Thursday, June 13, 2019

Egyptian treasures under hummer : Tut’s partial face at Christie’s along other ancient Egyptian stuff as usual

Egypt’s Ministry of antiquities and Ministry of foreign affairs have called on Christie’s auction house and UNESCO to stop the sale of a quartzite head from a statue believed to be for King Tutankhamen aka Tut.

The call comes after the announcement of Christie’s auction house in London that it is going to sell two Egyptian ancient artifacts in its “The exceptional Sale” on 4 July 2019.
The exceptional sale

The two Egyptian artifacts are partial quartzite head of ancient deity Amon with the features of King Tutankhamen and partial red granite head featuring King Amenhotep III.

It is an exceptional sale indeed and its cherry on the top is none other than partial quartzite head of our boy King Tut by all measures with an expected price tag not less than USD 4 million according to what I have read in the past couple of days
King Tut's partial statue
The piece featuring mostly King Tutankhamen in
Christie's 
The partial quartzite head got a broken nose like many ancient Egyptian statues and busts.
In March we found a theory on the reason behind that broken nose syndrome and it has to do with the ancient Egyptians’ beliefs on how statues had got a life force.

It is unclear when that fragmented left Egypt or where it was discovered.

What we know from Christie's that late German Royalty Prinz Wilhelm von Thurn und Taxis acquired it reportedly in the mid-1960s. It is unclear where that German Prince acquired it.
He sold it to Austrian art dealer Joseph Messina for Galerie Kokorian in Vienna, Austria in 1973 or 1974.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Just leave the Syrian investments alone in Egypt …for the sake of the Egyptian economy

Ramadan is over and Egyptian lawyer Samir Sabry is back to business and he has got a new target: Syrian investments in Egypt.
Samir Sabry presented a memo to Egypt’s judiciary demanding the enumeration of the Syrian investments in Egypt.
Sabry claimed that the Syrian investments in Egypt reached according to statics since the start of the “Syrian crisis” by USD 23 billion adding that they own the most important textile and garments as well as “controlling real state developments market in Egyptian neighborhood !!”
Now I do not know from where he got that number of USD 23 billion in Egypt but I know that he copycatted what was mentioned in a Pro-economic Syrian regime website word by word in February 2017 without even checking back whether it is true or wrong.
This is not the first time Sabry demands such a thing from Egyptian authorities.
He presented a memo from a year ago in May 2018 demanding the same thing from Egypt’s prosecutor general and his demand was ignored.
Thanks to Egypt and to Egyptian people and government
Thanks, Egypt banner in the famous Syrian street in October 
According to the official numbers for real, the Syrian investments increased by 30% in the first 9 months in 2018.
A report published in Al-Watan newspaper in November 2018 says that according to reports and numbers issued by the Egyptian ministry of investment and international cooperation and the ministry of industry and trade the Syrian investments in the first 9 months of 2018 reached USD 69.93 million which is equal to USD 1.2 billion.

Friday, June 7, 2019

It does not feel like Eid in North Sinai

It is the third day of Eid el-Fitr in Egypt. Earlier Friday, Egypt’s ministry of interior announced that its forces in North Sinai killed 8 suspected terrorists or as officially called “terrorist elements” involved in Al-Arish checkpoint attack that place on Wednesday.

This announcement came less than 48 hours of its announcement that security forces killed another 14 suspected terrorists or as officially called “terrorist elements” for their alleged involvement in Wednesday’s attack.

Earlier Wednesday , a group of militant terrorists attacked a security checkpoint called “Batal-14” or “The hero-14” located West of Al-Arish in North Sinai governorate

The security checkpoint was following the ministry of interior.

According to official statement of the interior ministry , at least 8 police personnel were killed in the shootout between those terrorists and the checkpoint.

Five terrorist militants were killed in the shootout.

Later that day Daesh claimed responsibility of  the attack , no surprise here as it claimed most of the attacks in the past five years.

It claimed that it killed 10 policemen in two attacks targeting two different locations yet it only mentioned “Batal-14” and did not mentioned the other one.

Then it released video report about the attack bragging about it.

The video showed the attackers about at least 24 armed young men whose faces were either blurred or masked.

