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The hash Dealer Egypt

The term ‘dealer’ is often considered a dirty word; a loaded term, swollen with negative connotation, not only in Egyptian society but certainly more so here, where the man who procures your recreational drugs for you is likely not someone you’d consider fraternising with. But though they may not be in society’s good graces, in a country with a hash culture as deeply embedded as ours, the city is saturated with those on the providing end of supply and demand. Despite that, our thoughts concerning drug dealers rarely extend past their direct use to us; we rarely consider their own stories, opinions, or their reasons for engaging in such an illicit, underground business. So we sat down with one such dealer, just one of thousands across Egypt, someone who runs a simple kiosk somewhere in the city, but deals hash from it discreetly and undetected, to find out more. To protect their privacy, this individual will remain anonymous, but then again, it’s highly doubtful that you’d ever run into them anyway.
How did you start in this field of work?
Being a dealer? Well, I started dealing when I was wrongfully accused. In 2005 – I was a graduate of Tourism & Hospitality – I got falsely accused and I went to prison on false charges because of the presidential elections when people were running against Hosni Mubarak: Ayman Nour and Ali Gomaa and a few others. We were of course, really supportive of Ayman Nour, because we felt like he was the man who could actually help us out. So that’s why 90 percent of the guys in the country were unjustly accused in 2005 and we were thrown in jail and they closed the prison doors behind us and none of us knew what exactly our charges were – there were those who were charged with drug trafficking, those who were charged with weapon dealing, those charged with terrorist activity, just anything. Whatever stuck. But we were all educated guys, shabab zayy el foll, and we worked in tourism and we were all working in good positions in the tourism sector. So it started in 2008, when I got out of prison, I felt unjustly charged and I found that the country was exactly the same - nothing had changed; if I walk so much as ten meters, any soldier or officer can take me and mess with me at a police station. I felt like the whole situation was out of our hands and that it’s a country ofen7eraf (deviation, mayhem). Nothing will work here except for deviation; education won’t get you anywhere, manners won’t get you anywhere, people who were raised well... none of this will get you anywhere. What’s running the country, what will get you somewhere is thuggery and mayhem so you either live or die. And it was as simple as that. That was my start with drugs.
So, how did you gain access to drugs? Was it a case of someone introducing you to someone…that style of connection?
Yes of course. Bad friends are aplenty; there’s nothing more than them out there. Loads and loads. Everyone wants to help, of course, in deviation and evil. But no one helps fel kheir. If there were people who helped do good then someone like myself wouldn’t have been able to get on a path like this one.
Do you only deal hash or other drugs as well?
No, no, no, hash only and I can’t and won’t deal except to friends who are already hash smokers. I don’t have any intention or inclination to go down and just sell to people on the street; people come to me through personal connections.
And you don’t want to deal anything else?
No, no I don’t want to of course. I wish, I wish, I wish I wasn’t doing this but I have to find an available source of income. The state has never helped me with anything except after I got out of prison, giving me a license for a cigarette kiosk, after me being branded as an ex-convict. But the money I made from a kiosk wasn't enough for me to open a home with, especially when it came to stocking it with products. It's just a hole in the wall -  how am I going to generate income from this? So the situation of course is very hard; to balance between you wanting to live a halal life and needing to make money. If you’re going to live in sin, there are so many options. But if you want to be an upstanding citizen and make money legally, and serve your country in a fruitful way, you won’t find any opportunity. 
How much of your income comes from hash versus from the kiosk?
For every pound the kiosk will generate, hash will generate 100.
And do you smoke hash?
Yes of course. Of course.
Do you think that hash is haram?
Yes, I see it as haram of course. Because anything that harms your health is considered haram. God told us to care for our health.
So if you see it as haram, how do you bring yourself to sell it, or even just to smoke it?
