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The new Civic Awareness (II)

My translator Eyad, who was in Tahrir Square all 18 days of the Egyptian revolution showed me a small flyer that is circulating widely around Cairo, instructing people on how to behave respectfully towards others and towards their country.

The new Civic Awareness (II)

Egyptian pamphlet instructing people how to behave respectfully. (INQUIRER / Trudy Rubin)
Egyptian pamphlet instructing people how to behave respectfully. (INQUIRER / Trudy Rubin)

My translator Eyad, who was in Tahrir Square all 18 days of the Egyptian revolution, showed me a small flyer that is circulating widely around Cairo, instructing people on how to behave respectfully towards others and towards their country. (This is part of a whole burst of civic awareness and pride that has sent young men out into the streets picking up garbage and painting curbsides in the colors of the Egyptian flag: white, black and red )

The pamphlet reads in Arabic (translated by Eyad):

We will change ourselves first:

- I won't bribe anyone again in any governmental institution

- I won't throw any litter in the streets

- I won't harass any girls

- I'll respect the traffic light even if there is no police officer standing

- I'll demand any police officer to treat me respectfully as a citizen with rights

- I'll be aware of the law and get to know my rights

- I'll try to upgrade the level of the street i'm living in

- I'll report any wrongdoing

- I won't be passive again

- We have to respect each other and be proud of our country which will no longer be controlled by anyone however high profile he is

- I will help the people in need and I will know my legal rights and duties

- 25th January isn't only about political changes...it's a change for each and everyone of us

- The price of this change was the blood and souls of the youth of this country...Let's promise them that their lives didn't go in vain.

 

Then it instructs the reader to "Copy and Share"

Trudy Rubin Inquirer Opinion Columnist
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Trudy Rubin’s Worldview column runs on Thursdays and Sundays. In 2009-2011 she has made four lengthy trips to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Over the past seven years, she visited Iraq eleven times, and also wrote from Iran, Israel, the West Bank, Gaza, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, China, and South Korea.

She is the author of Willful Blindness: the Bush Administration and Iraq, a book of her columns from 2002-2004. In 2001 she was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary and in 2008 she was awarded the Edward Weintal prize for international reporting. In 2010 she won the Arthur Ross award for international commentary from the Academy of American Diplomacy.

Reach Trudy at trubin@phillynews.com.

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