Monday, September 15, 2014

Alaa and the rest of the #Shura detainees are released

Huge development I didnot expect to be honest. A Cairo criminal court has ordered the release of Alaa Abdel Fattah , Wael Metawally and Ahmed Abdel Rahman "Nouby" aka the Shura council clashes detainees on bail. The court also referred the personal videos shown in court by prosecution illegally to prosecutor general to be investigated in order to know who was responsible for this scandal.
Alaa and Wael happy in cage by Sherif Abdel Kaddous
The court's judges also decided to step down for embarrassment. Ok now an explanation for all this.
Alaa and 24 other protesters and activists were sentenced 15 years in jail for breaking the protest law , assaulting police officers and stealing a walki-talkie as well in absentia.
This is the photo of the day indeed.
The happiness of the Abdel Fattah family "Ravy Shaker"
Alaa was sentenced 15 years in jail because of unconstitutional protest law that many demand now either to be amended or to be cancelled.
Mona Seif hugging another girl in court today
"Sherif Abdel Kaddous"
Alaa Abdel Fattah , Ahmed Abdel Rahman and Wael Matewally were arrested outside the court on that day and were sent to prison. The absentia means there would be a retrial and according to the law the defendants can be released in the retrial.

The rest of the defendants in the case
"Sherif Abdel Kaddous"
For months we had this retrial with lots and lots of adjournments.Alaa demanded the judges panel to step down because he didnot trust the judge who was accused of elections fraud during the judicial supervision of elections 2005 if I am not mistaken. Of course you know that Alaa's renowned lawyer Ahmed Seif El-Islam passed away from two weeks ago.
Nouby with the victory sign in the cage
by Mohamed El-Shahed/AFP
The last session of the retrial was full drama starting with the contradicting eye witnesses' testimonies " from police officers" to the video news reports that prove nothing to the fact that the Egyptian prosecution used personal videos taken from Alaa's personal laptop without any right to incriminate the prominent activist. One of those videos was showing Manal Hassan, Alaa's wife dancing in some family event !!!
Showing the personal videos in the court illegally by the prosecution made many people angry.
When security forces stormed Alaa's house last year arresting him and physically assaulting his wife ,the laptops in his house were confiscated without any prosecution's warrant.
It is worth to mention last session Alaa want to address the court but the court refused to listen to his word which was published online. His letter was an emotional eloquent demand to the judge to release him pending the trial and to step demand.
Podcaster Matar El-Ghawai presented it in audio, it was great. Alaa has been on a hunger strike demanding his release for more than 20 days. Nouby has been on hunger strike for 20 days while 'Wael Matewelly has been on hunger strike for about 4 days if I am not mistaken.
Now Alaa , Nouby and Wael will be released today inshallah after paying the LE 15000 bail each. I am so happy for real.

- The trio was released earlier from Tora prison and they went their homes. Needless to say they look fragile and thin. Here is Nouby below among his friends in Abdeen , downtown Cairo. As you can see he lost a lot of weight.
- The hunger strike is still on , yes Mona and Alaa as well other activists announced that they will continue the hunger strike till the release of all detainees imprisoned because of the protest law and the amendment or cancellation of that unconstitutional law. 
- Alaa is back to his family and he is tweeting in solidarity with other political detainees on hunger strike like Ahmed Douma who is extremely sick. Here is the photo of Alaa with his wife Manal by his sister Mona Seif 

-Ahmed Douma and. Mohamed Soltan are extremely sick. Mohamed Soltan was transferred to the ICU but Douma has not been transferred to hospital despite He should.Douma's wife Nourhan Hazy's issued an emotional plea to El-Sisi to release her sick husband. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

#EgyHungerstrike : Dying to live

For weeks now the the hunger strike movement started from few weeks in different Egyptian jails by political detainees accused in cases related to the infamous protest law has gained more supporters.

Today it is being escalated with tens of journalists and activists declaring their partial strike at the journalists syndicate demanding the cancellation of the unconstitutional protest law.

More people from activists , journalists and youth are joining the hunger strike as well pro-Jan26 revolution parties " The Constitution party , Strong Egypt Party, the Popular current , The bread and liberty party, Thr Egyptian social Democratic Party, the popular socialist alliance" and movements like April 6 Youth movement and Revolutionary Socialists.

Despite the hunger strike movement originally started earlier this year by detainees like Abdullah El-Shamy " who is free now" and Mohamed Soltan who became an icon , the hunger strike gained media attention with the announcement of Alaa Abdel Fattah that he would start a hunger strike to object his imprisonment. The movement is now called "جبنا آخرنا" {we had enought} quoting the prominent blogger activist who was sent to jail during the time of Mubarak, SCAF, Morsi and now El-Sisi.

Abdel Fattah was followed by other activists and protesters including his sister Sana'a imprisoned in protest law related cases.

