Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Let's bury our head in the sand have a poll that asks its readers who is responsible for the Dahab terrorist attacks. The choices are: al Qaeda, local terror group, retaliation in response to police brutality in Sinai, the Israeli intelligence agency (Mossad) or another reason. 51% think it was the Israelis! It can never be us, it has to be someone else. Without some serious introspection we will never progress. We will stay in a state of denial while slowly sinking. Let's face it Egypt is in a real crisis, economically, socially and politically. We need to ask ourselves tough questions and admit that things as they are are fucked up instead of finger pointing. Its "us" not "them". WAKE UP!!!!

Monday, April 24, 2006

3 bombs in Dahab to celebrate sham el neseem

Sham el neseem is the oldest vacation in Egypt, dating back to the days of the pharaohs. It is perhaps the only non-religious and non-political holiday in the country today. A day that is celebrated by Muslims and Christians alike. On this day the Egyptian people got this gift.

Fucking cowards.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Hail to the King

Ronaldinho el maestro

The "triple barret" section should be renamed to "a77a a77a a77a"

"Us and Them"

Let's face it, the world as it is today is fucked up. East versus West, Arabs versus Jews, Muslims versus Christians and Sunnis versus Shiaas are just a few examples of what I call "us and them" situations. There are many factors that can lead to divisions amongst people but none as powerful and predominant as religion. It is a source of identity and helps define a way of life for the vast majority of people on this doomed planet and unfortunately a cause of great strife. Wouldn't we all be much better off if we abolished them all. The greatest religion of all is life. Life means to think and question not to blindly believe in dogma. Religion shackles our brain and limit our thoughts, for there is always a line which you cannot cross within the boundaries of religion. There should be no lines. The walls should be torn down and human thought must prevail. There should be no identity and religion other than humanity itself. Pink Floyd said it best:

Us and Them
And after all we're only ordinary men
Me, and you
God only knows it's not what we would choose to do

In the meantime let's continue fucking each other for we are not done but only starting.....

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Good article on the shit that happened in Alexandria

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

If you are not enraged yet, you should be.

The investigation into the sinking of the ferry last February blamed the owner and the maritime authorities for the disaster. The only problem is that the cowardly owner fled the country before the report was published! Obvioulsy he was very well connected. Yet another disaster and nobody will be held accountable since human life is worthless in Egypt. This quote sums it all:
“If just one tourist had been on board, I swear they would have left no stone unturned until they found the body,” Mohamad Diab, a farmer from Sohag, said. “When 14 tourists were killed in a bus accident last week, every state apparatus was on red alert. But because we are poor people, the government ignores our distress. It’s not like we are asking the government to treat us like tourists; we just want to be treated like human beings.”

More on this story can be read here.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Our generation's image

I'm trying to imagine what images of Egypt will my generation show our children? My grandparents showed me images of royal Egypt with all its wealth and unfairness to the poor. A decent enough Egypt, flowing with talent be it literature, cinema and music. An Egypt to be proud of even though it was far from perfect. My parents showed me images of a young liberated country full of hope. They also showed me images of that hope crushed after the disaster of 67. What images will we show our children? Will it be an image of sectarian violence and the dominance of fundamentalists in our daily lives? Perhaps the image below is a candidate....

I love this picture. The girl's stare freezes you. If you cannot tell, its a Lehnert and Landrock and you can find it and more of their amazing work in their bookshop in Sherif street in downtown Cairo.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

and this is disgusting

A friend of mine sent me an email with the links below. Someone shot these clips with a mobile phone inside the Imbaba police station in Cairo.

This is bad

A man walks in two churches in Alexandria and stabs several worshippers, eventually killing a 78 year old man. The police was very quick to declare that the man is "deranged" which is the usual case. Let me see, the man was a nutcase, yet managed to plan his attack to coincide with the Good Friday prayers and also plan his route between the 2 churches he attacked. Apparantly he tried to enter a third church but was upheld there. Only a deranged man can plan such an attack! The government always try to do this to easily diffuse the situation. It cannot be a sane person who did that. After all Egypt is a harmonious country where muslims and christians live in peace and love each other. There is no discrimination or harassment.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

"Support our troops" bumper stickers

Ever wondered why these stickers are either on crappy or very expensive cars? The crappy car owners, you know the Geo's and 89 Ford, probably have someone they know in Iraq so the sticker is a sign of support for a loved one. The expensive car owners, you know the Hummers, big ass Lexus SUVs, have the sticker because they are hard code Republican's who support Bush anyways and like the idea of the getting their hands on Iraq's oil. So the sticker is used by the profiteers and the poor souls they profit on.