Sunday, February 24, 2008

On Law And Order

Karl Marx (the Prussian philosopher, political economist, and revolutionary) once said (meaning of):

"Law in itself is not fair or balanced. It is an interpretation of the majority (capitalists or workers). That majority constitutes laws per their views and perceptions, which in turn... law enforcers just apply. Then, where is the fairness of it?".

That argument was referred to by German officers during their trials as War Criminals after World War II.
Their argument is that they were following orders from their superiors (even though orders were unethical). The Officers were only following the law!

WWII German Officers on Trail - Nurnberg

Counter arguments (by prosecution) during the trials were built on the issue of "NOT" following orders when they are unethical or unfair.

The thing is, conscience is a person's choice, if everyone was left with the liberty of taking decisions per his conscience alone, then no one would apply the law as it is stated!
And that in turn, would be a revolution against any law out there!

-- From Mohammad Hassanein Hekal's book "The Explosion".

Mood: Hmmm...interesting

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Islamic Thought: Life & Death

I came across this some time ago (Amr khalid lesson) and i thought it to be an interesting way of looking at life from an islamic point of view...

As muslims, at birth (beginning of a life) it is a SUNA (a doing of the Prophet) to perform the Azan (call for prayer) in the ears of the newly born.

At death, people perform a prayer for the deceased.

These two actions at start and end of a muslim's life are like a message to us...
It is as if God is telling us a message that: " Your lives in this world are as short (compared to the after-life) as the time between doing an Azan and performing the prayer that comes just after it".

Note: In Islam, to pray... we first do an Azan (call for prayer) and then shortly after it perform the Prayer.

Mood: ...

Monday, February 11, 2008

Egypt Wins African Cup Of Nations - 2008

For the second time in a row (last time 2006), Egypt wins the African Cup Of Nations!
This is our sixth time ever (closest teams are Ghana and Cameroun with 4 times).
Thanks to Abu Terrika's goal (and Zedan's assist) in the second half, the Egyptian team achieved what a lot (including I) thought impossible (winning 2 cups in a row).
After the win: The Egyptian Super Star "Abu Terrika" (Left)

In my opinion, througout the tournament...

Best Egyptian Players:
  • Amr Zaki (Attack - 4 goals).
  • Abu Terrika (Attacking Midfield-4 goals).
  • Mohammed Zedan (Attack - 2 goals, 2 assists).
  • Hosni AbdRabo (Midfielder - 4 goals) - Won tournement's best player!
  • Sayed Moawaad (Left Wing Defender - 1 assist).
  • Hani Saeed (Defender).
Worst Egyptian Players:
  • Ahmed Hassan (terrible passes, lossing the ball a lot).
  • Shady Mohammed (except the Final game, he did well).
Worst Luck Trophy:
  • Emad Motaeb (Attack - not a single goal in all matches, many misses).
Special Trophy and Recognition:
  • Hassan Shahata yam3alem (Egyptian Coach - 2 time winner of Cup of Nations as Coach). El ragel da gamed GEDAN (masha2 Allah)!
And now a photo from the Corniche after the Final macth...

Mood: Beep Beep Masr :)

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Occupation 101: Voice of the Silenced Majority

In continuation to my previous post Palestine vs. Israel (Who Has The Right For The Land?!), an award-winning documentary is out called "Occupation 101".

If you are one of the people whom have been spoon fed bits and pieces of news that make you wonder "why on earth are Arabs\Muslims so fussy about Palestine?", this is why!

Check it if you want to see the other side's point of view...

Introduction by :

The film also details life under Israeli military rule, the role of the United States in the conflict, and the major obstacles that stand in the way of a lasting and viable peace.

The roots of the conflict are explained through first-hand on-the-ground experiences from leading Middle East scholars, peace activists, journalists, religious leaders and humanitarian workers whose voices have too often been suppressed in American media outlets.

The Documentary's Trailer:

Check the documentary (videos) online at: (recommended)

Mood: Glad To See This :)

Monday, February 04, 2008

Ahli Club Fans Burn Alive A Zamalek Club Fan!!!!!!!!?!!!!!

The craziness in Egypt hit another high!

From Al Ahram newspaper (

تقدم مجلس ادارة نادي الزمالك أمس بمذكرة عاجلة لاتحاد كرة السلة لبحث ماتعرض له جمهور النادي في المباراة التي فاز فيها الفريق علي الأهلي‏67/68‏ في الدوري سواء قبل المباراة أو بعدها‏.‏
وينتظر الزمالك نتيجة التحقيق لردع المشاغبين‏.‏وأكد ممدوح عباس رئيس النادي ان الأحداث المؤسفة تكررت بين قرارات اتحاد كرة السلة الضعيفة عقب فوز الزمالك علي الأهلي في نهائي بطولة القاهرة‏,‏ وحصوله علي اللقب والقت جماهير الأهلي البلي علي اللاعبين في الملعب وتعدت بالضرب علي أكثر من لاعب واداري بالفريق‏.
‏وأضاف عباس بان ماحدث من جماهير الاهلي ضد أحد المشجعين كارثة بكل المقاييس بعد ان قامت بكسر قدم لمشجع وحرقه بالصواريخ بعد القاء مواد حارقة عليه‏.‏

I heard of club fans clashing, throughing things at each other, cursing each other ...etc.

But, I never thought the day would come when Egyptian fans from one club (Al Ahli) would burn alive a fan from the other club (Zamalek) just becuase THEY LOST A STUPID BASKETBALL GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!??!!!!

I think this is the first time in Egyptian sports history that such a thing happens.

Egyptians are changing and it isn't looking good.

EL naas itganenet! Ya Rab istor 3al balad.

Mood: :(