Egyptian Chronicles: June 2016

Thursday, June 30, 2016

#Ramadan Arabian Nights 2016 : King Rokn El-Zaman's tale "Ep.25"

And Ex-Chief Judge Omar Shah meets with Queen Nourhan to tell he knows so far.
Tonight in the 25th episode of our tale this year  the  tale of King Rokn El-Zaman and his family, We will know what the Queen will do.
You can hear the 786th audio episode of the famous "One thousand and one night" Radio show after the break.
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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

#Ramadan Arabian Nights 2016 : King Rokn El-Zaman's tale "Ep.24"

And Omar Shah still connecting the dots about what happened to his king Rokn El-Zaman.
Tonight in the 24th episode of our tale this year , the tale of King Rokn El-Zaman we will know what Omar Shah will do.
You can hear the 785th audio episode of the famous "One thousand and one nights" Egyptian state radio show written by Abbas Al-Aswani after the break.
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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Seen in Cairo : Strike a pose with a Ramadan Lantern

Location El-Sayeda Zainab, Cairo Governorate, Egypt

A girl takes a picture of her friend or sister with a Ramadan Lantern in Sayida Zeinab Ramadan Market in Cairo 48 hours before the start of the Islamic holy month.
Only a week and Ramadan 2016 will be over inshallah.
More picture from Sayida Zeinab Ramadan Market in Cairo. 
Source : Instagram 
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#Ramadan Arabian Nights 2016 : King Rokn El-Zaman's tale "Ep.23"

And Omar Shah knew about old Shepherd Salman and his relation to Shoms and Prince Safwan.
Tonight we will know if Omar Shah will really connect the dots or not in the 23rd episode of our tale this year, the tale of King Rokn El-Zaman and his family.
You listen to the 78th episode of "One thousand and one night" show produced by the Egyptian State Radio after the break.
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Monday, June 27, 2016

#Ramadan Arabian Nights 2016 : King Rokn El-Zaman's tale "Ep.22"

Wicked Darkar got a plan to take back the Solomon's seal from Morgan. Tonight we will know if the plans goes well or it will fail in the 22nd episode of our audio Arabian tale this year, the tale of King Rokn El-Zaman.
You can hear after the break the 783rd of the Egyptian state radio's famous "One Thousand and One-night" show written by renowned author Abbas Al-Aswani.
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TV host Liliane Daoud deported to Lebanon !!! "Updated"

After hours of announcing that she ended her contract with ONTV on Tuesday, Lebanese-British TV Liliane Daoud host was arrested from her house in front of her little girl to be deported from Egypt.
Liliane was deported from Egypt later to Beirut where now she is staying with her family.

Earlier Monday , the famous TV host announced that she terminated her contract with ONTV.
Then later afternoon and according to her lawyer Zyad El-elaimy , 8 men claiming to be from the ministry of interior's Passports department  raided her house arresting her.
They did not let her contact anyone.
They forced her to leave with them in order to be deported.
Daoud had to leave her girl at her house where she was taken somewhere
It was unclear where or why she is detained for hours.

At nearly 11 PM Cairo local Time , El-eliamy who is also a renowned political activist and former MP announced that Liliane Daoud called him while she was on a board of a plane heading to Beirut !!
Aside from all the politics, Liliane is a mother of an Egyptian girl and has got a residence permit.
She is not a foreigner whose residence permit will expire as soon as she leaves her job in an Egyptian company !!!
At 1.30 AM Cairo Local Time, Liliane Daoud arrived  Beirut. Her pictures at the airport were released to the media. This is what she was wearing at her house when she was arrested.
Lilian Daoud
Liliane at Cairo international airport 
On Tuesday , Liliane reactivated her twitter account and spoke in a series of tweets about what happened to her in English and in Arabic. You can read them after the break.
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Sunday, June 26, 2016

#Ramadan Arabian Nights 2016 : King Rokn El-Zaman's tale "Ep.21"

Poor Prince Hassan is now facing , he has to marry Princess Darkar. He also has got his Solomon seal to retrieve as soon as possible to return back to his kingdom.
Tonight we will know the fate of Hassan and his father in the 21st episode of our tale this year , the tale of King Rokn El-Zaman and his son Hassan.
You can find after the break the 782nd of the Egyptian State Radio's famous and popular "One Thousand and one night" show
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Saturday, June 25, 2016

