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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

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Did anyone else notice that?

All, or at least most of, the "Yes to Mubarak" support signs are no longer up on the streets. I've noticed that but could never figure out why, well, until i read this: Giant portraits of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, which hung in many locations of central Cairo in a show of support for him to seek re-election, disappeared on Sunday an AFP photographer reported. The reason being? The portraits disappeared about a week before a planned visit by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul-Gheit said Rice would arrive on June 20. Ah-uh! So Mommy Dearest Condi is coming to visit, and we all have to behave ourselves huh? hmm....... This would all be good and well, if it wasn't for the fact that they are starting to put Pictures of Suzanne Mubarak up, with billboards everywhere naming her numerous "achievments" and efforts to "enlighten the masses" in the relams of family, education and culture. For example, the Billboards for the 100 year anniversary celebration of Heliopolis have her name is a far bigger font then the words "Heliopolis" or "100 year anniversary". You could see another example on the 6th of October Bridge, where a Suzanne Mubarak family awareness group has an anti-drug billboard with her name in a larger font then the Anti-Drug message. And if you want to get on the bridge from the Ghamra exit, you shall be greeted with her Portrait on a billboard that praises her "enlightment" achievments from a library she opend in downtown cairo to the newly erected Alexandria Library. Somehow those are her achievments, as if she is the one who built Heliopolis- not the Baron Empain- or designed and financed the Library. I mean, i understand that as the actual ruler of Egypt these days she wants to be recognized and have her ego stroked, but give us a goddamn break will ya? We know that you are the one behind the efforts to have Gamal take over after Mubarak finally croaks because you want to still be Egypt's first Lady and have all those women in women councils and groups to continue kissing your ass like it's the holy black stone of Mecca. We know it, and we know there is nothing we can do about it really. So why rub it in? Look, Woman, one dictator at a time, OK?

8 Comments:

At 6/15/2005 04:07:00 AM, Anonymous Bassist Of The Fall said...

"Seventy million Egyptians, muslims and christians, say “yes’ to Mubarak"

To the one who puts up these banners: Fuck you. You're not representing my opinion, asswipe.

Sorry, just had to let it out ;-)

 
At 6/15/2005 04:35:00 AM, Blogger Mohamed said...

Interesting.. I actually haven't noticed that yet. But you know the rumors are spreading very strong that Suzanne is the one pushign hard for Gamal to succeed his daddy, and that she's the one running the show.

You're right.. pleeaasee. one dictator at a time.. but when they are more than one at a time things start to shake.. eh

 
At 6/15/2005 12:41:00 PM, Blogger gatorbait said...

Wait, how can she be a dicktator, she 's a .... oh wait, Oh, never mind...

 
At 6/15/2005 12:44:00 PM, Blogger Egyptian Person said...

Mohamed: There are several news reports that says the same about Suzanne supporting Gamal for president. But they just added some items in the election law that prohibits those with other nationalities to run for president... they say Gamal may have inherited the British citizenship from his mother... but he can still give it up if he wants to run.
As for the signs and portraits... I think there should be volunteers that cruise the cities to destroy them or spray them with some colors if those posters claim that Mubarak has the support of the entire population of Egypt or of a city/neighborhood/company or whatever - because they basically lie.

 
At 6/15/2005 06:49:00 PM, Blogger Ron Larson said...

Perhaps she should build herself a pyramid! That is impressive AND very Egyptian.

 
At 6/16/2005 01:42:00 AM, Blogger The Sandmonkey said...

Oh god ron, don't even joke about that!

 
At 6/16/2005 08:18:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you think she's running for office?

SK

 
At 6/16/2005 11:26:00 PM, Anonymous Me, Myself and I said...

As much as his portraits infuriate me, and i am serious, i had started developing a serious reaction, i take them as a personal insult, as too damn imposing on my space, etc..I have realized that one could look at the glass half full...serious..in egypt with the lack of adequate street signs, etc, they truned out to be handy..i use them to give direction to people for my work place: u will find a portrait of M with the slogan -Nahr men El aataa-,pass it, then there is another,pass it and then the second right...It is funny how many go sensitized to these pics adorning our streets (representing different stages of his life too..i suppose when someone awez yekhdemo, he portrays him young..there is one next to the NDP hQ of giza where he looks like a 4 yr old or something)..but a kid a friend , used to miss her school bus, and i would give her a ride in the mrng...I posed the Q to her...cookie, do u feel offended, pissed (i am sure i used a more appropriate word) etc having all these pics around..she told me that she does not even notice them.....as much as i can understand where she is coming from..i felt sad...one way of being comatized or numb is not realizing or being aware..the pics of course are a drop in the pucket..but hey I can not take them.even though i take advantage of there being there sometimes for giving directions...

 

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