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So Obama has come out urging Morsi through a telephone conversation to respond to issues raised by opposition protesters who are calling for Morsi to leave. The sheer hypocrisy of the Obama administration is outstanding. When hundreds of thousands of Occupy Wall Street protesters took to the street in the US to protest the Obama administration’s policies and failings, this was their response:

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The White House also released a statement Tuesday saying that Obama told Morsi on Monday that “the United States is committed to the democratic process in Egypt and does not support any single party or group.” Hold up Obama. Let’s just take a look at the top 10 recipients of U.S. Economic and Military assistance:

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Now let’s take a look at this breakdown of how and where exactly this money is spent:

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So 65% of the aid sent to Egypt goes directly to the military - so much for not supporting any group, eh Obama? We’re not even going to take into account the fact that the remaining 35% of aid went straight to the pockets of Mubarak and his cronies, billions of dollars sent by the US to help prop up their puppet dictatorship in Egypt and billions of dollars which was deposited by Mubarak and his cronies in foreign banks and billions of dollars that the governments of these foreign banks refuse to return to the Egyptian people.

The statement went on to say that Obama “encouraged [Morsi] to take steps to show that he is responsive to [protesters’] concerns, and underscored that the current crisis can only be resolved through a political process.”

Yes, you’re absolutely right Obama, a political process called a REFERENDUM. Morsi was democratically and rightfully elected by the Egyptian people and so if he should be removed, then it must be done through a democratic and rightful way. Many voted for Morsi not because they were bribed with ‘sugar and oil’, not because they are “mindless sheep” but because they truly believed that he is the best option for Egypt. 

The US will be the first to claim that it supports democracy, that it stands with the will of the people but what the US won’t tell you is that it supports only those have who the US’s interests in mind, it stands only with the will of those who will uphold the US’s interests in the region. Don’t allow yourself to be fooled by their claims. The Obama administration and every administration before it don’t give two hoots about democracy, the only democracy they’ll support is the democracy that supports them.

الله يرحم ايام قوتنا في وحدتنا!

In case we’ve all forgotten. Don’t let your hatred for the Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi blind you to the atrocities that the military and SCAF have committed & will commit in Egypt.

I’ve learned a basic and terrifying truth today: That many would rather see a military junta rule with impunity and autocracy than see a democratic administration govern with fecklessness and error. That many people who call themselves revolutionaries and advocates of democracy simply hate Islamism more than they love freedom. That people are fully prepared to welcome the army back to political life, cheerily, with a cheer, two fingers up to those killed since 2011, and a good riddance to Egypt’s first experiment with democracy.

In case we’ve all forgotten. Don’t let your hatred for the Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi blind you to the atrocities that the military and SCAF have committed & will commit in Egypt.

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So I’ve recently been seeing this heartbreaking post of drawings made by children in Gaza a lot on my dash and I wanted to share a different perspective on this issue with you all.

The drawings you see above were also made by children in Gaza. Last year, I was part of a group working on a project initiated by Oxfam which aimed to highlight the problems facing children in Gaza today. Oxfam got in touch with primary school children from Al-Zarqa, one of the Gaza Strip’s poorest areas, and asked them to draw pictures of their hopes, fears and dreams for the future. Afterwards, their pictures were sent to us and we showcased them to the public in London. We also printed the childrens’ drawings on postcards which were sent to William Hague, the current Foreign Secretary of the UK. We asked people to write on these postcards and to call on the UK Government to prioritise children’s rights in its foreign policy work on Palestine. What struck me the most about these drawings was their sheer innocence and the simplicity of the children’s hopes and dreams. You would never guess that these scenes were drawn by children in Gaza, any child around the world could have drawn such images and this is important to note. Too often the media tries to portray Gaza’s children as future kalashnikov-wielding terrorists and suicide bombers who know nothing but violence and hatred when nothing could be further from the truth. These drawings are proof that Gaza’s children, despite the struggles and hardships that they’ve endured, dream of a better, safer and more peaceful future.

The event was very successful and  the drawings were featured in the Guardian. We were invited by an MP who saw the drawings to showcase our exhibition in the Houses of Parliament. The exhibition in Parliament was attended by many MPs as well as Sir Gerald Kaufman (who you might remember from this speech). The response from them was amazing and they were all touched by the drawings. 

