Iran, chess, and the psychological bullying of non-hijabi defiant women | Nervana

 

 

A poisonous debate has erupted since Nazi Paikidze, a 22-year-old American champion chess player, announced her decision to boycott next year’s World Chess Championship competition in Iran. A…

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by Dr Nervana Mahmoud : Egyptian Aak 2016 – Week 41 ( Oct 10-16) | Nervana

Top Headline 12 Egyptian conscripts were killed in an Isis attack on security checkpoint in central Sinai Egypt launches ‘revenge’ airstrikes on ISIS in Sinai Russian paratroopers arriv…

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  • 12 Egyptian conscripts were killed in an Isis attack on security checkpoint in central Sinai
  • Egypt launches ‘revenge’ airstrikes on ISIS in Sinai
  • Russian paratroopers arrive in Egypt for “Friendship Defenders’ drills
  • In an unprecedented move: Egypt’s Cairo University removes religious identity field from all official paperwork
  • TV show goes on holiday following broadcast of continuous tuk-tuk video

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Cooler relations between & Saudi Arabia will hurt the former in the short run & the latter in the long runhttp://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-saudi-analysis-idUSKBN12E1N8 

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Fuel aid halt suggests deeper Saudi-Egyptian rift

A halt to shipments of Saudi fuel to Egypt under a $23 billion aid deal shows that a rift between the Arab world’s richest country and its most populous may be deeper than previously thought, which…

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This video also highlights how Egyptians have tried 3 styles of rulers: Mubarak, Morsi, and Sisi, but still unhappy! 3/

@Nervana_1 keep looking for the perfect autocrat & their rulers keep looking for the perfect subjects. Both will be frustrated

Toktok driver’s passionate rant summarizing Egypt is the talk of town, eclipsing $ crunch-the mother of all criseshttps://twitter.com/faridyfarid/status/786506927375130624 

The Egyptian daily Al-Watan ran this piece today: “Saudi Arabia pays the price for harboring terrorism.” (Arabic)https://twitter.com/elwatannews/status/786178846487814145 

Al Masry Al Youm columnist suggests Egypt could look to Iran to counter Saudi moves harming Egypthttp://www.almasryalyoum.com/news/details/1023122 

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الاتجاه إلى إيران! | المصري اليوم

لا يوجد عاقل يفرح بالاشتباك القائم بين مصر والسعودية.. ولا أحد يُسعده نشوب أزمة.. ولا أتصور أن تقطع السعودية إمدادات النفط لأى سبب كان.. بيننا وبينهم عقد تجارى.. لا علاقة له بالسياسة.. قطع البترول…

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BIG DECISION from Cairo University President to remove “religion” field in all university documents for students, faculty, staff.

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  • Sisi’s talks reform, calls for protest, and the army’s role in a lengthy interview
  • Part II: Sisi talks Egypt’s foreign policy, the importance of reform

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Egyptian Aak 2016- week 40 (Oct 3-9) | Nervana

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Top Headlines  Speculation mounts as an American security alert sparks anger in Egypt Lagarde Says Egypt Has More to Do to Seal $12 Billion Loan Senior figure in Muslim Brotherhood’s armed wi…

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  • Speculation mounts as an American security alert sparks anger in Egypt
  • Lagarde Says Egypt Has More to Do to Seal $12 Billion Loan
  • Senior figure in Muslim Brotherhood’s armed wing killed in raid
  • Saudi Arabia: Egypt stance on Syria resolution ‘painful’

 

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IMF”s Lagarde during a visit to the Pyramids – via Reuters

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Very interesting that voted for UNSC -n resolution on along Russia, ,; 9 against, 2 abstentions.

Saudi UN envoy harshly criticised Egypt for voting in favour of Russian UNSC Syria resolution

TIMEP solemenly commemorates the 5th anniversary of the Massacre in , which claimed the lives of 28 people.

