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Fasting over fervour

I like the combination of piety and pragmatism, it is human and easier to relate to and tempers fervour with common sense

Adel Heine

Home sweet home

The reality of living somewhere does not relate to what is portrayed in the news when it comes to being home

Adel Heine

Physical feminism

Recent rantings opened the door to an understanding that may very well lead to the end of gender inequality

Adel Heine

Cairo’s cultural dearth

After months of death and destruction Adel Heine is looking forward to the artistic expressions that will hopefully give a voice to the experiences of a nation in turmoil

Adel Heine

Curfew crashers

“To the streets” they bray, while proudly sharing their triumphant testimonies of insubordination on social media.

Adel Heine

The lack of laughter

When once humour, sarcasm and satire were rampant, and greatly valued and appreciated, we now seem to have entered a phase where everything is taken seriously, on face value or in the worst way possible

Adel Heine

Grieving the dead

While Egypt buries the dead the personal effects of their demise often gets lost in the politics

Adel Heine

Women under attack

Horrific as these injuries are, physical wounds do usually heal with time, while the psychological effects often last much longer and can be equally if not more severe than the visible wounds.

Adel Heine

Fuel and fear

Returning from a trip abroad I find a city that has changed in unexpected ways.

Adel Heine

The Price

  The return of Naguib Sawiris to Egypt, along with the entire Sawiris Family, has raised some eyebrows on both sides of the political divide in Egypt, especially given that the Presidency sent a special envoy to welcome him back and hailed him as one of the “honest businessmen of Egypt” in an official statement. …

Mahmoud Salem

Confess your sins

Continuous connectability is the norm, caution is flung to the wind, reticence is retro and you are what you say you are.

Adel Heine

The dead of the Salem Express

Out of all the dive sites in the Red Sea, the Salem Express wreck is known among divers as the most depressing. In 1991, the passenger ferry carrying pilgrims back from Saudi Arabia sunk 18 metres under the turbulent waters of Safaga’s sea, killing all most of its passengers Resting on its side, the twisted …

Sara Abou Bakr

Foolishness

What started out as a little silly fun on the first day of the month has grown into a nationwide movement

Adel Heine

Maher Hamoud

Editor’s letter: The real countdown to the brotherhood’s fall

A countdown to the fall of the Muslim Brotherhood’s rule started over two years ago, when they first turned against the revolution by siding with the military in manipulating the people for a yes vote in the March 2011 referendum for the constitutional declaration. It was accelerated when they openly turned against the revolutionary youth …

Maher Hamoud

J’accuse

Was the issuing of an arrest warrant for Bassem Youssef meant to be an April Fools’ joke? If so, the joke ended up not being on the political satirist, but on the Egyptian authorities. Bassem Youssef’s case rests on three points: that he insulted the Egyptian president, insulted Islam, and spread false news that was …

Dr H.A. Hellyer

Egypt lifts cooking gas prices, why it’s trivial

By Farah Halime How fitting that on April Fool’s Day, the Egyptian government attempts to deceive us all by claiming that its plans to raise the price of state-subsidised cooking gas for the first time in two decades will actually make any difference to the country’s energy subsidy spending. In fact, it won’t, and it is unlikely …

Daily News Egypt

Strange Days…

Think tankers and policy researchers working on Egypt in the States do not know what to make of all of this

Mahmoud Salem

Reactionary not progressive: Egypt’s economic policy

By Farah Halime In a desperate move to save power, Egypt’s international airport will close most of its runways for four hours each day from early June, Reuters has reported. The airport is the latest casualty of Egypt’s struggle to pay for fuel imports. As if to soften the blow, Reuters quoted the civil aviation minister Wael al-Maadawi …

Daily News Egypt