Sunday, 1 May 2016

Friday – April 29 – Egypt's protest - Eye witness testimonial.

Few days ago, in April 25, Sinai liberation day many anti coup and anti government decided to protest in Egypt’s squares and streets after Egypt’s government decided to handle the Islands of Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia, which many considered a possible spark for a second Egyptian revolution. For more info about what happen in this day read the following post:

I went out in April 25th and all hope that what happen in 2011 might happen again but in a better way. In 2011 the protest started in Jan 25 and being dismissed by using extreme force, but few days after in Fridays 28 was the big day when the protesters took over Tahrir square and many squares in Egypt till Mubarak step down in Feb 11.

Myself I prepared myself in a different way this time.
1-       I left my smart phone behind, so police does not know my bias if they checked my phone as they do now when they force people to show their social media and mail accounts.
2-      I left the Camera behind and used and old phone with a basic camera.
3-      Not carrying anything might make police suspicions in me.
4-      Planned not to go to downtown Cairo as I used to do, since police and army forces are camping already in the main squares waiting for protesters to show to arrest them and closing roads and subway stations to make it difficult for protesters to make it to any square. 

It was difficult to get info online about gathering locations, since the government did their best in the last few years to develop a security system can infiltrate not only to private social media groups and pages but also sensor phone communications and send troops there to occupy any place where a possible gathering might happen.
I went to areas in Giza and Cairo using the subway system where normally small group will gather in a day like that and hoped I will find others, but unfortunately find nothing except police everywhere and others like me looking arounds and hope like I hope.

I went back home this day, disappointed but with intentions to analyze what happen in this day, and here’s the result.

Reasons prevented from a protest happen in Friday – April 29
1-       The police developed a good skills of monitoring social media and phone communications.
2-      Media control, to band any news to cover any protests.
3-      Big number of police and army troops occupying the possible protest locations.
4-      In April 25th, the police arrested a hundreds, among them the leaders who call for protest.
5-       Tens of thousands of other activists arrested since the military coup happen in 2013 and still in jail tell now.

How we can overcome these challenges in the future
1-       Creating a new tool to help anti-government activist to communicate without being censored by the government.
2-      Calling for a fake protests using a fake social media accounts to confuse and exhaust the police forces.
3-      Speaking with close friends, family members and my guest about the consequences of Egypt’s to be run with this regime.
4-      Spreading the news about the government setbacks to create a public awareness against the government especially in the matter of freedom of speech.
5-       Get ready and wait for another spark.

In the near future, I will more tools to secure my accounts, data and clouds, since I’m not quite sure I can still be lucky especially if my words spread more. 

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

What happen in April 25 – 2016 in Egypt – Eye Witness?

The Reasons: Corrupted president and government came to power with a military coup, not legitimate, has no tolerance for a freedom of speech and caused for more than 40000 Egyptians to disappear in the last 2 years with thousands of peaceful protectors killed and no body found guilty.
The Spark: handling 2 Egyptian Islands in the Red Sea (selling) to Saudi Arabia as a price to fix a collapsed economy. Read my previous post for more info.

Cairo Streets - Downtown.
Huge number of police, almost half of them dressed regular cloths. Streets leading to the famous squares including Tahrir Square being blocked by police including the sub way station to stop protectors from reaching down town.
Exceptions being made for supporters of Sesi regime, to gather in some squares under the protection of the police. Humble numbers, very humble people, paid or influenced to support the regime and Sesi  (their photos attached).  I felt sorry for them, the corrupted regime stole their wealth, brain washed them, taught them nothing except ignorance, killed their dreams, sold their land and now paying them to sell their soul and body as a prostitute doing to make living.
News about a protectors in the same corner in Talat Harb St when I joined the protests for the protest for the 1st time in Jan 26 – 2011. Smell of tear gas irritates my eyes when I walk close to this point. The interesting thing is I felt so happy the more I smiled the tear gas, since this reminds me with the good old days when we stood against Mubarak and his regime. Seems to be I get addicted to the smell J
Get disappointed when I made it to the spot, police everywhere, seems to me I was late. The big surprise was, the protesters against the corrupted regime has been replaced by supporter for Sesi.
Spend about 5 hours in the streets and decided to go back home since the only gathering (few) are for those who support Sesi  as if they are happy for him selling the Islands.
Following the news when I made it back home, there’s many protest against the government happen but not in downtown, in many other squares in Cairo, and other Egyptian cites.
Next time, I should be more smart and not to go to the places where police except protesters.

