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April 10 2019 .. ترامب و علم مصر و تحية … و انا و انت

I wrote a new article, another Oped, I write (or co-write) few a year, usually my Op Eds are about important current affairs for CNN, NYT etc (Khaled Abol Naga’s Op Eds), this time it was for, but for some odd reason, this round, they never got back to me about publishing it!, and I kept getting strange erratic feedback from crew I dealt with for my last article, so I decided to dig more, investigating why some opinions renders some platforms unresponsive?

In the process, I learned and formed much more interesting opinions… about THAT “POLITICAL THEATER”

My article is about THE DC POLITICAL THEATER!.. بالفعل مسرح اكثر منه سياسة

Try Hanging Sane, it’s a delicate, almost impossible balance, to hang in there!?

Isn’t it?

Thanks to Michael Markowitz.. He helped me open a whole new realm of expression :

“Hanging in there” by Kal Naga April 2019
Revisited June 2020

This is my strategy responding to the “Hate” sprouting every now and then…

“it polishes and strengthens my own views, deepens my faith on the WHY”

Tolerating Hate is not Ignoring it, but repeatedly & Tirelessly proving it Wrong


We keep fighting, fighting, fighting…
“What does not kill us makes us stronger” we say..
but if the world keeps ignoring the fighting, the sadness, the darkness without cracks for the light to pass through..
Then I ask you .. What Happens To The Heart
What Happened to Sarah Hegazy’s Heart?
It ain’t pretty, It ain’t subtle… What Happens To The Heart.

Leonard Cohen, passed away in Nov. 2016, leaving us an incredible heritage of his art. several years after his demise. new songs of his are still being released. Cohen’s camp released this posthumous video for “What Happens to the Heart”

Light made of a rainbow of diverse colours, still needs cracks to pass through.. as eloquently said once by the “Hallelujah” maestro himself in 2008, Leonard Cohen: ANTHEM :

“What Happens to the Heart”

I was always working steady
But I never called it art
I got my shit together
Meeting Christ reading Marx
Sure it failed my little fire
But it’s bright the dying spark
Go tell the young messiah
What happens to the heart

There’s a mist of summer kisses
Where I tried to double-park
The rivalry was vicious
And the women were in charge
It was nothing, it was business
But it left an ugly mark
So I’ve come here to revisit
What happens to the heart

I was selling holy trinkets
I was dressing kind of sharp
Had a pussy in the kitchen
And a panther in the yard
In the prison of the gifted
I was friendly with the guard
So I never had to witness
What happens to the heart

I should have seen it coming
You could say I wrote the chart
Just to look at her was trouble
It was trouble from the start
Sure we played a stunning couple
But I never liked the part
It ain’t pretty, it ain’t subtle
What happens to the heart

Now the angel’s got a fiddle
And the devil’s got a harp
Every soul is like a minnow
Every mind is like a shark
I’ve opened every window
But the house, the house is dark
Just say Uncle, then it’s simple
What happens to the heart

I was always working steady
But I never called it art
The slaves were there already
The singers chained and charred
Now the arc of justice bending
And the injured soon to march
I lost my job defending
What happens to the heart

I studied with this beggar
He was filthy he was scarred
By the claws of many women
He had failed to disregard
No fable here no lesson
No singing meadowlark
Just a filthy beggar blessing
What happens to the heart

I was always working steady
But I never called it art
I could lift, but nothing heavy
Almost lost my union card
I was handy with a rifle
My father’s .303
We fought for something final
Not the right to disagree

Sure it failed my little fire
But it’s bright the dying spark
Go tell the young messiah
What happens to the heart

June 24, 2016

Just watched Netflix documentary
It resonated a lot with me!
Shook me!

And made me finally start responding to the horrible news of Sarah Hegazy’s suicide… TBC

I just watched this documentary about Natalie Wood, and it instantly made me have an avalanche of feelings!, missing her somehow like I knew her as a friend or a family member. To me, she is the epitome of an era, of such generation of stars that changed something in our perception of stardom, a generation of artists who was able to shift our attention from the bling bling to what really counts; the art, the human, the craft and above all how we are all the same, and that all what remains behind, in this world from our lives… is simply “the love” we invested here and left behind on earth.

البقاء للحب

What Remains Behind….

Information about the documentary : The greatest roles of her life were behind the scenes. Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind is an intimate portrait of actor Natalie Wood’s life and career, told through the eyes of her daughter Natasha Gregson Wagner and others who knew her best. The film celebrates the woman behind the iconic imagery and explores the compelling details of Wood’s personal life and illustrious career that are often overshadowed by her tragic death. The documentary premieres May 5th at 9pm on HBO. #HBO#HBODocs#NatalieWoodHBO Subscribe to HBO on YouTube: Watch Now HBO NOW: HBO GO: Get More HBO Official Site: Twitter: Instagram: Facebook: Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind (2020) | Official Trailer | HBO

Colin Kaepernick Wins Amnesty International Top Honor |

Did we dare to imagine THIS!

THIS is all but too surreal to be a coincidence! what’s happening here and now in the USA; Feels like some kind of a “divine intervention”… Surreal to witness a sequence of events echoing Arab Spring uprising in Egypt 2011 from Khaled Said murder onwards, echoing to the dots with witnessing Black Lives Matter demonstrations in USA 2020 from George Floyd murder onwards! This Story is unfolding still to become a decade long saga of people’s fight for their rights: عيش حرية عدالة اجتماعية I Can’t Breathe… Black Lives Matter… يانجيب حقهم يانموت زيهم… These chants have more in common in their core than anyone imagined to happen. And potentially becoming THE STORY highlighting this technologically entangled era we live in.

NYT story too starting to connect the dots here:

George Floyd brutal murder ignites RAGE against Racist Police brutality in the US

I’ve been sensing the parallels that people felt in Egypt after blows of injustice one after another culminating at the Khaled Said brutal murder by Egyptian police and their mockery of a cover-up behaviour, People had enough and it ignited RAGE accumulated by years long kept anger at Mubarak’s police state, and unfolded into a historic noble peaceful Revolution in 2011.

I pray that the American people channel their rage at this critical moment into a peaceful revolt and refrain from violence in retaliation to violence, it’s the only way for a lasting real reform to start taking place 🙏 Amen.

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