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Elbaradei on Youtube

Nonviolent change is sustainable — Mohamed Elbaradei

Showing the type of calibre working behind the scene with Elbaradei, the former IAEA chief has given a one-hour interview that was uploaded on the video-sharing site Youtube. The interview is shot in hight quality with good and well-fixed angles. Multi-cams have been used to or at least it was fixed in the video-editing process.

The interview was conduced by Dr.Mustafa Al-Nagar, a prominent Egyptian activist whom some identify as a liberal Islamist.

While the interview was uploaded as one piece in its one-hour form, it was also clipped into small video clips each answering a major question. Titles included : ‘ Can the Egyptian people change? ‘, ‘ Is that petition idea effective? ‘, ‘Why do you travel alot?’, and ‘ Whether he eats the Egyptian popular food called ‘Koshari’ ?’.

The way the questions themselves were selected is interesting. A couple of weeks before the interview was to be aired, a page was set up on Google Moderator. Moderator is a service by Google which aggregates questions and selects them accordingly after an electronic vote.

In total, 2729 users sent 1332 questions and 59,733 votes were cast. The result was the 25 most asked questions included in the video interview.

A print-screen of the Google Moderator page that received the questions

The ‘Change Petition’, effective?

The one-hour interview is interesting, but it included some swift answers and statements geared towards the regime.

One of the major questions was over the ‘effectiveness’ or ‘usefulness’ of the so-called Change Petition. The Petition includes 7 demands focusing on constitutional reforms and other guarantees for a free and fair elections. So far the online edition of the petition has registered over 63,000 signatures and reports suggest more are have signed on the ground.

Answering the question over the effectiveness of the petition to bring about change, Elbaradei said : ‘ In the beginning the people have to declare swiftly that they want change…I believe that if enough signatures were collected, no regime can stand against the will of the people. And there are historical precedents to that.’
Further he was asked: ‘ What if we collected signatures and the regime refused to respond to the petition? What is next? ‘. Elbaradei answered, ‘ We will not re-invent the bike. Countries across history have changed when the people rise up and knew that they are the true decision makers…if the regime stood against the popular will, then it has to bear the consequences such as civil disobedience etc ‘
Peaceful exit for the regime
Elbaradei has usually sent messages between the lines and this one deserves a highlight. After threatening civil disobedience, he said that this doesn’t mean ‘ we will destroy the whole temple’ an expression used to denote putting current regime figures on trial after overthrowing them. They can go away without trial, means Elbaradei. But many other Egyptians would love to see another Nuremberg especially for state security officers !
The rest of the interview was a reiteration of what he had said earlier in major tv stations. There are reports that a security directive was issued to all private TV channels not to interview Elbaradei, but the new media is not controlled by the security, fortunately.

Nonviolent flash mob at Starbucks Cairo

A group of Egyptian and international activists flash mob a branch of Starbucks in Mohandeseen, Cairo, Egypt calling boytcott, divestment and sanctions against the company which they say invests in Israel. The action was taken five days after Israel killed 9 activists on a aid flotilla headed for Gaza.

The video is taken by Egyptian journalist Sarah Carr

Thousands rally against flotilla massacre

Immediately after the weekly Friday prayer, thousands of Egyptians in the coastal city of Alexandria have turned out to protest against the freedom flotilla massacre.

Egyptian parliamentarians belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood have led the protest. They demanded the Egyptian government opens the Rafah crossing permanently.

They also praised Turkish leadership of the flotilla and condemned Israel’s raid in international waters.

Crowds chanted in praise of the Turkish people and Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan.

During the protest, hundreds of Turkish flags were raised next to Palestinian ones.

The Turkish flag has become a common sight recently in pro-Palestine protests in Egypt and youth and kids alike wave it enthusiastically. Turkey’s image has indeed been bolstered after the recent flotilla raid.

Video: Egyptians rally against Freedom Flotilla massacre

June 2nd 2010, Hundreds of Egyptians took to the streets of Alexandria to protest the Freedom Flotilla massacre. They chanted against Israel, the US and their ‘agents’. Turkish as well as Palestinian flags were raised in the rally.

Al-Shorouk newspaper apologizes for video plagiarism

Al-Shorouk newspaper has apologized for the video plagiarism which they committed earlier. They wrote on their 12,000+ Facebook fanpage : ” Al-Shrorouk would like to sincerely thank reader and activist Mohamed Abdelfattah who captured this video and apologizes for not mentioning his name unintentionally back then”

The apology on their 12,000+ fanpage

A lazy traditional journalist plagiarizes my video

What happened to me is not new. Stories of traditional journalists plagiarizing the work of bloggers are not uncommon in Egypt. I still recall exclusive pictures taken by prominent Egyptian bloggers that have been used in traditional media outlets without considering copyright issues. Provocatively enough, some photographs have been attributed to other persons.

Last Friday, May 21st, I was among a group of Al-Ghad activists travelling to the city of Damanhour to stand in solidarity with the 8 detained activists during their investigation. While I was there, I filmed few shots of the action there and compiled them into a 1:20 video here

Hours later, as the video spread  over Facebook and other platforms, I found a leading independent paper, Al-Shorouk,  publishing my video on its website. The video has been cut; 55 seconds after they removed the titles where my name and twitter account appear.

You can watch my original video here and the plagiarized one here. They have removed my titles from it. I’m still wondering why the journalist is exerting such effort in video-editing to take away my credit.

Image of the news story as it appears on the paper's online edition with my plagiarised video embedded

Image of the Youtube account which uploaded the plagiarized video. Why is the dude hiding his face?!

After publishing a post on this act of plagiarism on my Arabic blog I was contacted via email by someone seemingly working for the paper. He said the video was sent to us through someone who said he had permission from the owner and we apologize for what happened and promise we won’t repeat it again. Of course his argument is so weak that I leave it for you to ponder. I’ll contact the Shorouk editor-in-chief and see how it goes.