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- 04/29/17--15:30: The VOIP and the Internet Revolution in Egypt : Not So good
- 05/04/17--15:26: Seen in Alexandria : The Bibliotheca's Planetarium on the go
- 05/09/17--17:05: Seen in Alexandria : The Spahi Palace on the go
- 05/15/17--16:30: What happened to the The Polish girl ?
- 05/17/17--08:00: Seen in Alexandria : Inside Sidi Gaber railway station
- 05/18/17--14:50: Where is El-Adly !!!???
- 05/19/17--14:43: Seen in Cairo : A Talaat Harb building
- 05/21/17--16:39: Kodak Agfa presents : Egypt's Spring Flowers Fair 2017
- 05/23/17--04:41: Seen in Cairo : Once a Credit Foncier Egyptien
- 05/25/17--05:09: 21 Websites blocked in Egypt and it is not good at all
- 05/26/17--18:36: Minya Massacre : blood on sand "A recap"
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- 06/02/17--11:40: #Ramadan Arabian Nights 2017 : Princess Sea Pearl "Ep.7"
- 06/03/17--12:12: #Ramadan Arabian Nights 2017 : Princess Sea Pearl "Ep.8"
- 06/03/17--18:30: Minya Massacre : What we should say and ask (Graphic)
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All the media around the globe is speaking about that important visit in critical time.
Thus I will speak today about something that happened in the past 48 hours in Cairo and I think it will be forgotten or be ignored amidst the coverage of the Pope's visit to Egypt.
Do you remember when I spoke about how FaceTime video and voice chat were not working properly from two weeks ago ??
Do you know that I have received comments on the blog as well replies on twitter confirming that there was a problem not only in FaceTime but also in other chat and msg apps !??
People began to speak last week about how Facebook messenger's audio and video services were not working. Same thing was reported with WhatsApp and Viber.
It was a nightmare for Egyptians working abroad and could not check or speak with their families back home. Yes, most of them are back to work fine again now but still, it was a nightmare.
All fingers were pointed to the mobile phone operators and internet service providers but those companies denied their involvement.
We know that those companies hate VOIP because it makes them lose money.
The companies pointed to the National Telecom Regulation authority "NTRA" but the NTRA also denied blocking the VOIP services on its official twitter account on 21 April.
لا صحة لما يتداوله البعض حول إيقاف خدمة VOIP# عن بعض التطبيقات التي تعمل بهذه التقنيه— جهاز تنظيم الاتصالات (@NTRAEgyofficial) April 21, 2017
وقد أكد الجهاز في أكثر من مناسبة عدم صحة هذه الاخبار.
It is not true what has spread by some that VOIP service was suspended in some apps. The authority stated that this news was untrue.On April 24, NTRA spoke about the VOIP problem admitting that the VOIP was suspended actually while speaking about the upcoming e-crime draft bill.
كما أكد أن مشروع #قانون_مكافحة_الجريمة_الإلكترونيةليس له علاقة مطلقا بقطع المحادثات الصوتية للإنترنت— جهاز تنظيم الاتصالات (@NTRAEgyofficial) April 23, 2017
The Undersecretary of the telecommunication committee in the House of Representatives : The draft cybercrime bill is from the most important bills that the committee will look in to carefully in upcoming stage. He also confirmed that the cybercrime bill has nothing to do with suspending the VOIP.Tahrir newspaper quoted an unnamed source in NRTA saying that those services were suspended because of national security concerns.
|Ahmed Abdel Naby|
Early Friday morning, Egypt's Homeland security arrested Ahmed Abdel Naby, the co-founder of The Internet Revolution Egypt Facebook page which has been calling for better and faster as well cheaper internet speed in the country since 2015.
It turned out that Abdel Naby published leaks from alleged documents that show the government was involved in blocking and attempting to monitor the VOIP services in Egypt illegally since at least 2012.
On 25 April, Ahmed and Internet Revolution Egypt published the first part of the alleged leaks which can not be authenticated technically speaking.
The first leak is allegedly a proposal presented by Etisalat Egypt to allegedly Egyptian government explaining how bad the VOIP on its profits. The Emirati owned mobile phone operator allegedly suggested that the government should use "Deep packet inspection" or "DPI" system to control and block VOIP as it wants.
It had no date but it could have represented in 2012 to the government according to the info mentioned inside the presentation.
On the 27 April, the Page who got one million followers released another leak.
The second leak showed summarized minutes of a meeting allegedly held on 28 October 2013 for the members of "technical committee" to put together an organizing framework for VOIP apps through mobile phone operators.
The alleged technical committee was made of 5 NRTA officials, One representative from Egypt's armed forces and another representative from General Intelligence whose names were completely blurred by Internet Egypt Revolution.
It is worth to mention that the army and national security council got representatives in NRTA's board so actually it is not a big surprise.
Interestingly, the first name of those NRTA officials who allegedly attended the meeting is Mostafa Abdel Wahid, the current acting "executive president". Abdel Wahid was appointed to his position in July 2015.
Anyhow, this meeting allegedly spoke about how mobile phone operators have got DPI system so they would use it with some apps easily. It also spoke about VPN and Proxi "yes, instead of proxy" and how it was an obstacle for the companies.
The meeting discussed the experience of UAE where users inform the companies that they use VPN. Then we got an attempt to put a framework with the chat as well audio features of "Whatsup" aka "WhatsApp".
Allegedly, the meeting agreed that some security agency in Egypt would ask Saudi Arabia to give them "the Source code" of WhatsApp if I understand correctly.
