The butterfly is a flying flower, The flower a tethered butterfly

Monday, 28 February 2011

Game Over!


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I didn't believe this when it came out. I suppose the reality was that I didn't want to believe it, the president of Egypt, no less, is a crook! God, that hurts! This man and his family, in their vindictive endeavour to race with the rulers of The Gulf to stash and pile up wealth forgetting their enslaved peoples, have shamed Egypt! Globally!

Only Egypt is Not The Gulf! Nor is she Tunisia, or Libya ... or Any where else!

Egypt is EGYPT!

Om Eldonia -Mother of life on Earth, every single human being out there has her DNA, she is in all of us! Honoured in all the books too since the concept of faith began!

How dare they?!

Monday, 21 February 2011

Egypt's friend :-)

What is uttered from the heart alone, Will win the hearts of others to your own.







P
rime Minister David Cameron was in Egypt today as part of a Middle East tour. He is the first big friend to visit Egypt after the 'Young people's' revolution, and he is there to push for a proper democracy and future civilian rule for Egypt :-)

He met with Field Marshall Mohamed Tantawi, head of the Army and Prime Minister Ahmad Shafik, who was a much decorated fighter pilot and Army academic himself before he became Chief of Staff and then Prime Minister.



Look, they like him in Egypt. Well, David is friendly ... and the Egyptians are friendly too :-)

And before running to Kuwait to do some business, he had a little time to visit sunny Tahrir Square and to have a photo ... or two, while giving an opinion on the Libyan unrest :-)


This is the bit of the river very close to the Square ... well, time was tight it seems. But that weather ... and the view of Cairo in the sun and the magnificent Pyramids in the distance ....





And that meeting must have been in Abdeen Palace, was it?

For me, this is an historic event. David being the first western Prime Minister to visit after the recent events signals a very positive message. That of Britain's sincere wishes and intentions as a friend and future partner at the same time. It's like 'We're friends and we are here by your side' message to Egypt, and that's nice, and very valuable given not only that, as David said; the "Huge historic and cultural ties" between Britain and Egypt, but also the huge affection Egypt has for Britain too

You know, I wish i could tell David that this visit, on a social level, doesn't count. Well, first because Egypt doesn't look her best at the moment and Egyptians like to show, and offer, their best to their guests, let alone someone so special ... and, as PM said, democracy is key to peace in the Middle East. But allow me to add that proper democracy in Egypt is also the only route to real democracy in the region. Meaning, get it right in Egypt and the ripple effect will be felt everywhere else, then copied, as usual.

As for this here:

"Since democracy often goes hand-in-hand with open markets, more freedom in the Middle East could deliver commercial opportunities for Britain, the Prime Minister will argue on Tuesday.
Discussing the thinking behind the speech, Mr Cameron insisted that more democracy in the Middle East is in Britain’s best interests.
“We’ve got a very important trading relationship that we want to expand and we’ve got a very important security relationship, not least in terms of combating extremist terror, that we need to sharpen,” he said.
“A process of political and economic reform doesn’t run counter to those other two objectives. It goes with those objectives.”
He told reporters in Cairo: “I believe in a liberal conservative approach rather than a neo-conservative approach.
“Democracy is a process not just an event.
“We who want to see a more stable world, and stronger trading relationships, we should be arguing for the building blocks of democracy.”
Simply holding elections, he said, was not a guarantee of freedom. That requires the full range of institutions, from an independent judiciary to a free press and healthy political parties.
In his speech on Tuesday, Mr Cameron will also tacitly criticise the support Western governments have previously shown for Middle Eastern strongmen like Mr Mubarak, toppled this month after more than 30-years of autocratic rule.
US-led attempts to pick and support autocratic leaders deemed likely to support Western interests have been counter-productive and short-termist, sometimes even promoting regional instability, the Prime Minister believes."
Hear, hear Prime Minister!
... and Egypt, if we all get it right, is also key to mutual cooperation between all the countries in the region. Not only for the sake of achieving and maintaining peace, but for enhancing trade and development proper for the the whole of the Middle East. And together with Britain, Europe and beyond too, this presents a huge opportunity for prosperity of all of us combined ... and with all the untapped mix of human resources in Egypt alone cooperating, to name but one ... who's afraid of China?!
Get this one right and the only way is up!

