This is not fair. It's freezing here yet there is snow. Where is the freaking snow?
I suggest that we egyptians plan a trip to Lebanon or Jordan, because if we are gonna freeze our butts off, we might as well have some snow to play in!
This is not fair. It's freezing here yet there is snow. Where is the freaking snow?
I suggest that we egyptians plan a trip to Lebanon or Jordan, because if we are gonna freeze our butts off, we might as well have some snow to play in!
This was sent to me by the person who took it, in the Faculty of Pharmacy in Alexandria. The sender asked me that question:
Question : if this is the attitude of workers who work inside
a university with literally thouthands of students passing every hour ,
what happens in real-life streets?
Hey man, cleanliness is next to godliness!
Things are not going well for the egyptians living there.
Hammad and many other residents of Egyptian towns along the Gaza border
are increasingly disgruntled, not only with the Gazans and their Hamas rulers but with their own government. They are warning that chaos is brewing and demanding the crisis be resolved quickly.
On the Egyptian side of Rafah, a town that the border had divided,
many gas stations have run out of fuel and grocery stores are short on
Hammad, 26, said he restocked his store twice this week but ran out of items to sell Tuesday.
"They are buying everything," he said of the Palestinians. "God
forbid, they will also buy the air and we will not be able to breathe."
Gazans spent hundreds of millions of dollars over the past week,
cleaning out the stores in Egyptian Rafah and the nearby town of El-Arish.
They scooped up just about anything they could get their hands on —
diesel fuel, cement, cigarettes, washing powder, electrical appliances,
car batteries, medicines and even exotic birds for pets.
The Egyptians were eager at first to make a buck from the Palestinians but now they want the crisis wrapped up.
Some Egyptians complained the Palestinians drove prices up sharply
and bought their goods, at times turning around and reselling them down
the street at much higher prices.
Others even claimed they had been robbed.
Standing in the middle of a Rafah street in mud-covered sandals,
wood collector Khamis Abou-Fares complained to anyone who would listen.
"After blinking for a second, I could no longer see my pile of
wood," he said. The Palestinians "destroyed our town and now they are
stealing from us. Is this the way to return a favor?"
Nooreldin el-Goneus, 25, said some Palestinians offered to buy the
sheep he was selling to get cash for his upcoming wedding. But he
declined because their offer wasn't good enough. Half an hour later,
his flock was gone from outside his home and he says his brother saw
some Palestinians load his sheep onto their truck.
"We took you (Palestinians) in and gave you everything we had, and now you are slapping us with those thefts," he lamented.
I will start a campaign to send humanitarian relief to our Sinai brothers under siege between Hamas and the Egyptian government. Support the Brave Sinai people in their hour of need against the palestinian occupation.
They would never want to get into Egypt, they said. They would never give up staying in their land, they said. Every single last one of them would go back, they said. Right..
Eissa Sweillem entered Egypt
through the breached Gaza border — but not just to shop at stores. The
27-year-old unemployed Gaza man hopes to buy a fake Egyptian
identification card so he can get through security checkpoints and
across the desert to Cairo.
Egyptian officials say they have worked hard to keep Palestinians
bottled up near the border since hundreds of thousands poured across
after last week's breach. They are continuously stopped at checkpoints,
and most make it no farther than the first two towns: the divided city
of Rafah immediately at the border and El-Arish, about 40 miles away.
But some Palestinians, and perhaps also some weapons from Gaza, have made to other parts of Egypt, including Cairo.
Weapons? But they are only there to smell the sweet air of freedom. Why would they have weapons?
One state paper, Al-Ahram daily, quoted unnamed officials Wednesday as
saying Egyptian security forces had rounded up several armed
Palestinians across Egypt, foiling a number of terror attacks including
some planned against Israel.
Most Palestinians trying to get farther into Egypt insist they are
merely seeking work, or even just fun — any escape from Gaza. The
territory has been largely cut off from the outside world since Israel
and Egypt closed their borders following Hamas' violent takeover in June.
Sweillem and some friends, staying at the house of an Egyptian
Bedouin friend, want fake IDs so they can get to Cairo to find jobs. He
and his friend Abu Malek said they once worked as laborers in Israel
but have not been employed since Gaza's blockade.
Each was offering $50 for an ID card. But so far, their Bedouin
friend, haggling over the phone late at night, had found only one with
a picture that looked similar to another of Sweillem's friends.
