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October 21 2011


Egyptian parliamentary election, 2011–2012 | Compilation started 2011-10-22 | actualized 2011-11-07


An early parliamentary election will be held in Egypt from November 2011 onwards,[1] following the revolution which ousted President Hosni Mubarak, after which the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces dissolved the parliament of Egypt. Originally, the election was assumed to be held in September, but this was postponed.[why?][2]

The election will take place on the following dates:[3]

  • first stage: 28 November, run-off on 5 December;
  • second stage: 14 December, run-off on 21 December;
  • third stage: 3 January, run-off on 10 January.

Shura Council elections are to follow on 22 January 2012.[4]


source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia




This was obviously planned, so what the hell was the SCAF thinking? How could they attack and kill Egyptians on the street so casually, while their sole purpose is to protect them from getting killed? How could they risk enflaming the country into a huge sectarian battle by having state Media so conscientiously attacking the Christians and promoting violence against them? How did they not see that the choice they made is an inherently flawed one that it could spell their doom? How do you explain last night?

Well, the easy explanation is that they- like every single political force in the country throughout this year- fell into the trap of thinking that they have won and asserted their power, only to have the whole thing blow up in their faces. After believing the political street to be dead, and that the revolution is almost dying, they figured they now have the power to put “people in their proper place” like the old days. So, they went down yesterday to terrorize the Christians, counting that they won’t put up a fight (because they never really did before), and that the sectarian rhetoric will cause them all to fear for their lives, stop them from causing trouble, and quite possibly scare them from participating in the elections.


The Last Choice | The Sandmonkey 2011-10-11 
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Via Diaspora* - La fillette percutée par des véhicules dont le sort a indigné la #Chine est morte

Pris d'un commentaire d'un lecteur:

// Je vie en Chine moi-même (Shanghai) et cet évènement ne m'avais nullement surpris... Moi même ainsi que ma conjointe avons failli nous faire écraser une fois par un chauffard écervelé. Plus d'une fois en fait... J'avais tenté de l'arrêter et de faire venir la police pour qu'on lui donne une amende ou qu'il soit puni de manière quelconque mais non la police m'a dit ne pouvoir rien faire puisqu'il ne m'avais pas tué... La génération d'enfants pourris et riches qui ont maintenant des voitures n'a absolument aucun respect pour les piétons qui sont pour eux, d'une classe sociale inférieure donc leur vie est peu importante. Triste la situation actuelle en Chine oui, c'est le cas de le dire... //

cf. in EN - Global Voices 2011-10-17 at oAnth -

Practising direct democracy

A constant complaint about the globalization movement in the progressive press is that, while tactically brilliant, it lacks any central theme or coherent ideology. (This seems to be the left equivalent of the corporate media’s claims that we are a bunch of dumb kids touting a bundle of completely unrelated causes—free Mumia, dump the debt, save the old-growth forests.) Another line of attack is that the movement is plagued by a generic opposition to all forms of structure or organization. It’s distressing that, two years after Seattle, I should have to write this, but someone obviously should: in North America especially, this is a movement about reinventing democracy. It is not opposed to organization. It is about creating new forms of organization. It is not lacking in ideology. Those new forms of organization are its ideology. It is about creating and enacting horizontal networks instead of top-down structures like states, parties or corporations; networks based on principles of decentralized, non-hierarchical consensus democracy. Ultimately, it aspires to be much more than that, because ultimately it aspires to reinvent daily life as whole. But unlike many other forms of radicalism, it has first organized itself in the political sphere—mainly because this was a territory that the powers that be (who have shifted all their heavy artillery into the economic) have largely abandoned.

Over the past decade, activists in North America have been putting enormous creative energy into reinventing their groups’ own internal processes, to create viable models of what functioning direct democracy could actually look like. In this we’ve drawn particularly, as I’ve noted, on examples from outside the Western tradition, which almost invariably rely on some process of consensus finding, rather than majority vote. The result is a rich and growing panoply of organizational instruments—spokescouncils, affinity groups, facilitation tools, break-outs, fishbowls, blocking concerns, vibe-watchers and so on—all aimed at creating forms of democratic process that allow initiatives to rise from below and attain maximum effective solidarity, without stifling dissenting voices, creating leadership positions or compelling anyone to do anything which they have not freely agreed to do.


—  David Graeber: The New Anarchists | New Left Review Nr.13 - 2002
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Egyptian Military Stokes Sectarian Conflict

Egyptian Army and media ignore eyewitness reports and blame Coptic Christians for violence

October 20 2011

Video: Datenspuren 2011 - Vortrag über den Bundestrojaner

Constanze Kurz und Frank Rieger vom CCC erklären technische Details zum Staatstrojaner "0zapftis" und üben heftige Kritik an den Reaktionen der Politik.

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October 19 2011

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Egyptian Political Parties Represent the Country's Elite

Lina Attalah: Many Egyptians are skeptical that upcoming Parliamentary elections will lead the country through democratic change, and vow to continue striking to meet demands

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October 12 2011

Egypt: Mourning the Heros of Maspero's Battle

This post is part of our special coverage Egypt Revolution 2011.

