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Europe and those Arabs (4): The EU and the Belgian syndrome

  /  June 19, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

Listen Unlike most Europeans, Belgians are shy to ask for better services, not only in public institutions, but even in the private sector. If a Belgian has trouble getting service, or buying a product, he read the rest…

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Europe and those Arabs (3): Migrating for a lonely death

  /  June 2, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Listen In 2007, mid-production of a documentary film of mine called Back in a Coffin discussing the phenomenon of illegal migration from Egypt to Italy on what is tragically called death boats, I learned about read the rest…

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Editor’s letter: Europe and those Arabs (2): The good Muslim citizen

  /  May 16, 2014  /  Opinion  /  135 Comments

Listen How many times did we hear the term “good Muslim” either within the Muslim communities or others in Europe? I assume many. But have we ever thought of the scale of differences and miscommunication read the rest…

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Editor’s letter: Europe and those Arabs (1): Is the EU having an affair with The Muslim Brotherhood?

  /  April 26, 2014  /  Opinion  /  128 Comments

Listen A few weeks ago I called an old friend to say goodbye before heading to Brussels after winning an EU award for my work in the past couple of years. I briefly explained what read the rest…

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Editor’s Letter: Egyptians between the two Gamals (5 of 5): Sisi in Nasser’s suit, Sadat’s tongue and Mubarak’s fist

  /  December 5, 2013  /  Opinion  /  4 Comments

Listen Since the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi on 3 July this year by the military with support of the masses, Egypt is witnessing a unique example of governance models: all-in-one leadership style. Officially, we read the rest…

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Editor’s letter: Egyptians between the two Gamals (4 of 5): Mubarak’s fall, just a beginning

  /  November 7, 2013  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Listen The accumulation of poverty and anger made Egypt seem like a nation left on the back burner that Mubarak and his business elite thought would never have to face. They believed, and even the read the rest…

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Editor’s letter: Egyptians between the two Gamals (3 of 5): A nation on the back burner

  /  October 31, 2013  /  Opinion  /  32 Comments

Listen Mubarak’s propaganda machine had the habit of spreading false optimistic information about his “economic achievements” on an almost daily basis. Several governments appointed by the ousted president got used to the practice of faking read the rest…

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Editor’s letter: Egyptians between the two Gamals (2 of 5): The Mubarakonomics of dismantling Nasser’s state

  /  October 24, 2013  /  Opinion  /  197 Comments

Listen Ousted president Hosni Mubarak had his own economic model that can be described as an incoherent blend combining the disadvantages of both capitalism and socialism in one entity. We can easily call it Mubarakonomics. read the rest…

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Editor’s letter: Egyptians between the two Gamals (1 of 5)

  /  October 10, 2013  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Listen Bread, freedom and social justice! A slogan and a statement that simply explains why Egyptians had to head to Tahrir Square on 25 January, 2011 and what their aspirations were. But have they reached read the rest…

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Editor’s letter: You and the future of independent news

  /  September 14, 2013  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

Listen The Daily News Egypt is not only Egypt’s sole and last locally produced independent newspaper in English. It has also always been a school for young Egyptian journalists, a place where one generation after read the rest…

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  /  September 14, 2013  /  Business  /  92 Comments

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Editor’s letter: Unsustainable return of Mubarak’s state

  /  August 29, 2013  /  Opinion  /  119 Comments

Listen Hosni Mubarak is out of Tora prison and placed under “house arrest” in a military hospital in Cairo. Some Egyptians take this development to the extreme and pessimistically claim Mubarak is back to power, read the rest…

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Editor’s letter: War of the misnomers

  /  August 13, 2013  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

People are stuck with the short-sighted dilemma of choosing between two conflicting labels: legitimacy or military coup, writes Maher Hamoud

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Editor’s letter: Social fascism

  /  August 8, 2013  /  Opinion  /  5 Comments

Listen Fascism is a political philosophy, movement or regime that exalts nation or race above the individual and stands for a centralised government headed by a leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression read the rest…

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Editor’s letter: Crucifying the Muslim Brotherhood

  /  July 17, 2013  /  Opinion  /  7 Comments

Listen A few days ago while walking in Tahrir Square, I heard a young man shouting at two bearded men: “Out, out.” It was not clear to me, nor to anyone else, what they had read the rest…

