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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 Regime’s Oppression Cannot Last

By on Mar 3, 2014 in Featured, Politics | 6 comments

The Egyptian people are used to disappointment. Anybody who can see the outside world, or who was alive and conscious before or during Nasser knows that our trajectory has been going downhill. There is one generation that you’ll generally find most antithetical to the revolution, and that is the quinquagenarians. They’ve had it tough, all they know is military rule and disappointment, but the real tragedy is that many of them literally do not know any better. This, for them, is the best of all possible Egypts.

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...

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