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And a toast to you all…

  /  May 21, 2014  /  Opinion  /  93 Comments

On 22 January 2012, two days before the then MB-controlled parliament convened for the first time, I hosted a party at my house. The moment you enter the door of the apartment, you face a read the rest…

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An unnecessary, yet much needed explanation

  /  March 10, 2014  /  Opinion  /  88 Comments

Dear Mahmoud, I have been following your writings, and I must say that I’ve been a bit disappointed by the shift in your views lately. While you were a big supporter of 30 June and read the rest…

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Your Weekly News

  /  March 3, 2014  /  Opinion  /  6 Comments

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to this week’s news from the fair land of Egypt, the place so magical that the state’s institutions spend all of their effort in putting a smile and a chuckle on read the rest…

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The Conman’s paradise

  /  February 24, 2014  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

In the 1960’s, the Egyptian state newspaper Al-Ahram was filled with headlines about the amazing scientific breakthroughs of the Egyptian military. One such headline celebrated the invention of the first “Arab-made” airplane – one that read the rest…

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Leadership and Spin

  /  February 17, 2014  /  Opinion  /  31 Comments

In an interview two years ago, a French journalist asked me the tired question of whether the pitfall of the 25 January Revolution was the lack of a clear unifying leader. With exasperated breath, I read the rest…

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Al-Sisi’s dwindling options

  /  February 10, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

The Media momentum was there: the constitutional referendum had passed without “major incidents” (which is code for polling stations not getting blown up), the presidential elections law was issued, Adly Mansour promoted Al-Sisi to the read the rest…

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Stuck

  /  January 27, 2014  /  Opinion  /  156 Comments

On 24 January Egypt was rocked by a number of explosions all over. Al-Qaeda offshoot “Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis”, claimed responsibility, and the Ministry of Interior acted accordingly went and ambushed leftist activist Nazly Hussein at read the rest…

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Consequences

  /  January 20, 2014  /  Opinion  /  32 Comments

So, the constitutional referendum, as expected, has passed with flying colours. Official results cite a turn out that’s over 20 million people who voted Yes for the constitution by 98%. It is again worth noting read the rest…

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On means and ends

  /  January 13, 2014  /  Opinion  /  4 Comments

On Tuesday, Egypt votes on the new constitution, which aims to show the world that 30 June has electoral legitimacy, and thus undermine the Muslim Brotherhood’s legitimacy as well. Given that the Yes campaign is read the rest…

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The curious case of Egypt’s economy

  /  January 5, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

According to economists, any country that experiences a revolution should have an economic recession within six months. For anyone who has followed our news, this was not the case in Egypt, and curiously, still isn’t. read the rest…

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The Weak State

  /  December 23, 2013  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

As the months have trudged by since 30 June, there has been a myriad of talk in the media regarding the creation of the new Egyptian state. The 3 July press conference, showing Al-Sisi with read the rest…

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2013 Winner and Losers

  /  December 16, 2013  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

With the year winding down, it’s time to count this year’s winners and losers. Winners: 1)      The Nour Party: Hands down 2013’s biggest winner is the Salafi Nour Party. It played its hand perfectly after read the rest…

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Egypt’s others

  /  December 9, 2013  /  Opinion  /  7 Comments

“Old Regime Remnants”, “The traditional forces”, “The ruling elite”, “Mubarak supporters” and “Army Boot-lickers” are all names used to describe what some people believe to be Egypt’s strongest political force, the felool. They are the read the rest…

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Interests

  /  December 2, 2013  /  Opinion  /  6 Comments

Our dear military, we have a problem, and one that needs to be addressed immediately. We seem to have conflicting interests, and I fear that those interests, or rather your interests, will destroy this country read the rest…

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Thy will be done

  /  November 25, 2013  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

In this column we have often discussed the past and the present, so let’s for a minute discuss the future. Make no mistake, this is not a column about hopes and aspirations and dreams of read the rest…

