So, in a few minutes, Morsilini the sheeple’s dictator is set to be stood down after defying an army ultimatum by our old friends SCAF and inevitably, there will be another military coup d’etat. These would be saviours are being cheered on by so many – but let’s not forget the last time we had a military dictatorship!
Whilst Morsi & the Brotherhood are calling for death, blood and martyrdom to protect a revolution they didn’t even participate in, that other organised gang, the army are polishing their weapons. These bunches of willy-wagglers will not be content until they bring down Egypt with them.
Victim-blaming is the predictable & cowardly response to rape by those who hate women. It’s a universal & hateful response to violence against women & a way simply, to abuse power to try & subdue & degrade women. We have the right to participate in our society, we won’t be cowed into not taking our rightful place and fight for our rights by these organised sexual terrorists.
We saw it in India, after the uproar following the gang-rape & murder of the student. We see it almost everytime there is a rape case in the mainstream media (think DSK, Assange, etc etc). How stupid do you have to be to think that the person responsible for rape is the person doing it?
Before anyone comes up with that stupid ‘you wouldn’t leave your car/house/valuables unlocked’ argument, we are human beings, ok? We should be able to go about our lives without the fear of sexual harrassment & violence, and being blamed for it when it happens. It’s not us that’s doing it now, is it? What does it say about their attitudes to Egyptian women, that they are on the same sides as the rapists? I’ll let you make up your own mind.
I read the papers and online testimonials of mob attacks on women in the streets protesting and if I had not read the titles, I would have thought that the authors had suddenly taken a keen interest in the every day life of street children. I would have justifiably concluded they have become avid observers who have taken to the street to highlight the prevalence and normality of sexual violence in street culture that very little children live every night. But no, I have read the title; the words indicate this is about other girls; younger and older women, “welaad naas”, of the working and middle class (because remember street kids are the “excluded” class, second class citizens if that!). These articles are written because “citizens” have been struck, “citizens” honour has been violated; “citizens” human rights have been wronged. But street children? They aren’t citizens – they don’t even…
This video (I know I probably should, but can’t bring myself to watch it until the end) shows a woman being attacked, brutalised and raped by a pack of men in Tahrir Square.
This ongoing & increasing sexual terrorism against the women of Egypt must stop! This pandemic of sexual violence was bad enough before the revolution, but it is now being deployed as a weapon against women on a scale never seen before.
The terrible case of the lady who was gang-raped & murdered on a bus in India was horrifying. What followed though, gave me some hope. Seeing the women and men of India rise up against the travesty that is misogyny & sexual violence was a beautiful and surprising phenomena. It gave me hope that something similar would happen in Egypt.
Alas! Not yet! Our prime minister seems more obsessed with dirty breasts that the dirty attacks on innocent women. The silence of those who should be cracking down on this is deafening. Every single Egyptian who is not on the side of those rapists and sexual terrorists should be out there protecting the dignity, freedoms & rights of their sisters and protesting this travesty on society.
Hope is not lost, though, there are many who are standing up against this, and I hope that it will increase rapidly. Please join the women of Egypt in solidarity next Tuesday. If you’re in London, please come to the embassy at 6PM.
Morsi & the Brotherhood have trapped themselves with all the empty promises & platitudes to justice & freedom.
And what do people who are trapped do? They lash out. Egyptians again, are paying the ultimate price. More blood is shed, more martyrs made. The dictator does what dictators do (how quickly Morsi picked up the ropes) he kills, he oppresses, he sends in the tear gas & the troops, he orders a curfew & calls for a new (but old, these tactics are so, so old now) state of emergency.
That didn’t stop the fight for freedom & justice before, and it won’t now, either. Morsi should know that, but the power has gone to his head and the man only has himself to blame for the deaths, the troubles and the disappointment.
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.
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?
You would have thought that those evil dictators in SCAF wouldn’t have been able to shock us Egyptians anymore. But this week, they’ve outdone themselves again.
