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Goodbye Mohamed Mahmoud…

By on Mar 31, 2016 in Politics | 0 comments

The battle of Mohamed Mahmoud, as it is called, was one of the most important battles of the January revolution, and for several reasons – We had failed, as a people and as a revolutionary community, to defeat the military/Islamist alliance over the March referendum, a referendum that both the state and the media presented as an option between “a roadmap” or “unknown chaos”. It was based on this referendum that the forces of so-called ‘political Islam’ defined very clearly their position in relation to the revolution, by abandoning it completely, and it became clear to any who still doubted it that the Muslim Brotherhood was not an enemy of the regime, but a rival… And along came Mohamed Mahmoud, and within days, hundreds, or rather thousands of people were wounded, and dozens were killed. Men, women, Egyptians. Mohamed Mahmoud is dear to...

Was It a Mistake to Protest Against Morsi?

By on Jan 6, 2015 in Featured, Politics | 1 comment

On the 30th of June, 2013, we took to the streets to protest the rule of Dr. Mohamed Morsi, a member of the so-called Muslim Brotherhood, and then president of Egypt. We protested against him, and our reasons were as diverse as we ourselves were; some of us were with the revolution and against the Muslim Brotherhood, some of us were clearly Mubarak loyalists who salivated at the chance to depose the Brotherhood, and some of us had, ostensibly, gone down to protect their Egyptian ‘Identify’ from the Pseudo-Islamist fascism that we had all seen crystalized before our eyes in the mostly-Islamist parliament in which we had seen the face of so-called ‘Political Islam’. Since that day, since Morsi was removed, events have taken on their own momentum; the military exploited our protests just as it had exploited the revolution from the very start. The generals took control just as they had...

Egypt: Bottoms, Narrative Choices, & Frogs

By on Nov 4, 2014 in Politics | 0 comments

It seems that there are certain things people need to realize first, in order to sense the necessity of change, and, in some cases, the urgency. Let’s start with a basic social truth – there is no ‘bottom’. Your society, community, or state is not some rubber ball bouncing towards the ground that must inevitably, hit a bottom and bounce back up. Things that fall, will – unless something changes – continue to fall. The inability to comprehend this, to sit back and wait, as though ‘now’ things will get better because they can’t get worse, is suicide. There is no bottom. You’ve already seen the shape of things to come, but not their magnitude, and certainly not the qualitative changes in shape that accompany shifts from one order of magnitudes to another. Things can, in fact, get much worse. Where they get worse is, usually, a...

Forget That It’s Laila…

By on Oct 28, 2014 in Politics | 1 comment

Laila Soueif has gone on a total hunger strike. Forget that it’s Laila. A mother, whose children are unjustly imprisoned, has gone on a total hunger strike. Never mind how you feel about her son, Alaa. Maybe you like him, maybe you hate him. It doesn’t matter. What matters is only this; do you believe he is guilty? Do you believe that by imprisoning him you have enhanced security and stopped terrorism in Sinai? That you no longer have to worry about getting car-jacked as you drive? His sister, Sanaa Seif, is also imprisoned, just because she stood in a protest criticizing the unjust imprisonment of her brother. Do you believe she is a criminal who should be in jail? Or do you simply believe that she’s collateral damage? A necessary sacrifice to the giant you called upon, and for whom you get angry when people refer to it as ‘military rule’? You told us...

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...

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