Category Archives: media

the alleged leaks

The New York Times posted an article that claimed Sisi and his security apparatus knew and approved of the Jerusalem move and asked their media hosts to support it. They also claim there are leaked tapes of TV hosts Azmi Megahed, parliamentarian and TV host Hassasseen, TV host Mofeed Fawzi, actress Yosra , actress Hala Sidqi and actress Afaf Shoeib. In one conversation with Azmi Megahed, an alleged security official named Kholi said: “I was just calling to tell you what our public stance is, so if you go on TV or speak in an interview, I am telling you what is the stance of Egypt’s national security apparatus and what it stands to benefit from in this matter of announcing Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel, O.K.?”

Egypt denied that an officer by that name even existed, even though when asked about the tape, Megahed confirmed it and stated that he knew the officer who was his ‘friend’ and that the conversation happened and that he agreed with it: “I am friends with Ashraf [El Kholi] and we talk all the time,” Mr. Megahed said according to the same article in the NYT. “Another intifada would be bad. I have no problem saying all of the things you have heard in that call in public.” Continue reading


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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weeks in review: Jan 19-29

President Sisi visited Aswan to attend a conference on youth. While there he stated ‘if Egypt is lost, it will never return.’ He also stated that Egypt is poorer than anyone can imagine. Sisi was uncharacteristically silent about US president’s statements that he would move the US embassy to Jerusalem. When pressured, he responded vaguely [since he is a friend of Drumpf’s] that he does not want to “complicate matters.”

Meanwhile the anniversary of the Jan 25, 2011 revolution passed quietly and without incidence. There weren’t even attempts at demonstrations. It was business as usual. The military congratulated the president on the ‘Jan 25 Revolution’ and stated that ‘it is a people’s revolution that was protected by the military.’ This, of course, is contrary to the entire rhetoric of the pro-Sisi people who claim that it was not a revolution or anything but chaos and a conspiracy, and an attempt at bringing Egypt down.

القوات المسلحة تهنئ الرئيس بذكرى ثورة «25 يناير»: «ثورة شعب حماها الجيش» | المصري اليوم

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month in review: controversies, resolutions, hunger, DNA, God’s punishment and more…

So it is the new year and frankly I don’t have the time to do a year review since so much has happened. As the year ends, here are the highlights from this past month:

Two issues gained much attention over the past month:

1- The Tiran and Sanafeer islands issue:

The year ended with  the Supreme Administrative Court by adjourning the decision to annul the agreement to Jan 16, 2017, with its final ruling on the government’s appeal of a June sentence that annulled the deal originally struck in April. The government announced it has accepted the deal and that it will transfer it to Parliament for approval, even as the case is pending in court.

According to lawyer Malek Adly and Khaled Ali who had initially filed the lawsuit contesting the transfer and also according to Law Professor Nour Farahat, the government’s current decision violates the Constitution, given that it ignores a previous court ruling in June issued by the Administrative Court invalidating the agreement. They filed another complaint stating that the government is now facing criminal charges for accepting and passing the deal to parliament while the case is still pending in court and thus ignoring the initial court ruling that annulled the deal.

According to MadaMasr newspaper, “the government’s surprising move follows an unannounced visit to Cairo by Torky bin Abdel Mohsen, a consultant to the Saudi royal court. Abdel Mohsen accompanied Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz on his visit to Egypt in April, when the deal was brokered.” Continue reading

the aftermath

Coptic Orthodox Church statement regarding donations for the victims

Coptic Orthodox Church statement regarding donations for the victims

Update: An account for donations has been set up by the Coptic Orthodox Church. Details of the account are on the right side of this page and in the statement issued by the Church.
Donations to be sent to
Al Ahli Bank,
Sherif St., Downtown Cairo, Egypt
Account # in Egyptian pounds 01041406981
For donations in dollars to account  # 11014467156
Swift code: NBEGEGCX00001
HH Pope Tawadros The Second
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أشارت الكاتدرائية، فى بيان رسمى، إلى أن رقم الحساب بالجنيه المصرى هو 01041406981، وبالدولار الأمريكى رقم 11014467156، وهى الأرقام الوحيدة للتبرّع على البنك الأهلى شارع شريف باسم البابا تاوضروس الثان

Alleged suicide bomber

Alleged suicide bomber

President Sisi announced on Monday, 12/12 the name of the alleged suicide bomber at St. Peter’s: Mahmoud Shafeeq Mohammed Ahmed whom they managed to identify from his DNA. The ministry of interior also issued a statement regarding the DNA analysis. The terrorist used 12 kilos of TNT which were allegedly ‘inside his jacket’.

Screenshot of Al Watan newspaper

Screenshot of Al Watan newspaper on the bomber’s first arrest in 2014

Mahmoud Sahfeeq has a history of terrorism: he was arrested when he was 16 years old in 2014 for possession of weapons and a hand grenade. Somehow he was released in 2014 according to news sources. In 2015 a court sentenced him to 2 yrs in absentia after he fled to the Sinai. Images of him torn to pieces from the impact of the explosion were posted on all news sites.

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