Two Tales from Egyptian Parliament yesterday.


I read two stories yesterday, both probably happened around the same time. When reading the first story, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. The second story makes me never want to stop crying.

The second story is much more important, but I want to get the first out of the way. This story was one that was dominating my timeline, both on Twitter & Facebook & for good reason too. Take a moment to watch these hijacking Islamist MP caterwauling in Parliament. The ‘religious’ (faux) equivalent of willy-waggling. Goodness knows, there are enough mosques in Cairo. There is nowhere to hide from the Azaan & I don’t believe it is incumbent on any Muslim to suddenly break into the Azaan, no matter what the circumstances. That is what the Mu’zen (person whose actual JOB it is to do the Azaan (call to prayer)) in the mosque is for. Some people can’t help making a spectacle of themselves.

Meanwhile, outside Parliament, what was happening? I saw this on only one person’s wall on Facebook & was filled with horror & shame that the desperation of those who have nothing is still so palpable & crying out for attention in these times of news overload. The same people that were being overlooked before are being overlooked now. This poor man, whose name I don’t even know, had set fire to himself outside Parliament, after losing his job there. Perhaps, even while the Azaan fiasco was ongoing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iI-u8_8hwj4

I believe that many in Parliament, especially those elected on a moral/religious ticket are following in the same footsteps and falling into the same traps as their prior secular ruling tormentors. Where’s the outrage & discussions of important matters for the citizens who are most deserving of it? What are the priorities?

Shame on them!

Reactions to the Disasters in Japan – the Good, the Bad, the Ugly.


Nobody could fail to be astounded at the images and videos coming out of Japan, after the Tsunami. The devastation and scale of the disaster seems impossible to comprehend in my little human brain. It’s bad enough in my imagination,but to see the multitudes of people who have somehow survived who are dealing with the reality and the aftermath evokes in me a deep sense of empathy and solidarity, as it should. If a tsunami wasn’t devastating enough, the potential for nuclear disaster is a further devastation for people already going through unimaginable conditions.

The international response has, as it should be, been willingly forthcoming and prompt. On the whole, it restores my faith somewhat in humanity when I see evidence of humanistic unity in the face of disaster. It’s sad that sometimes, it takes disaster to bring out the best side of humanity, but good to see when people are concerned for their fellow human. I was surprised that Japan did not accept aid offered by China, as, how could that be in the interest of the Japanese people who could probably have done with that aid?

If that thought relieves me somewhat, the inhumanism and the worst of humanity also seems to come out of disaster. One would have thought the only person to be pleased about the Tsunami would be Gaddaffi & those dictators who would be relieved to have attention diverted from them. To see some reactions, rejoicing in the anguish of the Japanese, claiming it as ‘karma’ for Pearl Harbour and for military transgressions 60 YEARS AGO, and being filled with joy and smugness, just confuses me – I just can’t understand it. I’ll bet that many of the people celebrating weren’t even born yet! Are they so indoctrinated in hate that they can’t empathise? Do they REALLY believe what they are saying? And, then, there’s  the trolls using as a joke, also completely lacking any tact or humanity (just have a look here: http://www.tntmagazine.com/tnt-today/archive/2011/03/15/tamtampamela-video-god-is-so-good-for-japan-s-earthquake-and-tsunami.aspx to see what I’m talking about). I despair, I really do!

So, for the Japanese people and any other people suffering anywhere, now, I express my solidarity, and I’m sorry for your suffering.

To the woman in the link I just posted, and to all the other haters, this is to you, from me x