-------- "This is the time for action not only words, use your God given gifts to develop this country, dont be afraid to speak up, and feel PROUD THAT U R EGYPTIAN." -------- Mohaly, Feb 2011

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

809) 25 January 2012 ... Celebration or Revolution ?!

On 11 Feb and after couple of mins of Omar Soliman's announcement, I tried to call my very close friend Sherif Saleh to celebrate ... I didn't wait till he answers and went on saying MABROOOOOK.. I got a weird voice on the other side saying "who are you?", I answered "aren't you Sherif?", he said no, I said: "that is ok Mabrouk anyway", he surprisingly said: "Mabrouk for what?!! this is bad, army is bad..." I wasn't capable of discussing or even thinking, I just wanted to celebrate so I told him: "thank you, and enjoy the victory" ... Now after a year, I am still asking myself was he right, should I have chosen not to celebrate?!!!

A picture is better than 1000 words ... I have summarized the incidents of the year in these 20 pictures that symbolized each event ... I think the answer to the question (25 Jan 2012 a celebration or a Revolution?) is clear..


Mohaly

20 comments:

ahmmad said...

Celevotion :)

Maryam said...

lel asaf, revolution again and the reason are all pictures that you posted.
also for many injustice happened during the apst 10 months
and for those who died and were injured and the doer is still "ell laho el khafy"
and to get it into the heads of the big ones "what is going wrong" as they dont seem to understand it yet.

those who will celebrate are the ones who gained from the revolution and paid nothing in exchange, and i think from their point of view, there IS somehting to celebrate, as the Head of the Group mentioned yesterday in his press release.

Mohaly said...

yes ya Maryam ... It is revolution for us who started it and kept losing lives and support all the way..

and it is a celebration for those who gained and gained and still gaining on the expense of us..

it seems the path is still loooong ..

Maryam said...

ya doctor, the way is getting longer.
i just listented to the telegram sent to the SCAF.
another disappointment coming from the Group's direction,
another reassurance that they dont belong to the group who want to implement islam in its true meaning.
another reasssurance that its only politics with all its dirty rules prevailing here. the ugly face is revealed just from the first day.
khosarah, wished i was wrong about them

Mostafa Kamel said...

To the point Doc, as usual

Dina "Zeiada " said...

Your day was similar to mine , after statement of Omar Soliman , I prayed thankin for Allah...
26 mornin , ma brother come back to home- he is a captin in da special Republican Guard- although he is totally hate Moubarak an his regime , I said Mabrouk , he said for what??u don t know what means to be doomed by da Military Council??day r devils on earth??I said; it s only for 6 months; he said even if it s for one day; u will never bear dem n deir regulations, I said " u r Felol"; I can remember his opinion about el thwaar "To back home, or to make zoom" , either to back home n let Moubarak complete his period till september , or to make zoom to see da deceptive step of da regime,n it s not what dey want, I insist on sayin " u r Felol"...
Now am sayin he was right...

Revolution again for sure...

Fadfadation said...

Nazareya bardo....

Mohaly said...

wala zaman ya Fadfad

Fadfadation said...

SHoft ya Mohaly... lakad je2to ab7atho 3an asdekaa2 al maady :)

Mohaly said...

tab geet fe wa2tak ... Today is my Birthday :)

Maryam said...

happy birthday ya doctor mohamed. S u didnt post anything for today, here are my wishes here: may this year make ur sincerest wishes come true and may Allah grant you his blessings throughout the year and his hand gide your way.hope you had a lovely celebration and day.

Mohaly said...

I dont think it deserves a post this year, I am not celebrating it, will do when Egypt is free ... thanks a lot for your wishes.

Maryam said...

tht doesnt sound good to me.every new day deserves a celebration, a prayer and a dream. Egypt will isa win,bt until then life goes on,we have to live too. Pls cheer up and try to get over this depression.

Mohaly said...

I am getting over the depression but wont celebrate till i beat it and when SCAF goes as well.

Maryam said...

this sounds better.i can help in the first one,bt the second one is out of my hand lel asaf. Halim's movie 7ekayet hob is now on sama tv.watch it and enjoy the feeling.
Isa u will have a good year, just start it with a smile.and u will beat the depression, take ur time and dont feel bad about it, you are not weak, just things have been too tough for too long.. And You are not alone, here is an online person willing to read whatever u wish go write and help whnever possible

ahmmad said...

SIMON ALLISON
This time a year ago, Hosni Mubarak was sitting pretty in his presidential palace, preparing to deal in his ruthlessly efficient fashion with yet another challenge to his authority. There had been a few in his three decades as Egypt’s head of state, but none serious enough to loosen his tight grip on power. This time was different.

