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Egypt Recap: Average Joe Edition

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Its all kicking off in Egypt, innit?

And since my FB, twitter and T.V. is filling up with people throwing about their views on what’s hip and happening in Egypt, I thought I might as well add my two pence into the mix. I’d hate to miss a good old bandwagon jumping. Other than following  a herd of sheep its my favorite past time. But enough about my hobbies and interests. Lets get crack-a-lackin.

What going on in Egypt I hear you ask?

Stuff, mainly. Loads of it to be precise. But for all those ‘detail’ nerds ima try and break it down as best I can.

That guy Morsi, you know, the guy that looks like an Egyptian accountant who has just spotted an extra dime

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Well he has been in power for over a year. And he hasn’t been faring so well. If Egypt was a football pitch and he was the only player on that pitch he would have scored an own goal by now. Side point, you know you have messed up when even the people who are against your overthrow unanimously choose to throw you under the bus in their argument against it.

Anywhozile, Morsi messed up and a sizeable segment of the Egyptian population had enough. They took to the streets like Morsi took to power causing a right old uproar. The opposition who have been whining ever since their loss to the big M jumped at this public display of aggregation like the MB jumped on the protests that overthrow the other big M. Sidenote, Egypt maybe try not electing a guy whose name starts with the letter M? Odds are you wont like him.

Morsi seeing all this ruckus decided to do the logical thing…the logical guy-in-the-middle-east-faced-with-opposition-thing that is and chat a lot of fraff about legitimacy and well not much else….well I hope it wasn’t much else cause to be honest I snoozed a good 2 minutes into the broadcast.

Anywayz, the military seeing all this drama unfold decided to get involved to remind Egyptians that they aren’t just bedazzled Rambo-esque young folk parading around in pretty tanks scattered randomly across the country. They actually do stuff…be it the wrong stuff. Well it was either that or go to war to prove their net worthiness. So they set a 48 hour ultimatum for the lads on either side to sort their shiz out.

Suffice to say, they didn’t sort their shiz out.

And so when the 48 hours was up… they decided to give Morsi the proverbial boot… well… to be honest it could have been the literal boot we have no way of knowing what actually went down. We know Morsi was overthrown not only cause the profits of Egypts firework companies- pun alert – skyrocketed  over night, but because Morsi chose to launch his hell naw sass against this ruling on a FB page. As a rule of thumb, you know someone is out of power when they are foregoing national state TV, instead opting to broadcast their important message on a social network site that lets people update banal statuses like ‘I’m hungry’, ‘OMG GOSSIP GIRL FINALE’, ‘I like ice cream’.

So what does this all mean?

Puts on serious cap

Well it means a lot. When somebody gets elected two pacts are made. One by the elected official to the people: I will serve you justly. And one by the people to the elected official: we will let you serve your term.

Its one of democracies foundations. That’s not to say there aren’t other components to democracy, because there are many, many components, from freedom of speech, to an independent media free of government censorship, to a just judiciary etc.

All these components are needed for a viable democracy. Morsi’s mistake was not respecting these components. Instead he mistook winning an election for winning the hearts and minds of all his populace.  These are two distinct things.

Morsi being kicked out of office before his term ended by a military coup is a breach of democratic principles. Aside from the obvious fact he got elected to serve a term, the more distressing thing is the form of his removal. Militarily.

The militaries role in essence is to defend the nation against external enemies. It is why historically it was formed and it is why in the west this institution remains wholly independent of the political process. It is a neautral entity and the thought of the military moving in and removing lets say, David-I’m-posh-as-a-crumpet Cameron from downing street would not only be politically charged act of treason but also wholly unacceptable.

But the problem with Egypt is not simply the military coup but the military itself. Ironically, it was a military coup led by Nasser which first initiated the 60 year long age of dictators that so begrudged the nation to rise up in protest in the first place. The military was also the institution that bestowed the Egyptian people with the gift of Mubarak. It is also the military through these upheavals which still stands institutionally as it did under Mubarak relatively unscathed. It is not to be trusted. History has taught us that much and the news that followed Morsi’s overthrow reinforces that view. Mere hours after his overthrow people were being arrested. From journalists like the ones in Aljazeera (who were still on air when the arrests were made) to around 300 Muslim brotherhood members.

