Alaa arrested

Let Alaa return to Manal

Originally by Socrates:

Alaa Abd El-Fatah was arrested today together with around ten more activists during a peaceful demonstration in solidarity with sixty activists who were arrested over the past two weeks in a non-violent sit in as well who were held in custody for two weeks under investigation for "crimes" that if anything would raise only mockery including: humiliating the president, possession of "publishing equipment"(graffiti spray) and blocking traffic. The first group of activists arrested two weeks ago was supposed to have their cases reviewed by prosecution today, so as to release or renew holding them under investigation. In solidarity with them 200 lawyers approached as a defense council, a number of judges, and a number of activists among whom were Alaa and his colleagues gathered around the court house. Authorities denied the activists entry to the court house, in addition to attempting to present the "detainees" files only, and not the detainees themselves to prosecution. For hours, Alaa and his fellow activists shouted slogans against the government, sang and showed solidarity with their detained fellow activists. At the end of the demonstration police forces surrounding the group increased, refused to let them leave and started picking those to arrest, Alaa and ten others. They were taken to the nearby police station were they were denied lawyers, or any visitors. Lawyers are now standing outside the station just monitoring in case the arrested activists are taken somewhere else, which is exactly what happened. Three of them were taken blindfolded to another police station and were released later.

More Bulbuls!

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The Egyptian Bulbul and other birds

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Bipolar

She was one of the top ten students in the whole country in secondary education. She asked the minister for a night job to help support her family of two parents and 7 brothers and sisters.

One day, she stopped sleeping. She became more fun and daring. Other nights she sat alone in the dark and sobbed for no reason thinking life was not worth it. One day she went to her balcony and flashed the street, exposing her naked breasts to the people. She was beaten by her parents. They didn't like her new behaviour. She was admitted to the hospital.

She said she loved me. Like any other guy she sees, she falls in love with him in 2 seconds.

I had to run away from her open arms while she chased me with a starring look and shaking hands.

Her parents took her back home, she didn't complete her treatment.

Solar eclipse: photos

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الطوخي الفطاطري

الطوخي الفطاطري

أنا: باب الشاعرية ؟ فكرتني بالطوخي الفطاطري ضحك و قال: أيوة ... أنت ذوقك في الأكل كدة يا دكتور قالها و هو بيصارع لسانة الثقيل و قلقة من الي بيحطلو المخدرات في الشاي.

Submit story

Dear Blog,

Sometimes I stare in front of your 'Submit story' page for hours. I write something very personal in it. A story that will expose my weaknesses and imperfections. A feeling that is naive or childish. Or just plain foolishness I have done. It is important to me to confess and to let it all out. But I never click submit. I delete it and do something else. I think we are not good friends. But, anyways, thanks for listening to my boring posts.

Yours,
Mostafa

SMSs of the sit in

Alaa sent a number of SMSs from the sit in. Since he couldn't set up his blog to do the same due to Vodaphone putting restrictions on international SMS. These SMS appeared as published posts on the front page of this blog.

I removed the posts from the front page, but they are still accessible.

Some messages got truncated.

Live SMS blogging from the sit-in

Alaa is sending SMS messages to this blog from the judges sit-in more details and here.

UPDATE I finished my phone credit and I am adding the SMSs manually.

Gone windsurfing

At the same time [people are drowning|http://www.almasry-alyoum.com/article.aspx?ArticleID=9301], [ships sinking|http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L09437061.htm] from the bad weather and I heared that several ports were closed. I am going to Ras-Sidr.

UPDATE: I am back home, recovering from bruises and sore muscles.

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UPDATE: You can see the photos [here|http://www.flickr.com/photos/ihab/sets/72057594081923255/]

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