Egypt: The state, the army, and the future

Nervana

Following months of speculation, leaks, and predictions, Egypt’s army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has announced his resignation, paving the way for a long-awaited presidential campaign. Sisi’s resignation, speech, and candidacy are unique in the history of Egypt. Although the country witnessed a coup d’état in 1952, it has never witnessed a quest by a Minister of Defense to rule in such a way. However, the latest development is a clear indication of the spectacular deterioration of Egypt’s civil politics, which has ultimately paved the way for the increasing involvement of Egypt’s military in “fixing” the country’s chronic problems. Many compare Sisi with Nasser, Sadat, or both, but in fact, the ex-Field Marshal will only be himself, a new brand of autocrat, still polishing and updating his style and his plans for Egypt.

To understand Mr. Sisi’s thinking process, it is important first to look back at past…

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The truth about the Tory Party’s cover up of its links to paedophilia

Tories cover up for their pedophiles and facilitating their abuse of young men and children for more than 40 years!

Pride's Purge

(not satire – it’s the Tories)

According to the Daily Mail, Labour should apologise for its supposed links in the 1970s to the Paedophile Information Exchange.

Not a squeak from the Mail or any of the other right-wing press about the Tory Party’s links to paedophiles though.

And I’m not just talking about Savile’s frequent social visits to Thatcher at Number 10 when she was Prime Minister.

thatcher savile

It’s been revealed recently that Savile was not a lone abuser. He was part of a paedophile ring based in the Scarborough and Whitby area. One of the leading members of the ring has been revealed by a local newspaper to be a senior local Conservative politician, Mayor and Councillor Peter Jaconnelli.

But don’t expect to read much about that in the mainstream media. Because the cover up of Tory Party connections to paedophilia in general has been going on for decades.

In 1983, when Lord Carrington became Secretary General…

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#Ebola2014: Why the Huntsman is Important

Mens et Manus

Two days ago, all 7 suspected and confirmed cases of Ebola in Liberia could be traced back to Guinea [1, 2].

But Case #8 is different.

Current media coverage from Liberia reports that Case #8 was an isolated incident; he hadn’t recently traveled to or been in contact with anyone from Guinea [3].

But he was a huntsman [3].

Given the region’s consumption of bat- and bush- meat, it’s likely that he contracted the disease while handling the remains of an infected animal [4]. Laurie Garrett – Pulitzer Prize winner and author of I Heard the Sirens Scream, Betrayal of Trust, and The Coming Plague – tweeted:

I agree with her completely. To…

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23 Vintage Photos of Egypt’s Golden Years

Egyptian Streets

A woman reading a magazine in the 1950s A woman reading a magazine in the 1950s

By Mohamed Khairat, Founder, EgyptianStreets.com

Egypt in the 1900s was a different place. Egyptian cinema was the third largest in the world, Cairo was a city that foreigners dreamt of spending their holidays exploring, Egyptian music flourished and shook the world, Jews, Muslims and Christians lived together as neighbours, and women had freedoms that were unheard of in many other countries.

Egypt was a place of liberal spirits, unhampered by sectarian and ethnic prejudices. The rights of men, women and children were championed.

Yet, all that has changed, and often may Egyptians forget the Egypt that used to be. Here are 23 photographs of vintage advertisements and other images that will teleport you to Egypt’s ‘golden years’ and show you an Egypt you may have forgotten ever existed.

(These photographs are available thanks to ‘Vintage Egypt. Click here for more)

1. “The Japanese do…

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Empathy: Open Your Heart

1609572_187973814746779_726067043_n You Are Here – Image by Jenny Owens Young

“Empathy is really the opposite of spiritual meanness. It’s the capacity to understand that every war is both won and lost. And that someone else’s pain is as meaningful as your own.” ~ Barbara Kingsolver

Turning from Me to We

We live in a culture that has typically not had a lot of use for empathy; that is, the ability to see the world through the eyes of the ‘other.’

We pride ourselves on how rugged and individualistic and awesome we are, pretending we didn’t get any help along the road through life. This stance is, and should be, truly laughable.

Everyone alive owes the fact that they are even breathing to at least two human beings:  their parents. The web begins there. They wear clothing made by poor women in factories in China or Bangladesh or India, and drink milk…

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NSA Bestows Highest Honor to Native Code Talkers

Navajo Code Talkers Henry Bake and George Kirk, operating a portable radio set in the South Pacific, 1943

Award Will Be Displayed at the National Museum of the American Indian

WASHINGTON — The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., will host an award ceremony Tuesday, April 8, at 11 a.m. for the 2013 Cryptologic Hall of Honor award given by the National Security Agency/Central Security Service. One plaque will reside at NSA headquarters and a second will be on display at the museum. This will be the first time in agency history that the award is given to a group and not an individual.

Speakers at the event Speakers at the event include Kevin Gover (Pawnee), NMAI Director and Trumbull D. Soule, deputy chief of staff at the NSA.

via NSA Bestows Highest Honor to Native Code Talkers.

Mesmerizing Timelapse “Slow Life” by Daniel Stoupin | Tam Nguyen – New York Photographer

To make this little clip I took 150000 shots. Why so many? Because macro photography involves shallow depth of field. To extend it, I used focus stacking. Each frame of the video is actually a stack that consists of 3-12 shots where in-focus areas are merged. Just the intro and last scene are regular real-time footage. One frame required about 10 minutes of processing time (raw conversion + stacking). Unfortunately, the success rate was very low due to copious technical challenges and I spent almost 9 long months just to learn how to make these kinds of videos and understand how to work with these delicate creatures.

via Mesmerizing Timelapse “Slow Life” by Daniel Stoupin | Tam Nguyen – New York Photographer.

Anja Niedringhaus | IRAQ – 10 years, 100 viewpoints – 2003-2013

RIP – Anja was killed this past Thursday by an Afghan policeman.

A recorded interview with her and her experience in Iraq.

Anja Niedringhaus is a German photo journalist who began her career at the European Pressphoto Agency in Frankfurt. Later she began working for the AP as a reporter and war correspondent starting in Yugoslavia in 1992, and then later in Afghanistan. In 2005 Anja was one of the few photographers on hand for the Battle of Fallujah in Iraq. In 2005 she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her moving photographs from the Iraq War. She currently works for AP in Kabul.

via Anja Niedringhaus | IRAQ – 10 years, 100 viewpoints – 2003-2013.

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