Nada discusses why she's joined other pro-democracy demonstrators on the streets of Cairo.
"In memoriam, Christoph Probst, Hans Scholl, Sophie Scholl" reads the banner at the top of Kareem Amer's popular Egyptian dissident blog. "Beheaded on Feb. 22, 1943, for daring to say no to Hitler, and yes to freedom and justice for all." The young blogger's banner recalls the courageous group of anti-Nazi pamphleteers who called themselves the White Rose Collective. They secretly produced and distributed six pamphlets denouncing Nazi atrocities, proclaiming, in one, "We will not be silent." Sophie and her brother Hans Scholl were captured by the Nazis, tried, convicted and beheaded.
The New York Times reckons "it is Al Jazeera's moment." Indiantelevision.com gushed: "The western media's countless criticism of the Qatar-based satellite channel has bitten dust in the face of the network's relentless coverage of the event.... During the initial days of the coverage, American media used Al Jazeera video and referred to its content with admiration, usually reserved for the BBC.... Al Jazeera surely has won new fans across the United States for its up-close, around-the-clock coverage of the protests in Egypt."
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The fact that the Arab world is awash with dictators has long been a key piece of evidence used to whip up anti-Muslim sentiment in the West.
Surely all those dictators are proof that Arabs don't love democracy the way we Westerners do, that they are culturally, religiously and perhaps congenitally attracted to tyrannical strongmen as leaders.
This widely held view will be difficult to sustain here now that wall-to-wall TV coverage of the Egyptian (and Tunisian) uprisings has exposed the truth: Arabs don't like tyrants any more than we do.