Monday, June 17, 2019

It started and ended in June for him : Ousted Ex-president Morsi passed away during trial "Updated"

Egypt’s ousted ex-president Mohamed Morsi has passed away in Cairo during his trial on Monday, the Egyptian State TV announced.
A few moments ago, Egypt’s Prosecutor general Nabil Sadek’s office issued its first official statement about the death of the country’s fifth president during his trial.

During his espionage trial in New Cairo, the 68-years-old asked to address the court following the defense of the second and the third defendant in the case.
“The court allowed him to speak and the defendant spoke for five minutes, then the court took a recess,” The statement said.

While in the cage with other defendants, Morsi fainted and collapsed. The statement said that he was then transferred to hospital and it turned out that he passed away when he arrived there at 4:50 PM.
Mohamed Morsi
Ousted Ex-president Mohamed Morsi, the fifth president of the Arab Republic of Egypt
behind bars in court (AFP)
The report added that the prosecutor general order a team of prosecution investigators from High State security prosecution and Prosecution general to examine Morsi’s body and to check the CCTV recordings as well as to hear the statements of the defendants and those who attended the incident.

The prosecutor general also delegated a team from Egypt’s forensic authority to prepare a report about his death so it can issue a permit for his burial later.
There are reports that family would be allowed to check his body as a gesture that there is no fool play.

It is unclear how his funeral will be but I do not think it will be a public one or official one.
Most probably it will be held at night quickly with no media.

Mohamed Morsi was standing a trial for conspiring and spying with foreign armed groups aka Hamas during 2011.
It is his retrial actually.
He was sentenced life  “25 years” in prison by the court in May 2015 for conspiring to commit terrorist acts.
He faced several trials and retrials.

According to my observation, it took nearly an hour so the news would find its way to Egyptian local media after he was pronounced dead according to the Prosecutor General’s office.

Updated : 

Mohamed Morsi was buried at a cemetery for the Muslim Brotherhood in Nasr City, Cairo. Only two His sons and wife were allowed to attend the burial according to his lawyer's statement to foreign media.

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. 

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Ramadan Arabian Nights 2019 : Aladdin " Aladdin saves the day " Ep.10

Good evening or Good afternoon or Good morning where ever you are now and reading this post.
First of all, you can refresh your memory and see how Aladdin found his beloved Tot.
Tonight we are to finish our second tale for this year, the tale of Aladdin and the magical lamp.
Here is the tenth episode of Aladdin and the magical lamp or episode no.161 of the Egyptian State Radio’s One Thousand and One Nights show in Arabic after the break.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Ramadan Arabian Nights 2019 : Aladdin " A Qareen’s help " Ep.9

Good evening or Good afternoon or Good morning where ever you are now and reading this post.

First of all, you can refresh your memory and see how Aladdin lost his princess as well as his lamp.
Here is the ninth episode of Aladdin and the magical lamp or episode no.160 of the Egyptian State Radio’s One Thousand and One Nights show in Arabic after the break.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Ramadan Arabian Nights 2019 : Aladdin " An new lamp for a old lamp " Ep.8

Good evening or Good afternoon or Good morning where ever you are now and reading this post.
First of all, you can refresh your memory and see how Aladdin got married his beloved princess.
Here is the eighth episode of Aladdin and the magical lamp or episode no.159 of the Egyptian State Radio’s One Thousand and One Nights show in Arabic after the break.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Ramadan Arabian Nights 2019 : Aladdin " Make way for Prince Aladdin" Ep.7

Good evening or Good afternoon or Good morning where ever you are now and reading this post.
First of all , you can refresh your memory and see how Aladdin reacted when he knew princess Tot married someone else.

Here is the seventh episode of Aladdin and the magical lamp or episode no.158 of the Egyptian State Radio’s One Thousand and One Nights show in Arabic after the break.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Ramadan Arabian Nights 2019 : Aladdin " Genie , bring me the princess" Ep.6

Good evening or Good afternoon or Good morning where ever you are now and reading this post.
First of all , you can refresh your memory and see how Aladdin fell in love with Princess Tot here.
Our Aladdin is darker than the Aladdin we know.
Here is the sixth episode of Aladdin and the magical lamp or episode no.157 of the Egyptian State Radio’s One Thousand and One Nights show in Arabic after the break.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Egyptian Places : The Last Days of Building No.54 in Cairo’s Boulaq Abu Ela

Do you remember that very old watch shop I once spoke about in summer 2018 and how it was going to disappear as its building was going to be demolished by the government ?

The building , officially known as No.54 in the street was demolished as part of the governmental plan to revamp Maspero triangle area but before it was demolished , I was lucky enough to document some of its last moments and to know more about its history or rather its people.

Specifically the shop owners who owned shops in the buildings , most of them spent half of their lives in that buildings maintaining their shops for more than five decades and for that they tried to fight the battle till the end.

It was a lost battle in times where no mainstream media or social media can raise their concerns and screams to the officials.

Here is in my very bad and shaky video, I focused on two stories: the story of S. Hinhayat Clock shop and the story of Hajj Hosni, the mannequin maker.



P.S: I know it is not the best video or audio recording or editing but I hope you like it and share it.

Building No.54 was originally built in 1906 in “Avenue Boulaq” or “Boulaq street” in Boulaq Abu Ela district.