The massacre at Port Said was not about football, but once again, an orchestrated State-sponsored attack on those who would stand against their corruption and oppression.
The Ultras (Ahly fans) who were killed have been instrumental in many of the revolutionary protests and this was revenge, a warning, and incitement – pure & simple. An act of war & they’ve made it personal to so many Egyptians now, even those who were unconvinced by the revolutionaries & uninvolved in politics. Their blood was cheap only to SCAF.
I could see the shock & sadness so palpable in the faces of those at the vigil. Many of them knew people who had died. I’ve seen many of those people at the protests for over a year now and there seemed to be a different quality of sadness that day. The senselessness & unexpectedness was in spite of everthing, still a shock. It’s clear that SCAF have a psychopathic & sociopathic sense of impunity as there reaction to the international condemnation clearly shows.
For now, we remember the dead. Then, we must honour them by bringing their demands of freedom to life.
Please watch the video & share it. Please also come to the protest in Trafalgar Sq, London on Saturday 11th February if you can make it. Down with the military regime!
Revolution: an overthrow or repudiation and the thorough replacement of an established government or political system by the people governed.
There are many optimists who are for some reason I cannot fathom, celebrating the so-called Egyptian revolution anniversary on January 25. Of course, it is a day which should fill us with pride at those who rose up against the Mubarak regime – but it is a massive disservice and an insult to those who have died & suffered in the as yet unfulfilled uprising. This prima facie revolution, has done nothing but change the face of the dictator. The new face(s) have taken the old tactics & we are in a more perilous place than we were before.
We mustn’t forget what those women & men who died died for. Not for a totalitarian Islamic Republic of Egypt alongside this murderous Military Dictatorship, paid for in the blood of those who wanted something else. We mustn’t give up, not only for us, but for them.
So, last night, Youssef Boutros Ghali was speaking at LSE. This man is a convicted criminal & a fugitive. What the fuck are LSE doing giving this corrupt thief a platform? Did they learn nothing from getting into bed with Gaddafi? SHAME on LSE.
Respect to the brave and outspoken activist, Dina Makram-Obeid who bravely called him out for the criminal that he is, only for him to be whisked away by LSE security, like some kind of VIP, you can watch here http://vimeo.com/34809423 Bravo Dina!
The man is a fugitive from the law & has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for corruption while he was the Minister of Finance in Mubarak’s corrupt regime. He owes the Egyptian people 60 million Egyptian pounds. He was too cowardly to stay & stand trial & was convicted in absentia. Yet, here he is, gallavanting around London, being given legitimacy & freedom to roam, living on the proceeds of crime & being allowed to stay here in London.
Apparantly the Egyptian authorities need to issue a warrant for his arrest, in order for Interpol to be able to do this? Why the fuck has this not happened? Unless, of course, SCAF are in cahoots with him? Why hasn’t the Home Secretary here used her discretion to ban this undesirable corrupt fugitive from justice? As a British and Egyptian woman I am so angry at the collective institutional ambivalence towards this insult to so-called justice.
Shame on all of them for being complicit in this criminal insult to Egyptians everywhere!
It was with a heavy yet lifted heart that I read the story of the fearless women in Egypt who fought back and kicked the arses of armed pathetic self-styled morality police who had come to threaten, beat & oppress them because their insecurities were so aroused and their ‘morality’ so offended at these women (SHOCK!! HORROR!!) visiting a beauty salon. You can read the story here http://bikyamasr.com/53028/egyptian-women-cane-morality-police/
It’s ominous that these groups have sprung up so quickly and with funding from you-know-where. It’s nothing short of sexual terrorism and I only hope that it is resisted every step of the way. We only have to cast our eyes over to you-know-where, the holiest of holies, to see the dangerous consequences of the prototypal ‘morality police’ and wahhabi/salafi oppression institutionalised – the murder of free will. It’s not just women who will be targetted. They will want to infantilise us all and control every aspect of everybody’s lives except their own. We must fight for our lives, or this will be a new dark age in Egypt.