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- 01/20/14--14:28: _The Return of the A...
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- 01/06/14--15:21: Merry Christmas Again and Again :)
- 01/08/14--04:55: A message to Whom It may Concern From Wael Ghonim
- 01/09/14--03:00: Mosireen Presents : The three arms of Justice
- 01/10/14--00:00: Mosa'ab El Shamy presents : The Oneness of the revolution
- 01/12/14--12:39: #EgyConstitution : And Actually this documentary is sad
- 01/14/14--09:11: Constitution Referendum 2014
- The number of polling stations across the country is : 30,317 polling stations
- The number of judges supervising the polling stations all over the country : 16,000 Judges "10,000 substitute"
- The number of army forces participating in security of the polling stations "From Monday" across the country : More than 160,000 officer and solider.
- The number of police forces participating in the security of the polling stations : Allegedly more than 200,000
- The number of eligible voters across the country : Nearly 53,423,485 citizens
- 01/16/14--09:09: Voting girl 2014 : Constitution Referendum
- 01/18/14--11:46: Will He Run ? Will He Not ? It is a matter of time
- 01/20/14--12:30: Links and Notes 01/20/2014
- 01/20/14--14:28: The Return of the Absent General
- 01/22/14--11:32: What Road of Democracy is that !?
- 01/23/14--03:46: #FreeAlaa : And this is sad message actually
- 01/23/14--12:30: Links and Notes 01/23/2014
- 01/24/14--02:57: #CairoExplosions:Question To be asked
- 01/24/14--14:26: And vloggers are more dangerous than terrorists in Egypt
- 01/25/14--12:07: #Jan25 : Third year anniversary
- 01/25/14--11:44: Meanwhile our Diplomats are kidnapped in #Libya
- 01/26/14--01:11: #Jan25 : After the anniversary
Merry Christmas to all Orthodox Christians especially Egyptian Orthodox Christians that saw a lot last year. God knows all Egyptians from North to South , from East to West saw a lot.
Anyhow to celebrate Christmas this year I would like share this amazing mix of classical music , Islamic inshad, Egyptian Coptic hymns and Christian hymns from Mozart in Egypt 2 album.
It is called "Al Maghfera" - The Pardon. The one who sings the Islamic part is late Sheikh Mohamed El Helbawy who was one of the most famous Monshadeen in Egypt.
This amazing piece of art makes me cry from its beauty.
The famous Egyptian activist published yesterday a statement on his official Facebook page and it was important one. It was about the leaks of his alleged phone calls on Al Kahera Wal Nas. It is his first after complete silence since 3 July 2013. It was a message for all those supported him.
Ghonim announced that despite he decided to quit writing and expressing his views publicly upon the request of his family he returned to tackle this matter and to defend himself in front of any accusation upon the request of his family as well. He is going to take a legal action against the channel and Ali for fabricating those phone calls.
Earlier this week Abdel Rahim aired alleged phone calls for Wael Ghonim on Al Kahera Wal Nas as part of his Black Box TV show leaks. All those who heard the calls and still use their brains found nothing incriminating Ghonim. All what Ali was doing actually was interpreting the phone calls according to his twist mind or rather according to the script given to him.
Anyhow you can read it in Arabic below , it is long and it is worth to be read till the end.
I hope that everyone doubts my integrity and my patriotism to ask his questions to lots of public figures , from the same political current he follows especially those figures I met and spoke with in an attempt to search for solutions from crises and to unite back Egyptians rejecting division , fight , violence and control of power. Ask General Sisi , Major general Asar , Major general Mahmoud Hegazy , Majory general Mouard Mowafi. Ask the Sheikh of Al Azhar and the Pope of the Church as well many of the icons in those two Egyptian religious institution. Ask the leaders of the Muslim
|good old days , Ghonim and #Jan25 gang with El Sisi|
I had meetings and calls with all those with no self interest except to see a nation for everybody in a democratic state that competes the advanced world’s countries. All those I met according to one agenda : To protect the Egyptian blood. All those know that I was never seeking to demolish but rather to build and was never planning to corrupt but rather to reform. They know that I never used those meetings to market myself in order to create fame or to insult anyone.
By the way ministry of interior denied having relation with those phone recordings. The mobile phone operators did the same thing. So we do not know officially who recorded these phone calls.
I hoped that Ghonim would return back and reactive the Kolena Khaled Said Facebook Page especially the original Khaled Said trial is back to square one where the defendants lawyers “Khaled’s murderers” are accusing his family of fabricating the charges and working for the United States and Zionism.
