Egyptian Chronicles

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Controversial Yet Necessary : A First hand experience about Refugees and exile in Sweden

Egyptian activist Nader Attar published a new book while called “Controversial Yet Necessary”. That book presents some of his poems he wrote about his experience in Sweden looking it through the eyes of refugee in exile.

He thankfully sent me a copy of his book and I promised him to write about it here in Egyptian
Controversial yet Necessary Cover
Controversial yet Necessary
Chronicles months ago. As a girl of her promises, I am writing tonight about it.
I do not know how to do a review because I am not an English literature poetry critic but there are a couple of poems that stopped me a lot.

“Alternative World” presenting this comparison between a party girl Swede and a woman illegal immigrant who lost everything in the Sea.
“The unbearable act of Starring” which I believe that Attar was inspired to write it from the Sad Aylan Kurdi if you still remember him.

“Me, Myself and My boat” is also
“Hej…Hej Jimmie Åkesson!” is an angry message to Swede Right-wing leader Jimmie Åkesson.
Attar’s work with the refugees especially Syrians gave him a first-hand experience with their tragedies and plea for safety in Europe.

Nader also perfectly criticized the right wing in Sweden if not all the right wing in the West right now in his book especially with that the rise of Nazism once.
His beautiful poem “Father” about the loss of his father, while he was Sweden, reminded of how many self-exiled Egyptian activists suffer emotionally for the loss of their parents when they cannot come back for security reasons.

I am so happy that Nader managed to publish his first poetry collection, hopefully, we will read soon his play he is working on.
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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Egypt’s Presidential Elections 2018 : A-Single-Candidate race already !! “Updated”

On Monday, Egypt’s National Elections Authority “NEA" announced the timetable of the Egyptian Presidential elections 2018 which will be held in March.
According to NEA, the presidential bid race will start officially on 20 January when it opens its doors for the Presidential hopefuls to present their official requests for candidacy.
I forgot in my initial post to mention the requirements for the Egyptian presidential office post in accordance with the Egyptian Constitution articles No.141 and 142 as well the Presidential Elections law of the Year 2014 specifically its article No.1.
Here are the requirements the Presidential hopefuls must meet to become official Presidential candidates
  • A presidential candidate must be an Egyptian born to Egyptian parents, and neither he or his parents or his spouse may have held any other nationality.
  • He or she must enjoy civil and political rights, must have performed the military service or have been exempted according to the law.
  • He or she should not suffer from any physical or mental disease that can affect her or his ability to perform presidential duties.
  • He or she shall not be less than forty calendar years of age on the day of commencing candidacy registration.
  • He or she should not have been sentenced before by court for a felony or a crime involving immoral act and if she or he were convicted, then they should be acquitted in the appeal or the retrial
  • He or she must be a bachelor’s degree holder.
  • He or she must secure the endorsement of a minimum of 20 MPs or 25,000 citizens from across at least 15 governorates with 1000 endorsement from each governorate.
Now up till this moment, President Abdel Fattah El-Fatah El-Sisi has not mentioned that he intended directly or officially to run. In previous statements, speeches and interviews, he said that he would do whatever the people wanted him to do aka he would run if the people wanted him to do so.
Sisi's campaign in 2014
Sisi's presidential campaign in 2014 "Twitter"
Interestingly despite he has no declared his presidential bid officially, Popular campaigns to gather endorsements for his presidential candidacy from all over the country were formed and supported financially by businessmen from several months ago.

The organizers of those popular support campaigns claim that they managed millions of endorsements to secure his presidential candidacy despite he did not declare his intention all that time !!!
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Monday, January 8, 2018

Egypt’s Presidential elections 2018 : The shortest uninteresting elections ever !!

Egypt’s National Elections Authority “NEA” declared in a press conference in Cairo on Monday that the upcoming presidential elections in 2018 will be in March. “Yes in March”.
Egypt is going to have presidential elections on 26,27 and 28 March with one month of the Presidential elections campaign only.

The NEA declared the timetable for the upcoming presidential elections as published in the official gazette :