Despite Maspero Triangle is portrayed in the mainstream media now as low-income shanty town area “Which is partially true”, the area had several European Neo-Classical buildings especially in the area adjacent to Avenue Boulaq.

Once I spoke with a taxi driver who was raised there and he told me that those buildings were owned by foreigners who left Egypt after the 1952 Coup.

I think due to the fact that the Old Italian Consulate is located there, there were many foreigners or rather Italians who lived in the area.

An interesting fact that that Italian Consulate complex which included a school in the past was turned in to prison for foreigners or Italians by the British occupation during the World War II.

Back to our building, in 1907 a Bulgarian Jew watchmaker called Solomon Hinhayat inaugurated his clock shop in Boulaq street at Building No.54 according to shop’s last shopkeeper and owner Essam Solomon.
Founder Solomon Hinhayat
Solomon Hinhayat in the last days of his shop 
Later that street was renamed  Fouad street named after Egypt’s King Fouad I and during that era, it became one of Downtown Cairo’s busiest and commercial street. 

Ramadan Arabian Nights 2019 : Aladdin " Mama Aladdin goes to the King’s palace " Ep.5

Good evening or Good afternoon or Good morning where ever you are now and reading this post.
First of all , you can refresh your memory and see where we left Aladdin last night here.

Here is the fifth episode of Aladdin and the magical lamp or episode no.156 of the Egyptian State Radio’s One Thousand and One Nights show in Arabic after the break.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Ramadan Arabian Nights 2019 : Aladdin " Meet the genie " Ep.4

Good evening or Good afternoon or Good morning where ever you are now and reading this post.
First of all , you can refresh your memory and see where we left Aladdin last night here.

Here is the fourth episode of Aladdin and the magical lamp or episode no.155 of the Egyptian State Radio’s One Thousand and One Nights show in Arabic after the break.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Ramadan Arabian Nights 2019 : Aladdin " Just get the lamp " Ep.3

Good evening or Good afternoon or Good morning where ever you are now and reading this post.
Interestingly , Taher Abu Fasha changed the origin of Aladdin as in the original story.

In the original One Thousand and one nights book , the story of Aladdin takes place in China.
Already China is mentioned several times in the book and this is a proof that the Arab Islamic civilization reached China before Mao and his comrades.

Here is the third episode of Aladdin and the magical lamp or episode no.154 of the Egyptian State Radio’s One Thousand and One Nights show in Arabic after the break.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Ramadan Arabian Nights 2019 : Aladdin " A long missing uncle" Ep.2

Good evening or Good afternoon or Good morning where ever you are now and reading this post.

Tonight we will start a new tale or rather an old tale you know very well , tonight we will continue the second tale for this Ramadan , the tale of Aladdin.

I can’t ignore the buzz Mina Massoud is creating online in Egypt especially with his pinned tweet speaking about how the music of Abdel Halim Hafez was played on Aladdin set and his message to the Egyptian people and its nationalistic finale.

His Egyptian Arabic is much better than Ramy Malek FYI.

To be honest , I am not so optimistic about Aladdin as a live action film with all its colors and style but I am glad that another actor of an Egyptian-origin is making headlines in the world.

Anyhow without further ado , here is the second episode of Aladdin and the magical lamp or episode no.153 of the Egyptian State Radio’s One Thousand and One Nights show in Arabic after the break.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Another brick in the wall : The tablet system and high school students saga “Updated”

Earlier on Monday , Egypt’s tens of Egyptian students in First Secondary stage “High school sophomores” protested against the ministry of education and its insistence on using the tablet-system in final exams in several governorates.

It is another episode in the big sage of the "Tablet system and high school" this school year !!

Since the start of the final exams of the First secondary stage “ 10th grade” , many students reported the tablet-system did not work due to connection problems and system failure.

The new tablet system in exams works as follows : The test sent from the ministry of educations to students’ tablets, and will be answered and marked electronically.

This photo from Youm 7 already shows the students using the tablet in the exams and honestly I do not
how this way can prevent cheating in Giza !! "Youm7" 

It is currently being generalized for “10th grade” students across the country. We are speaking about nearly 500,000 students.

As we are in the final exams phase 10th grade students in different governorates and in different reported its failure.
Group of angry students protested on Monday in Cairo, Giza, Gharbia , Ismailia , Suez, Alexandria, Luxor and New Valley governorates against the failure of that tablet system and current minister of education Tarek Shawky.

Before Iftar in Cairo , photos and videos went viral online on showing the protests by the angry teenagers and how the police forces dispersed some of these protests with no consideration that they are dealing with 13 and 14 years old teenagers who did not chant against the president but rather the minister of education calling for his dismissal.

In Cairo at the ministry of education HQ

Ramadan Arabian Nights 2019 : Aladdin "A young man called Aladdin" Ep.1

The official poster of Aladdin
"Disney" 
Good evening or Good afternoon or Good morning where ever you are now and reading this post.
Tonight we will start a new tale or rather an old tale you know very well , tonight we will start the second tale for this Ramadan , the tale of Aladdin.

This is the something time I post this radio tale in Egyptian Chronicles in Ramadan , I posted it in Ramadan 2010 when I started this Ramadan blogging tradition in 2010.

