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T-Shirt To Raise Funds For Pro-Democracy Groups In Egypt

Rowan Wilson16 February 2011

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From Philosophy Football:

Arab children,
Spring rain,
Corn ears of the future,
You are the generation that will overcome defeat. —Nizar Qabbani

For eighteen days so many of us were glued to the TV screens as a revolt unfolded that shook the Arab world—and beyond. When Mubarak finally resigned, Philosophy Football read an article by Tariq Ali on the Verso website and was inspired to produce a fundraising solidarity T-shirt.

The article quotes one of the great Arab poets of the modern era, Nizar Qabbani. Written in the aftermath of the 1967 six-day war and the coming to power in Egypt of US-backed dictators (first Sadat, then Mubarak), the poem's prophecy was finally fulfilled in 2011: "You are the Generation that will overcome defeat."

Philosophy Football's T- shirt is produced in association with Verso. Together we will be raising funds for Egypt's pro-democracy campaign groups. Groups already active in solidarity with Egypt, Stop the War and others, will be asked to nominate recipients who will make the most effective use of the resources. And generosity is rewarded with the offer of The Verso Book of Dissent at half-price when purchased with the shirt.