There is one of them though, that I do sympathize with:
His cousin, a 22-year-old Gaza high school dropout who gave only his
first name, Muwaffaq, said the young men wanted to watch belly dancers
in Cairo night clubs and taste alcohol for the first time. Liquor is
not allowed in Hamas-controlled Gaza.
"I will not give up. I will keep on trying until I do it," Muwaffaq said.
Imagine. No Alcohol. The Horror!
Well, when they try to cross our borders, unlike when palestinians do it, we shoot and kill them. Apparently we are ok with shooting people who are breaching our borders, but only if they are black. That doesn't make us racist, because, well, like, ok, so we are racist. Who cares? They are black, people. I mean, Somalia is now facing the world's greatest humanitarian crisis (yes, more than Gaza. Imagine!!) according to the UN, but does anybody care? Hell no. Do you see anyone collecting money for them? Or doing anything to alleviate their suffering? Aren't they our muslim brothers too? Oh, right, I forgot. They are black. Plus, the people causing their crisis are not Jews. We don't care unless the crisis is somehow related to Jews or americans. I can't even imagine the trouble we would be in with world-opinion if we had shot and killed a palestinian on our borders, but Blacks are ok. Fantastic!
Egypt arrests 5 palestinians who were planning a terrorist attack on Israel from Egyptian borders. Now do you people get why we can't have open borders?
They won't get their religion mentioned in their ID cards, but they won't get any other listed there either. It's a start! The question is, can we all do that?
Fayrouz represents the Lebanon as the lebanese wish it to be, while Zeyad al Rahbany represents the Lebanon that they live in.
This is super weird. The internet keeps coming and going. Guess I will blog till it gets cut off again!
I received a phone call from The Sandmonkey a few minutes ago and he asked me to post this update for him.
There are confirmed internet outages throughout Egypt, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. According to the local ISPs there, this problem occurred as a result of the main fiber optic cable, running underwater into the area, being cut-off. This seemingly leaves all three countries (and possible others) without internet access until the problem is resolved.
The Sandmonkey asked me to relay this message and let you all know he will post as soon as he can gain internet access.
Thanks for your patience.
–Joan, the blogwife
Or so says Huckabee. Don;t you just love Huckabee? Total clueless Idiot who knows nothing about what he is talking about, but you just can;t help but love him. Oh, and bad Jordan. Very bad Jordan.
The poor penniless people of Gaza don't seem to be really that Penniless. Between buying basic survival necessities such as Cement, Motorcycles , and Dish receivers , they have spent almost half a billion dollars there in less than 2 weeks: 480 million dollars to be exact.
Now, them having that kind of money isn't a shock really. The people who can smuggle in weapons can also smuggle in cash and food, and everyone knows that Iran is picking up that tab, so the entire Gaza diet no money thing, well, was never really logical from the get go. But let's ignore that for a second, shall we? Let's take a closer look at what's happening economically in Al Areesh right now. In case you didn't know, the prices there have skyrocketed to ridiculous heights, with the majority of major goods scarce and economically out of reach for the average egyptian living in Sinai or out of stock. Gadosh has more details on this:
impacts on the Egyptian economy in the short term have already taken
shape. The duration of this crisis is also directly co-related with the
negative shock the economy might take.
I am sure it doesn’t need an economic genius to realize the impact of the increase of population of the North Sinai province (Arabic link to official website) from 306,790 residents to over a million. The influx of around 750K Gazans to the North Sinai
province has resulted in a massive increase in prices with in the
province. One resident of the province outlines the following changes
in his expenses since the influx of the Gazans:
—- EGP Before Breach – EGP After Breach – % Increase in cost
cream cheese — 15 – 70 – 466%
can flava beans (foul) — 1.5 – 15 – 100%
vegetable oil — 9 – 30 – 333%
1k white sugar — 3 – 15 – 500%
— 1 – 5 – 500%
1 pita bread —0.15 – 1.5 – 100%
have been circulating in the last few days; that the shortage of goods
and products accompanied by increase in price, has reached the 3 Suez Canal
provinces. I can’t think of a more direct and worst impact on the
average Egyptian in the short term than this massive increase of prices
outlined in table above.
So you can imagine that the average Egyptian there, making approx. 300 egyptian pounds a month and who requires a minimum of 2 pieces of pita bread (Regheif el 3eish ya3ny) a day would end up spending 90 EGP, which is 30% of his salary, on bread alone. That's not even counting or factoring in the concept of him having a family or even wanting to get anything besides bread. On the other hand, the government has stopped allowing any food supplies from reaching Northern Sinai, because they figured if that area ran out of goods, then the majority of Palestinians would end up going home without the egyptian government having to exert any violence to do so. While this approach is smart when it comes to getting the palestinians out, it's leaving the Egyptians residing there out in the cold as well. With no goods in stores, whomever didn't stock for food at their homes is now literally starving, with no way to remedy the situation until the Gazans leave.
