Remembering the brutality of SCAF’s army

In the honor of a woman who may have been uncovered from cloths, yet she uncovered all masks on all the killers in the SCAF‘s army. She has been truly an inspiration for millions. To you, set el banat.

All photos of the Occupy Cabinet clashes can be found here.

It’s been almost a year, since I’ve seen and photographed how sick my country’s army can be, against peaceful protesters, just because it’s their orders. I hate that word “Orders”. Millions have been killed because of it.

It’s been a year, remembering another sad event. The army is killing the people, again.

The fight is in mohammed mahmoud street between the protesters and the police in its second day. The tear gas smell was strong, people are very upset of the police’s brutality, every one is looking at that street, while the army is preparing for its next move. It’s dirty move, sneaking up to the protesters from the side, they won’t see it coming, they won’t know what hit’em. Which is what exactly happened.

That sneaky attack caught the protesters by surprise, it attacked the back line, which had many people who most probably didn’t want to join the fight inside mohammed mahmoud. It caused a lot of panic, fear, which empowered them, even though the soldiers were fewer in numbers, and they only had sticks! But as I said, those people didn’t want blood at the first place. But they were dragged for yet another fight.

The Egyptian Army beating people in #Tahrir

Army Soldiers attacking protesters who were trapped in a bottle neck near Mohammed Mahmoud St.

Less than a month later. Protesters are still angry, beaten up, many of them got injured, lost their eyes, or their friends lost their lives. They want reforms, they need change, but they get another fight with the army instead.

Protesters were at a street in downtown cairo, between the cabinet’s building and the parliament building, while the candidates are actually running their campaigns. one night of the few weeks old sit-in, army had enough of them. So they kidnapped a teenages from the sit-in and sent him back after torturing him, injuring him severely.

It was getting intense, and the protesters were very angry, and suddenly the army starting throwing rocks at the protesters, who had nothing to use as cover, and nothing to throw back or a way to defend themselves. One sad moment, that protesters had memorial coffins for the martyrs who just died less than a month ago, and those coffins where used as protection.

2 protesters were taking cover from the rocks that were thrown on them by Army

Two protesters taking cover in memorial coffins from the rocks that were being thrown on them by army soldiers

The fights keeps going till the morning, Army inside the parliament building, throwing rocks and whatever they find inside the building at the protesters outside, from a 9 stores building.

Getting the use of many “civilians” on the ground as their troops, and they are doing what they can from above.

While there is a sign that says “Democracy is giving the Power to the people”. And the army is just proving that they don’t care, they will kill the people if they have to. They don’t mind pissing on them.

Army Soldier with a dirty gesture on top the Parliament building

Army Soldier didn’t hesitate to show his “private parts” to the crowd to insult them. This is the SCAF’s army.

One more time, the army sneaks in to the ground, this time with support from the parliament building, soldiers throwing rocks and chairs from the building at the prosters. One hit, and you are most probably gone. This time, the soldiers are angry, and they run after protesters. The anger is huge, as if they are fighting their worst enemy and they finally have a chance to kill them.

Army Raids Tahrir

Running to capture their worst enemy.

They ran after us, one of them tried to capture me, but I got saved by another protester. They were brutal, whoever they capture is instantly tortured, not even arrested, just beaten up, with anyone who’s around, it could take 5- 10 soldiers to take rounds on getting their energy and anger on you, with sticks, or kicks or punchs.

The officers were masked! for the first time, since we photographers exposed many police or army officers who took part of many violations. Instead of stopping them, they decided to cover their face. And make more crimes.

Army Officer points a gun at a fallen protester

Army Soldier terrorizing peaceful protester and aiming his gun at him before beating him! He didn’t eventually shoot him.

There was no tear gas, no smoke, it was very early in the morning, you can see clearly. They can see clearly. They have guns, and we have cameras. They shoot, and so do we.

They have gone rogue ! They are attacking anything that moves. A Taxi passing by the square, after the army’s crackdown was attacked by the soldiers. All of them – 30 soldiers or more – attacking one car, driven by one man, for no reason! Are they crazy?