Some say that it is not about the Constitution referendum but rather to shut up any future opposition voice and any voice calling for revolution or rebellion by defaming the original revolution icons and faces well known in the media.
Interestingly the persons defamed so far were considered the most moderate among the revolutionary forces and movements to the level they were always attacked and accused of being reformists and not revolutionaries. These names can appeal to the public because they are not too shockingly revolutionary like other figures. Anyhow I expect that there were more leaks coming in the way , its climax will be I suppose next 24 January 2014.
By Abdel Rahim Ali and Tarek Nour , the owner of the channel are still defying the law and allegedly will air more leaks tomorrow Thursday.Advertising tycoon Nour and Ali feel too free and calm despite they are breaking the law as they are supported by the deep security state. Regardless of what they think now , one day they will pay the price sooner or later whether according to the law or according to the divine law aka Karma. Oh yes I believe in Karma now more than any time and when it comes no one will defend them.
Justice is another meaningless word in Egypt. Unfortunately so far what I saw in the past two years a politicalized judiciary and biased prosecution that does not represent the publicbut rather represents the regime. I do not need to speak about police.
Yesterday the ministry of interior announced that the Jan25 activists trial of Douma , Maher and Adel would be adjourned to Thursday even before the judge would announce it. This tells you a lot.
You know the revolution in Egypt is facing some sort of Greek methodology multi-headed beastand unfortunately it has not got yet a magic weapon to kill it.
"Participate" idea is to let the Egyptians or so-called "normal Egyptians" in different governorates to show how they are going to participate in the upcoming constitution referendum. True they are normal Egyptians but the reasons on why they are going to participate in the referendum have nothing to do with the Constitution !!! It is sad documentary when you hear simple Egyptians saying that they are going to vote for the draft constitution because "General El Sisi approves it" and "That it will bring stability" as well "welfare"
Unfortunatelythe constitution won't bring stability or welfare, nor it should be approved because the army's commander "who has not right to vote in the first place" likes it !!
It is sad documentary.
The documentary showed unfortunately how people do not understand the meaning of the constitution or its role and the media is celebrating this misunderstanding and sorry to say ignorance.Needless any authoritarian regime will not make any effort to make those understand the truth of the constitution and what would bring stability and welfare for real.
The short documentary is directed by Sandra Nashat.She directed before that video clip against the Constitution 1971 amendments in March 2011. Of course that campaign failed miserably. It is worth to mention that it was during the golden alliance between SCAF and Islamists.
Sandra Nashat is known for light romantic comedy and thriller films starring actors like Karim Abdel Aziz and Ahmed Ezz.
Some Pro-Revolutionary supporters compared Nashat to Leni Riefenstahl and Shark to the Triumph of the Well. First I highly doubt that Nashat heard about Riefenstahl or the Triumph of the Well for real and Shark actually is mediocre compared to one of the world's biggest propaganda documentaries in the modern times. Needless to say Riefenstahl was not celebrating ignorance of her people.
All the Pro-Mubarak/Pro-Military/Pro-Police State supporters online are cheering for Sandra's documentary for showing the real Egyptians that are ignored by the revolutionary media "where is the revolutionary media already now".
Unfortunately those supporters do not care for real about that class featured in this short documentary or their true demands and needs.
Professionally speaking this is a documentary to encourage people to say "Yes" in the Constitution for reasons other than the constitution and its articles and its proposes so actually it is a propaganda
Now speaking about propaganda , a young activist called Shady Hussein made this short clip which is actually a social experiment on how the media in Egypt uses the Yes-Yes persuasion technique in order to convince the people with certain message.
Ironically Hussein made this clip without knowing what Sandra Nashat did.
We will not deny that many people in Egypt are uneducated and sorry to say ignorant and unfortunately those people again and again are left in the dark because no authoritarian regime or police state likes truly educated people who know their rights. It is not about being poor or rich but about knowing your rights. One thing I blame the Cairo youth in it in those 3 years is that we did not spread the revolution principles and let the people know their rights in their rural areas.
Anyhow may be in 2015 we have another constitution or amendments and the same problems including poverty , terrorism and political still exist may be the people will know that the real role of constitution.
Dr. Shawky Allam , the current grand Mufti of Egypt is saying that boycotting the referendum is hateful in Islam !! Last time I checked as a Muslim there is nothing against or with the boycotting of any political election as it is not a bloody testimony in some court !!
Moving to the Salafists , to Nour party that masters the game of religion in politics.
Of course they are saying that the draft constitution protects Sharia and so on.
|Salafist flyers for constitution 2014|
I know that Sheikh Allam "who was appointed during Morsi" is trying to counter the MB's calls
The church also jumped to the wagon and unfortunately we found the Pope himself , Pope Tawadros II himself is telling the people to vote yes in order to be blessed by God !!
The man does not want to stop after the video , we find an op-ed in Ahram newspaper "Saying yes increases blesses" !!
Ironically the Pope said last April 2013 that religion should not be involved in politics because politics are dirty !! I do not know why there is a change now !!
Of course I can not ignore how the Muslim Brotherhood are using religion in a counter way telling the people not to vote because it is a sin to do so !!
Voting in the constitution has nothing to do with God for God's sake , leave God out of your stupid cheap earthly conflicts !!
No big difference between the Muslim Brotherhood and current regime actually.
There will be no more blessing nor Egypt will be a paradise after adopting that constitution , stop fooling the people.
By the way Mubarak asked to vote in this referendum and he will say Yes too :)
Anyhow here are quick numbers about this constitution referendum 2014
Yes The Square made to the finals. It is being nominated for Oscar best Documentary feature for 2014. I am extremely happy more than you can imagine.
We will not ignore the fact that the current regime won’t like such film to be screened now because it is not advisable to inspire people anymore when you keep repeating in the media day and night that 25 January revolution is a conspiracy and you teach their children in their history books that revolutions do not bring change.
Already except for Ahram Online and Shorouk News as far as I have only mentioned the news in Egypt that Jihane Noujaim’s film has reached to the OSCARS. In fact there is nothing about it in our media today. Of course they do not want to spoil the big feast of democracy.
Unfortunately I know with the current conspiracy theory ultra-nationalism wave in the country now all what the Square film crew will get from Egyptian media is attack. I will not be surprised to find the talk show hosts calling this documentary an American Zionist attempt to defame the Egyptian armed forces and to bring down the State as the Oscars are controlled by the Zionist lobby to the end of that attack.
Ironically our media will ignore the fact that in the same category another documentary called “Dirty Wars” by Jeremy Scahill about the dirty military operations of the US army in Afghanistan , Somalia and Yemen is nominated and nobody has accused its makers of anything and the film was screened in US easily.
Even some began to say that The square has no chance in the academy awards in front of other documentaries just like our revolution itself, well it is enough to be nominated and revolutions just do not die.
We do not have Netflix in Egypt. Some of us are waiting it to hit the torrents while others are hopeful that it would be screened commercially in Egypt next 25 January 2014 after the permission of the censorship. Already I doubt it especially with the footage
If you are in the States , then you are luckier than us in Egypt because you can see this film before us in Netflix.
I am praying that The Square will win and the Revolution Continues.
|El Sisi "Army Spox FB page"|
These are the questions of the hours in Cairo. Of course now his candidacy forpresidency is something almost everybody certain of especially with all the leaks and his own words not to mention how the media is portraying him as a savior and that we do not have any other alternative at all , we are just waiting for the matter to be official.
Nevertheless there are certain questions that still puzzles me.
Some think that El Sisi would not run because he is a smart man and he won’t accept to be less powerful than the minister of defense according to the Constitution. Oh yes in constitution 2014 the minister of defense and SCAF has more power than the president so El Sisi can be under the mercy of the upcoming minister of defense “expected to be Sobhi Sadky” and SCAF losing all his privileges.
Why would he do something like this !? If it is about fulfilling his dreams then I will be extremely worried.
Some say that not all the members of SCAF support his candidacy decision because let’s be clear here even if he takes off his military suit and wears a civilian suit , he will be considered a military man. If he falls , his fall will affect the armyand I think some generals and officers know that. Of course when that time comes General El Sisi knows that the army can sacrifice him and sacrifices 1000s men like in order to keep its image as well the privileges.
For God he won’t be more precious than Mubarak.
Some say that the general’s final decision will be determined according to the true turn out and results of the constitution referendum. Well the final results have been announced today by the High Commission elections but to be honest SCAF got the real numbers and exist polls since day one. Withoutdoubt the turnout was not that great to the level of convincing the general to run as some hoped and prayed for. Of course now the plan of those hypocrite cronies trying to convince him to run or as he put it “to mandate him” next 25 January “oh yes” but let’s be clear here all these names are not that powerful to make millions go back to the street.
