Thursday, February 09, 2006

Danish Cartoons are not the End As Long As Undemocratic Governments Are in Power

Posting my story about the Danish cartoons that were re-printed in Egypt on October 17, 2005 by Al Fagr newspaper, I came to a very important understanding that there are millions around the world who want to listen, talk and learn about the truth. In a troubled region like the Middle East where many values including truth is on the verge of decay, I find it incumbent upon me to be a voice even if faint. I am using my blog, as an Egyptian citizen or woman who lived her entire life in Egypt, to speak if not to shout loud to draw the attention to a country and people in crisis. I am ready to talk and let others learn about my country, region and politics. I am fed up with the government media that rule and manipulate our lives until further notice. This media talk on behalf of all Egyptians all the time, giving no chance for anyone to express himself/herself unless they belong to their stream, in the case of Egypt either regime or Muslim Brotherhood figures. But media outlets are like everything in Egypt, no true democractic representation. I am calling for the freedom that can transform me into a full-fledged citizen not a humiliated guest in a country that I grew up to believe it is mine. Thanks to technology revolution and indeed it is a revolution in the true sense of the word. I was capable of connecting my frustration for the lack of freedom in my country to thousands around the globe through my little tiny blog.

Learning that the Danish Ambassador confirmed the re-publication of the Danish cartoons in the Egyptian paper Al Fagr in the news made me believe that we can beat oppression and tyranny by speaking the truth and the world is ready to listen.

The magnitude of destruction of anti-Danish protests and boycott is just a small bite in comparison to the amount of destruction those undemocratic governments are causing to our lives in Egypt and everywhere in the world. They play their people very well. In a country like Egypt, where illiteracy percentage reaches around 40%, it is very easy to play the people who do not know whether Denmark is a country or a company.

The cartoon rampage is but a long living technique that dictators use to absent their peoples from standing on the critical issues that determine the course of their lives. However, this time those undemocratic governments used the cartoons to intimidate the western world; due to the continuous pressures to apply reform polices and bring democracy and freedom into the Middle East. I accuse all government newspapers of trying to incite hatred and riot in Egypt. There is no doubt that the cartoons were of a very bad taste. But in a country like Egypt where press institutions get orders from the State Security, I do not expect Egyptians to understand that any paper in Europe can publish anything. Europeans take pride in their freedom of expression, something peoples under totalitarian regimes have never experienced. I am proud that the Egyptian Al Fagr published the cartoons and Egyptians did not react at the time they were published. I find publishing them normal and I find that not reacting is also normal because our faith is hung on a bunch of cartoons. I am proud to see an Egyptian paper expressing itself freely that was able to publish the cartoons. I am sure that Alfagr sales will increase tremendously however I am not surprised because it is run by a veteran Egyptian Journalist, Adel Hammouda.
I am also so frustrated at the government media that want to sell the idea that the Egyptian opposition is only the Muslim Brotherhood who are known for their long term deals with the regime. The Egyptian regime is trying to convince the whole world that it is either the regime stays in power or the Muslim Brotherhood will take over. I want to say that there is a big majority of silent liberals that are looking for a hand to extend support.

My friends all over the world, I want to thank you all for your supportive messages and also fellow bloggers forums and media everywhere that linked to my story on the cartoons. And because they were too many, I lost count, but they know themselves. I can tell you now that I see the light at the end of the tunnel for a free democratic Egypt because of you and your believe in truth! There were so many nice complimentary emails that I received expressing that they like my picture. My picture was taken in Aswan, Upper Egypt last November:)

22 Comments:

At 6:39 PM, Anonymous Heidelbaer said...

It is just great. Investigative, intelligent, informative. The political hardlined islamits try to convince us in Europe, that there is no Islam, only Islamism.
But they're liars. And they're nothing but that.
But truth, human dignity and love in peace are stronger than all hatred, fear and lies.
United we stand
Heidelbaer (Germany)

 
At 7:28 PM, Blogger Lazarus said...

well done FFE. seriously, this is a job well done. i wish you all the luck in the future.

- a fellow oppressed middle eastern,
L

 
At 7:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well written! I sincerely hope your moderate voice will be heard throughout the Middle East.

Bravo!!! (Spain)

 
At 7:53 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

FFE, great work in exposing the hypocrisy of the Islamists. I've linked to you in my blog today and commented extensively.

I'll link to you in my blogroll soon, right above Sandmonkey.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 8:39 PM, Blogger Indigo Red said...

Thank you so much for remembering the images from many months ago. This was excellent work. Their can never be too many people setting the record right.

I have linked to your post on my site to help get this story out.

 
At 9:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with you in large part...the cartoons are not the problem...they are a symptom of the underlying problem. The problem is that both sides are spoiling for a fight.

Bread

 
At 10:05 PM, Blogger Moved Elsewhere said...

Why in the name of God is a woman as bright, humane, decent, intelligent and in with love with liberty as you living in Egypt? America beckons.

