zaterdag 6 juli 2013

Egypt: The Next President (Ali Ahmed)

"Egypt: The Next President" is een YouTube video geüpload d.d. 21 maart 2013. In deze video rekent een jochie van een jaar of twaalf als een ware politicus af met zaken als "fascistische theocratie". De Engelstalige ondertiteling is niet foutloos - thought  in plaats van taught,  bijvoorbeeld - maar dat mag de pret niet drukken. Onder de video heb ik de tekst (zoals weergegeven in de ondertiteling) geplaatst. Dit is een klassieker! /

BOY My name is Ali Ahmed. I'm in the 1st grade preparatory [eq. 12 years]. I'm here today to help to prevent Egypt from becoming a commodity owned by one person and to protest the confiscation of the constitution by one single party. We didn't get rid of a military regime to replace it with a fascist theocracy.

VOICE Fascist theocracy? I don't even know what that means...

ALI AHMED Fascist theocracy is when you manipulate religion and enforce extremist regulations in the name of religion, even though religion doesn't command that.

VOICE Who [taught] you all this?

ALI AHMED I just know it.

VOICE How do you know it?

ALI AHMED I listen to people a lot, and I use my own brain. Plus I read newspapers, watch TV and search [on] the internet.

VOICE So you see that the country is not doing well and has to change?

ALI AHMED You mean politically or socially?

[VOICE - unintelligible]

ALI AHMED The social objectives of the revolution are yet to be achieved. Economic empowerment, freedom and social justice, there are still no jobs. The police still jails people randomly. As for social justice, how can a news anchor get 30 millions Egyptian pounds, while some people still pick food from garbage? Politically speaking: where is the constitution that represents us? For example: women are half of the society. How come there are only 7 ladies in the constituent assembly, six of whom are islamists??

VOICE  So you think they are going to manipulate the constitution?

ALI AHMED What is build on falsehood is falsehood itself. Even if the constitution is nice but the assembly that drafted it is bad. We will end up with something bad. Don't bring me 80 good articles and 20 bad ones that will ruin the country, and then tell me this is a constitution.

VOICE Did you read the constitution draft?


VOICE Where, on the internet?

ALI AHMED Yes. For example, they say women are equal to men in all matters "except in matters that contradict islamic law". But then, islamic law allows men to "discipline" their wives. This can't work in society.

VOICE Why not? Whats's the problem?

ALI AHMED The problem is that it's outrageous. I can't beat my wife up and almost kill her, and then tell you this is "discipline". This is not discipline. This is abuse and insanity. All of this (political process) is void because the parliament in the first place is void. Popularly and constitutionally void. Some parties based their campaign on mixing religion and politics. Mosques were mobilizing voters, they distributed sugar and cooking oil to the voters and many other things like that...

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