#Ramadan Arabian Nights 2016 : King Rokn El-Zaman's tale "Ep.20"

And Prince Hassan has got to fight a lion now for his father's life and his own life as well to be able marry Princess Darkar of El-Salam island.
Tonight , we will know in the 20th episode of King Rokn El-Zaman's tale if Prince Hassan is able to fight a lion with nothing except a spear.
You can find after the break the 781st episode of Egyptian State Radio's famous show "One Thousand and one night".
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Throwback World Refugees Day : Little Damascus street in October City

Location 6th of October City, Giza Governorate, Egypt
Earlier this week , the world celebrated  the World Refugees Day and on Friday the World woke up to the news that the people in the UK voted to leave and the refugees played a role in the decision that is turning Europe and the world upside down.
I will seize those opportunities to share my photos as well my short trip to that Little Damascus street in October city in Giza in March.
I went to one of the famous Syrian streets in October city for a work assignment, where a huge flourishing Syrian community is located since 2012.
In the suburbs of Giza governorates, October city has been a perfect location for Syrians just like Iraqis before them.
Already Syrians there told me that they found every kind of residence and rent that suit all classes. You will find villas in gated compounds for rich Syrians as well affordable rents for working-class Syrians.
Same thing for schools , from international expensive schools to the public schools where Syrian students are treated like Egyptians as Special Syrian schools made by Syrian associations in Egypt for young Syrians students.
When I tried to reach that street in October city , a Young Syrian man standing in another street gave me directions.
Located behind October University and Al-Hosary Mosque , that Syrians street is the most famous among the streets of October city owned by Syrians.
The  street is actually a passageway between building complex known in the area as "Al-Amerika" {The American} Building.
 Locals call it "Al-Amerika Mall"

Inside the Syrians street
The Syrians street in October city 
It is located behind El-Hossary Mosque which has been a hot spot for Syrian refugees since 2012 as its charity association provide help to them.
Only four shops and cafes are reportedly owned by Egyptians throughout the Passageway full of Syrian restaurants selling popular food at affordable prices , cafes , barbershop and even mobile phones shops.

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Friday, June 24, 2016

#Ramadan Arabian Nights 2016 : King Rokn El-Zaman's tale "Ep.19"

And suddenly King Rokn Hassan and his son Prince Hassan are facing death after King Zardarkhan decided that they were spies and they should be killed.
Tonight we will know their fate in the 19th episode of our tale this Ramadan , the tale of King Rokn El-Zaman and his family.
Here is the 681st episode of the famous One thousand and one night Radio show written by renowned author Abbas Al-Aswani after the break.
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Seen in Cairo : More Ramadan lanterns

Location El-Sayeda Zainab, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
Ramadan Lanterns

Only ten days are remaining and the Holy month of Ramadan of 2016 will be over so it is a perfect time to share more and more Egyptian traditional Ramadan lanterns.
Here is another photo from El-Sayida Zeinab Ramadan Market in Islamic Cairo where Egyptian traditional Ramadan Lanterns are sold in every shape and color.

Source : Instagram 
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Thursday, June 23, 2016

#Ramadan Arabian Nights 2016 : King Rokn El-Zaman's tale "Ep.18"

Prince Hassan and his father Rokn El-Zaman are captured by the islanders who they did not know that they live on El-Salam island.
More trouble coming to the hero of our tale this year , King Rokn El-Zaman and his father in the 18th episode.
Here is the 680th episode of the famous Egyptian State Radio Show "One Thousand and One Nights" produced in the late 1960s after the break.
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

#Ramadan Arabian Nights 2016 : King Rokn El-Zaman's tale "Ep.17"

And Vizier Samsem did not lose hope in finding a way to make Safwan the official king in a way or another after knowing that it won't be easy thing according to the Kingdom's Chief Judge.
In the 17th episode of our tale this year , the tale of King Rokn El-Zaman we know also the fate of poor Farkuk and his beloved Farfash.
Here is the 679th episode of the famous Egyptian State Radio show "One Thousand and one nights" created by one of the legendary Egyptian Radio founding fathers Mohamed Shaaban "Baba Sharo" after the break.
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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

#Ramadan Arabian Nights 2016 : King Rokn El-Zaman's tale "Ep.16"

And King Rokn El-Zaman escaped from jail thanks to Farkuk , the Djinn and evil vizier Samsem is clueless.
Tonight we will know the new evil plan of Samsem and Safwan after the sudden return of Hassan and the escape of King Rokn El-Zaman in the 16 episode of our tale this year , the tale of King Rokn El-Zaman and his family.
Here is the 678th episode of the famous Egyptian State Radio Show
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Tiran and Sanafir isles are Egyptian by the Court order

And a Cairo administrative ruled out earlier Tuesday that the Egyptian-Saudi deal to redraw maritime borders is void and that Tiran and Sanafir red sea isles are Egyptian.
In other words , human rights lawyer Khaled Ali and his team won the lawsuit against the Egyptian government in a historical verdict.

