ينصر دينك يا بطل

الطفلة لوسيندا التى اغتالها الإرهاب

ينصر دينك يا بطل
قتلت ناس عُزًّل كتير
ستات، شيوخ وكمان عيال
أزحت عنا خطر كبير
دي ناس بتقول الله محبة
والمحبة دي شيء خطير
اقتل بطرس واقتل مينا
اللي إخواتهم ماتوا في سينا
واللي ولادهم رقصوا فـي فرحك
واللي فـميّتم بيعزّينا
اقتل ماري وطنط تريزا
دايمًا كده يبتسموا في وشك
ويقولوا أهلًا خطوة عزيزة

دول ناس مافيهومشي ولا ميزة
واقتل برضه عمّك حنا
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why a state of emergency is not the solution

Presidential decree with state of emergency

Not even a week after President Sisi’s ‘successful trip’ to the US in which he met with his biggest fan the new US president, the church bombings occurred. As usual, the Orthodox Church had called on its people in New Jersey and New York to go greet Sisi on the streets with flags as a show of support – which they did.

President Sisi did not make an immediate statement following the Palm Sunday attacks but the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued the absurd statement that ‘this is a failed attempt at striking Egypt.’ In addition, the prime minister announced a three-day mourning period. By evening, the president ordered the military to ‘help police’ secure vital infrastructure in the country. The following day, April 10th, at 1pm, the president appeared on TV and declared a state of emergency [martial law]  for three months, contrary to the constitution which stipulates that such a decision must be made after the approval of parliament. He also announced the formation of a ‘high council for combating terrorism.’ He also admonished the media, and made the absurd comment that “the incident happened.. it’s unbelievable that I keep seeing it played over and over on all TV channels!” Included in the declaration is an article that this high council will take control of ‘renewing the religious discourse’ – a demand that he and others had made several times before.

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fighting terrorism? hardly.

The Egyptian regime has no time to stop terrorists. It is busy arresting and torturing and disappearing people. It is busy pursuing human rights activists and busy with their ‘funding resources’. It is busy building new prisons [almost 20 new prisons have been built since Sisi came to power]. It is busy denying anything bad is happening in Egypt, closing its eyes to young students dying in its prisons. It is busy arresting and illegally keeping in prison an Egyptian American beautiful young woman and her husband who went back to Egypt to help orphaned and street children accusing them of inciting children against the state. Busy killing a foreign student who came to study unions as part of his research. Busy releasing extremists from prisons, many with presidential amnesty. Busy building pointless structures without true investment. Busy taking grants and loans and raising prices of everything for the poor. Busy pursuing parliamentarians who speak up and removing journalists/media personalities who dared criticize it. It is busy selling parts of its land to another state just to get some finances regardless of Egypt’s rich resources. It is busy convincing everyone of the global conspiracy against Egypt and turning everyone against everyone else.

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palm sunday soaked in blood…

I do not believe I have to write yet another post on a Coptic massacre – but it seems this is the case. On April 9th, 2017, as Copts went to their churches in Egypt waving their palm leaves to celebrate Palm Sunday and the beginning of Passion Week, at 9.05 am two bombs went off – one in the St. George Church in Tanta, and the second in the St. Mark Church in Alexandria where the Coptic Pope had just finished prayers and had stepped out for a break. The St. Mark bomb was placed inside the altar where the Pope should have been. The majority of the deacons died in the blast as they sang the liturgy. No one still knows where the Tanta bomb was placed, but there are allegations that it exploded at the entrance of the church by a suicide bomber even though the damage inside the church was massive. The initial count of the total number of deaths was 45 [later increased to 50] and the injured 126, among them 10 in critical condition. 

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قصيدة لهانى رومانى ميخائيل

لا بأس
لا بأس
لا بأس
قد يحتاج الشعب الغافل
ان يشرب من ترياق اليأس

أن يَشتَمّٓ دخان حريق اللحم البشري
ويرى احشاء جسده تحت الدهس
قد توقد آلام السرطان وإن قَتٓل
بعضاً .. شيئاً .. قبساً
من حِس

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