Egyptians are pulling together after a bout of violence at the state television building Maspero, engineered to pit Muslim against Christian and vice versa. The clashes between protesters and the military police during a Coptic protest to demand answers over the burning of churches in Sohag and Aswan resulted in around 25 deaths and 200 injuries.

What was schemed as sectarian vandalism and a plot against the unity of Egyptians, has turned out to be a unifying force and a concrete wall to prove that what happened on the night of Black Sunday in Egypt is a Governor versus People clash rather than Christian versus Muslim one.

Despite the fact that there are people who still favor sectarianism and believe the army is sacred and can do no wrong, many netizens agreed that what had happened at Maspero was a massacre and an attack on all Egyptians.

Egyptian blogger Mahmoud Salem tweets:

@Sandmonkey: I should be the first to say it, don't say the army killed Christians. Say the army killed Egyptians. No more subgroups. #maspero

As per Lobna Darwish's firsthand account of the protest [ar], the demonstration was peaceful, with many Muslims present in solidarity:

”القسيس المتحدث بيأكد ان المسيرة سلمية و بيحيي المسلمين المتضامنين.”
The priest leading the march confirms that it is peaceful and salutes the Muslims who joined in solidarity

The march reached its destination after struggling with clashes midway, and was turning to a sit-in as reported by Adam Makary:

@adamakary: 1000s” of #Copts reportedly holding a sit-in @ #Maspero until those who burnt disputed churches in #Sohag and #Aswan are brought to justice

Then chaos broke out; the peaceful chanting scene turned red:

Image from

Image from

The scene of the armored vehicles attacking civilians in the street brought to the Egyptian minds the infamous scene of diplomatic plated vehicles running people over on January 28, at the beginning of the Egyptian revolution.

Ahmed Mounir, an eye witness, confirms [ar]:

فجأة وبدون مقدمات دخلت المدرعات في مشهد قريب من مشهد يوم الغضب 28 يناير ودهست اعداد كبيرة
واللي مش مصدق يشوف الفيديو دة
Suddenly, armored personnel carriers came around in a scene closer to Friday of Anger and ran over lots of people. Those who don't believe me check out this video

On YouTube, Mounir posts the following video which shows armoured carriers trying to run over protesters:

To add fuel to fire, Egyptian state television played a shameful part in igniting anger by accusing Copts of attacking the army.

Mahmood Salem exposes the scam. He tweets:

@Sandmonkey: The infamous Rasha Maged video where she lies and incites the public against the christians #maspero #egypt

The aftermath of the bloody night of horror was a bleeding mournful country, 20 plus dead and over 200 injured.

On Monday morning, lawyer Khalid Ali won a tiring different battle in the general prosecutor office to obtain autopsy permissions to ensure the blood spilled would not go in vain.

The result did not come as a shock.

@MHassan: Out of the 17 autopsies; 10 were crushed under vehicle. one had a sword cut, and the rest were killed by severe gunshots

Bullets were shown by relatives of the victims of the october 9 massacre. photo taken from arabist blogpost.

Bullets were shown by relatives of the victims of the October 9 massacre. Photo taken from Arabist Blogpost.

While the autopsy was being conducted, people packed up inside and outside the Abbaseya Cathedral in preparation for the funeral procession to honor the souls of the martyrs. The funeral proved that Egyptians both Muslims and Christians were aware of the plot to create a sectarian rift between them. Amidst the prayers, the cathedral broke into blunt and strong chants against the military reign.

Following the procession, a march headed from the cathedral to Tahrir Square to pay tribute to activist Mina Daniel who has requested in the ambulance before he passed away that his funeral goes out from Cairo's Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the Egyptian revolution.

Khaled Ali [ar] saw Mina's mom talking to herself and her deceased son:

متخفش أنا قوية وفرحانه عشان انت فرحان كنت عايز تموت شهيد عشان مصر وبقيت شهيد
@Khaledali251: Don't you worry, I am strong and happy because you are. You wanted to die as a martyr for Egypt, and you did

This post is part of our special coverage Egypt Revolution 2011.

Further reading:

Egypt: Deadly Crackdown on Coptic Protests by Greek blogger and Global Voices Online author Asteris Masouras.

October 11 2011

Egypt: Photos from a Protest that Ended in Death

On Flickr, Sarah Carr shares photographs from the protests in Shubra. She writes: “When it reached Maspero protesters were crushed by army APCs and shot dead.”

Egypt: Message to SCAF

Following the Maspero clashes, Egyptian blogger Mahmoud Salem writes: ‘Our political and social leaders need to sit down with the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) and deliver the following message to them: “If you keep this up you are walking the path of your own destruction. The old tactics won’t work. The people refused to turn sectarian, and your soldiers are no way near enough to take control of the country.”‘

Egypt: Horror at Maspero

Egyptian journalist Sarah Carr blogs her report on the horrors she witnessed at the Maspero state television building, where around 30 protesters were killed and 150 injured when the military police clashed with Coptic protesters.

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