Egyptian Comic Convicted of Defaming Islam

Edel Imam, Egyptian actor of stage and screen was sentenced to three months in jail for what his accusers claimed was defamation against Islam. Asran Mansour, a lawyer with ties to Islamist groups, brought the charges against Imam based on his 40-year career of poking fun at authorities and politicians. Generally,  Mansour accused the actor of offending Islam and its symbols, including beards and the jilbab, a loose-fitting garment worn by some Muslims pointing directly tothe film Morgan Ahmed Morgan and the play al-Zaeem (The Leader). Specifically, we can’t know. But here is a clip of some of Imam’s fans highlighting choice lines from his movies.

via The Guardian UK.

Unemployment and Revolution

“Not every country with an employment rate above a certain figure will necessarily face a revolution as each society has its own dynamics, but there are shared and distinct factors driving the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia,” said Tristan Cooper, head analyst of Middle East Sovereigns for Moody’s Investors Services. “Contagion into the wider region is more likely in countries that have large numbers of frustrated, unemployed citizens who are eager for political change.

Unemployment in Tunisia is reported at 13.3-15.4% as of the end of Decemeber.

Unemployment in Egypt is reported at 9.4% as of the end of December.

Unemployment in the U.S. is reported at 9.0% as of the end of January.

via the NY Times.