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MONA ABDALLAH

ABDELHAMID ATTIA

IBRAHIM
M. ABDEL MOTALEB

MAHMOUD EL-BAROUDY
REHAB BASSAM
NEVEEN EL-GAMAL
AMIN HADDAD
YOUSSEF HEGAZY
SAMIA JAHEEN
OSAMA HIJJI

SALAH AL-DIN
EL-HOMOSANY

ISHINAN
JANO EL-KADY
LIZZY K. KATBA
KAMAL K. KATBA
EHAB LOTAYEF
MERVAT M. MAHMOUD
MONA MAHMOUD
NAGLAA MAHMOUD
SAYED MOHAMMED

  MOHAMED NAGUIB ABDALLAH

AL-FARIYQ SA`D
AL-SHAZLIY

AHMED TABBAKH
HAZEM WEFY

November, 2006 -- Issue #11

The Egyptian Chronicles is a cooperative effort by a group of  Egyptian authors pooling together their talents for the sake of  Egypt's Future.  Articles contained in these pages are the personal views and/or work of the authors, who bear the sole responsibility of the content of their work. This Monthly Electronic Magazine is a non-profit , commercial free zone and is answerable to no one.


 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

AN HISTORICAL ACCOUNT OF PRIME MINISTERS OF EGYPT- 1878-1952.  BY KAMAL KARIM KATBA. EPISODE #16  EGYPT UNDER THE BRITISH PROTECTORATE-- HUSAYN RUSHDY THIRD CABINET. WITH APPENDIX XVI : MUHAMMAD FARIYD'S STOCKHOLM MEMORANDUM OCTOBER 17. EGYPT UNDER THE BRITISH PROTECTORATE . On the 8th, Sa`d Pasha Zaghluwl, and with him Hamd Pasha al-Basil, Isma`iyl Pasha Sidqiy, and Muhammad Pasha Mahmuwd, were arrested. The following morning they were taken to Port Sa`iyd and placed on board a British destroyer Caledonia, to be deported to Malta. The arrest of these four men set the conflagration alight and the 1919 Revolution began. 

By the end of the crisis, 1,000 Egyptians were killed, 1,600 wounded; 27 British soldiers killed, 70 wounded; and four British civilians killed.
 

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THE SUEZ DOSSIER - PART FOUR "   BY DR. SALAH AL-DIN AL-HOMOSANY.

 
THE SUDAN, DARFUR AND TONY BLAIR BY KAMAL KARIM KATBA.   One of Tony Blairs famous misinformation, besides Iraq, was expressed to the media, during the hectic campaign of his reelection.  It was his sorrow about the situation in Darfur which, according to him, was "annexed to the Sudan by England." 

However, his statement of Darfur's being annexed to the Sudan by England runs contrary to the historical known facts. Historian Kamal Katba has taken on the task of straightening up the historical record on this matter with an essay entitled "The Sudan, Darfur & Tony Blair." 

Katba's rebuttal is supplemented with related excerpts from "A History of the Arabs In the Sudan", by the great  British historian H. A. MacMichael, such as:  The Pre-Islamic Arabian element in the Sudan along with an account of the Arab tribes in the Darfur.  In addition, included are excerpts on the Darfur, as an Egyptian administrated province, from Moorehead's "The White Nile." 

 

 
" THE DOYEN OF POETS: FUW'AD HADDAD BY AMEEN HADDAD :The late poet Fuw'ad Haddad was universally known in Egypt and the Arab world as  "sha`ir al-Shu`ara'" the Doyen of Poets. 

His son Ameen Haddad recalls in his article his childhood and  adult life, including some of his most memorable poems which delighted the millions of his generation. 

Salah Jaheen,  the celebrated poet and cartoonist, once said that Fuw'ad was his first inspiration as he considered himself his avid student. 


 


 


 


 

 
 
 

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 


 
 


 
 


 
 

 


WHAT IS DEMOCRACY? (1) THE PROBLEM OUTLINED -- DISPELLING THE MYTHS BY ISHINAN.
 
 

WHAT IS DEMOCRACY?   (2)  DEBUNKING  KAREN ARMSTONG'S  VIEWS OF  "THE GREAT WESTERN TRANSFORMATION" BY ISHINAN

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH (KIFAYAH) IN THE LAND OF PLENTY BY ISHINAN. Have you ever wondered why change is difficult to come by in Egypt? 

WHO INVENTED OUR NATIONAL SWEET PASTRIES: KUNAFAH AND BASBOUSAH? BY ISHINAN. 
 