I have never read before that the Kingdom has got the WhatsApp's source code but the popular msg app has been blocking encrypted call to the KSA since July 2016.
That alleged meeting agreed on having a bigger meeting with the "general committee" 2 days later to discuss what they would do.
On April 27 also, the popular FB page published another leak.
Undated leak, that presentation was allegedly prepared by NRTA and again it was about how control to deal with VOIP.
Listing other countries' experiences with VOIP especially KSA and UAE, allegedly NRTA recommended enforcing apps developers to decrypt their apps in order to operate in Egypt and the mobile phone operators to use DPI.
Internet Revolution FB page promised to release the next leak about surveillance in Egypt but unfortunately, its admin was arrested.
Realistically speaking all those leaks alone do not say if the government stood behind what happened in the past weeks especially we are speaking about unauthenticated documents speaking from 2012 and 2013.
Not to mention, those leaks are speaking about NRTA's plans and we do not know if those plans have been implemented eventually or not.
We have not seen the leak speaking about surveillance.
Still, the arrest of Abdel Naby shows that there is something wrong.
We do not know what this young man is facing currently.
Officially, NRTA is still denying its responsibility for what has been happening in the past few weeks.
Yet, the long record of state online surveillance and phishing as well blocking apps in the country tells us otherwise.
In the end , it turned out the Internet revolution in Egypt is just like January revolution; both are misfortune.
Seen in Alexandria on the go: Bibliotheca Alexandria's Planetarium in one fine May 2016 Afternoon.
The Planetarium is one of the main attractions in the New Bibliotheca Alexandria.
Sadly, I had not been able to visit it nor visit Bibliotheca Alexandria in my last visit to Alexandria last year.
Now as I am speaking about Bibliotheca Alexandria briefly, I must pay my respect to the man who revived it who passed away in silence last February.
|Mostafa Abady "Moheet"|
Sadly enough, that man died in silence and no one in the media cared to tell the Egyptian people about his role.
You must know that during Mubarak's rule, the media ignored him as usually making the revival of the Bibliotheca as another achievement of Hosni Mubarak and his wife.
I have read that he was not invited to its inauguration in 2002 despite the Bibliotheca Alexandria was his brain child since 1972 !!
I have read also that he was critical of the military rule in Egypt since 1952.
What is sadder was how the mainstream media dealt with his death.
Mostafa Abady is the man who brought the famous Bibliotheca for real to life.
Remember that man and his name.
Remember the thinkers and builders and not the pharaohs.
Please read this great obituary in the Economist about him.
May God bless his soul.
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Thank God, she is doing fine in her recovery now and I can take some time to update the blog.
Tonight I share two very poor quality photos of the famous Spahi Palace of Alexandria I took while I was on the go in that Spring Break of last year.
|The Spahi palace|
I have been away from my blog but I kept an eye on what is happening in the news especially in Egypt.
God knows how much I wanted to write about certain issues past two weeks especially the incident of the Polish girl.
On 30 April, a young Polish tourist died in Egypt's resort city of Marsa Alam in Red Sea governorate.
According to local authorities, 27-years-old Polish Magdalena Zuk committed suicide wPort Ghalib hospital.
|Magdalena Zuk's last Facebook account profile|
The Egyptian authorities added that Zuk was suffering from deep depression and that she was going to be deported back to Poland two days after arrival but was not allowed to board the airplane due to her "erratic behavior".
She was admitted to the hospital in the resort city where she tried to commit suicide at least once but was saved by the staff.
I am sure that that news passed as familiar news in Egypt as every now and then you find a news report about a tourist who decides to take her or her own life in our country.
Then after a week or more, we found out that Magdalena's death is creating controversy back in her home in Poland as her family feels that there was something fishy about her death.
Magdalena's family is saying that the young tourist who arrived Marsa Alam on the 25th April did not suffer from any depression or mental problems. It did not stop at there.
Her family and her boyfriend fear that she was raped and killed by locals in the resort where she was staying
Originally, Magdalena should have come the Southern Egyptian resort with her boyfriend but it turned out that his passport was expired and so the Polish girl went to that vacation alone.
The question marks raised when her boyfriend published a video of a FaceTime call between him and her where she seemed troubled telling him that she would not return back home. "I do not understand Polish to know what the boyfriend says"
In that video call that was spread in polish media, you can hear an Egyptian man's voice
That man is the local Tour guide Mahmoud Khairy and he is currently the main suspect in the Polish media advocating that Magdalena was raped and murdered.
He is currently accused unofficially in Polish media and social media of several charges that can destroy his career for real even without conviction above them human trafficking.
He closed all his social media accounts already.
In his sole interview with the Egyptian media, Mahmoud Khairy told DotMedia360 that he was innocent of all those charges and the autopsy would prove his innocence; vowing to sue those spreading lies.
Originally from Sharkia governorate, Khairy works or used to work I think with Poland-based-Rainbow tours travel agency.
The Polish travel agency is not having the best times either with a swarm of angry comments on its Facebook page.
Another video or rather a collection of videos showing Zuk in Port Ghalib hospital including one video that went viral in both Egypt and Poland.
That video showed Zuk restrained by a group of men in the hospital.
Many people say that she was handled in a brutal way.
While others saw that she was being stopped from killing herself.
First, the Polish media got the Port Ghalib hospital CCTV's videos from the hospital itself through Dr. Ahmed Shawky who works in it,
Shawky wanted to prove that he and the hospital were not part of anything sinister and they did not cover anything thus he helped the Polish media.
