Egyptians don’t seem to be in a hurry in their lives, usually late, and take their time. They have mastered the art of sitting and doing nothing as a form of civil disobedience. last Saturday, however, millions were rushed to decide on a constitutional amendment referendum that would give Abdel Fattah el-Sisi more power and the possibility of staying in office until 2030. The current constitution limited the president to only two terms, four years each, el-Sisi already in his second term. The referendum wasn’t debated, discussed in public, and nobody knows the exact details and ramifications. Egyptians have to take el-Sisi’s word for it, and mark Yes on the ballot.
When a head of state issues a fatwa against an individual for speaking out, you have no chance. According to the dictionary a fatwa is “a legal opinion or decree handed down by an Islamic religious leader.” This is not just a religious or a Muslim thing and only in so called third world countries however, Obama issued lots of secular Fatwas against suspected terrorists, in the “kill list“, a list of people they need to be killed without any evidences or due process, just send the drones. Then we have now, Trump’s twitter video is another form of a secular fatwa – to end someone’s life either politically or literally.
We all remember thirty years ago, February 14, 1989, a fatwa was issued against Indian British writer, Salman Rushdie for writing a book, The Satanic Verses, as according to the Ayatollah it desecrated the Prophet and the Quran, and according to the fictional novel, some people (devil) said something (verses) to the Prophet other than Archangel Gabriel. The fatwa was issued by supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini.
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Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the ailing Algerian president whose candidacy has spawned weeks of protests in his tightly controlled nation, announced Monday that he would not seek a fifth term in office.
The announcement was a concession to citizens who have turned out in ever-increasing numbers on the streets of Algeria’s cities to demand that Mr. Bouteflika give up plans to extend his 20-year rule.
But the same statement also canceled the election that had been scheduled for April, raising questions about how long the president would remain in power.
“There will be no fifth term,” a statement released to the official news agency in Mr. Bouteflika’s name said Monday night, adding, “and for me there has never been any question of it, my health and my age giving me only as my final duty to the Algerian people contributing to the founding of a new republic as the framework for a new Algerian system.” NT
Dr. Zahi Hawass has been a dominant figure in Egyptian Antiquities for five decades, however, has been accused of many crimes , embezzlements, nepotism, and abuse. Dr. Hawass was forced out after Jan25th revolution, now we have new fresh faces, here is my interview with Dr. Bassir