"This Is A Revolution, Not A Football Match"


Jack Shenker catalogs China's most recent output:

Egypt’s pro-democracy revolt may have been buried on the wrong side of the Great Chinese Firewall – the Beijing authorities filtered out news of the uprising from online searches and censored comments about it on web forums – but that hasn’t stopped China’s vast manufacturing industry from making a fast buck out of regime change in Cairo. ... Bandanas jostle with car licence plates, martyrs’ calendars are on sale next to “freedom pendants” and t-shirts, and flags – Egyptian, Libyan, and beyond, all made in China – are for sale by the bucket-load on every city corner. The revolution has been well and truly merchandised.

(Photo: An Egyptian vendor wears a wig as he waits for customers to buy merchandise related to the fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak during demonstrations in Tahrir Square on Friday, Feb. 25, 2011.By Kevin Frayer/AP.)