Overview of the Past Year

General el-Sisi

On the 30th of June 2013, Egypt witnessed one of its most tremendous demonstrations against any ruler or government. General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, one of the 19 Generals of the infamous SCAF, and who has been Commander-in-Chief of the Egyptian Armed Forces during the presidency of the former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi, was moved by the massive protests, and decided to overthrow the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood by force, since they were not willing to cooperate with the demands of the people by any means necessary.

Back then, General el-Sisi declared that the SCAF did not have any intention other than to protect the country borders, and specifically mentioned that the military taking over the power once again wasn’t part of its plan. A statement which many people, including myself, took for granted, and only a few along with the MB started chanting ‘Down Down with the Military Rule’ right away.

Though the Muslim Brotherhood organization is not to be taken carelessly, it’s one of the most organized and widespread organizations in the Mideast, on which most of its official members rely religiously, financially, and without its significant presence on the surface, those members would suffer big time.

So the MB, along with those in favor of a religiously based country, started demonstrating all over Egypt, and finally chose Rabaa Mosque and its surroundings to be their ‘base’, where they started building camps and lecturing their spectators, holding on to a fine line of hope for Morsi’s government to return; i.e. The electoral legitimacy. But the decision was already made, MB leaders were taken into custody one by one, and the MB organization was gone to a point of no return inside Egypt. Its only residual remained around the Rabaa Mosque area for about 40 days, before being eventually evacuated by force.

After the evacuation took place, dozens of corpses were discovered, covered in white sheets around the Rabaa Mosque area. Some of which were burnt to a degree that makes them unidentifiable. Countless rumors were already spreading, some in favor of the MB, others in favor of the officials who ordered the evacuation. To this day, which side exactly was responsible for this genocide, is still unknown to the public.

Nevertheless, the MB was officially pronounced a terrorist organization by the Egyptian officials, something that rendered new internal conflicts between the Egyptians. Families were torn apart from the very inside out following this announcement. One mother reportedly turned her own son in to the police because he was a member of the MB.

The MB supporters, along with ordinary non-politically oriented people who were merely concerned about the return of a military rule in Egypt, started demonstrating and organizing marches. Some demonstrations were naive enough to demand the return of Mohammed Morsi to the presidency. Others were just demonstrating against the premeditated violence committed against civilians, journalists, and anyone daring to oppose the military coup.

Local media went back to its old habits of polishing the officials, specifically General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who was now seen as the savior who managed to free the Egyptians from radical Islam unto salvation. Regardless to el-Sisi’s dark past with Mubarak’s Regime and SCAF, he was suddenly held over shoulders, and was seen as the hero of this epoch.

The reputable Bassem Youssef, who played a huge role in overthrowing the MB, started criticizing these scenes on his satirical TV show Albernameg. He tried hard enough to direct the people to a non-idealizing mentality, one that refuses to create a new dictator, and one that is always anticipating hard work from the current regime towards achieving the goals of the revolution. But after the very first episode following the coup, his contract with the local media channel CBC was ended abruptly, which lead to him moving to a Saudi financed Egyptian channel MBC Masr. When his show continued to air on MBC Masr, he was then heavily criticized by the local media to the extent of being called an infiltrator.

Although el-Sisi was very clear about his and the military’s intention following the coup, that is being only concerned about the crimes committed in the name of religion and far from taking over the rule, he nominated himself for presidency. He, along with the local media, started utilizing the term ‘War on Terror’ in order to gain legitimacy for his actions, that included thousands of unjustified civilian and journalist arrests, not to mention the shooting and killing of protesters that has yet to be stopped.

Almost all youths of the Egyptian nation took the decision to boycott the presidential election, though their reasons slightly differed. Some saw that el-Sisi isn’t qualified to be president due to his lack of experience in the political world. Some simply saw that it wouldn’t be ethical to elect a president whose hands are stained with Egyptian blood. Others, who watched his interviews on local TV, saw how he thinks about serious problems that have been with the Egyptians for decades, such as unemployment, poverty and hunger, with such amateurishness. But most of all, many criticized his lack of concern towards having a presidential program, that he doesn’t seem willing to be obliged to have specific well known goals in his campaign.