That's why I don't agree that PM's trade trip passing by Egypt was risky, on the contrary, I think it was a very shrewd futuristic move from PM which will bear fruit in the near future. Because he wasn't there for trade but to show Britain's as well as own personal support for the Egyptians and give them words of encouragement and advice on what benefits they can gain if they get democracy right. Egypt being the country most capable of doing that in the region. The reason I hope that the Army and the current government will now cease the opportunity and, I hope, tell and show the people more about the role America, Britain and the west played in supporting, hence, in the success of the 25 January Egyptian revolution. Perhaps elaborate and explain in depth why David, Prime Minister of Britain was in Cairo, even making it his first stop and the significance of that. Egyptians understand, value and greatly appreciate that kind of warm gesture ... and this was a very positive and heart felt one.
It's up to the Egyptian media now, to convey David's and Britain's sincere message of freedom and friendship to Egypt. An opportunity not to be missed for much more positive portrayal of the west on Egyptian TV, news papers, etc, to get us all on the road to peace, understanding, and prosperity.
Again, for Egypt this time;
Get this one right and the only way is up!
... and another reason why those with an attitude must never be allowed to rise to positions of power and ruin it all ....
... and please tell PM, that small visit doesn't count David, you ain't seen Egypt yet, but I think you understand her right ... and there will be many more visits to come, I hope :-)

Related:
Democracy is route to peace in Middle East, says David Cameron [click] and [AlArabyia]
and [Google] and more [Google]
Surprise, Egypt's revolt has changed the Middle East [click]



A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.



















Song: There is still good in the world

Singer: Ehab Tawfeeq

There is still much good in the world, there are still a lots of good people,
Extending their hand, and want to do right
With your hand in mine, we can make a difference
We need to tell the truth, to educate, to wipe out poverty
And social blindness, and learn
To help those hurting, innocent children needing a hug,
We need to join together to help, to honour the right to life ....

Friday, 18 February 2011

BMA UNREST!

WE URGE THE BMA NOT TO USE FORCE, OR GAS, AGAINST THE PROTESTERS AND TO ALLOW FOR A PEACEFUL AND ORDERLY TRANSITION!




BMA leader could be toppled in revolt by doctors against NHS reforms

WE CALL FOR CALM IN BMA SQUARE
AND ASK THE BMA TO LISTEN TO IT'S MEMBERS DEMANDS!
NOW!


British Medical Association Special Representative Meeting Motions

ANY HUMAN RIGHTS BREACHES AGAINST THE YOUNG DOCTORS
WILL NOT BE TOLORATED!



Lack of evidence to support NHS proposals

"ENOUGH!"

A sign of the times.

"YES WE CAN!"


Related:
Wishful thinking [click]
BMA members call for poll on industrial action to block health bill [click]
Government back tracks on price competition reform [click]
Doctors call for tougher line on privatisation [click]
The BMA should oppose the health reforms [click]
Doctors back strike against NHS reforms [click]and [google]







Thursday, 17 February 2011

Yes we can



"I wouldn't be here if, time and again, the torch had not been passed to a new generation." Obama October 2007 campaign speech

Born August 4 1961 44th President of The USA

Obama's election as the first black president of the Harvard Law Review gained national media attention[28][33] and led to a publishing contract and advance for a book about race relations,[36] which evolved into a personal memoir. The manuscript was published in mid-1995 as Dreams from My Father.[36]

University of Chicago Law School and civil rights attorney

In 1991, Obama accepted a two-year position as Visiting Law and Government Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School to work on his first book. He then served as a professor at the University of Chicago Law School for twelve years—as a Lecturer from 1992 to 1996, and as a Senior Lecturer from 1996 to 2004—teaching constitutional law.