According to the court's verdict
The Egyptian-Saudi deal to redraw maritime borders and its consequences above them placing the Tiran and Sanafir in Saudi water are annulled. The two islands are still within the Egyptian territories and the Egyptian State borders. The Egyptian sovereignty still continue in the two isles. It is prohibited to change their status in any way for any other country. 
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Monday, June 20, 2016

#Ramadan Arabian Nights 2016 : King Rokn El-Zaman's tale "Ep.15"

Prince Safwan and Vizier Samsem are more than surprised to find Prince Hassan alive and kicking as they thought that he was gone for good.
Tonight , we all know what Samsem and Safwan will do with Hassan after his sudden return in the 15 episode of our Radio tale for this year , the tale of King Rokn El-Zaman and his family.
Here it is after the break , the 677th episode of the famous Egyptian state Radio show "One Thousand and one nights" show.
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Sunday, June 19, 2016

#Ramadan Arabian Nights 2016 : King Rokn El-Zaman's tale "Ep.14"

And Abbas Al-Aswani's world is actually small one as we will have see and have seen already in our tale for this year, the tale of King Rokn El-zaman and his family.
Tonight , we will know what happened after Prince Hassan met Farkuk , the Djinn and his beloved Shoms met Farfash in the 14 episode of our tale tonight.
So here is the 676th episode of King Rokn El-Zaman tale after the break.
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Saturday, June 18, 2016

#Ramadan Arabian Nights 2016 : King Rokn El-Zaman's tale "Ep.13"

And Prince Hassan was swallowed by a huge Whale after he was pushed by Fatak during a sudden storm in the sea.
But fear not as tonight episode , the 13th episode is a true magical one.
Oh yes , Abbas Al-Aswani transfers us to the world of magic in the 675th episode of the famous One Thousand and One night Radio show. You will find familiar themes from the original book.
You can hear the episode right after the break.
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Friday, June 17, 2016

#Ramadan Arabian Nights 2016 : King Rokn El-Zaman's tale "Ep.12"

And so Prince Hassan starts his trip on the board of a ship owned by Shahbander Rashdan without knowing that evil Vizier Samsem sent his assistant Fatak not only to stalk him but to get rid of him.
Tonight , we will know what Fatak will do with Hassan in the 12th episode of our tale this year , the tale of King Rokn El-Zaman.
You can listen to the 674th episode of the famous Egyptian State Radio Drama show "One thousand and one nights" after the break.
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Thursday, June 16, 2016

#Ramadan Arabian Nights 2016 : King Rokn El-Zaman's tale "Ep.11"

And tonight we will know the fate of Prince Hassan as his brother Prince Safwan and evil Vizier Samsem planned something evil to get rid of him.
They already got rid of his father , King Rokn El-Zaman in a very wicked plan and sent him to jail in last night episode.
Tonight , we will continue our tale of King Rokn El-Zaman and his family written by Egyptian author Abbas El-Aswani
You can hear the 11th episode in our tale this Ramadan or rather the 673rd episode of the famous Egyptian State Radio Drama show "One Thousand and One Nights" right after the break.
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When Al-Messa newspaper knew the fate of Malek Adly before his trial day !!!

As far as I know and the world knows as well , judges do not leak their court rulings and decisions to the media before the court to anyone.This is what we .
Nevertheless, this is Egypt.
On Monday, State-owned Al-Messa newspaper published a news in its crimes page the Court renewed the detention of human rights lawyer Malek Adly for another 15 days pending investigation.
Malek Adly's case was already on Tuesday !?

