Expert comment on Egypt…from a 12-year-old

July 18, 2013 at 6:01 pm (children, civil rights, democracy, Egypt, Human rights, islamism, Jim D, Middle East, protest, secularism, youth)

There seems to be some doubt as to exactly when 12-year-old Ali Ahmed made these comments about “fascist theocracy,” sexual inequality, the new constitution and other matters in Egypt. The video has been attracting attention this week and the Independent‘s John Walsh stated that Ali was “interviewed this week for El Wady News.”

However, the video was first posted on Youtube on March 21st, so it clearly pre-dates the big demonstrations that led to the overthrow of Morsi

Anyway, young Mr Ahmed is incredibly well-informed, articulate and progressive in his opinions:

Where did he get his information and opinions from, asks the astonished interviewer: “I listen to people a lot and use my brain. I read newspapers, watch TV and search the internet” comes the confident reply.



  1. Kellie said,

    Interview by Egyptian newspaper El Wady, in Cairo on Oct 19, 2012, it says here:

  2. Jim Denham said,

    That’s cleared that up, then. Thanks, Kellie.

    Perhaps someone will get back to him again for his thoughts on more recent developments?

  3. dagmar said,

    Are you aware this video “trended” on the Chinese version of twitter a few days ago, but then seemed to have ‘vanished’ behind the Great Firewall?

  4. Jim Denham said,

    Presumably it’s his comments like, “I am here today to […] protest the confiscation of the constitution by one single party,” that upset the Chinese ruling class.

  5. jimmy glesga said,

    The Islamists will probably hunt him down in typical fashion.

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