Posts by: Mohamed ElGohary

An Egyptian veteran blogger.Global VoicesLingua manager.

Monem’s Safety and Life is in Danger!


It’s 4:25am Cairo time now…. Moneim has been finally released, after he was taken to Alexandria’s State Security Police HQ in el-Fara’ana District. He arrived home around an hour and half ago. No details available yet about what happened during the day he spent in the custody of Mubarak’s Gestapo prior to the release.

Monem’s Safety and Life is in Danger!

Egyptian blogger Monem, whose release was ordered on May 30 by general prosecutor after 46 days imprisonment in Southern Cairo Torah prison was deported from prison at 2pm yesterday May 31st. Mr. Islam Lotfy, Monem’s lawyer, contacted us now from Cairo saying Monem was able to have someone call him and pass a message of his whereabouts as he moved.

Mr. Lotfy said Monem arrived Beheira governorate at 9pm, then arrived Ministry of Interior Transfers Department in Alexandria city at 3am today June 1st.

While Monem was able to pass a third message to his lawyer confirming he is inside Alexandria Transfers Department, security officials denied he ever appeared at their premises and Monem’s lawyers were dismissed.

“It is illegal to keep Monem for more than 24 hours after his release. I am worried Monem is being subject to re-interrogation by State Security, or even torture and re-detention” Says Mr. Lotfy.

Monem’s ordeal has been going on for 48 days now since his arrest on 15 April 07. His arrest came after giving a public torture testimoney during a human rights conference and also after posting his torture testimoney on his bog. Among the prelimenary charges for his arrest were “associating with Human Rights organisation in an effort to soil the image of the regime” and “discrediting the authorities by accusing them of routinely using torture in local police prisons”. Read more on charges against Monem here.

SS – Privacy – Terrorism.

Security State or in other words, SS forces. (Ironically, the same expression – SS – was used in the Nazi era. How can people deal with each other in the same aspect the SS forces deal with supposedly dangerous people.

Every one of us when we were children we were always told the famous phrase: “El Asfora Aletly” (meaning the bird told me, the bird expression in that time was used to describe people working as informers to the SS).

This feeling became so overwhelming, giving that somebody the feeling that he is in control, and then I control you due to the information I have about you. No matter how much this is invading to privacy, if this is annoying, embarrassing or whatever. All that matters is that I have information and then I will do with you whatever I want.

In Egypt everyone and everything is watched. On-line activity is watched before any other mean of communication, be it telephones, faxes or whatever. In the same time, parents especially and people in general, tend to watch closely people whom they care for them (whether that care is emotionally or for a specific reason), intentionally or not. In the emotional case it maybe due to over protection. But anyway, this feeling of power from the someone who watches, reflects to a feeling of hatred from the watched person. How can someone whoever was can invade my privacy without my personal allowance. I don’t know really how will they act when someone watches them closely.

In the end I want to point out to an article which was wrote by the Egyptian journalist/blogger Wael Abbas, read it and comment if you want. I really wish that American tax-payers understand that they actually finance terrorism, the worst form of it, government terrorism.

My power colour

Your Power Color Is Red-Orange

At Your Highest:

You are warm, sensitive, and focused on your personal growth.

At Your Lowest:

You become defensive and critical if you feel attacked.

In Love:

You are loyal -- but you demand the respect you deserve.

How You’re Attractive:

You are very affectionate and inspire trust.

Your Eternal Question:

“Am I Respected?”

What my birthday means.

You tend to charm strangers easily. And you usually can get what you want from them.Verbally talented, you tend to persuade people with your speaking and writing.You are affectionate and loving, but it’s hard for you to commit to any one relationship.Your strength: Your charmYour weakness: Your extreme manipulation tacticsYour power color: IndigoYour power symbol: Four leaf cloverYour power month: December

Your Birth date: July 12

You’re a dynamic, charismatic person who’s possibly headed for fame.

Defend Abdel Monem.. Defend Your Freedom

Defend Abdel Monem.. Defend Your Freedom
by Samuel Tadros
May 14, 2007

Abdel Monem Mahmoud, a young Egyptian remains in an Egyptian prison cell for no reason but his strong belief in his freedom. That freedom that is God’s greatest gift to man and that the Egyptian authorities, like all oppressive regimes in the world, insist on taking away from him. Abdel Monem was a firm believer in freedom. He cherished his freedom and like all human beings tried to break those walls that oppression puts around them. He expressed himself in the best way that he could, through his pen. He wrote about his dreams for his country, he wrote about his torture experience, but most importantly he wrote about his freedom. His belief in freedom was strong enough that it included the freedom of others. He defended those who differed with him in belief and ideology and here lays the greatest threat to dictatorship.

