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    The tale goes on especially that the Sultan is asking all the priests in the city to read that Cursed lady’s strange manuscript deer skin. Tonight is the episode 496th from the radio show as well our 4th episode in this tale, the tale of the Cursed lady’s wall. You can hear the 15-minutes episode below and after the break you will find the synopsis in English.

    The Sultan orders his vizier to get him the priests from all over the city in order to decode the strange letters on that dear skin found in the Cursed Lady’s wonder box with the golden lock. The priests failed. For many months charlatans, priests and scientists failed a big time.

    To stop the crooks from wasting his time, he announced that whoever claimed to know how to decode the manuscript and fail, would face the death sentence. No one showed up after that.

    Angry for the money he spent on the box, the Sultan summoned the old Cursed lady who once again defied him with her strong logic and cared less for the Sultan or his angry wife. “Why are you so angry ?? Did not you buy the box without even seeing what’s in it ???” She asked the Sultan when he asked her to take back the box and return back the money she got.

    Just as they were debating, they found an old man coming to the Sultan’s palace claiming that he could decode the manuscript. “This is what I have been learning all my life,” he said adding that he would not lose anything.

    “If I fail in decoding then I will live but if I succeed then I will die,” He told the Sultan.

    Tomorrow inshallah we will know if he fails or succeeds.

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    And the old man begins to read what is written on the deerskin introducing us to a new tale in the 5th night of “The Cursed lady’s wall”

    The old man surprises everyone for understanding what is written on the deerskin in The wonder box which was bought by the Sultan from the cursed old lady.
     After reading a couple of words on the deerskin, the old man fainted scaring everybody in the Sultan’s court. When he returned back his consciousness, he told them that that deerskin was Mansour, the traders Shah Bander in the old city of God.
    the message of Prince Nour to his father, Sheikh
    The word “Shah Bander” commonly refers to the head of the commerce and traders guild in the old Arab culture.
    The old Sheikh began to read the words on the deerskin.
    The strange words are actually a message from Prince Nour to his father where he recounted his story asking his father not to look for him anymore because he was where he should be.
    Then Prince Nour began to tell his own story. Despite being his only son, wise Sheikh Mansour was tough on his son. When Nour became a young man, his father ordered him to get a job immediately.
    The next day following his order, he asked his son if he got a job and Nour that he was working at carpenter’s workshop and that he earned a whole Dinar. The wise Sheikh told him to give the Dinar and suddenly threw it from the window. Both Nour and his mother were shocked but then Mansour told his son to get a real job for real.
    The next day same thing happened and another Dinar was thrown from the window. Nour was once again ordered to get a new job.

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    Thanks to Wikileaks, the Middle East has something to speak about than the usual talk: The Saudi Cables.
    On Friday, Wikileaks began to publish the first batch of 70,000 Saudi diplomatic top secret documents out of half a million cables. Since then journalists in the Arab world began to search inside the Wikileaks to see what is hidden in the first batch of  cables released from 2010 to 2015.The only Media partner of Wikileaks in the Arab world if not the whole world this time is Lebanese Al-Akhbar Newspaper.
    No other Arabic newspaper has joined forces with Al-Akhbar and Wikileaks in this adventure like what happened with the U.S cables.
    Interestingly in April the Saudi ambassador envoy to Beirut Ambassador Ali Assiri accused the left-leaning newspaper of being a tool in the hands of Hezbollah and Iran for its opposition against the war in Yemen.
    It created a controversy during then and the Lebanese journalists considered it an attack on the press freedom in their country.
    Of course as soon as Wikileaks announced its big announcement, the Saudi government announced that the cables were fake and the citizens should not spread them otherwise they would face legal consequences. The Saudi ministry of foreign affairs published those tweets on the same day.

    Dear citizen : Do not spread documents that could be fake and help the nations' enemies in achieving their goals.

    Dear citizen : avoid going to any website in order to get any leaked documents and information that could be untrue in order to harm the national security.
    Some Saudi tweeps hinted out that actually those tweeps made more Saudis pay attention to the Saudi cables in Ramadan.

    On Sunday after the initial claims that the Saudi cables on Wikileaks site were completely fake , we found out that the Saudi MOFA published that official statement on its official Facebook page announcing that it was still conducting the hacking that happened to the ministry’s  servers from couple months ago.
    عقب رئيس الإدارة الإعلامية بوزارة الخارجية السفير أسامة بن أحمد نقلي على التصريح الذي أدلى به في 4 / 8 / 1436 هـ ، بشأن ...
    Posted by Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Saudi Arabia on Saturday, June 20, 2015
    The statement also urged the citizens not to help the enemies of the nation by spreading any document online especially that many of the alleged spread documents online were fake.
    Nevertheless in the statement, we find that interesting line “ This hacking won’t affect the transparent policies of the Kingdom as what has been leaked from documents is not that different from the official policies of the Saudi MOFA and its statements, which is true.
    Saudi Arabia  The Bureau of Investigation & Public Prosecution’s official twitter announced that spreading confidential information can lead whoever did it to legal consequence on Sunday.

