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My Friend, Bassem Sabry: One of the good people

  /  May 4, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

“Why is it that all the good people die in this country?” (Bassem Sabry, 24 March 2013)   I saw a couple of friends recently – both of them had been reasons I loved the read the rest…

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Ukraine is Egypt – well, not really

  /  March 5, 2014  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

Egyptians know now what it was like to watch the Tahrir Square uprising in 2011 from outside of the country – because the same kind of media attention was recently projected on Ukraine. This country, read the rest…

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Preventing terror is a job for all

  /  February 18, 2014  /  Opinion  /  98 Comments

Earlier this week, a bomb attack on an Egyptian tourist bus took place in Sinai, taking the lives of three South Korean tourists, and one Egyptian driver. More were wounded in the attack, which was read the rest…

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I’m not a journalist – but the least I can do is salute them

  /  February 4, 2014  /  Opinion  /  5 Comments

“One of the objects of a newspaper is to understand the popular feelings and give expression to it; another is to arouse among the people certain desirable elements; and the third is fearlessly to expose read the rest…

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Dogged determination – a more sober Jan25

  /  January 21, 2014  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

Three years ago, as a friend of mine puts it, everything seemed possible. The 25th of January uprising gave birth to a revolution, and the sky was the limit. Today, as the third anniversary draws close, the read the rest…

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The New Year

  /  January 7, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

On New Year’s Day, the Dar al-Ifta’ al-Misriyyah declared that 13 January would be the anniversary of the Prophet’s birthday in Egypt. It seems awfully fitting that at the dawn of 2014, this official government read the rest…

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Egypt has to learn the lesson

  /  December 24, 2013  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

It’s almost boring. Earlier this week, Ahmed Maher, Ahmed Douma and Mohammed Adel, three veteran activists, were each sentenced to three years in jail and fined EGP 50,000. Two thoughts occurred to me: one, if read the rest…

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The Egyptian lobbies

  /  December 10, 2013  /  Opinion  /  28 Comments

Since the military ouster of Mohammed Morsi, different Egyptian groups have lobbied the international community more than ever since the revolution began in 2011. The diversity of the lobby is more than probably ever before read the rest…

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How many times does Egypt have to do this to get it right?

  /  November 26, 2013  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

Three years is not a particularly long time. In fact, in the history of nations, it’s not more than a blip on the timeline. Yet, in three years, Egyptians have seen events repeat themselves again, read the rest…

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Let’s kill them all

  /  November 12, 2013  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

This time last year, Egyptians were a week away from the disastrous extra-judicial decree of then president, Mohamed Morsi. Everyone knew, however, even without that decree, that the Muslim Brotherhood-led government had not the faintest read the rest…

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Crosses flanked by Crescents won’t cut it

  /  October 22, 2013  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

Christmas Eve. New Year’s Eve mass. A wedding. None of these should turn into a funeral – but that is exactly what has happened in Egypt. The most recent round of violence, the targeting of read the rest…

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The politics of remembering death

  /  October 8, 2013  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

A group of peaceful protesters marched, and were set upon by official state forces – at the end of the violence, 28 people were dead, and more than 200 people were injured. At the time, read the rest…

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Where are they?

  /  October 1, 2013  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

“Where are they? Where have they all gone? Where are all those young activists from the 25 January revolution?” It is a question that I get asked almost every time I engage with non-Egyptians; those read the rest…

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State of the union

  /  September 17, 2013  /  Opinion  /  6 Comments

As President Morsi walked into Al-Azhar conference hall on the “Night of Power” in Ramadan of 2013, the room rose. The last time he had spoken on such an occasion, General Sisi had replaced Field read the rest…

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Syria

  /  August 31, 2013  /  Opinion  /  26 Comments

It could be that by the time this article goes to press, a strike has already taken place on Syria by a conglomerate of forces, led mostly by the US and France. It could be read the rest…

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Choices

  /  August 20, 2013  /  Opinion  /  62 Comments

Things in Egypt are moving quite quickly. It has gotten to the point where if one stops keeping up to date for an hour, one finds that a fundamental shift has just taken place – read the rest…

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Maybe time for the MB?

  /  August 6, 2013  /  Opinion  /  17 Comments

A political accommodation needs to be created with regards to the Muslim Brotherhood, Dr H A Hellyer argues

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Days of impunity

  /  July 23, 2013  /  Opinion  /  8 Comments

On 2 February 2011, I was in Tahrir Square and I left in the early afternoon to go home. Within a half hour of my leaving, camels, horses and thugs attacked Tahrir Square, resulting in read the rest…

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Morsi’s best contribution to Egypt would be to make peace

  /  July 7, 2013  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

“Help us make sense of this?” That is usually the question an analyst gets asked. The good ones tend to try their best, with as many qualifications as possible, knowing that they cannot possibly account read the rest…

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Day of reckoning: 30 June or later

  /  June 25, 2013  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

It feels like a day of reckoning for a reason, because it is one. As 30 June 2013 draws nearer, it does not feel at all like a repeat of 25 January 2011. Instead, it read the rest…

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A Farce

  /  June 4, 2013  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

A farce. That is all I can say about the NGO trial verdict that was delivered on 4 June in post-Mubarak, present-Morsi, still-not-revolutionary Egypt. Here is the verdict, plain and simple. Guilty. Didn’t hear that read the rest…

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‘Rebellion’ Campaign: Not undemocratic, but not quite useful…yet

  /  May 28, 2013  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

In the past few weeks, media circles in Cairo have been buzzing with talk of a new grassroots campaign designed to end President Mohamed Morsi’s term in office. In a matter of weeks, the campaign read the rest…

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Nationally, regionally and internationally, government’s time is running out

  /  May 14, 2013  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

The Egyptian government recently assembled a new cabinet in order to deliver on the promises of the “Renaissance Project” (mashru’ al-nahda). It comes not a moment too soon, as the national, regional and international scenes read the rest…

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It’s the people, not the paper

  /  April 28, 2013  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

In another country, at another time, writing about the Egypt Independent might be considered writing about the competition. After all, there are only a few English-language dailies in Egypt – and fewer that are not read the rest…

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The responsibility of opposition

  /  April 17, 2013  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

For months, from these pages and elsewhere, I have written a rather large number of articles criticising the conduct and performance of Egypt’s post-uprising political forces. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), which read the rest…

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J’accuse

  /  April 3, 2013  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Was the issuing of an arrest warrant for Bassem Youssef meant to be an April Fools’ joke? If so, the joke ended up not being on the political satirist, but on the Egyptian authorities. Bassem read the rest…

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Military intervention and Egypt’s future

  /  March 19, 2013  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

The military may be coming – and it seems like everyone knows and is waiting for it, except the Muslim Brotherhood. The irony is: they are the ones who have the most to lose. A read the rest…

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“The Revolution continues”: No longer a slogan

  /  March 5, 2013  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

When the crowds swelled in the Square of Liberation in January 2011, the chant of al-sha’ab yurid isqat al-nidham (‘the people demand the fall of the regime’) was a pithy slogan. By the time Hosni read the rest…

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Tahrir Squared: the discussion continues

  /  February 19, 2013  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

There is no stopping the train, and it is important to do all that is possible to try to get to the right destination, rather than just go faster

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Egypt is not Somalia (it isn’t Switzerland, either)

  /  February 5, 2013  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

The last two weeks were not a huge surprise. For some, it seems that the last couple of weeks were the result of a strategy by forces opposed to the presidency of Mohamed Morsi—that the read the rest…

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