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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Sunday, May 15, 2005

I said that...I did not say that..it's so confusing being president

*Updated* Like many Egyptians who saw the frontpage of Alahram newspaper on saturday, i was astonished to see the frankness and openness that President Mubarak used in his Interview with the Kuwaiti Newspaper "Siyasssah". Headlines of statement included that : Demonstrations are bad for the economy because they scare away investors and that the Kifaya movement is actually supported by "foreign money". More statments compiled here by GM. Well, I was all excited and stuff because it meant that Mubarak is going to stop bullshitting us and start being more honest in his attacks and statements, which is something i really really would like to see. You know, for him to tell it like it is. I could never figure out what he was afraid of, since he is the absolute ruler of Egypt anyway. Why can't he be more like his Prime-minister, who just admitted that the next election will still be more like a refrendum then an actual election? See, honest man! And i thought Mubarak finally jumped on that Bandwagon, you know? I was wrong. Today Al-ahram issued a retraction and a personal complaint from the President, who protested the publishing of the interview and claimed it misquoted him and was inaccurate and slanted. Chances are Al-Ahram didn't get the clearance from the President to publish the interview with all the "contreversial"statements in it that we egyptians were not supposed to read. My predictions: Heads will roll in Al Ahram. Someone will get shafted. This is not something Mubarak is likely to forgive. you know? Update: Apparently the interview had even more admissions then the ones mentioned in Al-Ahram. It was at first a rumor i heard at work but now the Arabist confirms it: The interview included a tidbit on what Mubarak would think of his son running for President. Mubarak said that if his son gets nominated and wins then it's not inheriting the presidency. It would be- in his eyes- legitimate. So much for that "We are not Syria" crap he has been feeding us. No wonder he didn't want this interview to show up on egyptian radar. This makes him look like a big liar, at least compared to all the stuff he has been saying for the past 2 years. Ohh yeah, and even though Al-ahram announced in yesterday's paper that it would post the "accurate" interview text today, there was no mention of it in today's paper at all. As if nothing ever happend. LOL


At 5/15/2005 10:24:00 AM, Blogger Rancher said...

Freedom of the press, Egyptian style. Glad we have you Sandmonkey.

At 5/15/2005 03:24:00 PM, Blogger Soldier's Dad said...

Mubarak has two audiences to please now. Prior to Ms Rice, as long as Mubarrak wasn't making war with Israel or dropping poison gas on his people, the State Dept sent the annual aid check and forgot about Egypt.

I suspect his first statement was honest, and exactly what he intends to do.

I don't think that is what he told Ms Rice.
/sarcasm on
Obviously, the reporter must have misquoted him
/sarcasm off

At 5/16/2005 04:27:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for the reporting sir. We very much appretiate news from the people of Egypt.


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