Morsi cracks down on psychiatrists

Last week, Dr. Manal Omar was summoned along with TV host Mahmoud Saad by the prosecution and questioned for seven hours over one of their TV episodes on Nahar TV. She is accused of insulting the president. A lawyer from the presidency filed the case on Morsi's behalf. In this video she made indirect references to Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood and their number two, Khairat el-Shater.

Dr. Omar is a psychiatrist specialised in child and adolescent psychiatry. She started to appear on TV following the Mohamed Mahmoud clashes last year to inform the public about trauma, psychology and psychiatry in general. During my early training in psychiatry I used to attend her clinic. As trainees we used to consider ourselves lucky when we had time during our rotations to do so.

She was explaining why some victims of trauma may play the role of the victimizer. This is a very important and valid topic in psychology. As many violent criminals were originally abused during childhood, victims may feel the compulsion to harm themselves or others. This can be due to a number of psychological, social or biological explanations. For instance the traumatised individual may feel the compulsion to harm others as a way to have control over their lives, even for a brief period of time. This happens without total insight and may or may not be followed by guilt.

She was refuting the common misconception that victims will not perpetrate what they have experienced because they have seen how bad it is. This is again a very valid point and she meant to address the Muslim Brotherhood.

مرسي من 6 أشهر يرفض قرار الضبطية القضائية قبل الانتخابات واليوم يصدره كقرار بقانون قبل الاستفتاء

وكانت قد حكمت محكمة القضاء الإداري بوقف تنفيذ الضبطية القضائية في يونيو الماضي وسعد شباب الأخوان وهللوا فرحا في التحرير بهذا الخبر السعيد.

المهم أن ده صدر الان من محمد مرسي

هؤلاء كتبوا الدستور .. ثم يسألونك أية مادة لا تعجبك؟

Dr. Bibi's Surgery

Egypt police is fighting children

This is crazy. They are all kids on the frontline. Aged 9 and up. Average age by the look of it is 15. Kids lie to me about their age, say 12 when they are clearly 10 years old. Most are wearing surgical masks and eyes red from teargas.

By asking a few why they are here, they say their older brothers were injured or killed by police. It's not clear if this is meant literally or not.

Morsi, CSF and Torturing Protestors on Air

Not only protesters are being teargassed and hit at by shotguns in their face on the outskirts of Tahrir square. They are being dragged, beaten and tortured on the streets. This is not new. What's new is that this was broadcasted live on TV tonight. This happened before during Mubarak and SCAF. But it's new for Morsi.

مرسي والأمن المركزي وسحل المتظاهرين على الهواء

مش بس المتظاهرين بيضرب عليهم غاز وخرطوش في وشهم في محيط ميدان التحرير. لأ ده بيتسحلوا ويتضربوا ويتعذبوا في الشوارع، ده مش جديد، الجديد هو ان ده أتذاع على الهواء الليلة. ده حصل مع مبارك والمجلس العسكري، لكن أول مرة لمرسي.

Morsi: I want the people to revolt against me immediately if I don't respect the law and constitution

This was recorded during Morsi's presidential campaign. This video is going viral today after Morsi's latest constituional powergrab.

Question: I am not going to vote for you because you will sit on the throne and will never leave.

Doctors still struggling for decent conditions

Very little is spent by the government on health care (5.7% of total government expenditure). While private expenditure (from people's own hard earned cash) on health care is higher than what the goverment pays. Thousands of medical graduates every year are introduced to a difficult job market where they have few options.

التصنت على الإتصالات وحرية التواصل مقال لعمرو غربية

لم يهتم الاعلام المحلي (بالمقارنة بالاعلام الغربي) بموضوع برامج التصنت التي تباع للأنظمة الأمنية مثل أمن الدولة في مصر والمنطقة العربية، تستخدم تلك البرامج لمراقبة النشطاء عبر الانترنت. من أهم تلك البرامج هو برنامج فينفيشر من انتاج شركة جاما (انجليزية ولها فرع بألمانيا). كتب اليوم عمرو غربية في جريدة الشروق مقال هام عن هذا الموضوع وعن القيود الحالية في مجال الاتصالات.