Monday, February 28, 2011

How Dare You?!!

I dedicate this to all Egyptian Revolution supporters living in the Gulf states

ردا علي كل من إنتقد أو إنتقص من مؤيدي ثورة 25 يناير من المصريين في الخارج...
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أنا: الأنا هنا و إن كانت عني (أنا كاتب هذه السطور) و لكنها أيضا تضم كل مصري مؤيد لثورة 25 يناير من المصريين المقيمين في الخارج و خصوصا المصريين العاملين في الخليج الذين ساقهم حظهم العثر"المهبب" لسماع مثل الهراء الأتي ذكره.

إنت: إنت هنا تنطبق علي كل ذكر (أو أنثى) سمح لنفسه أن ينتقص (بلبلدي كده "يلسن") علي أنا (ومن هم مثلي من مؤيدي ثورة 25 يناير من المصريين العاملين في الخليج خصوصا) تحت بند "إنت عمال تسخن و إنت مش عارف الدنيا هنا عملا إزاي" و "إنت أصلك متعرفش" وأي نوع من الإستخفاف و الإتهام الصريح أو المبطن إني أجلس هنا في الخليج في التكييف و يعتقد إني "بق" و "كلمنجي" و عامل فيها ثورجي علشان أنا بعيد و إني لو كنت في مصر، كنت حستخبي في البيت و أسكت ساكت (و أظهر علي حقيقتي إلي هو فاكرها عني).

الرسالة دي كنت عاوز أكتبهالك من بداية الثورة. لما كنت أنا بشجع الثورة و فجاء’ لقيتك يا إما مش مع الثورة أو مش عاوز دوشة... لأ و إه وصلت بيك الوقاحة إنك تديني كلمتين من إلي ذكرتهم فوق. دا طبعا غير التلميحات و الهمز و اللمز على، في حين كنت سيادتك ما قدمتش حاجة طول وقت الثورة.

أحب أرد و أقول لك يالي متهمني إني "بق" و "كلمنجي" و إني عامل أسد علشان في أمان هنا (في الخليج)... إني (و أمثالي) و إن كنت خارج مصر و لكن بعد علمي بما حدث يوم 25 يناير و أنه هناك إتجاه في مصر لخروج إحتجاجات ضد النظام يوم 28 يناير "سخنت" كل المصريين الي أعرفهم هنا و قلتلهم إني رايح أتظاهر أمام السفارة المصرية هنا يوم الجمعة 28 يناير.
مع العلم إنه في الخليج...
معناش تصريح (لو كان فيه حاجة كده أصلا)
المظاهرات هنا ممنوعة تماما و ليست شيء مقبول
أعداد المصريين ليست كبيرة حتي نشجع بعضنا و نحتمي ببعض
لوحد إتمسك بيتطرد من البلد

ولكني خرجت و تعرف كام واحد من المصريين إلي أعرفهم جم المظاهرة؟ 2 و لقينا واحد كمان لما وصلنا هناك. عدد المتظاهرين كان قليل بالعشرات. يعني ممكن نتلم في ثانية واحدة و نطرد من البلد. و لعلم سيادتك إني كنت فعلا حتشد من أمن العاصمة فعلا بعد لما سخن عليا ضابط من بتعهم لولا ستر ربنا.

عامل فيها بطل؟ لأ،الأبطال هما إلي في مصر، إلي هزموا الشرطة.. إلي ماتو و إلي دافعوا عن الثورة لحد يوم التنحي. بل وإني لا أنكر إني كنت خايف و أنا رايح المظاهرة... بقدم رجل و أخر رجل... بس رحت. رحت لأني كنت حموت، نفسي أبقى مع أهلي في مصر في المظاهرة ضد النظام الفاسد!

