Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Sackcloth and ashes

Although Rosa Al-Youssef returned on 4 February following Mubarak's Internet shutdown, El Naschie's column "Egypt Tomorrow" only appeared on the 4th and the 6th. Those two columns had a canned feel to them, making no mention of current events in Egypt, and no mention of the fact that Rosa had been off-line. They could have been written months ago. Now his columns for the 7th, 8th and 9th have failed to appear. I will be surprised if we see any more.

Zeinobia of Egyptian Chronicles reports that workers at Rosa Al-Youssef blocked Editor-in-Chief Abdullah Kamal from entering the building. A huge photo of Mubarak has been removed from the editing room and replaced with one of the founder, Rosa herself. Oh, dear.

Here's the archive of all his columns on the Rosa site: Arabic or Google's English.

It should be "El Naschie's" of course, but the tombstone generator does not allow the apostrophe.

UPDATE: El Naschie's Rosa column: Not dead yet

Translate English to Arabic
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  1. http://www.youm7.com//News.asp?NewsID=348620&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

    From youm 7 newspaper (the seventh day):

    Workers, journalists, and administrators in Rosal Yousef are protesting for the second day about what they call "deterioration of circumstances" in terms of financial and performance matters. They are asking for the step down of:

    Karam Gabr, the Chairman of the Board
    Abdallah Kamal, Editor in chief of Rosal yousef
    Mohamed Abd El Nour, Editor in chief of Sabah El Kheir

  2. Congrats to El Naschie Watch's 2nd birthday (yesterday)! :)

  3. Thanks Shrink, I overlooked that entirely. :)

    Here is Hossam's Youm7 link. There is not much more to the piece than what Hossam translated. However, there are 25 comments. Mostly they are against the Mubarak regime. Number 21 is an exception:

    Message to the people of Egypt

    By: Azza
    Date: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - 10:51

    Please I beg you, stop insulting the president enough is enough and I'm sure that his remaining time will be a good conclusion, and occur where never happened during 30 years and I think that the government has learned its lesson please for the benefit of Egypt calm down and will get through this ordeal, God willing, and Atattoa opportunity for enemies to get from Egypt is enough and God bless you and bless you and Praise good reward on this awakening

  4. This (sole) comment reflects the Egyptian propaganda machine; that is all state-run TV, when blaming foreigners for the initiation and feeding the uprising. This also explains why many foreign reporters have been attacked recently while covering the uprising.

  5. OMG -- guess who just published another Rosa column...