Well, because 90% of our lives are haram. This is a truth. 90% of our daily lives, the majority of it haram.Kollaha ghalat feh ghalat. The concepts of halal and haram for God, are in degrees. There are severe degrees of haram and lesser degrees and… I hope for God to forgive what I do,  and I want to pray and to be a man of God…but at least just give me the opportunity to do something useful. I want to be doing something useful for my country, or for my children, or for my family, or be doing anything useful. But there isn’t a chance. I go down every day and sit in this cigarette kiosk. And I either sell cigarettes or I don’t sell cigarettes – and cigarettes themselves are also haram. And El Azhar says this and everything points to this. The difference is just that one of them is sold in the light and one of them is sold in the dark. 
Do you think that hash is a problem in people’s lives?
Well, honestly, I can’t determine exactly whether it’s a problem, or a form of relaxation for people. I can’t, honestly. It could be both. Maybe if I didn’t smoke, and I thought about it well, I’d be able to decide. But because I smoke as well, I can’t decide if it’s a method of meditation for us, or whether it’s a harmful thing for us, I don’t know. I honestly don’t know.
Are you married?
Yes! And I have a daughter! She’s still very young. Of course, I wish, I wish, that I don’t spend a pound on her that’s haram. I hope for this. And this is something I’m holding on to, and I’m sticking to this principle as best I can, and I’ve done everything in my power not to do this – not to spend a single haram pound on my daughter. From the instance she was born, all that’s been spent on her is halalmoney. And I hope that God helps me in this, and that I don’t pass through a time, or circumstance – like many people go through – that I would have to spendharam money on my daughter.
Does your family know what you do?
No, of course not. No, no one at all knows – this is the first time in my life I talk about this stuff. And most of my friends don’t know about this issue either – and I have friends who are officers, and friends who are prosecutor generals, and they don’t know about this at all, at all. They know of me that I’m a respectful man, and good man.
And I don’t do this for profit – I do this because I need the means to live by and also, because I don’t have the money to buy hash for myself. And that’s the truth honestly. I don’t have the means to spend 50 or 60 pounds every day to smoke with. I don’t have the money to do that. So I buy a chunk, sell some of it to friends to make ends meet, and there’ll be a tiny amount left over for me to smoke. If I want to be a dealer to make good money, yeah, I could make huge amounts of money, huge.
What about the police, do they bother you? Are there raids or crackdowns on drugs in the city?
I mean, of course the police do what they can but they'll never be in control of the hash situation. It’s impossible that they get a handle on it. Unless, all of Egypt comes together as one unit and we all say we do not want drugs in our country. But no one wants to do that because 90% of Egypt, whether it’s women or men, do drugs. And each person consumes in their own way; there’s the pharmaceuticals, there’s hard drugs…everyone has their own source of pleasure.
Do you have someone in the police, an inside person who “protects” you or do they just leave it alone to begin with…?
No, no, no, no at all. They’ve just left it be. But what they do, they go to ‘dolab mokhadarat’ – this is comprised of an area where a family or two, three families in a street sell drugs in bulk – and instead of arresting them, they take a monthly bribe from them. Per month, they’ll set a certain amount of money, for instance say 100,000 pounds, and they come and collect them every month, and they leave them be. 
What does your demographic of clients look like? What types of people do you get?
They’re from all walks of life, all kinds of people, and the majority of them, are actually women. Mostly girls and women. Some are younger women, some are married. And the majority of them – I try sometimes to talk to them and find out why they smoke, or how they got into smoking hash – and the majority of them are from the upper class. Very rarely do you find women from the middle class or the lower class smoking hash. 
Women in lower classes, the men have a tight hold on them, and these women live an older, more traditional lifestyle so they don’t have the opportunity to go out or go sit with their girlfriends at the club, or cruise in the car. But if they had them they would smoke hash, I think.
Since you started dealing to present day, do people smoke more or less?
No, they smoke more. The difference between 2007 and 2014 is huge. And new things have started to appear too, like Voodoo.
Do you think in the future you’ll stop dealing?
I want to get back into tourism, but it’s very difficult. I would have to start all over again, start from the very bottom as a bus boy and I have a family to care for. I also have a prison record. But I’m trying to get my jail time removed so that maybe I can go back to tourism and stop dealing.