Four Christians kidnapped for 500k EGP ransom in Manfalut,; Released one day later for 150k EGPhttp://eshhad.timep.org/database/ 

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Database – Eshhad إشهد

Eshhad’s Database is an online platform that aggregates and collates alleged religious persecution and sectarian attacks in Egypt.

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Pro-MB Egyptian journalist continues her campaign to boycott Christian businesses. The joke: she lives in New Yorkhttps://www.facebook.com/AyatOrabi55/posts/1207672182640142 

This Egyptian teen was killed while fighting for Nusra Front in Syria. Pic posted on May 7, 2016. The airlines shows how he got there.

The Kindle edition of “Arab Fall” is now available!:https://www.amazon.com/Arab-Fall-Muslim-Brotherhood-Egypt-ebook/dp/B01M1CS62L/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=  The story of the Muslim Brotherhood’s rise and fall in .

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On the 35 anniversary of Pres. Sadat’s assassination, Egypt remembers him as a visionary leader. His memory and legacy lives on in Egypt

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January 20, 1982: has asked that they (Tiran and Sanafir) not be returned to Saudi sovereignty.

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The Levy brothers:
Eddy (now Adel): Communist, became Muslim, stayed in Egypt
Benny: Communist in France, became Orthodox, moved to Israel

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Shimon Peres’s Funeral and the Arab World | Nervana

Shimon Peres, one of the founders of Israel, has passed away. Many international dignitaries attended his funeral, although many Arab leaders from countries that officially signed peace treaties wi…

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Shimon Peres, one of the founders of Israel, has passed away. Many international dignitaries attended his funeral, although many Arab leaders from countries that officially signed peace treaties with Israel were absent. Furthermore, those who attended the funeral, such as Palestinian President Abbas and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, were mocked relentlessly on social media. This sad encounter epitomizes the overall state of affairs in the Middle East, where shallow populism prevails over grace and maturity.

Arab Knesset member Ayman Odeh summed up the feelings of many Arabs inside and outside of Israel, “Tomorrow we commemorate the events of October 2000.” He was referring to the deadly clashes between Arab protesters and the police in northern Israel. He said, “One of the victims was my wife’s younger brother. Will any of the cabinet ministers put flowers on the victims’ graves? Can anyone feel our pain, or doesn’t anyone care?”

Meanwhile, Al-Jazeera TV published a report on the role of Shimon Peres in many atrocities against Arabs, including the Qana massacre. It is understandable for Arabs to feel anguish and resentment; after all, the wounds from the ongoing 100 year-old -Arab-Israeli conflict are still fresh and painful. Indeed, victims continue to struggle and feel ignored.

What is not understandable, however, is that their hatred is directed at the man who tried, albeit unsuccessfully, to make peace with the Palestinians, while the record from Arab countries with the Palestinians is no less dark and ruthless.

Readers do not need to be reminded of older events. Let us just look at Syria and Assad forces that have ruthlessly bombed Palestinian camps, trapping thousands of children andstarving others while claiming to be representing the “resistance camp” against Israel. Even Assad’s opponents did not stage a single protest in an Arab capital against his atrocities against his own people and against Palestinians living in Syria.

Off course, endless excuses and perspectives have been offered to justify disgraceful Arab mistreatment of the Palestinians. There is, however, one fact that cannot be denied: Peres fought his enemies and faithfully served his country, and never turned against his own people. Meanwhile, many Arab politicians have turned against their own Palestinian “brothers,” and shedding crocodile tears on Palestine.

For decades, Palestine has been the opium of the Arab world, used and abused to justify oppression, injustice, gambling, and failure. Ironically, those who actually tried to solve the Palestinian question were considered traitors, while those who did nothing but abuse the conflict for their own agenda have been systematically praised as faithful heroes.