 

ODYSSEY OF EGYPTIAN WATERFOWLS BY ISHINAN
 

1- "AL-SIYASAH",  OUR POLITICAL INSTITUTION   &  THE HORSE CULTURE BY ISHINAN 
 

UNRAVELING THE SECRET OF HIEROGLYPHS IN ANCIENT EGYPT BY ISHINAN - PART ONE- 
 

KHATT: UNLOCKING THE MYSTERY OF EGYPT'S ANCIENT ART OF WRITING BY ISHINAN - PART TWO- 
 

A TALE OF TWO FUNERALS BY ISHINAN - A great man has passed away. For many decades Nagiyb Mahfuwz has entertained us with his literary masterpieces.  His accomplishments have raised our heads high among the world giants . Sadly, the lack of enthusiasm and apathy displayed by the sparse crowd who attended his funeral leaves us speechless. 
 

WHAT IS REALLY BEHIND THE CURTAIN? A  RESPONSE FROM EMAD AFIFI -  & EGYPT NUCLEAR CHRONOLOGY- 
 
 

WHAT IS REALLY BEHIND THE CURTAIN? A  RESPONSE FROM AHMED HUSSEIN ABOUT THE ISRAELI NUCLEAR PROGRAM.
 
 

THE WORLD OF NA`ASAH. The following essay  is not about validating whether or not an Egyptian woman should wear the veil.  Rather, it is about the true reality of the life of a typical Egyptian Fallahah, living at the turn of the last century.  Hopefully, her harsh living conditions and abject poverty will illuminate our understanding of this complicated subject matter. 
 
 
 

THE TWILIGHT OF MUBARAK'S MIDDLE EAST DIPLOMACY --- BY ISHINAN.  The message addressed to the  Palestinians and the Arab world is loud and clear:  Either you do as we tell you or else you will suffer.  A peculiar brand of democracy clumsily disguised for a total hegemony of the west on the Middle East. 

 
KHART: THE ART OF WOODTURNING IN EGYPT-BY ISHINAN.
Under the 1952 Revolution, Mashrabiyat experienced a second lease on life under the new impetus of the dynamic minister of culture, Dr. Tharwat `Uqashah, who embarked on an ambitious program to revive Egypt’s folklore arts and crafts.  For that purpose, in the early 1960s, a center for folklore crafts was dedicated and established in wikalit al-Ghuwriy. Its goal was to teach the new generations the old traditional crafts of Egypt, lest they vanish forever. 
 
CAIRO'S FORMER "GREEN ZONE": AL-'AZBAKIYYAH-BY ISHINAN. This well known district has had a pervasive influence on the Cairene society during the half a millennium, influencing almost every aspect of life and constituting what may come to be seen as one of the most important symbols of the complexity of the history of our capital. Its social and cultural impact, which offers a wide scope of historical inquiry, is the subject of this article
 
" FARIS FAYIQ `UWDAH" --A SHORT STORY  BY EGYPTIAN WRITER  DR.  SOUMAYA MAHMOUD 
 
"ANA    BASS `ALA 'AKBAR" --A SHORT STORY  BY EGYPTIAN WRITER  REHAB BASSAM -- IN ARABIC
 
A NOSTALGIC AUTOBIOGRAPHY GUARANTEED TO MELT THE HEART OF ANY EGYPTIAN BY WRITER, MONA ABDALLAH.
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THE RIDDLE OF THE WORDS BY ISHINAN: FIRST , SECOND, THIRD PARTS --THEMES "THE REED": Amazingly the 7000 years old Ancient Egyptian term for "reed" managed to survive without alteration in many current Modern languages such as English, French, Spanish, Italian, and of course in our Modern Arabic. Can you name this mysterious term which has survived in so many languages, referring to so many different applications? 
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ANSWERS TO THE RIDDLE OF THE WORDS BY ISHINAN: FIRST & SECOND THEMES "ODYSSEY OF THE "REED"  -- PART ONE & TWO
 

HAZAR FAZAR (THE WORD GAME SERIES) : THE RIDDLE OF "REIN" BY ISHINAN:
 

HAZAR FAZAR (THE WORD GAME SERIES) : ANSWER OF THE RIDDLE OF THE " REIN " &  THE WINNERS BY ISHINAN.. 1) Essay on the Arab Roots of  European Equestrianship, 2) Evidence of culture contact. 3) The word as an artifact: Unlocking the past.4) Similar cavalry tactics used in the Shiyduwniyah  (Umm al-Hakiym) and Hastings battles.
 