Al-Messa newspaper Al-Messa newspaper
                                   "The date of the newspaper issue and the news of Adly's trial

Yes , the trial of Adly and other defendants was on Tuesday and not Monday.
Not so surprisingly , the Judge renewed the detention of Adly and other defendants in the case 15 days pending investigation for attempting to topple the regime and calling for the 25 April protests against the decision of the Egyptian government to give Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia.
So how did the newspaper know in advance what the court would rule eventually !?
This is a serious question !!
Anyhow , what is important in the trial on Tuesday is how Malek Adly complained about the inhuman treatment he was suffering from in his detention. Adly is still suffering from inhumane conditions in solitary confinement.
According to his wife Asmaa Aly , he has been in solitary confinement in a very narrow cell for 42 days.
During the court session on Tuesday , he told the Judge that he wanted to be tried like Israeli spies in custody.
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

#Ramadan Arabian Nights 2016 : King Rokn El-Zaman's tale "Ep.10"

It is the tenth episode from our Radio Arabian Nights tale this year , the tale of Rokn El-Zaman and his family.
Written by 1960s-author Abbas El-Aswani , this was 672nd episode of the longest Radio drama show aired on the Egyptian State Radio : The One thousand and one nights.
Seriously speaking , I think you should refresh memory and hear last night's episode because things are really escalating.
Here is tonight episode after the break
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Kodak Agfa presents : El-Sayida Ramadan Market

Location Al-Sayida Zeinab, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
It is Ramadan time in Egypt which means the time of thousands and thousands Ramadan Lanterns all over Egypt.
Kodak Agfa took the camera and decided this year to head one of the famous tradition markets in Cairo : El-Sayida Zeinab Ramadan Market. "It is quite belated post but I did not have time to post the photos except now"
Already it is a hot zone this year for photographers who discovered it too late but for one good reason : The Egyptian traditional lanterns are back to dominate the market.
Be ready for more lanterns in this post 
Located directly beside  Cairo's El-Sayida Zeinab Mosque , a seasonal traditional informal market is held on both sides of Al-Sad street to sell mainly Ramadan Lanterns as well other Ramadan supplies from dried fruits ,herbs, pickles and legumes as well toys and Ramadan decorations.
El-Sayida Zeinab Mosque
El-Sayida Zeinab Mosque and the market behind it 
That location is turned from a marketplace to a Moulid Place.
The Mosque of Cairo's Islamic Saint Patron is located in the heart of Islamic Cairo , the old Cairo so you can feel that the ambiance here is different as you can feel the Spirit of Ramadan even before it started.
Another overview for El-Sayida Ramadan market
A very crowded seasonal market
My trip there was 48 hours before the start of Ramadan .
It is different than Upper Class or Upper Middle-Class area as here you can feel here the authentic Ramadan ambiance that other more classy areas try to mimic.
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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

#Ramadan Arabian Nights 2016 : King Rokn El-Zaman's tale "Ep.9"

Now things are getting more and more interesting in our tale , the tale of King Rokn El-Zaman.
Tonight is our 9th episode from our Radio Arabian Nights tale this year.
To be honest , I was worried about how Abbas El-Aswan would fill the place of Taher Abu Fasha as the writer of One thousand and one Nights radio show but so far he did a great job.
Enough of the chitchat, I know that you only care for the episode and so here it is after the break ;the 671st episode of the longest running Radio Drama show in the history of Egypt.
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Monday, June 13, 2016

#Ramadan Arabian Nights 2016 : King Rokn El-Zaman's tale "Ep.8"

Things will escalate rapidly in our tale, the tale of King Rokn El-Zaman and his family.
Tonight is our 8th episode from our tale as well the 770th episode of the famous Egyptian State Radio show "One thousand and One nights" inspired by the book famous book.
Now , I think you should refresh your memory and listen to last night episode.
Here is tonight's episode after the break.
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Farewell El-Salam Theatre of Alexandria "Updated"

Location El Qasem, Alexandria Governorate, Egypt
The last time I have iconic El-Salam Theatre 
From three weeks ago , I was in a quick short family visit to Alexandria and I passed by El-Salam Theatre. I felt so sad when I saw its deteriorating condition as another decaying building in the coastal despite its beautiful modernist style and its importance as culture venue.
The building and its futuristic design reminded me of the famous Egg building in Beirut. 
I promised myself to write something about its history one day but it seems that it is too late.
Earlier Sunday , bulldozers were seen demolishing the theatre which was inaugurated in the 1960s if I am not mistaken.
Demolishing the famous EL-Salam theater in Alexandria "Facebook"
Demolishing the famous El-Salam theater in Alexandria "Facebook"
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Sunday, June 12, 2016

#Ramadan Arabian Nights 2016 : King Rokn El-Zaman's tale "Ep.7"

We will have a very interesting episode tonight.
Tonight is our seventh episode from our tale this year , the tale of King Rokn El-Zaman and his family which was written by renowned author Abbas Al-Aswani.
It is interesting how there are so many events in the episode in 13-15 minutes episode.
Here is the 769th episode of the Thousands and one nights Radio show after the break.

