Commentary

Dina Touta

Dina Touta, independent Egyptologist for more than 20 years, is a popular speaker and lecturer in some of Egypt’s renowned universities and International Organizations. She is an avid advocate of women rights, secularism and civil transitions in evolving democracies such as her own home country. Her life’s passion is the rich ancient Egyptian history and heritage that, in Egypt, comes in no short supply. Her early education focused on the sciences specialized in the History and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt. Touta worked as a tourism program director since 1994, but since 1999, she has intently researched material about the Ancient Egyptian Cult and the History of the Coptic Church. Throughout her career, she has been exposed to world figures, royals and heads of state. Since 1995, Touta has also been an active member of the secular and people’s movement for the promotion of social justices, citizen equality, and freedom of speech. Her moderate political views has allowed her to be embraced by many evolving Egyptian parties as well as youth movements and art bodies, giving her the chance to explore the new birth of modern Egypt. Since 2011 she has been an active member of political awareness organizations in Egypt. Touta is particularly interested in “What happened to the Egyptians,” and how political changes along centuries have greatly influenced the Egyptian character.

Commentary

In 2003, the U.S. government decided to go to war against Iraq. A huge propaganda was launched to convince the world with a cause: "The dictator Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction, and he must be made to fall."

On Jan. 26, 1952, Egyptians watched in horror as the country's capital was set on fire, in what was to become known in history as "The Cairo Fire," or "Black Saturday," marked by the burning and looting of some 750 buildings of the most iconic value in Egyptian heritage, and in the aftermath of prevailing chaos, theft and looting on a large scale occurred.

The people of Egypt have said their word. They have lined their future and nothing could stop them, they made a choice and are more than willing to pay the price of their freedom. They said no to radicalism and disguised terrorism, as the whole world watched, and remained mute.

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