French lives matter

During the past 2 days, I’ve been struggling to answer this question in my head, specially when I see someone writing something that goes like “Why don’t we mourn for all people”. When I see such statements, I remember the big debate about #BlackLivesMatter and the attack on it to change into #AllLivesMatter but this time, it was us (People Of Colour) pushing for it. Is it actually the same? I don’t think so till that moment.

First, I don’t buy the argument of Facebook being a private company and has the right to choose which flags to offer to show solidarity or Safety Checks and “If you don’t like it, leave it”. You have the right to be an asshole and when you become one, I should call you out on being an asshole; that’s it.

Moving on, people do tend to feel more empathetic when the affected people belong to the same group whether ethnic, national or racial so, I don’t really see the point in asking Europeans to mourn losses in the Middle East that were caused by ISIS. They may or may not sympathise and there is no obligation there really. However, there are a few points that makes the argument take a different perspective. These arguments can be summed up in how The West recognizes its own massacres and how its media reports on terrorism.

1- Media reporting:

During any catastrophe such as what happened in Paris, we got used to seeing pictures of dead bodies all over out timelines on Twitter, Facebook and even newspapers but now, nothing. Don’t get me wrong, that’s a good thing; but, can’t we respect all people the same way and stop it for good or do you think that it’s okay to share or upload such pictures if the people who died were PoC?

During the second day, many newspapers reported on finding Syrian and Egyptian passports on site. I don’t really see how that’s different from reporting the brand of clothes or mobile phones found on site, how is this pure nonsense can be called journalism?

2- Recognition of massacres:

Why don’t Americans for once recognise the massacres that THEY committed and react to the loss of millions of innocent lives the same way they reacted to this incident in Paris? Just think of this (41 men targeted but 1,147 people killed: US drone strikes – the facts on the ground) for example and give me one reason why aren’t people even aware of such catastrophes when their own governments are the perpetrators here.

Why didn’t the French react the same way when their military killed and abused children in Africa while they were “peacekeeping”.

This is not Apples & Oranges, I’m not asking you to mourn for each and everyone’s loss. I’m just saying, please be aware that you are a part of a system that murders people in masses and you don’t give a damn about it.

People’s reactions or stands won’t change how sad I feel for all this, I don’t want to my words to affect badly anyone from those who were affected by the incident in Paris. This was more of thinking out loud and leaving my questions out there, perhaps I’m getting it all wrong but, I’m just tired of these endless pointless debates on forcing people to mourn or not. I think that you can’t demand feelings but you may demand a different way of thinking maybe.

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Nazisternas kamp mot det “organiserade tiggeriet” 1933

Originally posted on Sverige är inte världens navel!:

Sverigedemokraternas kampanj för ett nationellt förbud mot tiggeri väcker många känslor. En del jämför det direkt med 30-talet och nazisters politik. På detta svarar en del att det är att “överdriva”. Det är det inte, det är korrekt, och jag ska förklara varför.

Vi ska börja i Tyskland september 1933, åtta månader efter att nazisterna kommit till makten i landet. Då hade de redan arresterat tusentals politiskt oliktänkande och slagit den fria pressen i bojor.

“Tiggarveckan” 1933

270px-Black_triangle.svg Svarta triangeln – de “asocialas”, dvs tiggarnas, märke i koncentrationslägren.

“Stoppa tiggarplågan”,  “stoppa det organiserade tiggeriet”, “yrkestiggarna är en plåga”, “tiggare ägde 50.000 mark”.

I september 1933 hade varje tysk tidning braskande rubriker om att tiggeriet “måste stoppas” och tidningarna konkurrerade med varandra om att avslöja bisarra detaljer om det “organiserade tiggeriet” i Tyskland.

I Hamburg krävde Hamburger Nachrichte och Das Hamburger Fremdenblat den 15 september ett stopp för tiggarplågan i staden och i det Tyska Riket…

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Is the military seeking to distract us again?

Yesterday, I wrote a lot of questions regarding the strikes on Libya. Today, Amr ElHasy, Libya’s Prime Minister announced that the Egyptian strikes killed 7 women and children and injured a lot of civilians violating all international regulations just to distract Egyptians.

Good luck with that!

The Libyan PM’s speech:

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A lot of questions regarding the strikes on Libya

After the shocking High Definition video that ISIL released showing the execution of 21 Copts in Libya, the Egyptian Armed Forced announced strikes aimed at their camps and armory storage that killed exactly “64 ISIL militants”.

I don’t know how they counted exactly 64 bodies and I doubt they know the answer. I wonder how they waited until they executed all these poor people to show any reaction while the NATO rushed into Libya in less than a month after people started protesting against Ghaddafi. For anything’s sake, I need an answer, if you knew where they are located, where they have their weapons stored and where they trained, why on Earth no one moved their asses until this video was uploaded?

Given the previous lies of the same forces on almost everything, I stand unconvinced that they are serious about anything. The MENA region has one of the highest estimates of military spending worldwide and all these billions of dollars spent every year couldn’t help eradicating terrorism that we’ve been fighting for decades, way before the US’ 911 campaign.

Since terrorists are here and there to stay, I suggest we use this money to feed the hungry and shelter the homeless so at least no one would be forced to fly to Libya to feed their family and die there while we use our military to abolish a city like Rafah and force its people to migrate.