مش بس كده سيادتك...و أنا في المظاهرة مراتي كمان بعتتلي رسالة تقولي إنها جية تتظاهر معانا (و تركت العيال مع صديقة) و بعد خناقة و نرفزة مني عليها (خوفا عليها) عارف يا "روح أمك" قالتلي إيه و من بعدها سكت؟ قالت لي: "أنا عاوزة أساند بلدي، أنا عاوزة أقف مع أهل بلدي، مش إنت بس إلي وطني و نفسك تعبر عن وطنيتك... وأنا كمان !"
مراتي يا "دكر منك له" الي طلعت أرجل منك و من أمثالك... حطتت حياتها الهانئة هنا علي كفها (مع إحتمل الطرد من البلد) بس علشان تعمل حاجة رمزية علشان بلدها و أهلها و أخوتها إلي وقفوا في التحرير و السويس و كورنيش الإسكندرية علشان كرمتي و كرمتك. في حين إن سيادتك كنت قاعد في البيت تمصمص شفايفك وأنت بتتفرج من البيت علي الثورة مع كباية شاي، في الوقت الي الباقيين في شوارع مصر بيكتبوا التاريخ.
و جي بعد كده تلسن عليا؟!

ما بتحبش المظاهرات... حقك، لك رأيك و أنت حر فيه و ممكن نتناقش فيه بتحضر.
ما بتحبش الفوضي بسبب الثورة... حقك، لك رأيك و أنت حر فيه و ممكن نتناقش فيه بتحضر.
ما بتحبش الثورجية... حقك، لك رأيك و أنت حر فيه و ممكن نتناقش فيه بتحضر.
ما بتحبش التغيير... حقك، لك رأيك و أنت حر فيه و ممكن نتناقش فيه بتحضر.
بتحب حسني مبارك... حقك، لك رأيك و أنت حر فيه و ممكن نتناقش فيه بتحضر.
بتحب الوضع القديم... حقك، لك رأيك و أنت حر فيه و ممكن نتناقش فيه بتحضر.
إنما تقل أدبك و تلسن و تشكك في (و أمثالي) تحت بند إني "بق" و لو كنت في مصر كنت حبقي قاعد في البيت زي الجبان... لأ... جت كسر حقق... يا......يا إبن ال....... (أرجو ملء الفراغ بكل ما تستطيع إضافته من ألفاظ معبرة!)

أهدي هذه الرسالة إلي كل من تعرض مثلي لما ذكرته... لو حد ألك الكلام ده، حت الرسالة دي في بقو! (مشيها بقو)
Mood: Pissed

Monday, February 21, 2011

Hafez Ibrahim's Poem About Egypt

As i was browsing around, i read an article talking about the relevance of what has happened in Egypt and what was stated in a beautiful poem by Hafez Ibrahim (1872–1932) called "مصر تتحدث عن نفسها" (Egypt Speaks About Itself).

Hafez Ibrahim


The below part really struck me...

ما رمانى رام و راح سليما... من قديم عناية الله جندى

كم بغت دولة على وجار ... ثم زالت وتلك عقبى التعدى

قل لمن انكروا مفاخر قومى... مثل ما انكروا ماثر ولدى

هل وفقتم بقمة الهرم الاكبر؟... يوما فرايتم بعض جهدى ؟

While i was searching around, i found out that Um Kalthoum sang this poem. Hope you like it...




Mood: Proud

Bon Jovi & Wyclef Jean Dedicate Songs To Egypt's Revolution

Bon Jovi... "No Apologies" (I dedicate this to Mubarak!)



Wyclef Jean... "Freedom" (I dedicate this to all of the Revolution's supporters)



Mood: Pleased :)

Monday, February 14, 2011

Egypt: Answering Pessimism About The 25th of January Revolution's Prospects

As expected, with Mubarak and his regime oustedthere have been (and will be for days and years to come) many ex-Mubarak regime members (whom have been excluded from the regime at some point the past) coming out now and acting like angles. Some of them were well known to be corrupt in their time of service, and now are coming out totell it allabout the regime and how corrupt it was.