According to him, Magdalena Zuk needed a psychiatrist but there was none in the Southern Egyptian city.
His hospital also is not equipped to deal with similar cases.
Defending the action of his staff, Shawky said that they had to restrain her like to stop her from killing herself.
He also added that Mahmoud Khairy admitted her to the hospital after she was not allowed on the board of a flight back to Warsaw.
The doctor who lives quietly with his small family in Marsa Alam also told Cairo-based DotMedia360 that Khairy said that a friend of her was coming to get her back from Poland.
The hospital is currently open to the media to prove that they are not hide anything.
There is another video that emerged in Poland. Allegedly a video clip shot by another guest in the Hotel she was staying in Marsa Alam.
I do not know if that woman is Magdalena or not but the Polish media says it was her.
An important piece of info was said in that report that Zuk told her friend "her boyfriend" that someone put some "strange substance" in her drink.
As you may have known from the video clip above, the Polish prosecutor general opened an investigation into the young lady's death.
Back in Cairo, there was that expected radio silence and delay in reaction as usual and as expected.
On 10 May we found out that the Egyptian forensic authority conducted an autopsy on Magdalena Zuk in the attendance of a Polish forensic expert hired by the family according to Al-Watan Newspaper.
The autopsy was conducted as part of the cooperation between Egyptian and Polish investigators and prosecution.
On Thursday, BBC said that Polish officials believed that Zuk could have been a victim of human trafficking and organized crime.
There have been no further details at least in English about this is an alarming claim.
Last Friday Polish FM Witold Waszczykowski called his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry on 12 May expressing his appreciation for the cooperation of Egyptian authority.
The Egyptian-Polish relations are more than good currently.
It is unclear if the death of Magdalena Zuk will overshadow those relations like in the case of Giulio Regeni.
Earlier Monday, the Polish embassy received the young lady's body. The final autopsy report is expected to be issued within days.
I expect that she may have another autopsy in her country if her family is not convinced with the results of the Egyptian autopsy.
Right Wing's Conspiracy theories that became factsI checked Magdalena's Facebook account and I can not find anything alarming.
Only photos of a beautiful young lady enjoying life and learning how to pole dancing.
Facebook is not a measure or can indicate that a person is suffering from deep depression or any mental problem speaking seriously.
|Magdalena Zuk :(|
Maybe she was suffering a trauma and no one was able to help her in Marsa Alam for real.
Maybe if there was a psychiatrist in Marsa Alam, he or she could provide help to her.
Also, I believe the hospital staff should have acted in a better and wiser way.
"We did not do a sexual assault exam because nobody asked for it, " Said Dr. Shawky to the media in Egypt.
Sometimes I feel that they should have done it but at the same time may be the staff was concerned that she is a foreigner and it would a sensitive issue.
Also, I do not understand how they put her on the second floor when she tried to kill herself !!
I am waiting for the final autopsy report.
Interestingly,, the news about Magdalena's death came from Poland in English to Egypt through "Storm Front" news forum at first.
As soon as I opened its link, I found the "White Pride worldwide" logo and I knew where we were going.
The forum adopted the conspiracy theory speaking about the girl's rape and murder as a fact attacking Egyptians and Arabs as well warning white girls not to go to this part of the world alone.
On the front page of that forum, you will find that crystal clear announcement that the forum that it is a community for "racial realists and idealists" and that "they are white nationalists".
The forum also got a live radio show which is followed by Dr. David Duke, the former grand wizard of KKK in the United States !!
Videos and comments on Live leaks and YouTube show that the Right Wing in Europe and the United States is having a new crusade defending the Caucasian race more than Justice.
Alt-right across Europe are sharing those theories on Facebook madly and sadly. It is like a sad gift sent to them.
Friends living in Poland already told me that the right wing conspiracy theories are taking the country by storm especially nationalism is back there
The truth is lost when it comes to the death of this girl if you think about.
The right wing fanatics online already reached to a conclusion based on their beliefs that Magdalena was killed and raped even without a true investigation.
They believe that the Egyptian government is covering the matter because of tourism.
Unfortunately the Egyptian government's record of transparency is not helping !!
I hope the truth prevails either way for the sake of that poor girl may God bless her soul.
It started on 6 May when suddenly we found Pro-regime TV host Lamis El-Hadidy asking that question and wondering why the police had not arrested the former interior yet.
She also wondered if he ran away.
|Former minister Habib El-Adly during the killing of the|
protesters trial in 2011 "Reuters"
Already in November 2016 , he was placed under house arrest in the same trial by the orders of the Cairo criminal court in his villa in 6th of October city.
I think that Villa is at the Police compound in the Upscale Sheikh Zaid district if I am not mistaken.
It was the first time in the mainstream media someone brought up this subject which most people actually forget.
The following days you would hear the people asking openly on social media "where is El-Adly !?" whereas there was a complete silence from the ministry of interior.
Soon on 10 May, we found security sources telling Al-Masry Al-Youm Daily that the security forces went to the notorious minister's house to arrest him according to the court ruling and they could not find him !!!
On the same day ,Youm 7 quoted unnamed sources allegedly close to El-Adly himself saying that he did not run away.
The sources added that he was still at his house holding on to his right to appeal against the court's verdict without handing himself over to the authorities.
On Monday, the interior ministry officially reported to the prosecution that Habib El-Adly escaped.
This was the first official announcement that El-Adly is a fugitive.
