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Female socialist activist is gunned down by police during demonstrations on fourth anniversary of Arab Spring that ousted Hosni Mubarak

So far, 20 Egyptians died in this long day of demonstrations throughout Egypt.

Egyptian Arab Spring is still bringing its toll of brutal military dictatorship.

  • Shaima al-Sabbagh died of birdshot wounds in clashes with police
  • Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab vowed to ‘punish’ whoever is responsible 
  • Al-Sabbagh’s death follows that of an 18-year-old protester on Friday 

A female demonstrator was killed in clashes with Egyptian police during a protest in central Cairo today on the eve of the anniversary of the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak.

A health ministry spokesman said Shaima al-Sabbagh died of birdshot wounds, which fellow protesters said were fired by police to disperse the march.

Al-Sabbagh, who was said to be 34-years-old with a five-year-old son, was shot while she peacefully marched towards the Tahrir Square to lay a commemorative wreath of roses.

Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab said al-Sabbagh’s death was being investigated and vowed that ‘whoever committed a mistake will be punished, whoever he may be.’

Socialist Popular Alliance Party activist Shaima al-Sabbagh (middle) was shot and died of birdshot wounds during clashes with Egyptian police during a protest in central Cairo today on the eve of the anniversary of the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak

Al-Sabbagh can be seen, right, hitting the ground as a fellow protester comes to her aide during the clashes

Al-Sabbagh can be seen, right, hitting the ground as a fellow protester comes to her aide during the clashes

Fellow protesters said Al-Sabbagh was shot by police trying to disperse those involved in the protest march

Fellow protesters said Al-Sabbagh was shot by police trying to disperse those involved in the protest march

Al-Sabbagh, a member of the party, was hit in the head with birdshot, and was taken to a hospital where she was declared dead.

The interior ministry said it was investigating the death, and suggested Islamist ‘infiltrators’ were to blame.

The clash took place hours before state television aired a pre-recorded speech by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to mark the fourth anniversary of the uprising.

He said: ‘I salute all our martyrs, from the beginning of January 25 (2011) until now.’

The speech appears to have been taped in the presidential palace before Sisi left for Saudi Arabia to offer his condolences over the death of King Abdullah. 

Islamists called for protests tomorrow to revive what they say was the ‘revolution’ that overthrew Mubarak. It also briefly brought to power Islamist president Mohamed Morsi who was toppled by the then army chief Sisi in July 2013.

Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab said al-Sabbagh's death was being investigated and vowed that 'whoever committed a mistake will be punished, whoever he may be'

Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab said al-Sabbagh’s death was being investigated and vowed that ‘whoever committed a mistake will be punished, whoever he may be’

Morsi’s supporters often hold small rallies that police quickly disperse.

Yesterday an 18-year-old female protester was killed in clashes in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria. Police had warned they would confront protests ‘decisively.’

Authorities have cracked down on the Islamists since the military overthrew Morsi after a year in power, and hundreds have been killed in clashes.

Scores of policemen and soldiers have also been killed in militant attacks.

The crackdown has also extended to leftwing and secular dissidents who initially supported Morsi’s overthrow but have since turned against the new authorities, accusing them of being authoritarian.

Today’s central Cairo protest was organised by the Socialist Popular Alliance party.

Egyptian policemen detain a supporter of the People's Alliance Party during a demonstration in Cairo's Talaat Harb square, near Tahrir square

Egyptian policemen detain a supporter of the People’s Alliance Party during a demonstration in Cairo’s Talaat Harb square, near Tahrir square

Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood movement leave as security forces arrive to disperse a demonstration on January 24, 2015 in the Cairo district of Heliopolis
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Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood movement leave as security forces arrive to disperse a demonstration on January 24, 2015 in the Cairo district of Heliopolis

Party member Adel el-Meligy said: ‘The party decided to hold a symbolic protest to commemorate the anniversary of the January 25 revolution.’


Bird shot is designed to be used in shotgun shells and consist of spheres of metal, or bb’s, that can be packed into a shell and which separate when fired.

It was originally made from lead, but is now made from steel, tungsten and other materials.

The ammunition was designed for shooting birds but it can injure larger animals.

In 2006 American Vice-President Dick Cheney accidentally shot a fellow hunter with it. His victim was not severely injured.

Birdshot is used by law enforcement as a non-lethal alternative to shot gun pellets and is often used in riot and protest situations.

Police also replace the slugs with rubber bullets. (That should be a better idea)

He said police fired tear gas, birdshot and arrested the party’s secretary general and five other young members.

