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  • 03/09/16--12:16: DSC01549 [Flickr]
  • Kodak Agfa posted a photo:

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    Old Downtown Khedival buildings renovated


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  • 03/09/16--12:16: DSC01547 [Flickr]
  • Kodak Agfa posted a photo:

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    Old Downtown Khedival buildings renovated


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    On the occasion of celebrating the International Women's Day, I would like to share with you something I should have posted from several times ago but it seems that I forgot.
    If you remember, I did a series of infographics about the parliamentary elections results in Egypt. I forgot to add an infographic I was working to those infographics simply because I wanted to double check the numbers.
    That infographic is about the history of women MPs in Egyptian parliament through history. I took the numbers from a similar infographic made by Reuters' Aswat Masriya in Arabic and added to it the 2015 parliament.
    Here is the infographic after the break with a very nice background about Egypt's first women parliamentarians


    Here is a complete list of names with the Women MPs in the House of Representatives from Tahrir News website.
    Historically, the first Egyptian woman MP to be elected in Egypt was Rawya Attiya in 1957.
    Attiya was raised in a political house, her father was a leading Al-Wafd Party member in Giza governorate during the Royal era.
    Young Rawya Attiya 
    Unlike most of the girls during then, Rawya Attiya completed her education and got a bachelor degree in education from Cairo University in 1946. She also took a diploma in psychology and a Master degree in journalism. After working in education as a teacher for 15 years, she joined the Egyptian armed forces during the 1956 war in its medical sector.
    Many websites say that she was the first Egyptian woman officer but I highly doubted because there was another woman who joined the army before her historically but I do not recall her name unfortunately.
    MP Rawya Attiya
    In 1956, as the Egyptian Constitution granted the Egyptian women the right to vote and to run for the Parliament. Rawya Attiya ran for elections in Dokki Constituency "My constituency" in 1957 for "The National assembly" aka the Parliament and amazingly she got 110,807 votes.
    The right of women to vote and to run of the parliament came after a long struggle of Egyptian women led by feminists like Doria Shafik.
    Another woman ran and won in that 1957. That lady was MP Amina Shukry but her results were announced after Attiya and so Rawya Attiya became the first Egyptian and Arab Parliamentarian. Shukry won in the runoffs in Alexandria.
    MP Amina Shukry
    Back to 2016, I believe that despite we have an unprecedented historical number of Women MPs  in the House of Representatives.
    19 Women MPs were elected in the individual seats system and 56 women MPs were elected in the List-based system.
    President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi appointed 14 women MPs as well.
    Still, it is not a true indication of women's political progress or true diversity in politics in Egypt.
    Let's agree that so far the Egyptian House of Representatives has proven to be a failure and just another piece of decoration to complete the so-called the political roadmap.
    Already if we go back to the numbers we have got, we will find that women have always had a higher number of seats in the List-based electoral systems in Egypt. The real victory for women in Egypt is when women MPs are being elected in the individual seats system fairly without any gender or religious concerns.
    It is not also about the number of seats as much as about the true representation of people.
    I am not a sexist radical, I just need true MPs who understand their duties and represent the true interest of their candidates regardless of their gender. 

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    Surrounded by poor crumbling buildings of Boulaq, the building of Egypt's foreign ministry in the heart of Cairo showing that crazy contradiction you can feel and see in Egypt.
    Taken on March 09, 2016 at 03:05PM via Instagram.

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    On 9 March, Egypt commemorated the Martyr's Day where the Egyptian armed forces remembered its martyrs especially those who have fallen recently in Sinai.
    The Egyptian armed forces' Morale department released a group of short documentaries about fallen officers and soldiers and their heroic acts in North Sinai against the terrorists of Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis.
    #Egypt's unknown solider memorial in #Cairo #citizenjounalism #blogger #ThisisEgypt
    The tomb of the Unknown Solider in Cairo 
    All respect to Egypt's martyrs whether military or civilians as well their families who are paying a huge price.
    I believe on the Martyr's Day, we should not only remember our martyrs and heroes whether they are military or civilian, put flowers on the Unknown Solider graves and share short documentaries and patriot songs. We should ask questions about why and how those people are killed like that in young age and how that blood river in North Sinai does not want to stop.
    We should stop commemorating our martyrs whether military or civilians using very empty nationalistic slogans and empty words for real.
    Already I have lost counting on how many times Egyptian military and security officials that Egypt purged North Sinai of terrorism and next day we find a terrorist attack killing not less than 4 security personnel !!
    BuzzFeed's Maged Atef revealed in his report about life in North Sinai between the fires of Daesh-Subsidiary Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis "ABM" and the Egyptian security forces that no less than 2000 soldiers were killed in clashes according to an anonymous source in the army.
    I think this number is realistic if we add up all the casualties of the Egyptian security forces since 2013 unfortunately.


