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Exploring family relations from online obituaries using text mining and data visualisation tools

Mostafa Hussein, Blogging on the wrong side - Thu, 10/06/2010 - 9:48pm

Using a copy of all the obituaries published online by the Ahram newspaper from January 2002 till April 2008 it is possible to use Linux command line tools (gawk, sed, bash) to find family relations between individuals in certain professions. An example given here explores the family links between a sample of 456 Egyptian state security officers.

This is a very brief description of the method.

Torture is a virus of the mind and the cure is absolute prohibition

Mostafa Hussein, Blogging on the wrong side - Wed, 03/02/2010 - 11:47pm

electron microscope image of the polio virus

Torture is an organism that lives in the dark, it's done in secret and seems to be successful in staying as such. It's more successful in hiding when it's inexplicable. The fewer the (logical) reasons behind torture, the more your testimony will be difficult to believe and the more questions will be raised around your absence. Even from people who know you best.

The NDP Synagogue 2

Mostafa Hussein, Blogging on the wrong side - Tue, 15/12/2009 - 5:33pm

Lina Attalah and Mohamed El Dahshan of Al-Masry Al-Youm followed up on my post about the Magen Abraham synagogue that was turned into an NDP office in Hadayeq el-Quba. They did a very good job in finding answers to many of the questions regarding why this building is in such a horrible state.

the interior of hte synagogue

Madness constitute only 15% of all psychiatric diagnoses

Mostafa Hussein, Blogging on the wrong side - Mon, 09/11/2009 - 10:22pm

Severe mental disorders constitute only 15% of all the psychiatric diagnoses in the ICD-10

Delirium is a totally reversible state, people with dementia need long term care and can never be more harmless. Lots of people recover from psychosis totally and some retain symptoms.

Only 10% of violent crime in a society is from people with Schizophrenia.

بلال فضل و علاج التوحد بالدايت الأونطة

Mostafa Hussein, Blogging on the wrong side - Wed, 14/10/2009 - 5:52pm

كتب بلال فضل في المصري اليوم يوم 12/10/2009 عن طبيبة سورية تعالج التوحد بعلاج غذائي مُعين و ينتقد وزارة الصحة المصرية في عدم توفير هذا العلاج للمرضى المصريين و عدم توفير تحليل للكشف المبكر للمرض.

The stupid bouncers won't let Per in

Mostafa Hussein, Blogging on the wrong side - Tue, 29/09/2009 - 6:07am

UPDATE: Read Sarah's post she has more details.

Woke up this morning to learn from Twitter and text messages that early this morning at 2am, Per Björklund was stopped by the Cairo Airport security and wasn't allowed entrance to the country. He is to be deported back to Prague.

The NDP synagogue

Mostafa Hussein, Blogging on the wrong side - Mon, 21/09/2009 - 7:30pm

In April 2008, in Hadayeq el Qobba I stumbled upon this synagogue which was turned into a public affairs office, NDP office, a nursery and a small mosque.

Taking photos is strictly prohibited. But I managed to snap some shots while claiming that I am studying architecture and interested in the building style.

This is apparently the most looked after synagogue in Egypt. Thanks to Farouk Hosni. Probably the next president of the UNESCO.

Blindfolding

Mostafa Hussein, Blogging on the wrong side - Wed, 12/08/2009 - 4:57pm

Blindfolding is commonly used by security forces that physically torture people. It works by making the victim disoriented and fearful. A person will lose his orientation to place and the sense of direction first. Then, if applied long enough for more than a day, it can make some experience visual hallucinations.

Why was the death of Mervat Abdel Fattah not as spectacular?

Mostafa Hussein, Blogging on the wrong side - Mon, 06/07/2009 - 5:12pm

On October 2008, in Samalut, Menya, few hundred kilometres from Cairo, a pregnant 36 years old woman was woken up, terrified, early in the morning along with her husband and their 8 years old son, by 5 police officers looking for her brother-in-law. Mervat was kicked by police officer Ahmed Anwar in her stomach, she fell and in 10 minutes she died. Her 8 years old son, Sayyed, witnessed the assault and the death of his mother in their own home by a group of strange men who call themselves Mabaheth.

Israel is like a leprosy colony

Mostafa Hussein, Blogging on the wrong side - Mon, 15/06/2009 - 4:58pm

Creating a nation for Jewish people is like creating a colony for people with leprosy. I am not saying Jews are diseased or lepers but the West, by helping Israel exist, convinced Jewish people that they were better off living somewhere away from everyone else. And put an end to the centuries old 'Jewish problem.' Something that goes against all the lessons of World War II.