Planning to join the protest this Friday. I know its danger, but I can’t tolerate growing up in my country and only complaining about how bad the government is, without being positive and protest to change the situation and help Egypt’s get to positions it deserves.
My main influence, a  the word of my great teacher and philosopher. Those who struggle to improve their and the other people life and stand in support of the freedom of speech, should have no worries if they died in the process, because they will enjoy peace in the heaven.

Don’t worry, I always do my best to protect myself and stay alive, but this should not stop me from doing the right thing. If I sold my dream for safety and security, nothing will get better in this world.

More photos in the following link:

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Brussle and other similar attacks from a Muslim protective lives in the Middle East. Reasons and solutions.

Brussle attack is against humanity not against western civilization and not justified in Islam.

1-      Dictatorships in Arab/Muslims regimes, tailoring religious teaching and curriculums in schools, mosques and media to serve only their interests, shifting the Muslims attentions away from many of the great qualities in Islam especially those which encourages freedom of speech and democracy, by doing that they created a huge gab in religious  teaching to be filled by extremer’s.
2-      Double standards and neglect  in dealing with Middle Eastern serious political problems by the international community,  the most important among these problems is Palestinian Israeli problem, including building illegal settlements, walls, sieges, attaching civilians, destroying Palestinians infrastructures, confiscating territories, and تصعيب  entering Jerusalem for Muslims.
3-      Terrible economic situation. The Arab/Islamic territories divided between extremely rich countries based on Oil wealth and countries with high level of poverty.
4-      Education. The Arab/Muslim countries contribution to the world knowledge now is almost nothing which reflects the terrible education system, based on memorizations not questioning and researching, and that creates sets of minds can be easily convinced with wrong ideas.
5-      Media in the Muslims/Arab territories, made by government or established by foundations loyal to the government aimed to distract the people attentions from the main problems and get them busy with minor issues. 
6-      Religious intolerance in some of the western countries against Muslims, which creates hate and anger within the Muslims communities living in western societies which encourages radicalizations.
7-      Western allies interfering in Middle East policies with wrong intentions  to create instability serving their political, economic and religious  interests using terms such as war on terror and promoting for democracy, instead they created conflicts, instability and wars considers a perfect media for radical ideas to grow and radical militant to train.
8-      The downfall of the Arab Spring, especially in Egypt, led to army generals came back into power with zero tolerance for democracy and freedom of speech and unfortunately that happen with the support of Oil regimes in the middle east which not surprising me, but what surprised me most, is the support giving by western countries famous for their democratic values and had no problems to support a bloody military coup in Egypt politically and financially, as long as this new regime will serve their interests in the Middle East. For more info about this topic, read my previous blog titiled
USA Parliament debating whether to change or keep their democratic values !!!! Based on Egypt's crises.

9-      The instability in Iraq, the civil war in Syria which creates a terrorists controlled by radicals.
10-   Arms dealers. Hardly any weapons are manufactured in the middle east and it seems that its not a difficult for dictatorships and radicals in the middle east to get what they want, easy and on a good price to use it for fighting each other’s.

1-      International community and united nation free of bias.
2-      The industrial western countries, back off supporting dictatorships in the middle east such as Saudi Arabia and the military coup in Egypt, and gradually these regimes will be replaced by others who can promote for democracy.
3-      Enforcing Israel to respect and apply all the UN rules and decisions regarding the Palestinians Israelis territories.
4-      Encouraging an introducing a true Muslims scholars who can introduce the true Islamic believe which promote for peace, freedom of speech, democracy, equality, coexistence , and bridging the gaps between people of different backgrounds. Other words, use a peaceful ideas to fight against an evil ones, guns never put an end for ideas.
5-      Naming terrorists with their names and not using the word Islam as a religion promoting for violence and intolerance, which makes people who knows about Islam only from these terrorists attacks bios against Muslims in general even if they are their own nabers and creates a needs for supporting wrong political decisions or choosing bios leader creates more problems rather than working on solving it.