Descending on Tahrir Square in Cairo, and on various landmarks in Egypt’s other major cities, particularly Alexandria, was not a small, ragtag bunch of activists. Instead, his policemen were confronted by hundreds of thousands of Egyptians from all areas of society: the rich and the poor, the educated and the illiterate, the secular and the religious, the young and the old. It was as broad a cross section of Egyptian society as possible, and in such numbers that their demands were impossible to ignore. This was the beginning of the Egyptian revolution and Mubarak had only 18 more days to enjoy the luxuries of his exalted position.

It’s been a year since those heady, liberating days that changed Egypt forever. On this auspicious anniversary, it’s worth taking the time to look at how its protagonists – and antagonists, the distinction is not always clear – have fared since.

Of course, the biggest loser in all this was Hosni Mubarak himself. After his resignation, he went into internal exile in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, and his health deteriorated rapidly. But the low point had to be his appearance in court; wheeled into a humiliating prisoner’s cage on a stretcher, a frail-looking Mubarak was charged with ordering the killing of unarmed protesters during the revolution. He’s fighting the charges, and fighting his downfall too: his lawyer argued in court just this Sunday that Mubarak’s resignation letter was invalid and that he remained president, and thus entitled to presidential immunity from prosecution. This argument was ridiculed. There’s no way back for Mubarak now.

ahmmad said...

But it’s not just Mubarak and his allies that feel aggrieved by the revolution. Increasingly, the activists who sparked the mass demonstrations are indulging in a lot of introspection. These are the original revolutionaries – the young, liberal, social media-savvy Egyptians that organised the initial protests – and they’re beginning to think that they’ve been duped by a military that never intended to facilitate a democratic transition. Blogger Mahmoud Salem (aka Sandmonkey), summed it up best:

“One of the points that always gets overlooked in the discourse of the revolution is the feeling of responsibility that has befallen many revolutionaries. At times when none of you are watching, in moments we don’t talk about with others, we face what the revolution has wrought, and we take a long hard look at ourselves and what we’ve done. The worst thing about this exercise is how lousy the story gets the moment the 18 days were over. If we hadn’t made the choice to revolt and then hand over power to the same people who used to give the best military salutes for 30 years to the man we revolted against, then all of the misery that followed from the thousands who were injured and maimed, the hundreds dead that we know about (and those we never even heard of their deaths), the thousands who ended up receiving years long sentences from completely unfair and illegal military trials, to the hundreds of thousands who lost their jobs, to the millions facing hard times economically due to a transitional government that failed to enact a single economical plan or measure to improve the economy in any way, and to the public, which we introduced terms like ‘forced virginity tests’ into their everyday vocabulary, would not have happened. Yes, we definitely share a responsibility for all of this, but it’s not for causing it, because we didn’t cause it, but for being unable to stop it. Any of it.”

While the liberal activists are wringing their hands, understandably concerned that the freedoms they fought for have yet to fully materialise, another group of revolutionaries is having a rather better time in the new political dispensation. The Muslim Brotherhood was a major factor in the sheer number of people that participated in the demonstrations. Their organisational base was able to mobilise tens of thousands, and they weren’t afraid to hold hands with the liberals and the secularists, focussing instead on the greater goal of removing Mubarak. And in his absence, they – along with the Salafists, a more radical Islamist group – have thrived. At the conclusion of the recent parliamentary elections, the Muslim Brotherhood received by far the most seats, followed by the Salafists. It’s presumed the Brotherhood, or at least the political party representing it, will easily win the presidential elections when they happen. Their current popularity is a deserved reward for their long years of persecution under Mubarak, when they represented the only cohesive political opposition, and provided important social and welfare functions in areas ignored by the government. But they have been criticised for being too cosy to the interim military government, unwilling to take a stand against the military’s repeated rights infringements.

Of course, it’s the military that have emerged as the revolution’s biggest winner. They know it too – they’re planning a huge celebration on Wednesday to commemorate the revolution’s beginning, and have ordered all Egypt’s foreign embassies to follow suit. But their role in it was always ambiguous – refusing to attack protesters, yet unwilling to defend them either. Eventually, seeing that nothing less than Mubarak’s head would appease the masses, they stepped in, promising to take over government until a new political dispensation could be worked out. This would be achieved by September 2011, they said.

ahmmad said...

But September came and went, and Egypt is no closer to getting rid of the military government, who have now pushed their own deadline back to March 2013. Their rule has been problematic, to say the least; of particular concern are the military trials which have sent 16,000 people to prison, most without benefit of a lawyer. This is hardly the freedom from oppression the revolution was meant to herald. They also want to lead the process of writing Egypt’s new constitution, primarily to include a clause preventing any civilian government from messing with military funding. They’re unlikely to cede power without some kind of guarantee of their future – and they’ve got the guns to keep themselves in power as long as they like.

Fadfadation said...

yeba2 kol sana wenta tayeb yam3alem :)

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