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Enter Sandman ..err.. -monkey

Sandmonkey says that as all the familiar old faces emerge to start their activism at square one again, he’s back too.

I have to agree, at least partially, with the sentiment. We’re back to 2004 with all the political “actors” and activists beginning to reemerge and feel each other and the scene out. Of course, I’m sure he recognizes (and is just being facetious) that all is not exactly the same. Egypt 2009 is not the same as Egypt 2004, nor will the Parliamentary and Presidential elections be a replay of 2005; a reprise maybe.

Some things have changed (in the particular order of their occurring to me):

  • The constitution has been doctored
  • The economy is different. Egypt may still be a neoliberal poster child (growth! growth! growth!) but the poor are having a harder and harder time, and where, 5 years ago, it took hours of conversation to get them to realize/admit/vocalize it, people now know who to blame and are hardly reticent.
  • Hosny is much older while Jimmy-and-Krew much more firmly entrenched in the system
  • The global political and regional climates have changed: No more Bush Freedom agenda followed by absolute apathy; Gaza and Lebanon and the ensuing dynamics have altered/highlighted the regional power balance (financial, moral and political)
  • The regime has learned a lot battling the activism of the last 9 years or so.
  • The activists have learned some things. Though, as SM makes it clear, they still havent figured out how to be political actors, really.
  • There is a much more active labor movement than there was then
  • The MB will not be surprising the NDP this time around.
  • The media scene is vastly different. For one thing, trailblazing Dostour and Masry El Youm of then have since been oneupped by even newer publications. Web 2.0 is taking hold and try as it might to thwart, the government is the reactionary and could find itself caught off balance at any moment.
  • And much else that doesnt immediately come to mind, I am sure.

In any case, cursory list aside: Welcome back to Sandmonkey and all the familiar (and hopefully unfamiliar faces) of yester-semidecade.

Here’s to it not being a repeat.


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AUC Suspends Classes for H1N1 SwineFlu

Here is the notice that AUC sent out:

AUC to Suspend Classes until October 3rd

AUC will be suspending classes beginning Thursday, September 17 until Saturday, October 3. The decision follows a request by the Egyptian government that the university suspend its classes in line with government universities, which have suspended classes due to concerns relating to the H1N1 flu.

There have been no positive cases of the flu reported on the AUC campuses or by any member of the AUC community.

The university’s administrative offices, the library, sports complex and food outlets will be fully operational during the suspension; however, the day care center will be closed. Staff who rely on the day care center will be provided leave during the suspension, if necessary.

Faculty and students are encouraged to utilize all available electronic resources to continue classroom activity. The Office of the Provost will provide guidance and direction on a revised class schedule to ensure all academic requirements are fulfilled.

As already announced, the university will be closed for the Eid September 19 to September 22. We will continue to provide updates to the AUC community immediately following the Eid.

Brian MacDougall

Vice President for Planning and Administration

September 16, 2009

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The Minstry of Health has apparently confirmed at least 5 new cases of the H1N1 “SwineFlu” virus in the AUC’s currently quarantined dorms. Press release should be at 3 pm.

Source: DailyNewsEgypt on twitter.

AUC has suspended campus activities until Sunday the 14th.

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Classes suspended until next Sunday (14th).. AUC email below:

UPDATE: apparently food court has been shut down, ACs turned off, masks handed out. And only one person per row is being allowed on the shuttle buses.

Date: Mon, Jun 8, 2009 at 1:11 PM
Subject: AUC Suspends Classes and Events Until June 14
To: allauc@mlist.aucegypt.edu

AUC Suspends Classes and Events Until June 14

As a result of the two confirmed cases of the H1N1 flu in the Zamalek dormitory, the university has decided to suspend classes until Sunday, June 14, 2009. As a result of this decision all non-essential personnel are not required to report to campus, and a limited bus service will be available to transport essential staff. Details of this schedule will follow later this afternoon.

The university is taking this action on the recommendation of the Egyptian Ministry of Health to ensure the health and safety of the AUC community.

The students who have been tested positive are residents of the Zamalek dormitory and are receiving medical treatment for the flu. The Ministry of Health has obtained samples from all residents of the dormitory and those results are expected this evening.

The university’s administration is working closely with the Egyptian Ministry of Health to effectively manage this situation and will continue to keep the AUC community informed as new information becomes available.

The AUC clinics on both campuses will remain open. Anyone who experiences flu-type symptoms, such as high fever, should contact the AUC Clinic – contact information is below.

The university will be developing plans to ensure that all academic requirements are fulfilled within the current calendar.

