Maher Hamoud

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Former Editor-in-Chief of The Daily News Egypt, and currently Media Politics Analyst. He can be followed on Twitter @MaherHamoud1, his public page on Facebook, or email: maher.hamoud1@gmail.com

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Editor’s letter: Worshipping and whipping on Nasser’s birth anniversary

Two days ago was the 95th anniversary of President Gamal Abdel Nasser’s birth (1918 – 1970). The man who said, “He who cannot support himself, cannot make his own decision,” in his historical attempt to grant Egypt complete independence in its decision making. At any occasion, or even without an occasion, lovers and worshippers of …

Maher Hamoud

Editor’s letter: Egyptian naive hopes for 2013

For some reason, towards the end of every year I feel emotionally detached from the many wishes and hopes of a happy New Year. I always wonder what difference it would make waking up the following day in a year that has a different digit to the right. However, I still like these good wishes …

Maher Hamoud

Maher Hamoud

Editor’s letter: On the revolutionary and fighting for square one

The revolutionary have wisely recognised that they have lost the constitution’s battle for the Muslim Brotherhood and it seems that they understand that it is only one of many still ahead. However, they keep blaming it on the voting process manipulation, which is negligible of a deeper failure they have. The talk is so much …

Maher Hamoud

Editor’s letter: Voting for God

On a 40 minute Metro ride from New Marg station to Saad Zaghloul, trying to avoid the traffic jams across the city caused by anti- and pro-Morsy protests, the political discussions among the passengers are revealing. In Cairo’s underground system, in which every carriage is always stuffed with hundreds of average Egyptians, people are constantly …

Maher Hamoud

Maher Hamoud

Editor’s letter: The collective shame of a massacre

Why does commemorating the anniversary of Mohamed Mahmoud massacre hurt? It’s a simple and valid question to ask in trying to better understand the deadly violence that broke out again on the clashes’ first anniversary and put things in context. I believe that what makes such a massacre special and different from other ones committed …

Maher Hamoud

Dombrovskis foresees continued high level cooperation between Egypt and Latvia. (Photo courtesy of Latvian prime minister’s office)

From Riga to Cairo

Latvia’s young Prime Minister, Valdis Dombrovskis, to the Egyptian youth: Self-organisation by forming political parties, interest groups and NGOs is the solution

Maher Hamoud

Maher Hamoud

Editor’s letter: Smells like Nazif

Going through Hesham Qandil’s plan for development until 2022 makes you feel that Ahmed Nazif, Mubarak’s prime minister currently imprisoned for corruption charges, was a genius after all. Qandil’s plan is basically jsut an Ikhwanised imitation of the Mubarak-Nazif one. It uses the same language and suggests the same backward thinking. Qandil’s vision of development …

Maher Hamoud

Maher Hamoud

Editor’s letter: Mubarakonomics

Remember people chanting “Bread, freedom and social justice” twenty months ago? Remember how brilliant it felt summing up all what we needed in a Post-Mubarak Egypt? How does this same and exact slogan feel to your ears now? I guess quite kitsch. Simply, too much shouted and no steps ever taken towards its realisation. Mubarak’s …

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Editor’s letter: The fading of moral references

While riding home in a taxi one night last week, a small truck packed with five or more young men in their early twenties was driving in front of us. The exuberant-looking group seemed to be cruising the city while enjoying dinner in the back of their truck. All of a sudden, after they had …

Maher Hamoud

Maher Hamoud

Editor’s letter: The Egyptian politics of ‘either-or’

Political divergence between those supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and those supporting the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) has reached a peak since President Mohamed Morsy officially came to power. Choosing one side over the other is a political right; however, the justifications for any choice should be legitimate and well-weighed, taking into account future …

Maher Hamoud

Maher Hamoud

Editor’s letter: Morsy, the good brother

Theoretically speaking, we could argue that the one month President Mohamed Morsy has spent in office is not enough to judge his performance as Egypt’s first leader after the revolution. However, practically speaking, it seems enough. Given a few facts regarding Morsy’s attainment of the presidency, we can understand feelings of anger among the electorate, …

Maher Hamoud

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