My response to the cartoon brouhaha can be found at islamicevil.blogspot.com. My politics are apparent at kenlydell.blogspot.com.

 
At 10:23 PM, Anonymous karim said...

Madame, arrêtez avec votre hypocrisie !!! Vous relatez l'information, c'est-à-dire ‘ la publication par un journal égyptien des fameux caricatures’,mais vous dites pas que ils ont été publiés pour un seul but : les condamnées .
Secundo; vous dites pourquoi ne pas boycotter les produits égyptien ? encore une fois vous tombez dans la desinformation; puisque le problème n'est de publier ou pas, mais l'origine des faits,les motifs qui ont poussez le journal danois a publier ces caricatures.(provocation gratuite,islamophobie…)

Bref tout ça, montre que vous avez une mauvaise foi.
Cordialement

 
At 3:17 AM, Anonymous Heidelbaer (Germany) said...

Monsieur Karim:
Wenn du französisch schreibst, schreibe ich deutsch. :-P

Die Islamisten behaupten doch, dass allein der Anblick der Karikaturen eine so unerträgliche Beleidigung sei, dass damit jeder Aufruhr und Protest gerechtfertigt sei. Ganz unabängig von der Absicht.

Außerdem gilt: die (vermeintlich) böse Absicht war also 50.000 Ägyptern bekannt, ohne dass sie gegen Dänemark auf die Straße gingen. Warum?

Weil ihnen ganz offensichtlich jemand anderes als eine liberale Zeitung erst mal erklären musste, dass sie gefälligst ganz furchtbar beleidigt wurden.

Das macht die Behauptung, man hätte es bei den Demonstrationen mit einem spontanen Ausbruch gerechten Volkszorns zu tun, zur Farce.

Heidelbaer (Germany)

Summary in english: M. Karim: Nevertheless, the Egyptians knew about the caricatures arleady months ago. So it is evident, that the violent riots are everything but a spontanous uprise of anger. It is the work of incitement and propaganda. Thats prooved, thanks FFE and other bloggers.
Thank you!
Heidelbaer

 
At 3:47 AM, Anonymous Saya Anak Malaysia said...

"Muslim leadership the world over has historically been the most cynical manipulator of Islam - and this is especially true of ..........," says one analyst.

 
At 5:14 AM, Blogger Sugoiyo_Masaru said...

Hey, Thanks for this Incredible Info.

This elements are central for the present crisis.

> It's a proof that REPUBLISHING CARTOONS IS NOT INSULTING FOR MUSLIMS.(All over the world , and in France for example, newpapers who republished cartoons are condamned by muslims for that.)
> It's a proof that ISLAMIC AUTHORITIES DON'T MIND REPRODUCTION OF MOHHAMED IMAGE.
> It's a proof that MANIFESTATIONS IN ISLAMIC WORLD ARE FUELLED TO MAKE PRESSION ON EUROPE AND OCCIDENT TO ADVANCE ISLAMIC AGENDA.

AL FAGR

It seems that Al Fagr published yesterday, 09 february 2006, something about the fact that they have already publiseh themselves some of the danish cartoons.

Can you confirm? Can You obtain the Scan of the newspaper ? It Would be Great!

Can you Contact Youssra Zahran et Ahmed Abdel Maksoud, Al FAgr Editors. What Are they Doing?Are they In Jail? Stabbed by an Islamist?

They Remove The FRONT PAGE on Web Site.
The Front page of 09-02-06 is not available on http://elfagr.org/ed_21.html

But the frontpage of 08-02-06 and
10-02-06 are available. Very Strange.



A lot of Strange Things Occured in Egypt :

I've linked your scoop to a french blog, www.ilikeyourstyle.net : "Un journal egyptien a publié les caricatures il ya 4 mois."

I tried to searched on who is "Adel Hamouda", independant editor, critic of president Moubarak, make six month of jail, about one of his article in 2000, French Justice make a case for antisemitism. Thus I think Moubarak regim was very aware of this cartoon, and don't give a fuck about it. (It would have been a suffisient excuse to attack Hamouda).
In end of 2005 october, There was anti-christian riots in Alexandria, based on rumors and false proofs. Same things as the Akkari Files 43 pages of Islamic Society of Danemark run by Imam Abu Laban. Some of the elements in this Dossier are pure lies. As the photo presenting Contender Jacques Barrot in the French Pig-Squealing Championships as . Duo hogs top prize in pig-squealing contest (Father-son team oinks way to victory in French cult competition).MSNBC.15.08.2005
Danish Imams Busted!, Neandernews.

Akkari claimed he does not know the origin of the three pictures. He said they had been sent anonymously to Danish Muslims. However, when Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet asked if it could talk to these Muslims, Akkari refused to reveal their identity.