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Saturday, June 11, 2016

#Ramadan Arabian Nights 2016 : King Rokn El-Zaman's tale "Ep.6"

And Scheherazade is back to continue her Ramadan Radio Arabian Nights tale for this year , the tale of King Rokn El-Zaman.
For those who joined the Ramadan Arabian Nights this year , legendary storyteller Scheherazade was voiced by late famous Egyptian actress Zozo Nabil.
For over 800 radio episode Zozo Nabil was Scheherazade with sweet delicate voice despite she was known in Cinema and TV for her Villain roles.
Anyhow enough of the Chitchats and before heading to the sixth episode of the Ramadan Radio Arabian nights , I recommend that you refresh your memory with last night's episode.
Here is the sixth episode of King Rokn El-Zaman and his family's tale , which was the 768th episode in the famous radio show produced by the Egyptian State Radio in early1950s.
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Friday, June 10, 2016

#Ramadan Arabian Nights 2016 : King Rokn El-Zaman's tale "Ep.5"

Another night and another episode from our Ramadan Arabian nights tale this year ,the tale of Rokn El-Zaman and his family's tale written by author Abbas Al-Aswani.
Do you know that Abbas Al-Aswani wrote several Radio drama series and shows !?
Tonight is the fifth episode in our Ramadan Radio Arabian nights.
To refresh your memory , here is the fourth episode of last night.
Tonight's episode was the 767th in the famous Egyptian Radio show. I think this tale of Rokn El-Zaman was written in the late 1960s.
I am trying to know why Taher Abu Fasha did not complete writing the show this time.
Anyhow , here is the fifth night after the break with very interesting developments.
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Seen in Cairo : Sayida Zeinab Lanterns Ramadan Market

Location El-Sayeda Zainab, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
Sayida Zeinab Ramadan supplies Market
ٍSeen in Cairo : Ramadan Lanterns market or to be specific Ramadan supplies market in Sayida Zeinab area.
Wait for a big photo feature about this amazing place inshallah soon.
via Instagram 
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Thursday, June 9, 2016

#Ramadan Arabian Nights 2016 : King Rokn El-Zaman's tale "Ep.4"

Here is our fourth episode of our Ramadan Radio Arabian nights tale for this year , the tale of King Rokn El-Zaman.
First of all, refresh your memory with last night's episode.
Second , did you notice how this year's episodes were written by Abbas El-Aswani in perfect Classical Arabic, unlike Taher Abu Fasha who used the Egyptian Arabic freely !?
Anyhow enough of the chitchat and let's head to the 766th episode of our Ramadan Radio Arabian nights which was produced by the Egyptian State Radio.
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Can Egypt become a democracy of 91 Million People !?

On Sunday, Egypt's population hit 91 million officially according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics. Since reading that news, I have been thinking and asking myself one single question :

Can Egypt become a democracy of 91 million people ?
okay a little modification here :  Can Egypt become a democracy with a population of 91 million in very tough economic conditions as well in a very turbulent region like the Middle East with growing radicalism and regional powers that actually fight any Arab democratic attempt !?
Tough question ,is not it !?

Tahrir square 2012 
When you think about it , only a divine miracle can enable Egypt to have a smooth , complete and real democratic civilian transition considering all the problems we have from huge population with lots of social diseases, deep rotten corrupted regime made of lawyers or rather competitive powers and apparatuses, extremely bad economy and polarized political powers in troubled region where regional regimes do not want you to have any kind of democracy in the first place for fear that virus can transfer to their countries.

