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Egypt: Bottoms, Narrative Choices, & Frogs

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It seems that there are certain things people need to realize first, in order to sense the necessity of change, and, in some cases, the urgency.

Let’s start with a basic social truth – there is no ‘bottom’.

Your society, community, or state is not some rubber ball bouncing towards the ground that must inevitably, hit a bottom and bounce back up. Things that fall, will – unless something changes – continue to fall. The inability to comprehend this, to sit back and wait, as though ‘now’ things will get better because they can’t get worse, is suicide. There is no bottom. You’ve already seen the shape of things to come, but not their magnitude, and certainly not the qualitative changes in shape that accompany shifts from one order of magnitudes to another. Things can, in fact, get much worse.

Where they get worse is, usually, a choice of narrative.

The regime will warn you of external forces, whereas others are far more concerned with the internal decay within the institutional infrastructure of the entire state and which threatens the state not with attack, but with implosion, and whose presence makes us so vulnerable to external forces in the first place.

The regime narrative is simple; we are united, we are under attack, we kill the enemy, and the frog becomes a prince. This is a reassuring narrative, because ‘security’ does the job and all you have to do is watch them do it on TV, and provide moral support and the illusion of accord. It means you have very little to understand, and very little responsibility for the outcome of events.

The other narrative, is, unfortunately, more troubling; Egypt is divided, it is divided because the law has been hijacked by politics and financial interests, the military cannot be seen (if it ever had been) as an ‘honest broker’ because their man is the president, there are many rival factions, and at least two warring ones, most of these factions cannot remember that the other factions are equally ‘Egyptian’, there are no princes, but many, many frogs, none of which will turn into a frog no matter how much love you give it, incompetence is rampant throughout the government, and whoever’s driving sure as hell isn’t doing a very good job, drastic, effective changes need to happen, and they need to happen across the board, and the top-down dictatorship is not even ‘efficient’ enough to get away with the oppression it needs to practice in order to retain its form, something has to give, things can get worse, things WILL get worse unless more people start actively refusing the state of things; in their minds, in their words, in their actions.

In a large sense; you are what you permit.

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Nov 2014
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التلاعب في الأخبار

النهاردة شفت الخبر ده منشور على فايسبوك -

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طبعاً – العنوان منيل بستين نيلة – والقورة المحطوطة صورة السيسي، مستفزة طبعاً في السياق ده. ولكن الأهم من كل ده انك لو رحت اللينك نفسه – وقررت تقراء الخبر بدل ما تكتفي بالغضب وتعمل “شير” علطول – هتلاقي الصفحة دي…

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وهو خبر بالنسبالي برضة مش كويس أبداً. ولكن الأسئلة تبدأ -

مين بيعمل كده؟ وأيه المصلحة؟ هل الخبر الأول نزل غير كده، من حيث المحتوى والصورة وبعدين تم “تعديله”؟ فياسبوك – من أول مرة بيتعمل شير لحاجة فيها – بتكون اللقطة اللي انت بتشوفها لما تعمل “شير” او “بوست”. هي ممكن تتغير – لكن لو مفيرتهاش قصد (عملتلها “تجديد”) بتفضل بالمحتوى والكلام القديم. هل هو ده الموضوع؟ ولو مش هو ده الموضوع يبقى ايه اللي بيحصل؟ هل حد عمل كده مخصوص؟ ولاي مصلحة؟

حد فاهم؟

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Nov 2014
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Le Morte d’Egypte

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Excuse the title.

I like the Camelot myths. I’ve never read the original Malory though, and wasn’t quite so interested in it when I was a child. The whole knight in shining armor thing never quite caught my fancy.

However, I was lucky enough, years later, to run into The Sword in the Stone, T.H. White’s wonderful take on the Arthurian myths, in the first volume, we see a young Arthur, slowly becoming aware of what Merlin’s oblique lessons were forcing him to understand. It is a key moment, and here it is, brutally shortened, for your benefit. It’s still a bit long for an excerpt, but it’s important, and if you give me your attention for a few minutes, you’ll see why it’s so important that you get a feel for how it unfolds… (more…)

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Forget That It’s Laila…

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Laila Soueif has gone on a total hunger strike.

Forget that it’s Laila.