Now I re-post the episodes again as Disney will release its live-action “Aladdin” film starring Canadian Egyptian Mina Massoud and Will Smith worldwide on 24 May.
It is different than the one I post in 2010 as during then I posted a compilation of the episodes but this time you can hear each episode in high quality.
As you have heard “Aladdin” is based upon Disney’s blockbuster “Aladdin” animation film released in 1992.

you can hear to the first episode of Aladdin tale or episode no.152 of the Egyptian State Radio’s One Thousand and One Nights show in Arabic after the break.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Ramadan Arabian Nights 2019 : King Haras Episode 15 "Azad knows the truth"

Good evening or Good afternoon or Good morning where ever you are now and reading this post.

Tonight is the finale of Games of Thrones as well the finale this year’s first tale, the tale of King Haras so buckle it up for an interesting night of fairy tales of magic “somehow”

To refresh your memory and to know where we stopped, I recommend you go back and hear last night’s episode.
Now without further ado, you can hear to the fifteenth episode or episode no.194 of the Egyptian State Radio’s One Thousand and One Nights show in Arabic after the break.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Ramadan Arabian Nights 2019 : King Haras Episode 14 "Azad goes mad"

Good evening or Good afternoon or Good morning where ever you are now and reading this post.

Tonight we will see what happens to Azad when he wakes up to find himself a commoner in this year’s first tale, the tale of King Haras.

To refresh your memory and to know where we stopped, I recommend you go back and hear last night’s episode.
Now without further ado, you can hear to the fourteenth episode or episode no.193 of the Egyptian State Radio’s One Thousand and One Nights show in Arabic after the break.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Seen at the Egyptian Museum of Cairo : That yellow stone coming from space

It is the International Museum Day and I will seize this opportunity to share with one of the pieces from King Tutankhamun's beautiful collection in his old home at the Egyptian Museum of Cairo before he and his treasures are fully transferred to the Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

Ancient Egyptian deity Khepri  amulet in King Tut's Collection
The amulet with the yellow glass scarab

Is not it beautiful and amazing?
This amulet depicts ancient Egyptian deity Khepri aka the scarab beetle “I think”
It is made of gold, colored and it was encrusted with gemstones.
Its center of attention without a doubt is its the scarab beetle made of yellow gemstone

Now this yellow gemstone is making news nowadays in the world as according to new research published in The Geology Journal its source is mineral called Reidite, which only forms when a meteor smashes into Earth.

According to what I understand that yellow glass or gemstone was found in Egyptian and Libyan desert, it is called Libyan desert glass.

The new research published in Geology Journal says that Libyan desert glass was formed about 29 million years ago when a meteorite smashed into the Earth in that Western desert.
Here is a close-up image for that stone and the amulet.

Ramadan Arabian Nights 2019 : King Haras Episode 13 "Sultan Azad in Court "

Good evening or Good afternoon or Good morning where ever you are now and reading this post.
Tonight we will see what happens to Azad as a sultan for one day in this year’s first tale, the tale of King Haras.

To refresh your memory and to know where we stopped, I recommend you go back and hear last night’s episode.
Now without further ado, you can hear to the thirteenth episode or episode no.192 of the Egyptian State Radio’s One Thousand and One Nights show in Arabic after the break.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Ramadan Arabian Nights 2019 : King Haras Episode 12 "Sultan Azad"

Good evening or Good afternoon or Good morning where ever you are now and reading this post.
Tonight we will start a new chapter in this year’s first tale, the tale of King Haras.

To refresh your memory and to know where we stopped, I recommend you go back and hear last night’s episode.
Now without further ado, you can hear to the twelfth episode or episode no.191 of the Egyptian State Radio’s One Thousand and One Nights show in Arabic after the break.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Ramadan Arabian Nights 2019 : King Haras Episode 11 "Under the peach tree"

Good evening or Good afternoon or Good morning where ever you are now and reading this post.
Tonight we will continue the tale in a tale for this year’s first tale, the tale of King Haras.

To refresh your memory and to know where we stopped, I recommend you go back and hear last night’s episode.
Now without further ado, you can hear to the eleventh episode or episode no.190 of the Egyptian State Radio’s One Thousand and One Nights show in Arabic after the break.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Ramadan Arabian Nights 2019 : King Haras Episode 10 "The palace owner’s tale"

Good evening or Good afternoon or Good morning where ever you are now and reading this post.
Tonight we will start the third tale in a tale for this year’s first tale, the tale of King Haras.

To refresh your memory and to know where we stopped, I recommend you go back and hear last night’s episode.

Now without further ado, you can hear to the tenth episode or episode no.188 of the Egyptian State Radio’s One Thousand and One Nights show in Arabic after the break.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Egypt’s Ramadan 2019 : Racism and body shaming as usual in Prank show

There is no doubt in my mind when Egyptian comedian Shaimaa Seif agreed to appear in a blackface as a Sudanese lady for a prank show in Ramadan , she did not see any problem in that and believed it would bring laughter as usual.

Then thousands of Sudanese people slammed her online forcing her to close her Facebook account and official Facebook page and I do not have to bet that till now she may not understand why they are so angry.

