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The Crisis of Mind & Morality in Egypt

By on Jul 10, 2013 in Featured, Politics | 7 comments

The Great Divide Recent events in Egypt have led to deep intellectual and moral fractures; Egyptians are both shocked and offended at the way media is handling things, and the media is shocked, and by turns disgusted and simply dumbfounded by how Egyptians are seeing things. The divides have been brutal; creating what appears to be vast moral and intellectual divides between people who, just two weeks ago, had considered themselves aligned. There are several things to consider, so I will try to proceed in some rational order. The Democratic Coup Paradox or Ceci N’est Pas Un Coup This issue has received the greatest deal of attention both locally and internationally. There are some facts; Mohamed Morsi got 5.7 million votes in the first round of elections in 2012, a number far outsized by those who protested to remove him on the 30th of June, 2013 – and in the days leading up to...

This Word You Keep Using…

By on Jan 25, 2013 in Politics | 1 comment

The Muslim Brotherhood lives in a Bizarro World. In their universe, the supreme authority is not the God of Islam, to whom all individuals have access through their hearts and innate moral compass (the fitra) but the Guidance Council. In their universe anybody who is not a member of the Muslim Brotherhood is not really a Muslim. In their universe, wisdom comes from Sheikhs who insist that Hindus worship cockroaches, and not from the Quran. In their universe, it is okay to marry for a Muslim man to marry a Christian woman, but not to wish her a merry Christmas. In their universe, it is moral to use electoral fraud to secure political power. In the summer of 2011, during the interminable Tahrir sit-in of July, I took it upon myself to converse with some of the Brotherhood members when they decided to come and invade the square one day while we were there. We were there for a month –...

My Version of Sultan’s Speech.

By on Jun 24, 2012 in Politics | 0 comments

To avoid all suspense – The last page reads: Superman is actually Clark Kent. Now, onwards: We sailed the storms, and we defeated fire breathing hell-spawn! We battled mythical monsters and corrupt politicians! We got wet. Twice. We endured thunder, rain, sleet, and hail. We grew cold in winter, smelly in summer. We had a cough, we sneezed. I myself had a cold. Nasty. We endured boredom, we had to suck Tantawi’s cock. We masturbated without porn, and we had to eat corned beef. Our underwear was tight. We put on weight, lost weight. We picked our noses, then we picked each others noses. There were buggers all around. We endured. Survived. We laughed, we cried. Then we got drunk. Somebody told a dirty joke. We laughed. Then we cried. Then we got drunk again. It was horrible. Our souls were overwrought with responsibility. Our backs burdened by accountability. Our dandruff came...

Over 25 Million Voters – Mostly Invisible!

By on Jun 21, 2012 in Politics | 3 comments

Even before the 1st round of the so-called Egyptian Presidential Elections, many (myself included) had called for a boycott, many others called for invalidating ballots. However, because many voters, including most revolutionaries found at least one candidate they believed in, many did in fact go and vote. Hamdeen had genuine fans, as did Aboul Fotouh, etc. This reality changed dramatically with the 2nd round of elections as many people, disillusioned with the results of the 1st round quickly joined the ranks of those calling for a boycott, many simply didn’t like the results, which left them forced to choose between handing Egypt over to the Muslim Brotherhood, or effectively betraying the revolution entirely and surrendering the country back to the old regime, represented by Ahmed Shafiq. So the call for the boycott grew, not only that, but many citizens, despite not formally...

Blame The Brotherhood

By on Jun 9, 2012 in Politics | 1 comment

There’s a storm brewing across Egypt. The last scene of the first Act is coming to bear on us, and the actors are mostly in place, and the lines are getting drawn, sharper each day. There’s a storm brewing, and it’s a doozy. On their part, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces henceforth know as ‘SCUM’ (Yes, I know it’s not an acronym, and no, I don’t care…) have got their Mubarak replacement puppet all propped up. Shafiq is own homegrown George W. Bush. He re-writes the very foundations of both semantics and syntax as he speaks, and he is equally dismissive of the great responsibility he claims to be fit to bear. Dutifuly, he is the ultimate anti-revolutionary; he is stupid, he stammers, all he can do is speak, and he speaks badly, he promises stability while around him, his own HQ’s are set to flame, and he is hounded by...

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