    Of course, we do not have any confirmed or official or precise number of casualties among the terrorists or the civilians who are paying the heaviest price actually.
    Jut scrolling back in the official posts and announcements on the Official Facebook page of the Egyptian armed forces spokesperson , I noticed that recently there has not been any statement about the losses among the Egyptian armed forces personnel.
    This is at the same time, I find out about the Egyptian armed forces officers and soldiers getting killed from the social media and unofficial Facebook.
    We must ask questions for the sake of those martyrs and their families.
    Who will stand accountable from the officials for what is happening in North Sinai ? When will they stand accountable !? Why are they getting killed like that !?
    Egypt's Marty's Day commemorate the martyrdom of the Egyptian Chief of staff Abdel Moneim Riad in 1969 during the war of attrition between Egypt and Israel.
    Riad was from the men who re-built the Egyptian armed forces after the humiliating defeat in 1967.
    I think it is frustrating to find out that after 47 years , we find Egyptian military personnel as well civilians are still getting killed in another North Sinai endless war.

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    I received this SMS ad on Thursday and it really puzzled me.

    Yes, this is an offer to buy now luxury apartments in Onyx project in King Cross, London for £675,000 only " LE 7,552,015"
    In case you do not know, Egypt is suffering one hell of an economic crisis and the Egyptian Pound is losing more and more of its value every week if it is not every day.

    The Fancy Onyx apartments from its official website
    Not my taste to be honest
    Already, I knew that many people got just like me. Yes, it was sent as a bulk message with no respect or consideration for its true target audience.
    Yes, there is a target audience for such across-the-borders projects or rather real estate investments.
    Do you know that Egyptians pumped Dh2.55 billion " LE 5 billion" in Dubai's property market in 2015 alone !?

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    Last week , I was in Downtown Cairo and luckily I had my camera with me.
    It was truly my lucky day as I passed by bunch of the old downtown 19th century and early 20th century-European style buildings being restored.
    To read more about the Downtown Cairo renovation, please read this important feature by Salma Shukrallah in Ahram Online. That feature was published after the inauguration the
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    The officials working on Restoration of Khedival Cairo say that the original colors of the buildings are being used.
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    The restoration works are currently carried out by Arab Contractors Co.and other companies.
    The government still owns the majority of the buildings in the area despite Misr Insurance Company owns over 90 buildings there and Al-Ismailia Investment company owns more than 20 buildings in the Downtown Cairo area.


    Somehow, you may guess the owners of the renovated building from the final color of the building.
    I passed by the Gharib Marcos building which looked amazing. The building built in early 20th century is currently owned by Al-Ismailia company.
    Gharib Marcos building عمارة غريب مرقص
    Al-Ismailia Company says in its official website that the building architecture was a mix of Neo-Baroque and Art deco.
    So far it is one of the best renovations in the area. I have not seen it from inside.
    Gharib Marcos building عمارة غريب مرقص
    It looks Neo-Baroque Parisian more to me.
    I saw the famous Gothic Davies Bryan building after its renovation. Some people do not like how it is painted but I believe it looks fine. Davies Bryan Building مبنى ديفيس براين
    It is truly one of the jewels of Downtown Cairo with its distinguished style whether it is painted or not.
    Davies Bryan Building مبنى ديفيس براين
    That beautiful building made headlines during its restoration as Ismailia company used to cover it with a beautiful painting representing the building.
    The building constructed in early 20th century and owned by Welsh businessman Davies Bryan used to host the YMCA in Cairo.
    The Davis Bryan building in  Downtown Cairo last century 
    "Thanks to @So2rate  and @EgyChampagne whom you must follow on twitter if you love old photos and documents from Egypt" 
    Here is a famous building at Emad El-Din street that has not been restored yet. Surely, it needs a lot of renovation.
    An old building at Emad El-Din street عمارة فى شارع عماد الدين
    In the past , Emad El-Din street in Downtown Cairo was known for its theatres and nightclubs.
    Now , its famous Parisian-style buildings including the building above and the restored building below were like landmarks with their domes.
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    I hope that is true because that pinkish color of that famous building in Emad El-Din street with gold paint is making me uncomfortable !!
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    I am praying that the restoration companies and officials pay attention to the little details and mistakes they commit during the restoration process itself.
    It is not about fresh paint.
    I am worried that the companies will paint for instance those amazing façade details as they have done previously in other buildings that were restored before.
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    Just look to the amazing paintings at the top of that building.
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    They do not such beautiful details in buildings any more unfortunately.

