Saturday, February 28, 2015
Thursday, February 26, 2015
The story of that poor dog is as follows. In working class semi-rural Shubra El-Kheima city, a young man had a nasty fight with two brothers in Al-Ahram street. The young man brought his big dog to the fight where it attacked the two brothers and a man who had nothing to do with the fight. The
|Late Max with his owner OSHA "OSHA Facebook page"|
As we live in the age of the social media , his owner was identified.
Of course the owner of the dog is trying to save his ass. He is the most hated person in Egypt now. After all he gave up the dog that saved his ass. Anyhow he published his status on his Facebook page.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Other 18 defendants in the case including Constitution Party Member Hany El-Gamal , Dr. Yahia Abdel Shafei and Mohamed Sami were sentenced to 3 years in prison and a fine of LE 100,000 plus 3 years on probation. The court has also decided to uphold the original in-absentia 15-years in jail against four defendants who did not show up in court.
I do not know what to say or how to comment on such travesty as Ahdaf Soueif, Alaa’s aunt and prominent Egyptian writer described it. I do not know what to say for real more than what I have against the military trials for trials on that day in November !!
|After hearing the verdict "Heba El-Kholy"|
Some speculate that Abdel Fattah El-Sisi will issue a presidential pardon and release Alaa and other protesters according to his speech on Sunday. Last Sunday Egypt’s president said in his first long-monthly speech that “innocent youth” currently in prison would be released within days as he promised a group of young journalists from his supporters in January.
Personally I do not feel that this pardon will include Alaa because Alaa is not from that type of pseudo-activists who would thank the president and praise him for his generosity.
Monday, February 23, 2015
Yeah we are back to this old debate.
Of course it did not stop at the NY Time’s feature as IS’ PR media machine could not waste this opportunity. From couple of days ago Yaken announced on his twitter account that one of his close friends in Egypt joined him in ISIS.
|Islam and Mahmoud , Now and then|
2010 in Cairo and 2015 in Levant
Interestingly El-Ghandour was known to journalists who were doing profiles and reports about the ISIS social media face Yaken as he had a contact with his friend.
Despite he appeared not to having a problem in speaking to journalists at first, he said he did not want to speak later to them. He even warned and advised them to stay away from him and from Islam.
A quick bio about Yaken based on his social media profiles , he used to be a normal Egyptian Middle Class young man who loved music and women till Mid 2013 when he began to share Pro-IS views.
Sunday, February 22, 2015
On Monday the Cairo Criminal court will say its final word in the retrial of the Shura Council trial where 21 protesters are facing 15 years in jail for illegal protesting and assaulting a police officer. Among those 21 protesters there are prominent activists like Alaa Abdel Fattah and Constitution party member Hany El-Gamal.
|Alaa Abdel Fattah in court last session|
I am worried but hopefully insh Allah we will hear good news hopefully. Let’s pray for good news.
Saturday, February 21, 2015
It has published their names.
Now the confusion about the number turned out to be the result of mixing between the dead, injured and the missing form that night.
|Late Hala El-Hebishy , the youngest victim in the incident|
"15 years old" filmed before the stampede
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
|The Islamic Police HQ in Derna By Johr Ali|
Monday, February 16, 2015
|The Egyptian blood on the Libyan shore from the shocking video|
A horrifying video that I could not watch , I only judged by the screenshots people posted on social media. The date of the beheading is unclear as well the fate of the bodies of our workers may God bless their souls is also unclear. Those who saw the video got a lot of questions about the video and its quality. I can not watch any more of those videos.
Last Thursday IS released the 7th issue of its English “Dabiq” magazine a report about the kidnapped Coptic Egyptian workers claiming that its affiliated group abduct them in order to avenge for the alleged “Muslim women who were converted from Christianity and were tortured and killed by the Orthodox Coptic Church of Egypt”.
It also reminded the world or rather its target audience that the Islamic State in Iraq, its mother movement bombed the Catholic church in 2010 in Iraq to avenge for those ladies. The report reflected that rivalry between Al-Qaeda and IS as IS slammed Al-Qaeda's current leader Ayman El-Zawahary for being soft with the Egyptian Copts.
Sunday, February 15, 2015
|By Omar Hany|
|By Eslam Rashwa who said "we are not bad or thugs|
we went to the game to have fun"
Officially the Forensic medical authority issued its final statement stating that there were 20 football fans mostly from teens who have been killed due to suffocation and stampede.
