moron alert news

So I’m back with the moron alerts because moronism has become really prevalent these days. Here are the newest alerts:

- “After 4 years, there will be no electric blackouts whatsoever, not even for a second and people will be happy.”  Minister of Energy.
وزير الكهرباء: التيار الكهربائي لن ينقطع ” ولا ثانية ” بعد 4 سنوات والناس هتكون مبسوطة

- “I am not a spy for intelligence apparatus. Information comes to me while sitting at home. “
TV host Abdel Rahim Ali re accusations leveled at him that he works for intelligence. He became famous for broadcasting private telephone calls between opposition members.

عبد الرحيم على: «لست مخبرًا والمعلومات تأتي لمنزلي».

- “Magdy Yacoub’s center for heart transplant is an ‘undercover British/Israeli conspiracy to separate Nubia from Egypt’.
Economist and self-proclaimed prophet Sameh Abu Arayes.

- “Yes we do send weapons to rebels inSyria and we fear nothing and no one.”
Ikhwan leader Safwat Higazi

- “Egyptian army is an occupying force.”
Al Jazeera journalist.

- “ًWe will kill any American walking in the streets in Cairo upon sight.”
Journalist Mostafa Bakri, responding to rumors that the US plans on assassinating Sisi.
مصطفى بكري “أنه حال تعرّض المشير السيسي لأذى فإنه سيقود ثورة لذبح الأمريكان في الشوارع”

- “Anyone who does not thank Qatar [for what it's done] is a dog.”
Libya’s Mufti, 2014

- “Egyptian army succeeded in discovering material that transforms uneven roads to even ones.”
A security expert, 2014

- “We are warning you: We’ll go after your program and any traitor or enemy-collaborator.’”
TV show host Ahmed Moussa to satirist Bassem Youssef [also known as the Egyptian Jon Stewart].
أحمد موسى لـ«باسم يوسف»: لقد أعذر من أنذر وهحط على البرنامج وعلى أي خائن وعميل

- “ًWait for a new slap [meaning surprise] before 2014, and I will say something even tastier than kofta.”
Army appointee Abdel Ati who claimed he invented a HepC/HIV detection and cure method and said it was like eating kofta.
عبد العاطي:انتظروا صفعة أخرى قبل 2014 وهقول طعم ألذ من الكفتة
[I think this one needs a video to prove his moronism]

- “One pound increase in the underground ticket to modernize the underground – and also to let you listen to some music.”
Head of Underground Transportation
رئيس «الأنفاق»: جنيه زيادة في تذكرة المترو لتحديثه و«عشان نسمعك موسيقى»

And just as a tribute to Morsi the ultimate moron:
هتاف سوهاج  ضد مرسى: زغرطى يا بهية رئيسنا عباسية

from egypt to ferguson with love: mock tweets

Tired of Western intervention and sermonizing about how Egyptians should or should not behave and/or should or should not deal with their terrorists, Egyptians took to Twitter as soon as the events in Ferguson erupted. In particular many were sore about the Human Rights Watch’s report which portrayed the Muslim Brotherhood only as victims and the government as an abuser for no other reason than being an oppressive government.

For two days, Egyptians wrote mock tweets to edify Americans as to what they should or shouldn’t do in Ferguson to ‘support the ‘revolution’ – not intended as support of course but intended as a mockery of how the US supported the Egyptian revolution and Egyptians are therefore returning that support in kind. It is an amusing role-reversal in three Arabic hashtags: advice to Americans, Ferguson, and We are all Michael Brown.  It was not all making fun of Egypt’s revolution. Rather, some of it also targeted Egypt’s own army’s behavior in dispersing the protester and harshly treating journalists.

Please note that they did not intend the tweets to be disrespectful of Ferguson.  They are basically targeting the US government and its president in particular for their stances against Egypt’s methods of squashing protests. Similarities are many – such as using tear gas, random arrests on the streets, targeting journalists [two of whom were arrested in Ferguson], firing rubber bullets at protesters etc. and the list goes on.

There are the hashtags:  .

