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    And President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi issued a decree on Tuesday “10/10/2017” to declare a state of emergency in Egypt for three months starting from Friday “Tomorrow” 1 AM Cairo Local Time.


    Egypt's official gazette October 2017
    A copy of the decree in the official
    gazette
    The decree was published in Tuesday’s issue of the Egyptian State’s official gazette.

    There is online and ongoing confusion about this declaration as some considered it as an extension of that state of emergency.
    El-Sisi declared the state of emergency last April following the horrifying the Black Palm Sunday bombings in Cairo and Tanta. 

    It is not an extension to that state of emergency which was extended in July subsequently. Sisi extended the state of emergency on 10 July 2017 for three months only in accordance with the Egyptian Constitution.

    That 3 months period has ended on Tuesday 10 October 2017.

    According to the Egyptian Constitution of 2014's article no.154, the State of emergency can be only extended for another three months only one time.



    The declaration is for a specified period not exceeding three months, which can only be extended by another similar period upon the approval of two-thirds of House members.
    So the president could not extend it for another period. Still, he found a very wicked workaround: To declare a new state of emergency on the same day, the old state of emergency's extension ends!!!
    There was a rumor that surprisingly the regime will respect the constitution and won't extend the state of emergency but it is a rumor as we have already seen.

    Up till now, I do not know what the need for a state of emergency in Egypt is especially we got a collection of laws limiting the media and assemblies as well protests giving the state and the government unprecedented upper hand !!

    The state of emergency declared in April did not stop that horrifying massacre of Egyptian Christians in Egypt's Southern Western desert in June if you remember.  The state of emergency has not never stopped terrorist attacks or terrorism in Egypt and you can see the proof in the terrorist attacks since the start of the 1980s till the mid-1990s !!

    It seems that State of emergency is an authentic Egyptian presidential tradition !!
    Here is a quick look at Egypt’s history with the damned state of emergency which did not stop any bad thing from happening in the country.

    Happy Emergency ya People !!

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    For the first time in 44 years following the 1973 October war, a forgotten hero has been decorated Egypt’s highest military medal for his role that gave Egypt an edge over the Israelis.
    Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi honored last Monday 1973 war veteran Ahmed Idris decorating him the Order of the Sinai star for his role in that war.

    Ahmed Idris who was born in old Nubia, Aswan is the man behind the secret code which the Israelis could not break in 1973 war despite it was not a real or complex secret code.
    Mr. Idris joined the Egyptian army in 1954 as a soldier in the Border guards.
    Since the time of the Egyptian kingdom, most of Egyptian Nubians worked in the Border guards.He was stationed in Sinai till June 1967 war aka Six days war.
    Ahmed Idris and El-SIsi
    Idris with El-Sisi last week at The Egyptian armed forces'
    lecture about 1973 war 
    Now according to him, after the defeat late chief of staff Abdel Moneim Riad decided to reassign a group of the border guards officers and soldiers training them on various missions including driving tanks, special forces courses and signals aka military communications for 3 years.
    During December 1970 our sergeant was reassigned as a driver for one of the army commanders. He recounted that he was driving that commander and his aide after one of the meetings that discussed very urgent and disturbing matter.
    A week earlier the Egyptian intelligence knew that Israel managed to decode the signals of the Egyptian army which meant all the communications between Egyptian commanders and officers were known to Israelis.
    A new code was needed urgently. As the two men talked about that, Idris interfered in the talk telling them that he got an idea for a code that the Israelis could not know.

    He suggested that to his skeptical superiors that the Egyptian army should use the spoken the Nubian language , specifically the old Egyptian Nubian oral language which was not a written one and only old generations of Egyptian Nubians knew it.
    In no time, the commander told him to get to the chief of staff and the the minister of defense then immediately to tell them the idea.
    In a matter of few hours, President Mohamed Anwar El-Sadat knew about the idea of Sergeant Idris giving his restrict orders that that issue should not go beyond those men who heard it from the Egyptian Nubian earlier that morning.
    He also asked to meet Ahmed Idris to know more from him and the meeting took place indeed.