    I also pray that the buildings are fully and truly restored.
    One true look to some of the previously restored buildings in Tahrir square , you will find that the façade was only painted and the rest of the building is left in a very provoking way.
    Those photos were taken quickly while I was in the car.

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    Kodak Agfa posted a photo:

    An old building in #downtownCairo #Egypt #buildings #citizenjounalism #blogger #Cairo


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    An old building in Downtown Cairo, Egypt
    Taken by iPhone
    Posted on March 13, 2016 at 01:09AM via Instagram

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    Kodak Agfa posted a photo:

    #Cairo earlier before the storm #blogger #citizenjounalism #Nile


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  • 03/13/16--15:41: Before the storm

  • This is how Cairo looked like tonight before a dust storm followed by a rare thunderstorm
    March 13, 2016 at 08:58PM via Instagram

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    And Minister Ahmed El-Zend of Justice is fired.
    Yes Minister El-Zend of Justice has been dismissed following his unintentionally insulting statements about the "Prophet"
    In an interview on Sada El-Balad TV channel on Friday, the former minister known for his controversial statements said that he was going to imprison anyone who broke the law even if they were journalists or even it were a prophet "PBUH".
    He is already also suing a huge number of journalists in Egypt right now allegedly for defame or to be precise for bringing up his corruption scandals.
    He did not specify which prophet but it was associated by Prophet Mohamed because he said "PBUH".
    Ahmed El-Zend and his controversial comment about the "prophet"
    Yes, he said that and you can imagine how such statement offended Muslims in Egypt despite he did not mean it but that's the last straw.
    Of course , it tells a lot about the mentality of the justice minister who only thinks about locking up people.
    On Saturday , there had been no official reaction but as the statement and the video spread online, it created waves of anger.
    Top trending hashtags on Saturday in Egypt and several Arab countries like Saudi Arabia were about El-Zend like "#A_trial_for_El-Zend_No_Insult_to_Prophet_Mohamed" , "#El-Zend" and "#El-Zend's_Trial".
    Former minister Ahmed El-Zend 
    There were very extremely dangerous tweets that reached to the level of violent threats from Arab tweets in particular including Pro-Daesh tweeps.
    El-Send apologized on TV channels on Saturday as well in a series of tweets on his alleged Twitter account saying that He did not mean it.
    Ironically and pathetically he used the same hashtags, tweeps were using to call for his trial that has been top trending for many hours.
    He also added that he would like to be forgiven in the same way Prophet Mohamed "PBUH". In another statement, he claimed that he was already forgiven !!
    As soon as I have read and watched El-Zend's statements, I knew that it would be a matter of time when he would be forced to resign or dismissed.
    El-Sisi's regime does its best to upstage the Mohamed Morsi's regime when it comes to religion especially now.
    In the past 24 hours the most common comment you read on the social media about El-Zend was " Of course, he can get away with that, he insulted the Prophet not El-Sisi" and "If it were El-Sisi, he would be in jail right now".
    Also, people including myself brought on the comparison on how El-Zend would get away from it when the charges  of "blasphemy" and "Contempt of religion" are chasing writers, scholars and even minors all over Egypt in the past 3 years.
    But still I believe he would be dismissed from his position, at least in the first ministerial reshuffle.
    It did not take time thought.
    Tonight afternoon, it was announced that PM Sherif Ismail dismissed officially Ahmed El-Zend from his position as Minister of Justice after the later refused to resign !!
    And the by the blessing of the Prophet "PBUH" as our people say in Egypt, El-Zend is fired at last unexpectedly and suddenly because of his statements.
    Now and amazingly, his supporters from judges are protesting the dismissal !!
    I hope they form a strike to object the decision.
    The whole affair is like some sort of karma
    Last week, Reformist Judge Zakaria Abdel Aziz was forced into a retirement after found guilty by a Ministry of justice's disciplinary committee for storming Egypt's State security headquarters in Nasr City.
    We all know that did not happen and Abdel Aziz even brought eye witnesses from former State security officers who denied that he stormed the security HQs.
    The former head of Judges' club who headed the judges movement from ten years ago said in a press statement that El-Zend was behind that conviction and that decision to force him into early retirement.
    Of course, what happened to Abdel Aziz is the latest when it comes to the witch hunt against the reformist judges as well allegedly Pro-MB judges.
    Ironically, El-Zend replaced Mahfouz Saber the former minister of justice who also was forced to resign after his stupid classist statements.
    When it comes to controversial statements, El-Zend got one hell of a record. To be honest, that stupid unintentional quote about the Prophet was truly the last straw but honestly one should not be surprised.
    El-Zend once said that the judges were the masters and the others were slaves.
    He does not only believe that for every fallen officer, thousands of Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters should be killed but also, he called for a legislation to  punish the parents of alleged terrorists !!
    Currently, he is not missed except by bunch for extreme Pro-regime TV hosts like Ahmed Moussa who believes that Sisi gave up to the Facebook and social media's  pressure !!
    His supporters launched a twitter hashtag against his dismissal.
    Anyhow, Salam former Minister Ahmed El-Zend.
    And I do not have any high hopes about the new upcoming Minister of justice.

