Jul 29, 2011

The Bearded Friday Battle

Quick read into what happened today at Tahrir Square:

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Salafists lack the political maturity and I guess it's unfair to count them as political group to begin with.

They have broken political agreement. Thus, their calculations were limited as they hided behind their numbers and the street sympathy with Islamic rhetoric due to continuance prosecution of Islamists since 54. However, long term effect was antagonizing their adversaries.

Salafists' political naivety shows MB as the only mature and responsible Islamic group in Egypt. a Free favor by immature rival.

Lesson 1: Salafist are NOT a political group as everyone else like to present them and I guess  this confusion started when SCAF sought their mediation on political and sectarian conflicts. They lack autonomous organization and political vision.

Lesson 2: Salafists proven they can not play politics with bungling performance on the squar today. Yet, they introduced  themselves as a spoiler group. Salafists’ pundits and large loyal followers can ONLY tarnish political gains of any political group.

Lesson 3: Realistic estimation of on ground power of Salafists [ no evasion and no exaggeration] is critical to any political group to win. Since winning cannot be granted unless Salafists are neutralized

Lesson 4: at this point political unity is not realistic approach. getting ready for elections is. MB are very ready & former NDP [check countryside]


SCAF has already neutralized Salafists as an adversary during Imbaba battle

Jul 6, 2011

Media Fail or Government incompetence

This morning a sound of huge impact was heard all around big city of Cairo. People from all around the Capital; east, west, north, south, reported hearing this explosion like sound. Many started to speculate the reasons and the sound source. #CairoExplosion hashtag became trending; a mix of sarcasm, jokes with theories about the real nature of the sound. Yet, the official story was more puzzling than the Cairo explosion itself.


Two different report at exact same time on Facebook by two different newspapers sourced their news using the vague word of “Security personal”

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adding to this The State TV which announces at the same time the reason for the explosion sound is by an airplane broke the sound barrier .

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However Al Ahram Portal – state owned website is quoting The German News Agency that the explosion was due to normal rock extraction site explosion.

This is an embarrassing and unprofessional to an institution as prestigious as Al Ahram. Why for you need to quote Germany about something happening few Kilometers away from your office. easily get you head out of the window and check .

Secondly, The unidentified vague  source of these news which most press and /media call “Security Source” is unacceptable way for encapsulating a rumor with sophisticated look. What Kind of security source was he; mall Cop or the Minister of Interior ?

Lately, Through my observation to the Egyptian media in general you can spot a flows that could easily credited to unprofessionalism or self-censorship without any obvious reason.