My heart is torn between East and West. I live somewhere between the present and the past. I don't know who I am.

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"Safety and security don’t just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear." Nelson Mandela


TIME’s Person of the Year: The Protester

It began in Tunisia, where the dictator’s power grabbing and high living crossed a line of shamelessness, and a commonplace bit of government callousness against an ordinary citizen — a 26-year-old street vendor named Mohamed Bouazizi — became the final straw. Bouazizi lived in the charmless Tunisian town of Sidi Bouzid, 125 miles south of Tunis. On a Friday morning almost exactly a year ago, he set out for work, selling produce from a cart. Police had hassled Bouazizi routinely for years, his family says, fining him, making him jump through bureaucratic hoops. On Dec. 17, 2010, a cop started giving him grief yet again. She confiscated his scale and allegedly slapped him. He walked straight to the provincial-capital building to complain and got no response. At the gate, he drenched himself in paint thinner and lit a match.

“My son set himself on fire for dignity,” Mannoubia Bouazizi told me when I visited her.

“In Tunisia,” added her 16-year-old daughter Basma, “dignity is more important than bread.”

In Egypt the incitements were a preposterously fraudulent 2010 national election and, as in Tunisia, a not uncommon act of unforgivable brutality by security agents. In the U.S., three acute and overlapping money crises — tanked economy, systemic financial recklessness, gigantic public debt — along with ongoing revelations of double dealing by banks, new state laws making certain public-employee-union demands illegal and the refusal of Congress to consider even slightly higher taxes on the very highest incomes mobilized Occupy Wall Street and its millions of supporters. In Russia it was the realization that another six (or 12) years of Vladimir Putin might not lead to greater prosperity and democratic normality.

In Sidi Bouzid and Tunis, in Alexandria and Cairo; in Arab cities and towns across the 6,000 miles from the Persian Gulf to the Atlantic Ocean; in Madrid and Athens and London and Tel Aviv; in Mexico and India and Chile, where citizens mobilized against crime and corruption; in New York and Moscow and dozens of other U.S. and Russian cities, the loathing and anger at governments and their cronies became uncontainable and fed on itself. [read more]

Photo: Mannoubia Bouazizi, the mother of Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi. Credit: Peter Hapak/TIME

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Mustafa Tamimi, murdered in cold blood by the Israeli army.

We will never forgive. We will never forget. 

Linah Alsaafin (left) with Ola Tamimi (center) sister of Mustafa Tamimi who was shot on the 9th of December, 2011 at close range by the Israeli military in Nabi Saleh village, Palestine (Anne Paq / ActiveStills )

“Mustafa’s sister was screaming his name. I saw Mustafa. I saw the blood, the big pool of dark red blood. I saw the blood dripping from his head to the ground as they carried him and put him in a taxi, since the ambulance was nowhere to be found. I saw other the tear-streaked faces of other activists, and all I felt was numbness.

Mustafa’s sister Ola was still screaming, so I put my arms around her as she buried her head in my chest. I was babbling, “It’s ok, he’s gonna be fine, it’s ok” but she kept on screaming. Her screams and the disturbing reactions of those around me made my legs numb. Ola then left to go to the watchtower where the taxi with her brother was, and my state of shock crumbled as I gasped out my tears in the arms of my friend.”

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We will never forgive. We will never forget. 

A doctor in tears after he failed to save one of the injured. [near Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt]

Via Twitter: 

Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt - November 20th, 2011:

8 unmoving bodies in Tahrir. Pic. I took 3 hours ago, just got to a computer to upload it. Not sure how many dead vs. unconscious. Corner of #tahrir sq. & tahrir st.”

Via: @anjucomet

1.350 hits in about ELEVEN minutes! SCAF, you are the NEXT! Every Egyptian killed by cops, is a nail in the SCAF’s coffin”

By: @CarlosLatuff

Bahaa El-Deen Senousi, one of the founders of the Revolutionary TM Party, shot dead today in Egypt following clashes between police and protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir square which have left at least 2 people dead and hundreds more injured. 

7asbunallah wa ni3m al wakeel fil maglis il 3askary, ro7o rabina yinti2m minkum!

‎”Hama, Syria - newborn Aisha al-Mahmoud, died because Assad’s thugs denied the parents entry to the hospital so she could be treated. She had renal failure, she needed urgent aid on the morning of Sunday 6 Nov 2011, she died as a result of preventing her family from passing a checkpoint on the pretext that her father is wanted. WHY?!?! What possible threat did a newborn girl pose??? Syria cries for you Aisha. To the highest heaven.”

And the world remains silent.

‎”There is no Eid when there is a Shaheed (martyr) every day” - Syria

‎”There is no Eid when there is a Shaheed (martyr) every day” - Syria

More than 55 apartment buildings have collapsed in the Ercis district of Van province [AFP]

"But [rescuers] know there are hundreds of people still trapped in the rubble because they can hear their voices. They are using listening devices to help them locate these people.”

"Angela Saravia cries after recognizing the corpses of five of her relatives after a landslide at Boca del Monte village, in Villa Canales municipality, Guatemala. The number of dead in Guatemala has risen to 28, while the total rose to 13 in Honduras, and eight people have died in Nicaragua after a week of torrential rains triggered floods and landslides across Central America.”

By: Johan Ordonez/AFP

Cairo, Egypt: A woman mourns on the coffin of Coptic Christian Mina Daniel, who was killed during clashes with soldiers and riot police on Sunday

By: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters

Cairo, Egypt: Coptic Christians carry coffins as they make their way to Abbasaiya cathedral during a mass funeral for victims of sectarian clashes with murder committed by soldiers and riot police after a protest about an attack on a church in southern Egypt

By: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters

"Best thing in these dark times. I still can’t smile though." School kids in Egypt showing unity and support after recent events in Cairo which left 26 people dead and many more injured - "you won’t separate us"

By: @ahmadfahmy