This has, naturally, caused some of the Gun-toting-Sinai-residents to express some, ehh, resentment, in regards to their palestinian brothers:
Armed Egyptian Bedouin opened fire in the air to warn away
Palestinians, highlighting growing anger over food shortages and price
rises triggered by the breaching of the border wall with Gaza,
The confrontation in the town of al-Joura occurred as residents on
the Egyptian side of the border said shops had run out of goods since
hundreds of thousands of Palestinians poured into Egypt when Hamas
militants blew up the wall last week.
"The stores are empty and what is available is so expensive," said
Youssef Ali, a Bedouin in the divided border town of Rafah. "The
Bedouin are poor. The income of many Bedouin is not more than $30 a
But the emptying of shop shelves and a block by Cairo on new
supplies has prompted thousands of Palestinians to go home since
Sunday, with some saying it was now easier to shop in Gaza than in
"The places are closed or empty. I am going back empty handed," said Mahmoud Mansour, a 52-year-old from Gaza City.
Rafah residents and shopkeepers said the price of tea and some
other goods had tripled. A pack of cigarettes had increased to 5
Egyptian pounds (90 cents) from 1.5 pounds.
Many Egyptians say they are suffering since Cairo began blocking
supplies of food, petrol and medicine to the Sinai peninsula to
discourage Palestinians from crossing into Egypt.
"There were too many people and too much money coming in. All the
food is finished and the petrol is finished," said 36-year-old Mohamed
Farah, an Egyptian government employee.
Many shops in Rafah were shut on Monday due to lack of supplies and even those that were open had nearly empty shelves.
Mohamed Suleiman Mahmoud, who owns a small supermarket, said he had
ordered 20,000 Egyptian pounds of cheese, milk, fruit and vegetables
but the shipment was still being held up by Egyptian authorities at a
bridge linking Sinai with mainland Egypt.
A Reuters reporter saw hundreds of trucks carrying sugar, rice, medicine, livestock and carpets at the bridge on Monday.
And they are not getting through until the border is sealed again. And it better be soon, or else the Bedouins will engage in fire-fights with the palestinians, and things could end up getting ugly pretty damn quick!
The Egyptian authorities are freaking out over the idea that Palestinian Hamas Fighters might have infiltrated Cairo, and they have a good reason to be worried, with the arrest of 20 Palestinians carrying explosives at the borders, so they have started a man hunt all over Egypt:
Security services in Cairo, Giza and the border cities close to
Sinai have launched a wide campaign in the streets, hotels and
apartments in search for the Palestinians who succeeded in penetrating
the Rafah crossing to Sinai and the provinces.
told al-Masry al-Youm that security forces are searching taxis and
trucks and are talking to passengers to identity them from their accent.
security source who requested anonymity said that security directorates
had instructions from the Ministry of Interior on Thursday to collect
the Palestinians from streets and hotels and detain them in preparation
for sending them back to Gaza. Also hotel and apartment landlords were
ordered to report to security if any Palestinian asked for housing
Following that, egyptian authorities arrested over 3000 Palestinians who were trying to reach Cairo and other cities all over Egypt, some of them even reaching Upper Egypt, which goes against the "we just want to trade and buy supplies story". What they were there for has not been announced, and is now open to speculation.
This is beautiful. The Head of the NY chapter of NOW is attacking Teddy Kennedy for endorsing Obama, calling it a Betrayal. Here is the text:
“And now the greatest betrayal! We are repaid with his abandonment!
He’s picked the new guy over us. He’s joined the list of progressive
white men who can’t or won’t handle the prospect of a woman president
who is Hillary Clinton (they will of course say they support a woman
president, just not “this” one). ‘They’ are Howard Dean and Jim Dean
(Yup! That’s Howard’s brother) who run DFA (that’s the group and list
from the Dean campaign that we women helped start and grow). They are
Alternet, Progressive Democrats of America, democrats.com, Kucinich
lovers and all the other groups that take women’s money, say they’ll do
feminist and women’s rights issues one of these days, and conveniently
forget to mention women and children when they talk about poverty or
human needs or America’s future or whatever.