THE NAKED TRUTH Nude Belgian Artist Dancing at Luxor Gets Off Free as Egyptian Women Face Prison Time

its the 4 time now 

Nude Belgian Artist Dancing at Luxor Gets Off  Free as Egyptian Women Face Prison Time

Papen and her team were granted their freedom. But many may now question whether the same rights will ever be given to men and women born on Egyptian soil

That who the Government give the Egyption Women her RIGHTS 
Shaimaa Al Sabbagh was killed by police in Downtown Cairo in January 2015 (AFP)

Police violence against female activists is common (Youtube) Australian photographer arrested with nude model in Egypt defends shoot

  • Marisa Papen and her team snapped nude photos at a host of Egyptian landmarks.
  • When spotted, they bribed security staff at the Pyramids of Giza.
  • They were arrested for a similar stunt in Luxor but received a caution from a sympathetic judge.
  • As many Egyptian women face prison, Papen's case has raised questions over their lack of freedom on their home turf.

The case of a Belgian model arrested after posing naked at some of the country’s most iconic landmarks has raised questions about the state’s treatment of Egyptians in comparison to wealthy foreign visitors.
Marisa Papen and her team were arrested and questioned by cops before being let off with a warning for filming the controversial shoot at the Giza Pyramids and the Karnak Temple in Luxor.
Initially, Papen, who has posed naked in over 50 countries, had a lucky escape in Giza, where they were able to bribe security staff to look the other way.
Despite their earlier brush with the law, the crew decided to repeat the stunt at Luxor’s heavily-secured Karnak Temple.“At Karnak, they even took it up a notch, five guards for each pillar. It was silly,” Papen said in a blog post about the incident.
Regardless of the tight security, Papen stripped off and started to dance.

A female model was arrested in Egypt after posing completely naked for a photo shoot near the pyramids.

The Belgian model, Marisa Papen, has been posing nude for a series of photos in 50 countries over the last two years, but by her own admission Egypt was the first place where she found herself in a sticky situation.

Having posed naked, with the pyramids in the background, she was later arrested for not first getting permission from the authorities.

But her arrest only came after the photo shoot, which had taken place despite the presence of a security guard, who Papen claims was “happy to look the other way” once he was given a bribe.

It was when two young men arrived and asked what she was doing, that she explained things started to get risky.

“We tried to explain to them that we were making art with the highest respect for Egyptian culture,” she explained on her website. “But they could not see a connection between nudity and art. In their eyes it was porn or something like that.”
وبعد هذه الواقعة حاولت ماريسا وصديقتها جيسي تكرار نفس السيناريو في معبد الكرنك بجنوب مصر، ظناً منهما أن قوات الشرطة والأمن أقل تواجداً في الأقصر من أهرامات الجيزة المتاخمة للعاصمة.
وتقول بابين «مرة أخرى جردت نفسي من ملابسي، وبدأت جيسي في تصويري عارية بجوار أعمدة المعبد الشاهقة، لكن هذه المرة ألقى رجال الشرطة المصرية القبض علينا".
وذكرت أنها حاولت تبرير فعلتها بالقول "أنا أفعل ذلك من أجل مصر كدعاية، وأقلد الملكة نفرتيتي في مشروعي".
وبعد مكوثها 8 أيام في السجن، مثلت وصديقتها أمام القضاء المصري ولم يفرج عنها إلا حينما اعترفت أنها "تصرفت بغباء".

She said she and the photographer bribed the two men $20 and carried on. But when they went to Luxor, where they planned to shoot by the temple complex at Karnak things got really tricky, as there were so many security guards.

However, undeterred, they decided to hide until the temple was closed and started the photo shoot.

But this time they were not so lucky. Papen said: “You can guess what happened next. Busted, once again. And yes, this time we were in some serious trouble.”

“Without being able to share words, I made it clear to Jesse that he had to delete the images if he saw the tiniest opportunity.”

She said the police did believe their story that they had taken no images and were simply “testing the light.”

Instead the photographer was told to strip down as the police searched for a second SD card, but did not find anything.

Papen said they went to a number of places and were put into jail cells filled with other men.

“I knew that a prison in Egypt looks slightly different then in Belgium or any Westernized country but I had no idea what to expect before actually going in,” she said.

“The first cell we encountered was packed with at least 20 men, some were passed out on the floor, some were squeezing their hands through the rails, some were bleeding and yelling. I had never seen something like this before in real life. Jesse kept telling me, ‘Marisa don’t look’ but there was no way not to look.”

After a few hours behind bars they were brought before a judge, where she said they tried to play the part of “stupid tourists.”

“Our judge was browsing with his big thumbs through these books that looked as old as the pyramids did. Eventually, he gave us a warning and told us never to do something so foolishly shameful ever again. We nodded simultaneously.”

Despite the close call, they retrieved the photographs using special software and after leaving the country, published them on her website.

