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Wed Sep 26, 2012, 02:21 PM

22. She's an activist and a very dedicated one

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mona_Eltahawy

Eltahawy is active in the Progressive Muslim Union, and has been a strong critic of the Egypt-based Muslim Brotherhood. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, and the Miami Herald among others.

Eltahawy is a frequent guest analyst on U.S. radio and television news shows. She also speaks publicly at universities, panel discussions and interfaith gatherings on human rights and reform in the Islamic world, feminism and Egyptian Muslim-Christian relations in addition to her other concerns. From 2002 to 2004, she was managing editor of the Arabic-language version of Women's eNews, an independent, non-profit news website that covers women's issues from around the world.

The Economist in 2009 credited Eltahawy with coining the phrase "the opium of the Arabs", referring to "an intoxicating way for {Arab leaders} to forget their own failings or at least blame them on {Israel}. Arab leaders have long practice of using Israel as a pretext for maintaining states of emergency at home and putting off reform."

On 24 November 2011, she tweeted (@monaeltahawy) "beaten arrested in interior ministry" amid renewed protests in Tahrir Square. She was held in custody for 12 hours and accused those who held her of physical and sexual assault. Her left arm and right hand were fractured.

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