President Mohammed Morsi Officially CHARGED!

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Saidia – Ousted Egyptian president is having such a bad time right now, after his fall from grace, the ousted president finds himself charged with “breaking free” from the prison back in 2011.

The general prosecutor just sent the files of Morsi’s case (Wadi Natroun) to a judge, and the reason is to officially look into the case and decide if the ousted president will be subjected to a trial or sent back to the prison in order to finish his sentencing, that is if the claims of his prison break are true.

This came as a shock to us because we never thought that a person who won free elections would end up in a prison cell for crimes he might have committed decades ago, or imprisoned on politics-related charges.

SINAI: Attack With Heavy Weapons on an Army base

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Saidia – Breaking news coming from Egypt’s Sinai as violence continue in the once tourists-magnet area of Egypt.

Reuters reported today that armed groups attacked an Egyptian military camp in Sinai while eyewitnesses tell reuters that loud explosions could be heard from the Egyptian border town of Rafah. The attack comes as security in the Sinai peninsula deteriorated following the fall of ousted president Morsi from power by widespread demonstrations supported by the Armed Forces. The main suspects are believed to be  Morsi loyalists who warned of violence before and after Morsi’s ouster from power.

Check out Reuters for more details concerning the situation in Egypt and Sinai.

Egypt’s CBC Channel: The Voice Of Defiance

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Saidia – Launched in 2011 by Egyptian businessman “Mohammed Amine”, CBC (Capital Broadcasting Center) has become since the day it was created a panel that voices out harsh but mostly “rightfully placed” criticism against the Egyptian authorities but most notably, the Muslim Brotherhood claims many supporters of the channel.

Following the fall of Mubarak, many private channels came to see the light in Egypt and one of the biggest, most successful and outrageously controversial channel is CBC. Without being confused with America’s CBS, CBC is in fact just as a powerhouse in Egypt as CBS is in the United States. Why? Well apart from its coverage of the Egyptian elections, many people inside and outside of Egypt believe that CBC is changing the history of Egyptian and Arab television with western-like shows (Bassem Youssef’s Al Bernameg and Houna Al Assima). Although the channel made its name as one of Egypt’s most candid and defiant channels in politics, its been noted by many that the channel’s programming which includes dramas is also making a revolution in the Arab cinema with Multi-Million dollar series with steamy and again, controversial subjects.

So why do we think CBC is the voice of defiance? Simply because we’ve been following the channel since 2011 and although we have reservations concerning “bias issues”, overall…we believe that the channel and its administration are one of the rising Voice Of Defiance that ultimately and intentionally unintentionally helped in the demise of President Morsi and his Society government.

Hekayate Hayat (مسلسل حكاية حياة ): Keeping Viewers On Their Toes

Saidia – Ghada Abdel Razek may have rose some eyebrows with her political and pro-Mubarak statements back in 2011/2012, however no one can deny that Ghada is one of Egypt’s most talented actresses, and her latest Ramadan series is just amazing.

So this series talks about a woman called  Hayat (Ghada) locked up in a “crazy people” hospital while her family enjoys living the life or the rich and powerful as part of Egypt’s elite community. It turns out that Hayat was accused of killing her mother and instead of going to prison, her father used his influence so that his daughter gets to be locked in a “crazy people” hospital, a lavish hospital I might add.

A Doctor following the case of Hayat soon finds out the horrors Hayat went through and go through inside the hospital as some workers in the hospital abuse her and mistreat her. The good doctor gets so close to Hayat that the latter starts telling him about what really happened and how she was framed for killing her mother, getting her husband taken from her by her own sister and subsequently losing her money to her sister and little brother after the death of her father. Hayat tells the doctor how her mother used to sleep with other men and that when she decided to face her things got heated and her mother fell from the porch — >Dying.

Following yet another abuse by hospital workers, the doctor helps Hayat to break free and then convincing the hospital “dirty” officials to state that Hayat has been cured and subsequently getting a government committee to agree that Hayat may leave her “prison”. Seeing that 13 years have passed since she was first locked, her criminal case was dropped (Egyptian law states that after 10 years any case or rulling are dropped). Now, Hayat is living one block away from her Son, who she last saw when he was a little kid but she is yet to get her money, she is yet to start her war with her family and she is yet far away from fighting back especially that she keeps telling the doctor (who is married and seems to be falling in love with her) that she wants to be left in piece, she doesn’t want any money and only wants her son.