Exactly the same thing as in October riots :

As the Egyptian weekly ‘Al-Ahram‘ explains, “…the sectarian tension in Alexandria began in much the same way previous Muslim-Christian disputes had: with the publication of a tabloid story. This time, the newspaper in question — Al-Midan — published an article about a church play that defamed Islam.”
According to Al-Ahram, “Waleed Orabi, the journalist who wrote the Al-Midan story, said he had obtained a CD of the performance from a source inside the Alexandria church where the play took place. He refused to provide any other details on the matter.”



These riots were about the Parliamentary elections . "Muslim Brotherhood" gained 87 representantives (six times more). Moubarak Party loses 90 representatives.

November through December: A delegation of Imams from the Islamic Society in Denmark travel to the Middle East (EGYPT, SYRIA, LEBANON) in order to "bring attention" to the cartoons. They present the Akkari 43 page Dossier to influential political and religious leaders.
Among the people the group claims to have met on their visit to Egypt were: The General Secretary of the Arab League Amr Moussa, the Egyptian Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa and the Sheik of Cairo's Al-Azhar university Mohammed Sayed Tantawi and the Egyptian foreign office. In Lebanon they met the Grand Mufti Muhammad Rashid Kabbani, top Shiite Sheik Muhammad Hussein Fadlallah, Maronite Church leader Nasrallah Sfeir. In Syria they met Grand Mufti Sheik Ahmed Badr-Eddine Hassoun.

But EGYPTIAN FOREIGN OFFICE AND EVERY EGYPTIAN KNEW ALREADY about the Cartoons (17.02), Thus The delagation Was Not About bringing Attention to the Cartoon, but to elaborate a strategy against Danemak and Europe. It was a scene in this international play . "Poor Victims going to seek Protection of Good Old brother".


2 november 2005 : Lebanese Foreign Affairs Minister have met Egyptian ambassador in Lebanon to think about which measures to take against Danemak.
29 December 2005: The Arab League, base in Cairo, criticises the Danish government for not acting in the matter.

>>> February 2006-> Manifestations, Burning Flags, Boycott, Attack of Ambassads In Syria, in Lebanon (and thus in palestinian Cusijordanie). All is staged.

Example : 06 february 2006. Several thousand students massed on the al-Azhar University campus in Cairo today to protest against publication of caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Mohammed.
(Nov Dec,Islamic Society in Denmark met Sheik of Cairo's Al-Azhar university Mohammed Sayed Tantawi )
There was also in this manifestation Egyptian Republic Mufti Ali Jomaa and Waqfs ministerMahmoud Hamdi Zagzoug.


Mubarak Government is completely Backing The International Movement against Europe.
Mubarak Government had completely supported and participated in the preparation and Stagging of the International Movement against Europe

So Why "MUBARAKs" Have let the cartons be published the 17 OCTOBER 2005 by an independant ?
( Answer : Maybe Because they are fucking stupid...)

It's need a real investigation, Please !

 
At 5:48 AM, Blogger Sugoiyo_Masaru said...

SORRY!

I apologize, I mistake (but as i dont speak arabic it was not easy)

Its not the Front Page of 10-02-2006 whic has been removed, but the front page of the 17 october 2006.
http://elfagr.org/ed_21.html

The one with the Cartoons.

Who is responsible for that. Selfcensorchip or govermental order?

 
At 8:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone see the Swedish cartoon that got banned today. Apparently the Swedish government had a website shut down, because they were going to publish the following drawing:

http://bzonews.blogspot.com/2006/02/forbidden-swedish-cartoon.html

 
At 11:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope your safe young lady!

 
At 11:39 AM, Anonymous Magali said...

Kudos for your courage, keep up the good work! We must not cave in to extremists and islamo-imperialists.

 
At 2:28 PM, Blogger Myra Langerhas said...

Outstanding work FfE. This is something the MSM should have picked up a long time ago but were probably too busy with Grammy and Super Bowl coverage. It is all a contrived controversy to foment hatred in the West.

GATA

 
At 4:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

FFE:
I sincerely admire your work in exposing hypocrisy. I hope you will have the opportunity to work for the changes in your society that you aim for.

I wish you the best and I will keep coming back.

a danish person

 
At 4:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could a swedish person please tell about the debate in Sweden after closing the right wing web-site? What is the government saying and what are the opponents saying?

There must be more to it, than just fear of lunatics.

 
At 9:01 PM, Blogger LD said...

do you post at hannity?

 
At 7:04 AM, Blogger coptic said...

Hello FFE,
I've linked your scanned pages in my blog.
http://coptic-guy.blogspot.com
thanks :)

 
At 3:06 PM, Blogger Freedom for Egyptians said...

No I do not post at Hannity, but I found his site as one of the referral sites. I discovered that someone put my link there on the cartoons!

 
At 12:55 PM, Blogger Johan Sterk said...

The Danes have won my respect in that they have not taken out their frustration on their immigrant Musim community.
I'm very proud too that in my hometown Amsterdam no Muslim was ever harmed as a response to murder and intimidation of Dutch people by Islamist. It becomes more and more evident that liberal, secular society has by any standard the moral high ground. It's reassuring to see that there are friends in the Middle East too.

 

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