Army Soldiers attacking a taxi passing by

Attacking the Taxi

Taxi got attacked by Army Soldiers

The taxi running away from the mob

Protest like Egyptians

Protest like Egyptians, with arms wide open

The army is heading for chaos, and we are watching and completely amazed by what’s going on.

Time to resist, with all possible ways. People won’t give up now. Almost a year after the revolution, how in the world would they give up?

The people fought back, to stand their ground, they fought back with arms wide open. Welcoming Heaven, as they believe who dies now, is a martyr, and will follow the jan25 martyrs to heaven. No one holds back. It’s time to win this fight.

Bullets and blood

They mix quite well

The army thought it’s time to kill us. They started using live ammunition. Killing peaceful protesters. Killing a dream, a young man who had a hope and a dream for a better country, killing a young man who maybe could’ve been one of the country’s next geniuses. Maybe that young man with this amount of passion, could’ve solved the country’s economical problems. Why give them a chance? instead, kill them.

And that’s exactly what they did. Very late at night, right before dusk, you can hear gunshots. We were only tens of protesters, but many have been shot. Live ammo, shooting to kill, in the head, stomach and who was lucky, got shot in the leg.

That’s the army that is supposed to protect the country, killing their own people.

SCAF has brainwashed their soldiers, and now they think they are fighting “The Enemy” not knowing that the actual enemy has never been happier after seeing this.

They SCAF’s army has terrorized peaceful Egyptian, they injured dozens, killed over 40 people in a month, with the help of the police!

We will never forget, we will never forgive.

The blood of the martyr who got shot in the head

Blood of a fellow Egyptian. People tried to save him and got him to the hospital. but he didn’t make it

The Martyr | الشهيد

The Martyr

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To the Guardian : What is this crisis about

guardian-logoThe british news paper has wrote a provocative editorial called “Egypt : Tug of War“.  A piece that tries to be unbiased that it’s missing the whole point of what’s going on for weeks now.

They start of saying what the whole crisis is “NOT” about, they mentioned it’s not about the decree, nor the constitution, but it’s about Morsy him self. Stating that the “Opposition” is trying to claim power. hmm, seriously? that same opposition that gave its blessing to Morsy in the second round of elections and most of them voted for him?

The “prestigious” Guardian talks about two side, opposition and power, as figures! which is an idiotic domain since the opposition doesn’t really matter or even has a significant role in this crisis. People took down the street and Tahrir square again, even before any of the “opposition” declare it’s stands. El Baradie met with Morsy few weeks before he announced his “absolute power” decree. I’m sure El Baradie mentioned his aim for the chair!

it’s outrageous how the Guardian analyze the situation, mentioning that “Muslim Brotherhood‘s Freedome and Justice party sanctioned a violent assault on a peaceful encampment of ‘opposition supporters’ outside the presidential palace,” then saying “Islamists were its principle victims.” So FJP assaulted but Islamists were the victims! How the use of two different words, to portray two different category of people! No they are not, FJP assaulted peaceful protesters (Not opposition supporters! You wont see El Baradie’s poster in the crowd for example), so how in the hell would an attacker become a victim? ridiculous!

The “professional” Guardian says five of the six people killed in Cairo were members of the Brotherhood. Even though all the reports on the ground shows that’s not true, yet they got their info from the Muslim Brotherhood it self, and neglected all the other media outlets. Very professional. So much of being unbiased.

“Morsi undoubtedly made grave mistakes” You could have never described it better. That’s exactly why El Baradie said (and you mentioned earlier in your Editorial) “Morsi had lost his legitimacy”. If you read the situation this way, then it makes sense, but how your editorial team, manipulated the timeline of events putting the reply before the mistakes, makes the “opposition” sound greedy as you try to portray it.

One more thing, the ‘opposition figures’ do not represent the ground movements, they may say some of what’s been chanted, but they do not have a significant influence on the ground, it’s the other way around. You should know better.