On Tuesday, Habib El-Adly lost the appeal against the 7-year prison sentence.
He must surrender to be sent to jail accordingly.
|The policeman to the alien: Have you seen Habib El-Adly|
On Tuesday also, MP Mostafa Bakry demanded the Parliament to discuss the escape of El-Adly requesting at the same time the attendance of the current minister of interior.
Bakry told the reporters at the House of the Representatives that the "facts" pointed that "someone" helped the former minister to escape. He added that El-Adly was allowed to go "free" by the "ministry of interior" despite court sentence !!
Bakry's affiliations are clear to everyone on that Planet.
In those two weeks, #El-Adly hashtag in Arabic has been active in Egypt. Most tweets are angry ones mocking the security forces for not arresting him accusing them of being loyal to him.
Interestingly in all that Egyptian remake of "The fugitive" nobody thought of picking up the telephone and asking El-Adly's wife, the famous journalist Elham Sharshar about her husband's whereabouts.
The editor-in-chief of El-Zaman newspaper surely knows where her husband or did she disappear as well !??
Her column in El-Zaman newspaper has not been updated since 30 April despite the website it is updated on a daily basis.
Of course, I wonder where she pays the salaries of those reporters and writers working with her.
Still, her Facebook page carrying her name is active, in fact very active and very religiously devoted !!
She speaks about the importance of dawn prayer to Muslims.
Updated on Thursday @11:49 PMMrs. Elham Sharshar was summoned to the prosecution earlier Thursday where she was interrogated for nearly 10 hours. Sharshar said that she did not know where her husband whereabouts adding that she was abroad when he was sentenced to jail !!!!!!
If I am not mistaken Habib El-Adly is the first former minister of interior on the run in Egypt. That's an achievement somehow.
Now officially, Habib El-Adly is convicted of corruption ad he is also a fugitive.
Another very beautiful building in Downtown Cairo.
This time it is at Talaat Harb street. I think it was renovated.
Via : Instagram
On 21st March , Egypt's minister of Agriculture and the Governor of Giza inaugurated the 83rd Springs Flowers fair in Al-Orman Botanical garden as usual on the start of Spring officially.
You know I could not resist going there. I went there before in 2015 and 2016.
I went to the fair this year but I did not stay long enough in the fair to take too many photos as I used to do.
But I still managed to take a couple of beautiful photos 'I guess'.
|Beautiful orange daisies "I guess"|
|Beautiful flowers everywhere|
The space of the fair also extended 25% more than its usual space in Al-Orman botanical garden.
|Flowers at a landscape company in partition|
|Inside a landscape company in the flowers fair|
I was very curious to see the impact of the economic crisis on the fair and the industry of gardening in Egypt.
After floating the Egyptian pound value freely in front of other currencies, the whole exports sector was hit hard.
Many companies and flowers nurseries depend on foreign imported flowers , I want to see what they would do.
|Rows and rows of flowers|
|A gardener watering the flowers in one of the partitions|
|Trees with flowers at Egypt's Spring Flowers show|
Well foreign flowers, plants and trees are there like bonsai trees.
|Bonsai trees at Egypt's Spring Flowers show 2017|
This year I have seen for the first time in the Fair a flower called "American Dianthus". It looks different than the Egyptian Baladi Dianthus.
That flower nursery sold one flower pot of the American Dianthus for LE 20 so I think yes the economic crisis hit the fair and flowers industry.
Nevertheless people still buy flowers an cacti , trees and domestic herbs.
One flowers nursery sold various types of herbs like Syrian and Saudi mint in addition to Egyptian mint. I do not know the difference between them.
It also sold chives, sage and local Egyptian basil.
There was a high demand for cacti especially Aloe Vera because of the benefit especially for the hair and skin according to a friend of mine who owns a Cacti farm and participated in the fair.
|Cacti at Egypt's flowers show 2017|
My friend told me that other cacti companies sell for almost LE 50 whereas its price does not exceed LE15 .
|Short cacti at Egypt's Flowers show 2017|
I bought an Aloe Vera plant for LE 10 from him and I put in the balcony. Honestly, I do not know how to use.
|Mid-Size cacti at Egypt's flowers show 2017|
Cacti is popular in Egypt because of our weather.
My friend told me that the fair received more visitors and customers than last year despite the economic crisis.
|A lady picking up a flower pot inside a partition in the fair.|
|The bee and the flower|
The fair was like a gift from God to them. Watch the video blow to see that beautiful bee in clear HD.
As I have visited the fair three years in a row , I found out that there were landscape companies and flower nurseries that have not changed its location.
Like for instance the Egyptian German company for flower nurseries got its partition in the same place.
Instead of arranging the flowers like the Egyptian flag in 2016, it arranged the flowers like Giza pyramids.
|Pyramids of flowers|
|The arc of flowers|
Unfortunately I could not get closer or photos from inside because two friends were snapping photos amusingly by their mobile phones. I did not want to spoil their moment.
|Taking a photo inside the arc|
|Strike a post under the flowers arc|
Nevertheless I feel that the company was hit by the economic crisis. Last year's partition was more interesting if I recall correction.
|Some fancy creation made of flowers and tree branches|
|Inside a partition of a landscape company in Egypt's flowers show 2017|
|A topiary shape inside a landscape company|
|Fancy fountains inside a landscape company.|
The Fair continued to May as it was extended as usual too. This year, it continued for nearly two months.
|Amazing look violet flowers|
Here is a very short and a very shaky as usual video from the Fair.