The 18-day anti-Mubarak revolt had been fuelled by police abuses and the corruption of the strongman’s three decade rule, but the police have since regained popularity amid widespread yearning for stability.

Activists, including those who spearheaded the anti-Mubarak revolt, have accused Sisi of reviving aspects of the former autocrat’s rule.

Sisi and his supporters deny such allegations, and point to his widespread popularity and support for a firm hand in dealing with protests, which are seen as damaging to an economic recovery.

The anniversary will be marked just days after a court ordered the release of Mubarak’s two sons, Gamal and Alaa, pending a corruption retrial along with their father.

Another court had dismissed charges against Hosni Mubarak over the deaths of protesters.

Archive footage of anti-Mubarak uprising in Egypt

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Pictures that marked our modern history? 13 photos. You judge…

Do these photos remind you of a period in this century?

Parmi toutes les photographies prises à travers le monde pour illustrer des moments historiques, il en existe quelques unes qui resteront à jamais gravées dans les mémoires. C’est le cas de ces 13 clichés pris entre la fin du 20ème siècle et le début du 21ème qui illustrent des faits poignants de l’époque contemporaine.

Corentin Vilsalmon, 17 octobre 2013

1. Portrait de Che Gevara lors de l’enterrement des victimes de l’explosion de la Coubre


Le Che, comme il était surnommé à cause d’un tic de langage, a été pris en portrait lors de l’enterrement des victimes de l’explosion de la Coubre, le 5 mars 1960. Il était alors âgé de 31 ans mais représentait déjà l’espoir de beaucoup de personnes et un symbole de rébellion.

Cette photographie, prise par Alterto Korda, est l’une des plus connues du monde moderne et l’Institute of Art du Maryland l’a surnommée « photographie la plus célèbre et l’icône graphique du monde du XXème siècle. » Elle est également considérée comme un symbole de rébellion et comme étant l’un des portraits les plus célèbres de tous les temps.

2. The agony of Omayra. L’abominable agonie d’Omayra


Lors de l’éruption du volcan colombien le Nevado del Ruiz en 1985, la ville d’Armero a été complètement détruite.

Omayra Sánchez est restée coincée pendant trois jours dans les gravas de sa propre maison, dans la boue et l’eau insalubre. Les sauveteurs n’ont pu la sauver car l’opération d’amputation n’était pas possible, tandis que l’autre option, celle de pomper la boue autour d’elle, n’a pas eu lieu non plus à cause du manque d’équipement des secours.

Cette photographie, publiée plusieurs mois après la mort de la jeune fille, a été prise par Frank Fournier et a cristallisé de nombreuses plaintes à propos du gouvernement colombien, accusé d’indifférence envers les victimes de cette catastrophe. Selon les témoignages des gens qui l’entouraient pendant son agonie, Omayra est restée digne et forte jusqu’à ses derniers instants.

3. Des touristes regardent le cadavre d’un immigrant


Prise par Javier Bauluz, seul photographe espagnol à avoir reçu le fameux prix Pulitzer, cette photographie montre deux touristes sur une plage espagnole qui regardent le corps d’un immigrant mort échoué sur le sable.

Objet d’une polémique, ce cliché dénonce l’hypocrisie des autorités et de certains Espagnols en ce qui concerne l’immigration illégale de personnes voulant se rendre en Europe et en Espagne.

4. Kim, la jeune vietnamienne fuyant le napalm


L’une des plus célèbres photographies de guerre au monde, celle de Kim Phuc, une jeune vietnamienne fuyant les lieux d’un bombardement au napalm par l’armée américaine lors de la guerre du Vietnam. Cette photographie a été prise par Nick Ut le 8 juin 1972 et montre toute la douleur et la détresse des habitants d’un village, brûlés et fuyant le désastre.

La photographie a été prise au moment où les vêtements de Kim Phuc se sont consumés sous l’effet du napalm. La jeune fille a été hospitalisée pendant 14 mois, souffrant de graves brûlures et a dû subir un total de 17 greffes de peau. Aujourd’hui, Pham Thi Kim Phuc est mariée et mère de deux enfants. Elle préside la Fondation Kim Phuc et est ambassadrice à l’UNESCO.

