Egyptian journalist Mona Eltahawy strongly asserts that the revolutions taking place in the Arab world were not generated by Facebook,Twitter, or Wikileaks, but rather are “revolutions of courage.”Eltahawy sees the revolutions as uprisings against the patriarchal figures that have ruled the Middle East and North Africa for so long. Eltahawy fears that the army—now in power in Egypt—is just another “papa” figure like Hosni Mubarak. She highlights the case of blogger Maikel Nabil, who was sentenced to three years in prison under the military government for criticizing the military. Eltahawy knows that freedom will only come when the people of Egypt can speak without consequences imposed by a paternal authority. “We are grownups,” she says, “and we will decide.”
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