Here are some choice tweets – with translations whenever possible:

  •  – Glorious has gone to the US [Egyptians called it the 'glorious revolution']
    الشرطة تطلق قنابل الدخان لتفرقة
  •  –  ارحل يعني جو فاهم والا نو
  • هاتوا من اﻻخر و سلموها للجيش ووفروا على روحكوا سلمية مجيدة واحﻻم النهضة و الصوابع
    [Just go to the ending right away and give it to the army and save yourselves from ‘peaceful”.
  • Egypt condemns border closures and demands opening of borders [in US]  to let the poor get in.
    تشجب غلق المعابر في وجه من سرقوا المحال التجارية بفيرجسون وتطالب الحكومة بتسهيل مرورهم لأنهم معدمين!
  •  After you depose Obama you will find people telling you if you say ‘yes’ [to them in elections] you will go to Paradise. Don’t believe them.
    بعد ما يتنحى أوباما هتلاقى ناس بيقولولكم “نعم تدخلك البارادايز” .. إوعوا تصدقوهم
  •  Please take care of the American Museum [reference to Egyptian museum's partial destruction and looting during the Revolution]
    امانة تخلوا بالكم من المتحف اﻻمريكي
  •  Sisi comes out to Obama and says sternly: you MUST leave now.
    السيسي يطلع لأوباما فى بيان مقتضب ويقول له بحزم : إرحل الآن
  •  If they break into prisons and get a fat man out and tell you to elect him, don’t believe them. He’s an idiot. [in reference to Mosri]
    لو اقتحموا السجون و هرب واحد اهطل بكرش اوعوا يحكمكم …… ارموه في اقرب مصرف
  •  Those who will sing in the square will be lost. Just go the easy route right away and sing ‘Teslam el Ayadi [which is Sisi's song]
    الي هيغنوا يااااااه يالميدان هينحسوكوا مشوها تسلم الايادي عشان تنجزوا
  •  There’s a fat man who will nominate himself. Be careful – his mom is Egyptian [in reference to Egyptian presidential candidate Abu Ismail whose mother is has American citizenship]
    فيه واحد تخين وبدقن اسمه ابو سيمائين الواد دا حيرشح نفسه خدوا بالكوا امه مصريه
  •  Youth in Fergusson create a Facebook page and call it ‘We are all Michael Brown’ [in reference to We are all Khaled Said which is how the Egyptian revolution started].
    على أثر مقتله على يد شرطي شباب يدشنون صفحة ” كلنا مايكل براون “
  •  Our friends in Ferguson, continue and we are with you. [meant only as a joke]
    اصدقائنا الثوار في احنا معاكم كملوا .. خمسه رمز الصمود :))

You may view all three hashtags:

 
On a more serious note… it seems that the Egyptian government decided to join in the mockery in its own way. According to Retuers: Egypt urges U.S. restraint over Missouri unrest – Retuers

 

مواطن ومخبر وحرامى – blackmailing businessmen

Seems to me that Egypt somehow manages to jump from the kettle into the fire.

 

A couple of weeks ago in an interview, PM Mehleb himself said with a smile that yes they will ‘open old files‘ to essentially blackmail businessmen to pay for the “Egypt Fund” – a fund that was founded by President Sisi to help support Egypt’s new projects without accumulation of more foreign debt. Mehleb was speaking about taxes which many haven’t paid in a while or pay very little for. But then of course, that’s how Egypt was run [which is a rather different issue].

Now there is a ‘fight’ between prime businessman Sawiris and the intelligence hound-dog in the media, namely Abdel Rahim Ali. The latter is the guy who broadcast on public television, telephone calls between activists and each other, as well as any phone calls made to and from them in order to discredit them and discredit their intentions during the 25 January Revolution. He was tasked to ‘reveal’ how the Revolution youth were traitors and spies through broadcasting their recordings.  Even the most innocent of recordings was twisted into a plot against Egypt.

Recently Ali has been threatening to ‘reveal telephone calls that were recorded’ for Sawiris that promised to reveal some ‘secrets’. When Sawiris still did not pay, he went all out and said he would reveal recordings of a conversation between Sawiris and El Baradei, whom he has already established as a traitor in prior recordings.

