Freedom of Speech in Egypt.
Release Abdelkareem Soliman!
My diary is not a political blog (I insist to write here my little daily silly or humorious observations of trivial life), but from times to times I get involved – if by chance I get aware of something really bad happening in our human race ruled & raptured little word or if really important things are about to happen..
I told you recently that I read regularly the discussion group MIDEAST YOUTH FORUM of Esra’a of Bahrain – a very ‘sound’ page of moderate discussion – to say it in Iranian expatriate’s Kamangir’s words :
"..This is the “short version” of the group’s mission statement,
‘Mideast Youth is a network dedicated to eliminate extremist ideologies and stupidity from the Middle East. Arabs, Iranians, and Israelis post side-by-side to prove the fact that moderation, interfaith understanding, and sanity does exist in the region.’
This movement of bloggers uniting in the Mideast for free speech from partly countries with very restrictive rules about free speech remember me to the ‘Prager Frühling’ (Prague Spring) movement once in 1960 Czechoslovakia – but then the Russian tanks came & battered the sprouts of spring & freedom for a long time..
It seems that meanwhile some mental tanks of those strict rulers try to suppress the freedom of these bloggers by blocking them or persecuting the bloggers personally, but they never ever can control the whole net & where they tear out one sprout there will grow 10 new sprouts loaded with hundreds of semens..
So in one of Esra’s recent entry’s there of November 6th, 2006 she wrote about a blogger from Egypt who’s been put to prison these days for interrogation just over his blogposts just because he’s been a bit to critical & posting his decidedly un-Islamic thoughts on his BLOG.
As I deeply believe in the freedom of thoughts, of free will, of respect to human dignity & of free speech - this infuriated me at once enough to just go there to sign a petition against his confinement
I went to his blog later on, but can’t read a word, because it’s all in Arabic – but anyway here some information about him I copied from the petition site:
Abdelkareem Nabil Soliman is a 22-year-old Egyptian blogger who has been arrested by authorities in Alexandria, Egypt.
Abdelkareem first received international attention in early 2006 when he was kicked out of Al Azhar University for posts he wrote on his blog. During that first incident, he was detained by police but eventually released. Despite his first arrest, he has continued to speak his mind on women's rights, religious freedom, and academic freedom.
On November 6, Abdelkareem was again interrogated over his blogposts. A human rights lawyer from the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information was present to represent Abdelkareem. But the police still decided to arrest him.
Because I know that you, dear reader, have nothing better to do – why not just go there & sign the petition too?
Thank you for signing there!
By the way:
I had already finished this entry, but still researching, because I still wondered what Kareem Amer wrote that was so insulting to the bigotte government, I found more in a further link of ‘mideast youth’
Here in a further link I found a translation of one of his articles:
“The Muslims have taken the mask off to show their true hateful face, and they have shown the world that they are at the top of their brutality, inhumanity, and thievery.
They have clearly shown their worst features and have shown that in dealing with others they are not governed by any moral codes.
From what I have seen yesterday of the events at Maharram Beh, which were quite shameful, and have shown me more facts that they have tried to cover over the centuries.
They have indicated that Islam is a religion of peace and forgiveness, but their true face has been uncovered to show barbarism and thievery and fanaticism and not acknowledging others, and attempting to remove them from existence.
Some may think that the actions of the Moslems does not represent Islam and has no relationship with the teachings of Islam that was brought by Mohamed 14 centuries ago, but the truth is that their actions is not different from the Islamic teachings in its original form when it has urged people to deny others and hate them and kill them and take their property, things that they know well but they try to deceive people by falsely defending the teachings of Islam by extremists and they are hiding from the truth and they prefer living a lie.
I have seen with my own eyes the thugs as they break into our Christian brothers’ stores after the whole area of Maharram Beh was completely out of control of the government authorities, and I saw them as they ransack the contents of the store right and left, amidst cheering and shouting extremist Islamic slogans, and I saw them stealing the money from inside the drawers of the cash registers and splitting it among themselves as if it is justified by being owned by what they call the infidels and the worshippers of the cross.
I saw them break into a liquor store owned by a Coptic merchant Labib Lotfy and I saw them smash everything they can get their dirty hands on, including the refrigerator and the scale and the boxes and liquor bottles. I saw some of them stealing liquor bottles so they can get drunk after a hard day’s work against the Coptic infidels.
It is worth mentioning that although some people may think that this Christian-owned liquor store was particularly targeted because the owner is selling the forbidden alcoholic beverages that is forbidden in Islam, but another liquor store in front of the Christian-owned store happens to be owned by a Moslem merchant, and none of the thugs dared to attack, as they did with the Christian-owned store. Now you can see the hateful sectarian actions.
What the Moslems did yesterday in a very vulgar and criminal and horrible way proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that they don’t acknowledge others or their rights of existence or their rights to live with the freedom of expression and also consider them less than them, and these actions should be fought and exterminated for is it right to leave these horrible human beings to do what they want and kill, destroy, steal, and burn??!!
The Islamic teachings that was brought by Mohammed 14 centuries ago should be faced with courage and boldness, we should expose and show its faults and warn humanity of its dangers. We should, even though we are different –look with reason to these teachings that urges people, human beings, to become monsters that don’t know anything in life except killing and looting and plundering and raping and pillaging.
We should stand courageously and boldly against these teachings that became a plague on humanity and is not supported except by extremists like bin Laden and al Zarqawi and al Zawaheeri and the thugs that assaulted our Coptic brothers and burned their homes and stole their properties, and tried to assault their religious men and destroy their churches.
We should take off the religious and sectarian gown and look at matters in a more humane way. We should hold trials to all the acts of terrorism and extremism, that our Islamic history have kept their names and their criminal actions starting with Mohamed ibn Abdullah and his company of murderers like Khalid ibn el Waled and Omar ibn el Khattab and Saad ibn Abbi Waqqas and Moiizah Bin Shaabah and Samra bin Gandab and the kings of Beni Ummaya and Beni al Abbass and al Osman, and ending with the Moslem criminals of the modern day that became more famous than movie stars and singers.
We should show the world the truth of these criminals that unfortunately have become role models for our youth and our children and our women. We should expose their false teachings and show the world that they are a big danger that should be exterminated and removed from its roots.
Before you put on trial the people that are responsible for the crimes that occurred on Black Friday in Maharram Beh, you should first put on trial the dirty teachings that caused them to go on a rampage of stealing and plundering and looting.. put Islam on trial and sentence it and its symbols with a figurative execution so that you can be sure that what happened yesterday will never be repeated again.
For as long as Islam exists on this planet all your efforts to end wars and disputes and upheavals will fail because Islam’s dirty finger will be found behind every catastrophic event to humanity.”
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