CIMAL. 2nd Session.

24th of June, 2006. Today we had a wonderful session of the Egyptian Affairs Council in the American University in Cairo. We had the oppertunity of discussion of different issues concerning current Egyptian political scene.

Judges, People’s assembly activity, Egypt’s foreign Policy, Bloggers Detaination…One of the cool things that I guess will never happen again, we were discussing the Judges Independence from the Government in the same the time the real People’s Assembly were discussing it.

Hoping for more improvement.

The detained blogger Alaa Seif is out, and WORLD reactions to it.


Alaa Seif, an Egyptian blogger which was detained a month ago for blogging against the government, was released.

Here are some non-Egyptian comments from his blog www.manalaa.net, i’m posting this to let the readers know how can paying the price of liberty be really rewarding within this short time.

Joanne

Alaa
I am so happy you are home with Manal now
I was going to say free but I am not sure you will ever be free again unless this regime is toppled.
Your journey has been an arduous one but thanks to Hosny Mubarak you have had the chance to grow emotionally and learn about human nature the warmth and care for you of the people around the world, you have learned about your own strenght of character and now it seems that your future path has been carved out for you too
You might not have choosen it but you have become not only to me but I know to many around the world the symbol of resistance in Egypt A true Hero !
An Internet warrior fighting with words, words which are taking effect and eventually will conquer, it is the beginning of the end of Mubarak regime’s hold on the people of Egypt and he knows it.
I would like to alert as many people as possible its a campain from Amnesty International
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If you have a website or blog, help us spread the word and undermine unwarranted censorship by publishing censored material from our database directly onto your site.
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Chaostorm

Dear friend Alaa,
I respect greatly what you are trying to accomplish in Egypt. I know what you’re going through now and I pray that you stay strong even during these hard times.
I live in Serbia (a part of ex-Yugoslavia) and I have seen terrible things here under our own dictator, Slobodan Milosevic. After practically succeeding another dictator, Tito, Milosevic visciously attacked any sign of opposition and many people were imprisoned or lost their lives during the ’90s just because they thought differently.
Even though we fought against him with civil disobedience acts and protests, it seemed that his rule would never end and that all of us who lived in Serbia would stay imprisoned within our own country for many generations to come, devoid of any liberties and rights. However, it was not to be. In 2000, when it looked he is the strongest so far, we finally toppled Milosevic and ended his reign of terror and lies once and for all.
My advice for you is to keep faith, bide your time and know that you are not alone. My advice for your friends and relatives is to spread the word and educate people of Egypt whenever possible, so that they would know that a better future can be achieved.
Don’t grieve -- I know in my heart that a better, brighter future is waiting for you and your people.
Friendship and support from Serbia,

Chaostorm

Freedom and Censorship

Freedom…

We are in Egypt, the country of non-freedom, the country of censorship…

u no this can be acceptable when r dealing with governmental places…we can somehow in a way or another get the point of freedom capturing, but…when u are in a place which is supposed to be a place for discussion, and u discuss the concept of freedom against governmental actions, and then this discussion is censored? you know this really sucks. This means that this supervisor is really against freedom.

I believe that if things remained like that in our dear country, we will be facing a tough bloddy revolution, maybe worse than the french revolution. Egyptian people must be encouraging each other to face governmental illegal acts, paying the price of freedom, cause we are the ones who will pay it, not the USA, not Europe, not the World General Opinion. It is just us, free Egyptians who will pay the dear high price of freedom. The freedom which will ensure and gurantee our prosperity, wealth and superiority to this world we are living in.

What makes me really upset and frustrated, when some Egyptians just like me become afraid, unable to get the courage to face our real problems instead of talking about trivial problems with trivial people. We are really heading to a catastrophe in the speed of light, I didn’t know that the governmental mentality is having some success in some minds, killing patriotism and freedom in our souls, our most precious place which is the only precious thing we have now after the devaluing of all the things we believed in within running time. Or do we just compensate our freedom in the figure of the football discussions which just go like blowing air in the air.

