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الشمس تشرق من الشرق

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انا فاهم تماماً ان في حاجات مستفزة بتخلينا نتعصب. وفاهم ان رد الفعل الطبيعي لما تشوف حاجة من دول، بالذات لما تكون مش عارف تعمل فيها ايه، هي انك تقول لصاحبك علشان تبدأ الدورة العلاجية السريعة وهي تتكون من رد الفعل الطبيعي لأي كارثة – الإنكار (مش ممكن! فعلاً قالت كده!؟!)، وبعدين الغضب (أحا، إزاي المعفن ده قال كده!) يليها المعاتبة (ماهو علشان المعفنين عاوزين كده، ماهو علشان الثورة لم تنجح) وثم الكئابة (بما ان ده بقى العادي شكلنا كده رايحين فعلاً في ستين داهية) ثم أخيراً – التقبل – (يا عم خلاص، هما عايزينها كده، والناس متقبله كده – خليك في شغلك ومسؤلياتك أحسن)…

الخطوات ده بنحب نعبر بيها مع اصدقائنا – ده شئ مش وحش، وممكن كمان نقول انه بيسرع الحركة بين المراحل – ولكن في الواقع – احنا بنعيد ونزيد في نفس المصايب والموضوع بصراحة بقى ممل – ف…انا شايف اننا ممكن نتغاضى عن الإجرائات دي كلها بالنسبة للحاجات اللي خلاص نقدر نقول عليها مسلمات…

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اماني الخياط – هل فعلاً في اي حد بيتصدم من كلامها؟ اماني تطلعاتها في الحياة بسيطة جداً – وواضح انها متخيلة ان السيسي هتلر وانها هي جوبلز. انا متفهم ان ممكن في يوم من الأيام تكون تفاجئت من كلامها – لانها فعلا – بلاعة من الكراهية والعنصرية والجهل والرخص – انما هل انت فعلاً – لسه بتتخض من كلامها؟ لو لسه بتتخض يبقى العيب فيك. اعتقد ممكن نتجاهل اي حاجة أماني بتقولها. اماني بتقول ان الإغتصاب عادي؟ لا – الإغتصاب مش عادي وانت عارف كده، بالذات لما مرتكب الجريمة يكون هو اللي مفروض يحميك من الجريمة – لكن الشرطة في مصر…كلنا عارفين حالها – واماني، زي ما قلت قبل كده – انشاء الله تتوب وتبقى شرموطة – اكرملها من التعريص اللي هي علطول بتعرصه. (more…)

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Jan 2015
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Egypt Behind the Flag…

The video I’ve embedded here is very short, and very telling.

Please watch it before you read on. It’s very short – barely 35 seconds –

Have you watched it? If not, I’m serious. Hold on. Please do! Just watch the damn thing. It’s only 35 seconds, and those seconds will tell you everything you know about Egypt. Don’t speak Arabic? Don’t worry, I’ll tell you what they’re saying, but watch it anyway, just to see how casually they speak, because that is part of the problem.

Now have you watched it? Okay – good.

The man you hear talking is the Governor of Cairo, and he’s speaking to a crew responsible for cleaning up the High Court environs, supposedly in expectation of the president’s arrival.

What you hear him say is this –

“If you get stuck with anything, just cover it up with a flag.”

And that, is how Egypt is being run…

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Cycles of Terror

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I’ll start off this blog post, quite rudely, by quoting myself. I’ve said before that “If you want to find the truth, assume that everybody is lying, but if you want to solve a problem, assume that everybody is telling the truth.” Today, I find this relevant.

We have what appears to be a recurring pattern. A terrorist attack takes place, whether it’s on the WTC in New York, or (with much lesser casualties) at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris, and the reactions have, by now, become fairly predictable; the world condemns the murder of innocent civilians, the attacks are labelled Islamic Terrorism, the Muslim world at large, for fear of being lumped in with terrorists are quick to condemn the attacks and the attackers in the harshest ways possible, making it clear that no such attacks on innocent lives can be considered Islamic at all, that Islam is a religion of love & peace like Christianity, the Western world gets divided between those who say that there’s a problem, and those who exploit the attacks to ‘prove’ that Islam is a barbarous hateful religion, or that Arabs are inherently a barbaric backward people, or both….after all…how can anybody justify such an unprovoked attack?

The truth is that these attacks have never been unprovoked. (more…)

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Free Speech, Cartoons, and Terrorism…

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Americans, like citizens from other countries that have ‘absolute’ freedom of speech do not quite understand that in France, things aren’t quite the same way.

For example, in France, Roger Garaudy, a historian was sentenced to jail after he wrote a book. He was accused of ‘holocaust denial’ for his book “The Founding Myths of Israeli Politics”. Now I’ve read his book, and I can tell you this, he relied massively on Jewish sources, so much so that it felt to me like he had not so much written the book as ‘edited’ it.

Previous to this book, Garaudy had written a book about Islamic Fundamentalism, and then about Christian Fundamentalism, in both cases, there was no state-sponsored backlash, no legal repercussions. It was when he wrote about Zionism that the hammer came down. Suddenly his ‘freedom of speech’ was seen as ‘holocaust denial’, and he was on trial, and then he was sentenced to jail.

So when Americans, or anybody else who’s used to thinking of ‘free speech’ as absolute consider what happened with Charlie Hebdo, they often don’t see the full picture. (more…)

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Jan 2015
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Was It a Mistake to Protest Against Morsi?