If this doesn’t bother you then it should. You don’t trade one form of oppression for another. Freedom of speech is vital to a democracy and the fact that this is being  breached is an ominous sign to say the least.

It is ominous because it’s déjà vu’ for some political analysts. The same mistakes are being repeated over and over again. The only difference is a role reversal. Morsi fell because he failed to work with the opposition to form a stable government and constitution. His failure cost him his presidency. The result will be no different if the opposition fail to work with the Muslim Brotherhood. Whether you like it or not, they are here to stay for a good while at least. The sizeable amount of people who voted him in have not disappeared overnight, though some may have. To move Egypt decisively towards any real form of progress the word that needs to be in every politicians vocabulary is this: Compromise.

 

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Guess who’s back? Back again… Hiba’s back…Tell a Friend

 

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Israel-ly all about Israel…. get it?

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Posted by on January 7, 2013 in Israel, Middle East, Syria, USA, Video

 

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Too many fools, too many many fools.

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Posted by on January 1, 2013 in Israel, Middle East, Palestine, Syria, USA, Video

 

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Constitutional Problemz

Talkin’ about news & Stuff….& possibly things.

Egypt Referendum & Newton Shooting

 
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Posted by on December 24, 2012 in Egypt, USA, Video

 

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The Insolence of some Muslims

With news circulating that Iran has pulled the film ‘A Cube of Sugar’ from consideration at the Oscars over the anti-Islam film I can’t help but let out a large sigh.

I have tried to avoid writing anything about this subject mainly because I kept wrongly thinking the fuss would all die down. But to no avail as a couple of weeks in from the film first scouting controversy people are still talking, tweeting and protesting about it. Not to mention the fact that the controversy surrounding that damned film has been topically name dropped by nearly all the relevant leaders in their recent speech’s at the UN summit.

So not wanting to be left out of the fray, here are my two cents on the subject.

Disproportionate reaction:

First things first, I believe the outrageously violent protests that were sparked by this film were firstly un-called for. I don’t care how offensive it was, you don’t respond to a movie that practically labels the people who follow the faith of Islam as savages by acting like savages. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy. Go ahead and protest, that is a right afforded to all, but protest like dam human beings. Having said that there were of course many protests that were carried out peacefully in many locations around the world. But with the world being the way it is, peaceful protests don’t enlist the media coverage as well as some angry flag-burning insult taunting Muslims losing their general shiz at a US embassy do.

US Focal point:

Another thing that has also annoyed me with regard to these violent protest is the fact they seem to be all aimed at US embassies or, in some cases, US franchises. Now correct me if I’m wrong, but last time I checked it wasn’t Barack Obama or any US senator or government official that was listed as a producer, director or even simple stage-hand in the credits of this nonsensical film. Too boot, I don’t remember any governmental budgets being set aside and stipulated for funding films *and to be honest, even calling it a film is in my mind giving it way too much credit* that spout hate-filled nonsense. This film was made by some twat who happened to have a U.S. citizenship. Hitler was born in Poland but you didn’t see the allied powers aiming all their ammo at Austria for simply being the homeland of the damned Fuhrer as opposed to Germany where boy had clearly set up shop during the war. Him being American is beside the point.

Over-Hype:

Another issue I find with all this controversy is the fact that the idiot who produced this beyond-a-low-budget-film-its-practically-replacing-the-Dead-Sea-as-the-lowest-point-on-Earth is that this tool has achieved what he set out to do. He has not only offended the people he set out to offend but also enraged a minority of those people enough to publicly make a**holes of themselves and further reinforce this negative ‘Muslamic Ray Guns’ rage stereotype of muslims. It’s like we Muslims aren’t complete unless we are seething with anger and burning a flag or 2. It’s utterly disgraceful. Adding to the fact that with all this extreme protesting more attention has been drawn to this film therefore affording it more publicity. The publicity means that more people are being exposed to the films insufferable views. Plus a point to note is that all the hits that are garnered on this video on Youtube do translate into money being paid to the uploader. The guy must be minted by now.

