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    Kodak Agfa posted a photo:

    Ramadan Karim in Khan El-Khalili

    A sign saying "Ramadan Karim" over a stand selling accessories in Khan El-Khalili


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  • 03/27/17--15:50: Ramadan shoppers [Flickr]
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    Ramadan shoppers

    In 2016,there were more Ramadan shoppers from women than in any previous year


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    What is Written on a Khan El-Khalili

    I think what is written on that gate are praises for God.


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    Another Khan El-Khalili gate , another Bab

    I do not know the name of that or bab but it leaders to the famous Al-Moez street.
    You can see the word of "Allah" {God} in the top of the gate in Arabic


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    Lanterns and galabiyas in Khan El-Khalili

    Ramadan lanterns and women's colorful galabiyas sold in Khan El-Khalili


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    Earlier Wednesday, Jordan's Dead Sea witnessed the start of the 28th Arab summit and it was the perfect location for such annual farce.
    It was really a Dead man's summit in the Dead Sea
    Or like how Iyad El-Baghdadi described the summit
    Dead men speaking in a dead summit of dead organization in the lowest place on this planet
    Now here is a summary of the summit:
    The  Prince of Kuwait slammed the Arab spring claiming that its revolutions brought terrorism and misery to the region
    The old prince slept afterward during the speeches of other leaders.
    Sleeping prince of Kuwait
    The prince of Kuwait after attacking the Arab spring 
    He was not alone as other leaders slept as usual in the summit.
    Yemeni president Abdrabbuh Mansour El-Hady slept as if his country was suffering its worst crisis since the infamous Yemen wars in the 1960s.
    Yemeni president
    Yemeni President had a nap in the summit
    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas aka Abu Mazen whose presidential term was over many years ago also had a nap. 

    Abu Mazen
    Abu Mazan and his nap time 
    Even the President of Djbouti , which most of the Arabs do not that it is Arab country slept during that boring session of the Arab summit 
    President Ismail Omar of Djibouti in the summit
    President Ismail Omar of Djibouti in the summit 
    Sisi spoke about terrorism, Libya and Syria. Nothing new at all.
    The prince of Qatar Tamim spoke indirectly about the Muslim brotherhood.
    The Lebanese president and ex-war criminal Michel Aoun spoke about how bad wars are.
    The 80-years old fell on his face while he was on his way to stand for that photo.

    El-Sisi was not standing in the middle of the photo as the Egyptian presidents used to do.
    He stood at the far left besides Omar El-Bashir.
    The Gulf leaders stood in the Middle beside King Abdullah II of Jordan.
    The Arab summit in Jordan
    The Arab leaders attending the summit "Reuters"
    Sadly, Egypt and its president were the talk of the media as Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and the Egyptian delegation stormed out of the summit while the Prince of Qatar was giving his speech.
    Updated:
    According to Journalists who attended the meeting, Sisi and the delegation had to leave to attend the meeting with King Salman and he did not intend to leave while Prince Tamim of Qatar was speaking.
    Ironically, Pro-Sisi supporters are claiming that he intended to leave.
    Egypt is bigger than this and its president should realize that.
    We were taught since our childhood that Egypt is the leader of the Arab countries. Those actions say otherwise.
    Interestingly El-Sisi held a small meeting with King Salman in what could be a reconciliation between them exchanging invitations to visit each other country.
    Now, I am extremely worried about the fate of the two Egyptian islands Tiran and Sanafir.
    Needless to say, I think millions of Arabs are missing Qaddafi's wild shows live in the Arab summits.
    No Arab leader has dared to visit the Zatari camp like UN secretary general Antonio Guterres before or after the summit.
    No Arab leader has spoken about what happened to Rima Khalaf and how she resigned from her position as the Executive secretary of the United Nationals Economic and Social Commission for Western"ESCWA".
    Khalaf resigned after Guterres asked her to withdraw an "ESCWA" report classifying Israel as an apartheid state.
    No Arab leader dared to speak about the famine in Yemen or Somalia
    I think they are afraid of doing so.
    They agreed that they support the Arab peace initiative and the two states solution when it comes to Palestine.
    They want a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.
    They are against terrorism and support political solution in Syria as well...Libya
    Needless to say, I doubt if the world followed that summit for real.
    Let's be realistic, the Brexit is much more important and more interesting than a bunch of old Arab leaders, mostly dictators gathered to discuss the same old topics.