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    On Thursday, the European Parliament passed a resolution about the member of Italian student Giulio Regeni and it is making the Egyptian administration angry unsurprisingly.
    The resolution was approved by the majority of Members of the European Parliament. We are speaking exactly about 558 MEP voting in favor of the resolution while 10 MEPs including members of Greece's Golden Dawn voting against it and 59 abstained.
    The resolution officially considered the murder of the 28-years old Italian political sciences researcher and student "not an isolated accident" in Egypt "but is placed within a context of a dramatic increase in reports of torture in police detention stations and other cases of death in custody and enforced disappearances across Egypt under the current leadership".
    A Non-binding resolution, the statement actually slams the human rights records of Egypt since July 2013.
    You can read its final version here at the official website of MEP Marietje Schakke's official website in English.
    The resolution mentions the forced disappearances, the crackdown on NGOs like Nadeem center and the protest law.
    In the end , it recommends the EU countries to follow the EU Foreign Affairs council's recommendation following the dispersal of Pro-Morsi sits-in in August 2013 to "suspend exporting licenses to Egypt of any equipment which might be used for internal repression and to reassess export licenses of equipment covered by Common Position and to review their security assistance with Egypt".
    It also called Egypt's House of the Representatives to amend the Protest law, the terrorism law and the terrorist organizations laws. The European Parliament also called the Egyptian government to let the civil society and NGOs act freely.
    The European Parliament's resolution is not binding to the EU countries but it is a big official as well international slap to the Egyptian regime over its security policies.
    By the way, here is the Arabic translation of the resolution.
    Now, you can imagine how such resolution was received in Egypt.
    Officially, the Egyptian ministry of foreign affairs slammed the resolution describing it as an "unfair" resolution based on "unproven accusations and baseless media reports".

    Foreign Ministry Spokesperson: Egypt regrets the adoption of an unfair resolution regarding human rights in Egypt by the...
    Posted by Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday, March 11, 2016
    Amazingly in the past couple of days, the Pro-regime media and prominent political faces including members of the House of the Representatives attacked the European Parliament for its recommendations and blamed the Muslim Brotherhood as usual for !!
    Close to Presidency TV host Ahmed Moussa claimed on his TV show that the person who wrote the European Parliament was a member who was funded by the Muslim Brotherhood !!
    Ahmed Moussa attacking European parliament
    That claim was repeated over and over
    MP Hamdy Bakhait , the long time strategic analyst/conspiracy theorist/former army general claimed that MEPs were paid money to issue that statement in a TV interview.
    حمدي بخيت: أعضاء البرلمان الأوروبي "قابضين" من الإخوان.. و"مش ...
    شاهد ... حمدي بخيت: أعضاء #البرلمان_الأوروبي "قابضين" من الإخوان.. و"مش هنتهز"
    Posted by ‎البديل TV‎ on Sunday, March 13, 2016
    I got tons of MPs' statements in my inbox full of similar claims.
    On Sunday, State-owned Al-Ahram Newspaper published that report below about how the European parliament fell into the trap of the Muslim Brotherhood !!
    The European Parliament fell into the trap of the MB
    Salma Al-Wardany
    By the way, except for Mada Misr I have not seen any news report about why Europe's radical right-wing and Nazi parties like Greece's Golden Dawn voted against the resolution.
    I do not know what to say for real.
    The Egyptian House of Representatives is going to send a delegation head by the House speaker Ali Abdel Aal to Brussels in April.
    FYI, the Egyptian government has not presented up till its statement to the House of the Representatives. The newly parliament has not also started its real work in supervising the performance of the government and its ministries above them the ministry of interior.
    So I do not know how MPs are attacking the European Parliament's resolution when they have not started investigating what came from allegations of human rights abuse in Egypt as representatives of the Egyptian people.