On another hand, a few Mubarak regime officials (i.e. ex-Prime Minister, and ex-Interior Ministeretc) have been prohibited from travelling abroad till a full investigation takes place.
One of those people is a guy called Rashid Mohammed Rashid (ex-Ministry of Trade and Industry Minister).

I was watching the TV yesterday, and as I was browsing through I found an interview with Rashid Mohammed Rashid (he is aboard nowleft as soon as the government was removed by Mubarak on 02Feb11).

Rashid Mohammed Rashid
Understandably he was defending himself (which he has the right to do as any human being). But, he said a few sentences which were not that easy to swallow.

Rashid said to the Al Arabiya interviewer (meaning of):
We will have a revolution that will be hijacked by people we do not want. Check what happened to the other revolutions
The French revolution, Napoleon kidnapped it for his own glory and ruined it.
The Russian revolution, was kidnapped by the communists and ruined.
The Chinese revolution, was kidnapped and ruin too.
The Iranian revolution, was at the beginning a normal revolution and then was kidnapped by the fanatics and check where they are now
”.

When I heard that part I was like: “WWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooo, hang on buddykeep your pants on!”.

So, this guy (Rashid) simplistically generalized three major historical People’s revolutions which were all under different contexts, had different goals, and all happened at different times in history (with failures and successes through history). And he boldly labeled them all as failures! COME ON!!!

Cheeeez! Where shall I start here????...

A little history check about those revolutions

First of all, the Iranian revolution (1979):


I am not sure where he gets his info from, but he was totally misguided/misinformed (or misBEYSTAHBEL”) on this one.
Regardless of whether we agree or disagree with Iran’s political/social ideologies, it is a disgrace that he said something wrong about a revolution just to prove his point.
It is a known fact that the Iranian revolution was an Islamic revolution from day one. It was fueled by the supporters of Ayatoulah Khomini (whom was in France). And by far he was its leader.
So, please Mr. Rashidget your facts right!

The French Revolution (started 1789):


Summary: “Old ideas about hierarchy and tradition succumbed to new Enlightenment principles of citizenship and inalienable rights.”

The Russian Revolution (1917):

The date referred to is 1917 which actually was 2 revolutions in the same year.
Nov 1917: “October Revolution (November in the Gregorian calendar), the Bolshevik party, led by Vladimir Lenin, and the workers' Soviets, overthrew the Provisional Government in St Petersburg (Feb 1917 revolution). The Bolsheviks appointed themselves as leaders of various government ministries and seized control of the countryside, establishing the Cheka to quash dissent. To end the war, the Bolshevik leadership signed the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk with Germany in March 1918”. A civil war broke out and the Bolsheviks won (as a result peasants took over and redistributed land).

The Chinese Revolution (Started 1911):


Although there are other ones in 1913 and 1949 but this was the start.
Summary: “motivated by anger at corruption in the Qing government, frustration with the government's inability to restrain the interventions of foreign powers, and the majority Han Chinese's resentment toward a government dominated by an ethnic minority; the Manchus.”

Facts
Let me put it this way...

French revolution: Labeling the French revolution and what it did for France as a failure just because of Napoleon at some point in time lost for England is inaccurate and unfair.
The French revolution paved the way for the modern state in France. France now is part of the free democratic world and is one of G8 countries. That is besides it is one of the most powerful military super powers.

Russian Revolution: “The Russian revolution paved the way for the Soviet union. Which was the second major world power last century. Even now Russia (after the Soviet Union lost the cold war, and broke down in 1989-1990) is part of the G8 countries, and one of the BRIC countries (the rising powers that are foreseen to play a major role in the near future). That is also besides the fact that it is one of the most powerful military super powers.

Chinese Revolution: “The Chinese revolution paved the way for the current Chinese state. It (throughout the third quarter of last century) was one of the major world powers. Even now China is one of G8 countries, and one of the BRIC countries. That is also besides the fact that it is one of the most powerful military super powers.