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    Kodak Agfa posted a photo:

    Cicurel Logo in Khan El-Khalili

    I did not imagine to find the Cicurel "famous department store Pre-1952 in Egypt" in Khan El-Khalili


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    Colored clay miniatures

    Colored clay miniatures of Egyptians in Kan El-Khalili


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    An Arabesque shop in Khan El-Khalili

    An Arabesque shop selling boxes and tables as other handmade things in Khan El-Khalili market


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    The hotel at the corner in Khan El-Khalil

    A sign of a small hotel called "Nour El-Sabbah" (The morning light in Arabic) inside Khan El-Khalili market


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  • 03/31/17--16:01: The Fishaway cafe [Flickr]
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    The Fishaway cafe

    A sign with the name of the famous Khan El-Khalili's cafe El-Fishaway. El-Fishaway cafe is from the oldest cafes in Cairo


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    Um Kalthoum ensemble figurines in Khan El-Khalili

    A collection of miniature colored clay figurines showing legendary singer Um Kalthoum while singing in Khan El-Khalili market


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    Clay figurines in Khan El-Khalili

    A collection of colored figurines sold in Khan El-Khalili.This collection is for Egyptian Nubians including a man reading a magazine as you see.


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    Kodak Agfa posted a photo:

    Badistan gate in active mood

    After Itar was over several hours ago , the Badistan gate which leads to Hussein Mosque became active and full of people


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    Kodak Agfa posted a photo:

    Sequin canes in Khan El-Khalili

    Fancy sequin canes used in belly dancing sold in Khan El-Khalili


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    Kodak Agfa posted a photo:

    Fancy sequin scarfs in Khan El-Khalili

    Fancy sequin scarfs used for belly dancing sold in Khan El-Khalili


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    The Egyptian two red sea islands are back to the court on Sunday in Cairo as the Urgent matters said the Egypt's Supreme administrative court had no jurisdiction over the decision to hand Tiran and Sanafir islands to Saudi Arabia in a new episode of the Isles saga.

    The urgent court's verdict does not say whether the isles are Egyptian or Saudi but it says that the Supreme Administrative court has no jurisdiction over the whole matter.
    President Sisi and King Salman at the Dead sea last week
    "SPA" 
    Thus, it annuals accordingly the Supreme Administration Court's final Non-appealable verdict in January rejecting the government's appeal and upholding the original verdict to annual the Egyptian Saudi demarcation deal.
    In case you forget from a year ago , in April 2016 the Egyptian and Saudi governments announced a new maritime demarcation deal, by which places the strategic Tiran and Sanafir Red Sea island under Saudi sovereignty.
    In last December and against the court orders and public rejections, the Egyptian government sent the agreement to the Parliament to approve it.
    In January, the Supreme administrative court issued its historical verdict annulling the agreement.
    Despite the court orders, the government or rather the regime is insisting on going forward with the deal and decided to challenge the verdict in front of the court of urgent matter as well the Supreme Constitutional court directly and indirectly.

    What do I mean about "indirectly"?
    Well, I mean lawsuits filed by concerned citizens against the Supreme Administrative Court's verdict  with no direct relation to the government just like our case here.
    Suddenly, we found "concerned citizen" and lawyer Ashraf Farahat filling a lawsuit in front of Cairo Urgent Matters court claiming that the Supreme Administrative court has no jurisdiction over the Islands case.
    Already it is a known game for the government since the time of Mubarak and his National Democratic Party "NDP", if the administrative court annuls the results of parliamentary elections, a concerned citizen goes to the court of urgent matters to stop this verdict.
    Do not ask about the legality or constitutionality of this because the law and the constitution are the last things to be respected in this matter.


    Now, there is huge ...let's be polite and say misunderstanding here because all lawyers as well the judges and legal experts say that anyone read a book of law and courts in Egypt knows very well that the court of Urgent court has no jurisdiction whether legally or constitutionally over the Supreme Administrative court especially it is a supreme court.
    The lawyers and judges who spoke only say that the Urgent matters court's verdict should be totally ignored because it is void.