When women from the age of 20 to 60 are physically and sexually assaulted by the armed forces which are supposed to be protecting us from evil, and we find out that these forces protect criminals and attack the most respected people on Earth, JUDGES. All that, and when I talk about BLOGGING you just censor it? This is a crime I tell you, a crime.

I will be waiting your regret when the revolution comes, will be really waiting for it.

Finished…

Finished my exams…but…still not feeling that free…the feeling i always longed for…

i feel like being closed losing the ability to open again…is it i’m afraid that i’m closer to facing real life and wave goodbye to my years of no responsibility? is being twenty bad? dunno…

i never imagined that the tens digit in my age will be number 2…never…but now…i imagine myself as being a husband…to a hopefully loving wife…with hopefully nice children…i feel the massive responsibility that will be held on my shoulders…will be able to find a good wife? will i be able to be a good father if i had children?

i dunno…

love and chemistry…

if u love someone…let them free…and they will be 90% probability they will never come back…the perfect exact of the orbit definition…sometimes science is amazing…

Thoughts… Part Four

As I began my first day in “SunRise” School…I dont remember how did I overcome the barrier of language that easily (looking back at my age then, 5 years old…) I even loved thw way things wokred there…enjoying being injected with the love and passion for English Language…I used to be a very naughty boy( how ironically opposite myself is now)…to beat anyone who tried to tease me, which was almost all of the time, and then suffering the blame from the teahcers and the evil looks on the pupils. But best of all at the end of the day, the last thirty minutes before going home…watching cartoons which made my return home always a painful experience…

Thoughts… Part Three…

Nationalism, the expression in whicn I think, the first source of extremism which I suffer sometimes. I’m very interested in politics, history and Religion comparison(though I dont know how can someone like me can be interested in fields which are almost never common with like 99.99% of the people in around my surroundings…

There interests introduced to the blakc history and present of our humanity, and how imposible for any form of living to be perfect…or even to be as perfect as possible…

Abosrbed in this shocking realization, I began to relieve myself more and more, hoping for more and more approaching to a practical way of living…To be more drowned in the world of words…aka books…which always remained my true love…Being for me whenever I needed them…But again…I suffer this idiot inherted phenomena named privacy invading…

I used to read a lot, to be ill wit hthe habit of eating books…which was something dangerous for my parents, my doctor parents…

They always argued me to stop or lessen reading…and what is worst is that when they see books which are of opposition politics orientation…

I dont know if they have a bit of hidden jealousy in themselves, since I never detected a single sign of heard any mentioning to the sense of reading…

Thoughts… Part Two

when i grew up a lil bit…entering school…the 1st school i entered in the non-egyptian nation i was in, was the perfect example of multi-cultural society…i was among different kind of ppl…which made me exposed (but not neccesarily caught in the idea of realization) to how different human beings can be…british, americans, indians, lebanese, syrians, pakis…including egyptians…and many more…another exposure was to globalization…and to dual standards…like talking in Ebglish in front of the teachers and the staff, while talking arabic when we (arabs) were with each other…which also taught me the sense of nationalism…(some might name it other expressions, but when i reanalyze it i cant name it other than that)…