Services available at St Andrew's Refugee Services

Mostafa Hussein, Blogging on the wrong side - Wed, 27/05/2009 - 7:43pm

I work with lots of refugees. Many of them experienced torture and escaped horrors in their homeland. Helping them overcome their psychological difficulties, make them feel they are safe and telling them that there might be hope in the future is hindered by their financial situation, lack of free medical care and education, xenophobia, sexual harassment and unemployment.

Chose to employ a refugee or donate money:

Microsoft blocks Iran and Iran blocks Facebook

Mostafa Hussein, Blogging on the wrong side - Sun, 24/05/2009 - 2:50pm

Microsoft has blocked access to Windows live messenger (i.e. Hotmail webmail and MSN chat) to people living in Iran, Syria, Sudan, Cuba and North Korea. The reason is that the company suddenly realised that it doesn't do business with countries sanctioned by the U.S. At the same time, Iran blocked Facebook ahead of the presidential elections because a candidate is using it successfully for his campaign.

Killing 300,000 thousand innocent pigs is the most gruesome act of unjustifiable killing of animals I will ever witness

Mostafa Hussein, Blogging on the wrong side - Mon, 18/05/2009 - 2:29pm

I said this earlier and unfortunately I did witness a part of it on Youtube and Vimeo and it is horrible.

I know petitions are of no value when it comes to changing policies here. But they make you feel a bit better.

Or perhaps not.

Sorry to bring this to your attention again, it is very depressing.

No more Internet pornography in Egypt

Mostafa Hussein, Blogging on the wrong side - Tue, 12/05/2009 - 2:05pm

Blocking porn sites is not the main issue here, there are ways to circumvent censorship and if people want to watch porn, and they do, they will resurrect VHS.

Reactions to pig culling on twitter

Mostafa Hussein, Blogging on the wrong side - Thu, 30/04/2009 - 7:16am

Here is a link to latest responses on Twitter on the Egyptian decision to kill all the pigs. For sure an unprecedented decision like that is making a buzz around the world. Read what other people are saying. The least description of it is that it is an overreaction.

Do you really think slaughtering pigs in Egypt will prevent swine flu from entering through the airport in a man's lung?

Mostafa Hussein, Blogging on the wrong side - Wed, 29/04/2009 - 7:07pm

Killing 300,000 thousand innocent Egyptian pigs to prevent the swine flu from jeopardising our health is the most gruesome act of unjustifiable killing of animals I will ever witness.

The swine influenza type A (H1N1) is now a human transmissible virus of swine origin i.e. it spreads from a sick person to another healthy one through coughing and sneezing. Although, it originated from pigs in Mexico and infected humans the role of pigs in the spread of infection now is minimal, specifically non-infected pigs in Egypt.

Stencil fear

Mostafa Hussein, Blogging on the wrong side - Tue, 21/04/2009 - 9:36pm

Three days ago, an artist spray painted a stencil graphic on the grounds of down town Cairo by night, which next morning alarmed the state security and prompted wide questioning of people. Possibly on that same night and by coincidence Mo'men, a fast-food chain, stuck small stickers. What Mo'men did was just an ad campaign that has nothing to do with the stencils.

Radioshack Egypt prohibited me from taking photos with my camera phone of a DSLR camera. The guy told me photography is not allo

Mostafa Hussein, Blogging on the wrong side - Thu, 16/04/2009 - 9:17pm

The Canon EOS 1000D I was trying to photograph

There is nothing more stupid or frustrating. This is like going into a bookshop that bans reading.

They shouldn't sell cameras.

I don't carry a pen with me all the time and if I do I won't be carrying a note pad. I take photos of products to remember the name, model and price. No one will pay 5390 EGP without researching the bloody thing they are buying.

140 characters of trauma

Mostafa Hussein, Blogging on the wrong side - Wed, 15/04/2009 - 12:28am

These are concise formulations of 8 different cases I have seen. All are in 140 characters or less. All people mentioned are refugees.

This is just an experiment with this format.

@gazamom writes about her day long ordeal in Cairo airport transit area

Mostafa Hussein, Blogging on the wrong side - Tue, 14/04/2009 - 3:26pm

I hold a Palestinian Authority passport. It replaced the "temporary two-year Jordanian passport for Gaza residents" that we held until the Oslo Accords and the creation of the Palestinian Authority in the mid '90s, which itself replaced the Egyptian travel documents we held before that. A progression in a long line of stateless documentation.

HOPE?

Mostafa Hussein, Blogging on the wrong side - Fri, 03/04/2009 - 1:52pm

This website did all the work.

Original photo by Jack Shenker

Sarah hosted the original image, came up with "Nope" and gave it her blessings.

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