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‘Catastrophic’ it is!

  /  July 5, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

Amnesty International said last week that Egypt is witnessing a “catastrophic” decline in human rights. Indeed, human rights conditions in Egypt are currently a disaster, but the “catastrophe” Egyptians are witnessing these days is all-encompassing. read the rest…

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Excuse us for being sceptical

  /  June 21, 2014  /  Opinion  /  6 Comments

The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict was held last week in London, the largest gathering to ever happen on the subject. Co-chaired by the UK foreign secretary William Hague and UNHCR Special read the rest…

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In search of alternatives

  /  June 7, 2014  /  Opinion  /  14 Comments

“Who is the alternative?” This was indeed the most repeated and frustrating question asked by the pro-Sisi camp during the past two weeks, before and during the surreal presidential election that brought a military man read the rest…

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What am I going to tell my reporters?

  /  April 1, 2014  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

Nine months ago, last July, when the army backed the people who took to the streets on 30 June and Al Sisi came out in all his glory reading the armed forces statement which included read the rest…

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Al-Sisi’s austerity request

  /  March 17, 2014  /  Opinion  /  5 Comments

“Egypt’s youth is its hope; they need to give and not expect to take anything now.” “Egypt needs a lot from us. Egypt’s youth should not be thinking about when will they be able to read the rest…

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The future of the two little girls

  /  March 3, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

A couple of weeks ago, on my road back home using 6 October Bridge, I managed to avoid hitting two young girls – girls so little as to be invisible unless right in front of read the rest…

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On women in Egypt: Equality doesn’t mean justice

  /  February 24, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

In late 2013, Thomson Reuters conducted a poll ranking Egypt the worst country among 22 Arab League states for women’s rights. The poll measured women’s status in six different categories. First, “Women in politics” calculated read the rest…

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A constitution not worth its ink

  /  February 19, 2014  /  Opinion  /  125 Comments

Since the new constitution passed, I have been flooded with emails and meetings from foreign journalists, lawyers, rights advocates and what have you, asking the same question: Isn’t the newly passed constitution better in preserving read the rest…

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Impunity

  /  February 3, 2014  /  Opinion  /  134 Comments

In the past month, as a journalist, I was involved in discussions with several organisations that defend and protect journalists on the best way to handle Egypt’s crackdown on journalists and how to protect them. read the rest…

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The illusion of change

  /  January 20, 2014  /  Opinion  /  5 Comments

A new era has begun in Egypt: an era of stability and security, of safety and justice, of rights and freedoms, of women’s rights, children’s rights and rights for the disabled. An era of democracy read the rest…

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Mohamed Ibrahim, an unsolved mystery

  /  January 5, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

Today marks the anniversary of the appointment of Mohamed Ibrahim as Egypt’s Minister of Interior. And so another year begins with the man who survived it all, whose forces killed indiscriminately under his command and read the rest…

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Will you vote this year?

  /  December 23, 2013  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

This will be the third year in a row that Egyptians will vote on a constitution. Yet another referendum with yet another Yes campaign. Vote Yes for stability , they said in 2011. Vote Yes read the rest…

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The Bachmann dilemma

  /  December 18, 2013  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

When I got into the newsroom Tuesday morning, a heated discussion between my colleagues was ongoing about whether or not to publish Michele Bachmann’s piece (which was sent to us by her office). Most of read the rest…

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Keeping Egyptians in check

  /  November 25, 2013  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

A 16 year old boy, the son of an acquaintance, went to attend the Ghana-Egypt match dressed in an Al-Ahly t-shirt and holding a fireworks stick. The boy watched the match, left and was taking read the rest…

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Humiliating Mohamed Mahmoud

  /  November 12, 2013  /  Opinion  /  169 Comments

The thing about the Mohamed Mahmoud clashes specifically is the mere fact that those who had never joined a protest even through the 18 glorious days took to that one. They did so not because read the rest…

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The right to say NO!

  /  October 21, 2013  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

On 23 March 2011, under the rule of the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) and two months after the 25 January Revolution, the then-cabinet of Essam Sharaf approved a protest law that criminalised strikes, read the rest…

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There will be no progress

  /  September 16, 2013  /  Opinion  /  31 Comments

There will be no progress, as long as we keep repeating the same mistakes, as long as hypocrisy and lies are the name of the game, as long as no real change happens. There will read the rest…

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The ‘democracy’ that was

  /  August 5, 2013  /  Opinion  /  24 Comments

“Egypt needs to revert back to the democratic path,” is a common line thrown in our faces from every Tom, Dick and Harry across the world.  Egypt’s leaders diplomatically respond with the roadmap of election, read the rest…

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If you are not with us, you are against us

  /  July 29, 2013  /  Opinion  /  6 Comments

For three years, Egyptians have been taking to the streets demanding democracy, social justice and freedom, and for three years they have been denied. They are being cornered over and over into making tough choices, read the rest…

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The isolated tent city of Rabaa

  /  July 16, 2013  /  Opinion  /  4 Comments

A friend had to go to the police station by the Rabaa Al-Adaweya sit-in for some documents, and there was no escape but to go through the thousands of protesters stationed in front of the read the rest…

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The media talks to ghosts

  /  July 9, 2013  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

On Thursday 4 July, state owned news agency MENA and several international agencies, reported that the Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Badie, was arrested along with his deputy Khairat El-Shater.  We published the read the rest…

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A not-so-silent majority

  /  July 2, 2013  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

Back in 25 January 2011, the revolutionaries who started the uprising were later joined by the Muslim Brotherhood, who contributed in relatively increasing the number of protesters. But what made all the difference was the read the rest…

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The Islamisation of a culture

  /  June 10, 2013  /  Opinion  /  11 Comments

For 23 years, Egypt’s cultural scene was in the hands of Farouq Hosny. One can write volumes on the man, rumours mixed with truths until his reputation was completely ruined. What we do know though read the rest…

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A country afraid of its parliament

  /  May 28, 2013  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

There is not one political faction that wants to hold parliamentary elections nowadays, except maybe the Salafis. Elections were expected to be held in the next few months, right after the Islamic holy month of read the rest…

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Shi’as, Salafis…and Sheep

  /  May 20, 2013  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

Living in a country populated by people both gifted with a strong sense of humour and beset by stark contradictions, following the news can put one in a predicament of whether to laugh out loud read the rest…

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A Mufti for the Muslim Brotherhood

  /  May 6, 2013  /  Opinion  /  330 Comments

The mufti is a Muslim legal expert who is empowered to give rulings on religious matters. Every country that defines itself as Muslim has a grand mufti and an Iftaa institution that includes hundreds of read the rest…

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Cabinet reshuffle: Bad News

  /  April 22, 2013  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

It was quite surprising to sense optimism in some people’s voices when they received news on the cabinet reshuffle, disrespectfully announced in a tweet by Morsi. All the signs indicate an even worse government taking over. First read the rest…

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Shying away from our minister of information

  /  April 15, 2013  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

Was the minister really sexually harassing the young reporter?

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“Please be nice!”

  /  April 8, 2013  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

You can’t push a person to be peaceful and love others, but you can enforce the law

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‘What do women have to do with politics?’

  /  April 1, 2013  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Maybe it is necessary for us to have a culture revolution. Maybe the women of this country should revolt. Maybe it is time for us to rise up to meet our oppressors.

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