You must watch till the end because there is something beautiful in it.
I hope that you will like it and will share it just like this post :)
I did also very quick Live periscope broadcast from the Fair itself.
A new Downtown Cairo building discovery for me: The Credit Foncier Egyptien bank building or as it is known now as Arab international bank "AIB".
Built in 1903 in its current location, the Credit Foncier Egyptian or the Egyptian Credit Foncier bank was active till its nationalization in the 1950s.
Originally Founded by Karl Heinrich and Raphael Suares in 1880 in Alexandria, it predated the National Bank of Egypt "NBE" so yes it was the oldest and first bank in Egypt. Reading more about it the Credit Foncier Egyptien Banque represented the French interests whereas the NBE represented the British interest for dominance on the Egyptian economy then.
It is no secret that there has been a rivalry between the British and French on controlling the Egyptian economy since the 19th century.
Did not know that information was till I searched online thanks to Samir Rafaat and his valuable website.
According to Rafaat's extensive research, that neo-classical building was most probably designed by the famous Miksa or Max Hertz, the Hungarian architect whom Islamic Cairo owes him a lot.
Thankfully the AIB is doing a great job in keeping the building in a very good shape, excellent shape actually.
|A familiar scene now|
Quoting an unnamed source in a very short news on its wire service, MENA added that those were blocked because their content supported terrorism and radicalism as well deliberately spread lies.
The source added that among those blocked websites: Al-Jazeera.net, Al-Sharq TV channel, Misr Al-Arabia, Al-Shaab newspaper, Arabi 21, RSSD and Hamas Online.
He also said that the legal procedures were being followed regarding those websites.
The decision was taken in Egypt in less than 24 hours of blocking Al-Jazeera and Qatari news websites in Emirates, Saudi Arabia following their fake news media war in the midnight on Tuesday.
Now we discovered the rest of the Websites are Ikhwan Online, Egypt's Window, Al-Mesryoon, Huffington Post Arabic, Qatari Al-Watan, Qatari Al-Arab , Qatari Al-Sharq, Qatari El-Raya, Cairo Portal, Klmty , Hasam militant group official website, Horriya Post, Aswat Masriya and Mada Masr. (Yes , MADA MASR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
Yes, Mada Masr; one of the finest Egyptian online independent English and Arabic news websites in Egypt and the Arab world is banned in its own country !!!!!!
Many people including myself are extremely angry for banning Mada Masr and I am actually worried too because its journalists may pay a price as well for their great work.
Aside from the five Qatari media outlets above them Al-Jazeera and aside from Aswat Masriya and Mada Masr, most of the above websites got affiliations with the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamists in Egypt in a way or another.
Ironically this list includes Aswat Masriya, the once Reuters-affiliated Egyptian News website which closed down from two weeks ago. Currently, the archives of the website are still online !!!!
Another irony, Mada Masr, Misr Al-Arabia and Al-Mesryoon got a license officially to operate in Egypt.
Also, Al-Mesryoon got a daily printed newspaper !!
On the other hand, we got Hasam militant group which claimed responsibility for a number of attacks targeting security forces, mostly policemen since September 2016.
This is the only case I understand why the government would want to block a website.
Nevertheless, I do not know or understand on what legal basis the government decided to take this move. Is it the emergency law ??
This is a very bad sign especially if you connect it with the ongoing crackdown against political activists and members of opposition parties in the past three weeks.
We are back to use VPN and proxies once again !!!
This is not good at all.
All support to my dear friends in Mada Masr.
|Ali in custody on Tuesday by Mohamed El-Raai|
The potential presidential candidate spent the night in custody at Dokki police station. after the prosecution ordered his detention for 24 hours pending further investigations in an unprecedented move when it comes to misdemeanor according to lawyers.
The famous lawyer and founder of leftist "Bread and Liberty Party" is accused by famous lawyer Samir Sabry of giving the middle finger to his opponents in the street in January during celebrating his victory in Tiran and Sanafir lawsuit in front of State Council.
Following the historical Supreme AdministraCourtcourt verdict to reject the current Egyptian government's appeal appeal against the administrative court ruling annulling the Egyptian-Saudi deal to redraw maritime deal,a photo emerged online showing the famous lawyer giving the middle finger "the Egyptian style" to his opponents while he was being held on the shoulders of his protesters.
Some say the photo was genuine and it was one for a less than a second.
Others say it was a "photoshopped" fake photo and he did not give the middle finger to anyone.
Needless to say, the Pro-regime media went mad and used that alleged photo to smear Khaled Ali who won huge popularity following the verdict.
Ignoring the implication and the importance of the Supreme administrative court, the regime media portrayed the longtime leftist activist as rude and vulgar with no decency.
In the same month in January, the very active concerned citizen and lawyer Samir Sabry reported Ali to the prosecution for "making an obscene act on a public street".
Then the prosecution summoned Ali on Tuesday after 4 months and interrogated him then surprisingly it ordered his detention 24 hours pending investigations.
Now there are two explanations or theories for what has happened to the leftist lawyer in the past 48 hours.
Khaled Ali who ran for presidential office in 2012 is one of the few names suggested to run once again for the presidency against Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in the upcoming 2018 elections.
In the first stage of the 2012 presidential elections, Ali got 134,056 votes "0.58%" only in the votes
Still, his popularity grew hugely as an independent civilian candidate after the Tiran and Sanafir lawsuits to the level that his ultra-leftist views are completely ignored.
If Ali is found guilty by the misdemeanor court then he will be disqualified right away of running for the office.
