Last week on Postcards, Kissinger Associates President Jami Miscik, a former senior official at the CIA, shared her take on the unrest in Egypt and her story of being in Cairo when it began.
Over the weekend, I received an email from a woman who has an even more up-close-and-personal view of what's going on in Egypt. Amany Eid lives in Cairo, works in the telecom industry, and spent a month in the U.S. last spring as a participant in the Fortune-U.S. State Department Global Women Leaders Mentoring Partnership. This is a program that invites rising-star businesswomen from developing countries to shadow U.S.-based participants of Fortune's Most Powerful Women Summit. The moment I met Eid, I knew she was a spirited and fiercely determined woman. Now, with Egypt on the brink of change, her spirit is rising to the occasion. Eid was never politically active until last week when she joined the demonstrations in Tahrir Square, where she was tear-gassed. Her experience made her even more determined to use her voice. Here Eid, 34, shares her perspective on her country. - Patricia Sellers
I have always felt safe in Egypt. I never had to worry about being attacked in my own home or about my car being stolen. Last week, with the lack of police and with escaped prisoners on the streets, it was a nightmare.
Around 4 p.m. on the Saturday after the unrest began, we heard screaming in the street and went to the balcony to find out what was wrong. It turns out that all the men in our neighborhood were downstairs, armed with whatever they could find and calling all men to come down and protect their cars.
I live in Cairo with my mother and sister. We don't have a man in the house. Our car was downstairs. We didn't know what to do. My mom -- a lady to the core, by universal standards -- did not want me to go and be involved in any potential fighting or stand with the men in face of escaped convicts. Not knowing what to do, I thought that we could dismantle one tire from the car so that anyone trying to steal it would not be able to do so. They could damage the car or break a window, but they wouldn't be able to run away with the whole car. More
Former CIA deputy intelligence director Jami Miscik offers her firsthand account of the unrest in the streets of Egypt and explains why we're entering a new era of uncertainty and instability throughout the region.
Jami Miscik, president of Kissinger Associates in New York, happened to be in Cairo last week when Egypt's uprising began. She was traveling with a group of policy and business people on a trip sponsored by the MOREPatricia Sellers - Feb 3, 2011 11:07 AM ET
This was a week of transitions. Barack Obama. Hillary Clinton. A little-known Congresswoman named Kirsten Gillibrand, who beat Caroline Kennedy for Hillary's Senate seat and reminded us that power and privilege don't mix well these days.
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"This meltdown is not just a financial event, but also a cultural one. It's a big, whopping reminder that the human mind is continually trying to perceive things that aren't true, and not perceiving them takes enormous effort."
-- David Brooks, in his op-ed column, "The Behavioral Revolution," in today's New York Times. On the Dow's second-best day ever, marking an 889-point gain, we need to keep in mind what pitched MOREPatricia Sellers - Oct 28, 2008 5:23 PM ET
"I've always felt that if I ever had to use my power--the power that came with my position and title--in a more overt way, rather than just having it there in the background, then I would have failed somehow."
--Jami Miscik, global head of sovereign risk at Lehman Brothers (LEH), offered her take on power last evening at a Fortune Most Powerful Women dinner in Chicago. Miscik, whom Pattie Sellers profiled MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - Sep 12, 2008 5:17 PM ET
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