The annual spring graduation ceremonies scheduled for June 16 and 18 are expected to be held as planned.

As we receive further information, it will be shared immediately with the AUC community.

Brian MacDougall

Vice President for Planning and Administration

Medical Center Contact information

New Cairo Campus medical clinic (open 24 hours) 2615-4000 (on campus, dial 4000)

Tahrir Square Campus medical clinic (open 8am to 5pm) 2797- 6747

Dr. Mohamed Amin, AUC medical director 012.100.5947

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H1N1 Swine Flu Confirmed at AUC

UPDATES below. New updates at this post and new confirmed cases here.

It seems that SwineFlu has hit Egypt. Just when we were feeling left out. One question that i have to wonder about is: Why AUC? Did study abroads bring it in? Or is it just that these are the people with the means to recognize symptoms and get tested for them? If that’s the case, then how widespread is the virus?

Date: Mon, 8 Jun 2009 08:27:57 +0300
To: <allauc@mlist.aucegypt.edu>
Subject: H1N1 Flu

Please be advised that overnight the Egyptian Ministry of Health confirmed positive H1N1 test results for two AUC students. These two students have been hospitalized and are receiving the necessary medical treatment. A third student was also hospitalized as a cautionary measure because she had  a high fever, which is symptomatic of this flu.

These students are all residents of the Zamalek dormitory and as a result the dormitory has been quarantined for 24 hours. The Ministry of Health has obtained samples from all residents of the dormitory and those results are expected later today.

AUC’s medical clinic is working closely with the Egyptian Miistry of Health to effectively manage this testing process and to provide the necessary care for all of our students.

This is all of the information available at this time; as we receive further information, it will be shared immediately with the AUC community.

Brian MacDougall
VP for Planning and Administration
The American University in Cairo
AUC Avenue, PO Box 74
New Cairo 11835, Egypt
Office Tel: +20-2-2615-2212
Mobile Tel: +2 016 88 111 85


Here’s the latest info sent to AUC emails:

Date: Mon, Jun 8, 2009 at 10:04 AM
Subject: H1N1 virus
To: allauc@mlist.aucegypt.edu

At this point in time, the University continues to monitor the situation at the Zamalek dormitory.
There will be no results of the tests administered to the residents of the Zamalek dorm until early this evening.
In the meantime, the University is in close contact with officials of the Ministry of Health and is prepared to take any additional precautions that are necessary.
If anyone is experiencing flu-type symptoms, such as high fever, you should contact the AUC Clinic. The phone number for the New Cairo Campus medical clinic is 2615-4000, Tahrir Square Campus medical clinic’s phone number is 2797- 6747 and  Dr. Mohamed Amin’s (AUC medical director) number is 012 100 5947.
As we receive further information, it will be shared immediately with the AUC community.

Brian MacDougall
VP for Planning and Administration
The American University in Cairo

UPDATE: Here’s the reuters report. Excerpt:

Egypt has detected the H1N1 flu virus in two foreign students at the American University in Cairo and has put 140 more under quarantine in their Nile island dormitory, health and university officials said on Monday.Police wearing face masks stood guard at barriers outside the multi-storey dormitory in the upmarket island neighborhood of Zamalek that houses mainly foreign students from Western and other Arab countries, and no one was allowed in or out.

UPDATE: AUC suspends classes until Sunday the 14th. See new post for details.

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The Earthquake of 2012

An earthquake rocks Cairo in 2012: Maria Gloria writes a three-part fiction piece, which will be posted in installments at the Arabist. Good read. Awaiting the rest.

Arabist’s intro:

Friend of the blog Maria Golia, a longtime Cairo resident and author of the fantastic Cairo: City of Sand, recently sent me a wonderful short story imagining an earthquake in 2012, 20 years after the devastating one that hit Egypt in 1992. We will be running it in three episodes starting today, with a few links added to provide background for those not familiar with the references to Cairo landmarks, events and personalities This story and its characters are strictly fictional. Only the city is real.

Part 1 starts:

The date was April 21st, 2012, one that every Cairene will remember, and coincidentally the springtime holiday of Sham el Nessim. Looking back, I realize I heard what was happening while I turned the key to my flat. It started as a subterranean rustling, like a tempest wind in underground palms. I was inside when it hit full force.


Part 2

Part 3

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Downtown bar scene

This is a critique of an article on the demise of the downtown Cairo bar scene The article in question seems to have more or less lifted the essence of an earlier article. They’re all tagged on my delicious under Cairo and probably beer or bar. too busy to look them up at the moment.

Anyway, read the comment thread. Pretty interesting.

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