- VAT law has been approved by parliament. People holding their breaths and expecting price increases in everything.
- Donkeys are being slaughtered for their meat and sold for cheap prices.
- Women waiting in line to get subsidized baby formula have been subjected to breast exams to ensure they don’t have breast milk. The ministry of health stated that there are moving trucks with nurses and physicians placed near sale points, to check the women without embarrassing them. Parliamentarian Mostafa Ragheb Abu Zaid approved the procedure and stated that this was a necessary step to ensure milk goes to those who deserve it and present fraudsters from acquiring it!! Another parliamentarian, also member of the health committee in parliament, said this is a ‘natural, routine thing.’ Later in the week after an uproar, the ministry stated this was not true and that women were not being checked. Umm.. no?
- Vice President of the Division of Home Appliances: 150% rise in commodity prices due to import restriction
- There were 5 governor changes and at least one minister changed. The minister is the minister of supplies who was dismissed for alleged ‘corruption’ and was replaced with retired army general Ahmed Al Sheikh after the ‘approval’ of parliament. One of those appointed governors is Atef Abdel Hamid, the former minister of transportation who reconciled with the government in a corruption case paying back 4 million pounds. He has been appointed as governor of Cairo. The pro-government newspapers denied the allegations and stated that the governor had never paid anything and was actually blackmailed into accepting responsibility. In addition, the governor of Fayyoum was involved in a fraud case where he claimed to give US school certificates but was in fact a mere local certificate that said they took courses ‘similar to shoe taken in the US at that university’!!
Some Egyptians created an ‘initiative’ demanding army take over the ministries of health, education and supplies.
- Member Agina of the FGM and impotence statement has been transferred to investigation by parliament for insulting Egyptian men.
- Parliamentarian Haytham Al Hariri stated vehemently denied telling the media – as was reported – that he thanked the Saudis for their loan and that the islands were Saudi.
- Parliamentarian Mahmoud Shehata accused Haytham Al Hariri of being ‘anti-Egyptian’ and a traitor for not acknowledging that the islands were Saudi. He stated that what he said was ‘very dangerous’ and out of context. Parliamentarian Mohamed Badawi also agreed with Shehata and added that it was against parliament’s by-laws to make such statements!!
- Parliament’s first session ended, during which they approved 424 laws in 289 hours.
- Parliamentarian Khaled Abdel Azim attacked the Minister of Education’s plan to ‘send the Egyptian education experience’ to Africa. Azim asked: “Do you want to transfer our failures to Africa?”
- Parliamentarian Margaret Azer, member of the human rights committee, stated that their priority is the funding of human rights organizations once the law for NGOs is passed. She had previously attacked NGOs and human rights in general.
- The Atfal al Shawari band [Street-children band] has been released from prison with conditions.
- The four Coptic teens who had received 5 year jail sentences have fled to Switzerland. there were media attacks against them and Tv personality Al Ghaiti accused them of being ‘traitors and without honor,” and said that someone has incited them to harm flee to harm Egypt’s image and claim persecution. The children’s lawyer said no travel ban had been issued for the teenagers and that their departure was legal. The children had disappeared in Egypt for 6 months and were issued visas to Turkey and from there they are heading for asylum in Switzerland. [For more on the story of how they escaped read here in Arabic]
- Justice Geneina was at court to appeal his sentence regarding ‘spreading false information.’ The case was postponed. It should be mentioned that he was sentenced to 1 year in prison and a 20 thousand pound fine.
- Ministry of Social Cooperation is cracking down even more on civil society NGOs. It has addressed an NGO stating that they need 45 days to get permission to organize any event. Although this was in individual order, human rights organizations are concerned that this will be mandated in the law for NGOs currently being drafted. The National Human Rights Council addressed the ministry, rejecting the order.
- The draft of the new law on NGOs has been referred to parliament for their ‘approval’ – which of course they will approve. Copy of the draft law has been published.
Egyptian prosecutor acknowledged in a statement that the 5 alleged ‘gang members’ who had been killed and evidence planted in their homes regarding the Italian student Regeni case, are not guilty. Professor of Law Nour Farahat said the family should sue whoever killed their family members and reveal who planted the evidence. The prosecutor general also wrote in his report to the Italians that the president of the street vendors’ syndicate had reported Regeni to the police but the man vehemently denied it and added that they had to make peace with the police so they would leave them alone.
- 662 thousand pounds have been stolen from Naser Social Bank in Madinet Nasr.
- According to locals, the army has launched a large operation in Sheikh Zweid involving the air force. Intense airstrikes by F-16 reported in several areas south Sheikh Zweid and Rafah, and in center of
#Sinai at Al Kharm Mount.
- Statistics: There are 18 army generals and 9 civilians working as governors. 197 current and former army generals are members of the parliament.
- The ideal teacher in Egypt is a young man from Sharqiya and was given 30 pound worth of investment certificates that he may not even cash before three years. He made fun of it but was then ordered not to speak to the media nor the newspapers [at risk of losing his job].
