By John Ballard
Mona Al Tahawy is one of my heroines. No one who has followed the Arab Spring can be unaware of her powerful journalism. This AP headline is over-the-top stupid. Is there some suspicion she may instead have been enjoying afternoon tea?
"Alleges"? Does someone think she made it up?
Mona Altahawy was badly abused before being released and given cab money when they put her on the street.
The caption under this photo reads thus...
In this photo provided by activist Mona Eltahawy, Mona Eltahawy, 44, from New York City, is seen with both arms in casts after being released by Egyptian security forces in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011. A prominent Egyptian-born U.S. columnist said uniformed police sexually assaulted, beat and blindfolded her after she was detained Thursday near Tahrir Square during clashes, leaving her left arm and right hand broken and in casts. Eltahawy arrived in Egypt Wednesday evening and went straight to Tahrir Square, getting close to the front lines of clashes between protesters and the police at the nearby Interior Ministry. She was detained outside the ministry in the early morning hours of Thursday and released about 12 hours later.(AP Photo/Courtesy Mona Eltahawy)
There is a more flattering photo that makes me think she was wearing backward for this picture a Pillsbury Doughboy shirt which Sandmonkey says was his.