Sunday, April 17, 2011

A Thank You Note

This has certainly been the spring of Arab uprisings and a very long awaited awakening. What started with a protest for a daily life survival right by one man triggered and transcended to a regional outcry for political, economic, social reforms and above all human rights. Being an Arab, I proudly monitored the pioneering Tunisian Revolution, being Egyptian I felt the struggle and emotions of the inspiring Egyptian Revolution and being Yemeni by birth and origin, I am living the suffering of the Peaceful Yemeni Revolution. Besides monitoring and tweeting major headlines happening in Libya, Syria, Bahrain, Jordan and Palestine which is always in my heart.
I am not going to go through the reasons for these uprisings, I am sure we all know them, although some differ on the reasons behind them. Some think they are due to genuine reasons while others think they are due to a "conspiracy theory" and that is the shaping of the so called "New Middle East". I personally thank God it happened what ever the reason behind it, although I agree more with the first school of thought.

A thank you is in order. I want to thank first and foremost all the martyrs who died for these revolutions starting with Mohamed Bouazizi down to the last soul that has just parted us. These heroes sacrificed their lives for our freedom and democracy and to them we will always be in indebted, and we owe it to them to make these revolutions succeed. My deepest sympathy and prayers goes to all their families and friends. I also thank all the protesters who went out to the streets and participated in the sit-ins, marches and demonstrations and suffered gun shot injuries, beatings, inhaled gas, and even went through the fatigue of the process. Another note of gratitude goes to all the activists on the ground and on the net wether at home or abroad who have rallied for their countries. All your work, time and effort is certainly noticed and much appreciated by your country and country men and women.
These revolutions, through Facebook and twitter have certainly brought us closer, and we have certainly felt the solidarity and humanity overflowing. Twitter by far is a fascinating forum for sharing our ideas, hopes and aspirations. I have been impressed by inspiring minds of people whom I have never met but whom I consider now as friends. And as a new found friend and activist said in her tweet: "i love the  found on twitter. it affirms that  is still alive. ". Another activist and very prominent journalist pointed that through these revolutions we have learned more about each others culture, geography, history and especially the struggles. I pray that all our Arab revolutions will be successful and realize most, if not all  their aims and that those still struggling will see the light soon and that it will all be worthwhile in the end.

Last but not least I want to thank my family for their support and understanding during my long hours glued in front of the TV and on the laptop.  
I am sure these revolutions had a toll on many household besides mine :( 



  1. Very impressive blog. I look forward to reading more!

  2. Congratulations Noon. Just one advice. Keep it simple and blog more often. You're gifted. It's hectic, but u won't feel it as long as you enjoy it. Maybe you should use your tweets to compile a blog? Not so sure how many advices I mentioned :)

    All the best,

  3. Noon, I'm glad you are blogging. Your perspective benefits from not only a local or regional view but an international view, and that helps those you support.

    Let's hope that this issues in a new ear of hope for the Arab world and beyond.