Wednesday, June 20, 2018

World Refugee Day 2018 : Arabs are still leading no.1 world refugees

On Wednesday, the World commemorated the World Refugee Day and it seems that the situation of the refugees worldwide is not getting better but rather worse especially for Arab refugees.

The UN’s Refugees watchdog “UNHCR” says the number of refugees worldwide has reached at the end of 2017 in total to 68.5 million people displaced from their homes in its annual report.
This is the highest number of refugees the world has ever seen. Forget about the World Wars of the 20th century, the number of refugees has been increasing for the past 6 years and it does not want to stop.

According to the UNHCR’s numbers, 2.9 million people have become refugees in 2017 only worldwide.
The number of people forcibly displaced from their homes worldwide is 44,000 people every day. That’s an unfortunate record rate as well scary one.
The UNHCR is reporting that 31 people were newly displaced every minute in 2017
Unfortunately, that increase comes at the same time the World is witnessing an awful scary return of right-wing fascism that rejects refugees worldwide.
I do not think that the world has seen such hateful attitude against foreign refugees we are currently witnessing since the World War II.
Now out of those 68.5 refugees who are forced to their home because of conflicts, wars and human rights violations; only 25.4 million refugees are registered with the United Nations’ refugees agencies.
Arabs as in Palestinians and Syrians are still making the biggest group of refugees technically speaking.
Palestinian refugees in 1955
Palestinian refugees in a refugee camp in Jorda
in 1955 


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The New Media and Press laws in Egypt : The end of social media by law

There are lots of economic and political updates and decisions that have taken place in Egypt in the past ten days and I am just trying to keep up with those decisions because they are all important and will affect Egypt on the short and long run.

I will start with the new controversial media and press laws which were approved in principle last week.
Last week the Egyptian House of Representatives approved in principal three draft laws to regulated media and press in the country.

Originally a draft law presented by the government “by Sherif Ismail’s cabinet”, the Media committee in the parliament decided to divide it into three separate draft laws.

The laws are regulating the three bodies currently regulating press and media in Egypt.
We got the Supreme Council of media “SCM” that regulates Private TV and radio channels as well private-owned newspapers and websites, the National Media authority “NMA” which regulates the activities of Egyptian Radio and TV Union “ERT” and National Press Authority “NPA” which regulates state-owned newspapers and press institutions according to the 2014 Constitution.

Head of Media committee Osama Heikal told journalists that those laws include unprecedented guarantees freedom of journalism and media in Egypt.

I could not believe what 201SCAF’s information minister said in his meeting with the journalists.
The Egyptian foreign ministry issued an infogram calling the new “Egyptian law regulating media and press” as a victory of freedom of expression highlighting the Pro-Freedom of expression articles in that law or laws.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Happy Eid Fitar and Good luck to Egypt and Morocco

Happy Eid Fitar from Egyptian Chronicles to Muslims celebrating the feast today.
May Allah accept your fasting in the holy month of Ramadan.
I know there are many things that happened this week in Egypt but let’s enjoy the short Eid holiday as well pray for Egypt and Morocco to win their matches in the World Cup later on Friday in Russia.
Happy Eid
Happy Eid from my favorite ad in Ramadan this year
Dolceka Waffer nailed it 
Millions of Egyptians have not slept and it is not because Thursday or because it is Eid eve “God knows what it means in Egypt” but they worried about our first match in the Mondial.
It is a big deal.
Anyhow happy Eid Fitar ☺☺

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Ramadan Arabian Nights 2018 : The amazing tales challenge Episode 29 & 30 “The Finale”

And we came to the end of the Holy blessed generous month of Ramadan.
According to the official calculations, tonight is the last night of Ramadan 1439 and tonight is the last night of our annual Ramadan Arabian Nights Podcast.
Just like the holy month, it ran too fast.
I can not thank enough Gramafon Radio for its help to make the show run for this year and hopefully for years to come inshallah.
Now after the break, you are going to listen to episode No.29 and No.30 or to be accurate episodes 290 and 291 of Egyptian State Radio classical show “One Thousand and One Nights” after the break.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Ramadan Arabian Nights 2018 : The amazing tales challenge Episode 28 “A rejected lover”

Here we are, close to the finale of our Ramadan Arabian Nights Podcast for this year.
Tonight we will hear to episode no.289 of the Egyptian State Radio’s One Thousand and One Nights show in Arabic.
You can listen to the episode after the break.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Ramadan Arabian Nights 2018 : The amazing tales challenge Episode 27 “A brass curse”

Okay take some rest from the World Cup preparations as well the so-called historical summit between two sick men in Singapore and listen to a new episode of Egyptian Chronicles’ Ramadan Arabian Nights podcast.
We are getting closer to our finale for our tale this year, only three episodes are left.
Now without further due, you can listen to episode no.288 from the Egyptian State radio’s Classical One Thousand and One Nights show in Arabic after the break