Egyptian Chronicles

Friday, July 29, 2016

Regarding the recent "and never ending" sectarian incidents in Upper Egypt

Earlier Thursday, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met with a delegation from the Egyptian Orthodox Church led by the head of Church himself Pope Tawadros II.
The meeting comes  after sectarian tensions and attacks took place in Upper Egypt. Despite Sisi told the church's delegation that all Egyptians were equal in front of the Constitution. He also added that all the recent sectarian attacks and tensions in the past few weeks were "individual acts".
Sisi and the Egyptian Orthodox Church delegation
Sisi and the Egyptian Orthodox Church delegation
"Egyptian Presidency" 
Amazingly the Church's spokesperson claimed that the meeting the Church leaderships with the President did not include any discussion about recent sectarian tensions !!
For the past four weeks, Egypt's south witnessed several sectarian tensions that evolved into deadly attacks in some cases.
 Most of those unfortunate cases were in Minya governorate. Interestingly , the head of Orthodox Church in Minya, Anba Macrious attended the Thursday meeting with the President.
At least three incidents happened in Minya's rural villages.
The last incident in "Tahna El-Gabl" village started as a fight between a group of young Muslim men "the oldest is 24 years old" and Christian children as the kids did not let the young men's car pass through their narrow street while playing !!
The fight ended deadly when the family of those kids came and a Christian man was killed and three other injured.
Many of the cases that end in sectarian fights and clashes start with trivial issues and end deadly because of the slowness of the security and executives authorities and their insistence to restore to the traditional reconciliation sessions between the elderly of both sides supported by the state, Al-Azhar and the church.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Seen in Cairo : The city from above

Location Cairo Tower, Zamalek, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
The city of Cairo
The glorious Cairo 
And here is the beautiful wild and glorious forever despite hardships Cairo during the sunset from its famous Cairo tower.
I went to Cairo tower on Monday with two dear friends afternoon where we saw the amazing sunset of Cairo and its night from above.
Unfortunately, I forgot my camera battery and could not get better shots using my mobile phone.
Source: instagram
Here is a timelapse for October bridge in the sunset.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

And it is time to remember that coup tonight

And I have nothing this year to write about the anniversary of that original military coup that changed not only Egypt forever but the whole Middle East except that photo.

Abdel Hakim Amer , Anwar Sadat and Nasser
Hakim, Nasser and Sadat in early 1960s with big grin
Happy fucking 23 July Dear Egyptians.
It is 2016 and we still do not how to achieve the so-called 23 July goals except one to be precise : Having a strong army as the Egyptian armed forces rank as the 12th worldwide according to Global Fire ranking.

The Egyptian Museum in Cairo : Footwear in ancient Egypt in Video

Location Egyptian Museum of antiquities ,Cairo, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
It has been awhile since I have posted any post or photo or video from my visits to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
Now, I am seizing the opportunity to share a very shaky video footage I filmed at the Egyptian Museum when I went there in December.
When I went there for the first time , I found out that the Museum was holding a special small exhibit about footwear in Ancient Egypt.
The "Stepping through time : Footwear in ancient Egypt" exhibit showed how ancient Egyptians regardless of their social status and ranks had known footwear from sandals and shoes for their daily life as well their afterlife.
Yes, closed leather shoes and they looked amazing.
I know that it is not the best video ever and I apologize for the shaky filming in advance. Hope that enjoy and share that shaky Egyptian Chronicles less than 3-minutes production

It is another opportunity as well to share photos from my Egyptian Museum in Cairo photo collection showing ancient footwear just I have done with King Tutankhamen's extraterrestrial dagger.

Stepping through time
Stepping through time exhibit was held at one of the vast museum's sections 
Inside "Stepping through time : Footwear in ancient Egypt"
Inside the small exhibition held at the ground floor 
You can see how ancient Egyptians used different materials in making sandals and shoes whether fiber or straw or leather of wood.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The danger of being a regular citizen now in Egypt !!

"He was tortured and killed like an Egyptian"  Allegedly those were the words of Paola Regeni, the mother of the mother of the 28-years-old Italian political science researcher tortured and killed in Egypt.
I remember this quote which means a lot to me as Egyptian when I read about two particular incidents.
The first one involving the current coach of Al-Masry SC football team in the Egyptian Premier League Hossam Hassan
The former so-called legendary of the Egyptian National team  , who is known for his bad and violent temper made headlines worldwide after attacking a person what thought to be a regular citizen in a football pitch !!
It started on 8 July after the football match between Al-Masry SC and Ghazal Al-Mahalla where it ended in a draw 2-2. After the game and while it was on air, we found Hossam Hassan running behind some photographer who was holding a camera. After knocking him down to the ground , Hassan punched him and then snatched his camera throwing it away.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Egyptian Media and Turkey's attempted coup "Updated"

Turkish army's failed coup in Turkey
Al-Ahram newspaper's Front page in its second edition for Saturday
"Turkish army ousts Erdogan" 
"The Turkish army ousts  Erdogan" This was State-owned Al-Ahram newspaper's front page's bold red headline in the second edition of Saturday's issue.
"The armed forces controls the country and declares martial laws, Recep Tayib disappeared" Those were the second bold headlines in black.
The first two editions of Egypt's most popular and semi-official newspaper claimed that the coup succeeded despite all news and indications in the media before 11 PM showed that things were not clear and the story was developing and changed per minute. We did not know how big the coup was already.
Updated : It turned out that Al-Ahram newspaper got a history with failed coups, unfortunately.
Here was the issue of Al-Ahram newspaper on 17 August 1972 declaring the Moroccan Republic after General Oufkir's infamous coup which failed actually !!!!!!!!!
Declaring the Republic in Morocco
Declaring the Republic in Morocco !! 
Almost all Egyptian newspapers followed Al-Ahram newspaper's steps on Saturday and published news reports in their Frontpages about how successful the Turkish coup was !!

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