Here are some numbers and names related to the hunger strike :

  • Today September 13 there are 60 detainees in Egyptian prisoners are on full and partial hunger strike.
  • Outside the prisons there are 80 citizens who started full hunger strike.
  • There is hunger strike movement in Tora prison , Al-Qantar prison, Qena general prison , Fayoum prison, Abu Zabaal prison.
  • The most prominent figures in that strike : Mohamed Sultan "226 days- has been transferred to the ICU" , Ibrahim Yamani "154 days" , Alaa Abd Fattah "26 days" , Nouby "18 days" , Sanaa Abdel Fattah "15 days" and Ahmed Douma "15 days".
  • There are detained journalists participating in the hunger strike Ahmed Gamal Ziyad "who works in Yaqeen network" and Mahmoud Abu Zaid "Shawkan, the freelance photographer"

Now we got a movement that can't be ignored. In the end I want to say that those young people who are thrown in jail demanding liberty and democracy are dying so we can live in a better Egypt.

Here is a photo gallery from the event at the journalists' syndicate.



Friday, September 12, 2014

Well They are all canals after all

And I did not write a single post about the so-called New Suez Canal project because I feel I have not fully understood all the project's details technically but I can not keep myself from this.

Egypt's Post authority issued a special stamp commemorating the new canal.The stamp is sold for two pounds.

Amazingly the new canal got the same design of Panama Canal !!!!! The photo of Panama Canal being used to celebrate the new canal.

Ferdinand de Lesseps could not be much happier to see his plans like that !!!

By this is not a new Suez Canal , it is only a new branch to the original canal and it is not the first one of its kind there so I do not understand this craze in the media that reminds me with the Toshka project.

Or to be honest somehow I understand , El-Sisi is simply searching for a Mega-project to associate his name with. The problem is that before spending billions on mega-projects , he should spend millions on upgrading and re-building our basic infrastructure. In fact mega-projects need a strong infrastructure. Historically the modern infrastructure of Egypt whether Electricty to telegrams to railways were all associated with old Suez Canal.

Another point the New Suez Canal bonds issued by the government , I am not amazed about the billions Egyptians are keeping for rainy days as much as I am amazed that nobody in the government cares that the internal debt is increasing madly with those bonds.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

1600 square kilometres in Sinai

And Egypt has officially denied the rumors spread in Israeli and Palestinian media that El-Sisi proposed a plan to Mahmoud Abbas aka Abu Mazen, the head of the Palestinian authority by which Egypt gives up 1600 square kilometres from Sinai to Palestinians especially the Palestinian refugees. The Palestinian authority also denied these rumors officially.

Now interestingly the source of that rumor was The Israeli army radio according to Jerusalem post  about the so-called El-Sisi's proposal and quoted Israeli officials who praised it as it were real.
I do not think that the Israeli officials are fool enough to believe that El-Sisi is going to propose Sinai or any part of it to the Palestinians and so I am amazed at how the Israeli media is covering the matter as if El-Sisi actually proposed it.

Of course the Egyptian state has not got the best record when it comes to honesty but there are red lines any Egyptian president knows not to cross. El-Sisi is not a fool to propose such a proposal except if he wants a revolution or coup.

The Israeli tweeps are actually attacking Egyptians on twitter just for saying that Egypt officially denied this.

Amazingly since the time of Mubarak we had this rumor with the same 1600 square kilometer. Here is a scan from Nationalist Weekly "Al Osboa" of Mostafa Bakry that goes back to year 2005 about that awful scenario Israel was trying to push and force allegedly on Egypt : To give 1600 square kilometres from Sinai to the Palestinians to solve the problem of Palestinians especially the refugees once and for all.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Arab regimes fight #IS or So They say

The Arab ministers of foreign affairs held an emergency meeting today in Cairo where they declared that they would fight ISISI/ISL/IS with all possible ways joining officially that international coalition forming to fight the pseudo caliphate in Levant.

It is a good decision but one must ask : How will these countries fight IS when their regimes , their dictatorship corrupted regimes helped in founding such organization and feed it with angry fighters ??

How will these countries fight IS and its thought ? I am not speaking about the military police solution that has never put an end in our time to radical terrorist groups and the examples are many worldwide starting with Nazis , Taliban and Al-Qaeda. I am speaking about the social remedies.

Are we going to fool ourselves that IS' radicalism is another product of the Wahabi thought originated in Saudi Arabia and spread throught the Gulf money and media ? Are we going to fool ourselves and neglect the fact that our sheikhs and our political regime reject to modernize the religious discourse as well political discourse for fear they would lose power over the masses ?? Are we going to fool ourselves on how the Shiites are attacks in the mainstream media as agents of Iran and how for decades the Kurds are considered evil Israeli supporters who want to divide Iraq ? Do I need to speak about women's rights in the Arab world ? Do I need to speak about the human rights records of the Arab countries when it comes to freedoms ?

Friday, September 5, 2014

Watch this : #ISIS is our daughter

I want to write about ISIS or ISIL or IS or whatever you like to call it but unfortunately I do not have the time now. Thankfully Saudi tweep Abdel Rahman Shehri made an interesting video discussing nearly the same ideas I wanted to discuss about the world's last nightmare.The video is called ISIS is our daughter and please watch it till the end.

By the way all respect to British Muslims who attacked IS for real and without fear.