The question to Mr. Rashid should be … "if those countries (he mentioned) ended up into such powerful nationswouldn’t you want OUR revolution to head that way too?
Do you think Mubarak and his regime were helping us head there with their repression and corruption? "

All revolutions usually start with noble goals, go through mistakes (maybe even disasters), and over the long term work themselves out. Especially, if the revolution’s goal was democracy.

Yes, wrong things will happen in our Revolution;
Yes, wrong decisions will be taken at some point or the other;
Yes, it will be missy;
Yes, maybe someone we do not want will hijack it (or at least try) for a while.

But remember two things
1- People have now tasted the power of standing up for their rights. They will not give in easily to an oppressive regime any time soon.
2- Yes, we will suffer on the short term (with wrong decisions or bad turns here and there because of our Democratic evolution)…but if History teaches us anything, it is that what happened (the toppling of Mubarak’s corrupt/repressive regime) was the BEST thing that can happen to us on the long run. And that Democracy is an ongoing evolution to the best.

The changes and pains we will be going through are already years overdue, and they are something that HAD TO HAPPEN (a long time ago) for the benefit of Egypt, and for the benefit of the generations to come.
Resourses:
- Wikipedia
- Al Arabiya News channel

Mood: Optimistic :)

Friday, February 11, 2011

Egypt: Mubarak Steps Down... Viva La Revolución!!

YEEEEEEESSSSSS! MUBARAK HAS LEFT!
I cannot believe that I lived to see this day… Allahoma laka Al 7amd… Ta7ya Masr! Ta7ya Masr! Ta7ya Masr!

On Fri 11Feb11 at 6:03PM (Cairo Local time) the Egyptian Vice President announced that Mubarak has stepped down.

Just 24 hours before it when everyone thought he would actually step down, he stunned the whole world by not stepping down (even the CIA driector thought he was going to step down). He decided to only delegate his powers to the VP.

People in Egypt (and diaspora) were outraged. Massive demonstrastions took place all over Egypt (estimated 20 million took the streets).

And the THIS happened :)

At about 8:30PM (Cairo Local time) an Army official came out on national TV and saluted the martyrs of our great revolution...



I now leave you with President Obama's excellent speech about the Egyptian revolution and the stepping down of Mubarak (released around 10:30PM Cairo local time)...



Mood: PROUD TO BE AN EGYPTIAN :)

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Egypt: "Control Through Fear"

I have been thinking of the movie "V For Vandetta" a lot lately (one of my favorite movies).

Watch this part, it illustrates exactly what is happening in Egypt (by our desperate Regime)...

Mood: ...

Monday, February 07, 2011

Egypt: The Regime’s Counterrevolution

Well, some interesting twists happened over the past few days…

On the 02Feb11, a well planned attack took place by the Pro-Mubarak thugs on pro-democracy (anti-Mubarak regime) protesters whom have been peacefully protesting for a few days in Tahrir Square in Cairo.
On that day I started getting phone calls from friends mentioning that loads of thugs on cars (and even police cars!!) are moving towards Tahrir Square. By midday the incident everyone worldwide heard of happened “ Men Riding Horses And Camels Attack Protesters”…



People might see this and just talk about the incident in isolation, but this is for sure the start of the counterrevolution by the Mubarak regime (and its Pros).

Look at the big picture:

1- Mubarak delivered a relatively emotional/patriotic speech (trying to win people over);

2- Internet service was back, many middle to high class protesters stayed home to go on the net (after about 5 days of no Internet service in the country). This of course reduced the amount of protesters on that day;

3- A smear campaign against the protesters and their supporters started on the national TV and its sisters (Satellite channels belonging to businessmen close to the ruling party or Mubarak regime). Protesters were being called agents of America, Israel, Iran, Muslim Brotherhood (and by the looks of it… they’d even through in accusations about being Disneyland agents too :S)

4- On Pro-Mubarak TV stations like EL Mehwar, they hosted a woman whom said she is part of the organizers of Egypt’s vast demonstrations. She said that they were trained by Jews in the USA to topple the regime in Egypt. Obviously, anyone with an inch of intellect would know very well this is a low life trick… for God’s Sake! don’t these people see how Israel is freaking out by the thought of loosing Mubarak (CHECK THE NEWS PEOPLE!!).

