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This Is The Egypt You Have Allowed To Exist

By on Oct 26, 2014 in Politics | 0 comments

This is the only Egypt your actions have allowed, one in which innocents are sentenced for standing up for their own rights or the rights of others. It is the same Egypt, in which you support a military dictator (whether elected or not), and believe his lying supporters on TV while you ignore everything your son or your daughter tells you about what’s actually going on at universities and on the street. It is the same Egypt in which you mourn for dead soldiers while you allow the government to arrest and imprison the youth who protested against the terrorist regime you now claim to be at war with. It is the same Egypt that you’ve had for more than 60 years, and it is an Egypt that has been sinking under the weight of the rampant corruption that you have, if not participated in, then catered to. It is an Egypt in which there is no justice, in which the phrase ‘human...

Imagine…

By on Jul 6, 2014 in Politics | 2 comments

Imagine that your country was run by a corporation. Now imagine this corporation has managed to take over at least a third of the country’s assets. Imagine if this corporation enacted laws that allowed it to enlist most of the young men in the country as slave labor, getting paid peanuts, and having to work all day, sometimes in productive jobs, and sometimes sending men to do nothing more than smoke cigarettes as they stood in a deserted spot of land. Imagine that this corporation was run by a cabal of businessmen who were above all the laws, and subject to none of them – so that they were not held accountable to the country or to its laws. Imagine further that this corporation could not only ignore the law but could actually change laws to suit itself. Imagine if this corporation was not only exempt from taxes, but was actually partly funded by taxes, and received further...

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...

Mohammed Saeed’s Torture Testimony

By on Feb 21, 2014 in Politics | 0 comments

This is a translation of the post by Mohammed Saeed in which he recounts what happened to him after he was arrested by the police on January 8th, 2014 in Talaat Harb street in downtown Cairo during a protest calling for the release of detainees – his testimony can be found here on Facebook – this is my translation, and any errors are mine. TRANSLATION: “I’m going to say my testimony, to the best of my recollection, of what happened to us, and I’m not scared, and prison is never going to break our vision, and it won’t scare us. I’m Mohamed Saeed – I was arrested in the events at Talaat Harb – What happened is, they took us to the police station, into a room, like an office. And they told us (verbatim) “Take off your clothes you sons of bitches, all of them.” We all took our tops off, after getting beaten, and then they...

Three Common Errors Made By Otherwise Intelligent Idealists

By on Jul 21, 2013 in Featured, Media, Politics | 0 comments

There are 3 intellectual errors that intelligent and moral people regularly make. The first is to assume that others are bound by the same moral codes as you are. This is simply not true, and the entire history of humanity proves otherwise, and yet – many good people still cannot help but continue to make that assumption, because they find the alternative ‘unimaginable’ – well, you don’t have to imagine it, because it’s real. The second is to assume that anybody of intelligence would, by definition, also be moral. Again, this is completely false, and whereas your intellect might have positioned your moral positions, for others it is nothing more than a tool to achieve whatever their goals are, moral or otherwise – again – I won’t bother with historical examples, but the most cursory of historical overviews will confirm that this is...

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