The “Crisis” was about the decree, only the decree, how the MB slipped the constitution, made a crisis inside a crisis and how the MB attacked and killed peaceful protesters, that was the third strike, and it’s time for them to go.

I won’t comment on the last sentence, cause I believe it was written by an idiot.

تحليل خطاب محمد مرسي الخميس ٦ ديسمبر

كان خطاب خالي من الواقعية و كان مماطل و يستفز اعصاب المعارضين و يجبر خاطر المؤيدين، خطاب موجه لمؤيدينه و فيه رسائل تحريض و ابتعد تماما عن الأسئلة المهمة في الشارع، زي مشكلة القضاء و مستشاريينه المستقاليين ، و هدف الإعلان الدستوري، و انه يعلن حسن نيته بإلغائه مثلا، زي ماطلب مؤيدينه ، قبل معارضينه… ولا الهوا

أول القصيدة كفر

يبدأ الرئيس في أي خطاب و في اي بلد بأهم ما يجري في الأحداث…. فبدأ محمد مرسي خطابه بنفسه ، و عن اصابة سيارات الرئاسة و إصابة سائق منهم و انه في المستشفى
و تغاطى تماما عن شهداء احداث الأمس، ٥ ديسمبر ، قتل ٦ و انباء تقول عن مزيد ، بسبب ان جماعته قررت فض إعتصام معارضيه. و لكن ذكر الشهداء و عزى اهاليهم في أخر الخطاب و ويدل على اهمية الموضوع عنده

المنشئات ذكرت في حديث مرسي اكثر من مرة. و جاب سيرة حرق المنشئات قبل الشهداء و كان المقصود بالمنشئات مقرات الحرية و العدالة، فهو يجبر خاطر مؤيديه “أولا” تاني

ذكر مرسي انه سيوقف العمل بالمادة ٦ لو المعارضة توافقت عليها. و ده يوضح مدى بعده عن الواقع، و عن ان المعارضة تريد اسقاط الإعلان الدستوري اصلا، مش مواد و كلام عقيم
مرسي ذكر انه قام بمحادثات مع الأحزاب السياسية و “الكنيسة” و ده في حد ذاته مضحك اصلا، و الكذب مش محتاج تحليل
مرسي ذكر “متهم” تم تبرأته و “ردح” على التلفزيون للمتهم و قال ان كان بيحصل عنده اجتماعات من ناس من النظام السابق.

دعى مرسي للإستفتاء مع اني كشخص عايش خارج مصر المفروض استفتي بعد بكرة و انا قرأت الدستور و سمعت و قرأت كتييير و لسه ماتلعطش كل عيوبه، تخيلوا باقي الناس اللي لسه مقرأتش !!؟  البلد لسه مش مستعدة للإستفتاء ، و دي طريقة لفرض نعم ( للأغلبية) و لأ سيقولها معارضي مرسي عامة و خلاص، حتى لو لم يقرأوا الدستور، في منتهى الهبل السياسي ان يحصل استفتاء في الاجواء دي

مرسي قال بالحرف “انا اخاطب من يعارضني و من جاء يدافع عن الشرعية” اسلوب تفرقة، و تحريض، على ان المعارضين بيهاجموا الشرعية
و ده بياخدنا بأن مرسي ذكر ان المعارضين منهم طرف تالتو تم القبض عليهم و تم التحقيق معاهم و خلاص مرسي عرف انهم الطرف التالت. و لكن المحاميين ذكروا ان المتهمين لسه لم يعرضوا على النيابة اصلا في وقت الخطاب، مع ان الخطاب مسجل اساسا. و دي يوضح مدى بعده عن النيابة و لكن بياخد اخباره من جامعته و ان دي يمكن حقيقات ميليشاته

قال حرفيا ” لن اسمح بالتعرض للمنشئات و السفارات .. و و و ” و لكن يسمح مؤيدينه بالتعرض للمحكمة الدستورية

تحدث عن مؤامرات داخلية و خارجية ” مصر مطمع للغزاه بسبب موقعا الجغرافي و مناخها الجميل” نفس الكلام من ١٠٠ سنة و لا يوجد دليل