5. L’exécution d’un rebelle Vietcong à Saïgon


Saïgon est l’ancien nom de la ville vietnamienne Hô-Chi-Minh-Ville. Cette photographie a été prise par Eddie Adams, lauréat du prix Pulitzer, le 1er février 1968. Elle montre l’assassinat d’un rebelle Vietcong par le chef de la police de la ville. Le prisonnier a les mains attachées alors que le « colonel » est sur le point d’appuyer sur la détente. Eddy Adams dira ensuite : « Le colonel a tué le prisonnier, j’ai tué le colonel avec mon appareil photo. »

6. L’afghane aux yeux verts


Cette photographie est signee Steve McCurry et date de juin 1984.

Sharbat Gula avait alors 12 ans et stationnait dans un camp de réfugiés afghans au Pakistan, lors de l’invasion de l’Union soviétique. Le cliché a été utilisé comme couverture du magazine National Geographic et est rapidement devenu l’une de ses couvertures les plus emblématiques.

Le nom de la jeune fille est resté inconnu pendant longtemps, jusqu’à ce qu’après 17 ans de recherches Steve McCurry retrouve sa trace dans la région. Elle est revenue en Afghanistan en 1992 et ne savait pas qu’elle était devenue une telle icône. Son identité a été confirmée à 99,9% par les experts du FBI.

7. Le baiser de Times Square


« Dites adieu à la guerre » est une photo prise par Victor Jorgensen à la fin de la Seconde Guerre mondiale, le 14 août 1945, à Times Square. Elle représente un soldat américain embrassant une infirmière qui ne s’étaient jamais vus auparavant et qui montre la spontanéité et la joie de la population après la fin de cette guerre.

Nos écouteurs nous ont fait part d’un article qui explique que cette photographie devenue célèbre représenterait en réalité une agression sexuelle.

8. Le rebelle inconnu de Tian’anmen


C’est le surnom donné à cet homme qui se tient debout face à une file de chars chinois, lors de l’insurrection de la place Tian’anmen en 1989.

Pris par Jeff Widener, ce cliché a ensuite été utilisé par le gouvernement chinois pour symboliser la compassion des soldats envers les habitants dans leur mission de protection des civils. En effet, malgré l’ordre d’avancer donné par ses supérieurs, le conducteur du premier char a refusé d’obéir.

9. L’homme qui tombe


« L’homme qui tombe » est une photo prise lors des attentats du 11 septembre 2001. Signée Richard Drew, elle montre un homme sautant du haut d’une des deux tours jumelles du World Trade Center. Cet homme a certainement fait ce choix pour éviter l’asphyxie des fumées toxiques ou parce qu’il n’y avait peut-être pas d’autres issues possibles.

10. Le prêtre Luis Maria Padilla aidant un soldat blessé au Venezuela


L’aumônier Luis Maria Padilla tient dans ses bras un soldat blessé au cours de l’insurrection de Puerto Cabello au Venezuela, en 1962 où le gouvernement a réprimé dans le sang cette rébellion. Dans les bras du prêtre, le soldat arrivait à peine à prononcer les mots « Aidez-moi mon père » et a finalement été touché par une deuxième balle, toujours dans les bras de Luis Maria Padilla.

11. Protestation contre des policiers venus évacuer des paysans de leurs champs


Cette femme fait partie du mouvement des sans-terre, au Brésil. Dans ce cliché pris en 2009 par Luiz Vasconcelos, elle s’oppose aux forces de l’ordre venues évacuer les habitants de terres réquisitionnées par l’état brésilien et investies par 200 paysans en guise de protestation.

12. L’immolation du moine vietnamien Thich Quang Duc


Célèbre photographie, prise par Malcom Browne, d’un moine vietnamien (un bonze) s’immolant par le feu dans les rues de Saïgon, le 11 juin 1963 en guise de protestation contre les répressions anti-bouddhistes perpétrées par l’armée selon l’ordre du président de confession chrétienne.

L’image a marqué par les témoignages des gens présents lors de la scène puisque Thich Quang Duc est resté immobile, sans crier ni parler pendant que le feu le brûlait entièrement. Incinéré, seul son cœur serait resté intact, ce qui lui a notamment valu le statut de saint et son cœur considéré comme une relique sacrée.

13. Un garçon soudanaise épiée par un vautour


Ce cliché saisissant représente une fillette soudanaise aux portes de la mort : émaciée, épuisée et affamée, la petite fille git sur le sol tandis qu’un vautour attend patiemment sa mort pour se nourrir de son cadavre…

Le photographe et lauréat du prix Pulitzer, Kevin Carter, s’est suicidé quatre mois plus tard, rongé par la culpabilité. Ce qu’il y a de miraculeux dans cette histoire est que la petite fille photographiée a finalement survécu !


