Egypt’s opposition groups say government proposals on how to end the political crisis are not enough after the nominally banned Muslim Brotherhood and other groups take part in landmark talks with the government
The government proposes a review body to amend the constitution, as street protests against President Hosni Mubarak’s rule enter their 13th day
Protesters are still occupying the central Tahrir Square in Cairo, and rallying in towns and cities across the country
Banks – closed for more than a week – reopened for a few hours on Sunday, as did the money markets
While I have been safe and ensconced in front of my computer writing fatuous pictorial blog entries and worrying about: getting a job; if the band will take off; what to write with view to podcasting, etc, a couple of thousand miles away Egypt is in the middle of a revolution.
Today is day ten. It’s taken me ten bloody days to get to grips with it and that worries me … a lot.
The thing is this world on which we live is tiny in real terms, yet to us as individuals it’s HUGE. I know I should be worried about those that have died in the name of freedom in Tahrir Square; those that are sitting there at this very moment. And yet….
There are children starving, entire nations without hope, and I live in relative luxury and feed the cats with food I’d not touch yet others would kill for. What kind of person does that make me?
This ongoing struggle for democracy in Egypt is opening my eyes. I take democracy for granted and yet the whole world is changing, ever faster, in front of my blinkered eyes.