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News Paper Headlines Reflect Popular Mood In Egypt

By Countercurrents.org

01 July, 2013

Newspapers headlines in Egypt on June 30 reflect the mood in different strata of the Egyptian society.

A report by Zeinab El Gundy in Ahram Online on June 30, 2013 said:

On the front page of Al Ahram, Egypt 's biggest state owned newspaper, the headline read " Egypt in the fist of fear".

Al Akhbar, the country's second biggest state owned newspaper, proclaimed " Egypt on volcanic crater" as its front page headline.

Al Masry Al Youm's headline read "Public squares to Morsi: Leave".

Al Watan newspaper described 30 June as the "Judgment day" on its front page.   

The front page of Tahrir was all red and featured one word: "Leave."

A similar approach was used by Youm 7, whose front page had a red background with a picture of a crying lady and headlines reading "Red card for the president" and "22,000,000 Tamarod petitions."

In the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice newspaper, headlines diverged from the nation's major newspapers, with the front page reading "The people want: to topple the Mubarak's regime remnants, to expose Molotov opposition and to support legitimacy."

Other headlines in Freedom and Justice highlighted the increasing size of the Rabaa Al-Adawiya sit-in, the sexual harassment cases in Tahrir Square, and the prosecutor general's investigation of leading opposition members accused of calling a coup following attacks on Brotherhood HQ's across the country.

Morsi's bizarre quotes

Ahram Online presented the following sayings by Morsi that raise questions in readers'/listeners' minds:

"Social justice is achieved through our love for each other, solidarity and compassion."

The president replied in a simple manner when asked: "How would you achieve social justice?"

"We will raise our hands to the sky and pray to God, and we will deal with everyone on the basis of mutual love and respect. I'm sure Egypt 's share of the water will not be reduced, it will increase."

Another solution to the Ethiopian dam crisis: praying to God and loving each other.

"The Ethiopian prime minister assured me that Egypt would not lose a single drop of water because of the dam."

Morsi clearly was "assured," because he then held successive meetings with Egypt 's politicians to discuss ways to counter the dam's construction.

"Our dear martyrs, my sincere wishes for success."

When asked by Egyptian adventurer Ahmed Haggagovic to write a dedication for "martyrs" on an Egyptian flag, Morsi wished them success. Perhaps he meant a prosperous life in the hereafter?

"How many people celebrated the fact that we had produced the first Egyptian iPad tablet?"

A Morsi statement that will certainly make Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook's jaw drop.

"Every country I go to I tell them 'You have the money, so give us some.' They then try to set conditions and pressure us Egypt will never be pressured, we are incompressible."

Cracking a joke and then switching to a grim face, Morsi's choice of the word "incompressible" sums up Egypt 's unyielding stance when seeking loans.

"I remember a movie. Which one? Planet of the Apes. The old version, not the new one. I still remember, this is the conclusion: When the big monkey, he was head of the supreme court, I think in the movie! and there was a big scientist working for him, cleaning things, has been chained there. And it was the planet of the apes after the destructive act of a big war, and atomic bombs and whatever in the movie. And the scientist was asking him to do something - this was 30 years ago: 'Don't forget you are a monkey,' and 'Don't ask me about this dirty work.' What did the big ape, (the monkey) say? He said, 'You're human, you did it [to] yourself.' That's the conclusion. Can we do something better for ourselves?"

The president's "vivid" description of the 1968 science fiction film left many wondering what he actually meant by such a metaphor. Funnily enough, New York Times blogger Robert Mackey dug into the movie's script and did not find a "big monkey" character.

"It's not easy to be on the world stage. The world is now much more difficult than it was during your revolution. It's even more difficult. The world. More complicated, complex, difficult. It's a spaghetti-like structure. It's mixed up."

Fair enough, Morsi's choice of spaghetti to describe a mixed-up world was perfect.

"The wheat does not need a warehouse, the wheat does not need a warehouse to be stored the wheat needs a warehouse to be stored to store."

Did Dr Seuss help him write this? The conference audience scratched their heads, trying to figure out whether the wheat needs storage silos or not.

"We found some people standing on the roofs of buildings and firing machine gun rounds towards the Port Said prison. We sent two army helicopters to hover over them and we expected that they would be intimidated. But, instead, they fired back at the helicopters using Grinov machine guns."

Addressing Egyptian expats on a trip to Germany , Morsi commented on the riots in Port Said . One of the trip's goals? To assure potential investors that Egypt was safe.

"For those who stay up until the early hours of the morning: when do you sleep, when do you work? How do you expect to be gifted by God in your job while you are not performing the dawn prayers?"

Morsi, justifying a government decision to close shops by 10pm, showed his fatherly side. (Many of the world's billionaires and most successful people probably do not perform their dawn prayers.)

"Some people think they can escape my attention and go to an alley to do something wrong."

Morsi has never been clearer. Something wrong? In an alley? Guess what it could be.






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