5- A few arrests started… arresting journalists and activists.

6- National TV started mentioning that agents have been found all over Egypt stirring havoc. They even mentioned that an Israeli agent (an Engineer actually) was caught in Suez city on the Red Sea.
When I heard that I was like “YASSSSSSSALAAAAAAAAAAAM!” (Oh Really!)… is it new for all the fools out there that Israelis have been moving back and forth in our country for like 30 years now?!! HELLO, PEACE TREATY, SHARED INDUSTRIAL AREAS, and all?!!!

7- Another dangerous turn was the beating and abducting of journalists. Because of the rumors spread by national media, some fools started targeting media reps from BBC, CNN, AL Jazeera…etc. Obviously, this was another way to keep them from reporting what's happening on the ground.

8- A friend of mine told me that people in Egypt started receiving anonymous SMS and phone calls, telling them to stay away from protests

9- Al Jazeera web page was hacked for a while (Friday morning), and someone put a banner “let’s bring Egypt down”. On YouTube, a so called “patriot” commented on his”finding”: “see what AL jazeera has on its web site. We are targeted.. bla bla bla ”…so lame!

It is obvious that the regime is desperate. They are throwing all their cards at the revolution… violence, fear, conspiracies, chaos…etc.

Of course, simple minded people will fall for this. But, what really is annoying me is that some supposedly “educated” Egyptians are actually falling for this intimidation!

For instance, some people whom joined the revolution at the beginning, are now saying “Enough” (stop demonstrating). And are somewhat blaming protesters!?!!!
For those, I just wanted to remind them about the 300 dead and around 5000 injured since the beginning of this revolution! these people paid their lives for our freedom, falling short from achieving this revolutions goals is unacceptable (even from a principals point of you).
And another point, Mubarak has NOT delivered YET! The demands (stated in my previous post: A Day In History: 28Jan11 - The Day Egyptians Threw The Towel) have NOT been met!

Another tactic Mubarak is playing the “piece by piece” game in hope that people will lose interest or say “enough” (as some have started doing).

Others are saying that the sight of Egyptians fighting is unacceptable, and that they will not encourage the pro-democracy protesters in Tahrir square anymore as this will lead to a “FITNA” (when right and wrong are not clear, and might cause a split in the nation that will cause fights…etc).

Note: In Islam, whenever there is a FITNA, it is better to walk away from it (since things are unclear).

For those I just want to clarify something, a “finta” is when things are blurred and you do NOT know what is right and what is wrong. 30 years of oppression and corruption, and you guys don’t know right from wrong?! COME ON!

Another thing, the people fighting are mainly peaceful protesters against thugs and plain clothed police men.
Although I respect how these people think (the ones wanting to avoid FITNA) but, their take on it is totally wrong. Besides, if we will talk about religious obligation, then they should remember that in Islam... it is a religious obligation to fight against oppression and corruption.

The overall view is interesting to say the least. It shows two sides of Egypt… on one hand, peaceful protesters whom on more than one occasion were above 1 million (without any security problems, reporters were safe, no women were harassed, singing, dancing, families…etc), all they want is democracy and their dignity reserved.

And then, on the other hand… the moment the Pro-Muabrak showed up… you get a massive ROMAN era war scene, journalists are being beaten up, smear campaigns, intimidation…etc.


I don’t know about you, but I prefer the first side of Egypt.

Mood: weary

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Egypt's Tulipe Revolution: Concerns About Mubarak's 01Feb11 Speech

Mubarak gave a speech last night (11PM Cairo time) which came short (to say the least).

I was going ot write a post about what i think about it, but i found a guy on Facebook whom almost said everything i wanted to cover.

I'll post it here as is...