It seems impossible at the first glance.
Still a second glance , huge population and poverty as well trouble regions can not stop democratic transition or democracy.
We got India, the biggest democracy in the world with all extremely huge population "over 1.2 billion people" with dozens of religions and ethnicity as well extreme poverty in addition to wars , extremism..etc.
This is India.
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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

#Ramadan Arabian Nights 2016 : King Rokn El-Zaman's tale "Ep.3"

And it is the time of Arabian Radio nights tale.
We will continue our Ramadan Radio Arabian Nights tale for this year, the tale of King Rokn El-Zaman tale. To refresh, your memory here is last night's episode.
I am sorry that I am late tonight.
First here is the third episode of our tale , which was exactly the 765th of our tale.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

#Ramadan Arabian Nights 2016 : King Rokn El-Zaman's tale "Ep.2"

Abbas El-Aswani
And we continue our tale , the tale of King Rokn El-Zaman and his family which we started last night.
But before starting our next episode which was the 764th episode of the Egyptian State Radio's
Arabian Nights show, we will stop a little bit with our author this season : Abbas El-Aswani.
Abbas El-Aswani is currently known as the father of one of Egypt's best-selling, award-winning and politically controversial authors and writers Alaa El-Aswani.
Still before being overshadowed by his son's name, Lawyer Abbas El-Aswani was already known as renowned writer and author in the 1960s and 1970s before his death.
Originally from Aswan , Abbas El-Aswani came and settled down in Cairo where he worked as a lawyer and later as a author.
In 1972 , Abbas Al-Aswani was among the receptiants of the State award for literature.
Now to our tale , the tale of King Rokn El-Zaman and his family.


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Seen in Cairo : Ramadan lanterns in Al-Sayida

Location El-Sayeda Zainab, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
Ramadan Lanterns in Cairo

Seen in Cairo : Colored traditional Ramadan lanterns in Al-Sayida Zeinab quarter.
 via Instagram 
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Monday, June 6, 2016

#Ramadan Arabian Nights 2016 : King Rokn El-Zaman's tale "Ep.1

First of all , Ramadan Karim to all Muslims celebrating the Holy Month of Ramadan.
Second , Your Egyptian Chronicles Scheherazade is back for a new season of Radio Arabian nights.

This year , we will know the tale of King Rokn El-Zaman , his wife Nourhan and their sons Safwan and Hassan.
Our tale is quite interesting because it was not written by Taher Abu Fasha like the previous seasons but it was written by author Abbas El-Aswani.

Yes , author Abbas El-Aswani , the father of renowned Egyptian novelist Alaa El-Aswani.
Originally an accountant, Abbas El-Aswani became a renowned author in 1960s.
His most famous book "The Aswan Prosimetrum" published in 1970 was turned into a radio series. As I searched more , I found out that El-Aswani wrote several radio shows.
This season was directed by the Egyptian Radio God father Mahmoud Shaaban as usual.
It starts at the 763rd episode.

Yes, the 763rd episode and I think this makes the Egyptian State Radio's Arabian Nights as the longest running drama radio show in Egypt and may be the Middle East !!

The famous depiction of Scheherazade and Shahyer in Cartoon
in the famous 1980s Egyptian TV series "1001 Nights" 

Anyhow, enough talking and let's listen to that night and know the story of Rokn El-Zaman and his family.


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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Seen in Cairo : Ramadan preparations in Sayida Zeinab

Location El-Sayeda Zainab, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
In few hours , the Holy month of Ramadan will start in the Muslim world and of course in Egypt and so here it is a little taste of Ramadan preparation in one of the local markets in Popular Sayida Zeinab area in Cairo in video.
A video posted by Zeinobia (@zeinobia) on


ًWait for a bit longer post with a couple of photos from that fantastic place.

Egyptian authentic lanterns were everywhere there.
Ramadan Kareem and wait for the return of the Ramadan Arabian nights inshallah.
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Saturday, June 4, 2016

RIP Muhammed Ali , RIP beautiful one "1942-2016"

I do not think that there is a public figure that will be missed or mourned like Muhammed Ali "1942-2016" in our crazy world nowadays.
Rest in peace humble revolutionary beautiful one, may Allah bring solace to your family , friends and fans. 
Muhammed Ali in Egypt
Muhammed Ali at Giza pyramids in 1964 "AP" 
Please read that fantastic report from Ahram Online about when Muhammed Ali visited Egypt. 
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Look who is back to the Media scene in Egypt

