Newscast Media CAIRO—North Cairo Criminal Court has upheld an earlier decision by
Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat to freeze the assets of several leading figures in
the Muslim Brotherhood.
Barakat ordered an asset freeze on 24 Islamist figures including Supreme Guide
Mohamed Badie, his deputy Khairat al-Shater and Mahmoud Ezzat.
Mahdi Akef, Mohamed Saad al-Katatny, Rashad al-Bayoumy, Essam Erian, Essam
Sultan, Safwat Hegazy, Mohamed al-Beltagy, Assem Abdel Maged and Hazem Abu
Ismail were also marked for the freeze.
Security forces on Tuesday also arrested Muslim Brotherhood spokesperson Gehad
Haddad in an apartment in Nasr City. He was accompanied by Hossam Abu Bakr, the
former Qalyubiyah governor, and Mahmoud Abu Zeid, a member of the Guidance
Office. A security source said they did not resist the arrest.
Meanwhile, A military court in Suez has sentenced more supporters of ousted
President Mohamed Morsy for their alleged roles in protests following the Islamist
leader’s overthrow on July 3.
Three defendants were given three-year sentences of rigorous imprisonment and
another who must serve at least a year in jail. Two others were acquitted.
All defendants are said to be Morsy supporters and stood accused of participating in
pro-Morsy marches and chanting slogans that the court said could harm national
The same court in Suez also set the trial of seven individuals linked to the Muslim
Brotherhood and Jama’a al-Islamiya for 19 September. The defendants are accused of
assaulting Third Field Army troops, burning armored vehicles during violence that
erupted in Suez following the dispersal of sit-ins at Rabaa al-Adaweya and Giza’s
al-Nahda Square in August.
Source: Al-Masry Al-Youm
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm
Newscast Media CAIRO, Egypt—Three of President Mohamed Morsy’s advisors resigned Wednesday evening, as a political standoff escalated into clashes between supporters of the president and his opponents.
Presidential adviser Saif Abdel Fattah told Al-Jazeera on the phone that he has resigned in protest of the clashes that took place outside the presidential palace on Wednesday.
“The Muslim Brotherhood is a narrow-minded and mummified group not worthy of Egypt,” he said. “I cannot bear seeing our young die.”
“The young are the ones who made the revolution, and who are still paying the price,” he added. “And the crisis could have been resolved, had the Brotherhood not been only working for its own interests.”
“I am going to unite the young and work with them,” he said.
Presidential adviser Ayman al-Sayyad also resigned on Wednesday. He tweeted that he and other advisers had resigned a week ago but did not announce it. Amr al-Leithy also tweeted that he had resigned last week to protest the constitutional declaration.
Newscast Media CAIRO, Egypt — The Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate Muhammed Morsi may have won the presidency, but since the current constitution was suspended by SCAF and parliament dissolved, when a new constitution is drafted by SCAF and new parliamentary elections take place, the current president will not
remain in office—his stay in office will be short the head of SCAF’s advisory said.
“The upcoming president will occupy the office for a short period of time, whether or not he agrees. His office term will be short despite the huge efforts exerted in the election campaign. This is simply because a new constitution will be drafted, followed by new parliamentary elections to take on the legislative power and therefore it is not possible in any event for the president to remain in office after a new constitution comes to life,” said Sameh Ashour.
In a news conference, SCAF said it will be its own boss and the new president will not be its commander-in-chief. SCAF also will retain limited legislative powers. It seems the current president’s role is merely ceremonial and transitional. The video below by Al-Jazeera discusses the aftermath of the recent election:
Newscast Media CAIRO, Egypt — Reports from Egypt reveal that a protester died on Wednesday morning in clashes in Marsa Matruh in northwest Egypt and three more were killed in Cairo, bringing the total death toll from clashes that first broke out Saturday to 35.
Deputy Health Minister Hesham Sheeha said Wednesday that 28 people were killed in Cairo, two in Alexandria, one in Ismailia and one in Marsa Matruh. But the Health Ministry count was later increased to 31 casualties in Cairo.
