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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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Oct 2014
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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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Oct 2014
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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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Stop Calling Egypt’s Opposition “Islamists”!

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Why do manyof us still refer to the political opposition and protesters in Egypt as “Islamist”? We use the word regularly, and initially, it made some sort of sense. The military regime, under the pretense of alliance with the National Salvation Front (remember THAT…?) portrayed itself as being Civilian and Secular friendly, and understandably, after a year of religious fascism, people were relieved, as were many Copts.

However, time has shown otherwise; the regime has shown absolutely no tolerance for any secularism or diversity in any way shape or form. Sisi’s regime arrests atheists, and in fact, his police force forms special squads to ‘hunt down’ atheists online, homosexuals are under constant threat and if you happen to be a homosexual human rights advocate, for instance, you are easy prey to a brutal regime, since they need not bother with the whole ‘human right’s issue, and can simply arrest you for ‘being gay’ and nobody will ask about you, because hey, you’re gay… (more…)

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A Bomber Called Mariam

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They are taken with the woman in her pilot costume, they see her wearing her helmet, in their heads, they consider her as part of an ‘oppressed’ group, which is to say, Arab women, and they imagine her, flying in the air, as good a pilot as Maverick in Top Gun, and they imagine her dropping bombs on an aggressive crowd of (in their imaginations) undoubtedly bearded men.

There’s nothing progressive about bombs. (more…)

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Starving for Justice

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When we speak of the imprisoned protesters in Egypt, many of whom are now, and have been, on a hunger strike, many of us think of the physical pain itself; how hungry you get in the first few days, what you feel as your body starts adapting to the lack of food, and if it’s a complete hunger strike, the body’s slow trip towards finality.

The physical pain is indeed, horrific, and, depending on how you strike, can be fatal, but, believe it or not – it is not the main issue – the human body, in the final analysis, adapts, and the end of this particular ‘adaptation’ is often death.

The real issue here is the mental, intellectual, and spiritual anguish one must feel in order to resort to turning his own body into a megaphone by which he or she hopes to reach society… (more…)

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