Priorities: Messed up:

And lastly I feel like these protesters who are so vehemently protesting the vilification of their prophet and religion are missing the bigger picture. Yes, the video was offensive, yes it was tacky. But can you not maybe think in this day and age of anything worse occurring that might be bringing a greater harm to your people? If you care so much about the muslim ‘ummah’ and the image of Islam surely you should be more outraged at the thousands of muslims being massacred in Syria? Have none of these hardcore touting muslims ever read this ayah in the Quran?

‘On that account We ordained for the Children of Isra`il that if any one slew a person – unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land – it would be as if he slew the whole humanity: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the whole humanity.’ Surah 5, verse 32

So where is the unbridled outrage at the death toll which numbers in the tens of thousands and which by far over-shadows the one person metaphor in this ayah? Or can the US flags you have stockpiled not wait to go up in flames?

I think the adequate response to a video like this is to simply give it the attention it deserves…which is none at all. It isn’t worth anyone’s time of day.  Don’t get me wrong, I do believe as a Muslim this the movie is disrespectful, grossly offensive, racist and intolerant. I just believe the response to the hate eschewed in this film shouldn’t be more exaggerated and violent hate. You don’t win by one up-ing bigots.

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2012 in Iran, Media, Middle East, Serious, Syria, UN, USA

 

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I got 99 problems and Iran is all of them

Today an Israeli newspaper reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjimin Netenyahu and his Defense minister would like to attack Iran’s nuclear sites before the November U.S elections. Despite their strident views they lack crucial support both within their cabinet and their military. That coupled with the fact that If a war with Iran was to be launched this would considerably shake and rupture the bedrock of ties between Israel and the US as the latter country has made it clear about its desire to avoid any conflict of sorts.

Israel Israel Israel, what are we going to do with you and your fixated paranoia? If Israel was a person by now there would be a restraining order out on its ass. The problem with all this isn’t that Israel has a problem with Iran, after all, many countries do, it’s how it goes about justifying and then exaggerating its problems. The ironic fact about this latest report by Israel is that US officials only just yesterday released a report highlighting that Iran is not only not on the verge of having a nuclear weapon but that Tehran has not even made a decision on whether or not it should pursue one. Now how Netanyahu missed this tid bit of information goes beyond me, but what this statement does is virtually punch massive holes into Israel’s current war rampant tirade.

This Israeli paranio and ‘blame Iran’ mantra was even extended to the recent attacks in Egypt which left 16 Egyptian border police dead. Israel was quick on the mark, pointing the finger startlingly at Iran. This claim against Iran is largely unfounded as even when Israel accused it of the attack it didn’t offer up a shred of evidence to justify its claim. This kind of behavior literally reminds me of playground politics. It’s like when there is a kid you don’t like in nursery because he has taken your shovel in the sand pit whilst you were busy dilly dallying about with bucket… you try and snatch it back (in kids terms that amounts to; excuse me sir, but I happen to notice that thou has attained thee’s shovel whilst thy was unaware) but the kid refuses to hand it back…so you shove over a plant pot and when asked what happened automatically say ‘Ayatollah did it’…….even though you are at home and a week has passed by and said Ayatollah is holidaying in Iran (Came together nicely in the end didn’t it?).

Now yea that analogy is a complete curve ball and if you think about it doesn’t reeeeeeally make that much sense but I just wanted to give a young kid named Ayatollah his 5 seconds of fame in this drama. Point is Israel, stop waging war on an unimagined reality. You don’t need to make-up vices against Iran to have a grudge against the country. The more you fabricate the less ingenious any of your claims will be. Plus, you know the people at the top in Israel are waning in their judgment (more so than usual) when they are ready to throw the towel in with the US for the sake of meting out this undue punishment to Iran. The funny thing is, Iran and Israel are two faces of the same coin in many respects. They  both like throwing around wild accusations at their enemies whilst turning a blind eye to their disdainful policies back home. They both like to take on this ‘me against the world’, ‘David vs Goliath’ attitude when it comes to defining their place on the world map. Also they are both largely seen to be pariahs in the region they reside in. So yea, practically twins.

Basically put your spears and war paint away Israel and settle right down … because unless you’re looking to be the newly added member of the Expandables cast, you’ve got no reason to be going anywhere with your battle cry, anytime soon.

 

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