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Why it is wrong to believe a word Mubarak said
by Mohannad Ali on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at 2:59am

Excuse me I know I'm not very articulate, but here's an attempt to explain reality to those who don't understand it. Apologies in advance for typos, grammatical mistakes etc. I haven't proofread this.



First refuting the promises:

1- He wont run for another term.

You are all accepting this as if Mubarak has a proven record of honesty, and he does deliver on his promises. Mubarak in 1981 said he will only stay in power for 2 terms, and we call saw how this turned out to be. We have seen the regime sending out a few hundred people in pro-Mubarak demonstrations, not to mention the tens of celebrities etc. who were saying all those nice things about Mubarak.

Giving the regime 7 months to regroup and plan, don't you think for example they can't manage to create a massive large scale pro Mubarak campaign asking him to re-run leaving him "with no choice" but to re-run for another term?
If I could think of such a cheap an easy plot, I'm sure Mubarak has at least a dozen of those up his sleeve.

What happened to the rest of demands regarding elections?
Judicial supervision, the right to vote for Egyptians abroad, voting using your ID (raqam qawmy) to avoid fraud, international and civil society organizations supervision?
Again there was no mention of Gamal Mubarak not running for president, but more on that later.

2- Looking into court appeals regarding electoral fraud

Looking into those appeals would mean the re-election of many many seats (under no guarantees that the re-election would be fair [read next point about article 88 of the constitution]), plus the large number of appeals basically means the parliament is not legitimate and the proper course of action would have been dissolving the parliament entirely.

3- Constitutional changes.

Mubarak promised to ask the parliament to change articles 76, and 77 of the Egyptian constitution.
76 is the article regulating the conditions required to be a presidential candidate, 77 says the president serves a 6 years term with no limit on how many times he can be re-elected. He did not mention anything about article 88 which regulates supervision over the electoral process of the parliament, which means there will be NO guarantee they will be fair and fraud free.

What has Mubarak left out in his speech:

1- Emergency law
is still effective, which means oppression, brutality, arrests, and torture will continue. How can you have any hope for fair democratic elections under emergency law where the police have absolute power?

2- Internet is still not working, no talks of lifting censorship.

3- No talks of allowing freedom of speech, freedom to create political parties, freedom to participate in politics without the risk of getting arrested. FYI to start a political party you need the government's permission. How do you expect democracy to come out of this?

4- He said he will put anyone responsible for corruption to trial right?
What about putting the police who killed 300+ to trial? What about members of NDP who are the most corrupt businessmen/politicians in the country. Do you think he'll put those to trial? Think again.

5- He didn't even take responsibility for anything that went wrong in the last 30 years. Not even his condolences to the martyrs who have fallen in this revolution.

Why should Mubarak leave now and not a day later?

1- He can't be trusted, and we can't believe a word he says. He's a murderer and a criminal with a 30 years criminal record, and the blood of thousands on his hands.

2- Every day he stays in power, not only are his cronies stealing every dime and every inch of this country, but we're giving the regime a chance to regroup and get their shit together, and if not Mubarak, or Gamal Mubarak, I'm sure we'll get someone even worse from within the regime.

3- Egypt will see the worst 9 months of its history in terms of oppression, arrests, and torture from now till September (and after that). Rest assured the regime (with or without Mubarak), will stop at nothing to stay in power. He has given no real guarantees whatsoever that the situation will improve. None. Not even regarding Emergency law.

4- You should NOT believe that there are any good people in the new cabinet Mubarak recently assigned. No good honest man would work for a criminal and a murderer, especially not in this war cabinet. Many honest Egyptians along the years have declined positions in Mubarak's governments.

5- If protesting stops now, it will never start again. At least not in those numbers, and thus creating no real pressure. And while giving the police a chance to regroup and reinforce their lines, expect more police brutality, and expect more deaths.

