I think the most important thing about what happening in Turkey is that for me, it seems like Turks are trying to find a middle ground or a third way between what used to be just kind of the Ataturk, nationalist way and the Islamist way, as modern as it is, of Erdogan. And for me, as a Muslim from the Middle East, that really important.
Dr. Zakaria, all the Mainstream Media are talking about the upcoming Water war.
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More from CNN: Meet the girls of Rising you know, be as Muslims as you want, be as religious as you want. But I think that the goal of the revolution was never about banning alcohol. The goal of the revolution was never about head scarves. The goal of the revolution was bread, liberty and social justice. And in that spirit, I think that we should be aiming for rights that encompasses everybody and their way of life. So I think when it comes to women especially, we're unfortunately very cheap bargaining chips. But what helps us is that women were side by side with men on the street.
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I think preventing woman violence is bigger issue than getting woman educated. Women are more vulnerable to violence than men. I am talking about women violence in civilized society. For ex, very recently I saw one of my relatives beating his wife and daughter because they were not paying for his stuff. Then you read news about women violence pretty much every where. I don have kids or sisters. I can view it as Obama does or any father with a daughter. This definitely seems like an issue in our modern society. I no clue what causing it but its pretty bad.
On the ground, that stuff is pretty popular. So when Erdogan has put in these moderate restrictions on the sale of retail alcohol or he talks about women being allowed to wear the head scarf, in my experience, all my friends in Istanbul hate him for it. But the country at large likes it, because [this is a] 99 percent Muslim country, most people are devout. That actually resonates a lot more than people think. I assume the same is true in Egypt. who love to tout moral values. It very easy to tout moral values, to be against abortion, to be against same sex marriage here. And in Egypt and in the Middle East, it very easy to say I going to ban alcohol and I going to make sure that all girls can or should wear head scarves. That is too easy and that is a violation of people rights.
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More from CNN: girls of the world revolution is ours, as well. It might not have been a revolution for women rights, but now that we started the political revolution, if we don have a social sexual revolution that works on the ground, that political revolution will fail. It not about replacing one misogynistic patriarch with another. So I was paired with a wonderful 13 year old girl in Egypt who was a survivor of rape. And I myself was sexually assaulted close to Tahrir Square in November of 2011. So when the two of us met, we had a lot to share. But, you know, there I was at the time, you know, 44 years old, 43 years old. And she was 13. And the spirit of this girl, who had never had any kind of formal education, the way that she fought back, the way she and her mother went to the police to demand justice for the rape that she survived and her enthusiasm for education and her mother agreement to, you know, to have her daughter be paired with me and have her story told was just wonderful. And, you know, I urge everyone to watch the film, because it really goes to the heart of this, that when girls are educated, everybody benefits. So I glad CNN is showing it and I was glad to be a part of it.
You've spent 10 years in America and gone back to Cairo. Do you worry that while you would like to see a more secular republic, you worried by Erdogan Islamism or the Muslim Brotherhood Islamism?
Historically, the current Muslim Egyptian are ethnics of Turk and Albania. So, if those Turk Egyptians were the one who ousted Mubarak, the same can expect against Erdoggan.
Currently, Egypt is selling its Natural gas through Pipes. But, Egypt is using the Blue Nile River free, for many years. Egypt also the Third_party receiver of this water and still terrorizing Ethiopia by Weapons that She received from America. I gonna give you rights by taking away rights? It doesn get any stupider than that. Yes you can force women to wear head scarves but you can ban them either, leave it up to them. Some will, some wont. Why are people dumb. And what wrong with having rules regarding alchol. We have age limits, BALs, etc. So what if a country bans sales after a Buy Women Canada Goose Liuigno Parka Coat Grey Ireland certain time. All countries have to have the exact same laws? That ridiculous. In some western countries you can be nude in public, in others not. I don hear people in an uproar about it.