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Egypt elections: The coronation of the emperor

There was no contest in Egypt’s presidential elections, and not only because only one candidate stood against Sisi. He offers the security many Egyptians now crave. Voting in  there are reports of empty polling stations despite government employees allegedly being threatened with a wage cut if they do not vote By ROBERT FISK Napoleon will be crowned. And after the revolution – after its terrors and deaths and instability and its Islamist Directory – who would begrudge the Emperor his coronation? Why, even the election posters for Field Marshal (retired) Abdel Fattah al-Sisi call him “President of Egypt”, and the only thing you notice, looking into his profoundly chubby, cheerful – might one say dull? – face is that he is in a suit and tie and, in one picture, reclining in a fine old armchair. This is no Emperor without clothes. And now here’s the shock for me. If I were an Egyptian, I’d have voted for Mr Sisi yesterday. Not that he’s inspiring. Anyone who tells his people that de

Our addiction to the internet is as harmful as any drug

Something is rotten in the state of technology. I only realised the extent of this when I wrote last year about an Irish government minister who had committed suicide just before Christmas 2012, partly because – according to his brother at the graveside – he had received so many abusive messages on the internet. The response from those claiming to be “readers” of this newspaper was 1) to suggest that the brother was lying; 2) that the minister deserved to die because of his policies (which included cuts in care homes); and 3) to condemn the dead minister for not being thoughtful enough to postpone his suicide until after Christmas. Was it always like this? Did these hateful anonymous messages arrive when “Letters to the Editor” was the only way to express feelings – in print, of course – about other human beings? “Name and address supplied” was the last straw in anonymity that any editor permitted. But now anonymity must be protected, cosseted, guarded, because privacy, eve

Know how to nod off

Set your (body) clock The human body comes with its own internal alarm clock; all you have to do is know how to set it. The most important sleep hygiene measure is to maintain a regular waking and sleeping pattern. Going to bed and waking up at the same time every day sets the body’s internal clock to expect sleep at a certain time night after night. Try to stick as closely as possible to your routine on weekends as well to avoid a Monday morning sleep hangover. Waking up at the same time each day is the best way to set your clock; even if you did not sleep well the night before, the slight sleep deprivation will help you sleep better the following night. Keep out the clutter It may help to limit your bedroom activities to sleep. Keeping the computer, TV and work-related material out of the room will strengthen the mental association between your bedroom and sleep. Create a sleep-inducing environment A quiet, dark and cool environment can help p

Judaism & Zionism

“Judaism is a religion of spirituality to serve God thousands of years old. Zionism is only around a hundred years old. it is the transformation of religion to nationalism , to materialism created by non-religious Jews who hated the religion. The reason they used the name Israel and the Star of David hijacking, stealing the identity of Judaism from the Jewish people in order to get legitimacy for their existence. That people should say oh it’s God given to them, and they should put fear and intimidate people from speaking up against their actions because they will call them antiemetic. It couldn’t be anything further from the truth. As I said the best friends of the Jewish people is Turkey, the best friends of the Jewish people is all the Muslim countries who have helped the Jews all the time when they ran away from their problems in other lands so how could you say this? It’s something totally different. It’s a political, selfish, flawed movement called Zionism that has no legitimacy

Kings of Democracy - The mass effect

Under the rules of kingship, the masses were regarded as subjects whose chief duty was to be loyal to their ruler; they were not allowed to challenge his authority. The rulers derived their authority from divine power, which could not be criticised or challenged. The masses, as subjects, were required to be submissive and faithful to their ruler. To his subjects, the king was like a father whose responsibility was to protect them and take care of their needs. A genre of literature known as `Mirrors for Princes` provides guidelines to the rulers on the principles of ruling by maintaining justice. This role of the masses changed completely during the French Revolution when they stormed the Bastille on July 14, 1789 and made an attempt to defy royal authority. The mob further asserted its power when it marched from Paris to Versailles, the royal residence, and brought the royal family to Paris where it remained under the watchful eyes of the people. The masses also stormed the