The highlight of this whole experience however came after the exhibition in Parliament when we returned to the Oxfam offices and we actually got to speak to some of the children who made these drawings. They were some of the funniest, sweetest and most intelligent kids we’d ever spoken with. They told us about life in Gaza and their struggles. Just as they were telling us about the electricity cuts they experience on a daily basis, our call with them was cut. This happened several times due to an electricity shortage crisis which still plagues Gaza today. We told them about the exhibition and how many people came to see their drawings. Their happiness at hearing these words was indescribable.

I will never forget these amazing children and I hope to be able to visit them one day. Their final words to us before we said our goodbyes will stay with me forever:

"Please don’t forget us" they said. "We tell you about our struggles, you listen to us, yes, you may feel upset but we are the ones that actually experience these struggles. We have to live through the bombings and the killings. We don’t want to live like this, we want to live like normal children in the rest of the world, we want to live in peace. Please don’t forget this. Please don’t forget us"

ipayrenttothedunya:

memonite:

That’s all I need to know about the protests. Not to mention anti-Morsi protestors setting MB headquarters on fire WHILE PEOPLE WERE STILL IN SIDE. Freaking trash.
InshaAllah the Ikhwan will be granted victory.

I’m personally not a huge fan of the MB, but this makes a huge statement for those who’ve decided so hastily that violent protests are necessary to oust the president who’s only had a year to make any change.
I’ve heard that the reported harassment/assault count in Tahrir on women is nearing 50— any good news on that front very welcome.

ipayrenttothedunya:

memonite:

That’s all I need to know about the protests. Not to mention anti-Morsi protestors setting MB headquarters on fire WHILE PEOPLE WERE STILL IN SIDE. Freaking trash.

InshaAllah the Ikhwan will be granted victory.

I’m personally not a huge fan of the MB, but this makes a huge statement for those who’ve decided so hastily that violent protests are necessary to oust the president who’s only had a year to make any change.

I’ve heard that the reported harassment/assault count in Tahrir on women is nearing 50— any good news on that front very welcome.

"ElBaradei is right that Egypt is currently plagued by the ‘same mode of thinking as in Mubarak’s era’. But the dictatorial mentality and tactics exist primarily on his side of the political fence."

qalbrawan:

ducaire:

Al Aswany acknowledged a bunch of people in the dedication of his book. Bilal Fadl was one of them. I met that idiot in New York and my mom humiliated his ass in front of a whole room of people and then we lived happily ever after. “Intellectual” circles in Egypt make me nauseous. Al Aswany practically wrote a mini-melodrama in the introduction of the book to win the sympathy of liberal intellectuals like himself and Westerners to ensure that his version of Egyptian society is the most authentic (Hell no. It’s full of ugly stereotypes and biases). Reading that book while listening to the Morsi speech in the background is the ultimate irony.

ugh YES

I had to write a paper on one of his books ‘Friendly Fire’ - it’s exactly as you describe it, stories full of ugly stereotypes and biases. Let’s also not forget that this is the same guy who came out and said that illiterate people shouldn’t be allowed to vote because they tend to vote for “Islamists”.

I actually used to respect the guy for his activism under Mubarak’s regime but he really messed up after the revolution.

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Asker Anonymous Asks:
what do you think of sexual harassment in Egypt?
fattysaid fattysaid Said:

Hello!

I discussed this issue before in this postI think sexual harassment in itself is a disgusting act wherever it happens to take place whether it be in Egypt or in any other part of the world. 

Thank you for taking the time to send this question in.

dnarmi:

Sup everyone!

So I’m aware that a few of you are trying to learn and/or improve your Arabic reading comprehension, and I thought I’d share something I came across that I’m sure you’ll find to be quite useful insha’Allah.

There is a letter written by al-Ghazali entitled ‘أيها الولد’ [‘O Disciple’]. Importantly, the edition shown above is well presented in that it features the Arabic nas [text] (including the diacritical marks) with its corresponding English translation appearing directly beside it; such that, for example, the third paragraph on page 2 is the translation of the third paragraph on page 3 in Arabic (shown above).

Good luck, and enjoy!

Oh, and I almost forgot, you can view it here.

Perfect! I highly recommend this book, it’s full of great advice from one of the greatest writers and thinkers.