تغزل بالقضاء شوية لكنه قال ان في متهم و تم برائته في تلميح بعدم نزاهة القضاء ، و هذا سبب كروتة مسودة الدستور في يومين عشان مايجيش القضاء يحل اللجنة التأسيسية

حرض مرسي رسميا الشعب على بعضه مثلما فعل المشير طنطاوي ، و طلب من الشعب التصدي للأفعال التي سماها بأنها عنف على المنشئات و مصالح البلد

حاول مرسي الإرتجال من الحين للأخر ، و كان بيسرح في الكلام و بيقول حاجات ملهاش اي معنى ، و كلام مماطل .. و كان نبرة صوته بتختلف من قرائته من الورقة و من ارتجاله، و كان الإتصال بينهم سكوت، و ده بيوضح ان الخطاب مكتوبله، و بما انه خطاب لمؤيدينهو فهو مكتوب من شخص برضو بعيد عن الواقع، و ده سيء في حقه

انهى خطابه ب “حمى الله مصر” و هو ينظر للورق

How to get your photography seen by thousands

Canon EOS 5D Mark II DSLR

Canon EOS 5D Mark II DSLR (Photo credit: camknows)

You are a photographer and you took a picture, it looks great, in your head you will have hundreds maybe thousands of views, but you end up having few? You must be doing something wrong! Your photo is fine, the problem is not with your photography, the problem is how you market it.

Here are few tips, I used and it got me over half a million views on my photography.

Caption

Caption, Caption, Caption. I can’t stress enough on how this is the most important aspect in publishing your photos. Captions complete the story. Caption to photography, is like sound to film, essential. So what do you write? Simple, don’t state the obvious. if it’s a bird, don’t just say, “A bird” , you will get a “Duh!!” Rise up to the intelligence of your audience.
Write something in context but adds emotions, completes the scene, add a feeling to the photo. Use sarcasm, innuendo, or quotes. Be artistic and make it short.

Do and don’t for captions

Sharable Material

If you use flickr, there is an option to allow your photos to be sharable in your settings. This way the sharing options on top of the photos are activated. It helps your photos to be shared in just one click.

if you use other platforms, make sure your content is sharable in one click, 2 at most, and make the option visible.

Photography Groups

This is mainly for flickr users, share your photos on groups, find a group that interests you. If you do portraits , then find portraits groups, or if you do politics, find that. When you do, look at the photos, learn from them and share yours. You will get many feedback and views.

Social Media

You are sharing your stuff now, you’ve done all this, have a great photo with a great caption, over doing the sharing can ruin it though. Here is how I’d do it (how I actually do it, this was a secrete)

First thing is Time. When do you share your photography? There are different studies suggest different timing of the day that would cause you the highest exposure. I personally seen that the timing from 6-9 PM is the best. However the audience from 1-4 are totally different people. So my advice is share your stuff twice.

Twitter

Everyone uses hashtags for twitter, to reach more audience, but does that really work? I personally believe hashtags are made so your followers or whoever sees the tweet knows what it’s talking about. So if a tweet has 10 hashtags, WTF is it talking about?
Pointing that out, what I do is use #Photography hashtag, so people know it’s a photography related tweet, then if needed one more about the photo it self, #Egypt , #Tahrir , #Portrait , etc.
I use the same caption as the tweet it self. However, sometimes you need to reshare the same photo (if you really like it) and sharing it in the same exact tweet is kinda silly, and people might ignore it. So I reshare it with different caption, and maybe different hashtag.

Facebook

Well, the only bad part is, if you just share a link, the chances that people click on it is at its minimal. You can always do that, but the better way is, share your best photo of the new photoset you just uploaded, then add in that photo’s description, to see more photos, go here : “Link to your photoset/portfolio”

reddit

You may or may not know this website, but it’s brilliant. People share a lot of things on it, and your stuff is any good ( or funny ) it could get viral. Share your stuff there, they have some kind of subjects, so add yours under photography unless you think it should be under another classification.
Don’t spam them, cause they hate that (been there) share other people’s stuff too. Share that riddit link on your other social media, the more thumbs up, the more views you get.