Yes, he can appeal if he is found guilty but till the appeal is accepted and he wins the case, he can not run for the office.
Ironically Ali has not officially declared that he will run for the office yet.
In fact, in an interview with BBC Arabic in June 2016, the lawyer stated he did not intend to run in the upcoming 2018 elections wondering at the same time if Egypt was going to have any presidential elections in the future at all.
Still, his name is always mentioned as he showed huge political maturity in Tiran and Sanafir crisis in the past few months that made him gain lots of fans.
Many believe that what happened in the past 48 hours is an attempt to get rid of potential presidential candidate.
It is worth to mention that Ali's detention came as there is an ongoing huge crackdown against young Egyptian activists especially party's members above them Khaled Ali's own "Bread an Liberty party".
In the past three weeks, not less than 28 Egyptian activists and opposition parties members were arrested throughout the country for a number of strange like owning books, believing in Mohamed ElBaradei's thoughts and attacking the regime
in men's only closed Facebook group !!
I can't ignore the fact this is happening as the parliament is getting ready to discuss and most probably pass the Tiran and Sanafir agreement starting next week.
Personally, I believe someone is getting trying from that lawyer who has been giving the government hard time since the time of Mubarak.
The Khaled Ali hashtag in Arabic has been active in Egypt for several hours. Also, Ali's supporters launched "The popular campaign to support Khaled Ali for president 2018" on Facebook and it gained followers in no time.
We will see what happens next week inshallah.
In that BBC interview in June 2016, Ali stated that he was ready to go to jail because of Tiran and Sanafir.
I am worried that that may happen after all.
At 11 AM Cairo Local time "CLT" at that the same time millions of Egyptian Muslims were on their way to Friday prayers , a group of masked militants came on three 4x4 Cars and opened their fire randomly on a bus carrying Christian citizens at the desert western of Minya governorate' Idwa city according to the first official statement issued by Egypt's Ministry of Interior "MOI" at 1:28 PM CLT.
The MOI added that as security forces reached the attack's scene, it turned out that it happened at one of the desert sub-routes heading to Saint Samuel the Confessor monastery, which is 60 km away from the city of Maghagha , North of Minya in the heart of the Western Desert.
|Two monks watching the attack scene "Reuters"|
Already we have known before that at least 26 people were killed while 25 others were injured. The victims included lots of children.
It turned out that it was not a bus but rather a convoy of Egyptian Christians heading to the 7th-century monastery.
A bus carrying worshipers from neighbor Bani Suef governorate as well a microbus carrying worshipers from Minya's villages headed were in their way when they were stopped by the militants.
According to eyewitnesses accounts that I have been reading all day and the MOI's statement, militants came on three 4x4 Cars and hell started.
First, they reportedly asked the passengers if they were Muslims or not then asked them to convert to Islam but the passengers said no.
Opening their fire at point blank in some cases, I just can't imagine the carnage that happened on the sand in that morning. They took the money and the gold jewelry of the women.
After the first attack according to Reuters report, it seems that one of the 4x4 vehicles had a flat tire and the militants stopped a truck carrying Christian workers heading to the monastery.
They killed them and took the vehicle where they vanished into the desert.
What is even scarier is that even children were killed. The youngest one was 2 years old.
Throughout the day, the bodies of the victims were taken to local churches in Minya where they had funerals and buried.
The families of the victims protested and demanded the dismissal of the interior minister. The security forces dispersed in no time as usual.
After several hours of the attack, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah held an emergency meeting for the National Defense Council in Cairo.
Following the meeting and surrounded with standing army and state men, El-Sisi addressed the Egyptian people declaring that Egypt once again carried out an airstrike on terror camps. He also called "his Excellency President Donald Trump" to wage a war on terrorism as his first priority.
He also revealed in that on-air speech that not less 1000 vehicle passed through Libya to Egypt illegally through the Western desert and that Egyptian armed forces destroyed about 300 vehicles in the past two months only.
|Sisi and members of National Defense Council "Egyptian presidency"|
Up till now, no militant group has claimed its responsibility for the attack but it has Daesh's prints all over it.
Tonight is Ramadan eve.
The official reactions look more of a Deja vu to me
I feel so angry and exhausted.
Tomorrow inshallah, I will publish a post about some remarks concerning the attack.
It should have started from three nights but honestly, I could not post anything when my country Egypt and my fellow Egyptians are mourning.
On Saturday, at least 28 Egyptian Christians were killed in a massacre in Minya governorate by a Daesh-affiliated group in Egypt.
As a respect to the victims and their families, I decided to have an Egyptian Chronicle' National mourning for three days. This was the least thing I can do to the victims and their families.
Up till this moment, the Egyptian State has not official declared a national mourning for reasons beyond me.
Anyhow despite the grief, we will return back to the Egyptian Radio Arabian Nights to escape the dull present and find hope and solace in fantasy.
This year our tale will speak again mighty kings of the sea and their mermaid daughters who fall love as usual with a human being.
Make no mistake that our tale written by legendary Taher Abu Fasha is not the same like our tale "The Cursed lady's wall" in 2015 which was inspired by the famous Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid.
So no further delay I am to present to you the tale of Princess Sea Pearl produced by the Egyptian State Radio service decades ago.
The tale was written by Taher Abu Fasha and directed by legendary Mohamed Mahmoud Shaaban. our first radio Arabian night for this year was the 373rd episode of that show.
Tonight I will share with you the first, second and third episodes.