Shaimaa's bad prank 

The popular Egyptian comedian had a prank show from couple of years when she was still unknown comedian in B-List Comedy channel where she tricked people while ridding a micro-bus.
In 2019 , she and her team brought back the show but this time with a big budget from Saudi-network MBC to be aired in Ramadan on MBC Misr 2 before Iftar in Egypt.
Shaimaa Seif in blackface in the show
On its first episode , we found Sudanese people expressing their anger online when they saw Seif appearing in blackface harassing people in the micro-bus and what made it worse , MBC Misr and MBC Misr 2 were promoting the video on social media as a funny thing !!
In no time , her social media accounts, official Facebook pages and accounts were flooded with angry thousands of angry comments from Sudanese people.

Many of them were not kind in their comments as they body-shamed her for also being oversized or in other common words : fat.

The reverse-racism and body-shaming , one issue brings us to the other.

Shaimaa Seif issued a very short apology saying that she meant no insult to the Sudanese people , a thing which I  believe it but it does not make things less serious. She attacked those who attacked her and then she closed her social media account.

Shaimaa Seif become recently a popular rising comedian and TV host.
As TV host , Shaimaa became part of the localized “The View” show and actually mostly voices logic in those show
Unfortunately , part of Seif’s comedian start was in “Misr theater” TV troupe and their sisters which depend on body-shaming jokes and her co-actors making fun of weight in a very cheap way.
It is very sad thing.

Ramadan Arabian Nights 2019 : King Haras Episode 9 "Sawsan and the King"

Good evening or Good afternoon or Good morning where ever you are now and reading this post.
Tonight we will continue our second tale for this year, the tale of King Haras.
To refresh your memory and to know where we stopped, I recommend you go back and hear last night’s episode.

Now without further ado, you can hear the ninth episode or episode no.188 of the Egyptian State Radio’s One Thousand and One Nights show in Arabic after the break.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Ramadan Arabian Nights 2019 : King Haras Episode 8 "The Horse"

Good evening or Good afternoon or Good morning where ever you are now and reading this post.
Tonight we will continue our second tale for this year, the tale of King Haras.
To refresh your memory and to know where we stopped, I recommend you go back and hear last night’s episode.
Now without further ado, you can hear to the eighth episode or episode no.187 of the Egyptian State Radio’s One Thousand and One Nights show in Arabic after the break.


Noman turning Sawsan into
a horse by  H.J Ford
Living in the body of a dog, Noman found himself living with his neighbor, the baker. One day while staying at the bakery with a neighbor, a Dervish came and spotted him.
The Dervish knows that there is something wrong about that dog and so he takes it from the baker.
The Dervish breaks the spell that turned Noman to a dog and he becomes a human once again.

Angry like hell, Noman returns home and confronts Sawsan once again.
Now he casts her a spell that turns her into a horse.
He comes to our kingdom to torture her in the same way she had done.

The king tells him to get Sawsan or the horse because his story is not over yet.
The king wants Noman to bring the Dervish in order to make the horse or Sawsan returns to her human form so she can be investigated for treason.

Tomorrow we will know her fate inshallah 

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Ramadan Arabian Nights 2019 : King Haras Episode 7 "The Ghoul"

Good evening or Good afternoon or Good morning where ever you are now and reading this post.
Tonight we will continue our second tale for this year, the tale of King Haras.
To refresh your memory and to know where we stopped, I recommend you go back and hear last night’s episode.
Now without further ado, you can hear to the Seventh episode or episode no.186 of the Egyptian State Radio’s One Thousand and One Nights show in Arabic after the break.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Ramadan Arabian Nights 2019 : King Haras Episode 6 "The Five rice grains"

Good evening or Good afternoon or Good morning where ever you are now and reading this post.
Tonight we will start our second tale for this year, the tale of King Haras.
To refresh your memory and to know where we stopped, I recommend you go back and hear last night’s episode.
Now without further ado, you can hear to the Sixth episode or episode no.185 of the Egyptian State Radio’s One Thousand and One Nights show in Arabic after the break.

World Press Freedom Day 2019 : Bad time in Egypt

Last week, the world celebrated or rather commemorated the World Press Freedom Day on 3 May and it does not need the genius to say that it comes at very hard times for Egyptian press and media.
In an irony, the 2019 theme of the World Press Freedom day is “Media for Democracy: Journalism and Elections times of disinformation”.
World Press Freedom Day 2019
This year's theme 
It is like a slap in the face considering the amount of disinformation shared on a daily basis in the Egyptian mainstream media

More red lines and more taboos have been forced by law this year thanks to Egypt’s Supreme Council for Media Regulation and its bylaws or organize media in the country.
Those bylaws are not imposed on the state-owned press but state-owned and private media as well the social media accounts with more than 5000 followers.

You know how bad those bylaws are bad when you see someone Pro-regime/Pro-army figure like Mostafa Bakry attacking them saying that they would make people forget there was media or press in Egypt after all.
“We are shutting it (the media) down completely,” He said in March admitting indirectly that “they are already shutting it down”.
He also claimed that President Sisi would not allow those bylaws to pass.
Nothing happened so far.
The National Council For Human rights also slammed the bylaws saying that they were unconstitutional.
But yet again, since when the Constitution is respected in Egypt !?
The Supreme Council for Media Regulation did not stop here, it became also a body to monitor TV shows in Ramadan this year.