Anger…

Anger everywhere. Anger here and there. Always anger and there is no one to care. Anger in my opinion is one of the most primitive spontanuous way of expressing existed since day one. Angry sometimes can be right or wrong…But let’s take some different angle…Many people discuss anger as something negative, something will affect your body, your mood, etc etc etc…while if you reanalyze it from a different angle…you can begin to consider how people usually talk about things from only one-side only…
Some people get angry for wrong reasons, some for right ones, some are just violent by their own nature…you know…if you ever tried to enter a queue for a paper you want for your personal ID for example, or even worse, try to get a 2 LE from the 5 pt bread at the local bakery in your area. At least you can witness one of these incidents in the everyday life.
Anger can take several ways of evolution, for example, someone takes your place by his strength, his “wasta”, money, or whatever…of course this someone will be burning from inside. But tell me, does it usually happen that this angry person will transfer these supposed negative feelings of inside anger to positive actions to get their right back? In our Egyptian Society, and myself sometimes, this usually never happens. On the contrary, these negative feelings become enormous inside the human being untill it really cause the side-effects we were talking about in the one-sided point of view.
This state of being angry, the positive side of being angry, which is really very rare, or I can say, hideous in our Egyptian Society, can have two separate side-effects in my opinion:
1. Forcing the people to never give their rights up under ANY slogan, esp. that Egyptians many times utilize religious principles in the very wrong (or opposite) ways. And this way will be the peace leading way of developing of some of the terrible aspects in Egyptian life.
OR
2. Increasing and increasing the feelings of supressed and anger (and/or humiliation) which can lead to really dangerous effects (as you can see from the egyptian economic scene today)

Anonymous: “The truth shall make you free, but first it shall make you angry.”

Thoughts…

Alone…
The purifying feeling of being alone…
My parents never tried to understand my need to be alone from time to time, they just use the easy option of being scared and throw all the same-old-nagging about it is not right…it is bad…just like i’m still a child…

I was never taught the sense of privacy…my parents always invaded my strong desire for privacy…under many excuses…parental watch, love, protecting…yea ok i’m important for you and all…but do you think that this way will make the character you want to see? to be a real man who is able to face this monsterous-kind of life which is getting harder every second…

privacy…

as a matter of logic, this way of raising up made me believe that i have the right to invade the privacy of people i begin to care for…leading to face numberless problems as you can imagine…

privacy…

i suffered, paying the fees of the school of life…this suffering made me need to reanalyse the meaning of privacy, how to preserve it, how to protect it from the invasion from even my own parents…which released really bad effects…

lying…
cheating…
and all evil acts one can imagine…

i began to realize how parents r really responsible for what we r in life…

privacy…

even when i tried to share interests with them after al ong time of isolation…a long time of walled relationship…they kept making fun of my activities…or simply refusing it…

my online activity…
teenstuff magazine…
music interests…

as if they were never teenagers, as if they never lived this time of evolution of certain interests in the human being in this time interval…

i dont know if it a trend in this family…all the relatives in my family think of me as if am still a little child…forgetting the twenty summers and winters that passed through my life time…

privacy…

all my activities r just watched and delieveredby reports to my family…i hate my parents for what…what the hell…why do you know all this about me…JUST LEAVE ME ALONE YOU IDIOTS…

and then these relatives say…hey did u do that? u did that alone? What the heck guys…ur generation is the most coward generation of all, the worst generation of all time…the generation of fear and corruption…indeed you in particuler dont have the right to discuss my capability of doing the things i do, SPECIALLY, when i dont share ANY interests with ANY of you…so why dont you keep your idiot opinions for yourself…

when i was a child…i always spent like 2 or 3 hours before sleeping…screaning all my frustrations in my imagination…trying to create imaginable solutions for them…like getting batman tools, bionic men, Aladdin and his Jinny…every imaginable way of solving in the mind of a little child…of course i stopped this habit…but sometimes I think that i need thishabit again…maybe not before sleeping…but trying to get back this ability of reanalysing things that happen to me…to see it from outside…get a clear vision to get an easy solution…

to be continued…

TeenStuff

Every once in a while i check through the old issues of the magazine, but recently i felt a new feeling…looking at some … mmm … many names which i met before…

ice heat
nonosh
maro
still
raafat
y.
simon

and a lot more…and i wondered about that i’m still in contact with some of them…others r lost in the mazes of life…some r seen every now and then…

wow…this magazine gave me a lot…

thanks u TeenStuff…

CIMAL

Cairo International Model Arab League…

what a wonderful experience…i was accepted as a member in the Egyptian Affairs Council. Then i attended the openning session, featuring Ibrahim Eissa…the session was in the American University in Cairo

www.modelarableague.org

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