“This latest move by Kennedy, is so telling about the status of and
respect for women’s rights, women’s voices, women’s equality, women’s
authority and our ability – indeed, our obligation – to promote and
earn and deserve and elect, unabashedly, a President that is the first
woman after centuries of men who ‘know what’s best for us.’”
Holy Shit. Thankfully I am not the only one who would like this Lady to chill the fuck out. Emily Bazelon from Slate chimes in:
So, that's it—an endorsement of any candidate but Hillary is a betrayal
of the feminist cause? I suppose the more sophisticated version is that
interest groups expect the politicians they support to support them
blindly in their time of need. This is their time of need, the NY NOW
chapter argues, ergo, Kennedy should be with them. But that assumes
that the feminist time of need equates with electing Hillary. Would
most women, or even most feminists, agree with that? I just can't.
Yay for common sense!
Some Scotch-fueled wisdom
At that point I took a time out from my internal rant and thought to
myself, what if I wanted to be a GP? Would I stick myself in this
losers hall and be just another GP who pressed the eject button and
landed safely with a golden parachute? (rant clearly continued) But
what if the fund is more nimble than a rigid one-investment-thesis type
fund? Centuries of thinking have yielded what is analogous to a child’s
epiphany: rational investors should seek the highest return on their
proverbial dollar. In light of this morsel of wisdom, why have we seen
the lines thicken between activity-governed funds? Why aren’t we seeing
more of the ‘We’ll put your cash in the highest yielding segment’ kind
of fund? Is it because people jump on the bandwagon of short-term hot
returns? Or is it because the financially naïve care more about
positive news headlines whilst contributing to financial bubbles? Just
as that notion flashed through my battered brain, I realized that I
could no longer keep a cogent thought nor an eyeball on that bird…
economists, actuaries, Oprah, and Dr Phil will go on about this crisis
for the better part of this decade. Many conclusions will be drawn…but
the obvious will not be stated. Fear not, for I will always give you
the only correct conclusion: people are fuckin morons, never
underestimate the collective idiocy of people in large groups.
They need it to buy Satelite Receivers!
15 yr old Pal boy climbed communication tower in sheikh zowaid &
hanged Palestinian flag. Boy now detained at police station surrounded
by riot police.
Egyptian Riot Control soldiers hiding behind their shields as rock are getting thrown at them and Hamas gunmen shoot bullets in the air using machine guns.
The Egyptian soldiers getting rocks thrown at them by the palestinians in Rafah.
The Egyptian soldiers starting to throw some rocks back in self-defense.
Unarmed Egyptian soldiers trying to seal the borders stopped by Hamas Gunmen with Machine Guns.
The Caption for this picture reads:
A Palestinian Hamas militant, unseen, fires at the direction of
Egyptian police dogs,as Egyptian border guards and riot police officers
try to protect themselves at the border between Egypt and Gaza, in
Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, Friday, Jan. 25, 2008. The gunman killed 3
of the dogs according to witnesses. Hamas-backed militants driving
bulldozers knocked down more Egyptian border fortifications on Friday
in a brazen challenge to Egyptian forces who are trying, with little
success, to gradually reseal the breached border using human chains,
dogs and water cannons. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Please note the dead dogs, and the injured Egyptian soldiers- who were fired upon by Hamas terrorists (I refuse to call them anything else)- who are being supported by their colleagues in the Left Top corner of the pic.
At least 36 Egyptian security personnel have been hospitalized,
including some in critical condition, due to incidents with
Palestinians on the breached border with Gaza, Egypt's foreign minister said Saturday.
Ahmed Aboul Gheit told reporters following a meeting with the Egyptian
president and several cabinet ministers that between 10 and 12 riot
police and 26 border guards, including two senior officers, were all in
It's been raining for 2 days, and the streets are filled with water and mud and honking cars that refuse to move. Everything feels unclean, cars, streets, people,, yet the air feels crisp, as if cleansed by the fallen rain. It's dreary out there, and you realize that there is no beauty here. Not anymore. But this seems to be the way the world over. No exits. No Escapes.
I've been reading my older posts and it surprises me how full of anger and passion I was. People tell me that the trademarked Egyptian apathy has finally gotten me, but I disagree. The anger has simply turned into disdain. Stupidity runs rampant around here, and I can no longer make sense of anything. This is such a stupid world, especially this region. The Devil's asshole indeed. With every passing day I feel more and more like the Comedian from Watchmen: I get that this world is a joke, and that it's run by the insane and the stupid, and there is nothing left to do but to try to laugh at it. And all you could do is a try, because it's not even a good joke. In reality, it's a very bad one.
