Saturday, November 1, 2014

Yup we will continue to dream till our dreams come true

"IF they don't let us dream, we are not going to let them sleep" said Iyad El-Baghdadi at Oslo Freedom Forum last week in his amazing speech summarizing what happened to the "Arab Spring" in the past four years from ups and downs.

You must watch and hear his speech because El-Baghdadi speaks on behalf a lot of us in the Arab spring countries.

Iyad El-Baghdadi revealed in Oslo what happened and made him absent online for nearly 6 months.Officially now asylum seeker in Norway, El-Baghdadi was detained by Emirati authorities that deported him from UAE. For months he has been staying in Malaysia. Only in October he was united with his wife and his new born son Ismael whom he did not attend his birth. There is no official explanation for the Emirati decision except Iyad's tweets and writings are dangerous.

His #ArabTyrantManual seems to be annoying for some as it seems.

Now after this amazing speech in Oslo, I would like to share with you the speech of leftist activist and human rights lawyer Mahinour El-Masry who received the 19th Ludovic Trarieux Award for human rights. It is worth to mention that Nelson Mandela received this award. "Source"
Dear Justice servants and human rights defenders,
Today I am with you in person though that was not going to happen as I was imprisoned in the prisons of field Marshall el sisi like more than 41 thousand political detainees, I was charged along with 8 others, 4 of them are still at prison serving for two Years, I was as well sentenced to 2 years to be reduced at the appeal and to be suspended because of your solidarity and efforts. I was luckier than the other thousands who didn’t receive much attention.
I was astonished when I knew that I have received your prestigious award, at that time I was in prison deprived from all kind of communication with the outside world, I really don’t feel that I deserve such an honor as all the time I was part of a bigger group, starting from being revolutionary socialist , to being a volunteer lawyer at the Alexandria’s protesters defense front, a member in no to military trials and refugees solidarity movement, but above all I was one of millions of Egyptians who had dreamt of justice, made a revolution that toppled 2 dictators and we are crossing fingers that it will topple the third.
I call what happened on the 3rd of July 2013 when el Sisi, the head of the counter-revolution made a coup, not because he toppled another dictator but because he manipulated the masses, I think that he should be considered as a war criminal as he was the head of the military intelligence giving pretexts for the virginity tests happened to female protesters in march 2011, he was the defense minister at the time of isolated president Morsi who killed many Egyptians in the city of Portsaid and when he overthrew Morsi he carried one of the biggest massacres in the new century which is Rabaa massacre killing more than 1000 people and now there is a crack down leading to the imprisonment of thousands and now even evacuating people from their houses and demolishing it in Sinai under the slogan war against terrorism, in such situation where a dictator is fostering his powers one of his most important enemies are human rights defenders and especially lawyers.
Being a lawyer open your eyes to the amount of injustice in the society, and lawyers have to choose whether they want to serve justice or to serve law even if it was against the people interests, as law is an abstract word, for me law is the law of the ruling class and in countries like Egypt where autocracy and tyranny are at their most you will find laws issued to silence the people or to steal their rights. Yet lawyers have a great role to raise awareness, to be shield for the marginalized and voice for the voiceless.
Finally I want to dedicate the award to Omar, Loay, Islam, Nasser the 4 people who are with me in the case but still in prison, to Sanaa Seif, Yara Sallam and the protesters of Ithadia case, to Mohamed Hissny, Alaa Abdelfattah and Shura protestors in prison now, Mahmoud Nasr, El Jazeera english reporters imprisoned in Egypt, Mohamed sultan and Ibrahim el Yamany who are in days will he entering the day 300 in their hunger strike, to the rest of the 41 thousand detainees, to the Palestinian people who taught us how to resist and have hope in the future, to the people of Kobane fighting extremists, to the Iranian girl Rihana Gebari.. Who had been sentenced to death because she killed her raper to defend herself, to all those brave souls and humans I dedicate such award.
Thank you so much and I hope that we as lawyers would be helping to build a better and more humane societies.
I doubt that Egyptian mainstream media will cover this new or publish Mahinour's speech as the young human rights activist lawyer attacks El-Sisi openly with no fear.

We dream of a better democratic Arab world where people do not kill each other because of power and greed. We will continue to dream and will continue on trying to make these dreams come true. This is the least thing we can do for the sake who paid a huge price for freedom in the Arab world in the past few years. It is the least thing we can do for Ismail Iyad El-Baghdadi and his generation.


  1. These two individuals present excellent points and ideas. There will be another chance in the future; the wave of progress isn't going to stop just because the region's dictatorships want it to be so.

    The recent revolutionary upheaval in Burkina Faso further reinforces the obvious truth that political military supremacism is an anti-human ideology headed for the dustbin of history. Turning an armed force into a source of political ideology is a surefire path to failure. The mixing of military assumptions with politics produces a system fundamentally at war with basic rationality. .

    There was never any country in which a politicized military produced anything other than failed and irrational governance. In many cases, it brought on civil wars.

  2. Here is my theory of Egyptian politics:

    Three approximately defined factions account for 90% of the Egyptian electorate. They are 1. Sisiites, Mubarakite feloul and other assorted fascists, 2. The Muslim Brotherhood, and other Sunni Islamists, and 3. Copts, secularists, liberals like Zeinobia, and a variety of leftist kooks. 3 isn't strong enough in numbers to rule alone. 1 rules now with the backing of the military. 3 tried allying with 2 and it didn't work. That was the Arab Spring. What's left for Zeinobia and her fellow travelers in 3 to do? I think they must swallow their distaste and ally with 1, in accordance with the aphorism "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em".

    1. #3 could also try building up a strong, popular, and powerful political movement so as to seize control after the next uprising. Would need to unite, market, and sell the ideology/movement. #1 is a dying breed and can't last forever. Too ineffective, discredited, and senile. #2 has already hit the peak of its popularity and won't be able to govern alone anymore.

  3. With Arab Money, Arabs Kill Arabs and Destroy Arab Land. !!!

    The Same Countries Destroeid Beautiful Europe Twice (WWI and WWII) and Murdered Over 70 Millions are Now Practice Their Evil in the Arab and Muslim World with Cold Blood.

    They Turned Life in Europe to Hell from 1914 to 1945.
    Now they are Turning Life to Hell in The Arab and Muslim World.

    The Solution to Human Problems Is Islam and Practicing The Teachings Of The Holy Quran... It Is Already Written.

    1. It Is Already Written... in Title Caps. !!!
      Stop. !!!
      Stop. !!!
      Stop. !!!

  4. The Arab Spring protests did achieve a great deal but as in a lot of situations you are still stuck with persistent, ignorant, obnoxious, ill-informed, wrong-headed elements. You have to press on ignoring the annoying buzzing of the flies.

  5. Wonder what will happen to Saudi Arabia if, one day, the radical left finally wins, takes over in Egypt, and decides to terminate the alliance between Wahhabis and military fascists without mercy or remorse.

  6. You never cease to deliver food for thought Z! I haven't been here for years and you still the same!


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