He lived without money transactions.

I have lived with barely a couple dollars in my pocket for the last 4 years: I have no income and are out of job.

Irishman Mark Boyle tried to live life with no income too, no bank balance and no spending.

Banoosh. com posted this Oct.12, 2013

If someone told me 7 years ago, in my final year of a business and economics degree, that I’d now be living without money, I’d have probably choked on my microwaved ready meal.

The plan back then was to get a ‘good’ job, make as much money as possible, and buy the stuff that would show society I was successful.

For a while I did it – I had a fantastic job managing a big organic food company; had myself a yacht on the harbour. If it hadn’t been for the chance purchase of a video called Gandhi, I’d still be doing it today.

Instead, for the last 15 months, I haven’t spent or received a single penny. Zilch.

The change in life path came one evening on the yacht whilst philosophising with a friend over a glass of merlot. Whilst I had been significantly influenced by the Mahatma’s quote “be the change you want to see in the world”, I had no idea what that change was up until then.

We began talking about all major issues in the world – environmental destruction, resource wars, factory farms, sweatshop labour – and wondering which of these we would be best devoting our time to. Not that we felt we could make any difference, being two small drops in a highly polluted ocean.

But that evening I had a realisation. These issues weren’t as unrelated as I had previously thought – they had a common root cause. I believe the fact that we no longer see the direct repercussions our purchases have on the people, environment and animals they affect is the factor that unites these problems.

The degrees of separation between the consumer and the consumed have increased so much that it now means we’re completely unaware of the levels of destruction and suffering embodied in the ‘stuff’ we buy.

Very few people actually want to cause suffering to others; most just don’t have any idea that they directly are. The tool that has enabled this separation is money, especially in its globalised format.

Take this for an example: if we grew our own food, we wouldn’t waste a third of it as we do today.

If we made our own tables and chairs, we wouldn’t throw them out the moment we changed the interior décor.

If we had to clean our own drinking water, we probably wouldn’t shit in it.

So to be the change I wanted to see in the world, it unfortunately meant I was going to have to give up money, which I decided to do for a year initially. So I made a list of the basics I’d need to survive.

I adore food, so it was at the top. There are four legs to the food-for-free table: foraging wild food, growing your own, bartering and using waste grub, of which there far too much.

On my first day I fed 150 people a three course meal with waste and foraged food.

Most of the year I ate my own crops though and waste only made up about five per cent my diet. I cooked outside – rain or shine – on a rocket stove.

Next up was shelter. So I got myself a caravan from Freecycle, parked it on an organic farm I was volunteering with, and kitted it out to be off the electricity grid. I’d use wood I either coppiced or scavenged to heat my humble abode in a wood burner made from an old gas bottle, and I had a compost loo to make ‘humanure’ for my veggies.

I bathed in a river, and for toothpaste I used washed up cuttlefish bone with wild fennel seeds, an oddity for a vegan. For loo roll I’d relieve the local newsagents of its papers (I once wiped my arse with a story about myself); it wasn’t double quilted but it quickly became normal. To get around I had a bike and trailer, and the 55 km commute to the city doubled up as my gym subscription. For lighting I’d use beeswax candles.

Many people label me an anti-capitalist. Whilst I do believe capitalism is fundamentally flawed, requiring infinite growth on a finite planet, I am not anti anything. I am pro-nature, pro-community and pro-happiness.

And that’s the thing I don’t get – if all this consumerism and environmental destruction brought happiness, it would make some sense. But all the key indicators of unhappiness – depression, crime, mental illness, obesity, suicide and so on are on the increase. More money it seems, does not equate to more happiness.

Ironically, I have found this year to be the happiest of my life. I’ve more friends in my community than ever, I haven’t been ill since I began, and I’ve never been fitter. I’ve found that friendship, not money, is real security. That most western poverty is spiritual. And that independence is really interdependence.

Could we all live like this tomorrow? No.

It would be a catastrophe, we are too addicted to both it and cheap energy, and have managed to build an entire global infrastructure around the abundance of both.

But if we devolved decision making and re-localised down to communities of no larger than 150 people, then why not?

For over 90% of our time on this planet, a period when we lived much more ecologically, we lived without money. Now we are the only species to use it, probably because we are the species most out of touch with nature.

People now often ask me what is missing compared to my old world of lucre and business. Stress. Traffic-jams. Bank statements. Utility bills. Oh yeah, and the odd pint of organic ale with my mates down the local.




January 2015

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