Episode 373rd - First night
Episode 374th-Second night
Episode 375th -Third episode.
A quick synopsis of the first episodes:
King Shahryar is angry and decides to kill Scheherazade because he had enough of her tales yet the wise woman managed to trap him again into one of her tales, the tale of Sea Pearl and her father, King Mehyar of the vast sea.
We know in that episode tat Sea Pearl used to leave her kingdom and visit the human world with her nanny as humans and I think you will know the rest.
Unfortunately, this year I won't be able to continue writing the synopsis in English. I am really sorry.
Second, it is our daily Ramadan date with the original Egyptian State Radio's Arabian nights.
We continue our tale for this year, the Princess Sea Pearl.
To refresh your memories, you can listen to the previous episodes here.
Tonight we will hear two episodes and continue that tale of Djinn Sea mermaid that turned into a human after loving a man from the earth.
Her father, the King of the Sea got her back from the surface of the earth but with no memories what so ever and he will not stop doing the impossible to return her Djinn Sea mermaid.
With no further delay, here are the two episodes in Arabic.
Please enjoy and share.
Episode 376th or the Fourth Night
Episode 377th or the Fifth Night.
Tonight we will continue our tale of this Ramadan, the tale of Princess Sea Pearl and how she turned into a human.
last night radio Arabian nights here.
Tonight we will meet that man who turned the Djinn Mermaid Princess into human like him, the poor "Hamal Alasya" or "The pain bearer"
Do not ask me from where Mr. Abu Fasha got those names because I do not.
Anyhow with no delays, here is tonight's episode in Arabic.
Episode 378 or the Sixth night
We continue tonight our tale , the tale of Princess Sea Pearl and her human husband.
Tonight we go from a story to another one as no we are going to hear the story of ""Hamal Alasya" or "The pain bearer".
You can refresh your memory and remember how that man who bears a sad name ended up in the sea realm by checking last night's episode here.
Now it is time of our episode tonight.
Episode 379 or the Seventh night
I hope you enjoy the episode and have a pleasant night.
It is time to continue our tale of this year , the tale of Princess Sea Pearl.
Before we know how Princess Sea Pearl turned in to a human and how it ended up with no memory , we will know the story of "Hamal Alasya".
We will also meet his stepmom and know the story of his so-called brother.
It is a nice tale which I think you will enjoy knowing as usual.
You can refresh your memory and remember what happened in our tale here.
Now it is time of our episode tonight.
Episode 380 or the eighth night
I hope you enjoy the episode and have a pleasant Ramadan night.
On Sunday, the infamous Daesh claimed their responsibility for the attack unsurprisingly claiming that they killed "warrior Christians" !!! There were Children, women and elderly in that convoy !!
This is the third terrorist attack targeting Egyptian Christians since December by that death cult.
Daesh claimed its responsibility for the bombing of El-Botroseya Church in Cairo in December and the Churches bombings in Alexandria and Gharbia in April.
It also had declared that it would target Egyptian Christians at least twice.
The first time was in February as it published a video repeating the infamous ultra-Egyptian Islamist rhetoric when it comes to accusations of the Christian community in the country.
The video is technically produced to justify its old as well upcoming attacks against the biggest Christian population in a Muslim country in the Middle East.
The second warning which is the most recent in early May was in an interview with an unidentified leader of Daesh-affiliated group Daesh in one of their online publications.
That alleged leading figure in that terrorism franchise warned of further attacks against Egyptian Christians urging Egyptian Muslims to stay from Christian gatherings.
That request to Muslims came after at least three Muslim people were killed in the churches' bombings in April.
First question about securityDespite warnings , there has not been enough protection to the Egyptian Christians and their gathering places and the proof is what we saw in front of us last Saturday.
Since knowing about the attack in Minya, I have been asking myself on why that Christian Convoy was not escorted by security till the monastery in the Middle of the desert.
That monastery is in the Middle of the desert inside Bani Suef governorate, it is like the gate to Egypt's Western desert.
|The location of the monastery, the red line shows|
El-Edwa City in Al-Minya governorate.
There are no clinics or emergency checkpoints to help people on that road if there is a car accident, let alone there is no police presence there.
Here is a graphic video at the attack's location showing the victims' bodies in the middle of nowhere.
A video from the attack site showing the victims bodies scattered over the ground. According to local media outlets, the attackers stopped the bus, asked the passengers about their religious believes and then they killed men first and opened fire on the rest! Video's credit for Page " صوت من السماء"
Posted by Mina Thabet on Friday, May 26, 2017
There is no even a mobile phone network coverage in that place.
I do not understand how no one paid attention to the fact that we got monasteries in the Western desert and that Daesh and other militant groups had its share of operations there in the past three years.
Thus monasteries and its visitors as well monks need protection.
The Minya governor says that the monks in the monasteries rejected security protection.
I do not know if he is saying the truth or not but at least that outside the monastery should have been secured.
The road should have secured. The buses should have been secured.
One would have thought that the security agencies in Egypt would have paid attention to the monasteries after the Saint Catherine monastery checkpoint attack.
Yes, it did not target the monastery itself but it would have triggered an alarm that those isolated places can be on the terrorists' radar.
|Police checkpoint at the attack's location from 8 days|
Knowing how the regime thinks, I will say that it will go for the second option.
The Egyptian House of Representatives has not summoned yet the minister of interior to question him in a hearing over this failure.
In fact, liberal and Christian MP Emad Gad wanted to address the parliament about the massacre and yet the speaker refused to let him speak for a reason beyond me.
