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Coca Cola Co-opts the Revolution

This is a kind of fascinating example of corporate commodification of the revolution and Tahrir. Among the things to notice: there is, in reality, a giant Coca Cola sign that looms over the Square, but it’s not red and white, like the one in the ad (unless something has changed in the few weeks I’ve been away from Cairo.) It’s major charm is that it is old and decrepit, made of neon and , more importantly, it blinks back and forth between saying Coca Cola in English and in Arabic. (like this: الكوكا كول , but without the “al” at the beginning), unlike the one in the ad, which only displays English. Note that all the text visible in the ad

It is also interesting (and I guess indicative of their understanding of their target market?) that the version of Tahrir and “new Egypt”  that they are selling does not include any veiled women (or anyone in traditional non-western clothing)–though this is a much more common site in Tahrir than blue skies.

Nuweiba: back-blog:broken

These are also for uberdot, who, yesterday, asked:

Is it Poetry’s affinity with the broken/or yours?

temporary

temp2

Nuweiba: Back-blog

I told uberdot there are no daffodils in the Sinai, but that I would seek the psychic equivalent when I was in Nuweiba in April. These are the results, plus a few miscellaneous, posted much later, from the rain, in Berlin.

yellow

yellowdog

ribs

ghostmts

red sea crab

light

Light through the tunnels?

Felt a little hopeful when I heard yesterday that Abbas will make a previously unscheduled stop in Cairo tomorrow in response to developments in talks with Hamas. It would certainly be in everyone’s best interest to come up with a solid agreement for a long term cease fire, that includes an opening of Gaza’s borders (with some satisfactory plan for monitoring/preventing arms trafficking) BEFORE or (insh’allah) instead of Netanyahu’s election.