    Idris explained to the Egyptian President then how the Nubian language was divided in to branches and dialects. He also asked him to reassign a group of Egyptian Nubians who worked in the border guards to the signal department because they knew Old Nubian language.
    President Sadat told him that the army would adopt his plan asking him at the same time not to tell anyone including his wife about that meeting.
    Then the weekend came and when Sergeant Ahmed returned to the army, he found that he was transferred to the signal department along with 344 other Egyptian Nubians.
    The 344 Egyptian Nubians were divided in to 172 soldiers who spoke Nubiiin and 172 others who spoke Kenzi. A new code was made and the Egyptian Nubians were trained in the signals aka military communication using the Nubian Egyptians’ language.

    Those men after extensive training in the Signals department would be distributed to the various military departments holding the secret of the new code of that old language.
    Sergeant Ahmed Idris was also given strict orders not to tell anyone that he was behind that idea.
    For more than 40 years, nobody knew that he was the man who suggested that Nubian code which Israelis could not break. Even the family of the man who retired from the army in 1994 did not know.
    Most of the time, it was said that President Sadat was the one who suggested.
    Then in early 2005s , he came forward to the media when some imposter in his 40s claimed in the media that he was the man behind the Nubian code. For the first time , Ahmed Idris felt then he must come forward and tell the world what happened.

    Now just as Mr. Ahmed Idris reminds the whole country by the importance of diversity and how that diversity helped us in our bleakest moments , his people are being denied their constitutional right.
    Unfortunately, the Egyptian government ignored the Nubian languages but the younger generations of Nubian Egyptians are doing a good job to keep their heritage alive.
    In February 2016, a group of Nubian Egyptian activists launched “NubaTube”, the first Egyptian-Nubian speaking language “YoubTube” Channel.
    In April 2017, “NubaTube” released an interview with Ahmed Idris where he spoke with the TV host in Nubiin.

    Among those who founded “NubaTube”, renowned Nubian Egyptian activist and lawyer Mohamed
    Mohamed Azmi
    Mohamed Azmi
    Azmi.
    Azmi was among the main organizers of the Nubian Return Caravan demanding the right to the original villages of Nubia in November 2016 in according of Constitution 2014. In early September and during the grand Eid , Azmi and other activists organized a very small and peaceful protest to remind the government as well president El-Sisi with the Constitutional promise to return to their rightful villages.

    The protest was a completely small peaceful one in Aswan city as its 24 protesters were using the Duf musical instrument singing sad folkloric songs about leave old Nubia in 1960s due to the Constitution of Aswan Dam.
    Needless to say, the security forces dispersed it arresting all the protesters.
    For nearly month and half , the protesters have not been released , they are currently detained pending investigations for a set of charges like illegal protesting …etc.
    Since then the rest of the Nubian Egyptian activists have been demanding their release using the hashtag “#The_dufs_detainees” on Twitter.

    In early October, a group of 6  women Nubian Egyptian activists declared that they were starting a partial hunger strike demanding the release of the detainees immediately.
    Needless the mainstream media in Egypt is ignoring the matter. I am mot surprised. In fact, I would be surprised if they do the opposite. Forget about the political parties as well.
    The Nubian activists are demanding the regime to put a roadmap and schedule for their Nubian villages in according with the current Egyptian constitution besides the release of the detainees.
    The Nubian Egyptian activists are also demanding President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to exclude 16 villages from the 2015 Presidential decree considering them as a military zone.

    Article No.236 states that government would work on returning the Egyptian Nubians to their original villages with in a decade.
    The Nubian Egyptians are not demanding to split or have their own rule. They are only demanding only 16 villages in old Nubia. They are not Kurds or Catalans.
    The story of Ahmed Idris is among the many examples of how loyal the Nubian Egyptians to their mother country, Egypt.
    For the sake of Ahmed Idris and his grandchildren, let them return to their own villages.
    If you can your read and write Arabia , you can sign that online petition to demand the release of Duf detainees

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    Kodak Agfa posted a photo:

    The Mini golden notebook

    A mini-golden notebook that was once owned by Prince Mohamed Ali Tawfik. Decorated with diamond crescent and three stars shape , one of the main symbols of the Egyptian Kingdom at Egypt's Royal Jewelry museum.


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    Kodak Agfa posted a photo:

    The Golden brooch with turquoise stone

    A golden brooch with a turquoise stone and a small diamond


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    Kodak Agfa posted a photo:

    The Golden box with diamond emblem

    A golden box with an emblem made of diamonds at Egypt's Royal Jewelry Museum. I can not read if it says "Farouk , the first" or his Father "Fouad , the first".