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The Benevolence Taxi, @MGar7ey’s initiative

The Benevolence Taxi or (Taxi El-Kheir) is an initiative that Mohamed ElGarhey (@) started one week after Mubarak’s ousting in 2011. He started going around all over Egypt collecting donations for building a healthcare centre in Shabraween.

A lot of activists, actors and figures in Egypt started supporting the initiative and despite of the ups and downs of the situation in Egypt, ElGarhey kept going around and people would call him when he gets to where they are to donate.

ElGarhey started the initiative after going through a hard time with hospitals in Egypt until his 2 years old son died and he considers this initiative something to help out all those who can’t afford healthcare in Egypt.

الفنان فتحي عبدالوهاب والداعية مينا نجيب دلوقتي مع #تاكسي_الخير بالمعادي @fatabwahab  @MinaNaguib90

Me and Egyptian actor Fathy Abdel Wahab @fatabwahab 30th of March 2012 in Maadi with ElGarhey

Social Media has been the main engine besides ElGarhey’s endeavors, a lot of business men and individuals started donating money and medical equipment. It started with a clinic and he is hopeful to turn it into a hospital.

Within the first year ElGarhey managed to collect over a million EGP, now there are a lot of medical equipment. The land was bought already, and he is almost done.

a recent picture of the project

How it will be soon :)

The initiative (Jan 25 organisation) that he started is also helping thousands of orphans. Try to donate whatever you can for such an amazing project. If you are in Egypt, you can always contact ElGarhey on twitter, you can also make a bank transfer to account number 101/1/999000 in Banque Misr.

Please watch the whole story (Arabic)

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Neither Charlie Nor Ahmed

After the hashtag #JeSuisCharlie took social media by a storm, a hashtag #JeSuisAhmed followed to stress the fact that a Muslim died in the attack trying to stop the terrorists. I did write why I’m not Charlie before but coming to think of it, I couldn’t even participate in the hashtag “I’m Ahmed” for many reasons.

To start with, I can’t imagine myself being a policeman in anyway and most importantly, had I been there during the accident, I would have never had the guts to chase armed terrorists. In fact, most of those who participated wouldn’t have chased armed terrorists as well. So, I’m sorry for all the Muslims out there who participated in the hashtag, if you were to know that those armed men in front of you had just killed those who made fun of your prophet, you wouldn’t risk your life chasing them.

Ahmed Merabet and Franck Brinsolaro were two courageous human beings regardless of their religion and no hashtag would give them justice.

What annoyed me the most is seeing faces of Netanyahu and Abbas marching against terrorism. I love the idea of solidarity beyond borders and race but c’mon, is this for real? For anything’s sake, those same people were responsible for the misery of millions and the murder of hundreds of children because they just can’t make anything work are marching for cartoonists who were murdered in a different continent? Those who jail Palestinians and Israelis simultaneously for speaking their minds against their dictatorships are marching for freedom of expression in France. How surreal! Have you ever thought of leaving your fancy-ass offices to show respect for those who died from your own people for no reason except for your policies?

Netanyahu and Abbas in the march against terrorism

Netanyahu and Abbas in the march against terrorism

How on Earth can someone believe that this is sincere in any way? How can anyone march behind leaders who are responsible for all this bloodshed? I even wonder if any of the victims would agree to have these people in their funeral. The surrealism of the situation is just way beyond describing!

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Sorry, I’m not Charlie

I’ve refrained from writing my own thoughts about the whole I’m Charlie thing but for those who are sharing pictures of the old French stamps with the pictures of decapitated heads of Moroccans saying “They invented terrorism”.. I hate to burst your bubble but terrorism is not something that a nation or a religion “invented”.


Anyone power difference results in oppression and when that power gap increases it results in terrorism. I won’t go back to the dawn of history but just think of how Muslims conquered the MENA region using religion, the Crussades then the whole colonization era etc.. Whoever had the power killed whoever was powerless regardless of religion or “nationality”, they’re not really related to what’s called terrorism nowadays but a lot of terrorism accompanied all those wars where helpless millions were killed coldblooded. For those who didn’t get the point, I’m definitely not saying that Muslims have more power than anyone in Europe it’s the exact opposite.

The thing here is that claiming that some ideology created “terrorism” whether it’s East or West is no different than America’s propaganda post 9/11 claiming that Muslims are “the terrorists” and blaming all the world problems on them.. Think rationally for anything’s sake and stop giving I’m Charlie or Kill All Muslims hashtags attention.. I feel bad for those who died cause NO ONE should get harmed under any circumstances INCLUDING unarmed arrested “terrorists” , period. But, supporting sexist, homophobic or racist bullshit for “solidarity” is something that I don’t and not looking forward to understand.

The only thing I can think of for avenging is to stand up against oppression. To stand against Saudi Arabia that condemned what happened in Paris while lashing Raif Badawi for blogging, to stand against racism and Islamophobia and support dialogue instead of supporting people who prefer to live in their own “Muslim-free” bubbles. For a non-Muslim, the amount of irrational fear that creates this amount of apologetic Muslims worldwide is terrifying and incomprehensible as I can’t imagine a time when I had to apologise for some Christian fanatics’ actions. Muslims did NOT need to have a Muslim martyr in the massacre to point him out and say how a Muslim died defending freedom of speech, what if he wasn’t there? Would it have been any different? From what I see, islamophobes are still islamophobes and they still hate Muslims regardless of Ahmed’s death.

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