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The Hamdeen Argument

By on May 3, 2014 in Politics | 4 comments

The summer of 2011 must’ve been an incredible time for Hamdeen Sabbahi. He was one of the darlings of the revolution, known as a left-leaning Nasserist (whatever that means), ignored only by the hardcore revolutionaries who would only rubber-stamp a batter front-liner, but mostly admired, and generally just liked by almost everybody else. He was tight with what you could, with some effort, call the civil leaders of the revolution, although most of them were not so much leading as doing their damnest to keep up with the street, and with Tahrir – but he was in. Remember this? I have no idea who took this picture, but look at it for a few seconds…this was in the summer of 2011, whatever credit Tantawi and SCAF had acquired at the start of the revolution was already starting to wear thin, and Hamdeen was, literally, riding on a wave of revolutionary youth. Whatever you...

Egypt : Injustice & Dissolution

By on Apr 25, 2014 in Politics | 2 comments

There is one thing clearly at the root of Egypt’s current dissolution as a ‘state’, and it is the absolute absence of justice. The police force, at best, is supposedly fighting off the terrorist bombing waves, and the army is supposedly liberating Sinai from the Bedouins. Go figure. The Executive : Cops The police force’s absent-minded presence, when they used to patrol around in their shiny new cars during the Mubarak era, is slimmer, not quite to be seen. They huddle, they close off streets they’re worried about, they continue to use their half-trucks and metal barriers to choke traffic, giving themselves and others perhaps, an illusion of control. Never mind that there might not even be an officer there. Never mind that sometimes, afraid to wear their bulls-eye uniforms they’re dressed like...

Egypt : It’s a Matter of Opinion

By on Apr 16, 2014 in Politics | 0 comments

So, finally – when their lackluster attempts at reason fall apart, they tell you it’s just a difference of opinion, and that it’s okay to disagree. So yeah, it’s just ‘opinion’… Well – It’s my ‘opinion’ that the so-called Supreme Council of the Armed Forces hijacked the revolution with the aid of the Muslim brotherhood, to whom they handed power in order to be able to restore military rule with the blessing of the people. It’s my ‘opinion’ that the military and the police killed thousands and imprisoned tens of thousands and performed so-called ‘virginity tests’, akin to rape, on activists who participated in the revolution that the army claim to have ‘protected’. It’s my ‘opinion’ that the army insists on the power to try civilians in military courts, although...

Egypt & The Delusion of Liberty

By on Mar 7, 2014 in Politics | 0 comments

There was nothing ‘progressive’ about Nasser and his officer’s. The only progressive one in the bunch was Mohamed Naguib, whose prestige they used to legitimize the coup – because at the time Nasser was pretty much a nobody, and then when Naguib wanted to hand over the country to civilian rule, they took him down, locked him up, and he was pretty much never heard of again till he died. As for the set-backs suffered by Egypt’s history of being colonized, all I can say is – look at other countries that were also colonized – most of them have recovered far more than Egypt ever has, because – surprise, Egypt is still under occupation – but this time by a military that just happens to be Egyptian, but might as well be a different state altogether, both in terms of finance and in terms of loyalty. Hell, look at Japan, two nuclear bombs, a...

On Sisi’s Latest Speech –

By on Mar 7, 2014 in Politics | 0 comments

Sisi basically told people that Egypt ‘cannot afford healthcare’. So basically, if you get sick, just die quietly anddon’t complain about it. In this incredible Shades-of-Morsi speech, he asked (in that supposedly calming tone of his..but which seems more sinister and patronizing by the day) “How many of you have considered walking to university so that you can save for Egypt?” How idiotic is that? First of all, anybody who’s close enough to walk to his university DOES, because traffic SUCKS, and anybody else is too damn far to travel, and also – how exactly does ‘walking to university’ help the economy? By NOT spending money? By not giving money to cab drivers or the transport buses? He’s either incredibly naive or massively disingenuous. He tells the youth not to expect healthcare, not to expect to be able to afford to get...

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