Among the Accomplishments of the Egyptian Military Government Is Facilitation of Suicide

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In the wake of the horrific train accident in Alexandria, Egypt, this satirical tweet points out an important lesson for people in the United States who attribute chaos to the uprisings against the dictators and monarchs the United States government supports. Here’s my translation:

Before, the person who wanted to commit suicide had to throw himself under the wheels of the train. As for now, it is quite sufficient for him simply to ride it.

On May 14, 2017, Egyptian dictator Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi claimed that the recurring losses of the train system in Egypt precluded further investment:

By ignoring public health and safety and the environment and consumer protection, the U.S.-friendly governments of southwest Asia and north Africa kill far more people than ISIS or whoever the bogeyman of the month is. The ones they kill through torture, execution and the dire conditions of their prisons are simply icing on the cake.

The idea that dictators and monarchs provide stability is wrong. Ask your legislators to end US government support for these governments. Ending aid to Egypt and refusing cooperation with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are great places to start.

Augusta Docudrama Premiere of “The Sultan & The Saint” Apr 30, 3 pm

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During the Crusades, Saint Francis of Assisi risked his life by walking across enemy lines to meet the Sultan of Egypt, the Muslim ruler Al-Malik al-Kamil. This remarkable encounter, and the commitment to peace of the two men behind it, sucked the venom out of the Crusades and changed the relationship between Muslims and Christians for the better.

Featuring dramatic reenactments and renowned scholarship, this amazing story is brought to life. Scholars interviewed include Michael Cusato (St. Bonaventure University), Sr. Kathy Warren (Sisters of St. Francis), Suleiman Mourad (Smith College), Homayra Ziad, Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies, Paul Moses (The Saint and the Sultan), and others.

Join us for the Augusta Premiere to learn about the remarkable spiritual exchange between the Sultan and the Saint, and the great risks they took for peace.

Eventbrite - Sultan & Saint Augusta Film Premiere - April 30

The United States is Becoming Like Egypt

Updated January 16, 2017. Colby Cooper removed his posts on Twitter & Facebook related to this incident. I’ve substituted the links to them with screenshots I took.

Two stories demonstrate how the United States is becoming Egypt. Both are associated with Trump, but it would be a mistake to believe that the roots of this transformation did not begin before him. If you’re studying for the SAT, you can use these to help you learn the meanings of obsequious and impunity. Continue reading

Lepidus in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar: In your coalition, are you the donkey carrying cargo?

Marcus Aemilius Lepidus joined Marc Antony and Octavius in their war against Julius Caesar’s killers. Historians differ in evaluating his weight in the Second Triumvirate, but Shakespeare was unambiguous in his judgment of Lepidus as a lightweight. Continue reading

Can Popular Revolutions Remain Democratic?

Whenever I want to shock people, I say,

 رحم الله الزعيم ماو و الزعيم فيدل و الزعيم هوغو

May God have mercy on Chairman Mao, Fidel [Castro] and Hugo [Chavez].

All of these leaders came to power in countries dominated by foreign-supported oligarchies. To varying degrees, these revolutions, with the People’s Republic of China being the foremost example, due to its enormous size (and tremendous repression?), were able to resist counter-revolutions. Continue reading

Best Vegetable in the World: Mulukhiya (Jute Leaf Stew)

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MLUKHIYA (Jute Leaf Stew)


Jute is barely known in the U.S., but in the Middle East and North Africa mlukhiya is a staple food for peasants and wealthy alike. We had it with lamb, but mlukhiya stew can also be cooked with chicken. It is usually eaten with rice.

Courtesy of Imm Ehab