In its annual index for press freedom in 2019, Reporters Without Borders “RSF” listed Egypt in its “Very Serious Situation” list.
Egypt ranks currently 163 in the 2019 World Press Freedom index going two places down from 2018.
It is not a surprise at all.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Ramadan Arabian Nights 2019 : King Haras Episode 5 "Greed blinds a man"

Good evening or Good afternoon or Good morning where ever you are now and reading this post.
Tonight we will continue our first tale for this year, the tale of King Haras.
To refresh your memory and to know where we stopped, I recommend you go back and hear last night’s episode.
Now without further ado, you can hear to the fifth episode or episode no.184 of the Egyptian State Radio’s One Thousand and One Nights show in Arabic after the break.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Ramadan Arabian Nights 2019 : King Haras Episode 4 "The Dervish"

Good evening or Good afternoon or Good morning where ever you are now and reading this post.
Tonight is a new Arabian night.
We are going to continue our first tale for this Ramadan, the tale of king Haras.
To refresh your memory and to know where we stopped, I recommend you go back and hear last night’s episode.
Now without further ado, you can hear to the fourth episode or episode no.183 of the Egyptian State Radio’s One Thousand and One Nights show in Arabic after the break so we can know how the rich merchant’s son ended up as a blind beggar in one foreign city once upon a time.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Ramadan Arabian Nights 2019 : King Haras Episode 3 "The King and the story of the blind beggar "

Okay Liverpool is going to play the Champions Leagues finale after one hell of a game to remember with Barcelona and nobody is paying attention to Ramadan Egyptian TV series anymore because they all suck as it seems so come and hear a new Ramadan Arabian night tonight.

Tonight we are going to continue our first tale , the tale of King Haras.

You can refresh your memory and listen last night’s episode to know where we stopped with that king who once ruled that faraway kingdom in China once upon time in the Arabian nights universe.

Now without further ado , you can hear to the third episode or episode no.182 of the Egyptian State Radio’s One Thousand and One Nights show in Arabic after the break.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Ramadan Arabian Nights 2019 : King Haras Episode 2 "The King and the palace owner "

Good evening or Good afternoon or Good morning where ever you are and reading this post.
Tonight we will continue our tale for this year’s Ramadan Arabian nights 2019 podcast.
It is getting interesting by the minute.
I must say that I love the format of those episodes thanks to those geniuses behind it : Egyptian radio legendary host and director Mahmoud Shaaban and writer Taher Abu Fasha.
You can refresh your memory and hear last night’s episode here.
Now without further ado , episode 2 or rather episode no.181 of the Egyptian State Radio’s One Thousand and One Nights show in Arabic after the break.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Ramadan Arabian Nights 2019 : King Haras Episode 1 "The King and the blind beggar"

Ramadan Karim ☪

It is our annual meeting with one of my favorite time of the year, Ramadan and its Arabian nights.
Tonight is our first night of Ramadan Audio Arabian nights in 2019.

This Ramadan season will not have one single tale but rather three tales.

We will start our triple bill season with the tale of King Haras and his adventure.

In the Arabic language, Haras is another synonym of the word “Assad” or “ fierce lion”.

You can listen to the first episode of our tale or no.180 of the Egyptian State Radio’s One Thousand and One Nights show in Arabic after the break

Sunday, May 5, 2019

#RIP Hany Shukrallah , another loss to Egyptian Press in hard times

I am not good in writing obituaries especially for people I knew personally and who have touched my life.

Earlier Sunday , news came that veteran Egyptian journalist Hany Shukrallah passed away in his house at the age of 69 years old.

A prominent figure in Egypt’s English speaking press as well Arabic speaking press , Shukrallah served as Ahram Weekly’s managing editor for several years, nearly from 1991 to 2005, and the executive editor in chief from 2003-2005 in its golden years.

Hani Shukrallah هاني شكرالله
Hany Shukrallah by Hossam El-Hamalawy

In November 2010 , he founded Ahram Online and served as its editor-in-chief for two years and I remember till this day how it has raised the bar for state-owned news website during then.

The leftist journalist also was among the journalists who founded independent daily Al-Shorouk newspaper.

He was also one of the pioneers in Egypt to launch true local journalism service "Welad al-Balad"  to serve districts and governorates in Egypt in a successful attempt to break the Cairo centralization complex in press.

Personally , I was lucky enough to know Hany Shukrallah.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Happy belated Sham El-Nassim 2019

This is a very belated Happy Sham El-Nassim to all dear Egyptians from Egyptian Chronicles.
It is belated thanks to TEData or WE or whatever it calls itself’s bad internet connections.

Here is a small teaser of another short visit to Egypt’s annual Spring Flowers Fair 2019.
It was a short visit during the last day in the constitutional amendments referendum.

Inside Egypt's Spring Flowers Fair 2019
From the Spring Flowers Fair 2019 
And it is not officially the oldest spring day celebrated in Egypt except when you hear this song.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Happy Easter 2019 from Cairo


Happy Eastern Easter from Egyptian Chronicles to all those celebrating it.

On this occasion, I would like to share with you what I have seen recently in Cairo: The Armenian Orthodox Church with its unique style. It is officially known as "Patriarcat Armenien".

