The White Desert Of Egypt

Rock shapes are seen in the White Desert north of the Farafra Oasis southwest of Cairo May 15, 2015. (REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)
Rock shapes are seen in the White Desert north of the Farafra Oasis southwest of Cairo May 15, 2015. (REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

The White Desert, about 500 km southwest of the Egyptian capital Cairo, features limestone and chalk forms strangely shaped by the wind and sand, a terrain that gains in intensity when illuminated by the moon. Slightly to the north lies the Black Desert, given its name by the volcanic rock dolerite, similar to basalt. Four-by-four and trekking trips for tourists include Bedouin music around campfires and nights slept under a breathtaking array of stars. (Reuters)

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Does ICCPR Protect Human Rights?

According to state media reports in Egypt, 529 of Morsi’s supporters were sentenced to death in a single hearing by the Minya Criminal Court.

This is a ‘mass capital punishment’.

A question crossed my mind as I heard the news, will United Nations and Human Rights Committee be taking any action as the sentence violated the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) that has been signed by Egypt?

Article 6(1) and 6(2) of ICCPR:

1. Every human being has the inherent right to life. This right shall be protected by law. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his life.morsi

2. In countries which have not abolished the death penalty, sentence of death may be imposed only for the most serious crimes in accordance with the law in force at the time of the commission of the crime and not contrary to the provisions of the present Covenant and to the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. This penalty can only be carried out pursuant to a final judgement rendered by a competent court.

Article 14 of the ICCPR, which outlines a fair trial, mandates that anyone accused of a crime must have “adequate time and facilities for the preparation of his defense” and “to be tried in his presence.”

Egypt signed the ICCPR on August 4, 1967 and ratified the treaty on January 14, 1982; but it did something worse than countries that have not sign the treaty.

So, what is the use of making countries sign and ratify ICCPR if a country that ratified ICCPR can pass a sentence of ‘mass capital punishment’ to 529 people?

Mohamed Mursi, Egypt’s First Islamist President Sworn In

Egypt’s first Islamist president, Mohamed Mursi, was sworn in on Saturday June 30, 2012.

Mohamed Mursi is Egypt’s fifth  president.

He’s from the Freedom and Justice Party.

He was a member of the Guidance Office of the Muslim Brotherhood until the founding of the Freedom and Justice Party in 2011.

I hope that the new president can put Egypt in order again and fulfill his promises to the people of Egypt.

Egypt’s first Islamist president Mohamed Mursi attends his swearing in ceremony in this still image from a video footage in Cairo June 30, 2012. Mursi took his oath of office on Saturday, ending six decades of rule by former military men although the generals in charge since Hosni Mubarak was ousted last year have already curbed his powers. REUTERS/Egyptian Television via Reuters TV

Tasty And Nutritious Ful Medames


Ful medamas-this is one of my favourite dinner

I love to eat ful medames or fūl Müdemmis (فول مدمّس).

Ful medames is a very tasty and healthy dish made out of beans.

This dish is actually from Egypt but it is popular in Sudan and Saudi Arabia too.

It is made from fava beans.

We eat ful medames with onion, garlic, tomatoes, olive slices, tahini, lime, olive oil and Arabian flat bread and falafel.

How to cook ful medames:

  1. Cook the fava beans with olive oil and garlic.

  2. When the beans are cooked, mash the beans.

  3. Then, serve the ful.

  4. Add some olive oil before eating our ful.

I love to add a lot of olive oil so my ful will be tastier.

I also like to eat falafel (فلافل‎) with ful, so my mother will cook falafel whenever she cooks ful.

Falafel is also a healthy food that originated from Egypt.

Falafel is made from chickpeas.

Ful reminds me of chili con carne because it is a bean dish too.

Violent Demonstrations In Egypt – Photos

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Egyptians are angry of the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

So they held demonstrations.

Demonstrations is a way to fight for something important.

But they are supposed to stop doing bad things and violence during the demonstrations because it can destroy our world.

Violence can turn into a war.

This is a disaster.

It is like what happened in Bangkok.

People were killed and injured; buildings, cars and plants were destroyed.

They should have a peaceful demonstration to say what they wanted.

And the government should listen to the people and discuss what can be done for them.

We have to take care of our Earth and lets go green.

Cairo's historic Sultan Hassan and Al-Rifai mosques are engulfed with smoke from a nearby fire at a police station which was set ablaze during massive protests by Egyptians demanding the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak. The United States said Friday that the political unrest in Egypt "is of deep concern. (AFP Marco Longari)
CAIRO, Jan. 29, 2011 (Xinhua) — Demonstrators climb up to armed vehicles after clashes calmed down at Square Tahrir in Cairo, capital of Egypt, early on Jan. 29, 2011. Dozens of tanks entered the Square, while protestors welcomed the army and waved to the soldiers standing on tanks. (Xinhua/Cai Yang)
Smoke is seen above the city of Cairo after wide-spread protests early January 29, 2011. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak refused on Saturday to bow to demands that he resign after ordering troops and tanks into cities in an attempt to quell an explosion of street protests against his 30-year rule. REUTERS/Amr Dalsh
A protester looks at a burnt Egyptian Army armoured vehicle in downtown Cairo January 28, 2011. (REUTERS Goran Tomasevic)
An Egyptian Army armored personnel carrier is surrounded by anti-government protesters near Tahrir square in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Jan. 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Egyptians gather around the burning headquarters of the ruling National Democratic party (NDP) in central Cairo. Egypt's embattled President Hosni Mubarak on Saturday addressed the nation for the first time since deadly protests erupted against his regime, vowing reform but showing no sign of relaxing his decades-old grip on power. (AFP Khaled Desouki)
Egyptians demanding the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, march in Cairo. US President Barack Obama on Friday called on Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to take concrete steps towards political reform, and to refrain from using violence against protesters. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)

Khalifah Institute Dinner and Talk

On 25/7/09 2 Syaaban 1430 I went to  Khalifah Institute Dinner and Talk at Grand Ballroom, Flamingo Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Ali and Bro. Idris Tawfiq

Bro Idris Tawfiq give a talk entitled From the Vatican to Al-Azhar. Bro Tawfiq is a British Muslim writer who now lives in Egypt.

He was a Roman Catholic priest for 20 years.

For many years he was Head of Religious Studies in different schools in England and Wales.

There were lots of people at the Flamingo Hotel.

I reached home at 1:00 AM.

My father’s car broke down and we have to walk back home.

I slept at 2:30 AM.

I think there are going to be more ‘Dinner and Talk’ in the future.