Emad El-Din Aysha

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The heritage of economic citizenship: a‘refuge’ for advancement

A lot of unnecessary energy has already been expended on Egyptian television arguing over the planned reforms ofresidency and naturalisation procedures, with accusations of treason flying both ways. The idea is that you get a five-year long residency if you stash a lot money in the bank that the government will then spend and invest …

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Egypt and China, a Bridge Not Too Far: Taha Hussein or Henry Kissinger?

A very distinguished Chinese academic, Dr. Wang Jisi, just gave a talk at the American University in Cairo on China’s understanding of the international order (Tahrir Dialogue No. 64 – “Listening to and Looking Towards Asia”, Tahrir Campus, March 29, 2017). Something that came up during his talk was figuring out how Egypt looks at …

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Gender relations in Egypt: a philosophical facelift

An Egyptian philosopher friend advised me to watch The Three Faces of Eve (1957) as a guide to the abysmal status of women here in Egypt, and boy, did I discover a thing or two watching this black and white classic on multiple personality syndrome. Not just about the kind of twin tracks modern-day Egypt …

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The history award goes to… the blank slate!

Egypt won three awards last week at the Dubai film festival and thank heavens it was not for those two annoyingly-titled movies that were showcased at the (bungled) Cairo International Film Festival. As luck would have it, I watched the trailer for one of those two movies and could not help but notice a scene …

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The strategic plane: Russia in the Mideast energy cauldron

A journalist friend had told me a while ago, without naming who or when, that Russia was ready for a major strategic entrance into the region through its air campaign in Syria, compensating for all those years of being muscled out of the region with the end of the Cold War and the fall of …

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The baby and the bathwater: Putting history on the map

I watched an offensive diatribe the other day on a private sector satellite channel – typically – that shed considerable doubt on certain religious and historical tenants. As luck would have it, I had an intellectual run-in with the guest on the show so I knew what the deal was but it is still important …

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Black Mess: Gangsters, bombers, and alliance politics

You may be wondering what gangster thriller “Black Mass” (2015) about James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp) has to do with our neck of the woods but you will be surprised to know. I say this because the movie is supremely political, having little to nothing to do with that notorious South Boston gangster and his …

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