robbins, University of Michigan Katherine E. Hoffman, Northwestern University Asli Bali, UCLA School of Law Hamid Dabashi, Columbia University Guilain Denoeux, Colby College Tom Farer, University of Denver Norma Claire Moruzzi, University of Illinois at Chicago Saad Eddin Ibrahim, American University of Cairo & Drew University Asma Barlas, Ithaca College Ethel Brooks, Rutgers University Maren Milligan, Oberlin College Alan Gilbert, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver Glenn Robinson, Naval Postgraduate School Ahmed Ragab, Harvard University Kenneth M. Cuno, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Agnieszka Paczynska, George Mason University Zillah Eisenstein, Ithaca College Quinn Mecham, Middlebury College Riahi Hamida, Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences Sousse Tunisia Jeannie Sowers, University of New Hampshire Hussein Banai, Brown University Joel Gordon, University of Arkansas-Fayetteville Ed Webb, Dickinson College David Siddhartha Patel, Cornell University Thomas Pierret, Princeton University Nadine Naber, University of Michigan As`ad AbuKhalil, California State University at Stanislaus Dina Al-Kassim, University of California at Irvine Ziad Fahmy, Cornell University William B. Quandt, University of Virginia Lori A. Allen, University of Cambridge Eugene Sensenig-Dabbous, Notre Dame University Lebanon Alfred G. Gerteiny, University of Connecticut (ret.) Lucia Volk, San Francisco State University Anne Marie Baylouny, Naval Postgraduate School Ulrika Mårtensson, The Norwegian University of Science and Technology Emma Deputy, University of Texas at Austin Sherry Lowrance, University of Georgia Kaveh Ehsani, DePaul University Ebrahim Moosa, Duke University Benjamin N. Schiff, Oberlin College Jeff Goodwin, New York University Margaret Scott, New York University (adjunct) Mehrzad Boroujerdi, Syracuse University Kevin M. DeJesus, York University, Toronto Courtney C. Radsch, American University Gamze Cavdar, Colorado State University John F. Robertson, Central Michigan University
Institutional affiliations are listed for identification purposes only. Views reflected in this letter are those of the individual signatories.
Note that this letter is about Egypt but not exclusively. The problems in the Middle East won’t end with the toppling of Mubarak, it is just the first step/ beginning of a long path to “peace, democracy and prosperity for the people of the Middle East.”[source]
“Calvin: Look, a dead bird!
Hobbes: It must’ve hit a window.
Calvin: Isn’t it beautiful? It’s so delicate. Sighhh… once it’s too late, you appreciate what a miracle life is. You realize that nature is ruthless and our existence is very fragile, temporary, and precious. But to go on with your daily affairs, you can’t really think about that…which is probably why everyone takes the world for granted and why we act so thoughtlessly. It’s very confusing. I suppose it will all make sense when we grow up.
Hobbes: No doubt.”—Bill Watterson, There’s Treasure Everywhere: A Calvin and Hobbes Collection (via liquidnight)
“This is the Arab world’s Berlin moment. The authoritarian wall has fallen – and that’s regardless of whether Mubarak survives or not. It goes beyond Mubarak. The barrier of fear has been removed. It is really the beginning of the end of the status quo in the region. The introduction of the military speaks volumes about the failure of the police to suppress the protesters. The military has stepped in and will likely seal any vacuum of authority in the next few weeks. Mubarak is deeply wounded. He is bleeding terribly. We are witnessing the beginning of a new era.”—
Fawaz Gerges, professor of Middle Eastern politics and international relations at the London School of Economics
If you can pronounce correctly every word in this poem, you will be speaking English better than 90% of the native English speakers in the world. After trying the verses, a Frenchman said he'd prefer six months of hard labour to reading six lines aloud. Try them yourself.
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same, And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back. I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.
“Although I am a typical loner in daily life, my consciousness of belonging to the invisible community of those who strive for truth, beauty, and justice has preserved me from feeling isolated.”—Albert Einstein (via ellobofilipino)