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theguardian.com
Look on my works, ye mighty … Ozymandias statue found in mud
Archaeologists believe eight-metre statue found in Cairo slum is of Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled Egypt in 13th century BC

Something that has been in the news for a while now.  A huge statue of Ramses II was discovered in the slums of modern day Cairo.  It’s being considered one of the most important finds in Egyptian archaeological history.

~Hasmonean

cnn.com
Palm Sunday in Egypt: 31 killed in blasts in, near Coptic churches
By Joe Sterling, Faith Karimi and Mohammed Tawfeeq, CNN

”Bombs targeted two Coptic churches in Egypt as the Christian faithful observed Palm Sunday, one of the most important day on the religion’s calendar.

A powerful blast rippled through a Palm Sunday service at a Coptic Christian church in the northern Egyptian city of Tanta, killing 25 people and wounding 60 others, state TV reported. The explosive device at St. George Coptic church in Tanta was planted under a seat in the church, where it detonated in the main prayer hall, it said.At least six have been killed and 33 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack outside the Saint Mark Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Alexandria according to two state-news outlets. Egyptian state media also reports that the head of Egypt’s Coptic Church Pope Tawadros II was inside the Church when the blast happened.”

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Ancient Astronauts depicted in cave art tens of thousands of years old

Evidence of ancient aliens can be found in the ancient cave paintings from around the world. Hundreds of unexplained images have been discovered on every continent, and many of these clearly represent alien creatures, alien space crafts, and other unexplained objects or out of place technology

nature.com
Mummy DNA unravels ancient Egyptians’ ancestry
Genetic analysis reveals a close relationship with Middle Easterners, not central Africans.

“The tombs of ancient Egypt have yielded golden collars and ivory bracelets, but another treasure — human DNA — has proved elusive. Now, scientists have captured sweeping genomic information from Egyptian mummies. It reveals that mummies were closely related to ancient Middle Easterners, hinting that northern Africans might have different genetic roots from people south of the Sahara desert.

The study, published on 30 May in Nature Communications1, includes data from 90 mummies buried between 1380 bc, during Egypt’s New Kingdom, and ad 425, in the Roman era. The findings show that the mummies’ closest kin were ancient farmers from a region that includes present-day Israel and Jordan. Modern Egyptians, by contrast, have inherited more of their DNA from central Africans.

Archaeological discoveries and historical documents suggest close ties between Egypt and the Middle East, but “it is very nice that this study has now provided empirical evidence for this at the genetic level”, says evolutionary anthropologist Omer Gokcumen of the State University of New York at Buffalo.

The scientists obtained information about variations in mitochondrial DNA, which is passed from mother to child, from 90 mummies. Because of contamination, the team was able to acquire detailed nuclear DNA, which is inherited from both parents, from only three mummies.

Both types of genomic material showed that ancient Egyptians shared little DNA with modern sub-Saharan Africans. Instead, their closest relatives were people living during the Neolithic and Bronze ages in an area known as the Levant. Strikingly, the mummies were more closely related to ancient Europeans and Anatolians than to modern Egyptians.


Well this is fascinating

Map of the River Nile from its estuary south to Cairo, 1525

One of the golden ages of cartography occurred in the late middle ages and the Renaissance. Here we see a masterpiece of the period from the Ottoman admiral, Piri Reis. The manuscript map, taken from a larger work called the Book of Navigation, represents the Nile river as it approaches Cairo, including Rosetta, namesake of the famous stone. Maps like this were extravagant works of art destined to adorn the coffee-table or bookshelf of a wealthy Renaissance merchant.

Photograph: The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore

Egypt’s January 25 Revolution in Photos

Inspired by The Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia, hundreds of thousands of anti-government protesters swept through the streets of Egypt on the 25th of January, 5 years ago, demanding an end to the corruption and Mubarak’s 30 year rule as President.

25 January 2011: An anti-government protester defaces a picture of Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak in Alexandria [Stringer]

26 January 2011: Riot police clash with protesters in Cairo as thousands of Egyptians defied a ban on protests by returning to Egypt’s streets and calling for President Hosni Mubarak to leave office [Goran Tomasevic]

A protester holds up a banner in front of a line of riot police in downtown Cairo.  [Unknown]

28 January 2011: A protester stands in front of a burning barricade as police and demonstrators fought running battles on the streets of Cairo in a fourth day of protests

28 January 2011: An Egyptian anti-government activist kisses a riot police officer following clashes in Cairo, Egypt [Lefteris Pitarakis]

28 January 2011: A man tries to protect himself with an Egyptian flag as police fire water cannons at protesters in Cairo