Blog

Having a blog is great for your professional life. You can add your experience, or your photos with stories about them.
If you’re using flickr, you can reshare your photos from flickr on your blog, by clicking on share on flickr, coping the html code (choose the size first below, medium is good) then add that to your “text” in your blog. This way when someone clicks on the photo, it actually goes to your flickr, so it gets more views.

The other way to do it, is to upload the photo to your blog and make it a link that goes to your portfloio.
Share and reshare your post with different lines on social media as well.

Share your photography to your friends, who are influential. Ask for feedback, and don’t spam them or your timeline.
The most important thing is, you shoot for the love of photography, not for fame, views or anything, those things will come later.
And if you’re doing it for the money, you should sell your camera then, that will get you money.

لماذا اصبحت ثورتنا مسلحة؟

Bullets and blood

طيب، انا عارف ان الموضوع حساس و بيضايق ناس كتير … بس احنا فعلا بقى معانا ناس مسلحة كتير. و في اكتر من دليل،و ناس اثق فيها قالت الكلام ده

المهم، انا هنا عشان اقول ان ده غلط “بالنسبة للثورة السلمية”  .. نشوف الناس كانت بتقول يعني ايه سلمية؟ “يعني ماتبدأش بعنف، يعني لو جالك حد تدافع عن نفسك على قد عدوانه”  و بذات المبدأ تم حرق مقرات الحزب الوطني . و ما أشبه اليوم بالبارحة

حاليا في عهد الرئيس محمد مرسي، و حزبه الحرية والعدالة.. الناس نزلت بمطالب ، سلميين، انضربوا من الشرطة ، اتقتل منهم ناس، والرئيس لم يحرك ساكنا
بعدها بأقل من أسبوع (بما انه مش سامع) ذهبت جموع الناس لمخاطبة الرئيس، و كانت من اعظم مظاهرات الثورة في ٢٠١٢ .. و لم يحرك ساكنا، لأ أسف، هرب من القصر بكل جبن لا يستطيع مواجهة معارضيه و راح يقابل قادة الحرية والعدالة (اللي هو استقال منه اصلا) عشان يسمع كلام يريحه، عشان يعرف ينام بليل

و في اقل من ٢٤ ساعة، ذهب مؤيدينه لقتال و قتل معارضينه، على خوانة، محملين بالأسلحة البيضاء و الالأسلحة النارية و الغضب القاتل، والكره

نمط الثورة

كان في شباب واعي، و متحمس، ليه طموحات و امال و احلام كانت تحت الرماد و اصبحت فوق السحاب من اول ٢٥ يناير ٢٠١١. نزل و اتقتل منه ناس، فتعلم المقاومة، و قاوم. بالطوب، ثم الملوتوف ، ثم بعضهم قرر بحرق كل ما يمثل الطغيان. من اقسام شرطة الى مقرات الحزب الحاكم. كان شايف نفسه مضطر انه يعمل كده، هو مش حابب ده، بس يا هيموت، يا يعمل كده… و نستنى تغيير

١٨ يوم عدو، و الأمال عليت كمان .. و بعديها بمفيش، بدأ القتل تاني ، من حد تاني، لابس كاب و على كتفه نجوم. كان عسكري ، عنده سبب مقنع انه يشيل سلاح، والرصاصة عنده زي الطوبة عندنا. على مدار سنة و نص، كنا في معارك معاه … قتلوا مننا ناس كتير ، حاولنا نحافظ على نفس النمط،تظاهر، إعتصام، إشتباك، طوب ، ملوتوف، كرر شوية و بعدين تغيير.
نقاوم .. بس الناس لسه بتموت، و مش بيحصل تغيير !!  و لا تطور للثورة ؟

الطموح بيقل، والأحلام بتقع ، و ناس عالكراسي مش فارق معاها الدم، الكرسي ملطخ بالدم من زمان، واللي بيقعد عليه مش بيهون عليه الدم

