Archive | June, 2012

The Truth About Love 2

27 Jun

So we have found our soul mates, life is beautiful and full of love and we can’t imagine it ever going wrong. We are true soul mates nothing can ever change that or drift us apart. What if you do drift apart? What if one of you starts feeling something for someone else?

Some would say then you were not real soul mates. How do we know? No, there is no such a thing as that.

Each one of us is born with certain needs and feelings, because humans are social animals we are born with the need for coupling and sharing our lives with someone else, and maybe start a family. When we find someone whom we think is suitable for us, we project the fulfillment of our needs on them, the satisfaction of our feelings. It works if they do the same thing and this starts a relationship. After a while when we know each other inside out, and the fun of exploration is over, what’s left is the sense of satisfaction which being in a relationship gives.

Because the pleasure of curiosity is over, the slightest deprivation of the satisfaction we are getting from the relationship due to business at work or  financial problems can very well trigger boredom. If this coincides with encountering another person who triggers our curiosity we start to sinfully project our unsatisfied needs and feelings towards them. And this is what we call cheating.

Then we start to question everything, we question our love to them, and our relationship itself. We start to think that we don’t love them anymore. Although love was not involved at all, we only projected our unsatisfied needs and feelings onto someone else and we only need to redirect them towards the right person. However in this case, it might be too late, they might not want a cheat back, no matter how much love they think they hold for us.

This scenario can be avoided if we realize what’s happening earlier. If we avoid the distraction of feelings, if we clean the lenses of our needs projectors every now and again. It would all be well if we make ourselves aware of what’s happening before it’s too late.

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The New Egyptian President – whoever it will be

19 Jun

In a former post I mentioned my full convention that the presidential elections in Egypt is choreographed by the SCAF and the coming president is pre-selected. The man I was talking about was of course Ahmad Shafiq, Mubarak’s ex-prime minister, and there are a lot of commonalities between him and Mubarak to support the argument: Both are ex-pilots, ex-military, are in the same age range, have good connections with elite business men. This post however is not going to be about Ahmad Shafiq, but about the concept of a new president in SCAF’s Egypt.

The Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate, Morsy, the only other candidate in the race, is resourceless in comparison to Shafiq. The Muslim Brotherhood’s members are not the majority of the Egyptians, so their votes if counted will not guarantee a victory for Morsy. The only thing and the most important thing in Morsy’s favour is the fact that he is the only other standing candidate, and his victory would mean the saving of the revolution to most Egyptians. The SCAF’s choreography has come in favour of the Muslim Brotherhood, though unintentionally, and a lot of people are voting for them simply for one reason; the lesser of two evils.

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Whether the SCAF’s plan to push Shafiq through as a president succeeds or the public pressure to have true elections prevails, the new president will only be a mere poppet in the hands of the SCAF.  A new president does not mean the dispersion of the military council, or the end of their days in power. A new president means that they will have a civil blind to operate behind and carry on what they are doing, someone in nonuniform clothing to do as he is told. The new Egyptian president will be very far from being a pharoah, he will only be a lame stone sculpture of one.

Mubarak’s EX

18 Jun

After a glorious revolution that toppled Mubarak, most Egyptians and Egyptian news followers were shocked to see Ahmad Shafiq, Mubarak’s ex-prime minister, reap the majority of votes in the presidential elections. It’s as if nothing has happened, and Egyptian politics is reverting two years backwards and instead of Mubarak on the golden chair, his clone. The man himself said it shamelessly on T.V recently “Mubarak is my role model.” The question here is: Who voted for this man? Answer:Apart from some military personnel, government officials and some paid thugs, no body. So how come he managed to become the most voted for candidate in the elections?

It’s not possible that after a nation rises to topple a tyrant, they change their minds 18 months later and vote for his right arm.

If The Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) has learned something from Mubarak’s example, it would be this one: fake it but make it look real. In the past Mubarak held farcical presidential elections every six years. He always emerged as the supreme winner with a figure that revolved around 99% votes, taking into consideration that no one ran against him. The only exception to this was the 2005 elections in which he won by only 88.6% votes. It would be quite lengthy to try to explain why the 2005 elections were an exception so I will keep this for a future post.

To preserve their endangered reputation as the care takers of the revolution, the SCAF tried to make this elections as believable as possible. For the first time in Egypt’s history the elections end up with a dead lock between two candidates; one with more votes than the other, but not quite enough to make him a winner. For anyone who looks into these elections further. It would become clear that if the results were real, the deadlock would have been between two very different candidates. But surprisingly, one is Mubarak’s ex-prime minister, someone who fought against the revolution and supported Mubarak all the way through, and the other is the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate who avoided joining the revolution from the beginning.

It is disheartening to see many Egyptians slipping into the SCAF’s trap by not realizing that the elections are not true  and forcing themselves to make the painful choice between the revolution’s murderer and its traitor. I wish the days of Tahrir Square would come back, there is more dignity in dying than making such a choice.

On Egypt’s Presidential Elections

15 Jun

When the Egypytian Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) announced in January that the presidential elections will be held as scheduled in June, many people viewed the announcement as suspicious and thought the SCAF was lying as usual. The SCAF managed in a very short time after heading the country to gain the mass distrust of the majority of Egyptians because of adopting Mubarak’s governing methods and making no attempts at improving the political or economic situation and cracking down on demonstrators with the same ruthlessness and brutality of Mubarak’s reign. A lot of activists and political demonstrators were sentenced to prison in staged military courts. Torture was executed like before, but even worse; there were so-called virginity checks on girls, and major incidents of stripping female demonstrators in the streets.

June came, the elections started, and the hunger for democracy blinded a lot of people to a lot of things and the masses took to voting. Local and international media called it Egypt’s first ever free presidential elections, knowing that there has never been one before in Egypt’s seven thousand years of history and contribution to civilisation. The shock came when the results of the elections were announced; a deadlock between Mubarak’s ex-prime minister and the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate. Voters found themselves having to make a hard choice between two candidates who have never been widely popular or even tolerated.

The Muslim Brotherhood did not support the revolution when it started and stood watching behind the neutral line to see whose side to take, the people or the regime they had stricken a deal with. Even when the people toppled Mubarak, and demonstrated against the autocracy and non-change policy of the SCAF, the Muslim Brotherhood sychophantically supported the SCAF and stayed away from trouble. The bullets of the SCAF and the blood of the thousands that died and got injured never swayed them from their power-seeking determination. So it was hard for many to see the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate in the top 2. It was even harder to most to see Mubarak’s ex-prime minister as the candidate with the most votes. Afterall he is the man who administered the battle of the camel and sent thugs to disperse the protesters in Tahrir Square.

It is time for the Egyptians to realize that the elections were not as true as declared to be. The SCAF are Mubarak’s men, they followed his lead in every aspect of governance and policing, why would they change now and provide the country with true elections. How  come those who had about them enough criminality to send snipers to assassinate and blind as many as they could of peaceful protesters would develop the nobility to save a revolution they never believed in by providing the country with its first ever true elections?