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  • 03/15/16--07:15: March 15, 2016 at 04:15PM

  • Seen in #Cairo : old magazines sold in a shop in #Zamalek #Egypt #citizenjounalism #blogger #Cairowalk #mideast #africa March 15, 2016 at 04:15PM via Instagram http://ift.tt/1WnrECH

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    Kodak Agfa posted a photo:

    Seen in #Cairo : old magazines sold in a shop in #Zamalek #Egypt  #citizenjounalism #blogger #Cairowalk #mideast #africa


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    The Egyptian prosecution announced in the Egyptian media that the testimony of the Egyptian citizen that came forward claiming that he saw late Giulio Regeni before his disappearance was a big fat lie.
    Earlier this week, we found an alleged eyewitness called Mohamed Fawzy claiming that he saw 28-years-old Giulio Regeni having a verbal fight with some unknown foreigner outside the Italian Consulate in Cairo on 24 January.

    Late Giulio Regeni 'Italian press'
    The political sciences researcher went missing on 25 January. On 3 February, Regeni's mutilated body was found  at the Cairo-Alexandria highway.

    Unprecedentedly, the Prosecution announced that Fawzy was lying as investigations revealed that he was not near the Italian Consulate on 24 January.

    According to sources, the prosecution found out Fawzy was lying thanks to his mobile phone that proved did not come near to Downtown Cairo and was in October during the alleged fight.

    Now, there is something I do not understand.
    Who is behind Mr. Mohamed Fawzy?
    Who told him to come forward to testify like that !?
    He could not have just decided to lie like that alone !!
    This can not be a pathetic attempt for attention !!

    Why would anybody lie and give a false testimony in a crime like Giulio Regeni's murder !?
    Update: Fawzy says that he did it for Egypt !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    This man already appeared and shared his testimony on TV, on the most Pro-regime TV show earlier this week.

    He appeared with Ahmed Moussa on Pro-regime TV channel Sada El-Balad speaking about the case.
    Can a witness go and share his testimony on TV in a case like this when the investigations are still conducted legally!?
    The false eyewitness speaks share his false testimony
    The notorious TV host Moussa, who used to be Ahram Newspaper's ministry of interior correspondent also claimed that the Italian Consulate's CCTV recorded that alleged fight between late Regeni and unknown Italian friend.

    The Egyptian ministry of interior said it had no information about that alleged footage.

    Moussa also attacked the Italian ambassador in Cairo claiming that the Italian diplomat met with writers and journalists who work against Egypt !!!!!!!
    Moussa and his claims 
    He even dared to claim that late Giulio Regeni and that friend could be involved in the bombing of the Italian consulate !!!

    Who told Moussa to say that !? Who is behind him this time !!
    Ahmed Moussa is technically one of the most important Pro-regime TV hosts as well one of the closest TV hosts to the Presidency.

    We are speaking about a TV host that travels with the President in most of his tours outside the country.

    So why did he host that alleged eye witness and repeat nonsense like that !??
    It is a weird thing because the Prosecution is in the opposite direction of Moussa.
    Now, there is an active campaign online on social media against TV host Ahmed Moussa. The campaign is called "#Stop_Ahmed_Moussa" in Arabic.
    On the other hand, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi believes that there is some sort of conspiracy against Egypt because it wages war against terrorism and radicalism and so the Russian plane crashed and Regeni was killed.

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    Kodak Agfa posted a photo:

    Seen in #Zamalek #Cairowalk #Cairo #citizenjounalism #blogger #Egypt


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    It felt odd to find those colorful lights like that in quiet street in Zamalek
    Posted at 09:41PM via Instagram 

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    Kodak Agfa posted a photo:

    Mariette Pasha's tomb at the Egyptian museum in Cairo


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    Kodak Agfa posted a photo:

    Mariette Pasha's tomb at the Egyptian museum in Cairo

    The tomb of Auguste Mariette Pasha, the founder of Egypt's official department of antiquities "It is now a ministry of antiquities"


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