6- Most importantly, 300+ haven't sacrificed their lives, so we'd settle for some lame ass promises with no guarantees, and risk all this going to waste. They wanted Mubarak gone, and the least we can do is honor their will and keep going until Mubarak, and the rest of the regime are gone. Not in 9 months, but now.

My answer to the following claims:

"But the country is already in a state of chaos. Lets stop protesting so we can have some security and stability"

Don't be fooled, this state of chaos is mostly intentional. With the economy reaching almost a complete halt, and lack of security on the streets etc, Mubarak made sure you'd eat up whatever he throws at you. Would you rather be ruled by a corrupt and criminal regime for another 9 months (at least), or go through "chaos" for another week, two, or a month until the regime has fallen?

Don't let the blood of our martyrs go to waste. We've seen countries rise from the ashes of war, we've seen countries rise from the devastation of nuclear bombs. We can most DEFINITELY pull through for another couple of weeks. And once we have democracy, once we have freedom, once we get rid corruption, when 100% of our money goes into the country and not into the pockets of corrupt politicians and businessmen, we'll rebuilt this country in no time. What are a few years of struggle in a the history of a free and proud nation?

"If Mubarak leaves now, who's gonna be president? ElBaradei can't be president!! With no one in power we'll be in a spiral of chaos and havoc etc"

This is by far the most naive argument. Do you know what happens if the president has health problems? Do you know what happens if the president resigns? Do you know what happens if the president dissolves the government and resigns? Do you know what happens if the president dies? Do you know how an interim government works? Do you know what your constitution says? No. So any opinion you have on the matter is naive and based on emotion and not facts nor political understanding.

The constitution as it is tailored at the moment, puts on obstacles making it hard to proceed if Mubarak resigns at the moment. In other words the constitution obviously doesn't account for the coup d'etat scenario. You can read articles 82, 84, and 189 to understand what I'm talking about it.

However the scenario we want is:

1- the ousting of the regime entirely: President, government, and parliament.

2- Establishing an interim (transitional) government representing everyone across the spectrum, chosen by the people, to make the necessary constitutional changes and prepare for fair democratic elections in 6 months while providing the necessary guarantees.

There are lots and lots of names who can fill this interim government but everyone is concerned about the president of that transitional government, and to those I say:

a) Enough with the centralization of power. Its seems we can't think out of the one-man-ruling-the-country box.

b) We are a country of 80 million people. Any honest decent Egyptian, who isn't part of the current regime, could be the head of this interim government.

c) Whats wrong with ElBaradei? If you know anything about me I'm not exactly a fan of his, but we just need an honest man, who knows the necessary processes, constitutional changes and legislative changes required to establish the basis for democracy. I wouldn't want ElBaradei or any of the current opposition leaders to be president for a full term, but ElBaradei has what it takes to put down the ground work for fair and democratic elections after 6 months. Some people say he's too "soft" to handle the tough reality of Egypt, well you have to keep in mind a leader is only as strong as his supporters, so whichever whoever leader the people stand behind will have the necessary strength to lead this transitional phase. The circumstances of an interim government are different from a normal government. Think of it as a committee temporarily running the country with the primary focus being elections in 6 months.Finally given 6 months of political freedom, freedom of the press, freedom of speech, no emergency law, and with constitutional and legislative changes, not only will we have one strong candidate for presidency, we'll have dozens.

For the reasons above, our goal should be: keep going until we overthrow the regime completely. And if you're bothered by the chaos, remember that the more people protesting, the faster the regime will fall and the chaos will be over. And once the regime has fallen, we should dedicate all of our efforts to make sure we choose a proper interim government that really represents the people, and everything will go smoothly from there, and the future of Egypt will be brighter than ever before.

Be strong, keep pushing, no compromises, don't forget what they have done, we all know what they will do. The revolution has to go on so the lives of 300+ martyrs, and the blood of thousands other free Egyptians wouldn't go to waste.

Don't be naive. Its time to think politics and not just revolution. True freedom has a price and all of us should be willing to pay it.

حرية وكرامة - كن مع الثورة

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