It is located in Cairo's historically and once cosmopolitan rich El-Zaher district. It took three years to build it from 1924 till 1927. It was officially inaugurated in 1928.

It was designed by architect Levon Navalian and was funded by famous Armenian Egyptian figures.

The Armenian Orthodox Church in Cairo follows the Armenian apostatic Church of Armenia.
From Instagram 

Friday, April 26, 2019

Egypt’s Constitutional amendments : The referendum results afterwards

On Wednesday, Egypt’s National Elections authority “NEA” declared the final results of the Constitutional amendments referendum.
I guess by now you know that the constitutional amendments passed by 88.83% of the votes whereas 11.17% of the votes were against the amendments.
The official numbers released by the NEA in a press conference says 27,193,593 voters out of 61 million eligible voters participated in the referendum.
Accordingly, The turnout of the referendum is 44.33%.
The valid votes counted 26,362,421 votes “96.94%” while the spoilt votes counted only 831,172 votes “3.06%”.
The “Yes for Constitutional amendments” got 23,416,741 votes “88.83%” while the “No for Constitutional amendments got 2,945,680 votes “11.17%”.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Earth Day : A beautiful Fayoum Hoopoe on Video

On the occasion of Earth Day, I share with you little video clip I captured in Fayoum governorate in February 2017. I had not seen that number hoopoes in a single place in Egypt like in Fayoum.

via Instagram @username
More photos of that beautiful creature after the break

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Voting Girl 2019 : Constitutional amendments referendum edition "Updated"

Pink finger
The pink finger is back
Your Voting girl is back with her pink finger: Constitutional amendments referendum 2019 edition. As a good Egyptian, I participated in the constitutional amendments referendum. 

I voted against the amendments and I guess I made my point here in that post. 

What have I seen? I was lucky enough to take a quick tour in the main Agouza and Downtown Cairo polling station.

I have seen it all and seen it first hand. I heard to first-hand accounts and second-hand accounts.

I have seen how working-class ladies wearing their black abayas bringing their kids and neighbors standing in queues to get those food supplies coupons for their vote in makeshift kiosks set up by MPs and members of Pro-regime parties like The future of Homeland.

Seeking "help" at a makeshift tent
One of those makeshift "help" tents in Downtown Cairo on Sunday

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Egypt’s Constitutional amendments : The final version

In less than 24 hours, Egyptians around the globe should be flocking to Egyptian embassies and consulate to kick off the Constitutional amendments referendum officially.
Here are the final version of the constitutional amendments as approved by the parliament and as originally published by Ahram Online in English.
Constitutional amendments
Pro-amendments banner in Heliopolis 

The articles involving the President of the Republic

The most controversial two amended articles from those controversial amendments.
In 70 days, the presidential term period changed according to Al-Manassa report.
The draft of the constitutional amendments which was presented to the House of Representatives on 9 February allowed current Egyptian president Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to stay in power and run for the office till the year 2034.

Then on 12 April, the amendment changed to allow Sisi to run for the office till the year 2026.
On 13 April, the amendment changed to allow him to run for the office till the year 2024.
A day later, on 14 April the amendment was changed to allow him to run till the year 2030.
Up till now, I do not fully understand why those changes took place.

Needless to say, I am totally against any extension of any kind to any president even if he were the man that transferred Egypt into a total liberal constitutional parliamentary country. There is also a constitutional debate that this amendment itself is unconstitutional and contradicts with Constitution 2014 and its articles that stipulates any amendments to the presidential powers related articles must be accompanied with more guarantees in political freedoms 

Amended Article No.140 :

The president of the Republic shall be elected for six (instead of four) years, beginning on the day after the end of his predecessor's term, and he/she cannot remain in office for more than two consecutive terms.

New transitional article 214 :

The term of the current sitting president Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is to end after six years following the date of his election as president in 2018, and he can be re-elected for another six-year term.

The articles involving the vice president’s position
That position was originally abolished in Constitution 2014 for no apparent reason but it is back.
The word says that there current minister of transportation Kamel El-Wazir and current head of General intelligence service Abbas Kamel.

New article 150 :

The president of the Republic may appoint one or more deputies and shall determine their duties. The president may delegate his deputies to perform some of his duties and he has the authority to relieve them from their posts and accept their resignation.
The vice president of the Republic shall take the oath as stipulated in Article 144 of the constitution before the president of the republic.
The provisions of the constitution shall apply to the vice president of the republic in articles 141, 145 and 173.

New Article 160 :

If a temporary obstacle makes the elected president unable to perform his duties, he will be replaced by a vice president or prime minister if there is no vice president.
If a caretaker president takes office, he shall not be entitled to amend the constitution, dissolve the House of Representatives or Senate, or dismiss the government. The caretaker president will also not be allowed to run for president.

Article Involving House of Representatives
The number of the elected MPs is reduced as according to those amendments we are going to have an upper chamber in the parliament.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Egypt’s Constitutional amendments : Passed in the parliament , get ready for referendum starting from Friday

And two –third of Egypt’s parliament passed expectedly on Tuesday those controversial constitutional amendments including one to extend president Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s presidential term to the year 2030 in Cairo on Wednesday and another one that would give the armed forces the right to interfere in political life to protect the civility of the State.

