Egyptian Aak. Week 42


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  • Egypt’s Muslims mark Eid, but stay away from key squares
  • Thousands perform Eid prayer at Al-Azhar
  • Egypt frees Briton arrested over police-like clothes
  • Amnesty International condemns violence on October 6 anniversary
  • Tamarod backs Sisi’s decision not to run for presidency


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General Sissi is no savior for Egypt’s non-Islamists


Quick glances at the events that lead to the June 30 protests and the subsequent army take-over on July 3rd are enough for any observer to understand that Sissi’s success came mainly in his ability to garner a wide coalition against the Muslim Brotherhood. This support included a wide section of the political elite, the police, media, judiciary, artists, and the general public.

The police and army are now coordinating their moves for the first time since January 2011 and are unleashing their coercive forces to subdue the Muslim Brotherhood and their alliance. Does that mean that the non-Islamists are winning, or even thriving within “Sissi’s coalition?” The simple answer is no. This comes about for various reasons.

For a start, it is not a homogenous coalition. In fact, the opposite is true, and the subgroups are only united by the their anti-Muslim Brotherhood stance. When considering all else…

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Second Oarfish In A Week Washes Ashore : LAist

An oceanic canary in the mine? Something needs investigating!

For the second time in a week, a rare serpentine oarfish has surfaced on a Southern California beach, NBC reports.

The one found Friday afternoon at Oceanside Harbor wasn\’t quite as large as the 18-foot behemoth found near Catalina Island. This one was only 13-and-a-half feet long. It weighed an estimated 200 pounds and took 15 people to carry.

That is actually quite small for an oarfish. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, it\’s the largest bony fish in the sea and can grow to more than 50 feet long.

via Second Oarfish In A Week Washes Ashore : LAist.

6-Year-Old Newtown Victim Saved Classmates By Telling Them To Run: Gothamist

Jesse Lewis, 6, was a student in 27-year-old Victoria Soto\’s first-grade class, and though Jesse, Soto and a number of other students in the class were killed, 11 of his classmates survived. Some of those children told investigators they were huddled in a corner holding hands while Lanza was shooting, out of his line of fire; when Lanza\’s gun jammed for a second, he stopped firing, and Jesse yelled at them to run. Six students ran to safety. \”He yelled, ‘Run!’ ” Jesse\’s mother, Scarlett Lewis, told The Associated Press. “Adam reloaded and shot him in the head.”

via 6-Year-Old Newtown Victim Saved Classmates By Telling Them To Run: Gothamist.

Roma teens deportation was right, says French minister – FRANCE – FRANCE 24

Roma teens deportation was right, says French minister – FRANCE – FRANCE 24.

Interior Minister Manuel Valls told French media Sunday that he has no regrets about the way a 15-year old girl of Roma gypsy origin and her family were rounded up and deported, after widespread criticism in the media and from his own political party.

“We should be proud of what we are doing, rather than feeling sorry for ourselves,” Valls, a Socialist, told the Journal de Dimanche weekly in an interview published on Sunday.

He should be fired!

Can We Get Over Beirut Being Among The World’s Best Cities?

Too much of the historical city has been lost to modern boxes that are just tall/

A Separate State of Mind | A Blog by Elie Fares


I’ve debated whether to write this or not. Then whether to publish it or not. Then I figured, screw it.

I am a proud Lebanese. And it’s because I like my country that I can’t sit aside and pretend that fake accolades mean more than they are, that void accomplishments are fuller than they actually are.

Beirut isn’t a bad city, sure. It’s perhaps the best city that we have given that our centralization policies have put everything only in and around it. But, forgive the bluntness, there’s no freaking way in hell Beirut can find itself on a world’s best cities list. Unless the person doing that list was high on some Bekaai hashish.

Beirut recently found itself to be on a list of the world’s top 25 cities, courtesy of CN Traveler. Those same people, for those who remember, voted Byblos as the #1 city in the region…

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hue-photo-challenge/ #photography #poetry

penned in moon dust


Dawn rises

blue fire in your eyes

warmth of spring

brushes against your skin

Sun sets

golden-red burnishing your heart

cooled only by love

the heart to hold within

This week’s Word Press Photography Challenge is Hue and what are the colors that define us. What colors define you? I’m a combination of the sun and the sea so cool blues and warm reds and oranges (a Gemini always two sided)

A colorful and talented bunch of folks here:

  1. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You | Chicomallorca’s Blog
  2. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You | This, that and the other thing
  3. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You | Flickr Comments
  4. Weekly photo challenge: The Hue of you | Something more to think about
  5. Weekly Photo Challenge: The hue of you | So where’s the snow?
  6. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You | The Ambitious Drifter

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American Apparel, Our Culture Is Not Your Trick Nor Your Treat

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American Apparel Manhattan

After the retailer rolls out an offensive Voudou-themed Halloween display, Shantrelle Lewis offers a lesson in the African spiritual tradition in this article for Ebony. See a link to her blog, which we highly recommend, below. Our thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.

In 2013, at a time when nearly every aspect of Black life and culture can be bought, repackaged, gentrified and re-sold to the highest bidder, it is still both shocking and appalling to see a makeshift Vodou altar adorning the window of a Manhattan American Apparel location. Recently, my friend Rosella Molina, a Yoruba initiate, saw just that: a larger than life vevé for Papa Legba, a spirit respected as the Keeper of the Crossroads and found throughout the Americas, and three mannequins dressed in a hodgepodge of apparel designed by social media icon/artist Kesh, mixed together with an assortment of pieces…

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Mapping 22 Different Latino Populations Across the U.S.A.

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This article by JOHN METCALFE appeared in Our thanks to Judith Dollenmeyer for bringing it to our attention. [We have included the maps for the populations of Caribbean origin. For all the maps, follow the link below to the original report.]

Where do America’s Latino and Hispanic populations live? Let’s start with where they’re not living: in Montana, Wyoming, the Dakotas, and a whopping chunk of the Midwest that probably hears a as often as the cry of an Amazonian toucan.

That’s the picture painted by this absorbing visualization from the U.S. Census, showing where people with ties to south-of-the-border countries reside in the United States. Using people’s self-reported “specific origins” from the 2010 census, the nation’s top head-counters have assembled population maps for 22 ethnic groups from Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. If you want to chat with someone of Mexican descent, you’d…

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