Thursday, May 24, 2018

#Ramadan Arabian Nights 2018 : The amazing tales challenge Episode 8 “The will”

Good evening or morning based on your time and location now.
It is time for a new episode of our Ramadan Arabian Nights Podcast.
Tonight we will listen to episode no.269th of Egyptian state radio’s One thousand and one nights show, created by Mohamed Shaaban “Papa Sharo” and written by Taher Abu Fasha.
You can hear the episode after the break and know what happened after the return of three Djinn princes to their kingdom.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Ramadan Arabian Nights 2018 : The amazing tales challenge Episode 7 “The Crow ..again”

Tonight we will continue our tale for this year; the amazing tales challenge.
I apologize that tonight’s episode, the 7th episode of our Ramadan Arabian Nights Podcast was published late but it is never too late to publish it.
After the break you can listen to the 277th episode of Egyptian State Radio’s One Thousand and One Nights; written by Taher Abu Fasha and directed by Mohamed Shaaban, the godfather of Egyptian Radio.

Egypt’s latest Presidential Pardon: The Good , the bad and the incomprehensible "Updated"

Last Wednesday, Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah El-Sisi pardoned 332 individuals, mostly from youth who had been imprisoned in protest-related cases.
The 332 individuals were chosen by the Presidential pardon committee which was formed in October 2016 to review the cases of youth imprisoned in politically related trials as well as humanitarian cases such as health problems and so on.
That’s the fourth pardon of its kind since that committee headed by political figure Osama Ghazali Harb started to work in 2016. According to statements to press by its members, the committee started to work on the fourth list in September 2017.
During then, its member Karim El-Sakka who spoke with Ahram Online that the committee was adopting selection criteria that include “ political prisoners, but exclude those involved in violence or terrorism”.
In November 2017, the committee member and Pro-regime MP Tarek El-Kholy stated to Al-Masry Al-Youm Daily stated that there was a delay in releasing the 4th Presidential pardon list because the committee was examining each case individually.
He also added that the list would be delivered to the presidency after being revised by “the concerned authorities”.
Last Wednesday, a source in the Prisons authority following the Ministry of interior told Ahram Arabic Gate that “the authority” did not interfere in the work of the committee.
According to current constitution’s article No.155, the president can issue pardon decrees for prisoners who have been handed final court rulings that cannot be appealed after consulting with the Cabinet.
Yet the Egyptian president cannot pardon those convicted in illegal weapons possession and trafficking as well drug trafficking according to the Criminal Code of Egypt if I understood correctly.
This introduction above is important for what is coming next.
On Thursday, the Presidential Pardon was officially issued in the Egyptian State Gazette with the names of the pardoned inmates.
Now there is something good about this pardon as well something bad. There is something incomprehensible as well.
The good , the bad and the incomprehensible

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Ramadan Arabian Nights 2018 : The amazing tales challenge Episode 6 “The Crow”

It is time for us to complete our tale for this Ramadan.
Before we go forward with our 6th episode of “The Amazing tales challenge” tonight, here is a nice trivia about the supernatural underworld in Islamic and Arab mythology world.
In our tale, the villains are “Ifrits”, which according to Wikipedia they are considered a powerful and dangerous class of Jinn. In our Egyptian pop and folklore, Ifrit and Jinn are a synonym for the same of supernatural creature made of fire.
Ironically,  “Ifrit” or “عفريت” are being used in translation from English to Arabic recently in literature or films to describe “Fairy”.
We do not have any similar creature in our mythology to the fairies, thus I believe our translators thought "Ifrit" would fit "fairy" in Arabic despite Ifrits are actually demons.
And now it is time to complete our tale, which was numbered 267 in the long episodes record of Egyptian State-Radio’s One Thousand and One tales show written by Taher Abu Fasha and created by Mohamed Shaaban.
You can hear the episode after the break.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Ramadan Arabian Nights 2018 : The amazing tales challenge Episode 5 "The Diamonds"

And we will complete our tale within tale tonight in our Ramadan Radio Arabian Nights for this year.
Tonight we will know what King Hathor of Djinn kingdom and his wise vizier Shanshor to have an offspring as we knew from last night’s episode.
Tonight’s episode was the 266 of our long show on Egypt’s State Radio that ran from the 1950s till 1970s.
You can hear tonight’s episode from our Ramadan podcast “Ramadan Arabian Nights” right after the break.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Ramadan Arabian Nights 2018 : The amazing tales challenge Episode 4 "The Amazing tale"

It has not been a week in Ramadan and people are complaining that almost all the TV soap operas “Ramadan is their main reason in the Arab world” are boring.
One thing for sure, our Ramadan Arabian nights radio is not boring.
And Scheherazade will continue her tale “The Amazing tales challenge” tonight where she stopped last night.
Tonight we will know what the vizier will do at the King’s palace and whether his daughter Sukar and her beloved Anbar will save the day or not.
You can hear tonight’s episode, which was episode no. 265 in the record of Egyptian State Radio Show’s One Thousand and Oe Nights; after the break.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Ramadan Arabian Nights 2018 : The amazing tales challenge Episode 3 "The Festival"

Good night or Good morning ya people where you are currently while reading and listening to the new episode of Ramadan Arabian Nights’ tale for this year, the tale of the amazing tales challenge.
Tonight we will complete our episode and see if Anbar manages to get the beginning of that tale and wins the hand of his beloved Sokar or not.
To refresh your memory before we go to tonight’s episode, check last night’s episode.
Now here is tonight’s episode, the 264th episode of Egyptian state radio’s One Thousand and One nights show.
P.S a trivial info in Arabic, the word Mirzaban means the King’s knight.