Nevertheless, the elections took place but with an extremely low turnout, a turnout that was seen by almost everyone across the country, which made denying it rather difficult, even on the local media. Hence, the supreme electoral committee suddenly announced the second day of elections a national holiday. When that attempt failed to let people contribute, they decided to extend the elections to an extra day, with the local media heavily criticizing those who chose to boycott the elections, and warning them about a 500 Egyptian pounds (70 dollars) fine on everyone boycotting. With all these desperate attempts to let people go and vote, the incidence rate continued to be insignificant.

Surprisingly on the next day, all national news announced the winning of el-Sisi with 23 Million votes, an outcome that is significantly high compared to previous elections outcome that had all political parties contributing.

The Egyptians have been struggling with dictatorship for quite some time now. The transformation from dictatorship to democracy will need massive awareness, cure from denial, and eventually willingness to change. All those aspects are yet to be present among the Egyptians. We have to be aware of the huge degradation that has gotten into us due to the military dictatorship. Unfortunately, we are still divided. Some have already given up on the revolution, fearing to end up as Syria or Libya. Some think we do not deserve democracy, that we are barbaric and will kill each other when given the chance. Some truly believe that nothing other than a military rule can guide us to being a developed nation. Only a few still believe in change, and gladly they’re the youths, without whom nothing will ever continue to succeed.

May God be with us all

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No One Learns For Free

The Egyptians have been passing through countless hardships ever since the army overthrew the MB government. When they did so, I was expecting the conflicts to somehow diminish. I naively thought that overthrowing the MB would prevent an imminent danger of civil war. Instead, when inspecting the events carefully, civil war is the most convenient term that can be used to describe this state we’re living in nowadays.

The division has become extremely severe, from the very inside out. Never before were families torn apart so carelessly. Bloodshed has become the number one priority in solving problems. Hatred and vulgarity is the ongoing theme nowadays, driving us towards more darkness than ever before.

I have no doubt about the MB being guilty of several crimes, already talked about this before. But sadly their crimes are currently being used as an alibi for further bloodshed. In addition, current officials are blatantly repeating the exact same crimes committed before by the MB, each in favor of their own, with no sign of a conscience.

Revolutions are supposed to awaken us from a sleep, and not throw us in a deeper coma. They’re supposed to shed light and not take it away. In our case so far, our road has been full of opportunists, each seeking a bigger piece of the prize. A prize that is covered in blood of martyrs, and sweat and agony of those who are still alive. But non of that is important, as long as you do not care for anyone other than yourself.

The One who united all of us before, three years ago, is capable of doing so once again at the right time. Maybe we need some time to reflect and learn. Maybe we need to be reminded that everything happens for a reason. After all, no one learns a lesson for free.

May Allah be with us all

Down goes the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood

The consequences of arrogance, lies, and deceit in the name of God must be severe. Malignancy of such acts will chase those spreading them, as well as those spectating in silence. It is our duty, as followers of Abrahamic religions, to utilize the lessons learned from the story of Pharaoh and Moses, and never stand in silence in the face of similar nowadays activities.

The Muslim Brotherhood, from their biggest leaders to their smallest, were a perfect example of how religion can be used to manipulate people’s political influences. How, in the name of God, those leaders were exploiting the religious illiteracy of the vast majority of the people, using it to their advantage to achieve absolute power over the country.

Luckily in Egypt, during the past twelve months, significant amount of effort was exerted in various forms to educate the people about how religion can be used in politics, and how that can affect both religion and politics. The extraordinary reputable, Dr. Bassem Youssef, takes credit for introducing this analogy to his vast viewers on his famous tv show Albernameg.

As a result, on the 30th of June of 2013, Egypt was the host of one of the largest gatherings of human beings in a political event in the history of mankind. Millions of protesters marched in streets all over the country demanding the removal of the fascist MB regime; A regime which has succeeded in nothing but uniting all of the people, with their different political orientations, against it.

