Tag Archives: Egypt

The Muslim Brotherhood

The western world debates about Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood: are they ok? are they “moderate”? Are they extremist? This report prepared for the Wiesenthal Center talks about their history and let me tell you, it’s some scary stuff. None of that “Non-Violent, ‘Secular’ Group” nonsense.

It’s long, but worth a read if you want to get some background on what’s going on over there. Click here for the report..

Today’s quote: Ramin Mehmanparast

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast on the ongoing protests in Egypt against Mubarak:

Iran expects Egyptian officials to listen to the voice of their Muslim people, respond to their rightful demands and refrain from exerting violence by security forces and police against an Islamic wave of awareness that has spread through the country in form of a popular movement

I commend the Iranian government on raising the bar in the art of hypocrisy to unimagined levels only a year after the D.O.A. Green Revolution.

World Cup photos!

It took a lot longer than I had hoped for due to unforseen technical difficulties, but I am finally done going through the ~1500 photos we took in the last couple of weeks, selecting and post-processing, and have posted them to The MKX® Photo Central.

I am really happy with how the photos came out. We used an Olympus E-PL1 Micro Four Thirds camera on the trip instead of the usual crummy pocket camera, which we occasionally paired with a Panasonic 45-200mm telephoto lens, which allowed for some cool closeups at the stadiums and in the safari. The main album is broken up by day:

  1. To the World Cup!
    Carrying a sombrero across the world is not fun.
  2. Egypt
    A 12 hour layover in Cairo. Let’s make the best of it.
  3. South Africa VS Mexico
    Opening match in Soccer City, Johannesburg.
  4. Argentina VS Nigeria
    Messi and Maradona, in front of me.
  5. Lory Park
    Awesome VIP tour in this beautiful animal sanctuary, courtesy of Sharon Salomon. Also, an encounter with former world champion Oscar Ruggeri.
  6. Holland VS Denmark
    At Ellis Park. Not the best match, but look at that crowd!
  7. Brazil VS N. Korea
    The jogo bonito. Also, Apartheid Museum, SAB World of Beer.
  8. Pilansberg Safari
    Extreme closeups of wild animals, and also of my flat tire.
  9. Mexico VS France
    If we are going to beat France, we should do it in style, flying private and hanging out with Figo and Zidane.
  10. England VS Argelia
    In Cape Town. Zague said hello.
  11. Cape Town
    Enjoying the waterfront.
  12. Simon’s Town
    Table Mountain, then drive to Simon’s town to see the penguins.
  13. Portugal VS N. Korea
    Jewish Museum, then see Ronaldo and friends kill the Koreans.
  14. Uruguay VS Mexico
    Not much luck in Rustenburg.
  15. Return to reality
    Another loooong trip through Egypt, where Mexico is famous for the wrong reasons.

Cairo

On the way to the World Cup we stumbled upon Egypt and were able to do a little touristing. Very nice. Now I am at two days of no sleep and no showers, and I walked all day around the desert at 38 degrees. I ate a lot of hummus. I have a nine hour flight ahead of me. I stink. This should be fun (for the guy sitting next to me). More as it develops…