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missegyptian:

put a spell on you: The single most factor that unites the opposition in Egypt is their…

fattysaid:

The single most factor that unites the opposition in Egypt is their deep-rooted and often Islamophobic hatred for the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafis (the so-called “Islamists”.) They’re even willing to work with prominent figures from the old regime in order to try and “make Egypt a better…

I don’t believe the opposition is out of “islamophobic” attitudes.
I think we can all remember a time in 2011 when we were all “Eid wa7da” or “one hand” and we had plans to include all parties in the government, and we wanted true democracy. And you have the videos of individuals (including morsy ) from the brotherhood talk about how understanding and how willing they are to deal with all parties. That was all fine and dandy.
Fast forward to now and well, I dont think I need to explain. We’ve seen Morsy’s actions and they are nothing like his words before the elections. We’ve seen how they are calling anyone against them “kufar”. We’ve seen how they are abusing Islam.
I dont think its “islamophobia” because  as a muslim country we know what real Islam is. We have a phobia of becoming another Iran. And before, we thought ” NO WAY, Egypt is not Iran.” But this past year has shown us that we could easily become it in a very short period of time.

and while we are it, I am personally against any party that wants to rule with a religious affiliation. Who are you to come and “rule me” with a religion ? Religion is something between every individual and God.
I couldn’t care less if the president prayed 10 times a day or if he wasn’t even muslim. As a people we want someone who will bring Justice.
In my point of view, any party who uses any religion to campaign for themselves  is a party that has no real plans, structure, or foundation to rule a country, and so they use what is easily accessible to them, and especially easy to use with poor, uneducated people: religion.
its perfect for them because anyone who says anything against them is “against God”

This does not mean we need Mubarak back. Hell no. We need to find someone who truly cares for the country and its people. We cannot be so limited to the point of choosing either from the past regime or from a religiously affiliated party. 

I agree with some of what you have to say but in all honesty, you’ve brought up points that have absolutely nothing to do with what I had originally posted. I’ll address these points anyway.

Egypt becoming another Iran? Please don’t make me laugh. Anyone with a basic history of either country’s progression would tell you that Egypt’s situation has no relevance to the events that took place in Iran. This in itself is the very Islamophopic attitude that I am referring to whereby the opposition and the media fabricate such ludicrous lies about the “Ikhwanization” of Egypt (whatever that means) and accuse the government of trying to “turn the country into another Iran.” Turn it into another Iran how exactly? Why are you so horrified by such a (non-existent) prospect? Is it because the only aspect of Iran we’re told about is the one where big, angry, scary ISLAMIST guys with bushy, furrowed eyebrows tell women how to dress? Sadly, that’s the only thing we know about Iran and why some people in Egypt hold such negative sentiments towards its politics.

Again, your fears are unfounded. The Islamophobia I am talking about is where the opposition and the media have made it the norm to stereotype and ridicule those who choose to grow their beards as “extremist Islamists”. The Islamophobia I am talking about is the one where you have women wearing the hijab being attacked in the street by some members of the opposition. The Islamophobia I am talking about is where anything pertaining to religion is ridiculed and deemed “backwards.”

The Ikhwan (Muslim Brotherhood) in Egypt has also been subject to such attacks. They have been demonised to such a degree that anyone belonging or suspected (because apparently, it has now become a crime to be affiliated with the group) of belonging to the group or its political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) are subject to vicious attacks including harassment on the street as well as the vandalisation of their headquarters and offices. Just today, a member of the FJP was killed after he was shot in the head. There has also been other cases (TW: GRAPHIC IMAGE. The man in the picture actually died) of violence instigated against individuals just because they are members of the MB or FJP. They also refer to the MB as “sheep”. When you begin to dehumanise an individual or a group of people in such a manner, it’s easy to justify acts of aggression towards them and that’s exactly what we’ve seen happening. Quite frankly, I don’t see any difference in the way that the MB are being portrayed now to how they were being portrayed under Mubarak’s dictatorial rule. It’s the same narrative and we’re being told to fear the same people when it’s the remnants of the old regime who we should really be opposing, the very same people who are supporting the 30/6 protests against Morsi, the very same people who ruined the country in the first place and the very same people whose actions instigated the 2011 revolution in Egypt. Yet we now seem to think it’s normal that the opposition should unite forces with such despicable figures (Shafiq, Amr Moussa, Okasha and even some judges etc.) who call themselves “revolutionaries”.  