On the other hand also Zamalek’s fans are spreading a list of 43 names of people who died on that night because of stampede, suffocation, tear gases and birdshot. It originated on the Facebook pages .Yes there are names and there has been no official explanation for those names.
Update : Some are saying those 42 names including the injured and the missing.
|This list is spreading like fire|
Friday, February 13, 2015
I won’t discuss that new recording as I have got a series in Egyptian Chronicles in order not to miss a single alleged recording.
Today our old episode in that leaks series was extremely interesting especially as it was not related to domestic affairs only but it is also related to media and regional political affairs. It is extremely interesting.
|El-Tuwaijri and Kamel|
Once again it was allegedly recorded at the office of Major General Abbas Kamel , the current chief staff of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi when he was the head of the minister of defense’s office.
In that recording ,Major General Kamel allegedly called the former secretary General of Saudi Royal Court Khalid Al-Tuwaijri in order to do something regarding that annoying boy aka “Bassem Youssef”.
Oh yes, the major general believed that the renowned TV Satirist crossed the lines last February 2014 after expressing his views about Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s presidential candidacy.
Thursday, February 12, 2015
|Cairo and its unique yellow sandy fog|
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
The only good thing we had on Wednesday thanks to the sand storms that the streets were empty so there were no nasty usual traffic jams. Also people began to use medical masks more often in the street.
Now here is a storify slideshow to show you how our day was in Egypt on Wednesday.
Egypt's meteorological authority announced that that sandstorms wave would end on Thursday.
More photos will be added to this slideshow.
This is how the sky looked earlier today in Cairo , Giza and Alexandria.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Monday, February 9, 2015
Sunday, February 8, 2015
Of course there are sides of the story. The official story as adopted by the ministry of interior and the government claims that the clashes occurred after the attempt of Ultras White Knights “Zamalek Sports Club fans” tried to storm the stadium and watch the game without paying tickets by forces. According to the ministry of interior the security forces used tear gases and birdshots to disperse the mob.
The unofficial Ultras White Knights’ version says that the fans went to see the match waiting for their turn in to get in through a very tiny metal gate when they were teargases and so a stampede happened followed by chaos and security forces attacking the fans.
Regarding the death toll I am saying at least 14 because this is the official number released by the ministry of health but there are other sources speaking about bigger number. The Ultras White Knights Official page announced at 9:52 Cairo local time photos for two lists with 22 names killed in the clashes. The official cause of death is suffocation and stampede after being tear-gassed.
And at last the ministry of antiquities allowed photographers and journalists to check the golden funerary mask of King Tutankhamen and its epoxy glued beard in the Egyptian museum from two weeks ago and it looked terrible !! "Click on the photo to zoom in if you want to see the scratches"
|A photo taken for the mask on January 24|
by AP to the mask and beard in
The Egyptian Museum Cairo
|The same news agency and the same mask|
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Friday, February 6, 2015
Whether you like or not , whether you deny or it , there is strong relation between terrorism , dictatorship and foreign intervention and we know about that very well in the Middle East. Iyad El-Baghdadi speaks about the elephant in the room once again in a series of tweets which thankfully Amr Eldib was kind enough to gather it in a Storify story.
Thursday, February 5, 2015
This is a first degree sentence which means , there will be an appeal nevertheless it is a sentence that got a political impact in a very critical time. This is another message to the 25 January Non Islamist camp.
Now interestingly with a little math calculations we will find that the total of sentences issued today was 6140 years in jail for the 229 !! More than crazy.
The 229 defendants are accused of the following charges :
Torching the scientific institute in Cairo , assaulting armed force and police personnel, possessing bladed weapons and Molotov cocktails , attacking governmental buildings including the cabinet and the parliament.
Now to refresh your memory here is a quick background about those awful days in December 2011. On December 16, 2011 military forces dispersed a three-weeks sit in demanding the rights of the martyrs at the Cabinet HQ by force. The dispersal resulted in protests and the protests resulted in extremely awful clashes between military forces and protesters. Not less than 18 people were killed and hundreds have been injured. Among those who who have been killed Sheikh Emad Effat who became an icon among the martyrs of the revolution. Amazingly the court did not investigation his murder or how the members of the armed forces attacked protesters from the root of the parliament and the cabinet despite the video and photo evidence on that. It is enough to remember that awful Blue Bra girl photo to know exactly who attacked who for real !!!!!!
