Monday, March 27, 2006

Women's section in the stadium!

Ismaili want to allocate a section for women in the stadium for their upcoming game against Zamalek. Think about this for a moment here. It's the 21st century and Egyptians are incapable of the most basic human interaction. Sexes should not be mixed. Women should not be mixed with men. They should be segregated. Disgusting and shameful to say the least.

Arab states donate 6 ferries to Egypt

Is Egypt that poor that we cannot afford $70 million for 6 ferries? Do we have to beg for everything. Assuming that we do, why does the government have to go and ask for ferries? I thought the mantra nowadays was a slimmer government. Maybe the plan is to get the ferries for free and have a "friendly" private company operate it on behalf of the government: "He added that they will be managed by a "specialised company" that will ensure that the ships conform to high safety standards." So looks like Jimmy likes the ferry business now :-)

Friday, March 24, 2006

Cartoon conference

Yet another gathering to condemn the cartoons. I have yet to see a sheikh condemn the violations against their own people. What about the every day abuses that most people in the Arab world face, where they ever condemned? It's much easier and safer to condemn the West. It must be the West and the Zionist, never us. We are perfect.

Cartoons and boycotting.

This lunatic has a banner ad favoring boycotting America. Now let me think for a moment here about this request..... Do I admire the US' foreign policy, NO. Do I want to eat, YES. Hint hint, the US supplies Egypt most of its bread. Should we boycott bread?
Obvioulsy the cartoon saga is one huge fiasco. One has to wonder how some of the most oppressed and backwards people would not hesitate for a second to march and die for these cartoons, yet not move an inch when their own governments fuck them.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

What if I were the president of Egypt?

I ask myself this question every now and then. What if I really became the president and had the chance to turn the country around. What would I do? It's a lot tougher than it might first appear. There are many problems in Egypt that it is just so difficult to know where to start; poverty, education, unemployment, infrastructure and on and on. It's a daunting task really. I therefore decided that I will not tackle any of the problems mentioned above, instead aim for a simpler one and that's not because I want to slack. I'll aim for manners and behavioural change first. It's based on the broken window theory. Prevent the small problems from accumulating and you prevent larger ones from occuring. The only problem is, that the large problems already exist in Egypt so it sounds like the wrong thing to do, but I don't believe so. I want Egyptians to be proud of where they live, where they drive, where they work, study. Basically proud of their country. Ask any Egyptian if he/she is proud of their country and you will get an astounding positive reply, but that is just talk. How can you be proud of your country when the streets are dirty, traffic is a calamity, laws are broken all the time...etc. Pride is a two way street. You take care of what you are proud of. Think about it, what if you start enforcing the law, like pay a hefty fine if you cross a red light. And I mean enforce it, so I do not care who broke it. We are all equal and we all pay. Wouldn't traffic be slightly better in a week? Granted that is not the only problem traffic in Egypt is facing but its a start. You litter, you are fined. You spit on the street, you are fined. Give it a thought and imagine if these things were applied for a month. You'd see a gradual change in the country and maybe just maybe you would be really proud of who you are. Only then can we start tackling the real problems above.

UN of religions

I couldn't find anything to blog about today except for this article. What the world needs now is yet another bloated religious body. 2000 plus years of religion are not enough to convince humanity that it is time to move on. What we need is a "UN of no-religion"! It should preach (pun intended) the common things humans have. Humans are very stereotypical and we all have our "us-and-them" conditioning. Black-white, Muslim-Christian, Left-Right and on an on. Needless to say religion is the largest divider of them all. If only we realize that we have so much in common that our differences portray.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

I'm been trying to think why I decided to blog, other than the fact that every body else does. Aside, from that reason, I'm hoping that this will my a space for me to basically dump my thoughts for anyone to read. As the blog name implies, it is mainly about change. Maybe I am hoping that my blog will play a small role in change for the better. A revolution of thought in the Middle East perhaps. Revoling against the endemic corruption, hypocrisy, religion fantiscism, oppression and on and on. A little bit far fetched I know, but its a start. Remember the cafe is the heart of a revolution!
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