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On revolutionary depression

  /  January 29, 2014  /  Opinion  /  141 Comments

What an anniversary! I am not sure how many are familiar with the term “revolutionary depression”, but it’s a condition that was so common this last week in Egypt. If you did not run into read the rest…

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One more anniversary

  /  January 22, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Another anniversary passes by, as Egypt remains stuck inside the loop of political transformations that began on January 2011. Much has changed since that Tuesday where a few thousands took to the streets defying Mubarak’s read the rest…

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We The People

  /  January 11, 2014  /  Opinion  /  119 Comments

If things go according to plan, by this time next week, by the time I sit down staring at an empty screen asking myself whether it’s really worth writing about politics in Egypt anymore; by read the rest…

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The truth about the constitution

  /  December 22, 2013  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

So it is finally out. The date is finally set, the wheels are in motion and things are happening for the post 30 June ruling coalition. The very first product has been finalised and is read the rest…

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Morsi’s political trial

  /  November 11, 2013  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

Egyptians are fortunate enough to witness two deposed presidents being tried in less than two years. After 30 years of political stagnation Egypt suddenly shows a very high president turnover! Despite the huge difference between read the rest…

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Morsi and Sisi: Against both!

  /  October 29, 2013  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

On 30 June I was suffering from a dislocated shoulder, which is quite painful by the way. However, I managed to make it to Kasr El Nile Bridge and join an anti-Morsi demonstration. Getting rid read the rest…

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Another church down: The progression of terrorism

  /  October 21, 2013  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

I was bitterly shocked by the news of the machine gun attack on the church in Warraq. This does not mean that I was unaware of terrorist attacks in Sinai, and it does not make read the rest…

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Have a cheesy 6 October

  /  October 7, 2013  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

I am almost 34 years old. Out of those 34 years, I have lived 32 in Egypt. Throughout these 32 years I never told anyone or was told by anyone “kol sana wenta tayeb” on read the rest…

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From January to June: Egypt’s ‘elite’ question

  /  September 22, 2013  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

By virtue of my studies, my work and my own individual perversions, I happen to be one of those who enjoy reading political theory. However, I do not intend to actually write about political or read the rest…

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Sisi come, Sisi go!

  /  September 15, 2013  /  Opinion  /  28 Comments

If somehow we managed to research the words used most frequently by Egyptians in the past three months, I’m sure “Al-Sisi” would come high up on that list. You can easily recognise the kind of read the rest…

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Manufacturing Fear

  /  September 8, 2013  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

There was a taste lost between bitterness, anger and shock last Thursday when the news about the attempt to assassinate the Minister of Interior was out. I don’t know how many of you lived in read the rest…

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Lies my teacher told me

  /  August 31, 2013  /  Opinion  /  10 Comments

The title is originally sociologist James Loewen’s. In 1995, Loewen published his book Lies My Teacher Told Me, closely and carefully chasing historical inaccuracies that the high school educational system is so full of. Issues read the rest…

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Talking Box by Ziad Akl

  /  August 21, 2013  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

So the ridiculous bipolarity continues; the army-Muslim Brotherhood conflict still very much shapes the perceptions of Egyptians. But what’s been happening this last week is beyond ridiculous, beyond inhuman and beyond sad. Suddenly, all standing read the rest…

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What went wrong in Egypt?

  /  August 17, 2013  /  Opinion  /  41 Comments

What really went wrong in Egypt was how rigid its politics became, Ziad Akl writes

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Brotherhood and violence

  /  August 3, 2013  /  Opinion  /  8 Comments

The Muslim Brotherhood refuses to be anything but a problematic “existence”. Trying to identify what kind of political entity the Brotherhood is has always been problematic. Trying to work with the Brotherhood during Mubarak’s late read the rest…

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The Sisi Propaganda

  /  July 27, 2013  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

So the day is done and as expected millions took to the streets in response to General Abdul Fatah Al-Sisi’s call to authorise the army to “fight terrorism.” Scenes from yesterday’s different marches and demonstrations read the rest…

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How we create Gods

  /  July 20, 2013  /  Opinion  /  35 Comments

Three weeks have passed since the Egyptian army’s commander-in-chief Abdul Fatah Al-Sisi made his very impressive and deservingly historic speech announcing the ouster of Mohamed Morsi from the presidency. Those three weeks saw many developments: read the rest…

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Egypt in another transition, what to expect this time?

  /  July 13, 2013  /  Opinion  /  5 Comments

Indeed, Egyptian people together with the Egyptian state have proved to be much more interesting than the majority would have thought. What happened in the beginning of July was surprising to so many people around read the rest…

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Thus spoke the Egyptians: Why is it not a coup?

  /  July 5, 2013  /  Opinion  /  33 Comments

When we celebrated the end of Mubarak’s rule on 11 February 2011, we did not expect to do it again two and a half years later. This is not one of the articles that talk read the rest…

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Morsi: out of political options

  /  June 30, 2013  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

President Mohamed Morsi has been stubborn and closed-minded towards his interpretation of today’s events. Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood clearly fell in the state’s institutional trap. Similar to Mubarak’s last 10 years in office, Morsi read the rest…

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The old regime strikes back

  /  June 22, 2013  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

I haven’t thought about the “old regime” in quite a while. In fact, I think the Muslim Brotherhood’s unique act over the past year has made most of us realise the new lows that we read the rest…

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30 June: Once upon a time in a Brotherhood

  /  June 15, 2013  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

A big day awaits the Muslim Brotherhood on 30 June. Sometimes when I look back at the events of the past two years, I realise how well-prepared the Muslim Brotherhood was. Since the Brotherhood was read the rest…

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What’s really wrong with Morsi

  /  June 8, 2013  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

The one year anniversary of Mohamed Morsi’s election is approaching fast. From a substitute candidate to a very controversial president; Morsi remains one of the revolution’s big surprises. During the 18 days back at the read the rest…

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A personal story with the police

  /  June 1, 2013  /  Opinion  /  8 Comments

On my way back home from a friend’s house on Friday night I was wondering what I would write my article about in a few hours, since I usually write on Saturday mornings. Well, I read the rest…

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The truth about Sinai

  /  May 25, 2013  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Last August I wrote a column titled “Sinai: unanswered questions”, the column was a few days after the attack on the Egyptian soldiers in Sinai at the beginning of Ramadan last year. In case people read the rest…

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Egypt: Re-thinking political parties

  /  May 18, 2013  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

There are specific signs that differentiate political revolutions from social ones. Both types and patterns of revolution do entail a series of changes and transformations although on different levels. Social revolutions change property relations and read the rest…

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Talking Box By Ziad Akl

  /  May 14, 2013  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

When you walk down the streets of Cairo, you will see all kinds and ages of Egyptians complaining about the Muslim Brotherhood and how they’re governing (probably including yourself). Next time you see or speak read the rest…

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Talking Box By Ziad Akl

  /  May 12, 2013  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

On my way home last Friday I saw 5 boys, couldn’t be more than 14. They were running between cars in one of Zamalek’s busy streets trying to catch a look at women driving in read the rest…

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The Brotherhood’s democratic failures

  /  May 11, 2013  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

Congratulations everyone, the Muslim Brotherhood is back, this time bigger and better, reaching further and deeper into everything. This absurd statement is unfortunately the overall meaning of the chain of events starting with the Cabinet read the rest…

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Talking Box By Ziad Akl

  /  May 8, 2013  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

The scientific definition of insanity is making the same mistakes and expecting different results. There is a structural problem in the government that requires a fundamental reform of policies and change of personnel. The first read the rest…

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