Highly appreciate your constructive comments and discussions 

Tiran and Sanafir Islands dispute

Dear Saudi friend.  
I hope all Arab get united as they used to be and not fight on the ownership of 2 Islands. In this case we have no reason to fight for, because at the end it’s all our lands.
Let me 1st explains why I think this way. History proofs, Arab – Middle East countries were strong and significant only when they were united. Then our lands has been divided into territories by foreign power, with perfect straight lines does not make any sense. These perfect straight lines separated between people of the same trips and even the same families, such as Nubians in Egypt and Sudan, Bedouin families in Egypt’s western Desert and Libya, families in Sinai and Palatines.
Following that we had dictators ruling our countries. Their main focus is to keep their positions, have more power and more rich. They stole people freedom of speech and declared the countries resources as their inheritance to keep among their families and tribes and give their people the left over and make sure nobody will speak against that. They corrupted educations, because its easier for them to control an ignorant mind does not know how to dream. They corrupted media to spread their false ideas. They corrupted politics to stay in power. The worst is, they corrupted religion, so it can serve their greed for power and money.
 What matter me, is not the islands but the relationship between each other.

Now, let me explains why there’s a great anger in Egypt because of the Islands situation:
-          HISTORY. From a historical point of view most of the educated Egyptians believe in the Egyptians historical rights in the Islands. download the PDF withdetails historical info 

-          Egyptian solders fought many battles to defend these islands. In 1965 against the British, French and Israeli invasions. In 1967 and in 1973 to liberate Sinai and these Islands. The strong argument rose by most of the Egyptians, what was the rule of the Saudi government, army and solders to keep their land if they believed in it’s a Saudi land, why they did not stand to defend and liberate them. A friend of mine yesterday told me, if the Saudi government can bring back my father and uncle back to life who sacrificed their life to defend and liberate these Islands from Israel, the Saudi can take it back.

-          The Saudi King Salman, mentioned in an interview with New York time, the Island were given, as gratitude from the Egyptian president for Saudi economical ids. By the way, till Oil found in Saudi, Saudis expected aids from Egypt, which is not a bad thing since we have to stand to support each other, otherwise, Egypt should ask for their historical rites in Saudi Lands for supporting the Saudis people for centuries.  Read the article in the following link:

-          The decisions of handling the Islands over to Saudi was given by the Egyptian president alone, he did not even consult with the people assembly, when his decision caused a strong argument, he said will discuss it in the people assembly, shortly after that, the Saudi government promised the people assembly with gifts for each member of the parliament, ministers and press, these gifts including money (bribes). Download the PDF with the documents scans proofing that here. 

-          Myself as a travel operator and own a travel company in Egypt, we used to promote and operate tours from Sharm to Tiran and Sanafir Islands for decades.

Handling these Islands creates more problem and widening the gap between Saudis and Egyptian, in a time we need to stay together to fight serious challenges in the Middle East. I’m sorry to say that, I don’t trust in the Middle East leaders that they have the right intentions or the talents to realize what we are facing and how we can come together, otherwise they will not make such mistake in this crucial time.

Highly appreciate and welcome constructive comments.

Monday, 2 June 2014

Comparison between 2012 and 2014 presidential election in Egypt

CBS news report about Egypt presidential elections

25 million Egyptians participated out of 53 million Egyptians who had the right to voting (about 47%)
6 million participated (about 11.3%)
In 2012 I used to stand in a queue for more than 100 meters and wait for about 4 hours to get to my turn to vote, but in 2014 there’s hardly anybody going.
A huge percentage of the voters were young people
Hardly any young people
Most of Egypt’s youth now get their feeds from the internet and social media, unlike the old generation who still depend on magazines and TV channels which are very much controlled by the government and which persuade people to believe the government conspiracy theory against the elected president.
Public media and most of the private media gave great support to the military candidate.
Public and private media gave great support for the military candidate. All media public and private gave tremendous support to Sisi as the military candidate and the leader of the military coup, since any unbiased, neutral media have been shut off by the military shortly after the coup.
Not much encouragements for people to participate.
Media and government made a tremendous effort to get people out to vote, including extending the duration of voting by adding an extra day, giving a day off work, arranging for  free transportation and threatening any Egyptian who boycotted the election with a  fine of EGP 500 pound.
Big crowds of people celebrated Mursi as the new president.
Much smaller crowds celebrated Sisi as the new president.
Most of the media gave accurate statistics about the elections.
Most of the media and all the public media gave false statistics about the elections.  Public media went so far as to announce that the number of Egyptians that participated in the elections was 24 million, instead of 6 million.
Public media went so far when they announced that the number of Egyptians participated in the elections were 24 million, instead of 6 millions
10 candidates competed in the elections
Only 2 candidates competed in the elections
In 2014, most of Egypt’s independent politicians, announced that they are not going to participate since, there’s no guarantee that elections process would be fare without sheeting and influences.

