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Fourth Letter from a Fearfully Concerned Muslim to an American-Jewish Friend

Sunday, March 20th, 2011 - by Salim Mansur

America must do for Islamism what it did for communism. (Click here, here, here, here, and here for Roger and Salim's earlier correspondence.)

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Cairo Exclusive: Roger L. Simon’s Interview with ‘Sandmonkey’

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011 - by Roger L Simon

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“Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey”.

The man who wrote those words – the witty and courageous Egyptian blogger “Sandmonkey” – is currently in hiding in his native city of Cairo, moving from one friend’s apartment to another, as supporters of Hosni Mubarak pursue him and other democracy demonstrators.

I had been trying to reach “Sandmonkey” – who has written for PJ Media – ever since the demonstrations broke out, because I suspected he would be in the thick of things. But as most know, the Internet was cut in Egypt until Wednesday.

When I finally got through to him late Wednesday night Pacific time, I discovered that, boy, were my suppositions ever correct. “Sandmonkey” was indeed in the thick of things and his on-the-ground observations that I recorded in this Skype audio interview were in many ways surprising and contradicted what we are hearing in our media.

Some of things that you will hear in more detail in the interview are reassuring, but others decidedly not. On the reassuring side, “Sandmonkey” says the the Muslim Brotherhood is not a heavy presence at the demonstrations and that for the last four years they have been in a weakened position in Egypt, the least powerful of five Islamic organizations (although the most violent).

Also heartening is that he says that there are no leaders for the movement, not Mahmoud ElBaradei or anybody else.

Unfortunately, however, it doesn’t sound much like an Egyptian version of the Tea Party. Mubarak isn’t going away and it’s getting more bloodthirsty by the day. “Sandmonkey” sounded bleak. He said that only America can help at this point by fully backing the demonstrators against Mubarak. “Does America stand for its ideals or does it stand for its interests?” he asked.

On that score, he doesn’t like Obama. But guess what? He liked George Bush!

Have a listen. We’ll be back in contact with “Sandmonkey” soon.

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Revealing Silence at the Gaza-Egypt Border

Friday, January 2nd, 2009 - by Richard Landes

Why does Hamas victimize its own people? And why doesn't the media call them on it?

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An Interview with Muslim Brotherhood’s #2, Mohammed Habib

Sunday, August 24th, 2008 - by "Sandmonkey"

The next leader of Egypt's banned extremist Islamic group talks about Barack Obama, CAIR, and why he feels misunderstood.

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Violent Riots Hit Egypt

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008 - by "Sandmonkey"

PJM Cairo: Angry demonstrators have been clashing with police as a nationwide strike has turned into a protest against the government of President Hosni Mubarak.

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Massive Riots in Egypt Going Into Second Day

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008


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Egyptian Singer of ‘I Hate Israel’ Releasing Pro-Obama Song

Thursday, March 27th, 2008


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Outrage: Saudi Arabia’s Most Popular Blogger Arrested

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008 - by "Sandmonkey"

PJM Cairo: Saudi authorities stormed the offices of Fouad Al-Farhan on Dec. 10, seized him without explanation and have held him ever since. His presumed crime - daring to blog about the arrests of human rights activists and calling for reform. Sandmonkey reports that cries of "Free Fouad!" are echoing across the Arab blogosphere and international media - but the Saudi press remains silent.

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The Reaction

Thursday, July 12th, 2007 - by "Sandmonkey"

When Israeli television's Channel 10 put PJM contributor and blogger Lisa Goldman on the air from Beirut it didn't go unnoticed. The Egyptian blogger Sandmonkey observes how the Lebanese opposition transformed the hapless Canadian-Israeli writer into a dangerous terrorist and spy.

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Smashing Dissent in Egypt

Friday, March 16th, 2007 - by "Sandmonkey"

asuliblogger.jpg Imprisioned Egyptian blogger and 22-year-old former law student Abdel Karim Suleiman Egypt Moves to Eliminate Freedom to Protest, Freedom to Assemble, Freedom to Speak by "Sandmonkey"*

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Dissent Crushed: Abdel Kareem, Egypt’s Free Speech Martyr

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

abdelkareem.jpg The four-year jail sentence of student blogger Abdel Kareem Soliman for the crimes of "contempt for religion" and "insulting the president" has dealt a harsh blow to the Egyptian blogosphere and free speech in the Middle East in the Internet age. The popular blogger known as Sandmonkey reports from Cairo on Abdel Kareem's story and the grave consequences of his case.

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