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

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!