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On the 30th of June, 2013, we took to the streets to protest the rule of Dr. Mohamed Morsi, member of the so-called Muslim Brotherhood, and then president of Egypt. We protested against him, and our reasons were as diverse as we ourselves were; some of us were with the revolution and against the Muslim Brotherhood, some of us were clearly Mubarak loyalists who salivated at the chance to depose the Brotherhood, and some of us had, ostensibly, gone down to protect their Egyptian ‘Identify’ from the Pseudo-Islamist fascism that we had all seen crystalized before our eyes in the mostly Islamist parliament in which we had seen the face of so-called ‘Political Islam’.

Since that day, since Morsi was removed, events have taken on their own momentum; the military exploited our protests just as it had exploited the revolution from the very start. The generals took control just as they had taken it after Mubarak fell, or as some would say, after they exploited our uprising to topple Mubarak because they were against his plans to hand over power to his son Gamal Mubarak. The explanations, naturally, differ. Some say the military didn’t want Gamal in power because he was a civilian and outside of the military establishment, and others say that his close relations with businessmen and his allies in the National Democratic Party had become de-facto business rivals to the military. The theories abound, but the result is one and the same.

With those things in mind, some say we made a terrible mistake when we protested against Morsi.

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هل أخطأنا يوم 30 يونيو؟

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نزلنا يوم 30 ضد الرئيس الأسبق محمد مرسي. نزلنا ضده وضد من يسمون أنفسهم بالإخوان المسلمين. نزلنا وتعددت أسبابنا كما تعددنا نحن. بعضنا مع الثورة وضد الإخوان، بعضنا مع النظام القديم، وضد الإخوان، وبعضنا خوفاً على هويته من الفاشية الدينية التي تبلورت بوضوح فيما رأيناه من البرلمان الذي كان في أغلبيته ينتمي الى أحزاب ما يسمى بالإسلام السياسي.

ومنذ ذلك اليوم، منذ الإطاحة بمحمد مرسي – تطورت الأحداث بشكل مخيف: استغلت القوات المسلحة نزولنا يوم 30 كما استغلت الثورة منذ بدايتها. واستولت على الحكم كما استولت على الحكم بعد أن أطحنا بمبارك – او كما قد يقول البعض – بعد ان استغلت القوات المسلحة ثورتنا للإطاحة بمبارك لأنهم لم يريدون ان تورث السلطة الى جمال مبارك – تختلف التفاسير، لأن البعض يقول انهم لم يريدونه لأنه مدني وخارج المنظومة العسكرية والبعض الأخر يقول لأن معارفه من رجال الأعمال ورجال الحزب الوطني أصبحوا منافس للقوات المسلحة في الاقتصاد. تختلف النظريات والنتيجة واحدة.

فيقول البعض اننا قد ارتكبنا خطأ جسيماً عندما نزلنا ضد محمد مرسي. (more…)

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Egypt: Waiting for Sunset

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How long must we endure?

It is difficult to take events in Egypt seriously right now. It has become normal to see legal and judicial travesties on a daily basis; a news story about two people being arrested for speaking English while on the subway, another story about a man getting arrested, or brought by a mob to a police station, for writing the frequency of satellite channels on a bathroom wall, as though it were some sort of political pornography. We are almost used to the frequent violations of the basic legal rights of anybody suspected of homosexuality or atheism, as though those were crimes when even Egypt’s mockery of a legal system has not yet found the time to officially criminalize them. The courts, initially resorted to by human rights activists, have about as much blood on their hands now as the police force does. The army has become, first covertly, but now quite overtly, an armed political juggernaut. The notion that might is right has become the only law of the land, and people have, by example, learned no lesson but that. There is a corresponding lack of civility, a corresponding drop in the very expectation of legality or of justice. Anybody in Egypt who wants something now has been made to understand that there are only two paths to follow; you must be powerful, or you must be close to power. All independent voices have been silenced in the media, and barely one or two relatively decent voices have survived so far, but only by leveling their criticism at the system at large, and not directing any of their attacks on the head, as though the regime were a headless chicken whose body is mindlessly causing damage before it is finally spent and reduced to stillness. The revolutionaries, if they can be called that, are the only ones that have, as the phrase goes, and as they called for the military to do; gone back to their barracks, while some of their most iconic figures (whether or not they merit that adjective) have been jailed, with their friends and their families left despondent and angry, and, I suspect, inevitably resentful of the masses that called their loved ones heroic and then promptly forgot about them and went back to watching poorly written, poorly acted, and meaningless soap operas. The people have, in turn, lost faith in the revolution, then distanced themselves from it, referred to the faithful as ‘revolutionaries’ as though they were a cast apart, and then blamed them for the apparent failure of the revolution, then hated them for raising their hopes for a better Egypt, and then blamed them again, in fact – even resented them – for the overwhelming futility that they now feel, for daring to fashion wings, for being foolish enough to bind them with wax, and for flying too high. The people of Egypt, so hopeful, so wonderfully optimistic, so heart-achingly kindred in the days when the revolution flourished, have found their hopes crushed, their optimism assailed on all side, their newly found sense of kinship shattered by betrayals and paranoia, and finally, have turned against their heroes; at best, they ignore them, leave them languishing in the jails of the dictatorship, and at worst, they consider them collaborators in a giant conspiracy which one day, they think, had even them fooled. (more…)

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