Friday, June 15, 2007

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Another secterian clashes

In Egypt, between Muslims and Copts.
This time in a village called "Behma" around 60 Kms south of Cairo.
The Muslims acted on a rumor that the Copts are planning to build a church in town, or in an another story were expanding a house that they used to conduct their prayers.

Apparently the Friday sermon at a village mosque had discussed ongoing church construction, sparking anger among worshippers who emerged from the mosque in a large group and then moved to the church site, where clashes erupted with the Copts ridiculously outnumbered.

Then they went to burn Christian owned homes and shops.

10 Christian were reported injured and the Police arrested 60 Muslims.

Nothing new here, Egypt has seen such clashes growing in the past few years and the official reaction is always the same with downplaying the incidents and issuing stupid statements and then the papers publish a photo of the Pope and Sheikh Al-Azhar hugging, and everything is cool, without addressing the real problem.

Copts consist of 7-15% of the Egyptian population depends on whose side of the story you want to believe, but they are not allowed to build any church unless they get a decree from the President, based on a law from the 1800.

The incident failed to make the state owned newspapers, and there was no official statement from the ministry of interior, which is a shame as I was really waiting to hear their take on the matter.

But probably they know that by now that everybody knows anyone doing such acts is called insane!


Saturday, May 05, 2007

The Iranian FM and the red dress

The Iranian FM skipped dinner in the Sharm El-Sheikh summit after finding out that they are being entertained by a Russian violin player who wore a red dress that the minister found too revealing for him to stand, so the guy had to excuse himself.

But the fact that he was seated directly in front of Condoleezza Rice was very irrelevant.


Pkistani Add

This is the kind of add you see in a Pakistani paper:

Basically what the add says is:

We have some nuclear material missing, but no need to panic nothing to worry about really folks, but if u get a chance to stumble in anybody carrying or handling the nukes or happen to find the stuff lying in the street, give us a call on the following number.


Wednesday, May 02, 2007

75% of Egyptians support Shari'a laws

According to this poll!

But one must not be surprised as the same desire was shared in this demonstration in London calling for Shari'a laws to be implemented in UK!!


All Italians should undergo DNA

Just when you thought you've heard it all from the Libyan leader Mu'ammar Al-Qadhafi, he comes out with this.


Gamal Mubarak ties the knot

While never forgetting denying yet again any intentions for him to run for president.


Monday, April 30, 2007

Copts are angry

Egyptian Christians (Copts) are in fury after a court ruled last week that for a Christian that has converted to Islam and now wishes to return to Christianity, he should not be allowed to change his religion in his national ID from Muslim to Christian!
The case was filed by a Christian man who had converted to Islam and gone back to Christianity but the interior ministry declined to amend his papers, and now the judge joined in and ruled their act as lawful.

Just how on earth such ruling deems constitutional fails to register with me as the last time I checked freedom of religion was a constitutional right, but then again we should be glad the judge didn't order the man to the sword!!


Sunday, April 29, 2007

The Monkey throws in the towel

Damn, damn damn.........The Sandmonkey, my favorite Egyptian blogger is calling it quits.
He fears his identity might already has been exposed, and fears for his safety which is a wise choice in these days in Egypt.

This is like a nightmare, somebody please wake me.


Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Conspiracies, conspiracies.

A round up of the latest conspiracies the good people of the Middle East had to endure the last week:

This one is about Israeli HIV infected water melon found to be sold in Saudi Arabia.

While this is about a virus in Pakistan that spreads through mobile phones and actually kills the receiver in a week.

Great minds at work here!


On Steny Hoyer

Ok, what’s the deal here? First the house majority leader Steny Hoyer denies ever meeting with anyone from the Brotherhood while he was in Egypt, and then he says yeah he met some of them but unintentionally whatever that means and then we hear talks about Hoyer inviting the head of the MB to speak in the Congress! Which was denied by the MBs themselves!
And to top it all the US ambassador to Egypt Francis J. Ricciardone was summoned to Washington to explain why such a meeting was held in his place?

What on earth are the Democrats up to with the house speaker visiting with the Syrian leader and the majority leader talking to the MBs?

Something is very wrong here.


Libya is the 3rd great power in the world.

Al-Qaddafi said so, so it's gotta be true.

But he didn't mention the first two, but Sudan and Somalia would be a wise guess!



Many apologies for the lack of blogging recently, it’s been crazy times at work and with the Easter holidays and everything.