Unfortunatelythose people , the general and the army forget a simple fact the climax of the general’s popularity was last 3 July 2013 , other than that his popularity began to decrease because this is reality , nobody remains on the top for nothing in such circumstances in Egypt. People are not naïve as some may think.
Another thing that puzzles me : The regional support to the general.
Of course last week we knew that the UAE , one of Egypt’s main supporters and financiers had a different opinion that was said by none other than Dubai’s ruler and UAE PM Sheikh Mohamed Bin Rashad Al Maktoum in his interview with the BBC.
Later there was an official explanation from the UAE about Dubai ruler’s statement but the message was received and was understood already.
Some say that the UAE had another plan for Egypt presidency where former presidential candidate Ahmed Shafik becomes the president for one term and El Sisi as minister of defense.
What is even more interesting is the position of Saudi Arabia , the main backer of the current regime. The same people who say that the UAE wants Shafik , say that the Kingdom wants General Abdel El Fatah El Sisi. Not only some people but also news reports say that KSA will help us financially so the general won’t fail“not Egypt for God’s sake”.
Still we found at the same time we find Abdel Rahman El Rashad of Asharq Al Awsat Daily saying that it El Sisi should not run for presidency. Now why was that op-ed interesting !? Well because this Pan Arab newspaper issued in London is known to be a mouthpiece for the Saudi regime. So now Do the Saudis want El Sisi to run or not !?
Speaking internationally some say that the US made it clear at first to the Generals that it preferred a civilian man even if he were a puppet but I do not know about now.
Of course you got the other puzzle of Sami Anan and the so-called intelligence Eagle Mourad Mowafi.
Now speaking seriously I know people from the general’s admirers, true admirers who believe that he should stick to his post as minister of defense and ignore the presidency because “he will lose” in this political/economic battle.
Even his admirers know that if General Abdel Fatah El Sisi runs for the presidential post , it will be an official declaration for the world that it was a coup on 4 July.
It is a matter of time now.
You know I got a plan and you got a plan and in the end God has got the ultimate true and one Plan.
They even launched a Facebook page called “The popular campaign demanding General Omar Suleiman to reappear” and more than 9000 person likes it !! These people are demanding Omar Suleiman to reappear again in order to save Egypt and run for presidential elections !!They are also posting these scary photos for the general with words like "The fox of the pyramids will return , wait for him" !!
Oh yes they believe that he is alive and is actually running the show from the backstage. They also believe that Suleiman’s plan or rather the general was to hide all that time in order to expose the plans of the world’s intelligence …etc.
The true irony is that some people are leaving comments that if he did not show up or return , the credibility of the Facebook page would be affected !!!
This is not a parody thing I am afraid. It is black comedy.
I do not know what kind of democracy they are speaking about when people get arrested for campaigning “No” in the referendum and activists are hunted down by silly lawsuits and defamed badly in disgusting Non stopped media campaigns spreading hatred and ignorance.
I do not know what kind of democracy they are speaking about when the mainstream media is trying by all its power to mold the public mind again in to that Presidential cult mentality once again replacing the president with El Sisi !!
I do not know what kind of democracy they are speaking about when thousands of young protesters are arrestedand awarded wining journalists are arrested and treated like criminals in prisons.
I know that logic , yes logic says you got certain beginning that will lead to a certain end and what I see in front of me the beginning of something that does not lead to democracybut rather that leads to something else that is not good.
Here is the English translation of the letter.
|The chairs of absent Arabic bloggers including Alaa|
I am worn and exhausted, but this will pass just like the times before it passed and I will go back to seeing you less and I will miss you less because Mona will be busy with her fights and her romantic stories and with the challenge of balancing her multiple roles and Sanaa will be busy with her many projects and her many adventures that she inadvertently finds herself in. And I will be busy with Manal and Khaled and with whatever new reasons we have to be angry and to resist.
Personally I wish that Mona did not reach this letter because now the anti-January 25 revolution police/military state supporters believe that Alaa is giving up. You only have to read their comments online to know what they think and to where we are heading. It is heartbreaking message, a sad message.
I see a person who is exhausted and he has to.
Alaa Abdel Fatah has been in prison now fore more than 50 days.
Now tell me what kind of democracy awaiting us in Egypt.
|The huge crate in front of Cairo security directorate|
The Cairo security directorate in the heart of Cairo was badly damaged along with the Islamic Museum.