    The Saudi BIP already announced that that statement before in April when news spread that the servers of the Saudi ministry of foreign affairs were hacked.
    The Saudi ministry of foreign affairs' servers were indeed hacked by ”Yemen Cyber Army”, a Pro-
    Assange vs. Al-Jubeir 
    Houthi hacking group in May.
    The group announced that it had got the credentials of Saudi officials between the different Saudi embassies and Riyadh. Later the group and its findings disappeared. Now in June we know what happened to the hacked information.
    Now the Saudi regime supporters inside and outside the Kingdom claim that the Wikileaks got sinister agenda following Iran and Russia as well Israel as the famous whistleblowing website did not publish about those countries anything incriminating them !!
    Well Wikileaks website does not work like that despite those who responsible for the leaks are Pro-Iranian Yemeni Hackers or as they claim. Personally I smell the Pro- El-Assad Syrian Cyber army here. Of course both Al-Assad and Houthis are backed up directly by Iran. 
    Realistically speaking there is nothing we do not know in those cables when it comes to the policies of the Kingdom during the Arab Spring year.
    Everything is already well known as the Saudi ministry of foreign affairs said in its statements.
    The rivalry between Qatar and the Kingdom was also well known during the time of King Abdullah. Of course now this rivalry is almost over and we got somehow a new or rather the old order in the Gulf where all the Gulf states are led by Saudi Arabia while having the same stance.
    What is new is the names of politicians and public figures as well media figures from different Arab countries mentioned in the Saudi Cables cooperating with the Saudis and asked for funding bolding and disgustingly while attacking their opponents and accusing them of being agents to the foreign countries like in the case of Mostafa Bakry in Egypt or Samir Gagae in Lebanon. Here is it is not the mistake of the Saudis that those politicians offer themselves for sale. The cables are also revealing about certain times in the past 4 years.
    Of course ,I am going to have separate posts about the cables from the Saudi embassy in Egypt.I am waiting to read the most recent cables from 2015.
    Anyhow, I can not hide my admiration on how the Saudi embassy in Cairo was sending reports about the country and its media to the motherland in that way. Of course, I do not dare to imagine if something happens like that now in the Egyptian ministry of foreign affairs in that way because in the end day we are not that Egypt in the 1960s or 1970s. We are not longer a true regional power compared to the Gulf. Our foreign policies are reactive more than proactive.
    Now regarding the Sisi leaks and why I stopped writing about them.
    Well, I am afraid it has to do with my laziness more than anything. Already the upcoming episode of the Sisileaks should involve one of the biggest and most controversial alleged leaks about the Egyptian media and the relation between Sisi’s office and Egypt’s top TV hosts. This leak was already discussed in foreign websites like NY Times and Middle East Monitor, but I want to discuss it here. It is extremely important I believe than the alleged leaks about Gulf funding.

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  • 06/23/15--12:39: June 23, 2015 at 09:39PM

  • Talaat Harb square at night #Egypt #Blogger #Citizenjournalism #downtowncairo #Cairo June 23, 2015 at 09:39PM via Instagram

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    We are still in the city of Gor listening to the tale of Sheikh Mansour and his only son Nour whom he ordered to get a job.
    Tonight is our 6 episode from our tale this year , the tale of the Cursed lady’s Wall and I would dare say her Wonder Box with a golden lock as well.

    Our tale goes on. For several days, Sheikh Mansour asked his son Nour whether he was working or not and everytime Nour would say that he found a job somewhere and got a whole Dinar from that job. And as usual the father stunned him and takes the Dinar to throw it from the window.
    Till one night Sheikh Mansour asked his own son if he had found a new job and Nour answered him that he found a job at saddle maker and that he earned a whole dinar from working there for a day. The father once again asked his son to show him the Dinar. And just as Sheikh Mansour was on the verge of throwing it like the other Dinars , Nour cried and screamed begging his father not to throw that Dinar specifically.
    At that moment,Wise Mansour turned to his son and told him “so now you got a real job and you are not lying like before, you worked hard and fear of losing what you have earned” 
    It turned out that before that day, Sheikh Mansour knew that his son was lying and did not work and that his wife used to give Nour the Dinars.
    Happy and proud with his son, Sheikh Mansour began to tell his own life story to his son …. and that’s another tale.

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  • 06/23/15--13:35: June 23, 2015 at 10:35PM

  • #Ramdan nights in #Cairo : Zeinab Khatoun cafe in old Cairo. #Citizenjournalism #Blogger #Egypt June 23, 2015 at 10:35PM via Instagram

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  • Heading to Zeinab Khatoun #Egypt #Blogger #Citizenjournalism #Cairo #IslamicCairo June 23, 2015 at 11:09PM via Instagram

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  • 06/23/15--15:11: June 24, 2015 at 12:11AM

  • A mausoleum in Salah Sallem #Cairo #Egypt #Blogger #Citizenjournalism #Photo June 24, 2015 at 12:11AM via Instagram

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  • 06/23/15--17:12: June 24, 2015 at 02:12AM

  • Lappas building in #downtowncairo. I do not know it real name. It has been renovated as you can see #Cairo #Citizenjournalism #Blogger #Egypt #Buildings June 24, 2015 at 02:12AM via Instagram

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  • The sultan and ministry of foreign affairs. Sultan Abu Ela Mosque in Boulaq, #Cairo #Egypt #Buildings #Blogger #Citizenjournalism June 24, 2015 at 03:00PM via Instagram

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    Now we are introduced to the tale of wise Sheikh Mansour , “The Shah Bander” of traders in the city of Gor and how he became a wealthy man as he started to tell it to his son in the 7th episode of our tale.

    Shiekh Mansour was not born rich, but he was born to a wise man who used to be a scholar.
    That wise man used to work to earn his living and to support his family despite his knowledge and
    that what he taught his son Mansour: To work.
    Despite the knowledge Mansour had, he used to make wicker baskets living modestly with his wife Zohara.
    Their luck turned to the greener side when Mansour found a way to turn the wicker into a soft texture using his some chemical mixtures and thus he made wonderful bags and baskets.
    Selling them with high prices, Sheikh Mansour earned  more customers and more money. Wise Mansour decided to invest his new fortune at the same time his wife Zohara was crying day and night for lacking a child despite their growing wealth.

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