Friday, September 24, 2010

A double Espresso

This Alexandrian establishment, the Brazilian Coffee store has been providing the people of Alexandria with the best coffee money can buy since 1929, when inaugerated by the Greek Ambassador to Cairo.

This photo is from their new coffee shop, that played a small part on the morning of two of my best friend´s wedding day on this very day a few years ago. This is my way of wishing them a happy anniversary.

The photo, courtesy of Travel Aficionado, It´s part of a really interesting flickr set of photos on Egypt.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Livestream from Abdeen Oraby 2010 Demonstration

You can watch the livestream of today's twin demonstrations in Cairo(Abdeen Palace, hence the name Oraby) and Alexandria(al Rasafa Sq)against hereditary rule (tawrith)here.

There seems to be a massive security operation, with arreests of activists, and the roads leading to the area surounding Abdeen is blocked. Only about 200 took part in the Abdeen demonstration according to this Reuters wire, quite a normal figure by Cairo standards, especially when the Muslim Brotherhood is a non show, But lately in contrast to the ordinary demonstrations, is the silent stands against torture and police abuse, that begun Spontaneously after the brutal killing of the 28 year-old Alexandrian Khaled Said by the hands of Alexandria police on June 6th. These silent stands are orgaized through a facebook group, started by an unknown person.

According to @Hishamkassem Gamela Ismail and a journalist has been detained/alternatively encircled by and Jack Shenker of the Guardian had a scuffle with the police. There seems to have been arrests of 6 April youth. According to Front for the Defence of Egypt Protesters there's been 40 activists surrounded by security forces, even before they got to the demonstration venue at Abdeen. In Alexandria, 9 activists have been detained.

This post is very poor on information, due to technical proplems with the twitter virus, but updates will be forthcomming.

Journalists targeted

As many times before, journalists was among those targeted, or rather their equipement, apart from the two cases mentioned above, an al Jazeera cameraman seems to have been detained and Jano Charbel who writes for al Masry al Youm English was stopped by police, whom tried to confiscate his camera, meanwhile al Jazeera arabic was broadcasting the event live.

UPDATE: Jano Charbel is out after being detained.

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Shana Tova, Eid Mubarak, and Happy Neyrouz

Once again we´re all celebrating together, the Jewish New Year, the Muslim Eid al Fitr, and the Coptic New Year, like one big happy family.

I would like to take the opportunity, Firstly to wish Hari Raya Idul Fitri to someone special and then to wish each and every one of my friends and readers that are celebrating, a happy holliday. It´s year 5571 in the Jewish calender and it will be 1727 in the Coptic one.

This bollywood style video clip below is my special Eid greeting to Mr Terry Jones of Gainesville Florida, i´ve heard you got a last minute cancelation for an event on Saturday, why don´t you and your congregation practice the moves in the clip on the church lawn instead, i´ll promise that you havent had so much fun since you did the night fever in the late seventies.

With this blog post i would also like to announce my return to blogging after my longest break since the start of this blog in spring of 2005. Regular posting will begin after i´ve eaten my first 5 Kg of Kahk..

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