عارية أمام الهرم.. هكذا انتهت مغامرة عارضة هولندية وصديقتها في قبضة "الشرطة"

لو كانت مصريه كان زمانها اتركب له الرمانة 
 و انا هدون عن آخر زيارة للهرم والى حصل معنا 
"هكذا تصورت عارية عند الأهرامات، ارتديتُ جلابية طويلة وحجاباً إلى أن وصلت إلى أبو الهول، ثم بدأت في التقاط الصور العارية عندما وصلت للمكان المناسب، ولكن هذا ما فعله معي المصريون".

قالك "تصرفت بغباء"
و انا اقولك تعال عضعض 

هذا جزء من حوار طويل أجرته فتاة بلجيكية شابة تدعى ماريسا بابين تعمل بمهنة "موديل تعرٍّ" مع موقع هولندي، روت خلاله كيف قادها عشقها للسفر وللحضارة الفرعونية المصرية إلى بلاد النيل من أجل تحقيق حلمها مع صديقة لها تدعى جيسي، مهووسة هي الأخرى بتلك الحضارة من أجل التقاط صور عارية في حضرة آثار الفراعنة الفريدة.

وكانت ماريسا بابين قد سافرت إلى 50 دولة حول العالم خلال عامين فقط، تلتقط صوراً لمفاتنها عارية بجوار المباني الشهيرة والأثرية، إلى أن طارت إلى مصر في أبريل/نيسان من عام 2017، لالتقاط صور لجسدها المجرد من الملابس مع آثار الحضارة المصرية القديمة، فانتهى بها الأمر خلف القضبان لثمانية أيام في الأقصر بجنوب مصر.

تدافع الفتاة البلجيكية عن مهنتها وعن كيفية رؤيتها لنفسها "فراشة حرة" حسب وصفها، قائلة "التصوير العاري هو الطريقة الأكثر راحة للتعبير عن نفسي".
وعن تجربتها في مصر، تقول انَّها اتفقت مع صديقتها على اللقاء في القاهرة للسفر إلى إثيوبيا، موضحة أَن صديقتها من المهووسين بالحضارة المصرية، لدرجة أن جسمها مغطى بالوشُوم الهيروغليفية، وهي التي أقنعتها بالتصوير بمنطقة الأهرام قبل السفر إلى إثيوبيا.
وقالت لها صديقتها أنَّها تريد "العمل على قصة مصورة، تبين ما كانت عليه مصر قديماً".

الوسيلة السرية للتعري!

تقول ماريسا "قررنا أن نذهب إلى الأهرامات، وارتديت جلابية طويلة وإيشارباً إلا أن المصريين كانوا يستطيعون بسهولة تمييزي بأني لست امرأة عربية، وظلوا يرددون المعاكسات مثل: (يا حبيبي)، وأبديت عدم اهتمام إلى أن وصلت إلى أبو الهول وبدأت في التقاط الصور".
وأضافت "بحثنا عن مكان هادئ حتى أخلع ملابسي والبدء في التصوير العاري".
ووجدت بابين ضالتها بعد أن استطاعت الوصول للأهرام من جهة مهجورة خلت من الناس، إلا من صبي رفض وجودها وعريها، إلا أنها أعطته 20 دولاراً، لتجد ضالتها بالقرب من الهرم.
ولم يعكر صفو مغامرتها بعد ذلك إلا ظهور رجلين، بعد أن شعرت أن روحها تطير في أقدم بناء في العالم، حسب تعبيرها.
وتمضي في روايتها قائلة أنها ارتدت ملابسها بسرعة محاولة إقناع الرجلين بأن هذا "نوع من أنواع الفنون ولا يسيء للحضارة المصرية"، فنجحت بنفس الطريقة السابقة.. إعطاء بضعة دولارات.

كيف ألقي القبض عليها؟

وبعد هذه الواقعة حاولت ماريسا وصديقتها جيسي تكرار نفس السيناريو في معبد الكرنك بجنوب مصر، ظناً منهما أن قوات الشرطة والأمن أقل تواجداً في الأقصر من أهرامات الجيزة المتاخمة للعاصمة.
وتقول بابين «مرة أخرى جردت نفسي من ملابسي، وبدأت جيسي في تصويري عارية بجوار أعمدة المعبد الشاهقة، لكن هذه المرة ألقى رجال الشرطة المصرية القبض علينا".
وذكرت أنها حاولت تبرير فعلتها بالقول "أنا أفعل ذلك من أجل مصر كدعاية، وأقلد الملكة نفرتيتي في مشروعي".
وبعد مكوثها 8 أيام في السجن، مثلت وصديقتها أمام القضاء المصري ولم يفرج عنها إلا حينما اعترفت أنها "تصرفت بغباء".


