Sunday, June 22, 2008

Mabrouk ya Masreyeen!!!

"President Mubarak is the MOST popular president in the world."

This is the exclusive front page headline that Egyptians woke up to, on the morning of June 18, 2008.

Click on the image to see a larger snapshot of the front page in Arabic.

On this joyful occasion I would like to highlight the following points:
  • When I used the term "exclusive" I actually meant it since, in spite of trying very very hard, I was not able to find any mention of this great achievement anywhere other than Al Ahram. Not even on the Newsweek or the World Opinion Organization sites mentioned in the article.
  • The headline says "Most trusted leader in the world", but the poll was only conducted in 20 countries.
  • I used a couple of sharpening filters in Photoshop to try to decipher the other names listed in the chart, but was only able to recognize Assad, Abdullah, & Abbas who came in second, third and forth place respectively. Does that mean the top four trusted leaders in the world are all Arab??
  • Congratulations are in order to President Assad for coming in second place even though Syrians were not surveyed.
  • I would like to meet the Egyptians surveyed to congratulate them (of course only if their physical and mental conditions allow it)
  • One final note: Eat your heart out Robert Mogabe

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