On the rooftops of Cairo

Oh, the messed up and sad stories you will find!

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  1. John Cunningham
    December 10, 2007 at 3:47 pm

    During our Depression of the 30s we had 25% unemployment. Sounds like Egypt is in a depression. Perhaps the President should do is something like what Roosevelt did to get people back to work. Desalinization plants getting water from the sea and buildings canals up and down Egypt to irrigate the desert and turn it green and it could become the horn of plenty providing all kinds of agricultural products to the world. The government has to invest in it’s population. Those opposed to a government that would invest in its people should be arrested and be put in orange jump suits and pink sneakers. I wonder who those would be? Something in the country is keeping the people down.

  2. John Cunningham
    December 10, 2007 at 4:29 pm

    Oh, and one more thing. The Egyptian veteran. It sounds as though he’s having a problem with post traumatic stress disorder. One-third of a traumatized population has a severe reaction to the trauma. PTSD is treatable. There’s no excuse for the Egyptian government to not have more concern for them.

  3. EgyPeter
    December 10, 2007 at 4:56 pm

    Boy, what an uplifting story about life in Egypt. Rooftop living at under 2 US dollars a day.

    (sarcasm off)

    And things are getting worse. I’m no genius, but how about this? Limit babies to 3 and girls can’t get married until…how about 16? Or 18? China’s policies would seem to make sense here, no? Cairo’s population is ridiculous.

  4. Xylo
    December 10, 2007 at 5:12 pm


    The number of children immediately struck me as part of the problem as well. Plus girls getting married too young without any opportunity to learn a good skill.

    There’s a lot of evidence indicating that the higher a woman’s education, the less children she is likely to have. This is where the government should focus.

  5. JAS
    December 10, 2007 at 7:41 pm

    Married at age 12, half a dozen or more children? Typical of 3rd world standards, and yet it continues. Poverty deepens; the power of the individual becomes shallower day by day.

    Literacy, education, and invention built Western democracies. Reform improved the lives of those citizens in many ways; CHANGE is the keyword and that continues as the hallmark of Western cultures.

    Tradition does not discover that which invention has improved. Neither does the bigot’s superficial examination (focusing on pop-culture and the like) of those changes in the West inform one of the core values that have led hundreds of millions to coexist peacefully. Until or unless the populations of many Middle Eastern nations set defeatist traditions and claims aside they will remain as powerless as street beggars—not because the West has made it so, but instead due their failures to embrace change.

  6. anonymous
    December 11, 2007 at 2:17 am

    U r all a bunch of idealists. Let’s face it. Current Prez and company are happy living their golden lifestyles in Sharm el Sheikh and fancy shmancy areas fo Cairo and could give a shit about people like this. They are so far removed from this, as are most wealthy Egyptians.

    Which makes me wonder if Sandmonkey has ever been on a real Cairo rooftop or if he just reads about it online like the rest of us. Hmmmm…let me know when u actually live a day in the life of a poor Egyptian..and if you really want 2 take the plunge…Go to the Nile Delta…where the fellaheen are…now that is exquisite. Poverty at it’s finest indeed. Damanhour, Kafr El Sheikh, Rasheed…the list goes on.

    It’s why the MB has such a stronghold in that area…poverty, dirt and depression taken to the power infinite…Long Live the President!

  7. JAS
    December 11, 2007 at 7:35 am


    Medieval ideals were taught. Screwed is what they got.


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