Sara Abou Bakr

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Politics editor at Daily News Egypt
Twitter: @sara_ab5

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On blasting Morsi into space

Egyptians have done it again. After ousting a dictator two years ago, now they are sending their first elected civilian president into space. President Mohamed Morsi is now sitting in first place in Axe’s competition to send one civilian to space, an adventurous soul seeking a new frontier. Voting is required and whoever gets the …

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Red hearts on a torched truck

A photo of a torched CSF truck painted with red hearts near Tahrir Square took the virtual world by storm a couple of days ago. It seems some creative soul decided to decorate the recently torched truck with festive hearts, possiby to display his deep and undying love for his beloved amid the rubble. Valentine’s …

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Sexual harassment, the Ikhwan and castration

“Suddenly I found my pants down, a hand between my legs. I did not know how he unbuckled my belt without me feeling him…” This is a typical statement beginning Egyptian women’s tales of sexual harassment. They almost always focus on “the belt” the first time they tell their stories as if the belt was …

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Ultras Ahlawy celebrate death penalty

Thousands of Ultras from different governorates surrounded the Al-Ahly football club in Cairo, listening to car radios as the presiding judge read the death sentences for 21 of the accused.

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Suez death toll rises, includes a 10-year-old

Update at 12:20 am: Suez death toll rose to seven confirmed death, including a 10-year-old boy who remains unidentified. Clashes in Suez erupted on Friday as protesters took to the streets on the second anniversary of 25 January revolution, protesting against the current Muslim Brotherhood government. Egyptian opposition as well as activists and movements have …

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Thoughts of the impoverished: Shall I sell a kidney?

The going rate for a kidney nowadays in Egypt is about EGP 40,000, which rounds up to about $6500. This is a fortune. I make about EGP 300 a month. I have a wife, three kids and my mother—God bless her—to take care of. In Egypt, we are not offered medical or social insurance or …

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To Dr ElBaradei,

Allow me to relay a different point of view. Secularists in Egypt are not very smart. Well, not all of them, but their leaders are,  living in their bubble of indoor meetings discussing constitutional rights, freedom of speech and “general” calls for better lives while the majority of Egyptians barely make it to the poverty …

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On turning 30

So I am turning the big “three-oh” in a couple of days. I have been itching to reach this age since I was 17 and just starting college. For me, it was the magical number, the age of finally knowing who I am. I was never keen on being a teenager. Childhood was a wonderful …

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Egyptian women and Morsy

You have to have lived in Egypt to understand what I am writing about now. Many foreigners would say that it is a failed attempt to empower Egyptian women, but the few who have spent years over here fully get it. Women run Egypt. Even one of the Lonely Planet guides advises their readers to …

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