They were all young teenagers as it appeared between the ages of 16 to 20 at most.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

A day to remember for Egypt and Egyptian King Mo Salah

Mo Salah carrying the Champions league Cup "Twitter"
Mo Salah carrying the Champions league
Cup "Twitter" 
Egypt is not sleeping tonight, it is celebrating with the City of Liverpool and Liverpool FC fans everywhere. In case you do not know Liverpool FC won Europe’s Champions League for the Sixth time in its history and our Mohamed Salah scored the first goal in the game.
Once again our Mo who comes from a small village in Nile Delta makes history.

Mohamed Salah is the first Egypt to win The Champions League title.
Mohamed Salah is the fifth Africa to win The Champions League title.
Mohamed Salah is the second Arab to win The Champions League title.

And yes We are loud and proud about it, our boy deserves it.

Almost most cafes in Cairo played the game.

It was the main event that gathered all Egyptians around it.

And the night had very beautiful scenes from Madrid.
In his first short TV interview, Salah wondered where his friend and old mentor Mohamed Abu Trika was.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Kodak Agfa Presents : Back to El-Siyada Zeinab Ramadan Market

I know that Ramadan is packing up its bags and is going to leave us within hours but it is never too late to share those couple of photos with you guys.
If you want to have a glimpse of the true spirit of the Holy Month of Ramadan in Egypt, you do not go to upscale neighborhoods but rather working-class neighborhoods
If you want to have a glimpse of how local markets celebrate the holy month then there is no better than El-Siyada Zeinab make-shift Ramadan market.
El-Siyada Zeinab Mosque overlooking the market
El-Siyada Zeinab's minaret overlooking the make-shift market 
This was not the first time to visit the most famous market when it comes to the Ramadan Lanterns but it was the first time for me to visit the market during Ramadan.
I visited it in 2016 just one night before Ramadan and it was a great experience for me breaking a lot of barriers to me as a shy photographer.

Now According to the sellers, the market got fewer visitors and customers during Ramadan than before Ramadan which is logic if you think about it.

Customers in El-Sayida Zeinab
A customer checking the lanterns 
This is the fourth year for Egypt to ban the import of Chinese-made Ramadan lanterns.
In an attempt to preserve the tradition handmade industry of Ramadan lanterns, the government issued a ministerial decree in 2015 to ban the Chinese plastic Ramadan lanterns.

Friday, May 31, 2019

For the sake of SMA Children , Sign this petition

For the sake of SMA children, I ask you to sign this important petition and to spread everywhere online.

Families of children suffering from Spinal Muscular Atrophy "SMA" have been sending pleas for years now to everyone in order to save their children from that cruel disease.

Launched by one of the mothers of SMA children, the petition is calling Egypt's President El-Sisi and Minister of Health Hala Zayed to issue a decree to include SMA's medicine in the medical insurance in Egypt.

Most of you do not know that SMA has got the most expensive treatment system in the whole world and with the struggling Egyptian economy, it is like fighting an impossible battle but the families fight it either way.
Late Khadijah, one of the famous SMA
children on social media.

Parents of SMA children use social media asking for donations and help but this is not a solution.

The petition asks the Egyptian government to provide Sprinza drug which helps SMA children a lot to improve their health condition.

Its only problem is its price tag. Its costs in the United States starts at $ 750,000 in the first year and $375,000 annually after that.

Already I believe that as Egypt heads the African Union this year, it is a good opportunity to speak not only about SMA Egyptian children but rather African SMA children in general.

The Egyptian government can go in talks with the company producing Sprinza with the help of the UNICEF and WHO to get it for a better price.

It is unfair by all measures that SMA children suffer from it in that way in third world countries.

A rare neurological genetic disease, even the richest countries in the world provide its treatment in its medical insurance system for some of its types.

Currently, SMA is making headlines again with its newly approved medicine, Zolgensma.

Newly approved by FDA, Zolgensma is dubbed rightly so as the most expensive drug in history for USD 2.1 million for a single dose, yes a single dose. 

BY the way, Khadijah Mamdouh who was one of the girls mentioned in the 2018 Ahram Online report passed away earlier this year following a long struggle with that terrible disease. She is the second kid I have read about to die in the past three years because of it.