    This what I have heard from lawyers involved in the original Tiran and Sanafir case.
    Here is Khaled Ali from the original team of lawyers that sued the Egyptian state over the islands speaking about Sunday's verdict.

    A summary of what he said in the long post
    The Urgent matters court's verdict does not represent any danger constitutionally or legally on Tiran and Sanafir islands because they are beyond its jurisdiction legally even if will issue 100 verdicts. Yet the danger for real is sending the agreement to the of Representatives where it will be approved. This will help Saudi Arabia in winning the international arbitration as it has the approval of the executive and legislative  authorities; the thing that will make its position internationally. Do not pay attention to urgent matter court's verdict as all the attempts to pass the agreement in the House of Representatives as well the attempts of the regime to ignore the supreme administrative court.
    This is what I fear of. After this urgent matters court's verdict, the House of Representatives will pass the demarcation agreement very soon claiming that they are not breaking the law or the Constitution.

    On Monday, Khaled Ali and his team declared that he filed a lawsuit at the Administrative Court to stop the verdict of the Urgent Matters Court. On Tuesday, he announced the Administrative court set 18 April to look in to his appeal against the urgent Matter courts. 
    Now this is fast as it usually takes more time to set the date but let's say for real that the Administrative court is really angry.

    Not only this court ruling comes days after the meeting between Sisi and Salman in Jordan but it also comes amidst a big fight between the state and judiciary over the Judicial authorities draft law as well a fight within judicial authorities themselves over jurisdiction.
    The House of Representatives already approved the controversial draft law last week and since then the Judges club as well State council club are extremely angry and their boards are meeting in order to see how they escalate the matter.
    Unlike 2005, the Judges club seems unwilling to clash with the regime at the current moment and proposed a meeting between its head and President El-Sisi after his return from the States.

    Back to Cairo and the isles.
    When the court of urgent matters was founded in the time of Mubarak, it was made reportedly to overcome the slowness of judiciary and courts in urgent matters like for instance stopping an eviction order for instance but not to speak about a national sovereignty matter.
    Anyhow it seems that the regime is really in a hurry to seal the deal with Saudi Arabia after that meeting between Sisi and Salman in the Dead Sea Summit last week.
    The meeting comes after some gestures of good willing showed from both sides, like for instance the Saudi Aramco's decision to restore oil exports to Egypt in March.

    Ironically, the fact that such court's verdict came right after the meeting enforced that impression in the gulf that the Egyptian judiciary is not independent and that all what El-Sisi's regime really or unfortunately the Egyptians are money.
    Just look at the Dubai-based CNN Arabic tweet about the news:
    "After days following the meeting between Sisi and King Salman, a court ruling returns Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia !!"
    Egypt is not small and Egyptians are not cheap. I have been scrolling down the "#Tiran_and_Sanafir_are_Saudi" which has been worldwide trending and I felt so angry on how Egypt and Egyptians are being insulted in that hashtag.

    There is a Question in mind now: Does this deal worth bringing down judiciary like that ??
    The Saga goes on. Next episode at the Supreme Constitutional court if the parliament does not pass over the isles to the Kingdom by next week !!! 

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    The Naval unknown soldier memorial of Alexandria

    Seen in Alexandria : The Naval unknown Solider Memorial.
    Originally built as memorial to Khedive Ismail by the Italian community in Alex , the memorial's status changed to become for Egypt 's fallen Naval soldiers after the 1952 coup/revolution exactly in 1964.
    There used to be a statue for the Khedive in the middle. It was removed and transferred to Alexandria's faculty of art.
    The Memorial is under the supervision and care of Egypt's Navy forces.
    Alexandria hosts Egypt's main naval bases for its navy fleet.

    From Instagram's Egyptian Chronicles 

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    Kodak Agfa posted a photo:

    The minaret at the end of Khan El-Khalili

    The famous Al Hussein Mosque's famous Minaret appearing high at the end from the Badistan gate


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    Lamps and lanterns sold in Khan El-Khalili

    Lamps and lanterns sold in Cairo's Khan El-Khalili outside Bab El-Ghuri


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