Friday, January 30, 2015

As Egypt Bleeds, Sisi Runs Out of People To Blame (Opinion)

Egypt elected a tough man to run their country. That general and a leader of a military coup promised to give them security and stability. He got them neither and in the process the fine people of Egypt gave away many rights and freedoms.

He has been in charge since  summer of 2013 and everyday his government reports terrorists attacks. It's sad that real people are hurting. But does not he take credit for these attacks? Didn't people vote him in to end these attacks? I think he is making them worse. Why do I blame him? Well for starter he only wants to be a president of about 50 percent of the population. The rest he has either imprisoned, intimidated, killed or marginalized.

Marginalized people have little to lose. Plus he already razed couple of towns in the Sinai, thousands of families lost their homes because he wanted to clear an area and make sure it's safe. Well, yesterday the people he said he will erase, attacked his army and police force and murdered scores of good officers. The ones who attacked the army and the police are to blame for sure. But did they have any alternative?

I have been to those part of the Sinai, the people do not feel the government represents them. The governments takes all the resources from the Sinai and gives little back. There are massive farms, amazing beaches, mining, oil, granite stones, salt, tourism...etc. But the ones who run the show are people from Cairo and other cities, locals do not get any of the jobs and trust me they look at these nice resorts, villas, and hotels  that are only saved for the police and the army. Local people of course do not like this. The local population loves Egypt dearly, but the regime doesn't seem to trust them and treat them as second class citizens.

When the Sinai natives go to Cairo, they always mistake them for Palestinians since the dialect is so similar. They are Egyptians who got nothing for their citizenship. Their schools are in a bad shape, their hospitals are not much to speak of, and their universities are under-funded.

The army units in Rafah (the Egyptian side) should not feel they are surrounded by hostile population, they need to do more to earn the hearts and minds of the locals. I know this because I spent a night with them and they asked me not to move too much, since the snipers may gun any suspect. We spent the night talking about the States, they kept me safe and I gave them cigars and stories. They gave me army-made date filled cookies. They are good people, and they are not allowed to turn a light at night out of fear they would be targeted.

Again, condolences to the families of the police and army officers, the government has blood on its hands. Talk to your people Sisi, all of them-even if you think they are wrong or misguided, they remain citizens and they need to be broughtt in.     

Below is a new song about a verse in the Koran that tells the house of Jacob to enter the land of Egypt in peace as they will feel safe and secure. You can see this verse in pretty much each of Egypt's crossings and ports.
Edkhloha Amnen(yarab Masr) - Sherif Abd El Moniem ادخلوها امنين (يارب مصر) - شريف عبد المن

Radio Interview With Marwa Nasr

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Moroccan radio talked to Egyptian pop songstress an a fun interview, they talked about all her new projects, and how things are going well for her. I must say, the radio seems like a fun show and the host seems to know how to keep people interested.
Marwa Nasr was on Star Academy few years ago, and she released two albums. It's a fluff piece and plenty of soft questions, still it's fun to hear they have such shows. Marwa has not done a lot of big events lately, but I know she would be doing some weddings and private functions. She also just sang in Bahrain and performed a song for the King of the land.
This is pretty interesting to see the interview and the guest feel like they are best friends, it was a warm chat. Not clear where Marwa stands on Bahrain, but it seems she is happy to perform and sing for a place that has money. If principles matter to her, she would sing for a Libya--for free.  Aside from that Marwa's interview got into singing a bit.  


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Myriam Atallah Wants YOU To Dance! شب الشببكلي ميريام عطا الله @Mem_Atallah

Lyrics are by Hussein Ismail, Wessam Amir composed, Tony Abu Khalil produced and Syrian Star Academy Alum  Myriam Atallah sings. I think 2013 was a kind year for Myriam Atallah, 2014 wasn't. So let's hope with the new release we will be seeing and hearing more for this Syrian pop artist whose a concert gold.

This is an upbeat song made right for the dance can just imagine the Debka ring and people holding hands to this song. It's pop candy by a star whose fans have so much energy. She comes from an acting and theater background, so she is more than a pretty voice. She did act before she was known for singing.

شب الشببكلي ميريام عطا الله جديد وحصري 2015 / Myriam Atallah

Egypt's Hakim Plans a Stunning Comeback With "Akher Sazaga"

The original common man artist  from the 90s is about to give his career another birth. Hakim of Egypt will have a new album this month and a new music video. The elad song he composed the music for, so let's see if he can impresses us again.

Sure, there will always be the new fans who come in just now, but the fans who have been with him throughout his career have something to say. So far we see balloons, snow, and a lady not dressed for the cold. The song has been given the name "The Ultimate Stupidity" or the biggest let's see if the title will be a commentary on the artist or his critics.

Hakim is been busy shoving General Sisi down everyone's throat with the release of few songs here and there. Plus he had few concerts in Europe for his Egyptian fans. Now, let's see if he can revive the old glory of his past career when he was that guy who told a love story as you would explain it to the cab driver.

Akher Sazaga promo

ألبوم : نار - Album : Nar
كلمات : أمل الطائر - Lyrics : Aml El Ta'er
ألحان : حكيم - Composer : Hakim
توزيع موسيقي : حميد الشاعري - Music Arrangement : Hamid Al Sha'eri
مكساج : أحمد جودة - Mixing : Ahmed Gouda
إخراج : مازن الجبلي - Directed by : Mazen El Gabali