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    Kodak Agfa posted a photo:

    The Mini golden notebook

    A mini-golden notebook that was once owned by Prince Mohamed Ali Tawfik. Decorated with diamond crescent and three stars shape , one of the main symbols of the Egyptian Kingdom at Egypt's Royal Jewelry museum.


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    Kodak Agfa posted a photo:

    A decorated Quran and a small

    A beautiful adorned Quran , the Muslims' holy book.It is adorned with semi-precious stones and metal. Beside it there is a small crown I think made of silver at Egypt's Royal Jewelry of Alexandria


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    Yacoubian box

    Seen in Cairo: a very old card box keeping very beautiful and old glassware owned by my late grandma in our attic aka (sandara).
    The box had the sticker of “N.Yacoubian” which according to my knowledge was located at the famous Yacoubian building in Downtown Cairo.
    It was immortalized infamously in Alaa Al-Aswany’s best-selling novel of the same name.
    Built in 1936, the Art Deco building was named after its owner, businessman and the head of the Armenian community in Egypt then, Hagop Yacoubian.
    I love the Art Deco font used to write Yacoubian in Arabic as well in English. 
    I do not know if the store, which was like Tiffany's in the old golden days is still there or was closed. I will check it.
    Ironically I passed through that building hundreds of times and I never thought to see it. 

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    Kodak Agfa posted a photo:

    Fancy cigarette boxes at Egypt's Royal Jewelry Museum

    Two fancy cigarette boxes that were once owned by the members of the Royal Mohamed Ali Family in Egypt at the Royal Jewelry Museum in Alexandria


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    Kodak Agfa posted a photo:

    More fancy Cosmetic boxes at Egypt's Royal Jewelry Museum

    More fancy cosmetic boxes owned by former princesses of the Mohamed Ali Royal Family including a golden lipstick at Egypt's Royal Jewelry Museum


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    Kodak Agfa posted a photo:

    Royal Cosmetic boxes

    Two cosmetics boxes owned by Princesses of the Egyptian Royal Mohamed Ali Family at the Royal Jewelry Museum.


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    Kodak Agfa posted a photo:

    A Jewel encrusted cigarette box

    A jewel encrusted cigarette box at Egypt's Royal Jewelry Museum. I think it was owned by either Queen Nariman or Mother Queen Nazli


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    Kodak Agfa posted a photo:

    Queen Nazli's ivory powder puff box

    A beautiful ivory powder puff box that was owned by Queen Nazli of Egypt at the Royal Jewelry Museum


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    Kodak Agfa posted a photo:

    Golden tooth brushes at Egypt's Royal Jewelry Museum

    Golden tooth brushes at Egypt's Royal Jewelry Museum


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    Kodak Agfa posted a photo:

    The golden chalice and tray at Egypt's Royal Jewelry Museum

    Golden chalice and tray at Egypt's Royal Jewelry Museum in Alexandria


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    Kodak Agfa posted a photo:

    The Golden Multi-tools at Egypt's Royal Jewelry Museum

    A Golden Multi-tool for self-care including comb at Egypt's Royal Jewelry Museum in Alexandria


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    Kodak Agfa posted a photo:

    The Golden Comb at Egypt's Royal Jewelry Museum

    A golden comb at Egypt's Royal Jewelry Museum in Alexandria


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    Kodak Agfa posted a photo:

    Royal sunglasses case at Egypt's Royal Jewelry Museum

    Sunglasses case encrusted with diamonds at Egypt's Royal Jewelry Museum in Alexandria.
    Those cases used to be owned by Princess Samiha Hussein Kamel.


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    Kodak Agfa posted a photo:

    An Indian Style bracelet at Royal Jewelry Museum of Egypt

    An Indian style golden bracelet at Egypt's Royal Jewelry Musuem in Alexandria


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    Kodak Agfa posted a photo:

    An Indian style pearls set at Royal Jewelry Museum of Egypt

    Indian style set of Jewelry including colored pearl bracelet , earrings and ring as well a necklace at Egypt's Royal Jewelry Museum. It is also encrused with diamonds and Jewels


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