As per the end of the year publishing traditions, I just want to say happy new year to the blog readers with this 2010 dictators photo from the Afro-Arab summit in Libya. I think this photo best represents the 2011 highlights events. Who thought this was even thinkable?
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak mostly answered: I don’t remember, I didn’t know, no clue…even for the more obvious ones.
The full script of the investigation with him has been published, and these are some parts of it – in Mubarak’s own twisted words and ‘logic’.
On the famous beating of the protesters off the backs of camels, he said he only saw a camel running among the demonstrators, and he was surprised. He later learnt it was called “the Battle of the Camels. When asked why were the demonstrations’ demands not met before its outbreak, his answer was: because I did not know these demands!!
I have been noticing that Wael Ghonim (@Ghonim) was becoming more a ‘spiritual leader’ for a revolution that was never completed. He has been recently tweeting on twitter about the need to do things that will ‘help’ the economy.
It seems the guy has forgotten what made him famous in the first place: Continue reading
I asked myself this question when the blogger Maikel Nabil was arrested in late March 2011 for ‘insulting’ the Egyptian Army. Quite a move from the army, after the ex-president Hosni Mubarak was just been ousted. I didn’t quite get how an army can be ‘insulted’, especially when they are playing politics now, and not being in war with an enemy. Usually, it’s the other way round.
Anyway, what the entire activist did, was describing the humiliation and sexual harassment he experienced under the military police hands, and obviously criticised the army role for some of their criminal activities. Result: The 26-year old was sentenced on 11 April for 3 years for insulting the army, without anybody bothering investigating his claims.