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Editor’s letter: Brothers and generals; the end of coexistence

  /  July 10, 2013  /  Opinion  /  5 Comments

Listen Almost a year ago, in an article called Brothers and generals, a phase of coexistence, I argued that the dramatic decision by ousted president Mohamed Morsi to “sack” Field Marshal Mohamed Tantawi and his read the rest…

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Editor’s letter: Morsi in free fall

  /  June 30, 2013  /  Opinion  /  7 Comments

Listen Three months ago I wrote my weekly editor’s letter and named it “The real countdown to the Brotherhood’s fall.” I think I was too conservative in my analysis, basing my argument on an assumed read the rest…

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Editor’s letter: Is Egypt on the verge of a civil war?

  /  June 13, 2013  /  Opinion  /  6 Comments

Listen Since the launch of the Tamarod campaign about two months ago, the term “civil war” has been used frequently by both mainstream and social media, the political elite and various other segments of society. read the rest…

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Editor’s letter: Low budget presidential thriller

  /  June 5, 2013  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

Listen During a disastrous meeting at the Presidential Palace on Monday with the objective of handling the threat of Ethiopia’s project building a massive dam on one of the Nile’s main tributaries the Blue Nile, read the rest…

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Editor’s letter: Rebel Campaign, beyond legalities

  /  May 21, 2013  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

Listen Tamarod (Rebel) is a campaign aiming at collecting the biggest number possible of signatures by Egyptians, who agree to withdraw confidence from President Mohamed Morsi. The campaign caught significant attention in the media, local read the rest…

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Editor’s letter: Mubarak’s mess in today’s Sinai

  /  May 14, 2013  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

Listen Our very professional Bedouin driver takes us across the desert in South Sinai. Whenever he sees a vehicle passing by smuggling subsidised fuel for the informal black market, he gets very angry. At the read the rest…

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Editor’s letter: The real countdown to the brotherhood’s fall

  /  April 3, 2013  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

Listen A countdown to the fall of the Muslim Brotherhood’s rule started over two years ago, when they first turned against the revolution by siding with the military in manipulating the people for a yes read the rest…

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Editor’s letter: Revolution level II: Waiting for the right spark

  /  March 21, 2013  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Listen On the second anniversary of the military-Islamist orchestrated referendum of 19 March 2011, deliberately putting the cart in front of the horse in post-Mubarak’s state rebuilding, one should always remember that Egypt is choosing read the rest…

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Editor’s letter: Is a Turkish model what we really want?

  /  March 6, 2013  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Listen A few days ago I had conversation with my Turkish friend, a Middle East researcher, about the Egyptian revolution and how a “Turkish model” is overrated in the eyes of Egyptians. It is often read the rest…

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Editor’s letter: Chapeau to Al Nour Party

  /  February 27, 2013  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Listen In Egypt’s post-Mubarak first parliament, which lasted for a few months in 2012, it was the first time for the Salafi Islamists (primarily Al Nour Party) to have such political representation. It was very read the rest…

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Editor’s letter: On the interior and stability nonsense

  /  February 13, 2013  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Listen A few months before the revolution’s spark ignited, I had two Palestinian friends working in the media visiting me in Cairo. The last time I had seen them before this was during an Arab read the rest…

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Editor’s letter: Time for the cool sheikhs

  /  January 30, 2013  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Listen In 2010 I was invited to a lecture by Amr Khaled, organised by Regents College in London, while I was there for some media mission. The lecture was considered very important, as it was read the rest…

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Editor’s letter: Happy revolution day, labour movements

  /  January 23, 2013  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

Happy revolution day, labour movements

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Editor’s letter: Worshipping and whipping on Nasser’s birth anniversary

  /  January 16, 2013  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Listen Two days ago was the 95th anniversary of President Gamal Abdel Nasser’s birth (1918 – 1970). The man who said, “He who cannot support himself, cannot make his own decision,” in his historical attempt read the rest…

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Editor’s letter: Egyptian economy: Fixing a mud house in the rainy season

  /  January 10, 2013  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

Fixing a mud house in the rainy season

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