Archive of ‘Mubarak’ category

Breaking news: 31 demonstrators arrested!

My laptop is going to be operational tomorrow, so that's when I am going to be back at posting things. However, this, couldn't wait!

There was a demonstration planned for the day, to protest against the egyptian constitutional changes, which pretty much outlawed independent candidacy, and made the emergency law permenant under the guise of the terrorism law. I had passed by the area today, and there was about 20 state secuirty soldiers trucks. The area was flooded with black uniforms. Apparently the demonstration went as planned and the police cracked down on them and arrested 31 demonstrators, amongst which are bloggers Mohamed al taher and Meit.

The way it worked was as follows: The police seperated the area of Talaat Harb from The Tahrir square, so many demonstrators couldn't get to Tahrir square. So a group of 100 of them made a demonstration and were chased by the police into a dead end alley and were kept there. There were fringe demonstartions all over the surrounding area, of groups of 2-5 demonstrators staging their own demonstrations independently from anyone else. The Police reportedly cracked down on them in the alleys and the streets surrounding the area. An eye-witness friend informed me that she saw 2 demonstrators getting the shit kicked out of them in a side street and then getting arrested. The Police has reportedly arrested 29 others the same way.

As you can see the terrorism law is working effective immedietly, and used as expected as a tool against political opposition. If this is anything, it's an omen of dark times ahead. 

The tone, has already been set!

The list of the names in arabic can be found here. 

Egypt Linkdump

Sweden reverses an expulsion order against an egyptian former terror suspect. With the story of Abu Omar out, who could blame them?

The Egyptian government lashes out against critics of the AbdelKarim verdict. After all, how dare those HR people have a differing opinion than that of the egyptian government? Blasphemy!

But it's not all bad news. Ibrahim Eissa beat the case against him and overturned the verdict of one year in jail for insulting the President. Abdel Karim's appeal court case is on the 18th of March y'all. Let's hope we hear good news then as well!

Al Zarwaa is no longer on TV, and I am pissed off. This was a great channel. Utterly psychotic. They showed explosions and dead bodies and terrorist acts in the making and ran videos of how great and brave Saddam was. Now that's reality TV for ya. And what even sucks more is that the egyptian government pussy footed around it. Instead of taking a stand against terrorism by announcing that they banned the website for its psychotic content, they claimed "technical problems" were the cause for the shut down. Wussies! 

The Shia are not having fun in Egypt, or so says this story. I believe it. It's just the sign of things to come! 

And finally, a story about the strikes the workers been waging and their victories. Knowing how shitty their wages are (less than 40 dollars a month) and how badly they are treated, this heartless capitalist says: Good for them. Keep it up guys and more power to ya! It doesn't seem like the strikes will end soon!

Military Trial for MB members

So orderd our President and naturally this is what will happen. The funny thing about this, if there is humor to be found here, is the response for the MB members. Instead of going with the " This is a violation of our human rights/ this is unconstitutional/ Mubarak is being kooky" defense, they went with this:

"It is a cruel decision and it is a political one," the Brotherhood's deputy supreme guide Mohammed Habib told AFP.

"This type of exceptional decision gives Arab and foreign investors a
sense that there is a lack of stability in Egypt. This will reflect
negatively on development in Egypt," he said.

WHAT???? The Investors? It will refelct negatively on development in Egypt? That's the problem here??

Nevermind… 

The Mubarak drinking game

Yesterday was Mubarak’s speech at the NDP conference, which was supposed to show surprises and shed some light on the proposed 2007 constitutional changes we keep hearing rumors about ( the one about removing judicial oversight over elections is terrifying). Given that me and Hossam were supposed to hang out even though he had to transcribe the speech for his work, we decided that we could do both by playing a Mubarak speech drinking game. The rules were simple: You drink whiskey and you take a sip everytime Mubarak says one of the following 3 words: Democracy, Reform or Future.

Holy shit did we get drunk.

Here is the tally (I kept count):

Reform was said 18 times.

Future was said 7 times.

Democracy or democratic was said twice. 2 times. That’s it.

There was  one word, however, that kept popping about 40 times, and that word was “constitutional”. And even though it was self evident we should’ve included it to our drinking game, I kind of thank god we didn’t: We were drinking whiskey, people!

That aside, I found it interesting that the word constitution had totally replaced the word democracy in the NDP vocabulary. Every other sentence had the word constitutional in it. Oh well, I guess that’s the “new direction”. We are, after all, a democracy now, No?

There was also a “no talk about the war on terror should be held without examening its causes” speech, which seemed to imply that the key to stop terrorism was the middle-east peace process (cause that’s the cause and not the recruitment tool, get it?), which we know is Mubarak’s little niche. The Message he sent the americans was clear: You can’t win without peace in the ME, and I am the peace guy, so you better take off the heat off of me and mind your own business.  Get that you imperialist pigs?

Last but not least, more as an added bonus really, there was one word that got utterd 3 times during that speech. The N word. Nuclear.

Yep, Mubarak has just announced that Egypt’s new energy priority would be seeking Nuclear energy. Cause you see, it’s our right to have it, just like Iran.

Nevermind that taking care of the railroad is kicking our ass, we cand handle Uranium enrichment. And shit, if we end up having a chernobel-like accident that kills thousands and left millions sterile, look at the bright side: Population Control! Wink

Welcome to a nuclear middle-east everyone.

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