In numbers: 531 members voted in favor of the new amendments while 22 members voted it against and one member abstained from voting out of 554 MP who came on Tuesday.
The parliament and its MPs 
Here are the names of the 22 members : MP Ehab Mansour , MP Ahmed Tantawy , MP Haitham El-Hariri, MP Faiza Mahmoud , MP Mohamed Abdel Ghani, MP Samir Ghatas , MP Gamal El-Sherif , MP Reda El-Beltagy , MP Mohamed Atta Salim  ,MP Talaat Khalil , MP Abdel Hamid Kamel, MP Mostafa Kamal El-Din Hussein “Yes , the son of the famous Free officer” , MP Salah Abdel Badie ,MP Salah Abdel Bahie, MP Ahmed El-Sharkawy , MP Elhami Againa “since when is he opposing the regime ?” , MP Mohamed El-Atamani, MP Diaa El-Din Dawood, MP Shadeed Abou Hendiya, MP Abu El-Matai Mostafa, MP Akmal Qortam, MP Ahmed El-Bardissi and MP Mohamed Fouad “From New Wafd Party”.

This list is shorter than the list of the 104 MPs that rejected the demarcation agreement between Egypt and Saudi Arabia in June 2017.

Already except for at least three names, 19 MPs are opposed the demarcation agreement.
There are already 596 seats so there are 42 MPs who did not attend the session like MP Khaled Youssef who opposes the constitution and has been in Paris for at least month and a half following his sex scandal.

Now those constitutional amendments will be put to a referendum next week for both Egyptians and Egyptians abroad.
The referendum will be held on 19,20 and 21 April in Egyptian embassies and consulates around the globe for Egyptian expats and 21,22 and 23 April for Egyptians in Egypt.

It will be interesting to see the turnout in the polls because as we have seen that since the Constitution 2014 referendum, there has been a decline in the turnouts in the elections.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Seen in Cairo : Saad Pasha surrounded by Constitutional amendments banners

Saad Zaghlol's state

Egyptian leader of 1919 revolution Saad Zaghlol’s statue in Cairo surrounded by pro-constitutional amendments banners encouraging the public to vote for them “indirectly” using the slogan "Do it right ✅

The 1919 revolution’s centennial started in #March but it is overshadowed by the constitutional amendments.

The 1919 revolution led Egypt to its independence from the UK in 1922.

Speaking about Saad Zaghlol, I can't ignore the fact that the New Wafd Party which was the so-called original Wafd Party declared its endorsement to the constitutional amendments.

On 11 April 2019, the current leader Wafd Party and head of the legislative affairs committee MP Bahaa Abu Shoka declared that the party members agreed on the constitutional amendment by 93 %.

It is worth to mention that there was an opposition inside the party to the constitutional amendments but now I guess that 7% of the members-only oppose the amendments. It is worth to mention also technically Al-Wafd Party is no longer considered an opposition party.

The original and old Wafd party of Saad Zaghlol pasha led the political battle to restore Egypt's Constitution 1923 when it was replaced by Constitution 1930.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

#Sudanrevolts and Omar al-Bashir is ousted at last “Updated”

Updated :
Sudanese Professional Association “SPA” issued an important statement rejecting the armed forces statement issued Thursday afternoon calling the protesters to complete their sit-in and protesting movement as well Sudanese army officers and soldiers to join them.

“We are the powers of freedoms and change reject what was mentioned in the statement of those regime coup officers and call the great Sudanese people to continue their sit-ins,” The SPA said adding that “the authorities of the regime” made a coup to reproduce the same regime the people revolt against.


The Sudanese protesters demand a civilian interim government.
Protesters began to chant against the military.

Sudanese Minister of defense Awad Ibn Ouf declared on Thursday that Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was ousted and currently detained in a safe secret place announcing the same time the formation of a military transitional council to rule Sudan for interim period of two years.
In those two years, fair elections and a new constitution will be prepared.

Ibn Ouf declared also the emergency status in the country for 3 months and a curfew from 10 PM to 4 AM for a month.
The air space is closed for 24 hours.

The once first-vice-president of al-Bashir also declared that the interim constitution 2005 was dissolved. The states’ government, the national and state parliaments and the cabinet are all dissolved.
The political detainees arrested in the past three months will be released according to that announcement.
Here is the statement in video in Arabic


That army’s declaration came after at least four months of ongoing protesting and rallies by Sudanese citizens in almost all Sudanese states following the announcement of al-Bashir that he would amend the constitution to allow him to run for another presidential term.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

A black hole to remember

I think I am among millions of bloggers who shared one of the most important photos in the history of mankind.
Black Hole image
The Blackhole 
This is the first ever black hole image released online by astronomers in a far .. faraway galaxy. (Sorry I could not keep myself).

That galaxy is called M87. It is 500 million trillion km and so those people who have hopes that the world ends soon by getting sucked by a black hole will have to wait for a little longer.

According to scientists, it is a monster black hole with a measure of 40 billion km (three million times the size of the earth) according to the calculations of the scientists.
According to scientists, the blackhole confirms Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity. “Sorry to all the Egyptian students from Mounfia who prove it was theoretically every year, Egyptians will know what I mean”

The photo of a black hole was captured by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), which is a network of eight linked telescopes around the globe.

It is produced by a new algorithm made by 31-years-old Katie Bouman.