Myself:  I choose to boycott the elections for the following reasons:
*  Participating in the elections means that I acknowledge the military coup and should accept its result.
*  I don’t trust the government, judges and army in running the elections.
* There were tremendous media influences in the favor of Sisi to get people to vote for him, which not fair.

Conclusion: This election gave me more hope for Egypt’s future, since it proved that mainstream Egyptians are not satisfied with what happened in Egypt since the military coup, and definitely youth and those who have a positive vision for Egypt’s future as a free democratic country will manage to stand again against the REGIME.
My concern: Is the next move towards freedom and democracy might experience violence from the protestors’ side. That is because there is lots of anger against the police and army from some of the protestors, due to the number of protestors being killed, arrested or tortured by the military coup.

Monday, 17 March 2014

Comparison between January 25 and June 30 protest in Egypt

In the following points I summarize the differences between
Jan 25th - 2011: Egypt’s protest against the Mubarak.
Jun 30th - 2013: Egypt’s protest against the Mursi.

               Jan 25 - 2011
Jun 30 - 2013
Against a president who was in power for 30 years, and who was planning for his son to succeed him.

Against a president who was in power for 1 year, and had no plans for any successors. 

President family
The president’s family and sons have control of chunks of Egypt's economy and of the eyes and ears of everybody in Egypt for more than 10 years. There were no attempts from the government to stop this, as a matter of fact they were helping the president in this regard. 

The president’s son qualified for a regular job at Cairo airport, which was considered not fair by the oppositional media, and ended with having a working opportunity as a foreign laborer in an Arab country. 

The media was censored and even the privately owned media had a red line that couldn't be crossed when it came to the president. 

The media enjoyed great freedom, which they used mainly against the president and the government, reaching an extreme point of cursing and calling the president with bad names publically. 

Election and Referendum
Elections and constitutional referendum was faked under supervision by the police, and always result with a percentage of 99% (more or less) in favor of the regime, and with minor participation by the voters.  

New measures to guarantee fair elections and referendum control by Judges. As a result, a great number of people participated and the result was that around 65% agreed to the new constitution. 

President expiration
President can rule for life time. 

President can rule for 2 terms (8 years) maximum.

Foreign affairs
In international affairs, focused mainly to satisfy the western powers, ignored the problems of Palestine and turned his back on Africa. This caused increased hatred against Egypt in Africa and Sudan, which effected and will effect Egypt's interests in Africa (mainly Sudan and Ethiopia) where the Nile waters come from, and which is a good market for the Egyptians products. 

Opened channels of communications with many countries of different backgrounds, so Egypt will not depend only on western power as their Middle East guardians. Started a project to link Egypt and Sudan with a paved road, to make it much easier for Egyptians to communicate with African countries and benefit trade. (Sadly, the project has been frozen after the military coup).

Had a corrupted government for decades. 

Was trying to put an end to the corruption. 

Christians had no right to build or even renovate any church unless they received permission from the government, which normally did not happen. On the other hand no permission was needed to build a mosque. 

New regulations control the building of mosques and churches with equal rights, giving much more freedom for Christians and equality with Muslims in regards of building and maintaining churches. 

Protesting against the regime
When I decided to protest against Mubarak’s 30 year regime in Jan 2011, I knew that there was a possibility of dying for protesting, or of being taken to jail for the rest of my life and possibly being tortured to death; therefore, I wrote my Will and went out to the streets facing police, tear gas, bullets, machine guns, thugs, secret police encouraging violence, and on top of that facing an ugly public and private pro-establishment media that call me liar, spy, secret agent, thug and much more. I stayed in the street and in the square for 18 days facing all that. 

Those who went out to protest on June 30, 2013 had no fear and had great support by the same media and never experienced any of the danger I experienced for 18 days, even though they stayed for less than 3 days, which was enough to give a reason and excuse for the army to act and take over an elected regime. 

Brought an elected democratic president and government with a strong religious background and a constitution, written by elected members and agreed to by a public referendum which had high participation.
Brought a military coup and military general not elected, and he appointed a president, government and committee to write a constitution, which was agreed to in a public referendum with minimum public participation in the referendum.

Now enjoy this short American cartoon movie about Egypt's political situation.