"push questions of who I was out of my mind."

"The opportunity that Hawaii offered—to experience a variety of cultures in a climate of mutual respect—became an integral part of my world view, and a basis for the values that I hold most dear."

From April to October 1992, Obama directed Illinois's Project Vote, a voter registration drive with ten staffers and seven hundred volunteer registrars; it achieved its goal of registering 150,000 of 400,000 unregistered African Americans in the state, and led to Crain's Chicago Business naming Obama to its 1993 list of "40 under Forty" powers to be.[39] In 1993 he joined Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, a 13-attorney law firm specializing in civil rights litigation and neighborhood economic development, where he was an associate for three years from 1993 to 1996, then of counsel from 1996 to 2004, with his law license becoming inactive in 2002.[40]

From 1994 to 2002, Obama served on the boards of directors of the Woods Fund of Chicago, which in 1985 had been the first foundation to fund the Developing Communities Project, and of the Joyce Foundation.[26] He served on the board of directors of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge from 1995 to 2002, as founding president and chairman of the board of directors from 1995 to 1999

"I'm a Christian by choice. My family didn't—frankly, they weren't folks who went to church every week. And my mother was one of the most spiritual people I knew, but she didn't raise me in the church. So I came to my Christian faith later in life, and it was because the precepts of Jesus Christ spoke to me in terms of the kind of life that I would want to lead—being my brothers' and sisters' keeper, treating others as they would treat me."

"A New Beginning"


Addressed anti-war rally March 2003 "it's not too late" to stop Iraq war

2010 Obama also reduced the secrecy given to presidential records and changed procedures to promote disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.

On October 9, 2009, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced that Obama had won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize "for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples".[223] Obama accepted this award in Oslo, Norway on December 10, 2009, with "deep gratitude and great humility."





It was a creed written into the founding documents that declared the destiny of a nation.
Yes we can.
It was whispered by slaves and abolitionists as they blazed a trail toward freedom.
Yes we can. Yes we can.
It was sung by immigrants as th
ey struck out from distant shores
and pioneers who pushed westward against an unforgiving wilderness.
Yes we can. Yes we can.
It was the call of workers who organized;
women who reached for the ballots;
a President who chose the moon as our new frontier;
and a King who took us to the mountain-top and pointed the way to the Promised Land.
Yes we can to justice and equality.
(yes we can, yes we can, yes we can, yes we can...)

Yes we can to opportunity and prosperity.
Yes we can to opportunity and prosperity.
Yes we can heal this nation.
Yes we can repair this world.
Yes we can. Si Se Puede
(yes we can, yes we can, yes we can, yes we can...)

We know the battle ahead will be long,
but always remember that no matter what obstacles stand in our way,
nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change.
We want change!
(We want change! We want c
hange! We want change...)

We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics who will only grow louder and more dissonant.
We've been asked to pause for a reality check.
We've been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope.
But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope. We want change!
(We want change! I want change! We want change! I want change...)

The hopes of the little girl who goes to a crumbling school in Dillon are the same as the dreams of the boy who learns on the streets of LA;
we will remember that there is something happening in America;
that we are not as divided as our politics suggests;
that we are one people;
we are one nation;
and together, we will begin the next great chapter in America's story with three words that will ring from coast to coast;
from sea to shining sea - Yes. We. Can.
(yes we can, yes we can, yes we can, yes we can, y
es we can, yes we can, yes we can, yes we can...)

























Artist: Will.I.Am

Song: Yes We Can (Barack Obama Song)

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Ali Baba of Egypt!




Egyptian people are polite people. they are mostly peaceful people too, albeit emotional people who also can not hide their emotions.

Since Mubarak left last Friday, people have been wishing him well when they heard he was poorly, health wise :-) ... and myself too, I sincerely hope he gets better soon. That however doesn't mean all is forgotten for, as Egyptians say; 'this is one issue, and 'that' is another', meaning anything else still outstanding is outstanding ... and, as it seems, there are many.