As per intel manual, Ali also decided to start a rumor – a typical intel tactic – claiming that Sawiris ‘bought the channel that broadcast his program and closed it down’. Naturally Sawiris did no such thing. But to implicate him even further, Ali also said the original owner, Tarek Nour – another prominent businessman and media mogul – was a Sawiris’ co-conspirator, thus attacking both businessmen at once.

So why is this hound-dog suddenly set on Sawiris, a man who is known for his strong support of President Sisi?

Apparently Sawiris had promised to donate LE3 billion to the Egypt Fund – – or so it was alleged in the news about a month ago.  It seems that Sawiris hasn’t paid, or had no intention of paying, which then explains why suddenly Abdel Rahim Ali began a media attack on how he will ‘expose’ Sawiris for not paying what he promised.

Today’s news – if true – gives some further insight and behind the scenes revelations. A news headline says that ‘Sisi is not happy with the Egypt Fund donations amount’ – and adds ‘And sovereign entities are beginning to prepare ‘files’ for businessmen.’

This means extortion – pure and simple.

But the content of the article reveals what’s worse by far. It says that now there is a ‘businessmen’s cabal’ that is looking forward to taking control of parliamentary elections’ and that some consultants have advised Sisi to postpone those elections especially with the broad mandate that is now given to parliament based on the new constitution. This justifies a parliamentary postponement preventing any parliamentary oversight.

Needless to say, this does not bode well for investments in Egypt. If this blackmail policy goes into effect, then its repercussions will be far worse than the amount that will be gathered for the Egypt Fund.

It should be mentioned that Morsi’s regime had  also blackmailed Sawiris’s family into paying LE7 billion – by simply threatening their lives. It is alleged that after Morsi’s fall, the Sawiris family had stopped payments on the extortion money.

أما بقى مين المواطن ومين المخبر ومين الحرامى فلكم الإختيار …

نجيب ساويرس يكتب: أيـام ســـــوداء:

ولم ينتهي الأمر عند هذا الحد، فظللت أنا علي موقفي من معارضة حكم الإخوان من خلال حزب المصريين الأحرار وقناة أون تي في ومن خلال مقالاتي في بعض الجرائد المصرية… وظل الدكتور] مرسي[ يخصني بفاصل من الردح في كل خطبة..

كما اشرف بنفسه علي موضوع تلفيق الضرائب علي شركة أخي وأبي والضغط عليهما بمنعهما من السفر وأعلن عنه في احتفالية أكتوبر… حتي قبل ان تقوم المصلحة بالإجراءات المتبعة للمطالبة غير القانونية والتي أثبت النائب العام في تحقيقه انه لا يوجد أي تهرب ضريبي حيث تمت الصفقة في ظل القانون المعمول به في ذلك الوقت والذي يعفي الشركات المدرجة في البورصة من الضريبة والذي تم تعديله في قانون الضرائب الجديد ! و لا اريد الاستطراد لأن الموضوع أمام القضاء الآن ولأنه لا يخصني شخصيا حيث أني لا املك أي سهم في شركة الإنشاءات ولا أنا عضو في مجلس إدارتها… إلا أني أعلم أنا لدي الأجهزة الأمنية معلومات ومستندات تثبت يقينا خفايا مسلسل تلفيق هذه الضريبة وأرجو من الله أن تظهر حتي يعرف الجميع الحقيقة.

و لا أخفي سراً عندما أحكي عن كل الرسائل التي كانت تذهب لأخي «قول لنجيب أن يكف عن معارضته وكل مشاكلك تتحل… خلي نجيب يبيع محطة أون تي في وكل الأمور تمشي» لدرجة أن والدي والذي لم اعص له أمرا  ولم أرفض له طلبا أبدا قال لي:  «علشان خاطري أنا يا بني بيع المحطة»……أيام سودا عن حق

 

air strikes on iraq

I appreciate Obama’s refusal to be involved in a war and especially with ground troops. After all that was part of his campaign for president. And I am anti-war of all shapes and kinds as well. However.. pulling out of Iraq without a proper strategy is not ‘being dragged into war’. It opened the way to chaos and to the eventual rise of extremists still fighting over power. Iraq was more salvageable than Afghanistan. Obama did not destroy Iraq – his predecessor did. But Obama contributed to its further destruction by leaving a void and a deeply divided sectarian government. As activist Hana Edwar told me before ‘you broke it, you fix it’.

