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Alexander Reed Kelly
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In December 2010, Alex was arrested for civil disobedience outside the White House alongside Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges, Pentagon whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg, healthcare activist Margaret Flowers and…
Alexander Reed Kelly

A video posted in March shows a 12-year-old Egyptian boy telling an interviewer that he is in the streets “to help prevent Egypt from becoming a commodity owned by one person.”

Ali Ahmed, as he calls himself, is articulate for his and any age. He says the 2011 revolution did not “get rid of a military regime to replace it with a fascist theocracy.”

The unnamed and unseen interviewer responds with cutesy incredulity. “Fascist theocracy? I don’t even know what that means,” she says. So the boy tells her.

“Fascist theocracy is when you manipulate religion and enforce extremist regulations in the name of religion, even though religion doesn’t command that,” he explains.

When the interviewer asks where these thoughts came from, Ahmed responds: “I just know it. … I listen to people a lot, and I use my own brain. Plus I read newspapers, watch TV and search in the Internet.” Then he begins to distinguish between the social and political aspects of the revolution.

— Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

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