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Egypt tense ahead of revolution anniversary

  /  January 23, 2013  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

The clock is ticking…

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Train disaster fuels rising anger

  /  January 16, 2013  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

News of Monday night’s deadly train accident in Badrashin, 40 km south of Cairo, shocked and dismayed Egyptians . Nineteen young conscripts of the Central Security Forces were killed and scores were injured (many of read the rest…

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Fighting for inclusion

  /  January 10, 2013  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

A few weeks ago I was invited to a UNDP-sponsored forum on “women’s participation in post-revolutionary parliamentary elections.” Policy makers, legislators and opinion leaders from Egypt, Libya and Tunisia had gathered to share their experiences read the rest…

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Silencing the critics

  /  December 26, 2012  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Bassem Youssef, host of the satirical TV show “Al Bernameg” (The Program) faces investigation after a lawyer filed a complaint earlier this week, accusing him of insulting President Mohamed Morsy. The case against Youssef is read the rest…

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Alber Saber’s case: A litmus test for freedom of expression

  /  December 19, 2012  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Shahira Amin discusses Alber Saber’s case

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Crisis over constitution shows no sign of easing

  /  December 12, 2012  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Egyptians living abroad headed to polling stations on Wednesday to vote in a popular referendum over the country’s first post revolution constitution. In Egypt meanwhile, controversy over the proposed constitution deepened. Rival mass protests were read the rest…

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Fasten your seat belts please

  /  December 5, 2012  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

The mood was tense last Thursday as anti-Islamist protesters continued their sit-in in Tahrir Square, demanding that President Mohammed Morsy annul the constitutional declaration he had issued a week before. Liberals and leftists had all read the rest…

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A crisis of trust

  /  November 28, 2012  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

It is a must that all political forces come together and immediately start reconciliation dialogue

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Anger over unmet expectations

  /  November 21, 2012  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

It was as if the clock had turned back to those fateful days last November when youth revolutionaries had battled with security forces on Mohamed Mahmoud Street in downtown Cairo, in protests demanding an end read the rest…

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The battle against female genital mutilation

  /  November 15, 2012  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

The first time female genital mutilation was discussed openly in Egypt was in 1994. This was during the UN-coordinated International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo. The two week conference brought together world leaders, read the rest…

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Morsy faces choice, militancy or moderation?

  /  November 7, 2012  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

The militant ambush on a police patrol in North Sinai bears the hallmarks of the Al-Qaeda terror group. Not only did the gunmen who carried out the attack raise black flags bearing the Muslim declaration read the rest…

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The price of broken promises

  /  October 31, 2012  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

This week I am in Houston, Texas. I am here to give a talk to students of journalism, at the opening of the Sam Houston University Global Center for Journalism and Democracy, about the situation read the rest…

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Mobs use violence to keep women away from Tahrir

  /  October 24, 2012  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

The mob attack on France 24 Correspondent Sonia Didri near Tahrir Square last Friday as she was reporting on the protests is both shocking and disturbing. It’s disturbing because the mob violence phenomenon appears to read the rest…

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Jordan’s women celebrate success

  /  October 10, 2012  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

Eman Hylooz is a Jordanian Computer Science graduate and a successful young entrepreneur. The company she started in June 2012 is steadily growing and is expected to make a net profit of 114,108 Jordanian Dinars read the rest…

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Egyptian women struggle for equality and freedom

  /  October 3, 2012  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Nearly twenty months after last year’s mass uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s women are again taking to the streets, demanding “bread, freedom and social justice,” the same demands made by pro-democracy activists protesting read the rest…

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Bar for free expression still low in ‘new’ Egypt

  /  September 27, 2012  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

In March 2011, blogger Maikel Nabil became the first prisoner of conscience in Egypt, post-revolution. He was arrested and detained on charges of spreading rumours about the armed forces and criticising the military in his read the rest…

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The volcano erupts

  /  September 20, 2012  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

The outpouring of rage in Islamic countries isn’t just about a low-budget film insulting the prophet Muhammad. It is the eruption of a volcano that has been simmering for the past eleven years

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The whole truth and nothing but the truth

  /  September 12, 2012  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

On 8 March, I was in London attending a panel discussion on the safety of women journalists. I had been invited there by the International News Safety Institute (INSI) after contributing a chapter to a read the rest…

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Are Egyptians Africans or Arabs?

  /  September 6, 2012  /  Columnists  /  6 Comments

Shahira Amin discusses egyptian identity and how egyptians perceive themselves

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IMF lifeline, a test for Morsy

  /  August 30, 2012  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

For many Egyptians, life was tough under the former regime of President Hosni Mubarak. Now it’s even tougher and things are likely to get worse before they get better

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Keeping the peace

  /  August 23, 2012  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Should Islamist rule in Egypt be cause for growing Israeli concern or is it indeed a new opportunity for peace?

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Egypt at a crossroads

  /  August 16, 2012  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

Seventeen months after the revolution, Egypt is vastly different from the country that existed the day hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets to overthrow the former dictatorial regime

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Ending the Legacy of Hatred

  /  August 8, 2012  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

Egyptians reacted with shock and grief to the news of an armed attack on an Egyptian border post in North Sinai earlier this week. The fact that the attack occurred just as the victims—more than read the rest…

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Hopes fade for an inclusive government

  /  August 2, 2012  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

Many Egyptians now doubt the new cabinet will match expectations for a reformist government capable of addressing the pressing
challenges

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Your ID, Your rights

  /  July 25, 2012  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Thousands of marginilised women in Qalyoubia are now the proud owners of national IDs but it will be a while yet, before all four million women in Egypt who are without national IDs – can acquire their cards and their rights

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Omar Suleiman: Man of mystery and controversy

  /  July 21, 2012  /  Opinion, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

To most Egyptians, Suleiman will remain a man of both mystery and controversy. Respected and admired by some, he also inspired loathing and fear in others

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Women at the frontiers

  /  July 19, 2012  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

For those who launch attacks on journalists to stop the free flow of information, perhaps no message is as fitting as the following words from Chilean poet Pablo Neruda: “You can cut the flower but you cannot stop the coming of spring…”

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Tolerance and diversity

  /  July 11, 2012  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

Only by reversing policies and norms that encourage divisions within the society can Egyptians hope to peacefully co-exist and live in harmony.

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Egypt’s women after the uprising

  /  July 5, 2012  /  Opinion  /  4 Comments

The uprisings transformed the image of women from voiceless and submissive to powerful leaders, that is, until the revolution passed

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Cautious optimism as first Egyptian civil president is sworn in

  /  June 28, 2012  /  Opinion  /  4 Comments

Morsi may or may not be the president we had wished for when we took to the streets to topple the autocratic regime, but it is only through solidarity and the support of all political movements that the newly elected president can gain the clout he needs to implement the much-needed political, social and economic reforms

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