Where it happened and when it happenedI can not get over the idea of how that terrorist group thought about that monastery in a rural area like that and how they planned to attack that convoy in that time.
Most of the Muslims in Egypt do not know about the locations of the Christian monasteries in the rural areas outside their governorates or their cities. Yet, it is easy to know the monasteries with a quick search online.
The big question is how the terrorists knew about the convoy and when it was going to reach the monastery. It was not a random thing as we are speaking two buses coming two different governorates "Bani Suef" and "Minya"
That awful massacre happened in El-Minya governorate which has a long history of sectarian tensions and clashes as well its share from radical terrorist organizations since the 1980s.
It also has got extremely big Christian population that we have full Christian rural villages there.
Following the dispersal of Pro-Morsi sit-in in Rabaa and Al-Nahda, the governorate witnessed horrifying 48 hours attacks against Christian houses, properties, and churches.
The attackers were not only angry pro-Morsi supporters but well-known thugs who found the chaos was a perfect time to steal and destroy.
The monasteries in the governorate survived the attack because they were far away.
Even the current El-Minya governor, a former state security police general has got a sectarian history and has not done much anything new when it comes to recent sectarian incidents.
He won't do anything as well because he has been working according to that old fashioned sick instructions manual given to all governors when it comes to sectarian tensions: Bring a sheikh and a priest to kiss each other in front of the camera and hold an informal reconciliation meeting with the clans that will end into enforcing the Christian families to leave the village.
Since that recent attack, I have been worried because we are speaking about Minya, the gate to Egypt's Upper Egypt where tribalism and weapons strive.
The greatest amount of weapons and arms have ever entered the country Libya illegally, headed to Upper Egypt after the fall of Qaddafi regime in 2011.
The memories of the black terrorism years in the 1980s till mid-1990s are having a flashback with worrisome feeling.
Survivors reportedly said that the militants spoke with an Upper Egyptian accent that identical to the people of El-Minya.
In other words, the suspects could be from that governorate and that would be reasonable.
Minya and Upper Egypt governorates present a perfect hiding place for anyone when it comes to the mounts, hills, and desert that security forces think twice when going to search for criminals and fugitives.
On Monday, the minister of interior transferred police general Feisal Dowiader , the head of El-Minya's security directorate to another sector in the ministry in a move that many considered as a punishment.
This means that something was wrong when it comes to the security strategies in the governorate.
I must hint out that on Wednesday that four army personnel including three army officers were killed in an army operation against terrorists in the Western desert. We do not know if those terrorists were part of Daesh or another group but the location is so interesting for me. We have to be worried a lot.
The media failureThe Egyptian mainstream media did not show any sympathy what-so-ever especially the Egyptian TV channels. It seemed that there is some kind of selectivity when it comes to mourning the victims of the attack.
All the TV channels are strictly following their Ramadan hot season showing tens of TV shows and hundreds of ads. They do not even insert a black ribbon on their TV screens. This is the weakest and simplest thing to do.
The Egyptian Christians are angry and feel that they are being ignored by the TV channels and mainstream media. They see Egyptian Muslims enjoying their time watching TV in Ramadan and think they are being alienated.
|Egyptian Christians in the mass funeral of the victims in Minya|
I do not understand why no official is paying attention to that point.
I do not understand why the State has not called an official mourning in the country.
When I see the TV channels ignoring the attack and its victims in that disgusting way, I think about two possible reasons.
The first one is that we are dealing with very greedy TV channels and executives who won't sacrifice their multi-millions advertising campaigns for the sake of three days only.
The second one is that the government does not want bigger coverage. It is not a big secret that all the TV channels are under the state control and follow its order.
It is worth to mention that President Sisi once criticizes the mainstream media coverage of Al-Botroseya bombing.
In general, the mainstream media is selective. Hundreds of police and army officers, soldiers and conscripts were killed and yet there were certain incidents and attacks that have been highlighted in the media. in
The Retaliation and revenge : Wrong direction !?Following the end of the National Defense Council's urgent meeting, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi announced that Egypt carried once again air strikes on terror camps without giving more details. At the same time, news came from Libya that the unknown air jets launched an air strike on the city of Derna.
Then the official spokesperson of Egyptian armed forces confirmed the news saying that the Egyptian armed forces
Since then the Egyptian Strikes has not stopped on targets in Derna as well the city of Jufra.
|A map of Libya showing the targets of Egyptian air forces|
in Libya by Reuters
Despite there has no been a discussion about those strikes and El-Sisi has not called the parliament officially to pass those strikes urgently, the speaker of the House of Representatives welcomed it and stated that they "the MPs" supporters the strikes.
It is time for our Ramadan Radio Arabian night. We will continue this year our tale , the tale of Princess Sea Pearl and her human husband.
We will know what Hamal Alasya's wicked stepmom had done to him and to his father.
You can refresh your memory and know the young man and his stepmom ended up in the Sea realm here.
Now it is for our episode tonight.
Episode 381 or the Ninth night of our tale this year.
Hope that you enjoy tonight's episode :)
Okay forget what happened early Morning in the Gulf and the Middle East and Pay attention to this post.
It is time for another night of our Arabian nights this year.
We will continue our tale , the tale of Princess Sea Pearl.
You can refresh your memory and remember what Hamal El-Asaya's wicked stepmother had done here.
Tonight we will meet his so-called brother.
Here is our episode for tonight.
Episode 381 or the tenth night of our tale this year.
I hope you enjoy it and share it with your friends online.