It is easy to hate in my part of the world, but it is not so easy to fight for peace. Hatred is by far more popular and more rewarding, both politically and socially. Even at a personal level, the easiest way to gain respect is through hatred, while an open desire for peace and a firm belief in a two-state solution leads to aversion and accusations. What use is it to condemn the crimes of non-Arabs, but turn a blind–eye on the crimes of fellow Arabs? No one is without sin in the Middle East.

Many questions burst into my mind as I followed with dismay the endless mocking on social media.The tirades against Palestinian President Abbas and the Egyptian Foreign minister for attending Peres’s funeral were bewildering. Would both Abbas and Shoukry be blamed for attending the funeral of another Arab dictator? Let’s say for the example that Omar Bashir of Sudan passed away (although I do not wish death on anyone)? Would those who are nostalgic for Saddam Hussein, apologizing for Assad, and mute on the killing of civilians in Yemen have the courage to acknowledge their hypocrisy while ranting at Peres? Do Egyptians acknowledge that there is a price for peace?

I neither expect Arabs to love Peres (he was certainly no angel), nor would I want to force the two-state solution on them, but I would rather treat my enemies gracefully, rather than indulge in hatred while my leaders have their own hands full of the blood of their own people.

by Dr Nervana Mahmoud Illegal immigration and the myth of easy life in the West | Nervana

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One hundred sixty-two people lost their lives off the Egyptian coast near the town of Rosetta on Friday. About 150 people are still unaccounted for after a boat carrying hundreds of illegal migrant…

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One hundred sixty-two people lost their lives off the Egyptian coast near the town of Rosetta on Friday. About 150 people are still unaccounted for after a boat carrying hundreds of illegal migrants capsized in the Mediterranean while attempting to head to Europe.

This tragedy, like many others in recent years, has obvious reasons, from apocalyptic wars to dire economics and suffocating political oppression. Tragedies in the midst of a search for a better life outside the Middle East, is not new. In fact, although little known, many victims of the 1912 sinking of the Titanic were Arabs. The difference between the Titanic tragedy and that in Rosetta, however, is not only in the numbers or circumstances, but also in the rationalization and mindsets. While early Arab immigrants calculated risks and tried as best as they could to prepare themselves for a life in the new world, current immigrants are fleeing based on a new level of desperation, such that they are willing to allow traffickers to exploit them.

“A boat that can take 200 had 450 or even 500 on board,” said Sarah Sirgany, in her report for CNN. Egyptians, Syrians, Sudanese and Eritreans joined together for the doomed trip. The Egyptian news portal, Al-Youm al-Sabei, published interviews with several survivors who said that before their journey the migrants had been “stored” for several days in chicken farms by the traffickers to evade police. Some of the interviewees said the traffickers asked for $6,250 per family to be given upon arrival in Italy.

Apart from the hapless political bickering between pro and anti-Egyptian president Sisi on the reasons behind illegal immigration in Egypt, we have to admit that there are also some farcical assumptions and delusions prevalent among many Egyptian youth and people that encourage them to embark on doomed trips toward the unknown.

First, the exotic dream.

Away from the cities, in rural Egypt, where radio and television is the main source of entertainment, fascinated youth watch Egyptian movies that glamorize life in the West. Take for example the film “Hamam in Amsterdam,” which describes a young, unemployed Egyptian who succeeded in building a life in the Netherlands, coming back with money and a blond wife. The film portrayed some struggles, but attributed most of the negative encounters to the “evil Zionists” who hated this Egyptian guy. These types of movies, with unchallenged narratives are enough to embed exotic dreams in youth and make the fantasy plausible in the minds of many.

Second, fatalism.

Calculating risk is generally absent from the Egyptian psyche. Even crossing the road can be an exercise in recklessness. The Arabic proverb, “Sit on a beehive and say this is fate” sums-up the mindset perfectly. Many pundits call this a backgammon mindset. Indeed Egyptians, particularly the many unemployed, do not just love to play backgammon, they have also adopted this game as a way of thinking, assuming that life is just up to one-stroke of luck. Moreover, there is a general unfounded perception among many Egyptians that success in the West can happen at a faster pace than in their native country. It makes many adopt a short-cut escalator-style mentality, wrongly assuming that all what they need is one opportunity to push them up the ladder.