You repeatedly talk about what the people want but I think you’re forgetting a very important point: the people have already chosen what they want. The people of Egypt have already chosen who they want to rule them and how they want to be ruled. The people exercised their democratic rights and the majority voted in free and fair elections for the current president to represent them. They also voted in favour of adopting the new constitution and before all that, they voted in Parliamentary elections which resulted in a majority win for the FJP and Al-Nour parties. They won these elections not because they’ve been “brainwashing” the people or because they’ve been bribing them with “sugar and oil” to get into power - the MB has been doing such work for 80+ years in Egypt and they were actually getting thrown in prisons and tortured for doing that work. They won these elections because they have a strong following and support base, something which the opposition clearly lacks. Fair enough, many people voted for Morsi in the 2nd round because they did not want Shafiq to get into power. Nevertheless, it’s really upsetting to see Egyptians talking about their fellow countrymen and women in that way. Some of these people that you see as “uneducated” actually have a better understanding of what’s going on in Egypt than those who claim to be experts. I also think you really need to research more about secularism because such a model simply won’t work in Egypt.

You also talk about Morsi’s actions and his promises before the elections. Morsi repeatedly invited the opposition to meet and discuss future plans for Egypt but they repeatedly rejected his requests and invitations. Who’s not willing to deal with who now? That’s also what I was referring to in my original post. Do I think the MB is perfect? Absolutely not! Of course the government and Morsi have their problems and of course they’ve made mistakes and it’s something we need to call them out on but we must offer alternatives and solutions when doing so, not simply ridiculing and attacking their every move. Morsi has a lot of work to do but that’s why we have 4-year terms, to give the elected president, whoever they may be, a chance to implement their political programs in order to better the country’s situation.  

Can we all please take a moment to appreciate the amazingness of this Horon? I think I would’ve passed out in the first 30 seconds, these dancers have some skill. I wish they’d worn the traditional costumes of the region as well but when you have dancers like that, you can’t really complain! Btw, the dance is very similar to the dabke and the Irish Jig - you can read more about that here.

Here are some views:

theorthodoxbrit answered: I think people have the right to express their displeasure but selling it as an attempt to force him to leave office is unproductive.

tooteh answered: Worse than ever.

qalbrawan answered: Im not allowed to leave my house. I think its gonna get violent and i know morsi wont step down.

missegyptian answered: I think we have seen enough nonsense from Morsi and his political party to ask for him to leave.Egypt is deteriorating, lets not “just wait”

rarefreespirit answered: I dont think it will be enough to get morsi to step down

soso-surprise answered: well considering today [reference to protests held by supporters of Morsi in Cairo on 21/06/2013] owe can see ALOT OF supporters for Morsi and Hamas are bffs w/Morsi i can tell it’ll be a bloody day

bloglikeanegyptian answered: yeah i’m not optimistic i don’t think people are united enough in their request for earlier elections, which is what they should ask for

musaafer:

What’s a bit surprising to me is that, when it comes to discussions of Hijab, or as much as I hate this concept, “explanations of Hijab” to non-Muslims, everything is touched upon — fashion industry, the male gaze, feminist rhetoric, female empowerment, convenience, culture, tradition, “But everyone else covers, too! [insert picture of women following 20 major and minor world religion with some sort of head covering] — just not Divine commandment. At the end of the day, we do wear this because He commanded us to. We cover, in this specific way, because this is how we were commanded to cover. (If you’re gonna pollute my askbox with anonymous demands for proof for this - don’t bother. I’m not about to pass Fatwas, sorry.)

Yes, the Hijab has liberating effects, it has empowering effects, it has a thousand blessings in disguise. But those are effects, not causes. The way prayer has a thousand benefits, yet the reason we pray is not because of those benefits, it’s because we are commanded to. 

“Commandment” has negative connotations. But God doesn’t command for His own good. He doesn’t need us to pray to Him, He doesn’t need us to wear Hijab for him. A central Shari’i principal is to bring benefit or prevent harm. Look at each commandment, at each rule — it brings benefit or prevents harm. 

Excellent point and very well-put.