Posts in English

Koftagate: Dashed Hopes and Wasted Resources

The nice and patient people at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) invited me to write a piece on the Koftagate scandal. You can read it here.

C-Fast Simulator

This is a very simple 2D simulator of the C-Fast device. Here I want to show that minor mouse movement are translated by the unstable hinge system into bigger movement. Thus try moving the antenna while looking at your hand, you will notice that it will be hardly moving.

This is an approximation of how the C-Fast virus detection device works. Also a chance for me to play with Processing.js :-)

For more information see previous posts on this blog.

Have fun!

ATTENTION ALL JOURNALISTS: #KoftaGate Press Conference Tomorrow

Egyptian Army Engineering Authority (EA) is organising a press conference tomorrow at the Qubba Military Hospital at 10:00am. According to Youm7 and Watan they will announce new information about 'their successes in the treatment of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C' using their newly invented devices.

Time Is Running out: 30 Days till #koftagate — Update

Major General Abdel-Atty and the CCD device

El-Youm El-Sabe3 published an update on the Egyptian military devices that detect and treat Hepatitis C and HIV. Based on a military source the newspaper conveys the following points:

Watch the First #koftagate Casualty

MIT virologist Islam Hussein Ph.D. made two super detailed videos debunking koftagate. He shared on twitter that the whole story is causing him too much stress. Please watch and share the videos as much as you can

عالم الفيروسات بمعهد ماساتشوستس للتكنولوجيا الدكتور إسلام حسين نشر فيدوهات مُفصلة ترد على الإدعائات الخاصة بجهاز الكشف وعلاج الفيروسات. الدكتور قال لي على تويتر ان الموضوع يعرضه لضغط شديد جدا لعدم قدرته على الوصول للناس لشرح الحقيقة، وتعرض لإغماء أضطره للذهاب للمستشفى

Military's Ability to Intimidate Is How Its Virus Detection Device (C-Fast) Works

Special thanks to @Sarahcarr for translating this post
التدونة بالعربية هنا

I learnt from Al-Masry Al-Youm and Youm7 that the army is exhibiting its Hepatitis C detection device (C-Fast) at the EgyMedica fair held at the Cairo Conference Centre.


The Revolution in Diagnosis

Is Medical and Psychological Examination of Presidential Candidates Necessary?


Interim president Adly Mansour introduced to the upcoming presidential elections the requirement that applicants undergo physical and psychological examination. I briefly argue that medical examination is problematic and psychiatric examination makes no sense.

Africa has cured AIDS many times before

The Egyptian military, with their recently announced Complete Cure device, is hardly the first to claim unproven cures for diseases that have ravaged millions of lives. Since the discovery of HIV/AIDS, unproven cures have been advertised and often endorsed by governments all over the world and specially Africa, the continent with the highest rates of infection.

Update on the HIV & HCV miracle cure

More footage of General Ibrahim Abdel Aaty announcing the alleged HIV and Hepatitis C miracle cure appeared online. This one is a must see. There are English subtitles.


CC cures HIV/AIDS

The Egyptian military announced yesterday that it has developed a device that can diagnose HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C virus non-invasivly with 100% accuracy and can do so from a distance of up to 500 meters. The device has no electronics and is claimed to be powered by the body's static electricity.

Sharing my depressing thoughts on Egypt

I am slowly developing an apathy towards the current political process. Not sure if future elections are meaningful.

There are no credible politicians left. Maybe few untainted ones exist but they hardly can be popular enough to win seats in any elections, either because they represent fringe ideology or have been smeared by everyone in power.

Cargo Cult Democracy

Richard Feynman was a Nobel prize winning American physicist who wrote a fascinating autobiography called Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! It documents his eccentricities and adventures throughout his life. From how he taught himself how to fix radios as a kid to his work on the Manhattan project (that developed the US atomic bomb) to how he learned to play samba music in Brazil.

GIF: Tahrir Laser Show

Large animated GIF taken from the air showing tens of green laser beams lightening the space above protesters in Tahrir.

Large animated GIF taken from the air showing tens of green laser beams lightening the space above protesters in Tahrir (June 30).

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Positive Steps Against Sexual Harassment in Tahrir

Yesterday the number of people who responded to the call for mass protest against Mohammed Morsy is staggering. Many consider this the largest protest in the history of Egypt. But sadly there were news of deaths and injuries due to violence. Forty four cases of mob sexual harassment took place in Tahrir.

Seen from space: What Egyptian day labourers have done in 48 years

Often accused of indolence, Egyptian day labourers have contributed a lot to Cairo in the past 48 years. They are never paid decent wage or made to feel secure. Nor can the majority of them afford decent housing. This unprecedented slavery wasn't for a grand project like the Suez canal, it's for the rich to build gated bubbles or to make more money. 80% of all the new developments are left uninhabited.

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