I must also say that I was disappointed that while our ex president was leaving last Friday, that what bothered him most was how history would remember him! That's at a pivotal time in Egypt's history when only god knows where the whole country is heading! ... I thought that it was Egypt that was the most important now, not any individual, especially not a president who was the country's 'father' for 30 years! ... and history can and will always write itself, this here may even be a tiny bit of that.


But, ironically, this thought is also what characterises the whole of the Mubarak regime. It's most prominent feature, that which was 'Everyone for himself'. Almost a heart kept motto by 'the family' as well as the 'pots' that surrounded them. As for 'the family', ex president should, since history mattered so much to him, have been wiser to appreciate that he did not own Egypt. That it was not his private property that came to him by way of inheritance as he was actually born into a poor family himself. But that as Egyptian people do not discriminate between rich or poor, he was employed and trusted by the people to serve them ... and that he let them down by serving himself instead! Any employee anywhere would lose the job if they did that, and so he did too. Albeit, much too late, for he left IMO an unprecedented damage behind! Corruption that Egyptian history has never seen the scale of before, even through foreign occupation!


From what I see now on Arabic media and what I hear during my annual visits to Egypt, is that not only did Mr president behave as if he owned Egypt, but he allowed his much ambitious son to pull his strings from behind him too ... for his own benefit first, and that of 'the family' ... and forget about the people! ... and benefit, he, and they, did! Perhaps the case may be that Mr president did not do it himself, I do not know. But he allowed it to happen when he shouldn't, for decades! And while 43% of his people became unable to feed themselves as a result! That's worse than any president 'enjoying' himself 'a bit' ... and is unforgivable!

The media reports that son is now in 'his' mansion in Scotland, and that his nearly half his age wife whom he married only 4 /5 years ago has recently flawn to join him, on 'her' private aeroplane ... Son is also a British citizen ... food for thought!

Well, to facilitate his business aspirations, son was let loose, he surrounded himself with an entourage of 'pots' ... and those surrounded themselves with another circle of smaller 'pots' ... and so on ... and so on ... It then became a vicious circle within a circle, within a circle to the point that officials were chosen only 'if they can fit' in and not because of their ability ... and the result?

Egypt was serially raped for decades! ... that's definately unforgivable!

I have been receiving e-mails from family, friends and people I know in Egypt. They think that since I live abroad, that I can get their voices heard re this corruption, hence help rights return. I do not know, but here I am, trying ... you never know!

Although Egyptians all know of the ongoing corruption with stinking individual stories for which nobody was ever held accountable, one of those e-mails gives some incidents that took and are still taking place by 'the family' and are still on going because they made roots. Hair raising wealth in billions, as millions are now unfashionable for those, and why not if it is easy money?! All shameless crimes against the public purse and all committed by ex high officials ... and by many of those who are still in this current government! The army is promising a complete change of those ... soon I hope, with questions to follow.

The emails I received are in Arabic and link to the Al-Ahram national newspaper. This link describes, for example, how two luxury grand palaces were sold as vacant unbuilt land for below nominal price to the wife of Alaa, mubarak's eldest son. When she then tried to sell them again a short period afterwards, the head of the local authority of the luxurious beach city where they were located objected, only to be sacked from his position 28 days after! He was replaced with someone who would 'cooperate' and the grand palaces were sold off at astonishing prices shortly afterwards.