 

HAZAR FAZAR (THE WORD GAME SERIES) : 3- THE RIDDLE OF EQUESTRIAN "DRESSAGE" BY ISHINAN
 
 
 
 

 

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EGYPT'S INDUSTRIAL PLAN: REASONS OF FAILURE AND PROSPECTS OF SUCCESS BY DR. IBRAHIM ABDEL MOTALEB. PART ONE. IN ARABIC

 
 
 
 
EGYPT'S INDUSTRIAL PLAN: REASONS OF FAILURE AND PROSPECTS OF SUCCESS ( PART TWO) "THE SUCCESS OF MUHAMMAD `ALIY INDUSTRIALIZATION PROGRAM" BY DR. IBRAHIM M. ABDEL MOTALEB- IN ARABIC

 
 
 
EGYPT'S INDUSTRIAL PLAN: REASONS OF FAILURE AND PROSPECTS OF SUCCESS ( PART THREE) "THE  SHORTCOMING  OF MUHAMMAD `ALIY INDUSTRIALIZATION PROGRAM" BY DR. IBRAHIM M. ABDEL MOTALEB- IN ARABIC

 
 
EGYPT'S INDUSTRIAL PLAN: REASONS OF FAILURE AND PROSPECTS OF SUCCESS BY DR. IBRAHIM ABDEL MOTALEB. PART FOUR. FROM KHEDIVE  `ABBAS I TO KHEDIVE `ABBAS HILMIY. IN ARABIC

 
 
EGYPT'S INDUSTRIAL PLAN: REASONS OF FAILURE AND PROSPECTS OF SUCCESS ( PART FIVEE) "EVALUATING INDUSTRIALIST TAL`AT HARB : BY DR. IBRAHIM M. ABDEL MOTALEB- IN ARABIC

 
EGYPT'S INDUSTRIAL PLAN: REASONS OF FAILURE AND PROSPECTS OF SUCCESS BY DR. IBRAHIM ABDEL MOTALEB. PART SIX. GAMAL `ABD AL-NASIR. IN ARABIC

 
EGYPT'S INDUSTRIAL PLAN: REASONS OF FAILURE AND PROSPECTS OF SUCCESS ( PART SEVEN) 'ANWAR AL-SADAT A FEATHERLESS PEACOCK : BY DR. IBRAHIM M. ABDEL MOTALEB- IN ARABIC

 
EGYPT'S INDUSTRIAL PLAN: REASONS OF FAILURE AND PROSPECTS OF SUCCESS BY DR. IBRAHIM ABDEL MOTALEB. (PART EIGHT). HUSNIY MUBARAK. IN ARABIC
 



 THE STATUS OF CULTURE IN EGYPT BY DR. IBRAHIM M. ABDEL MOTTALEB -- {EPISODE FOUR} Dr. Ibrahim Abdel Mottaleb, along with many astute commentators and prognosticators of all stripes, frequently notes that Egyptian culture has been in decline since the 1970's. The examples he cites touch all aspects of our culture.  If he is correct that we are in the midst of a cultural decline, can we find a way out of this dilemma?   Dr. Ibrahim's serialized articles explore these possibilities. (In Arabic) 
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THREE COMMENTARIES ON THE STATUS OF CULTURE IN EGYPT BY HAZEM WEFY A TV PROGRAMER, MS. MONA MAHMOUD A WRITER AND DR. YOUSSEF HEGAZY AN EXECUTIVE CONSULTANT.
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RESPONSE TO  COMMENTARIES ON THE STATUS OF CULTURE IN EGYPT BY  DR. IBRAHIM M. ABDEL MOTTALEB
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" MIN WARA' AL-`AQL" BY DR. SOUMAYA EL-SAYED. A unique religious experience about an individual's thirst for the quest of life beyond oneself. 


