Silent Commanders-in-Chief: From Khaled Saeed to Malala Yousafzai

Article published in openDemocracyEgypt Monocle and Saudi Gazette

While reading the horrific case of Malala Yousafzai, the 14 year-old Pakistani girl who was shot in the face by the Talban for championing girls’ education, I came across a photo of a young supporter of Malala that triggered memories back to June 2010 of a similar image that has forever been engraved in my mind – an Egyptian youth protesting the tragic death of Khaled Saeed, the 28-year old Alexandrian who was beaten to death by policemen and would trigger the rapid countdown to the 2011 Egyptian revolution (See my detailed June piece Saeeds of Revolution: De-mythologizing Khaled Saeed).

The images provide a poignant and surreal expression of a protestor, in a repressive atmosphere, raising their hand held up high clenching a simple black and white A4 printout of their respective poster-child. It strikes deep at the heart of Arab regimes or fanatical organisations that have little appetite for dissent or any mere standing out from the crowd.
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CLOSE-UP: Who was Khaled Saeed? (Radio Interview)

My radio interview on ABC RN Program about Khaled Saeed:   http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/drive/close-up3a-who-was-khaled-saeed3f/4272592

Or download podcast (MP3) directly from here CLOSE-UP: WHO WAS KHALED SAEED?

(interviewed by Waleed Aly and Anthony Bubalo)
Interview based on my 5 June 2012 article in Jadaliyya: Saeeds of Revolution: De-mythologizing Khaled Saeed

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