Dancing in Cairo Street!!
The young ballerina, Nour Yasser went on a dancing spree across Cairo’s old streets, “she captivates city dwellers and passers-by, drawn to a scene unusual in Egypt’s conservative urban life.” reported the Cairo Scene. “Our project aim was to explore the beauty and diversity of Cairo.” photographers Mohamed Taher and Ahmed Fathy explained.
Egyptians have been dancing in the street for ages, at wedding, sports events, at religious social festivals, and in any occasions. The difference was, there wasn’t the intrusion of a camera.
Carlos Latuff (born on 30 November of 1968 in Rio de Janeiro) is a Brazilian anti-zionist freelance political cartoonist, of Lebanese ancestry. Mr Latuff’s works have been posted on various Indymedia websites and blogs as well as several newspapers and magazines such as Mad, The Toronto Star, the Saudi Arabian magazine “Character”, Lebanese newspaper “Al Akhbar“, Läsarnas Fria Tidning, and others. A number of his cartoons were also published on other websites such as Norman Finkelstein‘s. He was placed second, winning $4,000, in the 2006 Iranian International Holocaust Cartoon Competition..
New Olympic sport: judging athletes in hijabs
The Egyptian women’s beach volleyball team changed the conversation about women’s dress and feminism.
By AHMED THARWAT
AUGUST 18, 2016 — 6:40PM
Since Athens 1896, there have been many changes to the sports on the summer Olympic program. at Rio 2016 golf and rugby-7s join the program to reach 28. Aquatics, canoe/kayak, cycling, gymnastics, equestrian, volleyball and wrestling have multiple disciplines, but the new sport that was recently added and everyone was talking about is judging athletes in hijab.
The contrasting images last week of the fully clothed Egyptian women’s beach volleyball team playing the skimpily clad German team swept across media coverage and the internet during the 2016 Rio Olympics. Sports uniforms, which are big business mainly dominated by corporate sponsorship, were suddenly transformed into a cultural hot button on the beach of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Watching women with oily bodies in bikinis playing beach volleyball has become a global spectacle, attracting millions of viewers. Sexism has always been a part of women sports. But only recently, in 2012 to be exact, the FIVB (International Volleyball Federation) announced that it would no longer enforce its bikini requirement on women’s beach volleyball players.
That decision was driven not by cultural or feminist pressure, but by the global appeal of volleyball in non-Western countries and by fear of losing the market and players in places where people have different ideas about how women should dress. FIVB spokesman Richard Baker said, “We don’t think we will see much change [in attire] on the world tour.”
However, the Egyptian team not only delivered change at the Rio Olympics, but changed the conversation about women’s dress and feminism. Muslim women, body and soul, were once again in the international forefront. The West has been fixated on Muslim women’s dress for a long time. France has banned hijab wearing in public schools and government facilities, and the “burqini” — the long swimwear that some Muslim women wear — has been banned at some beaches.
THE EGYPTIAN HIJACKER … GENERAL AL-SISI
“Our flight MS181 is officially hijacked. We’ll publish an official statement now.” Egypt Air posted this tweet, which was the beginning of the most bizarre hijacking incident in aviation history; the twisted love lust hijacking saga of a 59 year-old Egyptian, Seif Eldin Mustafa which captured the world’s attention for six hours.
Apparently behind the daring adventure of Mr. Mustafa was a Cyprus woman – and five children – … The reports about what actually happened on that flight were sketchy and comical at best.
At first the paranoid Egyptian authorities, which usually blame all the world’s illnesses on the Muslim Brotherhood, identified the hijacker as Ibrahim Samaha, describing him as a university professor on his way to a conference at the University of Atlanta. Mr. Samaha’s incensed wife had to contact the Egyptian media to assure them that her husband was a passenger on his way to Cairo and “certainly not the hijacker” of the ill-fated plane. The twisted hijacking saga didn’t stop there, as the world is focusing on terrorism; an act of speculation was the usual reflexive reaction.
Later we learned that a British passenger thought it was a good idea to ask if he could take a selfie with the hijacker. The hijacker didn’t mind, so the passenger, Mr. Innes, then sent it to his friend with the caption “Best Selfie Ever”. Later, he told reporters that he wanted to get closer to the explosive: “I figured if his bomb was real I’d have nothing to lose anyway,” such bravado being hard to understand considering the circumstances.