Category Archives: imprisonment

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

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the untimely death of Afrootoo

Jan 5th – There were clashes in Mokattam, Cairo, after a detainee died in police custody. 22 year old Mohamed from Mokattam, otherwise known as Afrootoo, died in police custody the evening he was arrested. The medical examiner’s report stated that he died of torture, from a fractured spleen/liver causing internal abdominal bleeding as a result of a severe blow to the abdomen. El Watan published the examiner’s news and removed it within an hour although the tweet is still there as of the writing of this post. Other papers such as Masrawy and El Fajr also published the report, but Masrawi removed it two hours after publication and replaced it with ‘The Medical Examiner did not yet issue a report”. Continue reading

2018: 1st month: a fake leak, a fake election, fake achievements, a dispute, hangings, and other stuff

Presidency/Government:

  • First presidential decree of 2018 was published in the official newspaper extending the emergency laws another 3 months.
  • The New York Times published an article about alleged leaks of state security personnel calling famous journalists and actresses to dictate to them what they should stress when they are interviewed or when they go on air. [Click here to see my post on this issue]
  • A halo? Really?

    Sisi reactivated ‘Ask the President’ initiative to communicate with citizens “starting Wednesday January 10 until January 15, through the initiative’s official website”.

  • Parliamentarians sign 510 proxies to Sisi for a second  term as president.
  • A picture of Sisi at the Cathedral circulated social media claiming that there was a halo around his head. The photographer said that he didn’t know that he took the picture that way but that he was pleased he did. The picture clearly shows that Sisi was standing in front of a bishop whose white head turban centered exactly on Sisi’s head.
  • Jan 16 and 17: Sisi reshuffled his cabinet and made some minor cosmetic changes. The cabinet now includes 6 women for the first time in Egypt. He also removed the head of intelligence Khaled Fawzi and replaced him quietly without publication in any Egyptian newspaper.
  • Sisi decided to sell the rights to renovate and benefit from the Pyramids area to an Emirati company called Prism.  for 20 years.

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fake prisons, terrorism, rainbows, selling seafood, balls.. and other news

So much has been going on in Egypt over the past few months, it was difficult to keep up with all the news of the absurd, the attacks and other madness. This post will be a rather brief overview of the main events:

Government:

  • Egypt is building a fleet of UAV and recently signed a new shipment of long range drone for CH-5. The Egyptian Air Force is already operating Wing Loong & CH-4B, both spotted in Siwa and al-Maliz airbases.
  • Mada Masr tracked the flight paths of 2 luxury jets delivered to the Egyptian presidency by the French Dassault company, despite previous denials of the deal by Egyptian officials [Dec 25]
  • Putin visited Egypt for one day in which he met with Sisi and the latter agreed that both countries could use each other’s military bases for their operations. [November 30]. They also discussed the proposed Dabaa’ nuclear plant which Sisi is planning to build.
  • Sisi inaugurated the now-annual Youth Forum in Sharm El Sheikh. As he arrived, the British National anthem was played – which generated social media jokes. During his speech at the Forum, Sisi said he ‘invented’ and added a new human right, that of “combating terrorism.”
    [Naturally for anyone who knows human rights, fighting terrorism is a method not a right, and is the duty of the state. It is part of the contract between the people and the State.]
    Prior to the conference there was a media campaign clearly targeting ‘foreign’ youth rather than Egyptian youth, with a hashtag of ‘We need to talk’. They also posted a video entitled ‘We need to talk’. This backfired, as Egyptians did two things: they took to Twitter and hijacked the hashtag and began enumerating the regime’s myriad violations of human rights. The second is that they created an identical video but reversing the message.
  • Egypt’s official newspaper published Tiran and Sanafeer agreement after it was officially approved by Sisi. [August 17th:]
  •  Sisi grants permission to the Emir of Kuwait to own 163 acres of Egypt’s delta. [August 17].

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weeks in review: a release, an arrest, a discovery and 2 belly-dancing

Early April [2-4, 2017], the Egyptian president visited the US  and his visit included Egyptians standing  on both sides of the street, waving flags and greeting him as his convoy passed in Washington DC. He was in the States to ask for the US president’s financial and military support for which he only received promises of cooperation. Social media made fun of some of the images that surfaced of his infamous meeting with the US president in which they spoke of collaboration against terrorism. One image in particular showed the US president sitting at his desk in the Oval Office with the Egyptian president standing by his side – contrary to all protocols where both presidents should either be seated or standing up. The US president himself tweeted the pictures.

In the Oval Office

The Coptic Church also, prior to the explosions of the two churches in Tanta and Alexandria, asked the Copts to mobilize and greet him. Even though it was not the Copts alone who went to greet him, many still accused the Church of being hypocritical.

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