12 September 2005

I Voted

The indelible pink ink used to mark those who had voted.

Even the President got his finger marked :)

The disadvantage of this indelible pink ink is that on the night of election you could easily tell who voted and who did not!!! At 23:00 I went to a coffee shop to meet with friends, in the whole place out of maybe 40 eligible voters there were only 6 or 7 guys who voted!!!! It is a disgrace.
Overall the elections went fine, yes many are saying that there were violations, lets agree and assume the elections were fair without a single violation, would we be celebrating the rise of a new Egyptian president? Who are we kidding, definitely not Mubarak was a sure winner probably not in such a landslide, but he would have won the elections anyway.

I have to be honest and admit something though; I am ashamed to say that I did not vote. I really wanted to but the problem was that I did not have a voting card (yes I know, this is the lame excuse that everyone is using), but I do not have a national number card “Rakam Kaoumy”. It was only at 22:30 that a friend told me I could have voted with my regular ID card in the Dokki polling station as a with my old ID but this was said at 22:30 and the voting was over by 22:00, it was too late!!!! I promise that I will go issue a voting card in November so I can vote in the parliament election.

Anyway Mubarak won by 88.5% my vote wouldn't have changed a thing after all, for 2 reasons. I did not know who to vote for? I was going to vote as a joke for Mr. Sabahy this 91 year old candidate who wanted all Egyptian men to wear the Fez and a national costume, he also said if he won, he would give up his post to Mubarak, he also said that he himself will vote for Mubarak??!!! He is totally fucked up :) Why the hell is he running if he is willing to give his presidential seat to Mubarak????? Don't ask me, I have no idea!!! So voting for Sabahy was an indirect way to vote for Mubarak.

This election itself is not important the important elections would be the coming parliamentary elections, as well as the coming presidential elections in 6 years time. Mubarak is now 77 years old I do not think he will run again 6 years from now?!!!! Hopefully the different parties will manage to prepare strong candidates for the 2011 election. I think the 2011 election will be the real presidential election in Egypt. I will make sure to vote then :)

The participation in the voting was very weak only 23% of the eligible voters voted. In my opinion it shows in a way how people are not used to elections and how the majority of the population is so passive that they don’t really give a shit who is ruling the country, or they have totally lost faith, I don't know how to read this figure?
The cool thing though is that allot of people are now determined to get voting cards and to be active voters, and this itself is a huge change.

10 September 2005

The F Word!!!!

Ayman Nour the Presidential Candidate called the results ''void.'' He added ''This is a farce,'' vowing to present evidence of fudging in the numbers. ''I will appeal to get our rights back.'' LOOSER!!!!

What is 30 years?!!!

"Thirty years is not too much. Hosni Mubarak has projects to complete," said Saida el-Dien, a 56-year-old housewife waving her darkly pink stained finger around to emphasize her point. "I'll vote for him again in 2011 and 2021."

Photo courtsey of Reuters

08 September 2005


I just learned today that New Orleans sits below sea level, the big debate in the USA now is why spend billions of dollars to rebuild a city that sits below sea level? Knowing that Hurricane Katrina generated a storm surge - with water levels higher than a two-story building and storm waves cresting more than 50 feet above sea level.

An American friend of mine sent me an email saying: “always wondered why anyone would build a large city below sea level. I think it will be interesting to see if they rebuild it there and if so under what circumstances...They need to bring in a lot of fill dirt to get the city 15 feet or so higher than it is right now. Maybe if they brought in 40 feet of dirt everyone could have a basement!!” LOL!!! He is always been sarcastically funny :)
You know what is amazing about this Katrina Hurricane? Some unbelievable things are happening. Today I was listening to BBC Radio driving to work I was really surprised. Of course I should be surprised, I have every right to do so. Listen to what they said; Allot of countries are donating money and aid to the USA such as: Afghanistan 100K $, Sri Lanka 25K $ (Can they feed their own people??!!!). Other countries like India 5 Million $, Thailand, ANGOLA, DJIBOUTI!!!! (Angola & Djibouti? But they are bloody poor?!) On the other hand the United Arab Emirates donated 100 Million $, and Kuwait 500 Million $??!!!! (I wonder how much did these Arab countries donate to their Arab neighbors, or in crisis like in Darfur, or the hunger breakout in Niger?) In the newspaper yesterday there was an article on the front page saying that Egypt has created an aerial bridge to transport food and medical aid to the USA??!!! (Do you believe that Egypt who is getting an annual Aid from the USA is sending food and medicines?) Also today in the Radio the big question was will the US accept the donations offered by Iran and Cuba??! Yesterday on the Radio a Russian government official was complaining that the American government are not being cooperative and they are delaying the Russian aids to arrive on time, no one from the American side is telling the Russians on which airport should they use to deliver the food and medical supplies?

I don't know?!! When you hear all that you realize that all governments are full of crap. That bureaucracy is every where, and it is huge obstacle that we have to find a way to over take. Who could ever imagine that the United States of America will be receiving aid from a country like Afghanistan?! Does that make any sense to you? I can not digest it. Sri Lanka has donated Twenty Five Thousand Dollars to the USA???!! I think the amount is trivial but .... I don't even know what to say?!

07 September 2005

I Predict (Presidential Election Results)

President Hosni Mubarak (National Democratic Party) 78.7% or 88.7%

Ayman Nour (Al-Ghad Party) 4.5%

Noaman Gomaa (Al Wafd Party) 3.6%

06 September 2005

You Have To Go

After a long succession of unelected pharaohs, kings and dictators, tomorrow as Egyptians we will have a choice for the first time in our country’s 7000 years history. Tomorrow we will caste our votes in the first-ever multi candidate presidential election. Please Participate!!!!

Presidential Elections 07/09/2005

Pica boo!!!! I see you

Port Saidies Played it Well

"Hey Gamal tell your Dad the Port Saidies will elect him"
In Arabic it sounds so much better; it rhymes really well. It is funny, I like it :)

“Port Said is saying: Give your vote to the Maestro (Ma3alem) better than the one who still have to learn”

05 September 2005

Elections Abracadabra

Even Camels

It seems that even Egyptian Camels are interested to participate in the upcoming elections. I wonder! Who will this Camel vote for?

04 September 2005

Not Like Them

In Egypt Our election is FAIR, we have 10 candidates now.

Will you Vote for him?

Oh God he looks so old?! He is 90 something. But if he gets to win, I will get to wear the Fez, it is awesome :)
Picture courtesy of Reuters

03 September 2005

Is it an election or a circus???

Banners by Mr. Mohamed El Hamamy supporting President Mubarak in the upcoming presidential elections.
Picture courtesy of AP

02 September 2005

The Magnificent TEN

The 10 candidates running in the first Egyptian Presidential elections, taking place 7 September 2005.
Picture courtesy of AP

01 September 2005

Who Will I Vote for?

The Past, The Present, and The Future

Who Will I Vote for?

The Humorous

Who Will I Vote for?

The Leader

Who Will I Vote for?

The Visionary