I do not know if EHT was named after that horror sci-fi film “Event Horizon” or not but it is interesting name indeed especially when you know that there is a black hole in it.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

#SudanRevolts : Revolution is She

I could not let this beautiful stunning photo from Khartoum at the Sudanese army Commandership HQ sit-in on Monday pass away like that.
It is a Sudanese chronicle in its own way.
A Sudanese lady addressing protesters in the sit-in
A Sudanese lady addressing protesters in the sit-in
A magnificent shot was taken by Lana Hago that summarizes a lot of words and says a lot of words at that the same time.
The first thing that came to my mind is that this lady standing giving a speech in her Sudanese white Thawab or Toob was a true example of famous Nubian Queens aka “Kandakas."
Sudanese Tweep Hind Makki explained in a threat of tweets why this shot of that lady was too special.
She's wearing a white tobe (outer garment) and gold moon earrings. The white tobe is worn by working women in offices and can be linked w/cotton (a major export of Sudan), so it represents women working as professionals in cities or in the agricultural sector in rural areas.Her earrings are the gold moons of traditional bridal jewelry (Sudanese, like many Arabic speakers, often use moon-based metaphors to describe feminine beauty).Her entire outfit is also a callback to the clothing worn by our mothers & grandmothers in the 60s, 70s, & 80s who dressed like this during while they marched the streets demonstrating against previous military dictatorships.Sudanese everywhere are referring to female protestors as "Kandaka," which is the title given to the Nubian queens of ancient Sudan whose gift to their descendants is a legacy of empowered women who fight hard for their country and their rights
And that girl rocks in making the crowd go wild for the right reasons.


On 2 March 2019  women across Sudan organized rallies against Omar El-Bashir while wearing that famous white Thawab saying “Just fall, that’s all”.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

#SudanRevolts : April 6 Sit-in of Khartoum or Why you should keep your eyes on Sudan now “Updated”

At 3:13 Am Monday Cairo local time, reports about attempts of security forces “police” to disperse the sit-in but armed forces are reportedly protecting the protesters.

April 6th is a special political date in Sudan, it marks the anniversary of ousting Sudanese dictator Gaafar Nimery by a military coup following huge protests in 1985.

That military coup was and is regarded as the perfect bloodless coup and his leader, General Abdel Rahman Swar El-Dahab is like a legendary character. After all, he is the first and last Arab/African military not to stay for more than an interim year and was not power greed.

April 6th, 2019 has also become a very special date too for those younger generations.
It is the day that thousands of Sudanese people, mostly from youth started a sit-in in front of the Sudanese armed forces Headquarter in Khartoum.

This is the biggest escalation so far in the uprising that started months ago aiming to put an end for El-Bashir's dictatorship.

The sit-in has been untouched as the protesters demand the armed forces to oust the current president and internationally convicted war criminal Omar El-Bashir.
The photos and videos coming from there are more than impressive, especially at night.
This is not a rock concert in Khartoum, it is a political sit-in against a dictatorship " Ola Al-Sheikh


Sunday evening that video was captured there and it gave me goosebumps with those lights and how people chanted “The people want to topple the regime”.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Seen in Cairo : Ramadan Lanterns began to show up

Ramadan Lanterns are here 

Ramadan scenes began to show up on the streets of Cairo. After 30 days, the holy month of Ramadan will kick off in the Muslim world with its joyful traditions and decorations. That makeshift Ramadan lanterns shop is located in front of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Saint Marks Cathedral in Cairo.

Via Instagram 

Friday, April 5, 2019

Horreyati Magazine’s Cover : It does not shame Abu Naga or Waked or Sherine , it shames Dar El-Tahrir

On Thursday, Egypt’s National Press Authority “NPA” issued a warning to state-owned Horryati for its offensive cover slamming actors Khaled Abou El-Naga and Amr Waked and Singer Sherine.

The authority that supervises the state-owned press said it was pulling the issue of the weekly
The cover of the magazine
The cover of the magazine 
magazine from the market saying that it held a meeting with the CEO of the publishing house and the editor-in-chief of the magazine to make sure that they would avoid it in the future.

This week’s issue of Horryati magazine had on its cover actors and political dissidents Khaled Abou El-Naga and Amr Waked in a photoshopped photo as a couple hugging each other in a pool while popular singer Sherine in the back. “Agents and more”, said the cover slamming the two political activists and the popular singers.

The cover created an uproar for its cheap attack on Abou El-Naga and Waked in an attempt to defame them.
The Egyptian society is homophobic, it is a fact that no one can dispute and the magazine attempted to defame Abou El-Naga and Waked by showing them as gays aka “faggots”, not men …etc.

The magazine thought that it could send a punch to the two award-winning actors especially Khaled Abu El-Naga who is known for its public support to the LBGTQ rights.
It is the cheapest and disgusting thing I have seen recently.

Cheap photoshop along with the cheap message.

Saad Salim CEO of Tahrir publishing house which issues the magazine defended the cover saying that the cover represented “ a point of view” just like Op-eds but at the same time he said that it would not happen again.

Needless to say, that cover does not shame Abou Naga or Waked or Sherine but rather shames the magazine which is actually struggling with its sales like any printed publication in Egypt as well as its publishing house.