Back in 2011, when large amounts of people went to the streets demanding the removal of the Mubarak regime, the Supreme Council of Armed Forces forced Mubarak to step down, and eventually after 18 days of struggling, he did so to prevent further bloodshed. Similarly, when SCAF observed the massive amounts of people in the streets this year, they demanded the currently isolated Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi to step down, as the majority of the people no longer demand him nor the MB in power.

Contrary to what Mubarak did, Morsi declined to step down, clinging to his right to continue his presidential term, claiming that he has came to presidency through a democratic election, and that now he has an electoral legitimacy.

Neglecting the massive demonstrations against him, he gave a speech on national tv asking his supporters not to get driven by lies, and to hold on tight to his electoral legitimacy by any means necessary. A speech that has led to a division between the people, with some supporting him gathered at Rabaa mosque, and those opposing him gathered elsewhere.

On the 3rd of July, the SCAF being supported by the majority of the people, took the decision to isolate Mohammed Morsi, throwing him and his MB regime out of power, and announcing a roadmap of administrating the country during a fixed period of time until a newly democratic, candid presidential election takes place.

Since then, Egypt has been facing terrorism in its worst forms. Apparently, the MB decided to do what they do best; They gathered the poor who would do anything for money, as well as the religiously illiterate who could easily be deceived into thinking that what’s happening now is a war on Islam, and declared war against the millions in the streets who demonstrated against Mohammed Morsi. Unfortunately, it wasn’t before dozens being killed and hundreds being injured, that the Egyptian army intervened to stop bloodshed.

Till this moment, there are still MB supporters occupying the area around Rabaa mosque, demanding the return of Morsi to the presidency.

The problem of the MB is that they’re trying to find a secure way out of this dilemma; An alternate way other than being sent for trial in court, which is close to impossible right now. They were hoping to turn Egypt into Syria; Letting the Army fight the people for the sake of the president. Fortunately in our case, the army chose the side of its own people who happen to be their families and loved ones.

On the other side of the planet, president Barack Obama had some sort of demonstration blindness. He’d also neglected the millions in the streets who are demanding Morsi to leave, and emphasized his support for Mohammed Morsi, claiming that Morsi had every right to stay in power, and has threatened to cut the US aid on Egypt, unless Morsi returns as a president.

Apparently, the US policy was settled upon the continuance of terrorist groups ruling the middle east, and now that the great MB is down in Egypt, the carpet was swept off their feet.

May Allah be with us all against any form of terrorism.

Peace

Scratching the Surface

The political situation nowadays in Egypt has reached a pinnacle in the relationship between Islamic parties and every other political party. When the Egyptian people voted for Mohamed Morsi, they were expecting him to isolate himself from the Muslim Brotherhood, such that he could represent all of the Egyptians, rather than being biased towards his political party. That way he would achieve the anticipated political compatibility, and shut the mouths of his opposition or anyone claiming that Islamists are not capable of achieving such duty. And that’s exactly what he promised to fulfill back then while being a presidential candidate. Lots of promises were made during his campaign, upon which 13.2 million citizens gave him their votes in the election.

But what president Morsi has been doing ever since he took over the presidency, is making sure there is an abundance and dominance for the MB or Islamic parties over other political parties. Instead of isolating himself from the MB, he’s allowing them to interfere in all country’s affairs. Most recently the Egyptian constitution was formed under the supervision of a committee consisting of members from Islamic backgrounds. Non Islamic members of the constitutional committee withdrew from the committee over differences between them and the Islamic members. Their withdrawal did not affect the committee’s decision to form a constitution, although it had only Islamic members.

This act triggered resentments among the people, allowing them to question president Morsi’s promises concerning the compatibility of the constitutional committee.

But president Morsi did not pay attention to their resentments, and the constitution was formed, with people from liberal and non Islamic tendencies refusing to acknowledge it as the new Egyptian constitution. That caused a major division among the Egyptian people, creating two major sides, Anti MB and Pro MB.

The unconcern of Morsi towards those refusing the constitution rose the annoyance among them. They protested in Tahrir square for several weeks, demanding a compatible constitutional assembly. But Morsi kept neglecting their demands claiming that those were thugs aiming to hinder the productivity of the country. Eventually there was a clash between them and the security forces that lead to several deaths and serious injuries. Yes, this occurred a few months ago during Morsi’s presidency.