  • From 20 to 29 January, the NEA will receive the request for nominations in its headquarter in Downtown Cairo according to the Constitution and Presidential elections law of 2017.
  • On 31 January , the NEA will publish a preliminary list of the candidates in Egypt’s State-owned Al-Ahram and Al-Akhbar newspapers as well the number of endorsement they receive from their supporters whether through the notary offices or through the MPs in the parliament.
  • On 6 February, the NEA will declare the names of the disqualified candidates if any and the reasons behind their disqualification.
  • On 7 February, the NEA will receive the complaints and appeals against the disqualifications if any.
  • On 9th February, the NEA will rule on the complaints
  • On 23rd February, the NEA will declare the final list of official Presidential candidates.
  • From 24th February to 23rd March, the official Presidential candidates will have their presidential campaigns.
  • From 14th March to 15th March, there will be elections silence for Egyptians abroad.
  • From 16th March to 18th March, the presidential elections will be held for Egyptians abroad
  • From 24th March to 25th March, the elections silence will be held inside the country.
  • From 26th March to 28th March, the Presidential elections will be held inside the country.
  • On 2nd April, the winner will be announced if there are no runoffs. {Spoilers: We already know who he is }
  • From 19th April to 21st April, the second round of voting will be held for Egyptians abroad if there are runoffs
  • From 24th April to 26th April, the second round of voting will be held for Egyptians inside the country if there are runoffs
  • On 1st of May 2018, the NEA will declare the winner and the new President of Egypt {Spoilers: We already know who he is going to and the first letter in his name is Abdel Fattah El-Sisi }
Of course, the winner in the Presidential elections must have 50%+1 of the votes.
Are not these the shortest presidential elections ever ??
Egypt's NEA in Cairo
We are speaking about officially about one month for presidential campaigning !?

In what kind of universe, a true and serious rival to the president in the office will stand a chance to convince the majority of more than 50 million voters in a country like Egypt with the current Sisi’s administration control over media?
Al-Ahly Sports club had more interesting elections than these for real !!!
Those presidential elections are considered the first to be surprised and organized by the newly founded National elections authority in accordance with the Constitution.
Interestingly, the NAC law which was approved in summer will put an end to the full judicial supervision of the elections by 2024.
Thanks to human rights lawyer Ahmed El-Gadamy’s tweet about the Presidential elections regulations law of 2014, we know that according to article no.36 El-Sisi can be declared as the upcoming president on the conditions that there are no other presidential candidates “or they withdraw” and he got at least 5% of eligible votes.
If he does not get that percentage, there will be new presidential elections within 15 days.
I will quote journalist and TV host Tamer Abu Arab said sarcastically on Twitter after the announcement of the NEA because it is the best description of these elections.
“Oh Yes !! Let’s go back to the time of the beautiful referendums !! No need for elections !! We want to build our country !!”

I said it before, Al-Ahly Sports Club’s elections were much interesting, freer and transparent than the Egyptian Presidential elections.
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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Merry Christmas again from Egyptian Chronicles

I think Egypt is lucky to celebrate Christmas twice 😊
From Egyptian Chronicles to all Orthodox Christians celebrating Christmas tonight especially in Egypt.
An Egyptian Church
An Egyptian Church's dome in Cairo
Egyptian Orthodox Christians had one hell of a tough year, hopefully2018 will be better for all Egyptians and all the people everywhere.
Merry Christmas again and again from Egyptian Chronicles and happy holidays.
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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Kodaf Agfa Presents : Wolf Moon 2018

Wolf Moon 2018
Wolf Moon 2018 

NASA says that this moon is the biggest in 2018.
I had to wait three days to snap this not so-sharp photo thanks to the cold and the clouds in Giza, Egypt right now. It is freezing technically to stand long at the night to take a perfect shot. I admit but I think this is a good shot considering I am having a runny nose and cold hands !!!

By the way, the sky is so clear despite the unstable weather to the level you can spot the Orion belt and that small red spot on its left, I can not know if it were Mercury or Mars.
I wanted to snap another photo of the sky but I just could not thanks to the cold weathers !!!

By the way, stop taking selfies and start to look at the sky especially at night and see how many stars looking down at us. It is worth it.
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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

The Cover girl : The Rebel Palestinian teen with a curly blond hair

And the cover girl of January’s issue from Diwan Al-Ahram Magazine is none other than the rebel Palestinian teen with curly blond hair Ahad Tamimi.
Ahad Tamimi
Diwan Al-Ahram's cover featuring
Ahad Tamimi 
The quarterly annual heritage and history magazine published by Al-Ahram institution's issue came on the same day , an Israeli Military Court accused the 2001-born Palestinian teen who descends from a famous activist family in West Bank a list of 12 charges including assaulting an Israeli soldier and hurling rocks at Israeli soldiers “Yes, it seems that it is an official charge in Israeli Military law” .

In early December, Ahad Tamimi made headlines when Avigdor Lieberman said that “she will get what she deserves” for slapping an IDF soldier following her arrest from her home earlier in the Middle of the night.

The obnoxious ultra-right-wing minister forgot to say that four days earlier as Ahad and the rest of the Tamimi family of Nabi Saleh village were protesting Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel, her 14-years-old cousin Mohamed Tamimi was shot point blank with a rubber bullet by an IDF soldier.
Ahad Tamimi
Ahad Tamimi smiling to the camera at the Military court "AFP

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