Forrays into 3abath

Dear all,

There is a guy called Ahmed Maher, who is a Kefaya activist and was the person responsible for operating Esra' s facebook account and the May4th group while she was in jail. Ahmed has been on the run from even before the May 4th strike, never staying in one area for too long and always hiding. I thought he was being paranoid. He wasn't. A couple of days ago as he was about to drive his car, another car stopped in front of him. When he tried to back away, three cars came up from behind him. The Boy was trapped, so he gave up and let them take him at 1 pm. They took him to an isolated location and proceeded to beat the living shit out of him for 13 consecutive hours in order for him to give them his e-mail that he regsiterd with on facebook and his password, in order to shut down that facebook group, finally letting him go a bloody mess at 2 am the next day.

Now, ignore the blatant violation of his human rights and the apparent thuggery of the government for a second, and think about the following: For a good week, an entire State Security unit- possibly with follow-up by higher command- has been hunting a guy all over cairo, for the mere fact that he has a facebook account and runs a facebook group. Let that sink in for a second, and then answer me this: Don't you feel safer already? 

0 comment on Forrays into 3abath

  1. bajagafaga
    May 14, 2008 at 10:57 am

    Also, think about this: what is the amount of actual, physical, real-world damage can a Facebook group do, in comparison to the damage to the government’s image caused by closing the group and torturing its creator?

    The government is run by idiots.

  2. Pentimental
    May 14, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    Why didn’t they just spend that time hacking the account?

  3. MaGdee
    May 14, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    hey Sam, yep it’s like old times and believe it or not I miss your blog man! Here’s something interesting

    please do the translation and make a post about it… because seriously it made me laugh my Egyptian ass off and cry because there’s no hope left in this country!

  4. TeacherLady
    May 14, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    That’s tragic, not to mention pathetic. A government, or even an individual, who is confident that their actions are just are able to withstand criticism because they know themselves to be in the right… Only someone who is aware that his reasoning is flawed fears having his faults pointed out and lashes out defensively.

  5. Shalom
    May 15, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    Sorry for the off-topic post, but I’ve been wondering about this for a while. In the subject line I see the word “3abath”, and similarly, other words with numbers in them appear in posts or comments. I am assuming that this is to represent Arabic letters that you can’t write in the Latin alphabet. Is there a list somewhere of what letter each number represents?

  6. Cedric
    May 15, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    Yeah, Egyptians should feel safer and create in the fashion of Guevara, 2, 10, 100 more facebook groups.

    The amount of man-hours it takes to create a FB group vs the amount it takes to stop it ! The Moubarak regime is like Moubarak: dying.

  7. Shalom
    May 15, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    Ah, that’s helpful.


  8. Suzanne
    May 15, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    @Sandmonkey, sorry for being off-topic, but have you got any idea where bigpharaoh is?

  9. twosret
    May 16, 2008 at 4:10 am


    OMG I was shocked to see your name to the point that I posted in the wrong post heheheeee Welcome back ya habibi wonderful to see you here….yeah out of all places at the monkey’s house!

  10. Papa Ray
    May 18, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    Well, Bush Jr. gave the Arab world a facebook moment.

    The Saudis have been warned. Egypt has been appeased hundreds of times too many, they have been warned.

    Bush is not going out like a lamb…everybody better understand that.

    Iran especially.

    Papa Ray

  11. kraloyun
    May 20, 2008 at 10:13 am

    Good news

    I hope everybody read this article.

    Thank you for informations.

  12. Beth
    May 20, 2008 at 11:48 am

    Papa Ray,

    “”Too often in the Middle East, politics has consisted of one leader in power and the opposition in jail,” Bush said in a speech to 1,500 global policymakers and business leaders at this Red Sea beach resort. That was a clear reference to host Egypt, where main secular opposition figure Ayman Nour has been jailed and President Hosni Mubarak has led an authoritarian government since 1981.”


    Of course, “the opposition” includes Joe Schmo on Facebook. Can they round up everyone? Dare I even think they couldn’t?

  13. Valerie
    May 21, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    Hi, Sam!

    I hope you are just being lazy or antisocial, or pleasantly occupied, and I look forward to your next unique take on the world around you.

  14. Twosret
    May 22, 2008 at 3:21 am

    Happy Birthday Sam 🙂

  15. brooklynjon
    May 24, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    Just heard I missed your birthday. I hope it was happy!


  16. Mansour
    May 25, 2008 at 1:55 am

    whats wrong with you man? Blog more.

    Question: Have you heard about something called the Meedan?


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