Egyptian Chronicles

Friday, May 26, 2017

Minya Massacre : blood on sand "A recap"

Again it is one of those mornings, one of those Fridays that you woke up to find a massacre taken place in the south of the country and you want to go back to the bed again praying that this is an awful nightmare.

At 11 AM Cairo Local time "CLT" at that the same time millions of Egyptian Muslims were on their way to Friday prayers , a group of masked militants came on three 4x4 Cars and opened their fire randomly on a bus carrying Christian citizens at the desert western of Minya governorate' Idwa city according to the first official statement issued by Egypt's Ministry of Interior "MOI" at 1:28 PM CLT.

The MOI added that as security forces reached the attack's scene, it turned out that it happened at one of the desert sub-routes heading to Saint Samuel the Confessor monastery, which is 60 km away from the city of Maghagha , North of Minya in the heart of the Western Desert.
At the attack scene
Two monks watching the attack scene "Reuters" 
It also stated up till then 26 Egyptian Christians were killed and other were injured.
Already we have known before that at least 26 people were killed while 25 others were injured. The victims included lots of children.

It turned out that it was not a bus but rather a convoy of Egyptian Christians heading to the 7th-century monastery.

A bus carrying worshipers from neighbor Bani Suef governorate as well a microbus carrying worshipers from Minya's villages headed were in their way when they were stopped by the militants.
According to eyewitnesses accounts that I have been reading all day and the MOI's statement, militants came on three 4x4 Cars and hell started.
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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Khaled Ali heads to trial cover over "the finger" : Presidential Elections or Tiran and Sanafir isles

Egypt's prosecution ordered on Wednesday the release of famous Egyptian human rights lawyer and former presidential candidate Khaled Ali on LE 1,000 bail. It also referred him at the same time to misdemeanor court to be tried next 29 May on "making an obscene act on a public street" !!
Khaled Ali
Ali in custody on Tuesday by Mohamed El-Raai 

The potential presidential candidate spent the night in custody at Dokki police station after the order of the prosecution ordered to detain him for 24 hours pending further investigations in an unprecedented move when it comes to misdemeanor according to lawyers.

The famous lawyer and founder of leftist "Bread and Liberty Party" is accused by famous lawyer Samir Sabry of giving the middle finger to his opponents in the street in January during celebrating his victory in Tiran and Sanafir lawsuit in front of State Council.

Following the historical Supreme AdministraCourtcourt verdict to reject the current Egyptian government's appeal appeal against the administrative court ruling annulling the Egyptian-Saudi deal to redraw maritime deal,a photo emerged online showing the famous lawyer giving the middle finger "the Egyptian style" to his opponents while he was being held on the shoulders of his protesters.
Some say the photo was genuine and it was one for a less than a second.

Others say it was a "photoshopped" fake photo and he did not give the middle finger to anyone.
Needless to say, the Pro-regime media went mad and used that alleged photo to smear Khaled Ali who won huge popularity following the verdict.
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

21 Websites blocked in Egypt and it is not good at all "Updated : 23 and increasing"

Once again I was planning to write something about certain that happened in Egypt then another thing more outrageous happened and made me change my mind.

Blocked
A familiar scene now 
From a couple of hours ago, Egypt's State news agency "MENA" announced that 21 websites were blocked in Egypt.

Quoting an unnamed source in a very short news on its wire service, MENA added that those were blocked because their content supported terrorism and radicalism as well deliberately spread lies.

The source added that among those blocked websites: Al-Jazeera.net, Al-Sharq TV channel, Misr Al-Arabia, Al-Shaab newspaper, Arabi 21, RSSD and Hamas Online.

He also said that the legal procedures were being followed regarding those websites.
The decision was taken in Egypt in less than 24 hours of blocking Al-Jazeera and Qatari news websites in Emirates, Saudi Arabia following their fake news media war in the midnight on Tuesday.

Now we discovered the rest of the Websites are Ikhwan Online, Egypt's WindowAl-Mesryoon, Huffington Post Arabic, Cairo PortalKlmty , Hasam militant group official website,  Horriya Post,  Aswat Masriya and Mada  Qatari Al-Watan, Qatari Al-Arab , Qatari Al-Sharq, Qatari El-Raya, Masr. (Yes , MADA MASR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
Yes, Mada Masr; one of the finest Egyptian online independent English and Arabic news websites in Egypt and the Arab world is banned in its own country !!!!!!

Updated on 27 May: Daily News Egypt Nabd news aggregator and Tor project website are blocked also in Egypt.
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Seen in Cairo : Once a Credit Foncier Egyptien

Location 35 Mostafa Kamel, El-Zawya El-Hamraa, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
Credit Foncier Egyptien

A new Downtown Cairo building discovery for me: The Credit Foncier Egyptien bank building or as it is known now as Arab international bank "AIB".

Built in 1903 in its current location, the Credit Foncier Egyptian or the Egyptian Credit Foncier bank was active till its nationalization in the 1950s.

Originally Founded by Karl Heinrich and Raphael Suares in 1880 in Alexandria, it predated the National Bank of Egypt "NBE" so yes it was the oldest and first bank in Egypt. Reading more about it the Credit Foncier Egyptien Banque represented the French interests whereas the NBE represented the British interest for dominance on the Egyptian economy then.
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Monday, May 22, 2017

Kodak Agfa presents : Egypt's Spring Flowers Fair 2017

Location Orman Botanical Garden, Square, Oula, Giza, Giza Governorate, Egypt
And it is our annual time with Egypt's Spring Flowers Fair.
On 21st March , Egypt's minister of Agriculture and the Governor of Giza inaugurated the 83rd Springs Flowers fair in Al-Orman Botanical garden as usual on the start of Spring officially.
You know I could not resist going there. I went there before in 2015 and 2016.
I went to the fair this year but I did not stay long enough in the fair to take too many photos as I used to do.
But I still managed to take a couple of beautiful photos 'I guess'.
Flowers at Egypt's Spring Flowers show
Beautiful orange daisies "I guess"

Flowers at Egypt's Spring Flowers show
Beautiful flowers everywhere 
According to the ministry of agriculture , not less than 155 Egyptian and foreign companies participated in the fair this year.
The space of the fair also extended 25% more than its usual space in Al-Orman botanical garden.
More and more flowers
Flowers at a landscape company in partition 
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