Meanwhile, a group of protesters attempted to attack Health Minister Amr Helmy while he was touring Tahrir Square this afternoon. His bodyguards shielded him off from the attack and got him into his car, swiftly ending his visit to the square.
In statements to the press, Helmy denied allegations that a nerve agent is being used against the protesters.
Helmy added said he has ordered the formation of a three-member committee to test samples of the gas used on the protesters to verify that it does not contain any banned substances. The gas canisters used to disperse protesters are US-made, but not expired, he added.
“Even if they had expired, that would mean their effective substances have lost effect and are less harmful,” he said.
A public prosecution delegation began visiting Tahrir Wednesday to investigate assaults on protesters and reporters by police forces.The Journalists Syndicate had filed a report on Tuesday accusing Prime Minister
Essam Sharaf and Interior Minister Mansour al-Essawy of targeting reporters and killing protesters.
The delegation met with field doctors and protesters to inquire about the nature of the injuries and when they took place. http://www.newscastmedia.com/cairo-egypt.html
Source Al-Masry Al-Youm
Newscast Media CAIRO, Egypt — The recently released documentary The Agenda and I, is the work of a TV reporter and filmmaker Neveen Shalaby, who is based in Cairo, Egypt, that captures some of the most outstanding scenes of the Egyptian Revolution that took place this year. Neveen was one of the demonstrators who also had her camera with her and documented The Revolution as it happened in real time. Click here to see photos of The Revolution>>
I had a chance to interview my friend, the fast-talking filmmaker, about her documentary and what inspired her to not only be a part of history, but to also write it. The movie is actually called “The Agenda and Me” however, I made a mistake and said “The Agenda and I” so she just went along with the new name and substituted the “Me” for “I” out of politeness and courtesy.
Below is the trailer of The Agenda and I:
The Agenda and I – Videography and production by Neveen Shalaby
As the world watched the revolution unfold, some Egyptians were able to share with broadcast networks their videos that showed what was transpiring behind-the-scenes, and that’s how the West and the rest of the world got a glimpse into the historic event as Egyptians descended upon Tahrir Square.
Newscast Media: Neveen is the producer of The Agenda and I. How did you come up with the name and what is the meaning behind it?
Neveen: The agenda is one of the most famous expressions that the politicians and media used to say during our revolution on TV and in newspapers, and it was a really new expression for us, which made me search to know what they meant, and I used “I” in the title of the movie because I was not only the director of the movie I was also one of the demonstrators within the revolution and when you watch the movie, you will hear my voice a lot. In my movie I found that by “Agenda” they meant that we started our revolution because of foreign agendas, sometimes they said it was from USA and other times from Iran or Israel.
Newscast Media: During the revolution, at some point it became dangerous to be on the streets, yet Egyptians continued to flock Freedom Square. What motivated you to continue your struggle?
Neveen: The blood of the martyrs gave me the power to stay until the end.
Newscast Media: Why did Egyptians choose to rise up against Mubarak this year, yet for decades, you seemed to tolerate him?
Neveen: As in all revolutions, there is accumulation during years, maybe it could be 30 years, and there are sparking events of The Revolution like Khaild Said’s murder.
Newscast Media: Did the Tunisia revolution have anything to do with motivating Egyptians?
Neveen: Sure, it gave us hope that it could be happen, that the president (Mubarak) could leave.
Newscast Media: The government shut down social media and phone services, how were you able to communicate and keep the Revolution alive?
Neveen: It was one of the main reasons we had large numbers on the streets because we felt afraid to each other, so we went to the streets with big numbers … thanks to them for doing that… and that day we called it “Friday of Rage” and it was a big and different day for the Revolution when Mubarak read the first letter to the public.
Newscast Media: There is a group called “Anonymous” that some say played a role, is that true?
Neveen: I didn’t know anything about that group until only a few days ago during the Syrian revolution, not in our revolution.
