Maryam Ishani

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The rise of the falling writer

We really have become a fickle readership. We’ve got a lot of choices and you’ve got exactly three seconds to tell me


The pyramids are fine

Dear America, the pyramids are still here, thank you for enquiring about their health

You would be surprised to know which women in Egypt are having a hard time

As thin as a veil

The difference between a good night and a bad one for a woman in Egypt might be as thin as veil

From the cell to the castle

How tragic that the Arab world’s greatest constitutional declaration of freedom will fight its greatest battle over the language of fear.

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Mohamed Badie looks on under the group's logo during his first press conference in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010 (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

The unseen hand

He is described as the unseen hand of an incredibly hierarchal and rigid organization. The Muslim Brotherhood’s General Masul, the General Guide, Mohamed Badie is a man in the shadows, who some believe will have the last word.

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It was one Egypt

I like to imagine that Mubarak wonders, why that day, why that year of all those years

A Rohingya Muslim village burns in recent violence in Myanmar

Myanmar’s minority Muslims under attack

When asked where his parents were, the boy mustered, “I don’t know.” He was still very young, even at 17 years-old, to have made a perilous crossing at the Naf River alone, venturing from Myanmar to Bangladesh and fleeing the threat of the Burmese military the length of the trip. At a refugee camp outside …


Syria fighting on two fronts

While shelling and fighting continues inside Syria, r Al-Assad is under pressure from the UN and NATO to negotiate an end to the16-month conflict.

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Kurds might be tipping point in Syria-Turkey row

Kurds are caught in the middle of two escalating zones of conflict involving four countries, but in the current standoff between Syria and Turkey, the Kurdish population may soon find themselves the bargaining chip that tips the stand-off into a full scale fight. Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has been cautious with the Kurds on Syria’s …

A picture released by the official Syrian news agency SANA shows men at the scene after two huge bombs exploded outside the Palace of Justice in Central Damascus on June 28, 2012  (AFP PHOTO/SANA)

Explosions rock central Damascus

Two bombs have exploded outside the Palace of Justice in central Damascus, according to Syrian state television SANA.

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The devils you know

The headline is an easy one to like. Once a prisoner, now a president. It illicits support from the heart, it lifts the chin, pulls the boot straps up. The story of the underdog who rose up through the ranks and became leader of a nation that marginalised, punished and excluded him. It smells of …

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Egypt braced for announcement

Ministry of Interior orders police to shoot to kill if there are attacks on Police in the fallout of the announcement