Any oppressive regime gains its strength from the weakness of those it rules, from the fear that its tyranny installs in the hearts of man. Tyranny, like darkness, fears the light more than anything else and Abdel Monem represented this light. He was not afraid. He knew that he was living in a closed room with walls surrounding him from all sides. He did not accept such fate. He rose above his own weaknesses and fears and pushed-back the wall. He took a hammer and banged on the wall making a small window for himself. It was not a big opening. He could not escape the room, yet he breathed and with his breath his hopes were strengthened. He saw light and it filled his heart with …..Freedom.

That was his sin. Here lays his mistake. He dreamt of a better future for himself and his country and his dream was so strong that it included the dreams of others.

Thus Abdel Monem was a threat to the system.
Thus he was an enemy that had to be killed.

How dare he think of Freedom?
How dare he believe in Freedom?

I am not a member of the Muslim Brotherhood nor do I share their ideology or point of view, but that matters little. I believe in my freedom of expression and I know that my freedom will not be complete if others do not have the same freedom. I know that my freedom can only be strong when others enjoy that same freedom. I know that every broken pen is my pen, and that every imprisoned soul is my soul, and every killed dream is my dream.

I can not stay silent when my freedom is taken and Abdel Monem is part of my freedom. I do not know Abdel Monem personally, but I know that in many ways our fates are linked. His freedom of expression is part of my freedom of expression. The Egyptian government would love nothing more than do divide us and thus win.

Abdel Karim is against Islam and we shouldn’t defend him.
Abdel Monem is Ikhwan and we shouldn’t defend him.

We can not continue to buy into their game. History has taught us that lesson time after time. If we do not defend the rights of others our own rights will be taken away and no one will rise to defend them. The lessons from Hitler’s Germany are very clear as someone truly said: First they took the Jews, and I was not a Jew so I did nothing, then they took the Catholics and I was not A Catholic so I did nothing, then they took the Gypsies and I was not a Gypsy so I did nothing, then they took the Communists and I was not a Communist so I did nothing, and then they took me, and there was no one left to do anything.

By defending Abdel Monem I am neither defending him nor the Muslim Brotherhood. I am defending Myself. I am defending my own freedom. Whether you are Muslim, Christian or Jew, weather you are a Liberal, a Communist or an Islamist I call on every human being to rise above his own stereotypes, differences and beliefs and defend the freedom of Abdel Monem. Defend him or you will be next.

What Tarot Card are You?

This one is real

You are The Tower

Ambition, fighting, war, courage. Destruction, danger, fall, ruin.

The Tower represents war, destruction, but also spiritual renewal. Plans are disrupted. Your views and ideas will change as a result.

The Tower is a card about war, a war between the structures of lies and the lightning flash of truth. The Tower stands for “false concepts and institutions that we take for real.” You have been shaken up; blinded by a shocking revelation. It sometimes takes that to see a truth that one refuses to see. Or to bring down beliefs that are so well constructed. What’s most important to remember is that the tearing down of this structure, however painful, makes room for something new to be built.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

The right, the left and the revolution.

Change, change, change. All good Egyptians need change, want to change things. The ultimate question is how.

There is a problem within certain people, like political analysts that they want to perform some pre-done political series of actions for the sake of prediction or to explain what is going in this county. I’m not talking mainly about history, I’m talking more about politics as a science.

Egypt is facing a grave future, prices are going high in a tremendous scale, consequently some kind of social crisis appear in a lot of families due to the destruction of the important middle-class. Still, corruption is everywhere. NDP is controlling everything, while waiting if GM was going to make a new party or something, it is a trend in Egyptian post-1952 history.

I want freedom, democracy, clean and optimized government power, the power which is use for the sole benefit of the people.

The only positive factor in the development in any nation is justice. When justice is applied correctly, nothing can be positive. Even freedom of speech can’t be applied with justice doesn’t prevail. This is what we suffer in Egypt, justice is destroyed with power in the hands of corruption.