نفس الناس اللي هزمناهم في ٢٨ يناير ، قاموا .. العسكر فوقهم، و ساعدهم و ساندهم ، عشان كل طاغي محتاج ايد البطش ، و قتلوا مننا صحابنا …. تاني ، و اصابوا مننا اكتر … تاني .. و حبسوا الألاف ، برضو…. تاني

و لسه بنحاول نحافظ على نفس النمط، مظاهرة، إعتصام، إشتباك ، طوب ، مولوتف، نروح بيتنا و نستنى تغيير. بس في ناس مننا بتحاول تقول لأ بلاش ملوتوف، أو بلاش عنف مننا ، و باصيين لقدام، شايفين الإنسانية بتقل مننا، بشكل مش واضح للجموع، بس واضح للي شايف. و في ناس خلاص فاض بيها، و العنف بقى شيء مفروض، دول قليلين، بس اصبحوا مسلحيين. لكن خايفين يستخدموه، عشان مايبقوش مرفوضين وسط الثوريين.

اشتباك ورا التاني، و القهر يزيد، مع صورة كل شهيد ، و الناس مش حاسة ان الثورة رايحة لطريق منور

و لما اختارنا رئيس “شرعي” قلنا هتعرف نعارضه، اصل التاني من العسكر و هينزل جنوده تقتلنا ، زي ماغيره عمل، (يا لسخرية القدر) فعلا

بس في أقل من ٥ شهور، التعذييب في الأقسام زي ما هو ، قلنا يمكن لسه بيطهر، بس هو عين وزير داخلية من السفاحيين !!! فين التغيير يا ريس ؟
و ادى العسكر اللي قتل صحابنا اعلى وسام في البد !! فيين التطهيير يا ريس؟
و عين فلول في حكومته !!! فين العزل يا ريس؟
و كل ده بيعدي عادي !! بس قولنا نوصل كلامنا ، اتظاهرنا .. و بدأنا في نفس النمط ، تظاهر ، أعتصام …. لكن اكيد النمط هيتغير ، و يبقى في تغيير على طول بقى بدون إشتباك

لأ

زي ما هو، تظاهر، أعتصام و إشتباك …بدأ مع الشرطة … قتلوا مننا ناس … تاني؟؟ تااااني ؟؟
مفيش اسبوع نزلنتلنا مليشيات مسلحة !!!؟ نعم ؟؟؟ يعني مش عساكر ، بقوا مؤيدين للنظام؟زي موقعة الجمل كده
هو ايه الفرق بين مدني أو عسكري ماسك سلاح و بيقتل فينا ؟؟

فاض بينا خلاص ! مش هنفضل نتقتل و نقول اسمعونا، و محدش بيسمع، و نروح بيوتنا اكننا متظلمناش !!!و مفيش حد من صحابنا حقع رجع؟ هنفضل كده لحد امتى ؟

ليه الثورة أصبحت مسلحة ؟  عشان محدش بيسمعنا و لا بيفهمنا ، بيقتلونا بس … و القتل كتر ، و وجب الدفاع عن النفس !! عمر الثورة ما بدأت عنف ..دايما كان دفاع عن النفس، و نستنى تغيير. لكن واضح ان الثورة هتضطر تغير النمط … و هيبقى في تسلح لتغيير النمط، أو تسريعه

 للأسف، الإنسانية قربت للعدم، بسبب العناد و الطغيان. سنتين يا كفرة بتقتلوا فينا! و مش عازين ندافع عن نفسنا !؟ العين بالعين ، والسن بالسن و البادي أظلم

قاوم

And I still wonder, did they really die?

This photo was taken from Tahrir, almost a year ago. “This is where I’ll die” . A lot of people died there.

So I wonder, did the person who wrote this die? is he still alive?

I’m really looking for him/her…

This is Where I'll Die "Tahrir"

Are you still alive stranger? “This is where I’ll die” in one of Tahrir’s poles.