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Peacemaking Egypt!

  /  August 6, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

Since Hamas seized control of the Gaza strip, three notable spells of war have engulfed one of the most densely populated parts of the world. The latest of such outbreaks have been by far the read the rest…

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Revolution-proofing

  /  April 13, 2014  /  Opinion  /  25 Comments

As demonstrated on Thursday, when some protesters held a rally downtown demonstrating against the Protest Law and demanding the release of prominent activists, we are looking at a country which is becoming starkly different from read the rest…

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A predictable summer

  /  April 5, 2014  /  Opinion  /  21 Comments

Last month we spoke about the challenges facing the new Egyptian government. At the time of his appointment, Mr Mehleb proclaimed that his two main objectives were to wipe out militant violence and improve the read the rest…

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Then and Now

  /  March 29, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

I am always intrigued by the dizzying changes that have enveloped Egypt in the past year. What I find to be most amusing is how certain positions have totally gone from one extreme to the read the rest…

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So how is the economy?

  /  March 8, 2014  /  Opinion  /  184 Comments

Last week we talked about the challenges facing the new Egyptian government. We spoke of the newly appointed prime minister’s objectives. Mr Mehleb has proclaimed that his main aims are to wipe out militant violence read the rest…

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Mission impossible

  /  March 1, 2014  /  Opinion  /  4 Comments

Following the abrupt resignation of Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawi’s government, Egypt’s newly appointed Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb is tasked with what seems to be a mission impossible. The new PM indeed faces several humbling challenges read the rest…

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Al-Sisi’s reality check

  /  February 22, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

Field Marshal Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi still rides a wave of soaring popularity following his unrelenting support for the toppling of former president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013. The kingmaker is widely expected to enter the read the rest…

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Inside the Box

  /  February 15, 2014  /  Opinion  /  11 Comments

Since 25 Jan and former president Hosni Mubarak’s ouster, Egypt has been in a perpetual stage of transition. All dreams of a better future and rosier outlook have evaporated in the midst of unrest that read the rest…

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The Nasser restoration

  /  February 8, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

Conservatives in Egypt – whether or not they admit to being so – will find themselves more content these days as matters seem to be rolling back to business as usual. As we live in read the rest…

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On being Karman and Hamzawy

  /  February 1, 2014  /  Opinion  /  69 Comments

We live in strange days where events change at dizzying velocity and people’s stances change even faster. Voltaire once noted; “Opinion has caused more trouble on this little earth than plagues or earthquakes.” In one read the rest…

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Where have all the young votes gone?

  /  January 25, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

As I watched news coverage of Egypt’s constitutional referendum, I am constantly inundated with this urban legend that has surfaced following the polling regarding the absence of young voters. Interim President Adly Mansour has recently read the rest…

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Random observations on Egypt’s referendum

  /  January 18, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

On Wednesday, as the polls closed and results started pouring in, a big step in Egypt’s transitional roadmap was concluded. While it was a no brainer that the constitution was going to be overwhelmingly ratified by read the rest…

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The turning point

  /  January 11, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

Deep inside, one must feel it even if one hesitates to admit it: the whole 25 January hoopla is long gone. The only thing left of 25 January is its largely undisputed international allure, which read the rest…

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Amr, Esraa and the Travolta Predicament

  /  January 4, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

No doubt, current events in Egypt are testing our understanding as well as the practice of the freedom of speech and the concept of liberties at large. Two articles that I have come across in read the rest…

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Between Idealism and Terrorism

  /  December 28, 2013  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

In March 2002, while coming back to the US from a weekend in Mexico, I was stopped and heavily interrogated at the US border. My only mistake appeared to be simple birthrights: name, age and read the rest…

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The long winding road to Yemen

  /  December 21, 2013  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

As the debates rage in Egypt on whether presidential elections should be held before parliamentary elections, the country seems headed to an all too familiar scenario. In February 2012, elections were held in Yemen with read the rest…

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Does the constitution matter?

  /  December 14, 2013  /  Opinion  /  4 Comments

By Dr Mohamed Fouad As the 50-member committee completed their work on the new constitution for Egypt – the second in less than two years, the document was met with mixed reviews. Amr Moussa, the read the rest…

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Suspended Logic

  /  December 7, 2013  /  Opinion  /  13 Comments

By Dr Mohamed Fouad Last week, we spoke about the gripping polarisation turned mass mania. We have seen how it became easier and less painful to choose sides rather than be pragmatic about any situation. read the rest…

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Polarisation

  /  November 24, 2013  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Since the 25 January Revolution, Egypt has witnessed fierce debates. Torn between the novelty of the Democratic experience and other factors newly thrown in the mix such as Religion, and identity, the country continued to read the rest…

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The saga of Mohamed Mahmoud

  /  November 16, 2013  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

Throughout the mid 1990s, Mohamed Mahmoud was a street that carried so many good memories for me and perhaps other students of the American University in Cairo who would cross this street several times per read the rest…

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Contemporary Egyptian nonsense part 4: The demise of political Islam

  /  November 12, 2013  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

Is political Islam dead? Are the so called “Islamic Movements” suffering their final moments following the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi and the ruling Muslim Brotherhood? That is indeed a claim that keeps on getting read the rest…

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Contemporary Egyptian nonsense part 3: The debate that sealed their fate!

  /  November 2, 2013  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

Our talk this week is about the 2012 Egyptian presidential debate, the first ever presidential debate in Egyptian history. It was held between presidential candidates Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh and Amr Moussa, broadcasted live on May 10, read the rest…

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Contemporary Egyptian nonsense part 2: The riches of Egypt!

  /  October 27, 2013  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

So we continue with examining some of those wild ideas and unfounded claims which haunt the minds of many people. We are hoping to do so in a constructive manner with the aim to move read the rest…

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Contemporary Egyptian non-sense part 1: Suez Canal in Pounds!

  /  October 20, 2013  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

In modern days Egypt, so many ideas grow out of the blues captivating the minds and souls of the population. Some of these ideas are political, economical, or social. While some fade away fast, others read the rest…

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US aid: “Recalibration” or change of strategy?

  /  October 12, 2013  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

The U.S. State Department announced on Wednesday that it would halt the delivery of large-scale military systems and cash assistance to Egypt’s government. It said “credible progress” must be made towards free and fair elections. read the rest…

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Does Egypt Need Affirmative Action?

  /  October 7, 2013  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

As the debates rage regarding Egypt’s electoral system, the notion of affirmative action and quota often surfaces as an area of great contention. The legacy resulting from years of discrimination based on age, gender, and read the rest…

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Bloody September

  /  September 28, 2013  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

September has been a month that has witnessed heinous crimes against humanity that claimed scores of lives in many dispersed parts of the world. From the All Saints church bomb in Peshawar to the roadside read the rest…

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One-hit wonders

  /  September 21, 2013  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

In a country that has become infatuated with political talk, the lack of sustainable political actions never ceases to amaze me. Despite their instantaneous impact, several movements that have surfaced on the Egyptian political scene read the rest…

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Musical Chairs

  /  September 14, 2013  /  Opinion  /  4 Comments

You have to admit that despite all the heartaches that we have come to encounter in Egypt, the place is becoming quite the rollercoaster ride. It is interesting to watch how roles are being exchanged read the rest…

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Squandered Opportunities

  /  September 7, 2013  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Over the past 3 years, there may have been numerous instances when Egypt has taken the wrong turn. Some of those wasted chances are indeed lamentable. The bitter irony is that 32 months following 25 read the rest…

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