While analysts try to ideologize present Egyptian state (if ideologize is a correct expression), some are trying to compare the labour activism to left wing activism. Some say that Egyptians will not make a civil revolution. I do know that the term civil revolution is a very hard expression, to imagine and to perform. But I also know that western democracies, early (right wing usually) and last (left wing usually) ones suffered much easier circumstances that the Arab World. The problem with the Arab World is that they are the center of political goals. Petrol on top. While late democracies in Europe were supported usually from non-national forces, or in other words the earlier democracies, the late democracies in Latin America faced the dangers of the Military throw-outs.

But what I think, we can never receive support from European countries, let alone the US. Chirac for example always supported the governments against the will of the majority, while the new Sarkozy is supposed to be the French example of Tony Blair. We will never get external support. And we have enough of military interference since 1952, all the goals planned now returned to their zero-positions, even worse. We never faced this amount of debts before 1952.
I mentioned France because it is supposed to the most Arab supporting country (the Iraq example).

People are facing economical catastrophes in ALL labour activities, and with labour here I mean not only factory workers (though they are the most active), but I mean doctors, engineers, normal employees. People are starting to imagine how they will continue living like this. Let alone having enough money to marry for example. (Savings).

So if the financial curve went down in this rate, I guess the 1977 food riots will happen again in a way larger scale, with more violence, and chaos.

Free Monem Podcast

FreeMonem Campaign

On May 8, Free Monem campaign member Mary Joyce was interviewed by Mark Fonseca Rendeiro, an activist-blogger, podjournalist, vlogger, and citizen reporter living in Amsterdam (pictured above). You can listen to the resulting podcast here.

Topics discussed include: Monem and his work, the Muslim Brotherhood, other jailed bloggers in Egypt, how much expression is too much expression, and tools for freeing Monem. The podcast was originally posted here on Mark’s Citizen Reporter website.

One note: The podcast’s musical intro is 2min 50sec long, so just hang in there.

Second note: Although Mary says in the podcast that Egypt had elections in 2004, elections were actually held in 2005.

Listen to it.


Monem, 23 Other Detainees On Hunger Strike

Blogger and journalist Abdel Monem Mahmoud and 23 other detained students from the Institute of Agricultural Engineering threatened to begin a hunger strike on Tuesday May 8, to protest their inhumane imprisonment conditions and the endless cycle of intimidations by criminal prisoners which reached to the point of sexual harassment, and the disgraceful inaction by the prison administration.

In a statement released by Monem and other political detainees on Monday, they demanded their immediate release and dropping all the trumped up charges against them, accusing the prison administration of adopting a new strategy of psychological torture by allowing and encouraging criminal prisoners to intimidate and harass them.

Among the list of other inhumane imprisonment conditions the statement cited are,

1-Confinment for 23 hours a day in overcrowded cells where an average of 22 inmates are kept in 10x22 feet cells infested with bugs with only one extremely filthy bathroom to share.

2-Numerous assaults by criminal prisoners and thugs, including sexual harassment and verbal abuse.

3-Use of illegal drugs inside prison cells by criminals and drug dealers, and the produced smoke which makes it very difficult to even breath an already polluted air, in addition to extremely foul language and screaming all night by intoxicated thugs which became a source of psychological agony.

4-Poor medical care in handling life threatening and contagious medical conditions, including skin diseases and HIV. Four cases of chicken pox and measles were denied appropriate care and hospital admission.

The statement also complained that the students who were mostly preparing for their final exams, surrendered their school books to the prison administration in protest, since it became impossible for them to study in such awful environment

The statement concluded by calling on the Attorney General, the National Council on Human Rights and all human rights groups to intervene to protect the life and dignity of the students.

Attorney Islam Lotfy stated to Ikhwanweb that the “Al Mahkom” prison where Monem and his fellow political prisoners are kept is designated for the most vicious criminals and known for its inhumane conditions. He added that several cases of TB and HIV have been detected among prisoners and the government apparent lack of action and poor medical care inside the prison put his clients’ life in danger.

According to Lotfy, several complaints have been filed to the prison administration and government officials to keep political detainees separate from criminal prisoners but nothing was done. The government seems to be adopting a new strategy by letting others do their dirty work by inflicting psychological torture on its political opponents who have been detained only for their views and opinions.

Monem was arrested on April 15 along group of students from the Institute of Agricultural Engineering and charged with belonging to an illegal organization [MB] and by reporting information that defame the regime and threaten national security.

For more information, please contact,

-Islam Lotfy, Kawakby Foundation For Democracy and Development at 002-010-7717450 (mobile)

-Mohammad Ghozlan, at 002-010-2040116 (mobile)


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