You look at the US elections for example, at the fight between Hillary and Obama, and you can't help but feel that the democrats are idiots for believing that Hillary embodies Change. Her supporters vote for her because, well, because they think they get her husband in on the deal, like that is supposed to be a good thing. You watch them as they double-team the guy who dared to challenge their Power, claiming he is a muslim, branding him as the black candidate, and using the Latin community's racism against blacks to win. And while I can't fault the Hillibillies as a unit, I can definitely fault Bill by himself. He is the De-facto leader of his party, while Obama is undoubtedly its future ( name one democrat that has Obama's appeal, fuck that, name one that has any appeal other than Obama), and to watch the Leader of the party attack and destroy his party's future and cohesion in order to have his wife win,, well, if that's not Nepotism, I don't know what is. God knows my heart sings to this because I know that she will get her ass handed to her come election time by McCain, but it's still so revolting to watch, especially because it's working.
And locally, it's even worse. Bush comes in to talk democracy and freedom of speech, protests erupt all over the country against the guys who keeps "butting in our business". But when the EU parliament issues a rebuke against Egypt for human rights violations, the Egyptian opposition can't stop itself from applauding and fawning all over them. I never fully understood the Egyptian opposition insistence that somehow the US is dirty but Europe is wholesome and good. That US money and support makes you a traitorous agent , yet European money and support is hallal. It blows my mind because the US never colonized us, but Europe did, repeatedly. Last I checked we had English officers in Egypt in 1956, and it was the US that commanded them out, yet somehow, America is the big bad and Britian and France are our heroes. People will tell you it's because of US's support for Israel, well, if you don't think the European leadership equally supports it, I've got a bridge into the 21st century that I would like to sell you.
Maybe it's psychological, the fawning over our old masters and our hatred against those who actually wanted us to be free. Maybe it's some sort of collective Stockholm syndrome or something, where we long for the aid of our old captors, unable and unwilling to be the masters of our destiny. God knows we were never really a conquering nation or even a self-respecting population that fended off invaders, let alone change our rulers. We are spectators at best, always have been, as great powers fought on who gets to be our new Daddy. We talk of self-respect and dignity but we wouldn't even know what self-respect meant even if it slaps us in the face. And dignity? Well, that's us fighting losing wars and lost causes, while cheering on Butchers who have taken on the mantle of our new heroes. But hey, we need heroes, and we will take whatever we can get, right? Hell, we don't even mind getting our borders blown up and our soldiers getting shot at, as long as it's done by the "heroic resistance", right?
I heard people at work lamenting this, how we should have the borders open, this way we are totally supporting the Palestinian cause and resistance. And when you point out to them that this would make Egypt complicit in Hamas' attacks on Israel, thus negating the peace agreement and would be nothing short of a declaration of war, the Lions behind the Desks shout and bellow that it's better to have a war than to live in such indignity any longer. Well, let me say it here loud and clear you fuckers: You want a war, then stop your whining and moaning and protesting and go to Gaza and fight; just don't invite one over here. We actually have military targets and an economy, and I for one wouldn't want to see another Egyptian drop of blood spilled because of that stupid conflict, so don't call for dragging us into a war that has no benefit or purpose to us. I can understand that you Koffeyah-wearing-posers care for the Palestinians more than your own country, forgiving their repetitive deliberate attacks on our soil and our soldiers ever since they got their "autonomy" over Gaza, but that's your prerogative and you can stick to it. I, for one, would like to have Israelis on the Border again. At least they don't shoot from behind their own women and children.
And spare me the bullshit moral indignation please. Egypt didn't create this situation, it's the Palestinians who chose to either support the corrupt Fatah or the suicidal Hamas, even when they all agree that they are both shit. If Hamas now controls Gaza , then they are responsible for those firing those rockets, which give the Israelis all the excuse they need to do the shit they do. You want to blame someone? I suggest pointing your fingers at them. I personally wouldn't mind creating a second Canal so that we are finally done with this bullshit. Either that or the people of Gaza could start supporting a third option, one that doesn't deliberately put them in harm's way to gain sympathy and support. But that day will never come, just as the "Middle-east conflict" will never be resolved. We will forever be here, stuck in shit and mud, unable to move forward with anything, like those cars in Cairo's muddy traffic. Time will not move, the stupidity won't end, and the bad joke will continue to be told, over and over and over, cause we simply don't know any other to tell.
Heath Ledger is dead. The guy from 10 things I hate about you. The dude from Brokeback Mountain. The new Joker. Drugs suck ass!