Wow, what a series right? From Al Araf, to Al Shak and the Preacher what could you possibly choose with another cool series: Hekayat Hayat….Egypt is truly the Hollywood of Arabs.

3 killed and over 15 seriously injured in Egypt’s Sinai

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Saidia – Reports from different media outlets, 3 people were killed and over 15 seriously injured in the latest attacks against army and police positions.

Fingers of accusation points out to the Muslim Brotherhood’s military wing for the latest terrorist attack in Sinai which took the lives of 3 people and injured over 15 following in an attack on a bus while an explosion also rocked an empty police HQ (under construction). The Muslim Brotherhood is largely being held responsible for previous and current attacks against army and police targets. These attacks came following warnings from the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood that the latter will not stay silent in the face of what it described as an “army coup” against the “legitimacy” of ousted president Morsi.

Sinai has become since the fall of president Mubarak, a safe haven for extremists, terrorists and surely militiamen of the Muslim Brotherhood who are believed to be stationed in the mountains of Sinai.

Ousted Egyptian President Morsi Questioned by General Prosecution

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Saidia – Reuters reports today that ousted president Morsi has been questioned for supposed crimes committed during his one year as president of Egypt by the general prosecution.

Morsi, who was ousted through a popular uprising supported by the military which subsequently used its influence and weight to topple the president and moreover apprehend his family and entourage while at the same time closing pro-Morsi TV station and getting accused by the Muslim Brotherhood and other pro-Morsi supporters of turning a blind eye on vandalizing acts by anti-Morsi protesters and conducting illegal raids, arrests and even assassination against leaders and members of the Muslim Brotherhood. Something the army and a huge percentage of Egyptians refuse and rebuff.

However, it appears that the fears of the pro-Morsi camp may come sooner than they thought as “their legitimate president” found himself being questioned by the general prosecution with accusation as harsh and serious as conspiring against the country and giving orders to kill unarmed protesters making his previous fears, the accusation of his supposed prison break, the least of his worries at the moment.

With 42 people killed, will Egyptian interim president resign?

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Saidia – The treats made by the Muslim Brotherhood about destabilizing the country may have been true as violence in Egypt seems to be escalating towards an Iraq-like scenario.

Over 42 people were killed in clashes near the headquarters of the republican guard between pro-Morsi demonstrators and the Egyptian army and the Muslim Brotherhood is claiming that the army stationed in the perimeter of the republican guard HQ. With the Muslim Brotherhood seeming as strong and staunch as ever many are wondering what will happen next in the land of the pharaohs. Many parties came out with statements calling what happened a massacre against the Egyptian people and while anti-Morsi parties, political figures and news channels denounced what happened they stopped short from accusing the army of committing anything wrong while on the other hand pro-Morsi and neutral political parties called the Egyptian interim president to resign as a response to what they called a massacre. And as violence continues to spread from a city to the other, the US seems to be unable to support one part over the other as president Obama’s administration continues to send mixed signals about its stance on what happened is happening in Egypt while the vast majority of Arab countries (mainly gulf states including Qatar) publically welcomed the change in Egypt.

The violence in Egypt even caused a rift between Al Arabiya and Al Jazeera which were for the past 2 years strongly supportive of each others news reporting which might explain how delicate the situation is in Egypt.

President Assad: The fall of Morsi’s regime wasn’t a surprise for us!

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Berkane – Syrian president Bashar Al Assad announced today that his government predicted the fall of “Political Islam” sooner or later says the embattled syrian president.

Assad, who is facing a 2 year-old civil war against an ill-armed and foreign-supported rebels, seemed to be gloating adding that Morsi’s regime falling down didn’t come as a surprise. I think Assad is definitely gloating seeing that Morsi was just a couple of weeks ago announcing the end of all relations between Damascus and Cairo.

All this comes as Assad’s forces seem to gain the upper hand in the conflict after making strategic gains for the past few weeks.

by Wafi Abdouss