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.
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Following the fall of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and his serial sexual assaults, the tsunami of sexual harassment and assault allegations has become a fixed segment on the daily evening news. Like the Arab Spring, every day seems to bring the fresh fall of a powerful man in virtually every industry and sector of society who have been abusing their power over women by harassing them sexually with impunity.
The Arab Spring brought down five Arab ‘strongmen’, dictators who had abused their political power for a long time. The ‘American Spring’ brought down more strongmen, and is still in its first year, the latest being the fall of Senator Al Franken, who as any dictator reluctantly resigned with a great deal of blame.
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What Do Egyptians call their dictator!
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah elSisi is coming to visit the US first week of April, No, this is not an April Fool’s but it is the meeting of fools. The visit is the first official state visit for the Egyptian general at the invitation of president Trump, reported the Egyptian Al-Ahram newspaper. Trump seems to be fascinated with strong leaders like Putin and other dictators in the Middle East. To understand General elSisi, Mr. Trump who knows the importance of names, (the man puts his name on anything and anywhere;) needs to understand what names Egyptian put on their dictator. In fact people living under dictatorial regimes have no political choices, and can’t exercise freedom of expression, where change is hard to come by, Arab regimes are like catholic marriage, you live with it, until death do you apart. When people tried to change their regimes in Arab Spring and it turned out ugly. Therefore, Egyptians if they can’t change their dictators, the least Egyptians can do is change the dedicators names. Names are giving to us at birth to legitimize our existence, but they can also be giving later in life to challenge out existence. The same is true with dictators. Nasser was just called the “Leader” on a good day and the “Catastrophe” on a bad day, Sadat went from Mr. “Yes” to the faithful leader, then became the Traitor. Mubarak was called “La vache qui rit,” the laughing cow, a famous brand of French cheese in Egypt.
Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi attends during signing of agreements ceremony with Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir (unseen) at the El-Thadiya presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt October 5, 2016. Picture taken October 5, 2016. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
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Unlike Al-Sisi, Obama doesn’t blame all his country’s problems on terrorism
President Al-Sisi, a second rated general that headed the military intelligences for years, the accidental hero who toppled the first civilian elected president in Egypt through a courted military revolution. Wasted no time to consolidated his power, eliminated all oppositions, committed massacres and was celebrated for it, imprisonment, mass execution, dominating all branches of powers including Media. Under the banner of war on terrorism he can do no wrong, in spite of blunders after blunders, fake mega projects, self aggrandizing espoused by his propaganda machine, keeps blaming countries problems on brotherhood and terrorism. Al-Sisi who came to prevent Egypt from becoming Syria, where in fact, what AL Sisi has done is preventing Egypt from becoming Tunisia. In contrast president Obama went on limp and admitted that tourism is not the biggest problem that America is facing, it is domestic violence and guns.
In America, there are no laws to force media to follow government party-line narrative or version of the story, unlike Egypt. This is not perfect but, at least theoretically, readers and viewers will decide for themselves which version to believe. The first amendment prohibits any laws that infringe on freedom of expression. Following the …
In America, there are no laws to force media to follow government party-line narrative or version of the story, unlike Egypt. This is not perfect but, at least theoretically, readers and viewers will decide for themselves which version to believe. The first amendment prohibits any laws that infringe on freedom of expression.
Continue reading Unlike Al-Sisi, Obama doesn’t blame all his country’s problems on terrorism