Egypt’s Prime Minister Comments On A Blog

According to Al-Arabyia, Egypt’s Prime Minister has apparently commented on an Egyptian blog for the first time, responding to the criticisms made against his government. A part of me can’t help but wonder if the move has anything to do with this. Maybe.

If this is the start of a growing trend then it’s one that I can actually get on board with. There is an underlying importance knowing that policymakers are reading blogs, which, in a cumulative way, is practically as close as you can get to the “voice on the street” these days.

[h/t: mais]


  • Let’s hope it’s a trend… And I also hope that His Majesty’s comments have demonstrated the value he places on blogs to his Ministers and other in government. What better place can they hear the voices of those who loce their country enough to demand improvement – of themselves and their country?

  • before i say what i have to say let me just say that plz no offense .. this is not meant to you naseem .. im commenting on the topic itself ..

    so the king commented on a blog .. so the egyptian pm did the same .. ino whoop-dee-friggin-doo .. i dont understand why we are supposed to care .. what is the significance of such an event?

  • mo: as usual, no offense taken. I haven’t really talked about this except on a fellow blogger’s post a few weeks back in response to the same viewpoint, but allow me mine. I am not suggesting that they deserve a standing ovation or a parade for such a task, but there are certain ramification that I as a blogger, and others who are also bloggers and part of this collective, can’t help but appreciate. it lends this medium of communication some legitimacy, which is rare in our part of the world. in a region where the largest problem has always been the growing gap between the government and the people, any move attempting to counter that gap should be recognized.

    i know your train of thought stems on wanting to see an actual impact or outcome of this communication in real tangible terms, but i’ve grown to understand that social development is incredibly important when wanting to develop anything else, be it political or economic. and to get that, there needs to be communication. so in a region where the people have been completely shut out from the process, it is important to observe and even lend some respect to the attempts at bridging that gap. it is a refreshing dose of change and the multiplier effect on a social level is also interesting to note.

    this is just my opinion, and I completely understand yours.

    all i am asking is that you keep an open mind when trying to understand mine, while avoiding the general tendency to simply negate it.

  • Hey, so what if he has. I reckon it is good to see politicians getting involved into blogging. Maybe he paid one of his staff or else he did it. It could also be a hoax. Either way, what’s the big deal?


  • The “debate” on what race the Ancient Egyptians belonged to, appears to be an interminable one, popping up relentlessly everywhere there’s a discussion about these great people. So let us pause momentarily and tally exactly where we stand thus far…

    All those who say that the Ancient Egyptians were Black folks:

    The Ancient Egyptians

    The Ancient Greeks

    The Ancient Romans
    Diodorus of Sicily
    Diogenes Laertius
    Ammanius Marcellinus

    Count Constatine de Volney
    Marius Fontanes – “Les Egyptes”

    EW Budge (finally, reluctantly) – “Keeper of the Egyptian and Assyrian Antiquities,
    British Museum ”

    The Anzac troops upon arriving in Egypt during WWI
    “My God, we didn’t know the Egyptians were niggers!” (sic!)

    Professor C.A. Diop
    Professor Theophile Obenga

    The Christian Bible

    The Kebra Nagast (Ethiopian bible)

    The Tanakh (Torah)

    The Koran

    All those who say that the Ancient Egyptians were not Black folks:

    White Egyptologists

Your Two Piasters: