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Islam M. Elwany

The new preachers and the statues of social justice in Egypt

Aridity: It is not so odd that the new preachers are dressed in the robes of hermits. What feels oddest is the state of caste they embody. Finding their origins in a wealthier class has inevitably and unwillingly presented them as preachers to that very social class, which is not degrading, as the existence of …

Islam M. Elwany

Moataz Bellah Abdel-Fattah

Did the Brits make a mistake?

I will start by stating two quotes of the British icon Winston Churchill, former prime minister of the United Kingdom: “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.” It means that if democracy is the worst, then other forms of government are even worse. So, democracy is still better than other …


Michael R. Czinkota and Valbona Zeneli

New rules of engagement: understanding TPP and TTIP

Since its founding in 1948, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and its precursor have remained quite tightly targeted on trade and investment. With its particular focus on tariff reductions and trade negotiations, it has served as the pre-eminent glorious knight battling on behalf of consumers. However, all that changed in the past two decades. Success …

Valbona Zeneli

James M Dorsey

Egypt inches towards return of militant fans to stadium terraces

Egypt may be inching towards a return to the stands of soccer fans who played a key role in the 2011 toppling of former president Hosni Mubarak, and have been barred entry into stadiums for much of the last five years. Clubs, players, and fans see a 28 June CAF Champions League match between storied Cairo …

James Dorsey

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Opinion: Brexit is culture’s wake-up call

The British have voted to leave the European Union – and now the cultural sector is suddenly waking up to the potential consequences of a Brexit. And they’re right to be worried, says DW’s culture editor, Stefan Dege.

Deutsche Welle

Euro 2016

Opinion: 24-team format was a bad idea

The experiment with a 24-team European Championship, says DW Sports’ Jefferson Chase, has proven that less is in fact more. The additional teams didn’t increase the excitement – they made the tournament more arbitrary.

Deutsche Welle

James M Dorsey

Kuwaiti rulers fight their internal battles on the sports field

Political infighting within Kuwait’s ruling family is about to take a dramatic turn with reports that the Gulf state plans to dissolve its national sports organisations in a blatant illustration of the incestuous relationship between sports and politics. The expected Kuwaiti move, part of an effort to sideline Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, a member of …

James Dorsey

Moataz Bellah Abdel-Fattah

Be proud of your religion

  The most difficult thing Muslims are facing in western communities is the way people look at them, as if they were defendants charged with a crime called Islam. I once wrote about a Russian professor who called me to quote  my opinion on two terror bombing incidents that occurred in a city in southern …


Mohammed Nosseir

Al-Sisi’s ‘evil people’ myth

When the president of Egypt labels a segment of Egyptian society as the “evil people”, he probably does so based on a particular inspiration of his own. The phrase may have been coined to better serve the president politically, or the president may genuinely believe in the existence of a “true evil” that he has …

Mohammed Nosseir

zizo abdo

Letter from prison: clinging to hope

In the desolation and stillness of the prison cell, you sit with all your senses in a state of alertness, waiting for one of two things. You wait for either a voice from within you to keep you company throughout the night, mixed with memories of your friends, and your loved ones. You talk to …

Zizo Abdo

Walaa Gad Elkarim

Evaluating Al-Sisi at the two-year mark

On 8 June, President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi completed half of his first presidential term, and there are only two years left before he faces a new presidential election. I do not think the coming election will be similar in its circumstances and consequences to the former election that led Al-Sisi to Itihadiya Palace two years …

Walaa Gad Elkarim

Wael Eskandar

Western allies join Egypt in war against democratic values 

When western countries are criticised for legitimising Egypt’s oppressive rule, excuses are offered in return. One response is that Egypt does not heed their concerns regarding the dire human rights conditions. “We’ve tried telling them, but they don’t listen,” is a common way of phrasing it. As to why business deals proceed smoothly despite Egypt’s …

Wael Eskandar

Mohammed Nosseir

Will Al-Sisi succeed in neutering Egypt’s vibrant society?

“Neutering is the solution”, a precept that most authoritarians believe in and work towards realising. A quiet, dull, passive society better suits the needs of authoritarian presidents than does a vibrant society that has large numbers of initiators, innovators and, obviously, leaders. Egypt’s main dilemma is that the task of driving and influencing an extremely …

Mohammed Nosseir

Russia

Opinion: Russia’s parallel universe

Russia’s response to the recent doping allegations shows that the country is living in a parallel universe. This increasingly resembles the old Soviet Union and forces Russians into isolation, writes Juri Rescheto.

Deutsche Welle

Ziad A. Akl

Ramadan: individuality and conformity

This piece might be uncomfortable for some people. Over the years, we have grown accustomed to celebrating the holy month of Ramadan as one of the most festive occasions of the year. Undoubtedly, the religious value of the month in the Islamic faith and its spiritual purposes are unquestionable. In Egyptian society in particular, Ramadan …

Ziad A. Akl

Cesar Chelala

Mr. Trump is a toy soldier

Toy soldiers (miniature figurines representing real soldiers) have a long history. They have been found in ancient Egyptian tombs, and have since appeared in many cultures and eras. During the 18th century, toy soldiers became very popular, inspired by the military exploits of Frederik the Great, the King of Prussia. An important producer of plastic soldiers in …

Cesar Chelala

Ahmed Aboul-Wafa, MD

We are not like you

As soon as I heard about the sectarian events in Abu Qirqas in Minya several events popped into my mind. I looked them up in newspaper archives and have collected them as they are presented below. Quoted from Al-Masry Al-Youm on 6 February 2008: “Four of Al-Ahly fans are arrested and accused of burning a …

Ahmed Aboul-Wafa, MD

Moataz Bellah Abdel-Fattah

Leaked exams and the demolition of institutions

I’ll start in Algeria, where the scandal of a leaked baccalaureate exam in 2016 raised controversy, prompting Algerian authorities to conduct a full investigation into the case. The Algerian ministry of education launched an investigation into circulated reports that some parties had leaked the topics of the baccalaureate exam on social media. Algerian media recently …


James M Dorsey

Turkish soccer brawls: the battle for the future of the Kemalist state

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan dresses up his increasing authoritarianism with nationalist and religious overtones, sparking battles over the future of the Kemalist state. Those battles, pitting nationalist and conservative forces against secularists and Kurds, are nowhere more evident than on Turkish soccer pitches. A series of incidents in recent months highlighted the mounting tensions …

James Dorsey

Ahmed El Goarany

Hepta and the return of romance to Egyptian cinema

Hepta (The Last Lecture) was probably the most anticipated Egyptian movie of the year, which comes as no surprise as it is based on the massively successful, best-selling novel of the same title. The novel received polarising reviews, which ranged from being called a masterpiece of modern Egyptian romantic fiction to a piece of overly …

Daily News Egypt