Buthaina Eyes turned to the icon calls to end the war in Yemen

Buthaina Eyes  turned to the icon calls to end the war in Yemen 

A shocking photo showing a young girl covered in bruises and with a badly swollen face after she lost most of her family in a Saudi-led air strike on Yemen has triggered a furious anti-war backlash.
Buthaina Muhammad Mansour, who is believed to be between four and five years old, does not know that her parents, five siblings, and uncle were killed when their home was flattened in an air strike in Yemen's capital Sanaa on 25 August.
SANAA (Reuters) - Her bruised eyes still swollen shut, Buthaina Muhammad Mansour, believed to be four or five, doesn't yet know that her parents, five siblings and uncle were killed when an air strike flattened their home in Yemen's capital.

Despite concussion and skull fractures, doctors think Buthaina will pull through -- her family's sole survivor of the Aug 25 attack on an apartment building that residents blame on a Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen since 2015.
The alliance said in a statement it would investigate the air strike, which killed at least 12 civilians.
Yemen's long war involving competing Yemeni factions and regional power struggles has killed at least 10,000 people. Millions more have been forced to leave their homes and face disease and hunger.
Aid agencies have called for a speedy resolution to the conflict, warning that the impoverished country is now victim to the world's greatest man-made humanitarian disaster.
Lying disoriented in her hospital bed on Saturday, Buthaina called out for her uncle, Mounir, who was among those killed in the attack.
Another uncle, Saleh Muhammad Saad, told Reuters Mounir had rushed to the family's house when Buthaina's father called him at 2 a.m. to say war planes were bombing their neighborhood in Sanaa's Faj Attan district. He never returned.
By the time Saleh got to the house, it was a ruin of broken concrete blocks and wooden planks. Hearing survivors groaning from beneath the rubble, he battled to free them.
"I could hear the shouts of one of their neighbors from under the rubble, and tried to remove the rubble from on top of (Buthaina's father) and his wife, but I couldn't. They died," he said.
"We lifted the rubble and saw first her brother Ammar, who was three, and her four sisters, all of them dead. I paused a little and just screamed out from the pain. But I pulled myself together, got back there and then heard Buthaina calling."
He said her survival had given him some solace as he mourned the rest of the family.
"Her sister Raghad always used to come up and hug me and kiss me when I visited. I used to say to her, 'Come on, that's enough.' And she would say 'Oh no it isn't!' and just keep hugging and kissing."
(Writing by Noah Browning; Editing by Helen Popper)
Copyright 2017 Thomson Reuters.


One-eyed unity with injured Yemeni girl

People in Yemen are sharing photos on social media of themselves with one eye closed in solidarity with a young girl injured and orphaned in an air strike.
Bouthaina al-Rimi's home in the Attan neighbourhood of Sanaa, the capital of Yemen, was bombed and destroyed on 25 August. The blast killed her parents and six siblings.

By sharing photos of themselves closing an eye, people in Yemen are hoping to raise awareness of the crisis. Half a million children under five are suffering severe acute malnutrition, and the cholera outbreak is the largest in the world, infecting over 500,00 people.

The Arabic hashtag #Bouthaina_The_Eye_Of_Humanity and #I_SPEAK_FOR_BUTHINA have both been used more than 3,000 times since Wednesday.

Buthaina Muhammad Mansour being rescued from the site of a Saudi-led air strike on Sanaa which killed eight of her family members.

Wiam Adil Maktari's post on Facebook

Some Twitter uses called for an end to the war.

"For Bouthaina and all of Yemen's children, we say YES to the end of war,"

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In Yemen’s secret prisons, UAE tortures and US interrogates

In Yemen’s secret prisons, UAE tortures and US interrogates

Hundreds of men swept up in the hunt for al-Qaida militants have disappeared into a secret network of prisons in southern Yemen where abuse is routine and torture extreme — including the “grill,” in which the victim is tied to a spit like a roast and spun in a circle of fire, an Associated Press investigation has found.
Senior American defense officials acknowledged Wednesday that U.S. forces have been involved in interrogations of detainees in Yemen but denied any participation in or knowledge of human rights abuses. Interrogating detainees who have been abused could violate international law, which prohibits complicity in torture.