He began speaking from the presidential palace in Ittihadiya surrounded by his supporters, instead of speaking from Tahrir square in front of the thousands gathered there.

Tahrir protesters (Anti MB) decided to move their peaceful strike to Ittihadiya palace, in an attempt to win Morsi’s consideration. That’s when Morsi’s supporters, a group of religiously motivated people (Pro MB), attacked the Anti MB protesters with huge amount of rage, tortured whoever fell in their hands in the name of God. This incident was later called the Ittihadiya incident, which I wrote about here. With no one being questioned or accused of what happened there, a similar incident has just occurred a few days ago, but this time the Pro MB were the ones brutally attacked by the Anti MB, considering it a payback for the Ittihadiya incident.

Unfortunately, Egypt nowadays is on the brink of a civil war. Police forces are still absent from the streets, unless there’s an opposition strike, in that case the forces would gather in front of them seeking their dispersion by any means necessary. Not to mention security forces still to this day aim their guns at the eyes of protesters. Live ammunition, cartridge, tear gas, are all used in dispersing protesters. Robberies, Rapes, Murders, are all part of our daily news feed. When president Morsi is confronted by the media, he keeps talking in denial to the seriousness of the situation, claiming that everything is under control, and that the media is doing a great effort in distorting reality.

Many Egyptians today feel nostalgic for the Mubarak era. Although only a few months have passed since Morsi’s presidency started, but those few months were sufficient for many Egyptians to reconsider Mubarak. Mubarak’s words before stepping aside were: “I want to leave the presidency, but I fear the MB will take over the country.” Back then those words did not ring a bell, and the Egyptians insisted that Mubarak leaves the presidency right away. But today his words make perfect sense. He had control over the country in terms of security, and handling its affairs. No doubt that there was great amount of corruption, but somehow he knew how provide stability.

Another reason for the Egyptians to reconsider Mubarak, is that they were united. There was no major differences between the Egyptians like the ones existing today. Their unity against the Mubarak regime is what caused it to be overthrown quickly. Today this unity is absent, making it very hard to overthrow the MB from power.

A satirical viewpoint at today’s situation; Mubarak is currently in jail accused of killing protesters protesting against him. Morsi currently has his hands stained with blood of protesters that were killed after he took over the presidency, but yet he’s out of jail sitting on Egypt’s throne. This gives us a vivid example of how life can be so cruel sometimes, but always with a lesson learned.

May Allah be with us all

Peace

A Plea of Desperation

Here we are, once again.. Back to square number one. After a long way towards freedom, full of obstacles, we finally learn one thing.. If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got..

Its no longer a choice, we are bound to get our ass kicked. No matter what we do or what we say, some people don’t listen.. Or maybe some people got used to their current lifestyle, and are not willing to pay for a change..

We all live in the same bubble, but not all of us pay the price. Its the weak, unhealthy, poor and anonymous people who get to work their ass off the hook of every system. And its the powerful, healthy, rich and well known people who take credit for it.

If you are one of the latter, you will never show sympathy to anyone from the former. If you are one of the former, you will always show envy towards the latter. Its really a sick world we’re living, and guess who takes the credit then? Atheists!

To have a dream and live for it is good, but you have to have something aside, tolerance. If you are not tolerant towards the daily events of your life, you might just give up your dream right before it happens..

Watch the current events with care. See how the presidential candidates refused to unite with each other, and how that affected the votes. See how each candidate’s supporters fight each other on whose right and whose wrong. Most of all, take a close look at Shafiq’s supporters and how they feel about themselves. Do not underestimate the power of ignorance.

Those who piss us the most, are our greatest teachers. We may start questioning ourselves or even fall in the “Why” misconception. I just hope we get out of where we are soon, a plea of desperation..

May Allah be with us all..

Peace!

A Message to the Islamists

So that’s how it goes around here. The smart thinks he’s the smartest ass around, not knowing that every little detail is clearer than water. We are friends as long as it is safe. But if we ever fall in water, I may have to drown you in order to live. That’s today’s ideology of some people growing their beards, shortening their pants and, unfortunately, carrying a Muslim ID.