Government Ministers were on the game too, the article cites seven of them, but there are loads more either past or present. Actually it is hard to know who is above board anymore, for if they are, they should be proclaimed 'heroes' just for resisting the extraordinary temptation to get rich beyond their wildest dreams and in a flash too ... without any effort. The ones in the Al-Ahram article speaks about those seven minsters, all were awarded palaces, land, you name it, for 'services' rendered to 'the family'. Even the ex health minister was not excluded, for he was allowed to buy 6000 meters square of prime land @ 400 Egyptian pounds per meter or roughly 40 Sterling, when the actual price was 6000LE pm2, or 600 Sterling pounds. The paper says he did not even pay one pence of the ridiculous 'purchase' price, but went ahead and built himself a luxury private hospital nonetheless! I never thought he would, honestly! But such thoughts did not get you anywhere in Egypt, until now ... hopefully

Another minister, whose name translates into 'the honourable', fought his own people for 'the family', the paper says that he stood against the legitimate formation of opposition parties, controlled the media with an iron fist, suppressed freedoms, stood against the much needed amendments to the deliberately corrupted constitution and was a major player in rigging of the last elections which allowed an 80 year old man to remain in power... etc. For his services, he was awarded with two palaces in Marina, the same luxury beach city! ... but what the paper doesn't know, is that some sources in London say that one one occasion his son, while on holiday in London, bought a parcel of four flats in Portman Square ... right in the middle of the heart of the city! ... rumours exist for more about minister 'honourable' ... and many others too ... and lots others must have hid now in their pots too so their doings may go unnoticed ... find them, because what is they hae in Egypt is but a small sample to what is hiding in property, business or banks abroad!

As for this link here, to the same paper, it tells the story of the role of the interior minister, who was responsible on the 25th January 2011 when the young people's revolution began. It tells of how he was 'assigned' by 'the family' to suppress the uprising using any force regardless of how brutal that was. And he did whatever he thought was needed, ending in what's called now 'the government's brutal battle against it's unarmed civilians in Tahrir Square', during which 300 to 600 mostly young lives were lost! One account I heard on an Arabic channel even tells of how a police box deliberately drove on a pavement to deliberately hit and kill civilians, one had to run fast to a side road to avoid being hit and murdered by her own government.

Both articles can be translated using Google ... but beware, those are harrowing accounts committed by a savage monster who has no regard for human lives!

As for this one, it tells of the last hours between when ex president Mubarak gave his last speech on Thursday until Friday morning when the family left the presidential palace without even thanking those who loyally served them for years and years!

As I said before, Egyptian people are compassionate and polite, they would still wish every sick man to recover, but to also be held accountable for their time when was trusted with that top office. In case of Mubarak, it is the whole family that needs to be held to account ... and so must their many 'pots' and their pots too ... and let me tell you, those accounts in that newspaper above , or the extensive sale of parcels of land for next to nothing which was rife everywhere in Egypt ... let alone all the 'business dealings, local as well as international, made many undeserving now billionaires as a result, all just because of their lucky friendship with 'the family'. This in the paper above is but the tip of the iceberg! All need to have their books opened, even if above board, which is doubtful, and all need to pay the right and fair price what what they aquired through licking the family's back ... and all need to be kept indoors until investigations into their affairs is conducted. As for those who have already took 'their' money and ran away, they too need to be brought back ... to Justice! Many need to be punished for their criminal activities like anybody else too, regardless of their close relations or otherwise to the ex president and/or his family.

I still do not know if the Mubarak family wealth is $70,000,000,000, but time will hopefully tell. You see, I can not even comprehend such sums let alone figure out why would anyone would want all this money, or what can this money do to their 'quality' of 'life'. See! I can not even think of a reason, good or bad, for why would anyone want to endeavour to accumulate such sums, from scratch too, which was the case with 'the family', given the president's background.

But what I know is, if true, and if this money was brought back to Egypt today, each and every Egyptian would be roughly $900 better off! Rich as well as poor, everyone of the 80 million or so Egyptians! I know what that means to a poorer family of 6 in Egypt, to suddenly have $4.500 or nearly 27,000 LE drop from the sky. They would think it was a gift from god, wouldn't they? ... and it would be too true! Only it would just be their own money coming back ... and that's only the money coming where it belongs from 'the one family' they trusted for 30 years! ... and with the pots' money coming back too, it would make such a difference to those savagely and without remorse impoverished peaceful people ... I can't even begin to imagine what the 43% poorer ones would do with such a large sum for them; get that son or daughter married perhaps, or start a little business for that child who graduated 10 years ago to nothing ... or just eat,! ... lots. As for the better off, how about that long awaited family holiday to London, or New York? :-)

Let's hope ... for their sake, and more importantly ... for the sake of Egypt ....