The last two weeks witnessed huge and interesting acquisitions and merger in TV channels to the level that we are speaking about a media map that is being reshaped and as this takes place , we find a new or rather old face from Mubarak's era coming back making a surprise for everybody.
Suddenly , huge billboards in Cairo and Giza are seen with the ads of the new weekly newspaper Al-Zaman and her owner as well editor-in-chief Elham Sharshar , the wife of former and infamous interior minister Habib El-Adly.
The billboard of Al-Zaman newspaper and its owner Elham Sharshar
The billboard of Al-Zaman newspaper and its owner Elham Sharshar
Yes , the wife of the Mubarak's long-time interior minister is having a comeback in the media with a weekly newspaper that defends Islam scared beliefs and places as well the nation !!!
The newspaper is pure Pro-Sisi and Pro-regime. You can not doubt that.
Al-Zaman newspaper
Al-Zaman newspaper 
Egyptian websites and newspapers are speaking that she would open a TV channel as well.
Elham Sharshar was a journalist in State-owned Al-Ahram Daily newspaper in its Crime section.
I do not remember reading anything significant for her before the revolution.
Already , the first I knew that she was the wife of El-Adly when she appeared on the cover of Nisf Al-Donia Magazine in some first lady pose. "I can not find that cover online"
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Friday, June 3, 2016

Another history in making : Head of Journalist syndicate stands trial !!

For the first time in the history of journalism in Egypt , the head of the journalists syndicate and two of its leading board members are going on trial on Saturday and there is a big chance that they will be sent to jail as well.
It all started late Monday evening when suddenly people knew that head of Egyptian Journalists syndicate Yahia Qallash as well its secretary general Gamal Abdel Rahim and undersecretary Khaled El-Balshy were at the Prosecution General's office in Downtown Cairo questioned for what happened during the storming of the syndicate earlier this month.
After 14 hours , in fact in the early hours of Tuesday the prosecution decided to release Qallash, El-Balshy and Abdel Rahim on bail charging them at the same time of spreading false news and sheltering fugitives !!!! 
Rejecting to be charged for something they believe they did not do, the three journalists and veteran unionists decided not to pay the LE 10,000 " USD 1,000" bail.
Head of Journalists syndicate Yahia Qallash also demanded an investigative judge to be investigative the incident instead of the General Prosecution.
After the storming of the syndicate, the Prosecutor General issued a statement supporting the Police's action imposing a media gag order on the case.
Qallash and his colleagues considered the Prosecution after that statement as biased party involved in the matter that could not
According to the law , they can face detention up to 4 days.
So the Prosecution decided to detain them till either pay or they would be sent to Misdemeanor court.
For nearly 32 hours , the three journalists were detained at Kasr Al-Nil police station where they were kept at one of the offices in the police station.
Yahia Qallash on left and Khaled El-Balshy on right
at Kasr Al-Nil police station 
They technically semi-board meeting inside the police station.
Despite the three journalists insisted in an act of defiance that they would not pay the bail , the bail was paid anonymously after more than 30 hours against their well in some crazy scene.
It was not really anonymously because it turned out that lawyer Tarek Negida , the former leading member in Nasserite Popular current party.
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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The dagger that came from outer space

Location Cairo, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
This can be the most interesting and cheerful news coming from Egypt on Wednesday aside from the fact that the EGYPTAIR MS804 black boxes' signals can be detected in the Mediterranean.

The dagger after the discovery of the tomb in Luxor
in 1922

Egyptian and Italian researchers found out that the famous dagger of King Tutankhamen with crystal rock in its end was actually made out of a meteorite.

Yes, it turned out that the blade of the famous golden dagger was made out of a meteorite according to their research published last week at Meteoritic and Planetary Science Journal.
The blade's iron was taken from the Kharga Meteorite near Marsa Matrouh governorate.
That Meteorite which I ignored that it existed in Egypt in the first place was found in May 2000.

I will use this fantastic occasion to celebrate this great discovery and post a photo I took for that dagger with a blade from outer space at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo in December.

King Tutankhamen's dagger خنجر الملك توت عنخ امون
The dagger ith the blade from outer space
The dagger looks fantastic in reality , those inlaid gem stones with gold and its golden cover itself. Just an amazing piece of art , of course the whole collection is amazing just like any other Ancient Egyptian piece of art. We are speaking about art here. Of course this gives you a hint on how kings and rulers in Egypt are treated.

I want to post the King Tutankhamen's collection photos here but the problem I can not find the best time thanks to what is going in Egypt currently.
I do not know why I have the feeling that we may see a whole episode based on that discovery on History Channel's Ancient Aliens with wild theories.

Already Ancient Aliens show promotes the wild theory that Akhenaton , Tut's father  and controversial figure in the history of Ancient Egypt was actually an alien ... or an alien-human hybrid !!
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