My Bookmarx 11/12/2013
12 نوفمبر 2013 بواسطة Tamer Mowafy
Testimonies following the arrest of 14 gay men in Egypt | G-AZZI
“On Thursday the 17 October 2013, I was exposed to verbal harassments and insults by a police officer (who refused to mention his name) in El-Marg police station. I’ve been there at 8 am to ask about a group of 14 men who’ve been arrested on the 11 October 2013 from a health club in El- Marg after being accused of “habitual practice of debauchery”.”
توقيف مثليين في مصر خلال احتفال بـ”عيد الحب”
“ألقت قوات الشرطة في مصر القبض على 10 شباب من المثليين في فيلا خاصة في منطقة نائية، خلال احتفالهم بـ”عيد الحب”، على طريقتهم، فيما فرّ آخرون باتوا ملاحقين من الأمن.”
Military manhood: More arrests for homosexual conduct in Egypt | a paper bird
“early in the morning of November 5. I heard from a friend at around 2 AM: 46 people had been arrested at a raid on a private party, or 80, or 70, no one was sure. The numbers swung round wildly in the next 24 hours. All anybody knew was, there’d been a gathering in a “villa” — a detached house — celebrating “Love Day,” an unofficial holiday that’s a kind of Egyptian Valentine’s Day. The police came in.”
The complaint against the party had come from the military itself. The villa stood near a checkpoint, and the soldiers there didn’t like the noise, or the way the guests looked and acted when they passed. Military police had phoned the 6 October cops to shut the party down. The soldiers wanted the egregious villa closed permanently; for this, a legal case would be necessary. To please the military, the Giza prosecutor ordered the case kept active, and sent the victims off for forensic anal exams.
Yet this case, like the El-Marg one, also suggests how much of this is about manhood: a complex of fears and fantasies that military rule, with its overt adulation of power and muscle, only intensifies. Why hone in on “ladyboys”? Why the prurient questions about perverts who dare to “act like men?
مصر ـ احتجاز لاجئين من سوريا وإكراههم على العودة | Human Rights Watch
“) ـ مصر احتجزت أكثر من 1500 لاجئ من سوريا، بينهم ما لا يقل عن 400 فلسطيني و250 طفلاً من أعمار تصل إلى شهرين، بالأسابيع وأحياناً بالشهور. اعترف مسؤولون أمنيون بأن احتجاز اللاجئين سيمتد إلى أجل غير مسمى حتى يغادرون البلاد. “
Charles Darwin to receive apology from the Church of England for rejecting evolution – Telegraph
“The Church of England will concede in a statement that it was over-defensive and over-emotional in dismissing Darwin’s ideas. It will call “anti-evolutionary fervour” an “indictment” on the Church”.”
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