Yes it’s good he finally decided to do the airstrikes.. and ISIL is delighted because it is sucking the US into this war… but this is hardly enough. You go in – you get them. Half-assed solutions will not work.

I guess the best way to describe it is what Theodore Karasik called ‘stirring the hornet’s nest’. It is never enough because it could kill you.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/views/news/middle-east/2014/08/10/Obama-stirs-the-hornets-nest-with-strikes-on-ISIS.html

suffer the little children to come unto me…

UNICEF today said on NPR that 1 in 10 children around the world is living in war conditions [under war or threats of war]. Let me add to that that since Bush’s senseless and criminal war in 2003 Iraqis who today are 11 years old have never lived a normal life. Children who were 10 years old at the time have now lived half their lives in war conditions – fear, stress, bombings.. Of course I am counting only from 2003 – unless we count sanctions prior to that that left Iraqi children suffering from malnutrition and other ailments.

Similarly children who grew up in Palestine [Gaza or the West Bank] have lived in war and death and destruction for several decades. We have generations now who have lived different levels of this destruction.

Syria – it’s still too early, but it looks like the road ahead is not rosy in any way for generations to come. Certainly at least one generation now has abandoned their education [college and schools] and they are living as refugees.

What type of generations are we creating? What type of future are we giving these people? What type of hope do these young people have? Where should they get that inkling of hope from?

I see some of my Iraqi young friends optimistic – laughing and singing. They got used to living under such conditions – or is it surviving? But if you scratch the surface only a little they will tell you they feel inside them that there is no hope. It is the same for Syrians. It is the same for the steadfast Gazans.

This is not a localized problem. This affects all nations everywhere even if people think that they are far removed from them. God help those children and help this world. Such injustices never go away on their own. It’s a frightening specter.

our new ataturk

I’m afraid to say this lest I be misunderstood -but will do anyways. I’ve always said [bet me, myself & I] that we need an Ataturk for Egypt for a period of time to set it straight.

I think we got one.

Every decision is difficult and controversial but some of those decisions I know are needed to set this country straight again – ‘again’ meaning not to the Mubarak or Sadat or Nasser era – but to a path of economic progress, a path that will result in a temporary curbing of rights.

Temporary. Of course there are no guarantees of anything temporary – but rather hoping it would be.

I don’t like much of what is happening.. but some of it I acknowledge as necessary and believe that someone had to do it.

But does a violation of rights mean eventual respect of rights? I don’t think so. Yet the examples of Ataturk and Peter the Great are before me.

Is this a price we all have to pay for bringing Egypt into the 21st century?

extreme intolerance

Egypt -

We live in an environment of intolerance to the extreme. If you DARE criticize or not even.. if you DARE mention something that is contrary to popular opinion, you are harassed, attacked, yelled at, called names..not to mention being called a traitor. It is indeed – to say the least – a very disturbing environment. A reminder of the bad days of Morsi regime does not excuse current behavior except for a while. It should not be a choice of worse to bad.. but should be a choice of the worst of the worst to good. You do not free people from enslavement to enslave them again using different terminology. The fact that people ‘like it’ and ‘approve it’ does not necessarily make it right. It is distressing to the extreme.

The current problem is also exacerbated by the fact that people are supporting a person rather than a system. Hanging one’s dreams for a better future on a person is not right – regardless of who the person is. If hanging it on a system then no matter the circumstance, no matter how many individuals go and come – regardless of their charisma – the system will support itself because it will continue functioning regardless. That’s why a civil, democratic society is needed. If Sisi was gone today for some unforeseen circumstance [assassination or whatever], the system will not hold because it is dependent on the individual. It is a frightening scenario.