Wednesday, June 11, 2003

Apparently, Egypt has banned the new Matrix film for being "too religious" [Source: BBC]. And Zionist and Jewish too, also apparently. This story is told in a dry way, but that doesn't hide the fact that this is a blatant breach of freedom of expression. Although this is a serious situation, what particularly annoys me is that firstly, Egypt is seen as a "developing economy", ie. is progressing towards a liberal capitalist democracy; and secondly, is one of America's closest allies. Yes, that paragon of democracy and freedom (and I'm trying not to sound sarcastic, because it is a democratic country) is allied to this blindly dictatorial regime. Schtop! But does anyone protest about this? Is anyone supporting a boycott of their universities? Is anyone going onto the streets to protest against such a vile government that's done much worse than ban a film? Like hell they do. We live in an age of hypocrisy, jealousy and ignorance [as well as beauty, peace and wealth], and the so-called activists are the most culpable of them all. Thank you for reading "The Daily Preach". Please come back soon, or send me some ice cubes or a back-scratcher.


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