Excerpts from...

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

(Arabic-language secular, anti-Islam website)

Nothing's new about it: Since the Invasion of Badr, all Arabs are Jenjawid. The special beauty of the Darfur Invasion, though, is that it's classical Islamic robbery, by the bedouin arabs, of the farmers' lands, wealth, and women. Darfur's Africans are Muslims, if at least by name, but they have no will to accept the laws that take away their freedoms and their natural resource wealth; Those laws known as Islamic "Sharia", that are followed by the Arabic-toungued Sunnites of Khartoum, are used as an excuse for their abusing others and sucking their blood...

(Quoted from EveryScreen.com, "Annihilation" page, Jan 7 2004. Translated by Mamdu Schauki)

posted by Matthew Schauki at 4/20/2005 02:34:00 PM 0 comments

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Thursday, April 14, 2005

Sorry people I don't know what messed up the blog template so that links to comments, permalinks, and archive pages were not working. They're fixed now anyway. You can now post your comments or look back at the archives again.

posted by Matthew Schauki at 4/14/2005 12:20:00 PM 0 comments

Unsafe Egypt

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

After the 1997 terrorist attack in Luxor, Egypt, terrorism really didn't "come to an end" as some would think. Egypt didn't turn into a safe haven suddenly, no. Terrorism can never stop as long as Egypt remains a dictatorship. Terrorism is like a big plastic bag. You fill it with shit, shit, and more shit, until it explodes letting out all the shit that you filled it with.

When the people in a country are treated like shit, their reactions could be very bad. Mubarak's régime was wrong when they believed they got everything under control. They were very wrong! The people of Egypt are fed up. No-one can ever stop a people's revolution.

The terrorist attack that took place in Khan il-Khalili last Thursday was terrible, but it was expected.

The régime will probably try to relate the attack to the great popular pro-democracy, anti-Mubarak protests that have been taking place since December 2004, and try to stop them. But, Mubarak must know that his days ruling Egypt are countable. He is leaving. Soon.

posted by Matthew Schauki at 4/12/2005 02:02:00 PM 1 comments

Hundreds defy Egypt protest ban (BBC News)

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Cairo demonstrators were prevented
from reaching parliament

Demonstrators have taken to the streets of several Egyptian cities to protest against the prospect of a fifth term in office for President Hosni Mubarak.

Hundreds of protesters were prevented from reaching the parliament building in Cairo by thousands of riot police.

A similar demonstration in Alexandria was called off after security forces sealed off all routes to the site.

Cairo's security chief has warned that police will no longer tolerate rallies by the Kifaya ("Enough") group.

"If we are getting to the stage of getting used to violating [the rules], then the principle is that legal regulations must be implemented," Nabil Ezzabi said in an interview on Tuesday.

Street demonstrations are officially banned in Egypt by emergency laws enacted after President Anwar Sadat's assassination in 1981.

Kifaya activitists have staged a series of rallies in the past four months calling for constitutional reform and demanding that neither Mr Mubarak - who has ruled for 24 years - nor his son Gamal should stand in September elections.

Dispersal warning

Gen Ezzabi was waiting for the Kifaya protesters on Wednesday as dozens of them headed towards the parliament building for a rally.

"I am the director of security, I order you to disperse in five minutes or else I'll take measures against you," he threatened.

Layers of riot police were deployed around the parliament building in tight formations behind metal barriers.

A counter protest was staged in the
centre of Alexandria

Demonstrators then headed towards the headquarters of the journalists' union in the centre of Cairo.

"The one who strikes the Egyptian people is not fit to rule Egypt," protesters chanted as they walked 2km (one mile) to the new location.

"The one who bars demonstrators should face the fate of Sadat," another chant went.

George Ishak, a Kifaya leader, said the large deployment of security personnel had turned Cairo into "a military zone".

Witnesses in Alexandria said the police later allowed a pro-Mubarak rally to take place where they had prevented the opposition from gathering.

Police said 20 people were detained in Alexandria and another two were held at a rally in the Nile Delta town of Mansoura. There were no arrests reported in Cairo.

Marchers in Mansoura claimed to have been set upon by pro-Mubarak thugs, although this has not been confirmed by police.

posted by Matthew Schauki at 4/03/2005 09:25:00 AM 0 comments