I remember the date quite well. On the 19th of November 2011, there were protesters “AKA martyr’s relatives” occupying Tahrir square, chanting against SCAF when the police forces scattered them by force. Back then, those people who grow their beards, shorten their pants and, unfortunately, carry a Muslim ID, claimed that those, who were scattered by the forces, were a bunch of thugs who had the intention to hinder the parliamentary elections. Out of which were 41 killed and thousands seriously injured.

Days went by and those people who grow their beards, shorten their pants and, unfortunately, carry a Muslim ID, won 65% of the parliamentary chairs. Which gave them the power to speak in the name of the Revolution, and guess what? They became best friends with SCAF! So any idiot chanting against SCAF is someone who has really bad intentions.

But Good Lord, nothing ever lasts! It seems like they forgot about their pinky promise and the devil played his role in splitting them apart, pity.

The thing is, no one gets away with it unless you’re an asshole, and you’re not. Every little detail is clear to the third person who is watching, the two sides always see from their point of view.

If we ever have to unite with you again it’ll be for the bigger benefit, Egypt. Otherwise you’ll always stay a douche, who thinks that Allah will forgive him for growing his beard, shortening his pants and, unfortunately, carrying a Muslim ID.

May Allah be with us all..

Peace!

Conversation with a friend

Hello again, this time I wanna post something that has been occupying my mind for a while. I graduated from faculty of Engineering major Electronics and Communication during January 2011. It was a tough job to concentrate on my graduation project while Egypt was passing through a historical moment that was not expected at all. But finally Al7amdulellah I passed with a B+ which was something I could not dream of.

Thinking about my future under the circumstances that Egypt is currently passing by makes me wanna migrate to another country. At the same time looking at some one like Wael Ghonim, the 31 year old former head of marketing at Google middle east and north Africa, who left his position in order to focus on what’s happening in Egypt nowadays, makes me wanna think twice before migrating.

I was discussing this issue with a friend of mine yesterday, whether I should take an opportunity to work outside Egypt or not. Frankly speaking, the salary isn’t the only aspect I’m concerned about. I’m concerned more about the lifestyle, the weather, the working environment and finally the experience. For example, the lifestyle in the Gulf countries is much different from that in Egypt. The weather is much more hot, everything is indoor. Plus that your friends won’t be around if you wanna chill out for a while!

Then my friend illuminated something that wasn’t on my mind at that time. Simply he told me that the lifestyle you’re worrying about, sooner or later will come to an end. Your friends will get married, everyone will focus on his/her life and eventually you’ll be worrying about making enough money to marry instead of chilling out for a while. Simply that’s the circle of life, you never stay a teenager forever or a 20 year old forever, every age has its interests and we are all getting old sooner or later. A dark point of view but still kind of realistic at least.

So I told him: Alright! I’m a person who cannot live outside my country because I love my country! and Egypt is my mother and her Nile is my blood and stuff like that..

His response was unpredictable to me I guess. He told me: Whenever you are outside Egypt, you will have this feeling for sure, its like withdrawal symptoms of a certain drug or something. But whenever you get this feeling, take the first trip back to Egypt! Only then you will realize the dark true reality that Egypt is not as good as it seems to you now! You will see the pollution, the traffic chaos and the continued corruption although the last regime was removed!

Then he told me a story of a friend of his who was doing his masters degree in Finland, and while he was there he was asked to fill out a questionnaire that was necessary to start doing his masters. The questionnaire was psychological questions with choices from Excellent to bad, so he filled them all with fair and good. Only to find out that a woman from the government is visiting him the next day concerned about his psychological state! Knowing that, made me feel like an animal in my country! These people understand and treat you like a human being, while we here argue about whether the human rights representatives are taking external financial aids or not.. Sick, isn’t it?

In conclusion, Egypt is still my mother and her Nile is still my blood. But the fact that Egyptians are treated like animals and proud! is not so pleasing to me.

I hope one day we could understand the true meaning of human beings and respect them the way they should be respected. And I hope we do not need to migrate to be treated as human beings, I wanna be treated like a human being here.

May Allah be with us all

Peace!