Third, playing down the negative aspects of immigration.

There is a common theme prevalent among the handful of successful immigrants and the wannabe immigrants in Egypt. Both tend to paint rosy pictures about their success in the West. It is convenient and flattering to downplay the negative aspects of living in a new country. This down playing was almost non-existent in the writing of early immigrants such as by the poets Gibran Khalil Gibran and Elia Abu-Madi. Instead, they both wrote eloquently about the demoralizing impacts of immigration, and avoided giving false perceptions of an alleged paradise abroad. This trend has gradually vanished. Now, both legal and illegal immigrants, educated and uneducated tend, consciously or unconsciously, glamorize life in the West to please their own selfish ego.

 

The tragic deaths near the city of Rosetta should be a wake up call to everyone. The Egyptian leadership has the duty to provide youth with an incentive to stay and flourish in their homeland. Moreover, Egyptian society has to shake-up myths and assumptions about life in the Western world. Our youth must understand that handing over the live savings of their families to traffickers is a tragic waste of money and a huge risk to their life. The hope of easy sanctuary in the West is simply a mirage.

Egyptian Aak 2016 2016 – Week 35 ( Aug 29 – Sept 4) | by Dr Nervana Mahmoud 

Top Headlines Egyptian parliament passes bill designating FGM a felony imposes stricter penalties ‪ Egyptian parliament approves new church building law Administrative Court rejects banning social …

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  • Egyptian parliament passes bill designating FGM a felony imposes stricter penalties
  • Egyptian parliament approves new church building law
  • Administrative Court rejects banning social media
  • Egyptian army to sell baby formula to fight monopoly practices
  • Egypt announces postponement of signing of GERD impact studies contracts of Ethiopian dam due to” unresolved issues”

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President of Egypt gets red carpet from main door of plane, Obama gets grey stairs from underbelly. Seriously?

A stabilizing Sunni power is needed; however, the possible states –Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia– are increasingly unfit or unwilling to lead.

It is ironic how these Muslims enjoy civil liberties in Western democracies and still support Erdogan, who is undisputedly authoritarian.

Sisi’s crackdown after the successful coup is perhaps 1/10th of what Erdogan did after the failed one.

When the current Pontiff of terror continues to praise the father of radical Islamism. The Brotherhood is doomed! https://twitter.com/alqaradawy/status/770290160411955202 

حسْبُنا أن الرجل قدم عنقه فداء لدعوته، وأعتقد أنه ممن جعل صلاته ونسكه ومحياه ومماته لله رب العالمين.

Egyptian MP supports FGM because Egypt has many men with sexual dysfunction. Yes, this really happened.

Colours of Minya: Alwanat cultural centre brings art to children and youth in Upper Egypthttp://english.ahram.org.eg/News/242264.aspx 

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The Right Not 2 Wear A Burkini by Dr Nervana Mahmoud

Via Dr Nervana Mahmoud

 

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Tunisian women, one (R) wearing a “burkini”, a full-body swimsuit designed for Muslim women. Photo credit should read FETHI BELAID/AFP/Getty Images)The ban on the Islamic burkini, or full-body swimsuit, on the beaches of the French Riviera has triggered heated debates and controversies. For some, it is a ban on freedom of choice; for others, the ban is a symbol of Islamist extremism. For me, however, it triggers painful memories of another struggle by women in the Muslim world who were stripped of the right to make their own choice on the matter.“Maybe it is not a good idea to swim on a public beach,” one of my mother’s friends once told me with a stern look on his face. He then added, “You would be harassed in such a conservative culture as ours.” I was only 11 at the time and was struggling to swim. To be honest…View original post 1,013 more words

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