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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

Saturday, August 27, 2005

No Big Deal

Big Pharaoh got way too excited over a criticism of Mubarak's regime on the Egyptian-run state television, but he wonders if it's all just decor for the elections. I have to say that it is, because the criticism was levelled against the Finance Minister and not against the president. Plus, what's one criticism against the all the praise he gets on those channels anyway? The article that mentions the incident mentions a couple of other things that I find interesting: For example, it mentions the super efforts done by Mr. Momtaz El Qut, whom I gave examples of his superior ass-kissing skills over here. The article, however, mentions direct quotes from an editorial the man wrote himself, which...ehh.. how about your just read it and judge for yourselves? "You and me eat whatever we want, but the president doesn't," al-Qut wrote. "He might be the only Egyptian who never ate stuffed cabbage, eggplant or green pepper. He might be the only Egyptian who didn't smell the cooking of molokhiya" — a traditional Egyptian dish. Oh baby. My heart is broken. He can't smell molokhiya, he can't eat stuffed cabbage. Poor Hosny! This whole thing is a goddamn circus!


At 8/27/2005 02:31:00 AM, Blogger ritzy said...

Lovely, we're bloggin in tandem! I was going to mention a report from AP on this but started out with a similar note from the BBC, about biased coverage:

PS: Note that Global Voices are quoting your entry on the 2-3 Million Eg. issue but are attributing me to your words. I've posted a clarification and it's awaiting approval. Me, speaking like a Sandmonkey!? Not yet, not yet, long way to go.

Keep it up

At 8/27/2005 02:33:00 AM, Blogger ritzy said...

PS: Jewish conspiration on my blog today -- I think indeed I am learning one or two things from the bloggomaster.

At 8/27/2005 02:34:00 AM, Blogger ritzy said...

Bastard, you haven't noticed my new hat yet!

At 8/27/2005 02:46:00 AM, Blogger The Sandmonkey said...

Ohh ritzy. I am so sorry. I love the..ehh...color.

At 8/27/2005 03:19:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

with no criticism (in newspapers & radio TV)and no one is happy.
so now even with critcism and no one is still happy.
It is easy to dismiss it as decoration or new election accessories but it all shows one thing for sure....no one is happy AND no one will be.

At 8/27/2005 10:25:00 AM, Blogger R said...

you're right again.
I think you're friends with BP! I don't know what's wrong with him :) You know already I'm a big critic of most his posts; I just feel he believes what he's saying and this is the problem!

Anyway, he's still a lovely nice guy

I think Global Voices is contributed by Karim; it may be easier to contact him directly.

At 8/27/2005 10:29:00 AM, Blogger R said...

Dear Anonymous
who wrote:
" with no criticism (in newspapers & radio TV)and no one is happy.
so now even with critcism and no one is still happy."

Well.. Yes; there is definitely a change; but it has to be put in perspective. The Egyptian regime is strongly pressured by the USA (Condi!) who is closely watching. They have to give some signs of "equality and democracy;" so, it's not a big deal as Sam mentioned.
However, we're not really talking about making people "happy." This is not an elementary school trip where people should be "happy and cool". It's about RIGHTS! Do the Egyptians--who have one of the oldesst parliaments in the world--deserve a better system or not? that's the question.
Even if we're all unhappy but treated fairly, it will be much better.

At 8/27/2005 10:58:00 AM, Blogger R said...

You're mentioned again here
They quoted you well.
However, I won't hide my dismay again at these Egyptian journalists who don't read in Arabic!! Not a single blog in Arabic is mentioned, although Mohammed and Ghandy and others are really doing a good job analyzing candidates and campaigns!


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