 

 
 


"ANA LIWAHDIY  WA LA AMID 'AYDIY !!  . . ." BY  DR. SOUMAYA MAHMOUD .. (In Arabic) 
 

"AHLA GUWN ...!!  "  A SHORT STORY BY  DR. SOUMAYA MAHMOUD . (In Arabic) 
 

"MIN QALB AL- WANAS"  A SHORT STORY BY  DR. SOUMAYA MAHMOUD . (In Arabic)
 

 
"MAHMUWD WA HADUWTIT AL-MUWLID ... WA" BY  SOUMAYA MAHMOUD. A short story  evoking the childhood  memories of a  tender love of a father who is still missed, still loved,  and very dear to the heart. (In Arabic)


 

 
 

"HADHA AL-RAGUL QATALA NAFSAHU" THIS MAN KILLED HIMSELF; BY NEVEEN EL-GAMAL. A short  Egyptian story  about what happens to a  young man who kills himself  by choosing not to think . (In Arabic)

LKAM AFTAQADAK: A POEM BY NEVEEN EL-GAMAL. A poem about our feelings toward those we miss most in this crazy world (IN ARABIC)

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A RECIPE " WASFAH" A SHORT STORY BY MONA MAHMOUD (In Arabic) 


 
 
 
 
 "MA QABL WAFAT MALIK" A SHORT STORY BY DR. MOHAMED NAGUIB `ABDALLAH {IN ARABIC}.

 
 

" QISAT HUBB" A LOVE STORY BY DR. MOHAMED NAGUIB ABDALLAH{IN ARABIC} .
 

A SHORT EGYPTIAN STORY: WHERE THE PIGEONS DON'T FLY BY DR. MOHAMED NAGUIB (IN ARABIC).
 

 
 
 "MIN YAWMIYAT ZAHRAH" A SHORT STORY BY DR. MOHAMED NAGUIB `ABDALLAH {IN ARABIC} .

 

 
 
"AL-HILM! ( THE DREAM!) A SHORT STORY BY DR. MOHAMED NAGUIB `ABDALLAH {IN ARABIC} .
 
MUHAMMAD `UWDAH : EGYPT IS PREGNANT WITH A SOCIAL REVOLUTION ... "Parallel between Revolution and pregnancy. In the very early stages of pregnancy, if just on empirical evidence you ask whether or not someone is pregnant, the answer will be no. However, with the use of science you can determine whether the person is pregnant very early. Later on it becomes evident for everybody to see. The same thing is true of social revolution. In the early stages most people don’t see it. You always begin on the assumption that in every society that needs a revolution, the majority of the people don’t think it’s possible." P.C. ( IN ARABIC)
 
A TWIST OF FATE: THE DNA STORY -- A TRIBUTE TO FRANCIS CRICK - DNA Scientists around the world have paid tribute to British scientist Francis Crick, co-discover of the structure of DNA and the simple way in which genetic material is copied, who passed away on Wednesday night. He died at a hospital in San Diego, California, where he had been battling colon cancer. He was 88.  Crick is credited with a number of important discoveries but will be best remembered for determining the structure of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) in 1953.
 
FROM THE LATEST OF SOUMAYA'S DIWAN: A QASIYDAH ENTITLED: KAN ISMAHA YA SAMA`IYN . . . &  BAHIYAH.B(In Arabic) AHIYAH.


 

 
1-MAQAMAT AL-HARIYRIY  2-RISALIT AHMAD IBN FADLAN BY ISHINAN.  A HISTORICAL LEGACY THAT IS SHEDDING NEW LIGHT BOTH ON VIKING HISTORY AND ON A LITTLE-KNOWN CHAPTER OF EARLY ISLAMIC HISTORY. 
 
"IHDA'KHAS LI ZAYNAB" A SHORT  EGYPTIAN STORY BY SOUMAYA MAHMOUD. (In Arabic) 
 
THE TRAP OF DOMESTIC BOREDOM BY MS. NAGLA' MAHMOUD. (In Arabic) 


 

 










'AZAGAL ABUW HAMIYD AL-MISRIY --  BY DR. AHMED El-TABBAKH. (In Arabic) THE LATEST ZAGAL: " 'ARIYG Al-SHIYB" 
 
LOVE AND MARRIAGE IN EGYPT BY NAGLAA MAHMOUD. PART THREE--A THREE EPISODE SERIES, WHICH CONCENTRATES ON IMPORTANT SOCIAL ISSUES IN EGYPT.  THE SUBJECT MATTER REVOLVES AROUND LOVE AND MARRIAGE IN EGYPT. (In Arabic)


 

 
"MIN AL- SHURFAH: A SHORT STORY BY MONA MA7MOUD --  ANTHOLOGY OF EGYPTIAN SHORT STORIES.    IN ARABIC

 

 
THE GATEWAY TO THE HISTORY OF ANCIENT EGYPT (EPISODE XVI)-- THE LATE PERIODE - BY  DR. JANO EL-KADY - In this episode the centuries under discussion break down into four clearly defined phases: the Saite Dynasty (664-525 BC); the First Persian Occupation (525-404 BC); a period of independence (404-343 BC); and the Second Persian Occupation. 
 