Take an example of Hend Nafae , the activist against torture and military rule ; she was assaulted and yet the judge found her guilty of attacking army personnel. Here is Hend’s photo after being torture in December 2011.
|Hend Nafae after being assaulted|
|Douma in court defiant by Mohamed El-Raay|
The Pro-regime supporters are happy that Douma has been convicted of torching the Scientific institute saying that the Nasserite activist admitted on TV that he did. Well I watched Douma’s interviews from 2011 and what he said that threw at security forces molotov cocktails like the other angry protesters denying that he torched the old building. Of course Douma was the darling of those supporters when he used to stand against the Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi.
Despite being the son of a leading MB member , Douma did not like the MB and he said it publicly. Of course his controversial tweets that he wanted to the see the MB dead does not make him popular among the Pro-Morsi supporters who seemed to be happy for today’s verdict despite there are other 229 protesters in the same case not to mention it is unjust case.
Monday, February 2, 2015
Now it is highly expected that Egyptian Canadian journalist and head of Al Jazeera international bureau Mohamed Fahmy Fadel will join Greste soon and will be deported to Canada but on one condition : To drop his Egyptian citizenship.
Yes he has to lose his native mother citizenship for the sake of his freedom !!! I do not know what to say honestly.
Some sources , mostly from Pro-regime sources to be accurate say that he had dropped his citizenship already. Of course according to some officials he can allegedly visit Egypt , his country as a tourist without a visa and that the nationality is a matter in the heart not on paper !!!!
It is a great message to send to the world that to get your freedom , you should renounce your Egyptian citizenship if you have another foreign passport.
Now I believe and I know that If Mohamed drops up his Egyptian citizenship , the Pro-Sisi supporters will consider this another evidence on his treason to this country. After all those people do not understand the meaning of freedom or its importance in the society. For God sake they look to China as the best example for powerful country that survives without freedom or democracy or human rights. By the way those who express those opinions are supposedly highly educated Sisi supporters.
I will not speak about the comments of the young frustrated Egyptians who say that they are okay with giving up their Egyptian citizenship because it is easy to talk especially when you are frustrated and angry.
I am angry and sad when I see how a person like Mohamed Fadel has to make such choice. I am frustrated and angry because Fadel has to pay that price for freedom because of highly politicized unfair trial.
I am angry because this means Baher Mohamed and other convicted Egyptians in the case who do not have any other passport except the Egyptian one will not be released. Yes there is a retrial for their controversial case but I am afraid with Fadel and Greste are out,the world will not care for those Egyptians.
This is a great lesson Baher’s three kids will learn by heart about their nationality : Being an Egyptian meant that their father will be locked up in jail for God knows when.
BY the way Here is Greste speaking about his release to Al Jazeera International from couple of hours ago.
Peter Greste's full interview can be watched here: https://t.co/2O9Xbw0kMU #EgyptIt is worth to mention that the charges against Greste has not been dropped. The law stipulates that foreign convicts transfer to their countries to stand trials there.
— Louisa Loveluck (@leloveluck) February 2, 2015
BY the way Greste and Fahmy are free because of that huge big economic conference in Sharm El-Sheikh planned for next March.
For me I will continue inshallah to write about Baher and the rest of journalists detained for doing their job in Egypt.
I want Mohamed , Baher and the rest of the defendants in the case to be released because this is unfair trial and everybody knows that. I want the charges to be dropped and all of them to acquitted officially. I want Fadel to enjoy both his freedom and Egyptian Citizenship. I want him to marry his fiancée Marwa in a big fat Egyptian wedding. I want Baher to return now to his family so he can tell his children that being an Egyptian is not a bad thing. I know what I am asking seems strange in those hard times but this is how things should be.
Sunday, February 1, 2015
According to the Socialist Popular alliance party’s statement the prosecution investigating El-Sabbagh’s murder has ordered the detention of Zohdy E-Shamy , the vice-president of the party as a suspect in her murder despite he came forward as an eye witness.
Updated on 1/2/2015The prosecution released El-Shamy after receiving the national security's investigation reports. He is no longer accused of murder but he is accused of illegal protesting which means he can face three years in jail !!!
El-Shamy already participated in the rally. His photo walking besides Shaimaa while she was collapsing created huge controversy as some accused him of indifference while others looked to the photo on how the old generation ignored the suffering of the young generations.
|Zohdy on the left while Shaimaa carried "Reuters"|
Interesting Anti-Military rule grassroots movement “Askar Kazaboon” made a video analyzing all the footages and photos taken during the murder of Shaimaa referring to the alleged murderer of Shaimaa from the central security forces dispersing the rally.
Actually, Zohdy El-Shamy himself is sick and got a heart disease too !!!!
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