Related:
Egypt: Hosni Mubarak used last 18 days in power to secure his fortune [click]
Egyptian officials' assets to be traced by Serious Organised Crime Agency [click]
Switzerland freezes assets of Mubarak, Swiss officials say [click]
Prosecutor imposes travel ban on 43 officials, freezes their accounts [click]and ex PM banned from travel too [click] and more bans [click]
Egypt's laundry list of land sales corruption [click]
Egypt's forgotten children [click]




Yes! The video too! And that resemblence to the real 'thing' is purely accidental :-)




















Malaysian song

Singer: R Ramlee,
Song: Ya habibi Al Baba, 'Ali Baba my love'

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Salamtak ya Rais



President Mubarak is reported to may have fallen into a coma after giving his speech on Thursday.

We all wish him a happy and peaceful retirement and do not like to see him hurting. We also hope he keeps to his medication ... and gets well soon


Mubarak suffering from heart condition, will remain in Sharm El-Sheikh [click]



Monday, 14 February 2011

Fly me ...






You didn't think I was going to forget about today, did you?!

Never!

It's why we were created ...

And romance is the mother and guardian of all other love ...

Only some choose to forget ...

This is for those who do not ... may you long live and remember ... Always ....





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Happy Valentine
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:-)



Sunday, 13 February 2011

Egypt: Big Society ;-)



In remembrance of those who gave their lives so that Egypt may live









******* Revolution 25 January 2011*******




Song: 'Sound of Freedom'

[lyrics as sung individually, and together, by the people]

In every street in my country, the sound of freedom is calling,

Went down, knowing I may not come back,

wrote on every street with my blood,
Heard what we never heard before, and obstecales broke,
Our weapon was our dreams, and a clear tomorrow,
Waited a long time, without finding our place,
Now in every street in my country, the sound of freedom is calling,
We lift our heads to the sky, don't care if we got hungry waiting,
Most important were our rights, to write our history with our blood,
If you are one of us, stop all this talk telling us,
To go home and leave our dreams,
and stop saying 'I'



... and now, to work ... together ... one hand ....








And when in Egypt ... :-)



Doctors and nurses cleaning in front of their hospital in Zagazeeg, a city in the Delta ...


And it's not Tahrir Square only, they are cleaning Egypt!

Their own brooms, buckets, bags, shovels, cleaning stuff, you name it! They have even been collecting funds amongst themselves and are also painting the edges of the pavements and removing the graffiti everywhere! No one organised them, they organised themselves! Teamwork ... like no other! I could not find more pictures for all the painting, but this is taking place everywhere up and down the country, it's all over the Egyptian TV channels. And one of my cousin's home help answered her phone today, only she wasn't in. Because she went with her children to clean Alexandria! And the home help said she was just on the door on her way to join them ... everybody is out there, regardless of who they are .... they went to clean Egypt, together! Didn't I say this amazing togetherness between all Egyptians was striking?! You see, what's between them, is LOVE, didn't I say so? ... and KFC and others like them were giving out free meals to the protestors during the revolution too, delivered! .

Latest:

To save Egypt's economy, the stock exchange is encouraging all Egyptians, rich and poor, to open accounts for as little as 100 Egyptian pounds, or around 10 Sterling, more if you can. There will be no commissions charged ... And all Egyptians, mostly those who know nothing about same, have vowed to buy to save their own money market!


... well ....

Teach the world Mother Egypt! :-)


Yes, another song ... we love her!



Song: 'If you love this country' ...
keep your eye on her, hand in hand, to Masr may she long live for us,
When times are testing, we'll carry our souls in our hands ... for her
... etc :-)