Newscast Media: What are your thoughts about what is happening in Libya, Syria, Israel and London, which are now experiencing chaos?
Neveen: I don’t think it’s chaos, it is the normal changing world. People changed and the government can’t understand what is going on. With the high technology in communications, nothing is a secret, that’s what is making people change, and they will never accept what they accepted before.
Newscast Media: Do you think this will spread to sub-Saharan Africa?
Neveen: I didn’t think so until now.
Newscast Media: Mubarak was recently in court and was caged. How did Egyptians react to that whole courtroom scene.
Neveen: Oh, it was a great day for us , most of us couldn’t believe what we watched on TV. I was so happy and I cried from the happiness when I saw him in court and listened when the Judge called him “accused Mubarak answer him,” yes, we made this as a ring-tone to our mobiles to feel happiness all over the day.
Newscast Media: What is the main message of The Agenda and I and how many people are involved…what roles do they play?
Neveen: Discover the real agenda behind the Egyptian revolution. It’s a documentary film and I did every thing in the movie. I interviewed more than 25 people in the movie with four main characters.
Newscast Media: How long have you been a filmmaker, and are there any other projects you have worked on?
Neveen: About 6 years, now I’m editing part two of the movie “The Agenda and Me Tunisia”… which I filmed in Tunis. Also I will start my first long fiction film next October.
Newscast Media: What is your educational background, and at what age did you realize you wanted to make films?
Neveen: I have a Bachelor of Arts History from Cairo university. I then got a directing diploma from Cinema Academy in Cairo and did a lot of workshops in filmmaking during the festivals which I joined, like Berlin Talent Campus in Berlin. In 2008 and 2009 I realized I wanted to make films when I was at school, but my family refused me to study cinema, but I did when I finished my faculty studying.
Newscast Media: Lastly, what is your message to the world? Is there any misconception about Egypt or Egyptians you want to correct?
Neveen: There is a lot I’m trying to change, and my message to world is, let’s try to understand each other, and we will never fight again.
Newscast Media CAIRO Egypt — The uprising in Tunisia that ousted former president Ben Ali, will soon be felt in Egypt of Tuesday. Protesters have referred to it as the “Revolution Day,” and has largely been organized over the Web. Shopkeepers have been warned to keep their shops closed due to the uncertainty of what might occur during the demonstrations. The Egyptian government, under Hosni Mubarak seems to be prepared and plans to concentrate its forces in Cairo, the capital city.
Concerned about their human rights, poverty and oppression, Egyptians used Facebook as a tool to unite themselves and already have over 91,000 who have pledged on their Facebook page to attend the demonstrations.
In an interview published by the state-owned paper al Ahram, Egypt’s interior minister Habib el-Adli said, “I tell the public that this Facebook call comes from the youth. Youth street action has no impact and security is capable of deterring any acts outside the law.”
Although there will be a strong and heavily armed police presence, demonstrators plan to use their cell phones and cameras to capture any police brutality and broadcast it over the Web.
Meanwhile, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, fearful of the ever-growing voices of opposition has called for a national televised debate with the opposition, on things that matter to the people Yemen. The Yemen Observer published the president’s plea, who said Yemen is not like Tunisia.
“Come up for a TV debate on my program and your programs. Yemen is a country of freedom and democracy, but we warn of chaos and demagogy. Yemen is not like Tunisia, where people were not allowed to enter mosques without IDs,” said Saleh.
The question now is whether these demonstrations will spread to the Sub-Saharan nations known as Black Africa, or whether they’ll only be confined to Arab nations in the north. Something that even the most intelligent dictators fail to realize (which is actually and oxymoron to call a dictator intelligent), is that freedom is one of the basic human needs, and once suppressed, even the most docile individual can be forced to act out of the norm. That’s the reason why when dictatorial regimes are toppled, those same dictator flee into exile, to experience the very freedoms they had foolishly denied those who were being oppressed. http://www.newscastmedia.com/day-of-wrath.html