- Train derailed killing 22. Immediately the media wrote that it was due to speed, blaming the driver. Parliamentarian Gamal Okbi even said that those drivers need to be tested for drugs. Soon thereafter it was revealed that it was due to signal confusion which led the driver to be on a different track of oncoming trains. When he pulled the breaks, three cars derailed.
- Al Youm Al Sabeaa newspaper showed a still picture of Obama approaching Sisi after a photo-shoot at the G20 Summit. The actual video shows Obama bypassing him completely and ignoring him [probably unintentionally].
Egyptian television also showed Sisi at the summit with a title at the bottom that said: “Sisi is walking ahead of the presidents.” The image though shows him all the way in the back.
- TV host Mosalmani had part of his program dedicated to the crop circles, especially one where a British farmer found a Nazi crop circle in his field. Mosalmani stated that the Nazi sign was created by aliens.
- The Aviation Ministry confirmed the success of their experiment operating a jet engine with castor oil.
- Former parliament member Abdo Khalil from Shebeen says he invented a helicopter that will fly within a few days. This is the image of the helicopter!!
- Church lawyer Gabrail filed a law suit for contempt of religion against Salafi Abdel Monim Al Shahat for saying on TV that “Christianity is a distorted religion and no Muslim should participate in the building of a church.”
- A joint statement by the Church in Egypt and the Coptic churches in New York and New England urged Copts to go greet Sisi when he arrives at the UN on September 24th, to show him support!! This divided the Copts between those who supported the Church’s statement and those who rejected it and rejected the Church’s interference in politics.
- Coptic lawyer Ramsis Al Naggar wants girls to have virginity tests before church issues marriage permits. He stated on TV that he represented the Church, and added that the Church had put this condition in the marriage law for Copts. The Church vehemently denied that he spoke in its name and denied his statement.
- Beautiful graffiti is always drawn on the outside of homes in poorer areas in Egypt and in Upper Egypt, on the occasion of someone’s departure to, and return from, the hajj.
- Egypt wins its first gold medal in the Paralympics: Sherif Osman wins gold in weightlifting 59kilos for men.
- Mohamed El Deeb won second gold medal in weightlifting.
- Rihab Ahmed won the silver medal in weightlifting, 50kgs.
- Fatma Omar won silver medal in weightlifting under 61kigs.
- Randa Taj Eddin won gold in weightlifting, 86kgs.
- Amani Ali Desoki won bronze medal in weightlifting, 73kgs.
- Amal Mahmoud won bronze medal in weightlifting, 67kgs.
- Fayza Mohamed loses to Argentinian Gizelle in table tennis.
- “I love the law for the construction of churches. I don’t understand why there are objections to it. When a Muslim wants to pray he takes a corner and prays. If you want to pray, you can do so anywhere.”
– Parliamentarian Jalila Osman on Copts.
- “They are ‘traitors and without honor. If they were hanged in their own country it would be more honorable for them.”
– Tv personality Al Ghaiti on the Coptic children who fled to Switzerland.
أضاحى المصريين منظرة والتبرع بيها لـ”تحيا مصر” أفضل
– Parliamentarian Elhamy Agina.
- “It is not shameful nor wrong.”
لا عيب ولا غلط
– Parliamentarian Mostafa Ragheb Abu Zaid on women being subjected to breast exams to receive subsidized milk.
- “It is a normal routine thing.”
فحص أثداء الأمهات لصرف لبن الأطفال إجراء روتينى عادى”
– Parliamentarian Khaled Hilali on women subjected to breast exams.
- “Egypt is an important station for African migrants. Families who send their sons in boats to Europe are not suffering from poverty.”
رئيس «مكافحة الهجرة غير الشرعية»: مصر محطة مهمة للمهاجرين الأفارقة والأُسر التى ترسل أبناءها فى زوارق إلى أوروبا.. لا تعانى من فقر مدقع
– Naela Gabr, president of combating illegal immigration in Egypt.
- “All those attacking the army should be deported out of Egypt and should go and find another country to live in. Those who attack army are trying to defame it and its many accomplishments.”
طالب بترحيل كل من يهاجم القوات المسلحة ومؤسسات الدولة خارج مصر ويبحث عن دولة آخرى يعيش بها، موضحًا أن من يهاجم الجيش يسعى لتشويه إنجازاته المتعددة.
– ‘Strategic expert’ Mahmoud Mansour on TV regarding Egyptians who criticize the army.
- “Arrest of a gang which fabricates pictures of poverty in Egypt.”
التفاصيل الكاملة لسقوط خلية “فبركة” مشاهد الفقر في مصر
– Headline in Al Bawaba newspaper.
- “A woman is the basis of adultery, not the man. She has worked in prostitution long before being a lawyer or a physician.”
الست أساس مشكلة الزنا
– Parliamentarian Elhami Ageena rejecting calls for equating men and women in criminal law.