لماذا غزة؟ Why Gaza?

I walked to Tahrir Square in the early afternoon.  Impossible to estimate how many Egyptians were there, but I can easily say there were just a handful of foreigners.

The atmosphere was energetic.  Many different people speaking to crowds through megaphones.  Many different signs.   A lot of chanting.  Individuals engaged in intense conversations.   A friend who speaks Arabic told me that all the messages, signs, speeches and discussion were anti-Morsi.  He said there was no one supporting President Morsi in Tahrir Square this afternoon.

I didn’t see any fighting, and didn’t notice any police, army or security.  My friend told me that the different groups involved in the various demonstrations brought their own security to keep the peace.

Below are a few of the photos I took in the early afternoon.

The iconic image from today that will stay with me forever is the young boy about 7-8…

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TED Blog

Enjoy a sampling of the stories from around the internet that captured our interest this week:

He’s already the creative force between Star Trek. Now it’s been confirmed that J.J. Abrams will also direct the next episode of Star Wars. [New York Times] See how Abrams’ mind works in his TED Talk, “The mystery box,” above. And for bonus points, watch this recent talk about the messages encoded in Star Wars for children.

A great article called “Making sense of Mali: The real stakes of the war rocking West Africa.” [ForeignAffairs.com]

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Science writer Carl Zimmer gives a depressing update on the contagious cancer decimating the Tasmanian Devil population. [New York Times] In the piece, he talks about the work of Elizabeth Murchison, who gave the TED Talk “Fighting a contagious cancer.”

19-year-old Zack Kopplin may consider…

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