That series of the explosions come 24 hours prior the 25 January revolution anniversary.
Some say Ansar Beit Al Maqdis claimed responsibility at their shady private twitter account while others use the own words of the Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters only that "we are going to have one hell of a week" to the end of that talk.
The Muslim Brotherhood members are accusing the regime itself of standing behind the explosions to destroy the anniversary of 25 January and to stalk the remaining members of the brotherhood..etc
The TV channels now are full of commentators , strategic analysts and angry callers are asking the authorities ever woman,man and child of the Muslim Brotherhood as well to bomb Gaza..to the end of that talk. Of course those TV channels won't waste the opportunity and remind people on how Egyptians are in desperate need to elect General El Sisi as a president in order to conquer terrorism .. and the whole world and universe as well.
Amazingly after the horrible bombing at the Cairo Security directorate , we find dozens of citizens in the crime scene carrying the photos of both El Sisi and Ibrahim of interior cursing the brotherhood. Well you are going to fight terrorism for real if you start to treat the explosion site as a crime scene and stop turning it on a political theatre.
Now I got couple of questions :
Earlier this week we found the minister of interior Mohamed Ibrahim bragging proudly that "No one will dare and come close to any police station on 25 January like what happened 28 January 2011 other he will find .." and the MOI started sharing photos of police stations and checkpoints with rockets installed and big guns everywhere ,well the terrorists are telling Ibrahim one thing as I see it "In your face".
I think in a civilized society instead of carrying the photos of Ibrahim in the streets in stupid jubilation , he will have to answer lots of questionsand he may lose his position.
In fact not only him but many officials in the National security should answer lots of questions because since August 2013 terrorism did not stop and actually is getting bolder as we see now.
There is an intelligence failure along with security failurebut no one wants to speak about the elephant in the room.
The Islamic Museum is horribly damaged. Here are photos from inside the museum.
Alam Wasaf is a member in Mosireeen and has got his own satirical YouTube channel.
Also Do you remember the case of Ahmed Anwar , the Egyptian vlogger sued in 2013 by the ministry of interior for his clip criticizing the ministry in 2012 ??
Well guess what on Thursday he was sentenced 3 months in jail and a 10,000 LE fine for ““insulting the interior ministry” and “deliberately provoking others using the internet.” !! oh yes insulting the interior and provoking others using the internet according to Tanta’s Economic Misdemeanour Court. Anwar will appeal the court verdict.
Someone is scared from satire and 5 minutes clips as it seems.
It seems to me that vloggers are more dangerous than terrorists in the eyes of the MOI which does not want to admit its failure in fighting terrorism for real and is trying to stalk the revolution youth in a way or another.
By the way I think constitutionally people should be informed on why they arrested from their homes, at least this is what the new constitution says according to my knowledge.
Happy #Jan25 guys.
Small groups of revolutionaries are also going to celebrate the revolution despite all the odds and arrests. It istough day because Ansar Beit Al Maqids warned that they will bomb Cairo to the end of that talk.
Personally I feel stabbed this year , this is not our 25 January revolution nor our Tahrir. :)
After couple of hours of his arrest his militias which are connected to the GNC and stood behind the kidnap of the Libyan PM Ali Zidan last October , kidnapped the Egyptian administrative attaché from our embassy in Tripoli. Hours later another 4 diplomats including the cultural attaché Dr. El Halali and 3 administrative employees also from Tripoli “No security what so ever as it seems despite what happens in Libya especially after the attack on the US embassy in Libya”
The militia’s demand was clear since the first hour : The release of Abu Obeida.
Egypt evacuated its diplomatic commission in the past hours from Libya in some military plane.
Now the kidnappers released a photo for the kidnapped diplomats and let them speak on TV , on Al Arabiya TV channel demanding the release of Abu Obeida in the upcoming 24 hours.
|Here is the photo , it is sad|
By the waythe media in Egypt does not give a damn for those Egyptian diplomats as they are all focusing on El Sisi love fest only. Ok you do not give a damn for those bad protesters who are killed and arrested what about our diplomats !? Personally I know that the ministry of foreign affairs is working on rescuingthembut I am surprised at the media !!
We got over thousand arrested and not less than 49 killed last night. Today the saga continues and at least 3 soldiers were killed in ambush in Sinai. We got human rights and constitutional violations committed by the police. It is another day.