A masked protester throws a gas canister towards Egyptian riot police, not seen, near the Interior Ministry during clashes in downtown Cairo. [Tara Todras-Whitehill]

28 January 2011: A protester watches an Egyptian Army armoured vehicle burn in Cairo after President Hosni Mubarak ordered troops into Egyptian cities in an attempt to quell growing mass protests demanding an end to his 30-year rule

28 January 2011: Egyptians gather around the burning headquarters of the ruling National Democratic party (NDP) in Cairo [Khaled Desouki]

A graffitied smiley face on a wall constructed by the military to impede protesters. [Amru Salahuddien]

29 January 2011: The headquarters of the ruling National Democratic (NLD) party burns after it was set ablaze by protesters in Cairo [Yannis Behrakis]

Riot police use water cannons on protesters trying to cross the Kasr al-Nile bridge. [Peter Macdiarmid]  

30 January 2011: Protesters in Cairo hold a banner featuring a cartoon calling for Hosni Mubarak to step down [Asmaa Waguih]

31 January 2011: Egyptian film star Omar Sharif points to Tahrir, or Liberation, Square, in Cairo, Egypt [Lefteris Pitarakis]

31 January 2011: A protester holds a placard depicting Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak as Adolf Hitler in Cairo’s Tahrir Square [Yannis Behrakis]

1 February 2011: Tens of thousands of anti-government demonstrators march in Alexandria, Egypt [Ahmed Muhammed]

1 February 2011: An Egyptian man sits atop one of the lions at the entrance of Kasr El Nil Bridge, leading to Tahrir Square [Zeinab Mohamed]

2 February 2011: A pro-Mubarak rioter riding on a camel clashing with anti-government protesters in what became known as the Battle of the Camel [Chris Hondros]

6 February 2011: A Muslim holding the Quran (left) and a Coptic Christian holding a cross are carried through opposition supporters in Tahrir Square in Cairo [Dylan Martinez]

8 February 2011: Egyptian anti-government protesters perform the evening prayers as they gather at Cairo’s Tahrir square [Patrick Baz]

10 February 2011: Anti-government bloggers work on their laptops from Cairo’s Tahrir square on the 17th day of consecutive protests calling for the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak [Patrick Baz]

10 February 2011: Anti-government protesters raise their shoes after a speech by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak saying that he had given some powers to his vice president but would not resign or leave the country [Chris Hondros]

11 February 2011: Egyptian women celebrate the news of the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, who handed control of the country to the military, at night in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt [Tara Todras-Whitehill]

11 February 2011: Celebrating the announcement of Hosni Mubarak’s resignation in Tahrir Square [Jonathan Rashad]

18 February 2011: A girl attends Friday prayers in front of an army tank in Tahrir Square in Cairo a week after Mubarak resigned [Suhaib Salem]

18 February 2011: A woman waves an Egyptian flag on a balcony overlooking Cairo’s Tahrir Square as hundreds of thousands of people gather to celebrate the revolt that forced president Hosni Mubarak to step down [Mohammed Abed]  

Muggles Uncover Ancient Egyptian Spellbook

Cairo, Egypt - on September 17th a group of Muggles working in the Cairo Museum in Egypt uncovered an ancient spellbook hidden among the troves of artifacts being stored in the museum for further investigation. Egyptian Ministry Obliviators were on hand mere hours after the discovery was made but due to the already vast media coverage surrounding the new found book they were unable to confiscate the artifact. Officials resorted to inserting an undercover curse-breaker into the team. Muggleborn Nada Salama was able to join the group of researches undetected.

The leather bound manuscript is more than 4,000 years old, containing religious spells as well as depictions of magical beings. It is now the oldest surviving leather Egyptian text, as well as being the longest at 2.5 meters long. The team is working on transcribing the manuscript for publications but thankfully no real spells have been translated correctly. Reports from the Egyptian Ministry have come forward in the recent days that the manuscript may be cursed, the last known Muggles to have handled it were killed according to museum records. We wish Salama good luck in breaking these curses safely and discovering the mystery behind this long forgotten tome.  

Click here for more information on the developing story.

'Gods of Egypt' - It hasn't be filmed yet, and I'm already disappointed

Now, I’m very aware that there aren’t very many films including Ancient Egypt at all. Even less, in fact, that deal with the actual mythology, and aren’t some ‘new twist’ on a biblical story that paints the Ancient Egyptians as the bad guys because… Moses. 

So I admit that I was excited when I stumbled across the plans to make a Hollywood film based on Egyptian mythology. Great news, right?! 