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Beyond Definitions

  /  November 18, 2013  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

A couple of weeks ago, on a beautiful sunny Friday, I was having breakfast with a young and brilliant economist, who is a friend of mine. I asked for her opinion on how Egypt is read the rest…

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Eight things the interim government can do

  /  November 14, 2013  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

The Egyptian interim government’s performance has been rather disappointing to the population. The current Prime Minister, Hazem El-Beblawi, seems to be only focused on getting more money from Gulf  nations to sustain the current dysfunctional read the rest…

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The trial

  /  November 5, 2013  /  Opinion  /  28 Comments

Last Monday was the trial of ex-President Morsi, and as expected, it was a circus. The deposed president looked healthy in a grey suit, walking into a cage of senior MB members dressed in prison read the rest…

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The selfish heartless argument for keeping Syrians in Egypt

  /  October 28, 2013  /  Opinion  /  60 Comments

Dear Egyptian readers: This article will not try to garner your sympathy over the plight and horror that Syrian refugees face in Egypt. It will not try to appeal to your humanity by informing you read the rest…

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On popularity and bubbles

  /  October 22, 2013  /  Opinion  /  7 Comments

Stories by foreign journalists on Egypt usually come in themes. One period it’s all about sexual harassment, the other it’s all about Egypt’s very bad liberals, and currently it’s all about the Sisi Personality cult. read the rest…

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The Way of the Revolution Front: A critique

  /  October 8, 2013  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

On 24 September The Way of the Revolution Front -a new group made of old faces that include Alaa AbdelFatah, Ahmed Maher, the socialist revolutionaries and various ex-MB activists- was created, in an effort to read the rest…

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November 19th

  /  September 30, 2013  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

For many Egyptians, 19 November is a black stain on our history, since it’s the anniversary of the Mohamed Mahmoud clashes of 2011. With over 40 dead and thousands other injured in four days of read the rest…

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Waiting in the Queue…

  /  September 18, 2013  /  Opinion  /  9 Comments

We’ve been fighting for fifty years the same war, we can’t forget And the country is like a waiting room, And the queue reaches the airport “From the Queue”, By Mashrou’ Leila ……….. A picture read the rest…

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Strategy

  /  September 10, 2013  /  Opinion  /  43 Comments

There are three schools utilised by the state facing strategic Political Violence, also known as terrorism: 1) The Justice System model, where the police and the judiciary pursue such acts as civilian criminal offenses (the read the rest…

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Snippets from a fun society

  /  September 2, 2013  /  Opinion  /  21 Comments

On June 26th, four days before June 30th, I was driving home to Heliopolis passing by Ghamra, when the following took place in 60 seconds: The driver of the car in front of me suddenly read the rest…

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Here to inform…

  /  August 26, 2013  /  Opinion  /  329 Comments

When the television was invented back in the early 20th century, many people believed that they had finally found an effective method to eradicate ignorance all over the world. Enthusiasts believed that children would learn read the rest…

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For Mohamed Ibrahim, the clock is ticking for his removal…

  /  August 21, 2013  /  Opinion  /  7 Comments

In case you are not familiar with who Mohamed Ibrahim is, he is the current Minister of Interior in Egypt, and a disgrace. He was appointed by former President Mohamed Morsi in the middle of read the rest…

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Our catastrophic voting system

  /  August 12, 2013  /  Opinion  /  44 Comments

Let’s talk about voting, Mahmoud Salem writes

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State of play

  /  August 5, 2013  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

Upon returning from a two-week trip abroad, the level of hatred towards the Muslim Brotherhood that I found in every person I spoke to is unprecedented and shocking.  From the moment I boarded the plane read the rest…

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The Dark Tunnel

  /  July 31, 2013  /  Opinion  /  54 Comments

This should be a Happy Story If this revolution had a motto, it would be “Everything you ever wanted, in the worst possible way”. Conventional wisdom said that if there was ever a revolution against read the rest…

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