A mother, whose children are unjustly imprisoned, has gone on a total hunger strike. Never mind how you feel about her son, Alaa. Maybe you like him, maybe you hate him. It doesn’t matter. What matters is only this; do you believe he is guilty? Do you believe that by imprisoning him you have enhanced security and stopped terrorism in Sinai? That you no longer have to worry about getting car-jacked as you drive? (more…)

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هي دي المصر الوحيدة اللي أفعالكم سمحت بيها

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هي دي المصر الوحيدة اللي أفعالكم سمحت بوجودها – حيث يدان الأبرياء لأنهم وقفوا يدافعوا عن حقوقهم او حقوق غيرهم. هي نفس المصر اللي انت فيها بتؤيد ديكتاتور عسكري (وإن كان منتخب ام لا..) وبتصدق مؤيديه الكاذبين اللي على التلفزيون بينما بتتجاهل كل حاجة أبنك و بنتك بيقولوهالك عن الواقع الجاري في الجامعات وفي الشوارع. هي نفس المصر اللي انت فيها بنتعي المجندين الشهداء بينما تسمح للدولة ان تسجن الشباب اللي تظاهروا ضد النظام الإرهابي اللي انت بتدعي انك بتحاربه. هي نفس المصر اللي عندك من ستين سنة، وهي مصر بتغرق من عبء الفساد المبرح اللي انت يا شاركت فيه يا تعاونت معاه. هي مصر مافيهاش عدالة، هي مصر أصبحت فيها عبارة “حقوق الإنسان” نكتة، وأصبح فيها لقب “ناشط حقوقي” شتيمة. هي دي مصر اللي بتحاول منهجياً انها تدمر مستقبل شبابنا وتكسر ارواحهم. هي دي مصر اللي خلت الوطنيين اللي كانوا فاتحين صدرهم للرصاص في ميدان التحرير علشان حلمهم لوطن أفضل بقوا حاسيين باليأس من الكابوس اللي فهموا ان أبوهم وأمهم، وعمهم، وخالتهم بيأيدوه – هي مصر يحاولون الأن الهرب منها. هي مصر مكروهه الأن من أي إنسان حاطط قيمة على الروح البشرية وعلى مبادئ الإنسانية. هي مصر عمرها ما هتستقر لانك لا تحصل على الإستقرار عن طريق الظلم والقمع. هي مصر تجعلها انت أسوء كل مرة بتبرر فيها القمع من أجل الإستقرار، كل مرة بتتسامح مع الطغيان علشان الأمن، وكل مرة بتضحي بضميرك علشان تدعم نظام كسرك وبيحاول يكسر أولادك. انت شريك في هذه الجريمة، اوعى تحاول تقنع نفسك بغير كده. الأربع و عشرون ناشط دول مش لوحدهم، وهم الأن منضمين لألاف المساجين اللي موجودين في زنازين الديكتاتورية العسكرية – ديكتاتورية ضعيفة أمام الإرهاب الحقيقي، ولكن مسلحة للغاية عندما تواجه الطلاب في المدارس والجامعات. انت تسند نظام بيدمر أحسن من في مصر، وانت تفعل ذلك كلما تجاهلت مثل هذه الأحداث، كلما تظاهرت انها مشكلة لا تخصك. في ناس كويسة بيعانوا – ظلم – وكل ده لان عقلك بقى مشلول من الخوف. انت جبان، وأطفالك يدفعون ثمن جبنك.

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This Is The Egypt You Have Allowed To Exist

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This is the only Egypt your actions have allowed, one in which innocents are sentenced for standing up for their own rights or the rights of others. It is the same Egypt in which you support a military dictator (whether elected or not) and believe his lying supporters on TV while you ignore everything your son or your daughter tells you about what’s actually going on at universities and on the street. It is the same Egypt in which you mourn for dead soldiers while you allow the government to arrest and imprison the youth who protested against the terrorist regime you now claim to be at war with. It is the same Egypt that you’ve had for more than 60 years, and it is an Egypt that has been sinking under the weight of the rampant corruption that you have, if not participated in, then catered to. It is an Egypt in which there is no justice, in which the phrase ‘human rights’ has become a joke, in which ‘human rights activist’ has become an insult. It is an Egypt that is systematically trying to destroy the future of our youth, and crush their souls. It is the same Egypt that has made patriots who once stood in Tahrir risking their lives and their freedoms for the dream of a better country now give up in desperation at the choices you have made, and the nightmares that they’ve realized are supported by their mothers and their fathers, and by their uncles and aunts, it is an Egypt that many are now trying to escape. It is an Egypt that is abhorrent to anybody who values human life and humane values. It is an Egypt that will never stabilize because you do not achieve stability by allowing injustice and oppression. It is an Egypt which YOU are making worse every time you justify oppression for the sake of stability, every time you excuse brutality in the name of security, every time you shirk your conscience in order to support a regime that has crushed you and is now trying to crush your children. You are complicit in this crime, don’t you dare think otherwise. Those 24 activists are not alone, they join thousands who languish in the prison cells of this military dictatorship, a dictatorship that is weak when facing actual terrorism, yet armed to the teeth when confronting students at universities. You are propping up a regime that is destroying the very best Egypt has to offer, and you are doing it every single time you ignore this kind of happening, and every single time you pretend it’s not your problem. Good people are suffering, unjustly, and it is because your mind has been paralyzed by fear. You are a coward, and your children are paying the price of your cowardice.

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