Category Archives: أخبار الشرق الأوسط

a hollow oath, hooligans and thugs, world cup and other absurdities

[Updated throughout the month of June]

Mo Salah’s injury during the Liverpool vs Brazil game took center stage among Egyptian discussion boards, social media, and coffee shops. Of particular interest was the amount of anger they exhibited at the Brazilian Ramos for ‘deliberately’ injuring Salah. From extreme comedic comments about Ramos to extremely angry comments, people wavered in their assessment.

Sisi also met with  Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt’s during their visit to Cairo. Sources told Mada Masr say that several projects in the Sinai are expected to be “central” to the deal, which the US seeks to propose as a resolution to the Palestinian conflict.

As Egypt moves forward with its World Bank and IMF-mandated policies, a report by Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights stated that “the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has a “tiny conscience” and must do more to protect low-income and vulnerable individuals from bearing the brunt of austerity policies. “

Sisi/Government/Parliament:

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the regime clamps down: a time for the generals and the activists

الجبان إبن الجبانه.. كَل غدانا قام لقانا شعب طيب كَل عشانا
احمد فؤاد نجم

May 2018:

On the global front, the move of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has been at the forefront of the news. The murder of 90 Palestinians and injury of thousands by Israeli snipers, for protests at the Gaza border have also been in the news with the Arab states barely objecting to the atrocities. These are incidents that profoundly impact the Arab region. Adding insult to injury, the Israeli Embassy decided to celebrate the anniversary of its founding at the Cairo Ritz Carlton and invited many Egyptian businessmen who have attended. Parliament head Abdel Aal warned parliamentarians about attending the celebrations.

This happened as revelations and leaks began to expose the role the UAE and Saudi Arabia played in the election of US President Trump and their securing the boycott of Qatar whose business dealings with Jared Kushner failed, hence prompting Trump to agree to the boycott. Additionally, Prince Salman stated that Saudi Arabia will develop nuclear weapons if Iran develops them!  Continue reading

baby detained, ‘i dream of sisi’, amira is not my love, election aftermath, media mania…

Elections aftermath:

  • President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has declared a renewed 3-month state of emergency, to begin April 14, after Egypt’s previous 3-month state of emergency ended the day before.
  • The State Council said that collecting fines from people for not voting is just rumors that were created by evil people. It should be noted that several officials have made statements assuring people that they will be fined.

    Shahat

  • Salafi extremist Abdel Monim El Shahat has been photographed in a voting queue to vote for Sisi.
  • A lawyer filed a law suit against actor Amr Waked for ‘spreading doubt about the integrity of the elections.’
  • Reuters was forced to withdraw its report on the Egyptian elections after the regime threatened their Egyptian journalists with imprisonment.
  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs tweeted this: Statements by alleged international observers of Presidential Elections 2018 stated how reputable the elections were.
  • General Anan has been acquitted of charges related to disobeying the military [by nominating himself as a candidate for presidency against Sisi]. However Anan remains in custody. Following his acquittal, the military issued a lengthy statement attacking him and justifying why he had been arrested and why he remains guilty in spite of the judge’s sentence.
  • Sisi as God: how the media portrayed Sisi as a God

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neom, detentions, calls for freedom, and the ‘144th strongest man in the world’

Government/Parliament:

Saudi Prince Salman visited Egypt. During this visit, Sisi apparently gave him 1000 sq. kms of South Sinai for ‘investment’. It is a project called Neom which is part in Saudi Arabia and now will be part Egypt and Southern Sinai. Egypt signed the $10bn deal to support the Neom project.
Egypt also gave it special legal status and created an independent judiciary system for it. This was all done without parliamentary approval or notification and without any Egyptian knowing anything about it. Social media was obviously in an uproar. International media said that Egypt had given up part of its land to Saudi Arabia. One day before the Prince’s arrival, the constitutional court annuls all previous court decisions against the Tiran and Sanafeer agreement and states that it was a ‘sovereign’ decision, thereby confirming Sisi’s right to give away the islands.

The Prince and the Pope

While in Egypt, Salman visited the Cathedral and Pope Tawadros.
It should be noted that at the airport, Sisi by-passed protocols and hurried to the airplane stairs to greet the Prince. Continue reading

celebrating extraordinary egyptian women – March 8th

This week, this blog is celebrating two ordinary yet extraordinary women:

  • Rania Fahmy, an ordinary veiled Egyptian young woman from the province of Naga Hamadi, has done something extraordinary: she filed a lawsuit against a man who harassed her on the street and won. In a video she is shown beating the man when he grabbed her from the back, and she stated later that the people took his side and helped him escape.
  • Marwa Hassan, aى 11 year old from Aswan who sold handkerchiefs on the street  to help her ailing, widowed father, insisted on joining a competition for running even though she had no shoes and no gym clothes. She won first place.

Worthy of mention also are the following women: Continue reading