FALSE DAWN --THE CHRONICLES OF THE FRENCH EXPEDITION.
(EPISODE FIVE).
 
THE LION OF THE EAST --   (EPISODE TEN) THE DOUBLE EDGED SWORD OF MODERNIZATION IN EGYPT.The support Muhammad `Aliy gave to the drive toward modernization programs in Egypt had a serious drawback: Waliy Misr had a mania for foreigners. 
"The Pasha and the foreigners were drawn together by a mutual necessity: they both wanted money; he, for consolidating his power, and they out of sheer greed and rapacity" 
 
THE SUEZ CANAL -- THE TURBULENT LEGACY- (EPISODE NINE) 
 
THE WIND AND THE WHIRLWIND -- BY WILFRID SCAWEN BLUNT.  EPISODE SIX - "THE QASR AL-NIYL CONFRONTATION." Based on the life of Ahmad `Urabiy Pasha and the 1881-1882 Revolution.
Harry Pidgeon
 
THE 1919 REVOLUTION -- MARCH 8th  PART.. Allenby retaliates for the assassination of  Sir Lee Stack  by ordering  the withdrawal of Egyptian troops from the Sudan, thus modifying the terms of the Condominium, and imposing a fine of half a million pounds on Egypt.
 
THE LOST MEMOIRS OF EX-KING FARUWQ I -EPISODE TEN FINAL DESTINATION TO THE ISLAND OF CAPRI

 
EGYPT'S DESTINY BY LIWA'  MUHAMMAD NAGIYB  -- EPISODE THIRTEEN -- CHAPTER TWO -- THE SON OF THE NILE  :  In this episode, the Treaty of 1936, as it came to be known, terminated the British occupation of all but a small portion of Egypt the Suez Canal Zone, where a maximum of 10,000 soldiers, including 400 fliers, were to be based for the treaty's duration. The treaty also abolished the legal immunities and special privileges enjoyed by Britons and other foreigners in Egypt and the discriminatory restrictions to which Egyptians had been subjected in Sudan. It reduced the status of the British High Commissioner to that of an ambassador and established a British military mission to train and equip the Egyptian Army to the extent necessary to ensure the defense of Egypt without further assistance from the British Army except "in the event of war, imminent menace of war or apprehended international emergency." 
 
THE CROSSING OF THE SUEZ CANAL BY - Lt. GENERAL SA`D AL-SHAZLIY -( THE COMPLETE EPISODES # 1 - 43) In 1973 the Bar-Lev line looked so steadfast that Moshe Dayan, then minister of defence, claimed that it “would take the American and Soviet engineer corps together to break through it  But on 6 October 1973, it took the Egyptian military only a few hours to break through and overrun the “in-destructible” line.

In the end, the line that had stood up to two years of Egyptian artillery-fire throughout the war of attrition, succumbed to water. British-made high-pressure water cannons used the water of the Suez Canal to dissolve the hardened sand and melt the formidable artificial landscape into pools of mud. 

Two days later, 8 October 1973, brought the most bitter defeat in IDF history, when waves of bewildered Israeli soldiers in an armoured counter-offensive broke against a dug-in Egyptian army equipped with previously unknown personal anti-tank missiles. That day, Moshe Dayan proclaimed that the “Third Temple was falling”.

 
A LOOK AT EGYPT'S EDUCATION SYSTEM BY DR. JANO EL-KADY "Among Egypt's challenges to become an active participant in the globalized changing world of today is the nations educational system currently under close review. Holistic theory indicates that there is no one complete system but a combination of sub-system are the ingredients required for major achievements or progress." 
 
"GHARAH" A SHORT STORY BY DR. MOHAMED NAGUIB `ABDALLAH  {IN ARABIC} .
 
" BOMBARD US " A POEM BY EHAB LOTAYEF
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"FIY `IYD MILADAK AL-KAM WA SAB`IYN" --A POEM BY AHMAD FUW'AD NIGM (IN ARABIC). If the soul of Egypt is to be saved, then the poet Ahmad Fuw'ad Nigm must be the chosen one leading the way.  His latest poetry entitled "Fiy `Iyd Miladak al-kam wa Sab`iyn" is posted therein to inspire you.
 
AKHIR HAGAH --A POEM BY HADIY MURAD (IN ARABIC)
 
 MICHAEL MOORE'S FAHRNHEIT 911 REVIEWED BY HAZEM WEFY 
 
 
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