After a little bit of digging around, I was still cautiously optimistic. The story is set around Egypt and it’s rich mythology: no bible, apparent involvement of the afterlife, the gods, they actually seem to have their descriptions of said gods right (judging by the wiki page)

But when I saw on-set pictures, I think I cried a little.

I mean

What

the fuck

is this supposed to be?

I think I wandered onto the set of some medieval dragon-slaying fantasy film. Not even that. I just….. what the ever-living hell are those guys in the back supposed to have come as? Looks like two guys in a fucked up CBBC-does-medieval-history take on Ironman. 

And lets talk about Set: who is, predictably, the villain of the piece.

I’m sorry, I think I missed the part where Set was a HUMAN-HEADED WHITE DUDE IN GREY PLASTIC ARMOUR WITH CROCODILE TRIM.

Am I the only one who thought there’d be more…. CG involved? I guess there might be…. at the VFX stage of production….. hopefully…. but seeing as they appear to be filming straight off with the actors and no VFX markers on their faces, it seems unlikely. 

And I think they totally missed the point with this. I mean

Screw Gerard Butler - how awesomely terrifying would THIS be in full-colour CGI?

Doing Egyptian mythology without the animal headed gods….. it just isn’t the same. It looses a lot of the magic. The damn film isn’t made yet, I don’t even know the details of whatever shit-pile of a story they’ve come up with, and I’ve already gone from hope, right down to despair. But, to be honest, I don’t know what I expected. 

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I’m so very sorry that I had faith in you, Hollywood. Trust me, I take it all back.

Egyptian mummy ‘first to have diseased heart’.
By Jane Dreaper | Health correspondent, BBC News

An Egyptian princess who lived 3,500 years ago is thought to be the first known person to have developed heart disease, say researchers. Doctors believe the princess would have needed a heart bypass if she were living now. Scans showed she had extensive blockages in arteries leading to her heart, brain, stomach and legs. The researchers say her case shows heart disease pre-dates a modern lifestyle. Cardiac researchers from the US teamed up with colleagues at Al Azhar University in Cairo to analyse the remains of 52 mummies, including those of the princess. They performed full-body scans on mummies at the National Museum of Antiquities in Cairo. They had found evidence of hardening of the arteries in almost half the mummies scanned, researchers told a medical conference in Amsterdam. Noble roots : Princess Ahmose-Meryet-Amon was from an illustrious Egyptian family. She lived in what is now Luxor from the year 1580 BC, and died in her 40s. Dr Gregory Thomas, from the University of California, said: “There was no gas or electricity at that time, so presumably she had an active lifestyle. "Her diet was significantly healthier than ours. She would have eaten fruit and vegetables - and fish were plentiful in the Nile at that time. The food would have been organic - and there were no trans-fats or tobacco available then. Yet, she had these blockages. This suggests to us that there’s a missing risk factor for heart disease - something that causes it that we don’t yet know enough about.” The researchers say the findings should not detract from the importance of messages about healthy diet and lifestyle.

Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi won with faked 90 % of votes!

An egyptian presidential elections that took place 26th-28th may 2014 were won by dictator Al-Sisi. Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi is a person that brought terror into lifes of egyptian people. Because of him and his army thousands of people lost their lifes. Do you know why? Because they wanted ex - president, Muhammas Mursi to rule again.
Al-Sisi is a person that supports israeli apartheid and hates Palestinians. He told his people to close and flood tunnels that used to connect Gaza Strip with Egypt. Now this dictator and terrorist is going to rule Egypt. But the question is: are we going to speak up or stay silent?

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to Andrew,

I remember the jokes you made in MESA, about how you weren’t Middle Eastern in your roots and stuck out among the rest of us. I didn’t even go to meetings that often, but I have never felt a passion as strong as yours for the culture of my father’s people. It laced every word you spoke. You wanted it more than anyone. To have peace. To foster compassion and ferry a desire for understanding between two peoples who believe they are very different from one another. I wish I could speak with you again, to tell you that you touched so many people who barely even knew you, to say that I’ll carry you in my heart, always. Peace will come in the Middle East, and when it does, you will be the first person I will want to tell. 

السلام عليكم
Peace be upon you, Andrew. 

I think everything was planned. I thinks that Israel was waiting till Sisi starts ruling so they can attack Gaza. Mursi always supported and helped Palestinians and Sisi supports israelí terrorism. He doesn’t allow medicines or food to come into Gaza. He doesn’t allow Palestinians to come to Egypt. This is what Israel has been waiting for.
—  Amira Emi Al-Amoudi, 2.8.14